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'Nova still atop AP poll, ASU up to 3rd

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12. Now the Sun Devils are one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, inching toward the program's first No. 1 ranking.

Arizona State moved up two spots to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 released on Monday, leapfrogging preseason No. 1 Duke after Wichita State dropped out of the top 10.

Villanova was No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving 45 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel. Michigan State stayed at No. 2 and received 15 first-place votes, with Arizona State getting the final five first-place votes to match its highest ranking as a program.


No. 7 UNC rallies late, tops No. 20 Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) North Carolina passed the kind of road challenge it wanted to face before starting Atlantic Coast Conference competition.

Kenny Williams sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left as the seventh-ranked Tar Heels rallied past No. 20 Tennessee 78-73 Sunday.


ASU overcomes 13-0 hole to beat Vandy

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State came out flat, missing shots, tossing balls into the stands, allowing open 3-pointers.

The No. 5 team in the country? The Sun Devils looked more like they should be unranked, not among college basketball's elite.


Bowman leads BC to fourth straight win

BOSTON (AP) Boston College coach Jim Christian could tell his team was lethargic on the defensive end in the first half.

He was especially happy they realized it, too, and played a lot better in the second.


Okogie returns, helps Ga. Tech end skid

ATLANTA (AP) The return of sophomore guard Josh Okogie on Sunday gave Georgia Tech a big lift with ACC play looming in less than two weeks and rival Georgia up next on Tuesday.

Okogie, a preseason second-team All-ACC choice, scored 19 points in his first game of the season and the Yellow Jackets (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-54 victory over Florida A&M.


Dickerson helps Washington hold off LMU

SEATTLE (AP) Each time the Washington Huskies seemed to be on the verge of pulling away, Loyola Marymount countered - right up until the final minute.

Jaylen Nowell hit an off-balance jumper with 30 seconds left as the shot clock was winding down to give Washington a four-point lead, and the Huskies held on for an 80-77 victory against LMU on Sunday.


McLaughlin has 19 assists in USC's win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chimezie Metu is known for his rim-rattling dunks. He showed some variety on his way to a career-high 31 points, hitting three 3-pointers.

"I've been working on it all summer," he said of his long-range shooting. "I'm still a dunker at heart."

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