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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter receives extension through 2019-20 season

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In three seasons as the head coach at Georgia State, Ron Hunter has put together a record of 62 wins and 37 losses with the 2013-14 edition winning 25 games and winning the Sun Belt regular season title. As a result of that run the school has rewarded Hunter with a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, with the news being announced Friday.

Hunter’s annual salary will be bumped up to $425,000 per year, with a clause calling for that figure to be increased to $500,000 should he lead the Panthers to the NCAA tournament. As for a possible buyout, that figure is now $650,000 should the coach want to move on to another job before his contract expires.

“We are excited to be here, we are excited to bring championships to Georgia State and we are excited to bring postseason opportunities to this great university and its incredible students, alumni and fans,” Hunter said in the release. “I especially want to say thank you to all of those who made this possible, including my great coaching staff – which I feel is the best in the country – and of course to my players.”

Georgia State finished 17-1 in Sun Belt play, losing to Louisiana in the conference tournament title game in overtime. Georgia State fell at Clemson in the first round of the Postseason NIT, the program’s second postseason tournament appearance in Hunter’s three seasons at the school.

Georgia State loses four seniors from the 2013-14 team, led by guard Devonta White (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg) and forward Manny Atkins (14.4, 6.1). But guards R.J. Hunter (18.3, 4.6) and Ryan Harrow (17.8, 2.6, 4.2), the latter of whom enjoyed a highly productive season after transferring in from Kentucky, return as does rising senior forward Curtis Washington (7.5, 5.9).

Georgia State also landed Louisville transfer Kevin Ware, but it remains to be seen if the NCAA would grant him immediate eligibility.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas