Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville made sure there was no doubt they would be AAC champions.
The No. 11 Cardinals raced out to a 17-5 lead and never trailed as they stomped No. 19 UConn 81-48 Saturday, earning them a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
Louisville (26-5, 15-3 AAC) shares the AAC regular-season title with Cincinnati. The Bearcats won a coin flip to determine who would be the top-seed in the upcoming conference tournament so Louisville will be the No. 2 seed.
Montrezl Harrell had a game-high 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds and Russ Smith dished out a career-high 13 assists in his final home game for Louisville.
Meanwhile, UConn (24-7, 12-6) shot a season-worst 29.4% from the field in the loss.
"I didn't see anything like this coming," UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said. "And I'm glad it came because now we know how tough we have to be to be a champion."We weren't tough enough. We weren't together enough. Louisville took every opportunity to take advantage of it. ... That's what champions do."
DeAndre Daniels scored a team-high 17 points for UConn, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
UConn will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MORGANTOWN, W.Va) -- Andrew Wiggins did all that he could do against West Virginia, but that still wasn't enough to erase a 25-point deficit in the second half in the Jayhawks 92-86 defeat on Saturday.
Wiggins scored 41 and pulled Kansas within five points of the Mountaineers with 21.5 seconds to go.
West Virginia knocked down 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to hang on to the upset win.
Eron Harris scored 28 points, Juwan Staten added 24 in the victory for West Virginia. Star freshman Devin Williams followed them with a season-high 22 points along with 13 rebounds.
Even with the loss, the Jayhawks will have a first-round bye in the conference tournament after clinching their 10th straight regular season title last week.
Perry Ellis played 25 minutes and added 14 points in the loss.
Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This Philadelphia 76ers may be in the midst of a historically bad stretch of basketball, but hope is on the horizon as rookie center Nerlens Noel is slowly but surely making his way back from a torn ACL.
Noel has yet to play a single minute for the Sixers this season as he tore his ACL last season during his freshman year at Kentucky.
Despite the injury, the team traded point guard Jrue Holiday on draft night for the right to Noel, and have worked with him to get healthy and improved on the court. They just don't know when he'll play in a game.
"Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, 'Who knows?'" Sixers head coach Brett Brown said via HoopsHype. "I've gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we've always talked about, those have yet to be ticked."
The Sixers are hoping Noel lives up to his potential as a relentless shot blocker and rim protector once he returns to the court.
In his lone year at Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game.
Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LAS VEGAS) -- Joey Logano picked up his eighth career pole after he set the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record during NASCAR's first three-round knockout qualifying session on Friday.
Logano set the track-record with a speed of 193.28 mph and will sit up front with Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished with the second fastest qualifying time.
"It gets crazy out there," Logano said. "I think it's way cooler than old-style qualifying, don't get me wrong. It's awesome. ... We're all learning right now. It's all new to us, but we're having fun with it. I enjoy it. I think it's cool."
Keselowski spoke about how he'll prepare for racing at the tough Las Vegas track.
"It's just simple physics," Keselowski said. "The cars make 300-400 pounds more downforce. The engine manufacturers continue to find more horsepower, so they're going to go faster. I don't think it has anything to do with this (qualifying) format. In fact, I think if it wasn't for this format, they would be even faster."
Clint Bowyer finished in third, followed by Austin Dillon, and Jimmie Johnson.
"Our normal deal is to be scared once a weekend," Bowyer said of the new qualifying procedure. "Three times is a lot to ask out of us. You know, it is really exciting."
Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL can be a harsh business sometimes, and the New Orleans Saints are finding out first hand. According to ESPN, the team plans to cut running back Darren Sproles if they're unable to trade him.
The 30-year-old Sproles has been one of hte most dynamic dual threat running backs in the entire NFL going back to his days wih the San Diego Chargers. But with the Saints' issues with the salary cap, Sproles was a necessary casualty.
New Orleans has already parted ways with veterans Lance Moore, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Roman Harper, and Jabari Greer.
"Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #WhoDat," Sproles tweeted on Friday.
Sproles' offensive production has taken a slight deep the past few seasons despite still being among the best at his position.
In 2013, Sproles had 220 rushing yards and 604 receiving yards on 71 catches. He scored two touchdowns last season, his fewest in a full season since 2010.
Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up a key member of their club as they've given a six-year extension with infielder Matt Carpenter.
Carpenters deal is worth $52 million, according to ESPN.
In only a short period of time, Carpenter has proven to be a dependable and consistent offensive threat for the Cardinals.
The 28-year-year old Carpenter has been a full-time starter for just two seasons, but has improved across the board. In 2013, Carpenter hit .318 with 11 home runs, drove in 78 runs, and scored 126 runs.
Carpenter's value doesn't just come with a bat, but with a glove as well. He was an All-Star at second base in 2013, but to make room for highly-touted prospect Kolten Wong, Carpenter will make the shift to third base.
With Carpenter in the lineup, the Cardinals are expected to field a strong team on the offensive end. In 2013, the team ranked 3rd in the Majors with 783 runs scored.