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'Nova, Michigan play title game rematch

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Villanova will face its toughest test yet this season when it hosts No. 18 Michigan Wednesday night at Finneran Pavilion as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games pits the Big Ten against the Big East in a series of eight games.

The No. 8 Wildcats (2-0) handily defeated Morgan State 100-77 and Quinnipiac 86-53 to begin their defense of their national championship. This game will be a rematch of last season's national championship game, with the Wildcats posting a 79-62 victory for their second title in three years.


No. 5 Vols stifle cold-shooting Ga. Tech

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status.

Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting Georgia Tech 66-53 on Tuesday night, one day after the Vols (3-0) moved up a spot in the Top 25 to reach the top five for the first time since the 2007-08 season.


Mays helps No. 22 LSU hold off Memphis

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Skylar Mays' soaring, one-handed, frenzy-inciting jam on a determined drive down the lane made it clear he won't always be overshadowed by the highly regarded recruits that have made LSU basketball relevant again.

Mays scored 19 points, transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14, and No. 22 LSU held off a relentless effort by first-year coach Penny Hardaway's Memphis squad, 85-76 on Tuesday night.


Happ has 30-13 as Wisconsin pulls away

CINCINNATI (AP) Ethan Happ flipped in a one-handed shot, and then drove past a defender for a dunk. With the game at a turning point, the 6-foot-10 forward did whatever he wanted and put Wisconsin in control.

Happ followed his triple-double in Wisconsin's opener with another dominant performance Tuesday night, getting 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers pulled away to a 77-68 victory over Xavier in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.


Freshman Akinjo leads Hoyas by Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Freshman James Akinjo had 19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists, Jamorko Pickett blocked a shot in the closing seconds and Georgetown beat Illinois 88-80 on Tuesday night.

Akinjo sank a floater in the lane with 39 seconds left and was fouled, making the free throw to extend Georgetown's lead to 84-80. Illinois nearly turned it over, called a timeout and then had back-to-back shots blocked by Jessie Govan and Pickett. Govan made two free throws at the other end and Jagan Mosely added two more on their next possession to seal it.


Nashville to host SEC tourney until 2030

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has decided Music City is the place to keep its basketball tournament for years to come, extending its deal with an option that could keep the event in Nashville through 2035.

The league announced the agreement Tuesday to play the tournament in Nashville through 2030 with an option for a five-year extension. The only exception is 2022, when the SEC women's tournament will be played in Nashville and the men's tournament is in Tampa.


GT's Banks eligible after Texas transfer

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech forward James Banks, a transfer from Texas, has been granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA.

The 6-foot-8 Banks played two seasons at Texas, averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. He will have two years of eligibility with the Yellow Jackets without having to sit out a season.


Duke jumps Kansas for No. 1 in AP poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke changed everything about who AP Top 25 voters considered to be the nation's best team with a single dominating performance against a marquee opponent.

It also gave the Blue Devils yet another milestone under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a record number of appearances at No. 1.


Vick's 32 spark No. 2 Kansas by Vermont

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas guard Lagerald Vick followed his underwhelming season-opening performance against Michigan State with what Bill Self called the best offensive performance of anybody he's ever coached.

Vick went 8 for 8 from outside the 3-point arc. He hit two more deep 2s with his foot on the line. And the only shots he missed were a short hook and what Self called "a dipsy-do layup," giving the senior a career-high 32 points in an 84-68 victory over Vermont on Monday night.


No. 7 UNC rips Stanford in home opener

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams spent two games missing shot after shot in an unusually cold stretch for No. 7 North Carolina's senior starting guard and top defensive player.

He tried not to get too frustrated and kept believing the next ones were sure to fall - until they finally did against Stanford on Monday night.

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