Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (88) vs. Phoenix Suns (102) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (88) vs. Phoenix Suns (102) - Date: 1/31/2018 Feb 01, 2018 PHOENIX Rookie forward Josh Jackson matched his career best with 21 points, T. J. Warren added 20 and the Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Dallas 102-88 on Wednesday night, handing the Mavericks their fifth loss in a row and eighth in nine games.Phoenix backup point guard Isaiah Canaan broke his left ankle in a gruesome injury late in the first quarter.Marquese Chriss added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who beat Dallas for the fourth time in a row dating to last season.After missing Monday night's game in Memphis with bruised ribs, Devin Booker was back starting at point guard for Phoenix and scored 15 points.Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17, Harrison Barnes 15 and Dirk Nowitzki 14 for the Mavericks, who shot just 36 percent.Booker opened the game with a 3-pointer and Phoenix never relinquished the lead.D anuel House made two 3s and Canaan and Jared Dudley one apiece in a 12-2 run that put the Suns up 35-14 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.The Mavericks cut it to single digits twice, once to eight points and once to nine, in the second quarter and were down 57-46 at halftime.Phoenix dominated the third period, leading 81-58 after Troy Daniels' 3-pointer with 2:20 left.The Mavericks cut it to 91-84 on Smith's 3-pointer with 3:17 to go but Booker responded with a three-point play to put Phoenix up 94-84. Dallas never got it to single digits again.Canaan was driving to the basket when he was fouled by Wesley Matthews with three seconds left in the first quarter. Canaan's ankle gave way on a hard, awkward landing, and his left foot was pointing in the wrong direction as his body tumbled to the floor.As trainers rushed to Canaan, there were groans from the crowd and looks of shock from his Phoenix teammates, some of whom covered their eyes or looked away.He wa s sitting up as he was rolled out of the arena on a stretcher.Canaan, in his fifth NBA season, was signed Dec. 13 after being waived by Houston in October.TIP-INSMavericks: Matthews shot 2 of 17. ... Nowitzki played 27 minutes and is 32 shy of becoming the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 minutes in the regular season. ... Nowitzki's 1,462 career points in 70 regular-season games against Phoenix are fifth-most by any player against the Suns in their history.Suns: The 88 points scored by Dallas matched a season low for a Phoenix opponent. ... Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The four-game winning streak over Dallas is the Suns' longest against the Mavs since winning nine in a row from 1997-99. ... Chriss missed the previous game with a sprained ankle. ... Sports Experts. The Suns set the NBA record on Monday in Memphis with a 3-poi nter in their 1,109th consecutive game and made it 1,110 on Wednesday. Dallas previously held the record of 1,108.UP NEXTMavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.Suns: Host the Utah Jazz on Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: San Jose State (67) vs. UNLV (76) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: San Jose State (67) vs. UNLV (76) - Date: 1/31/2018 Brandon McCoy had 22 points and 17 rebounds, Jordan Johnson added 15 points with six assists and UNLV beat San Jose State 76-67 on Wednesday night. Professional Sports Handicappers. Tervell Beck added 12 points and Shakur Juiston had 10 points and nine rebounds for UNLV (16-6, 5-4 Mountain West), which ended an 11-game series losing streak to San Diego State on Saturday. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The Runnin' Rebels entered fifth in the country in field-goal percentage (51.0), eighth in scoring (86.2) and 20th in rebounding (40.1). UNLV shot 50 percent and outrebounded SJSU 44-24. Ryan Welage scored 21 points with four 3-pointers for San Jose State (3-18, 0-10). Oumar Barry tied a career-high with 12 points. Welage naile d a 3 for the last basket of the first half to reach 139 career makes, passing Adrian Oliver for second in program history. UNLV came out on top in the first matchup this season, 82-76 in overtime. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Spartans beat UNLV in both meetings last season making it the first time doing so since the 1993-94 season.

NCAAB Game Recap: Fresno State (92) vs. Nevada (102) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Fresno State (92) vs. Nevada (102) - Date: 1/31/2018 Cody Martin had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Caleb Martin scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Nevada beat Fresno State 102-92 on Wednesday night for its 16th straight home victory. In the 99th all-time meeting, Nevada reached 100 points for the first time against Fresno State. Josh Hall added 19 points and Kendall Stephens and Jordan Caroline chipped in 16 apiece for Nevada (19-4, 8-1 Mountain West). Caleb Martin, the second leading scorer in the conference at 19.6, was 7 of 10 from the field and matched Stephens with four 3-pointers. Nevada had all five of its turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game. Deshon Taylor tied a career-high with 32 points for Fresno State (15-8, 5-5), which was seeking its fifth road win in the last six series meetings. NBC Sports Picks. Tay lor made five 3-pointers and hit 11 of 14 free throws.

NCAAB Game Recap: Cal Irvine (75) vs. Long Beach State (68) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Cal Irvine (75) vs. Long Beach State (68) - Date: 1/31/2018 Evan Leonard scored a career-high 30 points, Tommy Rutherford added 14 and UC Irvine held off Long Beach State for a 75-68 win on Wednesday night. Leonard made all six of his foul shots in the last 31 seconds to seal the win. He finished 10 of 11 at the line and was 9 for 12 from the field. Leonard tied it at 63 with a 3-pointer and Eyassu Worku's layup with three minutes left put the Anteaters (10-14, 5-3 Big West) up for good. Worku finished with 11. Gabe Levin scored 10 of his 19 points in a little more than two minutes to start the second half and Long Beach State led 41-35. Jordan Roberts's jumper made it 48-41 before the Anteaters used an 11-4 run to tie it. Deishuan Booker scored 12 and Edon Maxhuni had 11 for the 49ers">49ers (12-13, 6-3), who missed 12 free throws and saw their three-game win streak end.

NBA Game Recap: Chicago Bulls (108) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (124) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Chicago Bulls (108) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (124) - Date: 1/31/2018 Feb 01, 2018 PORTLAND, Ore. CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 50 through three periods before heading to the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of the short-handed Chicago Bulls for a 124-108 victory Wednesday night.McCollum's 28 points in the opening quarter were the most in the NBA this season. His final tally was nine points shy of the team record set by Damian Lillard last season.Lillard also sat out the final period after adding 13 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who led by as many as 29. It was Portland's fourth straight win overall, a season high, and the club's eighth in a row at home.Zach LaVine had a season-best 23 points in Chicago's fifth consecutive loss.Lauri Markkanen was not with the Bulls because he was attending to a personal issue, the team said. Free Picks Against the Spread. The rookie is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Paul Zipser started in his place.Kris Dunn, averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 assists, missed his sixth straight game after a concussion.The Bulls decided to sit forward Nikola Mirotic while he reportedly seeks a trade. Coach Fred Hoiberg said before the game that the 6-foot-10 forward remained back at the team hotel. Meanwhile, rumors swirled that the Bulls had a deal with the Pelicans but it fell apart.Portland shot 74 percent in the first quarter paced by McCollum, who made four 3-pointers in the period and finished with six for the game.Pat Connaughton's 3-pointer put the Blazers up 54-28. McCollum punctuated the first half with a dunk, and the Blazers went into the break with a 67-44 lead.McCollum finished the half with 32 points, one shy of Lillard's franchise record.After he sat down in the third quarter, McCollum smiled when the crowd at the Moda Center chanted ''We want CJ!''Lillard went into the game needing 25 points to reach 10,000. He'll be the seventh Blazers player to reach the mark, joining Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Terry Porter, Cliff Robinson, Jerome Kersey and Jim Paxson.Portland was coming off a 104-96 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center the night before.The Bulls lost 110-96 at home to Milwaukee on Sunday.TIP-INSBulls: Markkanen could rejoin the team on the road trip. ... Robin Lopez was greeted by warm applause at the Moda Center. Lopez was a fan favorite during his time with the Blazers from 2013-15.Trail Blazers: Wore their black ''City'' uniforms for the first time. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The uniforms feature a plaid pattern in a nod to Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the 1977 NBA championship team and had a penchant for plaid. ... McCollum's huge quarter surpassed the previous team record of 26 points set by Lillard.ELITE COMPANYMcCollum joined a group of 50-point Blazers: Lillard, Damon Stoudamire, Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Clyde Drexler and Geoff Petrie.McCollum also joined Houston star James Harden as the only players with 50 points in three quarters this season.UP NEXTThe Bulls play Saturday night at the Los Angeles Clippers before finishing their three-game road trip at Sacramento.The Trail Blazers visit Toronto on Friday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona (100) vs. Washington State (72) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Arizona (100) vs. Washington State (72) - Date: 1/31/2018 Deandre Ayton scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Allonzo Trier added 24 points as No. 9 Arizona beat cold-shooting Washington State 100-72 on Wednesday night to remain in first place in the Pac-12. Rawle Alkins scored 16 points for Arizona (19-4, 9-1 Pac-12), which has won seven games in a row. Expert Sports Picks. The Wildcats have lost just one time since Nov. 24. Robert Franks scored 25 points for Washington State (9-12, 1-8), which has dropped 13 in a row to Arizona. It was the Cougars' first home game since Jan. 13. Arizona shot 61 percent in the game, while Washington State managed just 41 percent, and was only up that high because of a late spurt. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. This one was over early. Wit h the score tied at 20, Arizona went on a 25-5 run over the next seven minutes to build a 45-25 lead. Alkins hit three consecutive 3-pointers during that run, while the Cougars made just 2 of 14 field goals during one stretch. Arizona led 53-34 at halftime after holding the Cougars to three field goals in the final 12 minutes of the half. Sports Betting Leads. The Wildcats outshot the Cougars 67 percent to 33 percent in the first. Ayton scored the first seven points of the second half for Arizona, and the Wildcats used a 20-2 run to push their lead to 75-40. Washington State's shooting woes continued in the second as they went long stretches without a field goal. BIG PICTUREArizona: The Wildcats have won 16 of their past 17 games, losing only at Colorado on Jan. 6. Trier and Ayton both came in averaging better than 19 points per game. Ayton also averages 10.7 rebounds. Washington State: The Cougars are shooting .386 from 3-point range and are third in the nation with 11.6 made 3-pointers per game. The Cougars came in with an all-time record of 7-129 against teams ranked in the Top 10. They have slumped since winning the Wooden Legacy early in the season, dropping seven of their previous eight games. UP NEXTArizona plays at Washington on Saturday. Washington State hosts No. 25 Arizona State on Sunday.---More college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: UC Riverside (68) vs. Cal Poly SLO (71) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: UC Riverside (68) vs. Cal Poly SLO (71) - Date: 1/31/2018 Donovan Fields sank a jumper with seconds to play to put Cal Poly on top for a 71-68 win over UC Riverside on Wednesday night. Sports Picks Free. The Mustangs (7-15, 2-6 Big West) led 38-34 at halftime but fell behind in the second half to trail 58-56 with 8:21 to play. Sports Handicappers Rankings. They stayed close, tying the score twice before Fields hit his jumper with 12 seconds left to put them on top, 69-68. Victor Joseph sank two free throws in the final seconds for the final score. Joseph led Cal Poly with 22 points, making 3 of 5 from distance. Josh Martin added 10 points and Fields and Jakub Niziol added nine apiece. Idy Diallo scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Highlanders (5-17, 0-8) who have lost 10 st raight and are winless in conference. DJ Sylvester and Koh Flippin added 11 points apiece.

