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Chloe Jackson’s unusual path to point guard for No. 1 Baylor women

Chloe Jackson took an unusual path to being the starting point guard for the top-ranked Baylor women and coach Kim Mulkey. Jackson joined the Lady Bears as a graduate transfer …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

How we voted: John Calipari’s Kentucky on the move after reeling off two more Top 25 wins

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


Men’s Top 25 capsules: Purdue beats No. 6 Michigan State 73-63

Ryan Cline scored 17 points and Purdue held off No. 6 Michigan State for a 73-63 win Sunday in West Lafayette, Indiana.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Women’s Top 25 capsules: Paris lights it up for North Carolina as No. 1 Notre Dame falls

Paris Kea scored a season-high 30 points to help North Carolina stun No. 1 Notre Dame 78-73 on Sunday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Top 25 capsules: Lamonte’ Turner shines as No. 1 Tennessee beats West Virginia 83-66

Lamonte’ Turner had 23 points and No. 1 Tennessee held West Virginia scoreless for a 9 1/2-minute stretch Saturday on its way to an 83-66 victory.


Women’s Top 25 Capsules: No. 12 Texas rallies to beat Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas – Jatarie White scored four straight points and Sug Sutton hit a go-ahead jumper to start a late 14-4 surge in No. 12 Texas’ 78-71 victory over Texas …


Women’s Top 25 roundup: Satou Sabally leads No. 5 Oregon over Washington State

Satou Sabally scored a career-high 33 points, including eight 3-pointers, as No. 5 Oregon beat Washington State 79-64 on Friday night for its 11th consecutive victory.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

Basketball broadcaster Bill Walton’s ‘Ghostbusters’ claim apparently is true

“Were you one of the ghosts? Were you the ghost that slimed Bill Murray?” Dave Pasch, who said he has seen the film “100 times,” asked Bill Walton.


Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Michigan routs Indiana, Buffalo edges Kent State

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Zavier Simpson added 12 as No. 5 Michigan started fast and pulled away for a 69-46 victory at Indiana on Friday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Men’s Top 25 roundup: No. 6 Michigan State surges past No. 19 Iowa, 82-67

Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Nick Ward had 21 points with 10 rebounds and sixth-ranked Michigan State blew past No. 19 Iowa 82-67 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Women’s Top 25 roundup: Top-ranked Notre Dame defeats Tennessee, 77-62

Jackie Young had a triple-double and Arike Ogunbowale scored 28 points as No. 1 Notre Dame rallied in the second half to beat Tennessee 77-62 on Thursday night and continue …


Top 25 roundup: Grant Williams rallies No. 1 Tennessee past rival Vanderbilt in OT

Grant Williams scored a career-high 43 points and finished off a three-point play with 31.6 seconds left in overtime to put top-ranked Tennessee ahead to stay, and the Volunteers barely …


Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Baylor women roll past No. 20 Iowa State, 84-69

Lauren Cox scored 22 points to lead all five Baylor starters in double figures and the No. 2 Lady Bears pulled away in the second half for an 84-69 victory …


Long skid could put Lady Vols’ postseason hopes in jeopardy

Tennessee has fallen out of the Top 25, is in the midst of its longest losing streak in nearly half a century and potentially could miss the NCAA Tournament for …


Kiara Leslie, No. 8 Wolfpack women stand as last unbeaten D-I team

Kiara Leslie and eighth-ranked North Carolina State stand alone as Division I’s last unbeaten team. Not Coach K and Duke’s much-ballyhooed freshmen. Not the mighty UConn women. It’s the Wolfpack …


Mid-major fallout: Grad transfers can hurt teams they leave

Mid-major men’s basketball teams often have to deal with student-athletes who complete their degrees early and leave for a more established program for their final year of college eligibility. Those …


Top 25 roundup: Charles Matthews lifts No. 5 Michigan over Minnesota

Charles Matthews made a baseline floater at the buzzer to lift No. 5 Michigan to a 59-57 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night after the Golden Gophers scored 10 straight …


Tennessee knows it must improve defense to stay at No. 1

Offense has helped Tennessee earn its second No. 1 ranking in program history. The Volunteers believe they’ll only stay there by defending the way they did last season. Tennessee seeks …


Brianna Shepard, Jessica Turner making No. 1 Notre Dame fast break go

When 6-foot-4 Jessica Shepard and 6-foot-3 Brianna Turner get their hands on a rebound, good things generally happen for No. 1 Notre Dame. The two forwards have 11 double-doubles between …


Ex-Arizona assistant coach pleads guilty to bribery charge

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in a federal prosecution that exposed corruption in college basketball recruiting. With Tuesday’s plea, Emanuel Richardson …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

How we voted: A chaotic week for the elite as top-10 teams win 11 times, lose seven more

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


Men’s Top 25 capsules: Boston College beats No. 11 Florida State 87-82

Ky Bowman scored 37 points and Jordan Chatman gave Boston College the lead for good by hitting three straight 3-pointers during a 21-4 run to start the second half, and …


Women’s Top 25 capsules: No. 1 Notre Dame handles Boston College 92-63

Arike Ogunbowale scored 24 points and No. 1 Notre Dame beat Boston College 92-63 on Sunday in South Bend, Indiana, for its 11th straight win.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

WSU’s loss is Tara VanDerveer’s 900th win at Stanford in 33 seasons

Sure, Stanford celebrated Alanna Smith’s brilliance on the court Sunday in an 85-64 victory by the sixth-ranked Cardinal against Washington State that helped Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer reach …


Women’s Top 25 capsules: Napheesa Collier scores 30, No. 2 UConn eases past Temple

Napheesa Collier had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield set a career high with 26 points to lead No. 2 UConn to an 88-67 victory over …


Men’s Top 25 capsules: RJ Barrett leads No. 1 Duke past No. 4 Virginia 72-70

RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Zion Williamson had 27 and No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Virginia 72-70 on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss of the season.


Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Oregon outlasts No. 19 Arizona State 77-71

Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and No. 5 Oregon fought off a late 3-point barrage and outlasted No. 19 Arizona State 77-71 on Friday night.


Top 25 roundup: CJ Massinburg scores 31, No. 16 Buffalo tops Eastern Michigan

CJ Massinburg ended a four-game slump by scoring 31 points, leading No. 16 Buffalo to a 77-65 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.


Pac-12 men: Oregon cranks up defense, holds off Arizona 59-54

Dominant defensively early and poised down the stretch, Oregon played a second straight solid all-around game since losing to the Bruins, holding off Arizona 59-54 Thursday night in Tucson.


Women’s Top 25 capsules: Asia Durr’s 20 leads No. 4 Louisville past Virginia

Asia Durr scored 20 points in 23 minutes as No. 4 Louisville routed Virginia 91-43 on Thursday night.