Wednesday’s slate and what to watch

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Thursday morning, everybody’ll be talking about one game – Georgetown-St. John’s. If it was 1985.

No, I’m talking about No. 4 San Diego State’s trip to No. 9 BYU, where the unbeaten Aztecs (20-0) haven’t won since 2005. But I’ve already talked up this game plenty this week here, here, here and here. So I’ll just tell you to find CBS College Sports on the TV (it’s channel 613 on DirecTV and 152 on Dish Network) around 10 p.m. ET.

And enjoy.

(All times ET)

West Virginia at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU): What in Jerry West’s name is going on in Morgantown? Noah Cottrill quit the team, Casey Mitchell was suspended indefinitely and Dan Jennings decided to walk out during the middle of a game. With all that, shouldn’t this line be higher?  

Texas at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN): The Longhorns (16-3) are suddenly the team to beat in the Big 12 (dig that efficiency margin!). But going into Gallagher-Iba with Missouri on Saturday screams trap game. The good news for UT? Even if Texas’ offense struggles, the defense won’t.

Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2): UNC (13-5) is sticking with freshman guard Kendall Marshall in the starting lineup, which is music to the ears of every Tar Heel fan. He played well, and Larry Drew II could finally relax during a win against Clemson.

Northwestern at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (BTN): It’s the Gophers’ first game without point guard Al Nolen, which doesn’t leave Tubby Smith with many options. Northwestern is coming off a throttling by Wisconsin (not an understatement). If there was ever a time when the Wildcats could use a break, it’s now.

St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN3): Yeah, it’s not 1985. Still should be an entertaining game if the Johnnie’s can slow down the pace and frustrate the Hoyas’ shooter.

EAST
Iowa at Penn St., 6:30 p.m.
Lafayette at Army, 7 p.m.
Duquesne at Fordham, 7 p.m.
St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s vs. La Salle at the Palestra, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m.
American U. at Navy, 7 p.m.
Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m.
Massachusetts at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Temple, 7 p.m.
Albany, N.Y. at UMBC, 7 p.m.
Binghamton at Boston U., 9 p.m.

SOUTH
The Citadel at Davidson, 7 p.m.
Southern Miss. at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Towson at George Mason, 7 p.m.
Coll. of Charleston at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.
Old Dominion at Georgia St., 7 p.m.
Drexel at James Madison, 7 p.m.
West Virginia at Louisville, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at North Florida, 7 p.m.
Northeastern at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.
Delaware at William & Mary, 7 p.m.
North Carolina at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
UCF at Memphis, 8 p.m.
McNeese St. at Nicholls St., 8 p.m.
LSU at Tennessee, 8 p.m.
Marshall at UAB, 8 p.m.

MIDWEST
E. Michigan at Ohio, 7 p.m.
George Washington at Xavier, 7 p.m.
Evansville at Indiana St., 7:05 p.m.
Wichita St. at S. Illinois, 7:05 p.m.
Akron at N. Illinois, 8 p.m.
Murray St. at SIU-Edwardsville, 8 p.m.
N.C. Central at W. Illinois, 8 p.m.
Illinois St. at Bradley, 8:05 p.m.
Northwestern at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Rutgers at Cincinnati, 9 p.m.
Texas Tech at Iowa St., 9 p.m.
Creighton at N. Iowa, 9 p.m.
Rhode Island at Saint Louis, 9 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Texas at Oklahoma St., 7:30 p.m.
SE Louisiana at Cent. Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Stephen F.Austin at Sam Houston St., 8 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas St., 8 p.m.
Northwestern St. at Lamar, 8:05 p.m.
SMU at Tulsa, 8:05 p.m.
Houston at Rice, 9 p.m.
Tulane at UTEP, 9:05 p.m.

FAR WEST
Air Force at Colorado St., 8 p.m.
San Diego St. at BYU, 10 p.m.
TCU at New Mexico, 10 p.m.
Long Beach St. at Pacific, 10 p.m.

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No. 7 Tennessee beats Eastern Kentucky, win streak hits 7

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tyreke Key scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second half and finished with 17, and No. 7 Tennessee overcame a sluggish first half and beat Eastern Kentucky 84-49 on Wednesday night.

“Tyreke is handling the ball now,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s all new to him. He keeps getting better.”

The Volunteers (8-1) struggled in the first half but still built an 11-point lead over Eastern Kentucky (4-5) on the way to their seventh straight victory.

