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Georgia upsets No. 21 Missouri four days after head coach’s father dies

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Georgia head coach Mark Fox lost his father on Friday night, a night where he opted to travel with his team to Washington D.C. and coach his team against George Washington.

On Wednesday, Fox led his Bulldogs into Columbia, MO, and knocked off No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in overtime despite blowing a lead late in regulation and digging themselves a 63-58 hole in the extra frame.

It was a tough, hard-fought win that clearly tugged at all of Fox’s newly raw emotions, as ESPN cameras zoomed in on Fox in tears on the bench as the buzzer sounded.

It was a win that Georgia desperately needed as well. The Bulldogs entered the night 6-6 on the season with less-than-impressive losses to the likes of Georgia Tech, Temple and Nebraska. Will this be the spark that turns the Bulldogs around? Probably not. It’s not easy to make a team that’s not very good relevant in a power conference, even if that power conference is the SEC.

That’s why this loss will hurt so much for the Tigers. The Bulldogs are one of the worst teams in all of high-major basketball. They currently sit at 173th in Kenpom. They entered the night at 266th in the RPI. That certainly isn’t going to help Missouri when Selection Sunday comes around. What’s worse is that the Tigers actually have a chance to make some noise in the SEC race this season, but that’s not going to happen if they keep giving away games at home to bottom-feeders in the conference.

If Missouri wants to be taken seriously this season, they need to start taking teams like Georgia seriously.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.