NBCSports.com’s Conference Awards and All-League teams

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AMERICAN

Player of the Year: Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
Coach of the Year: Mick Cronin (Cincinnati)
Newcomer of the Year: Nic Moore (SMU)
source: APFirst Team All-American
  • Nic Moore (SMU)
  • Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
Second Team All-American
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis)
  • Victor Rudd (South Florida)
  • Isaiah Sykes (Central Florida)
  • Justin Jackson (Cincinnati)
  • TaShawn Thomas (Houston)

ATLANTIC 10

Player of the Year: Jordair Jett (Saint Louis)
Coach of the Year:  Mike Lonergan (George Washington)
Newcomer of the Year: Maurice Creek (George Washington)
First Team All-Atlantic 10

  • Jordair Jett (Saint Louis)
  • Chaz Williams (UMass)
  • Trevon Graham (VCU)
  • Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis)
  • Langston Galloway (St. Joseph’s)

Second Team All-Atlantic 10

  • Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
  • Ovie Soko (Duquesne)
  • Xavier Munford (URI)
  • Isaiah Armwood (George Washington)
  • Ronald Roberts (St. Joseph’s)

ACC

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Player of the Year: T.J. Warren (N.C. State)
Coach of the Year: Tony Bennett (Virginia)
Newcomer of the Year: Jabari Parker (Duke)
First Team All-ACC

  • Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)
  • Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh)
  • Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
  • T.J. Warren (N.C. State)
  • Jabari Parker (Duke)

Second Team All-ACC

  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
  • Rodney Hood (Duke)
  • K.J. McDaniels (Clemson)
  • Daniel Miller (Georgia Tech)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)

BIG 12

Player of the Year: DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
Coach of the Year: Bill Self (Kansas)
Newcomer of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
First Team All-Big 12

  • DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
  • Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
  • Melvin Ejim (Iowa State)
  • Juwan Staten (West Virginia)
  • Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)

Second Team All-Big 12

  • Marcus Foster (Kansas State)
  • Markel Brown (Oklahoma State)
  • Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
  • Joel Embiid (Kansas)
  • Georges Niang (Iowa State)

BIG EAST

Player of the Year: Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Coach of the Year: Jay Wright (Villanova)
Newcomer of the Year: Rysheed Jordan (St. John’s_
First Team All-Big East
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • D’Angelo Harrison (St. John’s)
  • Bryce Cotton (Providence)
  • James Bell (Villanova)
  • Semaj Christon (Xavier)

Second Team All-Big East

  • Ethan Wragge (Creighton)
  • FuQuan Edwin (Seton Hall)
  • Kellen Dunham (Butler)
  • Markel Starks (Georgetown)
  • JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova)

BIG TEN

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Player of the Year: Nik Stauskas (Michigan)
Coach of the Year: Tim Miles (Nebraska
Newcomer of the Year: Noah Vonleh (Indiana)
First Team All-Big Ten

  • Nik Stauskas (Michigan)
  • Gary Harris (Michigan State)
  • Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
  • Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
  • Caris LeVert (Michigan)

Second Team All-Big Ten

  • Terran Pettaway (Nebraska)
  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
  • Devyn Marble (Iowa)
  • Adreian Payne (Michigan State)
  • Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)

MOUNTAIN WEST

Player of the Year: Xavier Thames (Mountain West)
Coach of the Year: Steve Fisher (San Diego State)
Newcomer of the Year: J.J. Avila (Colorado State)
First Team All-MWC

  • Xavier Thames (San Diego State)
  • Deonte Burton (Nevada)
  • Ryan Watkins (Boise State)
  • Larry Nance Jr. (Wyoming)
  • Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico)

Second Team All-MWC

  • Tre’ Coggins (Air Force)
  • Tyler Johnson (Fresno State)
  • Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
  • J.J. Avila (Colorado State)
  • Khem Birch (UNLV)

PAC-12

Player of the Year: Kyle Anderson
Coach of the Year: Sean Miller
Newcomer of the Year: Delon Wright (Utah)
First-Team All-Pac-12

  • Nick Johnson (Arizona)
  • Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
  • Kyle Anderson (UCLA
  • Roberto Nelson (Oregon State)
  • Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State)

Second Team All-Pac-12

  • T.J. McConnell (Arizona)
  • Chasson Randle (Stanford)
  • Delon Wright (Utah)
  • Jordan Adams (UCLA)
  • Josh Scott (Colorado

