Hoops du Jour
Men: Saint Francis at Virginia
Tipoff: 4 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena,Charlottesville, Va.
Records: Saint Francis (1-1); Virginia (1-1)
TV: ACC Network (Jay Alter, Malcolm Huckaby)
Notable: Tonight’s game will be the first ever between Saint Francis and Virginia, which is ranked 15th nationally … Over the years, the Red Flash have defeated four current ACC members — Pitt (Wednesday), Boston College (1975-76), Syracuse (1970-71) and Virginia Tech (1950-51) … The Northeast Conference honored Red Flash players Mark Flagg (top player), Maxwell Land (top freshman), and Ramiir Dixon-Conover (top senior) on Monday for their performances in the season’s opening week.
Mirror prediction: Virginia 70, Saint Francis 50
Mirror prediction record: 0-2
— Damian Runk
No. 14 UNC rolls to victory
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Freshman RJ Davis scored 16 points and No. 14 North Carolina recovered from an ugly start to beat UNLV 78-51 on Monday night in the first round of the relocated Maui Invitational.
Garrison Brooks added 14 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the first half for the Tar Heels (2-0), who fell behind 13-0 and didn’t score for the first 6¢ minutes. But UNC gradually closed the gap, then had a 28-4 run spanning halftime to build its own big lead on the way to a rout.
Senior reserve Andrew Platek had 11 points and hit a pair of first-half 3-pointers as UNC sputtered out of the tipoff.
Bryce Hamilton scored 15 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (0-2).
NO. 17 TEXAS 78, DAVIDSON 76: Courtney Ramey had the go-ahead driving score with 20 seconds left for No. 17 Texas in the opening game of the Maui Invitational. Ramey’s score broke a 76-all tie, then the Longhorns (2-0) came up with a pair of stops on the final possession to beat the Wildcats (1-1).
Gonzaga, Baylor still sitting at the top
The first Associated Press men’s college basketball poll of the regular season remained steady at the top. The rest, predictably, was filled with change as teams exceeded or failed to live up to preseason expectations.
Gonzaga and Baylor remained Nos. 1-2 in the poll released Monday. The Zags received 57 of 63 first-place votes from a media panel and the Bears had six first-place votes. They were the only two teams to hold their places from the preseason poll.
Gonzaga kept the top spot by a commanding margin with impressive wins in Fort Myers, Florida. The Zags (2-0) rolled over Kansas 102-90 and crushed Auburn 90-67 the next day.
Baylor was forced to drop out of the “Bubbleville” tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut, after coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. The Bears (2-0) adjusted their schedule and had no trouble playing under assistant coach Jerome Tang, routing Louisiana-Lafayette and Washington.
Villanova fell nine places to No. 12 after losing to Virginia Tech, which moved into the poll at No. 16.
The Associated Press