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UConn announces penalties from Ollie era

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut announced Friday that it is self-imposing penalties, including the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season, for violations of NCAA rules by its basketball program under former coach Kevin Ollie.

UConn fired Ollie after a 14-18 season a year ago, and later detailed numerous NCAA violations it said were committed during his tenure.

The NCAA investigated and sent the school a notice in September detailing allegations that included unethical conduct by Ollie, who it said provided false or misleading information about video calls to a recruit from two former UConn stars, Hall of Famer Ray Allen and San Antonio Spurs guard Rudy Gay.


Miami coach: F Hernandez was 'duped'

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA because he unwittingly became entangled in a college basketball corruption case when he was duped by an AAU coach.

Hernandez has sat out the first 16 games of the season awaiting a ruling on his eligibility, which could come before Miami's game Saturday against No. 13 North Carolina .


OSU aims to end skid vs. No. 19 Maryland

A tough stretch for Ohio State could get even tougher when No. 19 Maryland visits Value City Arena in Columbus on Friday.

The Buckeyes (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) have lost three consecutive games for the first time under second-year coach Chris Holtmann and are having problems finding secondary help when sophomore center Kaleb Wesson gets in foul trouble -- which happened in a home loss to No. 6 Michigan State and road losses to Rutgers and No. 23 Iowa.


No. 16 Buffalo looks to go 17-1 vs. EMU

Buffalo manhandled Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. The underdog Eagles get another chance to knock off the powerful Bulls on Friday.

The 16th-ranked Bulls opened their Mid-American Conference season with a 74-58 victory at Eastern Michigan. Buffalo will have the home court advantage this time.


UNC's Manley to remain out vs. Miami

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams says sophomore big man Sterling Manley will miss his sixth straight game at Miami on Saturday due to lingering knee soreness.

Manley hasn't played since the Dec. 29 win against Davidson due to his left knee. Williams said Friday that the 6-foot-11 reserve hasn't been able to practice and that the team is "waiting to get to a point where he feels better."


Duke hopes D doesn't slip without Jones

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn't slip without point guard Tre Jones - for however long he's out.

The Blue Devils were just getting back to playing the kind of tough man-to-man defense that had been their trademark after several years of struggles. Now they're hoping they'll be good enough on that end of the floor when they host defensive-minded Virginia on Saturday.


Davis has No. 18 Ole Miss back in Top 25

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi's Kermit Davis is getting another crack at a big-time men's basketball coaching job nearly 30 years after the lowest point in his career.

Two months into the season, Davis has the Rebels in the Top 25 for the first time since 2013.


Florida hopes to learn from late miscues

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White said he has a team of "clock-watchers," guys seemingly content to coast through the final minutes of games and hope to win.

It's the only way he can explain how the Gators have struggled down the stretch in Southeastern Conference play.


Spartans end Nebraska's 20-game home run

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Four nights after Tom Izzo called out Cassius Winston for his poor play in Michigan State's previous game, the Spartans' star point guard responded better than his coach would have expected.

Winston scored a career-high 29 points to go over 1,000 for his career, had six assists and played tough defense on Glynn Watson Jr. while leading No. 6 Michigan State past Nebraska 70-64 on Thursday night.


No. 5 Gonzaga rolls to 8th straight win

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Known for its offense, Gonzaga has shown that it can win by playing strong defense lately.

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and the No. 5 Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 73-55 on Thursday night, the eighth consecutive win for the Bulldogs since a pair of losses knocked them out of the top spot in The AP Top 25.

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