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Tuesday, Feb 14

   by Larry Ness - 02/14/2006

Kansas celebrated its first appearance in the top-25 this season (entered at No. 22 on Monday), by running away from Oklahoma State in the second half last night. The Jayhawks won 64-49 for their eighth straight win and their 15th in their last 17 games.

U Conn, which held on to the No. 1 spot for the 4th straight week on Monday, was not as lucky. The top-ranked Huskies lost at No. 4 Villanova, 69-64. It was Villanova's first win over a top-ranked team since the Wildcats beat another top-ranked U Conn team back on February 18, 1995.

My free play for Tuesday is Iowa over Michigan State at 9:00 ET. Monday's 2-0 sweep (both in the NBA) upped my three-day mark at the site to 8-1! My NBA run has now reached 10-2, going back to Feb 3! For Tuesday, I've got a 15* in college hoops plus my 10* Revenge Game of the Month and in the NBA, a 15* winner. Ride the HOT-STREAK!

Bucknell was ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll, the first top-25 ranking in school history. The Bison, who incidentally beat Kansas in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament, is one of just SIX schools still unbeaten in conference play (will play Lafayette on Weds). Gonzaga is one of those six schools, as the Bulldogs improved to 10-0 in the WCC with a 97-83 win over Portland. It was also the team's 12th consecutive win, tying them with George Washington for the nation's longest current winning streak.

At the "other end of the food chain," The Citadel lost 81-77 at home to Davidson, dropping them to 0-12 in the Southern Conference. Texas State of the Southland Conference, lost 66-46 at SE Louisiana, the school's 12th consecutive loss. Like The Citadel and South Florida of the Big East (0-10), Texas State is winless in conference play at 0-11.

However, Prairie View of the SWAC, picked up its first conference win of the year last night, beating Grambling, 72-68. Last year, Campbell (0-20) of the Atlantic Sun, was the only Division I school to finish without a conference win.

Alabama is at South Carolina (7:00 ET) and No. 16 Michigan State is at No. 18 Iowa (9:00 ET) on ESPN. ESPN2 covers St Joe's at Temple (7:30 ET). Alabama has gone 7-2 since losing power forward Chuck Davis (the team's leading scorer), while 13-10 South Carolina's (which won the NIT last year) only highlights this year have come in two wins over Florida. The Gamecocks are favored by 4 1/2 points with a total of 130.

Despite leading the Big-10 at 8-3, Iowa is the lowest-ranked of the four Big-10 teams in the latest AP poll. Michigan State lost at Minnesota on Saturday, dropping the Spartans to 1-4 on the Big-10 road this year. Iowa is undefeated at home this season but did lose at East Lansing on January 21, 85-55. Iowa is favored by three points with a total of 133. It's likely ESPN2 would prefer to get out of its commitment to air 10-11 St Joe's at 13-9 Temple, where the Owls are favored by five points with a total of 120 1/2.

No. 2 Duke hosts Wake Forest at 8:00 ET and the Blue Devils are favored by 16 1/2 points (total is 157). Duke has started 11-0 in the ACC for just the third time in school history, while the disappointing Demon Deacons are just 1-9 in league play.

No. 3 Memphis will look to join GW and Gonzaga with its 12th straight win tonight, when the Tigers host Southern Miss at (8:00 ET). Memphis is favored by 25 1/2 points with a total of 144. Penn, 6-0 in the Ivy League, hosts 2nd-place Princeton (5-1 but 7-12 overall) at 8:00 ET and the Quakers are favored by 15 points (total is 110).

Lebron James scored 44 points as the Cavs ended San Antonio's nine-game winning streak last night, 101-87. Surprisingly, the Cavs are 14-2 at home this season vs teams over .500 and just 5-5 at home vs teams at under .500! In other action, the Mavericks routed the Knicks, 100-72. Larry Brown's team has now lost 10 straight games and 16 of their last 17 (3-14 ATS).

Brown's former team the Detroit Pistons host the Nets at 7:35 ET, headlining a five-game NBA schedule on Tuesday. The Nets ended the Pistons' 11-game winning streak with a 91-84 in the Meadowlands, back on January 31. That loss started a slide that's seen the Pistons go 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS their last eight games.

The Nets, while winners of 13 of their last 14 home games, have lost SIX straight road games and NINE of their last 10 (3-7 ATS). The Pistons are an NBA-best 22-2 at home but just 12-12 ATS. Detroit is favored by nine with a total of 180.

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