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  • Pitt, West Virginia to renew hoops rivalry in 2017

    September 29, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The basketball version of the ''Backyard Brawl'' is back.Pittsburgh and West Virginia announced Thursday that the regional rivalry between the two schools long known as the ''Backyard Brawl'' will resume in 2017, when the men's basketball teams begin a four-year series. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers in 2017 and 2019, with West Virginia welcoming Pitt in 2018 and 2020.

  • Indiana uncertain how long Hartman will be out after surgery

    September 28, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana forward Collin Hartman had surgery on his left knee, and coach Tom Crean says he's uncertain how much time the senior will miss.Hartman was injured last week during a non-contact drill. The Hoosiers have not specified what the diagnosis is.

  • Abdul-Jabbar writing book about UCLA coach John Wooden

    September 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA.''Coach Wooden and Me'' will be published next June and will combine personal memories and lessons learned from his friend and mentor, Grand Central Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Wooden, who died in 2010, coached 10 NCAA championship teams at UCLA. Three titles were won while Abdul-Jabbar, then called Lew Alcindor, was the Bruins' star center.

  • New Florida AD Stricklin embraces task of following Foley

    September 27, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference.He knows the league inside and out, and has witnessed pretty much everything during his career. So he understands the daunting task of following Jeremy Foley. He also welcomes the opportunity.

  • Northwestern to play 2017-18 home games in Rosemont

    September 27, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern says it will play home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont while its on-campus arena undergoes a 0 million renovation.Northwestern needs a temporary home because of a major overhaul to Welsh-Ryan Arena that is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed in the fall of 2018. The school plans to replace existing wooden bleachers with chair-back seats, update audio and video systems, add premium seating and widen concourses.

  • GW names Joseph interim coach, replacing fired Lonergan

    September 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington named Maurice Joseph its interim basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Mike Lonergan, who was fired after an investigation into his conduct.Joseph's role as interim coach lasts for this season.Players had made allegations about Lonergan's behavior, and he was fired Sept. 17 after an internal investigation found that he ''engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values.''

  • Florida hires Stricklin to follow Foley as athletic director

    September 27, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida hired Scott Stricklin as its athletic director Tuesday, giving him a six-year deal worth .076 million annually, and said Jeremy Foley will remain on the job for another month.The University Athletic Association voted unanimously to approve the moves at a board meeting Tuesday.

  • Scott Stricklin succeeds Foley as Florida athletic director

    September 27, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Scott Stricklin is Florida's new athletic director, and Jeremy Foley will remain on the job for another month.The University Athletic Association voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the hire. Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, to replace Foley and take on a massive facilities upgrade in Gainesville.

  • AP source: Florida hires Stricklin as athletic director

    September 26, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Scott Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, for one of the top jobs in college sports.Florida hired Stricklin as its new athletic director Monday, according to a person familiar with the search. Stricklin replaces Jeremy Foley, one of the most tenured sports executives in the country. Foley is retiring Saturday after 40 years with the Gators, including the last 25 in charge of Florida's athletic program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Florida has an announcement and introductory news conference planned for Tuesday.

  • Puerto Rico Tipoff moves to Orlando due to Zika concerns

    September 26, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) This year's Puerto Rico Tipoff will move to Orlando, Florida, due to concerns about Zika virus on the island.In a news release posted Monday on the tournament website, ESPN Events senior vice president Pete Derzis said the concern for the welfare of participants and spectators was ''the primary driver'' in the decision. Derzis said the plan is to return to Puerto Rico in the future.

  • Pam Grier, Jessye Norman win Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois medals

    September 26, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman are among the recipients of Harvard University's 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture.

  • Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Virginia Tech past East Carolina

    September 24, 2016

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Jerod Evans said that he needed to clean up some things during Virginia Tech's upcoming off week.The Hokies' fan base may be wondering what exactly that is. His play so far has been sparkling.Evans, the Hokies' starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.

  • Evans' 4 touchdowns carries Virginia Tech past East Carolina

    September 24, 2016

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Jerod Evans threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

  • Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Hokies past East Carolina

    September 24, 2016

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Jerod Evans threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

  • Minnesota's Reggie Lynch has minor surgery on left knee

    September 23, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota center Reggie Lynch has undergone surgery on his left knee.Coach Richard Pitino announced Friday that the operation that will take Lynch about a month to recover from. That ought to give the junior enough time to be ready for the regular season opener on Nov. 11 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

  • Judge OKs Curt Schilling settlement over video game company

    September 23, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A judge has approved a settlement with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling over a million deal with Rhode Island state that brought his failed video game company to the state.A court spokesman says Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein approved the .5 million settlement Friday.

  • Ed Temple dies: Coached Wilma Rudolph to Olympic gold medals

    September 23, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.Temple's daughter, Edwina, told Tennessee State officials that her father died after an illness. He celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

  • Todd Stansbury returns to Georgia Tech as athletic director

    September 22, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech moved quickly to land a new athletic director, appointing former Yellow Jackets football player Todd Stansbury on Thursday to take over a program that has struggled to make its mark in the crowded Atlanta market.Stansbury served for the past year as Oregon State's athletic director, and he previously ran programs at Central Florida and East Tennessee State.

  • South Carolina won't bid for North Carolina NCAA games

    September 21, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said the school won't bid for NCAA Tournament men's basketball games removed from North Carolina because of its law limiting protections for LGBT people.Tanner said Wednesday the area did not have enough full service hotels available for the dates the games would be played next March. The regional was supposed to be played in Greensboro, North Carolina, but the NCAA removed that and several other championship events from the state last week.

  • Sixteen-team PK80 tournament set for next year in Portland

    September 21, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A 16-team tournament featuring some of college basketball's elite teams will be staged next year in Portland to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight before his 80th birthday.The PK80, or more formally the Phil Knight Invitational, will be played at Portland's Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 23-26, 2017.

  • Indiana's Hartman injures left knee during non-contact drill

    September 21, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana forward Collin Hartman injured his left during a non-contact workout.Coach Tom Crean said Wednesday that the injury was still being evaluated.Hartman, a 6-foot-7 senior from Indianapolis, has played a key role for the Hoosiers each of the past two seasons, especially on defense.

  • Wichita State guard Allen withdraws from school, program

    September 21, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State guard Peyton Allen has left the program and withdrawn from school.Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said in a statement Wednesday that the redshirt sophomore decided to leave for personal reasons. Marshall did not elaborate on the reason, though he did say it was unrelated to basketball or any off-the-court conduct or violation of team rules.

  • Georgetown proposes fans say "Yes" during basketball games

    September 21, 2016

    Georgetown University might have found a basketball promotion more pressure packed than trying to make a shot from halfcourt.The school is offering a marriage proposal package for its 17 home games this season that includes a money-back guarantee in the event that someone's significant other says no.

  • Kevin Love makes big donation to UCLA basketball facility

    September 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Love is making what UCLA's athletic department calls ''a significant financial contribution'' to the university where he helped the Bruins reach the Final Four in his lone season.The UCLA athletic department said Love's unspecified donation announced Tuesday matches the amount Russell Westbrook gave last December which was the largest by a former Bruins basketball player in school history.

  • South Carolina AD: School considers bidding on NCAA tourney

    September 20, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner says the university is considering a bid for the NCAA Tournament men's basketball first- and second-round games the NCAA has removed from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

  • Ex-coach arrested after Utah school evacuated for threats

    September 20, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Utah man who was once a promising college basketball coach has been arrested after police said he forced the evacuation of an elementary school with what he claimed was a trunk full of explosives, authorities said Tuesday.After three hours of negotiations, no weapons or explosives were found and no injuries were reported at the school about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. About 250 students, along with faculty, were evacuated from Eagle Valley Elementary on Monday afternoon.

  • NCAA Regional highlights MSG college hoops schedule

    September 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The State Farm Champions Classic featuring Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State opens Madison Square Garden's 2016-17 college basketball schedule in November and the NCAA East Regional will help close it in March.Kentucky faces Michigan State and Duke plays Kansas in the annual doubleheader on Nov. 15.

  • Iowa's Big 4 classic extended through 2019

    September 19, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The annual doubleheader featuring Iowa's four Division I teams has been extended through 2019.The event, known as the Hy-Vee Classic, features the Hawkeyes and Cyclones playing Northern Iowa and Drake on a rotating basis in the state's capital city of Des Moines. The doubleheader began as a compromise in 2012 so that high-majors Iowa and Iowa State could still face their instate rivals without having to play a true road game.

  • Lonergan out as George Washington coach after investigation

    September 17, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington has fired basketball coach Mike Lonergan.University provost Forrest Maltzman announced the move in a statement Saturday, which said Lonergan was no longer coach following an internal investigation.''The university has created and is committed to maintaining a community where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome and comfortable,'' Maltzman said. ''We value inclusion and diversity and will not tolerate conduct that runs counter to those principles.''

  • Yale responds to ex-basketball captain's lawsuit in sex case

    September 17, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Yale University denies it was trying to make an example of former basketball captain Jack Montague when it expelled him over a sexual assault allegation.The school filed its formal response late Friday to Montague's federal lawsuit, which accused the Ivy League university of punishing Montague over what he believes was consensual sex.

  • Freshman A&M guard J.J. Caldwell ineligible for 2016-17

    September 16, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) The NCAA has ruled Texas A&M guard J.J. Caldwell ineligible for this season.Aggies coach Billy Kennedy announced the decision in a statement Texas A&M issued Friday. No reason was given for Caldwell's ineligibility, but Kennedy said he will remain enrolled at the university and will be eligible to compete next season.

  • Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

    September 16, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig has been speaking out about his Native American heritage since his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, long before public displays of social consciousness by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and other NFL players.

  • What other states could be problematic for NCAA?

    September 16, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Now that North Carolina has lost its NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events for this year, some other states face potential challenges in the organization's fight for discrimination-free environments.The NCAA this week took the unprecedented step of pulling seven championship events from the state over its objection to a law that can allow discrimination against LGBT people. Two days later, the ACC did the same thing - relocating all 10 of its neutral-site championships from the state the conference has called home since its founding in 1953.

  • Prosecutor: Police drove Cleaves home after reported assault

    September 15, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors say officers drove former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves to his home after police responded to a reported sexual assault of a woman at a Flint-area motel.The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2culHoQ ) that Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey made the statement to a judge during a hearing Thursday.

  • Miami freshman Dewan Huell charged with battery

    September 14, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami freshman forward Dewan Huell is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after police say he attacked someone who was in his ex-girlfriend's dorm room.The 19-year-old Huell was arrested Tuesday by police at Florida International University, where the ex-girlfriend is a student. Court records show Huell was released on ,500 bond.

  • The Latest: Another N Carolina legislator suggests repeal

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):7:10 p.m.Another North Carolina Republican legislator is raising the prospect of repealing a law about LGBT rights that's caused the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference to pull championships from the state this week.

  • The Latest: Without naming ACC, McCrory responds to decision

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):6:40 p.m.Gov. Pat McCrory has issued a statement about the Atlantic Coast Conference pulling its championships from North Carolina, making very similar comments that he made about action by the NCAA.

  • Duke to host NBA scouts at 2 practices in October

    September 14, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke is opening its men's basketball practices to NBA scouts for two days in October.Team spokesman Cory Walton said Wednesday that the Blue Devils will host representatives from pro teams on Oct. 19 and 25. The second day coincides with the start of the NBA season.

  • The Latest: Congressman questions NCAA, ACC tax status

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):4:30 p.m.A North Carolina congressman is questioning the tax-exempt status of the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA after they pulled championship events from the state while citing a state law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people.

  • The Latest: Cooper, Democratic leader urge HB 2 repeal

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):4:05 p.m.North Carolina Democrats say it's more important than ever Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP lawmakers act now to repeal a transgender bathroom law the Atlantic Coast Conference cited in removing championship events from the state.

  • The Latest: UNC, NC State leaders support ACC response

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):3:40 p.m.North Carolina's two public universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference say they support how member schools responded to a state law many believe lead to discrimination against LGBT people, even though the league's decision may hurt state residents and communities.

  • The Latest: North Carolina speaker isn't backing down on law

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference removing championships from North Carolina in response to a state law involving LGBT rights (all times local):2:55 p.m.The North Carolina state House leader says decisions this week by the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference to move championship events out of North Carolina are ''very unfortunate'' but he isn't backing down from supporting a state law that led to their actions.

  • ACC to relocate athletic championships from North Carolina

    September 14, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league's championships until North Carolina repeals the law. The decision includes 10 neutral site championships this academic school year, which means relocating the ACC football title game that was scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December.

  • SoCon suggests it may move hoops from North Carolina

    September 14, 2016

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino has hinted that the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the collegiate sports league could be moved from Asheville, North Carolina.The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2cDKREk) that Iamarino's comments Tuesday came a day after the NCAA pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina because of a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms matching the sex on their birth certificate.

  • The Latest: Gov. McCrory: NCAA disrespected North Carolina

    September 13, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA's decision to pull some championship events from North Carolina because of state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people (all times local):4:20 p.m.Gov. Pat McCrory says the NCAA failed to show North Carolina respect when it moved championships and tournament games out of the state because of a law that governs which bathrooms transgender people must use.

  • NCAA turns up pressure on North Carolina over bathroom law

    September 13, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA's decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina ratchets up the pressure on this college sports-crazy state to repeal its law on bathroom use by transgender people.Unlike the recent one-time cancellations by the NBA and various rock stars, the move by college sports' governing body could make moderate and conservative voters question whether the price tag for the law has finally become too high.

  • NCAA president says association won't push ACC on NC law

    September 13, 2016

    NCAA President Mark Emmert says it's up to the Atlantic Coast Conference and its members whether to follow the association's lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

  • NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

    September 13, 2016

    Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men's basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.And the fallout may not be over.

  • Coach K wants to build more winning teams - business ones

    September 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The words Mike Krzyzewski uses to build winning basketball teams can develop stronger business ones.That's the thought behind PowerForward , a digital, interactive video program that uses the Duke and former U.S. Olympic coach's themes to create discussions that can teach leadership in the corporate world.

  • Armed Forces Classic moved to University of Hawaii campus

    September 8, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) The fifth annual Armed Forces Classic has been moved to the University of Hawaii campus to allow more fans to attend.The Nov. 11 doubleheader pitting Arizona against Michigan State and Kansas against Indiana was originally scheduled to be held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

  • Minnesota reinstates Reggie Lynch to roster

    September 8, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota junior center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team, after his arrest this spring on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct didn't produce charges.The Gophers confirmed Thursday that Lynch has returned from the suspension that was issued after he was jailed briefly following the May 8 incident. The Hennepin County Attorney's office declined to take the case, citing insufficient evidence proving a crime was committed.

  • NC State's Reynolds Coliseum ready to show off a new look

    September 8, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum new look has been completed, and just in time for a new school year.The million renovation project to add modern touches while preserving the history of the nearly 70-year-old, tradition-rich campus arena was finished in August. The programs displaced for more than a year have moved back in, Reynolds hosts its first sports event Friday and the school has scheduled a re-opening ceremony next week.

  • Minnesota hires Ed Conroy as assistant coach

    September 8, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has hired Ed Conroy as an assistant men's basketball coach.The hire of the former head coach at Tulane and The Citadel was announced Thursday by Gophers coach Richard Pitino.Conroy was fired by Tulane in March after posting a 92-103 record over six years there. That included a 20-15 mark in 2012-13, the first 20-win season by the Green Wave in 13 years.

  • Tom Izzo headed into Hall of Fame, highlight in bizarre year

    September 7, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo is headed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a highlight in a sad stretch of the Michigan State coach's life that included the loss of his father. The Spartans were also a rare first-round loser in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Attorney: Tyndall's appeal hearing with NCAA on Thursday

    September 7, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) An attorney for former Southern Mississippi basketball coach Donnie Tyndall says the coach's NCAA infractions case appeal hearing will be on Thursday in Indianapolis.Don Jackson says he will represent Tyndall, who is asking the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Miss.

  • Evansville loses Simmons with season-ending knee injury

    September 7, 2016

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Evansville has lost three-year men's basketball starter Blake Simmons to a season-ending knee injury.Coach Marty Simmons made the announcement about his son Wednesday, calling it a ''big loss.''Since arriving on campus, the younger Simmons was averaging 7.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds and started in 103 games. He made the Missouri Valley Conference's all-freshman team in 2013-14.

  • Arizona picks up commitment from top-rated Ayton

    September 6, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona has landed one of the top players of the 2017 recruiting class, receiving a verbal commitment from big man DeAndre Ayton.The 7-footer announced his decision on ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday.Ayton is rated by many recruiting services as the top player in the 2017 class and has been pursued by numerous schools, including Kansas and Kentucky.

  • UNLV signs Baxter as late addition to Menzies' first class

    September 6, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV coach Marvin Menzies has added a recruit to his first recruiting class in the desert, signing forward Troy Baxter Jr. after he committed to the school last week.The 6-foot-8 Baxter will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.

  • AP POLL ALERT: 'Bama rules, Houston soars to sixth, 'Dawgs ninth, Badgers 10th, Longhorns 11th; Sooners, LSU, Irish tumble.

    September 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) AP POLL ALERT: `Bama rules, Houston soars to sixth, `Dawgs ninth, Badgers 10th, Longhorns 11th; Sooners, LSU, Irish tumble.

  • Xavier suspends Myles Davis after charges

    September 2, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier men's basketball coach Chris Mack announced Thursday that senior guard Myles Davis has been suspended from the team indefinitely, the result of misdemeanor criminal damaging charges filed over incidents with his former girlfriend.

