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Report: Louisville to separate from Mack

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville's Board of Trustees and the school's Athletic Association have scheduled a joint meeting for Wednesday amid a report that coach Chris Mack will soon be out.

The agenda announcement Tuesday said both boards will "discuss proposed or pending litigation and personnel matters," but didn't mention Mack. The Athletic reported Tuesday night that the fourth-year coach and the school are finalizing a separation agreement, pending board approval.

Louisville (11-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive spring. The Cardinals have lost five of their last six games. They are 6-8 since the coach returned on Dec. 1 from a six-game suspension by the school for failing to follow university guidelines in the handling of an extortion attempt by fired assistant Dino Gaudio.


Kentucky wins in OT, Calipari gets 800th

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) To John Calipari, his latest milestone only means he's been coaching a long time.

Fittingly, No. 12 Kentucky and the Hall of Fame coach needed an five extra minutes to reach 800 career on-court victories.


No. 7 UCLA defeats No. 3 Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) The big time came calling and seventh-ranked UCLA answered.

A higher-ranked rival. A nationally televised game. First place in the Pac-12 on the line.


Auburn survives, wins 1st game as No. 1

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) K.D. Johnson scored 17 points, including five straight within the final 90 seconds, and No. 1 Auburn survived a scare from Missouri, winning 55-54 on Tuesday night in the program's first-ever game as the nation's top-ranked team.

Johnson converted a three-point play with 1:29 remaining to put Auburn ahead 53-51, then added a layup with 45 seconds left for a four-point advantage, and the Tigers (19-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) held on from there.


No. 24 Illini hold off No. 10 Mich. St.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Trent Frazier scored a game-high 16 points, and No. 24 Illinois held on to beat No. 10 Michigan State 56-55 on Tuesday and take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Illinois (14-5, 7-2) was without two of its brightest stars: All-American center Kofi Cockburn (concussion) and guard Andre Curbelo (COVID-19 health and safety protocols).


No. 4 Baylor cruises past Kansas State

WACO, Texas (AP) Kendall Brown and fourth-ranked Baylor were motivated at home after getting back on track on the road.

Brown and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua each had a double-double as the Bears won their third game in a row since rare consecutive losses in the Ferrell Center, overwhelming Kansas State 74-49 on Tuesday night.


No. 9 Duke uses late run to top Clemson

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Paolo Banchero had missed two straight shots when Clemson took a late lead over Duke. With the game on the line, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski continued to call plays designed for the star freshman.

"It was winning time," Banchero said. "Coach drew up the play for me again. He put the trust in me to score down low. I had no choice but to finish."


No. 14 'Nova still dominant over DePaul

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield heard the whopper of a number of losses in his program's 14-year losing streak to Villanova and, yes, actually wants it added to the next the scouting report.

That's 22 straight, since 2008.


Sanogo leads No. 20 UConn over G'town

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn coach Dan Hurley likes the way his team's offense has rounded into form after getting healthy and weathering a pandemic-related pause that stretched from December into January.

Adama Sanogo, who missed four games in December with abdominal injury, scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures and No. 20 UConn won its fourth straight game Tuesday night, a 96-73 rout of Georgetown.


Boise edges Wyoming for 13th win in row

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Abu Kigab registered 18 points and five assists as Boise State won its 13th consecutive game, edging past Wyoming 65-62 on Tuesday night.

Drake Jeffries converted a four-point play to give Wyoming a 60-58 lead with 2:46 remaining, but Kigab scored the next seven points and Boise State led 65-60 with 27 seconds left. Brendan Wenzel's layup capped the scoring with 11 seconds to go.

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