Florida State could do no wrong early on in its 73-68 win over No. 12 Louisville. The 10th-ranked Seminoles outshot, outran and overpowered the Cardinals. Rick Pitino had called a timeout two minutes in, but not much changed, and the Seminoles charged into the under-16 timeout up 16-4.
Only the five wealthiest conferences could debate what a day off means for their employees ... er, "amateur" athletes. Before the Power Five passed some sensible rules Friday to loosen up athletes' time a little bit, some amendments were proposed by the adults. USA Today reported one amendment, which overwhelmingly failed, would have allowed athletes to host a recruit on their day off provided they gave prior consent. Another amendment, which closely passed, allows life-skill activities to be held on athletes' off days. Some player representatives at the NCAA Convention weren't buying the amendments, recognizing how the system was trying to control days off for unpaid players who are supposedly
ANN ARBOR, Mich. • Illinois has had enough problems trying to win a basketball game on the road. On Saturday, Michigan invented another one. The Wolverines turned a comment made Jan. 11 by Illini center Maverick Morgan into a bulletin board battle cry, changed uniform colors to reinforce the point, then went out and beat Illinois 66-57 at the Crisler Center. Whether that made any difference in Saturday’s outcome, drawing inspiration from Morgan’s comment was the main topic among the Michigan players. What got them fired up was Morgan’s post-game remark 10 days earlier. “(Michigan is) more of a white collar team traditionally and at Illinois we’re about toughness and togetherness,” Morgan said