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West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) takes a shot over Iowa State guard Matt Thomas (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb, 22, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
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No. 14 West Virginia ends two-game skid against No. 17 Iowa State

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Jaysean Paige netted 34 points and Tarik Phillip added 22 points and six assists as No. 14 West Virginia bounced back from a pair of losses last week to take out No. 17 Iowa State, 97-87.

At this point, it’s fair to say that the Mountaineers are just a horrid matchup for the Cyclones.

On the one hand, Iowa State is not — and, during their resurgence over the course of the last five or six years, has not been — a good defensive team. This group may be worse than any that Fred Hoiberg had, and the Mountaineers took advantage. Paige and Phillip both come off the bench for Bobby Huggins’ team, but those are his two best back court players. On Monday, they both posted career-highs, as the Cyclones didn’t have an answer for either of them.

But there may be a reason for that.

It’s not exactly a secret that Iowa State doesn’t have any depth. It was a major concern entering the year, and that was before they lost Naz Long to a hip issue. Hallice Cooke hasn’t had the impact that he was expected to this season, Deonte Burton didn’t get eligible until midway through the year and that just so happened to coincide with the start of Jameel McKay’s “flakiness” in practice.

They’ve had a five- or six-man rotation all season long, which has undoubtedly taken a toll on the legs of Georges Niang and Monte’ Morris, and never was that more problematic than when they were asked to go up against a West Virginia team that goes ten-deep and has built a system around trying to wear out their opponent with full court pressure.

I feel for Steve Prohm, who is going to bear the brunt of what will amount to a failure of a season in the eyes of his fan base — they entered the year with Final Four expectations and currently sit at 8-7 in the Big 12, which is not something that is going to be easy to swallow in Ames, not when Iowa looks like a top ten team. And I feel for Niang and Morris, who have been two of the most entertaining players in the country to watch this season, because barring some kind of a miracle, this is an Iowa State team whose ceiling feels like the Sweet 16.

One last note on West Virginia: Nathan Adrian has been a really nice spark for them. He’s seen an increase in minutes over the course of the last month, and he’s played with an unbelievable amount of confidence. He’s hitting threes, he’s playing the point on their press and he’s able to guard three different positions. I didn’t see that coming from him.

Davon Reed rescues No. 12 Miami as the Canes land a key bounce back win over No. 3 Virginia

Miami's Davon Reed goes up to shoot against Virginia's Mike Toby during the first half action of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
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No. 12 Miami got the bounce back win they needed.

Just two days after they were embarrassed by North Carolina in Chapel Hill, losing a game by 25 points that they trailed by 38 at one point, the Hurricanes headed back to Coral Gables for a date with No. 3 Virginia. And despite playing with a banged up Sheldon McClellan and JaQuan Newton, Miami pulled out a 64-61 win to move into sole possession of second place in the ACC, just a game behind the Tar Heels.

The hero was Davon Reed, a junior wing that’s averaging 10.5 points this season. He scored 21 points and hit 5-for-6 from beyond the arc for Jim Larrañaga’s club, helping to bail out Miami team on a night where their stars didn’t show up.

Angel Rodriguez is a notoriously inconsistent player, and on Monday night we got a dose of Bad Angel. He was 3-for-10 from the floor with three turnovers and just one assists. Rodriguez did hit a big jumper late and he played some impressive defensive on UVA’s London Perrantes, but the fact that Miami was able to beat a team as good as Virginia with his struggles — and with the ineffectiveness of Newton and McClellan — is unequivocally a good sign for this team.

Another positive was the play on Tonye Jekiri, who has developed into a pretty well-rounded post presence. He’s known more for his interior toughness and ability on the glass, but on Monday night he chipped in with nine points and five assists. Miami can run offense through him, which takes some pressure off of their back court to produce.

Despite the loss, Malcolm Brogdon once again showcased why he’s a favorite for National Player of the Year and trending towards the discussion for first-team All-America. He finished with 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the floor. In the second half, as the Cavs worked back from a 10 point deficit (at the pace UVA plays, that’s like a normal team erasing a 15 point lead) Brogdon hit his first eight shots from the floor, the only miss coming on a forced 25-footer with 20 seconds left on the clock.

