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Charlotte fires coach, ex-NBA star Price

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte 49ers athletic director Judy Rose said the decision to fire men's basketball coach Mark Price was strictly performance-based, citing the team's lack of intensity.

The school announced Thursday that Price was released from his contract effective immediately. Assistant coach Houston Fancher, who has 12 years of head coaching experience, will serve as the 49ers interim head coach.

The 53-year-old Price, who was a four-time NBA All-Star guard, was in his third season with the 49ers and had a 30-42 record overall. He was 16-20 in Conference USA play.

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Oklahoma State dismisses Dillard, Dawson

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State has dismissed junior Davon Dillard and freshman Zack Dawson from the team for failing to meet unspecified standards set by the program.

Coach Mike Boynton says he could not "make compromises in our core values when it comes to individual players." Dillard and Dawson were suspended before the season for reasons the school has not disclosed. Dawson missed one game and Dillard missed the first five.

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Lecomte returns as No. 21 Baylor rolls

WACO, Texas (AP) Manu Lecomte's wrap on his injured left thumb will come off eventually, assuming it heals.

Baylor coach Scott Drew chuckled while wondering whether that was a good thing.

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Hot-shooting Northwestern pounds Valpo

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Northwestern has rediscovered its winning ways and everyone seems convinced Texas Tech provided the necessary motivation.

Coming off the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a preseason top-25 ranking, the Wildcats may have fallen a little too in love with themselves early in the season. But their joyride ended with a 36-point loss to Texas Tech at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 19.

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UCLA moves on from brief Ball family era

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Ball family was one and done at UCLA. However, the ramifications of doing business with Lonzo, LiAngelo, LaMelo and father LaVar could have a lasting impact on the program.

LiAngelo Ball - the younger brother of Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball - was pulled out of school by LaVar months after the shoplifting scandal in China and signed with the professional team Vytautas Prienai in Lithuania. LaMelo Ball, the youngest of the three brothers still in high school, signed with the same team thus giving up his eligibility to play in college.

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Huskies to retire Isaiah Thomas' jersey

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Former Washington star and current Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas will have his number retired by the school.

The retirement ceremony for Thomas' No. 2 has been scheduled for Feb. 15 when the Huskies host Utah. Thomas joins Brandon Roy and Bob Houbregs as they only players to have their numbers retired by the school.

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Brunson has 31, No. 1 'Nova routs Temple

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jalen Brunson helped Villanova continue its remarkable reign of Philadelphia.

Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova's dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night.

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Louisville to appeal NCAA sanctions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are meeting with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee to appeal sanctions from a sex scandal that could include vacation of the 2013 men's basketball championship.

University spokesman John Karman confirmed Wednesday's hearing in Atlanta with the Appeals Committee, with a decision expected by February. The NCAA in June placed the school on four years' probation and ordered vacation of up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title. Those penalties followed an investigation into an escort's allegations that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.

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Louisville counterclaims Pitino lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.

WDRB-TV reports the university alleges negligence and "wrongful conduct" by Pitino has tarnished the school's reputation.

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No. 9 A&M sets school mark with 16 3s

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M was bigger, stronger and deeper than Savannah State, so the ninth-ranked Aggies' inside dominance came as no surprise.

A&M also beat the Tigers at the outside shooting on which Savannah State relies, and that combination produced a 113-66 blowout Wednesday night.

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