No. 10 Vols, No. 17 Heels vie for early statement win

Tennessee and North Carolina are eager for a victory when they meet Wednesday in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Tennessee (4-2) dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 after going 1-2 at the Maui Invitational with losses to Purdue and Kansas, who were then ranked No. 2 and No. 1, respectively. North Carolina (5-1) also tumbled three spots from No. 14 to No. 17 after going to 2-1 at the Battle 4

Washington eager to keep fighting, faces UC San Diego

The last time it played, on Nov. 19, Washington was involved in what coach Mike Hopkins called a “heavyweight fight.” The Huskies took San Diego State, the reigning NCAA Tournament runner-up, to overtime before dropping a 100-97 decision in the championship game of the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas. Washington will return to action on Tuesday night when it faces UC San Diego in Seattle. “You’re in the fighting capital of the world

Ole Miss welcomes NC State for rare matchup

Eyeing a 6-0 start under first-year head coach Chris Beard, Ole Miss will welcome North Carolina State to Oxford, Miss., for the first time on Tuesday as part of the inaugural SEC-ACC Challenge. NC State (4-1) is the first major conference opponent that Ole Miss (5-0) has faced this season. The Wolfpack will also be the first team the Rebels have played this season that made last spring’s NCAA Tournament. After a 77-76 road win

Kansas State looks to stay perfect at home vs. Oral Roberts

There has been no place like home for Kansas State this season as the Wildcats are still perfect in Manhattan. On Tuesday night, they’ll put their 3-0 home mark on the line as they host Oral Roberts in the second game of a four-game homestand. The Wildcats (4-2) have faced stiffer competition on neutral courts this season and the results have been mixed with losses to Southern California and then-No. 12 Miami sandwiched around a

Cincinnati out to protect perfect record at Howard

Cincinnati will try to remain perfect as it hits the road for the first time this season to battle Howard on Tuesday in Washington D.C. In their last game, the Bearcats (5-0) routed Georgia Tech 89-54 last Wednesday. It’s the second time in three seasons that Cincinnati has opened a season with five straight wins under coach Wes Miller. Cincinnati made 14 3-pointers — shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc — while turning the

Back on winning track, Pitt returns home to meet Missouri

Pitt coach Jeff Capel was pleased with his team’s response to its first loss. After an 86-71 defeat to Florida on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off, the Panthers (5-1) got back on track with a commanding 76-51 win over Oregon State. Pitt returns home — where it started 4-0 — for more early-schedule nonconference play when it takes on Missouri (5-2) on Tuesday night. “I thought we showed great resilience to be able

Unbeaten South Carolina finally back home to face Notre Dame

Off to the program’s first 5-0 start since 2016-17, South Carolina will return from a lengthy layoff to host Notre Dame on Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks have been idle since defeating Grand Canyon 75-68 on Nov. 19 to earn the Cactus Division title at the Arizona Tip-Off. What’s more, the matchup with the Fighting Irish (3-2) marks South Carolina’s first home game since topping Virginia Military Institute 74-64 on Nov. 13. That contest

After mixed results in Hawaii, Syracuse back home to face LSU

Syracuse’s recent trip to Hawaii may have produced disappointing results early on, but the Orange certainly ended their visit on a high note. The Orange walloped Division II Chaminade in their final game of the Maui Invitational, and they hope that momentum carries into Tuesday’s home game against LSU. Syracuse (4-2) lost to Tennessee and Gonzaga by a combined 36 points in their first two games in Hawaii last week. However, in their final contest

Maryland, Rider hope to snap 3-point shooting woes

When Maryland plays host to Rider of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Tuesday, it will be a matchup of teams trying to fix their wayward 3-point shooting. While the Terrapins (3-3) are hitting 21.4 percent of their shots from long distance, the Broncs (1-4) are shooting 25.2 percent from beyond the arc. Both teams are coming off their worst 3-point shooting games this season and now rank among the worst from distance in Division

No. 23 Alabama aims to tighten up defensively vs. Clemson

No. 23 Alabama’s ability to be better defensively will be tested on Tuesday when Clemson arrives in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The game is part of the ACC/SEC Challenge, and both teams have shown explosive signs on offense. “We’ve got a good stretch here,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “I told our guys (that) five of our next seven opponents have offenses ranked in the top 40 of the country. So, our defense has to get significantly