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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Uchenna Nwosu Jersey . Stewart waited right until the end of the final round to attempt his lap and circled the speedway at 195.454 mph to grab the top starting spot for Sundays race. Its Stewarts 15th career pole and first since Atlanta in 2012. "It was cool. Im not normally a qualifier," Stewart said. Keselowski made his attempt earlier in the session and turned his lap at 195.419. He was out of his car and watching the scoring pylon as Stewart crossed the finish line, and Keselowski dropped his head in disappointment when he saw hed been beaten. "Stewart put down a great lap at the end, didnt see that one coming," Keselowski said. "Thats why they do it this way. Really exciting and a lot of fun to watch, and quite honestly, a lot of fun to participate in this new format of qualifying." Kevin Harvick qualified third as two Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets were in the top three. The organization is the only one in the Sprint Cup Series with two wins this season -- Harvick won at Phoenix and Kurt Busch won last week at Martinsville -- but the four cars have been all over the map and lacked consistency. "Tony capturing the pole is as good as it gets for the organization," Harvick said. "Thats a huge improvement for where weve been as a company the last few weeks." Busch qualified 11th as three of the four SHR drivers advanced into the third and final round of knockout qualifying. The final session was dominated by Fords as blue oval drivers claimed six of the final 12 spots and were led by Keselowski, who will start on the front row for the fifth time in seven races this season. Ford drivers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards qualified fourth and fifth for Roush Fenway Racing. Then came Joe Gibbs Racings Denny Hamlin, the only Toyota driver to make it to the top 12. Trevor Bayne was seventh in his first appearance in the final group this season, and he was followed by Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Busch and Jeff Gordon. Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson failed to advance to the final round for the first time this season. "Were really surprised not to have pace here in qualifying," Johnson said. "We have a very fast race car, in race trim especially. Our car is blazing fast. Qualifying hasnt always been my strong suit, and today it showed up here for whatever reason. "Well get her cleaned up and get her ready for the race on Sunday." Derwin James Jersey . 3 Ohio State. Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13 and the bench provided 38 points as the Buckeyes sprinted past Nebraska 84-53 on Saturday. Derwin James Chargers Jersey . First, the Red Wings scored the tying goal after officials missed the puck hitting the protective netting, then the Kings wound up losing in a shootout. That could affect playoff positioning in the Eastern and Western Conferences, and thats a concern for everyone.MADISON, Wis. -- Prairie View A&M coach Byron Rimm said his team was just trying to work on a few things against No. 4 Wisconsin. Now its time for the Panthers to get home for conference play. Prairie View wrapped up a nine-game road swing Saturday with its eighth loss on the trip, 80-43 against the No. 4 Badgers. The Panthers fell behind early and never really challenged Wisconsin. "I hate to say it, but its almost like a glorified practice for us to see if we can get some stuff done," Rimm said. "We are still trying to win the game, but weve got to be realistic at a game like this." The Badgers, meanwhile, are turning their focus toward the Big Ten, starting Thursday at Northwestern, and Frank Kaminsky said his expectation is a conference title. "I think you talk to anyone in our locker room, theyll say the same thing," Kaminsky said. "We were so close last year. To not come away with it in the Big Ten tournament left a sour taste in our mouths. We really want it this year, and were going to do everything we can to get that." That may have seemed like bold talk heading into the season with Wisconsin needing to replace its entire starting front line after the departures of Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans. But Saturdays win improved Wisconsins record to 13-0, the Badgers best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0. Playing for the first time in two weeks, the Badgers were a little rusty from 3-point range. But everything else was working as they dominated at the free throw line and on the boards while committing just two turnovers. Prairie View (2-10) went to a zone defence early, which helped slow down the Badgers somewhat offensively as they shot just 9 of 27 from behind the arc. They averaged making better than 40 per cent of their 3-pointers coming in. But that defensive approach also seemed to open up holes in the Panthers defence when it came to the boards. Wisconsin outrebounded Prairie View 42-25 while turning 16 offensive rebounds into 19 points. "Sometimes, a zone will allow that to happen, not that it tries to," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. Caleb Sturgis Jersey. "But again, we did have a height advantage, but that doesnt always mean youre going to rebound. But we were opportunistic. We moved our feet. I thought we got in good position to get the misses that were out there." Rimm said he thought the Panthers could use their lack of size to drive against the Badgers. But that didnt translate to the free throw line, where they were just 3 of 4 compared to Wisconsins 21 of 28. Though the Panthers werent terribly sloppy with the ball, committing 13 turnovers, Wisconsin turned those mistakes into 17 points. Prairie View only had two points off the Badgers two turnovers. Montrael Scott scored 14 to lead the Panthers, who return home Jan. 4 to take on Southern in the Panthers conference opener. The Badgers opened the game by outscoring Prairie View 23-6 over the first 10 minutes and were never challenged. Sam Dekker scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his third career double-double, to lead the Badgers, while Ben Brust added 11. Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes each scored 10 points apiece with Kaminsky adding seven rebounds and Hayes three blocks. Still, it was Hayes alley-oop to Dekker in the second half that had the players buzzing after the game. With the two of them on a fast break, Hayes lofted the ball over a defender and well off the rim to Dekker, who reached back with one hand fully extended to slam it down. Ryan said he caught "a lot of eyes looking up at the replay thing while we were sitting there at the timeout" that followed the dunk, adding he had no idea how Dekker was able to catch the ball. Hayes, somewhat in jest, said there was a reason behind the somewhat off target pass, saying if he put it close to the rim for a Dekker dunk, the best the highlight would have done was the nightly news in Wisconsin. "If I throw the ball high, almost out of bounds, behind the backboard, Sam dunks it, were talking SportsCenter top 10," Hayes said. "So, you know, all credit to Sam. Thanks for making me look good." 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