Saturday’s Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 15 Oklahoma among Saturday’s winners

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Duke 84, No. 19 North Carolina 77

Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook combined to score 44 points as the Blue Devils completed the season sweep of their rivals in Chapel Hill. North Carolina led by two at the half, but the combination of Duke’s ball screens on offense and pressure on defense proved to be too much for the Tar Heels to handle. Duke will be the two-seed in next week’s ACC tournament, with North Carolina getting the five-seed.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 1 Kentucky 67, Florida 50

John Calipari’s Wildcats put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season, using a balanced effort to take care of the Gators in Lexington. Trey Lyles led the way with 14 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 13, nine rebounds and six blocks for Kentucky. Next up for both teams is the SEC tournament, with the Wildcats beginning play Friday thanks to the double-bye they’ve earned.

2. No. 16 Louisville 59, No. 2 Virginia 57

Prior to Saturday’s game Mangok Mathiang made one field goal since January 31. His jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish against the Cavaliers, and they wrapped up the four-seed in the ACC tournament as a result. Playing in his final home game, Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals with 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Malcolm Brogdon, whose three-pointer gave Virginia a one-point lead with 13.7 seconds remaining, scored 17 and grabbed five rebounds in the loss.

3. No. 15 Oklahoma 75, No. 9 Kansas 73

The Jayhawks played without Perry Ellis (knee), Brannen Greene (suspension) and Cliff Ellis (NCAA investigation), but thanks to three Frank Mason free throws they were one defensive stop away from forcing overtime. Buddy Hield made sure the game ended in regulation, as his follow of a Jordan Woodard miss with two-tenths of a second remaining gave the Sooners the win.

4. Michigan State 74, Indiana 72

Could this loss spell doom for the Hoosiers’ NCAA Tournament hopes? By dropping Saturday’s home game against the Branden Dawson-less Spartans, Indiana has now lost eight of its last 11 games and they’re squarely on the bubble before next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Although Hanner Mosquera-Perea threw down one of the best tip slams of the year, it wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers, who rallied late but couldn’t get over the hump. After a bizarre final minute, Yogi Ferrell had a chance to tie with two free throws, but missed the second free throw as Michigan State escaped.

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STARRED

1. Iona’s A.J. English

Iona might be the top seed in the MAAC Conference Tournament but they still needed 32 points from English to get past Siena for a three-point win. The junior also added three rebounds and three assists and was 6-for-10 from the 3-point line.

2. Northwestern State’s Jalan West

West tallied 33 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the Demons’ 88-74 win over New Orleans.

3. Duke’s Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook

Jones and Cook combined to score 44 points, with Jones also accounting for seven assists and six rebounds, in the Blue Devils’ win at No. 19 North Carolina.

4. Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss

Williams-Goss was outstanding in the Huskies’ 77-68 win over No. 13 Utah, scoring 28 points (11-for-18 FG) while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

STRUGGLED

1. Abilene Christian

The Wildcats shot 9-for-48 from the field in a 58-27 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Their starting guards, Parker Wentz, LaDarrien Williams and Jalen Little, combined to score four points and shot 0-for-15 from the field.

2. DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr.

Garrett Jr. scored just two points in a loss at Marquette, shooting 1-for-9 from the field.

3. Syracuse’s Kaleb Joseph

Joseph shot 1-for-6 from the field, scoring three points in the Orange’s loss at NC State.

