Originally created 12/19/06

Forward arrives at South Carolina



COLUMBIA - Chad Gray, a 6-foot-7 forward expected to bolster South Carolina's front court, has been admitted to the university and can start practicing today, the school said.

Gray's admission this fall was denied by the university because of concerns over his former prep school, which had been on a list of those being looked at as "diploma mills" by the NCAA. The NCAA later permitted schools to accept Florida Preparatory Academy athletes.

MEN'S POLL: An eight-day run Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan called a "huge week" has the Badgers at their highest ranking ever.

A road win over ranked rival Marquette started the stretch, and it ended with Saturday's decisive 89-75 victory over then- No. 2 Pittsburgh. The two wins - along with a midweek victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee - helped the Badgers (11-1) jump from seventh to No. 4 in The Associated Press poll released Monday.

UCLA (9-0) remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week. North Carolina and Ohio State both moved up one spot to second and third

WOMEN'S POLL: Bowling Green has little time to celebrate its return to the Top 25.

The Falcons joined The Associated Press women's basketball poll at No. 25, and they'll face their biggest challenge of the season tonight against No. 4 Duke in Cancun.