College Basketball NEWS ARCHIVE
» Saturday, March 31, 2018

Villanova and Michigan head to national title game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Villanova bombed its way past a blueblood to reach the national title game. Michigan got there by taking away Cinderella's slipper.


NCAA Latest: Villanova-Michigan set for national title game

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Kansas can’t find a way to slow Villanova’s 3-point barrage

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Bill Self's frustrated and almost helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game.


NCAA Latest: Villanova beats Kansas for another title shot

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NCAA Latest: Kansas running out of time for comeback

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NCAA Latest: Villanova ties Final Four 3s mark in first half

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Sister Jean stays faithful when Loyola’s Final Four run ends

SAN ANTONIO (AP) ��� Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt was waiting at the hallway door when Loyola-Chicago's frustrated, teary-eyed players left the Final Four court.


NCAA Latest: 3s keep going in for Villanova against Kansas

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Michigan advances to title game despite guards’ struggles

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had been difference makers for Michigan various points of the season.


NCAA Latest: Time to determine who plays Michigan for title

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NCAA Latest: Michigan beats Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

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NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago needs an answered prayer

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NCAA Latest: Robinson 3s could be good sign for Michigan

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NCAA Latest: Wolverines start 2nd half with largest deficit

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NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago leads Michigan 29-22 at half

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NCAA Latest: Michigan’s Wagner has double-double before half

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NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago off to bad start in Final Four

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NCAA Latest: Michigan, Loyola-Chicago tip off at Final Four

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NCAA Latest: Sister Jean arrives courtside at Final Four

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Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

CLEVELAND (AP) It's two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena.


NCAA Latest: Newman’s year sitting out pays off

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Xavier promotes Travis Steele to coach, replacing Mack

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier stuck to custom and promoted from within to replace coach Chris Mack, hiring top assistant Travis Steele on Saturday as its 18th head coach.


Xavier promotes Travis Steele to coach, replacing Mack

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier has hired assistant Travis Steele as its coach, keeping with its custom of promoting from within and maintaining continuity.


NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago and Michigan both streaking

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New assistant hoops coach believed to be 1st woman in role

ORONO, Maine (AP) The University of Maine says a new assistant coach on the men's basketball team is believed to be the only woman in the role in Division I basketball.


NCAA Latest: Villanova an all-or-nothing team chasing title

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International Jayhawks to reunite with family at Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Udoka Azubuike has waited several years for the thrill he'll get when he looks into the Alamodome stands at the Final Four and sees his mother.


Loyola’s Moser hopes Ramblers run opens door for mid-majors

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Loyola-Chicago's miraculous run to the Final Four will be remembered for clutch shots, the ''Wall of Culture,'' a couple of guards who have been playing together since grade-school and, of course, Sister Jean.


NCAA Latest: Michigan coach thinks Loyola seeded too low

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Final Fortnite: College hoops is wild for popular video game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) In the nervous hours before Kansas' bus ride to the Alamodome for its NCAA Tournament semifinal, most of the Jayhawks will be crammed together in their hotel rooms while they fight 99 opponents to be the last one standing in the post-apocalyptic world of Fortnite.


Michigan and Loyola, Villanova and Kansas meet in Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) It's game day at the Final Four in San Antonio.


KU moves on without Preston; star recruit’s future uncertain

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Before Kansas set foot on the court this season, it was no stretch to say the team's fortunes would rest on the shoulders of a blue-chip newcomer named Billy Preston.


Dissecting the defenses of the Final Four teams

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The high-motion, position-less offenses are the shiny objects of this Final Four. Crisp passing, alley-oop dunks, cavalcades of 3-pointers - what's not to like?


A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.


Jalen Rose: Enough is enough when it comes to college pay

Count Jalen Rose among those who want players to share in some of the millions brought in by the NCAA tournament.


A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.


Dissecting the defenses of the Final Four teams

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The high-motion, position-less offenses are the shiny objects of this Final Four. Crisp passing, alley-oop dunks, cavalcades of 3-pointers - what's not to like?


» Friday, March 30, 2018

Smart scores 25, North Texas beats USF 88-77 for CBI title

DENTON, Texas (AP) Roosevelt Smart scored 25 points and made all 14 of his free throws, leading North Texas over San Francisco 88-77 Friday night in the deciding Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational finals.


Miss State earns second straight trip to women’s final

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville on Friday night.


Maten, Rodriguez lead West past East in All-Star game, 98-94

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Yante Maten of Georgia had 17 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes, Desi Rodriguez of Seton Hall added 16 points and the West survived a late charge to beat the East 98-94 in the Reese's College All-Star game on Friday.


NCAA Latest: Brown back supporting Self and Kansas

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Prepare for a 3-point heavy Final Four in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) These days, the Final Four is all about the 3.


No. 1 seeds Kansas, Villanova meet in national semifinal

SAN ANTONIO (AP) No. 1 seed Kansas (31-7) vs. No. 1 seed Villanova (34-4)


NCAA Latest: Kansas-Nova a head-to-head of All-Americans

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In hiring DeVries, Drake seeks to emulate Creighton

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) For decades, Drake has watched as Creighton - a fellow small, private school in a mid-sized, Midwestern city - built up its basketball program to the point where NCAA Tournament appearances are an annual expectation.


LSU’s 1986 Final Four run still seems improbable today

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Dale Brown sat glued to the TV the NCAA Tournament's first two weekends, unable to look away from the string of upsets, reveling in UMBC's history-altering win and Loyola-Chicago's run to the Final Four.


Loyola-Chicago, Michigan both go into semifinal with 32 wins

SAN ANTONIO (AP) No. 3 seed Michigan (32-7) vs. No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (32-5)


AP source: Temple set to replace Dunphy with McKie in 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple's Fran Dunphy is set to coach one more season and then step aside for assistant and former Philadelphia 76ers star Aaron McKie to succeed him in 2019, a person familiar with the succession plan said Friday.


Final Four puts transfers, and need for reform, in display

SAN ANTONIO (AP) As the NCAA deals with corruption in college basketball and faces questions about sexual assault scandals on campus, the association is finally moving toward reform on far less somber subject that has been every bit as vexing: transfer rules.


A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.


KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Don't mind Kansas or Villanova if the winner starts cutting down nets Saturday night.


A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.


NCAA Latest: Kansas-Nova a head-to-head of All-Americans

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Albany Great Danes losing top 2 scorers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Junior guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols, the top two scorers for the Albany Great Danes of the America East Conference, have decided not to return to the university for their final year of eligibility.


A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.


Heaven sent: Chat with Sister Jean brightens up Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Who needs ''One Shining Moment'' when you've got Sister Jean?


Heaven sent: Chat with Sister Jean brightens up Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Who needs ''One Shining Moment'' when you've got Sister Jean?


Dave Dickerson named USC Upstate men’s basketball coach

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Former Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson has been named the new men's basketball coach at USC Upstate.


NCAA Latest: Sister Jean mingles with Michigan cheerleaders

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Chicago, Ann Arbor mayors wager on Final Four game

CHICAGO (AP) The mayors of Chicago and Ann Arbor have made a friendly wager on the Final Four NCAA men's basketball game between Loyola University and the University of Michigan.


NCAA Latest: Custer says Kansas had too many guards for him

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NCAA Latest: Sister Jean’s pearls of wisdom at Final Four

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Syracuse 5-star recruit Darius Bazley opts for NBA G League

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse five-star recruit Darius Bazley, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night, said he's changed his mind about college and will head to the NBA's development league.


AP Interview: Virginia’s Bennett moving on from UMBC stunner

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett had hoped to be here this weekend with a No. 1 seed preparing to play his team's first Final Four in 34 years.


AP Interview: Virginia’s Bennett moving on from UMBC stunner

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett had hoped to be here this weekend with a No. 1 seed preparing to play his team's first Final Four in 34 years.


» Thursday, March 29, 2018

Believe the hype! Penn State tops Utah for NIT championship

NEW YORK (AP) Flavor Flav had his red cap flipped backward as he pulled out his iPhone on the Madison Square Garden court. Flav held the camera steady and recorded cousin Shep Garner clip the final strands of the championship net and wave it toward the Penn State die-hards.


Syracuse commit Darius Bazley says he’s going to NBA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse five-star recruit Darius Bazley, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night, says on social media that he's changed his mind about college and will head to the NBA's development league.


Vols’ Schofield enters name in draft, doesn’t hire agent

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield has decided to enter his name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which gives him the option to return for his senior season.


Syracuse commit Darius Bazley says he’s going to NBA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse five-star recruit Darius Bazley, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night, says on social media that he's changed his mind about college and will head to the NBA's development league.


Auburn point guard Davion Mitchell transferring

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn freshman point guard Davion Mitchell is transferring.


Red carpets, loud socks: Teams arrive for festive Final Four

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Loyola-Chicago's team plane pulled into a private hangar, and the players were serenaded by a brass band playing ''Deep in the Heart of Texas'' while they walked a festive carpet to a team bus emblazoned with their logo and colors.


UCLA’s Jaylen Hands to test NBA draft without agent

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA guard Jaylen Hands will put his name in the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which would allow the freshman to return to school.


Big men give Final Four teams spacing in positionless game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A wave of positionless basketball has swept the nation. Coaches have loaded rosters with smaller, athletic players who shoot 3-pointers and beat defenders off the dribble. Three, sometimes four-guard lineups have become the norm, free-flowing the way to go.


NCAA Latest: Emmert says amateurism likely won’t change

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Villanova’s Brunson is AP men’s college player of the year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A long list of goals has taken up permanent space on Jalen Brunson's wall, including becoming a conference player of the year, an all-American and helping Villanova win a second national championship in three seasons.


Villanova’s Brunson is AP men’s college player of the year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A long list of goals has taken up permanent space on Jalen Brunson's wall, including becoming a conference player of the year, an all-American and helping Villanova win a second national championship in three seasons.


Wichita State’s Landry Shamet declares for NBA draft

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State guard Landry Shamet has declared for the NBA draft and intends to hire an agent, effectively ending his college career with two seasons of eligibility left.


NCAA Latest: Virginia’s Bennett says players past UMBC loss

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Virginia’s Bennett named AP men’s college coach of the year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't going to waver from his foundation, whether it's the philosophy that built the Cavaliers into a contender or the big-picture perspective that helps him handle the sting of a historically improbable loss.


Clemson coach Brownell hopes NCAA run is start of big things

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) After Clemson's best NCAA Tournament run in 21 years, Brad Brownell believes his team is ready to keep winning.


Michigan State’s Ward putting name in draft, no agent

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State forward Nick Ward is submitting his name for the NBA draft but hasn't hired an agent.


Virginia’s Bennett named AP men’s college coach of the year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't going to waver from his foundation, whether it's the philosophy that built the Cavaliers into a contender or the big-picture perspective that helps him handle the sting of a historically improbable loss.


Tom Moore returns to UConn as assistant to Dan Hurley

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Former Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore is returning as an assistant coach at UConn, where he spent 13 years on Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun's staff.


The Latest: Loyola-Chicago tries to avoid ’Cinderella Trap’

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Drake hires Darian DeVries as new basketball coach

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake has hired longtime Creighton assistant Darian DeVries as its basketball coach.


Daryl Thomas, of Indiana University’s 1987 title team, dies

LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) Daryl Thomas, who was a starter on Indiana University's 1987 NCAA basketball championship team, has died aged 52.


Sister Jean takes hoops to a heavenly place

SAN ANTONIO (AP) On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America's greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle.


Maryland’s Justin Jackson, Dion Wiley leave program

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.


Sister Jean helps bring basketball to an otherworldly place

SAN ANTONIO (AP) On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America's greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle.


» Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Oklahoma State gives Boynton 2-year extension

STLLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has agreed to a two-year extension.


Brunson, Graham among 5 players vying for Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jalen Brunson of Villanova and Devonte Graham of Kansas are among five players vying for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year.


Moser, Loyola and Sister Jean basking in Final Four

CHICAGO (AP) The black-and-white photo on the back wall of his office serves as a constant reminder and inspiration for Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser.


Who is No. 1? Top college player often not top NBA prospect

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Oklahoma's Trae Young are certain high NBA draft picks, one of them could easily be the top overall selection.


Duke’s Marvin Bagley says he will enter the NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III is entering the NBA draft.


Michigan State’s Bridges headed to NBA draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State star Miles Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft.


Mack says he has ’big shoes to fill’ as Louisville coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack understands he has big shoes to fill as Louisville's new men's basketball coach.


DePaul’s Strus to declare for draft, won’t hire agent

CHICAGO (AP) DePaul says star guard Max Strus intends to declare for the NBA draft, though he will remain eligible for his senior season by not hiring an agent.


Capel ready for "daunting" task of rebuilding Pitt hoops

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Capel's firing at Oklahoma seven years ago left him shaken. He found solace, security and peace as an assistant at Duke, soaking up everything coach, mentor and friend Mike Krzyzewski offered, no matter how mundane.


Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. opts to turn pro

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr., announced Wednesday he's decided to turn pro after being held out several games late in the season after reports raised allegations that he'd taken money from an agent representative.


Mack says he has ’big shoes to fill’ as Louisville coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack says he understands he has big shoes to fill as Louisville's new men's basketball coach.


Auburn AD ’absolutely’ expects Bruce Pearl to keep job

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl has received a vote of confidence from the Tigers' new athletic director.


Moser, Loyola and Sister Jean basking in Final Four

CHICAGO (AP) The black-and-white photo on the back wall of his office serves as a constant reminder and inspiration for Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser.


Mississippi State wraps up encouraging 25-win hoops season

Mississippi State basketball took a big jump forward during coach Ben Howland's third season, giving the proud program much-needed hope after several frustrating seasons.


Penn State, Utah play for NIT title at Madison Square Garden

Maybe even Flavor Flav would admit, do believe the hype.


Tennessee, Memphis to renew basketball rivalry next season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee and Memphis have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry starting next season.


UNC Greensboro gives Wes Miller 7-year contract extension

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) UNC Greensboro has extended men's basketball coach Wes Miller's contract through the 2028-29 season after he led the Spartans to their first NCAA Tournament since 2001.


Graham, Newman give Kansas a Batman-and-Robin backcourt

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self spent most of this season bemoaning the fact that Devonte Graham, his All-American point guard, didn't have a consistent sidekick to take the pressure off him.


Michigan State’s Bridges headed to NBA draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State star Miles Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft.


Loyola Maryland hires Hardy as men’s head basketball coach

BALTIMORE (AP) Tavaras Hardy has been hired as the new men's basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland.


Tennessee, Memphis to renew basketball rivalry next season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee and Memphis have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry starting next season.


Who is No. 1? Top college player often not top NBA prospect

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Oklahoma's Trae Young are certain high NBA draft picks, one of them could easily be the top overall selection.


» Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Florida guard Jalen Hudson declares for NBA draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida guard Jalen Hudson, the team's leading scorer this season, has declared for the NBA draft.


Duke promotes James, Scheyer to associate head coaches

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has promoted assistants Nate James and Jon Scheyer to associate head coaches.


Sales soaring for bobblehead of Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean

MILWAUKEE (AP) Loyola-Chicago's Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt is depicted in a bobblehead and sales of the figurine have soared to the heavens.


Villanova stamps itself as nation’s elite in Final Four run

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball's royalty.


UNLV’s McCoy leaving for NBA after freshman season

LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV freshman center Brandon McCoy is leaving school early for the NBA.


Arizona’s Alkins declares for the NBA draft

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona sophomore guard Rawle Alkins has declared for the NBA draft and will hire an agent.


Villanova stamps itself as nation’s elite in Final Four run

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball's royalty.


Moos: Miles deserves chance to keep building Husker program

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Coach Tim Miles will be back for a seventh season at Nebraska and talks about a contract extension will begin after the NCAA Final Four, athletic director Bill Moos said Tuesday.


Malachi Flynn says he will transfer from Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State guard Malachi Flynn says he will transfer to another program.


Moos: Miles deserves chance to keep building Husker program

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Coach Tim Miles will be back for a seventh season at Nebraska and talks about a contract extension will begin after the NCAA Final Four, athletic director Bill Moos said Tuesday.


