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Top 25 Capsules

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and No. 1 Duke reeled off 23 straight points in an 88-47 rout of Cornell on Wednesday night.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 12 assists for the Blue Devils (10-0).

Playing as a top-ranked team for the 210th time under Mike Krzyzewski - but the first since February 2011 - they posted two key season highs, shooting 56.7 percent and forcing 26 turnovers, while holding the Big Red scoreless for an 8-minute stretch when the game got away from them.

Shonn Miller had 14 points to lead Cornell (4-7), which fell to 0-4 all-time against No. 1 teams.

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No. 5 LOUISVILLE 79, FLA. INTERNATIONAL 55

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva had career highs of five 3-pointers and 12 assists for Louisville in the first meeting between Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, his son and FIU counterpart.

The younger Pitino, 30, served two stints as a Louisville assistant before taking over for Isiah Thomas at FIU this season.

Siva finished with 15 points in posting his first double-double since the season opener and was selected game MVP.

Wayne Blackshear tied his career best with 18 points for the Cardinals and Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double this season.

The Cardinals (10-1) shot 49 percent and hit 12 3-pointers, tying a season high. They committed just 11 turnovers in winning the 11th annual Billy Minardi Classic, named for Pitino's brother-in-law who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Tymell Murphy scored 12 points and 12 rebounds for FIU (3-5).

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No. 6 INDIANA 93, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 54

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Christian Watford added 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana.

The Hoosiers (10-1) looked like a team ready to make amends four days after its first loss of the season.

Five players scored in double figures for Indiana, which had a huge rebounding edge over the Mountaineers (4-5). The Hoosiers shot 70.6 percent - the fourth-best mark in school history.

Mount St. Mary's was led by Rashad Whack with 17 points and Josh Castellanos and Sam Prescott added 10 each.

The Mountaineers trailed 30-26 with 5:38 left in the first half, but Indiana closed the half on a 9-0 run, opened the second half on an 18-2 run to make it 64-31 and never let the Mountaineers get closer than 31 points again.

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No. 8 FLORIDA 82, SE LOUISIANA 43

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Mike Rosario scored a season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists for Florida.

The Gators (8-1) bounced back from a loss at No. 4 Arizona four days earlier, winning their only home game over a 40-day span.

Rosario made 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and enjoyed his best game since transferring to Florida from Rutgers after the 2009-10 season. It came on the heels of a 16-point night against the Wildcats.

The Lions (1-8) have lost five straight.

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No. 11 CINCINNATI 60, XAVIER 45

CINCINNATI (AP) - Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 points and led a second-half surge that carried Cincinnati over Xavier in the renewal of their crosstown rivalry, an amicable one a year after it was marred by a brawl.

Cincinnati (11-0) won its 18th straight game at a downtown arena that has become the rivalry's stage for the next two years, an attempt to take the nasty edge off the annual game.

The Bearcats got the better of it in the second half behind Kilpatrick, who scored nine points in a 17-4 run that put them ahead to stay. Travis Taylor led Xavier (7-3) with 12 points.

Xavier and Cincinnati fans were seated on opposite sides of the arena. Both schools hoped for a clean, exciting game so they could finally get past last year's ugliness. They did.

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No. 17 CREIGHTON 71, TULSA 54

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Avery Dingman had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the second half, and Doug McDermott overcame a slow start to score 16 for Creighton.

Gregory Echenique added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bluejays (11-1), who won their fifth straight.

James Woodard had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulsa (6-5), which shot 38 percent and committed a season-high 25 turnovers.

Dingman was good on his first seven shots and made a career-high five 3-pointers, getting friendly bounces off the rim and backboard on his third and fourth tries. Dingman also had three steals to go with three rebounds.

McDermott, averaging 23.7 points and coming off games of 30 and 34 points, was just 4 of 9 from the field but made 7 of 8 free throws.

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No. 22 NOTRE DAME 85, KENNESAW ST. 57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jack Cooley scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Notre Dame.

It was Cooley's fifth double-double in the past seven games, and he is tied for second nationally in that statistic.

Notre Dame's Jerian Grant also scored 14 points in a game that got away from the Owls early in the second half.

The Owls (1-9) closed out the final 4 minutes of the first half on a 9-4 run, capped off by Markeith Cummings' 3-pointer as the first-half buzzer sounded, cutting the lead to 34-28.

But Notre Dame (11-1) started the second half on a 17-5 run over the first 8:18, leading 53-33 after that span. The run included six points from Grant, four from Garrick Sherman, four from Cooley and a 3 by freshman Cameron Biedschied.

Aaron Anderson led Kennesaw State scorers with 16 points and Cummings had 15.

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No. 24 OKLAHOMA ST. 69, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 44

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Markel Brown scored 17 points and Phil Forte added 13 to lead Oklahoma State.

Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart both had 10 points and Philip Jurick pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (9-1).

Reserve Jamel Outler had 14 points and Kevin Butler added 11 for the Mavericks (5-3), who committed 31 turnovers.

Texas-Arlington committed 20 turnovers in the first half, four in the first 4 minutes, and Oklahoma State built a 13-3 advantage on the way to a 36-17 halftime lead.

The visitors did not hit the 20-point mark until Drew Charles' short jumper with 14:20 remaining in the game.

Forte hit three 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes, the third putting the Cowboys up 26 points with just under 4 minutes left.

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday 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. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 

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Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.

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Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 25, 17 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Five Redskins who will have to step up in 2018

Originally published 12/26/17

WR Josh Doctson—This list is in no particular order but if it was, Doctson would be right here at the top. The watchword for Doctson is consistency. He makes some incredible catches and then there are throws that he drops or doesn’t quite seem to make enough of an effort to catch. There is promise there. The first-round pick has shown his ability and his teammates say he has a chance to be elite. But the potential must translate into production on the field, week in and week out.  

RB Samaje Perine—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins’ need to sign or draft a top running back. But a look at this team’s recent history tells us that they are unlikely to invest major assets in the position. That means that Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, will have to become a more consistent runner. It’s not all his fault that he hasn’t done much since he had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 11-12; tough defense, offensive line issues, and game score situations have slowed his production. But he needs to be consistently productive in 2018 no matter who he lines up against.

CB Josh Norman—Unless he gets a pick against the Giants, he will go through the year without any interceptions. Sure, they don’t throw his way all that often and INT’s don’t give you the complete picture of his play. But a CB taking up $20 million in cap room needs to get a couple of picks almost by sheer accident. Norman battled some injury problems and if he wants to justify the final two years and $23 million of salary remaining on his contract, his age 30 2018 season needs to be more impactful.

OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player started strong, with at least half a sack in the first five games. And he’s finishing strong, with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the last two games. But in between, he had a total of just half a sack in eight games. This follows the pattern he displayed his first two years in the league of being dominant in some games and invisible in others. If he can develop some consistency in his 2018 contract year, he could cash in huge in free agency the following year.

Head coach Jay Gruden—Normally I only include players on lists like this one but if Gruden doesn’t do something to get the Redskins out of their near-.500 rut then nothing else will matter. He needs to change up something, whether it’s pushing the players hard in training camp or perhaps fine tuning his friendly approach to the players. Sure, better luck regarding injuries and a schedule that right now appears to be a bit less challenging will help. But Gruden needs to look at what he can change, too.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 4
—NFL Draft (4/26) 60
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 196