Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Feb. 2

Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli tried to block a shot by Florida's Will Yeguete Tuesday night. Florida won 65-61 in overtime. Go to Kentucky.com for a recap.
Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli tried to block a shot by Florida's Will Yeguete Tuesday night. Florida won 65-61 in overtime. Go to Kentucky.com for a recap. AP

Tennessee starting guard Scotty Hopson sprained his left ankle during Tuesday's practice at Thompson-Boling Arena. The junior fell to the floor grabbing his ankle and was helped off the floor by training staff.

Trainer Chad Newman immobilized Hopson's ankle and planned further testing on it on Wednesday before determining whether the Hopkinsville native will be able to play in Thursday's game at Auburn. Hopson is averaging 16.5 points and 28.9 minutes for Tennessee (14-7, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).

Freshman forward Tobias Harris missed his second practice of the week on Tuesday to rest a sore left ankle, which he rolled in the Volunteers' 74-57 win at Mississippi on Saturday.

Nation men

No. 19 Wisconsin 66, No. 11 Purdue 59: Senior Jon Leuer scored 24 points, and sophomore reserve Ryan Evans made two big plays in the final minute to lead the Badgers to a win at home. Evans hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 50 seconds left to put the Badgers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) ahead for good at 60-59. He tied up the Boilermakers' E'Twaun Moore for a jump ball that went to Wisconsin with 25 seconds left.

Evans added a breakaway dunk in the final seconds for the last of his 10 points.

Miami (Ohio) 89, Ball State 75: Julian Mavunga scored 27 points, and former Trinity standout Josh Sewell scored 14 of his season-high 20 points in the second half to lead the host RedHawks.

St. John's: Forward Justin Brownlee has fractured his left thumb but is not expected to miss any time. The senior was injured in the second half of the Red Storm's 93-78 upset of then-No. 3 Duke on Sunday. St. John's Coach Steve Lavin said Brownlee was treated Monday.

IU's top scorer goes down

Indiana Coach Tom Crean will have to make do without either of the two cornerstones of his rebuilding project, Christian Watford and Maurice Creek. Watford is out indefinitely after having surgery Tuesday to repair a broken left hand. Watford is IU's top scorer (17.0) and rebounder (5.8) and was sixth in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (83.5). The news comes less than two weeks after Creek had season-ending surgery to fix a stress fracture in his right knee.

The timing couldn't be worse for Indiana (11-11, 2-7), which had rallied after losing Creek to play its best basketball of the season. Another one of its leading scorers, Verdell Jones, is day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee.

Faried player of the week

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday named Morehead State center Kenneth Faried its national player of the week for games through Sunday. Faried averaged 17.7 points and 18 rebounds while leading the Eagles to three wins.

State women

No. 17 Georgetown 76, Louisville 52: Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points, and the Hoyas won in Louisville. Monica McNutt added 16 points, and Tia Magee had eight points and 12 rebounds as Georgetown (18-5, 6-3 Big East) won its fourth straight and ended Louisville's 10-game home winning streak. Monique Reid led the Cardinals (14-9, 5-4) with 12 points, but Louisville turned over the ball a season-high 30 times, leading to 34 Georgetown points.

Quattrociocchi on ESPN

Cumberlands guard Stephanie Quattrociocchi, whose 86-foot first-half buzzer-beater last week earned her the top spot on ESPN's plays of the weekend, will do a live phone interview with the network toward the end of its 1-3 p.m. SportsCenter show Wednesday.

Weather postponements

Transylvania: The women's home game against Franklin scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. has been postponed to Thursday at 7:30 p.m. because of weather conditions in Indiana. Transy's men's game at Franklin has also been postponed until Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Northern Kentucky: The winter storm hitting the Midwest has forced the Norse's road trip to Missouri back one day. NKU's scheduled men's/women's doubleheader on Thursday at Missouri S&T has been moved to Friday night. The scheduled Saturday doubleheader at Drury in Springfield, Mo., will now be played Sunday afternoon.

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