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College Basketball Coaches Poll: Villanova No. 1, Loyola finishes 7th

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The 2017-18 college basketball season came to an end Monday night, with Villanova beating Michigan 79-62 to win the program’s second national title in the last three seasons. As a result Jay Wright’s Wildcats top the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season, with Michigan, Kansas, Duke and Virginia rounding out the Top 5.

The biggest jump in the poll was made by Final Four participant Loyola University Chicago, which went from unranked to seventh. In total four teams that were unranked moved into the final Top 25, with Florida State (18th), Kansas State (19th) and Texas A&M (24th) being the others.

Wichita State, which lost to Marshall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, dropped nine spots in the poll from 16th to 25th.

Here is the full poll:

1. Villanova (32 first-place votes)
2. Michigan
3. Kansas
4. Duke
5. Virginia
6. Texas Tech
7. Loyola
8. Xavier
9. Purdue
10. Gonzaga
11. Michigan State
12. Cincinnati
13. West Virginia
14. North Carolina
15. Clemson
16. Tennessee
17. Kentucky
18. Florida State
19. Kansas State
20. Nevada
21. Ohio State
22. Houston
23. Auburn
24. Texas A&M
25. Wichita State

Fernando’s putback lifts No. 24 Maryland over No. 21 Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Bruno Fernando scored 11 points, including the last two on a putback with 7.8 seconds left, to lift No. 24 Maryland to a 66-65 win over No. 21 Iowa on Tuesday night.

Maryland (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) gave up an 11-point lead over the final four minutes, but held on against an Iowa team that had won its last two games via buzzer-beater and had two looks at the basket in the final seven seconds. The Terrapins got 17 points from Anthony Cowan, who shot 5 of 10 from 3-point range and had eight rebounds. Eric Ayala added 11 points and Fernando had 11 rebounds.

Iowa (20-6, 9-6) saw its four-game winning streak end. The Hawkeyes were led by Jordan Bohannon, who had 14 points, and Isaiah Moss, who added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes couldn’t make another miracle, and finally were bit by inconsistent play they were able to overcome previously. Iowa held Maryland without a field goal for nearly six minutes to open the game, but allowed the Terrapins to shoot nearly 52 percent in the second half.

Maryland: The Terrapins had 10 offensive rebounds, including the big one by Fernando. Maryland also forced 17 Iowa turnovers and scored 20 points off those turnovers.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa: The Hawkeyes dipped slightly last week after narrow wins, but a loss to a ranked team shouldn’t be the biggest indictment.

Maryland: A road win against a ranked team should boost the Terrapins next Sunday, provided Mark Turgeon’s team holds serve at home against Ohio State.

UP NEXT

Iowa welcomes Indiana to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday.

Maryland returns home to play Ohio State on Saturday.

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Butler helps Baylor upset No. 19 Iowa State 73-69

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AMES, Iowa — Jared Butler scored 17 points, Freddie Gillespie had 14 and Baylor upset No. 19 Iowa State 73-69 on Tuesday night.

Makia Mason scored 14 points on 18 shots in his return from a toe injury for the Bears (17-9, 8-5 Big 12). They outrebounded Iowa State 44-28 and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds over the smaller Cyclones, who’ve dropped back-to-back games at Hilton Coliseum.

After trailing by 10 points midway through the first half, Iowa State went ahead 52-50 on Marial Shayok’s three-point play with 11:45 left. Baylor swapped the lead with the Cyclones (19-7, 8-5) seven times in the next eight minutes, but Butler followed a layup with a 3 to put the Bears ahead 69-65 with two minutes left.

Iowa State’s Cameron Lard then fumbled an entry pass from Shayok, and Mason hit two free throws to make it 71-65 with 35.3 seconds to go.

Shayok had 16 points for Iowa State, which went nearly six minutes without a field goal down the stretch.

THE BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: This is the third time the Cyclones lost a Big 12 home game that they should have won. If they don’t rally to win a share of the league title — a scenario that’s starting to look implausible — they’ll regret playing so poorly in a gym that’s been so good to them in the past. What made this loss even more painful is that beloved former coach Fred Hoiberg, recently fired by the Bulls, was watching from the stands.

Baylor: The Bears moved into a tie for third in the Big 12 with the Cyclones, just two games back of K-State. But they still have the Wildcats and Kansas on the road, so it’s hard to see Baylor as a true threat just yet.

UP NEXT

Iowa State plays at TCU on Saturday.

Baylor hosts scuffling West Virginia on Saturday.

