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Small's 23 & 10 lift No. 15 Maryland women past Miami 79-71

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Small's 23 & 10 lift No. 15 Maryland women past Miami 79-71

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Ieshia Small had a career game with her first double-double, Kaila Charles also had a double-double and No. 15 Maryland held off Miami 79-71 on Sunday to win the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament.

Small had 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both career highs, and Charles had 18 points and 12 boards for the Terrapins (5-2). Small was 7 of 10 from the floor and 9 of 10 from the foul line.

There were eight ties and 10 lead changes. Small tied the game at 30 with a jumper and Charles followed with a basket to put the Terps on top for good. Small made four free throws, giving her 14 points in the half and the Terps a 36-35 lead.

Miami (4-2) trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter but Mykea Gray had nine of her 21 points to close the gap to 58-57 entering the fourth quarter. Gray, a freshman, has four 20 point games. Maryland inched ahead with back-to-back layups by Channise Lewis ending a 6-0 run that gave Maryland a 73-63 lead with 4:08 to play. Miami only made 2 of 12 shots in the last five minutes.

Maryland was 8 of 14 in the fourth quarter while Miami went 5 of 19.

Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

Kyle Guy scored 29 points and hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes Friday, leading Virginia to a 76-67 victory against VCU.

Ty Jerome also hit from long range in the closing minutes and Virginia (3-0) saw its lead trimmed to three at 63-60 with five minutes left. Neither team scored for the next two minutes before Guy came off a screen right in front of the Cavaliers' and doubled their lead.

Issac Vann made it 66-62 with a driving basket for VCU (2-1), but Guy hit a pair of free throws and Jerome followed with a 3-pointer.

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Jerome added 13 points and seven assists for Virginia.

Vann led VCU with 19 points, Johnny Williams had 14 and Khris Lane 12.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers had little trouble with VCU's pressure, turning the ball over just five times and outscoring the Rams 12-5 off turnovers. They also outscored the Rams 18-0 on fast break points, but they were beaten on the backboards 36-26.

VCU: The Rams averaged 94.5 points in their first two games, but are still working to integrate what first-year coach Mike Rhoades wants them to do on offense and defense. Johnny Williams can be a force driving to the basket, and transfer Vann gives them another quality 3-point shooter.

UP NEXT

Virginia is at home on Sunday against Monmouth.

VCU faces Marquette in the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Virginia just misses making AP's college basketball preseason poll

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Virginia just misses making AP's college basketball preseason poll

Duke is No. 1 in AP preseason poll for second straight year

Duke was in good position to be ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll before landing Marvin Bagley III. Once the nation's top recruit decided to reclassify for this season, the Blue Devils became the voters' clear choice.

Led by Bagley and senior guard Grayson Allen, Duke was the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season a ninth time overall, matching rival North Carolina for most all-time. The Blue Devils received 33 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Wednesday.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one.

Kentucky rounded out the top 5, followed by Villanova, Wichita State and Florida. Defending national champion North Carolina is No. 9 and Southern California is 10th.

West Virginia was No. 11, followed by Cincinnati, Miami, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Louisville, Xavier, 2017 national runner-up Gonzaga and No. 19 Northwestern, which is ranked in the preseason poll for the first time.

Purdue was No. 20, with UCLA, Saint Mary's, Seton Hall, Baylor and Texas A&M filling the final five spots.

North Carolina was ranked No. 6 in the 2016 preseason poll before going on to beat Gonzaga for its sixth national title.

Duke had three players leave school early, but coach Mike Krzyzewski restocked the Blue Devils with another stellar recruiting class. The class is led by Bagley, an athletic 6-foot-11 forward was widely considered the No. 1 recruit of the 2018 class before reclassifying.

Duke, which lost to Final Four-bound South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, is ranked No. 1 for the 129th time, five behind all-time leader UCLA. The Blue Devils were first the preseason No. 1 in 1978-79 and finished seventh in last year's final poll.

"It is an honor to be picked No. 1 in your sport," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "At this time of the year, it truly is a prediction, so you haven't earned No. 1 yet. More than likely, past teams that have played at Duke have put this team in a position where people might say, `How is that team going to do?' or `They have a lot of talent' and all of the sudden, you're No. 1. Certainly, it's an honor and we'll look forward to trying to achieve and earn that ranking at some time during the season, hopefully at the end."

The Atlantic Coast Conference had the most ranked teams with five, while the Big 12 and Big Ten had four each. The Big East and Pac-12 each had three.

Kansas extended the nation's longest consecutive poll streak with its 162nd straight Top 25, a run that started on Feb. 3, 2009. Arizona is next with 98.

Arizona, USC and Louisville enter the season clouded in uncertainty after assistant coaches from Arizona and USC -- along with Auburn and Oklahoma State -- were arrested in a federal investigation into bribing players. Louisville will play under interim coach David Padgett after coach Rick Pitino was fired in the wake of the scandal that alleged that a recruit was supposed to receive payments from Adidas for committing to the Cardinals.

2017-18 College Basketball Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

Rank, Team (First Place Votes), 2016-17 Record, Previous
1. Duke (33): 28-9, 7 
2. Michigan St. (13): 20-15, NR 
3. Arizona (18): 32-5, 4 
4. Kansas (1): 31-5, 3 
5. Kentucky: 32-6, 6 
6. Villanova: 32-4, 1 
7. Wichita State: 31-5, 19 
8. Florida: 27-9, 20 
9. North Carolina: 33-7, 5 
10. Southern Cal: 26-10, NR 
11. West Virginia: 28-9, 13 
12. Cincinnati: 30-6, 18 
13. Miami: 21-12, NR 
14. Notre Dame:  26-10, 14 
15. Minnesota: 24-10, NR 
16. Louisville: 25-9, 10 
17. Xavier: 24-14, NR 
18. Gonzaga: 37-2, 2 
19. Northwestern: 24-12, NR 
20. Purdue: 27-8, 15 
21. UCLA: 31-5, 8 
22. Saint Mary's (CA): 29-5, 22 
23. Seton Hall: 21-12, NR 
24. Baylor: 27-8, 12 
25. Texas A&M: 16-15, NR
 

Others receiving votes: Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1.