Reports: Louisville hires Xavier’s Mack as Cardinals’ coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has found its new men's basketball coach, tapping Xavier's Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA Tournament.


Kansas’ Vick 1 of several possible Final Four impact players

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kansas' Lagerald Vick started the year with a series of strong performances - and then abruptly faded for most of Big 12 play.


Skip Prosser’s son named head coach at Western Carolina

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) Mark Prosser, the son of the late former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, has been hired as Western Carolina's men's basketball coach.


Kerwin Roach II of Texas to enter NBA draft to test status

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas junior guard Kerwin Roach II says he'll declare himself eligible for the NBA draft in June. But he has no plans to hire an agent, allowing him to return to school.


Reports: Louisville hires Xavier’s Mack as Cardinals’ coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) According to multiple reports Louisville has hired Xavier's Chris Mack as its new men's basketball coach, hoping he can guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals missed the NCAA Tournament.


Villanova stamps itself as nation’s elite in Final Four run

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball's royalty.


Not ready to retire, Tubby Smith lands at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) Tubby Smith isn't ready to retire, so after being fired by Memphis he was looking for employment. High Point needed a men's basketball coach and soon Smith got a call from his alma mater.


Arkansas-Little Rock hires Walker as its new coach

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former Toronto Raptors coach Darrell Walker has been hired as the coach at Arkansas-Little Rock.


Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA head strong 2019 Maui field

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Final Four-bound Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA headline what will be another strong field at the 2019 Maui Invitational.


3 freshmen headline AP All-America team for first time

Oklahoma's Trae Young took college basketball by storm, leading the nation in scoring and assists. Deandre Ayton played his one season at Arizona with power and athleticism few could match. Versatile big man Marvin Bagley III made his lone year a Duke a memorable one.


Pitt hires Duke’s Jeff Capel to rebuild basketball program

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh is turning to Duke's Jeff Capel to rebuild its reeling basketball program.


Florida State announces guard CJ Walker leaving program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State says point guard CJ Walker is leaving the program.


Beilein remains humble amid acclaim from fellow coaches

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) John Beilein has been a college basketball coach for four decades, so by this point, his peers have a good idea what to expect.


3 freshmen headline AP All-America team for first time

Oklahoma's Trae Young took college basketball by storm, leading the nation in scoring and assists. Deandre Ayton played his one season at Arizona with power and athleticism few could match. Versatile big man Marvin Bagley III made his lone year a Duke a memorable one.


AP source: Pitt hires Capel to rebuild basketball program

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh is turning to Jeff Capel to turn around its struggling basketball program.


3 freshmen headline AP All-America team for first time

Oklahoma's Trae Young took college basketball by storm, leading the nation in scoring and assists. Deandre Ayton played his one season at Arizona with power and athleticism few could match. Versatile big man Marvin Bagley III made his lone year a Duke a memorable one.


» Monday, March 26, 2018

UCLA’s Holiday to leave school a year early for NBA draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA guard Aaron Holiday says he will forgo his senior year to enter the NBA draft.


Washington State’s Robert Franks says he’ll declare for NBA

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State forward Robert Franks says he intends to declare for the NBA draft.


Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer says he’s transferring

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) �� Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer, who started 20 games this season as a redshirt freshman before an injury curtailed his playing time, says he's transferring.


Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. declares for the NBA draft

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. says he is declaring for the NBA draft.


Illinois’ Finke, Lucas decide to transfer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has lost two more players after Michael Finke and Te'Jon Lucas announced their plans to leave the program.


Gafford to return for sophomore season at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daniel Gafford was an afterthought in the eyes of many NBA draft observers when he arrived at Arkansas.


W. Kentucky coach: NIT semis better than 1 and out in NCAAs

NEW YORK (AP) Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury says getting his players excited for the NIT Tournament was a sales job.


Detroit Mercy fires Alexander after 2 seasons

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Mercy has fired coach Bacari Alexander after the Titans went 8-24 this season.


Texas-Arlington hoops coach Cross fired after 12 seasons

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas-Arlington has fired coach Scott Cross after 12 seasons.


Washington State’s Robert Franks says he’ll declare for NBA

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State forward Robert Franks says he intends to declare for the NBA draft and will hire an agent.


Gafford to return for sophomore season at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford says he will return to the Razorbacks next season, ending speculation about whether the freshman would leave for the NBA after one year in college.


Tip for Final Four 1st-timer: ’It’s going to blow you away’

A big believer in asking for advice, Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser is in the process of tapping into his friends and associates in search of a few Final Four hacks.


Fitzgerald to transfer from Minnesota for final season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota power forward Davonte Fitzgerald will transfer to another program for his final season of college eligibility.


AP source: High Point hiring Tubby Smith as men’s hoop coach

Tubby Smith is back in the college coaching ranks after a brief hiatus.


Iowa PG Connor McCaffery receives hardship waiver

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa point guard Connor McCaffery has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big Ten, leaving him with four seasons of eligibility remaining.


AP source: High Point hiring Tubby Smith as men’s hoop coach

A person familiar with the situation says Tubby Smith has agreed to take over as head men's basketball coach at High Point.


Vols’ Barnes: Loyola has ’as good a chance as anybody’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes Loyola-Chicago has a realistic possibility of capping its improbable postseason run with a title.


Unlikely bunch of Jayhawks finally back in Final Four

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) In the six years since Kansas last made the Final Four, coach Bill Self has produced eight NBA draft picks. Six were first-round selections, one was national player of the year and another was the No. 1 overall pick.


WCC alters schedule rules in hopes of more NCAA bids

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) The West Coast Conference is altering its scheduling with the hope of getting better treatment in terms of seeding and at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament.


Tennessee State hires Illinois St assistant Collins as coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State has hired Illinois State assistant Brian ''Penny'' Collins as its men's basketball coach.


Ohio State star forward Bates-Diop declares for NBA draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the NBA following a breakout season.


K-State looks to future after season eclipsing expectations

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State was picked to finish eighth in the rugged Big 12, and coach Bruce Weber began the season with even some of the most strident Wildcat fans calling for his job.


Syracuse could lose a star, but future looking bright

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim heads to the offseason ready to recharge for yet another year, and he's awfully satisfied with what the Orange accomplished in his 42nd year at the helm.


Several Duke freshmen may follow Grayson Allen out the door

Duke started another season at No. 1 but ended it before the Final Four. Now the Blue Devils await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen with next year's top recruiting class arriving over the summer.


Texas Tech seniors go from 3 Big 12 wins to Elite 8 finish

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard gathered his seniors in a tight circle around him when they came out of their final game with 9 seconds left - and one win short of the Red Raiders making it to the NCAA Final Four for the first time.


TIPPING OFF: Wild March stabilizes a bit with Final Four set

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Welcome to a Final Four filled with past national champions - just the way the NCAA selection committee drew it up, right?


Tennessee State hires Illinois St assistant Collins as coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State has hired Illinois State assistant Brian ''Penny'' Collins as its men's basketball coach.


TIPPING OFF: Wild March stabilizes a bit with Final Four set

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Welcome to a Final Four filled with past national champions - just the way the NCAA selection committee drew it up, right?


Shot that wouldn’t fall leads to end of Allen’s crazy career

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Grayson Allen curled to the left side of the lane, jumped and kicked out his left leg a bit as he let fly the shot that would send Duke to the Final Four over two Kansas defenders.


Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

CHICAGO (AP) Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday.


» Sunday, March 25, 2018

Shot that wouldn’t fall leads to end of Allen’s crazy career

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Grayson Allen curled to the left side of the lane, jumped and kicked out his left leg a bit as he let fly the shot that would send Duke to the Final Four over two Kansas defenders.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.


Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

CHICAGO (AP) Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday.


FSU’s Hamilton: ’I wish I could have done better’ in remarks

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton says he wishes he ''could have done better'' in making postgame comments during an awkward exchange with a reporter following the Seminoles' Elite Eight loss to Michigan.


NCAA Latest: Kansas gets past Duke in OT classic for Final 4

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Villanova needed defense, not offense to down Texas Tech

BOSTON (AP) Villanova leveled opponents with a barrage of offense in notching its first three NCAA Tournament wins.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

The Final Four will feature three teams that need no introduction and one from out of nowhere.


NCAA Latest: Kansas, Duke heads to OT in Elite 8 battle

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NCAA Latest: Kansas, Duke trade blows down Elite 8 stretch

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NCAA Latest: Duke leads Kansas 36-33 at halftime in Elite 8

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NCAA Latest: Kansas, Duke both not shooting well in 1st half

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NCAA Latest: Early nerves in Kansas-Duke Elite 8 showdown

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Florida State returns bulk of roster from Elite Eight team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State surprised many by making consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.


The Latest: Nova back in Final Four for run at another title

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The Latest: Villanova up 13 on Texas Tech at halftime

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The Latest: Texas Tech gets early lead on Villanova

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The Latest: Coach K could pass Wooden with 13th Final Four

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The Latest: Last 2 Final Four spots big for office pools

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Press Virginia faces future challenge without Carter, Miles

Press Virginia may never look the same.


East: Experienced Villanova vs Elite 8 newcomer Texas Tech

BOSTON (AP) When Villanova coach Jay Wright talks to his players about the Wildcats' 2016 national championship, he wants them to remember what it felt like before they took the court, not after they cut down the nets.


AP Sports Podcast: The 3-point shot debate; Sunday preview

Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg discuss the evolution of the 3-pointer in basketball and how Villanova is using it so effectively in its bid for a spot in the Final Four in the latest episode of the "AP Sports Special Events" daily March Madness podcast .


Final 4 bound: No. 11 Loyola beats Kansas State 78-62

ATLANTA (AP) Porter Moser stood in front of the scarf-clad Loyola cheering section, a bit dazed but beaming from ear to ear.


NCAA Latest: Michigan, Loyola in Final Four; bluebloods next

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Michigan heads to Final Four in role of upset stopper

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan is headed to its first Final Four in five years with another upset-minded opponent waiting.


TIPPING OFF: Top seeds to decide final 2 spots in Final Four

Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean have completed their divine run to the Final Four. Michigan joined the Ramblers in completing the road to San Antonio.


Loyola proves it is far more than just a feel-good story

ATLANTA (AP) Loyola-Chicago is more than just the feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament.


Michigan heads to Final Four in role of upset stopper

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan is headed to its first Final Four in five years with another upset-minded opponent waiting.


» Saturday, March 24, 2018

NCAA Latest: Michigan, Loyola in Final Four; bluebloods next

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NCAA Latest: Florida State-Michigan could go down to wire

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NCAA Latest: Michigan has 27-26 lead at half on Florida St.

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NCAA Latest: Florida State in hot pursuit of Michigan upset

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Middle Tennessee hires UNC Asheville’s Nick McDevitt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee has a new basketball coach in Nick McDevitt, who led UNC Asheville to the Big South regular-season title the last two years.


NCAA Latest: Bonuses for FSU coach could exceed $1 million

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NCAA Latest: Ramblin’ On - Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

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NCAA Latest: Loyola stretches lead on Kansas State

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USC hires Eric Mobley to join coach Andy Enfield’s staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California coach Andy Enfield has dipped into the AAU ranks for an assistant coach.


NCAA Latest: Loyola leads Kansas St. at half in Elite Eight

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NCAA Latest: Loyola stars from ’63 team back for Elite Eight

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Texas Tech credits culture change for 1st Elite Eight trip

BOSTON (AP) Texas Tech's Chris Beard just has to look at his surroundings to see how far he's come as a coach.


East: Experienced Villanova vs Elite 8 newcomer Texas Tech

BOSTON (AP) When Villanova coach Jay Wright talks to his players about the Wildcats' 2016 national championship, he wants them to remember what it felt like before they took the court, not after they cut down the nets.


Hankins, Ferris State beat Northern State for D-II title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Zach Hankins led Ferris State to its first NCAA Division II national championship in any sport Saturday, scoring 19 points in the Bulldogs' 71-69 victory over Northern State.


NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago could join underdog greats in F4

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Up-and-down season now at ’all-time high’ for Kansas’ Newman

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Malik Newman certainly didn't envision the magnificent postseason he's been enjoying back in December and January when he was struggling with his shot, never mind adjusting to playing for a demanding coach like Kansas' Bill Self.


Bluebloods Kansas, Duke square off with Final Four at stake

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) In a tournament defined by unpredictability, there will finally be a regional final that makes sense.


Texas Tech looks to lean on defense against Villanova attack

BOSTON (AP) No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-9) vs. No. 1 seed Villanova (33-4)


Middle Tennessee hires UNC Asheville’s Nick McDevitt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee has a new basketball coach in Nick McDevitt, who led UNC Asheville to the Big South regular-season title the last two years.


AP source: Middle Tennessee to hire UNC Asheville coach

A person familiar with the situation says Middle Tennessee has agreed on a deal for UNC Asheville's Nick McDevitt to be the Blue Raiders basketball coach.


AP source: Middle Tennessee to hire UNC Asheville coach

A person familiar with the situation says Middle Tennessee has agreed on a deal for UNC Asheville's Nick McDevitt to be the Blue Raiders basketball coach.


Clemson’s NCAA run carries burden of higher expectations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson exceeded all expectations with its run to the Sweet 16. The Tigers won't have the luxury of surprise next year.


TIPPING OFF: Fittingly, low seed to get 1st Final Four spot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) In a wild NCAA Tournament full of upsets, it's somehow appropriate that the first ticket to the Final Four will go to a No. 9 or No. 11 seed.


Chalk time: Blue bloods Kansas, ’Nova, Duke interrupt upsets

We interrupt this March for underdogs with a reality check from some of college basketball's blue bloods.


NCAA Latest: Texas Tech beats Purdue for last Elite 8 spot

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NCAA Latest: Duke sets up Kansas showdown for Final Four

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» Friday, March 23, 2018

NCAA Latest: Duke weathering off night for Grayson Allen

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Grant, Charleston agree to 5-year contract extension

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) College of Charleston coach Earl Grant has agreed to a contract extension that will tie him to the school for five more seasons.


NCAA Latest: Late run gives Texas Tech lead at halftime

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NCAA Latest: Purdue inches out to lead over Texas Tech

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NCAA Latest: Duke ends 1st half with 10-0 run to lead SU

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NCAA Latest: Duke, Syracuse duel in all-ACC regional semi

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NCAA Latest: Kansas moves on after holding off Clemson

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Wolverines meet Seminoles with Final Four berth on the line

LOS ANGELES (AP) Leonard Hamilton is well aware of the perception that Florida State is a football school. The coach also knows that the moniker is often applied to Michigan, the Seminoles' opponent Saturday night in a most unlikely NCAA Tournament regional final.


NCAA Latest: East Region players get Garden history lesson

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Hamilton fosters Florida State’s unselfish spirit in NCAAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Florida State takes its win-by-committee philosophy seriously.


NCAA Latest: Jayhawks heating up from the perimeter

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Michigan shoots for Final Four berth vs upset-minded FSU

LOS ANGELES (AP) No. 9 seed Florida State (23-11) vs. No. 3 seed Michigan (31-7)


NCAA Latest: Clemson goes cold against Kansas in Sweet 16

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Longwood hires UMBC assistant as basketball coach

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Longwood has hired UMBC assistant Griff Aldrich as its basketball coach.


Loyola to test Kansas State’s strong D in regional final

ATLANTA (AP) Kansas State has been an afterthought through the NCAA Tournament - until now.


Column: Through all its ills, college hoops wins in the end

ATLANTA (AP) Let's not gloss over college basketball's myriad problems.


Loyola has hoops fans ’sitting on the edge of their chairs’

ATLANTA (AP) Loyola-Chicago's stirring run through the NCAA Tournament has inspired memories of the Ramblers' championship 55 years ago.


NCAA Latest: Rest up underdogs, time for blue bloods to ball

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Loyola has hoops fans ’sitting on the edge of their chairs’

ATLANTA (AP) Loyola-Chicago's stirring run through the NCAA Tournament has inspired memories of the Ramblers' championship 55 years ago.


La Salle splits with coach John Giannini after 14 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) La Salle split with basketball coach John Giannini on Friday following a 13-19 finish in his 14th season.


Dan Hurley calls coaching UConn a dream and destination job

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley says he has landed at his dream coaching destination.