Virginia drops two games off of the pace in the ACC standings with the loss.

Tennessee’s Kevin Punter Jr. has stress fracture in foot

Tennessee guard Kevin Punter (0), center, sits on the bench with a leg brace with teammates Ray Kasongo (2) and Detrick Mostella (15), from left, during an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Tennessee won 81-65. (Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. has a stress fracture in his right foot, which likely will force the Volunteers to continue playing without their top scorer.

Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of Punter’s injury Monday and described his status as “day to day.” Barnes said he doesn’t expect Punter to play Wednesday at South Carolina (22-5, 9-5 SEC) but added that “I’ve been fooled before.”

“I hurt for him, and we all do because first of all, he’s just a great person,” Barnes said. “He works hard. He’s a great teammate. He’s been a joy to be around. You hope that he’s going to have a way to maybe get back and work through it.

“For him, it’s tough on him because he’s a competitor. He loves the game, and he’s done everything a coaching staff could ask him to do. To see him in this situation this time of year, we all feel for him.”

Punter sat on the bench wearing a walking boot on his right foot throughout Tennessee’s 81-65 victory over LSU on Saturday.

Barnes said Punter was wearing the walking boot in the gym Monday morning and had indicated his foot was feeling a little bit better.

The 6-foot-2 senior averages 22.2 points per game for Tennessee (13-14, 6-8) and ranks 11th among all Division I players in scoring.

Barnes said Punter indicated his foot started hurting intermittently the last couple of weeks and that it felt worse Thursday when Tennessee warmed up before an 80-70 loss at No. 16 Kentucky, which was ranked 14th at the time.

“Looking back, I did not think he’d been himself for the last three or four games,” Barnes said.

Duke expects to have guards Jones, Thornton for FSU game

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he expects injured guards Matt Jones and Derryck Thornton to play Thursday night against Florida State.

Krzyzewski discussed the players’ health Monday.

Jones – a junior and co-captain – sprained his left ankle in the first half of the win over North Carolina last week and watched the second half of that game while on crutches. After being initially ruled out for the following game at Louisville, he took part in pregame warmups but did not play.

Thornton – a freshman point guard – briefly left the Louisville game after falling on his shoulder in the second half. Krzyzewski says there was no structural damage to his shoulder.

NEW PODCAST: Kentucky’s T, Duke’s collapse and the rest of a wild weekend

Kentucky's Isaac Humphries, center, reacts after having a technical foul called on him during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M won 79-77. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
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Another Monday, another podcast with a wild weekend to recap.

In today’s episode, we go over the technical foul given to Isaac Humphries, the collapse we saw from Duke on Saturday, No. 1 seeds that might lose early, Final Four sleepers and why some of the most talented teams in the country are flailing.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.

AP POLL: Villanova is now No. 1 in both polls

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Villanova is the No. 1 team in the country again this week after sweeping Temple and Butler, both of whom are bubble teams.

This sets up a top five matchup on Wednesday as No. 1 Villanova will head to Cincinnati to take on No. 5 Xavier, which will be the best game that we see in the Big East this season.

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (24-3, 45 first-place votes)
2. Kansas (23-4, 20)
3. Virginia (21-5)
3. Oklahoma (21-5)
5. Xavier (24-3)
6. Michigan State (22-5)
7. North Carolina (22-5)
8. Iowa (20-6)
9. Arizona (22-5)
10. Maryland (23-5)
11. Louisville (21-6)
12. Miami FL (21-5)
13. Oregon (21-6)
14. West Virginia (20-7)
15. Duke (20-7)
16. Kentucky (20-7)
17. Iowa State (19-8)
18. Indiana (22-6)
19. Baylor (20-7)
20. Purdue (21-7)
21. Texas A&M (20-7)
22. Utah (21-7)
23. Notre Dame (18-8)
24. SMU (22-4)
25. Texas (17-10)