NCAAB Game Recap: Butler (92) vs. Marquette (72) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Butler (92) vs. Marquette (72) - Date: 1/31/2018 Tyler Wideman scored a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds, Kalan Martin scored 16 points, Kamar Baldwin 15 and Butler rode some hot shooting to a 92-72 defeat of Marquette Wednesday night and push its win streak to three games. Butler (16-7, 6-4 Big East) shot 60 percent from the floor (33 of 55), 57 percent from behind the 3-point arc (8 of 14) and had five players reach double-figure scoring. Sean McDermott added 13 points and Aaron Thompson 11. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The Bulldogs have swept Marquette in Big East play this season, and have won four of five games since the Jan. 12 home win against Marquette. Markus Howard scored 26 points to lead Marquette (13-9, 4-9) with Sacar Anim adding 15 points, Greg Elliott and Sam Hauser 10 each. Ga mbling Profit. The Golden Eagles were 24 of 52 from the floor, making nine fewer field goals than Butler, and were out-rebounded 32-22. Sports Handicapper Leads. Top scorer Andrew Rowsey was scoreless at 0-for-6. Butler broke the game open with a 10-0 run for a 28-18 lead with eight minutes left in the first half. An 8-2 burst early in the second half pushed the lead to 56-35.

NCAAB Game Recap: Wyoming (91) vs. Colorado State (86) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Wyoming (91) vs. Colorado State (86) - Date: 1/31/2018 Hayden Dalton scored 26 points, Justin James had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Wyoming beat Colorado State 91-86 in double overtime Wednesday night. Wyoming (15-7, 6-3 Mountain West) played three overtime periods last week, and Wednesday's contest was its sixth overtime game this season. Dalton's 3-pointer gave Wyoming an 83-80 lead in the second overtime, and James scored the Cowboys' last eight points. Neither team led by more two points in the first overtime, and the Rams' Deion James tied it at 80 with a free throw. Raquan Mitchell's 3-pointer put the Rams up 65-50 with 4:48 left in regulation before Wyoming used a 22-7 run to tie it at 72 with 12 seconds left on Nyaires Redding's 3. Deion James led Colorado State (10-14, 3-8) with 24 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds. In a statement released Wednesday, Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker said the school is performing a ''climate assessment'' on the basketball program under coach Larry Eustachy. Eustachy is tied for second for program coaching victories at 121 with Stew Morrill (1992-98). Jim Williams amassed 352 wins from 1955 to 1980.

NCAAB Game Recap: Connecticut (61) vs. Central Florida (70) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Connecticut (61) vs. Central Florida (70) - Date: 1/31/2018 B. J. Free Sports Picks Forum. Taylor scored 20 points and UCF made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute to defeat UConn for just the second time ever, 70-61 on Wednesday night. UConn never led after making the opening basket and UCF didn't lead by double figures until the closing run. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Three other players scored in double figures for the Knights but the rare win in the series wasn't secure until finding the range from the foul line in the final minute, missing 12 of 24 in the first 39 minutes. UCF finished 21 of 34. Sports Cappers. The Knights (14-7, 5-4 American) were up by seven midway through the second half when the Huski es (11-11, 4-5) reeled off seven, the last five from Christian Vital, who tied it with a 3-point play with 6:25 to go. But Taylor made 2 of 4 free throws and found Dayon Griffin for a 3-pointer and UCF was ahead for good. Vital's two free throws with a minute left made it 61-55 and the teams traded 2-point possessions. A. J. Davis went to the line with 35.9 seconds to play and made 1 of 2 free throws. After the second shot was missed, Tyler Polley grabbed the rebound and threw it out of bounds. After two free throws from by Davis, the Huskies had another turnover and Ceasar DeJesus made it 68-58 from the line. Terry Larrier led UConn with 15 points. BIG PICTUREUConn: Having lost three of four, the Huskies could ill afford to lose to a team they had beaten eight straight times and were 11-1 against. ... The Huskies were 7 of 15 from 3-point range, 15 of 39 from inside the arc, and were outrebounded 38-26. UCF: The Knights lost the first meeting between the teams, 62-53, but were without Taylor. This time they were missing 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, who was averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and shooting 77 percent. Fall is out for the season after recent shoulder surgery. ... The Knights are now 13-1 when scoring 60 points. UP NEXTUConn is home Saturday against No. 8 Cincinnati. UCF remains at home to face Houston on Saturday.

NCAAB Game Recap: Texas (71) vs. Texas Tech (73) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Texas (71) vs. Texas Tech (73) - Date: 1/31/2018 Keenan Evans scored a career-high 38 points, including the winning jumper to beat the buzzer in overtime, and No. 10 Texas Tech beat Texas 73-71 on Wednesday night. After missing a potential winning free throw with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, Evans scored six points in overtime. His winning 18-foot jumper from atop the key came after the Longhorns tied the game on a banked 3-pointer by Kerwin Roach. Evans put the Red Raiders (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) ahead with a layup less than minute into overtime. Selections. Then on the ensuing possession, after grabbing a defensive rebound, Evans was fouled and made two free throws. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Texas (14-8, 4-5) overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 13 minutes of regulation and led 64-59 on a free throw by Roach with 1:25 left. But the Longhorns didn't score again in regulation, and Roach then had all seven of their overtime points. Evans missed a free throw, off the front of the rim, with 3.4 seconds left at the end of regulation after making his first to tie it at 64. Soccer Handicappers. That was only his second miss in 18 free-throw attempts during regulation. That came 45 seconds after Evans was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws. Roach led Texas with 20 points while Matt Coleman and Mohamed Bamba both had 12 before fouling out in regulation. Eric Davis Jr. had 11 points. BIG PICTURETexas: It wasn't the worst loss for the Longhorns, who defeated the Red Raiders at home two weeks earlier. But it was an opportunity to get a resume win against a Top 10 team on the road. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders extended their unbeaten streak at home to 14-0, including two in overtime. Evans showed he can be an immediate spark with 17 points in the first half. He had scored a majority of his points in the second half last week to help Texas Tech get two gritty wins after a two-game losing streak started by Texas. UP NEXTTexas faces freshman sensation Trae Young for the first time when the Longhorns host No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday. Texas Tech plays Saturday at TCU, the only Big 12 opponent the Red Raiders haven't faced yet this season.---More college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Missouri (69) vs. Alabama (60) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Missouri (69) vs. Alabama (60) - Date: 1/31/2018 Kassius Robertson scored 22 points to help Missouri snap a three-game losing streak with a 69-60 victory over Alabama on Wednesday night. Jontay Porter overcame foul trouble to score 13 points for the Tigers (14-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference). Fresh from a win over No. 12 Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide (14-8, 5-4) fell behind by double digits in the first half and had an abysmal shooting performance after the break. Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon scored 12 points and made all six shots before fouling out with more than five minutes left. Robertson had four assists and made 4 of 8 3-pointers. Collin Sexton scored 23 points for Alabama despite a 7-of-16 shooting performance. Dazon Ingram was the only other Tide player in double digits with 10 points. Alabama hit just 6 of 27 field goals in the second half (22.2 percent) after dropping more than 50 percent in the first. Porter's 3-pointer with 4:59 left pushed Missouri's lead to 65-56. Alabama made enough defensive stops to produce a comeback, but couldn't cash in with baskets on the other end. Sports Handicapping Services. The Tide missed seven straight attempts down the stretch. Alabama had whittled a 12-point Missouri lead down to 35-33 over the final five minutes of the opening half. Sexton's 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the Tide heading to the locker room in a better mood. Winning Picks. The Tigers went seven minutes without a field goal extending into the second half. BIG PICTUREMissouri: Got a big win after three straight double digit losses. Had four players with two fouls apiece before halftime, and Porter picked up his fourth with 17:12 left. Alabama: Blew a chance to move into a four-way tie for second in the SEC. Had won five of six games t o start looking like a strong NCAA Tournament candidate, but had a rare poor performance at Coleman Coliseum. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Tide had been 4-0 at home in SEC games. UP NEXTMissouri hosts No. 21 Kentucky Saturday. Alabama visits No. 23 Florida Saturday afternoon and plays four of its next six games on the road.