Key led Tennessee in scoring before leaving with a cramp in his right leg with 6:15 left in the game. Julian Phillips had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Zakai Zeigler and Uros Plavsic added 13 points apiece. Olivier Nkamhoua scored 10.

“I’m still settling in,” said Key, a transfer from Indiana State who didn’t play last year while recovering from an injury. “This is a new role. I’m taking steps every day and keep learning.”

Eastern Kentucky, which came into the game averaging 83.5 points, was held well below that total due to 17% (6 for 35) shooting from long range and 22% (15 for 68) overall. Leland Walker led the Colonels with 13 points.

It was the seventh time this season Tennessee has held its opponent to 50 or fewer points.

“(Tennessee) is the best defensive team in the country,” Eastern Kentucky coach A.W. Hamilton said. “I think they’re the best team in the country.”

At one point in the first half, Tennessee was shooting 20% and still leading by 10 points. The teams combined to shoot 4 of 32 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Vols, who shot 24% (8 of 34), led 32-21 at the break.

“If we can’t make shots, can you find a way to win the game?” Barnes said. “When the shot’s not going in, find a way to play. The first thing we talk about is our defense.”

Tennessee shot 41 free throws. Phillips, a true freshman, was 7 of 10.

“(Phillips) has learned the pace of the game,” Barnes said. “I’m not sure there’s been a more effective freshman in the country (this season).”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Since its early season slip against Colorado, Tennessee has had a steady ascent in the rankings. The Vols’ next two games – neutral site (Brooklyn) against No, 13 Maryland (Dec. 11) and at No. 10 Arizona (Dec. 17) – will go a long way toward justifying the No. 7 ranking.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels’ run-and-gun style of offense had them averaging 83.5 points through their first eight games. They ran into a defensive buzz saw in Tennessee, which was yielding just over 51 points.

Tennessee: Santiago Vescovi sat out his second straight game with a shoulder problem. He is expected to be ready to play Sunday against Maryland. . The Vols have won seven in a row since their loss to Colorado.

UP NEXT

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels host Boyce College on Saturday.

Tennessee: Take on No. 13 Maryland on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Invitational in New York.

Hoggard scores career-high 23, Michigan State snaps 2-game skid

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A.J. Hoggard scored a career-high 23 points, Joey Hauser had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Michigan State beat Penn State 67-58 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Michigan State (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) avoided going .500 or worse after 10 games for the first time in 18 seasons.

Hoggard blocked an open layup with less than a minute to play and Hauser grabbed the rebound before being fouled and making two free throws at the other end for a 66-58 lead.

Hoggard, Hauser and Tyson Walker combined for 31 of Michigan State’s 32 second-half points.

The Michigan State defense allowed only one made field goal in the final five minutes. Penn State was just 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the second half after 7 of 18 before halftime.

Walker scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Michigan State. Hoggard, who entered third in the conference in assists at 6.3, had six rebounds, two assists and one key block.

Hoggard gave Michigan State 35-33 lead – its first since 4-2 – after back-to-back three-point plays with 59.3 seconds left in the first half. It was tied at 35-all at the break.

Seth Lundy scored 16 points and Jalen Pickett had 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Penn State (6-3, 0-1)

Michigan State hosts Brown on Saturday. Penn State, which hadn’t played since a double-overtime loss to Clemson on Nov. 29, plays at No. 17 Illinois on Saturday.

No. 7 Virginia Tech posts 9th straight win, beats Boston College 73-58

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BOSTON — Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Elizabeth Kitley had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Cayla King scored 16 on Wednesday night to lead No. 7 Virginia Tech to a 73-58 victory over Boston College, the Hokies’ ninth straight win.

Taylor Soule, one of two BC transfers on the roster for Virginia Tech (9-0, 1-0 ACC), added nine points and five rebounds. Soule scored more than 1,500 points and grabbed almost 700 rebounds in four seasons at BC, earning All-ACC honors three times.

Andrea Daley scored 15 points and Maria Gakdeng scored 14 for BC (7-4, 0-1). They each grabbed six rebounds.

Virginia Tech scored 17 of the game’s first 21 points and led by as many as 19 in the third quarter before BC cut the deficit to 10 in the fourth. Leading 64-54 with under three minutes left and the shot clock expiring, Kayana Traylor hit a 3-pointer for the Hokies.

Gakdeng missed two free throws for BC, and then Kitley scored from inside to make it a 15-point game.