SEC

Player of the Year: Scottie Wilbekin (Florida)
Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan (Florida)
Newcomer of the Year: Julius Randle (Kentucky)
First Team All-SEC

  • Scottie Wilbekin (Florida)
  • Julius Randle (Kentucky)
  • Casey Prather (Florida)
  • Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
  • Jabari Brown (Missouri)

Second Team All-SEC

  • Jordan Clarkson (Missouri)
  • Trevor Releford (Alabama)
  • Johnny O’Bryant (LSU)
  • Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee)
  • Jarvis Summers (Ole Miss)

WCC

Player of the Year: Tyler Haws (BYU)
Coach of the Year: Rex Walters (San Francisco)
Newcomer of the Year: Jared Brownridge (Santa Clara)
First Team All-WCC

  • Tyler Haws (BYU)
  • Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)
  • Anthony Ireland (LMU)
  • Brad Waldow (Saint Mary’s)
  • Johnny Dee (San Diego)

Second Team All-WCC

  • Sam Dower (Gonzaga)
  • Stephen Holt (Saint Mary’s)
  • Cole Dickerson (San Francisco)
  • Kyle Collinsworth (BYU)
  • Stacy Davis (Pepperdine)

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AMERICA EAST

Player of the Year: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Coach of the Year: John Becker (Vermont)
Newcomer of the Year: Rodney Elliot (UMBC)
All-America East

  • Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
  • Brian Voelkel (Vermont)
  • Clancy Rugg (Vermont)
  • Mark Nwakamma (Hartford)
  • Peter Hooley (Albany)

ATLANTIC SUN

Player of the Year: Langston Hall (Mercer)
Coach of the Year: Bob Hoffman (Mercer)
Newcomer of the Year: Jason Riley (East Tennessee State)
All-Atlantic Sun
  • Langston Hall (Mercer)
  • Brett Comer (Florida Gulf Coast)
  • Bernard Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast)
  • Torrey Craig (USC Upstate)
  • Ricardo Glenn (USC Upstate)

BIG SKY

Player of the Year: Derrick Barden (Northern Colorado)
Coach of the Year: Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona)
Newcomer of the Year: Jeffrey Solarin (Idaho State)

All-Big Sky

  • Derrick Barden (Northern Colorado)
  • Davion Berry (Weber State)
  • Kareem Jamar (Montana)
  • Troy Huff (North Dakota)
  • Joel Bolomboy (Weber State)

BIG SOUTH

Player of the Year: John Brown (High Point)
Coach of the Year: Scott Cherry (High Point)
Newcomer of the Year: Andrew Rowsey (UNC Asheville)
All-Big South

  • John Brown (High Point)
  • Andrew Rowsey (UNC Asheville)
  • D.J. Covington (VMI)
  • Javonte Green (Radford)
  • Warren Gillis (Coastal Carolina)

BIG WEST

Player of the Year: Alan Williams (UCSB)
Coach of the Year: Russell Turner (UC Irvine)
Newcomer of the Year: Luke Nelson (UC Irvine)
All-Big West

  • Mike Caffey (Long Beach State)
  • Corey Hawkins (UC Davis)
  • Alan Williams (UCSB)
  • Christian Standhardinger (Hawaii)
  • Stephen Maxwell (Cal State Northridge)

CAA

Player of the Year: Jerelle Benimon (Towson)
Coach of the Year: Monte Ross (Delaware)
Newcomer of the Year: Davon Usher (Delaware)
All-CAA
  • Davon Usher (Delaware)
  • Jerelle Benimon (Towson)
  • Marcus Thornton (William & Mary)
  • Devon Saddler (Delaware)
  • Frantz Massenat (Drexel)

CONFERENCE USA

Player of the Year: Shawn Jones (Middle Tennessee)
Coach of the Year: Tim Floyd (UTEP)
Newcomer of the Year: Vince Hunter (UTEP)
All-Conference USA
  • Vince Hunter (UTEP)
  • Chad Frazier (UAB)
  • James Woodard (Tulsa)
  • Pablo Bertone (Florida Atlantic)
  • Shawn Jones (Middle Tennessee)

HORIZON

Player of the Year: Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Coach of the Year: Brian Wardle (Green Bay)
Newcomer of the Year: Kahlil Felder (Oakland)
All-Horizon
  • Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
  • Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)
  • LaVonte Dority (Valparaiso)
  • Travis Bader (Oakland)
  • Alec Brown (Green Bay)

