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Dec. 24, 2019

Posted: Dec 24, 2019 9:36 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Second-ranked Ohio State meets No. 22 West Virginia as one of two games on the week's AP Top 25 schedule matching a pair of ranked teams. The Buckeyes have already beaten Villanova, North Carolina and Kentucky in nonconference play so far. They rank in the top 10 of KenPom's national offensive and defensive efficiency metrics. The schedule also includes an instate rivalry game between No. 3 Louisville and No. 19 Kentucky. Gonzaga is off this week after becoming the sixth different team to reach No. 1 in the AP men's college basketball poll this season.

ATLANTA (AP) — No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Oklahoma could be missing key players in the Peach Bowl playoff semifinal. LSU's top rusher, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, missed Monday's practice after suffering a hamstring injury last week in practice. The Tigers may have to rely on three backups, including freshmen Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery. Edwards-Helaire ran for 1,290 yards with 16 touchdowns as a first-team All-SEC back. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has confirmed that three players will be suspended for the game. Sacks leader Ronnie Perkins is among those suspended.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has officially announced the addition of Santiago Vescovi to the men's basketball team. He is a point guard from Uruguay who most recently played for the NBA Global Academy in Australia. Vescovi signed with Tennessee on Nov. 22. He is set to join the team this weekend and is awaiting standard NCAA and Southeastern Conference clearance protocols before becoming eligible to compete in games. That clearance likely wouldn’t come until early January. Tennessee officials say a decision on whether the 18-year-old Vescovi (pronounced vess-CO-vee) will play this season hasn’t been made.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Freshman Anthony Edwards scored 23 points to lead Georgia to a comeback 73-64 win over Georgia Southern Monday night.Edwards took over the game late, scoring eight straight points as the Bulldogs rallied from a 60-59 deficit with 5:16 to play. Georgia Southern led by as much as seven points in the second half.Fellow freshman Toumani Camara scored a career-high 16 points for Georgia, most on dunks.Ike Smith led Georgia Southern with 25 points. Isaiah Crawley added 16.

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