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College basketball rankings: Michigan survives scare vs. Buffalo, remains No. 6 in Top 25 And 1

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Most good teams not participating in the Champions Classic opened this week against terrible competition — evidence being how 14 of the 24 schools ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll that have already played a game won their opener by at least 20 points.

It’s been one blowout after another.

It’s mostly boring.

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So give Michigan coach Juwan Howard credit for challenging his team and actually opening this season with a quality opponent. The Wolverines didn’t schedule some bottom-tier program from a low-major league. They instead started Wednesday with a game against Buffalo, which is the preseason favorite in the MAC thanks in part to the return of all-league players Jeenathan Williams and Josh Mballa, a duo that combined to average 32.9 points last season.

It was a five-point game with less than seven minutes left.

“Juwan probably got a couple of more gray hairs,” said Michigan sophomore Hunter Dickinson, who is the main reason the Wolverines pulled away for an eventual 88-76 victory. The 7-foot 1 center took 17 shots, made 11 of them and finished with a team-high 27 points and six rebounds. Five-star freshman Caleb Houstan added 11 points while making two of the four 3-pointers he attempted.

“He’s such a great shooter — and the way our offense is designed, he’s going to have a lot of open shots,” Dickinson said. “He’s got a really good opportunity to score a lot for us.”

With the win, Michigan remains No. 6 in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Four of the Wolverines’ next seven games are also against top-100 KenPom teams. The biggest is a road game at North Carolina on the first day of December. 

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Gonzaga

Chet Holmgren finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists in Tuesday’s 97-63 win over Dixie State. The Zags’ next game is Saturday against Texas. 1-0

2


UCLA

Johnny Juzang finished with 19 points and four rebounds in Tuesday’s 95-58 win over CSU Bakersfield. The Bruins’ next game is Friday against Villanova. 1-0

3


Texas

Marcus Carr finished with 10 points, seven assists and three rebounds in Tuesday’s 92-48 victory over Houston Baptist. The Longhorns’ next game is Saturday at Gonzaga. 1-0

4


Kansas

Ochai Agbaji finished with 29 points on 17 shots in Tuesday’s 87-74 victory over Michigan State. The Jayhawks’ next game is Friday against Tarleton State. 1-0

5


Villanova

Justin Moore made six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points in Tuesday’s 91-51 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. The Wildcats’ next game is Friday at UCLA. 1-0

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Michigan

Hunter Dickinson finished with 27 points and six rebounds in Wednesday’s 88-76 victory over Buffalo. The Wolverines’ next game is Saturday against Prairie View A&M. 1-0

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Memphis

Emoni Bates finished with 17 points, four assists and four rebounds in Tuesday’s 89-65 win over Tennessee Tech. The Tigers’ next game is Saturday against North Carolina Central. 1-0

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Duke

Paolo Banchero finished with 22 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday’s 79-71 victory over Kentucky. The Blue Devils’ next game is Friday against Army. 1-0

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Baylor

The Bears lost four starters from their team that won the national championship but should remain near the top of the Big 12 thanks to the return of Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, and the enrollment of five-star wing Kendall Brown and Arizona transfer James Akinjo. Baylor opens the season Friday against Incarnate Word. 0-0

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Arkansas

Chris Lykes got 16 points off the bench in Tuesday’s 74-61 win over Mercer. The Razorbacks’ next game is Saturday against Gardner Webb. 1-0

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Purdue

Zach Edey finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s 96-67 win over Bellarmine. The Boilermakers’ next game is Friday against Indiana State. 1-0

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Alabama

Keon Ellis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s 93-64 win over Louisiana Tech. The Crimson Tide’s next game is Friday against South Dakota State. 1-0

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Houston

Marcus Sasser finished with 25 points and four rebounds in Tuesday’s 83-75 overtime victory over Hofstra. The Cougars’ next game is Friday against Rice. 1-0

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Kentucky

UK allowed Duke to shoot 52.8% from the field in Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Devils. The Wildcats’ next game is Friday against Robert Morris. 0-1

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N. Carolina

Caleb Love and Brady Manek combined for 42 points in Tuesday’s 83-67 victory over Loyola Maryland. The Tar Heels’ next game is Friday against Brown. 1-0

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Oregon

Will Richardson finished with 20 points and four assists in Tuesday’s 83-66 win over Texas Southern. The Ducks’ next game is Friday against SMU. 1-0

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Illinois

Jacob Grandison went 7-of-10 from the field and finished with 20 points and five rebounds in Tuesday’s 71-47 victory over Jackson State. The Illini’s next game is Friday against Arkansas State. 1-0

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Ohio St.

E.J. Liddell finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in Tuesday’s 67-66 victory over Akron. The Buckeyes’ next game is Friday against Niagara. 1-0

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Florida St.

Malik Osborne finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesday’s 105-70 win over Penn. The Seminoles’ next game is Sunday against Florida. 1-0

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Tennessee

Kennedy Chandler finished 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three, in Tuesday’s 90-62 victory over UT Martin. The Vols’ next game is Sunday against East Tennessee State. 1-0

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Maryland

Qudus Wahab finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday’s 83-69 win over Quinnipiac. The Terrapins’ next game is Thursday against George Washington. 1-0

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Auburn

Wendell Green Jr. made three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and five rebounds in Tuesday’s 77-54 win over Morehead State. The Tigers’ next game is Friday against Louisiana Monroe. 1-0

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Connecticut

Adama Sanogo took 11 shots, made nine of them and finished with 20 points and five rebounds in UConn’s 99-48 win over Central Connecticut. The Huskies’ next game is Saturday against Coppin State. 1-0

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St. Bona.

