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Nashville to host SEC tourney until 2030

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has decided Music City is the place to keep its basketball tournament for years to come, extending its deal with an option that could keep the event in Nashville through 2035.

The league announced the agreement Tuesday to play the tournament in Nashville through 2030 with an option for a five-year extension. The only exception is 2022, when the SEC women's tournament will be played in Nashville and the men's tournament is in Tampa.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says Nashville has proven to be an outstanding home with tremendous support for the tournament. Sankey says the league has had success with deals keeping its football championship game in Atlanta; its baseball championship in Hoover, Alabama; and now Nashville for basketball.

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GT's Banks eligible after Texas transfer

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech forward James Banks, a transfer from Texas, has been granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA.

The 6-foot-8 Banks played two seasons at Texas, averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. He will have two years of eligibility with the Yellow Jackets without having to sit out a season.

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Duke jumps Kansas for No. 1 in AP poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke changed everything about who AP Top 25 voters considered to be the nation's best team with a single dominating performance against a marquee opponent.

It also gave the Blue Devils yet another milestone under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a record number of appearances at No. 1.

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Vick's 32 spark No. 2 Kansas by Vermont

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas guard Lagerald Vick followed his underwhelming season-opening performance against Michigan State with what Bill Self called the best offensive performance of anybody he's ever coached.

Vick went 8 for 8 from outside the 3-point arc. He hit two more deep 2s with his foot on the line. And the only shots he missed were a short hook and what Self called "a dipsy-do layup," giving the senior a career-high 32 points in an 84-68 victory over Vermont on Monday night.

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No. 7 UNC rips Stanford in home opener

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams spent two games missing shot after shot in an unusually cold stretch for No. 7 North Carolina's senior starting guard and top defensive player.

He tried not to get too frustrated and kept believing the next ones were sure to fall - until they finally did against Stanford on Monday night.

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Brown helps No. 12 K-State get by Denver

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Nothing has come easy for No. 12 Kansas State early this season.

Barry Brown had 15 of his 25 points in the second half and the Wildcats held off Denver 64-56 on Monday night. Brown scored all the points in an 11-0 run that helped K-State stave off an upset bid by the pesky Pioneers.

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No. 25 Buffalo pulls away from SIU 62-53

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history, Buffalo showed its staying power with another road win.

Montell McRae and Jeremy Harris each scored 11 points and No. 25 Buffalo pulled away for a 62-53 victory at Southern Illinois on Monday night.

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Howard helps Marquette return to Top 25

MILWAUKEE (AP) Markus Howard is quite the big shot at No. 24 Marquette.

He can rebound. He can find open teammates. He can draw extra attention from defenses simply by just being on the floor.

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Kalscheur shines as Minnesota tops Utah

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) From key players healed after injuries to multi-talented newcomers filling out the rotation, Minnesota has a much deeper team than last season.

Gabe Kalscheur is part of that fresh start, set up to help the Gophers fix a long-running weakness in outside shooting.

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2nd-half run carries Texas by UL Monroe

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) With an offense developing in fits and starts and going long stretches without baskets, Texas isn't exactly pretty, but the Longhorns are undefeated to start the season.

Monday night was the latest example of coach Shaka Smart's work in progress: a 65-55 win over scrappy Louisiana-Monroe that Texas didn't control until midway through the second half.

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