As he walked back on defense late in Tuesday night’s 84-74 victory over Florida, Duke guard Luke Kennard could not resist mouthing off a little. Kennard has earned the right to talk trash given his contributions to a Duke team riddled with injuries. The 6-foot-6 sophomore has teamed with senior forward Amile Jefferson to carry the Blue Devils at a time when preseason All-American Grayson Allen has been hampered by an ailing toe and elite freshmen Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Marques Bolden are recovering from offseason injuries.
AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State moved the ball and yet again played strong defense. The result was a surprisingly satisfying win on the heels of two tough losses. Deonte Burton scored 20 points and the 25th-ranked Cyclones pummeled Nebraska-Omaha 91-47 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Donovan Jackson had 15 for the Cyclones (6-2), who hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and rolled to their third win of 40 or more points this season. “I thought we did some things better,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “Pace of play. Sharing the basketball, moving the basketball, the ball moving side to side. And defensively, for the majority of the game, I thought we competed.” Iowa State knew it had to
The defending national champs are back at No. 1. Villanova is atop the latest Associated Press top 25 poll this week as the 8-0 Wildcats are off to a hot start. With Kentucky’s loss to UCLA and North Carolina’s loss at Indiana there were some major shakeups in the polls this week. Villanova (57 first-place votes) UCLA (2) Kansas Baylor Duke Kentucky North Carolina Gonzaga Indiana Creighton Louisville Saint Mary’s Xavier Virginia West Virginia Butler Purdue Wisconsin South Carolina Arizona Florida Cincinnati Notre Dame Oregon Iowa State