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DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 26:  Jake Wilson #15 of the Appalachian State Mountaineers guards Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Allen scores 21, No. 6 Duke routs App State 93-58

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen showed what he’s capable of when healthy – and then went down with the latest in a run of injuries for No. 6 Duke.

Allen scored all 21 of his points in the first half, then injured a toe late in Duke’s 93-58 rout of Appalachian State on Saturday.

Allen, who has been playing through a right foot injury suffered in last week’s loss to No. 5 Kansas, appeared to tweak that foot or ankle when he went down while going for a rebound with about 12 minutes to play and Duke leading by 35. He stayed on the bench for the rest of the game.

Allen was not available for comment after the game because he was receiving treatment, team spokesman Cory Walton said.

“He just landed funny, and when that happens, it hurts,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It really hurts. He looked fresher in that first half than he has the entire season, and hopefully we’ll get there by Tuesday night” when No. 24 Michigan State visits.

Luke Kennard added 18 points and Amile Jefferson and Frank Jackson each finished with 15 for the Blue Devils (6-1), who have won four straight but once again must deal with an injury to a key player. Duke also has been without three injured freshman big men due to injuries and Krzyzewski says those three won’t play against Michigan State either.

“That’s frustrating, but you do what you need to do and we don’t ask anybody to feel sorry for us, and nobody will,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just a fact of life. I don’t want, `Poor me.’ I’m not `Poor me.’ I’ve got good guys. … Totally the opposite (team) of what we thought we would have.”

Kelvin Robinson scored 12 points for the Mountaineers (2-3), who average 89 points but for the first time were held to fewer than 70.

Allen started shooting the ball better in his last game, hitting three 3s in a rout of William & Mary on Wednesday night, and he picked up right where he left off.

He led the way during an opening half in which Duke scored a season-best 55 points and used a 24-12 burst to push the lead into the 20s. Allen keyed the run with two of his four 3s, and Jackson capped it with a layup that made it 53-31.

Matt Jones added 10 points for Duke.

BIG PICTURE

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers could pull a few positives from their first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1987. They found ways to score on Duke, hitting nine 3s and scoring 34 first-half points – both the most allowed by Duke this season. That could give them a dose of confidence before their next visit to an ACC arena – they are at North Carolina State on Dec. 15.

“We knew that they were going to bring pressure offensively, their defense against our offense, and we played way too fast,” coach Jim Fox said. “And when we started missing some shots, we kind of got stagnant. … They got going, they made some shots. I’ve been here before and that’s happened, and it goes quick.”

Duke: For the second straight game, injured freshman forwards Harry Giles and Marques Bolden warmed up but didn’t play. In their continued absence, Chase Jeter was once again the first post player off the bench, but freshman Javin DeLaurier was impressive and sophomore Antonio Vrankovic scored eight points in 19 minutes. Both could make a push for Jeter’s minutes going forward.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Duke showed no evidence that it deserves to be ranked lower than No. 6, though the game against the Spartans should provide a more accurate benchmark.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

The play of the day came with about 7 minutes left in the first half when Jefferson pinned Emarius Logan’s layup attempt against the glass. Kennard grabbed the rebound to start the break the other way and lofted a perfect alley-oop pass to Jackson, who finished off the dunk to make it 37-21.

UP NEXT

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers remain in the state and will visit Charlotte on Monday night.

Duke: The Blue Devils play their marquee home nonconference game Tuesday night with a visit from No. 24 Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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No. 9 Xavier dominates in 64-42 win over Northern Iowa

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 20:  Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers reacts after a play in the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI (AP) The rematch was no match at all. Xavier’s defense made sure of it.

J.P. Macura scored 18 points, and Xavier’s defense dug in during a dominant first half, sending the ninth-ranked Musketeers to a 64-42 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday.

Xavier (6-0) completely controlled a matchup of teams playing for the second time in six days. The Musketeers beat Northern Iowa 67-59 for championship of Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando last Sunday.

This time, it was no contest. Xavier knew exactly what to expect the second time around.

“I think it’s easy,” coach Chris Mack said . “Northern Iowa always runs the same three plays to start the game. I’m sure the players are like, `We’ve got it.’ I was really excited about our mindset today.”

Edmond Sumner had 14 points and seven assists, making Xavier’s offense get into a flow quickly.