Kyle Lofton finished with 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in Tuesday’s 75-47 victory over Siena. The Bonnies’ next game is Sunday against Canisius. 1-0

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Va. Tech

Justyn Mutts finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Tuesday’s 82-47 win over Maine. The Hokies’ next game is Friday against Navy. 1-0

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USC

Boogie Ellis went 9-of-11 from the field and finished with 20 points in Tuesday’s 89-49 victory over CSU Northridge. The Trojans’ next game is Saturday against Temple. 1-0

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Jay Glazer discussed whether Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will head to the New York Jets, the New York Giants’ free agency options, and breaks down Mike McCarthy’s future with the Dallas Cowboys.



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Super Bowl LVII: Chiefs and Eagles will meet for title in Arizona

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Patrick Mahomes finally got the best of Joe Burrow. 

All he needed was a little shove.

Harrison Butker made a 45-yard field goal with 3 seconds left — after Cincinnati’s Joseph Ossai was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for shoving Mahomes after he was out of bounds — and the Chiefs beat the Bengals 23-20 in the AFC championship game to make it back to the Super Bowl.

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Kansas City will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. 

The Eagles opened as a 1 1/2-point favourite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

There are no shortage of storylines: Kansas City coach Andy Reid goes against his old team — which he led to Super Bowl 39 — in a game that’s also the first matchup of Black starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl with Mahomes and Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts. 

On top of that, there’s a brother-against-brother showdown between Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Philadelphia center Jason Kelce.

“Officially done being a Chiefs fan this season!! ” Jason Kelce tweeted immediately after the Chiefs won.

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The Chiefs have been making deep postseason runs on a regular basis ever since Mahomes came to town as the franchise quarterback. 

This was their fifth straight trip to the AFC title game and will be their third Super Bowl appearance in that span. They beat the 49ers for the NFL title in the 2019 season, but lost to the Bucs the following season.

The Eagles clobbered the Niners 31-7 in the NFC title game earlier Sunday. They’ve looked dominant in the playoffs so far, also beating the New York Giants 38-7 in the divisional round.

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Philadelphia is back in the Super Bowl five years after beating the New England Patriots 41-33 on Feb. 4, 2018. 

Now a mostly new generation of Eagles — led by coach Nick Sirianni and Hurts — will come to Arizona to try and win another title.

The Chiefs-Bengals game looked as if it was going to overtime before Ossai’s ill-advised play. Mahomes — who was playing on a badly sprained ankle — was running to get a first down in the final seconds as Ossai desperately tried to track him down. 

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Mahomes was out of bounds when Ossai gave him a shove, sending both players tumbling to the turf. The ensuing 15-yard penalty was enough to push Butker into field-goal range and the kick split the uprights.

A distraught Ossai sat on the bench with his head in his hands, well after the game was over.

The Bengals and Chiefs were playing for the fourth time in less than 400 days and Cincinnati had won the previous three meetings — all by three points. This one was decided by a field goal, too, and all Burrow could do was watch.

The Bengals lost to the Rams in last year’s Super Bowl and they just missed another chance at returning to the title game.

NO DRAMA IN NFC

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Oddsmakers thought fans were in for some close conference championship games. 

They’ll have to settle for a 50% success rate.

The NFC title game was a blowout. Niners rookie quarterback Brock Purdy was injured in the first quarter when Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick drilled his right arm on a play that was ruled a fumble. The Eagles recovered that fumble and the injury proved to be a game-changer.

With Purdy hurt, San Francisco turned to 36-year-old journeyman Josh Johnson, who couldn’t do much before eventually leaving with a concussion. Purdy came back into the game, but could barely throw, and the Eagles cruised to the win.

The 49ers dealt with quarterback injuries all season, losing Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo before turning to Purdy, a seventh-round draft pick out of Iowa State. Purdy stepped into a starter’s role in December and won his first seven games before Sunday’s injury. 

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Here’s a few things to know about the upcoming Super Bowl:

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RIHANNA AT HALFTIME

Rihanna will take center stage as the headline act for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

With sales of more than 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna ranks as one of the best-selling female artists ever. Her most recent album was 2016′s “Anti.” Rihanna last performed publicly at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

The singer said she turned down a similar opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that was ultimately headlined by Maroon 5. At the time, many artists voiced support for Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested police brutality against Black people and minorities by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

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Country music star Chris Stapleton will sing the national anthem, while R&B legend Babyface will perform “America the Beautiful.” 

PRO BOWL MAKEOVER

The Pro Bowl is getting a major makeover this year after the NFL eliminated its full-contact all-star game and replaced it with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game.

The flag football contest is Feb. 5 in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, one week before the Super Bowl.

The Pro Bowl debuted in January 1951 in Los Angeles and stayed there for 21 seasons before the game moved to different cities from 1972-80. Hawaii hosted from 1980-2009, and the game has had several homes in the years since, including Miami, Phoenix, Orlando and Las Vegas.

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“The game was kind of silly, I guess,” Saints two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk said back in September when the news was announced. “Guys weren’t out there playing true football. Hopefully, there’ll be a lot of interactions with the fans and guys will get their opportunity to go out there and show some skills. I could see that being a good change.”

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Joel Klatt discussed Ohio State Buckeyes hiring former linebacker James Laurinaitis as a defensive GA. Joel believes that Laurinaitis can help transform the defense into a powerhouse like the offense is for wide receivers. He then discussed the Tennessee Volunteers giving Josh Huepel a contract extension after their 11-win season.



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