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Powell sorry for Louisville fallout, says ordeal 'worth it'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Katina Powell said Saturday that she is "so sorry" about the fallout of the sex scandal that resulted in sanctions against Louisville's basketball program, but added that her experience was "worth surviving."

In her 2015 book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," Powell alleged that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Several investigations followed, including one by the NCAA that resulted in a decision Thursday to suspend coach Rick Pitino and levy other penalties against Louisville. The NCAA described the activities as "repugnant."

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Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
3Kansas28-41,4781
4Arizona30-41,4277
5North Carolina27-71,2786
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7Duke27-81,25014
8UCLA29-41,2073
9Oregon29-51,1945
10Louisville24-898110
11SMU30-495112
12Baylor25-78779
13West Virginia26-884211
14Notre Dame25-968222
15Purdue25-765213
16Iowa State23-1056823
16Florida State25-856816
18Cincinnati29-552015
19Wichita State30-443620
20Florida24-838817
21Butler23-835918
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
23Michigan24-11252-
24Virginia22-1023821
25Wisconsin25-915124

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Diallo announces he will return to play for Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school to begin playing with the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-5 New York native enrolled in January but didn't play in order to learn the college game and focus on school with the intention of playing next season. Diallo entered the NBA draft last month and participated in the recent combine, but said in a statement early Thursday that "it's in my best interests to return to school. ... I can't wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time."