4. San Francisco’s Kruize Pinkins

Pinkins scored five points on 2-for-10 shooting in the Dons’ 81-72 loss to No. 7 Gonzaga.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 21 Butler earned a nice Big East road win over No. 24 Providence as Roosevelt Jones had 16 points and Kellen Dunham added 15 points.
  • Leading by just four at the half, No. 4 Villanova went on a 43-10 run in the second half of their 105-68 demolition of St. John’s. Daniel Ochefu led five Wildcats in double figures with 21 points while also grabbing nine rebounds, taking advantage of a Red Storm team playing without the injured Chris Obekpa.
  • No. 5 Arizona defeated Stanford 91-69, with T.J. McConnell accounting for ten points, 11 assists and three steals. Brandon Ashley led five Wildcats in double figures with 15 points.
  • A Keith Hornsby three-pointer gave LSU an 81-78 win over No. 18 Arkansas, adding a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume.
  • Daishon Knight scored 25 points, 16 of which came in the second half, as Illinois State knocked off No. 8 Wichita State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley tournament.
  • The Redbirds will take on No. 11 Northern Iowa in the title game Sunday, as UNI beat Loyola (IL) 63-49 in St. Louis.
  • Jerian Grant and Zach Auguste scored 19 points apiece as No. 12 Notre Dame beat Clemson, 81-67.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss led Washington to a 77-68 win over No. 13 Utah in Seattle. With the loss, Utah drops to the three-seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament and Oregon will be the two.
  • Once again playing without the injured Gary Browne and Juwan Staten, No. 20 West Virginia rebounded from a tough loss at No. 9 Kansas, beating Oklahoma State 81-72. Devin Williams led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
  • No. 7 Gonzaga erased a two-point halftime deficit, as they beat San Francisco 81-72 in a WCC quarterfinal. Next up for the Bulldogs is Pepperdine on Monday.
  • No. 17 Iowa State won 89-76 at TCU, and the Cyclones will be the two-seed at the Big 12 tournament thanks to this win.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

  • Big South semis: The Big South title game is set, as Winthrop beat Longwood 71-58 and Coastal Carolina edged Gardner-Webb 73-70. Cliff Ellis’ Chanticleers, who won the tournament last year, are the hosts.
  • Colonial quarters: Hofstra pulled off an upset of sorts, as they beat four-seed James Madison 74-57. Next up for the Pride is top-seed William & Mary, which beat Elon in the first game of the day. UNCW and Northeastern also advanced, with the Seahawks taking care of College of Charleston and the Huskies beating Delaware by three. Sunday’s semifinals on NBCSN: William & Mary vs. Hofstra, UNCW vs. Northeastern.
  • Horizon semis: Green Bay advanced to the title game with a 70-56 win over UIC. Keifer Sykes scored 30 points to lead the way for the Phoenix. They’ll take on Valparaiso Tuesday, as the Crusaders (who will host the tile game) beat Cleveland State 60-55.
  • MAAC quarters: Top-seed Iona managed to hold off Siena thanks to 32 points from A.J. English. They’ll take on Monmouth in one semifinal on Sunday, which beat Canisius 60-54. Saint Peter’s upset two-seed Rider and Manhattan beat Marist in the evening session. Sunday’s semifinals: Iona vs. Monmouth, Saint Peter’s vs. Manhattan.
  • Missouri Valley semis: Sunday’s title game is set, with Illinois State upsetting No. 8 Wichita State and No. 11 Northern Iowa taking care of Loyola (IL).
  • Northeast semis: Both home teams won Saturday, with Robert Morris beating Bryant 66-53 and top-seed St. Francis-Brooklyn beating Saint Francis (PA) 62-48. The Colonials and Terriers meet Tuesday night in Brooklyn.
  • SoCon quarters: Furman pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament thus far, beating Chattanooga 69-67. Also advancing Saturday were top-seed Wofford, Western Carolina and Mercer. Sunday’s semifinals: Wofford vs. Western Carolina, Furman vs. Mercer.
  • Summit quarters: South Dakota State took care of business, as they whipped Western Illinois 87-50. North Dakota State also advanced, beating Denver 61-50. Sunday’s quarterfinals: Fort Wayne vs. South Dakota, Oral Roberts vs. IUPUI.
  • West Coast quarters: Six-seed Portland knocked out Saint Mary’s, winning 69-52, and Pepperdine edged out San Diego by three in the second game of the day. Also advancing was No. 7 Gonzaga, which beat San Francisco after trailing by two at the half. In the final game of the day BYU beat Santa Clara 78-76, with Tyler Haws’ jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining being the difference. Monday’s semifinals: Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine, BYU vs. Portland.
  • Bids clinched: Ohio Valley (Belmont).