  • Ex-Butler basketball star died at 35 from artery disease

    September 2, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Officials in Chicago say 35-year-old former Butler University basketball star Joel Cornette died from coronary artery disease.The Cook County medical examiner's office told The Indianapolis Star on Thursday (http://indy.st/2bK0cAH ) that Cornette suffered from narrowing and hardening of the arteries. The manner of his death was natural.

  • Xavier suspends Miles Davis

    September 1, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier men's basketball coach Chris Mack announced Thursday that senior guard Myles Davis has been suspended from the team indefinitely, the result of misdemeanor criminal damaging charges filed over incidents with his former girlfriend.

  • Former Michigan State star Appling charged in new case

    August 30, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with another weapons violation and other crimes.Appling was arraigned Tuesday in Detroit on charges including carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing and eluding.Prosecutors say police stopped Appling Sunday for a suspected traffic violation. Investigators say he offered identification but drove off while an officer had his hand in the window.

  • Griffin comes out of retirement to lead Ga Tech athletics

    August 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Paul Griffin has come out of retirement to lead Georgia Tech's athletic department through another transition.Griffin took over this week as interim athletic director at a school in a bit turmoil coming off a 3-9 season in football, a coaching change in men's basketball and reports of internal strife under predecessor Mike Bobinski, who left Georgia Tech after less than 3 1-2 years to take the same job at Purdue.

  • Alabama signs Southern Illinois grad transfer Olaniyan

    August 29, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has signed graduate transfer forward Bola Olaniyan from Southern Illinois.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Monday that Olaniyan adds experience, leadership and rebounding to the Crimson Tide. He averaged 5.2 points and 6.0 rebounds during his career at Southern Illinois while shooting 51.3 percent.

  • Former Michigan State star Appling arrested in Detroit

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is in trouble again with police.Detroit police say Appling was arrested Sunday night after he drove away from a traffic stop. Sgt. Mike Woody says a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road.

  • Texas basketball coach Smart gets raise, contract extension

    August 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas is giving men's basketball coach Shaka Smart a contract extension and pay raise.Smart's first team finished 23-10 and the Longhorns lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The school considered that good enough to give him an extra year on his original contract with an additional 0,000 per season.

  • University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law

    August 25, 2016

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The University of Vermont has canceled its women's basketball team's upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.The Catamounts were scheduled to face the Tar Heels on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on Dec. 28, but announced the cancellation on their athletic website Wednesday night.

  • Kentucky's Calipari: Willis won't miss games despite arrest

    August 25, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says senior forward Derek Willis won't miss any game time despite his June arrest for public intoxication.A Boone County deputy arrested Willis in Union on June 11 after finding him asleep and lying outside the open driver's side door of a car. The arrest citation said the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Willis, who had slurred speech when awakened. Willis was arrested for a first and second offense and released after posting bond.

  • Calipari hosts charity softball for Louisiana flood relief

    August 25, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari will donate proceeds from a charity softball game featuring Karl-Anthony Towns to Louisiana flood relief.The coach says his foundation is working with the American Red Cross to help flood victims through a text campaign. Calipari expressed sadness Thursday about the level of damage he's seen, saying ''no donation is too small'' for the relief effort.

  • Arizona's Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season

    August 24, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.Denny, from Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

  • St. Bonaventure coach Schmidt gets 1-year contract extension

    August 24, 2016

    OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt has agreed to a one-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2021-22 season.Athletic director Tim Kenney announced Wednesday that Schmidt and his staff have also earned pay raises, which are being funded through private donations.

  • Shawn Forrest named assistant coach for Jankovich at SMU

    August 23, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Shawn Forrest has been named an assistant basketball coach at SMU, his third school since the end of last season.Mustangs coach Tim Jankovich announced Forrest's hiring Tuesday.Forrest spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Western Kentucky before head coach Ray Harper resigned. Forrest was named a UTSA assistant in May, but two weeks later left for Louisiana Tech before the unexpected opening at SMU.

  • East Tennessee State dismisses Shemar Johnson from team

    August 22, 2016

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State has dismissed guard Shemar Johnson from its basketball team.Buccaneers coach Steve Forbes said Monday that Johnson was no longer part of the team. Forbes said in a statement that ''being a Buc is a special opportunity and at ETSU we provide our student-athletes with a tremendous experience. With that privilege comes accountability and Shemar failed to meet the expectations I have to be a player in our program.''

  • Tennessee permitted to hire new AD before Hart's exit date

    August 20, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The terms of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart's retirement allow the school to hire his replacement before his scheduled June 30 exit date.Hart announced Thursday he would retire effective June 30.According to a document obtained through a public records request, Tennessee is permitted to hire a new athletic director before June 30 and accelerate Hart's retirement as long as he receives 15 days written notice. If that happens, Hart would go on paid administrative leave until beginning other full-time employment or through June 30.

  • Alabama coach Avery Johnson gives supplies to flood victims

    August 18, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has donated a truckload of supplies to help flood victims in Louisiana.The New Orleans native and Southern University graduate filled a rented 18-wheeler with items such as soap, towels, clothes and water to help flood victims. The truck departed Tuscaloosa on Thursday for Baton Rouge.

  • Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart to retire in June 2017

    August 18, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

  • Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announces retirement

    August 18, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says he is retiring effective June 30 after a five-year run in which he managed the consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments while also dealing with plenty of controversy.

  • Louisville AD: School is waiting on NCAA investigation

    August 17, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says his department has to ''just wait'' while the NCAA investigates an escort's book allegations that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.

  • Marist replaces Albany on Duke's basketball schedule

    August 16, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has filled the hole in its men's basketball schedule.Officials said Tuesday that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.Duke was scheduled to play Albany on Nov. 12 but officials from the State University of New York system that includes the school said that game wouldn't be played because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order barring publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina. That came in response to a North Carolina law that opponents say can allow discrimination against LGBT people.

  • Hamilton signs with Texas Tech after 3 seasons at DePaul

    August 16, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Tommy Hamilton IV has signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech after playing 92 games the past three seasons in his hometown for DePaul.The Red Raiders announced Tuesday the addition of Hamilton, a 6-foot-11 center from Chicago. Hamilton will be able to practice with the Red Raiders and new coach Chris Beard but will have to sit out the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules.

  • Former Butler basketball star Joel Cornette dies at age 35

    August 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Joel Cornette's passion was always on at Butler University.He demonstrated it on the basketball court by knocking over a water cooler during Butler's 2003 NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16 or soaring over a sea of players for a game-winning dunk against Indiana in 2001. He proved it off the court with his unbridled love for his school, his teammates and fellow Bulldog alums.

  • English bulldog who was mascot for Yale Bulldogs dies at 9

    August 12, 2016

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The English bulldog that served as the mascot for Yale athletics for the last nine years has died.The school said Friday that Handsome Dan XVII was 9 years old. He died Thursday in Quonochontaug, Rhode Island, while with his caretaker. The cause of death was most likely a heart attack.

  • Englsih bulldog who was mascot for Yale Bulldogs dies at 9

    August 12, 2016

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The English bulldog that served as the mascot for Yale athletics for the last nine years has died.The school said Friday that Handsome Dan XVII was 9 years old. He died Thursday in Quonochontaug, Rhode Island, while with his caretaker. The cause of death was most likely a heart attack.

  • Judge drops NCAA from lawsuit filed by ex-UNC athletes

    August 12, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal judge has granted the NCAA's motion to dismiss the governing body from a lawsuit filed by two former North Carolina athletes seeking to hold it at least partly responsible for the school's long-running academic fraud scandal.

  • Georgetown-Syracuse December game to honor Pearl Washington

    August 12, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse will honor the late Dwayne ''Pearl'' Washington when the Orange resumes its basketball rivalry with Georgetown at the Carrier Dome in December.The tribute to Pearl will include a ''31'' logo affixed to one of the Jim Boeheim Court sidelines, at approximately the same distance from where Washington made his memorable half-court shot to defeat Boston College on Jan. 21, 1984. A limited number of seats also will be made available for purchase.

  • Tennessee State coach Dana Ford signs contract extension

    August 3, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State coach Dana Ford has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.The school announced Ford's extension Wednesday. Ford said in a statement that ''we are excited about what our players have been able to accomplish in our two years and look forward to guiding the program to more success in the future.''

  • Judge: Video of Cleaves, accuser may be evidence in sex case

    July 29, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) A judge overseeing Mateen Cleaves' criminal sexual conduct case says a video featuring the former Michigan State basketball star and his accuser may be allowed into evidence.The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting the woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.

  • Judge to review surveillance video in Appling gun case

    July 29, 2016

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) A Michigan judge will review surveillance footage from the night former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested outside a strip club on weapons and drug charges.Appling's defense attorney presented the footage at Friday's preliminary examination. It includes security videos from the Pantheon Club parking lot and video from police dashboard cameras.

  • NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. fully recovered, ready to go

    July 29, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Dennis Smith Jr. sure looks ready.North Carolina State's prized freshman point guard is pushing through a workout in the practice gym on a hot July afternoon, and there's no sign of the knee injury that defined his past year.He's sprinting along the baseline to bury a catch-and-shoot corner 3-pointer. He's dribbling between chairs and stutter-stepping his way to a pull-up jumper. He's launching himself at the rim for a dunk off the dribble.

  • Arkansas using overseas trip to help mesh overhauled roster

    July 28, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Mike Anderson hasn't forgotten, and isn't ignoring, a difficult last season at Arkansas.Rather, the Razorbacks coach is simply treating the disappointing 16-16 record as a singular setback in what's been an otherwise growth-filled first five seasons following his return to the school where he was an assistant for 17 years. Anderson will have his first opportunity to see if last season's struggles were an aberration or a sign of things to come when the new-look Razorbacks travel to Spain next week for a four-game exhibition schedule against European competition.

  • Ex-basketball coach indicted on forged-transcript charges

    July 28, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A former head basketball coach of a New York community college has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges, prosecutors said Thursday.Tyrone Mushatt, who was arraigned on an 18-count indictment, ''abdicated his responsibility as a college coach and brazenly and methodically subverted the integrity of the college athletic system,'' said state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.

  • Ex NY basketball coach indicted on forged-transcript charges

    July 28, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A former basketball coach of a New York community college has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.Tyrone Mushatt was arraigned on an 18-count indictment Thursday in White Plains, New York.

  • University of Louisville president's resignation accepted

    July 27, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) University of Louisville trustees on Wednesday accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey, whose long tenure was dogged by scandal.The action at a special meeting of the school's board signaled the end of an era. Ramsey, a former state budget director, has led the university for 14 years.

  • Iowa State's Prohm adds former Alabama coach to staff

    July 27, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Alabama head coach David Hobbs has been named a special assistant to Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, a former team manager under Hobbs with the Crimson Tide.Hobbs spent six seasons at Alabama, winning 110 games from 1992-98. Hobbs was later an assistant at Kentucky for seven seasons on Tubby Smith's staff.

  • Former Houston guard L.J. Rose to transfer to BYU

    July 26, 2016

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Former Houston guard L.J. Rose has decided to transfer to BYU, coach Dave Rose said Tuesday. He will be eligible to play as a graduate-transfer senior during the upcoming season.Rose averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 assists during stints at Baylor and Houston. He's played in 82 games and started 44. The 6-foot-3 Houston native played just two games last season due to a foot injury.

  • NCAA rules Florida's Gak ineligible to play in 2016-17

    July 26, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida center Gorjok Gak will not be eligible to play as a freshman next season.The Gators announced Tuesday that the NCAA cleared Gak for enrollment this fall but denied his ineligibility for the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-11, 205-pounder from Australia will be allowed to practice and take part in basketball-related activities, but not games.

  • Former Chicago high school basketball standout gunned down

    July 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) A former Chicago high school basketball standout who went on to play in college was shot to death Monday on the city's West Side, authorities said.Jonathan Mills suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene, police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeny said. Sweeney had no other details about the shooting for which no arrests have been made.

  • Blame game follows NBA's removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    July 23, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NBA All-Star Game's exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.

  • Correction: Oklahoma State-Player Death story

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) In a story July 21 about the death of Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on a statement from the school, that Coger was 21 years old. He was 22.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • The Latest: Medical examiner: Coger died from enlarged heart

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) The Latest on the death of an Oklahoma State basketball player (all times local):2:50 p.m.The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office says Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart and that the manner of death was natural.

  • Medical examiner spokeswoman: Oklahoma State player Tyrek Coger died of enlarged heart, manner of death ruled natural

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Medical examiner spokeswoman: Oklahoma State player Tyrek Coger died of enlarged heart, manner of death ruled natural.

  • UNC gets 1-week extension to respond to 5 NCAA charges

    July 22, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will wait another week before responding to five NCAA charges.The school issued a statement Friday saying UNC and others involved in the case had requested an extension to Monday's response deadline. The statement said UNC will respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations (NOA) on Aug. 1, then publicly release a copy a day later after a review and possible redactions to comply with privacy laws.

  • UConn AD preparing pitch, waiting to hear from Big 12

    July 22, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.The Big 12's school presidents on Tuesday moved closer to expansion, directing Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining.

  • OSU officials: Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, officials said Friday.While the temperature was 99 degrees, it wasn't known if the weather played a role in Coger's death. The 22-year-old forward, who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear to struggle during Thursday's workout at Boone Pickens Stadium, school spokesman Gary Shutt said at a news conference.

  • The Latest: OSU to examine policies after player's death

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) The Latest on the death of an Oklahoma State basketball player (all times local):11:25 a.m.Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood broke down in tears as he remembered player Tyrek (ty-REEK') Coger, who died Thursday after practice.

  • Authorities: OSU's Coger died after stairs workout in heat

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died after a team workout on the football stadium stairs during warm temperatures, university officials said Friday.Coger, 21-year-old forward who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear to be struggling during Thursday's workout at Boone Pickens Stadium, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said Friday at a news conference. Afterward, Coger sat down and when the team went to check on him, they noticed there were issues.

  • The Latest: Oklahoma State player died after stair workout

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) The Latest on the death of an Oklahoma State basketball player (all times local):11:10 a.m.An Oklahoma State spokesman says that the basketball player who died had finished a team workout on the football stadium stairs just before medical issues cropped up.

  • The Latest: Wizards' John Wall remembering OSU player

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) The Latest on the death of an Oklahoma State basketball player (all times local):10:10 a.m.The Washington Wizards' John Wall is remembering Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger, who died Thursday after collapsing following practice.

  • OSU basketball player Tyrek Coger dies after team workout

    July 22, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Junior college transfer Tyrek Coger died Thursday after collapsing following an Oklahoma State basketball team workout, the university announced.The school said the 21-year-old forward, who had just arrived at Oklahoma State earlier this month, was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center on Thursday night.

  • Oklahoma State forward Tyrek Coger dies after collapsing

    July 21, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State forward Tyrek Coger has died after collapsing during a team workout.The school said Thursday that the 21-year-old junior college transfer was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center.Coger, from Raleigh, North Carolina, played last season for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. The 6-foot-8 player arrived at Oklahoma State on July 5.

  • George Washington investigating basketball coach Lonergan

    July 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington University says it is bringing in outside counsel as part of an investigation into allegations against men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan.The school says in a statement released by a spokesman Thursday night that it is ''undertaking a Title IX review'' but that ''some of the reported allegations go beyond the scope of Title IX.''

  • Beehive Classic features Utah, BYU, Utah State, Weber State

    July 21, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State will play in a December basketball tournament called the Beehive Classic starting this season and running through 2019. The event will be held at the home of the Utah Jazz.Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, the ownership branch of the Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena, announced the tournament Thursday.

  • Alabama AD completes cancer treatment, cleared to go home

    July 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Alabama athletic director Bill Battle says he has completed treatment for cancer.Battle said Thursday in a statement released through the university that he expects to return to work soon on a limited basis.He underwent a stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute on June 27. He was released from the hospital on July 8 and was cleared Wednesday to return home to Tuscaloosa after nearly two weeks of outpatient care while staying at his Marietta, Georgia home.

  • Iowa forward Dale Jones gets 6th year of eligibility

    July 21, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa power forward Dale Jones has been granted an extra year of eligibility.Jones tore a ligament in his right knee for the second time in three years in December after playing just six games. He was averaging 5.5 rebounds and three rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

  • Florida State's Rathan-Mayes taking control during offseason

    July 20, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Xavier Rathan-Mayes finally feels comfortable as Florida State's point guard after a learning curve the past two seasons.As the Seminoles are going through offseason workouts, the 6-foot-4 junior has done a better job of directing the action on the floor. In his first full season running the point last year, Rathan-Mayes averaged 4.4 assists, which is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference among returning players, but he also had six conference games where he committed four or more turnovers.

  • Attorney: NCAA missed deadline to respond in Tyndall case

    July 20, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) An attorney for former Southern Mississippi basketball coach Donnie Tyndall said the NCAA's Committee on Infractions missed its deadline to respond to the coach's appeal in the case.Don Jackson said in a motion that because the NCAA missed its Tuesday deadline, any response from the committee should be denied. It also requests that all previous penalties against Tyndall be dropped.

  • St. Bonaventure sophomore forward Woods intends to transfer

    July 20, 2016

    OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) St. Bonaventure basketball forward Derrick Woods has informed the team of his intention to transfer to another school.Woods averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in starting 22 of 30 games during his sophomore season last year. He joins Jordan Tyson in becoming the second forward to leave the Bonnies this offseason.

  • Oregon, North Carolina can meet for Maui title

    July 19, 2016

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) North Carolina and Oregon, No. 1 seeds from last season's NCAA Tournament, lead their respective brackets for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.Joining the Tar Heels, who lost to Villanova in the NCAA title game, in the bottom bracket are Division II Chaminade, the tournament host and North Carolina's opening opponent. The other first-round game is UConn against Oklahoma State.

