Louisville’s Adel out vs. Georgia Tech with injured ankle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville scoring leader Deng Adel will not play Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference game against Georgia Tech because of an ankle injury.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward/guard, who averages 15.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, sustained the injury during Monday night in a loss to Syracuse and will be evaluated daily. Freshman guard Darius Perry will start in Adel’s place as the Cardinals (16-8, 6-5) try to end a three-game losing streak.

Junior forward Ray Spalding, who hurt his ankle against Florida State but came off the bench to post 18 points and nine rebounds against the Orange, is expected to play for Louisville.

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UW Regents approve new contracts for Paul Chryst, assistants (Yahoo Sports)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved new contracts for coach Paul Chryst and two top assistants following a school-record 13-win season.

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New Mexico suspends Bob Davie for 30 days

Davie was suspended following an outside investigation into the way the football program handled assault allegations.

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Clemson defensive coordinator Venables to earn $2 million (Yahoo Sports)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s Brent Venables has become the second assistant college football coach to reach the $2 million plateau.

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Vanderbilt’s Mason names 4 new members of his football staff (Yahoo Sports)

Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason has added four assistants to his staff. The appointment of Tarver marks a change in approach for Mason, who had served as his own defensive coordinator since 2015. Tarver and Mason were both Stanford assistants i…

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Tennessee officially announces members of Pruitt’s staff (Yahoo Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 10 assistants and the strength coach on new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff will make a combined annual total of nearly $6.5 million.

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Injured Gophers guards Coffey, McBrayer still day to day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The status of Minnesota starting guards Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer remains uncertain for the upcoming game at Indiana.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said Thursday that Coffey and McBrayer are still considered day to day. The Gophers play the Hoosiers Friday.

Coffey has missed the past three games and eight of the past 10 because of the shoulder injury. The sophomore is the team’s third-leading scorer.

McBrayer has played 12 straight games since missing the past two games before Christmas because of what began as a stress reaction in his left shin bone, but the pain forced McBrayer to sit out during the second half Tuesday against Nebraska. The junior is wearing a walking boot and has not been practicing.

The Gophers have lost six straight games.

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Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia an assist machine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz was fresh from an important road victory over Syracuse, and the first thing he wanted to talk about was the Orange’s point guard.

That would be Tiana Mangakahia, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from Australia in her first season of Division I ball. She had 20 points and 10 assists – her 12th double-double of the season – against the fourth-ranked team in the nation, and the Cardinals coach was impressed.

”She is fun to watch,” Walz said after last Sunday’s win. ”If you’re a basketball fan and you don’t come out here to watch her, shame on you. She’s a highlight reel. She made some big-time baskets and some big-time plays.”

Mangakahia has been doing that since the start of the season. She had 10 or more assists in her first eight games, and as the regular season winds down leads the nation by a long shot with 244, an average of 10.2 per game. (The Division I record for assists in a season is 355, set by Penn State’s Suzie McConnell in 1987).

What makes Mangakahia’s performance even more remarkable is that she spent the previous two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, a basketball powerhouse at the junior college level that finished 33-2 in 2017, and only played on the scout team.

”What she’s doing, it’s crazy. Crazy,” Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman marveled.

The sticking point at Hutchinson was a contract Mangakahia had signed with a club in Australia. Hutchinson coach John Ontjes said the National Junior College Athletic Association gave the go-ahead for her to play, but he said the organization also said the issue raised some ”red flags” and he opted not to take a chance that might have jeopardized her future.

”She just practiced for us,” Ontjes said. ”It was very hard for us because we saw every day what she could do. She was the best player on our team and she made our team better in practice. We knew how much better we could be with her on the floor. She’s really a coach’s dream.”

Mangakahia, who was cleared to play by the NCAA, nearly didn’t stick it out.

”It was very hard,” she said. ”The second year was probably the hardest. After the first game of my sophomore year, I said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this all over again.”’

Introduced to basketball at age 5 by her parents, Mangakahia fell in love with the game and honed her skills playing with her five brothers. ”I just loved playing,” she said. ”I wanted to be on every team.”

She followed good friend Kalani Purcell, a New Zealand native, to Hutchinson, and despite Mangakahia’s role there, scouting services took note.

”They knew how talented Tiana is,” Ontjes said.

Mangakahia chose Syracuse over offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State and UMass, among others, mainly because of Hillsman and his staff.

”The coaches had faith in me and believed in me and my ability,” she said. ”I think that has helped my confidence a lot after not playing for two years.”