Streaking Loyola to face Kansas State’s tough defense

ATLANTA (AP) No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (31-5) vs. No. 9 seed Kansas State (25-11)


Eastern Kentucky hires NC State assistant as new hoops coach

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Eastern Kentucky has hired North Carolina State assistant A.W. Hamilton as head men's basketball coach.


Another Sweet 16 for Zags, another offseason of questions

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) What looked to be a rebuilding year for Gonzaga ended instead in the Zags' fourth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16.


La Salle splits with coach John Giannini after 14 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) La Salle has split with basketball coach John Giannini following a 13-19 finish in his 14th season.


Dan Hurley calls coaching UConn a dream and destination job

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley says UConn has been his dream coaching destination.


Former Kentucky basketball star charged with DUI

LONDON, Ky. (AP) Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been charged with driving under the influence.


Second half of Sweet 16 filled with compelling matchups

Loyola-Chicago and its game-planning nun are headed to the Elite Eight. So too are Kansas State, Florida State and Michigan in this maddest of Marches.


Longwood hires UMBC assistant as basketball coach

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Longwood has hired UMBC assistant Griff Aldrich as its basketball coach.


AP Podcast: Do You Believe in ... Sister Jean?

Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg rank the most painful losses in NCAA Tournament history, beginning with the matchup that pitted their hometown favorites, Loyola of Chicago and Nevada, for a spot in the Elite Eight in the latest episode of the "AP Sports Special Events" daily March Madness podcast .


Another offseason of NBA talk begins for stunned Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari will take a few days before having a series of offseason meetings with his young team about their futures after an earlier-than-expected exit from the NCAA Tournament.


Loyola has hoops fans ’sitting on the edge of their chairs’

ATLANTA (AP) The graying reminders of Loyola-Chicago's basketball history are hanging on the Ramblers' captivating run through the NCAA Tournament.


Loyola has hoops fans ’sitting on the edge of their chairs’

ATLANTA (AP) The graying reminders of Loyola-Chicago's basketball history are hanging on the Ramblers' captivating run through the NCAA Tournament.


Loyola has hoops fans ’sitting on the edge of their chairs’

ATLANTA (AP) The graying reminders of Loyola-Chicago's basketball history are hanging on the Ramblers' captivating run through the NCAA Tournament.


NCAA Latest: Underdogs again rule in first half of Sweet 16

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Gritty K-State delivers another upset, 61-58 over Kentucky

ATLANTA (AP) Kentucky's latest group of fabulous freshmen is all done.


NCAA Latest: Upset run rolling for Florida State, tops Zags

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Streaking Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in West semifinals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan took all the drama out of this NCAA Tournament victory, burying Texas A&M under a barrage of 3-point shots.


» Thursday, March 22, 2018

NCAA Latest: Florida State has halftime lead on Gonzaga

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Streaking Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in West semifinals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan took all the drama out of this NCAA Tournament victory, burying Texas A&M under a barrage of 3-point shots.


NCAA Latest: Kansas State leads Kentucky at half, 33-29

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NCAA Latest: Kansas State leads Kentucky at half, 33-29

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NCAA Latest: Michigan dominates Texas A&M to reach Elite 8

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NCAA Latest: Loyola cheered on by ’63 team members

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NCAA Latest: Michigan all over Texas A&M, 52-28 at half

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Top-seeded Kansas faces Clemson, Duke gets ’Cuse in Sweet 16

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Everything seems to be in place yet again for Kansas. For the second straight year, the Wildcats need just two wins - in a gym its rabid fans can reach in less than half a day's drive - to reach the Final Four.


NCAA Latest: Slate of Sweet 16 games includes low seeds

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Purdue’s Haas hopeful he can still play in NCAA Tournament

BOSTON (AP) Purdue coach Matt Painter has all but ruled out Isaac Haas for the Sweet 16 after the star center fractured his right elbow in the Boilermaker's first-round NCAA Tournament win.


Duke, Clemson, Syracuse give Midwest a strong ACC flavor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The ACC is looming large in downtown Omaha earlier than usual this year.


Niko Medved returning to Colorado State as head coach

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Former Colorado State assistant coach Niko Medved is returning to Fort Collins to lead the Rams men's basketball program after spending a year as Drake's head coach.


Niko Medved returning to Colorado State as head coach

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Former Colorado State assistant coach Niko Medved is returning to Fort Collins to lead the Rams men's basketball program after spending a year as Drake's head coach.


Chalkiest region gives no confidence to No. 1 seed Villanova

BOSTON (AP) �� Sporting the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's chalkiest region doesn't give Villanova coach Jay Wright any special confidence heading into Friday night's game against West Virginia.


Duke, Clemson, Syracuse give Midwest a strong ACC flavor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The ACC is looming large in downtown Omaha earlier than usual this year.


Texas Tech looks for 1st Elite 8 berth vs. Purdue

BOSTON (AP) No. 3 seed Texas Tech (26-9) vs. No. 2 seed Purdue (30-6)


Villanova can expect test against West Virginia defense

BOSTON (AP) No. 5 seed West Virginia (26-10) vs. No. 1 seed Villanova (32-4)


ACC rivals Duke, Syracuse to match 2-3 zones in Midwest semi

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) No. 2 seed Duke (28-7) vs. No. 11 seed Syracuse (23-13)


Top-seeded Kansas faces Clemson, Duke gets ’Cuse in Sweet 16

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Everything seems to be in place yet again for Kansas, which for the second straight year needs just two wins - in a gym that its rabid fans can reach in less than half a day's drive - to make it to the Final Four.


Top-seeded Kansas to face upstart Clemson in Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) No. 1 seed Kansas (29-7) vs. No. 5 seed Clemson (25-9)


Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley became a hot commodity after coaching Rhode Island to two straight NCAA Tournaments. On Thursday, he left for a bigger name in New England basketball.


Crash survivor Austin Hatch back in LA with Michigan hoops

LOS ANGELES (AP) Austin Hatch finished high school less than two miles from Staples Center, playing basketball at Loyola High and golfing throughout the warm California winter four years ago.


FAU hires Dusty May as its new men’s basketball coach

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Florida Atlantic has hired Dusty May as its new basketball coach, signing him to a five-year contract.


Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley became a hot commodity after coaching Rhode Island to two straight NCAA Tournaments. On Thursday, he left for a bigger name in New England basketball.


Evansville hires Celtics assistant Walter McCarty as coach

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Boston Celtics assistant Walter McCarty is returning to college basketball as Evansville's head coach.


Hurricanes’ Bruce Brown Jr. declares for NBA draft - for now

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. has decided to declare for the NBA draft but won't retain an agent, leaving him the option of continuing his college career.


Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island's Dan Hurley agreed to become UConn's coach, joining a team that is under NCAA investigation and fired Kevin Ollie this month after another losing season.


Influence of one-and-done debated on AP Podcast

Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg discuss the outsized influence Kentucky coach John Calipari and his ''one-and-done'' recruiting philosophy has had on college basketball in the latest episode of the "AP Sports Special Events" daily March Madness podcast .


Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley agrees to become UConn’s coach

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island's Dan Hurley agreed to become UConn's coach, joining a team that is under NCAA investigation and fired Kevin Ollie this month after another losing season.


Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley agrees to become coach at UConn

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley has agreed to become the coach at the University of Connecticut. He succeeds Kevin Ollie, who was fired this month.


AP Was There: Loyola-Chicago wins NCAA hoops title in 1963

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With two wins built on last-moment heroics and a 98-year-old nun turned international celebrity, Loyola-Chicago is the Cinderella of the Sweet 16, back making a run for a championship 55 years after winning the NCAA Tournament.


Crash survivor Austin Hatch back in LA with Michigan hoops

LOS ANGELES (AP) Austin Hatch finished high school less than two miles from Staples Center, playing basketball at Loyola High and golfing throughout the warm California winter four years ago.


Will the Sweet 16 produce more upsets?

Back to the madness of March and the Sweet 16, starring Loyola-Chicago, Kansas State, Syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there - maybe Florida State or Texas A&M.


» Wednesday, March 21, 2018

West Region without its top 2 seeds in NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES (AP) Gonzaga, Michigan and Texas A&M are no strangers to the Sweet 16.


Stayed in school: Texas A&M’s Williams stars in 2nd season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Robert Williams is a living, breathing, windmill-dunking advertisement for the upside of staying in school.


Missouri State hires Ford away from Tennessee State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Missouri State has hired Tennessee State basketball coach Dana Ford.


Upset-minded Florida State gets shot at powerful Gonzaga

LOS ANGELES (AP) No. 4 seed Gonzaga (32-4) vs. No. 9 seed Florida State (22-11)


Escape artists Michigan, Texas A&M clash in West Region

LOS ANGELES (AP) No. 3 seed Michigan (30-7) vs. No. 7 seed Texas A&M (22-12)


Louisville parts ways with Padgett, begins search for coach

Louisville didn't take long to make its first offseason move, parting ways interim men's basketball coach David Padgett less than 24 hours after the Cardinals season ended.


Loyola’s run shines light on barrier-breaking ’63 title team

CHICAGO (AP) Under the bright lights of the popping flashbulbs, Jerry Harkness grasped the magnitude of the moment.


Loyola faces Nevada in bracket-busting South Regional

No. 7 seed Nevada (29-7) vs. No. 11 Loyola of Chicago (30-5)


Bracket-busting South Region: Kentucky & Those Other Guys

ATLANTA (AP) Loyola's bus got lost on its way to arena.


AP Was There: Loyola-Chicago’s ’Game of Change’ in ’63 NCAAs

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Loyola-Chicago's run to the Sweet 16 is resurfacing memories of 1963, when it won the NCAA Tournament on an overtime tip-in.


Kentucky takes another trip to ’Cat-lanta’ to face Kansas St

No. 5 seed Kentucky (26-10) vs. No. 9 seed Kansas State (24-11)


Big East recommends replacing 1-and-done with 2-or-none

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The Big East has recommended replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on ''players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA.''


G Keyshawn Woods leaving Wake Forest early after graduating

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest says redshirt junior Keyshawn Woods is leaving the program.


March Madness moves on to the Sweet 16

The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament was not madness. It was straight bonkers.


Big East recommends replacing 1-and-done with 2-or-none

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The Big East has recommended a replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation an elite player unit to focus on ''players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA.''


Bracket-busting South Region: Kentucky & Those Other Guys

ATLANTA (AP) Loyola's bus got lost on its way to arena.


Louisville parts ways with Padgett, begins search for coach

Louisville didn't take long to make its first offseason move, parting ways interim men's basketball coach David Padgett less than 24 hours after the Cardinals season ended.


Duke, Kentucky again rely on freshmen in NCAA Tournament

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters.


Arizona coach Miller says he’s not candidate for Pitt job

PITTSBURGH (AP) Scratch Arizona coach Sean Miller off the list of potential coaches at Pitt.


Arizona big man Deandre Ayton leaving early for NBA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season.


Louisville parts ways with Padgett, begins search for coach

Louisville has let David Padgett go after one season as the Cardinals' interim men's basketball coach.


Keenan Evans trusted in Beard and Texas Tech now in Sweet 16

Keenan Evans was already Texas Tech's starting point guard and had been to an NCAA Tournament when Chris Beard became his coach two years ago.


March Madness moves on to the Sweet 16

The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament was not madness. It was straight bonkers.


Duke, Kentucky again rely on freshmen in NCAA Tournament

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters.


Wolfpack’s Keatts says team to grant Yurtseven his release

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts says sophomore Omer Yurtseven intends to pursue a professional career or transfer.


Rowsey leaves with records, Marquette hopeful for future

MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette is losing its single-season scoring leader but heading into the offseason with hope for the future.


Graceland (Iowa) wins its 1st NAIA national championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Harley hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to give Graceland (Iowa) its first NAIA national championship with an 83-80 victory over LSU Alexandria on Tuesday night.


Elite defense enables Michigan to win ugly

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) When Jordan Poole's long 3-pointer dropped through the net for Michigan, a whole lot of unsightly shooting beforehand was forgotten.


"Snacks" Norvell fires up low-key Gonzaga

Zach Norvell Jr. earned the nickname ''Snacks'' for his affinity for candy and chocolate. Gonzaga's coaches picked up on it when Norvell's father used the moniker during a visit, so Snacks followed the shooting guard to Spokane.


» Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Graceland (Iowa) wins its 1st NAIA national championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Harley hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to give Graceland (Iowa) its first NAIA national championship with an 83-80 victory over LSU Alexandria on Tuesday night.


Auburn’s Purifoy must sit out 30 percent of next season

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn forward Danjel Purifoy will be eligible to play most of next season.


Poole’s shot for Michigan draws comparisons to Burke’s

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jordan Poole made his buzzer beater with one good eye.


Iowa’s Ellingson to transfer, Wagner to switch to football

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The dismantling of Iowa's underperforming roster began Tuesday, as reserves Brady Ellingson and Ahmad Wagner announced that they were leaving the program.


Edwards’ basketball background helps Purdue with versatility

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue's Vincent Edwards never had a choice when it came to playing basketball.


Iowa’s Ellingson to transfer, Wagner to switch to football

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The dismantling of Iowa's underperforming roster began Tuesday, as reserves Brady Ellingson and Ahmad Wagner announced that they were leaving the program.


Hot-shooting Clemson Tigers reach 1st Sweet 16 in 21 years

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The formula for Clemson's run to the Sweet 16 is simple - when the Tigers hit shots, they're difficult to beat.


Aggies weather up and down season to reach Sweet 16

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) More than once in a roller coaster season for Texas A&M, coach Billy Kennedy was asked if things could get any worse for his team.


Sweet 16 fresh: Culver at home, Z-Smith a 360 for Texas Tech

DALLAS (AP) Jarrett Culver grew up close to the Texas Tech campus with basketball dreams to play somewhere else.


Texas freshman Mo Bamba leaving school for NBA draft

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) No more Mo Bamba for Texas.


Duke’s Allen making the most of final NCAA Tournament

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen wants to make the most of his final run through the NCAA Tournament.


K-State has earned its way to Sweet 16 game vs Kentucky

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) The critics will say Kansas State only reached the Sweet 16 because UMBC did the dirty work, knocking off top-seeded Virginia in the upset of the NCAA Tournament.


Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis’ new basketball coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program, Memphis has turned to a favorite son to bring back fans and regain the school's recruiting leverage in the basketball-rich city.


WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament.


Texas freshman Mo Bamba leaving school for NBA draft

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas freshman forward Mohamed Bamba is leaving school for the NBA.


Nova’s Wright, 76ers’ Brown formed friendship in West Bank

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The bond that connects Jay Wright and Brett Brown was forged in the Holy Land, where the Philadelphia-area coaches taught basketball on floors lined with rubble, bent rims and no nets.


WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament.


Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis’ new basketball coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program, Memphis has turned to a favorite son to bring back fans and regain the school's recruiting leverage in the basketball-rich city.


’AP Sports Weekly’ podcast: Which one of you is Cinderella?

In the latest episode of the "AP Sports Weekly" podcast , co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg protect their home turf in a scrap over which team is the NCAA tournament's most charming underdog.


’AP Sports Weekly’ podcast: Which one of you is Cinderella?

In the latest episode of ''AP Sports Weekly,'' co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg protect their home turf in a scrap over which team is the NCAA tournament's most charming underdog.


K-State has earned its way to Sweet 16 game vs Kentucky

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) The critics will say Kansas State only reached the Sweet 16 because UMBC did the dirty work, knocking off top-seeded Virginia in the upset of the NCAA Tournament.


Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis’ new basketball coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) ��� Penny Hardaway is Memphis' new men's basketball coach and school officials hope he can rejuvenate the program at his alma mater.


Oklahoma’s Trae Young leaving for NBA after freshman season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists.


Oklahoma’s Trae Young leaving for NBA after freshman season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists.


Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago.


Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago.


» Monday, March 19, 2018

Winter storm forces altered travel plans for NCAA Tournament

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) A winter storm expected to hit the Northeast is forcing at least one college basketball team to alter its travel plans for the third round of the NCAA Tournament.


Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Hornets 108-94

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had 25 points and 19 rebounds and Ben Simmons had a triple-double to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-94 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.


