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AP Women’s College Basketball Top 25 12/03/2018

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December 3rd, 2018 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. UConn (31) 7-0 775 2
2. Notre Dame 7-1 719 1
3. Oregon 7-0 707 3
4. Baylor 7-0 689 4
5. Louisville 8-0 661 5
6. Mississippi St. 8-0 622 6
7. Maryland 8-0 587 7
8. Oregon St. 6-1 549 9
9. Tennessee 6-0 524 11
10. NC State 8-0 473 13
11. Stanford 6-1 446 8
12. Texas 7-1 438 10
13. California 7-0 362 15
14. Minnesota 7-0 357 20
15. Syracuse 7-2 330 12
16. Iowa 6-2 303 14
17. Arizona St. 5-2 222 19
18. Marquette 6-1 195 22
19. Kentucky 8-0 194 25
20. DePaul 4-3 177 16
21. Drake 7-1 157 24
22. South Carolina 4-4 113 18
23. Missouri 6-2 95
24. Gonzaga 8-1 93
25. Miami 7-2 68 21

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 57, Iowa St. 37, South Florida 24, Florida St. 20, Virginia Tech 20, West Virginia 16, Georgia 14, South Dakota 7, Indiana 5, Southern Cal 5, Michigan St. 3, Cent Michigan 3, Northwestern 2, Purdue 2, Utah 2, Kansas 1, North Carolina 1.

AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 12/03/2018

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December 3rd, 2018 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (43) 8-0 1578 1
2. Kansas (19) 6-0 1539 2
3. Duke (1) 7-1 1463 3
4. Virginia (1) 7-0 1367 4
5. Michigan 8-0 1339 7
6. Nevada 8-0 1300 5
7. Tennessee 6-1 1238 6
8. Auburn 6-1 1154 8
9. Kentucky 7-1 1070 10
10. Michigan St. 6-2 915 9
11. Florida St. 6-1 871 15
12. Wisconsin 7-1 809 22
13. Texas Tech 7-0 783 20
14. North Carolina 6-2 782 11
15. Virginia Tech 6-1 675 13
16. Kansas St. 6-1 629 12
17. Buffalo 7-0 515 21
18. Iowa 6-1 417 14
19. Ohio St. 7-1 385 16
20. Arizona St. 7-0 384
21. Villanova 6-2 356 23
22. Mississippi St. 6-1 243 25
23. Maryland 7-1 204 24
24. Nebraska 7-1 176
25. Furman 8-0 101

Others receiving votes: Purdue 100, Syracuse 62, Marquette 47, Iowa St. 46, Texas 44, Creighton 42, St. John’s 39, Houston 30, NC State 14, Indiana 13, Arizona 12, Clemson 11, Louisville 11, Radford 9, TCU 9, Arkansas 3, Notre Dame 3, Oregon 3, UCLA 3, Boston College 2, Florida 2, Davidson 1, Oklahoma 1.

Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over

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December 3rd, 2018 by Chris Parks

CHICAGO (AP) — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings.

The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse records.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” said Jim Paxson, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations. “After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future.”

The Bulls have been riddled by injuries all year. Denzel Valentine (ankle), Kris Dunn (knee) and Bobby Portis (knee) have missed significant time and forward Lauri Markkanen didn’t make his season debut until this past weekend because of an elbow injury.

The 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago’s rebuilding plan, but Hoiberg won’t be around to see it through. He finishes his tenure in Chicago, where he played for four seasons and had a long history with general manager Gar Forman, with a record of 115-155 (.426) and a single playoff appearance, when the Bulls were ousted in the first round by Boston in 2017.

Hoiberg was named Chicago’s head coach in June 2015 after spending five seasons at Iowa State, where the former player was nicknamed “The Mayor.” Hoiberg went 115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was fired after five seasons, and the hope was that the free-wheeling style he used with the Cyclones would work in the NBA and that he would fare better than another former Iowa State coach, Tim Floyd, who went 49-190 record in three-plus seasons with the Bulls.

The circumstances were different, but the results were disappointing. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula.

Boylen is a veteran but this will be his first time as an NBA head coach; he spent four years as the head coach at the University of Utah. Over 20 years in the NBA, he also has been an assistant in Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Indiana and San Antonio.

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 12/3/2018

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December 3rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt by beating the Oakland Raiders 40-33. Spencer Ware replaced Hunt as starter and scored on a direct snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter. Mahomes did most of the rest of the damage against the Raiders with his arm.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt entered the NFL as part of Kansas City’s 2017 draft class and quickly formed a tight friendship as they tried to build the Chiefs into a Super Bowl contender. Mahomes now must do it without Hunt, released over the weekend after a video surfaced that showed him knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Kareem Hunt has acknowledged misleading the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week. During a live interview with ESPN the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation. Hunt was released by the Chiefs on Friday.

UNDATED (AP) — In case you missed it in Week 13 of the NFL season: Now the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers will get to see how they’ll fare with a head coach other Mike McCarthy. And the question around the league becomes whether any other coaches will get fired before the season is over.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bill Snyder is retiring as the coach of Kansas State, ending a three-decade relationship that included 27 years on the sideline interrupted only by a brief retirement. The 79-year-old coach has been considering his future since the Wildcats finished a 5-7 season with a disheartening loss to Iowa State that eliminated them from bowl eligibility. The school announced that a search for his replacement would begin immediately.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — James Palmer Jr. had 23 points and Nebraska opened up an early 11-point lead, then held off Illinois for a 75-60 win in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams. Nebraska (7-1) came out hot, hitting its first three field goals and all six of its free throws to go up 13-2 just 2½ minutes into the game.

Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 40-33

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December 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt, 40-33 over the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs (10-2) cut ties with Hunt after a months-old video surfaced on TMZ on Friday, showing him shoving and kicking a woman. No charges have been filed in the case from February, but the Chiefs let Hunt go because he misled them about the incident .

Spencer Ware replaced Hunt as starter and scored on a direct snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter. Mahomes did most of the rest of the damage against the Raiders (2-10) with his arm. He connected on two short touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half, then found another tight end, Demetrius Harris, on a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter one play after an apparent TD to Kelce was called off by a replay review.

Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and engineered a late TD drive capped by a 2-yard pass to Chris Conley after Oakland cut the deficit to three. Oakland added a late field goal, but the Chiefs recovered the onside kick to seal the win. Mahomes has 41 TD passes on the season, joining Manning (44 in 2004, 41 in ’13) and Brady (41 in 2007) as the only QBs with at least 40 in the first 12 games of a season.

Kelce had 12 catches for 168 yards, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season.
Derek Carr threw three TD passes for the Raiders, but Oakland lost three fumbles that led to three scores for the Chiefs and reached double-digit losses for the 12th time in 16 seasons.

Oakland’s Jared Cook and Kansas City’s Eric Murray got into a scuffle late in the first half when they were jostling near the sideline well after the play. Both players were called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.
UP NEXT: Chiefs: Host Ravens next Sunday.

Gustafson scores 32, No. 14 Iowa women win 92-63

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December 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 32 points with 12 rebounds and No. 14 Iowa rolled past Robert Morris 92-63 on Sunday. Gustafson, who came in shooting 75 percent, made 13 of 15 shots against the Colonials (1-6) and hit all six of her free throws while posting her 61st double-double. Hannah Stewart scored 16 points with nine boards as the senior pair, who combine for over 36 points per game, dominated down low with the Hawkeyes (5-2) owning points in the paint 56-20. Makenzie Meyer added 12 points as Iowa shot 64 percent.

Nneka Ezeigbo led Robert Morris with 13 points. Gustafson scored 10 points in a 16-2 run to lead by 12 after first quarter. The Colonials got within four midway through the third with a 16-6 run but Iowa outscored Robert Morris 25-5 in the final period, holding the Colonials to 2-of-9 shooting and forcing seven turnovers while making 9 of 14 shots.

Carleton, Scott lead No. 23 Cyclone women by Arkansas 91-82

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December 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bridget Carleton scored 24 points to move into Iowa State’s top 10, Kristin Scott added a career-high 21 and the No. 23 Cyclones turned back Arkansas 91-82 on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Iowa State (6-1) led by 14 points late in the third quarter but a 7-0 run by the Razorbacks (5-2) cut the lead to 85-82 with 3:02 to play. Chelsea Dungee, who had a career-high 27 points, made a layup at the 3:10 mark then had a steal and was fouled. Dungee, who was 13 of 15 from the line, only made one free throw and Arkansas didn’t score again.

Scott’s 3-pointer at 2:11 ended a 0-for-5, almost 4-minute field-goal drought and Arkansas missed its final three shots with two turnovers. Carleton, who also had 11 rebounds, moved past Stacy Frese (1,494) on the Cyclone scoring list. Alexa Middleton added 15 points and Ashley Joens 14. Malica Monk added 22 points for Arkansas.

Outback Bowl Matchup: Iowa vs. No. 18 Mississippi State: Jan. 1st, 2019

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December 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-3, SEC) will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4, Big Ten), at Noon on Jan. 1st, during the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. It’s the first meeting for both teams. Mississippi at No. 18 has its best final playoff ranking since ending at No. 7 in 2014. Iowa’s four losses came by a combined 23 points. Beat Illinois and Nebraska to end the regular season.

Joe Moorhead joins Jackie Sherrill as only MSU coaches to make bowl game in first season. Notable players for the game: Mississippi State: DE Montez Sweat, 51 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks; Iowa: TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 catches, 717 yards, six touchdowns. Mississippi State is one of only five SEC schools to go to a bowl every season in this decade; 13-8 in bowl games. Iowa lost 30-3 to Florida two years ago in Outback Bowl, falling to 2-3 in Tampa game; 15-15-1 all time in bowl games.

Alamo Bowl Matchup: ISU vs. Washington State, Dec. 28th in TX

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December 2nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Officials say the Iowa State Cyclones (8-4, Big 12) will take on the Washington State Cougars (10-2, Pac-12), Dec. 28th, 8 p.m. Central Time, at the Alamo Bowl, in San Antonio, TX. Top players to watch  include ISU runningback David Montgomery (1,092 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns) and Cougar QB Gardner Minshew, (4,477 yards passing, 36 touchdowns). This will mark the first time the teams have met.

The Cyclones won seven out of their last eight games after a 1-3 start and finished with their best-ever record, 6-3, in the Big 12. The Cougars’ seven-game winning streak — and faint playoff hopes — were dashed in a 28-15 loss to Washington in the Apple Cup on Nov. 23.

Iowa State is making its 13th bowl appearance, and first appearance in the Alamo Bowl. Washington State is making its 14th bowl appearance, and second appearance in the Alamo Bowl.