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Illini dismiss G Nunn after guilty plea

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has dismissed junior guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team following his guilty plea to misdemeanor domestic battery.

Athletic director Josh Whitman and coach John Groce said Tuesday they decided to kick Nunn off the team "to reaffirm our core values of trust and respect, to send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior."

Nunn pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. He was arrested in March after being accused of striking a woman.

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Purdue F Edwards opts out of NBA draft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue junior forward Vincent Edwards has decided not to pursue the NBA for now.

The school said Tuesday that Edwards has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Boilermakers for the 2016-2017 season. Edwards is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound player from Middletown, Ohio. He says he talked with his family and Purdue coach Matt Painter after going through the NBA evaluation process and "decided it is best for me to return for my junior year."

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Kansas-Kentucky tops SEC/Big 12 field

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kentucky will host Kansas in the marquee matchup in the next SEC/Big 12 Challenge, a one-day event that features 10 games on Jan. 28 at various sites.

The other SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchups announced Tuesday include Texas at Georgia, Baylor at Mississippi, Texas A&M at West Virginia, Florida at Oklahoma, Iowa State at Vanderbilt, Kansas State at Tennessee, Arkansas at Oklahoma State, Auburn at TCU and LSU at Texas Tech.

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Duke-MSU, UNC-Indiana for ACC/Big Ten

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Duke will play host to Michigan State and North Carolina will visit Indiana in the marquee matchups of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The leagues and ESPN announced the matchups for the three-day event that features 14 games from Nov. 28-30.

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Fleming transferring from Iowa to Mocs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Chattanooga has added Iowa transfer Andrew Fleming to its roster.

The Mocs announced Fleming's addition Tuesday in a university release. Fleming will sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play for his new team in 2017-18.

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Kittles joins Princeton's coaching staff

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player Kerry Kittles has joined Princeton's coaching staff.

Coach Mitch Henderson announced the hiring Tuesday.

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Villanova to visit White House next week

WASHINGTON (AP) Beat the buzzer, visit the White House.

White House officials said Tuesday that the Villanova men's basketball team will visit with President Barack Obama next week. The visit comes nearly two months after Villanova won its first title since 1985, on a buzzer beater from Kris Jenkins against North Carolina.

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F Bluiett to return to Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) Forward Trevon Bluiett has withdrawn from consideration from the NBA draft and will return to Xavier for his junior season.

The Musketeers return the nucleus of a team that finished second in the Big East to national champion Villanova. Bluiett has been their leading scorer each of his two seasons, averaging 15.1 points last season. He was their top 3-point shooter and third-leading rebounder at 6.1 per game.

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Liberty F Maxwell transferring to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Liberty forward Evan Maxwell is transferring to Kansas, where the school announced Monday that he will have to sit out next season under NCAA rules.

The 6-foot-10 Maxwell played two seasons for the Flames and started all but one game last season. He was second on the team with 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

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Georgia G Parker granted redshirt year

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.

Parker, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in Georgia's exhibition game against Armstrong State but missed the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting 14 games.

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