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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) celebrates at a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Seldon scored 24 points in the game. Kansas defeated Baylor 102-74. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Selden leads No. 2 Kansas to 94-67 win over Oklahoma State

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Wayne Selden Jr. scored 18 points, Landen Lucas added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and second-ranked Kansas rolled to a 94-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

Perry Ellis shrugged off a sluggish start to finish with 15 points, and Frank Mason III had 14 for the balanced Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3 Big 12), who avenged a surprising loss to the Cowboys last month.

Oklahoma State (12-13, 3-10) led much of the first half, fell behind by 18 early in the second, then trimmed their deficit to 62-56 with about 11 minutes to go. But the Jayhawks caught fire down the stretch, pulling away for a lopsided victory over coach Bill Self’s alma mater.

The Jayhawks finished the first half on a 30-9 run. They finished the second on a 32-11 run.

Jeff Newberry scored 19 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 13 for the Cowboys, who again played without leading scorer Jawun Evans. The freshman has been sidelined since hurting his right shoulder Feb. 3.

The Jayhawks looked as if they were still reveling in Saturday’s road win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the early minutes, struggling through turnovers and a jumble of poor shots to dig a deep hole.

Oklahoma State made it seem even bigger by sticking to coach Travis Ford’s game plan of slowing down the game. Whenever the Cowboys pulled down a rebound, Ford would stomp on the floor and remind his team to maintain the kind of plodding pace that equals the playing field against a more talented opponent.

Eventually, all that talent on the Kansas bench took over.

With the Cowboys leading 25-17, Selden drove along the baseline and rose up for a dunk between two defenders. The play instantaneously energized the crowd in Allen Fieldhouse, and when Anthony Allen’s turnover led to a runout and 3-pointer by Devonte Graham – off a nifty feed from freshman forward Carlton Bragg – the Cowboys were quick to burn a timeout.

It did little good as the Jayhawks pulled ahead a few minutes later on Selden’s 3-pointer, and then finished the half with Brannen Green’s buzzer-beating 3 for a 47-34 advantage.

The lead swelled to 18 points early in the second before Oklahoma State went on a run of its own, trimming its deficit to 61-54 at the under-12 timeout. But the Jayhawks answered with a coldly efficient 10-0 to regain control, and they waltzed the rest of the way to their sixth straight win.

TIP-INS

Oklahoma State: Tavarius Shine had 11 points. … The Cowboys were outrebounded 45-27 and outscored 17-3 on second-chance points. … Evans had 22 points in the Cowboys’ win over Kansas last month.

Kansas: Greene finished with 11 points. Graham had 10. … The Jayhawks were 11 of 21 from beyond the arc. … Kansas has won 37 straight at Allen Fieldhouse.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State plays Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Kansas visits Kansas State on Saturday night.

Malcolm Brogdon makes ACC POY bid in No. 7 Virginia’s win over N.C. State, Cat Barber

Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Virginia won 73-53. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly)
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The story line entering Monday night’s tilt between No. 7 Virginia and N.C. State was that it would be a chance for Cat Barber to state his case as the ACC’s Player of the Year.

The combination of playing on Big Monday and going up against one of the nation’s best defensive teams was the perfect opportunity for a kid that entered the game averaging 31.6 points in his last seven games to showcase that ability on a national stage.

Instead, it was Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon that looked deserving of winning the award. He finished with 22 points and five assists while holding Barber to just 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting to go along with five turnovers in a 73-53 drubbing in Charlottesville. This came after Brogdon was the guy to slow down Brandon Ingram in the second half against Duke on Saturday.

He’s as good as any perimeter defender in the SEC.

And he’s averaging 17.8 points on the team that averages the fewest possessions in college basketball.

That’s why Barber is going to have a difficult time gaining traction as a candidate for the conference player of the year award. It’s not because he’s having a poor season; he’s been terrific, even if N.C. State has been one of the biggest disappointments in the conference, if not the country. The other candidates in the league are just so strong.

For my money, Brogdon is the favorite as of today. He can shut down 6-foot-9 wings and 6-foot point guards and is one of the most efficiency scorers in the league. Then there’s Brice Johnson, who is averaging 16.4 points and 10.0 boards for the team that is currently sitting at first place in the league. And you can’t forget Grayson Allen, who’s averages of 20.6 points, 4.7 boards and 3.7 assists might be comparable to Barber’s numbers if he wasn’t playing alongside Ingram, who has turned into one of the ACC’s most lethal offensive weapons in ACC play.

Barber’s having a fantastic season, one that is on par with Erick Green’s 2013 campaign, when he was named ACC Player of the Year on a last place Virginia Tech team. In a vacuum, he’s probably playing well enough to win the award despite being on a .500 basketball team.

But this isn’t in a vacuum.

It’s in a league where Johnson, Allen and, specifically, Brogdon all reside.

And if tonight taught us anything, it’s that Brogdon is currently the best player in the conference.

Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud to miss the rest of the season

Virginia Tech forward Zach LeDay (32) has a shot blocked by Louisville forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Blacksburg, Va. Louisville won 91-83. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
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Anas Mahmoud will be out for the rest of the season after spraining his ankle in practice on Monday, the school announced.

