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Washington -- This week in college basketball for USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll ranked teams:

Monday

(5) Kansas State 89, Alcorn State 55.

(22) Washington 94, Portland 72.

Tuesday

(4) Kansas 81, (14) Memphis 68 at New York.

(7) Syracuse 72, (8) Michigan State 58 at New York.

(18) Purdue 76, Valparaiso 58.

Wednesday

(1) Duke 83, Bradley 48.

(3) Pittsburgh 70, Delaware State 42.

(6) Connecticut 78, Fairleigh Dickinson 54.

(11) Missouri 85, Vanderbilt 82 (OT).

(12) Villanova 65, Pennsylvania 53.
(15) San Diego State 77, California 57.

(16) Kentucky 72, (23) Notre Dame 58 at Louisville, Ky.
(17) Illinois 74, Oakland 63.

This week in college basketball

Washington -- This week in college basketball for USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll ranked teams:

Monday

(5) Kansas State 89, Alcorn State 55.

(22) Washington 94, Portland 72.

Tuesday

(4) Kansas 81, (14) Memphis 68 at New York.

(7) Syracuse 72, (8) Michigan State 58 at New York.

(18) Purdue 76, Valparaiso 58.

Wednesday

(1) Duke 83, Bradley 48.

(3) Pittsburgh 70, Delaware State 42.

(6) Connecticut 78, Fairleigh Dickinson 54.

(11) Missouri 85, Vanderbilt 82 (OT).

(12) Villanova 65, Pennsylvania 53.

(15) San Diego State 77, California 57.

(16) Kentucky 72, (23) Notre Dame 58 at Louisville, Ky.

(17) Illinois 74, Oakland 63.

COL BKB: Duke 84, Michigan State 79

Durham, N.C. -- A 31-point performance by freshman Kyrie Irving Wednesday led No. 1 Duke to an 84-79 win over sixth-ranked Michigan State.

In the highlight attraction to date in the college basketball season, Irving scored more than 20 points for the first time in his career. He made 8-of-12 shots from the field and 13-of-16 from the foul line.

Duke (7-0) won for the 81st straight time at home against a team from outside the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It was the last of the 11 games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and for the second year in a row the Big Ten emerged with a 6-5 record. The series of games was instituted in 1999 and the ACC had the most victories in each of the first 10 years.

Duke unanimous No. 1 in coaches' poll

Mclean, Va. -- Duke is a unanimous No. 1 and Connecticut jumped from unranked to ninth in the USA Today/ESPN men's basketball poll released Monday.

Duke (6-0) drew all 31 first-place votes from the board of voting coaches. The Blue Devils previously had 29 first-place mentions and two seconds but a loss by Michigan State drew the other two votes to Duke.

That Michigan State defeat came at the hands of Connecticut (5-0), which also beat another Top 10 team in Kentucky and entered the rankings in the No. 9 spot.

Ohio State (5-0) moved from third to second and Pittsburgh (7-0) went from fifth to third. Arch-rivals Kansas (6-0) and Kansas State (5-1) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

COL FB: Michigan State 35, Purdue 31

East Lansing, Mich. -- Kirk Cousins ran in a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that rallied No. 11 Michigan State to a 35-31 win over a game Purdue.

The Spartans (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) scored 22 points in the fourth quarter and blocked a punt that set up the winning drive.

Michigan State was down 15 entering the fourth quarter. Cousins threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham and a 9-yard scoring toss to Mark Dell. Purdue was held to a 52-yard Carson Wiggs field goal in the period.

Cousins finished the game 28-of-37 for 276 yards. He also threw a
touchdown pass in the first quarter to give Michigan State a 7-0 lead.

Lions sign ex-Spartans kicker Rayner

Detroit -- Free agent kicker Dave Rayner said Tuesday he has been signed by the Detroit Lions to replace injured veteran Jason Hanson.

The 28-year-old former Michigan State Spartan told The Detroit News the Lions awarded him with a contract after a workout.

"It went really well," Rayner told the newspaper. "I hit the ball really well, and I'm signing my contract as we speak."

The Lions held tryouts Tuesday for Rayner and fellow free-agent kicker Shaun Suisham. To make room for Rayner, the team waived cornerback Jonathan Wade.

COL FB: Michigan State 31, Minnesota 8

East Lansing, Mich. -- Edwin Baker ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns to lead 16th-ranked Michigan State to a comfortable 31-8 win over visiting Minnesota Saturday.

The Spartans (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) held Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) to 267 total yards of offense and kept the Gophers off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when Adam Weber threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to MarQueis Gray.

Michigan State generated 320 total yards and was an efficient 5-of-13 on third down conversions.

Kirk Cousins was 9-of-20 passing for 131 and Baker carried the ball 27 times. His three TDs in the first half staked the Spartans to a 21-0 lead at the break.

Minnesota's Weber finished with 167 yards on 15-of-22 passing. DeLeon Eskridge had 31 yards on 17 carries.

Jailed Michigan State player to be freed

East Lansing, Mich. -- Michigan State football player Chris Rucker is in jail for a probation violation but will be freed Thursday, a judge in East Lansing said Monday.

Judge David Jordon told the Detroit Free Press that Rucker, a senior cornerback, had been scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, but a plea agreement reduced his Oct. 10 charge of operating while intoxicated to misdemeanor reckless driving.

Rucker began serving his sentence in the Ingham County Jail when the plea deal was reached last Thursday. Rucker got credit for one day served after his Oct. 10 arrest. He had a blood alcohol level of .10, police said.

COL FB: Michigan State 34, Michigan 17

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Edwin Baker rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown Saturday, sparking No. 16 Michigan State to a 34-17 decision over No. 17 Michigan.

Baker keyed a potent ground attack, carrying the ball 22 times.

Le'Veon Bell and Larry Caper each added a rushing touchdown for the Spartans (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten).

Kirk Cousins went 18-of-25 passing for 284 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan State notched its third straight win in the annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy against their intrastate rivals.

Cousins found Mark Dell with three passes for 93 yards and a score.

Duke, Michigan State head for Final Four

Houston -- With victories Sunday by No. 1 Duke in the South Region and Michigan State in the Midwest, the field is set for the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four.

The Blue Devils beat Baylor 78-71 in Houston in their first Elite Eight appearance since 2004 and will head to the Final Four in Indianapolis looking for their first national championship since 2001. In the April 3 semifinals, Duke will meet West Virginia, the No. 2 seed in the East, which won the regional title Satruday with a 73-66 win over Kentucky.

Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer combined for 49 points Sunday to lead Duke to the South Region crown.


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