Huskies back with bang

The Baltimore Sun

Connecticut looks pretty comfortable at No. 1.

Jeff Adrien scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the visiting Huskies celebrated their return to the top of the polls for the first time in three years with a 68-51 dismantling of No. 5 Louisville last night.

Hasheem Thabeet added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the Huskies (21-1, 10-1 Big East) rolled to their 10th straight victory. Jerome Dyson had 14 points and A.J. Price had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Huskies had surprisingly little trouble shutting down the red-hot Cardinals.

Terrence Williams led Louisville (17-4, 8-1) with a career-high 26 points but got little help.

UConn improved to 16-2 all time on the road as No. 1 behind the play of their two big men, who dominated the lane. The Huskies outscored the Cardinals 40-18 in the paint and held Louisville to 34 percent shooting.

No. 6 Pittsburgh 92, Robert Morris 72: : Sam Young had 23 points, DeJuan Blair added 18, and the host Panthers (20-2) won their first game while not ranked in the top five since Nov. 22.

Jeremy Chappell had 19 points and added a team-high eight assists for the Colonials (15-8), who had won their past nine games.

Wisconsin-Green Bay 75, No. 11 Butler 66: : Ryan Tillema scored 21 points for the host Phoenix (18-6, 10-2 Horizon League), while Gordon Hayward had 22 points for Butler (19-2, 10-1).

No. 21 Kansas 75, Baylor 65: : The visiting Jayhawks (18-4, 7-0 Big 12), led by freshman twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, won their seventh straight.

Baylor (15-7, 3-5) has lost four straight.

Off the court

AP men's poll: : Connecticut was at the top of the Associated Press rankings, the fourth straight week with a new No. 1.

The Huskies moved up from second to replace Duke (19-2), which fell to fourth after losing on a last-second shot to Wake Forest in its one week on top.

Wake Forest (17-2) was No. 1 two weeks ago, but the Demon Deacons lost to Virginia Tech and fell out. They had replaced Pittsburgh, which was No. 1 for two weeks before losing to Louisville. North Carolina (19-2) was a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first seven weeks of the season before losing to Boston College.

The five teams that have been No. 1 this season are from two conferences: North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pittsburgh and Connecticut of the Big East.

Knight:: Dick Vitale said he believes Bob Knight has interest in coaching at Georgia.

No one at Georgia is saying whether the school has interest in Knight.

Vitale said Georgia should make Knight, 68, his longtime friend, an offer "in a heartbeat."

Knight became a commentator for ESPN after resigning as Texas Tech coach last February. "You know, never say never," Knight said during last night's broadcast on ESPN2 of the Tennessee-Oklahoma women's game. "I've always said if I had a chance and it was a good one and I was good for the situation, I'd be interested."

Georgia fired Dennis Felton on Thursday and named assistant coach Pete Herrmann the interim coach for the rest of the season.

Texas Tech: : The Big 12 reprimanded coach Pat Knight, two days after he was ejected for twice running onto the court to argue about a foul call.

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