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UNDATED (AP) — No. 14 West Virginia has some marquee wins on its resume, a big reason the Mountaineers were among the top 16 teams in the NCAA's preliminary rankings. They have a huge chance to get two more in what will be one of the toughest weeks any team will face this season. It starts Wednesday with a home game against No. 3 Kansas, the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA's rankings. Three days later, the Mountaineers head to Baylor, No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and NCAA rankings.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA is stepping up its lobbying efforts as Congress considers allowing endorsement money for college athletes. Federal disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press show the NCAA and its allies spent at least $750,000 to lobby Congress last year. The NCAA has said it will allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness," but only with restrictions. It argues that letting players sign unlimited endorsement deals could corrupt recruiting and destroy competitive balance. Advocates for greater freedoms for players say they're concerned the deep-pocketed NCAA has too much influence in Washington.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tyasha Harris scored 19 points, Aliayah Boston controlled the middle and No. 1 South Carolina held UConn to a record-low two points in the opening quarter on the way to its first-ever win over the fifth-ranked Huskies, 70-52, Monday night. The Gamecocks came in 0-8 all-time against UConn, seven of those defeats with national championship coach Dawn Staley in charge. But South Carolina took control immediately with its suffocating defense, limiting the Huskies to 1-of-16 shooting in first quarter. Crystal Dangerfield led UConn with a career-high 28 points. South Carolina has won 17 straight games.
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll in a week that saw preseason No. 1 Michigan State fall out. The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas got one. San Diego State and Louisville rounded out the top five. Seton Hall was the only change among the top 10 after moving up two spots to No. 10. Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.
NEW YORK (AP) — North Carolina State jumped to No. 4 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll, its best ranking in 20 years. The Wolfpack moved up three spots in the poll. It's their highest ranking since January 2000 when the team was third in the AP Top 25. South Carolina, Baylor and Oregon remain the top three teams in the poll. No. 5 UConn kept alive its streak of being in the top five. The run goes back to February 2007.
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