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Haarms’ late tip-in sends No. 15 Purdue past Indiana 48-46

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Matt Haarms used the cascading boos and profane chants as motivation Tuesday night.

And when he was called for a double-foul in the first half and a technical foul in the second, the scrappy 7-foot-3 center refused to back down.

Instead, he found himself in the perfect spot to make the perfect play with 3.2 seconds left — a tiebreaking tip-in to give No. 15 Purdue a 48-46 victory at rival Indiana.

“It feels great to be public enemy No. 1, that’s what it’s about,” Haarms said after finishing with six points, four rebounds and three blocks. “It’s the rivalry. We don’t like them, they don’t like us. That’s what it’s all about for us so it’s amazing to get a win behind enemy lines.”

For Haarms, it was a fitting conclusion to a challenging night for himself and his teammates.

He became the crowd’s punching bag when he landed on the ground after locking arms with De’Ron Davis late in the first half. After the refs assessed each player a foul, the Dutchman was jeered on every play he was involved in.

So when Haarms drew his third foul with 13:36 left in the game and picked up a technical as he and Davis continued battling for the loose ball, the crowd again burst into taunts and chants.

He returned 6 1/2 minutes later, to even louder boos, but ready to make a difference and when the chance came, Haarms delivered.

Indiana had a chance to win it at the buzzer but Juwan Morgan’s 3-pointer glanced off the rim — ending the lowest scoring game in the series since January 1950 and helping the Boilermakers (19-7, 12-3 Big Ten) win their third straight at Assembly Hall for the first time in school history.

“It’s probably as physical of a basketball game that I’ve ever been a part of,” Hoosiers coach Archie Miller said. “Both teams, I thought, really competed hard, and at the end of the day, they make the winning play.”

Ryan Cline led Purdue with 11 points while Carsen Edwards had nine.

Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 14 points despite not taking a shot in the second half. Morgan had nine points and 11 rebounds as Indiana (13-13, 4-11) lost its fourth straight overall.

It was rivalry basketball at its absolute ugliest.

Players repeatedly hit the deck. Rebounds bounced off the floor. The unforgiving rims made the teams appear to be playing in the peach-basket era, and the serenades coming from the crowd kept Haarms locked in long enough to make the winning play.

“What chant?” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I didn’t hear it, but it’s part of it, it’s part of it, it’s competitive sports. At the end of the day, it bothers you if lose a game.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: It’s a win, but there’s nothing to be satisfied with in this game. The Boilermakers were outhustled most of the night, but they took care of the ball when the Hoosiers couldn’t. It’s the third straight game the Boilermakers have not looked like the same team that was rolling a month ago — and they need to find some solutions before the postseason starts.

Indiana: The Hoosiers brought the effort and energy they need every night. It showed. They scrapped, they worked together and when things got tough, they dug down on defense. If they continue playing this way, Indiana might finally turn the corner.

TOGETHER AGAIN

The Hoosiers’ best-known twins, Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, were honored at halftime — with each receiving a framed jersey.

The brothers shared Indiana’s Mr. Basketball Award, were named co-MVPs of the Hoosiers in each of their final two college seasons, both received All-American honors in 1965 and went on to play in the NBA before retiring together with the Phoenix Suns in 1977.

STAT PACK

Purdue: Edwards, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, was 4 of 24 from the field and 0 for 10 on 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four assists and finished with its worst scoring total of the season. … Purdue shot 31.7 percent for the game and finished with its lowest scoring total this season. … The Boilermakers have won five straight in the series and 10 of their last 11 overall.

Indiana: Davis had eight points and rebounds. … The Hoosiers had 17 turnovers and seven assists. … Indiana shot 27.3 percent overall and finished 5 of 25 on 3s.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Wraps up a two-game trip at Nebraska on Saturday.

Indiana: Hits the road to face No. 21 Iowa on Friday.

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No. 5 Tennessee wins 58-46 as Vandy loses 14th straight

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s offense was bad. Vanderbilt’s was worse.

On a night when both teams posted their lowest point totals of the season, No. 5 Tennessee outlasted Vanderbilt 58-46 on Tuesday in the Volunteers’ first game since losing their No. 1 ranking.

“I think we were really good defensively,” said Tennessee’s Lamonte’ Turner, who scored 12 points. “I think we guarded them well, and I think we disrupted a lot of their sets and stuff like that. Offensively for us, I think we turned down some shots, and some shots that normally fall didn’t fall tonight. You have those nights.”

