Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Indiana tops AP basketball preseason poll; Florida Gators 10th, FSU Seminoles 25th

Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason basketball poll, a first for the Hoosiers since 1979-80, when they were coached by Bob Knight and the 3-point line was in the experimental phase.

Florida is ranked 10th in the poll released Friday, coming off a run to the Elite Eight last season, and Florida State, which won the ACC tournament in March, is 25th. Two powers close to Indiana fill the top three: Louisville is second, and defending national champion Kentucky, despite losing nearly everyone to graduation, is third.

The Hoosiers, who return all five starters including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller, got 43 first-place votes from a 65-member national media panel. Louisville was No. 1 on 20 ballots, and Kentucky got the other two first-place votes. No. 4 Ohio State and Michigan joined Indiana as Big Ten teams ranked in the top five.

GATOR TRANSFERS: Sophomore forward Cody Larson will transfer from Florida. Larson was stripped of his scholarship in the spring after he failed to meet rules coach Billy Donovan put in place for him. He had said he would remain with the team while paying his own way and participated in UF's media day two weeks ago. Larson plans to complete this semester. "After a lot of careful thought, I have decided that I need to place my focus on my personal life and my academics," Larson said. He scored 12 points in his career.

DEPAUL: Freshman DeJuan Marrero (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season.

IOWA STATE: The school signed former USC point guard Maurice Jones. He will be eligible in 2013-14, when he'll be a junior.

MINNESOTA: Assistant Saul Smith will return next month after a DUI arrest got him put him on unpaid leave for five days. Athletic director Norwood Teague said Smith returned to the payroll, but coach Tubby Smith's son will be on administrative leave until Nov. 13.

Football: No. 16 Cards prevail in overtime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift No. 16 Louisville to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night after an attempt to ice the redshirt kicker went horribly wrong for the Bearcats.

Cincinnati got the ball first in OT, but cornerback Terrell Floyd intercepted Munchie Legaux in the end zone and the Cardinals drove 12 yards to set up Wallace's kick.

Bearcats coach Butch Jones called timeout right before the field-goal try — nullifying the play in which a high snap went through the holder's hands.

Teddy Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker on a 64-yard catch-and-run score with 1:56 left for Louisville (8-0, 3-0 Big East), but the Bearcats (5-2, 1-1) tied it at 31 on Legaux's 26-yard TD pass to Damon Julian with 1:03 left.

SEVENTH BIG BOWL: Support for adding a bowl to the new postseason system has not waned, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said. ESPN.com reported this week the chances of a seventh game being added to the rotation that starts in 2014 had decreased because of various concerns, ranging from TV rights to game location.

'HONEY BADGER' RELEASED: Former LSU standouts Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, and Jordan Jefferson were released from a Baton Rouge jail after their arrests with two other ex-Tigers on marijuana charges. Former safety Derrick Bryant also was released. Ex-linebacker Karnell Hatcher remained in jail.

NEBRASKA: The program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its NCAA-record sellout streak. Tonight's game against Michigan will be the 323rd sellout in a row at Lincoln's Memorial Stadium.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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