Mangakahia is quick and shifty and sometimes catches her teammates off-guard with her passes. She has had fewer than eight assists in only three games and has reached double-digit totals 14 times.

”What she can do on the court is amazing,” said teammate Miranda Drummond, a close friend. ”If I wasn’t on the team, I’d want to come and see her play.”

At midweek, Mangakahia had 95 more assists than AJ Alix of Florida State, who ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

”I’ve always been like that,” Mangakahia said. ”My dad would always send me YouTube clips of Pistol Pete (Maravich) and Steve Nash because I was always a passer.”

If there’s been one downside, it’s her 138 turnovers, caused in part risky plays. Ontjes attributes the excessive turnover total in part to the two years she didn’t play competitively.

”I anticipate that getting better, especially next year with the amount of games she gets underneath her belt,” he said.

Mangakahia also leads Syracuse in scoring (17.6), including a season-high 44 against Georgia Tech, and tops the ACC in free throws made (118 of 136) and free throw percentage (86.8 percent).

”I believe she’s probably the best point guard in the country when you’re talking about a true point guard,” Ontjes said. ”She has such an impact on the game with her ability to make her teammates better. Plus, she’s able to score the basketball.”

Mangakahia’s offensive weakness has been the long ball – she’s shooting just 25 percent from behind the arc (29 of 115). That brings down her overall shooting to 41.7 percent, but it hasn’t affected her cheerful demeanor as she tries to lead the Orange (17-7, 5-6 ACC) into the NCAA Tournament.

”I’m loving this season. I feel like I’m doing great,” Mangakahia said. ”I just hope next season is even better.”

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Tyler Cook shines for struggling Iowa hoops team

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Many thought Iowa would reach the NCAA Tournament this season. Instead, the Hawkeyes have clinched a losing record in the Big Ten.

It isn’t Tyler Cook’s fault.

A 6-foot-9 sophomore forward out of St. Louis, Cook has emerged as one of the best young post players in the Big Ten. He’s averaging 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in just 27 minutes and shooting .574 percent from the floor.

Cook, along with fellow sophomore Jordan Bohannon, has emerged as a leader for a program plodding through an unexpectedly poor season.

Iowa (12-14, 3-10 Big Ten) plays at No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday.

”It’s pretty simple. He’s a dog. That’s something he keeps trying to instill with us, to be dogs out there. He’s one of those first guys in the gym, last guys in the gym mentality,” Bohannon said. ”(That is) someone that you want on your team to set a standard for how you need to work.”

Cook came to Iowa as the biggest recruit eighth-year coach Fran McCaffery has landed. So it’s hardly a surprise Cook has been a difference maker from the moment he arrived on campus.

Cook entered the starting lineup right away in 2016-17, becoming just the second Hawkeye with 10 or more rebounds in his debut in 20 years.

Cook fractured his right index finger in practice in late November that season, which cost him seven games and hampered him at times when he returned. But Cook scored in double figures in 10 of the final 13 games, and Iowa reached the NIT despite having just one senior.

This year, Cook has been a constant for an otherwise inconsistent team – and he’s getting better down the stretch.

Cook has averaged 20.6 points over his last five games, including 26 in Tuesday’s 96-93 home loss to No. 4 Michigan State.

Cook’s late surge is crucial for Iowa, which is desperate for leadership with little but pride left to challenge a young team in the final five games of the season.

”We’re not going to give up,” Cook said. ”We don’t have guys in the locker room that give up.”

Though Cook’s jump shot is still developing, he’s grown proficient at attacking the rim and drawing fouls. Cook got big men Nick Ward and Jalen Jackson Jr. in early foul trouble on Tuesday, helping Iowa surge out to an eight-point lead before the more cohesive Spartans rallied late.

”Yeah, he’s got the ability to do that. He’s quick, he’s powerful,” McCaffery said. ”He was running. I thought his activity level was really good. He’s a handful in those situations.”

Cook’s free-throw stroke isn’t there quite yet at .664 percent. But during warmups, he focuses on perfecting the kind of mid-range shots that can make a power forward so dangerous.

”When you have a guy like that on your team that you know you can look on, that he’s put in the work to get to this point, you’re going to see results like he has,” Bohannon said.

If Cook can add a jumper to his arsenal, Iowa might be bringing back one of the better players in the country next season.

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SEC opposes Mississippi bill that would make it easier to bring guns to sporting events

The bill would allow enhanced-carry permit holders to file a claim if they feel they’re being unlawfully banned from bringing a gun into a public facility.

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