NCAAB Game Recap: Virginia Tech (85) vs. Boston College (80) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Virginia Tech (85) vs. Boston College (80) - Date: 1/31/2018 Nickeil Alexander-Walker nailed a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:57 left in overtime and finished with 18 points, Justin Bibbs also scored 18 and Virginia Tech beat Boston College 85-80 on Wednesday night despite blowing a seven-point lead in the closing 64 seconds of regulation. Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the Hokies (16-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Virginia Tech has won three straight. Jerome Robinson paced the Eagles (13-9, 3-6) with 32 points and Ky Bowman scored 22 with nine rebounds and eight assists. BC lost its third in a row. Alexander-Walker's 3 from the left wing pushed the Hokies ahead 82-79. Blackshear then had a basket in the lane, pushing their lead to five. With BC trailing 71-64 with 1:04 to play, Jerome Robinson nailed five free throws in one possession after he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and Chris Clarke was whistled for a technical by referee Ted Valentine as the pair walked up the floor. After Bibbs missed a driving shot on Virginia Tech's ensuing possession, Robinson was fouled and hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 22.7 seconds left to tie the game at 71. Justin Robinson missed a shot in the lane in the closing seconds before Jerome Robinson's 3 from the left wing rimmed out as the buzzer sounded, sending it to OT. After having its 11-point lead sliced to 48-47, Virginia Tech had gone on a 14-3 run over a 4:38 stretch midway into the second half. Clarke, Alexander-Walker and Hill each nailed a 3-pointer in the key run. Free Predictions. The Hokies led by five at halftime and pushed it to 42-31 by scoring eight of the initial 10 points, capping the spree with Robinson's two free throws after a technical was called on Eagles coach Jim Christian. BIG PICTUREVirginia Tech: The Hokies ar e climbing up the league standings, building on their upset over then-No. 10 North Carolina at home last week, which triggered a two-game winning streak. Boston College: The Eagles need to start handling the ball better. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They had 16 turnovers after 17 in their last game, at Syracuse, and 16 in the one before. . Steffon Mitchell was back in the lineup after leaving the last game with a concussion. LONG-RANGE MATCHUPThe game featured two of the top three teams in the conference in 3-point shots made. Virginia Tech came in leading the league, averaging 9.24 per game and BC was third at 8.71. NICE CLOSEThe Hokies went just 5 of 19 on treys in the opening half, but nailed their final two - coming in the last 43 seconds - to give them a 34-29 edge at intermission. UP NEXTVirginia Tech: Hosts Miami on Saturday. Boston College: Concludes a two-game homestand Sunday against Georgi a Tech.

NCAAB Game Recap: New Mexico (80) vs. Utah State (89) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: New Mexico (80) vs. Utah State (89) - Date: 1/31/2018 Koby McEwen set career highs with 31 points and 13 rebounds, Sam Merrill added 18 points, and Utah State held off New Mexico 89-80 on Wednesday night to win its third straight. Dwayne Brown Jr. and Quinn Taylor scored 15 points apiece and the Aggies (13-11, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) shot 56.4 percent from the floor. McEwen had a career-high six of Utah State's 13 3-pointers. Free Winning Sports Picks. The Lobos closed to 70-64 after scoring 10 straight, then to 83-80 with 1:03 left after Troy Simons' dunk, but got no closer. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The Aggies sealed it with four free throws in the final 27 seconds. Sports Cappers. Taylor's layup put Utah Sta te up 28-19, but the Lobos led 32-30 after Anthony Mathis' jumper capped a 13-2 run. Brown hit a 3 and Utah State led 39-35 at halftime. Mathis scored career-high 25 points with six 3s and five assists. Chris McNeal had 21 points and Makuach Maluach 15 for New Mexico (11-12, 6-4), which saw its three-game win streak end.

NCAAB Game Recap: Memphis (86) vs. South Florida (74) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Memphis (86) vs. South Florida (74) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jeremiah Martin had 25 points and a season-high nine assists to lead Memphis to an 86-74 victory over South Florida on Wednesday night. Memphis (14-8, 5-4 American Conference) rebounded from a two-game skid, including a 14-point loss to No. 8 Cincinnati on Saturday. South Florida (8-15, 1-9) has lost nine of its last 10. Martin made three 3-pointers, was 8 of 18 from the field, and added three steals, three blocks and five rebounds. Kyvon Davenport and Jamal Johnson had 18 points apiece, with Davenport matching a season-best with 11 rebounds. David Collins scored 21 points and Payton Banks had 16 to lead South Florida. Free Picks Against the Spread. The Tigers stretched their 10-point halftime lead with an 18-8 run for a 60-40 lead with 10 minutes left. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Bulls cut the deficit to 10 points, but didn't get closer.

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - 1/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - Date: 1/31/2018 / DETROIT Justin Abdelkader scored in the seventh round of a shootout, and Petr Mrazek stopped Tomas Hertl at the other end to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Hot Sports Handicappers. Trevor Daley scored for the Red Wings in the third period before Kevin Labanc responded for San Jose. Gustav Nyquist, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar and Abdelkader scored in the shootout for Detroit, while Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Chris Tierney scored for the Sharks. Sports Handicappers. The Red Wings had a season-high 44 shots, but San Jose salvaged a point thanks to goalie Martin Jones and Labanc's goal with 4:59 remaining. Game Fixi ng. The Sharks spoiled Mrazek's bid for a third shutout in January after an extended period in Detroit's zone. Luke Glendening of the Red Wings was caught without a stick, and Labanc's wrist shot through traffic beat Mrazek high to the glove side. Mrazek finished with 30 saves. Daley put Detroit up 1-0 with 13:12 remaining. Jones appeared to have stopped Daley's backhander from a tough angle, but the puck dropped over his left pad and ended up in the net for the defenseman's fourth goal of the season. The goal came moments after Pavelski hit the post at the other end. Detroit was playing its first game after the All-Star break, while the Sharks lost the previous night at Pittsburgh. The Red Wings had their chances before Daley opened the scoring. Darren Helm was unable to convert a clean breakaway early in the second period, and Martin Frk had an open net on a third-period rebound, but the puck went wide. San Jose defenseman Justin Braun, wh o was without a stick at the time, stuck out a skate and appeared to get a piece of Frk's shot. NOTES: San Jose's Brent Burns had six shots in the first period and nine for the game. ... Labanc played his 100th NHL game. The goal was his sixth of the season. UP NEXTSharks: Visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Red Wings: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.---For more NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey---Follow Noah Trister at www. Twitter.com/noahtrister

NCAAB Game Recap: Indiana State (63) vs. Valparaiso (69) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Indiana State (63) vs. Valparaiso (69) - Date: 1/31/2018 Bakari Evelyn scored 20 points and Valparaiso snapped a five-game slide, beating Indiana State 69-63 on Wednesday night. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Crusaders (12-12, 3-8 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 54-52 late in the second half when Markus Golder hit a 3-pointer and Max Joseph a dunk to give them the lead for good, 57-54, with 3:56 to go. Indiana State cut it to 65-63 with 30 seconds remaining, but a Tevonn Walker dunk with six seconds left helped seal the win. Walker added 14 points, three rebounds and four steals for the Crusaders, who had a total of 13 steals contributing to 22 Indiana State turnovers. Golder finished with nine points and five boards. Valparaiso led by nine with 1:48 to go in the first half and held on for a 34-30 edge at the break. Jordan Barnes scored 23 point s for the Sycamores (10-13, 5-6), who have lost the last three.

NCAAB Game Recap: Maryland (67) vs. Purdue (75) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Maryland (67) vs. Purdue (75) - Date: 1/31/2018 Isaac Haas had 20 points and nine rebounds, Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and No. 3 Purdue pulled away from Maryland 75-67 on Wednesday night to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 18. Best Sports Picks Today. The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) also continued their best conference start in school history, broke another school record with their 13th consecutive win over a league foe and still won their 21st straight home game. Only Cincinnati (38) has a longer home-court streak. Bruno Fernando finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-9, 4-7). Kevin Huerter had 16 points and four 3s for the Terrapins, who have lost three straight with the last two coming to top-10 teams. Money Cappers. The Boilermakers wasted no time taking control by scoring the first nine points. Maryland spent the rest of the game futilely playing catch-up. After making only three baskets in the first 12 minutes, they trailed by as much as 13 points at 27-14. Early in the second half, they charged back and cut the deficit to six three times early in the second half. But Purdue answered the first challenge with five straight points and the third with an 8-2 run to make it 51-40. Maryland got one more chance when Huerter knocked down the last of three consecutive 3s with 9:17 left. Suddenly, the Terrapins were within 55-52 and Purdue's streak appeared as though it could be in jeopardy. Instead, Haas made two free throws, P. J. Sport Handicapping. Thompson hit a 3 and Haas posted up for a dunk to give Purdue a 62-52 cushion. The Terrapins couldn't get closer than six again. BIG PICTUREMaryland: The Terrapins' showed some grit Wedne sday. Despite never leading and never being tied, they fought and clawed to stay close enough to make it interesting. And they wound up falling to the hottest college team in America. Purdue: The Boilermakers just keep overcoming obstacles. With their best player, Vincent Edwards, sick, Haas and Carsen Edwards picked up the pace and made sure the streak did not end. KEY Maryland: Missed its first six shots and had 11 of 14 turnovers in the first half. ... The Terrapins are 3-6 since a six-game winning streak ended. ... Maryland has lost four straight in the series. ... Despite being one of the nation's top rebounding teams, the Terrapins only had a 33-32 edge. ... Darryl Morsell had 13 points and nine rebounds. ... Anthony Cowan Jr. had 11 points and eight assists. Purdue: Has only allowed one team, Michigan, to top 70 points since Dec. 3. ... The Boilermakers have tied Ohio State for the second-best start in conference play over the last 20 years. Only Illinois, at 15- 0 in 2004-05, was better. ... Purdue's shot 44.8 percent from the field and has now shot better than 44.3 percent in 16 consecutive games. ... Vincent Edwards had eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists. UP NEXTMaryland: Returns home Sunday to face Wisconsin. Purdue: Will try to extend its seven-game road winning streak Saturday at Rutgers.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Mississippi St (81) vs. South Carolina (76) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Mississippi St (81) vs. South Carolina (76) - Date: 1/31/2018 Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while younger brother Nick Weatherspoon had 17 points to lead Mississippi State to an 81-76 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won an SEC road game - and consecutive league games - for the first time all season. Mississippi State also ended a four-game losing streak at South Carolina (13-9, 4-5), which dated back to 2012. Sports Free Picks. The Weatherspoons were a big reason why. Nick led the way in the opening half with 13 points, including a driving layup right before time expired to send the Bulldogs into the break ahead 37-36. Quinndary took over after that, scoring seven points in an 18-8 run midway through the period as Mississippi State built a 57-48 lead. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Gamecocks rallied back and cut the lead to a point several times, the last one on Hassani Gravett's driving layup with 4:50 to go. But Quinndary Weathspoon answered with a 3-pointer and the Gamecocks could not get closer than three points the rest of the way. Wesley Myers had a chance to tie the game in the final minute with South Carolina trailing 77-74, but his 3-pointer was off the mark with 27 seconds left. Aric Holman followed with a thunder dunk for the Bulldogs about 10 seconds later to end the drama. It's the 13th time in 22 games that a Weatherspoon has led the scoring for Mississippi State. Frank Booker had a career high 25 points to lead the Gamecocks, who have lost three of their past four games and all of them at home. Booker's previous high was 22 against Midd le Tennessee in January 2017 when he played for Florida Atlantic. Freshman Abdul Ado had a career best 16 points and nine rebounds for Mississippi State before fouling out with 2:20 left. BIG PICTUREMississippi State: The Bulldogs didn't get to the foul line much, but made their chances count. Mississippi State shot 12 fewer free throws than South Carolina, but made 14 of their 15 tries. It's a solid formula to close out tight games. South Carolina: The Gamecocks appeared a bit sluggish in the first game against a non-ranked opponent in two-and-half weeks. Starting point guard Wesley Myers, a big reason South Carolina beat Top 25 teams Kentucky and Florida, had four turnovers and zero assists the first 20 minutes. He finished with five turnovers and one assist. UP NEXTMississippi State starts a two-game home stand against Georgia on Saturday nightSouth Carolina hits the road to play Texas A&M on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: http://collegebaske tball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/-Top25