  • Purdue's Painter agrees to extension

    July 19, 2016

    Purdue Boilermakers coach Matt Painter has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. He told the Indianapolis Star in a text message that the deal may not be finalized until the Aug. 25-26 meeting of the Purdue Board of Trustees.

  • Xavier lands FAMU transfer Bernard

    July 19, 2016

    Guard Malcolm Bernard announced on Twitter that he will play his final season for Xavier.The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder will be eligible to play immediately for the Musketeers as a graduate transfer from Florida A&M. Bernard, 22, played two years at Charleston Southern before transfering to FAMU and sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. He then led the Rattlers in points (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.1 rpg) last season.

  • Ex-Michigan State standout Appling ordered to stand trial

    July 19, 2016

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) A judge has ordered former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling to stand trial on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.Detroit police say Appling was arrested after officers stopped a fast-moving vehicle in June and saw him place a gun under a seat. Judge Kenneth King on Tuesday made the ruling after testimony from officers. Appling's next court date was set for Aug. 2.

  • NCAA: No. 1 overall seed to choose tourney site preference

    July 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NCAA says the top overall seed in the men's NCAA Tournament will be able to pick its location to play for the first and second round and regional sites.The Division I Men's Basketball Committee decided the geographic preferences would be made by teams in contention for the overall No. 1 seed far in advance of Selection Sunday. There is no indication whether the preferences will be guaranteed.

  • Randolph Childress' son making his own name at Wake Forest

    July 19, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Brandon Childress is trying to make a name for himself at Wake Forest.That's quite a challenge for the son of Randolph Childress - one of the best players in program history and a current assistant coach at the school.Brandon Childress called it ''a gift and a curse being my father's son'' in an interview with The Associated Press, but is embracing the tough task that comes with living up to the family name.

  • Top overall seed to choose NCAA tourney site

    July 18, 2016

    March Madness will feature a new perk for the favorite next year.The top overall seed in the Division I men's NCAA Tournament will be allowed to select the site of its first- and second-round matchups.The No. 1 team will get to choose from any of the eight designated opening-weekend sites.

  • Kobe Paras signs with Creighton's men's basketball team

    July 18, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton says Kobe Paras has signed an agreement to play basketball for the Bluejays.Coach Greg McDermott announced the signing on Monday, calling Paras a ''versatile, scoring wing forward.''Paras had signed a national letter of intent with UCLA last November but later withdrew after the school said he failed to meet academic conditions that were part of his admittance. He will have four years of eligibility with the Bluejays.

  • Utah, San Diego St headline field for Diamond Head Classic

    July 14, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Utah and San Diego State headline the eight-team field for the 2016 edition of the Diamond Head Classic.Hawaii, the host school, announced the bracket on Thursday.The other teams are Illinois State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin.

  • Freshman Bradley hopes to provide inside spark for Tar Heels

    July 14, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Tony Bradley Jr. knows the opportunity awaiting him this fall at North Carolina.The freshman big man will suit up for a fast-paced offense that looks to get the ball inside. And the Tar Heels could use some help up front after losing a pair of big men - including Associated Press first-team All-American Brice Johnson - from an NCAA finalist.

  • Purdue junior forward Basil Smotherman suspended

    July 13, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue junior forward Basil Smotherman has been suspended for the opener against McNeese State, an exhibition game against Southern Indiana and a closed scrimmage with West Virginia.''We have suspended Basil for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,'' coach Matt Painter said in statement Wednesday. ''We hold our players to high standards and when they don't meet those standards, there will be consequences. Basil knows he made a mistake and will learn from it.''

  • Matchups set for Legends Classic

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Notre Dame, coming off an Elite 8 season, will play Colorado and Texas will meet Northwestern in the semifinals of the 10th annual Legends Classic at Barclays Center.The semifinals will be Nov. 21, with the championship and consolation games the next night.

  • Matchups set for 2K Classic

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pittsburgh will face SMU and new coach Tim Jankovich, and Michigan meets Marquette in the semifinals of the 22nd annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, which returns to Madison Square Garden this year.The semifinals are Nov. 17 with the championship game the next night. The tournament moves back to Madison Square Garden after being held at Barclays Center.

  • Forward Chris Reyes lands at Pepperdine as grad transfer

    July 13, 2016

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Forward Chris Reyes will play at Pepperdine this season as a graduate transfer from Utah.The school said Wednesday that Reyes will pursue a master's degree in learning technology. The 6-foot-7 forward has one year of eligibility remaining.

  • Duke facing hole in hoop schedule with Albany backing out

    July 13, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has an opening on its men's basketball schedule because of the state law that impacts LGBT people.The Blue Devils were supposed to play Albany on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament but there's no opponent listed on that day in Duke's schedule that was released Wednesday.

  • George Mason extends coach Paulsen's contract through 2021

    July 13, 2016

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) George Mason has extended coach Dave Paulsen's contract for another year through the 2020-21 season.Athletic director Brad Edwards announced the extension Wednesday. Edwards said it a way to recognize Paulsen's work of getting the men's basketball program ''back on firm footing'' in his first season as the Patriots' coach.

  • Mack Rhoades leaving Missouri to be Baylor's new AD

    July 13, 2016

    WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor hired Mack Rhoades as its new athletic director on Wednesday, bringing in an experienced administrator it believes will help the reeling program rebound from allegations that it didn't properly handle sexual assault claims against its football players.

  • AP source: Rhoades leaving Mizzou to be Baylor's new AD

    July 13, 2016

    WACO, Texas (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision says Baylor has selected Mack Rhoades from Missouri as its new athletic director.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because no announcement had been made.

  • Virginia Tech extends Williams' contract through 2022-23

    July 13, 2016

    Virginia Tech has extended the contract of men's basketball coach Buzz Williams through the 2022-23 season.Athletic director Whit Babcock announced the extension Wednesday.Williams has coached the Hokies for two seasons, and last year produced once of the best turnarounds in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Virginia Tech went from 11-22 overall and 2-16 in league play in Williams' first season to 20-15 overall and 10-8 in the ACC last year.

  • Former Clemson guard Stitt found dead at North Carolina home

    July 13, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Former Clemson point guard Demontez Stitt was found dead at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday night.Lead investigator Eric Wheeler in the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press there was no trauma found on the body of 27-year-old Stitt and that foul play is not suspected.

  • Wake AD sees progress despite losing records in key sports

    July 13, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest showed signs of improvement across its athletic department this past year. Athletic director Ron Wellman says it just didn't show up in the won-lost records of its highest-profile sports.In an interview with The Associated Press, Wellman called 2015-16 ''a year of progress and improvement ... in the vast majority of our sports.''

  • Syracuse introduces new AD John Wildhack

    July 12, 2016

    From watching football games at old Archbold Stadium to being on campus when the Carrier Dome opened, John Wildhack's affection for Syracuse University has only grown over the years.Thirty-six years after he graduated, Wildhack returned to his alma mater on Tuesday as its new athletic director and needed only four words to describe his state of mind.

  • South Carolina breaking in newcomers during summer trip

    July 12, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice know they've got work to do to help the South Carolina men's basketball team get ready for next season.The Gamecocks seniors - and top two returning scorers - are prepping to break in another new group of teammates. South Carolina lost three senior starters off last season's record-tying 25-win team, then four other backups left after disciplinary issues.

  • Austin Peay's Loos has malignant tumor removed from colon

    July 11, 2016

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay coach Dave Loos will require chemotherapy after having surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his colon.The school announced Loos' condition Monday in a release. School officials said Loos is expected to make a full recovery and return for the start of the 2016-17 season, though Jay Bowen is taking over the program's day-to-day operations on an interim basis.

  • Middle Tennessee coach Davis gets raise, 8-year extension

    July 11, 2016

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed to an eight-year contract extension that includes a raise after leading the Blue Raiders to an NCAA Tournament upset of Michigan State this past season.School officials announced Monday that Davis' contract runs through the 2023-24 season and that he will make a total of 5,000 annually. Middle Tennessee athletic department spokesman Mark Owens said Davis' base salary goes from 5,000 in 2015-16 to 5,000 in the new deal. Davis also makes 0,000 for radio and television responsibilities.

  • SMU officially ends Jankovich's wait as Brown's successor

    July 11, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The wait is over for Tim Jankovich to be SMU's head coach.SMU formally named Jankovich as head coach Monday, three days after Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown abruptly resigned.''I'm still sad and a little bit emotional about it, but at the same time, incredibly excited about the opportunity here for me and my staff,'' Jankovich said Monday night. ''That part is awfully exciting, and (I'm) feeling all those emotions that you expect.''

  • Larry Brown resigns after 4 seasons, turning down SMU offer

    July 8, 2016

    Larry Brown is leaving SMU after turning down a contract extension, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.SMU athletic director Rick Hart said Friday that Brown, who was signed through next season, had been offered a new deal through 2020.

  • Larry Brown resigning after 4 seasons as SMU's coach

    July 8, 2016

    Larry Brown is leaving SMU after turning down a contract extension, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.SMU athletic director Rick Hart said Friday that Brown, who was signed through next season, had been offered a new deal through 2020.

  • Report: Larry Brown resigning after 4 seasons as SMU's coach

    July 8, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU's basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.The 75-year-old coach told ESPN that he was resigning, but didn't say why. CBS Sports first reported the decision, which was not immediately confirmed by SMU. Brown didn't immediately return a message left on his cellphone by The Associated Press.

  • Duke freshman Jayson Tatum tunes out title expectations

    July 7, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum isn't worried yet about expectations being too high for him as a freshman at Duke.He's preparing to start his college career as one of the primary options for a Blue Devils team that appears likely to begin the season at No. 1 in the polls. Duke has once again brought in one of the nation's best recruiting classes, led by the 6-foot-8 forward from St. Louis who could slide into the spot vacated by one-and-done player Brandon Ingram.

  • Tennessee settlement has steps to enhance Title IX policies

    July 6, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's .48 million settlement of a Title IX lawsuit regarding its handling of assault complaints against athletes includes steps on how the school must improve the way it addresses incidents involving sexual misconduct.A copy of the settlement obtained Wednesday through a public records request said the school will change its rules regarding student disciplinary hearings and will appoint an independent commission including experts on establishing or maintaining federal law compliance programs.

  • Don Meyer film to be distributed on home video this year

    July 6, 2016

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) A movie about the late Northern State University men's basketball coach Don Meyer is coming out on video this year.The Aberdeen American News (http://bit.ly/29mCfAP ) reports that a news release from entertainment production and distribution company Herohelix says ''My Many Sons'' will be distributed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Syracuse names ESPN executive as athletic director

    July 6, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse University has chosen a longtime ESPN producer and executive to be its new athletic director.The school announced Wednesday that it hired John Wildhack. He is a Buffalo native and 1980 graduate of the university's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

  • UConn hires Temple assistant Dwayne Killings

    July 6, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has hired Temple assistant men's basketball coach Dwayne Killings to fill a similar role with the Huskies.The 35-year-old is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, and played at the University of Massachusetts for two years before transferring to Hampton University and earning a degree in Sports Management.

  • NC State's Yow aims to reach national top-25 goal in 2016-17

    July 6, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow knows the work to build a national top-25 sports program is even tougher now with the Wolfpack hovering near the edge of that goal.In fact, Yow said in an interview with The Associated Press, completing the final steps of that climb could be more difficult than it was to reach the school's current position.

  • UConn hires Temple assistant Wayne Killings

    July 6, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has hired Temple assistant men's basketball coach Dwayne Killings to fill a similar role with the Huskies.The 35-year-old is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, and played at the University of Massachusetts for two years before transferring to Hampton University and earning a degree in Sports Management.

  • Hubbs welcomes Vols' uncharacteristic coaching stability

    July 5, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For the first time in his college career, Tennessee senior guard Robert Hubbs III isn't adapting to a new coach.Hubbs played for Cuonzo Martin as a freshman and Donnie Tyndall as a sophomore before spending his junior year with Rick Barnes, who is gearing up for the second season of his Tennessee coaching tenure. Hubbs says he is benefiting from not having to deal with a coaching change for once.

  • Duke broadcaster Bob Harris retiring after 41st season

    July 5, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Longtime Duke radio broadcaster Bob Harris is retiring at the end of the men's basketball season.The school announced Harris' decision Tuesday.When he calls his final basketball game this spring, Harris will have spent 41 seasons at Duke, making him the longest-tenured play-by-play man in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

  • Florida St. AD Stan Wilcox optimistic about next year

    July 1, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Despite a rare finish outside the top 20 in the Directors' Cup standings, Florida State is pleased with gains the past three years under athletic director Stan Wilcox.The university announced Friday that Wilcox has been promoted to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics as part of a contract extension that will expire June 30, 2020. Wilcox's original contract was scheduled to expire in August 2018.

  • Michigan announces addition of Kentucky transfer Matthews

    July 1, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews is heading to Michigan.The Wolverines announced the addition of Matthews on Friday. The 6-foot-6 Chicago native averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 36 games with three starts for the Wildcats last season.

  • Florida St. athletic director Stan Wilcox receives extension

    July 1, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox has received a contract extension and a promotion.The university announced Friday that Wilcox has been promoted to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics as part of a contract extension that will expire June 30, 2020. Wilcox's original contract was scheduled to expire in August 2018.

  • NC State: Italy trip postponed to 2017 amid terrorism alert

    July 1, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State is postponing an August trip to Italy for its men's basketball program until 2017 amid a terrorism travel alert from the U.S. State Department.The school issued a statement Friday saying the decision was made in ''an abundance of caution.'' The statement cited a State Department travel alert that extends through the end of August for Americans traveling in Europe.

  • Jayhawks land former 5-star recruit Newman from Miss St

    July 1, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Former five-star recruit Malik Newman is transferring to Kansas, where he will be forced to redshirt during the upcoming season and be classified as a sophomore beginning in 2017-18.The 6-foot-3 Newman started 21 of 29 games as a freshman at Mississippi State last season, averaging 11.3 points. He hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points in a game against rival Ole Miss.

  • Gonzaga adds Cal transfer Jordan Mathews

    June 30, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga has signed California transfer Jordan Mathews to a financial aid agreement for the 2016-17 season.Gonzaga announced Matthews' addition on Thursday. Mathews, a 6-foot-4 guard, is slated to graduate from California this summer, making him eligible to play for the Bulldogs immediately.

  • BYU ready to join Power 5 conference, but won't play Sundays

    June 30, 2016

    PROVO, Utah (AP) BYU is eager to leave independence behind and join a Power 5 conference but it won't change its longstanding policy of not playing on Sundays, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Thursday.The Mormon school has a written policy against competition on Sunday because of religious reasons, which could require scheduling concessions if BYU moves to one of the big conferences.

  • Terrance Ferguson will play overseas instead of at Arizona

    June 30, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Top incoming recruit Terrance Ferguson has decided to play professionally in Australia instead of at Arizona.Ferguson had reportedly been mulling the move in recent weeks and the school announced his decision on Thursday.An athletic 6-foot-7 forward, Ferguson was expected to be one of the nation's top freshmen next season and the cornerstone of coach Sean Miller's latest recruiting class.

  • Prosecutors want records sealed in Mateen Cleaves sex case

    June 30, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors want a judge to seal some court records in a sexual assault case involving former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves after his accuser's name was made public this week in a court filing.The Wayne County prosecutor's office filed the motion Tuesday, the same day a judge canceled a hearing to determine whether the case would go to trial.

  • Tyndall files appeal, seeks to reverse show-cause penalty

    June 29, 2016

    Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.Tyndall confirmed Wednesday he was seeking a ''full overturning or reversal'' of the penalty and that he would take the case to court if the appeal isn't granted.

  • 3 new coaches look forward to competing in Big 12

    June 29, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Brad Underwood embraces the rich history at Oklahoma State.One of the Big 12's three new men's basketball coaches, Underwood takes over a program built by Henry Iba and Eddie Sutton. Though Oklahoma State's previous coach, Travis Ford, was successful by many standards, unhappy fans stopped coming to games, forcing the Cowboys to make a move.

  • Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    June 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Guard Kobe Paras won't be attending UCLA this fall and won't be playing basketball for the Bruins.The school said Wednesday that Paras has withdrawn from school after failing to meet academic conditions that were part of his admittance.

  • Hawaii to play in Pearl Harbor basketball invitational

    June 28, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii men's basketball team will play in the Fox Sports Pearl Harbor Invitational in December, part of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.The university said in a statement Tuesday that Hawaii will join California, Princeton, and Seton Hall in the two-day tournament beginning Dec. 6 at Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor.

  • Cleaves' attorney wants prosecutor's office off sex case

    June 28, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) An attorney representing ex-Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves wants a judge to disqualify the Wayne County prosecutor's office from Cleaves' sexual assault case.Attorney Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves' accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce. The case is being handled by the Detroit-based Wayne County prosecutor's office because of a conflict raised by the Genesee County prosecutor.

  • Four conferences form officiating alliance

    June 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference have formed a men's basketball officiating alliance, which also includes the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association, which have previously collaborated with the ACC.The alliance, which was announced Tuesday, begins immediately and will enable the four conferences to work together on all officiating matters and will serve to enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for its basketball officials.

  • Former Temple hoops star Hal Lear dies at 81

    June 26, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hal Lear, the sweet-shooting guard who starred for the Temple Owls in the 1950s and still holds the school record for points in a season, has died. He was 81.Lear died at his home in White Plains, New York, on Saturday from a recurrence of prostate cancer and the effects of spinal stenosis, according to his wife, Maggie. He had been retired following a 30-year career at Albert Einstein School of Medicine as an executive administrator of the Department of Psychiatry.

