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Mack out at Louisville, Pegues interim

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack is out as Louisville men's basketball coach.

Mack and the school agreed to part ways and assistant Mike Pegues has been named interim coach for the remainder of the Cardinals' season.

The moves were announced Wednesday following a special joint meeting of the school's Board of Trustees and the University of Louisville Athletic Association board. Interim athletic director Josh Heird said that Mack will be paid $4.8 million between this fiscal year and the next three fiscal years.


Providence tops Xavier on Bynum's late 3

CINCINNATI (AP) Jared Bynum's 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted No. 17 Providence to a 65-62 victory over No. 21 Xavier on Wednesday night.

Al Durham led the Friars with 22 points, helping them improve to 17-2 for the first time since the 1976-77 season.


Vescovi has 23 as No. 18 Vols top Gators

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Santiago Vescovi scored 23 points and No. 18 Tennessee rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Florida 78-71 on Wednesday night.

Vescovi connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers. Kennedy Chandler added 17 points, Zakai Zeigler had 11 and Josiah-Jordan James scored all nine of his points in the second half for the Volunteers (14-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference).


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).


Providence promotes Napolillo to AD post

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence has named Steven Napolillo its next athletic director, the school's president, the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, announced Wednesday.

Napolillo succeeds Bob Driscoll, who announced last week that he would retire after serving as the Friars' AD for 21 years.


Daytona to host CBI second straight year

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) The College Basketball Invitational is heading back to Daytona Beach.

The CBI had been held on campus sites for 12 years before shifting to Florida last season.


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.

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