Short-handed Maryland losing grip on elite status in Big Ten

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Maryland head coach Brenda Frese calls out to her team during the first half an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, in Hartford, Conn. The roster of the three-time defending Big Ten champions has been whittled down to nine players. Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese isn't the least bit discouraged, mainly because she's dealt with a whole lot worse, on and off the court. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The three-time defending Big Ten women’s basketball champions are deep in recovery mode — again.

Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools

In this Jan. 5, 2018, photo, Northern Arizona assistant basketball coach Jason Sanchez goes over game film from the night before on a bus ride to Pocatello, Idaho. The Lumberjacks lost to Weber State by 40, then had to leave the next day on a two-hour bus ride for a game against Idaho State before driving back through Ogden to Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

POCATELLO — As the bus rolls past mileage signs for places like Malad City, Arimo and Woodruff, the long frames of Northern Arizona’s basketball players splay across the seats. Heads rest on makeshift pillows of jackets and backpacks, legs stretch across aisles, feet rise above headrests.

Oregon upsets No. 11 Arizona State 76-72

Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) shoots over Arizona State forward Romello White (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Oregon has been through its share of disappointments this season after reaching the Final Four last spring, none bigger than a loss to rival Oregon State last week.

Holiday leads UCLA over Utah 83-64 to stay atop Pac-12

Utah guard Christian Popoola, left, fouls UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. UCLA won 83-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday has yet to miss a game in three seasons at UCLA. Starting or coming off the bench, he’s been reliable.

McLaughlin, Metu help USC overpower Colorado 70-58

Southern California forward Chimezie Metu, right, is fouled by Colorado guard Tyler Bey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. USC won 70-58. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when their two leading scorers didn’t produce, the Southern California Trojans won with defense.



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