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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Alabama lost a bunch of stars to the NFL, yet it's hard to tell much difference. The Crimson Tide still has the nation's top-ranked defense. There was never a question about the defensive talent at Georgia, where the top players decided to stay in school for another year.

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Jordan Swing and Robert Williams scored 18 points apiece, Rod Rucker had a double-double and Alabama-Birmingham used a first-half surge to pull away from Troy en route to a 75-55 win Tuesday night. The Blazers, who snapped a two-game skid, trailed 20-18 with 8:29 left in the first half.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Rodney Cooper had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Alabama to a 75-47 victory over Lamar on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide held its second straight opponent to fewer than 50 points and took control with a 25-7 run starting early in the second half.

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says that the Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday morning to discuss plans about replacing Maryland. The person spoke to The Associated Press early Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the ACC has not publicly discussed future expansion plans.

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