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Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points in No. 1 Duke's 80-62 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday.

Seth Curry also had 22 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0), who shot 46 percent in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener and hit 11 3-pointers - including six during the 25-7 first-half run that put them up big.

They pushed their lead well into the 20s with a Curry-led 18-6 run out of the break in which they scored on nine of their first 10 possessions.

Travis McKie had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1), which had nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (23) and had its three-game winning streak snapped.

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No. 3 ARIZONA 60, UTAH 57

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Solomon Hill had 19 points and Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left as Arizona dodged another last-second shot to remain undefeated.

Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) needed some help from a disputed call by the officials to win its conference opener. The Wildcats faced another big shot in the closing seconds, when Utah's Jarred DuBois shot a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim, hit the top of the backboard and hit the rim again before missing.

Utah (8-6, 0-2) kept Arizona within reach by hitting 14 of 27 shots in the second half.

Jason Washburn had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Loveridge added 17 points for Utah, which still hasn't won a road or neutral-court conference game since joining the Pac-12 last season.

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NO. 10 GONZAGA 81, SANTA CLARA 74

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Kelly Olynyk made a key putback with 1:55 remaining on the way to a career-high 33 points, and Gonzaga held off a late rally by Santa Clara for its sixth straight victory.

Elias Harris added 14 points for the Zags, determined to win another West Coast Conference crown after Saint Mary's snapped the school's run of 11 straight won or shared conference titles.

Olynyk also had 10 rebounds, scored Gonzaga's eight straight points late as the Zags (15-1, 2-0) shot 55 percent from the floor.

Kevin Foster scored 29 points and reached the 2,000 mark for his career and Marc Trasolini had 19 points and nine rebounds for Santa Clara (12-4, 1-1), which is off to the program's best start since 1997-98.

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No. 11 ILLINOIS 74, No. 8 OHIO STATE 55

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Brandon Paul scored 19 points as Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener.

The Illini (14-2, 1-1 Big Ten) led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead.

Illinois used stingy defense to shut down the Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1), who shot just 33 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.

Deshaun Thomas led Ohio State with 24 points.

Sophomore center Nnanna Egwu had 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Illini. point guard Tracy Abrams added 13 points and five assists, while reserve Joseph Bertrand scored 12 points.

Illinois came into the game off a stunning 68-61 loss at Purdue in its Big Ten opener, and had lost two of its last three.

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No. 12 MISSOURI 66, BUCKNELL 64

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points and Laurence Bowers added 16 for Missouri.

Pressey missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10.3 seconds remaining, setting off a frenzied final few seconds. Bucknell's Mike Muscala stepped on the baseline with 4.1 seconds left after catching a pass from Ryan Hill.

Earnest Ross made two free throws for the Tigers (11-2), but a foul by Jabari Brown put Muscala on the line for a final attempt to tie the game. After making the first free throw, Missouri's Stefan Jankovic grabbed the rebound of the second to end the game.

Muscala led the Bison (13-3) with 25 points and 14 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.

Pressey made a career-high 10 field goals, and his seven consecutive points down the stretch helped the Tigers (11-2) narrowly complete their seventh consecutive season without a loss to a nonconference opponent at home.

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ST. JOHN'S 53, No. 14 CINCINNATI 52

CINCINNATI (AP) - JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D'Angelo Harrison added 15 and St. John's beat Cincinnati in yet another close game between the teams.

Cashmere Wright, who finished with 23 points, hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that pulled Cincinnati within one with 2:32 left in the game. Wright's layup with 53 seconds to play gave the Bearcats a 52-51 lead.

Harrison, coming off a career-high 36 points in a loss to Villanova this week, hit a jumper with 29 seconds left to regain the lead for St. John's, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Cincinnati's Titus Rubles, who finished with 14 points, squared up with 6 seconds left but missed the jumper. St. John's (9-5, 1-1 Big East) pulled down the rebound which forced Cincinnati (13-2, 1-1) to foul with 3 seconds left.

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MARQUETTE 49, No. 15 GEORGETOWN 48

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and Marquette had to hang on while Georgetown missed a deciding free throw.

With Marquette leading 49-46, Greg Whittington of the Hoyas was fouled by Trent Lockett on a baseline 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds left. He made the first two free throws and after Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, hit the front of the rim on the final attempt.

Lockett grabbed the rebound, but missed two free throws and the game ended without the Hoyas attempting a final shot.

Lockett and Vander Blue had 12 points each for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette (11-3, 2-0 Big East) has won four consecutive games. Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) had its seven-game winning streak snapped in its first road game of the season.

