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Va. Tech wideout to miss rest of the season

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Va. Tech wideout to miss rest of the season

By JP Finlay
CSNwashington.com

Virginia Tech senior wide receiver D.J. Coles will miss the rest of the 2012 season after suffering a knee injury in the Monday night victory over Georgia Tech.

Coles injured the right knee in the first quarter of the win over the Yellow Jackets. This past offseason, Coles underwent surgery to repair the PCL tendon in the same knee.

Coles will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA due to playing in less than 30 percent of the 2012 season, according to a Virginia Tech news release. If the NCAA grants Coles the medical waiver, he would be eligible to return as a fifth-year senior.

Maryland's upset win over Indiana pushes Terps into AP top 25 poll

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Maryland's upset win over Indiana pushes Terps into AP top 25 poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Duke remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 for a fourth straight week in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, which was enough to give its Hall of Fame coach another record.

The Blue Devils led an unchanged top 10 in Monday's AP Top 25 and spent their sixth week on top this season. That gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 122nd week at No. 1 in the AP poll, breaking a tie with the late UCLA coach John Wooden for the most in poll history.

Duke had set a program record for most weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll in November, also by passing UCLA.

The Blue Devils stayed at No. 1 after Atlantic Coast Conference road wins at Wake Forest and Florida State, the latter coming on a last-second 3-pointer by freshman Cam Reddish. Duke received 36 of 64 first-place votes entering a week that will see the Blue Devils host No. 4 Virginia in a marquee league matchup between ACC favorites.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL WEEK 11

1. Duke 14-1 (36 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Michigan 17-0 (9 first-place votes, no change from last week)

3. Tennessee 14-1 (13 first-place votes, no change from last week)

4. Virginia 15-0 (6 first-place votes, no change from last week)

5. Gonzaga 16-2 (No change from last week)

6. Michigan State 15-2 (No change from last week)

7. Kansas 14-2 (No change from last week)

8. Texas Tech 15-1 (No change from last week)

9. Virginia Tech 14-1 (No change from last week)

10. Nevada 16-1 (No change from last week)

11. Florida State 13-3 (No. 13 last week)

12. Kentucky 12-3 (No. 18 last week)

13. North Carolina 12-4 (No. 12 last week)

14. Auburn 12-3 (No. 11 last week)

15. Marquette 14-3 (No. 21 last week)

16. Buffalo 15-1 (No. 19 last week)

17. N.C. State 14-2 (No. 15 last week)

18. Ole Miss 13-2 (Not ranked last week)

19. Maryland 14-2 (Not ranked last week)

20. Oklahoma 13-3 (No. 23 last week)

21. Houston 16-1 (No. 17 last week)

22. Villanova 13-4 (Not ranked last week)

23. Iowa 14-3 (Not ranked last week)

24. Mississippi State 12-3 (No. 14 last week)

25. Indiana 12-4 (No. 22 last week)

Dropped from the rankings: Ohio State (16), Iowa State (20), St. John's (24) and TCU (25)

THE TOP TIER

Behind Duke, second-ranked and unbeaten Michigan earned nine first-place votes, third-ranked Tennessee had 13 and Virginia -- the only other unbeaten team -- had the remaining six. That quartet is significantly ahead of the rest of the field, with the gap between the Cavaliers and No. 5 Gonzaga (158 points) being bigger than that between Duke and Virginia (85 points).

Michigan State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Nevada rounded out the rest of the top 10 for a second straight week.

RISING

The changes started from there after a week that saw 12 of the 15 teams outside the top 10 lose at least once, with five of those losing twice, and combining for 17 losses.

Five teams rose in the new poll, starting with FSU climbing two spots to No. 11 despite the loss to Duke. No. 12 Kentucky was next, joining No. 15 Marquette as the week's biggest climbers by rising six spots.

No. 16 Buffalo and No. 20 Oklahoma (which lost to Texas Tech last week) each rose three spots.

SLIDING

Six teams fell in this week's poll, most notably No. 24 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina and Mississippi last week, then fell 10 spots for the biggest slide among ranked teams in this week's poll.

No. 21 Houston fell four spots after suffering its first loss of the season, which came against Temple. No. 14 Auburn and No. 25 Indiana each fell three spots, No. 17 North Carolina State slid two and No. 13 North Carolina fell one after winning on the road against the Wolfpack, followed by suffering its worst home loss under coach Roy Williams, which came against Louisville.

THE NEWCOMERS

Mississippi had a big week by beating Auburn before its victory over Mississippi State. That was enough to get the Rebels back into the poll at No. 18, the program's first ranking since spending two weeks in the AP Top 25 in January 2013. Pretty good for a team that didn't receive a single vote from the panel only a week earlier.

Three teams -- No. 19 Maryland, No. 22 Villanova and No. 23 Iowa -- returned to the poll after appearances earlier this season.

FALLING OUT

Ohio State (No. 16), Iowa State (No. 20), St. John's (No. 24) and TCU (No. 25) fell out of the rankings after each lost twice last week.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The ACC had a leading six teams in the AP Top 25, followed by the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten, which each tallied five. The Big 12 (three) and the Big East (two) were the only other leagues with multiple ranked teams.

The legend of Mac McClung continues with 30-foot buzzer-beater in win vs. Providence

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The legend of Mac McClung continues with 30-foot buzzer-beater in win vs. Providence

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jessie Govan scored a career-high 33 points with 14 rebounds and Georgetown got two clutch 3-pointers before beating Providence 96-90 in double overtime Saturday.

He had two free throws early in the second overtime to put Georgetown ahead and added three in the final minute to help seal the game.

James Akinjo added 20 points and nine assists for the Hoyas (12-5, 2-2 Big East). Akinjo made three free throws with 15.6 seconds left in the first overtime before knocking down a long 3-pointer at 3.4 seconds to tie it at 86, forcing the second OT.

Mac McClung had 16 points, including a long buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the game at 73 at the end of regulation.

Alpha Diallo had 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Friars (10-6, 0-3). He had the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in regulation, a trey that put Providence up 84-80 with 26.9 to go in the first overtime, and two free throws for an 86-83 lead with 13.7 left.

Nate Watson added 21 points and Drew Edwards 19, both career highs for the Friars.

There were 26 ties and 13 lead changes.