Mahmoud is a 7-foot-1 center from Egypt and one of the most intriguing prospects on the Louisville roster. His production this season has been minimal — he’s averaging just 3.4 points, 3.1 boards and 1.4 blocks in 14 minutes — but the potential is there. He’s long, he’s athletic, he’s skilled and he’s just a sophomore.

Louisville has six games left this season.

The Cardinals are ineligible for the NCAA tournament after self-imposing a postseason ban.

Rutgers suspends freshman Corey Sanders

Rutgers guard Corey Sanders (3) reacts to play late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J.  Iowa  won 90-76. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers star freshman Corey Sanders has been suspended from basketball activities for two weeks for a violation of team rules, coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement released by the school.

Sanders will miss Rutgers’ next four games.

“Although I am disappointed to announce this suspension, I believe that it will serve as a valuable learning experience for Corey,” Jordan said Monday. “The team will continue to work hard in his absence and looks forward to his return.”

Rutgers’ next game is Tuesday night at Illinois. With big men Deshawn Freeman, Shaq Doorson and Ibrahima Diallo out for the season with injury, the Scarlet Knights were down to eight scholarship players prior to Sanders’ suspension.

Sanders has been one of the few bright spots in a season of struggles for Rutgers (6-19, 0-12). Sanders ranks first among freshmen in the Big Ten in points (16.2) and steals (1.6) per game and is second in assists (4.1).

The two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week had his eye on the Big Ten freshman of the year award.

“If they go by numbers-wise there’s no reason I shouldn’t be Big Ten freshman of the year, and that’s an accolade I want,” Sanders said after pouring in a team high 23-points in a 79-69 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night. “If I don’t get it I’m not going to cry about it. I know my fans are going to be upset. That would sit with me a little bit if I don’t win that award . … I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about I need to win freshman of the year or freshman of the week. If it comes it comes. .When it comes, though, it feels good. It feels like it’s paying off.”

While Rutgers won’t make the NCAA Tournament for the 25th straight season, it had something to look forward to in Sanders. He’s the program’s most promising freshman since Quincy Douby, who left Rutgers after his junior year for the NBA and was picked in the first round by the Sacramento Kings.

Douby was sitting courtside for the Ohio State game Saturday.

“He’s a stud,” Douby said. “In my opinion he’s actually a better freshman than I was.”

Statistically, Douby’s right. Douby averaged 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a freshman in 2003-04, all of which Sanders has surpassed.

However, Douby’s team success was much greater. Rutgers went 20-13 and 7-9 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights made it to the NIT finals, losing to Michigan 62-55.

“I had a better team around me, so I didn’t have to do as much as he’s doing,” Douby said. “My junior year (I did) – but I already had two seasons before I put everything on my shoulders. He’s doing it as a freshman, and he’s doing a good job so far, but he’s just got to continue to learn, continue to be that leader and take the bumps and bruises.”

The latest speed bump marks the second time Sanders has been suspended this season. Sanders sat out the opener against Rutgers-Newark for a self-imposed suspension by Rutgers for participating in a non-sanctioned basketball event last summer.

This suspension comes when Rutgers is desperately in need of a win. The Scarlet Knights have a 27 game losing streak in the conference dating back to last season.

When Sanders returns, Rutgers will host Michigan State before closing out the regular season against Minnesota.

Maryland’s Diamond Stone suspended for incident on Saturday

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Diamond Stone has been suspended for one game as the result of a contact dead ball technical foul that he was assessed in Maryland’s loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Late in the first half, after a tussle for a loose ball, Stone used an open hand to bounce Vitto Brown’s head off of the floor. You can see the play here:

He was not ejected from the game, but he will not be playing for the Terps on Thursday against Minnesota.

Stone, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Wisconsin, is a projected lottery pick that’s averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 boards this season.

AP POLL: Villanova remains in the top spot

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Villanova remained the top team in the AP Poll after a week that saw just about everyone in the poll lose.

AP top 25 teams went 27-23 this week, with 16 of those 23 losses coming to teams that were not ranked. Just seven teams made it through the week unblemished — Villanova, Kansas, UNC, Miami, Arizona, Kentucky and Dayton — so it should come as no surprise that the top two teams in the country are both on that list.

Here is the complete AP poll:

1. Villanova (22-3, 44 first-place votes)
2. Kansas (21-4, 21)
3. Oklahoma (20-4)
4. Iowa (20-5)
5. North Carolina (21-4)
6. Maryland (22-4)
7. Virginia (20-5)
8. Michigan State (21-5)
9. Xavier (22-3)
10. West Virginia (20-5)
11. Miami (20-4)
12. Arizona (21-5)
13. Iowa State (18-7)
14. Kentucky (19-6)
15. Dayton (21-3)
16. Oregon (20-6)
17. Purdue (20-6)
18. Louisville (19-6)
19. Notre Dame (18-7)
20. Duke (19-6)
21. SMU (21-3)
22. Indiana (20-6)
23. Providence (19-7)
24. Texas A&M (18-7)
25. Baylor (18-7)

Dropped out: Wichita State, USC, South Carolina
Jumped in: Notre Dame, Duke, Indiana