Markel Starks had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Whittington and Otto Porter added 13 each for the Hoyas.

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No. 16 CREIGHTON 79, INDIANA STATE 66

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Creighton used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half.

The Bluejays (14-1, 3-0) have won eight straight and are off to their best start in Missouri Valley Conference play since 2003-04.

The Sycamores (9-5, 2-1) lost for the 14th straight time in Omaha since 1999.

Gregory Echenique had 16 points and nine rebounds to just miss his fourth double-double in eight games. He scored inside to tie it 51-51 with 10 minutes left and gave the Bluejays the lead when he dunked Grant Gibbs' alley-oop pass.

Jake Odum and Manny Arop scored 13 points apiece and Justin Gant added 12 for the Sycamores, who made just 9 of 18 free throws in the second half.

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No. 17 BUTLER 57, NEW ORLEANS 44

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13 to lead Butler.

The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Wednesday night at Saint Joseph's.

The Privateers (3-10) were led by Lovell Cook with 11 points and Traddarius McPhearson with 10. But they have lost five straight, are 0-6 in true road games this season and have dropped 15 consecutive road games against Division I opponents. Their last win over a Top 25 team came against No. 21 North Carolina State on Nov. 18, 2007.

The Bulldogs used a 9-3 run to close the half for a 24-18 lead.

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No. 18 MICHIGAN ST. 84, PURDUE 61

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points and Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away.

The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn't much matter in what quickly became a free throw contest. Michigan State finished 18 of 22 from the line, and the Boilermakers were 9 of 20 - including 6 of 16 in the second half.

Branden Dawson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who bounced back from a loss at Minnesota in their conference opener.

A.J. Hammons scored 20 points for the Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1), who were coming off a win over No. 11 Illinois.

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No. 21 NOTRE DAME 93, SETON HALL 74

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Scott Martin had a season-high 22 points on a career-high six 3-pointers and Jack Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its 11th straight win.

The winning streak is the second-longest for the Irish (13-1, 1-0 Big East) in 13 seasons under coach Mike Brey. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Seton Hall (12-3, 1-1).

Seton Hall, playing with only eight scholarship players available because of injuries, kept the game close until the Irish finished the first half on a 7-2 spurt, then opened the second half with a 16-4 run to move ahead 60-41.

Fuquan Edwin and Aaron Cosby had 21 points each for the Pirates.

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No. 25 KANSAS STATE 73, No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 67

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half and Kansas State turned away a game effort from freshman Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State.

McGruder was 10 of 13 from the field and hit all five of his 3-pointers after the break, including two in the closing minutes. The first answered seven straight points by the Cowboys, and the second gave the Wildcats (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) a 70-65 lead with 1:37 left in coach Bruce Weber's Big 12 debut.

Nino Williams added a career-best 17 points for Kansas State, which beat the Cowboys for the third straight time.

Smart scored on an assortment of driving layups, pull-up jumpers and free throws for a season-best 25 points. Markel Brown added 19 points for the Cowboys (10-3, 0-1).

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No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78, BOSTON COLLEGE 73

BOSTON (AP) - Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch for North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

The Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth straight, their longest streak since 1983-84, but only after giving the Eagles several opportunities to pull off an upset.

Rodney Purvis scored 19 points, Richard Howell finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 14 points and eight assists for the Wolfpack.

Boston College (8-6, 0-1) missed a chance to tie when Purvis fouled Patrick Heckman on a 3-point attempt with 18.9 seconds left. Heckman, a 93 percent shooter from the line coming in, made 2 of 3 and the Eagles were forced to foul Wood two more times.

Wood made four more free throws to seal it.

Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Boston College, which had won five straight.

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RUTGERS 67, No. 24 PITTSBURGH 62

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Eli Carter scored 23 points and Rutgers held off a second-half rally to hand Pittsburgh its second straight loss.

The victory was the first for Rutgers coach Mike Rice since returning from a three-game school-imposed suspension for inappropriate behavior earlier this week.

The Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1 Big East) led by 14 points at halftime only to see the Panthers (12-3, 0-2) twice close the gap to two points in the final 5 minutes, the last time at 55-53 with 3:24 to play.

Carter hit a 10-footer in the lane with 2:53 to go and Dane Miller added two free throws after two missed 3-pointers by Pitt to secure the game.

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Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Lightning game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME?

The Capitals (34-18-7) take on the Lightning (39-17-3) Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME ON?

The Capitals-Lightning game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Lightning game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Taylor Chorney

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-LIGHTNING GAME?

The Capitals-Lightning game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-LIGHTNING OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 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.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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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