NHL Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs. Washington Capitals (5) - 1/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs. Washington Capitals (5) - Date: 1/31/2018 / WASHINGTON Chandler Stephenson, Andre Burakovsky and T. J. Oshie ended lengthy goal droughts to help the Washington Capitals rally past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday night. Stephenson scored twice after going without a goal for 28 games, Burakovsky scored on the power play after coming up empty for 10 games and Oshie lifted his arms and looked to the sky when he scored on the power-play to end his 13-game dry spell. Devante Smith-Pelly scored Washington's fifth goal on 20 shots to chase Philadelphia starter Michal Neuvirth midway through the third period of a game the Capitals trailed 2-0 after one. Braden Holtby stopped 27 of the 30 shots, including an important glove save early on Travis Konecny and several saves against Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Top Rated Sports Handic appers. The Capitals avoided what would have been their first four-game home losing streak since 2010 on the heels of their NHL-best 10-game home winning streak that ended Jan 11. No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick, Konecny and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia. Alex Lyon made his NHL debut in relief of Neuvirth, stopping five shots in preparation for what could be his first start Thursday at New Jersey. Handicapping Sports. The Flyers got off to a hot start when Patrick made the most of his promotion to second-line center by scoring on a 2-on-1 rush with Wayne Simmonds just 1:18 in. Holtby robbed Konecny on another rush, but the young forward scored to make it 2-0 at 7:50 as he followed up Sean Couturier's initial shot. As much as Philadelphia dominated the first period, Washington took over in the second, starting with a mistake by Neuvirth when he lost the puck under him. Stephenson poked it in to get the Capitals on the board and scored on a breakaway 47 seconds later to tie it at 2. Stephenson's two goals in under a minute came after he scored two in his first 36 games this season. With Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald in the penalty box for slashing, Lars Eller won a faceoff and a puck battle before directing it on net for Burakovsky's first power-play goal of the season 14:32 into the second to give the Capitals the lead. It was all Capitals from there, though Flyers fans filled the arena with ''E-A-G-L-E-S'' chants days before the Super Bowl. NOTES: Smith-Pelly replaced healthy scratch Jakub Vrana, who has one point in 13 games. Smith-Pelly's goal was his first since Jan. 2. ... Patrick had his first career multipoint game. ... Neuvirth and Lyon were Philadelphia's goaltending tandem because Brian Elliott is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. UP NEXTFlyers: Visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Capitals: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.---Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno---For more NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NCAAB Game Recap: Loyola Chicago (67) vs. Bradley (69) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Loyola Chicago (67) vs. Bradley (69) - Date: 1/31/2018 Elijah Childs scored 18 points to lead Bradley past Missouri Valley Conference leader Loyola-Chicago 69-67 on Wednesday night. Bradley (17-7, 7-4 Missouri Valley Conference) has won four straight, is 12-0 at home this season and has a 14-game home win streak dating to last season. Loyola-Chicago (18-5, 8-3) had its seven-game win streak snapped. Marques Townes made a 3-pointer for Loyola-Chicago with 1:05 left to tie it at 64. Darrell Brown made four free throws, but Townes hit another 3 to pull the Ramblers to 68-67. Nate Kennell split a pair of free throws, and the Ramblers had a uncontested 3-point attempt hit the back of the iron at the buzzer. Donte Thomas, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, and Kennell each scored 12 points for the Braves. Clayton Custer made five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead Loyola-Chicago.

NBA Game Recap: New York Knicks (73) vs. Boston Celtics (103) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: New York Knicks (73) vs. Boston Celtics (103) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 BOSTON Terry Rozier filled in nicely for Kyrie Irving, logging his first career triple-double in his first NBA start and leading the Boston Celtics to a 103-73 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Rozier collected 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become just the second player in NBA history with a triple-double in his first start, joining Tony Wroten for Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 2013, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Irving was sidelined by a right quad contusion after he got hurt during Monday's win in Denver.Marcus Morris scored 21 points for Boston, and Jayson Tatum had 15. Al Horford and Jaylen Brown scored 14 points apiece.New York was trying for a third straight win. Enes Kanter had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, and Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points.Morris left in the final minute of the t hird quarter when he landed hard after a dunk. He was diagnosed with a bruised left hip.Boston carried a 50-45 lead into halftime and grabbed control by outscoring New York 31-20 in the third quarter. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Knicks trailed by as many as 33 in the closing period.Rozier had 11 first-quarter points as the Celtics led 27-24 after one.The teams split their first two meetings this season, with the Celtics winning 110-89 on Oct. 24 in Boston and the Knicks prevailing 102-93 on Dec. 21 in New York.TIP-INSKnicks: Porzingis recorded a block for the 20th straight game. ... G Ron Baker (right shoulder) is out indefinitely after an MRI exam revealed a shoulder dislocation and torn labrum. Baker injured his shoulder on Tuesday against Brooklyn and did not travel to Boston. ... C Joakim Noah remains away from the team for personal reasons.Celtics: Morris scored in double figures for the ninth straight ga me, one shy of his career high. ... Irving will be re-evaluated Thursday. ''It's not for sure that he'll practice (Thursday) or play Friday,'' coach Brad Stevens said. ... G Marcus Smart missed his fourth straight game with a right hand laceration.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit Milwaukee on Friday for first of two games versus Bucks in five days.Celtics: Continue their three-game homestand Friday against Atlanta.

NCAAB Game Recap: Northern Iowa (49) vs. Evansville (57) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Northern Iowa (49) vs. Evansville (57) - Date: 1/31/2018 Ryan Taylor hit 3 of 5 from beyond the three-point arc to score 25 points and help power Evansville to a 57-49 win over Northern Iowa in a clash of Missouri Valley Conference squads Wednesday night. Best Sports Picks Today. Taylor topped 20 points for the 12th time this season by hitting 10 of 17 from the field. Evansville earned its first three-game win streak of the season after knocking off Drake, 77-73 Saturday. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The teams were tied at intermission, 21-21, and the Panthers got within four points, 45-41 after Bennett Koch converted a pair of free throws with 7:08 left, but the Purple Aces responded with an 8-1 run for an 11-point lead. Blake Simmons scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Evansville (1 5-9, 5-6). Koch finished with 19 points, converting 9 of 14 from the free-throw line to lead Northern Iowa (11-12, 3-8).

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (0) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - 1/31/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (0) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - Date: 1/31/2018 / TORONTO Justin Holl and Travis Dermott each scored their first NHL goal, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 5-0 on Wednesday night. Holl made his NHL debut after being recalled from the minors earlier in the day. Kasperi Kapanen, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs (29-18-5), and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Sports Betting Profit. Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots for the Islanders (25-22-5), who also lost 4-1 at home against Florida on Tuesday.

