No. 2 Mississippi State aims to stay unbeaten in SEC tourney

Mississippi State's Morgan William (2) drives on Kentucky's Taylor Murray (24) during the first quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Mississippi State wants to follow the same postseason path as the last Southeastern Conference women’s basketball team to finish a regular season unbeaten.

Xavier reaches new heights, can win 1st Big East title

Xavier guard J.P. Macura (55) reacts with guard Quentin Goodin (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. Xavier won 89-77. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CINCINNATI — Xavier reached a new height when it moved up to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll, and that was just the start of one of the biggest weeks in the school’s basketball history.

Season after title loss, No. 7 Gonzaga rising as March nears

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams (3) defends against BYU guard TJ Haws, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Provo, Utah. Gonzaga won 79-65. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Coming off a loss in the NCAA championship game, Gonzaga began this season with a bit of an edge. Not for that 71-65 defeat by North Carolina, but because coaches in the West Coast Conference predicted the Zags would finish second in the league this year.

Virginia Tech stuns No. 5 Duke, enhances tourney resume

Virginia Tech fans storm the basketball court after defeating Duke after an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech won 64-63. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Chris Clarke tipped in a missed shot with 4 seconds remaining Monday night, and Virginia Tech stunned No. 5 Duke 64-63.

Mercer ranked for first time in 38 years; UConn still No. 1

FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Mercer's head coach Susie Gardner reacts to a referee's call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Chattanooga, in Asheville, N.C. Mercer is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 38 years. The Bears, riding a 24-game winning streak, entered The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at No. 25. It's the first time the team has been ranked since Dec. 9, 1980. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mercer is back in the women’s rankings for the first time in 38 years.

Virginia firms No. 1 poll ranking, Xavier moves up to No. 3

Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, center, shoots as Pittsburgh's Khameron Davis, left, and Jared Wilson-Frame, right, defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Virginia won 66-37. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A second blowout loss to Villanova didn’t stop Xavier from notching the program’s highest AP Top 25 ranking a week ago. The Musketeers are rising again, passing the Wildcats on Monday to reach yet another program high at No. 3.

Power surge: Long ball still name of game for Tennessee Tech

This photo provided by Tennessee Tech Athletics shows Tennessee Tech NCAA college baseball coach Matt Bragga smiling during a game against Little Rock in Cookeville, Tenn., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The Golden Eagles went deep a program-record 11 times in a 30-17 win over Illinois State on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, the most since Belmont hit 12 against UT Martin in 2015. (Tony Marable/Tennessee Tech Athletics via AP)

It looks like the power is turned on again at Tennessee Tech.



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