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Top 25 Capsules

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. 14 GONZAGA 74, CAMPBELL 52

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points to lead four Gonzaga players in double figures.

Kelly Olynyk had 12 points and Gary Bell Jr., and Elias Harris added 11 each for the Bulldogs (11-1), who shot 61 percent in taking a 49-24 halftime lead.

The Camels (3-8) were without leading scorer Darren White (21.9), who missed his fourth straight game with a hand injury. Trey Freeman had 17 points and Darian Hooker added 11 for Campbell, playing its first game in the state of Washington.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 31 points in second half before a Campbell run combined with a cold spell as the game got sloppy in the final 13 minutes.

At the half, which was highlighted by a late 13-0 run, the Bulldogs had made all 13 of their free throws, had a 19-9 rebounding advantage and forced nine turnovers by the Camels, who shot 36 percent.

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No. 16 NEW MEXICO 68, NEW MEXICO STATE 63

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Kendall Williams tied a career high with 24 points, including nine during a first-half run that brought New Mexico back from a double-digit deficit, and the Lobos beat their rival for the second time in a week.

Tony Snell added 11 points for New Mexico (12-0), which matched the second-best start in school history.

The Aggies (5-6) went on a 16-4 run that included four 3-pointers to build a 25-14 lead, but then Williams took over, scoring seven straight points to key an 11-0 run that tied it at 25 with 4:35 left in the first half.

Snell scored six straight points for New Mexico in an 8-0 run early in the second half, breaking a 41-all tie and putting the Lobos ahead to stay.

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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. 21 UNLV, NORTHERN IOWA 59

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony Bennett had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead UNLV in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

Bennett, who had three blocks, was 7 of 12 from the field, including hitting two 3-pointers, and all four free throws.

Khem Birch added 11 points and nine rebounds in his second game of eligibility for the Runnin' Rebels, who have won eight straight. They struggled at times in the second half after leading 43-22 at intermission.

Marc Sonnen had 15 points and Anthony Jones added 13 for Northern Iowa (6-5), which is 0-3 against Top 25 opponents this season. The Panthers were held to 33 percent shooting from the field.

UNLV returned to the Thomas & Mack Center after being away for 18 days due to the National Finals Rodeo. The Rebels went 4-0 in that span.

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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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TEXAS 85, No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA 67

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to lead struggling Texas to the upset.

Julien Lewis added 16 points for the Longhorns (7-4), who are off to their worst start since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1999.

Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels (8-3) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was the first loss for North Carolina since being clobbered by then-No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 27, and this was mostly another humiliation after trailing by as many as 19 points.

North Carolina cut the deficit to four points in the second half before Texas sealed the badly needed victory.

James McAdoo had 14 points and joined Bullock as the only Tar Heels in double figures. North Carolina shot a season-low 31.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over 18 times.

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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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Three things that may prevent Red Wolves from being the new name, even as it gains popularity

Three things that may prevent Red Wolves from being the new name, even as it gains popularity

If you were to compare Washington's search for a new name to the NCAA basketball tournament — that may be the weirdest sentence in sports journalism history, by the way, so if you want to bail right now, go ahead — then the Red Wolves are like the darling 13-seed that's making a run.

At the start of the team's name review, Red Wolves was not on the radar at all. Other choices, like Warriors and Red Tails, were the primary ones folks were talking about. Even Washington FC was being mentioned ahead of Fred Smoot's favorite.

Now, though, the Red Wolves are relevant — at least in the eyes of the fans. But is that proposal really being considered by Dan Snyder and Ron Rivera?

It's difficult to discern what's truly on the table that belongs to those decision makers, but — and as a new member of the pack, this isn't fun to say — there are some things that suggest that Red Wolves isn't as legit of a contender as many would hope.

These three factors especially come to mind, and while they may dampen the howl of those in love with this particular name, they still need to be brought up.

Rivera's "two names" comment

Back on July 4, just after the franchise announced they'd be reviewing the use of the word "Redskins," Ron Rivera told the Washington Post that he and Snyder had come up with a "couple of names," two of which he "really" liked. 