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (89) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (91) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (89) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (91) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 24 points, Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left and the Cleveland Cavaliers began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Miami Heat 91-89 on Wednesday night.The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss at Detroit - Cleveland gave up 125 points to the undermanned Pistons - and prevented the Heat from overtaking them for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.Cleveland played its first game since Love broke his left hand against the Pistons. What is Sports Handicapping. The five-time All-Star is consulting with surgeons in New York, and it's possible he'll undergo an operation as early as Thursday. Love, who could miss two months, already has screws in the hand from a previous procedure after he broke it in 2009 with Minnesota.While he's out, the Cavs have to hold themselves together.Goran Dragic scored 18 and Josh Richardson 15 to lead the Heat, who went just 3 of 28 on 3-pointers.Miami had a last chance after Cleveland's Kyle Korver made one of two free throws with seven seconds left, but Heat forward James Johnson, harassed by James on the baseline, couldn't get off a shot before the horn sounded.The Cavs have been enveloped in drama all season. Baseball Predictions. There have been injuries, blowout losses, persistent trade rumors and more story lines than a day-time soap opera.''As The Land Turns,'' coach Tyronn Lue said with a sigh following his pregame media availability.The chaos could continue, but for at least one night things didn't get any worse for the Cavs, who went 6-8 in January and have been plagued by shoddy defense.It was the first time they&# 39;ve held a team under 90 points since Nov. 20.Despite going just 1 of 16 on 3-pointers, Miami overcame a 14-point deficit to take a 50-48 lead at halftime.TIP-INSHeat: The tragic death of former NBA player Rasual Butler devastated Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and forward Udonis Haslem. Butler was drafted by Miami and played three seasons there. ''I'm shocked. It's horrible, horrible news for all of us,'' said Spoelstra, who got emotional talking about Butler, who was killed along with his wife in a single-vehicle rollover in Los Angeles. ''He's one of our favorite people that's come through the organization.'' Haslem is the only player left with the Heat who played with Butler. ''Blindsided me,'' he said. ''I immediately took to Rasual when I got here. Another competitor, guy like myself, fearless. We just hung out a lot.'' ... Miami fell to 17-6 when holding opponents under 100 points.Cavalier s: James committed six of his seven turnovers in the first half and didn't get his first assist until 11:16 remained in the third quarter. ... Lue started Crowder because he wanted to match up with Johnson, but Cleveland's lineup could change on a game-to-game basis. ... James has scored in double digits in 841 consecutive games - 25 shy of Michael Jordan's record. ... In the loss at Detroit, James (10,932) passed Dirk Nowitzki (10,917) for eighth place on the career field goals list. Next up is Elvin Hayes (10,976).UP NEXTHeat: Continue a four-game trip Friday in Philadelphia.Cavaliers: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Duquesne (75) vs. George Washington (73) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Duquesne (75) vs. George Washington (73) - Date: 1/31/2018 Eric Williams Jr. hit the second of two free throws with 11 seconds left to allow Duquesne to hold off George Washington, 75-73 to earn just their second win in five Atlantic 10 Conference road games Wednesday night. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Dukes lost on the road at conference-leader Rhode Island, snapped a five-game losing streak at the Smith Center and beat the Colonials on their home court for the first time since February 6, 2010. George Washington held a 36-33 lead at intermission, but the Dukes took the lead for good on Tarin Smith's 3-pointer with 12:36 left to break a 49-49 tie. Yuta Watanabe hit a 3 with :12 left to get the Colonials within two, 73-71, and after Williams hit the second of two free throws, Terry Nolan Jr. scored at the basket to make it a one-point game, 74 -73 with :05 remaining. Kellon Taylor hit the first of two from the line with a second left to create the final margin. Mike Lewis II hit 3 of 5 from deep and finished with 17 points to lead Duquesne (15-8, 6-4), with Tarin Smith adding 15. Patrick Steeves scored 23 points to lead George Washington (9-13, 2-7).

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (123) vs. Atlanta Hawks (110) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (123) vs. Atlanta Hawks (110) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 ATLANTA Kemba Walker sank a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 38 points, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a dominant 123-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.Charlotte never trailed while building double-digit leads in each half.Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first return to Atlanta after his one season with his hometown Hawks. It was Howard's second double-double in less than a week against the Hawks. He had 18 points and 15 rebounds in Charlotte's 121-110 win over the Hawks on Friday.Nicolas Batum had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Charlotte.Walker had 18 points in the third quarter as the Hornets withstood the Hawks' rally. Charlotte's biggest lead in the first half was 15 points, last held at 62-47. Kent Bazemore had 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter to help A tlanta cut into the deficit.Dennis Schroder's basket shrunk the Hornets' lead to 77-76. Walker answered with a 3-pointer that started his scoring streak that carried through the end of the third period.The Hornets' lead was back to 13 points entering the fourth.The win was already decided when Howard added powerful jams over Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala in the fourth.Official Eric Lewis called an unusual technical foul on Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer in the second quarter. Budenholzer complained when no foul was called as Bazemore had his shot denied. Budenholzer had no more to say when the action moved to the other end of the floor, where Batum scored. Lewis then called the technical foul on Budenholzer, who reacted with shock, and another technical foul on Bazemore.TIP-INSHornets: F Marvin Williams (left ankle sprain) was held out. X-rays were negative after he left the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to Indiana. Frank Kaminsky started for Williams , who may miss another game. ... Basketball Predictions. The Hornets wore their black ''Buzz City'' alternate uniforms. ... Charlotte has won the first three games of the four-game season series.Hawks: Schroder had his right shoulder wrapped as he sat on the bench at the end of the third quarter, but he returned about four minutes into the final period and had 13 points and nine assists. ... Budenholzer said F DeAndre Bembry (left abductor strain) was making progress but there was no change in his status. ... Muscala started the second half instead of Miles Plumlee and hit a 3-pointer on the team's first possession following the break. ... Marco Belinelli, who had 22 points, made his first four 3-pointers before three misses.HOWARD'S HOMECOMINGDuring the first timeout, fans had a mixed reaction to a tribute to Howard. Good Retur n on Investment. There were boos and some cheers when the Hawks posted an image of Howard on the video board with the message ''Thanks for being true to Atlanta.'' There was another mixed reaction when the PA announcer urged fans to ''give it up for Dwight Howard.'' There were a few boos during Howard's pregame introduction.UP NEXTHornets: Host Indiana on Friday night.Hawks: Visit Boston on Friday night.---For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Florida State (72) vs. Wake Forest (76) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Florida State (72) vs. Wake Forest (76) - Date: 1/31/2018 Brandon Childress hit the go-ahead free throws with 44.1 seconds left to help Wake Forest hold off Florida State 76-72 on Wednesday night. Documented Handicappers. The Demon Deacons (9-13, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) had to fight to the final seconds to earn their first win in four weeks, sealed only when Doral Moore hit a free throw with 2.3 seconds left to make it a two-possession game. Bryant Crawford had 19 points for the Demon Deacons, who shot 52 percent after halftime. Moore came up big late for Wake Forest. Best Bets of the Day. The 7-foot-1 junior had a dunk with 18.9 seconds left off a feed from Childress on the press break for a 75-72 lead. He also came up with key rebounds as FSU missed two free throw s for the lead as well as a 3-pointer for the tie in the final seconds. Phil Cofer scored 23 points for the Seminoles (16-6, 5-5). BIG PICTUREFSU: The Seminoles had won three straight league games to put themselves squarely in the middle of the traffic jam far behind No. 2 Virginia in the league standings. But they squandered an opportunity for a road win by blowing a 10-point lead late in the first half. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons entered this one in desperate need to stop its descent after seven straight losses. It didn't help that starting senior guard Mitchell Wilbekin was out with an ankle injury, too. Yet Wake Forest's offense kicked into gear after halftime and the Demon Deacons did enough to overcome its late-game fades this season for the win. UP NEXTFSU: The Seminoles visit Louisville on Saturday. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons host No. 20 Clemson on Saturday.---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top2 5---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap

NCAAB Game Recap: Syracuse (51) vs. Georgia Tech (55) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Syracuse (51) vs. Georgia Tech (55) - Date: 1/31/2018 Josh Okogie scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, and fellow guard Tadric Jackson added 15 points Wednesday and Georgia Tech snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-51 win over Syracuse. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Tech (11-11, 4-5 ACC) used just six players, with Jackson as the only sub, and Syracuse (15-7, 4-5) deployed seven. Guard Tyus Battle scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Orange, who lost for the first time in four games. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Yellow Jackets never trailed, and led 24-21 at halftime, powered chiefly by an 11-2 run early that included 3-point shots by Okogie and Jose Alvarado and a three-point play by Ben Lammers on consecutive possessions. Lammers finished with 11 points, 1 2 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots from the center position. Best Free Sports Picks. The Orange trailed by as many as 10 points, missing 15 of their first 18 shots before scoring on three consecutive possessions to close the first half. Tech took a 44-37 lead on a Jackson layup with 6:56 left. His final points gave the senior guard 1,001 in his career. Syracuse pulled within a basket twice in the game's final minute, but the Orange struggled to score on a night when they made just 15-of-50 shots (30 percent) and Tech made 21 of 63 (33.3). Oshae Brissett had 11 points and eight rebounds for Syracuse. BIG PICTURESyracuse: The Orangemen entered the game with just seven scholarship players available, and one of them was a surprise. Forward Matthew Moyer, who started the first 20 games before missing Saturday's win over Pitt because of left ankle sprain, was expected to miss Wednesday night game bu t played two minutes off the bench in the first half. He didn't shoot. Guard Howard Washington did not play; he suffered a right leg injury in practice Monday. Syracuse lost forward Taurean Thompson before the season, when he transferred to Seton Hall, and graduate student transfer guard Geno Thorpe left the program in December. Georgia Tech: Head coach Josh Pastner, who's generally been deploying seven players in ACC games, used six Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets lost freshman guard Curtis Haywood II Wednesday, when he was shut down for the season because of a stress reaction in his left leg. He played in 15 games, starting seven, before missing six consecutive contests in December and January with a shin injury. UP NEXTSyracuse returns home to play No. 2 Virginia Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers beat the Orange 68-61 Jan. 9 in Charlottesville. Georgia Tech will go on the road for consecutive ACC games, Sunday at Boston College and Thursday at No. 4 Duke.

