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Villanova out of Top 25 after 2 losses

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Two of college basketball's bluebloods remained firmly entrenched atop the AP Top 25 after a week of easy wins, while two more tumbled all the way out after a week filled with defeats.

One of them happens to be the reigning national champion.

While top-ranked Duke and No. 2 Kansas did little to hurt their status as early national title contenders, Villanova and Syracuse slid all the way out of the Top 25 on Monday. The Wildcats lost a rematch of last year's championship game with Michigan, then lost in overtime to Furman on Saturday to give coach Jay Wright's team back-to-back losses for the first time in five years.


Bowen sues Adidas over corruption case

Former Louisville and South Carolina player Brian Bowen II has sued Adidas and several associates caught up in the college basketball corruption scandal alleging federal racketeering violations that cost him the chance to develop his game.

Bowen's lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in South Carolina. It has asked for unspecified damages and says Bowen and other players targeted by Adidas' "criminal racketing enterprise" were denied the chance to grow their talents in college on the way to becoming professionals.


Top-ranked Duke heads loaded Maui field

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) The Duke juggernaut heads to paradise, where college basketball's most talked-about team will be even more in the spotlight at the Maui Invitational.

The top-ranked Blue Devils should be able to handle it. They're 5 for 5 at the Lahaina Civic Center: five trips to Maui, five additions to the already-full trophy case for the trip home.


No. 16 Clemson tops Akron, goes to 4-0

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with four steals, Elijah Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 16 Clemson beat Akron 72-69 on Monday in the first game of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Marcquise Reed added 16 points for Clemson (4-0), which returns four starters from last season's Sweet 16 game. Sophomore Aamir Simms added 12 points to reach double figures for the fourth straight game after doing it just three times last season. Mitchell was 9 of 13 from the free-throw line compared to Akron's 15 attempts, and Thomas secured his 12th career double-double with 4:08 to play.


Georgia reaches semis in Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) - Rayshaun Hammonds scored a career-high 31 points, Nicolas Claxton had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Georgia beat Illinois State 80-68 on Monday in the second game of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Georgia (3-1) will play in a semifinal contest on Tuesday against No. 16 Clemson.


No. 16 Va. Tech rallies by No. 23 Purdue

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Justin Robinson saw his Virginia Tech teammate Ahmed Hill coming off the floor after a disappointing first half.

"We're going to need you to win," Robinson told him.


No. 10 Kentucky survives test from VMI

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) These early weeks haven't been easy for No. 10 Kentucky, but coach John Calipari sees an upside in how his team is working through growing pains to win.

Perimeter defense will no doubt be a focal point for improvement after Bubba Parham nearly shot VMI past the Wildcats.


Michigan beats Friars for Tip-Off title

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Michigan showed off its offensive versatility and a relentless defense in winning this weekend's Air Force Reserve Tip-Off tournament.

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20 points to lead the 18th-ranked Wolverines to a 66-47 victory over Providence in Sunday's championship game.


No. 11 Michigan State posts 101-33 romp

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Nick Ward's status was uncertain for Michigan State heading into Sunday's game against Tennessee Tech.

His play was anything but.


No. 12 K-State makes Paradise Jam final

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) Kansas State coach Bruce Weber didn't panic when his 12th-ranked Wildcats struggled to score Sunday against Penn.

Instead, Weber counted on Kansas State's defense to settle things down in the Wildcats' 64-48 victory over the Quakers in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam tournament.

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