LOUISVILLE BEATS KENTUCKY FOR FIRST TIME IN FIVE TRIES
louisville, ky.» Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points, including a key drive with 1:44 remaining, to help No. 10 Louisville beat No. 6 Kentucky 73-70 on Wednesday night in the 50th battle for Bluegrass bragging rights.
After managing just two rebounds in 28 minutes last year in Lexington, Snider rebounded with 10-of-19 shooting to help the Cardinals earn a signature win against their in-state rival. But he needed help down the stretch with Jaylen Johnson’s layup with 16 seconds left and Donovan Mitchell’s two free throws with eight seconds left for a three-point edge that helped end a four-game losing streak in the series.
Malik Monk’s 3-point attempt to tie for Kentucky bounced off the front of the rim with three seconds left, and Deng Adel grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Louisville (11-1).
De’Aaron Fox led Kentucky (10-2) with 21 points while Monk had 16 a game after scoring a freshman-record 47 against North Carolina.
• Josh Hart scored 20 points to lead No. 1 Villanova to its 18th straight win, 90-48 over American.
• Johnathan Motley had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead five doubledigit scorers, and No. 4 Baylor finished its perfect run through nonconference play with a 89-63 victory over Texas Southern.
• Luke Kennard scored 21 points while Duke star Grayson Allen received a technical foul for his third tripping incident in a year during the fifth-ranked Blue Devils’ 72-61 victory over Elon.
• Zach Collins scored 21 points as undefeated and No. 7 Gonzaga beat South Dakota 102-65 to start a season 12-0 for the first time.
• Kennedy Meeks scored 10 of his 18 points during No. 8 North Carolina’s dominant second half in an 85-42 win over Northern Iowa.
• Kansas freshman center Udoka Azubuike, a 7-footer from Nigeria who was averaging 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, will miss the rest of the season because of a left wrist injury.
• Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points and Kia Nurse added 20 to help No. 1 UConn women rout Nebraska 84-41 for the Huskies’ 86th consecutive victory. The streak is the second longest in NCAA women’s basketball history behind the 90 straight UConn won from 2008-11.
• No. 15 Colorado was upset 82-75 at home against Wyoming. It was the first loss for the Buffs (10-1), who were led by Kennedy Leonard’s 29 points. Liv Roberts led Wyoming (7-3) with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
In a wild fourth quarter, Wyoming outscored CU 31-29.
Rapids open at home.
The Rapids will open the 2017 Major League Soccer season at home against New England on March 4.
Minnesota United will play its firstever game at Portland on March 3 in the first match of the 2017 MLS season, and Atlanta United will make its debut two days later at home against the New York Red Bulls.
Notre Dame hired Mike Elko as its defensive coordinator, hoping he can turn around a unit that struggled at the beginning of last season and was blamed in part for a down year for the Fighting Irish. Elko has spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest after two years at Bowling Green. … Baylor was fined $5,000 for NCAA football recruiting violations, the latest blow for a program trying to pick up the pieces from a sexual assault scandal and struggles on the field. The NCAA announced the punishment after an investigation found that assistant football coaches violated NCAA rules in spring 2015. The penalties were not severe, with the NCAA accepting most of the school’s self-imposed punishments, including banning two assistants from off-campus recruiting for 12 weeks and game suspensions that have already been served.