College basketball

Ex-UK coach Sutton, Knight, six others voted into Hall of Fame

March 1, 2011 

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Then-San Francisco coach Eddie Sutton walked off the court after winning his 800th game on Feb. 2, 2008. Sutton was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament.


Former Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton will join seven others as the newest members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Also in the 2011 class announced Monday are coach Bob Knight; players Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin; and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn. Induction will take place at the Hall of Fame on Nov. 20.

Sutton was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament — Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. His teams at Arkansas (1978) and Oklahoma State (1995, 2004) advanced to the Final Four. He had an 804-328 record in 36 seasons.

Knight, who coached Indiana to three national titles and is now forging a second career as a color analyst on ESPN, had 902 wins, the most of any men's coach in Division I.

Sampson, a four-time All-America at Virginia, is one of three men to be national player of the year three times (1981-83).

Louisville loses Buckles

Louisville sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Buckles injured the knee in the first half of Louisville's 62-59 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Buckles fell awkwardly after attempting a short jumper and had to be helped off the floor. An MRI exam taken late Sunday night located the tear.

The injury caps a difficult season for Buckles, who missed 12 games earlier in the year after breaking his left index finger in practice. He averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 16 games.

Buckeyes take top spot

Marking the third week in a row The Associated Press Top 25 poll has had a new team on top, Ohio State climbed a spot over Duke, which lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday night. Ohio State received 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, easily outdistancing Kansas, which moved up one place to No. 2 with 14 first-place votes.

BYU, which had five first-place votes, jumped from seventh to third. Louisville leaped five spots to No. 11. Kentucky moved up two spots to No. 20.


No. 8 Notre Dame 93, No. 19 Villanova 72: Tim Abromaitis made a career-high nine three-pointers and scored 30 points and Ben Hansbrough had 30 points, seven threes and 10 assists in his final home game as Notre Dame secured a double bye in the Big East tournament. Notre Dame (24-5, 13-4) hit a school-record 20 three-pointers and finished unbeaten in 17 games at home.

Corey Fisher, coming off a two-point game in a loss to St. John's, led Villanova (21-9, 9-8) with 22 points.


Providence 63, Louisville 61: Mi-Khida Hankins scored with 10 seconds left to lift host Providence (13-15, 6-10 Big East) in the regular-season finale for both teams. Monique Reid scored 15 points for Louisville (19-11, 10-6).

Around the nation

Michigan State: After starting the season ranked No. 2 in the country, the Spartans face two must-win games this week if they hope to extend their NCAA Tournament streak to 14 years. Michigan State (16-12, 8-8 Big Ten) plays host to last-place Iowa on Wednesday night, then travels to play rival Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans lost to both teams earlier this season.

"We're telling them every game is like an NCAA Tournament game for us now," Coach Tom Izzo said.

DePaul: Freshman Cleveland Melvin will miss the rest of the season because of a sprained left thumb, leaving the Blue Demons without their leading scorer. Melvin, averaging 14.3 points, was injured during a loss at St. John's last week.

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