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Gonzaga (D.C.) coach reacts to former player Jenkins' buzzer-beater

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Gonzaga (D.C.) coach reacts to former player Jenkins' buzzer-beater

Gonzaga head basketball coach Steve Turner was just as entertained as the rest of the world when Villanova’s Kris Jenkins sunk a buzzer-beater three to beat North Carolina in the NCAA Championship.

But he wasn’t surprised.

"I actually knew it was going down before he let it go," Turner said. 

Turner, who coached Jenkins at Gonzaga, knew his former player was fully capable of such heroics.

Turner joined SportsTalk Live to talk about that play, and what it was like to coach Jenkins in high school.

Maryland's seven game winning streak propels Terps to top-15 ranking in latest AP Poll

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Maryland's seven game winning streak propels Terps to top-15 ranking in latest AP Poll

With the winning streak continuing for the Maryland Terrapins in the Big Ten, so do their ascent in the Associated Press Top 25. 

With a bunch of schools falling this past week Maryland is up to No. 13 in the AP Poll, rising six spots from last week. 

Top-ranked Duke went down early in the week. No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Virginia, the last of Division I's unbeaten teams, both fell over the weekend. In all, six top-10 teams lost.

Tennessee kept rolling amid chaos across the AP Top 25.

The Vols are the new No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll on Monday, climbing three spots to earn their first top ranking since the 2007-08 season.

Tennessee received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, well ahead of No. 2 Duke with 11. No. 3 Virginia received three first-place votes and No. 6 Michigan State two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the top five.

"The guys playing right now built this thing," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.

Expectations followed the Vols into the 2018-19 season. With its top six scorers back from a team that shared the SEC title, Tennessee had its highest preseason ranking at No. 6 and was eyeing a deep NCAA Tournament run in Barnes' fourth season.

The Vols have lived up to the forecast so far, bouncing back from an overtime loss to then-No. 2 Kansas to win 12 straight games. Tennessee knocked Gonzaga from atop the AP Top 25 with Barnes' first win over a No. 1 team in early December and won its two games last week, rolling over Arkansas and holding off Alabama .

The only other time Tennessee (16-1, 5-0) was No. 1, it lost the next night to Vanderbilt -- the Vols' opponent on Wednesday.

"Tennessee basketball hasn't been ranked No. 1 in a long time," Vols guard Jordan Bone said. "That's a good feeling, but we can't be so locked in on that. We have to continue to stay hungry. We can't be so focused on that. It's so fleeting. It can change really quick."

The changes in the AP Top 25 came quickly after a wild week.

Duke started by losing to Syracuse in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils played without a sick Cam Reddish and lost point guard Tre Jones to a shoulder injury in the first half.

Reddish returned against Virginia on Saturday and Duke responded with a superb game, knocking Virginia from the unbeaten ranks with a 72-70 victory despite playing without Jones.

Michigan lost to Wisconsin by 10, also on Saturday, leaving the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers as the last Division I team to go undefeated.

No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 9 Virginia Tech also lost. The Jayhawks fell two spots after losing to West Virginia. The Red Raiders dropped six spots to No. 14 after losses to Iowa State and Baylor. The Hokies were down one to No. 10 following a loss to Virginia.

In all, 13 ranked teams lost last week.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL WEEK 12

1. Tennesse 16-1 (48 first-place votes, No. 3 last week)

2. Duke 15-2 (11 first-place votes, No. 1)

3. Virginia 16-1 (3 first-place votes, No. 4)

4. Gonzaga 18-2 (No. 5)

5. Michigan 17-1 (No. 2)

6. Michigan State 16-2 (no change)

7. Nevada 18-1 (No. 10)

8. Kentucky 14-3 (No. 12)

9. Kansas 15-3 (No. 7)

10. Virginia Tech 15-2 (No. 9)

11. North Carolina 14-4 (No. 13)

12. Marquette 16-3 (No. 15)

13. Maryland 16-3 (No. 19)

14. Texas Tech 15-3 (No. 8)

T-14. Buffalo 17-1 (No. 16)

16. Auburn 13-4 (No. 14)

17. Houston 18-1 (No. 21)

18. Villanova 14-4 (No. 22)

19. Iowa 16-3 (No. 23)

20. Ole Miss 14-3 (No. 18)

21. N.C. State 15-3 (No. 17)

22. Mississippi State 14-3 (No. 24)

23. Louisville 13-5 (unranked)

24. Iowa State 14-4 (unranked)

25. LSU 14-3 (unranked)

Dropped from the rankings: Florida State (11), Oklahoma (20), Indiana (25)

KENTUCKY RISING

Kentucky saw a steady slide down the AP Top 25 after opening the season with a blowout loss to Duke. The preseason No. 2, the Wildcats were down to No. 19 just a month ago, but started climbing again.

Kentucky is up to No. 8 after beating No. 14 Auburn and Georgia this week, with games against No. 22 Mississippi State and No. 9 Kansas coming up.

RISING AND FALLING

No. 13 Maryland moved up six spots after beating Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Kentucky, No. 17 Houston and No. 18 Villanova each moved up four spots.

Florida State after stretching its losing streak to three games with losses to Pittsburgh and Boston College, falling out of the poll from No. 11.

MOVING IN

Louisville moved into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 23 following wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech.

Iowa State's wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State put the Cyclones back in at No. 24 after they dropped out from No. 20 last week.

LSU beat then-No. 19 Mississippi and South Carolina last week to return to the poll at No. 25.

MOVING OUT

Oklahoma joined Florida State in dropping out of the poll following losses to Kansas State and Texas. The Sooners were No. 20 last week.

Indiana, No. 25 last week, did not receive a single vote after lopsided losses to Nebraska and Purdue.

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NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story.

Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

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Ranked and red hot, Terrapins crush Buckeyes in Columbus to extend winning run to seven

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points, and No. 19 Maryland won its seventh straight game, 75-61 over Ohio State on Friday night.

Bruno Fernando added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had 15 rebounds for the Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), who shot 58.1 percent from the field. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell each scored 11, and Jalen Smith had 10. Maryland went 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) from 3-point range.

C.J. Jackson scored 15 points for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight. Duane Washington Jr. scored 14 and Kaleb Wesson had 11.

Fernando continued his strong play after being named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week. He averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in victories over Minnesota and then-No. 22 Indiana. The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Angola has 10 double-doubles this season.

Ohio State kept it close through most of the first half before Maryland went on an 8-0 run, including a three-point play by Fernando, to move ahead 38-30. The Buckeyes got within one early in the second half before Maryland responded with a 13-2 burst, including five points from Fernando. Ohio State got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins have been one of the surprise teams of the Big Ten thus far, but their schedule won't get any easier, with a road matchup looming at No. 6 Michigan State and two games against second-ranked Michigan.

Ohio State: Foul trouble and the Terps' hot shooting doomed any chance of an end to the Buckeyes' skid.

UP NEXT

Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan State on Monday night.

Ohio State hosts Purdue on Wednesday.