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George Washington edges Maryland 77-75 (Yahoo Sports)
Maurice Creek's buzzer-beater pushed George Washington to a dramatic 77-75 victory over Maryland in Sunday's BB&T Classic. Early in the game, George Washington (8-1) was comfortably in the lead. After a back-and-forth first few minutes, the Colonials used a 9-1 run to take a 12-point lead. George Washington's front court took a serious blow midway through the second when both of its bigs were effectively sidelined with foul trouble.
Former Rutgers player sues over Rice behavior (Yahoo Sports)
A former Rutgers basketball player claims in a lawsuit that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice. Derrick Randall played for Rutgers from 2011 until last spring. He was seen in practice videos where players were shoved, kicked and berated by Rice. After the videos went public last spring, Rice was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti and other school officials resigned.
Arizona moves to No. 1 in AP poll; Syracuse No. 2 (Yahoo Sports)
Count Arizona's Sean Miller as one who embraces it. Arizona moved up to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since 2003 on Monday, an honor Miller views as not only recognition for what the Wildcats have done this season, but validation for the direction the program has taken in his five years in the desert. It's something where no matter what happens the rest of the season, at some point we were ranked No. 1 in the country.'' Coming off a hard-fought home win over UNLV, Arizona (9-0) received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to earn the No. 1 spot in a season for the sixth time.
SE Louisiana penalized by NCAA over eligibility (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA is penalizing Southeastern Louisiana for a lack of institutional control after 137 athletes over five years were allowed to compete in sports while academically ineligible. The penalties, announced Tuesday by the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions, include scholarship reductions in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's track and field, men's golf, softball, women's soccer and volleyball. Their playoff run will not be affected by the NCAA's decision, which did not call for any postseason bans. The infractions were reported to the NCAA by Southeastern Louisiana, which proposed sanctions and voluntarily began serving them during this academic year.
Gasser's take-charge play sparks No. 4 Wisconsin (Yahoo Sports)
Josh Gasser is Wisconsin's take-a-charge player in the backcourt. The fourth-ranked Badgers (10-0) are off to their best start in two decades thanks in part to Gasser, who's back after missing a year with a left knee injury. ''He makes plays for his size and makes plays in areas that a lot of people don't,'' coach Bo Ryan said about the 6-foot-3 Gasser. Wisconsin can match its best start since 1993-94 by beating intrastate rival Milwaukee on Wednesday night.