College basketball: No 3 Iowa routs Western Illinois; No. 7 Kansas, No. 16 Virginia Tech win

Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Iowa stayed unbeaten with a 99-58 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.

Jack Nunge, playing his first game this season following the death of his father, matched his career high with 18 points for Iowa (3-0). Joe Wieskamp added 11 points and Patrick McCaffery scored 10 for the Hawkeyes.

Garza reached 30 points in the first half for the second consecutive game. He had 36 by halftime of last Friday’s 103-76 victory over Southern.

It was the 19th straight game of 20 points or more for Garza, the lone unanimous selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

No. 7 Kansas 89, Washburn 54

David McCormack scored 17 points, Ochai Agbaji added 16 and Jalen Wilson had 12, helping seventh-ranked Kansas cruise past Washburn in the Jayhawks’ long-delayed home opener.

Kansas (3-1)

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Tom Allen Talks Indiana Football with Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana football coach Tom Allen was interviewed by Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.”

It aired on Sirius XM Thursday night.

Here’s some of the highlights from the conversation between Allen and Krzyzewski.

“You know, a tremendous amount of respect for our basketball program, a lot of love for (them),” Allen said. “I’m from New Castle. That’s my home. My dad was the head football coach there, coach Alford, Steve’s dad, was the head basketball coach there, so I’ve known Steve since I was a boy. He’s a few years older than me, so I’ve come and been raised in a basketball environment. I wanted to come here and build a football program. I just really believe you can do both. I think we can be great in basketball and great in football.

“To me, it’s about expectations and beliefs,

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Louisville basketball pausing due to positive COVID-19 test, canceling game vs. UNC Greensboro


The Louisville basketball program is pausing all team activities indefinitely due to a positive COVID-19 test and the subsequent contact tracing requirements, according to a Thursday evening announcement from the school. The 4-0 Cardinals will have their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday canceled as a result.

“We are adhering to the ACC and university protocols, and will monitor the matter day-to-day,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement. The Cardinals have not determined if their game against No. 4 Wisconsin scheduled for Dec. 9 or their game against NC State scheduled for Dec. 16 will be impacted.

According to the school, the program has been testing “Tier 1” personnel three times per week. That includes players, coaches, managers and staff. The positive test came during the program’s round of testing on Thursday. Louisville isn’t the only ACC program on pause, as Wake Forest announced Monday that it

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College basketball schedule 2020-21: Louisville pausing activities due to COVID-19, cancels Friday’s game

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Louisville became the latest high-profile college basketball program to pause activities due to issues with COVID-19 on Thursday night, when the school announced an indefinite halt after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start, but their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday will be canceled. Louisville is next scheduled to play Dec. 9 against No. 4 Wisconsin.

The school has not determined if that game will be affected by the COVID-19 issues in the program. Louisville is far from the only program to be hit with scheduling problems related to the coronavirus this season. Dozens of games have been canceled or postponed as the sport begins its season with the pandemic sweeping the nation.

As developments continue to unfold, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and notes surrounding scheduling snafus below in our tracker.


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Tipoff time set for Nebraska basketball’s Christmas Day game against Michigan | Men’s Basketball

The Nebraska basketball team with play its Christmas game long after all of Santa’s presents have been opened.

The Huskers tip off against Michigan at 5 p.m. on Christmas, according to schedule news released by the Big Ten. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network as part of a Christmas package of league games.

Michigan represents the second game of Nebraska’s 20-game Big Ten schedule, and the first Big Ten home game. It is unlikely, though not yet known for sure, whether the game will have fans inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Dec. 30 game at Ohio State will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and air on BTN. Nebraska will play at least 18 games on BTN — including 12 in a row — and currently has one game, against Wisconsin, scheduled for ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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Badger South girls basketball preview: Oregon looks for another shot in a league rich in talent, history | Girls basketball

Coach: Matt Stollberg, fourth year at Watertown, eighth overall (43-29).

Season status: The Badger Conference elected not to conduct conference competition in winter sports, but Watertown has elected to organize its own non-conference schedule.

Returning starters: Aubrey Schmutzler, 5-9, sr., G (6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg); Teya Maas, 6-1, sr., F (15.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.5 apg); Avalon Uecke, 6-1, sr., G (9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg); Riley Quinn, 5-9, jr., F (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, .5 apg); Lily Gifford. 5-11, jr., G (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Other returnees: Autumn Meyers, 5-7, sr., G (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .6 apg); Sydney Linskens, 5-7, sr., G (2.8 ppg, .8 rpg, .4 apg); Riley Frederick, 5-8, sr., G (.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .2 apg); Macy Zubke, 5-11, sr., F (1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, .5 apg).

Key fact: Freshman Drew Hinrichs is the lone underclassmen as Watertown looks to

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Quinnipiac vs. Drexel odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the Drexel Dragons at 2 p.m. ET Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. It is the second of back-to-back games between the teams in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic being held in Uncasville, Conn. The Dragons won the first matchup 66-48.

The Dragons are favored by seven points this time around in the the latest Drexel vs. Quinnipiac odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 136. Before making any Quinnipiac vs. Drexel picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against

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UW men’s basketball remains winless after 76-62 loss to Utah in Pac-12 opener

Quade Green curled around screens for teardrop layups and stepped outside for deep three-pointers to lead the Washington men’s basketball team in scoring for a second straight outing. But again, it wasn’t enough.

The senior point guard finished with a career-high tying 21 points and represented the only bright spot in yet another dismal performance for the Huskies, who lost 76-62 at Utah in their Pac-12 opener on Thursday.

Green has led the Huskies in scoring twice this season and has proven he can score, but the Huskies need more offensive options.

Unlike their first two outings, the Huskies displayed the fight and effort that coach Mike Hopkins said was missing early in the season.

Washington received 13 points and 12 rebounds from Nate Roberts while Hameir Wright tallied 10 rebounds and 7-foot-4 center Riley Sorn came off the bench to give UW a spark

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DePaul women’s basketball is one of the few teams that wears masks during games, and the players won’t use it as an excuse

CHICAGO — The complaining lasted a week.

Doug Bruno standing in front of a crowd: DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

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DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

OK, it lasted a couple of weeks. All right, maybe it was a month.

Yet DePaul women’s basketball players have dutifully worn face masks during every practice since Aug. 7 and all three of their games this season.

“We’re pretty used to it,” senior guard Deja Church said. “We complained a lot about it. But like Coach (Doug) Bruno says, ‘We’re going to make adversity our best friend.’ With or without masks, we’ll play to the best of our abilities. We’re not going to make masks an excuse.”

Seeing coaches and players wearing masks on sidelines has become routine as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But players competing in them? That’s rare.

The NCAA and the Big East

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WVSU basketball: 3 Jackets named to Division II preseason team | MEC Sports

The start of the season is on hold until January, but preseason accolades are rolling in for the West Virginia State University men’s basketball team.

WVSU’s Anthony Pittman, a former Capital High School standout, and Glen Abram were named Thursday to the Black College Sports Network’s HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) NCAA Division II preseason first team.

A third Yellow Jacket, Jeremiah Moore, was named to the second team.

WVSU coach Bryan Poore said the recognition comes at a good time for the Yellow Jackets.

“It’s really nice, good for the guys, good for the team, they needed a positive, uplifting note,” said Poore, who enters his 22nd season at State’s head coach. “They’re all leery, there’s so much uncertainty to the season, and with this coming out it gives us the feeling that we’re really gonna play.”

That wasn’t a sure thing as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the

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