  • Nebraska's Andrew White will get release so he can transfer

    June 26, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Andrew White, the second-leading scorer for Nebraska last season, plans to play his final season at another school as a graduate transfer.Coach Tim Miles said Sunday that White requested a release and will be given one. White, who sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring from Kansas, averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in his only season with the Cornhuskers.

  • Fields set for 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout

    June 24, 2016

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Nevada will be among the eight teams in the men's field for the 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout while Southern California will highlight the women's side.Also joining host Alaska Anchorage in the men's bracket will be Buffalo, Oakland, UC Davis, Weber State, Drake and Iona.

  • NC State adds forward Ted Kapita to recruiting class

    June 24, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has added another player to its men's basketball roster.The Wolfpack on Friday announced the signing of 6-foot-10 forward Ted Kapita.Coach Mark Gottfried calls Kapita ''a versatile and athletic addition who plays with a high motor.''

  • Globetrotters 'draft' Neymar, Missy Franklin, Kevin Hart

    June 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Hey, Neymar, we'll let you use your hands.The Harlem Globetrotters have ''drafted'' the Brazilian soccer star in their annual exercise of selecting from a host of world-class athletes and others ''who all embody the Globetrotters' spirit and passion for basketball.''

  • UNC AD: School will respond to NCAA charges by July deadline

    June 24, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham is hopeful the school is finally near the end of its long-running academic fraud scandal.The school is a month away from its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA's latest Notice of Allegations (NOA), which outlined five serious charges that include lack of institutional control. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cunningham said UNC will meet that deadline - there had previously been an eight-month hiccup in the process - in a case that hung over a strong 2015-16 sports season.

  • Richmond hoping Europe trip helps build unity with newcomers

    June 23, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Richmond basketball coach Chris Mooney considers his incoming class the best group of players he's brought in in a dozen years, and he believes the summer will be instrumental in the Spiders' success next season.The team will take a 12-day trip to Europe in August, spending time in France, Germany and the Netherlands. While games and practices will be important, the opportunity to come together and bond as a team will be the biggest benefit, Mooney said.

  • Former Syracyse AD Daryl Gross leaving for Cal State-LA

    June 22, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Former Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross has been hired to take the helm of the Division II athletic program at Cal State-Los Angeles.Gross, who has been working as both a professor and vice president and special assistant to the Syracuse University chancellor after serving a decade as the school's athletic director, will start his new job in July.

  • Utah forward Brekkott Chapman transfers to Weber State

    June 22, 2016

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Utah forward Brekkott Chapman has transferred to Weber State.Weber State coach Randy Rahe announced the move Wednesday.The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Chapman played in 36 games last season at Utah and averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. He has two years of eligibility remaining, but must sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • University of North Dakota unveils Fighting Hawks logo

    June 22, 2016

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The University of North Dakota on Wednesday unveiled the logo for its new Fighting Hawks nickname and called on its popular football coach to help promote the change from the school's controversial Fighting Sioux moniker.The new logo depicts a white hawk head with black shading and a black eye, atop the angular letters ''ND'' in green. The school also released a ''North Dakota Fighting Hawks'' wordmark, or descriptive name, in an effort to enhance the new graphic identity.

  • Florida State's Hamilton pleased with offseason progress

    June 22, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Hamilton had an idea that one of his talented freshmen from last season might be headed to the NBA draft after only one season at Florida State. Hamilton considers himself fortunate though that it was just one.While Malik Beasley will be at the draft in Brooklyn, New York, waiting for his name to be called, his former teammates have been participating at Hamilton's summer basketball camp while trying to prepare for the upcoming season.

  • Alabama: AD Bill Battle to undergo cancer treatments

    June 21, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is set to undergo a series of treatments for cancer, which he has been battling for more than two years.The university announced in a statement Tuesday that Battle will undergo a stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma at Emory University's The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at the Winship Cancer Institute. The statement said the condition is not considered life threatening and that Battle was diagnosed during a regularly scheduled executive physical in the spring of 2014.

  • NC State signs Johnson as late addition to recruiting class

    June 20, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has made another late addition to its 2016-17 recruiting class.Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Monday that the school has signed four-star guard Markell Johnson from Cleveland.In a statement, coach Mark Gottfried says Johnson can play multiple positions.

  • Ray Anderson ushering in massive changes at Arizona State

    June 20, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State's athletic director job has often been a stepping stone to supposedly bigger and better places.Joseph Kearney left the Sun Devils for Michigan State in 1980. Gene Smith bolted the desert to Ohio State in 2005. Most recently, Steve Patterson packed up for Texas.

  • Ray Kasongo joins Iowa State after leaving Tennessee

    June 20, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Steve Prohm says Tennessee transfer Ray Kasongo has joined the program.Kasongo, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward from Toronto, will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

  • Pirates call up C Jacob Stallings, son of Pitt hoops coach

    June 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The banged-up Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis.The son of new University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Kevin Stallings joined a major league roster for the first time before Sunday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. He replaced infielder Jason Rogers, who was optioned to Indianapolis.

  • Ex-Michigan State standout Appling arraigned on gun charge

    June 19, 2016

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arraigned Sunday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.Detroit police say Appling was arrested after officers stopped a fast-moving vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw him place a gun under a seat.

  • Michigan State announces incoming graduate transfer

    May 31, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Former UNLV forward Ben Carter is joining Michigan State's basketball team for the 2016-17 season as a graduate transfer.The Spartans announced the move Tuesday.The 6-foot-9 Carter averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds at UNLV in 2015-16. He appeared in 22 games and made seven starts before a season-ending knee injury Jan. 30.

  • Suspended guard Marcus Stroman leaving South Carolina

    May 31, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Suspended sophomore point guard Marcus Stroman is transferring from South Carolina.School spokeswoman Emily Miles confirmed Tuesday that Stroman was leaving the program. He was among five players suspended in March by coach Frank Martin for a ''conduct issue'' before the Gamecocks opened NIT play. Stroman becomes the third of those five who are no longer with the team, following the transfers of freshmen Jamill Gregory and Eric Cobb who were both arrested on charges involving firing a BB gun in a neighbor near campus.

  • Obama congratulates Villanova for winning NCAA title

    May 31, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama congratulated the men's basketball team at Villanova University Tuesday for winning what he described as ''maybe the best title game of all time'' in this year's NCAA tournament.Forward Kris Jenkins provided the winning shot with a 3-point field goal as time expired. Jenkins did so just a few seconds after North Carolina had managed to tie the game with a remarkable shot as well.

  • Gophers forward Buggs to play elsewhere as graduate transfer

    May 31, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota forward Charles Buggs will leave the program to play elsewhere in his final year of eligibility.Buggs received his undergraduate degree from the university earlier this month. The Gophers announced Tuesday that the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Buggs, who is from Arlington, Texas, will continue his career elsewhere while pursuing a graduate degree.

  • Pac-12 all-star team headed on Australian tour

    May 31, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Pac-12 Conference will send an all-star men's basketball team to Australia in July for a series of exhibition games.A team of 12 student-athletes from 10 schools will play two games against the Australian National Team in Melbourne and another against a team from the semi-professional South East Australian Basketball League.

  • As investigations continue, Louisville's Pitino looks ahead

    June 1, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rick Pitino raved about Louisville's potential next season, suggesting Tuesday that the Cardinals' length and speed mirrors the strengths of the 1996 NCAA championship squad he coached at archrival Kentucky.That's high praise for a team that must replace its top three scorers, but it's a way for the coach to try and move past a tumultuous season of scandal that engulfed his program.

  • Canisius hires Reggie Witherspoon as basketball coach

    May 28, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Reggie Witherspoon is returning home to Buffalo to coach the Canisius College basketball team.He signed a five-year contract and replaces Jim Baron, who retired May 20. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday.''Reggie brings with him a proven track record of building strong basketball teams and developing young men,'' athletic director Bill Maher said Saturday.

  • AP source: Canisius hires Witherspoon as basketball coach

    May 28, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Canisius College has hired Alabama assistant Reggie Witherspoon as its basketball coach. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Saturday because the school has not announced the hiring.

  • UNC's Roy Williams recovering from knee replacement surgery

    May 27, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee replacement surgery.In an email Friday, athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner says Williams is ''resting comfortably'' after the procedure on his right knee performed by Dr. Walt Beaver in Charlotte. Kirschner says there's no exact recovery timetable but Williams is expected to be on the road for July recruiting ''as usual.''

  • Utah to play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017

    May 27, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah will play rival BYU in basketball again in 2017 in a game that will end a ''cooling off period'' Utah demanded due to events at recent games.Utah said in a news release Thursday that the two schools have agreed to play in 2017 at BYU. The school's athletic directors are talking about scheduling future games.

  • Clemson signs another transfer, ex-Valparaiso F David Skara

    May 26, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has added former Valparaiso forward David Skara to its roster.Tigers coach Brad Brownell announced the signing on Thursday. Skara, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, played the past two seasons at Valparaiso. He will have two years of eligibility at Clemson after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • Police investigate Minnesota wrestlers amid drug allegations

    May 26, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota police department is investigating allegations that several Golden Gophers wrestlers have been involved in selling and using drugs.The school has provided information to the police for use in the investigation, a university spokesman said Thursday.

  • Maryland guard Melo Trimble to return for junior season

    May 25, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return for his junior season.The Terrapins reached the Sweet 16 last season behind Trimble, who led the team in scoring, assists and steals.

  • Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft

    May 25, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville center/forward Chinanu Onuaku will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to stay in the NBA Draft.The 6-foot-10 sophomore announced his decision Wednesday evening, just over a week after undergoing a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the NBA Draft combine. Projected as a possible first-round selection, Onuaku said in a release that he talked with family and friends and is ''excited'' to remain in the draft and pursue an NBA career.

  • White takes name out of NBA draft pool to return to Huskers

    May 25, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Andrew White III will return to Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.Coach Tim Miles said Wednesday night that White has decided to play his senior season with the Cornhuskers. White submitted his name for the draft on April 21 and didn't withdraw until hours before the deadline for underclassmen.

  • Brey looks to former Irish players to fill assistant jobs

    May 25, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Coach Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players he coached to fill two assistant jobs that just came open.The Irish have two openings because Martin Ingelsby, a former Irish player who coached with Brey for 13 seasons, was named Delaware's head coach Tuesday and Anthony Solomon is moving to Georgetown as an assistant. Solomon coached with Brey for two stints covering 11 seasons.

  • New athletic director gives Washington unique distinction

    May 25, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) New Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen and school President Ana Mari Cauce hope that someday their situation is not noteworthy. That women being in charge of a university and its athletic department at the same time does not make a school stand out.

  • Purdue's Swanigan will return to school for sophomore season

    May 25, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for his sophomore season.The Boilermakers made the announcement before Tuesday's deadline.Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds and was named to the Big Ten's all-freshman team last season. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound former Indiana prep star worked out this week with the Indiana Pacers and said then that he still had to meet with Purdue coach Matt Painter and others before making a final decision.

  • Villanova, Oregon boosted by players turning down NBA Draft

    May 25, 2016

    The NBA's decision to extend the deadline for withdrawing from its draft until Wednesday gave college basketball's top players more time to make up their minds.Many of those stars have decided to return to school - and that should have a major impact on next season's push for the Final Four.

  • Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame pulls out of NBA draft

    May 25, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.The 6-foot-7 all-Atlantic Coast Conference forward had until midnight Wednesday to take his name out consideration. Blossomgame announced his decision on campus after returning from a workout with the Phoenix Suns.

  • Charges dropped against Tennessee assistant basketball coach

    May 25, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Authorities have dropped charges against a Tennessee assistant high school basketball coach accused of failing to report alleged child sexual abuse of players by teammates.An order of dismissal regarding Ooltewah High School assistant Karl Williams was filed Wednesday in Hamilton County ''based on his volunteer status as a coach and that he was not provided any training regarding the mandatory reporting law.''

  • Charges dropped against Tenness assistant basketball coach

    May 25, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Authorities have dropped charges against a Tennessee assistant high school basketball coach accused of failing to report alleged child sexual abuse of players by teammates.An order of dismissal regarding Ooltewah High School assistant Karl Williams was filed Wednesday in Hamilton County ''based on his volunteer status as a coach and that he was not provided any training regarding the mandatory reporting law.''

  • Lee will transfer from Kentucky, Briscoe returning to school

    May 25, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will transfer after withdrawing from the NBA draft, while guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.Wildcats coach John Calipari said in a release Wednesday that the 6-foot-9 junior wants to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family. Lee participated in the NBA draft combine but was given an outside chance at being selected. He'll have one season of eligibility remaining and says, ''I'm trying to do what's right for me and my family.''

  • Indiana's Blackmon withdraws from NBA draft on deadline day

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. has withdrawn from the NBA draft.The Hoosiers made the announcement Tuesday.Blackmon, a rising junior, missed the final 22 games last season after having knee surgery. He averaged 15.8 points in 13 games, shooting 46.3 percent on 3-pointers before getting hurt.

  • Nigel Hayes to return to Wisconsin for senior season

    May 24, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season with the Badgers.Hayes is a first-team All-Big Ten player and member of two Final Four teams.A preseason consensus All-Big Ten selection, Hayes started all 35 games last season and finished the regular season tied for fifth in the conference at 16.5 points, as well as 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists.

  • 3 Washington State players withdraw from draft consideration

    May 24, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State's Josh Hawkinson, Ike Iroegbu and Conor Clifford have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA draft and will return for their senior seasons.The three declared for the draft in early April but didn't hire agents, making them eligible to return to school.

  • Gonzaga's Karnowski to return for senior season

    May 24, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.The 7-foot-1 center played in just five games last season, and had back surgery on Dec. 31. He received a medical redshirt from the NCAA.

  • Washington names Jennifer Cohen new athletic director

    May 24, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) For the second time in the past 10 years, Washington chose continuity at the top of its athletic department over bringing in a new face from outside the school.Washington named Jennifer Cohen as its new athletic director Tuesday after she served as the interim athletic director following Scott Woodward's departure for Texas A&M. University President Ana Mari Cauce announced Cohen's appointment as the 15th athletic director in school history and second female athletic director in the past 25 years. Barbara Hedges served in the position from 1991-2004.

  • Brimah, Purvis withdraw from draft, will return to UConn

    May 24, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn center Amida Brimah and guard Rodney Purvis have withdrawn their names from the list of underclassmen eligible for the NBA Draft.The school says both have submitted the necessary paperwork and will return to UConn for their senior season.

  • Hoops champs Villanova to visit Obama at White House

    May 24, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Beat the buzzer, visit the White House.White House officials said Tuesday that the Villanova men's basketball team will visit with President Barack Obama next week. The visit comes nearly two months after Villanova won its first title since 1985, on a buzzer beater from Kris Jenkins against North Carolina.

  • Illinois dismisses Nunn after domestic battery guilty plea

    May 24, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois on Tuesday dismissed junior guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team following his guilty plea to misdemeanor domestic battery.Athletic director Josh Whitman and coach John Groce said in a joint statement that the decision to kick Nunn off the team was difficult.

  • Andrew Fleming transferring from Iowa to Chattanooga

    May 24, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Chattanooga has added Iowa transfer Andrew Fleming to its roster.The Mocs announced Fleming's addition Tuesday in a university release. Fleming will sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play for his new team in 2017-18.

  • Duke-Michigan St, UNC-Indiana headline ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    May 24, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Duke will play host to Michigan State and North Carolina will visit Indiana in the marquee matchups of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.The leagues and ESPN announced the matchups for the three-day event that features 14 games from Nov. 28-30.

  • Former NBA player Kerry Kittles joins Princeton staff

    May 24, 2016

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player Kerry Kittles has joined Princeton's coaching staff.Coach Mitch Henderson announced the hiring Tuesday.Since finishing his nine-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2005, Kittles earned his MBA at his alma mater, Villanova, and later served on the President's Advisory Council as an ambassador for the university.

  • Kansas-Kentucky highlights SEC/Big 12 Challenge field

    May 24, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kentucky will host Kansas in the marquee matchup in the next SEC/Big 12 Challenge, a one-day event that features 10 games on Jan. 28 at various sites.The other SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchups announced Tuesday include Texas at Georgia, Baylor at Mississippi, Texas A&M at West Virginia, Florida at Oklahoma, Iowa State at Vanderbilt, Kansas State at Tennessee, Arkansas at Oklahoma State, Auburn at TCU and LSU at Texas Tech.

  • Edwards withdraws from NBA draft, will play again for Purdue

    May 24, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue junior forward Vincent Edwards has decided not to pursue the NBA for now.The school said Tuesday that Edwards has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Boilermakers for the 2016-2017 season. Edwards is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound player from Middletown, Ohio. He says he talked with his family and Purdue coach Matt Painter after going through the NBA evaluation process and ''decided it is best for me to return for my junior year.''

  • Georgia's Juwan Parker granted medical redshirt

    May 23, 2016

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.Parker, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in Georgia's exhibition game against Armstrong State but missed the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting 14 games.

  • Evan Maxwell transferring from Liberty to Kansas

    May 23, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Liberty forward Evan Maxwell is transferring to Kansas, where the school announced Monday that he will have to sit out next season under NCAA rules.The 6-foot-10 Maxwell played two seasons for the Flames and started all but one game last season. He was second on the team with 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

  • No NBA: Trevon Bluiett staying at Xavier for junior season

    May 23, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Forward Trevon Bluiett has withdrawn from consideration from the NBA draft and will return to Xavier for his junior season.The Musketeers return the nucleus of a team that finished second in the Big East to national champion Villanova. Bluiett has been their leading scorer each of his two seasons, averaging 15.1 points last season. He was their top 3-point shooter and third-leading rebounder at 6.1 per game.