IVY

Player of the Year: T.J. Bray (Princeton)
Coach of the Year: Tommy Amaker (Harvard)
Newcomer of the Year: Spencer Weisz (Princeton)
All-Ivy

  • Wesley Saunders (Harvard)
  • T.J. Bray (Princeton)
  • Justin Sears (Yale)
  • Siyani Chambers (Harvard)
  • Sean McGonagill (Brown)

MAAC

Player of the Year: Billy Baron (Canisius)
Coach of the Year: Jimmy Patsos (Siena)
Newcomer of the Year: Ike Azotam (Quinnipiac)
First team All-MAAC
  • Billy Baron (Canisius)
  • Antoine Mason (Niagara)
  • George Beamon (Manhattan)
  • Sean Armand (Iona)
  • Ike Azotam (Quinnipiac)

MAC

Player of the Year: Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
Coach of the Year: Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan)
Newcomer of the Year: Justin Drummond (Toledo)
All-MAC

  • Juice Brown (Toledo)
  • Nick Kellogg (Ohio)
  • David Brown (Western Michigan)
  • Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
  • Demetrius Treadwell (Akron)

MEAC

Player of the Year: Jeremy Ingram (North Carolina Central)
Coach of the Year: Levelle Moton (North Carolina Central)
Newcomer of the Year: James Daniel (Howard)
All-MEAC

  • Jeremy Ingram (North Carolina Central)
  • James Daniel (Howard)
  • Justin Black (Morgan State)
  • Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton)
  • Kendall Gray (Delaware State)

MISSOURI VALLEY

Player of the Year: Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
Coach of the Year: Gregg Marshall (Wichita State)
Newcomer of the Year: Milton Doyle (Loyola Chicago)
All-MVC

  • Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
  • Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State)
  • Ron Baker (Wichita State)
  • Jake Odum (Indiana State)
  • D.J. Balentine (Evansville)

NORTHEAST

Player of the Year: Karvel Anderson (Robert Morris)
Coach of the Year: Andy Toole (Robert Morris)
Newcomer of the Year: Malik Harmon (St. Francis PA)
All-NEC

  • Karvel Anderson (Robert Morris)
  • Jason Brickman (LIU-Brooklyn)
  • Alex Francis (Bryant)
  • Julian Norfleet (Mount St. Mary’s)
  • Sidney Sanders Jr. (Fairleigh Dickinson)

OHIO VALLEY

Player of the Year: Glenn Cosey (Eastern Kentucky)
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd (Belmont)
Newcomer of the Year: Cameron Payne (Murray State)
All-OVC

  • Glenn Cosey (Eastern Kentucky)
  • Cameron Payne (Murray State)
  • J.J. Mann (Belmont)
  • Tyler Stone (Southeast Missouri)
  • Patrick Miller (Tennessee State)

PATRIOT

Player of the Year: Cameron Ayers (Bucknell)
Coach of the Year: Mike Brennan (American)
Newcomer of the Year: Maurice Watson Jr. (Boston U.)
All-Patriot

  • Cameron Ayers (Bucknell)
  • Maurice Watson Jr. (Boston U.)
  • Troy Wroblicky (American)
  • Dave Dudzinksi (Holy Cross)
  • Kyle Wilson (Army)

SOUTHERN

Player of the Year: De’Mon Brooks (Davidson)
Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop (Davidson)
Newcomer of the Year: Isaiah Williams (Samford)
All-SoCon

  • Trey Sumler (Western Carolina)
  • Stephen Croone (Furman)
  • Karl Cochran (Wofford)
  • De’Mon Brooks (Davidson)
  • Z Mason (Chattanooga)

SOUTHLAND

Player of the Year: Jalan West (Northwestern State)
Coach of the Year: Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin)
Newcomer of the Year: Zikiteran Woodley (Northwestern State)
All-Southland
  • Jalan West (Northwestern State)
  • Michael Holyfield (Sam Houston State)
  • Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word)
  • Shawn Glover (Oral Roberts)
  • Jacob Parker (Stephen F. Austin)

SUMMIT

Player of the Year: Taylor Braun (North Dakota State)
Coach of the Year: Saul Phillips (North Dakota State)
Newcomer of the Year: Garret Covington (Western Illinois)
All-Summit
  • Taylor Braun (North Dakota State)
  • Jordan Dykstra (South Dakota State)
  • Luis Jacobo (IPFW)
  • Marshall Bjorkland (North Dakota State)
  • Brett Olson (Denver)

SUN BELT

Player of the Year: Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Coach of the Year: Ron Hunter (Georgia State)
Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Harrow (Georgia State)
All-Sun Belt

