Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

NEW YORK (AP) Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 - both career highs - and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5 1/2 minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59 with 10:23 to play.

C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference winning streak snapped. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.

Temple hit three 3-pointers in an 11-3 run that gave the Owls the lead for good. Scootie Randall started the run with a 3 that broke the 59-all tie. He closed it with another 3, his only points of the game.

No. 9 KANSAS 74, No. 7 OHIO STATE 66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.

It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals.

The Jayhawks, who had yet to play a true road game, held Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas' 16 points, shot 9 of 36 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson scored 13 and Travis Releford 11.

Shannon Scott had a career-high 15 for the Buckeyes.

No. 12 MISSOURI 82, No. 10 ILLINOIS 73

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri over Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.

Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14 and Joseph Bertrand had 13.

Missouri used a 9-0 run late in the game to take the lead for good at 70-64. The Tigers held a 58-35 edge on the boards and outscored Illinois 44-24 in the paint.

Illinois, which leads the overall series 20-12, won nine meetings in a row from 2000-08.


CINCINNATI (AP) - JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start to beat Wright State.

The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11.

For the second game in a row, the Bearcats struggled in half-court offense and scored only 22 points in the first half. Parker scored Cincinnati's first eight in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run that put the Bearcats in control for the first time. The 21 points matched his season high.

Titus Rubles added 11 points and nine rebounds. Justin Jackson had nine points, seven rebounds and two of Cincinnati's 10 blocked shots.

Wright State (8-4) got 14 points from Jerran Young.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points and Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a rout of Lafayette.

Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.

Dan Trist scored 14 points for the Leopards (5-9), who are 0-7 on the road.

Minnesota led by 15 at halftime before stretching its lead soon after the break. Rodney Williams scored six points and Coleman added four, including a steal and dunk, as the Gophers went ahead by 20 and cruised the rest of the way.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown pulled away late in the first half to beat D.C. neighbor American.

Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.

Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when Georgetown went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then an 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. The Hoyas have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8).


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to an upset of New Mexico.

Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos (12-1), who went a frustrating 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes as they tried to complete a comeback.

Jordan Dykstra had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who went 10 for 11 from the line down the stretch to preserve their lead. Chad White added 13 points for South Dakota State and Brayden Carlson had 10.

The Jackrabbits (10-4) led for the final 37 minutes after taking the lead with an early 8-0 run.


HONOLULU (AP) - Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points and San Diego State beat San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic for its 10th straight win.

Tapley gave the Aztecs (10-1) their first cushion in the opening half with three jumpers during a 2-minute stretch, and he was just getting warmed up. The senior was 13 of 19 from the field, with nine of those from outside, and back-to-back 3s with 9 minutes left in the game sent San Diego State on its way.

The Aztecs have beaten seven California schools this season, including USC and UCLA. They next play Sunday against Indiana State, which beat Ole Miss in overtime earlier Saturday.

The Dons (5-5) tried to keep it close and never let San Diego State go ahead by more than 10 points until just more than 6 minutes were left in the game. Cole Dickerson led San Francisco with 15 points and 12 rebounds.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith each scored 20 points to lead Butler past pesky Evansville.

The Bulldogs (9-2) won their sixth straight and completed a sweep of the five Indiana schools they played this season in non-conference action - including last weekend's stunning overtime victory against the top-ranked Hoosiers.

Evansville (7-5) was led by Colt Ryan with 25 points.

Butler, playing its first game since breaking into the Top 25 following last week's win over then-No. 1 Indiana, was sluggish early but regrouped with a 22-8 run that gave the Bulldogs a 25-17 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. Evansville spent the rest of the game playing catch-up.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State surge past Texas.

Nix was 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 13 at the line, a major improvement for a 64.9 percent foul shooter.

Keith Appling had 14 points and Adreian Payne added 13 for the Spartans (11-2), who stayed perfect in six December games.

Julien Lewis scored 16 points for the Longhorns (7-5), who couldn't match the efficiency of their 85-67 win over North Carolina on Wednesday night.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points in North Carolina's victory over McNeese State.

Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who shot 13 of 28 on 3-pointers and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo had 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 and Brice Johnson scored 10.

The Tar Heels broke open the game early with a 22-4 run to take a 27-8 lead midway through the first half.

Jeremie Mitchell had 13 points to lead the Cowboys (6-4), who had won five straight.


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Freshman guard Phil Forte scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State over Tennessee Tech.

Forte shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and the Cowboys (10-1) hit a season-high 11 3-pointers. Kamari Murphy scored 12 points, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart each had 11, and Kirby Gardner added 10 points and seven assists.

Judd Dillard led Tennessee Tech (6-6) with 18 points.

Oklahoma State led 38-19 at halftime, the second straight game an opponent failed to reach 20 points in the opening 20 minutes.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead North Carolina State past St. Bonaventure.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for the Bonnies (7-4). They were outscored 50-24 in the paint, shot just 40.6 percent, never got closer than 12 in the second half and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

We are down to the home stretch. Only 10 games remain in the Capitals' regular season. Those 10 games will ultimately decide if the Caps finish in first place in the Metropolitan Division and who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Washington currently sits in first place in the division, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of those 10 remaining games, only three come against teams currently in playoff position. The most critical of these comes on April 1 when the Caps travel to Pittsburgh in a game that could ultimately decide the division.

The Caps still hold a narrow lead in the standings, but where do they stand in the rankings? See this week's updated NHL Power Rankings here.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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