  • North Texas AD Rick Villarreal stepping down after 16 years

    May 23, 2016

    DENTON, Texas (AP) North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal is stepping down after 16 years, a tenure marked by persistent instability in the football program despite the building of a new stadium.Villarreal said Monday the resignation was a ''mutual agreement'' with school President Neal Smatresk, who plans to hire an interim athletic director before deciding how to proceed with a search for a permanent replacement.

  • Peter Jok to return to Iowa for senior season

    May 20, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Peter Jok will return to Iowa men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.University officials announced Friday that the shooting guard has decided to stay on the team for his senior year. Coach Fran McCaffery says Jok's senior leadership will play a key role for the team next season.

  • Illinois' Tate rejoins basketball team after case dropped

    May 20, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says Jaylon Tate has been reinstated to the basketball team after a misdemeanor battery charge against him was dropped.He was accused of striking a woman in March, but the charge was dropped Tuesday for lack of evidence. Whitman said Tate had ''shown exceptional character during this unfortunate situation'' and hoped fans will welcome him back.

  • NC State's Anya opts out of draft, returns for senior season

    May 20, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says big man BeeJay Anya is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for his senior season.School officials announced Anya's decision Friday, one day after teammate Abdul-Malik Abu also said he pulled out of the draft to return to the Wolfpack.

  • Canisius coach Baron retires after 29-year career

    May 20, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Canisius College coach Jim Baron is retiring after a 29-year career.The university announced Baron's retirement on Friday.Baron has 462 career wins between four schools, spending the last four at Canisius and bringing stability to what had been a losing program. He spent 11 seasons at Rhode Island and nine at St. Bonaventure before that, winning Atlantic-10 coach of the year four times. He made the NCAA Tournament twice.

  • AP source: Canisius coach Baron retires after 29-year career

    May 20, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the details says Canisius College coach Jim Baron is retiring after a 29-year-coaching career.An announcement from the school is expected Friday. Baron informed school officials of his decision on Thursday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the move.

  • Prosecutor: Case against Illinois' Jaylon Tate dropped

    May 19, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.Tate was arrested in March on suspicion of striking a woman. He pleaded not guilty.

  • NC State forward Abdul-Malik Abu pulls out of NBA Draft

    May 19, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State forward Abdul-Malik Abu says he's withdrawing from the NBA draft pool and coming back for his junior season.Abu said Thursday that he ''will be returning to the place that I call home, N.C. State.''Abu submitted his name for draft evaluation in March but did not hire an agent and had the option to return to school.

  • Syracuse University appoints Daniel French interim AD

    May 19, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse University has appointed Daniel French as interim athletic director.Chancellor Kent Syverud also announced Thursday the appointment of Herman Frazier as senior deputy director of athletics while the university searches for a replacement for Mark Coyle.

  • Menzies adds 3 more to UNLV recruiting class

    May 19, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Marvin Menzies has added three more players to his first recruiting class at UNLV.Transfers Uche Ofoegbu (OO-chay oh-FAY-boo) and Jordan Johnson signed financial aid agreements on Wednesday, and Djordjije Slijivancanin (GEORGE-ee slee-VAUNCH-en-in) signed a national letter of intent to play for the Runnin' Rebels.

  • Brown gets new job at Illinois; Nunn pleads in battery case

    May 18, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois added former star Dee Brown to its staff Wednesday, saw Kendrick Nunn plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and learned that center Mike Thorne Jr. will get a sixth year of eligibility.In exchange for Nunn's guilty plea, he was sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said. If he completes those terms, the misdemeanor will be removed from his record.

  • Butler basketball coach agrees to contract extension

    May 18, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler coach Chris Holtmann has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the Bulldogs through 2021-22.The announcement came Wednesday but terms were not disclosed.Holtmann is 45-22 since replacing Brandon Miller, initially on an interim basis in the fall of 2014. Holtmann joined former coach Brad Stevens as the only coaches in Butler history to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of their first two seasons.

  • UConn adds New York guard to 2016-17 recruiting class

    May 18, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added a guard from New York City to its highly touted 2016-17 recruiting class.The school announced Wednesday that Christian Vital, a 6-foot-2 combination guard from Queens Village, New York, has signed a national letter of intent.

  • South Carolina forward Raymond Doby leaving the program

    May 18, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Freshman forward Raymond Doby is leaving South Carolina, the latest roster change for the Gamecocks and coach Frank Martin.Martin said Wednesday that he and Doby, cited for marijuana possession last month, felt a ''change of scenery'' was necessary. Two other first-year players in Eric Cobb and Jamill Gregory were dismissed last month after their arrests for property crimes involving firing a BB gun in a neighborhood near campus.

  • Illinois' Nunn pleads guilty to misdemeanor, gets probation

    May 18, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball player Kendrick Nunn has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in a deal that eventually could see his record cleared.Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the 20-year-old Nunn pleaded guilty Wednesday. He was initially charged with two counts of domestic battery after being accused in March of striking a woman during a domestic dispute.

  • Kentucky reserve G/F Charles Matthews requests transfer

    May 18, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says that freshman guard/forward Charles Matthews has been granted his full release and will transfer from the Wildcats.The 6-foot-6 Chicago native averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in 36 games with three starts for the Wildcats last season. Matthews is recovering from a recent medical procedure for a hip issue, but Calipari said last week that he expected him to be fine and looked forward to him contributing more next season. He says in a release Wednesday that he was saddened to see him leave but supports his decision.

  • Pitts transferring from Arizona

    May 17, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Guard Elliott Pitts is transferring from Arizona after sitting out most of his junior season.Wildcats coach Sean Miller issued a statement on Tuesday to announce Pitts is leaving.Pitts was expected to play a key role for the Wildcats last season, but appeared in just seven games due to unspecified reasons. The 6-foot-5 Pitts played in all 38 games as a sophomore, averaging 3.5 points while being one of Arizona's best perimeter defenders.

  • Syracuse's Malachi Richardson all-in for NBA draft

    May 17, 2016

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse's Malachi Richardson, who last month entered his name into the NBA draft to get a sense of his chances at being selected, has decided to forgo his college career after excelling at the NBA combine.Orange coach Jim Boeheim says he hopes Richardson gets a good draft position.

  • Alabama signs Ohio State transfer Daniel Giddens

    May 17, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Former Ohio State player Daniel Giddens has signed to play for Alabama.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced the signing of the 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward/center on Tuesday. Giddens, who played for the Buckeyes as a freshman, will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.

  • Louisville sophomore Onuaku to undergo heart procedure

    May 17, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville sophomore center/forward Chinanu Onuaku will have a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during physicals conducted at last week's NBA combine in Chicago.The 6-foot-10 Onuaku says in a release that NBA doctors noticed a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He describes the procedure in Chicago as ''minor'' and will be sidelined for seven to 10 days but adds that afterward, ''I will be ready to start workouts again in pursuit of my NBA dreams.''

  • Kansas to headline CBE Classic in November in Kansas City

    May 17, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas will headline the CBE Classic at Sprint Center in November, and will be joined by Georgia, UAB and NIT champion George Washington in the championship rounds of the tournament.The Jayhawks return several key players from last season's team, which spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. They also will welcome the nation's top-rated recruit in Josh Jackson as they begin pursuit of a 13th straight Big 12 championship.

  • Kansas State hires ex-Gophers coach Jerry Kill in AD role

    May 17, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Jerry Kill came to the difficult realization last October that his health, primarily the epilepsy that would periodically lead to seizures, would prevent him from coaching college football anymore.It wasn't long before he came to another tough realization.

  • Miami transfer, coveted 6-11 center sign with Cornhuskers

    May 17, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) James Palmer Jr., who played the last two seasons at Miami, is transferring to Nebraska.Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles announced the move Tuesday. Palmer will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility beginning in 2017-18.

  • Syracuse University replacing Carrier Dome's inflatable roof

    May 17, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse University will replace the Carrier Dome's inflatable roof with a permanent structure as part of a plan to renovate the 36-year-old stadium and another campus athletic facility.University officials announced Monday that it will cost an estimated 5 million to replace the dome's iconic ''white pillows'' with a roof built constructed with ETFE, a space-age transparent plastic that lets in light.

  • UC Davis hires Stanford's Kevin Blue as athletic director

    May 16, 2016

    DAVIS, Calif. (AP) UC Davis has hired Kevin Blue away from Stanford to be the school's athletic director.Blue served as senior associate athletic director for external relations at Stanford under athletic director Bernard Muir. Blue is set to begin his new job June 21, the school said in announcing his hiring Monday.

  • Justin Jackson withdraws from draft, will return to UNC

    May 16, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says Justin Jackson is pulling out of the NBA Draft and will return to the Tar Heels for his junior season.Jackson said in a statement issued Monday night by the school that he was glad to ''test my game against some of the top players in the country'' but says his ''best choice'' is to return to UNC.

  • Former Michigan guard formally joins Purdue program

    May 17, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Former Michigan guard Spike Albrecht will finish his basketball career at Purdue, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter announced Monday.Albrecht is a graduate transfer and will be eligible to compete immediately - once he is granted a waiver from Big Ten officials.

  • Virginia Tech guard Jalen Hudson transfers to Florida

    May 16, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has another transfer from Virginia Tech.The Gators announced Monday 6-foot-5 guard Jalen Hudson has joined the program. Hudson will have to sit out the 2016-17 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • NC State adds 7-foot Turkish center Omer Yurtseven

    May 16, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has added center Omer Yurtseven to its basketball roster.Team spokesman Fred Demarest on Monday confirmed that the school had received his signed letter of intent.Yurtseven is a 7-foot center from Turkey who scored 91 points in a game for his Turkish under-18 team this weekend.

  • Calipari plans to coach Kentucky 'the rest of my career'

    May 16, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari plans to coach Kentucky for the rest of his career and to ensure the men's basketball program remains the ''gold standard'' of college athletics.Calipari, 57, is entering his eighth season in Lexington but is often mentioned as a candidate for NBA coaching vacancies because of his success producing first-round draft selections - 19 during his Kentucky tenure. Former Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns was last year's No. 1 draft pick and Monday was voted rookie of the year.

  • Original basketball rules displayed at University of Kansas

    May 13, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The University of Kansas put James Naismith's original rules of basketball on display Friday at the new multi-million-dollar DeBruce Center, which was built to house the historical two-page document.The 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center opened a few weeks ago and is the permanent home for ''The Original 13 Rules of Basket Ball,'' which Naismith wrote in 1891. The display was installed Friday.

  • Michigan-UCLA basketball to play home-and-home series

    May 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA will play Michigan in a home-and-home basketball series over the next two seasons.The Bruins will host the Wolverines at Pauley Pavilion in December for the first time in 10 years. Michigan will play host at the Crisler Center in December 2017, marking UCLA's first trip to Ann Arbor since December 2007.

  • Things looking more normal for Wade in Year 2 at VCU

    May 13, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Will Wade's whirlwind first season at VCU included some surprises.Hired quickly after Shaka Smart left for Texas, the former Smart assistant was unable to keep any of the recruits who had committed to VCU. The departures forced Wade into recovery mode, looking for new talent for his Rams' roster.

  • ACC: LGBT law could affect whether NC hosts league events

    May 12, 2016

    AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) A North Carolina law that critics say can allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community could impact whether the state hosts Atlantic Coast Conference championship events.In a statement Thursday, the ACC says member schools discussed the law during annual spring meetings. Signed in March, the law prevents local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules covering the use of public accommodations, a response to Charlotte leaders approving a measure allowing transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.

  • Under-pressure Pitino: 'We've got to get this right'

    May 12, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Richard Pitino's fourth year as the coach at Minnesota has come with significant pressure to pull up the floundering men's basketball program from the bottom of the Big Ten and help put an end to the off-the-court problems.With the university president publicly expressing concern about Gophers players repeatedly getting in trouble, Pitino has begun a make-or-break season. Minutes after his first meeting with just-hired athletic director Mark Coyle on Thursday, Pitino sat down in his office for an interview with The Associated Press about his status and the state of the team.

  • University of Dayton center Steve McElvene dies

    May 12, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The University of Dayton says a member of its basketball team has died.UD says in a statement that 20-year-old center Steve McElvene died Thursday in his hometown of New Haven, Indiana. No other information about his death was made available.

  • Kentucky headlines field for Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival

    May 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kentucky, the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament champion, will face Hofstra, the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season champion, and St. John's will meet LIU Brooklyn in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center on Dec. 11.

  • Big East picks ex-Villanova AD Nicastro for new position

    May 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro has been named deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the Big East Conference.Commissioner Val Ackerman announced the appointment to the newly created position on Thursday.Nicastro was the athletic director at Villanova from 2000-2015. He left the position last June to become associate director of the Jeffrey Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law last.

  • Forward Lew Evans transferring from Utah State to Tennessee

    May 12, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward Lew Evans will play for Tennessee as a graduate transfer once he finishes up at Utah State.Tennessee announced Evans signed the paperwork for his transfer Wednesday.The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward from Salt Lake City is set to graduate from Utah State this summer. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 30 games as a junior last season.

  • Butler fills assistant coaching void with hire of Schrage

    May 12, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler coach Chris Holtmann hired Mike Schrage as his new assistant Thursday.Schrage spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at Stanford. The Cardinal won two NIT titles, earned five postseason bids and reached the NCAA tournament's regional semifinals once during Schrage's tenure.

  • Dick Vitale's gala raising funds for pediatric cancer

    May 12, 2016

    If you're a college basketball fan, imagine how much fun it would be to exchange text messages with Dick Vitale.Yes, the man who was a big part of the sport's success in the last few decades sends texts and plenty of them.Instead of the texts full of catchphrases, predictions and analysis, they're full of sobering stories. Stories about pediatric cancer. It's his passion to bring in more money for research.

  • Dick Vitale is giving his all in fight for research money

    May 12, 2016

    If you're a college basketball fan imagine how much fun it would be to exchange text messages with Dick Vitale.Yes, the man who was a big part of the sport's success in the last few decades sends texts and sends plenty of them.Instead of the texts being full of catchphrases, predictions and analysis, they are full of sobering stories. Stories about pediatric cancer. It is his passion and he wants to make sure he touches every vein that can bring more money for research.

  • Minnesota picks Mark Coyle from Syracuse as AD

    May 11, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mark Coyle was the athletic director at Syracuse for about 10 1/2 months, leaving the school with an opening for a second straight year.Minnesota's interest in him, presenting the opportunity to return his family to a state that became home, proved stronger than loyalty to the Orange.

  • Oklahoma Stare adds Gentry to basketball coaching staff

    May 11, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Stephen Gentry is the new director of player development for Oklahoma State basketball.The school made the announcement Wednesday in a news release.Gentry spent the last three seasons with new Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, where he helped the Lumberjacks rack up 89 wins.

  • Minnesota picks Mark Coyle from Syracuse as new AD

    May 11, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle was hired Wednesday for the same job at Minnesota, leaving the Orange with a hole to fill for a second straight year.President Eric Kaler announced the decision to hire Coyle, who has been at Syracuse for about 10 1/2 months. The 47-year-old visited Minnesota's campus Wednesday for a formal interview with the search committee, meetings with coaches and officials and an introductory news conference at the football stadium less than six hours after being declared the lone finalist. The appointment requires board of regents approval.

  • Calipari: Defense, size will be Kentucky's initial strengths

    May 11, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari is setting the bar high for his next group of prized recruits.Calipari believes the incoming class has quickness and defensive skills reminiscent of his 2012 NCAA championship team.But as he always does, Calipari warns the group's transition to major college basketball could be ''ugly'' at first.

  • Malou heading to NBA draft without playing for Iowa St

    May 11, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) One of the most hyped recruits in Iowa State history is heading to the NBA without ever playing for the Cyclones.Iowa State announced Wednesday that Emmanuel Malou will skip his remaining college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Malou, a 6-foot-9 forward from Melbourne, Australia, was one of the nation's top junior college prospects when he signed with Iowa State in November.

  • New Mexico State's Weir adds Henson as an Aggie adviser

    May 11, 2016

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) New Mexico State basketball coach Paul Weir has added former Aggies and Illinois coach Lou Henson as a special adviser.Weir said in a news release that he saw the chance to tap Henson's 41 years of experience as a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Minnesota picks Mark Coyle from Syracuse as AD finalist

    May 11, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota has picked Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle as the lone finalist for same job running the Gophers, leaving the Orange looking for a second straight year.President Eric Kaler announced the selection of Coyle, who has been at Syracuse for about 10 1/2 months. The 47-year-old visited Minnesota's campus Wednesday for a formal interview with the search committee and meetings with coaches and officials.

  • Audit finds overspending on travel by Gophers' coach

    May 11, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A University of Minnesota audit shows Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino spent more than double his allowance for private jet travel since his hiring.The audit to be considered by university system regents Thursday shows Pitino spent 5,000 on jet travel for recruiting and other university business between June 2013 and February 2016. His contract budgeted 0,000 for that period.

  • Rex Hughes, former college and NBA coach, dies at 77

    May 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Rex Hughes, who coached collegiately at Kent State, Southern California and UNLV in addition to the NBA, has died. He was 77.USC said Tuesday that Hughes died of cancer a day earlier in Nipomo, a town along the central coast of California.

