ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge had a rather scary moment at Saturday’s Georgia-UMass game in Athens. She was accidentally leveled while delivering an in-game report.Rutledge was talking on camera while a play was going on. In the background, Georgia running back and special teamer Prather Hudson was engaged with a defender and they wound up hurtling out of bounds.In the process, they took Rutledge down. Thankfully, she was okay.Took an L in Athens today. So many thanks to everyone at @UGAAthletics for their help after this happened…even though I’m a Gator ? pic.twitter.com/b1FTCPaqtH— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 18, 2018Hudson waited two days before responding to Rutledge’s above tweet. In doing so, he hit on her in very cheesy fashion.Hey @LauraMRutledge really sorry I knocked you down, but… I can pick you up at 7 ? https://t.co/jkHsTsLk0s— Prather Hudson (@PRAYHUD) November 20, 2018Rutledge, who is happily married, let down the bold college student gently.?— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 20, 2018You missed 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, or so the old adage says. However, this attempt from Hudson barely even got out of his hand.It did provide a pretty funny exchange though.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Charles Matthews had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Zavier Simpson spearheaded another impressive defensive effort by No. 7 Michigan, which rolled to an 84-67 victory over No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday night.Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the Wolverines (7-0), who led 39-35 at halftime and then shut down the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offence for a while. North Carolina (6-2) came in averaging 96.6 points per game, but Michigan was allowing half that at 48.3. The Tar Heels ended up between those two extremes, but a good deal closer to the lower number.Michigan outscored North Carolina 34-16 in the first 12:13 of the second half. At times, just getting a shot to the rim felt like an accomplishment for the Tar Heels. An alley-oop dunk by Jon Teske put the Wolverines up 49-39, causing North Carolina to take a timeout. Matthews provided an even more emphatic highlight later on, slamming home an offensive rebound while drawing a foul.Matthews completed that three-point play to make it 56-42, and then Teske and Matthews blocked shots at the other end. A 3-pointer by Poole made it 63-43.Michigan led 73-51 before North Carolina went on an 11-0 run. Matthews halted that with a 3-pointer.North Carolina was sharp offensively early, taking a 21-11 lead, but the Wolverines responded with a 19-4 run that included 10 points by Iggy Brazdeikis. Michigan closed the half on a bright note as well. Matthews sank a 3-pointer, then the 7-foot-1 Teske dove on the floor to secure a loose ball, helping set up a 3 by Poole in the final seconds.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels were on the road — and they’re certainly not alone in losing big to Michigan this season. Villanova fell by 27 to the Wolverines at home. But this was an ugly night for North Carolina, which started well on the offensive end and still ended up shooting 39 per cent for the game.Michigan: The Wolverines probably wish the NCAA Tournament started now. Matthews had a terrific all-around game at both ends of the court, and Michigan showed yet again that it can shut down even a talented offensive team for extended stretches.POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan has the win over Villanova and this rout. If the Wolverines make it through the rest of the week without a loss, they could move up a few spots, depending on what teams above them do. North Carolina figures to drop after a second loss in seven days.UP NEXTNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels host UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.Michigan: The Wolverines open their Big Ten schedule at home against Purdue on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Noah Trister, The Associated Press