Hoops du Jour
No. 10 Maryland at PSU women
Tipoff: 2 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (7-18, 1-13 Big Ten); Maryland (21-4, 12-2 Big Ten)
Coaches: Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger is 106-82 overall, having spent the previous five seasons at Marquette. Brenda Frese has been at Maryland since in 2002 following a one-year stint at Minnesota where she helped the Lady Gophers to a 22-8 record and won the 2002 AP National coach of the year award. She’s had 14 Top-10 recruiting classes since then, led Maryland to the 2006 national championship and Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015 after the Lady Terps joined the Big Ten. She holds an overall career record of 536-158.
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Game notes: Penn State will honor its three seniors today — Siyeh Frazier, Kayleigh Semion and Jaida Travascio-Green — prior to tip. Frazier (12.2 ppg) joins Big Ten leading scorer Tamaria McDaniel (19.4 ppg) as the only other player on Penn State averaging double scoring figures. … The Lady Lions return home after losing their 10thstraight game at Nebraska. Today’s matchup against the No. 10 Terrapins won’t be much easier. Maryland stands alone atop the Big Ten with a league best 81.9 ppg and a +24.7 scoring margin despite only playing nine girls all season. Maryland comes into today winners of 10 straight games, including a dominant performance over No. 17 Iowa on Thursday. … Kaila Charles tops five Terrapins in double digits scoring with 15.2 ppg, and also averages a team-best 7.9 rebounds per contest.
Mirror prediction: Maryland 82, Penn State 58
Comment: Sadly for the Lady Lions celebrating senior day, there likely won’t be much celebrating after tip-off. Maryland will roll to an easy victory as it gears up for a run at another national title.
Mirror prediction record: 18-7
— Dan Isenberg
No. 1 Bayor cruises past WVU
WACO, Texas — Jared Butler scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half, and top-ranked Baylor never trailed while tying the longest winning streak in Big 12 history at 22 games with a 70-59 victory over No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday.
The Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) cruised without second-leading scorer MaCio Teague, a junior whose streak of 90 consecutive games ended because of a right wrist injury.
Baylor led by 19 in the first half and answered a scoreless stretch of nearly four minutes before halftime by starting the second half on a 20-3 run for its biggest lead at 53-25.
Taz Sherman scored a season-high 20 points for the Mountaineers (18-7, 6-6), who had 11 of their season high-tying 22 turnovers in the first 12 minutes and shot 35% in a third consecutive loss.
Matthew Mayer had a flying dunk off a nifty spin move on the baseline and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bears, who matched Kansas’ record run in the Big 12. The Jayhawks started 22-0 in 1996-97, the league’s first season.
Butler was 5 of 7 from 3-point range as Baylor extended the longest winning streak in school history while breaking the school mark with a 12th consecutive conference win, topping the 1945-46 team in the old Southwest Conference.
CLEMSON 77, NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 62: Johnny Newman III had a career-high 23 points and Clemson used a strong defensive first half to send No. 5 Louisville to its second straight defeat. The Tigers (13-12, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Cardinals to their lowest first-half output this season as they led 31-14 at the break and limited the ACC’s leading scorer Jordan Nwora to five points. After Louisville cut a 21-point lead to 44-34 on Dwayne Sutton’s jumper with 9:49 left, Clemson took off on an 11-2 run to put the Cardinals in a hole they could not climb out of. Tevin Mack’s basket started Clemson’s clinching surge, then Aamir Simms, Newman and Alex Hemenway added 3s to restore the large lead.
NO. 7 DUKE 94, NOTRE DAME 60: Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points, Tre Jones added 19 and No. 7 Duke used its high-intensity man-to-man defense to beat Notre Dame. With No. 5 Louisville losing to Clemson, the win vaulted the Blue Devils (22-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) into sole possession of first place in the ACC standings, one-half game ahead of the Cardinals.
NO. 9 MARYLAND 67, MICHIGAN STATE 60: Anthony Cowan scored 11 of his 24 points in the final two-plus minutes, helping No. 9 Maryland beat Michigan State with a strong finish. The Terrapins (21-4, 11-3 Big Ten) scored the final 14 points of the game after trailing by seven with 3:24 left. Cowman had the last 11 points on three 3-pointers and two free throws. The Spartans (17-9, 9-6) trailed by as much as 15 points in the first half and by eight early in the second half before making a surge to take the lead.
MISSOURI 85, NO. 11 AUBURN 73: Guards Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson each scored 28 points to lead Missouri to the upset. Smith and Pinson repeatedly drove into the lane and scored for Missouri (12-13, 4-8 Southeastern Conference). Kobe Brown added 10 points and nine rebounds.
NO. 12 KENTUCKY 67, MISSISSIPPI 62: Nick Richards had 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:11 remaining, and Immanuel Quickley and Keion Brooks each made two more in the closing seconds to help No. 12 Kentucky escape Mississippi. The Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) shot just 39% overall but made 48% in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit and create a back-and-forth game for the final eight minutes.
GEORGETOWN 73, NO. 19 BUTLER 66: Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, including key baskets on back-to-back possessions late, and short-handed Georgetown endured on the road without its top two scorers to knock off No. 19 Butler.
SMU 73, NO. 20 HOUSTON 72, OT: Emmanuel Bandoumel hit an off-balance 3-point shot with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to give SMU the upset. Bandoumel scored seven points in the game and had missed his first two 3-point attempts.
RUTGERS 72, NO. 22 ILLINOIS 57: Ron Harper Jr. hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Rutgers remained unbeaten at home, sending the No. 22 Illini to their fourth straight loss. Gio Baker and Akwasi Yeboah added 12 points apiece and Myles Johnson had 11 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten) improved to a nation’s-best 17-0 at home. Indiana was the last Big Ten program to start 17-0 at home, doing it 2015-16.
OKLAHOMA STATE 73, NO. 24 TEXAS TECH 70: Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points as Oklahoma State registered its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Isaac Likekele added 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Cowboys (13-12, 3-9 Big 12), who have won three of four after dropping their first eight conference games.
ALABAMA 88, NO. 25 LSU 82: Kira Lewis Jr. scored 27 points, Jaden Shackelford had 26 and Alabama held off a big comeback attempt by No. 25 LSU. The Crimson Tide (13-12, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) knocked the Tigers (18-7, 9-3) from a share of the league lead after blowing virtually all of an 18-point lead.
Ex-MSU star charged with drug crime
WARREN, Mich. — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was charged with drug crimes after authorities say they found heroin in his vehicle that he planned to sell.
Appling, 28, was arraigned Wednesday in a Warren courtroom on charges of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance. Prosecutors said officers last Saturday found 19 grams, or a “golf ball sized” amount of heroin in a bag that was in a storage pocket behind the front passenger seat, The Macomb Daily reported. At the time of his arrest, Appling was on parole after serving jail time for gun and resisting-arrest charges.
According to court records, Appling plans to hire a lawyer. The Associated Press on Saturday called the number for an attorney who represented him during his last criminal case, but there was no answer.
His next hearing is set for Feb. 25.
Assistant Macomb County Prosecutor Derek Miller told the newspaper that the amount of heroin found in the vehicle could have provided dozens of “hits” to drug users. He described the situation as “an unfortunate set of circumstances for someone who … played on outstanding basketball teams at MSU and brought joy to a lot of people.”
Appling, who was named Mr. Basketball in 2010 as the state’s top high school player, played for Michigan State from 2010-2014 and with the Orlando Magic.
The Associated Press.