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Louisville appeal denied, title vacated

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA's decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal, and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment.

It's the first time a Division 1 men's basketball program has been stripped of a national title. While acknowledging the scandal was unacceptable, Postel believes the school's cooperation with the NCAA should have counted for more than it did.

But Tuesday Louisville announced that an NCAA appeals panel had upheld sanctions against the men's program. As a result, the Cardinals have to vacate not only the championship, but 122 other victories and return about $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.


No. 4 Xavier hopes to get past struggles

CINCINNATI (AP) Leading up to the showdown with Villanova for control of the Big East, Xavier coach Chris Mack had one overriding concern.

"If we play one good half and one bad half, we won't win," Mack said.


St. Bonaventure riding high after upset

Guard Jaylen Adams figures St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt can save his breath when informing his players they've not accomplished anything just yet.

The Bonnies leading scorer requires no reminder of how easily a mid-major program's third consecutive 20-win season that includes victories over Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont and Syracuse can be rendered moot once the NCAA Tournament selection committee determines its brackets next month.


Hot-shooting KU stifles Young, pounds OU

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Two of the Big 12's most powerful offenses collided when No. 8 Kansas hosted Oklahoma. Only one lived up to the hype, though.

Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 points and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night in its first true blowout of the Big 12 season.


Virginia stays No. 1, Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week, when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.


Auburn C McLemore has left ankle surgery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Coach Bruce Pearl doesn't believe losing another post player will be a breaking point for an Auburn team on track for a rare Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and NCAA Tournament berth.

The 12th-ranked Tigers must get it done without center Anfernee McLemore, out for the season following surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated left ankle.


Walker IV hits 5 3s as Miami beats Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Mike Brey doesn't pay much attention to the NBA draft stock of opposing players, but the Notre Dame coach does hear his own staff's assessments and, on Monday night, he saw nothing from Miami's Lonnie Walker IV that would make him disbelieve the latest assessment.

"Walker's shots were pro stuff," Brey said after the freshman led the Hurricanes to a 77-74 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Irish. "He's a first-round guy, my assistants told me, and he looked it tonight. He made some money tonight."


Terps top Northwestern to end road skid

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Maryland finally won on the road and gave itself a chance to finish with a .500 record in Big Ten play.

The Terrapins will take it.


Badgers win in OT, Gophers' skid hits 9

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin made stops and hit their 3s down the stretch of a tight game.

The hard lessons from a challenging season might be finally paying off for a young team.


Spartans can seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game.

"That doesn't happen that often," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Monday. "No. 1, to do it at home is special. No. 2, to be able to do it on Senior Night is really special."

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