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WICHITA, Kan. Abby Dahlkemper Jersey . -- Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds and No. 5 Wichita State remained undefeated with a 72-50 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night. Darius Carter added 11 points for the Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season in the first game as a top 5 team since 1981. After overcoming a 19-point, second-half deficit in its last game, Wichita State took any mystery out of this game pretty quickly. Walt Lemon scored 12 points, Tyshon Pickett added 11 and Omari Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4). Those three were a combined 12 of 37 from the field. The Shockers two leading scorers, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, combined for just 13 points in 40 minutes, and it didnt really matter. Bradley pulled within 15-14 on 3-pointer with 8:27 remaining in the first half. But the Braves made just one field goal over the next 5 minutes, allowing Wichita State to pull away. A 3-pointer by Baker keyed a 10-0 run. Minutes later, VanVleet scored five straight points to give the Shockers a 32-18 lead. After Bradleys Mason Alwan made a layup, the Shockers Derail Green took over. That was quite unexpected as Green had played in just 12 games this season, logging more than 5 minutes only twice. He entered Tuesdays game averaging less than a point. But given early playing time due to Evan Wessels ankle injury, Green shined. He hit a 3-pointer, two free throws and another 3-pointer in a span of 62 seconds, pushing Wichita States lead to 40-20 with 1:35 left in the half. The Shockers did not take long to improve on a 40-23 halftime lead. Four free throws by Chadrack Lufile and a three-point play from VanVleet made it 47-23 with 17:47 remaining. Wichita States lead was so comfortable, walk-on John Simon, who had played a total of 23 minutes this season, entered the game with more than 13 minutes remaining. The Shockers lead continued to grow. A 3 by VanVleet with 5:59 remaining gave Wichita State a 70-38 lead, and the Shockers cruised to their eighth straight win over the Braves. VanVleet was 7 of 10 from the field and has scored at least 16 points in four of Wichita States last five games. Bradley had not played a conference game against a top 5 opponent since an 82-80 overtime loss at No. 4 Louisville on Jan. 4, 1975. Carli Lloyd Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Israel Idonije and are bringing him back for a second stint. Rose Lavelle Jersey .com) - Rajon Rondo turned in a game-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists as Dallas claimed a 102-98 win over the Lakers on Friday.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rex Ryan is hoping his New York Jets dont strike out.Its only Week 4, but the Jets are off to a shaky start with a 1-2 record. And with two straight losses, Ryan isnt downplaying his teams game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.Staying in the baseball-type deal, in the NFL, its the equivalent of a 10-game losing streak when you lose one game, Ryan said. So, were on a 20-game losing streak. If that talks about sense of urgency, then yeah, theres a huge sense of urgency.Because by Ryans math, another defeat would equal a 30-game skid. In other words, the Jets are in a tough spot against the Lions (2-1).Must-win in September? Not quite, but being 1-3 with San Diego, Denver and New England on deck would be ominous.In Major League Baseball, they play 162 (games), Ryan said. Thats why I think football is one of the greatest things and people love it because its that important. Yeah, look, we dont want to dig ourselves in any further hole than were in, so weve got to find a way and, albeit, against a good opponent.The Lions, meanwhile, are looking for their second straight 3-1 start. Theyre coming off a 19-7 victory over NFC North rival Green Bay and opened some eyes that maybe Detroit is a legitimate contender in the division.Having the top-ranked defence and a high-powered offence, despite its early struggles, that includes quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are two huge reasons.I can tell you its a resilient group, said coach Jim Caldwell, in his first season with the Lions.Its a tough group and a group that youre going to see thats going to be right in there fighting each and every week. It may not be pretty. Were not worried about pretty, were worried about the results. I think our guys are buying into that.Here are some things to watch for when the Lions take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium:GETTING DEFENSIVE: Both offences might have some problems in this one, particularly running the ball.While the Lions have the top defence, based on overall yardage allowed, the Jets are No. 2 in the league. New York is also No. 1 in rushing defence, allowing just 35 yards per game on an average of 14 carries. That spells possible trouble for Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.But guess who has the No. 2 defence against the run? Yep, the Lions. And theyll face an offence that ranks second in rushing, led by the trio of Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell. Christen Press USA Jersey. SMITH ON HOT SEAT?: Ryan publicly backed his starting quarterback a€” twice a€” this week, and Geno Smith insisted he feels no pressure as far as his job security.But Smith has five turnovers in three games and is coming off a poor performance against the Bears last Monday night in which he threw two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown on his first pass of the game. That has some anxious fans already calling for the Jets to put backup Michael Vick in and see if he can provide a spark.What people have got to understand, Vick said, is youve got to allow a young guy to work through the tough times.SPUTTERING LIONS: Detroit is off to a bit of a sluggish start on offence, scoring just 17 total points on that side of the ball in the past two games.While the Lions are 11th in overall offence and second in third-down conversions, they also had six turnovers against the Packers and Carolina Panthers. The running game is also 25th in the league.Its just little plays here and there, Stafford said. Any time you turn the ball over three times (a game), youre not going to score a whole lot of points.STOPPING MEGATRON: Johnson is still one of the most dominant receivers in the league, and he already has 19 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns.Next up: a matchup against a secondary still trying to steady itself. The Jets have started converted safety Antonio Allen and backup Darrin Walls at cornerback, and theyve faired OK. Oh, and Johnson needs one game of 200 or more yards receiving to break a tie with Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history with six.Johnson might be licking his chops this weekend since hes going up against a defence that allowed the Packers Jordy Nelson 209 yards receiving in Week 2.KICKIN IT: The Lions quickly pulled the plug on rookie kicker Nate Freese, who missed a 41-yard field goal last Sunday and was 3 for 7 this season.They signed former Eagles kicker Alex Henery to replace him, and with both defences being stout, field goals could be a factor. Henery set an Eagles accuracy record on field-goal attempts in 2011, but he had a key miss in last years 26-24 playoff loss to New Orleans. He also missed two this preseason before being cut.___AP Sports Writer Noah Trister and Freelance Writer John Kreger in Allen Park, Michigan, contributed.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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