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|Decline in Big 10 fortune|
|FIRST FIVE GAMES||LAST FIVE GAMES|
|Killingsworth||21.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg||13.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg|
|The Everett impact|
|OU'S 16 Ws||OU'S FIVE Ls|
|Recent meetings with Duke, UNC|
|Chris Paul scored 23 points in the win and Eric Williams added 19 points, helping offset three late 3-pointers from J.J Redick, who missed another trifecta at the buzzer, allowing Wake Forest to escape.|
|Chris Paul played a near-perfect game with 26 points, eight assists and five steals, but the bigger story was that he and his teammates combined to shoot a perfect 32-for-32 from the free throw line in pulling off the win.|
UNC 114 (3 OT)
|Wake Forest spoiled Roy Williams' ACC debut in a crazy contest in which North Carolina allowed its most points ever. Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser told the media after the game, "I've been doing this for 30 years and I have never seen anything quite like that." Eric Williams scored 24 points in the win and Chris Paul made two of three free throws with a second to play in the first overtime to extend the game another 10 minutes.|
Duke 80 (2 OT)
|Wake Forest snapped a 14-game losing streak to Duke as Vytas Danelius had 20 points and 14 rebounds. The Deacons got 10 points from Trent Strickland in the second overtime, enabling them to outscore Duke 20-6 in that five-minute span.|
|North Carolina failed to hold a 10-point lead as Robert O'Kelly bounced back from early struggles to score 13 points in a decisive 28-9 run that allowed the Deacons to prevail.|
It wasn't in a game. It occurred somewhere in Columbia, Mo., when Missouri coach Quin Snyder was informed he wouldn't be retained. Snyder's resignation ends a tenure that was filled with so much promise but ended in a downward spiral that clearly had gobbled up much of his charismatic personality.
-- Andy Katz
Kansas: The Jayhawks are rolling. They swept through Nebraska on the road and Iowa State at home to stay within one game of first-place Texas in the Big 12. Kansas once had the look of a bubble team and now is looking at a high NCAA seed. Bill Self has done his best coaching job in his brief KU tenure.
Alabama: The Tide beat Vandy and won at Ole Miss to move to within one game of SEC West-leading LSU. The job Mark Gottfried has done without Chuck Davis (ACL) is remarkable. The Tide are rolling toward an NCAA bid.
La Salle: The Explorers are in fourth place in the Atlantic 10. That's right, La Salle is 7-4 in the league after shocking Xavier in Cincinnati to move to 15-7 overall. La Salle is going to have a winning record. That's tremendous.
Hofstra: The Pride (18-4, 11-3 CAA) has climbed into a second-place tie in the Colonial with UNC Wilmington, just one loss behind leader George Mason.
UTEP: The Miners had an NCAA Tournament-type week by beating UAB and winning at Southern Miss. Those wins put the Miners one game behind Memphis in the loss column, all alone in second place. Now, UTEP's game at Memphis on Feb. 22 -- more so than Memphis' return game at UAB in early March -- is looking like the showdown of the C-USA season.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers nipped their two-game slide quickly with a huge win over West Virginia on Thursday and then rolled Cincinnati on Saturday to move into fifth place in the Big East. The Panthers are still within striking distance of second and a decent seed in the NCAAs.
Indiana: Losing to Wisconsin on the road and to Iowa at home equals a three-game slide and likely no shot at winning the Big Ten.
Michigan: So much for winning the Big Ten. The Wolverines dropped games to Ohio State and Purdue, the latter on the road, to make it three straight losses.
Xavier: Remember when all these coaches (and our editor) were telling us how good Xavier was? Well, they were either wrong or this team has gone south faster than anyone could have imagined. Xavier, shockingly, is in eighth place in the A-10 after losing to La Salle at home.
Kentucky: The Wildcats have lost three straight, including at home to Tennessee and then at Vanderbilt this past week. Digest that and the Cats' remaining schedule for a second and realize they are in serious trouble.
-- Andy Katz
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