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KANSAS EARNS SHOT AT NORTH CAROLINA IN NIT SEMIFINALS

Keith Langford played up to his coach's billing.

Langford made 10 of 11 shots and scored 24 points Friday night as the second-ranked Jayhawks breezed past North Carolina-Greensboro, 105-66, in the second round of the Preseason NIT. Next up is a game against North Carolina in the semifinals Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

North Carolina is Kansas coach Roy Williams' alma mater and the school that tried to hire him two years ago.

After Williams agonized for a week and then turned the Tar Heels down, the job went to Matt Doherty, a former assistant coach for Williams at Kansas.

Williams, who improved to 14-0 all-time in the Preseason NIT, admitted he would rather not play the Tar Heels.

"My entire life, I dreamed of playing there," said Williams, a North Carolina native who was an assistant for Dean Smith. "I dreamed of coaching there. I don't think anybody loves that basketball program like I love it."

Williams predicted Langford would improve from his freshman to sophomore year, and has he ever.

Nick Collison scored 25 points for the Jayhawks (2-0). Jay Joseph had 27 points for the Spartans (1-1).

Siena's Price suspended

Siena guard Marc Price, the Riverside graduate who started 11 games last year for the Saints, has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons. He did not play in Friday's season opener against Albany and his return to the program is uncertain.

Price appeared in 31 games last season and averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 assists. Coach Rob Lanier, the Buffalo native who recruited Price from Erie Community College, has not commented on Price's situation.

Turner/Carroll graduate Ed Turner, a freshman at Pittsburgh, will also sit out the season simply to get stronger in the weight room and have a better chance at playing time next year. Turner will sit out along with 6-foot-9 freshman Levon Kendall from Vancouver, British Columbia.

"It doesn't make sense to play them a minute or two and lose a whole season," coach Ben Howland told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Thursday. "They're both going to be good players."

Around the nation

Mo Williams scored 20 points and Terrance Meade added 17 as No. 4 Alabama (2-0) won its 20th straight home game, 82-56, win over Alabama State (0-3).

Ebi Ere scored 14 points and No. 7 Oklahoma (1-1) took an 87-65 win over Cal-Irvine (0-1).

Chris Hill scored 18 points and Aloysius Anagonye added 11 to lead No. 9 Michigan State (1-0) to a 66-52 victory over North Carolina Asheville (0-1).

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points as No. 16 Marquette (2-0) scored a 64-46 victory over Coppin State (0-1).

Ricky Clemons scored 25 points as No. 20 Missouri (1-0) took a 72-57 win over American (0-1).

Cory Violette scored 17 points as No. 21 Gonzaga (1-0) posted a ragged 69-61 win over Hofstra (0-1).

Chris Thomas scored 20 points as Torin Francis had 11 points and 20 rebounds as Notre Dame (3-0) cruised to a 73-42 win over Bucknell (0-1).

Josh Yeager scored 15 points and Drew Schifino added 14 to lead West Virginia (1-0) to a 59-46 victory over Delaware State (0-1).

Kenny Lowe led five players in double figures with 12 points as Purdue (1-0) took a 73-46 win over Miami of Ohio (0-1).

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