Hand gesture at UM fans costs Va. Tech's Allen a game

The Baltimore Sun

Not everybody at Comcast Center noticed Jeff Allen's gesture to Maryland fans after he fouled out of Saturday's game. But the TV cameras had a tight enough shot of the Virginia Tech player to capture his hands (and finger).

And Virginia Tech took notice.

The school announced that Allen will be suspended for one game for what it called "inappropriate and unacceptable" conduct.

Hokies coach Seth Greenberg said in a prepared statement: "I was extremely disappointed in Jeff Allen's actions as he was leaving the court at the University of Maryland on Saturday night. I in no way condone his behavior and will deal with it appropriately. Jeff knows better and is extremely remorseful about the incident and apologizes for his actions."

Allen apologized in a statement for his "lapse in judgment during the heat of the moment."

Allen scored eight points in Maryland's 83-73 win.

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AP men's poll: : Connecticut (24-2) was again a runaway choice as the top men's team in the Associated Press Top 25, receiving 66 first-place votes from the 72-member national media panel, and the three teams behind the Huskies remained the same for a second straight week.

Oklahoma (25-1), which was No. 1 on four ballots, was second, followed by North Carolina (23-2), which got two first-place votes, and Pittsburgh (24-2).

AP women's poll: : Connecticut remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in the poll for a 12th straight week, and Oklahoma received all 45 second-place votes again.

Meanwhile, Maryland moved up two spots to No. 9 after winning three games last week. The Terps (21-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have a five-game winning streak overall, are ahead of league rivals No. 10 North Carolina (22-4, 7-3) and No. 11 Florida State (21-5, 9-1).

Duke (20-3, 8-2) is the ACC's highest-ranked team at No. 7.

Maryland women: : Senior guard-forward Marissa Coleman received her fifth career ACC Women's Player of the Week award after averaging 24.3 points, eight rebounds and four assists in three wins last week.

North Carolina men: : Coach Roy Williams said he expects a decision this week on whether freshman 7-footer Tyler Zeller will return from a broken left wrist or take a redshirt.

Michigan State: : Coach Tom Izzo said Raymar Morgan will be back on the court tonight when the No. 6 Spartans play at No. 19 Purdue.

Morgan, a junior forward, missed the past three games while recovering from a batch of illnesses.

Davidson: : Stephen Curry, the nation's leading scorer, was held out of practice but was confident he could return this week after spraining his left ankle two days earlier.

Connecticut: : Point guard Jerome Dyson underwent knee surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.

The school said Dyson, who is from Rockville, had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, which he suffered last week in a win over Syracuse. There had been hope that Dyson, who averaged 13.2 points, could return for the NCAA tournament.

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