  • R.J. Hunter (Georgia State)
  • Ryan Harrow (Georgia State)
  • Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • Shawn Long (Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • Augustine Rubit (South Alabama)

SWAC

Player of the Year: Aaric Murray (Texas Southern)
Coach of the Year: Roman Banks (Southern)
Newcomer of the Year: Aaric Murray (Texas Southern)
All-SWAC

  • Jamel Waters (Alabama State)
  • Antwan Scott (Grambling)
  • Brandon West (Jackson State)
  • Calvin Godfrey (Southern)
  • Aaric Murray (Texas Southern)

WAC

Player of the Year: Stephen Madison (Idaho)
Coach of the Year: Dan Majerle (Grand Canyon)
Newcomer of the Year: Mitch Bruneel (Utah Valley)
All-WAC

  • Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State)
  • Isiah Grayson (Cal State Bakersfield)
  • Killian Larson (Grand Canyon)
  • Holton Hunsaker (Utah Valley)
  • Stephen Madison (Idaho)

Cuonzo Martin: ‘No timetable’ for a Michael Porter Jr. return

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There still is not clarity on whether or not Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will return to the court this season.

On Saturday, he participated in Missouri’s shootaround at Kentucky but did not run through warmups and did not play in the game.

“I don’t have a timeline,” Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said after Saturday’s 87-66 loss. “He wants to play.”

“We have to make sure he’s ready to go.”

Porter has only had one full practice since he underwent surgery on his back in November, and that came on Friday. A source confirmed to NBC Sports that Porter was, in fact, cleared for full contact on Thursday afternoon after a visit with a doctor.

Porter is expected to continue practicing with the team. He told reporters earlier this month that he would like to get a few games prior to the start of tournament play if he happens to take part in any games.

Kentucky, Duke, Arizona comment on player eligibility amidst FBI scandal

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On Saturday night, Kentucky won their third straight game over an opponent that will be in next month’s NCAA tournament. They were led by freshman Kevin Knox, who finished with 21 points just 36 hours after his name appeared in a report by Yahoo Sports in connection with a runner that was tied to disgraced NBA agent Andy Miller.

“I’m not here to talk about that,” Knox said in response to questions regarding the runner, Christian Dawkins, or the story that Yahoo published.

“That was all the university dealing with it,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said, adding that he did not discuss the matter with Knox. “I wasn’t involved in any way. But I felt good about it.”

“I was sure I would be able to play this whole week,” Knox told reporters. “I wasn’t really focused on none of that. I let Kentucky handle it.

“I just focused on me, focused on my game, and let them handle it. I slept well at night knowing I was going to be able to play.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski went a step further, detailing precisely how he found out about the report and how Wendell Carter’s parents were involved. Carter’s mother called him while he was walking his dog and told him what was in the story. According to Coach K, Wendell’s parents went to break bread with Dawkins, but Wendell’s father did not like him and left immediately while Wendell’s mother stayed to be polite. She said she did not have anything to eat.

“It wasn’t a distraction because I know I didn’t do anything wrong,” Carter told reporters after going for 16 points, 10 boards, four steals, four assists and two blocks in a win over Syracuse. “My family didn’t do anything wrong. No one around me did anything wrong. I knew I was going to play. Once I got out on the court, it was all good. It felt good.”

“We are very comfortable with where we are on this,” Coach K said. “We don’t feel like we are taking any chances with this. We very confident about this particular thing.”

Alabama told ESPN that any connection that Collin Sexton had to Dawkins or the Yahoo story was dealt with during his one-game suspension at the start of the season.

“We reviewed i, and after we reviewed it, we made the decision that Collin was going to be available for us,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “That’s the extent of it.”

Meanwhile, Arizona lost at Oregon after Sean Miller was replaced by Lorenzo Romar as head coach for the night. Romar offered no answers as to whether or not Miller, who was reportedly caught on a fire tap talking about a $100,000 payment to Deandre Ayton, will return to the program anytime soon because, as he put it, “I don’t know.” Romar was unable to even answer if he would be coaching practice on Sunday.

Troubled No. 14 Arizona loses 98-93 to Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. — No. 14 Arizona played without coach Sean Miller and lost 98-93 to Oregon in overtime at the end of a difficult Saturday for the troubled Wildcats program.

Miller sat out a day after ESPN reported he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton. The Wildcats also were without guard Allonzo Trier, who tested positive for the same banned substance that cost him 19 games last season.