  • Tubby Smith adds 4 assistants to his Memphis coaching staff

    May 10, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tubby Smith has filled out his Memphis coaching staff by hiring four of his assistants from Texas Tech.Memphis announced Tuesday that Smith has added Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith, and Zo Goodson.Smith said in a statement that he put together a staff he's familiar with to bring continuity to help recruit the players that fit his system and style.

  • Bass, Gibson won't return next season for Detroit Mercy

    May 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Paris Bass and Jalen Gibson will not return to Detroit Mercy next season.The Horizon League school said Tuesday both are now free to play elsewhere.Bass averaged a team-high 18.4 points last season for the Titans. Gibson appeared in only five games.

  • Rutgers raises million in 4 months for athletics

    May 10, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers has raised more than million since the start of the year in its campaign to build new athletic facilities and upgrade others in a bid to become more competitive in the Big Ten Conference.Athletic director Patrick Hobbs said the university has received more than .3 million in cash and pledges since the fundraising drive started after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation granting million of tax credits toward the building of a multisport training center - the centerpiece of the three projects in the master plan that was announced on Jan. 20.

  • Prosecutor delays charging decision against Minnesota player

    May 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A prosecutor has delayed a decision on whether to charge a Minnesota basketball player arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct last weekend.The Hennepin County Attorney's office on Tuesday deferred a decision in the case of center Reggie Lynch, who was released from jail when a 36-hour hold expired. The decision sends the case back to investigators for additional work. There is no deadline on when that work has to be completed.

  • Athlete hurt in Brussels attacks says recovery going well

    May 9, 2016

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Former Oakland University basketball player Sebastien Bellin says he expects to return to Michigan in two or three weeks and his recovery following the March bombings at an airport in Brussels is ahead of schedule.Bellin became known as the man photographed lying bloody on the floor of the airport after the March 22 bombings. He is a former member of the Belgian national team who played at Oakland University. He attended the Detroit-area school from 1998-2000.

  • Kingsley withdraws name from NBA draft, returns to Arkansas

    May 9, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas got a boost on Monday when Moses Kingsley announced he had decided to withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return for his senior season with the Razorbacks.Kingsley, a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria, was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in his first season as a starter. He also averaged 2.4 blocks per game and shot 54.8 percent from the field before entering the draft last month without hiring an agent.

  • Iowa State signs pair of transfer big men

    May 9, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has brought in a pair of graduate transfers to bolster its frontcourt.Darrell Bowie, a 6-foot-7 forward from Northern Illinois, was averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds a game in 2014-15 before hurting his shoulder. He sat out last season with a medical redshirt.

  • 33 years later, NC State championship team meets president

    May 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) North Carolina State University's victorious 1983 men's basketball team finally got its day at the White House on Monday. Older but no less happy, team members debated with President Barack Obama whether the famous, game-winning dunk came after a shot or pass.

  • Krzyzewski has hernia surgery, expects to be healthy for Rio

    May 9, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has had hernia surgery.Team spokesman Cory Walton said the Hall of Fame coach underwent inguinal hernia repair surgery Monday at Duke University Hospital.Krzyzewski says he will be in ''great physical condition'' when he coaches the U.S. national team in the Olympics this summer. The typical recovery time is four weeks.

  • Minnesota: Basketball player arrested on sex assault charge

    May 8, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota suspended center Reggie Lynch after he was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of ''criminal sexual conduct,'' the latest in a string of bad news for a program coming off a miserable season on and off the court.The 6-foot-9 Lynch, who didn't play last season as he sat out following his transfer from Illinois State, was suspended indefinitely pending an investigation. The school did not release details of the alleged conduct and it was unclear late Sunday whether Lynch, who is from Edina, had an attorney.

  • Howard Garfinkel dies at 86

    May 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Howard Garfinkel didn't look like one of college basketball's most important people.The New York City native was always dressed in black and, until he quit a few years ago, he always had a cigarette in hand. The bespectacled ''Garf,'' as he was known, looked more like a CPA than one of the most influential people in the sport.

  • FGCU hoops coach Dooley gets 2-year extension through 2020

    May 7, 2016

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Florida Gulf Coast University has given basketball coach Joe Dooley a two-year extension through the 2019-20 season.The Eagles announced the move Saturday, along with a raise in Dooley's salary. FGCU went 21-14 this past season, winning the Atlantic Sun championship and an opening-round game in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. says he's returning to school

    May 6, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton point guard Maurice Watson Jr. is returning to the Bluejays after withdrawing from consideration for the NBA draft.Watson, whose decision was announced Friday in a news release from the school, was a second-team All-Big East pick last season after leading the Bluejays with 14.1 points and 6.5 assists.

  • Groce: Illinois' Black reinstated, will sit out 6 games

    May 6, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach John Groce says forward Leron Black has rejoined the team but will sit out the first six games next season after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault.Groce said Friday that those six games will include two exhibitions before the regular season begins.

  • Groce: Illinois' Black will sit out 5 games, 2 exhibitions

    May 6, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach John Groce says forward Leron Black has rejoined the team but will sit out the first six games next season after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault.Groce said Friday that those six games will include two exhibitions before the regular season begins.

  • Penn State OKs some alcohol sales at games

    May 6, 2016

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State's board of trustees has approved allowing some fans to buy alcohol at the university's football and basketball stadiums, as well as other athletic facilities.The proposal passed nearly unanimously Friday.Sales would be limited to private and controlled areas, including suites and club seats. Beer and wine could be sold to all patrons of legal age at non-collegiate sports events. Officials say there would be limits on the number of drinks patrons can have.

  • Auburn players Shamsid-Deen, Reed won't return next season

    May 6, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is ending his college career because of injuries and center Trayvon Reed also won't return.Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said Friday that Shamsid-Deen won't play his senior season after battling shoulder problems. He had surgery on both shoulders after his sophomore season and played only five games last season, when he separated his right shoulder on Nov. 27 against Northwestern State.

  • Courtside seats at Iowa State games are a perk for lawmakers

    May 6, 2016

    Tickets to Iowa State men's basketball games were hard to land for Cyclones' fans this year, but they were easier for one group: legislators being entertained by University President Steven Leath.Ten lawmakers accepted invitations to sit with Leath courtside at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, including House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and education appropriations subcommittee chairman Rep. Cecil Dolecheck, a review by The Associated Press shows. While legislators paid a face value for their tickets ranging from to , comparable seats are usually only available to donors or cost far more through ticket brokers.

  • Oklahoma's Manyang suspended indefinitely from basketball

    May 6, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has suspended Akolda Manyang from the basketball team indefinitely after he was charged with assaulting a former football player.The school announced the suspension Thursday after Manyang was charged with aggravated assault for an incident on Campus Corner in Norman. Court documents allege Manyang punched former Sooners' football player Tyler Evans in the mouth and broke two of his teeth early Sunday.

  • New Saint Louis coach signs first recruit

    May 5, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) New Saint Louis coach Travis Ford signed his first recruit, 6-foot-7 forward Jalen Johnson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Johnson helped University Laboratory School win the Class 3A title last season, averaging 21.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. He was the MVP of the state title game after scoring 28 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

  • UNLV's Menzies fills out staff with 3 hires

    May 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) New UNLV men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies has filled out his staff with three assistant coaches.The school announced on Thursday the hiring of Andre LaFleur, Rob Jeter and Eric Brown.Jeter was the head coach at Milwaukee for 11 seasons, winning 20 or more games five times. His record of 185-170 leaves him one short of the school record for most victories.

  • Hofheinz family sues to keep name on Houston Cougars' arena

    May 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The family of former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz wants a court to require the University of Houston to keep his name on the school's basketball arena.The university had asked the Harris County probate court in April to end the 47-year agreement on Hofheinz Pavilion. That would allow the school to negotiate a naming-rights deal as part of a million renovation project set to begin next spring.

  • Duke, Cincinnati lead Hall of Fame Tip-Off

    May 4, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Duke and Cincinnati, 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, highlight the eight-team field for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.The participants for the Nov. 19-20 event were announced Wednesday.Also in the field are Rhode Island, Penn State, Grand Canyon, Albany, Marist and Brown.

  • Michigan hires assistant hoops coaches Donlon and Washington

    May 4, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired assistant basketball coaches Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington.Wolverines coach John Beilein announced the moves Wednesday.Beilein had to replace two key coaches on his staff because Bacari Alexander was hired to lead the Detroit Titans and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hired LaVall Jordan.

  • Nova leads Inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic field

    May 4, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) NCAA champion Villanova will play Notre Dame and Pittsburgh faces Penn State in the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic at Prudential Center on Dec. 10.The matchups were announced Wednesday. The event will partner with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps support the education of children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Florida guard Francis-Ramirez transferring after 2 seasons

    May 4, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has decided to transfer.The Gators confirmed the news Wednesday after Francis-Ramirez posted on his Twitter page that ''it was best for me to transfer from UF.'' Francis-Ramirez added that he will remain on campus this summer while taking a class and figuring out what program is the ''best fit for my style.''

  • Oklahoma hires Carlin Hartman as assistant

    May 4, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has hired Carlin Hartman as an assistant.The school made the announcement Wednesday.Hartman joins the Sooners after two seasons as the associate head coach at Rice. He helped the Owls to a 15-21 record in Conference USA play. In the two seasons prior to the staff's arrival, the school was 3-24 in league games.

  • Sidelined: LGBT laws, NCAA policy could keep teams at home

    May 4, 2016

    Teams could pull out of scheduled NCAA events this spring because of new state laws in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee while the sport's governing body's demands for discrimination-free environments at the places where its events are held won't take effect until the fall.

  • Ex-Michigan State player Appling faces weapons charges

    May 4, 2016

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was charged Wednesday with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes after being found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit, according to authorities.The Wayne County prosecutor's office says the 24-year-old was arrested Sunday evening outside a Dearborn strip club. Club security called police after seeing a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car.

  • UNC's Meeks back for senior year after NBA draft flirtation

    May 4, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his senior season.The school announced Meeks' decision Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds with 28 starts, helping the Tar Heels win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship before reaching the NCAA title game.

  • Ex-Michigan State player Keith Appling faces weapons charges

    May 4, 2016

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon after he was found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit.The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 24-year-old Appling was arrested outside a Dearborn strip club Sunday night. Club security called police after seeing a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car.

  • FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games

    May 3, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State University's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.The Student Government Association approved the nonbinding, formal opinion by a 27-4 vote on April 20 asking the university's administration to consider adding the wearing of headdresses as a violation of the student code of conduct.

  • Villanova-Purdue highlights Gavitt Games

    May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) National champion Villanova will visit Purdue on Nov. 14 in the opening game of the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games.The event will have eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, the conferences announced Tuesday. The series is named for Big East founder Dave Gavitt.

  • Butler assistant Michael Lewis joining Miles' Nebraska staff

    May 3, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.Lewis announced his departure from the Bulldogs on Tuesday in a tweet in which he thanked players, coaches, staff and fans for the opportunity to work five seasons at the Indianapolis school.

  • VCU announces sophomore F Michael Gilmore is transferring

    May 3, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU men's basketball coach Will Wade says rising junior forward Michael Gilmore has decided to transfer.The coach made the announcement Tuesday.The 6-foot-10 Gilmore, from Jacksonville, Florida, played in 55 games for the Rams over two seasons, starting 18. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds.

  • Louisville students' lawsuit against escort is dismissed

    May 3, 2016

    A Louisville judge has dismissed a lawsuit by University of Louisville students filed against Katina Powell that said the escort's book allegations of sex parties at the men's basketball players' dormitory had devalued their education.Kyle Hornback and three other students sued Powell last fall, saying her book damaged the school's reputation. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry denied their argument in Friday's decision but allowed others who joined the suit after being named in the book to file amended complaints that they were falsely accused and defamed.

  • Michigan's Chatman receives release, plans to transfer

    May 3, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Kameron Chatman has been granted his release from Michigan's basketball program and plans to transfer.The school on Tuesday announced the 6-foot-8 Chatman's departure. Chatman averaged 2.8 points per game and made only two starts for Michigan in 2015-16, but his last-second shot to beat Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament helped put the Wolverines in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Villanova's buzzer-beater Jenkins to stay for senior season

    May 3, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) The Villanova player who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the national championship is sticking around for his senior season.Kris Jenkins and Villanova officials said Tuesday that Jenkins has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration.

  • 9 years after Chief's end, Illinois looks for mascot

    May 2, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Nine years after it retired Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA, the University of Illinois will begin the search for a new mascot, interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said Monday.Wilson announced the first tentative steps in a campus-wide email, saying she will soon appoint a committee of 10-12 people to figure out how to decide on a mascot and how long that process will take.

  • Florida State guard Rathan-Mayes returning for junior season

    May 2, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.Rathan-Mayes averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists last season. He has started 62 of his 65 games at Florida State and has four games where he has scored 30 points or more. Rathan-Mayes needs 135 points to become the 45th player in school history to reach 1,000.

  • Alabama signs graduate transfer guard from Morehead State

    May 2, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has signed graduate transfer Corban Collins from Morehead State.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Monday that Collins ''is a terrific young man, a good teammate and fills a need for us in terms of someone who can really score the basketball.''

  • 9 years after Chief's end, U of Illinois looks for mascot

    May 2, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois' interim chancellor says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot.Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson told the Academic Senate on Monday that she will form a committee to design a process and set a timeline. Wilson's decision follows a recommendation from a Student Senate committee urging the campus to consider a new mascot.

  • 'Oi Oi Oi!': SMU signs 2nd Australian for men's basketball

    May 2, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU has signed a second player from Australia to a national letter of intent for the upcoming men's basketball season.Coach Larry Brown announced Monday the signing of 6-foot-11 forward Harry Froling from Townsnville, Australia.After playing with the Townsville Crocodiles in Australia's National Basketball League during the 2015-16 season, Froling was then invited to play for the World Team as one of the top 12 international players at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon.

  • Beachem says he'll be back at Notre Dame for senior season

    May 1, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Forward V.J. Beachem has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Notre Dame for his senior season.Beachem made the announcement Sunday night on Twitter, writing that he was thankful for the opportunity to experience the NBA draft process and invitations to work out for teams, ''but now I'm ready to lead (at)ndmbb (hash)IMBACK.''

  • Boise State assistant named head coach at Northern Colorado

    May 1, 2016

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) Jeff Linder is the new basketball coach at Northern Colorado. He spent the last six seasons at Boise State, where he was associate head coach for the Broncos since 2013-14.Linder replaces B.J. Hill, who was fired last month amid an NCAA investigation into allegations of violations in the program.

  • Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender dies at 49

    April 30, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.The school announced Saturday that Davender died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.

  • Hofstra, Mihalich agree to extension

    April 29, 2016

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Joe Mihalich has signed a contract extension with Hofstra through the 2020-21 season.The Pride won 24 games last season and were the regular-season champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. They lost in the first round of the NIT to eventual champion George Washington.

  • Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long granted hardship waiver

    April 29, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12, making him eligible to play as expected in 2016-17.Mitrou-Long played eight games as a senior last year before lingering pain from offseason hip surgeries became too much to overcome. Mitrou-Long, who averaged 12 points a game in 2015-16, ended his season at the eight-game point so he'd be eligible for the hardship waiver.

  • CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state's LGBT law

    April 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state's controversial new LGBT law.The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.

  • Chattanooga gives extensions to men's, women's hoop coaches

    April 28, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster has received a one-year contract extension.School officials announced Foster's extension Thursday, hours after saying men's basketball coach Matt McCall had received a two-year extension. Both coaches' contracts run through the 2021-22 season.

  • Chattanooga men's hoop coach McCall gets 2-year extension

    April 28, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Chattanooga men's basketball coach Matt McCall has received a two-year contract extension after leading the Mocs to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his debut season.The school announced the extension Thursday. McCall's contract now runs through the 2021-22 season.

  • NC State's 1983 NCAA championship team to visit White House

    April 28, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) More than 30 years after winning the national championship, North Carolina State's 1983 basketball team finally will meet the president.School officials said Thursday that members of that team will visit the White House on May 9.After their buzzer-beating win over Houston gave them their second NCAA title, the Wolfpack never made the trip to Washington - which has become a customary reward for championship-winning teams.

  • NCAA board OKs anti-discrimination measure for event bidding

    April 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure Wednesday that would affect the way the governing body evaluates bids to host sporting events.The NCAA said the decision came during the board's quarterly meeting in Indianapolis. In a news release, the NCAA said it requires sites that are hosting events or bidding on them ''to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.''

  • Purdue-Arizona State and Florida-Duke in Jimmy V Classic

    April 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Purdue will face Arizona State and Florida will meet Duke in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.The 22nd annual doubleheader will be played Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden.The early season event will be part of the 10th annual Jimmy V Week to help raise funds for cancer research. ESPN's 2015 Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research raised a record-setting .2 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research - one million more than the previous fundraising record of .2 million in 2014. In nine years, Jimmy V Week has raised .7 million for cancer research.

  • North Carolina now on clock to respond in NCAA academic case

    April 27, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is preparing for the next step toward a long-awaited resolution in the multi-year case centered around its academic fraud scandal.The school and individuals named for violations have 90 days to respond now that they finally know what NCAA charges they face. It's the next procedural deadline, though not one set in stone.

  • Los Angeles to host new college basketball doubleheader

    April 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A new men's basketball doubleheader will be played in Los Angeles featuring Arizona, BYU, Gonzaga and Southern California.The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced the one-day event, to be played at Staples Center on Dec. 3.

  • Wake Forest adds 2nd grad transfer, Matt Williams from UCF

    April 27, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has added another graduate transfer to its roster, Matt Williams from Central Florida.Coach Danny Manning announced the addition of Williams on Wednesday.He's expected to graduate from UCF this summer and then play for the Demon Deacons this coming season.

