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Xavier’s Bluiett may reach milestone against Marquette

It has not been a smooth season for Trevon Bluiett, who had bouts of inconsistency while dealing with a minor shoulder issue. But, things are looking up for the Xavier senior guard, who this week was named to the midseason Oscar Robertson watch list.

Bluiett is just 13 points shy of becoming eighth-ranked Xavier’s fifth 2,000-point scorer heading into Wednesday night’s game against Marquette at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

I don’t think his ball-screen defense was what it is needed to be, said Mack. I haven’t lost faith in Kerem. I don’t want our guys to look over their shoulder. This game, it’s going to be very important that our bigs recognize when a ball-screen is coming.

Marquette leads the all-time series 49-23, but Xavier has won seven of the past nine meetings. The Musketeers had won six straight before the Golden Eagles swept the season series last year.

On the day that Turner posted his first career double-double, he reached 20 points for the 20th time.

Trailing by one at halftime, the Jaspers outscored the Peacocks 23-4 over the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half, scoring 16 points off turnovers. Saint Peter’s responded by forcing five turnovers in a 9-0 run to make it 51-42 but the Peacocks got no closer.

Rich Williams made four of Mahattan’s 12 3-pointers and scored 14 points with Zane Waterman adding 13 points and Pauly Paulicap 10 for the Jaspers (10-10, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak to Saint Peter’s.

Samuel Ikowu had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Peacocks (8-11, 2-6), who have lost four straight.

The teams combined for 50 turnovers.

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Super Bowl 52: Odds, picks for Eagles vs. Patriots

When the Eagles meet the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, it will mark the fourth time in five years that the top seeds in the NFC and AFC have battled for the NFL championship.

The Patriots have the better secondary to contain Foles’ targets, but the Eagles have the better front-four pass rush to throw at Brady. Look for both Doug Pederson and Josh McDaniels to be aggressive and call upon their QBs to go after big plays downfield.

Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi both will flash in the running game, but it comes down to which gamebreaking wide receiver-tight end combination Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz vs. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski can have more success stretching the field.

The Patriots are vulnerable in linebacker coverage but have the cornerbacks and safeties to contain big plays. The Eagles’ defensive weaknesses lie on the edges of their back seven.

Super Bowl 52 pick: Patriots win 30-27 but fail to cover the spread.

When all of them are playing well at the same time, the Rebels are pretty good.

Deandre Burnett scored 24 points, Terence Davis and Markel Crawford both scored 15 and Mississippi beat Alabama 78-66 on Tuesday night.

Give (Ole Miss) credit, they’ve been a hot team at home during SEC play, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. You’ve got to play more than a 14- or 16-minute stretch to have success on the road in any building in the SEC.

It was a great learning lesson for our team.

Alabama’s star freshman Collin Sexton played 20 minutes after missing two straight games with an abdominal injury. He was mostly ineffective, shooting just 2 of 13 from the field.

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Sibande’s 22 helps Miami (Ohio) top Central Michigan 70-61

Nike Sibande scored a career-high 22 points and made all four of his 3-point shots as Miami (Ohio) defeated Central Michigan 70-61 Tuesday night.

Logan McLane added 13 points and eight rebounds for Miami (11-9, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), Isaiah Lands-Coleman added 12 points on four 3-pointers. Darrian Ringo, ranked seventh nationally in total assists, dished 10, the sixth time this season he’s reached double-digit assists.

They’ll let the numbers do the talking. This is the seventh straight AFC title game the Patriots have been to. They have nothing to prove and the Jaguars are going to learn that fast.

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The Patriots have a 10-1 record all time when facing the Jaguars (including playoffs). Their lone loss came in 1999 at Jacksonville in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

It was on me, for this game, Self said. If I had to do it all over again, knowing what I know now, I would’ve done it differently. … It was obviously the wrong thing to do to win this game.

In the final four minutes, the Sooners had reserve Matt Freeman deliberately foul Azubuike and put the 41 percent free throw shooter at the line.

On back-to-back possessions, Azubuike missed on the front end of a one-and-one. The next time Kansas had the ball, Azubuike was fouled again, leading to two more misses from the line.

Freeman finally fouled out with 1:56 remaining. But Azubuike misfired on two more free throws. Two possessions later, Oklahoma freshman Trae Young found Christian James in the corner for a go-ahead 3-pointer, giving the Sooners an 82-80 lead.

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Joe Thomas is glad Browns didn’t fire Hue Jackson

Joe Thomas is glad Hue Jackson will be returning to the Browns.

