University of Louisville

Louisville gets first ranking of season

Louisville center Terrence Jennings was fouled by Chattanooga's Jeremy Saffore. Jennings scored 13 points and contributed three blocks against the Mocs.
Louisville center Terrence Jennings was fouled by Chattanooga's Jeremy Saffore. Jennings scored 13 points and contributed three blocks against the Mocs.

Duke was a unanimous No. 1 for a second straight week in the Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, and Louisville climbed into the Top 25 for the first time this season.

The Blue Devils (8-0) capped a tough two-week stretch by beating Michigan State and Butler, and that meant they again got all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel.

Louisville (6-0) came in at No. 24 after blowout victories over Florida International and South Alabama. The Cardinals' biggest win was over then-No. 16 Butler in the opening game at their new downtown arena. They were ranked for four weeks last season and in 2008-09 they were in the Top 25 all season, reaching No. 1 for the first time in school history in the final poll.

Kentucky (5-2) slipped seven spots to No. 17 after losing at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels remained unranked.

■ Tennessee (6-0) jumped two spots to No. 11.

■ Minnesota (7-1) fell seven spots to No. 22 after losing to Virginia.

■ Notre Dame (8-0), Kentucky's opponent on Wednesday night, jumped two places to No. 23.

■ Florida (6-2) lost to Central Florida and dropped out from 18th. The Gators, whose other loss was to Ohio State, were No. 9 in the pre-season poll and they are the first member of that top 10 to fall out of the rankings.

Around the nation

Louisiana Tech: Sophomore forward Darius Redding has been declared academically ineligible for the winter quarter. Redding, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-2), could become eligible to play Feb. 26 at San Jose State.

Baylor: Freshman guard Stargell Love could be out for up to two months with a stress fracture in his left foot. Love has played in all six games for the 10th-ranked Bears (6-0).


No. 5 Kansas St. 89, Alcorn St. 55: Jacob Pullen scored 24 points to lead host Kansas State over Alcorn State. Jamar Samuels had 16 points and Curtis Kelly added 16 for the Wildcats (8-1), who had 10 players see at least 12 minutes.

Marquiz Baker scored 17 points for the Braves (0-7), and Kendrick McDonald added 12.

The Wildcats played almost the entire second half with a lead of more than 20 points after Rodney McGruder's three-pointer capped a 6-0 run and made it 52-30 with 17:35 to play.

Alcorn State hit just one three-pointer and had one assist in the game.

Georgetown 117, Brescia 71: Host Georgetown showed why it's ranked No. 2 in the NAIA coaches' poll. The Tigers (11-0) shot 14-for-20 from three-point range (70 percent) and eclipsed 100 points for the third time this season.

Former Scott County star Rodney Haddix led the way with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Five others scored in double figures.

Former Madison Central standout Aaron Morris added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers.

Aaron Tandy scored 19 points for Brescia (4-6).


No. 5 Duke 61, No. 7 Texas A&M 58: Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket with 55 seconds left, to lead the host Blue Devils past the Aggies (6-1).

Thomas saw time ticking away, so she made an aggressive move toward the lane, pump-faked once and tossed up an off-balance jumper.

Nothing but net.

"It was the end of the shot clock, I had to make a play, had to put the shot up — there was no time to pass it," Thomas said. "And it went in."

Karima Christmas had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Chelsea Gray added 11 points for Duke (9-0), which overcame 18 turnovers and 31 percent shooting to extend the best start of Coach Joanne P. McCallie's 19-year career.