Clara Ford, who also played four years in Chestnut Hill, pitched in 2 points in 2 minutes against her former team.

BIG PICTURE

At No. 7, the Hokies have the highest ranking in the program’s history. With the victory over BC, a 10th straight win against North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday would leave Virginia Tech in position to move up even higher should a top five team falter.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: Hosts North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday.

Boston College: Hosts Albany on Saturday.

Michigan’s Jaelin Llewellyn out for season with knee injury

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan point guard Jaelin Llewellyn is out for the rest of the season with an injured left knee and is expected to have surgery next month.

Wolverines coach Juwan Howard made the announcement three days after Llewellyn was hurt in a loss to Kentucky in London.

Llewellyn transferred to Michigan from Princeton last spring and that seemed to lead to Frankie Collins transferring to Arizona State after a solid freshman season for the Wolverines.

Llewellyn averaged seven points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in eight games at Michigan. He was an All-Ivy League player last season and averaged nearly 16 points over three seasons at Princeton.

Miles Kelly leads Georgia Tech to 79-77 win over rival Georgia

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ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly hit another winning shot against a state rival.

Terry Roberts endured a nightmarish final minute for Georgia.

Kelly hit a long 3-pointer and then a drove for the game-winning floater with 23 seconds remaining as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Georgia 79-77 on Tuesday night.

Kelly hit the winning shot in similar fashion against Georgia State on Nov. 12. He did it again to beat the Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 17 points after failing to score in the first half.

“I’m going to continue to keep shooting, no matter how many times I miss,” Kelly said.

Roberts missed a 3-pointer, turned the ball over twice with bad passes, and was called for an offensive foul as he was trying to drive for the basket that would’ve sent the game to overtime.

“A tough finish for us,” Georgia first-year coach Mike White said. “We were in position to steal one on the road.”

A pair of second-chance buckets seemingly put Georgia (7-3) in control with a 77-73 lead.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again as Kelly led the comeback for the Yellow Jackets (6-3) – with a big assist from Roberts.

He had a chance to essentially seal it for the Bulldogs, but his jumper beyond the arc clanked off the rim.

Georgia Tech grabbed the rebound and raced down the court, where Kelly swished a 3 from well behind the stripe that brought Georgia Tech within a point with about a minute left.

Trying to work the ball inside, Roberts made an ill-advised entry pass that was deflected and stolen by Deivon Smith, setting up Kelly’s drive for the basket that put the Yellow Jackets back ahead,

Roberts tried a drive of his own, only to have it blocked by Jalon Moore. Georgia retained possession, but Roberts’ inbounds pass was stolen by Moore, who was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Roberts took the ball again and hurriedly dribbled toward the basket, only to be called for an offensive foul when he sent Smith flying.

“Just sacrificing my body for the team,” Smith said.

Georgia stole an inbounds pass around midcourt, giving Karlo Oquendo one last shot to launch a 3 that still would’ve won it for the Bulldogs. It bounced off the rim.

The game was tight throughout. Neither team led by more than eight, and a sequence in the second half showed just how tightly these rivals were matched.

With both squads playing at a frenetic pace and showing little regard for defense, the lead changed hands on eight straight possessions as the teams traded baskets.

Stunningly, they combined to score on 19 straight possessions before Georgia’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe missed a pair of free throws with 5:17 remaining.

FIRING UP THE CROWD

Perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came when Georgia Tech football coach Brent Key addressed the crowd at halftime.

Key, who served as interim coach for the last eight games of the season, was introduced Monday as the full-time choice for job.

He fired up the fans by getting them to chant “To hell with Georgia” over and over again. When a smattering of Bulldogs fans responded with barks, Key smiled and egged on the Yellow Jackets crowd to drown them out.

He also declared Georgia Tech to be the “greatest school in the entire state, the entire country,” following up his vow the previous day to not back down from the defending national champion and top-ranked Bulldogs.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: This will be a tough one to swallow for Roberts, who led his team with 16 points and seven assists. The Bulldogs lost despite shooting 53.4% from the field.

Georgia Tech: Four players scored in double figures, and two others players finished with eight points. But it was Kelly, as usual, who had the ball in his hands at the end of a tight game.

UP NEXT

Georgia: After a nearly two-week break, the Bulldogs return to Atlanta on Dec. 18 to face Notre Dame at State Farm Arena in the Holiday Hoopsgiving event.

Georgia Tech: Head to North Carolina on Saturday for the Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the struggling Tar Heels.