NOTABLES

  • Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner each had 19 points as N.C. State ended Syracuse’s season with a loss. After the game, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim opted to skip the postgame press conference.
  • Georgetown held off Seton Hall for a home win as Jabril Trawick had 19 points. The win gave the Hoyas the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament and it was also a chance for Georgetown to honor Tyler Adams on Senior Day.
  • Iowa cruised past Northwestern for a Big Ten win as Aaron White had 25 points and eight rebounds.
  • The late-season slide continues for Pitt as they fell on the road at Florida State. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 19 to pace the Seminoles.
  • Miami kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive by winning at Virginia Tech. The win won’t help the resume very much, but it’s better than losing and bursting the bubble. Manu Lecomte led the Hurricanes with 20 points.
  • Texas A&M’s NCAA Tournament hopes took a huge hit as the Aggies blew a 14-point
  • La Salle knocked off Dayton 55-53, meaning that Davidson will be the top seed in next week’s Atlantic 10 tournament. Quite the achievement for the league newcomer, which was picked to finish 12th in the preseason media poll. Davidson is also the outright regular season champ, as they rolled to a 107-78 win at Duquesne.
  • Purdue picked up its 12th Big Ten win, as they beat Illinois 63-58 in West Lafayette. Matt Painter’s Boilermakers would be the four-seed in the Big Ten tournament if Wisconsin beats Ohio State Sunday.
  • A Kris Yanku runner with 3.6 seconds remaining gave Northern Arizona a 70-68 win over Sacramento State. The combination of this loss for Sacramento State and Montana’s win at Montana State means that the Grizzlies will host the Big Sky tournament.
  • Harvard, which beat Brown, received the help it needed as Dartmouth knocked off Yale 59-58. The Crimson and Bulldogs will meet next weekend at the Palestra to decide recipient of the Ivy League’s NCAA tournament bid.
  • Boise State will be the top seed in the Mountain West tournament, as they beat Fresno State 71-52 to move to 14-4 in conference play. The Broncos, who were last the top seed in a conference tournament in 1999 (Big West), have won 14 of their last 15 games.
  • Stephen F. Austin won its second consecutive outright Southland title Saturday night, as they beat Sam Houston State 64-55.
  • Corey Hawkins scored 30 points to UC Davis to an 80-61 win over UC Irvine. The Aggies will be the top seed in the Big West tournament but keep an eye on UCSB, which has won five straight to end the regular season.

No. 9 Kansas blows lead, then holds off No. 5 Texas, 88-80

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dajuan Harris Jr. was willing to acknowledge that Kansas was facing something rare when fifth-ranked and Big 12-leading Texas arrived at Allen Fieldhouse.

The defending national champs played like it.

Gradey Dick scored 21 points, Harris had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks held on after blowing a 14-point first-half lead to beat the Longhorns 88-80 and tighten the league race.

Kevin McCullar Jr. added 16 points, Joseph Yesufu scored 14 off the bench and KJ Adams finished with 10, helping the Jayhawks (19-5, 7-4) overcome an off night from Jalen Wilson. The league’s leading scorer at 21.5 points per game battled foul trouble and was held to just two, ending his streak of 25 straight double-figure games.

“We knew we had to come in here and get a win,” said Dick, who had the Jayhawks’ only two 3-pointers. “The big thing, just in preparation for the week, was coming out with energy. When we do that, we’re a scary team.”

The Jayhawks needed everyone’s help holding off the Longhorns’ Marcus Carr.

The Minnesota transfer, who had a game-high 29 points, kept answering Kansas baskets down the stretch. His 3-pointer got the Longhorns within 77-68 with 2:25 left, three free throws made it 78-71 with 1:31 to go, and his three-point play got the Longhorns (19-5, 8-3) within 86-80 with 23.5 seconds remaining.

Texas quickly fouled Dick at the other end, and his free throw with 18 seconds left helped to put the game away.

“It was as close to a must-win as you could have this early in the season to win the league,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “You go down three games with seven left, you’d have to win out and get a lot of help from others. Now, we still have as hard a schedule as everybody, but we can kind of control our own destiny where if we play well, we have a shot.”