“I believe it is in the best interest of our team that I not coach the game tonight,” Miller said in a statement. “I continue to fully support the university’s efforts to fully investigate this matter and am confident that I will be vindicated.”

The school did not specify why Miller didn’t coach against Oregon or if he will sit out any other games.

Ayton had 28 points and 16 rebounds for Arizona (22-7, 12-4 Pac-12), and Rawle Alkins added 24 points.

Oregon (19-10, 9-7) used a stellar performance at the line and a balanced attack to pick up its second straight win. Elijah Brown scored 22 of his season-high 30 points after halftime. MiKyle McIntosh added 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:02 left.

Brown made 15 of 17 free-throw attempts as the Ducks connected on 20 of 24 foul shots overall. The work at the line helped them over a 58.6 shooting percentage and a 35-30 rebounding edge for the Wildcats.

Arizona also committed 17 turnovers.

Dylan Smith’s 3-pointer for the Wildcats tied it at 83 with 22 seconds left. Oregon’s Payton Pritchard missed a driving layup with 2 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona’s immediate future isn’t clear beyond its last two games of the regular season at McKale Center. The Wildcats can clinch a share of the Pac-12 title with one more win.

Oregon push for relevance in the postseason discussion got a boost by beating the Wildcats, though the Ducks’ only route to NCAA Tournament may rest with winning the conference tournament in Las Vegas next month. Oregon closes on the road against the Washington schools.

Saturday College Basketball Recap: Bagley’s back, Miller’s gone, and Kansas got 14

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PLAYER OF THE DAY

It should have been Deandre Ayton.

He spent the first 30 minutes of No. 14 Arizona’s date with Oregon absolutely dominating the Ducks. He had 17 points, 11 boards and two blocks in the first half. He finished with 28 points, 17 boards and four blocks. But he didn’t score in the last five minutes of regulation and he didn’t get a shot in overtime until he shot a three with 15 seconds left as Arizona lost 98-90 at Oregon.

Which is why Elijah Brown is the Player of the Day. He finished with 30 points in the win.

It’s worth noting here that Arizona’s day was so much more than just a basketball game. Sean Miller did not coach the team in Oregon. We don’t even know if he was in Oregon. Ayton had to release a statement to say he was not involved in anything that had appeared in recent reports. Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, Allonzo Trier is still not eligible after he tested positive for another banned substance.

THE REST OF SATURDAY’S STARS

  • WENDELL CARTER, Duke: Marvin Bagley was back, but Carter still posted this line: 16 points, 10 boards, four assists, four steals and two blocks. And he anchored the paint in a game where Duke allowed an ACC team to score 44 points. Not bad.
  • KEVAUGHN ALLEN, Florida: It feels like Allen has been in a season-long slump, but the junior guard, coming off the bench, went for 24 points and made two critical threes down the stretch as the Gators knocked off No. 12 Auburn in Gainesville.
  • MARKIS MCDUFFIE, Wichita State: We’ve been waiting for him to show up, and he did on Saturday at SMU. He went for a season-high 26 points to lead the Shockers to a win on the road and keep them in the mix for an AAC regular season title.
  • KEVIN KNOX, Kentucky: Knox finished with 21 points as Kentucky won their third-straight game over an NCAA tournament team by double-digits. They beat Missouri by 22 points.

BUBBLE BANTER: Everything that happened on the cut-line

TEAM OF THE DAY

No. 8 Kansas knocked off No. 6 Texas Tech, 74-72, to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title. And it begs the question: Is this the best coaching job that Bill Self has ever done?

They lost Billy Preston. They have absolutely no depth, particularly in the front court. They had to bring a recruit into the program a semester early to make sure there were more than two front court players on the team. They lack toughness. They play small-ball without a small-ball four. They lost three games in Allen Fieldhouse, two of them by double-figures.

And they might win the toughest league in the country by two full games.

GAME OF THE DAY

Creighton knocked off No. 3 Villanova, 89-83, in an overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Foster led the way for the Bluejays with 28 points while Khyri Thomas finished with 24 points, but Jacob Epperson was the revelation, finishing 12 points, five boards and two blocks in a season-high 23 minutes.

Villanova led by eight points late in regulation before Creighton, who had been inching closer to the bubble after struggling down the stretch in the last couple of weeks, all-but ensured that they will be dancing.

WTF???? OF THE DAY

Pitt had absolutely no chance to win at home against No. 1 Virginia tonight.

I’m dead serious.

