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Trey Lewis, Damion Lee

Louisville men's basketball team coping with postseason ban

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville will be on the outside looking in at March Madness this spring, a view that neither the Cardinals players nor coach Rick Pitino expected.

University President James Ramsey announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, meaning this year's squad will pay for misdeeds committed by others.

Ramsey said at a news conference that an investigation revealed violations occurred when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid escort Katina Powell and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players from 2010-14.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 1
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Oklahoma (45)19-21,6051
2North Carolina (20)19-31,5782
3Villanova19-31,3846
4Maryland20-31,3668
5Iowa18-41,3623
6Xavier20-21,3447
7Kansas18-41,2334
8Texas A&M18-41,1695
9Virginia18-41,08611
10Michigan State19-41,01812
11Providence18-590010
12SMU19-285313
13Iowa State16-685114
14West Virginia18-48149
15Baylor17-572817
16Oregon19-455123
17Miami (FL)17-453715
18Purdue19-451121
19Louisville18-447816
20Kentucky16-642920
21Wichita State17-532322
22Indiana19-427019
23Arizona18-524518
24Dayton18-316826
25South Carolina19-38727

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