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Virginia Tech crushes Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-45

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Virginia Tech crushes Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-45

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Jalen Hudson scored 15 points to lead Virginia Tech to an 80-45 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Hudson hit 3 of 4 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and 7 of 11 from the Hokies (5-3), who had five players in double figures for the second time this season. Chris Clarke added 14 points, while Justin Bibbs and Zach LeDay chipped in 13. Seth Allen had 11.

Virginia Tech opened the game with a 23-2 run. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Ghiavonni Robinson scored on a layup with 17:43 left in the first half, but the Golden Lions then went nearly eight minutes without scoring, and the Hokies reeled off 18 straight points. UAPB went more than nine minutes without hitting a field goal from the floor.

Neither team shot very well from the floor in the first half. The Hokies shot just 26.1 percent (6 of 23), while Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 11.5 percent (3 of 26). But Virginia Tech took advantage at the free-throw line to lead by as many as 25, hitting 22 of 30 and grabbing a 37-16 lead. The two teams combined for 32 fouls and 45 free throws in the first 30 minutes.

Overall, the Hokies took advantage of a large disparity at the free-throw line, making 31 of 40. Arkansas-Pine Bluff made 11 of 17.

Jaquan Lynch led the Golden Lions (2-7) with 10 points. UAPB shot just 28.8 percent from the floor (15 of 52) and committed 21 turnovers.

TIP-INS

Virginia Tech: The game marked the Hokies' second of three games against SWAC opponents this season. . The Hokies moved to 3-1 all-time against teams from the SWAC. . Virginia Tech played without Johnny Hamilton, who has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons. . Hudson started for the second time this season and the first time since the season opener. . LeDay registered his fifth double-double in eight games. The Hokies are 4-1 in games in which he records a double-double . Allen scored in double figures for the fourth straight game.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions fell to 0-5 all-time against ACC teams. . The Golden Lions played 13 players in the first half because of foul trouble. . JoVaughn Love, the Golden Lions' leading scorer coming in at 11.7 points, picked up four fouls, including a technical, within the first 10 minutes of the game and finished with just two points. . The Golden Lions played their ninth straight game away from home to open the season. They open the season with 18 straight on the road and do not play their home opener until Jan. 16.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech plays at Radford on Wednesday.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays at Iowa State on Dec. 13.

Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."

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TOP-5 CHANGES

Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.

PURDUE'S SLIDE

Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.

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TOP RISERS

Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.

LONGEST SLIDES

Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.

NEWCOMERS

The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.

SLIDING OUT

Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.

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