No chance, according to ESPN’s win probably graph. Look at this. It is 100 percent real:

ESPN win probability graph

That’s what happens when you shoot 1-for-22 through an entire half of basketball, scoring a full seven points. They were down 30-7 at the break. They lost 66-37. What an embarrassment.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

No. 6 Gonzaga put six players into double-figures as they went into the Marriott Center and knocked off BYU, 79-65. The Zags won a share of the WCC title as a result, splitting the title with No. 22 Saint Mary’s, who de-pantsed Santa Clara. Can we get a Round 3 in the WCC tournament final?

Jevon Carter became the first major-conference player in NCAA history to record more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career as No. 21 West Virginia beat Iowa State.

Trae Young is back. He had 27 points and hit six threes as Oklahoma snapped a six-game losing streak.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman finished with 28 points, eight boards, seven assists, two blocks and a steal as No. 21 Michigan mollywhopped Maryland. They were up 54-24. On the road. Ouch.

Gabe DeVoe scored 25 points as No. 15 Clemson erased a halftime deficit to knock off Georgia Tech, 75-67, at home.

Admiral Schofield finished with 25 points as No. 19 Tennessee knocked off Ole Miss in Oxford, 73-65, to move to within a game of first place in the SEC.

Young’s 27 help Oklahoma top Kansas State, end 6-game skid

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NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young’s entertaining act wasn’t translating into wins for Oklahoma, and desperation had set in.

Finally, a more collective effort helped the Sooners snap their six-game losing skid. Young scored 28 points, his teammates chipped in, and Oklahoma topped Kansas State 86-77 on Saturday.

Young, the freshman point guard who leads the nation in scoring, was coming off a season-low 11 points in a loss to Kansas earlier in the week. He bounced back with a smart floor game — he made 7 of 10 shots from the field, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and added seven assists.

Christian James scored 15 points and Brady Manek and Jamuni McNeace each added 10 for the Sooners (17-11, 7-9 Big 12), who shot 53 percent from the field.

“I talked to them and told them that I felt like our season was on the line,” James said. “We needed this. We came out and competed, and that showed tonight.”

Oklahoma hadn’t won since Jan. 30 and had dropped two straight at home.

“When you haven’t won in a while, it’s tough to stay plugged in and keep the right frame of mind,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Happy for the guys. Proud of the way they made shots and got some stops and did the things they needed to do to get one in the right column.”

Kansas State handled Young in the first meeting and forced him into 12 turnovers as the Wildcats rolled past the Sooners 87-69 on Jan. 16. In the rematch, Young had five turnovers, though two came well after the Sooners had the game in hand. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said Young’s efficiency was the difference.

“Normally, he’s got 21 shots or whatever it is,” Weber said. “He still turned it over a few times, but he made shots and then made plays for them.”

Barry Brown scored 28 points and Dean Wade added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State (20-9, 9-7). The Wildcats made just 4 of 21 3-pointers.

Young matched his 11-point total from the Kansas game in the first eight minutes against Kansas State. He hit a 3-pointer late in the first half to close out an 18-point first half and give the Sooners a 43-35 lead at the break.

James scored in close and was fouled, and he made the free throw to put the Sooners up 52-38 with 15:45 remaining. Young hit a deep 3-pointer to put the Sooners up 55-40, and it looked like Oklahoma might cruise.

Kansas State worked its way back into the game and cut its deficit to 63-56. A 3-pointer and a short floater by Manek helped put the Sooners up 10. Another three by Young made it 71-59 with just under six minutes left, and the Sooners remained in control from there.

Kruger said he could sense a different approach from the start.

“General focus and the sense of urgency,” he said. “The awareness that we are running out of games and you got to line up and play better. I thought we played with that focus and that awareness throughout the game.”

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners desperately needed this one to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume. Though the Sooners have numerous quality wins, the losing streak was enough to raise questions.

Kansas State: The Wildcats were getting votes for the Top 25, but probably won’t get there with this loss. Overall, a road loss to a solid team likely won’t hurt the Wildcats’ NCAA hopes.

STAT LINES

Oklahoma shot 62 percent in the second half to maintain control of the game. The Sooners made 16 of 26 field goals and 4 of 10 3-pointers after the break.

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Weber, on why Young shouldn’t be Big 12 Player of the Year: “To me, the Big 12 player of the year should be from the people who win the league. That’s just me. You know winning is what dictates who should be the Big 12 player of the year. But that is my opinion. Everyone has different opinions.”