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Creighton G Watson out for season

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton point guard and national assists leader Maurice Watson Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a major knee injury, a huge blow for a team that is off to its best start and has hopes of making a deep postseason run.

An MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Watson's left knee. The senior was injured in the seventh-ranked Bluejays' 72-67 win at Xavier on Monday.

"We are sorry to learn of the severity of Maurice's injury, but are thankful for his contributions since joining the Bluejay program three years ago," coach Greg McDermott said Tuesday. "Our team will regroup, and we have a lot of young men who are capable of stepping up to fill the void in Maurice's absence. Maurice's leadership role on our team will continue to be huge part of our success."


No. 5 Kentucky holds off Miss. State

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Malik Monk, Kentucky's leading scorer, was struggling and so was star guard Isaiah Briscoe. So when the Wildcats needed some clutch baskets late, coach John Calipari turned to freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox and gave him some simple instructions.

"We just said, `Here you go De'Aaron, go and do your thing,'" Calipari said.


Motley has 32 and 20, Baylor beats Texas

WACO, Texas (AP) Johnathan Motley really couldn't explain that feeling he had when he kept scoring points and grabbing rebounds. Baylor's big forward just knew he wanted to play better than his last couple of games.

"You don't really remember what you do, you're just kind of out there going through it," Motley said after career highs of 32 points and 20 rebounds in No. 6 Baylor's 74-64 victory over Texas on Tuesday night. "I can't really tell you the moves I made. I just forgot. It just goes away."


Koenig helps Wisconsin survive Michigan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Bronson Koenig scored 16 points, 10 in a key run that turned the game around, and No. 17 Wisconsin survived a scare from Michigan 68-64 on Tuesday night.

Michigan (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten) seemed to have Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1) on the ropes at one point in the second half. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ went to the bench with his third foul early and could largely only watch as the Wolverines went on a 17-2 run that put them up 38-30.


No. 21 Purdue dominates Illinois 91-68

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) When Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas are in sync, it's difficult trying to name a better power forward-center combination in college basketball.

No. 21 Purdue's two interior players certainly were in sync on Tuesday night against outmanned Illinois.


NC State hands Pitt fourth straight loss

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State's beleaguered defense had enough.

Called out by coach Mark Gottfried after a miserable performance two nights earlier - and with things threatening to fall apart yet again - the Wolfpack regrouped down the stretch and held Pittsburgh to one field goal during the final eight minutes of a 79-74 victory Tuesday night.


UCF's Williams hits 11 3s, scores 38

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Matt Williams made 11 3-pointers and finished with 38 points, both career highs, and Central Florida rolled to an 86-64 victory over South Florida on Tuesday night.

Williams, who surpassed his previous career-best of 24 points and eight 3s, was 12 of 23 from the field. Tanksley Efianayi added 12 points for Central Florida (14-4, 5-1 American), which has won seven of eight. Tacko Fall and A.J. Davis scored 10 points apiece. Davis grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.


Ranked Gamecocks prepare for big week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell is ready for a week like few others in his college career.

He knows if the 24th-ranked Gamecocks can make it through No. 19 Florida at home on Wednesday night and at No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday, it should go a long way in determining if they can challenge for the top of the Southeastern Conference and gain their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.


Austin Peay's Loos returning from chemo

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay coach Dave Loos plans to return from a leave of absence this week after missing four games during his ongoing chemotherapy treatment.

Loos is expected to resume coaching Thursday when Austin Peay (6-13, 2-3 Ohio Valley) hosts Morehead State (7-11, 3-2). His leave of absence began before Austin Peay's Jan. 5 game with Tennessee Tech.


Freshman Isaac on roll for No. 10 FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Isaac's renewed confidence could be coming at the right time for No. 10 Florida State.

The Seminoles will host No. 15 Notre Dame on Wednesday and the 6-foot-9 freshman forward is on a roll. Isaac, one of the most heralded recruits in program history, is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds the past three games.

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