Tennessee (24-2, 12-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from its first loss since Thanksgiving week, an 86-69 defeat at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday to snap a school-record 19-game winning streak.

Vanderbilt (9-17, 0-13) dropped its 14th straight, matching the longest skid in school history. Vanderbilt had a 14-game losing streak that began in 1934-35 and carried over to the next season.

Even as the losses pile up, Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew remains upbeat.

“You saw the character of these guys, saw how hard they fight,” Drew said. “Losing’s not fun. It brings out the worst. But we’re building something here.”

Vanderbilt shot just 32.1 percent (18 of 56) overall and 23.5 percent (8 of 34) in the second half. Tennessee won despite scoring just two points during a stretch that lasted nearly nine minutes.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said he liked the way his team responded after the loss to Kentucky, even if the score didn’t necessarily reflect it.

“We came out (Monday) and had as good a practice as we’ve had in probably three weeks,” Barnes said “We came out tonight, and I thought defensively we were very good, and we had some shots we didn’t make.”

Grant Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, while Admiral Schofield added 12 points. Aaron Nesmith scored 13 points to lead Vanderbilt.

Turner put Tennessee ahead for good 16-13 with 12:47 left in the first half when he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled to produce a four-point play. Turner added another 3-pointer less than a minute later as part of an 11-0 run.

Tennessee led by 14 in the first half before its offensive woes enabled Vanderbilt to cut the lead to four on multiple occasions in the second half. Vanderbilt’s own issues on offense prevented the Commodores from getting any closer.

“We translated the defensive intensity that we brought to shootaround,” Williams said. “We just didn’t translate much offense.”

BIG PICTURE

Vanderbilt: If Vanderbilt played other opponents as tough as it plays Tennessee, the Commodores would have a much better record. The closest Vanderbilt has come to a win during this losing streak was an 88-83 overtime loss to Tennessee on Jan. 29. Vanderbilt led that game much of the way and gave Tennessee a challenge again Tuesday.

Tennessee: The Vols struggled in the opening minutes of the second half for a second straight game, only this time it wasn’t quite as costly. Kentucky pulled away from Tennessee on Saturday by scoring the first 14 points of the second half. Tennessee scored just two points in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half Tuesday but played defense well enough to stay in front.

NOTABLE NUMBER

Williams missed his only free-throw attempt of the night. He went 23 of 23 from the foul line while scoring 43 points in Tennessee’s overtime victory at Vanderbilt last month.

SEEKING DONORS

Tennessee’s players wore T-shirts with the message “Donate Life” during pregame warmups as part of an initiative to encourage fans to become registered organ and tissue donors.

Organ donor recipients also wore the “Donate Life” T-shirts as they gathered on the Thompson-Boling Arena floor before the game. Fans who registered as organ or tissue donors during the game got to go on the floor and pose for a group picture with Barnes afterward.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak received a liver transplant Oct. 18 after spending more than four years on the waiting list. Satkowiak received a standing ovation after a video detailing his health situation played on the scoreboard at halftime.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt is at Alabama on Saturday.

Tennessee visits No. 13 LSU on Saturday.

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Zion Williamson helps elevate Duke-North Carolina tickets to ridiculous prices

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Wednesday night’s showdown between storied rivals No. 1 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina has turned into one of the hottest tickets in sports thanks to freshman superstar Zion Williamson.

Approaching Super Bowl-level pricing on secondary ticket sites like StubHub and SeatGeek, the ACC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium is going to be next-to-impossible to attend without forking over a solid chunk of change.

As of this writing, the cheapest ticket for this game on StubHub is $3,166 — with only 30 total tickets available. On SeatGeek, the cheapest ticket is $3,200, with only 33 total tickets to be had. The most expensive ticket currently listed is for $9,200 on SeatGeek.

To put those prices in perspective, TickPick marketing strategist Kyle Zorn told ESPN’s Myron Medcalf that the cheapest ticket to get into the Super Bowl this year was $2,674. Vivid Seats already sold one ticket for the Duke/UNC game for $10,652, according to Medcalf’s report.

With Cameron Indoor Stadium’s limited capacity of only 9,314, it’s a major reason why Wednesday’s game is reaching such extraordinary levels on secondary ticket markets. While the Super Bowl was a dreadfully boring game that featured minimal scoring, at least fans paying to get in on Wednesday will seemingly pay for some quality Zion moments. Known to put on a dunking exhibition during pregame warmups, the runaway National Player of the Year frontrunner, has elevated this rivalry to another new level.