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Houston No. 1 for 1st time since 1983

(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Make some room, Phi Slama Jama. Another Houston team has reached the top of men's college basketball.

Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon took the Cougars to No. 1, the latest bunch led by Marcus Sasser and star freshman Jarace Walker took over the top spot in the AP Top 25 on Monday. They received 45 of 63 first-place votes from the national media panel, easily outdistancing second-place Texas and third-place Virginia.

"It's not like we went online and applied for it and waited for a response back. We've been working for this," said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, whose team is coming off a Final Four and Elite Eight trip the past two seasons. "But remember, it's a rental. You don't own it. You're just renting it because someday somebody else is going to be No. 1."


No. 18 Tide top No. 1 UNC in 4OT classic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who knocked off the top-ranked team for the first time since upsetting Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.


Purdue downs No. 8 Duke to win PK Legacy

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men's tournament.


No. 20 UConn captures PK Invitational

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday night.

Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points.


Strawther sends No. 6 Gonzaga by Xavier

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Julian Strawther scored 23 points, including 10 in the final 4:07, and No. 6 Gonzaga beat Xavier 88-84 on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Legacy men's tournament.

Each of Gonzaga's starters scored in double figures. Drew Timme and Anton Watson had 16 points apiece. Nolan Hickman finished with 14, and Rasir Bolton had 13 points and six assists.


No. 12 Michigan St. squeaks by Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Tyson Walker scored 15 points, and No. 12 Michigan State topped Portland 88-87 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational.

The Spartans (5-2) shot 52.5% (31 for 59) from the field, and each of their starters scored in double figures. Pierre Brooks made each of his four 3-point attempts and finished with 15 points. Joey Hauser had 14 points and seven rebounds, and A.J. Hoggard added 12 points and nine assists.


No. 13 Auburn rallies to top Saint Louis

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn took over at the very end.

Wendell Green Jr. and K.D. Johnson led the way.


Jaquez helps No. 19 UCLA rout Bellarmine

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, and No. 19 UCLA beat Bellarmine 81-60 on Sunday despite the absence of leading scorer Jaylen Clark.

Clark sat out for the first time this season because of a non-COVID-19 illness. The junior is averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. Coach Mick Cronin said Clark was feeling "horrendous" with flu-like symptoms.


OU tops Ole Miss for ESPN Events title

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Grant Sherfield scored 12 points and Tanner Groves scored 10 and Oklahoma beat Ole Miss 59-55 on Sunday in the final of the ESPN Events Invitational title game.

Following Myles Burns' dunk with 4:26 that gave the Rebels a 55-52 lead, Ole Miss proceeded to miss its final eight shots and Oklahoma secured the win with a 7-0 run.


Late surge lifts Oregon over Villanova

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Quincy Guerrier made six 3-pointers and Willie Richardson scored five of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and Oregon beat Villanova 74-67 in the consolation round game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday.

Brendan Hausen's 3-pointer with 2:27 left gave Villanova the lead, 67-64 but the Wildcats never scored again. Guerrier's sixth 3 tied it, Richardson made a free throw and made consecutive shots to end it.

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