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Noah may miss game following surgery

Florida sophomore forward Joakim Noah underwent oral surgery Thursday morning to have his front tooth replaced and his status for Sunday's game at Alabama is uncertain, coach Billy Donovan said Friday.

"The surgery went well," Donovan said. "They don't think there's any type of concussion or anything like that, but where his status is for Sunday, I'm not really sure."

Noah's tooth was knocked out after he was hit by Tennessee guard C.J. Watson's elbow while the two fought for the ball. Noah missed the final 1:50 of the game. He did not practice Thursday and Friday.

"It looks real bad," teammate Corey Brewer said. "It'll go down. It's going to take a couple of weeks, but he'll be fine. His lip's really swollen. I'm pretty confident he'll play. I've had a couple of tooth procedures. It hurts, but he just needs a mouthpiece and he'll be all right."

- ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer

MATTA STAYING PUT: Ohio State coach Thad Matta ended speculation that he's a candidate for the vacancy at Indiana, saying he's found such bliss in two years with the Buckeyes that he's not interested in pursuing what he once considered his dream job.

"I'm as happy as I've ever been at Ohio State," Matta said. "Our goal is to build this thing into a top-20 program, and we're on the verge of doing that."

Matta had been vague about the issue because his eight-year, $11-million contract forbids him to speak publicly about other jobs. But when told by the media he could say he's not a candidate for another opening without violating his pact, he replied: "Can I? Well, that's how I feel."

Matta said the notion that he would leave is so ludicrous that he hasn't even felt compelled to reassure incoming recruits.

"With our (current) players, we've laughed about it," he said.

UTEP SENIOR TEARS ACL: John Tofi, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, is out for the season after tearing his right ACL at Memphis this week. Tofi, a senior who averaged 13.9 points and 9.2 rebounds, was carried off on a stretcher during the first half of the Miners' 66-56 loss to No. 4 Memphis.

FSU: Junior forward Al Thornton, who averages 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches all-District 6 first team.

LOUISVILLE: Freshman guard Bryan Harvey left the team and intends to transfer. Coach Rick Pitino said Harvey made his decision following Wednesday's 65-53 win over DePaul. Harvey played in 18 games, averaging 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.


N.C. STATE 82, NO. 19 B.C. 71: Monica Pope scored 13 of her career-high 19 in the second half as visiting Wolfpack closed out their regular season with four wins in five games to move a half-game ahead of Boston College.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 55, NO. 17 TEMPLE 50: The visiting Colonials had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Sarah-Jo Lawrence missed a shot at the buzzer. George Washington then scored the first six points in overtime to seal the win.

TEXAS TECH: Marsha Sharp, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame coach who won an NCAA title at Tech and turned the school into a perennial national power, made it official - she'll resign at the end of the season.