  • New Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew announces his staff

    April 26, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) New Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew's staff will include Roger Powell Jr. as associate head coach and Jake Diebler and Casey Shaw as assistants.Drew's staff appointments announced Tuesday also include Omar Mance as director of recruiting and player personnel plus Luke Simons as director of basketball operations.

  • Nicholls State names Richie Riley new men's basketball coach

    April 26, 2016

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Nicholls State has named Richie Riley as its new men's basketball coch.Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said Tuesday that Riley, who spent the past two seasons working under Brad Brownell as an assistant at Clemson, is a tremendous talent who fits the needs of Nicholls State's program.

  • Minority coaches struggle to get opportunities in NCAA

    April 26, 2016

    When Dave Dickerson's five-season run at Tulane came to an end in 2010, he joined Thad Matta's staff at Ohio State to work with one of the most respected coaches in the game, help the Buckeyes win and apply what he learned in his first head coaching job to be more successful the second time around.

  • Blackmon Jr. declares for NBA draft without hiring agent

    April 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. says he will enter the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.That means the 6-foot-4, 195-pound sophomore could return to school next season.Blackmon considered entering the draft after averaging 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman but decided to stay at Indiana. Last season, he averaged 15.8 points in the first 13 games before missing the last 22 with a right knee injury that required surgery.

  • Former Georgia 2-sport star Zippy Morocco dead at 86

    April 25, 2016

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Anthony ''Zippy'' Morocco, the University of Georgia's first basketball All-American and one of the school's most accomplished return specialists in football, has died. He was 86.Morocco's son, former Clemson quarterback Chris Morocco, says his father committed suicide on Sunday following a battle with depression and cancer. Chris Morocco said on his Facebook account the family will donate Morocco's brain for CTE research. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative brain disease.

  • Butler adds graduate transfer Avery Woodson to roster

    April 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Memphis guard Avery Woodson will transfer to Butler.Coach Chris Holtmann made the announcement Monday.Woodson will graduate this year and become immediately eligible for his final college season.The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 9.6 points and made 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season at Memphis. He made 45 starts for the Tigers over the past two seasons and his 77 3s made last season were No. 5 on the school's single-season list.

  • NCAA adds charge, removes another from UNC academic case

    April 25, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) After waiting eight months to find out how the NCAA would revise its list of charges tied to the North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal, the school is in similar position it was before.UNC still faces five serious charges that include lack of institutional control.

  • Iowa State recruit Malou to explore professional options

    April 25, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State recruit Emmanuel Malou has filed the paperwork necessary to enter the NBA draft but has not hired an agent, preserving his college eligibility.Cyclones spokesman Matt Shoultz confirmed Malou's decision on Monday.The 6-foot-9 Malou was the highlight of coach Steve Prohm's first recruiting class. He averaged 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a freshman for Yuba College in California before transferring to Des Moines Area Community College to focus on academics.

  • AP Source: Former UNLV coach Dave Rice hired at Nevada

    April 25, 2016

    Dave Rice is switching sides in Nevada's biggest basketball rivalry.A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday that Rice, a former UNLV coach and player, has been hired as an assistant at rival Nevada. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not officially announced the hire.

  • UNC gets new Notice of Allegations in NCAA academic case

    April 25, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has received a new document from the NCAA outlining violations connected to UNC's long-running academic fraud scandal, a school athletics spokesman said.Steve Kirschner said the new Notice of Allegations (NOA) arrived Monday morning, jumpstarting a case that has been stalled in a procedural limbo since August, including through the men's basketball team's run to the men's NCAA title game this month. Kirschner said the school plans to release the new NOA later Monday.

  • AP source: UNC gets new Notice of Allegations in NCAA case

    April 25, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has received a new document from the NCAA outlining violations connected to the school's long-running academic fraud scandal, a person with knowledge of the investigation said Monday.The arrival of the new Notice of Allegations jumpstarts a case that has been stalled in a procedural limbo since August.

  • Cal's Ivan Rabb bypasses draft to stay for sophomore season

    April 25, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California forward Ivan Rabb has decided to stay in school for his sophomore season rather than enter the NBA draft.Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said Sunday night that Rabb made his decision to return for his sophomore season after thinking about it with his family. Rabb had been projected to be a first-round pick.

  • Kansas State gives AD John Currie 2-year contract extension

    April 22, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State has signed athletic director John Currie to a two-year contract extension through the 2022 academic year, a deal that keeps his salary unchanged but includes 0,000 in retention bonuses.The school announced the agreement Friday.

  • UNC: Jackson, Meeks declare for NBA but not hiring agent

    April 22, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks are declaring for the NBA draft but aren't hiring agents.The school announced the moves in a release Friday.Jackson, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, averaged 12.2 points. Meeks, a 6-10 junior, averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Both were starters for a 33-win team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and lost in the NCAA championship game on a last-second shot to Villanova.

  • Duke's Grayson Allen has hernia surgery

    April 22, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke guard Grayson Allen has had surgery to repair a hernia.Team spokesman Cory Walton said Allen underwent inguinal hernia surgery at Duke University Hospital, and the typical recovery time is four weeks.Allen led the team with averages of 21.6 points and 3.5 assists this season. He has already confirmed he will return to Duke for his junior year.

  • Grand Canyon on the rise, on and off the court

    April 22, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Brian Mueller zips across Grand Canyon's campus in a golf cart, waving to students who greet the university's president by his first name.At nearly every turn, he drives past a structure under construction: A 170,000 square-foot engineering building, a state-of-the-art soccer stadium, residence halls, an office complex for 1,500 employees.

  • UNLV approves .75 million contract for Marvin Menzies

    April 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Marvin Menzies knows he was not UNLV's first choice as men's basketball coach and he doesn't mind.He's the Runnin' Rebels' leader now and has some catching up to do.UNLV's board of regents voted 12-1 to approve a five-year, .75 million deal for Menzies on Friday, ending a strange couple of weeks in Las Vegas.

  • Duke's Jefferson receives medical hardship waiver

    April 22, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke forward Amile Jefferson will be able to play for the Blue Devils next season.The school said Friday that the Atlantic Coast Conference approved his medical hardship waiver, which makes him eligible to play this coming season.Jefferson played only nine games last season before breaking his right foot in December. He averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds, and in his absence, Duke effectively went with a six-man rotation.

  • Detroit hires Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander as coach

    April 22, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Bacari Alexander is returning to his alma mater as the new coach at Detroit.The Titans announced the hiring Friday. Alexander, who is from Detroit, was an assistant at Michigan for the past six seasons. He graduated from Detroit Mercy in 1999 after helping the school reach the NCAA Tournament twice as a player.

  • Northern Colorado fires men's basketball coach B.J. Hill

    April 21, 2016

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) The University of Northern Colorado has fired men's basketball coach B.J. Hill amid an NCAA investigation into allegations of violations in the program.University President Kay Norton said in a news release Thursday that Hill's assistants were placed on administrative leave while the school continues to cooperate with the NCAA as it looks into ''serious and concerning allegations of NCAA violations.''

  • Marquette guard Wally Ellenson leaving basketball team

    April 21, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette says guard Wally Ellenson is no longer on the basketball team, but will remain on full scholarship with the school's track and field team until graduation.Coach Steve Wojciechowski in a statement on Thursday thanked Ellenson and wished the junior luck on the rest of his season competing in the high jump.

  • Illinois' Leron Black gets probation for threatening bouncer

    April 21, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball player Leron Black has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault after threatening a bouncer at a campus bar and has been sentenced to a year of probation.Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday plea that Black was a candidate for probation because he took responsibility for the crime and had no prior record. The 20-year-old Black avoided jail time and the felony assault charge he faced after his Feb. 19 arrest.

  • Forward Ray Kasongo leaving Tennessee after 1 season

    April 21, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward Ray Kasongo is leaving the Tennessee men's basketball team after one season.Tennessee coach Rick Barnes confirmed Thursday that Kasongo ''is going to leave, and he's got some different options out there.''Kasongo played 22 games as a sophomore this past season and averaged 1.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 5.5 minutes. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 6.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in 2014-15 at College of Southern Idaho.

  • Texas guard Isaiah Taylor skipping senior year for NBA

    April 21, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Point guard Isaiah Taylor has decided to skip his senior season at Texas and enter the NBA draft.The 6-foot-3 Taylor averaged 15 points, five assists and 2.8 rebounds as he started 33 games last season for the Longhorns, who went 20-13 in their first season under coach Shaka Smart. Texas was a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost 75-72 in the first round on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Northern Iowa.

  • Cal freshman star Jaylen Brown to declare for NBA draft

    April 21, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California forward Jaylen Brown is leaving after one season and declaring for the NBA draft.The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the school made the announcement Thursday, hardly a surprise given he wasn't expected to stay at Cal beyond his freshman season.

  • Florida's Devin Robinson out 4-6 months after foot surgery

    April 21, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida forward Devin Robinson will be sidelined at least four months following foot surgery.The 6-foot-9 Robinson had surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, the team announced Thursday. The Gators expect his recovery to take between four and six months, meaning he should be ready for the start of next season if he returns.

  • Huskers' Andrew White declaring for draft but could return

    April 21, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska guard Andrew White is declaring for the NBA draft, but he's not hiring an agent so he can maintain his eligibility.White, who made the announcement Thursday, can attend workouts scheduled by NBA teams next week and compete in the draft combine in May. He'll have until May 25 to decide whether to stay in the draft pool.

  • A tribute to New York City, Syracuse star Pearl Washington

    April 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There wasn't much space left to stand in the park when we got there. We were lucky to be standing behind a group of kids we had by five, six inches each. Everyone was there for the same reason: to see Pearl. No last name needed. Pearl was coming to play in a summer league game, and that meant a big crowd and few seats - only hot cement.

  • A tribute to Pearl Washington

    April 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There wasn't much space left to stand in the park when we got there. We were lucky to be standing behind a group of kids we had by five, six inches each. Everyone was there for the same reason: to see Pearl. No last name needed. Pearl was coming to play in a summer league game, and that meant a big crowd and few seats - only hot cement.

  • Junior college guard Angola-Rodas to attend Florida State

    April 20, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Junior college star Braian Angola-Rodas has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Florida State.Angola-Rodas averaged 21.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists for North Idaho College this past season and was a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America selection.

  • Villanova receives .6 million gift for arena renovation

    April 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The national champion Villanova Wildcats have received a .6 million donation to renovate their arena.Bill Finneran made the largest athletic gift in Villanova history to give the Pavilion a needed facelift and it also will go toward overall support of the men's program.

  • Georgia signs forward Diatta as transfer from Southern Idaho

    April 20, 2016

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia has signed forward Pape Diatta (pronounced Pop Dee-ah-tuh), a native of Dakar, Senegal who has played the last two years for the College of Southern Idaho.The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Diatta averaged 13 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore for Southern Idaho.

  • Helping Dixon: LSU assistant David Patrick hired by TCU

    April 20, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) David Patrick has been hired as an assistant coach on the staff of new TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon.Patrick spent the past four seasons as an assistant at LSU.TCU announced his hiring Wednesday.Before his time at LSU, Patrick was a scout with the Houston Rockets. He also was on the staff for four years at St. Mary's when the Gaels made two NCAA Tournament appearances, and a year at Nicholls State.

  • UAB gives Robert Ehsan 5-year deal worth 0,000 annually

    April 20, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - New UAB men's basketball coach Robert Ehsan has received a five-year contract worth at least 0,000 annually.The University of Alabama System trustees compensation committee approved the deal Wednesday.Ehsan spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Jerod Haase, who left to take over the Stanford program.

  • Wisconsin's Hayes to enter NBA draft, won't sign with agent

    April 20, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes is submitting his name for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent.The Badgers' leading scorer confirmed his decision on Wednesday through a team spokesman.New rules allow players to enter their names in the draft by April 24, and withdraw by May 25 and return to school as long as they have not signed with an agent. The draft will be held on June 25.

  • UAB gives Robert Eshan 5-year deal worth 0,000 annually

    April 20, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) New UAB men's basketball coach Robert Ehsan has received a five-year contract worth at least 0,000 annually.The University of Alabama System trustees compensation committee approved the deal Wednesday.Ehsan spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Jerod Haase, who left to take over the Stanford program.

  • Signature moments of the career of the late Pearl Washington

    April 20, 2016

    Former Syracuse star Pearl Washington, who died Wednesday in New York from complications of a brain tumor, was a playground star in his native Brooklyn.He once scored 82 points in a high school game, helping him become the most sought-after player in the country as a senior.

  • Wake adds grad transfer Austin Arians from Milwaukee

    April 20, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has added forward Austin Arians as a graduate transfer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee.Coach Danny Manning said Wednesday that Arians can play for the Demon Deacons this season.Arians averaged 9.8 points in three seasons with the Panthers, hitting 35 percent of his 3-pointers. He averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds this past season.

  • Former Syracuse star Pearl Washington dies at 52

    April 20, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) There was a gleam that shone through the sorrowful tears in Jim Boeheim's eyes as he recalled the first time he saw Pearl Washington play.It was Washington's sophomore year in high school in New York in the early 1980s, and for the 71-year-old Syracuse coach it will always seem fresh.

  • Former Syracuse basketball star Dwayne "Pearl" Washington dies of cancer, university says

    April 20, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Former Syracuse basketball star Dwayne ''Pearl'' Washington dies of cancer, university says.

  • Attorney: NCAA also deserves blame in UNC fraud scandal

    April 19, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) An attorney representing two ex-North Carolina athletes says the school and NCAA are both responsible for UNC's long-running academic fraud scandal that he says denied athletes a quality education.Michael Hausfeld said Tuesday in a hearing in federal court that athletes who took even one of the irregular courses had been defrauded. Hausfeld is one of the attorneys representing ex-women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and ex-football player Devon Ramsay, who filed a lawsuit alleging neither defendant did enough to ensure athletes received a quality education.

  • Guard Akeem Springs joins Minnesota as graduate transfer

    April 19, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Milwaukee guard Akeem Springs has joined Minnesota this season as a graduate transfer.The Gophers on Tuesday announced the addition of Springs, who will be eligible to play immediately as a senior and is on track for a degree at Milwaukee. Springs, who is from Waukegan, Illinois, averaged 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 31.9 minutes per game in the 2015-16 season for the Panthers while shooting 49 percent from the field.

  • Brian Earl hired as Cornell men's basketball coach

    April 18, 2016

    ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) Brian Earl, who helped Princeton return to its winning ways during nine seasons as an assistant and associate head coach, has been hired as the head coach at Cornell.Earl, 39, becomes the 22nd head coach in Cornell history and replaces Bill Courtney, whose contract was not renewed after six seasons.

  • Brandin Knight joins Rutgers basketball coaching staff

    April 18, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Brandin Knight has joined the Rutgers basketball staff after spending the past 10 seasons at Pittsburgh.Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell announced the hiring on Monday, giving him a New Jersey native and a top recruiter on his staff.

  • Syracuse frosh Malachi Richardson to enter name in NBA draft

    April 18, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Freshman guard Malachi Richardson of the Syracuse Orange is entering his name into the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent.Coach Jim Boeheim says with the new rules it's an opportunity for Richardson to get a better understanding of where he would be in the draft.

  • Starter in 2014-15, Orange's Kaleb Joseph heads to Creighton

    April 18, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Syracuse's Kaleb Joseph is transferring to Creighton, where he will sit out next season and then have two years of eligibility.Bluejays coach Greg McDermott announced the addition on Monday, calling Joseph a versatile guard who has ''exceptional playmaking ability.''

  • UNLV hires Menzies as basketball coach after Beard bolts

    April 16, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV moved swiftly to hire a basketball coach after Chris Beard's sudden exit, agreeing with New Mexico State's Marvin Menzies on a five-year contract Saturday.A former UNLV assistant, Menzies was one of the final candidates to replace Dave Rice, who was fired in January. Menzies' contract must still be approved by UNLV's board of regents.

  • Chris Beard bolted UNLV to come 'home' to Texas Tech

    April 16, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) From the familiar feel of West Texas winds to being closer to his three daughters, Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard says returning to the school he considers home was too great to resist.So goodbye Las Vegas, hello Lubbock.

  • Chris Beard says he bolted UNLV to come 'home' to Texas Tech

    April 16, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard says he couldn't' resist returning home to the school where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant.Beard bolted UNLV after less than two weeks in Las Vegas to take the Texas Tech job that opened when Tubby Smith left for Memphis.

  • 3 Washington State players declare for NBA draft

    April 15, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State juniors Conor Clifford, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu declared for the draft Friday.All three said they will not hire agents, allowing them to withdraw before the May 25 NCAA deadline to return to school for their final seasons of eligibility.

  • Nevada defends hire of Cal assistant accused of harassment

    April 15, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Nevada President Marc Johnson released a series of text messages and other documents Friday that he says demonstrate why the university was comfortable hiring an assistant basketball coach who was accused of sexual harassment before he resigned from California.

  • Column: NCAA should allow players to leave when coaches bolt

    April 15, 2016

    Hey NCAA, why don't you make Chris Beard sit out a year?Maybe even two.In yet another sign of how remarkably out of whack the whole state of college athletics is in this country, Beard left UNLV on Friday to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech - less than two weeks after this mercenary bolted from Arkansas-Little Rock to assume the same job with the Runnin' Rebels.

  • Coach Chris Beard spurns UNLV for Texas Tech

    April 15, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Less than two weeks after accepting the job at UNLV, Chris Beard is heading home to Texas.Back to Texas Tech, specifically.After a night of uncertainty surrounding Beard's future, Texas Tech announced on Friday it has hired the coach who was previously an assistant there for 10 seasons. He will replace Tubby Smith, who took the coaching job in Memphis.

