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Mizzou's Porter to undergo back surgery

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Michael Porter Jr. insisted before the season that he was not necessarily a one-and-done player who would leave next year for the riches of the NBA.

The standout Missouri freshman will have plenty of downtime to consider his future after the school announced Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the season following lower back surgery. The procedure, called a microdiscetomy, was scheduled in Dallas and the expected recovery time is three to four months.

The injury is a staggering blow for last year's top high school recruit, just as it is for a Missouri program excited for the future following his arrival and the talented recruiting class that followed him to Columbia.

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Ball questions Trump's role in release

WASHINGTON (AP) Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night.

The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting of what I did for his son" and "very ungrateful!" LaVar Ball has refused to thank Trump.

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UCLA tops Wisconsin on Holiday's layup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Aaron Holiday spent most of the game trying to get his teammates involved, even forcing a couple of passes when UCLA coach Steve Alford reckoned he should have taken the shot.

Well, he took one when it meant the most.

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Hot shooting leads No. 3 KU to easy win

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Svi Mykhailiuk scored 21 points, Udoka Azubuike added 20 and No. 3 Kansas cruised to a resounding 114-71 victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday night in the Jayhawks' first game of the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Lagerald Vick, Devonte' Graham and Marcus Garrett all finished with a double-double for Kansas, as Vick posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, Graham had 17 points and 11 assists, and Garrett logged 13 points and 11 boards.

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No. 16 A&M gets by PSU in Legends final

NEW YORK (AP) Without prompting, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy and Robert Williams and Duane Wilson took turns speaking about the long term aspirations for the Aggies.

The words they used were `'special" and "March."

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No. 6 Shockers beat Marquette in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Wichita State has multiple players who can score in many ways, its lineup filled with almost interchangeable parts. What sets the No. 6 Shockers apart is their ability to defend tenaciously.

They did just that in the second half against Marquette on Tuesday, winning 80-66 to reach the title game of the Maui Invitational.

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Murphy again powers No. 14 Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jordan Murphy had his fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Minnesota defeated Alabama A&M 100-57 on Tuesday night.

Four other scored in double figures for the Gophers (5-0). Davonte Fitzgerald had 13, Nate Mason scored 12 and Reggie Lynch and Jamir Harris each added 11.

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No. 12 Cincy cruises into Cayman final

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Cane Broome led a balanced attacked with 13 points, Jacob Evans added 12 and No. 12 Cincinnati used a dominant first half to roll into the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic with a 75-48 win over Richmond on Tuesday night.

Jarron Cumberland opened the scoring with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and Evans hit another before the Spiders scored and when Justin Jenifer hit a 3 just beyond the five-minute mark Cincinnati was up 14-4.

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No. 19 Louisville doubles up SIU 84-42

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Three games wasn't too soon for No. 19 Louisville to enjoy a blowout after winning its first two the hard way.

Jordan Nwora came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points, Deng Adel had 16 points and the Cardinals coasted past Southern Illinois 84-42 on Tuesday night.

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'Zona, 'Nova top Battle 4 Atlantis field

Arizona coach Sean Miller has seen his second-ranked Wildcats start the year with three easy wins and guard Allonzo Trier put up big numbers seemingly with ease.

Things will be tougher this week for Arizona in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features an eight-team field and includes a potential marquee matchup with another set of talented Wildcats - No. 5 Villanova - in the championship game.

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