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NBA comes down hard on Anthony, Robinson


The NBA handed out the punishments for Saturday night's brawl at Madison Square Garden. Nuggets' star Carmelo Anthony was hit with the biggest suspension, 15 games, but former UW guard Nate Robinson wasn't far behind with a 10-game suspension.


USA Today has a piece about Arizona State's women's basketball team in the wake of the tragedy which hit it earlier this year. It's a good story, but not nearly as touching as the one Dave Trimmer wrote for us following the death of Aubree Johnson's brother Jordan.


The USA Today coaches poll is out, and Gonzaga dropped eight spots, to 24. Thursday night's opponent in New York City (6; ESPN; 1510-AM) Duke stayed in the sixth spot. North Carolina moved up to second, Butler to 16th, Washington, which won its only game of the week in a rout, dropped from 14 to 17, Memphis moved up to 18, Nevada to 20th and Oregon to 23rd. UCLA stayed atop the poll and Arizona moved into the top 10 at No. 9.

Despite a 7-1 record and having run away from Gonzaga, Georgia remained unranked and received just two votes.

UPDATE: Fox Sports has named Georgia its team of the week after the upst of GU. There's that and more on this notes column.

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