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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, Oregon is No. 1 in The Associated Press top 25 women's basketball poll. The Ducks, led by sensational guard Sabrina Ionescu, received 25 of the 28 first-place votes. No. 2 Baylor, the defending national champion, received the other three. Stanford, Maryland and UConn round out the top five. Tennessee's 42-year streak of appearing in the preseason Top 25 is over.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Things started turning for No. 12 Baylor when quarterback Charlie Brewer first faced West Virginia. The Bears are still undefeated this season and alone atop the Big 12 standings. They take a nine-game winning streak into Thursday night's home game against the Mountaineers. Brewer's first significant action was when West Virginia last played in Waco two years ago. Brewer came in at the end of the third quarter with Baylor down by 25 points, and the Bears scored 23 points in a row.
UNDATED (AP) — TCU and Oklahoma State meet after both got needed wins in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs and Cowboys have freshman starting quarterbacks, and the league's longest-tenured coaches. Gary Patterson is in 19th season at TCU and Mike Gundy in his 15th season at Oklahoma State. Both had lost three of four games before wins last week that knocked other Big 12 teams out of the Top 25. TCU beat Texas, and Oklahoma State beat Iowa State.
UNDATED (AP) — James Wiseman headlines the nation's top recruiting class at Memphis, but he isn't the only first-year player that figures to make an impact this season. So does Cole Anthony at North Carolina, Vernon Carey Jr. at Duke, Nico Mannion at Arizona, Isaiah Stewart at Washington and Anthony Edwards at Georgia.
PHOENIX (AP) — NCAA's new recruiting calendar aimed at eliminating some of the shady elements of recruiting. Live recruiting periods were split up into high school tournaments, NCAA-run camps and AAU tournaments. Despite some successes, the new calendar seems to be a work in progress.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is no longer the epicenter of high-level amateur hoops under NCAA's new recruiting calendar. Changes in the live recruiting period forced some Las Vegas tournaments to be played without college coaches in attendance. The one big Las Vegas tournament held during the live recruiting period in early July, the Las Vegas Classic, was lightly attended by college coaches because it was held at same time as the shoe company finals played on the other side of the country.
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