The Musketeers looked very comfortable in their second go-round against the Panthers (3-2). Northern Iowa had trouble finding open shots while Xavier raced ahead 30-10, going 4 of 13 from the field with seven turnovers as Xavier’s defense gave its best performance of the season.

The Musketeers led 35-12 at halftime, the fewest points they had allowed in any half for 34 years.

“That’s the best half we’ve played since I’ve been here,” said Macura , a junior. “We were talking really well. We were in each other’s gaps.”

Xavier pushed the lead to 26 points early in the second half and was never threatened. Jeremy Morgan scored 14 points – all in the second half – for Northern Iowa. Morgan had 20 points in their game on Sunday, but missed all of his four shots in the first half while Xavier took control.

The Panthers had made at least 10 3-pointers in each of their first four games this season, going 10 of 24 against Xavier on Sunday. They were only 6 of 18 in the rematch. Xavier had a 42-20 edge in rebounds, getting 15 on offense.

“They made it obvious that they did a better job of preparing their guys for what was the rematch, if you will,” Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said. “They outplayed us on the glass, they outplayed us in a lot of areas. They outplayed us in the areas that mattered.”

Northern Iowa shot 33 percent from the field and had only seven assists.

“I thought the difference in the game was our defensive effort at the outset,” Mack said. “Good teams lock in on the challenge in the moment. We defended at a really high level, as good as I can remember.”

BIG PICTURE

Northern Iowa: The Panthers are 17-37 all-time against ranked teams, including 2-17 on the road. Both of those road wins came at Wichita State – last season and in 2006.

Xavier: Kaiser Gates got into a game for the first time. The sophomore forward was counted upon to be an integral part of Xavier’s overhauled front line, but tore cartilage in his left knee and had surgery a month ago. Gates played 11 minutes, missed his only shot, got two rebounds and picked up three fouls – not bad for someone who’s had only three practices.

“He had a phenomenal summer,” Mack said. “He’s in great position as we move forward.”

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Xavier hadn’t played consecutive games against a nonconference team since it faced Yale twice in 1960. It was the eighth time in school history that the Musketeers played someone in back-to-back games out of conference.

OUCH

Northern Iowa’s Klint Carlson picked up third foul with 7:48 left in the first half, even though the Panthers were playing zone. Carlson finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 24 minutes. Forward Bennett Koch fouled out with 8:15 to go after scoring five points and getting two rebounds.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Xavier played its most complete game yet and has shown improvement each time out after a couple of close opening wins.

UP NEXT

Northern Iowa hosts George Mason on Wednesday.

Xavier hosts North Dakota State on Tuesday.

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Butler upsets No. 8 Arizona

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 25:  Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats drives against Sean McDermott #22 of the Butler Bulldogs during the championship game of the 2016 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on November 25, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Kelan Martin led four players in double-figures with 16 points as Butler knocked off No. 8 Arizona, 69-65, in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-0 on the season with the win.

Butler’s win is yet another boon for the Big East Conference, which has now won four early-season tournaments – Villanova won the Charleston Classic, Creighton won the Paradise Jam and Xavier won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The loss is Arizona’s first of the season, but it’s not a loss that comes as all that much of a surprise. The Wildcats, who are still playing without Allonzo Trier, struggled to put away Cat St. Bakersfield, Northern Colorado and Santa Clara. This is a young Arizona team that is only getting consistent play from Lauri Markannen, who led the way with 15 points for the Wildcats.

Kobi Simmons scored all 14 of his points against Butler in the second half, helping Arizona dig out of a nine-point hole.

Kentucky’s star to undergo MRI on back

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Isaiah Briscoe #13 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives down court against the Michigan State Spartans in the first half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Isaiah Briscoe will undergo an MRI after missing his second straight game on Friday night.

Briscoe injured his back after a hard fall in Kentucky’s win over Duquesne.

“They’re going to do an MRI tonight because they’re surprised it’s still bothering him,” head coach John Calipari said after a 111-76 win over UT-Martin. “Let’s hope it’s clear for his sake.”

Cal made sure to note that the MRI was precautionary.

Briscoe is averaging 18 points this season, Kentucky’s leading scorer. He was fifth in the latest NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

Woman who had an affair with Bo Ryan sues Wisconsin officials

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A woman who was involved in an affair with former Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has filed a lawsuit against top university officials, according to the Wisconsin State-Journal.

