LaVar Ball downplayed U.S. President Donald Trump's role in getting son LiAngelo and two other UCLA freshmen out of legal trouble following the players' arrests in China on Nov. 7, telling ESPN "everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
Kenny Wooten had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Victor Bailey scored 18 points to lead Oregon to a 114-56 victory over Alabama State on Friday night.
Kris Clyburn scored 19 points, Shakur Juiston added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and UNLV beat Eastern Washington 91-76 on Friday night.
Devin Watson scored 20 points before leaving with a cramp midway through the second half and Malik Pope scored nine of his 16 points during a 24-2 run in the first half that carried San Diego State to an 83-52 victory against McNeese State on Friday.
Andre Spight scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Anthony Johnson came off the bench to score 15, including a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds, to help Northern Colorado fend off Pepperdine 84-82 on Friday night.
Chase Foster scored 19 points and reserve Remu Raitanen contributed 12 points and six rebounds to guide San Francisco to a 69-56 win over Sacramento State on Friday night.
NCAAM RPI Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI RK||SOS RK||SOR RK||RPI RK|
|14||Michigan StateMSU||Big Ten||1-1||14||99||189||--|
|15||West VirginiaWVU||Big 12||1-1||15||125||192||--|
|22||Texas TechTTU||Big 12||2-0||22||333||113||--|
|25||Seton HallHALL||Big East||3-0||25||233||27||--|
- BPI RK: Rank in the Basketball Power Index (BPI) among all Division I teams.
- SOS RK: Strength of Schedule (SOS) rank among all Division I teams based on how a typical 25th ranked team would do against each team's schedule to date. SOS accounts for the game location, day's rest, travel distance, and high altitude in addition to opponent strength.
- SOR RK: Rank of Strength of Record (SOR) among all Division I teams. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.
- RPI RK: Team's rank in official NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).