If those two names, whatever they may be, are still at the top of that pair's list, it doesn't feel like the fans' devotion to Red Wolves will matter as much as they crave it to. The apparent honing in on those replacements happened well before the social media push for the Red Wolves really started.

Is it possible their preferences have since changed? Of course. Is it also possible that Red Wolves is in the group that Rivera approved of early? Sure, but that seems less likely. 

Regardless, for those pumping up just how strong the Red Wolves movement is — and it's quite strong — there's still a fairly good chance the guys heading up this effort trimmed their list down long before the movement even got going. That means this surge may not be as effective as those leading it believe. 

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The desired military tie-in

Another important piece in all of this is Rivera's intent to have the next name honor the military. That's something he made clear in the original statement about the review as well as in that interview with the Post.

Now, before you leave this page to yell on Twitter and Instagram and wherever else you go to yell, yes, there was a Navy helicopter squadron known as the Red Wolves that was active until 2016. So a tie-in does exist.

The point here, however, is that Warriors and Red Tails satisfy this requirement as well. The former is an obvious one — basically anyone in the military is a warrior in some respect — while the latter would pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Who knows just how much say Rivera has in this complicated situation, but if his opinion does carry real weight, then it's totally reasonable to expect a name that honors the military in some way. And while landing on the Red Wolves would accomplish that, the two other more mainstream options would, too. 

A potential trademark issue

Some have pointed out that the Arkansas State Red Wolves are in a battle over that name with a Tennessee pro soccer team and are now wondering how that could impact Washington's pursuit of the moniker.

Here's what D.C. trademark lawyer Scott Zebrak told NBC Sports Washington about those kinds of possible problems.

"How closely similar are they in look as well as sound? Because it may be that you have protection for what’s called a composite mark where it’s multiple words together and not one word standing alone. It may be the 'Washington X,' not just 'X.' Those are the kind of confusion issues that you sort through."

That would indicate that Snyder and Co. would have a path to securing the Washington Red Wolves as the replacement for Washington Redskins, but perhaps he'd just want to avoid that fight altogether. Zebrak also explained that while money can help in these kinds of showdowns, whoever has more doesn't always win.

Conclusion

Any of these three factors on their own may not be enough to eliminate Red Wolves, but a combination of them or all three of them could prevent that beloved sobriquet from materializing. Red Wolves has its fair share of positives — it begins with an "R," it would fit in the fight song and it'd be unique — but it's necessary to look at the other side in addition to the bright side.

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Washington's name change talks have reportedly been going on for 'several months'

Washington's name change talks have reportedly been going on for 'several months'

Washington announced it would be retiring the "Redskins" name 10 days after a statement declaring they'd conduct a "thorough review" of its controversial moniker. The review was seemingly in response to key sponsors putting significant pressure on the organization to change its name. 

Around the time of FedEx's formal request for a name change and Nike removing team merchandise from their website was the time reporters started to dig for information regarding a possible name change including NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Dan Snyder and the league had been talking about the team's name for months, according to Rapoport. 

"This has actually been going on for a long time," Rapoport told The Sports Junkies Tuesday. "One thing I know about Dan Snyder, and this was maybe in more so when Bruce Allen was in charge, [he] loves secrecy. He loves to do everything kind of behind closed doors, so these talks were going on for, really months before we knew what was happening.

"On one hand, it's good because it really does show that this is not necessarily something that FedEx and Nike just forced [Washington] to do," he said. These were going on several months before and I'm kind of glad they went in this direction, I think it's the right one."

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Based on commissioner Roger Goodell's statement on July 3, the league had been in contact with Snyder and the organization for a 'few weeks' prior to Washington's "thorough review" announcement. But several months? Yeah, Goodell and Washington definitely left that part out. 

The fact that both the team and the league had a nice head-start on the situation could bode well for those hoping for a new name before the start of the 2020 season. Rapoport even revealed his understanding that a new name would go along with the old name's retirement as sort of a package deal. As we know, this was not the case. 

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"That's what I was told for probably more than a week," Rapoport said. "When I was kind of tracking this and seeing what's going on it was, 'Alright there's gonna be a name change soon' and then it was 'Alright there's gonna be a name change in 24 hours' and then 'Actually we're just going to retire the name.'"

So for now, the old name getting retired will have to do. 

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