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Tyler Cavanaugh explains reasons for leaving Wake Forest in report

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Wake Forest took a rather large blow to their 2014-15 season when sophomore forward Tyler Cavanaugh opted to transfer earlier this month and in a report from Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com, the 6-foot-9 Cavanaugh explained the rationale for his decision.

For the stretch four, it mostly came down to winning and making the NCAA Tournament in his final two seasons of eligibility.

“I wrote down my goals — I want to make the NCAA Tournament, I want to compete for a conference championship,” Cavanaugh said to Ditota. “I mean, I loved my time at Wake. My two years were great; up and down and I learned a lot about myself as a player. But I felt like it was time for me to move on to something else.”

After the resignation of former head coach Jeff Bzdelik, Cavanaugh waited to meet with new Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning and ultimately decided that moving on was his best option. With the loss of senior Travis McKie and friend Arnaud William-Adala Moto to transfer, Cavanaugh felt like Wake Forest didn’t have the horses to compete in the ACC the next two seasons.

“It wasn’t an easy decision because I really loved Wake and all the guys and I think Coach Manning is eventually going to do a good job,” Cavanaugh said to Ditota. “But I just didn’t feel like it was the right spot for me anymore and I wanted to pursue a better opportunity. I think the team can have success, but I just really wasn’t feeling it any more.”

Cavanaugh told Ditota that he’s heard from Colorado, Davidson, Dayton, George Washington, Oregon and Providence and he’s likely to make a list of three schools and take official visits in the near future.

In his sophomore season, Cavanaugh averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and the 6-foot-9 forward also shot 42 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the free-throw line.

If Cavanaugh wants to make the NCAA Tournament or compete for a conference championship, he likely made the right decision to leave Wake Forest. Although Danny Manning did a nice job at Tulsa and could be successful in Winston-Salem, it wouldn’t likely come in the next two seasons while Cavanaugh still had 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 biggest shock to me?

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