NCAA BASKETBALL: Spartans remain atop AP poll
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State stayed No. 1 for a third straight week in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes. Arizona moved from fourth to second, drawing the other No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Kentucky remains third while Syracuse jumps from eighth to fourth. Ohio State moves up two spots to fifth and is followed by Kansas, which had been second. Completing the top 10 are Louisville, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Duke, which dropped four spots after losing to Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Nets’ Pierce sidelined up to month
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets. Pierce was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right, shooting hand, the team said Monday. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston.