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Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett added 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.

Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday and leaves for a tournament in Hawaii on Thursday. The Wildcats had no trouble keeping their focus, racing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shooting 57 percent overall.

Brandon Ashley added 14 points for Arizona, off to its best start since opening 12-0 in 1987-88.

Oral Roberts (5-5) has a history of knocking off power programs, but never had a shot against the rolling Wildcats.

The Golden Eagles shot 38 percent and leading scorer Warren Niles was frustrated most of the night, turning it over eight times and scoring most of his 22 points after the game was out of reach.

Shawn Glover added 18 points for Oral Roberts.

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 65, WINTHROP 55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points - missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another - to lead Ohio State past Winthrop.

It was the last tuneup for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday's rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14 points for the Buckeyes, who have won four in a row, all at home, since a 73-68 defeat at No. 2 Duke on Nov. 28 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Thomas added nine rebounds and a career-high four assists.

Derrick Henry scored 12 points to lead Winthrop (4-5).

NO. 9 KANSAS 87, RICHMOND 59

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points and Kansas used another big first-half run to put away Richmond.

Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe each added 11 points, and Elijah Johnson had seven assists for the Jayhawks (9-1), who will ride an eight-game win streak into Saturday's showdown at No. 7 Ohio State - a rematch of last year's national semifinal won by Kansas.

The Jayhawks used an 18-0 first-half run to bury the Spiders, allowing them to push their home winning streak to 28 games, tied for the sixth-longest in school history.

Derrick Williams had 14 points and Cedrick Lindsay finished with 12 for the Spiders (9-3).

NO. 18 SAN DIEGO ST. 76, POINT LOMA NAZARENE 49

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Xavier Thames scored 17 points and Chase Tapley added 15 as San Diego State beat Point Loma Nazarene, the Aztecs' ninth straight win since opening with a loss to No. 3 Syracuse.

SDSU (9-1) was just fine without leading scorer Jamaal Franklin, who sat out with a back injury.

The Aztecs made it a clean sweep of San Diego-area schools. They've also beaten San Diego, San Diego Christian and, in exhibition games, Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego.

SDSU now heads to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic.

The game was considered an exhibition for Point Loma, an NAIA school. Taylor Wetherell led the Sea Lions with 10 points.

NO. 20 MICHIGAN ST. 64, BOWLING GREEN 53

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to lead Michigan State to a victory over Bowling Green.

Branden Dawson added 10 points for the Spartans (10-2).

Michigan State held Bowling Green (5-5) to just two points over a six-minute stretch in the second half to take control.

The Spartans went on a 14-2 run highlighted by Dawson's dunk after a steal, drawing a big cheer from the many Michigan State fans filling the Bowling Green arena.

Chauncey Orr led Bowling Green with 16 points.

NO. 25 N.C. STATE 88, STANFORD 79

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help North Carolina State pull away and beat Stanford.

Scott Wood scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for the Wolfpack (8-2), who earned a fourth straight win with another high-scoring performance at home. It also allowed N.C. State to avenge a road loss last year in which the Wolfpack blew a 12-point lead in the second half.

Richard Howell finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack.

Dwight Powell continued his recent strong play for the Cardinal (7-4), scoring 23 points, but Stanford gave up its highest point total of the season.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.

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Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:

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Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.

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Tarik's 3 stars: Caps come up empty on an emotional night in Florida

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Tarik's 3 stars: Caps come up empty on an emotional night in Florida

Vincent Trocheck scored on the power play with 18.7 seconds remaining and the Panthers escaped with a 3-2 victory on an emotional night in Sunrise, Fla.

Trocheck’s goal was Florida’s second in the final four minutes…and the Caps were left to lament yet another incomplete performance. Washington has now lost three of its last four games and fell to 4-5-2 in February.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Vincent Trocheck, Panthers

Trocheck did what Trocheck does in the third period: The Florida forward scored a clutch goal in the final seconds, redirecting a Jonathan Huberdeau shot through Brooks Orpik’s legs and past Braden Holtby. Eller was in the penalty box when Trocheck scored his 13th third period goal of the season.

2-Andre Burakovsky, Capitals

After losing a goal to Eller in the first period, Burakovsky made sure he didn’t go home empty handed. No. 65 scored on the power play in the second period to put the Caps ahead 2-1. It was Burakovsky’s third goal in six games. He also earned a secondary assist on Eller’s redirection score.   

3-Braden Holtby, Capitals

Following a handful of un-Holtby-like performances lately, Holtbeast roared Thursday night at BB&T Center. He made at least one game-saving stop in each period: an arm save on Trocheck in the first period; a pad stop on Denis Malgin in the second and another extended pad stop on Evgenii Dadonov in the third. Holtby finished with 30 stops.

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