Mississippi introduces Kermit Davis as coach

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Kermit Davis was comfortable at Middle Tennessee, but after 16 seasons he was ready for the challenge of leading a program in the Southeastern Conference.


Michigan State’s crisis affected Tom Izzo and his program

DETROIT (AP) Tom Izzo walked into his final news conference before a game this season and saw Michigan State's interim president conducting interviews.


Charlotte hires Virginia assistant Sanchez as new coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte 49ers have hired Virginia associate head coach Ron Sanchez as their new coach following a 13-17 season.


Charlotte hires Virginia assistant Sanchez as new head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte 49ers have hired Virginia associate head coach Ron Sanchez as their new coach.


Purdue coach doesn’t believe Haas will play even with brace

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue center Isaac Haas appears to be done for the season even if Purdue's medical team or its crack engineering department can create an elbow brace that allows him to play in the NCAA Tournament.


Sexton leads Alabama back to tourney, faces NBA decision

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Collin Sexton and a highly rated freshman class helped deliver Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament.


Cincinnati commiserates again, this time over ’Black Sunday’

CINCINNATI (AP) They're commiserating about ''Black Sunday'' in the chili parlors around town. And there's plenty of company in the city's latest sports misery.


AP source: Memphis to announce Penny Hardaway as next coach

Former Memphis All-American Penny Hardaway is heading back to his alma mater -as its men's basketball coach.


Purdue coach doesn’t believe Haas will play even with brace

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue coach Matt Painter said he does not expect starting center Isaac Haas to play again this season - even if the NCAA approves a brace to protect his fractured right elbow.


Jayhawks looking to peak in Week 2 of NCAA Tournament

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The only thing Bill Self seemed pleased about from a first-round NCAA Tournament win by Kansas was, well, the fact that his top-seeded Jayhawks had won.


Auburn’s immediate future appears both bright - and murky

Auburn ended its best season in nearly two decades with abundant reason for both optimism and concern.


NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected field after favorites ousted

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected.


Tar Heels look to future without mainstays Berry, Pinson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson led the way as North Carolina won Atlantic Coast Conference titles, reached two Final Fours and claimed a national championship.


What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament:


What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament:


What’s an NCAA Tournament upset worth? Units big bucks

UMBC made more than history in the NCAA Tournament.


UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever.


NCAA Latest: Sweet 16 set after wild opening weekend

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Loyola-Chicago savoring sweet NCAAs after grassroots rebuild

DALLAS (AP) Porter Moser wants his Loyola-Chicago players to savor every moment of the NCAA Tournament. It took the Ramblers a long time, and last-moment shots in consecutive games, to go from what the coach termed a ''grassroots rebuild'' to the Sweet 16.


» Sunday, March 18, 2018

NCAA Latest: State’s governor watching WVA in control

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Underdog UMBC falls to Kansas State 50-43

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The ultimate underdog story is over, but this NCAA Tournament will always be remembered for the sweetest No. 16 in college basketball history.


NCAA Latest: Upset watch - Florida State moving on Xavier

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NCAA Latest: Bluiett finally hits as Xavier takes control

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NCAA Latest: No. 5 seed Clemson blows out Auburn

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NCAA Latest: Xavier starting to pull away from Florida St.

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NCAA Latest: South Region 1st with no Top 4 seed in Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Nevada’s comeback 2nd biggest in NCAAs

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Comeback for the ages: Nevada edges Cincinnati 75-73

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Josh Hall converted an offensive rebound for the tiebreaking basket with 9.1 seconds left as Nevada erased a 22-point deficit in the final 11 minutes of a stunning 75-73 victory over Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.


NCAA Latest: Nevada rallies from 22 down to stun Cincinnati

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NCAA Latest: Nevada rallying against Cincy; UNC eliminated

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NCAA Latest: Cincinnati cruising in 2nd half; UNC eliminated

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NCAA Latest: Texas A&M cruising against North Carolina

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NCAA Latest: Texas A&M up big on North Carolina in 2nd half

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NCAA Latest: UNC down double digits to A&M at the half

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NCAA Latest: 11-seed Syracuse bounces Mich. St. for Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Tar Heels tip off against A&M for Sweet 16 trip

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NCAA Latest: Syracuse grabs lead as Michigan State goes cold

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NCAA Latest: Bridges rocks rim for MSU, Cuse star fouls out

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Loyola-Chicago savoring sweet NCAAs after grassroots rebuild

DALLAS (AP) Porter Moser wants his Loyola-Chicago players to savor every moment of the NCAA Tournament. It took the Ramblers a long time, and last-moment shots in consecutive games, to go from what he termed a ''grassroots rebuild'' to the Sweet 16.


NCAA Latest: Michigan State takes halftime lead with wild 3

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UMBC called ’Surgeon General approved’ after upset

BALTIMORE (AP) Plenty of college basketball fans were happy that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, pulled off a stunning upset of No. 1 seed Virginia, but one UMBC alumnus beamed about the win on Facebook.


Star flops: Several NBA prospects already bounced from NCAAs

Many of the freshman stars who garnered so much of the college basketball world's attention during the regular season have already been bounced from March Madness.


Bark Bracket: Retrievers become top dogs, boosted by UMBC

They're now at the top of the Bark Bracket.


NCAA Latest: Next up for Purdue is Texas Tech in Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Purdue holds off Butler to reach Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Minus Haas, Purdue leads Butler 40-36 at half

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With new coach, Ohio State creates season to remember

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) All indications were that this would be another forgettable year for Ohio State basketball.


NCAA Latest: Purdue’s Haas doesn’t start, brace not cleared

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NCAA Latest: Purdue’s Haas warming up, taking pregame shots

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TIPPING OFF: Is UMBC ready for another shocker?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Ramblers are moving on. Are the Retrievers ready to run with them to the Sweet 16?


Bark Bracket: Retrievers become top dogs, boosted by UMBC

They're now at the top of the Bark Bracket.


Heartbreaking finish gives Tennessee motivation for future

Tennessee plans to use the heartbreaking finish to its surprisingly successful season as motivation for a deeper NCAA Tournament run next year.


Bark Bracket: Retrievers become top dogs, boosted by UMBC

They're now at the top of the Bark Bracket.


UMBC basks in 15 minutes of fame as Cinderella of the NCAA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) As the sun rose on the Saturday morning celebration of their unprecedented NCAA Tournament upset, Ryan Odom implored his suddenly-famous basketball team to get some sleep.


NCAA Latest: Poole hits 3 at buzzer to give Michigan win

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Could Purdue star Haas play through broken elbow in NCAAs?

DETROIT (AP) A day after Isaac Haas' season was declared over, there's now a bit of mystery surrounding the status of Purdue's star center.


» Saturday, March 17, 2018

NCAA Latest: Evans breaks tie with 3, Texas Tech in Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Michigan, Houston tied 28-28 at halftime

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NCAA Latest: Michigan, Houston tied 28-28 at halftime

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NCAA Latest: Kansas holds off Seton Hall 83-79

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NCAA Latest: Florida leads Texas Tech 33-32 at the half

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Dave Odom tied to college basketball’s biggest upsets

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Dave Odom sat in the stands as his son, Ryan, and the history-making UMBC Retrievers took down a giant.


Losses by Arizona, Virginia throw South Region into chaos

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) First Buffalo sent No. 4 seed Arizona packing. Then Maryland Baltimore County dispatched of No. 1 seed Virginia in the biggest surprise of all.


NCAA Latest: Gonzaga up 44-33 over Ohio State at the half

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NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago edges Tennessee 63-62

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Nebraska Wesleyan beats Wisconsin-Oshkosh for D-III title

SALEM, Va. (AP) Tournament MVP Cooper Cook scored 16 points, Jack Hiller added 14, including a late 3-pointer that gave Nebraska Wesleyan the lead for good, and the Prairie Wolves beat Wisconsin-Oshkosh 78-72 on Saturday night for their first Division III national championship.


Auburn, Clemson meet in NCAA Tournament

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 4 seed Auburn (26-7) vs. No. 5 Clemson (24-9).


Michigan State’s Winston aims for singles against Syracuse

DETROIT (AP) Michigan State's Cassius Winston likes to swing for the fences, throwing alley-oop passes to fire up his teammates and fans.


NCAA Latest: Kansas up 31-26 over Seton Hall at halftime

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Dave Odom tied to college basketball’s biggest upsets

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Dave Odom sat in the stands as his son, Ryan, and the history-making UMBC Retrievers took down a giant.


NCAA Latest: Ohio State and Gonzaga are about to tip off

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NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago leading Tennessee by 7 late

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West Virginia and Marshall forced back together in NCAAs

SAN DIEGO (AP) Hide the couches and cue up some John Denver.


Grad player, 5-8 point guard comprise UMBC’s tough backcourt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jairus Lyles says fellow UMBC guard K.J. Maura is ''annoying'' in practice.


Butler-Purdue, Marshall-West Virginia duels on tap in East

SAN DIEGO (AP) The East Region bracket is serving up two in-state rivalries on Sunday, one testy and complicated and the other one much less so.


Could Purdue star Hass play through broken elbow in NCAAs?

DETROIT (AP) A day after Isaac Haas' season was declared over, there's now a bit of mystery surrounding the status of Purdue's star center.


NCAA Latest: Kentucky pulls away late, beats Buffalo 95-75

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UMBC basks in 15 minutes of fame as Cinderella of the NCAA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) As the sun rose on the Saturday morning celebration of their unprecedented NCAA Tournament upset, Ryan Odom implored his suddenly-famous basketball team to get some sleep.


NCAA Latest: Top-seeded Kansas and Seton Hall underway

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Xavier suspects Florida State wants revenge in NCAA rematch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes all are gone, the first two drafted into the NBA. Florida State has only one starter back from a year ago when the Seminoles' expected run through the NCAA Tournament came to a stunning and ugly end so much earlier than expected.


Dave Odom tied to college basketball’s biggest upsets

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Dave Odom sat in the stands as his son, Ryan, and the history-making UMBC Retrievers took down a giant.


NCAA Latest: Sister Jean praying again for Loyola

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Losses by Arizona, Virginia throw South Region into chaos

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) First Buffalo sent No. 4 seed Arizona packing. Then Maryland Baltimore County dispatched of No. 1 seed Virginia in the biggest surprise of all.


UMBC wins on social media during NCAA Tournament upset

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County didn't just beat Virginia in the first victory by a 16th seed over a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.


Michigan State shoots to beat Syracuse in championship quest

DETROIT (AP) No. 3 Michigan State (30-4) vs. No. 11 Syracuse (22-13)


Mountain State showdown as West Virginia faces Marshall

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 5 seed West Virginia (25-10) vs. No. 13 seed Marshall (25-10)


Rebounding critical in Texas A&M-UNC game in West 2nd round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams hammers his team so much about rebounding that he has frequently quipped about the existence of an 11th commandment: thou shalt box out.


Nevada reaches new heights by relying heavily on transfers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nevada has made itself a factor again by developing into one of college basketball's greatest melting pots.


NCAA Latest: Duke joins Villanova as first teams in Sweet 16

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NCAA Latest: Duke joins Villanova as first teams in Sweet 16

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UMBC’s 16-over-1 upset highlights shifts in college hoops

The rumblings were there before March Madness kicked off - that this could be the year for a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.


North Carolina aims for Sweet 16 return against Texas A&M

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 2 seed North Carolina (26-10) vs. No. 7 seed Texas A&M (21-12)


After injury to Haas, Purdue faces familiar foe in Butler

DETROIT (AP) No. 2 seed Purdue (29-6) vs. No. 10 seed Butler (21-13)


NCAA Latest: UNC hasn’t lost tourney game in home state

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2nd-round rematch for No. 1 seed Xavier, Florida State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 1 seed Xavier (29-5) vs. No. 9 seed Florida State (21-11)


Plot thickens, but Purdue’s Painter still says Haas unlikely

DETROIT (AP) There's now a bit of mystery surrounding the status of Purdue center Isaac Haas.


Upset-minded UMBC turns attention to No. 9 Kansas State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 9 seed Kansas State (23-11) vs. No. 16 seed UMBC (25-10)


Cincinnati’s stingy defense facing Nevada’s potent offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 2 seed Cincinnati (31-4) vs. No. 7 seed Nevada (28-7)


NCAA Latest: Purdue’s Haas to warm up for Butler game

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NCAA Latest: Villanova running away from Alabama

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NCAA Latest: Villanova getting a scare from Alabama

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NCAA Latest: SEC with most teams left chasing Sweet 16

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Police: Thief steals electronics from UNC basketball program

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Police say someone stole thousands of dollars in electronics from the University of North Carolina men's basketball team locker room and office while they were away for the ACC tournament.


UMBC students stunned, filled with pride over NCAA victory

BALTIMORE (AP) Students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County didn't quite know what to do after their basketball team pulled off the biggest upset in NCAA history by beating No. 1 seed Virginia.


Duke, Kentucky, Kansas seeking trips to the Sweet 16

The second round of the NCAA Tournament tips off on Saturday - with many fans still stunned over top-seeded Virginia's 20-point loss to 16th-seeded UMBC on Friday night.


Underdog UMBC rides wave of magical season to historic upset

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) So how do you top winning your conference tournament on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer? Well, knocking off the No. 1 team in the country by 20 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament should do it.


TIPPING OFF: UMBC upset puts underdogs in NCAA spotlight

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County proved that anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament.


Top-seeded Virginia left to make sense of historic NCAA loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The doors to the Virginia's locker room opened, the last protection for a group of players sitting in a state of shocked quiet after the most improbable of losses.


Underdog UMBC rides wave of magical season to historic upset

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) So how do you top winning your conference tournament on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer? Well, knocking off the No. 1 team in the country by 20 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament should do it.


TIPPING OFF: UMBC upset puts underdogs in NCAA spotlight

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County proved that anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament.


NCAA Latest: Florida State finishes off 1st round with win

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NCAA Latest: Stanford women know pain of No. 1 seed loss

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Unbelievable. Biggest upset reveals best in college hoops

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Time and again, you think you've seen it all, and time and again you're proven wrong.


NCAA Latest: Clemson wins, no No. 12 upsets this year

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NCAA Latest: ’Cuse moves on; ACC takes hit with UVA loss

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» Friday, March 16, 2018

NCAA Latest: No. 16 seed UMBC celebrates history-making win

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NCAA Latest: Upset alert! UMBC leads No. 1 seed Virginia

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NCAA Latest: UMBC dueling with No. 1 Virginia at the half

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Brown, Kansas State stymie Creighton offense 69-59 in South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Two years ago, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber asked his players who was going to be his stopper on defense.


NCAA Latest: Auburn holds off Charleston’s upset bid

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Bridges leads Michigan State past Thomas, Bucknell 82-78

DETROIT (AP) Miles Bridges outlasted Zach Thomas, scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds to help second-seeded Michigan State hold on for an 82-78 win over Bucknell on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Cumberland leads Cincinnati over pesky Georgia State 68-53

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin likes using boxing references to describe his team's hard-nosed style.


NCAA Latest: K-State beats Creighton to move on at NCAAs

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NCAA Latest: Xavier looking as strong as any No. 1 seed

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NCAA Latest: Auburn trying to become latest 4-seed casualty

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Loyola eyes Tennessee, Buffalo gets Kentucky after upsets

DALLAS (AP) Loyola-Chicago might have been the first Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament 55 years ago, and Buffalo might be the latest.


Comeback Keenan: Texas Tech’s Evans excels as time runs out

DALLAS (AP) Keenan Evans missed all of his shots in the first half of Texas Tech's NCAA Tournament opener. The All-Big 12 guard made them all after that.


Seventh-seeded Nevada rallies, tops Texas 87-83 in overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nevada's Caleb Martin had just missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer and didn't feel all that disappointed. The junior forward just knew his team would finish the job in overtime.


The Latest: Butler still wary of Purdue despite loss of Haas

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The Latest: No Wade? No problem in 1st half for Kansas State

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Jevon Carter leads West Virginia past Murray State 85-68

SAN DIEGO (AP) This long into their time together at West Virginia, Bob Huggins is only surprised when Jevon Carter has a bad game.


