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SMU winning without Brown with another NCAA bid in sight

DALLAS (AP) — Larry Brown can't imagine that any coach is doing a better job this season than Tim Jankovich is with short-handed SMU.

"Oh, it's remarkable," Brown said.

While it has taken a while for most people to notice, the 17th-ranked Mustangs are doing quite well after the sudden and somewhat unexpected departure last summer of Brown, the Hall of Fame coach who two years ago took SMU to its first NCAA Tournament since 1993. He left after a contract dispute.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 20
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (59)28-01,6181
2Villanova (5)26-21,5562
3Kansas (1)24-31,5033
4Arizona25-31,3565
5UCLA24-31,3166
6Oregon24-41,2977
7Louisville22-51,2678
8North Carolina23-51,13810
9Baylor22-51,1084
10Duke22-51,01412
11Kentucky22-594313
12West Virginia21-69089
13Florida22-582215
14Purdue22-580716
15Cincinnati24-373318
16Wisconsin22-571311
17SMU24-455419
18Virginia18-842714
19Florida State21-641917
20Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-337522
21Notre Dame21-732225
22Butler21-629524
23Creighton22-517820
24Maryland22-515923
25Wichita State25-4153-

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Radford staves off late Presbyterian run in 59-57 win

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Ed Polite Jr. scored 15 points and added seven rebounds and Radford hung on late to defeat Presbyterian 59-57 on Thursday night.

Radford (13-16, 8-9 Big South) led by as many as 13 in the second half and did not trail in the period, but neither did it put the Blue Hose away. A Donald Hicks jumper gave Radford a 56-49 lead with 1:47 remaining. Darius Moore answered for Presbyterian, scoring eight straight points to get Presbyterian to 59-57 with 41 seconds to go.