WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner recorded 28 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Baylor remained undefeated with a 71-44 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Baylor (16-0, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed, but led only by two at the half before a 20-4 run in the first 7 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. The Lady Bears won their 33rd consecutive home game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 20 points and No. 1 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 79-66 win over Villanova on Wednesday night.
James Southerland added 15 points for the balanced Orange, who are 18-0 for the second straight season. The Orange (5-0 Big East) used a 20-2 run to dominate the struggling Wildcats.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4) lost for the fourth time in five games and has put its streak of seven straight NCAA tournaments in serious jeopardy. Mouphtaou Yarou totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are even bigger underdogs at New England this weekend than they were against Pittsburgh.
The Patriots (13-3) have been installed as nearly 2-touchdown favorites over the Broncos (9-8) in Saturday night’s divisional playoff at Foxborough, Mass.
“I like being the underdog because no one’s giving you a chance and you get to prove everyone wrong — just like we have all year,” tight end Daniel Fells said Wednesday.
After all, the Broncos were 9-point underdogs last week and they beat Pittsburgh 29-23 in overtime.
CAVE CITY — With their big guy supplying 29 points and eight rebounds, the Cave City Cavemen stopped the Heber Springs Panthers’ run in the 4A-2 District here Tuesday night.
The last of Chaz Mathews’ points came when the 6-foot-6 junior hit two free throws with one second remaining, giving the Cavemen a 66-65 victory. The Panthers came into the contest with a 4-0 district record and a 12-2 overall mark.
The Cavemen improved to 4-3 and 11-5 as Lane Gay added 10 points and nine rebounds; Taylor Milligan hit for 13 points.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Knile Davis isn’t quite finished at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks’ running back announced Tuesday that he will return to school next season, deciding against entering the NFL draft after missing every game last year as he recovered from a fractured left ankle.
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has decided to enter the NFL draft.
The exciting dual-threat quarterback is bypassing his senior season at Baylor and is projected to be one of the top picks in April.
The news came Tuesday, exactly a month after Griffin became the first Baylor player to win college football’s highest individual honor.
ESPN, citing an anonymous family source, first reported that Griffin was going pro and in the final stages of picking an agent.
The same people who said LSU was the best team in college football all season had to concede that Alabama was the far better team Monday night.
So who’s really No. 1?
That depends on whether you buy into the Bowl Championship Series’ version of a national title. Remember that after you strip away the pseudo-science, fuzzy math and constant tweaks, the BCS champion is still decided by a poll of coaches — and a prearranged one at that.
FAYETTEVILLE — Mike Anderson knows how difficult life can be on the road in the Southeastern Conference, even in his first season back at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks’ coach remembers all too well the struggles Arkansas faced away from home in the SEC, even when the program was one of the best in the country.
Anderson just hopes the youthful Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0 SEC) can keep their calm as they prepare for their conference opener at Mississippi (10-5, 0-1) tonight.
SWIFTON — Two Guard-circulation area basketball teams moved up here Monday in the Kell Classic Tournament in Swifton.
The Southside Southerners, the runners-up to Bay here last year, defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs 65-49 in an opener, and the Cave City Cavemen held off the Izard County Cougars 51-42 in a quarterfinal.
In the other contest involving an area school, the Weiner Lady Cardinals downed the Cave City Cavewomen 41-34.
The last non-conference basketball game of the season went great for one Lyon College team, and not so great for another.
Hitting 66 percent of their shots from the field, the Scot women jumped to a big early lead and won 99-57 over the Philander Smith Lady Panthers in Becknell Gymnasium Monday night.
In the nightcap, the visitors from Little Rock had the hot hand and won 96-71.
WYNNE — Batesville’s juniors bounced back from a rough outing on the road last week and won at Wynne in 5A-East District basketball games here Monday.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 34-15. They led 8-2, 16-4 and 32-10 at the quarter breaks.
“We had nine players score and our defense was better than it has been in a while,” Coach Tim Palmer said. “Kate Sanders has played well in the post for us the last two games.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The son of University of Arkansas men’s basketball Coach Mike Anderson has been arrested again on suspicion of drunken driving.
Michael Anderson, 26, is a video coordinator for the Razorbacks. He was pulled over by Fayetteville police at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, hours after Arkansas’ win over Mississippi State.
A police report says Anderson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10, above the 0.08 limit for driving. Police say he was randomly braking and had “horrible” balance during a test.