Timmy Allen finished with 18 points for the Longhorns. Sir’Jabari Rice had 12 before fouling out.

“It was their night tonight in terms of what they got done,” Texas interim coach Rodney Terry said.

The Longhorns have made a habit of overcoming double-digit deficits: 18 down to beat TCU, 12 down to beat Texas Tech and 14 down to beat No. 12 Kansas State last Saturday in a game played just down the road.

So it wasn’t that surprising when Texas dug another 14-point hole Monday night.

Just like the Longhorns did in Manhattan, though, they began to rally. Texas shook off 10 first-half turnovers to get within 42-35 by the break, then kept coming in the second half. Hunter hit a 3-pointer, Carr added a couple of buckets and it was 43-all when Self called a timeout to slow Texas’ momentum.

Unlike the Horned Frogs, Red Raiders and Wildcats, the Jayhawks rose to the challenge.

McCullar’s three-point play while they were clinging to a 49-48 lead gave them a boost, and Dick added a couple of free throws. But it was back-to-back buckets by Harris, who is known more as a distributor than as a scorer, that pushed the lead to 58-50 with about 12 minutes to go.

Texas closed within 66-60 but, after the Jayhawks pulled down two offensive boards, Dick hit another 3-pointer. And when Yesufu bookended a couple of free throws by Harris, the lead had stretched to 75-62 with 3 minutes to go.

The Jayhawks were able to fend off Carr and the Longhorns from there.

“Give those guys credit. They came in and played at a very high level,” Terry said, “and we knew that would be the case.”

BANGED-UP BIRDS

The Jayhawks were missing several backups. Zack Clemence has a hurt knee, Bobby Pettiford Jr. is dealing with a hamstring injury and Zuby Ejiofor a foot injury. Kyle Cuffe Jr. (knee) and Cam Martin (shoulder) also were out.

“I thought the bench was great. As good as they’ve been all year,” Self said. “We had nine guys we could put in the game.”

BIG PICTURE

Texas has struggled to get off to good starts this season, and it seemed the energy the Longhorns expended climbing back into Monday night’s game was missing by the end. Carr tried to carry them but he needed more help.

Kansas got the production it needed from the bench. Yesufu provided the scoring pop but big man Ernest Udeh Jr. and guard MJ Rice, both seldom-used freshmen, also provided important minutes for the Jayhawks.

UP NEXT

Texas heads home after its Sunflower State swing to play West Virginia.

Kansas has a two-game trip next with Oklahoma on Saturday and Oklahoma State.

No. 19 Miami rolls past Duke 81-59, moves to 13-0 at home

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami guard Isaiah Wong pointed to the crowd, waving his arms, asking for noise, asking for the celebration to start.

The lead, at that point, was 3-0.

Didn’t matter. From start to finish, the Hurricanes were in total control — and got a rare rout over Duke.

Norchad Omier had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Miller added 16 points and No. 19 Miami never trailed on the way to a 81-59 win over Duke on Monday night.

Wooga Poplar scored 14 and Wong scored 11 for Miami (19-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Hurricanes led by as many as 26 and improved to 13-0 at home.

“That was a great performance, from start to finish,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “There was a lot of energy. And all I can tell you is, everybody who came tonight’s game is invited back – because that’s the kind of environment that we’d love to have every night.”

Ryan Young and Dereck Lively II each scored 11 points for Duke (17-7, 8-5), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Jeremy Roach added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who were outrebounded 38-31 and committed 21 turnovers.

It was the second game this season where Duke never led, and the 22-point loss was its second-worst this season. The Blue Devils lost to N.C. State by 24 on Jan. 4.

“Congratulations to Miami. There’s a reason they haven’t lost here at home,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said. “They’re really good. They obviously had it clicking on all cylinders right away.”

It was the second-biggest Miami victory margin in the series between the schools, topped only by the Hurricanes’ 90-63 win over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 23, 2013. Miami also enjoyed huge edges in points off turnovers (23-9), second-chance points (24-9) and fast-break points (17-7).

