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Tuesday / January 17.

Creighton senior guard Maurice Watson Jr. tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday’s 72-67 win at No. 22 Xavier, head coach Greg McDermott confirmed Tuesday.

Watson, the nation’s 2016-17 leader with 162 overall assists and 8.5 assists per game, also leads the nation’s active players with 801 career assists. He is ranked ninth in Creighton history with 391 assists. The Philadelphia, Pa., native spent the first two years of his college career at Boston University.

“We are sorry to learn of the severity of Maurice’s injury, but are thankful for his contributions since joining the Bluejay program three years ago,” McDermott said. “Our team will regroup, and we have a lot of young men who are capable of stepping up to fill the void in Maurice’s absence. Maurice’s leadership role on our team will continue to be huge part of our success.”

SPRINGFIELD, MassJordan Walker thought he had the game won at the end of regulation.

His step-back three-point shot at the buzzer would have won the game, but instead he was whistled for an offensive foul.

No matter, the 5-foot-9 guard went on to score six points in the two overtime periods and finished with a near-triple-double of 15 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds as The Patrick School fended off Duke-bound Wendell Carter and Pace Academy (GA), 68-60 in double-overtime, at the Hoophall Classic.

“Oh, I was upset, I was highly upset but I had to get past it and just try to get the win,” Walker said of the offensive foul call. “But I was highly upset.”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Wendell Carter is going to Duke and he wants to bring some friends along.

The newly-minted McDonald’s All-American is recruiting fellow All-Americans Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval and Kevin Knox to join him.

“Oh yeah, I talk to Mo, Trevon, Kevin Knox,” Carter, who dyed his hair blue for the game, said after putting up 28 points and 18 rebounds in a 68-60 loss to The Patrick School (N.J.) at the Hoophall Classic.

“I talk to them almost every day. Just tell them to look at the past players that have come through Duke, try to show them that it could be them that’s going to the league doing successful things.”

Villanova is back atop The Associated Press’s men’s basketball poll after last week’s No. 1 team, Baylor, finally suffered a loss at West Virginia.

The Wildcats (17-1) sat at the pinnacle of the AP list in every poll released since Dec. 5, excluding last week.

Despite getting the top nod this week, with a total of 1,580 points, Villanova received the second most first-place votes with 28. Kansas (16-1) took home the most first-place votes with 32. UCLA with three, and Gonzaga with two were the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Currently in the middle of Big East play, Villanova will face Seton Hall at home Monday night in hopes to affirm their spot as the nation’s top basketball team.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Matt Coleman, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, announced for Texas over Duke on Monday at the Hoophall Classic.

Coleman joins shooting guard Jase Febres and power forwards Royce Hamm and Jericho Simms in Coach Shaka Smart’s 2017 class.

“It was about watching both teams play, and finding out where I was needed,” Coleman said on ESPNU. “Knowing Shaka’s the coach, he’s a players coach watching them play. Constantly, you’re just hearing, ‘They need a point guard, they need a point guard, things would be different if they had a point guard.’ The way they play up and down, I know the ball is going to be in my hands from day one.”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Less than 12 hours after being spurned for the McDonald’s All-American Game, Alabama signee John Petty took it out on Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley and St. Anthony’s.

The 6-foot-6 Petty dropped a triple-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists en route to MVP honors as Jemison (AL) handed St. Anthony’s its second straight loss, 58-52, at the Hoophall Classic. The Friars had won 41 straight games dating to March 2015 before falling to archrival St. Patrick’s on Saturday at the Dan Finn Classic.

“Yeah, I was kind of surprised, I feel like I deserved to be on there [the McDonald’s Game],” Petty told me. “But my philosophy is God always closes one door and then opens another one so I just prayed about it and stay humble.”

Asked if he will use it as motivation going forward this season, Petty said, “Most definitely. I always come out with a chip on my shoulder and [now I will] get ready for college, I guess.”