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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.


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.


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.


Louisville appeals to reverse sanctions

Louisville says in an appeal that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions imposed "grossly excessive" penalties in ordering the vacation of its 2013 men's basketball championship and tournament revenue for a sex scandal.

The NCAA in June placed Louisville on four years' probation and ordered that it vacate up to 123 victories , including the 2013 title and 2012 Final Four appearance. Its decision followed an investigation into an escort's book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits from 2010-14 .


SDSU knocks off Iowa in Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Freshman David Jenkins Jr. scored a season-high 23 points, including big baskets down the stretch, and South Dakota State fended off Iowa 80-72 in a consolation-bracket semifinal at the Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday.

Tevin King, a junior, added a career-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals. Reed Tellinghuisen scored 15 points and Mike Daum 10. The Jackrabbits, preseason favorites in the Summit League, shot 44 percent but were 10 of 20 from the arc and 16 of 19 from the free-throw line.


UConn G Adams pays fine in scooter case

VERNON, Conn. (AP) UConn guard Jalen Adams has paid a $50 fine to resolve the legal case stemming from an on-campus scooter crash earlier this month that also resulted in his one-game suspension from the team.

Adams originally was charged with misdemeanor evading responsibility after leaving the scene of the crash, which police said occurred while he and three others were racing scooters on a campus street on Nov. 8.


'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.


Missouri St. edges Manhattan in Florida

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Alize Johnson drove and scored with 11 seconds left to give Missouri State a 69-65 victory over Manhattan on Tuesday in the consolation semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

After Johnson's basket, Ryan Kreklow made a steal and sank two free throws for the final score.


Great Alaska Shootout coming to an end

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Four decades ago, Alaska Anchorage head basketball coach Bob Rachal was looking to promote the program, and while rubbing shoulders with coaches from major programs at the Final Four, he found a way.

The NCAA wanted a presence in all 50 states and had created a rule to help the "geographically disadvantaged." Colleges were allotted a fixed number of games but could use one of those allotments to play a three-game tournament in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Squeezing in two extra games proved irresistible and the Great Alaska Shootout was born.


FAU gets past N. Illinois at Gulf Coast

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Ronald Delph scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Florida Atlantic used a late scoring burst to beat Northern Illinois 77-67 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday.

Delph posted his second straight double-double while Anthony Adger scored 15 points with five assists, Gerdarius Troutman made 4 of 6 3-point tries and scored 14 points, and Justin Massey added 13 points for the Owls (2-2), who shot 47.5 percent and made 7 of 13 from the arc.

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