Villanova cruises by DePaul 86-59

Villanova guard Josh Hart, right, shoots over DePaul guard Eli Cain during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Josh Hart scored 18 points and No. 1 Villanova celebrated its first game as the nation’s top team with an 86-59 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

No. 2 Maryland overpowers Bowie State 93-62

Maryland forward Jake Layman (10) takes a shot against Bowie State guard Dayshawn Wells (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taking a break from its rigorous Big Ten schedule, No. 2 Maryland enjoyed a stress-free encounter against an overmatched foe.

No. 5 Xavier loses 70-56 to Creighton

Xavier coach Chris Mack follows the game during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Creighton won 70-56. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Xavier found itself down 17 points early against Creighton, and the way the Musketeers were shooting and Bluejays point guard Maurice Watson was dominating, there really was no chance for a comeback.

Boise State softball picked last in Mountain West

(AP) — Fresno State was picked to defend its Mountain West title in the league’s preseason coaches poll released Tuesday. The Bulldogs earned 8-of-9 first-place votes, and San Diego State had the other. Boise State, which was 4-20 in Mountain West play last season (12-42 overall), begins its season Thursday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against Creighton and Virginia.

Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll

Villanova guard Josh Hart, right, and Providence guard Ryan Fazekas, left, reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

(AP) — Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

Hield’s 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) goes to the basket between Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr. (12) and guard Tevin Mack (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield had done just about everything this season. He did the ultimate Monday night.


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