Chimezie Metu issued an apology as part of his discipline by USC after his flagrant foul in a victory over Washington State. Metu struck Cougar Carter Skaggs in the groin and was ejected Sunday. Metu will be suspended for the first half of Thursday’s game against California.

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LOS ANGELES – Forward Chimezie Metu issued a written apology as part of his discipline by USC after his flagrant foul in an 89-71 victory over Washington State.

Metu struck Cougars guard Carter Skaggs in the groin and was ejected late in the first half Sunday.

Metu will sit out the first half of USC’s game against California on Thursday.

In a letter to Skaggs, Metu apologized to the player, Cougars coach Ernie Kent and the rest of the WSU team.

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The Pac-12 approved USC coach Andy Enfield’s discipline and said it would take no further action.

Metu acknowledged his inappropriate action, saying “a lack of judgment for a split second led to an action that I immediately regretted and had no business committing in the first place. I understand there is no place in the game of basketball for such an unsportsmanlike action.”

Metu also wrote he is “prepared to take any necessary steps to ensure that I am not involved in such an incident moving forward.”

Spartans are No. 1

Michigan State was passed by Villanova for the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s poll after Duke and Kansas lost three weeks ago. The Spartans were No. 3 at the time, but voters moved the fourth-ranked Wildcats to the top spot.

Look who’s No. 1 now.

Michigan State (14-1) moved to the top of the poll released Monday, receiving 43 of 65 first-place votes from the media panel after previously top-ranked Villanova’s 101-93 loss at Butler on Saturday.

No. 2 Duke, up two spots, received 21 first-place votes and No. 3 Villanova had one.

“Anytime we can be ranked number one is a good thing,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said after the Spartans beat Savannah State 108-52 on Sunday. “I also think there are five or six teams that could be number one.”

There are no unbeaten Division I men’s teams remaining. On the same day Villanova was upset, Arizona State lost at No. 17 Arizona and Texas Christian lost to No. 12 Oklahoma.

Arizona State dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 and TCU fell from 10th to 16th. Meanwhile, Arizona moved up to 14th and Oklahoma rose to No. 7.

Gonzaga (12-3), which was 20th last week, is tied for 19th with Cincinnati this week.

Stanford resurfaces

One week after seeing its 17-year run in the AP women’s poll end, Stanford is back in the Top 25.

The Cardinal re-entered at No. 24 after beating then-No. 11 UCLA and USC. Stanford fell out of the poll last week after being ranked for 312 consecutive weeks.