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No. 2 Baylor uses stout defense to get past No. 5 Illiniois

Baylor's Matthew Mayer (24) takes the rebound away from Illinois' Kofi Cockburn (21) as Baylor's Jared Butler watches during the second half of Wednesday's game in Indianapolis. The second-ranked Bears beat No. 5 Illinois, 82-69. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Adam Flagler scored 18 points and was one of four players in double figures for No. 2 Baylor, which pulled away late Wednesday night to beat No. 5 Illinois 82-69 in the Jimmy V Classic

Chanticleers, Liberty unapologetic entering Top 25 matchup

Coastal Carolina's Fred Payton runs against Texas State during the second half of a Nov. 28 game in San Marcos, Texas. Coastal Carolina won, 49-14. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)

It is difficult to find two programs that have taken more advantage of this unusual college football season than No. 14 Coastal Carolina and No. 25 Liberty

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi drives for a layup in front of West Virginia's Gabe Osabuohien during the second half of Wednesday's game in Indianapolis. Top-ranked Gonzaga beat the No. 11 Mountaineers, 87-82. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had, and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic

Maryland-Michigan canceled; Wolverines' AD sounds off

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara takes the snap during the second half of a Nov. 28  game against Penn State in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State won, 27-17. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is rebuking any suggestion the Wolverines would try to avoid facing rival Ohio State in the regular-season finale

Basketball in a mask? Rare but not unheard of in pandemic

DePaul's Lexi Held drives as Texas A&M's Jordan Nixon defends during a Nov. 28 game in Chicago. It's a common sight to see players and coaches wear masks on the sideline so far this season during college basketball games to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The DePaul and Creighton women's basketball teams are among a few squads that have taken it a step further with their players wearing the masks while they are on the court playing. (Steve Woltmann/DePaul Athletics/AP Photo)

The DePaul and Creighton women’s basketball teams have been wearing masks while they are on the court playing this season

COLUMNS

New book on Montelli hearkens happy memories

Former St. Joe's coach Vito Montelli talks about 50 years in basketball

MORE COLLEGE SPORTS

Buffalo's under-recruited Patterson is hard to ignore now

Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson runs past Northern Illinois linebacker Daveren Rayner during the first half of an Nov. 4 game in DeKalb, Ill. There was a time no one was interested in recruiting Patterson, the under-sized running back, who finally accepted an offer to play at Buffalo. Some four years later, Patterson is the talk of the nation after generating 409 yards rushing and scoring eight touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Kent State last weekend. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo)

There was a time no one was interested in recruiting Jaret Patterson, the under-sized running back, who finally accepted an offer to play at Buffalo

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Kansas' Jalen Wilson shoots as Kentucky's Lance Ware defends during the first half of Tuesday's game in Indianapolis. Wilson scored 21 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and posted his first double-double to help the seventh-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 20 Kentucky, 65-62. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic

Ohio State still fourth in CFP rankings after cancellation

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, left, pats Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) on the shoulder following their win over Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool)

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings after having its last game canceled

NCAA men's and women's basketball top 25 roundup

Kentucky's Isaiah Jackson (23) and Richmond's Nathan Cayo  battle for a rebound during the second half of Sunday's game in Lexington, Ky. Richmond upset the No. 10 Wildcats, 76-64. (James Crisp/AP Photo)

Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo powered Richmond to the program’s first road victory over an Associated Press top-10 team, rallying in the second half to beat No. 10 Kentucky 76-64 Sunday.

UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Five UConn players on Wooden watch lists

UConn sophomore guard James Bouknight has been named to the Top 50 preseason watch list for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award.

Auriemma says positive test wasn't from a player or a coach

In this March 30, 2019, file photo, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma listens to a questions during his press conference at the NCAA Albany Regional at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

UConn coach Geno Auriemma says he's been trying to convince his team that despite having the start of its season postponed because of a positive coronavirus test, everything is going to be just fine.

UConn women pause activities after positive COVID-19 within program

The start of the UConn women's basketball season is on hold after the university announced on Monday night that a member of the program has tested positive for COVID-19.

UConn's Elliott is discovering her love for coaching all over again

In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati women's basketball coach Jamelle Elliott calls out instructions to her team as they play UConn in the first half of American Athletic Conference game at the XL Center in Hartford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

UConn's Jamelle Elliott is back on the women's basketball staff full time and she's rediscovered her love for coaching.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Norwich's Johnson excelling at Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech wide receiver Jawaun Johnson breaks free for extra yardage during a game against Marshall earlier this season. Johnson, a former two-sport star from NFA, is a redshirt junior at Tech. (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Tech athletics)

Ruston is a fairly small, quaint city in northern Louisiana, and home of Louisiana Tech University. It's just the kind of place where former NFA standout Jawaun Johnson knew he could focus on football and his academic life.

PROFESSIONAL

Colt McCoy ready to start for Giants with Jones a question mark

Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) hands off the ball to running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second half of Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones missed practice because of a hamstring injury

Jets' Langi overcame serious accident, thriving as starter

The Jets' Harvey Langi, top center, celebrates his fumble recovery during the second half of Sunday's game against Miami in East Rutherford, N.J. Miami won, 20-3. (Corey Sipkin/AP Photo)

Harvey Langi is thriving while starting at inside linebacker for the New York Jets

ON THE AIR

Basketball

4:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: UMass Lowell vs. North Carolina State from Mohegan Sun Arena.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: UConn vs. Southern California in Legends Classic from Mohegan Sun Arena.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: North Carolina State at South Carolina.

8 p.m., NESN, YES — NCAA men: Niagara at Syracuse.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Florida vs. Boston College in Legends Classic from Mohegan Sun Arena.

Boxing

9 p.m., NBCSN — Ring City USA from Los Angeles.

Football

6 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Louisiana Tech at North Texas.

9:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Air Force at Utah State.

Golf

5 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Dubai Championship from United Arab Emirates.

8 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: South African Open from Sun City, South Africa.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Mayakoba Golf Classic from Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

5:30 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Volunteers of America Classic Charity Challenge from The Colony, Texas. (taped today)

1:30 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Dubai Championship from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7 p.m., NBCSB, NHL Network — NCAA men: Arizona State at Notre Dame.

Horse Racing

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from various sites.

Soccer

8:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — MLS playoffs: Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City.