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ACC makes way for Big East in poll

The Atlantic Coast Conference's record run of seven ranked teams ended Monday.

The Big East provided the two unbeaten replacements, West Virginia and Boston College, and tied the ACC with five schools in the Associated Press Top 25.

Illinois and Kansas remained 1-2 in the poll for the fifth straight week. That's how long the ACC had seven teams in the Top 25, the longest run with that many.

North Carolina State lost two straight nonconference games and fell from 17th, and Virginia lost its conference opener to Wake Forest and dropped from No. 25.

Pittsburgh fell from 10th to 16th, the week's biggest drop.

HENSON TO COACH: Lou Henson will return to coaching but will be in a wheelchair when New Mexico State plays North Texas on Saturday. Henson, 22 victories short of becoming the fifth Division I coach with 800, was stricken with viral encephalitis three months ago. The disease, an acute inflammation of the brain, caused paralysis in Henson's right leg.

ST. JOHN'S: The Red Storm will not participate in the Big East tournament because of the penalties the program imposed on itself for NCAA violations.


UTAH 69, LSU 55: Andrew Bogut had 24 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double double for the host Utes.


DUKE: Forward Reggie Love will miss six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot.


USF: Sophomore guard Marius Prekevicius will be out three to four weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee.


GEORGIA ST. 76, UCF 63: Kevin Thomas scored 25 and hit five 3-pointers for the host Panthers.

STETSON 68, JU 63: Jacksonville native Will Holloman sank two free throws with 15 seconds left for the visiting Hatters.

B-CC 73, SAVANNAH ST. 64: Michael Williams scored 22, including the basket that gave the visiting Wildcats the lead for good early in the second half.

FAU 104, MERCER 101 (3OT): Mike Bell hit a crucial dunk and a 3-pointer to lift the visiting Owls.


UCF 49, FAU 41: Ali Roberts had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead host UCF.

ALABAMA 60, FIU 54: Marverly Nettles scored 11 of her 17 in the second half for the host Crimson Tide.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.