And Miami got payback for a 68-66 loss at Duke earlier this season.

“We had something to prove,” Miller said. “They beat us last time. We were revved up for this game and we got it done.”

Duke fans started leaving with 4:24 left and Miami up by 26, the Hurricanes’ student section serenading them as they departed.

Miami ran out to a 13-1 lead and stretched it to 34-17 later in the first half, putting Duke in unfamiliar territory quickly. The Blue Devils had trailed by more than 15 in just two other games – by 29 to N.C. State, and by 19 to Purdue.

“When you have 21 turnovers, you can’t expect yourself to have a good game,” Lively said.

It was 40-26 at the half. When Miami opened the second half on a 9-0 run to build a 23-point lead, the outcome quickly became academic.

“The crowd fueled us to keep it going,” Larranaga said.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Maybe it’s too difficult to quickly reset after a rivalry game. This is the third consecutive year the Blue Devils have lost the game immediately following their first matchup of the season with North Carolina. “It’s tough. It’s not easy. But it’s what you have to do. … It’s part of playing in the ACC,” Scheyer said.

Miami: The Hurricanes remained one of six teams from major conferences to be unbeaten at home – the others being Alabama, UCLA, Providence, Iowa State and Duke. Across Division I, 20 teams entered Monday with perfect home marks.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Miami has been in the poll for nine straight weeks, the program’s longest such run since being ranked in each of the first 11 polls of the 2017-18 season – and figures to stay there if it tops Louisville on Saturday. Duke has been out of the AP Top 25 for the last four weeks; the Blue Devils were two slots away in the poll released Monday, behind only Florida Atlantic on the “also receiving votes” list.

BARRY HONORED

Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Miami’s all-time leading scorer, was presented with a customized basketball during a first-half stoppage of play.

UP NEXT

Duke: Visits No. 8 Virginia on Saturday.

Miami: Hosts Louisville on Saturday.

Minnesota-Illinois postponed for COVID-19 in Gophers program

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MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s game at Illinois that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Gophers’ program.

The announcement was made Monday by Minnesota, which didn’t specify how many players would have been unable to play.

The Gophers (7-15, 1-11) had only eight available scholarship players for their last game, an 81-46 loss to Maryland on Saturday. Dawson Garcia (ankle) has missed the last four games, and Braeden Carrington (leg) has missed the last six. Parker Fox and Isaiah Ihnen will not play this season while recovering from knee injuries.

The game will be rescheduled by the Big Ten, with input from both schools.

Minnesota is next scheduled to host Iowa on Sunday. Illinois (16-7, 7-5) will host No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday.

Purdue stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; NC State in at No. 22

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Purdue’s unquestioned grip on No. 1 in The Associated Press poll is gone after a weekend loss. That didn’t stop the Boilermakers from remaining at the top anyway.

The Boilermakers earned 38 of 62 first-place votes in the poll to remain at No. 1 for a third straight week and seventh time this season. Purdue was the unanimous choice last week, the first for any team this season, before falling at Indiana over the weekend for only its second loss.

The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-2) have a leading candidate for national player of the year in Zach Edey and KenPom’s No. 1-ranked offense (121.1 points scored per 100 possessions) to go with a top-25 defense. But they got down big, committed 16 turnovers and allowed the Hoosiers — up to No. 18 this week — to shoot nearly 53% in a 79-74 loss Saturday.

“When we go to Zach and we make some perimeter shots, the defense gets better sometimes when the offense flows,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said at his postgame news conference. “And you can’t do that. You can always rebound, you can always take care of the ball, you can always make your free throws, those things there.”

The loss meant Houston collected 22 first-place votes as it rose one spot to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Arizona in each claiming one.

THE TOP TIER

Texas jumped five spots to No. 5, shooting past Tennessee, which fell four spots to No. 6 after losing last week at Florida.

UCLA, Virginia, Kansas and Marquette rounded out the top 10, with Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles cracking the top 10 for the first time since 2019.