The star offensive tackle said firing Jackson, despite the team’s 1-31 record over the past two seasons, would not have been helpful to the organization.

Jackson also was instrumental in keeping the team together and fighting every game until the end. Thomas said very few coaches could do that.

According to Thomas, the future is only bright for the Browns. After two years of loss after loss, Thomas explained that the Browns now have two of the top 4 draft picks this spring and more than $100 million in cap space.

You throw an experienced quarterback in the mix and there’s nothing that says the Browns can’t make the playoffs next year, he said.

Former Pro Bowl WR Greg Jennings heard those comments. He also heard Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones’ comments on the star wide receiver about how his outbursts can be a distraction. Taking all of that into account, Jennings has some advice for Bryant which comes from his own personal experience.

Take the pay cut, Jennings said on Undisputed Tuesday. I understand as an athlete when you’ve been a star in the league, performer, it’s hard for you to see your abilities diminishing, it’s hard to come to grips with that, but if he is not willing to take a pay cut, he will not make even what the pay cut would be somewhere else.

Jennings went on to describe his final year with the Vikings when Minnesota asked him to take a pay cut for one season from $9 million to $6.5 million. He did not want to give up the money and the Vikings would go on to cut him.

He then signed with the Dolphins for two years, $8 million.

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Zabo’s hot hand in OT lifts Kent State over Ball State 88-80

Kevin Zabo scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and Danny Pippen finished with a double-double to power Kent State to an 88-80 victory over Ball State on Tuesday night.

Pippen scored 11 with 16 rebounds for the Golden Flashes (10-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), who beat the Cardinals for a 15th straight time. Adonis De La Rosa finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Jaylin Walker scored 17 with seven boards and Jalen Avery and BJ Duling added 10 points each.

Pagano was put in a bleak position right away with star quarterback Andrew Luck shut down for the year following offseason shoulder surgery. Still, the Colts have more problems than their missing signal-caller and it’s reasonable to believe Ballard would desire a fresh start with a hand-picked coach of his own.

The ninth-ranked Bearcats are riding a 10-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against the Temple Owls at BB&T Arena, and are looking to extend the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 37 straight.

Cronin shouldn’t have to work too hard to get his team’s attention this week. The Owls have been a thorn in the Bearcats’ side at times. Temple is the last team to beat the Bearcats at home, winning 77-70 in the league opener on Dec. 29, 2015.

Cincinnati is playing its home games at Northern Kentucky University while on-campus Fifth Third Arena undergoes an $87 million renovation.

Bearcats forward Gary Clark didn’t have his best outing in the first meeting against Temple with 10 points and four rebounds and managed only four shot attempts. But, Clark is coming off a huge week with back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds while shooting 48.3 percent to earn Co-American Athletic Conference player of the week honors.

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Reese helps Canisius get sweep of co-MAAC leader Iona, 84-82

Isaiah Reese scored 21 points but more importantly milked five critical seconds off the clock in the closing seconds and Canisius edged Iona 84-82 on Sunday in a showdown of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-leaders.

Iona pulled within one on a pair of free throws by Rickey McGill with 8.9 seconds left. After the inbounds, the Gaels forced a jump ball but the possession stayed with the Golden Griffins with 6.7 to go. On the next inbounds, Reese eluded two defenders and got 5.4 seconds off the clock before he was intentionally fouled with 1.3 remaining. He made 1 of 2 and received one last inbounds pass to run out the clock.

Keenum was forced into the lineup in Week 2 after Sam Bradford injured his knee. The 29-year-old held onto the job full time since Week 5 with stellar play-making ability and fearlessness throwing down the field. Foles took over after MVP candidate Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14, doing enough to propel the NFC East winners into the championship game.

Scott was a native of the Friendswood, Texas, in greater Houston. She played at Baylor from 2002 to 2006, the era in which the Lady Bears first emerged as a national power in women’s basketball under coach Kim Mulkey.

Scott averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during Baylor’s 2004-05 championship season and averaged 8.8 and 6.4 the next year as a senior.

Her professional basketball career was cut short, though, by Crohn’s disease. Scott then worked for Chevron as a performance coach on a deep-sea oil rig. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 after a colonoscopy found a malignant blockage. Scott had recovered from that initial cancer discovery.

But Mulkey, speaking to the media on Jan. 12, said that cancer had returned aggressively to Scott, who was back in the hospital in Houston and receiving treatment. Scott told in 2016 that she approached her battle with cancer similarly to how she approached being a basketball player.

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