Without Memphis’ Precious Achiuwa (six points, three rebounds), Lance Thomas (two points, five

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[ Memphis Tigers’ NCAA Tournament hopes take a hit with loss to South Florida as injuries mount ]
South Florida spoiled Memphis’ Saturday ‘ and possibly its season. The Tigers’ NCAA Tournament hopes got even thinner when the Bulls hit their free throws late to seal a 75-73 victory at FedExForum.

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Without Memphis’ Precious Achiuwa (six points, three rebounds), Lance Thomas (two points, five rebounds) or Malcolm Dandridge on the floor over the final 2:23, South Florida made a nine-point lead stand up, avenging a 68-64 loss to Memphis on Jan. 12 in Tampa.

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Laquincy Rideau and David Collins scored 21 points apiece for South Florida, while Tyler Harris led the Tigers with 17 points. Achiuwa left the game with 4:51 to play due to an apparent injury and did not return. Thomas appeared to be suffering from cramps when he was lifted. He, too, did not return. Dandridge sat out the game as a precautionary measure.

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College Basketball: Purdue smothers No. 8 Michigan State in 71-42 victory – Wilkes Barre Times

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ‘ Trevion Williams scored 16 points and Purdue relied on a staunch defense Sunday to upset No. 8 Michigan State 71-42.

The Boilermakers (10-7, 4-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game skid by picking up their second win this season over a Top 10 foe. They also beat defending national champion Virginia on Dec. 4.

Cassius Winston finished with 10 points to lead the Spartans (13-4, 5-1) but also had nine turnovers as Michigan State’s eight-game winning streak ended. The Spartans, who were 4 1/2-point road favorites, hadn’t lost since Dec. 3. They produced their lowest point total of the season and were held almost 40 points below their season scoring average of 81.3.

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Monday’s Overreactions: Kansas is better than Gonzaga, Memphis is real, UNC is not

I’m not sure if Payton Pritchard should be the favorite for National Player of the Year, but at this point, he certainly is a favorite. On Saturday, in a 71-70 overtime win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Pritchard had 23 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds, but that doesn’t really do justice to the performance that he had that day.

Pritchard scored the final nine points for Oregon in regulation. He scored six of their eight points in overtime. He did it all while going toe-to-toe with Zavier Simpson, one of the best on-ball defenders in the sport, as Dana Altman opted to turn his offense into the Payton Pritchard Show.

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