RISING

The Longhorns’ jump marked the biggest of the week, followed by Marquette and Miami each rising four spots. No. 13 Xavier, No. 15 Saint Mary’s and No. 21 UConn joined Indiana in each moving up three positions.

In all, 12 teams rose from last week’s rankings.

SLIDING

Kansas State took the week’s biggest tumble, falling five spots to No. 12 after losing at Kansas and at home to Texas last week. No. 16 Gonzaga joined Tennessee in falling four spots after its overtime loss at Saint Mary’s.

In all, nine teams fell from last week’s rankings.

STATUS QUO

Purdue was the only team to remain in the same position this week.

WELCOME

North Carolina State earned its first AP Top 25 ranking in four years, checking in at No. 22.

The Wolfpack (19-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) spent six weeks in the poll during the 2018-19 season. N.C. State already has surpassed the win total for each of the last two seasons and is in contention for the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018.

Creighton and Rutgers joined N.C. State as this week’s new additions to the poll, though both were ranked earlier this season. The Bluejays were No. 9 in the preseason poll and peaked at No. 7 before falling out by mid-December, while the Scarlet Knights spent a week at No. 23 in mid-January.

FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

Florida Atlantic (No. 19), Clemson (No. 20) and Auburn (No. 25) fell out of this week’s poll.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 leads all leagues with six ranked teams, including No. 11 Iowa State, No. 14 Baylor and No. 17 TCU. The Big East is next with five ranked teams, followed by the Big Ten and ACC with three each.

The Pac-12, Southeastern and West Coast conferences each have two ranked teams, while the American Athletic and Mountain West each have one.

Indiana reaches No. 2 in women’s AP Top 25; South Carolina still No. 1

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South Carolina beat a top opponent to remain No. 1 in the women’s poll and now has a showdown with another one looming this weekend.

The Gamecocks (23-0) topped then- No. 5 UConn 81-77 to remain unbeaten and stay the unanimous choice atop the poll from the 28-member national media panel. After facing Auburn, South Carolina will play No. 3 LSU in a matchup of the last two unbeatens in Division I women’s college basketball.

Dawn Staley’s team has won 29 consecutive games and has been No. 1 in the poll for 33 consecutive weeks. That’s one week short of tying the Huskies for the third-longest streak atop the poll. Only UConn (51 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.

While South Carolina has had a stranglehold on No. 1 for more than a year, Indiana is making its first appearance ever at No. 2 after Stanford lost to Washington.

“I’m going to relish this for a minute, knowing where the program was to where it is,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “We’ve made a lot of history since we’ve been here in our nine seasons and it’s one of the more historical things we’ve been able to accomplish. Give our players credit, I don’t want to discount what a big achievement this is. We’re more than humbled to be No. 2.”

Indiana has won 10 straight since suffering its lone loss of the season to Michigan State. The Hoosiers have a tough stretch coming up, starting with a home game against No. 5 Iowa. Indiana, which hadn’t been ranked higher than fourth, then plays No. 13 Ohio State and 12th-ranked Michigan.

“That’s why we take it one game at a time, but you understand the magnitude of what’s ahead of us. I tell the kids all the time we’re in control of our own destiny,” Moren said.

LSU remained at No. 3 after close wins over Tennessee, Georgia and Texas A&M. The Tigers have a week to prepare for the Gamecocks.

UConn moved up one spot to fourth after its close loss to the Gamecocks and Iowa was fifth.

The Cardinal fell to sixth with Utah, Maryland, Duke and Notre Dame rounding out the top 10. The Blue Devils beat the Irish to take over sole possession of first in the ACC and vault up six spots in the poll. It’s Duke’s best ranking since the team finished the 2017 season ranked ninth.

FALLING CYCLONES

It was a rough week for Iowa State, which lost to Kansas by one point and Baylor by six. The Cyclones fell nine spots in the poll from 12th to 21st.

RE-ENTRY

Colorado came back into the poll at No. 25 after beating Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. The Buffaloes were ranked for four weeks before falling out last week. Middle Tennessee dropped out of the poll after losing both its games last week.