Houston chasing history in NCAA matchup with Michigan

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Kelvin Sampson cares very little that Houston won its first NCAA Tournament game this week since the Phi Slama Jama days of Hakeem Olajuwon and Co. nearly 35 year ago.


Loyola-Chicago now gets Tennessee after Ingram buzzer-beater

DALLAS (AP) No. 3 seed Tennessee (26-8) vs. No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (29-5)


Jevon Carter leads West Virginia past Murray State 85-68

SAN DIEGO (AP) Jevon Carter scored 21 points, had eight assists and six steals, Teddy Allen added 16 points and No. 5 seed West Virginia overwhelmed 12th-seeded Murray State 85-68 in the first round of the East Region on Friday.


The Latest: Nevada bounces Texas and Shaka Smart in OT

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Crean shows enthusiasm in first Georgia news conference

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Tom Crean opened his first news conference at Georgia by talking for almost 27 minutes before fielding his first question.


Ohio State gets rematch with Gonzaga in West Region

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 4 seed Gonzaga (31-4) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (25-8)


Arizona could be facing rebuilding year after early exit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Through all the turmoil, the off-the-court distractions, injuries and suspensions, Arizona had been able to maintain its focus on the court.


Villanova tries to avoid 2nd-round tourney blues vs. Alabama

PITTSBURGH (AP) It's not a curse. Because Villanova has won a national championship.


Defending champ North Carolina opens up, tops Lipscomb 84-66

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams was a bit player in North Carolina's run to the national title game in 2016, then watched last season from the sideline due to a knee injury as the Tar Heels won a sixth NCAA championship without him.


Banish madness? Nunsense! March shows best of college hoops

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Commanding the spotlight this first week of the NCAA Tournament are a 98-year-old nun, a pair of high school teammates who made game-winning shots a half-continent apart, a matchup of programs bonded by airplane tragedies and two, if not more, teams full of nobodies from nowhere who knocked off some of the best-known names in America.


Duke, Krzyzewski face tough test from Hurley, Rhode Island

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Krzyzewski walked into the Hurley family's living room in Jersey City three decades ago, all enthusiasm, respect and wit. There to put the finishing touches on Duke's recruitment of relentless point guard Bobby Hurley, Krzyzewski's earnest, honest and forthright approach resonated with Bobby's little brother Danny, too.


Florida faces crowd favorite Texas Tech for Sweet 16 spot

DALLAS (AP) No. 3 seed Texas Tech (25-9) vs. No. 6 seed Florida (21-12)


Buffalo looking for another upset with Kentucky up next

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 13 seed Buffalo (27-8) vs. No. 5 Kentucky (25-10)


Unknowns have TV to thank for early NCAA scouting advantage

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Seton Hall's Desi Rodriguez was an admitted fan of ''Rock Chalk Nation'' right up until the moment he realized the Pirates would have to face Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


The Latest: Roach leads Texas to big lead against Nevada

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Martin, Baldwin lead Butler past Arkansas 79-62

DETROIT (AP) Kelan Martin scored 27 points and Kamar Baldwin added 24 to lift 10th-seeded Butler to a 79-62 victory over seventh-seeded Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament's East Region on Friday.


Defending champ North Carolina opens up, tops Lipscomb 84-66

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams scored 18 points and defending national champion North Carolina took its time before opening up, beating Lipscomb 84-66 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Ohio State gets rematch with Gonzaga in West Region

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 4 seed Gonzaga (31-4) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (25-8)


Cumberland leads Cincinnati over pesky Georgia State 68-53

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin likes using boxing references to describe his team's hard-nosed style.


The Latest: Purdue 7-footer Haas out with elbow injury

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NC State’s Keatts aims to keep building on strong 1st year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Keatts' first North Carolina State squad took a bigger step than anyone expected. His program must now maintain that footing.


Elmore’s 27 lead 13th-seeded Marshall over Wichita St 81-75

SAN DIEGO (AP) Jon Elmore scored 27 points and Jarrod West hit a huge 3-pointer with three minutes left to help No. 13 seed Marshall topple fourth-seeded Wichita State 81-75 Friday in the East Region.


Villanova faces Alabama for Sweet 16 spot in Boston

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 1 seed Villanova (31-4) vs. No. 9 Alabama (20-15)


The Latest: No. 13 Marshall ousts Wichita St. in a shocker

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Duke faces experienced Rhode Island for Sweet 16 spot

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 2 seed Duke (27-7) vs. No. 7 seed Rhode Island (26-7)


McNeese State names Schroyer as new men’s basketball coach

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) McNeese State names Heath Schroyer its next head basketball coach after a search that lasted less than two weeks.


Michigan ready for Houston in West Region’s second round

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 3 seed Michigan (29-7) vs. No. 6 Houston (27-7)


Kansas faces Seton Hall for Sweet 16 spot in Omaha

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 1 seed Kansas (28-7) vs. No. 8 Seton Hall (22-11)


The Latest: Purdue rolls Cal St.Fullerton after slow start

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Coach: Virginia Tech basketball headed in right direction

Defensive improvement gave Virginia Tech a big lift late in the regular season, helping the Hokies reach the 10-win plateau for the third consecutive season in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference.


Subpoena seeks records between NC State, Dennis Smith Jr.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A grand jury subpoena received by North Carolina State seeks communication records between school officials and its former coaching staff, and ex-Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. and his representatives.


The Latest: A&M finds its range, takes lead on Providence

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The Latest: Haas rips away Fullerton player’s jersey in fall

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NCAA Latest: Texas A&M-Providence opens tournament’s Day 2

Virginia, the overall top seed, starts its NCAA Tournament Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the day after double-digit seeds Buffalo and Loyola-Chicago provided first-round upsets.


Tom Izzo reminisces about Jud Heathcote on AP Sports podcast

DETROIT (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is in the NCAA Tournament for a 21st consecutive year, and his first without Jud Heathcote.


Tom Izzo reminisces about Jud Heathcote on AP Sports podcast

DETROIT (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is in the NCAA Tournament for a 21st consecutive year, and his first without Jud Heathcote.


Loyola-Chicago lifted by 98-year-old nun, fan in Sister Jean

DALLAS (AP) Loyola-Chicago's biggest fan is the team chaplain who prays with the players before games and gives them scouting reports the next day.


Big East beats Power Five on conference tourney attendance

NEW YORK (AP) The Big East ended up with a big week at Madison Square Garden.


Loyola-Chicago lifted by 98-year-old nun, fan in Sister Jean

DALLAS (AP) Loyola-Chicago's biggest fan is the team chaplain who prays with the players before games and gives them scouting reports the next day.


TIPPING OFF: Arizona’s loss means conference can Pac-It-In

UCLA and Arizona State flamed out in the First Four. Arizona got drubbed by a Mid-American Conference team that had never won an NCAA Tournament game.


Big Ten teams hope to shake off rust in NCAA Tournament

DETROIT (AP) Big Ten teams entered the NCAA Tournament with an unusually long layoff.


No Bull: Buffalo pulls off big upset, knocks off Arizona

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Inside Buffalo's locker room hung a handwritten sign with two words: Ball Pressure.


NCAA Latest: Michigan beats Montana in last game of night

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NCAA Latest: St. Bonaventure’s postseason run in trouble

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No.1 Villanova thrashes No. 16 Radford 87-61 in NCAA opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) The fear naturally seeps into the thinking of players on top-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. Could we be the ones that finally lose to a 16 seed?


NCAA Latest: Pac-done in R1 after Buffalo upsets Arizona

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» Thursday, March 15, 2018

NCAA Latest: Pac-done in R1 after Buffalo upsets Arizona

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NCAA Latest: Upset watch - Buffalo leads Arizona in 2nd half

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Evans, Texas Tech surge late, top Stephen F Austin 70-60

DALLAS (AP) Keenan Evans split through defenders, made a layup and then paused briefly to give a quick pose to the camera under the basket.


Cocky Texas Southern guard gets big stage vs. No. 1 Xavier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett has known Texas Southern's leading scorer since middle school and even played against him five or six times.


Purdue hoping to show its potential against Cal St Fullerton

DETROIT (AP) No. 2 seed Purdue (28-6) vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (20-11)


Georgia hires former Indiana coach Tom Crean to replace Fox

Tom Crean is taking on the difficult challenge of winning big at a football school.


Shockers face entertaining, inexperienced Thundering Herd

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 4 seed Wichita State (25-7) vs. No. 13 seed Marshall (24-10)


NCAA Latest: Virginia Tech leads Alabama at halftime

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NCAA Latest: Gray windmills winning layup for Houston

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Georgia hires former Indiana coach Tom Crean to replace Fox

Georgia hired former Indiana coach Tom Crean as its coach on Thursday, capping a fast-paced search only five days after firing Mark Fox.


NCAA Latest: Kentucky hits no 3s for first time since 1988

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Michigan State will enjoy home-court advantage vs Bucknell

DETROIT (AP) No. 3 Michigan State (29-4) vs. No. 14 Bucknell (25-9)


NCAA Latest: SF Austin-Texas Tech tight, Kentucky wins

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NCAA Latest: 14-seed SFA has lead at half on Texas Tech

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Auburn navigated chaos to get to NCAA game vs Charleston

SAN DIEGO (AP) Bruce Pearl and Auburn's basketball program have been under a cloud since before the start of the season.


NCAA Latest: Gray, Houston up on San Diego St. at half

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Purdue set for NCAA opener after steady success in Big Ten

DETROIT (AP) Purdue is the NCAA Tournament's highest seed from the Big Ten, and has arguably been the conference's best team this season.


Scandal-tinged Auburn faces Charleston in Midwest Region

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 4 seed Auburn (25-7) vs. No. 13 seed College of Charleston (26-7)


Porter out to help Missouri in NCAA tourney, not stack stats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. is one of the biggest unknowns in the NCAA Tournament.


Boeheim, Dixon to meet again when TCU takes on Syracuse

DETROIT (AP) No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) vs. No. 11 seed Syracuse (21-13)


Heated rivals Cincinnati, Xavier open NCAA play at same site

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Xavier coach Chris Mack jokes that LaRosa's pizza, Skyline Chili and Graeter's ice cream should add locations in Nashville this week for all the Cincinnati residents heading south.


Cocky Texas Southern guard gets big stage vs. No. 1 Xavier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett has known Texas Southern's leading scorer since middle school and even played him five or six times.


Virginia looks to ’break down door’ to Final 4 minus Hunter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Every now and again Virginia coach Tony Bennett will receive a text message from a former player that simply reads: Keep knocking coach.


NCAA Latest: Bracket favorite Villanova rolling vs. Radford

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Top-seeded Kansas comes alive, beats Penn 76-60 in NCAAs

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Devonte Graham kept driving to the rim, using his deft crossover and blinding first step to get past Penn's defenders, only to watch every shot he put up bounce out.


Big Ten teams hope to shake off rust in NCAA Tournament

DETROIT (AP) Big Ten teams entered the NCAA Tournament with an unusually long layoff.


Clemson wary of No. 12 seed New Mexico State

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 5 seed Clemson (23-9) vs. No. 12 seed New Mexico State (28-5)


Virginia looks to ’break down door’ to Final 4 minus Hunter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Every now and again Virginia coach Tony Bennett will receive a text message from a former player that simply reads: Keep knocking coach.


NCAA Latest: Ohio St. coach says brackets motivated team

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Lipscomb part of group looking to overcome NCAA inexperience

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Andrew Fleming has all of 1 minute of March Madness playing experience in his career, coming late in a lopsided loss at another school.


South Alabama hires Richie Riley as men’s basketball coach

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) South Alabama has hired Richie Riley its new head basketball coach.


NCAA Latest: Loyola Chicago upsets Miami on last-second shot

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Shockers face entertaining, inexperienced Thundering Herd

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 4 seed Wichita State (25-7) vs. No. 13 seed Marshall (24-10)


’Press Virginia’ comes West as Mountaineers face Racers

SAN DIEGO (AP) No. 5 seed West Virginia (24-10) vs. No. 12 seed Murray State (26-5)


NCAA Latest: Loyola-Chicago tied with Miami at half

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NCAA Latest: Gonzaga gets scare but wins in 1st round

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ACC-SEC showdown between Florida State and Missouri in West

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 9 seed Florida State (20-11) vs. No. 8 seed Missouri (20-12)


NCAA Latest: Upset alert - UNC Greensboro, Zags tied late

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Holy Cross drops knight image despite keeping Crusaders name

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) The College of the Holy Cross says it will stop using the image of a knight as a logo and mascot even though trustees last month decided to keep the nickname Crusaders for its athletic teams.


NCAA Latest: Top seed Kansas rallies to lead Penn at half

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Illinois’ leading scorer, Leron Black, turning pro

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Leron Black, the leading scorer for Illinois last season, will not return for his final year of eligibility.


Seniors could take center stage when Arkansas faces Butler

DETROIT (AP) No. 7 seed Arkansas (23-11) vs. No. 10 seed Butler (20-13)


Illinois’ leading scorer, Leron Black, turning pro

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Leron Black, the leading scorer for Illinois last season, will not return for his final year of eligibility.


The Latest: Rhode Island outlasts Oklahoma in overtime

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Holy Cross drops knight image despite keeping Crusaders name

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) The College of the Holy Cross says it will stop using the image of a knight as a logo and mascot even though trustees last month decided to keep the nickname Crusaders for its athletic teams.


7-seed Texas A&M meets 10-seed Providence in West Region

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 7 seed Texas A&M (20-12) vs. No. 10 seed Providence (21-13)


22-win season leaves improved Cornhuskers wanting more

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska won 10 more games than it did last season and set a school record for conference victories. Most years that would be reason for celebration in a program with such a dismal basketball history.


The Latest: First NCAA game of day heads to overtime

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Reigning champion UNC opens NCAAs as 2-seed vs. Lipscomb

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 2 seed North Carolina (25-10) vs. No. 15 seed Lipscomb (23-9)


Creighton’s Foster faces former team, coach in Kansas State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 8 seed Creighton (21-11) vs. No. 9 seed Kansas State (22-11)


No. 1 Virginia looks to smother No. 16 UMBC with defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No. 1 seed Virginia (31-2) vs. No. 16 seed UMBC (23-10)


Nevada chases first NCAA win since 2007 when it faces Texas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 7 seed Nevada (27-7) vs. No. 10 seed Texas (19-14)


No. 1 seed Xavier plays Texas Southern coming off 1st win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 1 seed Xavier (28-5) vs. No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-19)


Georgia State seeking to upset Cincinnati in opening round

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 2 seed Cincinnati (30-4) vs. No. 15 seed Georgia State (24-10)


The Latest: Kansas big man Azubuike warming up with brace

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Georgia Tech’s Okogie announces plans to enter NBA draft

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie plans to skip his final two college seasons to enter the NBA draft.


Ole Miss hires Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis turned Middle Tennessee into one of the best mid-major programs in the country during his 16 seasons at the school.


The Latest: Wichita hosting NCAAs for first time since 1994

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The Latest: Trae Young could be playing last college game

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Ole Miss hires Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis

Mississippi has hired Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis as its men's basketball coach.


First big day of NCAA Tournament begins with 16 games

The first major slate of NCAA Tournament games is set to begin as fans scramble to fill out brackets and get ready for a marathon of college hoops.


Villanova tries to avoid another upset on opening weekend

PITTSBURGH (AP) Carlik Jones' phone has exploded since he hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent Radford into the NCAA Tournament.


Ole Miss hires Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis

Mississippi has hired Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis as its men's basketball coach.


Go Time? Rumor mill puts NCAA coaches, teams in awkward spot

PITTSBURGH (AP) Danny Hurley doesn't want to make it about himself.


On to the next round: Syracuse outlasts Arizona State

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has made a concession for his thin roster - shorter practices and more sleep, especially for the Big Three.


Glue guys in NCAAs, from Arizona’s Alkins to Zags’ Melson

Carsen Edwards can light up the scoreboard for Purdue. Seven-footer Isaac Haas poses an imposing figure in the lane.


Go Time? Rumor mill puts coaches, teams in awkward spot

PITTSBURGH (AP) Danny Hurley doesn't want to make it about himself.


Losses by UCLA, Arizona State make it a Pac-1 Tournament

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) UCLA played one of its worst games. Arizona State finished with a season low in points. With the First Four finished, there's only one Pac-12 team left for the main draw in the NCAA Tournament.


» Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Zags are back, this time hoping for one more win and a title

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A handful of players from Gonzaga's history-making Final Four team have moved on.


Tubby Smith out as Memphis men’s hoops coach after 2 seasons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tubby Smith has been fired as Memphis men's basketball coach after two seasons amid dropping attendance and donations to the athletic department.


Michigan’s Beilein says Fisher should be welcomed back home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) John Beilein believes it's time for Steve Fisher to assume his rightful place in Michigan lore.


Zags are back, this time hoping for one more win and a title

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A handful of players from Gonzaga's history-making Final Four team have moved on.


Villanova tries to avoid another upset on opening weekend

PITTSBURGH (AP) Carlik Jones' phone has exploded since he hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent Radford into the NCAA Tournament.


10 years later, Davidson seeks another tourney run

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 5 seed Kentucky (24-10) vs. No. 12 seed Davidson (21-11)


Baby Cats: Even for Cal and Kentucky, this team is young

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Even for Kentucky, this team is young.


Wilson’s up and down ride with Hokies ending on high note

Devin Wilson's basketball career at Virginia Tech has been circuitous to say the least. The senior point guard has had his share of ups and downs.


Bonnies face Florida after 1st NCAA tourney win in 48 years

DALLAS (AP) No. 6 seed Florida (20-12) vs. No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure (26-7)


Arizona keeps focus on the court through tumultuous season

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The strain of a tumultuous season could have caused Arizona's players to cave under the pressure, coach Sean Miller to give up and walk away.


Former Ohio State coach Matta withdraws from Georgia search

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Former Ohio State coach Thad Matta has withdrawn from the Georgia coach search after becoming the first known candidate to interview for the job.


Villanova tries to avoid another upset on opening weekend

PITTSBURGH (AP) Carlik Jones' phone has exploded since he hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent Radford into the NCAA Tournament.


Lone Star tilt: Texas Tech faces Stephen F Austin in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) No. 3 seed Texas Tech (24-9) vs. No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin (28-6)


Michigan’s Beilein says Fisher should be welcomed back home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) John Beilein believes it's time for Steve Fisher to assume his rightful place in Michigan lore.


No. 1 Villanova faces No. 16 Radford in the East Region

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 1 seed Villanova (30-4) vs. No. 16 seed Radford (23-12)


Outgoing Daryl Macon making the most of his time at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daryl Macon wasn't always the upbeat, quick-witted member of the Razorbacks basketball team fans are familiar with now.


Former President Obama picks Michigan State, UConn in NCAAs

CHICAGO (AP) Former President Barack Obama has picked his NCAA Tournament brackets, and he has Michigan State winning the men's title and - no surprises - UConn winning the women's championship.


Zags are back, this time hoping for one more win and a title

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A handful of players from Gonzaga's history-making Final Four team have moved on.


Big Dance becoming commonplace for South Dakota State

The South Dakota State men's basketball team is bringing more to the Big Dance than just a big man with an intimidating nickname and NBA potential.


Miami seeks more NCAA success in Texas vs hot Loyola-Chicago

DALLAS (AP) No. 6 seed Miami (22-9) vs. No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (28-5)


Top-seeded Kansas begins Midwest march against Pennsylvania

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 1 seed Kansas (27-7) vs. No. 16 seed Pennsylvania (24-8)


No. 6 seed Houston faces 11-seed San Diego State in West

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 6 seed Houston (26-7) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10)


No. 3 seed Michigan faces No. 14 seed Montana in West

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 3 Michigan (28-7) vs. No. 14 Montana (26-7)


Top-seeded KU wary of No. 16 Penn in NCAA tourney opener

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A.J. Brodeur knew the moment Penn beat Harvard for the Ivy League title that the Quakers were headed to the NCAA Tournament, the only questions left being their seed, opponent and destination.


No. 8 seed Seton Hall faces No. 9 seed NC State in Midwest

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 8 seed Seton Hall (21-11) vs. No. 9 seed North Carolina State (21-11)


Frosh star Sexton leads No. 9 seed Alabama against Va. Tech

PITTSBURGH (AP) The No. 8 seed Virginia Tech (21-11) plays ninth-seeded Alabama (19-15)


No. 1 Villanova faces No. 16 Radford in the East Region

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 1 seed Villanova (30-4) vs. No. 16 seed Radford (23-12)


Top-seeded KU wary of No. 16 Penn in NCAA tourney opener

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Penn forward A.J. Brodeur knew that the moment the Quakers beat Harvard for the Ivy League title and were headed to the NCAA Tournament, the only questions left were their seed, opponent and destination.


No. 4 Arizona opens against No. 13 Buffalo in South Region

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 13 Buffalo (26-8) vs. No. 4 Arizona (27-7)


Gonzaga is back, looking to take the final step to a title

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 4 seed Gonzaga (30-4) vs. No. 13 seed UNC-Greensboro (27-7)


Rick Barnes back in Texas as Tennessee faces Wright State

DALLAS (AP) No. 3 seed Tennessee (25-8) vs. No. 14 seed Wright State (25-9)


Balanced Rams prepping for heady dose of Oklahoma star Young

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 7 seed Rhode Island (25-7) vs. No. 10 seed Oklahoma (18-13)


Brackets are everywhere, featuring Florida to Florida Evans

MIAMI (AP) There is a bracket where even Gator haters not only can pick Florida, but probably will.


Duke’s star-laden roster wary against up-tempo Iona

PITTSBURGH (AP) No. 2 seed Duke (26-7) vs. No. 15 seed Iona (20-13)


No. 6 seed Houston faces 11-seed San Diego State in West

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) No. 6 seed Houston (26-7) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10)


No. 12 South Dakota State faces No. 5 Ohio State in West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 5 Ohio State (24-8) vs. No. 12 South Dakota State (28-6).


Tubby Smith out as Memphis men’s hoops coach after 2 seasons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tubby Smith has been fired as Memphis men's basketball coach after two seasons amid dropping attendance and donations to the athletic department.


Tubby Smith out as Memphis men’s hoops coach after 2 seasons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tubby Smith has been fired as Memphis men's basketball coach after two seasons amid dropping attendance and donations to the athletic department.


Wilson’s up and down ride with Hokies ending on high note

Devin Wilson's basketball career at Virginia Tech has been circuitous to say the least. The senior point guard has had his share of ups and downs.


Wichita State, Marshall meet 48 years after plane crashes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Dan D'Antoni was a 23-year-old assistant with the Marshall basketball program in 1970, and a babysitter, too. He was at the home of a friend and team physician for the Thundering Herd when a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado.


Texas season full of emotional ups and downs on road to NCAA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Through each game since early January, win or lose, the Texas Longhorns have insisted teammate Andrew Jones has been with them every step of the way as they fought to return to the NCAA Tournament.


Reserve F Andy Van Vliet transferring from Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Reserve forward Andy Van Vliet plans to transfer from Wisconsin after three years with the program.


Clark goes from limbo to leading Buffalo to NCAA Tournament

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) The sheer poetry of the moment wasn't lost on Wes Clark in knowing what final obstacle stood in the way of Buffalo's senior point guard resuming his college basketball career after spending 22 months in limbo.


Butler heads into tourney with Martin playing new lead role

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler forward Kelan Martin always has been a scorer.


Clark goes from limbo to leading Buffalo to NCAA Tournament

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) The sheer poetry of the moment wasn't lost on Wes Clark in knowing what final obstacle stood in the way of Buffalo's senior point guard resuming his college basketball career after spending 21 months in limbo.


First-time NCAA Tournament head coaches leading 15 teams

Fifteen teams are being led by first-time NCAA Tournament head coaches. All but one is a double-digit seed, so let's just say a run to the championship is improbable.


Butler heads into tourney with Martin playing new lead role

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler forward Kelan Martin always has been a special scorer.


A look at the best to come in the NCAA Tournament

March seemed to start early this season. Upsets seemingly every week, buzzer beaters, eye-popping performances.


Mom and coach: FSU’s Mann receives extra on-court guidance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) When Florida State junior Terance Mann calls home after games, the conversation with his mother is slightly different than for most college athletes.


Clark goes from limbo to leading Buffalo to NCAA Tournament

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) The sheer poetry of the moment wasn't lost on Wes Clark in knowing what final obstacle stood in way of Buffalo's senior point guard resuming his college basketball career after spending 21 months in limbo.


» Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Michigan St hopes Bridges attacks defense in NCAA Tournament

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges can soar for slams, dribble to set up shots and make 3-pointers from all angles.


Houston’s Sampson takes winding road back to NCAA tourney

HOUSTON (AP) A NCAA Tournament mainstay for more than a decade starting in the mid-1990s, coach Kelvin Sampson never doubted he would return to the tournament, even after NCAA violations left him effectively barred from college coaching for five years.


Michigan St hopes Bridges attacks defense in NCAA Tournament

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges can soar for slams, dribble to set up shots and make 3-pointers from all angles.


Virginia’s Hunter to miss NCAAs with broken wrist

Top-ranked and top-seeded Virginia will be without forward De'Andre Hunter, the ACC's sixth man of the year, for the NCAA Tournament because of a broken left wrist.


US charges Iowa youth coach who recorded players undressing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A prominent Iowa basketball coach was jailed Tuesday on a child pornography charge after telling investigators he secretly recorded his adolescent players undressing in an attempt to monitor their development.


Virginia’s Hunter to miss NCAAs with broken wrist

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia forward De'Andre Hunter, the ACC's sixth man of the year, will miss the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist.


Oklahoma senior Khadeem Lattin gets last shot at NCAA glory

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma big man Khadeem Lattin wanted to cap his college career the right way, but his team's regular-season fade put its fate in the NCAA Tournament selection committee's hands.


The Latest: Coach jailed after recording players disrobing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Latest on the arrest of a Iowa boys basketball coach on a federal pornography charge (all times local):


Purdue’s experienced hands hope for deep NCAA tourney run

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue guard Dakota Mathias prefers old-school basketball.


Pac-12: End one-and-done, give players more access to agents

A Pac-12 task force on reforming college basketball recommends an end to the NBA's one-and-done rule and allowing players the option to return to school after they're drafted.


FBI arrests Iowa youth coach who recorded players disrobing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A prominent Iowa boys basketball coach was arrested on a federal pornography charge Tuesday after he confessed to secretly recording adolescent players disrobing in a hotel bathroom, investigators said.


Fast starters Arizona State and Syracuse meet in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) No. 11 seed Arizona State (20-11) vs. No. 11 Syracuse (20-13)


Miami’s Brown won’t play, will dress for 1st tourney game

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes star Bruce Brown Jr.'s injured left foot is suddenly healing faster than expected.


Arizona St, Syracuse want to prove they belong in tournament

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Bobby Hurley isn't intimidated by the NCAA Tournament, of course, but the former Duke star usually doesn't have to prove he belongs here.


FBI arrests Iowa youth coach who recorded players disrobing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A prominent Iowa boys basketball coach was arrested on a federal pornography charge Tuesday after he confessed to secretly recording adolescent players disrobing in a hotel bathroom, investigators said.


No. 19 Auburn’s Pearl back in tourney despite uncertain fate

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl opened this college basketball season with a renewed confidence that he insists didn't falter even after his top assistant coach was indicted as part of a federal investigation that cost two of Auburn's best players their eligibility.


Prominent Iowa AAU coach arrested on child porn charge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A prominent Iowa boys basketball coach was arrested on a federal pornography charge Tuesday after he confessed to secretly recording adolescent players disrobing in a hotel bathroom, investigators said.


NC Central and Texas Southern extend First Four tradition

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) No. 16 seed North Carolina Central (19-15) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (15-19)


Iowa State sophomore guard Jakolby Long to transfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State sophomore guard Jakolby Long intends to transfer to another school.


Big East extends Commissioner Val Ackerman’s contract

NEW YORK (AP) The Big East Conference extended the contract of Commissioner Val Ackerman through June 2021.


Prominent Iowa AAU coach arrested on child porn charge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa has been arrested and charged in federal court with knowingly transporting child pornography.


Jayhawks, Wildcats banged up entering NCAA Tournament

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The success or failure of teams from the Sunflower State in the NCAA Tournament might be decided not by the players taking the floor but their trainers in the locker room.


Miller Time: 35-year-old coach gets on bigger schools’ radar

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) UNC Greensboro's Wes Miller is the youngest head coach in the NCAA Tournament. He's certainly not lacking in experience.


Big East extends Commissioner Val Ackerman’s contract

NEW YORK (AP) The Big East Conference extended the contact of Commissioner Val Ackerman through June 2021.


No. 19 Auburn’s Pearl back in tourney despite uncertain fate

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl opened this college basketball season with a renewed confidence that he insists didn't falter even after his top assistant coach was indicted as part of a federal investigation that cost two of Auburn's best players their eligibility.


Daum heads list of notable NCAA players from one-bid leagues

South Dakota State forward Mike Daum already has experienced the NCAA Tournament twice before. Now he wants to discover what it feels like to win on college basketball's biggest stage.


Daum heads list of notable NCAA players from one-bid leagues

South Dakota State forward Mike Daum already has experienced the NCAA Tournament twice before. Now he wants to discover what it feels like to win on college basketball's biggest stage.


Auriemma: Could coach UConn men, but no interest at age 63

STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says he has no doubt he could coach the school's men's basketball team and enjoy it.


Pac-12: End one-and-done, give players more access to agents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Pac-12 task force on reforming college basketball is recommending an end to the NBA's one-and-done rule, allowing players to return to school even after they are drafted, and that the NCAA facilitate access to agents for high school players.


Pac-12 taskforce: End of one-and-done, more access to agents

A Pac-12 taskforce on reforming college basketball is recommending an end to the NBA's one-and-done rule, allowing players to return to school even after they are drafted, and that the NCAA facilitate access to agents for high school players.


Auriemma: Could coach UConn men, but no interest at age 63

STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says he has no doubt he could coach the men's basketball team and enjoy it.


NBA put on hold at Virginia as Cavs’ upperclassmen thrive

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has built the Cavaliers into one of the nation's elite programs.


After replacing Fisher, Dutcher guides SDSU back to NCAAs

SAN DIEGO (AP) Four weeks ago, when San Diego State was 13-10 and in eighth place in the Mountain West Conference, even a berth in the NIT seemed farfetched in the Aztecs' first season under coach Brian Dutcher.


» Monday, March 12, 2018

Michigan’s Beilein says he’s still coaching due to changes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan is roaring into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.


Lorenzo Romar returning to Pepperdine for 2nd stint as coach

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Lorenzo Romar is returning to Pepperdine for a second stint as men's basketball coach.


Lorenzo Romar returning to Pepperdine for 2nd stint as coach

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Lorenzo Romar is returning to Pepperdine for a second stint as men's basketball coach.


Michigan’s Beilein says he’s still coaching due to changes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan is roaring into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.


NCAA Tournament First: UCLA starting in Dayton vs Bonnies

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) UCLA's storied NCAA Tournament history includes 18 Final Four appearances. A First Four? None, until now.


Seton Hall ready for NCAA Tournament despite shaky finish

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Seton Hall might be considered a question mark heading into the NCAA Tournament based on the second half of the season.


Cinderella 3 years ago, Georgia State back in NCAA tourney

ATLANTA (AP) Ron Hunter still has the stool, the one he tumbled off of when his son hit a memorable shot in the NCAA Tournament.


Georgia interviews former Ohio State coach Thad Matta

Georgia officials interviewed former Ohio State coach Thad Matta on Monday, launching their coach search only two days after the school fired Mark Fox.


Georgia interviews former Ohio State coach Thad Matta

Georgia officials have interviewed former Ohio State coach Thad Matta, launching their coach search only two days after the school fired Mark Fox.


Illinois competed, struggled during Underwood’s first season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois opened its season on a six-game winning streak for the first time in four years. The Illini only won eight more games the rest of the season and were knocked out in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Florida gets stranded in St. Louis before NCAA Tournament

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) At least Florida coach Mike White could joke about his team's predicament: Getting stranded about 900 miles from home after the Southeastern Conference Tournament because the team's chartered airplane was on a military mission.