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (108) vs. Brooklyn Nets (116) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (108) vs. Brooklyn Nets (116) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 NEW YORK Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points, D'Angelo Russell added 22 in his best performance since returning from knee surgery, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a four-game skid with a 116-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.Rookie center Jarrett Allen, making his first start at home, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who took charge of a close game with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter.Dinwiddie had six points during the spurt and a pair of recent 76ers contributed the other five points in the first meeting since a trade between the teams last month.Joel Embiid had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers, who dropped their third straight and fell back to .500 at 24-24. Ben Simmons scored 24 and J. J. Redick had 20 in his return from a seven-game absence with a leg injury.Simmons was 9 of 10 for 18 points in his first 14 minutes but the Sixers couldn't build much of a lead in part because of Russell, who recently returned from a two-month absence and felt good enough to play on both nights of a back-to-back.Neither team led by double digits through three quarters and the 76ers were ahead 92-91 in the opening minute of the fourth before Nik Stauskas - traded by Philadelphia along with Jahlil Okafor to Brooklyn in December - made a 3-pointer. Dinwiddie followed with three free throws and another 3, and Okafor scored inside to cap the run and make it 102-92 with 7:09 to play.Embiid tried to bring the Sixers back, bulling his way for consecutive baskets that cut it to 111-107. But soon after he fouled Allen and DeMarre Carroll, who made all four free throws to keep Brooklyn safely ahead.TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown said he expects No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who appeared in just four games before a right shoulder injury, to play again this season. Brown just can't predict when. ''It's just an answer that I can't give anybody, we can't give anybody, nor can he,'' Brown said. ''I mean at the end of the day it's going to be when he feels good about himself and feels good about his shoulder, and that's almost the bottom line. We'll help him, but really he's got to feel comfortable that he can go be himself and none of us should begrudge him for that.'' Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said the Nets hope reserve guard Caris LeVert (left groin) could return Friday, but starting forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right groin) will be out a couple more games. ... Carroll scored 15 points and has matched his career best with 12 straight games in double figures, set in 2014-15 for Atlanta.NUMBERS GAMEBrown said the only reason Okafor wasn't playing in Philadelphia before the 76ers dealt him to the Nets in December was because of the big men ahead of him in a crowded frontco urt the last couple of seasons.''What everybody should really hear is, he's just so young. He was drafted third for a reason,'' Brown said. ''He's a hell of a player and for us in the time and the moment that we're in and with Joel, etc., the court time just wasn't available.'' SUPPORT FOR SAMAtkinson was discussing the 76ers' young talent when he pivoted to praise Sam Hinkie, the former Philadelphia executive whose strategy of building through the draft was heavily debated.''I think of Sam Hinkie, there should be a management award for him, or a management study on what he did,'' Atkinson said. ''We can argue you like it, you don't like it, but I was around him. I really like him as a person and I just think he did a phenomenal job and thinking long term like that, to have that vision that most of us don't have, let's be honest, I don't think he gets enough credit.'' UP NEXT7 6ers: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.Nets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.---More basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NBA Game Recap: Memphis Grizzlies (101) vs. Indiana Pacers (105) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Memphis Grizzlies (101) vs. Indiana Pacers (105) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 INDIANOLIS Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight game with a 105-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Turner gave the Pacers a 102-101 lead by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left.With two seconds remaining, Wayne Selden missed a floater in the lane that would have given Memphis the lead. Indiana came up with the rebound and sealed it at the foul line with less than a second left.All five Pacers starters scored in double digits. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison each had 21 points, Victor Oladipo added 13 and Thaddeus Young had 10.The teams traded the lead nine times in the first half, with Indiana taking a 55-53 lead into halftime. Free Sports Picks. The Pacers opened the second half with a 9-3 run, but Memphis wouldn't go away. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Trailing 100-95, the Grizzlies went on a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead with 1:57 to play.Marc Gasol missed a jumper with 11 seconds left that was rebounded by Selden, who attempted the potential game-winning floater.Gasol finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Selden led the Grizzlies with 24 points but was ejected with 0.7 seconds remaining after arguing he was fouled on his missed shot. Memphis coach J. B. Bickerstaff came onto the floor to join Selden in his altercation with officials.

NCAAB Game Recap: La Salle (65) vs. Davidson (84) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: La Salle (65) vs. Davidson (84) - Date: 1/31/2018 Kellan Grady scored 26 points and the freshman made four of Davidson's 15 3-pointers and the Wildcats walloped La Salle 84-65 Wednesday night, ending a two-game slide. Davidson blitzed to a 13-0 lead, opening the game with a 3s by Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Oskar Michelsen and led by as many as 25 before halftime. Gudmundsson finished with 17 points and nine assists. Peyton Aldridge added 16 for the Wildcats (11-9, 6-3 Atlantic 10), and has scored in double figures 29 straight games. Davidson shot 50 percent from the field (30 of 60), made 15 of 32 3-point shots and converted 9 of 9 at the line. Handicappers Watchdog. The Wildcats outscored La Salle 24-16 in the paint, aided by a 36-25 rebounding edge. Winning Picks. The Wildcats had lost thei r previous two A-10 games by a combined four points. Jamir Moultrie scored a career-high 19 points, 16 after halftime, and B. J. Johnson led with 20 for the Explorers (9-13, 3-6). Sports Handicapper Records. The team was rocked earlier Wednesday by the news Rasual Butler, who went from La Salle to a 13-year NBA career, was killed in a traffic collision in California.

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (105) vs. Orlando Magic (127) - 1/31/2018

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (105) vs. Orlando Magic (127) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 31, 2018 ORLANDO, Fla. Marreese Speights scored 21 points in his second start of the season, Evan Fournier added 19 and the Orlando Magic ran away from the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter Wednesday night for a 127-105 victory.Winning for only the fourth time in 24 games, the Magic made a franchise-record nine 3s in a 43-point third period, their highest-scoring quarter of the season. Free Sports Picks. They shot 18 for 32 (56 percent) from behind the arc in the game.With 15 points and six assists, Elfrid Payton was one of seven players to score in double figures for the Magic (15-35).Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 each for the Lakers, who never led after the first quarter.When Payton's three-point play gave the Magic a 66-53 lead 93 seconds into the third, L akers coach Luke Walton yanked all five of his starters out of the game. But the Lakers (19-31) never again got the margin under 11.Mario Hezonja hit a 3-pointer, Fournier quickly followed with two more and Jonathon Simmons added two more 3s to help the Magic finish the period on a 22-13 run for a 20-point lead.They led by 29 early in the fourth.The Lakers, who had won eight of 11, were down by 12 when three straight baskets by Clarkson got them back in the game midway through the second.Speights scored Orlando's final 10 points of the half, including a couple of 3-pointers, to leave the Magic with a 58-51 halftime lead.TIP-INSLakers: It was Clarkson's sixth straight game of 15 or more points. ... Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee. ... Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Lakers, the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA, went 4 of 20 from long range.Magic: F Aaron Gordo n missed a second straight game (his 11th of the season) with a strained left hip flexor. ... MLB Handicappers. The Magic shot 54 percent.UP NEXTLakers: Play at Brooklyn on Friday night, the fourth stop on a five-game road trip.Magic: Home on Saturday night against Washington.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Saint Louis (60) vs. St Josephs (59) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Saint Louis (60) vs. St Josephs (59) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jalen Johnson and Aaron Hines each scored 11 points and Davell Roby's free throw with three seconds left gave St. Louis a 60-59 win over St. Joseph's on Wednesday night. Johnson made a 3-pointer with 1:52 left and St. Louis led 59-53. Football Predictions. Taylor Funk made a layup, and after Javon Bess turned it over, Shavar Newkirk buried a 3 to bring St. Joseph's within a point. Jordan Goodwin committed a turnover before Aaron Hines fouled Newkirk who went to the line and made 1 of 2 to tie with 13 seconds left. Newkirk fouled Roby who went to the line and made 1 of 2. Nick Robinson's 3 gave the Hawks their last lead at 51-50 before Johnson's 3 with 3:08 put St. Louis (12-11, 5-5 Atlantic 10) back up. Hasahn French and Roby each scored 10. Roby made up for 1-of -13 shooting from the field with a 7-of-10 effort from the foul line. French and Roby combined for 17 rebounds. Funk led the Hawks (9-12, 4-5) with 21 points and Newkirk scored 16.

NCAAB Game Recap: St Bonaventure (85) vs. George Mason (69) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: St Bonaventure (85) vs. George Mason (69) - Date: 1/31/2018 Matt Mobley scored a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds and St. Bonaventure beat George Mason 85-69 on Wednesday night. Mobley was 11 of 15 from the field, 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and hit all six of his free throws. Nelson Kaputo also posted a career-high of 20 points with four rebounds and four assists for the Bonnies (15-6, 5-4 Atlantic 10) who have won three straight. Mobley and Kaputo sank three 3-pointers each as part of a 24-5 run that brought the Bonnies from an eight-point deficit early in the first half to a 31-20 lead with 7:50 to play. Hot Sports Handicappers. They stretched it to 49-33 at the half. George Mason cut it to 68-60 with 8:26 left in the second half but two more Mobley 3-pointers followed to help the Bonnies push it to 76-60 with 4:54 remaining and they cruised fro m there. Otis Livingston II scored 30 points for the Patriots (9-13, 3-6) who are on a four-game skid.

