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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Extra

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THE TICKER

RISING

GEORGETOWN

The Hoyas are starting to evoke memories of some of their glory days after beating two Top 25 teams in a recent span of three days. That improved Georgetown to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the Big East and bumped the Hoyas up eight spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press poll. John Thompson (below), the son of that John Thompson, now has his team breathing down the neck of league-leading Pittsburgh, so the Panthers' Feb. 24 visit to Georgetown could decide the conference's regular-season championship. Roy Hibbert, the Hoyas' 7-foot-2 center, is no Patrick Ewing, but he's still a formidable presence in the middle.

OKLAHOMA, WHERE THE WINS COME SWEEPING DOWN THE PLAINS

Oklahoma was supposed to be headed for a rebuilding season after coach Kelvin Sampson bolted for Indiana amid an NCAA cloud and was replaced by 32-year-old Jeff Capel.

Instead, the Sooners have been one of the Big 12's surprise successes and appear to be in strong contention for a first-round bye in the conference tournament next month. That's quite an achievement in the same league as Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma State.

Capel is receiving much of the credit after instilling discipline on defense and developing senior forward Nate Carter, who has been a big reason for the Sooners' current four-game winning streak. Carter's emergence helped Oklahoma overcome the January suspension of leading rebounder and scorer Longar Longar for a flagrant elbow.

"This year was supposed to be a down year for them, but he [Capel] has them competing very hard," Baylor coach Scott Drew told ESPN.com. "Especially defensively."

FALLING

UCLA

Sure, the Bruins are still No. 5 in this week's AP poll and 21-3 overall. But that's a drop from No. 2 the week before, and the danger signs are building for coach Ben Howland's team. …

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