Padgett, Louisville thinking only about present for program

David Padgett's audition to become the permanent men's basketball coach at Louisville continues as the Cardinals prepare for the NIT.


Science of upsets: Prof has formula that doubles your shot

Message to hoops fans: This story could make you look brilliant.


NCAA Tournament First: UCLA starting in Dayton vs Bonnies

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) UCLA's storied NCAA Tournament history includes 18 Final Four appearances. A First Four? None, until now.


Tourney vet UCLA hopes to slow down Bonnies in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure (25-7) vs. No. 11 seed UCLA (21-11)


Streaking LIU-Brooklyn and Radford face off in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) No. 16 seed LIU-Brooklyn (18-16) vs. No. 16 seed Radford (22-12)


Tar Heels’ Berry ready for last run with reigning champions

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Joel Berry II is ready to take any big shot North Carolina needs in his final NCAA Tournament.


Seniors set for pivotal roles for high seeds in NCAA tourney

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Joel Berry II - last year's Final Four most outstanding player for the reigning national champions - is one of several seniors set to play pivotal roles for some of the NCAA Tournament favorites.


South Carolina goes from Final Four to sitting out tourney

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) In a year's time, South Carolina has gone from Final Four to finished earlier than expected.


Virginia unanimous No. 1 in final AP Top 25; Kansas to 4th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia went from being an unranked team that few expected to contend in the Atlantic Coast Conference to the unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 of the season.


Tar Heels’ Berry ready for last run with reigning champions

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Joel Berry II is ready to take any big shot North Carolina needs in his final NCAA Tournament.


Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) America's gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament - nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.


Tar Heels’ Berry ready for last run with reigning champions

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Joel Berry II is ready to take any big shot North Carolina needs in his final NCAA Tournament.


Grant leads Charleston back from abuse allegations

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) College of Charleston coach Earl Grant has brought the Cougars back to prominence after embarrassing abuse allegations put on stain on what had been a well-respected men's basketball program.


Virginia unanimous No. 1 in final AP Top 25; Kansas to 4th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia remains the unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season, while Kansas jumped to No. 4 after winning the Big 12 Tournament.


Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) America's gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament - nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.


Things to know about NCAA tourney: No. 1s remember the Alamo

Kansas, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier - the No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament - should remember the Alamo.


Business as usual? Not really in this year’s NCAA Tournament

The coaches, players and TV announcers waited breathlessly for the reveal, then broke down the snubs, seedings and matchups with the same glee as kids unwrapping gifts under the Christmas tree. In all, the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket felt pretty much like business as usual.


Things to know about NCAA tourney: No. 1s remember the Alamo

Kansas, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier - the No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament - should remember the Alamo.


» Sunday, March 11, 2018

NCAA snubs USC, Notre Dame highlight NIT field

It was a sour Selection Sunday for Southern California and Notre Dame. Especially for the surprised Trojans.


Xavier gets No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament West Region

LAS VEGAS (AP) Xavier came up just short of the Final Four a year ago, losing to eventual finalist Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.


Kansas is No. 1 in Midwest Region featuring all-time greats

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Midwest Region could be called the NCAA Tournament's Blue Blood Bracket.


NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.


Deep sleepers: Who could wreck brackets in March?

Underdogs are a big part of NCAA Tournament lore and almost every year a few double-digit seeds make a surprising run deep into the bracket. Here are a few of the candidates - from No. 10 all the way to No. 16 - that could wreck some brackets over the next couple weeks.


Drought over, Loyola gets its shining moment with NCAA spot

CHICAGO (AP) As the players walked into the video room at the end of a grueling boot camp last fall, Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser made sure ''One Shining Moment'' was playing.


NCAA Tournament dishes Virginia a tough road as top team

LAS VEGAS (AP) Virginia earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, its reward for one of the best seasons in Atlantic Coast Conference history.


The Latest: Xavier is No. 1 seed 1st time in school history

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Xavier gets No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament West Region

LAS VEGAS (AP) Xavier came up just short of the Final Four a year ago, losing to eventual finalist Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.


Kansas is No. 1 in Midwest Region featuring all-time greats

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Midwest Region could be called the NCAA Tournament's Blue Blood Bracket.


Hurricanes’ Bruce Brown Jr. expected to miss NCAA Tournament

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a left foot injury, which means he may have played his final college game.


Villanova earns top seed in NCAA Tournament East Region

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova has a more urgent goal as a No. 1 seed than a Final Four.


NCAA snubs USC, Notre Dame highlight NIT field

Southern California, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's are the No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament.


A few upsets early, but in the end, Villanova wins it all

Ordinarily, the rule when filling out brackets is that the First Four games in Dayton should be ignored because those teams are all incapable of winning a game when the ''real'' tournament starts on Thursday.


The Latest: Jamie Dixon back in NCAA with TCU after 31 years

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Overall No. 1 Virginia aims for Final Four run through South

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia spent an entire season exceeding all expectations and making a dominant run through the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now the Cavaliers face a new challenge: trying to earn a spot in their first Final Four in more than three decades as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.


Kansas expects to have Azubuike back for NCAA tourney opener

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self is optimistic that big man Udoka Azubuike will be available when the top-seeded Jayhawks open the NCAA Tournament against No. 16 seed Penn on Thursday.


Xavier gets No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament West Region

LAS VEGAS (AP) Xavier came up just short of the Final Four a year ago, losing to eventual finalist Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.


The Latest: Calipari not thrilled with Kentucky’s draw

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NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.


S-E-C! League lands conference-record 8 teams in NCAAs

NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference's push to improve in men's basketball finally has paid off in record fashion.


The Latest: Hunter, Georgia State back looking for upset

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The Latest: Barnes is 7th coach to go NCAA with 4 teams

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The Latest: Auburn plays it cool as NCAA bid is revealed

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The Latest: Cincy schools headed to Nashville

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Rambling on: Loyola up for first NCAA tourney in 33 years

CHICAGO (AP) Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser recalled dinners with Rick Majerus.


Overall No. 1 Virginia aims for Final Four run through South

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia spent an entire season exceeding all expectations and making a dominating run through the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Xavier gets No. 1 in NCAA Tournament West Region

LAS VEGAS (AP) Xavier has followed one of the best regular seasons in program history with its first No. 1 NCAA Tournament seeding.


No. 1 seed Kansas, No. 2 Duke on collision course in Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Kansas is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and is on a collision course with No. 2 seed Duke in the Midwest Region.


The Latest: UT’s Barnes heads to Dallas for NCAAs

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The Latest: Davidson steals Notre Dame’s NCAA bid

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NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.


S-E-C! League lands conference-record 8 teams in NCAAs

NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference's push to improve in men's basketball finally has paid off in record fashion.


The Latest: Reigning champ UNC gets home-state start

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The Latest: Midwest loaded with Kansas, Duke, Michigan St

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Georgia State holds off Texas Arlington to win Sun Belt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) D'Marcus Simonds didn't play like the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in Georgia State's semifinal victory against Georgia Southern.


The Latest: NCAA selection show to start with teams revealed

The Latest on NCAA Tournament selection Sunday (all times Eastern):


After firing Fox, Georgia won’t accept NIT bid if offered

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia will not accept a bid, if offered, to play in the NIT after firing coach Mark Fox.


Bubble shrinks on NCAA Tournament selection Sunday

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is here and teams sweating out the wait until the brackets are revealed got bad news from the Atlantic 10 Conference.


Bus transporting Illinois college team crashes in Minnesota

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. (AP) Authorities say several people were hurt when a charter bus transporting a college basketball team from Illinois crashed in Minnesota.


BUBBLE WATCH: Davidson takes best shot; ’Bama, USC wait

A barrage of 3-pointers gave Davidson a shot to make the NCAA Tournament.


Rambling on: Loyola up for first NCAA tourney in 33 years

CHICAGO (AP) Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser recalled dinners with Rick Majerus.


Rambling on: Loyola up for first NCAA tourney in 33 years

CHICAGO (AP) Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser recalled dinners with Rick Majerus.


No. 15 Arizona beats USC 75-61 to defend Pac-12 title.

LAS VEGAS (AP) Deandre Ayton dribbled through the sea of red-and-white confetti, bobbing and weaving past cheerleaders and fans. The Arizona big man came upon a security guard, dropped a spin move that left both smiling and headed to the locker room.


No. 15 Arizona beats USC 75-61 to defend Pac-12 title.

LAS VEGAS (AP) Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 Tournament history, leading No. 15 Arizona to its second straight title with a 75-61 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.


» Saturday, March 10, 2018

Providence can’t win 3rd in row in OT, loses final to ’Nova

NEW YORK (AP) Even ripping his pants halfway through Big East Tournament championship game couldn't spoil the feeling Providence coach Ed Cooley had about his team.


Bullish: Buffalo wins MAC title over Toledo, NCAA bid

CLEVELAND (AP) Handed a pair scissors, Buffalo coach Nate Oats began climbing a ladder to cut down another championship net.


Georgia fires Mark Fox after disappointing 9th season

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity believed this could be the year the Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament and made a move to join the SEC's elite.


Georgia fires Mark Fox after disappointing 9th season

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia coach Mark Fox was fired on Saturday following a disappointing regular season and a loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.


Toledo’s Fletcher out of MAC title game with knee injury

CLEVELAND (AP) Toledo star guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher will miss the Mid-American Conference championship against Buffalo because of an injured left knee.


Georgia fires Mark Fox after disappointing 9th season

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia coach Mark Fox has been fired following a disappointing regular season and a loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.


Toledo’s Fletcher out of MAC title game with knee injury

CLEVELAND (AP) Toledo star guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher will miss the Mid-American Conference championship against Buffalo because of an injured left knee.


UConn fires coach Kevin Ollie with school under NCAA inquiry

The combination was too much for UConn: an NCAA investigation and a second straight losing season.


Missouri’s Jordan Barnett arrested on suspicion of DWI

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri forward Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.


Missouri forward Jordan Barnett arrested for DWI

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri basketball player Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.


UConn fires coach Kevin Ollie with school under NCAA inquiry

UConn fired basketball coach Kevin Ollie on Saturday, with the team under NCAA investigation and the Huskies having completed their second straight losing season.


UConn fires coach Kevin Ollie with school under NCAA inquiry

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has fired basketball coach Kevin Ollie, with the team under NCAA investigation and the Huskies having completed their second straight losing season.


BUBBLE WATCH: Alabama takes another step toward the NCAAs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Alabama's Collin Sexton had one thing to say after another amazing performance: ''Don't count us out.''


BUBBLE WATCH: Alabama takes another step toward the NCAAs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Alabama's Collin Sexton had one thing to say after another amazing performance: ''Don't count us out.''


North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title

NEW YORK (AP) North Carolina was up 16 with 5 1/2 minutes left, all set to cruise to a victory that would snap a six-game Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament losing streak against Duke and put the Tar Heels in the championship for a record 35th time.


Duke’s Allen gets flagrant 1 for hip check on UNC’s Brooks

NEW YORK (AP) Duke guard Grayson Allen received a flagrant 1 foul for hip checking North Carolina's Garrison Brooks as the Tar Heels forward was running up the court late in the first half of an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday night.


North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title

NEW YORK (AP) Luke Maye scored 17 points, including North Carolina's last field goal with 5:33 remaining, and No. 12 North Carolina held off a late rally by No. 5 Duke to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game with a 74-69 victory on Friday night.


» Friday, March 9, 2018

Mississippi State’s Nick Weatherspoon injured at SEC tourney

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mississippi State guard Nick Weatherspoon was injured and taken off the court on a stretcher after being stepped on with 14:54 remaining in the Bulldogs' 62-59 loss against No. 13 Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.


Duke’s Allen gets flagrant 1 for hip check on UNC’s Brooks

NEW YORK (AP) Duke guard Grayson Allen received a flagrant one foul for hip checking North Carolina's Garrison Brooks as the Tar Heels forward was running up the court late in the first half of an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday night.


Column: Dump these conference tourneys, get to real thing

It's conference tournament time in college basketball.


Mississippi State’s Nick Weatherspoon injured at SEC tourney

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mississippi State guard Nick Weatherspoon was injured and taken off the court on a stretcher after being stepped on with 14:54 remaining in the Bulldogs' 62-59 loss against No. 13 Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.


NC State gets grand jury subpoena for records from NY court

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina State spokesman says the school has received a grand jury subpoena from a New York court seeking records.


ACC loves NYC: Expect tournament to be back in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is declaring its two-year run in Brooklyn a success and expects to make New York City a regular destination for the league's men's basketball tournament.


Column: Dump these conference tourneys, get to real thing

It's conference tournament time in college basketball.


ACC loves NYC: Expect tournament to be back in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is declaring its two-year run in Brooklyn a success and expects to make New York City a regular destination for the league's men's basketball tournament.


Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook to test NBA draft interest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook has submitted paperwork for early entry into the 2018 NBA draft. He has not hired an agent, meaning he could possibly return to the Hawkeyes next season.


K-State’s Wade will miss Big 12 tourney showdown with Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State junior forward Dean Wade will miss Friday night's Big 12 Tournament semifinal game against No. 9 Kansas because of a foot injury.


Corruption case won’t stop the calls on Selection Sunday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) College basketball has spent an entire season operating amid the specter of an FBI corruption investigation that led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others.


Arkansas-Little Rock fires coach; 7-25 mark set loss record

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has fired its basketball coach after his team lost a school-record 25 games.


Top-seeded Harvard a fan of new Ivy tourney ... for now

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Harvard coach Tommy Amaker still likes the Ivy League's postseason tournament, which is in its second year.


Corruption case won’t stop the calls on Selection Sunday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) College basketball has spent an entire season operating amid the specter of an FBI corruption investigation that led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others.


Board games become part of Tennessee’s road game routine

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Each time Tennessee goes on the road, the games start long before the Volunteers take the floor.


One-bid leagues vary in protecting top seeds

DETROIT (AP) March Madness has lived up to its name in the Horizon League in recent years. In four of the past five seasons, the top seed has been bounced from the conference tournament, falling short of an NCAA bid after weeks of success.


One-handed Northern Arizona player spreading inspiration

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Omar Ndiaye strokes in long 3-pointers with a flick of his wrist alongside the rest of Northern Arizona's players. Ndiaye has the same springy legs as his teammates, is just as quick off the dribble and has a wicked crossover.


Board games become part of Tennessee’s road game routine

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Each time Tennessee goes on the road, the games start long before the Volunteers take the floor.


Notre Dame’s drubbing provides plenty of bubble intrigue

When Notre Dame completed its greatest comeback, star Bonzie Colson pounded his chest and screamed: ''We ain't done!''


» Thursday, March 8, 2018

SE Louisiana opens postseason amid gun violence fallout

HAMMOND, La. (AP) The sight of Southeastern Louisiana starter James Currington recuperating from a bullet wound from a shootout near student housing has provided the Lions with new perspective on their program's best basketball season in more than a decade.


San Diego basketball coach Lamont Smith resigns

SAN DIEGO (AP) University of San Diego coach Lamont Smith resigned Wednesday night, 10 days after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.


Buffalo men’s basketball coach Oats agrees to 5-year deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Men's basketball coach Nate Oats is being rewarded for the University at Buffalo's record-setting season, agreeing to a new five-year contract.


No. 22 Nevada outlasts UNLV, moves on to Mountain West semis

LAS VEGAS (AP) Trailing UNLV early in the second half of a quarterfinal matchup in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, Nevada's Jordan Caroline had one thing on his mind: last year's tournament championship game.


Georgia Tech’s Justin Moore announces plans to transfer

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech guard Justin Moore, a part-time starter in the 2016-17 season whose playing time was dramatically reduced this season, says he will transfer to another school.


SE Louisiana opens postseason amid gun violence fallout

HAMMOND, La. (AP) The sight of Southeastern Louisiana starter James Currington recuperating from a bullet wound from a shootout near student housing has provided the Lions with new perspective on their program's best basketball season in more than a decade.


Oklahoma’s Young, family to weigh if he should go pro

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Trae Young tends to go places in a hurry. Whether he bolts to the NBA is now the question on everyone's mind at Oklahoma.


Iowa State ends rebuilding season with loss to Texas

The Iowa State Cyclones may be able to put their miserable season behind them quickly next season - if a few things break their way.


Rebel reboot: Ole Miss starting over after brutal season

Mississippi started its season with aspirations of returning to the NCAA Tournament.


Reggie Theus, athletic director out at Cal State Northridge

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reggie Theus is out as men's basketball coach and Brandon Martin has been let go as athletic director at Cal State Northridge. Campus police are investigating an alleged physical altercation between the men.


Loyola men’s basketball coach steps down after 5 seasons

BALTIMORE (AP) G.G. Smith has resigned as head men's basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland, after a rocky five-year run.


Pitt fires coach Kevin Stallings after 2 seasons

PITTSBURGH (AP) The worst season in Pittsburgh basketball history cost head coach Kevin Stallings his job.


AP source: Pitt fires coach Kevin Stallings

PITTSBURGH (AP) The worst season in Pittsburgh basketball history cost head coach Kevin Stallings his job.


Late collapses have Oklahoma, Arizona State feeling nervous

After being ranked in the top five earlier this season, Arizona State and Oklahoma suddenly find their NCAA Tournament hopes in question.


2 at a time: C-USA tourney games on 2 courts simultaneously

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Conference USA is playing tournament games two at a time, on opposite sides of a huge black curtain in the facility where the NFL's Dallas Cowboys practice.


San Diego basketball coach Lamont Smith resigns

SAN DIEGO (AP) University of San Diego coach Lamont Smith resigned Wednesday night, 10 days after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.


San Diego basketball coach Lamont Smith resigns

SAN DIEGO (AP) University of San Diego coach Lamont Smith resigned Wednesday night, 10 days after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.


» Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NCAA passes $1 billion in revenue, surplus of $105 million

The NCAA surpassed $1 billion in revenue for the first time last year, most of which came from its television deal for the men's basketball tournament, and distributed $560.3 million to Division I schools.


Jayhawks’ Azubuike injures knee, out for Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike sprained his left knee during a scrimmage this week, ruling him out of the Big 12 Tournament and putting his availability for the NCAA Tournament in question.


Brunson, Mack, Spellman win Big East honors

NEW YORK (AP) Even when he received the most prestigious award of his coaching career, Xavier's Chris Mack joked Villanova was there to sour the moment.


Porter Jr. to return for Missouri at SEC Tournament

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri standout Michael Porter Jr. will return from back surgery to play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday, marking his first time in a game since the season opener.


Jayhawks’ Azubuike injures knee, out for Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike sprained his left knee during a scrimmage this week, ruling him out of the Big 12 Tournament and putting his availability for the NCAA Tournament in question.


Pastner still upbeat after Georgia Tech’s tumultuous season

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Pastner describes Georgia Tech's tumultuous season as a ''perfect storm.''


Kentucky’s Vanderbilt ’day to day’ with unspecified injury

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is being evaluated on a daily basis after sustaining an unspecified injury in practice.


Brunson, Mack, Spellman win Big East honors

NEW YORK (AP) Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson, Xavier coach Chris Mack and Villanova freshman Omari Spellman are the Big East award winners.


No clear answer for Pitt: Keep Stallings or move on?

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Stallings expected growing pains. It's part of the territory when rebuilding a basketball program on the fly.


Coaches on hot seat heading into conference tourneys

Mark Fox might need an improbable run through the Southeastern Conference tournament to save his coaching job.


NYU basketball coach Joe Nesci retires after 30 seasons

NEW YORK (AP) New York University basketball coach Joe Nesci is retiring after 30 seasons at the helm.


Pearl, Auburn players find another source of motivation

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn has found another source of motivation.


Kentucky’s Vanderbilt ’day to day’ with unspecified injury

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is being evaluated on a daily basis after sustaining an unspecified injury in practice.


Wake Forest looks to next year after another 20-loss finish

Wake Forest had serious trouble replacing two players who left school early. As a result, another Demon Deacons' season ended early.


Georgia’s Yante Maten selected as AP SEC player of the year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.


Coaches on the hot seat heading into conference tourneys

Mark Fox might need an improbable run through the Southeastern Conference tournament to save his coaching job.


SEC’s balance could create wide-open tournament

Southeastern Conference coaches believe the depth of their league should give all 14 teams reason to believe they could win the postseason tournament that starts Wednesday in St. Louis.


BYU’s loss lets Big Ten bubble teams breathe easy - for now

No. 6 Gonzaga might have some new fans in Big Ten country.


Coaches on the hot seat heading into conference tourneys

Mark Fox might need an improbable run through the Southeastern Conference tournament to save his coaching job.


» Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Arizona No. 1 seed at Pac-12 tourney after tumultuous year

LAS VEGAS (AP) Arizona's season started under a dark cloud following the arrest of assistant coach Emanuel Richardson as part of a federal probe into shady recruiting practices.


Aztecs need to run table in Vegas to get back to NCAAs

SAN DIEGO (AP) Going to the NCAA Tournament used to be almost a birthright at San Diego State, starting with Kawhi Leonard's freshman season.


Perennial favorite Kentucky enters SEC tourney as No. 4 seed

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's quest for another Southeastern Conference Tournament title will begin in an unfamiliar role.


TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League tourneys set to impact NCAA seeding

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Big East has No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 Xavier aiming for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12 has No. 9 Kansas on its seemingly permanent perch as the Big 12's regular-season champion.


Charlotte AD Hill’s first goal: Find men’s basketball coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mike Hill says his first goal as UNC Charlotte's new athletic director will be to find a new men's basketball coach.


Nevada’s Caleb Martin top player, newcomer in Mountain West

LAS VEGAS (AP) Nevada junior forward Caleb Martin was named the Mountain West's player and newcomer of the year after a season in which the Wolf Pack captured the regular season conference title.


Arizona’s Deandre Ayton earns Pac-12 player of year honors

Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton has been named player and newcomer of the year on the All-Pac-12 Conference men's basketball team announced Tuesday by The Associated Press. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was named coach of the year.


Selection show: Tournament teams revealed in 1st 10 minutes

NEW YORK (AP) The 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed in the first 10 minutes of the selection show Sunday, and then the brackets and pairings will be unveiled one region at a time.


Brutal Big 12 Tournament could decide NCAA tourney fates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Texas Tech spent a good portion of the regular season leading the Big 12 standings, only to watch Kansas rally down the stretch and claim its unprecedented 14th consecutive conference crown.


AP All-Big 12 team led by high-scoring guards who also pass

A pair of high-scoring guards who also share the ball with their teammates highlight The Associated Press All-Big 12 men's basketball team.


Marist fires men’s basketball coach Mike Maker and his staff

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Marist College has fired men's basketball coach Mike Maker and his assistants.


SEC coaches name Tennessee’s Williams player of the year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) SEC coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Volunteers coach Rick Barnes is the coach of the year.


Georgia’s Yante Maten selected as AP SEC player of the year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.


Selection show: Tournament teams revealed in 1st 10 minutes

NEW YORK (AP) The 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed in the first 10 minutes of the selection show on Sunday, and then the brackets and pairings will be unveiled by regions.


Duke’s Marvin Bagley III leads AP all-ACC Team

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III is The Associated Press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia's Tony Bennett is its coach of the year.


TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League tourneys set to impact NCAA seeding

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Selection Sunday is now days away, making this week the last chance for teams to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, stay close to home - or simply earn a bid.


» Monday, March 5, 2018

After 11 losses, No. 23 Florida finds way before postseason

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White has a forbidden phrase for his staff, a rule implemented just a few weeks ago.


SEC Long Shot: Gamecocks need miracle run for NCAA return

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Last season's surprise Final Four team in South Carolina will need another huge surprise at the Southeastern Conference Tournament if it hopes to return to the tournament this year.


Heading into ACC Tournament, Notre Dame is curious case

NEW YORK (AP) In an era of bloated conferences, the first day of most league tournaments is reserved for bottom-of-the-standings teams that are hoping for a long shot championship run to an automatic NCAA Tournament bid, but are usually just playing out the string or angling for the NIT.


After 11 losses, No. 23 Florida finds way before postseason

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White has a forbidden phrase for his staff, a rule implemented just a few weeks ago.


Texas Tech gives Beard new $19M contract through 2023-24

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was rewarded Monday with a new $19 million contract after leading the Red Raiders to 23 wins in the regular season and their best finish in the Big 12 Conference.


Arkansas’ Thomas kicked off team for violating team rules

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas forward Dustin Thomas has been dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.


Fox wants Georgia players to focus on Vandy, not his future

Mark Fox doesn't want his players to be worried about his future as Georgia's coach as they prepare for the Southeastern Conference Tournament.


Virginia is unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; Michigan up to 7th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia is now the unquestioned No. 1 in the AP Top 25.


Cardiac Hurricanes take 4-game win streak into ACC tourney

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The exciting but erratic Miami Hurricanes finally found something they do consistently well: win close games.


SEC Longshot: Gamecocks need miracle run for NCAA return

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Last season's surprise Final Four team in South Carolina will need another huge surprise at the Southeastern Conference Tournament if it hopes to return to the tournament this year.


After 11 losses, No. 23 Florida finds way before postseason

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) ��� Florida coach Mike White has a forbidden phrase for his staff, a rule implemented just a few weeks ago.


No. 13 Tennessee trying to move focus to postseason

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee wants to make sure the jubilant atmosphere that followed its regular-season finale isn't its last celebration.


Big Ten enters unusually long layoff between tournaments

NEW YORK (AP) Big Ten teams have a longer layoff than they are accustomed to heading into the NCAA Tournament.


Heading into ACC Tournament, Notre Dame is curious case

NEW YORK (AP) In an era of bloated conferences, the first day of most league tournaments is reserved for bottom-of-the-standings teams that are hoping for a longshot championship run to an automatic NCAA Tournament bid, but are usually just playing out the string or angling for the NIT.


Virginia is unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; Michigan up to 7th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia is now the unquestioned No. 1 in the AP Top 25.


Lundquist, 77, steps away from calling NCAA Tournament games

NEW YORK (AP) Veteran play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist will not be calling NCAA Tournament basketball games this year.


» Sunday, March 4, 2018

TOP 25 REWIND: Focus turns toward power conference tourneys

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's bumpy last week of the regular season ended up leaving the ninth-ranked Tar Heels with a tougher road in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.


Duke’s Bagley, UVa’s Bennett earn top awards from ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player and rookie of the year.


Western Carolina basketball coach Larry Hunter steps down

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) Western Carolina basketball coach Larry Hunter says he is stepping down.


Big Ten enjoys week at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (AP) When the Big Ten announced it would start playing its men's basketball tournament on the East Coast, the venue that made headlines was clear: Madison Square Garden.


» Saturday, March 3, 2018

NCAA streak ends, but late surge bodes well for Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) Once the stings wears away from the first season without an NCAA Tournament in two decades, the Wisconsin Badgers can focus on the future.


Oklahoma freshman Trae Young revels in role of hometown hero

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Trae Young heard the familiar shouts as he tried to focus during his pregame warmup routine.


Oklahoma freshman Trae Young revels in role of hometown hero

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Trae Young heard the familiar shouts as he tried to focus during his pregame warmup routine.


» Friday, March 2, 2018

Penn State bus involved in accident

NEW YORK (AP) Penn State had a ''welcome to New York'' moment before the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night.


Nate Oats proving first-year success at Buffalo was no fluke

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Nate Oats can appreciate the skepticism he attracted two years ago, when coaching Buffalo to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season.


AP Interview: Emmert: Changes needed, but not paying players

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but schools paying players is likely a nonstarter.


AP Interview: Emmert: Changes needed, but not paying players

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but schools paying players is likely a nonstarter.


AP Interview: Emmert: Changes needed, but not paying players

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but schools paying players is likely a nonstarter.


Cofer hopes BC tilt isn’t his last Florida State home game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Phil Cofer is hoping that Saturday will not be his final home game for Florida State.


Nate Oats proving first-year success at Buffalo was no fluke

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Nate Oats can appreciate the skepticism he attracted two years ago, when coaching Buffalo to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season.


Late-season push has Arkansas on track for NCAA tourney

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Mike Anderson always believed this year's Arkansas team had the talent to take the program to the NCAA Tournament for a third time in the last four seasons - even after a loss at LSU a month ago left the team two games under .500 in the Southeastern Conference.


BUBBLE WATCH: Can Irish make run to NCAAs with Colson back?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey spent the past two months hoping his team could somehow stay within reach of an NCAA Tournament bid until Bonzie Colson could return from a broken left foot.


No. 23 Kentucky, Florida vying for double bye in SEC tourney

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Kentucky and Florida seem to be peaking at the perfect time.


AP Interview: Emmert: Changes needed, but not paying players

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but schools paying players is likely a nonstarter.


Hurricanes’ Newton goes into career home finale as hero

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes guard Ja'Quan Newton has seen replays of his desperation shot to beat North Carolina on screens large and small, on TV sportscasts and social media.


Orange riding 3-game skid entering season finale vs. Clemson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) As Syracuse teeters on the brink of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, the Orange's biggest problem might just be the confidence of their role players.


BUBBLE WATCH: Can Irish make run to NCAAs with Colson back?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey spent the past two months hoping his team could somehow stay within reach of an NCAA Tournament bid until Bonzie Colson could return from a broken left foot.


Iowa ends unexpectedly miserable season with Michigan loss

After each of coach Fran McCaffery's first seven seasons at Iowa, it felt as though the program was in position for better things in the future.


Auburn or Tennessee? SEC title chase comes down to final day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) One of the most improbable Southeastern Conference title chases in league history is coming down to the final day of the regular season.


No. 5 Duke finds comfort in zone defense before UNC rematch

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) No. 5 Duke has found its comfort zone on defense.


No. 14 Auburn, No. 16 Tennessee in race for league title

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:


Round 2 of UNC-Duke rivalry caps ACC regular-season schedule

A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:


Foster’s ’wild ride’ ends with smooth landing at Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton coach Greg McDermott's high-risk decision to bring in Marcus Foster as a transfer three years ago turned out to be highly rewarding for all involved.


Graham, KU savor record title streak with NCAAs looming

DALLAS (AP) Devonte Graham wanted a team to call his own at Kansas, and didn't want to be responsible for the end of a Big 12 regular-season championship streak that now covers all but the first of coach Bill Self's 15 seasons.


League races for player of the year down to final weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) With most of college basketball's top leagues wrapping up regular-season play, the top players have a few days left to make their case to be their league's player of the year.


» Thursday, March 1, 2018

Arizona decides to keep Sean Miller as coach

When Arizona hastily called a news conference on Thursday afternoon, it appeared coach Sean Miller's tenure in Tucson could be coming to an end.


Carr scores 25, leads late run as Penn State wins 65-57

NEW YORK (AP) With the game on the line and quite possibly a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Tony Carr didn't hesitate to put Penn State on his back.


Arizona says Trier cleared by NCAA, will play vs Stanford

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona athletic department says Allonzo Trier has been cleared by the NCAA and was expected to be in the lineup when the 19th-ranked Wildcats faced Stanford on Thursday night.


Attorney: Suspended Felton withdraws from UNC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The attorney for suspended North Carolina guard Jalek Felton says the freshman has withdrawn from school and won't return to the Tar Heels.


Arizona decides to keep Sean Miller as coach

When Arizona hastily called a news conference on Thursday afternoon, it appeared coach Sean Miller's tenure in Tucson could be coming to an end.


Co-champions? Nope! No. 3 Xavier wants trophy all to itself

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Chris Mack lifted the trophy that's topped by a silver basketball and realized he'd underestimated its weight. He started to lose his grip, and Xavier's star player was about to get beaned.


Arizona decides to keep Sean Miller as coach

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins says Sean Miller will remain as the Wildcats coach.


Miller shoots down report, looks ahead to chasing title

Arizona coach Sean Miller vehemently shot down a report claiming he discussed a six-figure payment to a top recruit and said he looks forward to continuing to coach the team.


Correction: Marquette-Georgetown story

WASHINGTON (AP) In a story Feb. 26 about the Marquette-Georgetown game, The Associated Press misspelled the name of one of the players. A Marquette forward should have been identified as Matt Heldt, not Matt Held.


Texas hosts West Virginia looking to boost NCAA hopes

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:


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