NCAAB Game Recap: Houston (70) vs. Cincinnati (80) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Houston (70) vs. Cincinnati (80) - Date: 1/31/2018 Jacob Evans III scored 18 points, hitting the pivotal shots during Cincinnati's rally from an 18-point deficit, and the eighth-ranked Bearcats extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak by beating Houston 80-70 on Wednesday night. After trailing 33-15, the Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic) closed out the first half with a flourish that featured Evans' steal and banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer. His 3 gave Cincinnati its first lead of the second half. Cincinnati has won 13 in a row since back-to-back losses against Xavier and Florida, the only ranked teams it has played. Leading Handicappers. The Bearcats have won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak. Houston (16-5, 6-3) couldn't get a breakthrough win in the series. NBA Handicappers. The Cougars fell to 0-16 on the Bearcats' home court and 2-30 overall against Cincinnati. Basketball Predictions. The Cougars stunned the Bearcats by getting eight steals and rolling out to the big early lead. Gary Clark hit a 3-pointer that stopped the Cougars' 26-7 run, and he added another 3 and a pair of free throws that got the Bearcats going. Clark finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Houston's Rob Gray came in leading the AAC at 18.7 points per game but managed only nine on 4-of-15 shooting. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 18 points. BIG PICTUREHouston: The Cougars beat then-No. 7 Wichita State 73-59 at home on Jan. 20, got votes in the poll and were looking for a signature road win at BB&T Arena. They faded down the stretch, getting outscored 24-14 over the final 10 minutes. Cincinnati: The Bearcats have had only one close call si nce getting into league play, a 55-53 win at Temple. The only currently ranked team left on their schedule is No. 16 Wichita State. UP NEXTHouston: Plays at Central Florida on Saturday. The teams split their series last season. Cincinnati: Plays at Connecticut on Saturday. The Bearcats won all three games between the teams last season, including the conference tournament.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Providence (57) vs. Seton Hall (73) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Providence (57) vs. Seton Hall (73) - Date: 1/31/2018 Khadeen Carrington scored 23 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers early in a 19-0 first-half run in leading Seton Hall to a 73-57 victory over Providence on Wednesday night. Desi Rodriguez added 16 points and Angel Delgado had 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Pirates (17-5, 6-3 Big East) prepped for a weekend showdown on the road with No. 1 Villanova. Sports Handicapping Services. The Pirates hit nine 3-pointers and held the Friars to 2 of 17 from long range. Alpha Diallo had a career-high 25 points to lead Providence (14-8, 5-4), which was playing its first game in eight days. Rodney Bullock was the only other Friar in double figures with 10 points. Kyron Cartwright, who had averaged just under 17 points and eight assists in his last three games, did not score on nine shots and had two assists. Provi dence led only twice in the game, with its last lead coming at 19-17 on a 3-pointer by Maliek White with 8:31 left in the half. After that, the Pirates ran away with the game. Myles Powell hit the first of four straight 3-pointers to give Seton Hall the lead for good. Carrington, who was 9 of 14 from the field with seven assists, followed with two more 3s and Rodriguez closed out the long-range run with another bomb. Delgado scored his first two baskets on the next two possessions and Rodriguez closed out the run with a 3-point play for a 36-19 lead with 3:58 left in the half. Seton Hall led by as many as 20 points in the second half. Providence only got as close as 12 the rest of the way. UP NEXTProvidence: at Marquette on Saturday. Seton Hall: at Villanova on Sunday.---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: West Virginia (77) vs. Iowa State (93) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: West Virginia (77) vs. Iowa State (93) - Date: 1/31/2018 Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton added 22 and Iowa State upset 15th-ranked West Virginia 93-77 on Wednesday night, sending the short-handed Mountaineers to their fifth loss in six games. Cameron Lard scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12). Sports Handicapper King. They took advantage of the absence of West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr. (illness) by handing the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4) their biggest defeat since a 23-point blowout at the hands of Texas A&M in the opener. Best Sports Handicappers. The Cyclones had West Virginia playing catch-up from the opening tip. Free MMA Picks. The Mountaineers caught them just once - but were never able to overtake them. West Virginia fell behind 25-11 after allowing Iowa State to hit 10 of its first 13 shots. The Mountaineers rallied with an 18-4 run, but the Cyclones answered with a 24-11 spurt and went back ahead 53-40. Iowa State continued its torrid shooting in the second half. Jackson's fifth 3 gave it a 74-60 lead, and Wigginton's drive at the end of the shot clock made it 84-70 with 4:38 left. The Cyclones committed just eight turnovers against the league's leader in turnover margin despite missing point guard Nick Weiler-Babb to knee tendinitis. Jevon Carter scored 18 points and Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate each had 17 for West Virginia. THE BIG PICTUREWest Virginia: The Mountaineers aren't exactly in a tailspin, considering its previous four losses came against No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 7 Kansas, TCU and No. 21 Kentucky. But the fact that the Cyclones had no problem breaking their vaunted press without Weiler-Babb in the line up is a bad sign heading into February. West Virginia clearly missed Miles, who is second on the team with 12.8 points a game. Iowa State: Coach Steve Prohm had to be encouraged by his team's effort after a 68-45 home loss to Tennessee that left he and his players calling the Cyclones ''soft'' more than once. Iowa State showed resolve against a team that had won four of the previous five meetings in the series. POLL IMPLICATIONSIf West Virginia can't beat Kansas State on Saturday, it might find itself on the outside looking in on Monday. UP NEXTWest Virginia: hosts the Wildcats on Saturday. Iowa State: plays at Baylor on Saturday.---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Pittsburgh (57) vs. Miami Florida (69) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Pittsburgh (57) vs. Miami Florida (69) - Date: 1/31/2018 Lonnie Walker IV scored 16 points Wednesday, and Miami regrouped after blowing a 13-point second-half lead to hand the Pittsburgh Panthers their school record-tying 10th consecutive loss, 69-57. Walker scored on three consecutive possessions during a 7-0 run by the Hurricanes immediately after Pittsburgh had scored 14 consecutive points to go up 44-43. Pitt never led again. Sport Handicapping. The Panthers (8-15, 0-10 Atlantic Coast Conference), off to their worst conference start ever, matched the longest losing streak in program history. Pitt also lost 10 in a row in 1968-69 and 1992-93. Pittsburgh has lost 14 consecutive ACC regular-season games since last season. Miami (16-5, 5-4) won in its first game since losing guard Bruce Brown, who is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks with a lef t foot injury that will require surgery Thursday. In Brown's absence, freshman Chris Lykes played a season-high 33 minutes. He totaled 13 points and five assists. Anthony Lawrence added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jared Wilson-Frame led Pitt with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, but was limited to 29 minutes because of foul trouble. Sports Picks for Today. The Hurricanes, who were 16-point favorites, led 43-30 but then went nearly six minutes without a point as the Panthers rallied. Best Sports Picks Today. Their lead lasted only 63 seconds, and Miami rebuilt its advantage to 11 points with five minutes left. The Hurricanes scored on six consecutive possessions to go ahead 21-9, and that lead grew to 29-14. The margin was 34-25 at halftime. BIG PICTUREThe Hurricanes have won five in row against Pittsburgh, including both meetings this season. Mia mi improved to 8-1 at home this season. DISPARITYPitt attempted only three free throws, while Miami went 17 for 23. UP NEXTPittsburgh: The Panthers play the second of three consecutive road games Saturday at No. 19 North Carolina. Miami: The Hurricanes play at Virginia Tech on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Louisville (64) vs. Virginia (74) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Louisville (64) vs. Virginia (74) - Date: 1/31/2018 Kyle Guy scored 22 points and No. 2 Virginia held off hot-shooting Louisville to win its 13th straight, 74-64 on Wednesday night. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Ty Jerome added 16 points and Devon Hall 12 for the Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Virginia's start is its best in ACC play since the 1980-81 team won its first 12 games. Handicappers Watchdog. The winning streak is its longest since winning 19 in a row to begin the 2014-15 season. Ray Spalding scored 16 points and Deng Adel had 15 points for the Cardinals (16-6, 6-3). Louisville made nine of 10 shots at one point down the stretch, closing to within 62-57 on a long 3-pointer by Ryan McMahon with 3:44 left, but Jerome answered with back-to-back 3s for the Cavalie rs. Best Free Sports Picks. The victory gave Virginia a three-game lead in the conference. BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals continue to have trouble with Virginia's Pack-Line defense, even while shooting 50 percent (25-50). They committed 13 turnovers and were outscored 22-6 off those mistakes. The loss was also the fifth straight for Louisville against Virginia, and sixth in seven games since the Cardinals joined the ACC. Virginia: A three-game suspension for reserve guard Nigel Johnson provided a rare opportunity for freshman Marco Anthony and he made the most of it, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 10 points in 18 minutes. It was only the fourth ACC game that Anthony has gotten into and his point total doubled his career high. He scored five against Savannah State on Dec. 19. UP NEXTLouisville is at home against Florida State on Saturday. Virginia is on the road at Syracuse on Saturday.---More college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Tulane (71) vs. East Carolina (69) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Tulane (71) vs. East Carolina (69) - Date: 1/31/2018 Melvin Frazier had 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and his third steal secured Tulane's 67-65 overtime victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night. Colin Slater missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Tulane (13-8, 4-5 American) and ECU called a timeout with 2.3 seconds left in regulation. B. J. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Tyson caught a Hail Mary pass in the paint and sank a shot while falling to the ground just before the buzzer. In overtime, Chase Reynolds, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, missed the front end a 1-and-1 but Frazier stole it near midcourt to secure the victory. Shawn Williams led ECU (8-13, 2-8) with 15 points and Kentrell Barkley had 12 points and 18 rebounds. Free Winning Sports Picks. Tulane c elebrated the Carnival season with Mardi Gras-inspired alternate uniforms. Money Cappers. The green unis had a small yellow, purple and green jester hat printed on the back above the words ''ROLL WAVE'' that were framed by purple beads.

