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Frosh Preston leaves Kansas for Europe

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas freshman Billy Preston has signed with a professional team in Bosnia, ending any chance the five-star prospect whose eligibility has been in question for months will play for the Jayhawks.

Preston was expected to start for Kansas, but was suspended for the season opener for a violation of team rules. He was involved in a car accident on campus in early November, and that raised red flags about the ownership of the vehicle he was driving.

Kansas has been working with the NCAA in an attempt to clear Preston, but those efforts appeared to be going nowhere. So, the 6-foot-10 forward decided to begin his professional career overseas.


No. 9 Mich. State regroups, rips Indiana

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges made a 3-pointer and bounced on his toes with joy, enjoying a game he and Michigan State desperately needed.

Bridges scored 22 points to help the ninth-ranked Spartans respond to adversity with an 85-57 win over Indiana on Friday night.


No. 18 Kentucky looking to fix mistakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari warned the growing pains would be ugly for his youngest Kentucky squad.

It's been an annual caution from the coach, but this time he may not have been exaggerating. Kentucky has two losses in its last three Southeastern road contests.


Miami hopes to shake slump at NC State

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) South Florida's flat topography is working in Jim Larranaga's favor, as the Miami Hurricanes coach noted while discussing his week in the wake of a deflating loss to Duke.

"I'm trying to mentally recover," Larranaga said Friday, "so I'm no longer thinking about jumping off a cliff."


Wisconsin routs Illini, ends 3-game skid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) He scores, he rebounds, he leads the press break at 6 feet, 10 inches tall.

Not an everyday combination for a post player, but Ethan Happ doesn't want you to forget he played point guard early in his high school career before he shot up.


Division II to allow Mexican colleges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA's Division II voted by a wide margin Saturday to allow Mexican colleges to apply for membership, expanding its international reach beyond Canada.

The legislation takes effect immediately. Schools must meet all Division II standards, including facilities and staff, before being considered.


Power 5 OK extending medical coverage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA's five largest conferences approved sweeping changes in everything from medical care to basketball during the holidays on Friday, dashing through the agenda with little opposition and virtually no debate.

Extended medical benefits for former athletes, a three-day break for basketball players over the holiday season, more money for student hosts, and allowing men's hockey players to receive draft advice before enrolling in college without losing eligibility were all approved. The Division I autonomy group passed all four measures - and 11 in all - in just 35 minutes at the NCAA's annual convention.


Aldridge helps Davidson win 5th straight

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Peyton Aldridge scored 25 points with nine rebounds and Davidson defeated St. Bonaventure 83-73 on Friday night to extend its winning streak to five.

Aldridge had three of the Wildcats' 14 3-pointers with Davidson (10-7, 5-1) making 42 percent behind the arc and 53 percent overall plus 13 of 14 free throws. Jon Axel Gudmundsson had three treys and 21 points with nine assists. Kellan Grady added four 3-pointers and 16 points and KiShawn Pritchett made all three of his attempts from distance and scored 11.


Buffalo downs WMU, stays unbeaten in MAC

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) CJ Massinburg and Jeremy Harris scored 20 points each on Friday night and Buffalo remained the lone unbeaten team in the Mid-American Conference with an 84-74 win over Western Michigan.

The Bulls (14-5, 6-0) took the lead for good early in a 17-3 run capped at 66-55 on Nick Perkins' jumper with 7:06 to go in the game. The Broncos (11-8, 3-3) got the deficit back to eight in the final four minutes, but Harris hit a 3 and Perkins added a pair of free throws to push the lead to 77-64.


Iona edges Monmouth on late basket

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) E.J. Crawford's shot in the paint with 32 seconds left lifted Iona to a 76-73 victory over Monmouth on Friday night for the Gaels' fifth straight win.

After Crawford's basket, Micah Seaborn, Monmouth's leading scorer who returned after missing three games with an injury, missed a short but well-contested jumper, and Iona's TK Edogi added two free throws with 5.6 seconds left. Austin Tilghman's 3-point attempt banked in and out as time ran out.

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