November 23, 2012

College Roundup: Curry, Plumlee pace Duke over Minnesota

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Mason Plumlee, Elliott Eliason, Andre Hollins
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Duke’s Mason Plumlee dunks against Minnesota’s Andre Hollins, left, and Elliott Eliason during the Blue Devils’ 89-71 win in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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While Wake Forest couldn't make a basket, UConn was hitting almost everything. Stefanie Dolson made her first career 3-pointer in the first half and finished with 11 points. The Huskies finished the game shooting 69 percent from the field.

Wake Forest (2-2) made just 22 percent.

FOOTBALL

KENT STATE: The school has clinched the division and a spot in next week's Mid-American Conference championship. After that, it's a trip to a bowl game.

Kent State, ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 1973, has rarely had it so good. And, it would appear there is little to be gained in Friday's conference finale against Ohio.

But a win would complete the greatest regular season in Kent State football's 90-year history, and bolster the school's bowl resume.

OREGON: Back in 2000, Oregon had a chance to clinch a Rose Bowl berth with a victory over Oregon State in the Civil War rivalry game. Instead, the Ducks lost 23-13 in Corvallis.

The stakes are high again for this year's Civil War on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Fifth-ranked Oregon (10-1, 7-1) needs a win over the No. 16 Beavers (8-2, 6-2) for a shot at its fourth straight Pac-12 championship. The Ducks also need No. 11 Stanford (9-2, 7-1) to lose to southern division winner UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Their ticket to the Mid-American Conference title game already has been punched.

The 24th-ranked Huskies still aren't planning to take Friday's regular-season finale easy.

Northern Illinois (10-1, 7-0 MAC) can set a new school record with its 11th straight win and tie the school's single-season win total by beating Eastern Michigan (2-9, 1-6) on the road.

Coach Dave Doeren has taken the Huskies to the MAC championship game in both of his two seasons.

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