NCAAB Game Recap: Penn State (68) vs. Michigan State (76) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Penn State (68) vs. Michigan State (76) - Date: 1/31/2018 Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping No. 5 Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State 76-68 on Wednesday night. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and they didn't give up their winning streak easily. Profitable Sports Handicappers. T hey went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds. Joshua Langford made two free throws to seal the victory and finished with 14 points. Winston had 15 points and 10 assists for the Spartans, who have won five straight. Penn State's Tony Carr scored 28, and Lamar Stevens had 18 points. BIG PICTUREPenn State: Carr is showing he can make shots all over the court no matter who he's facing, but the Nittany Lions have to give him more help. Stevens was his only teammate in double figures. Carr had 28 points in last week's win at Ohio State and is averaging 19-plus points a game even though every team is trying to slow him down. Entering the game, the Nittany Lions had five players averaging in double-digits. Michigan State: The crisis on campus related to Larry Nassar and an ESPN report isn't going away and the Spartans know it. Hall of Fame c oach Tom Izzo wore a teal ribbon on the left lapel of his suit and his players wore the same ribbon over their hearts on their pullovers, honoring survivors of sexual violence. Nassar, a former doctor at the school, has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually abusing young girls and women. ESPN has detailed various allegations involving Michigan State football and basketball players, putting Izzo in awkward situations during postgame news conferences. UP NEXTPenn State: Hosts Iowa on Saturday night. Michigan State: Plays at Indiana on Saturday night, one of five road games in a seven-game stretch to close the regular season.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: LSU (61) vs. Tennessee (84) - 1/31/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: LSU (61) vs. Tennessee (84) - Date: 1/31/2018 James Daniel III scored 17 points off the bench Wednesday to continue his recent surge as No. 18 Tennessee trounced LSU 84-61 for its fourth consecutive victory. With nine games remaining in the regular season, Tennessee (16-5, 6-3 SEC) already has matched its 2016-17 win total. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. Tennessee went 16-16 last year and failed to earn an NCAA Tournament or NIT bid for a third straight season. Good Return on Investment. Tennessee has won seven of its last eight games while LSU (12-9, 3-6) has lost five of its last six. Daniel shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range and matched a season high in scoring. Sports Handicapping Software. Tennessee shot 12 of 25 on 3-pointers as a tea m. After averaging 27.1 points at Howard in 2015-16 to lead all Division I players, Daniel appeared in just two games last season due to injury and has accepted more of a complementary role this season as a Tennessee graduate transfer. But he has heated up lately. The 6-footer scored 16 points and shot 3 of 7 from 3-point range Saturday in a 68-45 victory at Iowa State. Grant Williams had 16 points for Tennessee despite missing much of the first half. Jordan Bone and Lamonte' Turner added 12 points each. Duop Reath had 21 points and Randy Onwuasor scored 10 for LSU. LSU was playing two days after coach Will Wade announced that two reserves were suspended for one game each and two more were taking leaves of absence, leaving the Tigers with only seven available scholarship players to face Tennessee. Guard Brandon Rachal and forward Wayde Sims were suspended for Wednesday's game. Sims has made eight starts this season, but none in conference play. Rachal has been comi ng off the bench all season. Forward Galen Alexander won't play the rest of the season and is exploring a transfer. Forward Mayan Kiir has taken a leave of absence for the rest of the semester, but has the option of returning to the team next season. Tennessee got a scare less than two minutes into the game when Williams landed awkwardly after attempting to get a rebound, causing the sophomore forward to walk slowly off the floor and head to the locker room. The Vols showcased their depth by outscoring LSU 26-17 while Williams was out of the game. Tennessee led 28-21 when Williams returned to action with 7:25 left in the first half and stayed ahead the rest of the way. BIG PICTURELSU: Freshman Tremont Waters continued his recent slump by shooting 1 of 9 and scoring seven points. Waters entered the night with a team-high 15.2 points per game, but he has scored in double figures just once in his last five games. He has shot 2 of 16 over his last two games. Tennessee: Th e Vols continue to showcase their depth as their reserves outscored LSU's bench 44-8. Tennessee has outscored its last four opponents 134-48 in bench scoring. UP NEXTLSU hosts Arkansas on Saturday. Tennessee hosts Mississippi on Saturday.---Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NBA Game Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/31/2018 - 10:38 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns - Date: 1/31/2018 Jan 30, 2018 PHOENIX -- Phoenix and Dallas, one game apart near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, are struggling to find traction.It has been a long, tough stretch for both.The Suns (17-34) have lost five games in a row and eight of nine as they prepare to play host to the Mavericks on Wednesday, and now they are dealing with another injury to star guard Devin Booker.Booker missed a 120-109 loss at Memphis on Monday because of a rib injury sustained the day before and is listed as questionable. Sports Betting Profit. The Suns did not lead after midway through the first quarter and trailed by as many as 25.The Mavericks (16-35), have dropped four in a row and 10 of their last 13 after a 95-88 loss to Miami on Monday. Sports Han dicapper Scams. The Mavs never led after the second quarter, although they got within three points in the final minute.For both, close is not good enough."We have to play like that the whole game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters regarding his team's fourth-quarter run."I am pretty upbeat about a lot of things, but I don't think you make a living in this league with moral victories. About, 'Hey, we did some good things down the stretch.' It's not going to get you there." The Mavericks have lost by two, three (three times), four, six and seven (twice) points during their recent skid. Sports Picks for Today. They are 6-17 on the road, and Phoenix is the first stop on a four-game trip that ends Feb. 8 at Golden State."We're showing that we can have these comebacks," Mavs forward Harrison Barnes told reporters. "But that's not the issue. It's what we're doing before that to put ourselves in that position. Look at the other 44 minutes, that's the biggest thing for us right now." At Memphis, Phoenix could not overcome the loss of Booker, who is 11th in the league with a 24.7 scoring average. He fell awkwardly while contesting a shot by Houston's Ryan Anderson in a 113-102 loss Sunday and left early for the locker room.X-rays taken Monday were negative, but his status for the Dallas game is unclear.Booker missed nine games in December with a left adductor strain, including a 97-91 victory at Dallas on Dec. 18.The teams meet for the final time on the final day of the season April 10.Barnes had 26 points in that game, in which the Suns outscored the Mavs by 13 points in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki had five points and four rebounds.The Suns held the Mavericks to 36.4 percent shooting from the field in that game, but defense has been an issue recently.Memphis shot 56.6 percent Monday and was 11 of 22 from 3-point range. Five of the Suns' last eight opponents have shot 50 percent or better from the field, and the Suns have lost all five."We're banged up," Suns interim coach Jay Triano said after the game against the Grizzlies. "Even guys who are playing are limping and trying to play through injury right now, but we still have to be better at the defensive end."Allowed them to shoot 50 percent from the field and over 50 percent from the field, and that's not good enough." The Suns, 8-17 at home, have made as many as half their shots once in their last 30 games.TJ Warren is averaging 19.8 points per game, but no one else -- other than Booker -- is at more than 11.5.The Suns played without starting forward Marquese Chriss (ankle) and Tyson Chandler (rest) at Memphis.Nowitzki, 39, should become the sixth player in the league to play least 50,000 minutes. He has played 49,941. Elvin Hayes is fifth with 50,000 and Jason Kidd is fourth with 50,111.Nowitzki is averaging 12.0 points and 24.9 minutes per game this year, lowest since his rookie year.

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NHL Game Preview: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals - 1/31/2018 - 8:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals - Date: 1/31/2018 Time: 8:00 PM EST Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D. C., 20004 / WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals find themselves in a familiar spot as they emerge from the NHL All-Star break. For the fourth straight season, coach Barry Trotz and the Capitals will begin the homestretch atop the Metropolitan Division when they host the fifth-place Philadelphia Flyers, who sit seven points behind them, on Wednesday night." They know the standings," Trotz said of his team. "They understand that the last third of the season is really important, where it gets ramped up." You get through February and the light at the end of the tunnel is right there. Best Sports Handicapping Services. This is a month where a lot of good work has to happen and hopefully (we) have success." W ashington (29-15-5) comes out of the break with a five-game stretch that includes four divisional games and a matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Alex Ovechkin, who won the hardest shot competition during the weekend's festivities, leads the NHL with 30 goals after scoring 33 all of last season. He picked up his 500th career assist in Washington's last game, on Thursday at Florida. Washington got good news during Tuesday's practice as forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, the team's second-leading scorer with 45 points, was on the ice. Kuznetsov left the game at Florida with a left leg issue but practiced Tuesday and said he will play Wednesday night." I feel good," Kuznetsov told NBCWashington.com. "I can't really say much about (the injury) last game. But overall it feels pretty good today." Philadelphia (24-17-8) will be looking to close out a successful January (8-3 thus far) with its fifth win in six games. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Flyers are 16-6-1 since Dec. 4. Free Sports Picks of the Day. Trying to continue that surge, the Flyers will be looking for more secondary scoring. Sean Couturier (26 goals), Wayne Simmonds (16), Claude Giroux (14), and Jake Voracek (nine) have 65 of the team's 141 goals." There are so many teams, especially in our division, that have two awesome lines. Just like us. If we can get the third- and fourth-line guys to kind of step up and get some goals here and there, it's going to make the difference," winger Jordan Weal (six goals) told the Philadelphia Inquirer." A lot of games, the top two lines are going to cancel each other out, and that's when the depth players have to come in and really make their mark and control the fate of the game." Goaltender Brian Elliott (lower body injury) was sidelined Tuesday and fo rmer Capital Michal Neuvirth (stomach virus) practiced and is likely to face the Capitals." It's good to have Neuvy out there. He had a good practice and looked strong," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the Inquirer. The Flyers took the first two meetings this season. Travis Konecny's goal 27 seconds into overtime gave the Flyers a 2-1 win on Jan. 21 in Washington, and Giroux had two goals and two assists in an 8-2 rout on Oct. 14 in the Flyers' home opener. Konecny enters Wednesday's game on a four-game goal-scoring streak and a five-game point-scoring streak (4-2-6), both of which are career highs. Giroux has 18 goals and 18 assists in 35 games against the Capitals, and Jakub Voracek has 11 goals and 11 assists in 31 games. Neuvirth is 1-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .891 save percentage versus his former team. Braden Holtby is 8-4-8 with a 2.50 GAA and a .916 save percentage against the Flyers. In 111 career games against the Metropol itan Division, Braden Holtby is 65-26-16 with a 2.32 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Ovechkin has touched the Flyers for 32 goals and 21 assists in 47 games, and Nicklas Backstrom has 17 goals and 33 assists in 40 games.

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