The night of the close games

Some “skin of the teeth” survival stories tonight:

#13 Florida State squeaked past Iowa, 94-93. It was the first loss of the season for the Hawkeyes.

#15 Maryland escaped Virginia, 60-59.

#18 Texas A&M held off Rice, 82-76.

#25 Villanova escaped Princton, 62-59.

Surprises:

North Carolina handed Minnesota their first loss of the season, 88-83.

Younger Insell (Ole Miss) handed older Insell (MTSU) their first loss, 65-56.

San Diego State edged San Diego, 77-76, to give them their first loss.

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule features #8 Ohio State at #14 Duke, #20 Kentucky at #9 Baylor and red-hot NC State at red-hot Rutgers, among other great matchups.

College team news:

‘Something that our team needed’: South Carolina is set to rebound from its first loss, Dawn Staley says.

The Lady Vols are back from Cancun and focusing on defense.

Unbeaten Kentucky faces their first big test tomorrow. Is ‘positionless basketball’ the key?

Duke hopes to contain Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell tomorrow.

Wright State is awash in game-ready players.

Arizona State’s rebounding defines success early in the season.

College player news:

Syracuse has a new starter at the point.

A call to Seton Hall helped get UConn’s Gabby Williams home.

Ali Andrews is enjoying sophomore success at Illinois.

Cierra Porter’s versatility gives Missouri an edge.

Despite a tough start, sophomore Samantha Widmann shines for Cornell.

The NCAA’s top five players for the week.

Mid-major rankings:

ESPNW’s mid-major rankings for the week feature some newcomers.

WNBA news:

Overseas update on five players.

Maya Moore is Sports Illustrated’s performer of the year.

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