The woman, Robin Van Ert, 42, named Chancellor Rebecca Blank, athletic director Barry Alvarez and six other UW-Madison officials in the lawsuit. The crux of the lawsuit stems from what she called a “sham” investigation into her accusations that Ryan used inappropriately used university funds during their affair, which spanned from 2009-2014.

Van Ert also claims that the university violated her privacy rights by publicly revealing her identity when they released an email in 2015 in which she detailed her affair.

“As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ actions, Van Ert has suffered severe emotional and physical distress and illness, loss of privacy, harm to her reputation, loss of business and has incurred substantial damages and legal fees,” the complaint states, according to the WSJ.

Ryan originally announced that he would be retiring from Wisconsin at the end of the 2015-16 season, but he abruptly announced his retirement after a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on a Tuesday night last December.

Enechionyia lifts Temple over No. 19 West Virginia, 81-77

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25:  Obi Enechionyia #0 of the Temple Owls drives to the basket on Brandon Watkins #20 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half during the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center on November 25, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) Obi Enechionyia had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Temple to an 81-77 upset of No. 19 West Virginia in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday.

Enechionyia scored 18 of his 22 in the first half for Temple (4-2), but it was his free throw with one second left that sealed the early season tournament championship. Alani Moore II added 18 points for the Owls, while Daniel Dingle had 15 and Quinton Rose 12.

Despite having four players finish in double-digit scoring, West Virginia (4-1) lost for the first time this season. Ahmad led the Mountaineers with 19 points, Teyvon Myers added 15, and Nathan Adrian and Tarik Phillip had 13 apiece.

The 71st meeting between the programs saw Temple enjoy a 45-25 advantage at halftime thanks to two extended stretches in which the Owls held the Mountaineers scoreless.

Following Phillip’s layup 1:29 into the game, West Virginia did not score for 5:28 until Adrian’s layup at 13:09. During that stretch, the Owls outscored the Mountaineers 13-0. Then, after Ahmad’s layup with 5:28 left in the half, Temple scored the next nine points until Phillip knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to 38-23.

The Owls held West Virginia to 32.3 percent shooting from the field – including 27.3 percent from 3-point range – in the first half. Temple also forced West Virginia into 11 first-half turnovers.

Trailing by 20, West Virginia ratcheted up its trademark press defense in the second half. After Phillip drilled a 3 in front of the Mountaineers’ bench, causing Temple coach Fran Dunphy to call timeout with 11:31 left, West Virginia was credited with nine forced turnovers in 8 1/2 minutes.

The timeout did not stem West Virginia’s tide, as the Mountaineers scored 13 of the next 17 points to take a 65-64 lead. It was their first advantage since opening the game on a 7-0 run. An Ahmad layup pushed the advantage to 67-64.

But Temple would not go away.

The Owls took a 75-71 lead on the strength of an 11-4 run spanning 2:36. Moore made four free throws in the stretch, and Rose added two free throws and a jumper.

The final 4:44 saw Moore play a pivotal role. The 5-foot-10 guard grabbed three rebounds and made two free throws to set the stage for Enechionyia.

Enechionyia was named the Most Outstanding Player of the two-day tournament. He was selected for the All-Tournament team along with Dingle, Ahmad, Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill.

BIG PICTURE

Temple: Two strong performances against Top 25 teams can only bode well for Dunphy’s team once American Athletic Conference play begins.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers’ first four games were blowout victories. Being forced to play a possession-by-possession game in the second half could benefit West Virginia over the course of the season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Temple: The Owls beat the No. 25 and No. 19 teams in the nation on consecutive days. That may be enough for them to sneak into the Top 25.

West Virginia: A four-point loss to an unranked team should not cause West Virginia to drop out of the Top 25.

NOTABLE

Temple: The Owls came into the game having defeated No. 25 Florida State a day earlier. The win allowed Temple to extend its streak of defeating a Top 25 team to 10 years in a row.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers entered the game leading the nation with 13.7 steals and 27 forced turnovers per game. Their 15.7 turnover margin was also best in the nation.

UP NEXT

Temple: Visits Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday.

West Virginia: Hosts Manhattan on Monday.

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