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In brief: No. 2 Shockers reap 30th straight victory

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014

College men’s basketball: Ron Baker scored 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures and the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley (12-18, 7-10 Missouri Valley) on Tuesday night at Peoria, Ill.

Wichita State is the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin’ Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.

The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State.

• No. 1 Gators edge Vanderbilt: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and No. 1 Florida (26-2, 15-0 SEC), held off Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) 57-54 at Nashville, Tenn., to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.

Duke blasts Virginia Tech: Rodney Hood scored 21 points to lead No. 6 Duke (23-6, 12-4 ACC) over Virginia Tech (9-18, 2-13) 66-48 at Durham, N.C.

Gophers upset Hawkeyes: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting and DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists as Minnesota (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) bounced back from a month-long slump to defeat No. 20 Iowa (19-8, 8-6) 95-89 at Minneapolis.

Aztecs crush Spartans: Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee II and JJ O’Brien each scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 13 San Diego State (24-3, 13-2, Mountain West) breezed past San Jose State (7-20, 1-14) 90-64.

With the win the Aztecs kept pace with New Mexico to remain tied for first place. The two teams face each other on March 8.

Kings want to move Jimmer

NBA: The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro told reporters at the team’s morning shootaround that he was approached by Fredette’s representatives about a buyout. Fredette would be a free agent if he clears waivers.

D’Alessandro said Fredette no longer fits in the team’s plans.

The Kings drafted Fredette with the 10th pick in 2011 after a sensational run at BYU. Fredette never lived up to the fanfare in Sacramento. Fredette is averaging 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes this season.

But the same concerns some scouts had about Fredette when he entered the league – his defense, ball-handling skills and ability to create his own shot against bigger and more athletic defenders – persist.

LeBron expected to play: LeBron James is taking part in non-contact drills and says he should be able to play Thursday for the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks.

James missed Sunday’s victory over Chicago after breaking his nose in the previous game.

Perkins out six weeks: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin.

Lillard scores 31 for Blazers: Damian Lillard made up for the absence of fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge by scoring 31 points in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 100-95 win over the host Denver Nuggets.

Bulls stay hot: Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the visiting Chicago Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks 107-103. The Bulls have won six of seven.

Pacers rout Lakers: Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and the Indiana Pacers improved their league-leading record to 43-13 with a 118-98 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

Ehrhoff connects in Sabres’ win

NHL: Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 44 seconds left, in lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL’s first game after its Olympic break.

No surgery required for Tavares: John Tavares’ season is still over, but the New York Islanders’ star forward got a bit of good news upon returning from the Sochi Olympics.

The knee injury sustained in Canada’s game against Latvia on Feb. 19 won’t require surgery, team doctors told him Monday. After a rehab period of eight to 12 weeks, Tavares should be able to begin training for next season.

U.S. game with Ukraine moved

Soccer: The United States’ exhibition game against Ukraine next week has been moved from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Cyprus following weeks of violence in the Eastern European nation.

The March 5 match is the only game before the start of the Americans’ pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May in which the full player pool is available.

No. 18, Ukraine is the highest-ranked team that failed to qualify for the World Cup. In three previous meetings, all in the early 1990s, Ukraine beat the U.S. twice and tied once.


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