  • UNLV: Coach Chris Beard leaving for Texas Tech

    April 15, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) UNLV says new men's basketball coach Chris Beard is leaving for the Texas Tech job less than two weeks after he agreed to coach the Runnin' Rebels.UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy released a statement Friday and said Beard had told her he wanted the job at Tech, which is vacant after Tubby Smith left to coach Memphis.

  • New UNLV coach Chris Beard meets with Texas Tech

    April 15, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Chris Beard has met with Texas Tech about its coaching vacancy, less than two weeks after being named UNLV's coach.UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement Thursday saying Beard met with Texas Tech after the school asked permission to speak with him. She later met with Beard, and she said the issue would be resolved by Friday.

  • New USC AD Swann supports Helton, touts Trojans' progress

    April 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lynn Swann has no previous experience as a collegiate athletic administrator, let alone running a department with the power and prestige of Southern California.The former Trojans football star says he realizes how much he doesn't know, and he can't wait to learn.

  • Vanderbilt junior center Damian Jones entering NBA Draft

    April 14, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt junior center Damian Jones is bypassing his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.School officials announced Jones' decision Thursday.The 7-foot, 245 pound Jones was All-Southeastern Conference first-team as a sophomore and junior. He ranked 24th all-time scoring 1,313 points and is second in career blocks with 167. He ranked second with 1.69 blocks per game in his career, and Jones was third all-time shooting 56.6 percent for his career.

  • South Dakota St hires Otzelberger as men's basketball coach

    April 14, 2016

    BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) South Dakota State on Thursday introduced T.J. Otzelberger, a top assistant at Iowa State, as its new men's basketball coach.Otzelberger replaces longtime coach Scott Nagy, who took the job at Wright State after leading the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament three of the past five years.

  • Rutgers confirms that Hobbs has joined Pikiell's staff

    April 14, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Karl Hobbs is joining Steve Pikiell's staff at Rutgers as associate head basketball coach.The university announced the appointment Thursday, two weeks after Hobbs announced that he was leaving Connecticut.Hobbs directed George Washington to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach and captured two national titles as an assistant at Connecticut. He has 29 seasons of Division I coaching experience and 18 post-season appearances on his resume.

  • Xavier gives coach Chris Mack an additional year on contract

    April 14, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier gave coach Chris Mack got an extra year on his contract Thursday, extending the deal through the 2021-22 season.The Musketeers went 28-6 last season, were ranked No. 5 for the first time in history, and got a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. They were upset by Wisconsin in the second round.

  • Memphis hires Tubby Smith as Tigers' new basketball coach

    April 14, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis is turning to Tubby Smith to get the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament, something the veteran coach already has done at five other schools.Smith shares those goals.And he has plans for much more.''The sky's the limit for this program,'' Smith said Thursday at his introductory press conference. ''We want to take it to championship-caliber play.''

  • Mutombo's nephew signs to play basketball at Florida State

    April 13, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Mfiondu Kabengele, the nephew of former NBA standout Dikembe Mutombo, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Florida State.Kabengele, a 6-foot-9 forward from Burlington, Ontario, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds this past season at Don Bosco Prep in Crown Point, Indiana. He also had offers from Wisconsin, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Boston College.

  • Utah center Jakob Poeltl declares for NBA draft

    April 13, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak believes Jakob Poeltl is the perfect example of why many college players should buck the one-and-done trend and return for their sophomore seasons.The Utah center announced Wednesday that he is leaving school to enter the NBA draft after a spectacular second year in which he improved his game in virtually every way.

  • Australian Vasiljevic signs to play basketball for Miami

    April 13, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Australian guard Dejan Vasiljevic has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Miami Hurricanes.The 6-foot-2 Vasiljevic was born in Canada but grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has extensive international experience. He has played in the FIBA World Championships the past three years and was named to the all-tournament team in 2014.

  • Alabama hires John Pelphrey as associate head coach

    April 13, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has hired former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey as associate head coach.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced the hiring on Wednesday. Pelphrey was head coach at South Alabama from 2002-07 before spending four years leading the Razorbacks program.

  • Hall of Famer Lynn Swann named athletic director at USC

    April 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lynn Swann is the next Southern California football great to get the chance to run the Trojans' athletic department.The Pro Football Hall of Famer was named USC's athletic director on Wednesday.USC President Max Nikias announced the appointment of the former Trojans receiver, who will succeed Pat Haden on July 1.

  • Ex-Iowa State athlete sues school over response to rape case

    April 13, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) A former Iowa State University basketball player who faced a rape charge that was later dropped is suing the school, claiming its response ruined his chances of playing professional basketball.The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/23EKIjZ ) reports Bubu Palo's lawsuit accuses university officials of wrongly punishing him even after the criminal case against him was dropped. The suit also names the Iowa Board of Regents.

  • Iowa State signs prep forward Cameron Lard

    April 13, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has signed prep forward Cameron Lard to a letter of intent.Lard, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Louisiana, missed his senior season because of transfer rules. But as a junior, Lard averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds at Natchitoches Central High School.

  • Arkansas State fined, vacates win after apparel violation

    April 13, 2016

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Arkansas State has been fined ,000 by the NCAA and been forced to vacate one men's basketball win after it was discovered a staff member provided more than ,000 in apparel to a player.In an infractions report posted on its website, the NCAA says the incident occurred when the former director of basketball operations allowed a player to use his ordering login - resulting in an ''excessive apparel'' order of ,165. After an unsuccessful attempt to cancel the order, the former staffer then gave the clothing to the player and didn't report the violation.

  • Utah center Jakob Poeltl declares for NBA draft.

    April 13, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah center Jakob Poeltl is leaving school to enter the NBA draft.He made his plans known Wednesday during a news conference at the Utah basketball practice facility.Poeltl was named a second-team All-American and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 with 17.2 points per game, No. 4 with 9.1 rebounds per game and No. 1 with a 64.6 shooting percentage.

  • Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger hires son as assistant

    April 13, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has added his son to his coaching staff.Kevin Kruger, 32, returns to Norman after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Northern Arizona. Before that, he was a graduate assistant for the Sooners during the 2013-14 season.

  • Michigan State's Deyonta Davis enters NBA draft after 1 year

    April 12, 2016

    Deyonta Davis is entering NBA draft after one season at Michigan State.The school announced his decision Tuesday.Davis is projected to be a first-round pick. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward scored 7.5 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game as a key player on a balanced team. Davis averaged nearly two blocks a game and finished with 64, setting a freshman mark at the school and ranking second for a single season by any player for the Spartans.

  • Arkansas' Kingsley enters NBA draft, won't hire agent

    April 12, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas junior Moses Kingsley says he will enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of his return to the Razorbacks.Kingsley, a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria, was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this season, averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his first season as a starter. He also averaged 2.4 blocks per game and shot 54.8 percent from the field.

  • University at Buffalo puts 'Buffalo' back on its logo

    April 12, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Step aside, ''New York.'' The name ''Buffalo'' is reclaiming its place of prominence in the University at Buffalo Bulls sports teams' logo.The change was announced Tuesday as part of a school-wide rebranding initiative, and ends a three-year experiment during which the Bulls attempted to market themselves as a ''New York State'' program.

  • Durant leads Thunder past Lakers in Bryant's last road game

    April 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by halftime to help the Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-79 on Monday night in the final road game of Kobe Bryant's 20-year career.Kobe looked vintage in the first quarter with 13 points, but he went scoreless the rest of the way.

  • Highly touted hoops recruit Josh Jackson commits to Kansas

    April 11, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Highly touted recruit Josh Jackson has committed to playing basketball at Kansas next season.Jackson announced his decision Monday night on Twitter.He can sign a letter of intent as soon as Wednesday. The Detroit native attends Prolific Prep Academy in California

  • Maryland's Stone to sign agent, Trimble declares for draft

    April 11, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent while sophomore point guard Melo Trimble will declare but not hire an agent, the school announced Monday.The 6-foot-3 Trimble averaged a team-high 14.8 points and 4.9 assists last season for the Terrapins, who went 27-9 and reached the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals for the first time since 2003. Trimble averaged 15.5 points over the last two seasons.

  • Oakland University agrees to 3-year, 4K deal with Kampe

    April 11, 2016

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Oakland University has agreed to terms on a three-year, 4,000 contract extension with basketball coach Greg Kampe.The school in suburban Detroit announced Monday night it had reached a deal with Kampe, keeping him under contract through the 2019-20 season. He will make 5,000 next season in the last year of his previous contract.

  • Jay Young hired as assistant basketball coach at Rutgers

    April 11, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Steve Pikiell has gone back to his ties at Stony Brook and hired long-time assistant Jay Young as an assistant coach at Rutgers.Young spent 11 seasons working as an assistant on Pikiell's Stony Brook staff, including the last seven as associate head coach.

  • Duke freshman guard Derryck Thornton to transfer

    April 10, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says freshman guard Derryck Thornton is transferring.Thornton said in a statement issued Sunday by the school that he wants to play closer to his California home.School officials say Thornton is leaving in good academic standing.

  • Nevada hires embattled ex-UC Berkeley assistant coach

    April 9, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A University of California, Berkeley assistant basketball coach who resigned following a reporter's sexual harassment allegations has been hired by another Division I team.The University of Nevada, Reno said Friday it has hired Yann Hufnagel as assistant coach for the Wolf Pack.

  • Nevada hires former Cal assistant Yann Hufnagel

    April 9, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Nevada has hired former California assistant coach Yann Hufnagel as an assistant.The school announced the hiring Friday, a day after Hufnagel resigned from Cal amid allegations of sexual harassment from a reporter.''I'm back doing what I love ... coaching basketball!'' Martin posted Friday on Twitter,

  • Stony Brook hires Ohio State's Boals as basketball coach

    April 9, 2016

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Stony Brook, coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance, hired Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as its basketball coach Saturday.Boals succeeds Steve Pikiell, who left for Rutgers after leading the Seawolves to the NCAAs. Stony Brook lost to Kentucky in the first round.

  • Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

    April 8, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hundreds of cheering fans are lining streets in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate Villanova's NCAA championship.Friday's parade is taking the winners of the men's basketball tournament, the school band and cheerleaders along five downtown blocks before ending at City Hall for a rally.

  • Former So. Miss coach Tyndall hit with 10-year show cause

    April 8, 2016

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) The NCAA announced a 10-year show-cause order Friday for former Southern Mississippi basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, listing a series of infractions that included directing his staff to get recruits eligible to play by doing their coursework for them, using a fabricated document to cover up questionable financial transactions and trying to hide potential evidence.

  • Iowa St point guard Monte Morris to return for senior season

    April 8, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State point guard Monte Morris said Friday he is returning for his senior season.Morris led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman and sophomore, and last season he set career highs with 13.9 points and four rebounds per game. Morris also broke the school record with 6.9 assists per game, a mark formerly held by longtime NBA star Jeff Hornacek.

  • Iowa St PG Monte Morris to return for senior season

    April 8, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State point guard Monte Morris says he's returning for his senior season.Morris led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman and sophomore, and last season he set career highs with 13.9 points and four rebounds per game. Morris also broke the school record with 6.9 assists per game, a mark formerly held by longtime NBA star Jeff Hornacek.

  • AP source: Georgia Tech reaches agreement to hire Pastner

    April 8, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech has reached an agreement with Josh Pastner to become Georgia Tech's next men's basketball coach, said a person familiar with the negotiations.The former Memphis coach will replace Brian Gregory. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.

  • It's parade day in Philadelphia for NCAA champion Villanova

    April 8, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) After a seven-year drought, Philadelphia is getting another chance to celebrate a championship season.The city is throwing a parade and hosting a rally Friday for the Wildcats of Villanova University.The parade route will take the winners of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the school band and cheerleaders along five downtown blocks before ending at City Hall.

  • Milwaukee hires Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan as coach

    April 7, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has hired Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan as its new basketball coach.Jordan replaces Rob Jeter, who was fired last month. Milwaukee announced Jordan's hiring on Thursday night.Jordan spent the last six seasons as a Michigan assistant under coach John Beilein. He helped the Wolverines to five NCAA Tournament berths, including a national runner-up finish in 2013.

  • UC Berkeley assistant coach resigns after allegations

    April 7, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) A University of California, Berkeley assistant basketball coach resigned Thursday after sexual harassment allegations from a reporter, dropping his appeal of the school's attempt to fire him.Yann Hufnagel's resignation came a day before the results of the review were to be released and amid an outcry over the university's handling of sexual harassment claims against high-profile officials.

  • Hawaii guard Aaron Valdes to turn professional

    April 7, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii junior guard Aaron Valdes said Thursday he is giving up his final year of eligibility to turn professional.Valdes, from Whittier, California, averaged 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. He was selected the Big West Conference Tournament's MVP after averaging 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in the Rainbow Warriors' three victories.

  • Lottich succeeds Drew as basketball coach at Valparaiso

    April 7, 2016

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Valparaiso has a men's basketball coach not named Drew for the first time since 1988.The university announced Thursday that it had promoted assistant coach Matt Lottich to succeed Bryce Drew, who was introduced a day earlier as the head coach at Vanderbilt after coaching the Crusaders, following in his father's and brother's footsteps.

  • Matt Lottich succeeds Drew as basketball coach at Valparaiso

    April 7, 2016

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Valparaiso assistant basketball coach Matt Lottich has named Thursday to succeed Bryce Drew, who accepted the head coaching job at Vanderbilt.Lottich, a Crusaders assistant the past three seasons, becomes the first basketball coach at Valparaiso since 1988 without the last name Drew. Homer Drew coached the Crusaders for 14 seasons before retiring in 2002 and being replaced by his son, Scott.

  • UNC reserve Kenny Williams III recovering from knee surgery

    April 7, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina reserve Kenny Williams III is recovering from knee surgery.The school said in a news release that the freshman had surgery Thursday at UNC Hospitals to repair torn meniscus in his right knee.Williams played in 30 games in largely spot duty. The Midlothian, Virginia native is expected to miss 6-8 weeks of basketball activity, but should be fully recovered ahead of preseason practice.

  • Maryland junior Robert Carter enters name in NBA draft

    April 7, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.The school said Thursday he intends to sign with an agent.Carter played one season with the Terrapins after transferring from Georgia Tech. He averaged 12.3 points, shot 55 percent and led the Terrapins with 6.9 rebounds a game.

  • Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis declares for NBA draft

    April 7, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga sophomore Domantas Sabonis will skip the rest of his college career and has declared for the NBA draft.Sabonis, 19, said Thursday that he is exploring his future options without hiring an agent at this time.The son of former NBA star Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas is Gonzaga's all-time leader in career field goal percentage at .632.

  • Thomas Bryant to return for sophomore season at Indiana

    April 7, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana center Thomas Bryant will return for his sophomore season and not declare for the NBA draft.The Hoosiers announced his decision Thursday.The 6-foot-10 Bryant averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds and led the Big Ten Conference during the regular season by shooting 68.3 percent from the field. In the NCAA Tournament, he averaged 14.7 points in three games and had 19 points and five boards in a win over Kentucky.

  • Syracuse reserve center Chinonso Obokoh transferring

    April 7, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Reserve Syracuse center Chinonso Obokoh has decided to transfer, following the lead of sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph.The 6-foot-9 Obokoh logged just 67 minutes in 11 games this past season and had 12 points and 18 rebounds. The 22-year-old Nigerian announced his decision in a statement and will have at least one year of eligibility remaining after graduating in May one year ahead of his class.

  • Iowa puts walk-on Nicholas Baer on scholarship

    April 7, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa walk-on Nicholas Baer has been awarded a scholarship by coach Fran McCaffery.Baer, who redshirted in 2014-15, was the most surprising player on Iowa's roster. He broke through a deep class of fellow freshmen, all of whom were on scholarship, and averaged nearly five points a game. Baer scored 15 points in the Hawkeyes' last game, an 87-68 NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national champion Villanova.

  • Virginia Tech grants sophomore guard Jalen Hudson release

    April 6, 2016

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech says sophomore shooting guard Jalen Hudson has asked for, and been granted, his release from the program.Coach Buzz Williams made the announcement Wednesday night.Hudson appeared in 67 games in two seasons, including 27 starts. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds this season, and at times showed potent scoring ability. He scored 23 points in a victory against N.C. State, 27 points in a loss to Louisville and 28 in the Hokies' NIT victory against Princeton.

  • Bryce Drew wants to be 1st to take Vanderbilt to Final 4

    April 6, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Bryce Drew has had a lot of opportunities to leave his alma mater Valparaiso over the past five seasons.He believes Vanderbilt offers everything he wants out of a program.The biggest is the chance to win a national championship.

  • Former UConn star Marshall to coach Central Connecticut

    April 6, 2016

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Former UConn basketball player Donyell Marshall has been hired as head coach at Central Connecticut.Marshall replaces Howie Dickenman, who retired following a 4-25 season, his 20th season at the school.Central officials said they would introduce Marshall at a news conference on Thursday.

  • Obama congratulates Villanova after 'exciting' NCAA victory

    April 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is congratulating the Villanova Wildcats for their victory in what he calls a ''particularly exciting championship game.''Obama called head coach Jay Wright on Wednesday following his team's victory in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday. The White House says Obama pointed out that the victory came at the end of ''an impressive year for the team.'' Obama also invited the whole team to the White House for a ceremony honoring their victory.

  • Former Iowa star Murray Wier dies at 89

    April 6, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Murray Wier, the first Iowa basketball player to be named a first-team All-American, died Wednesday in Georgetown, Texas. He was 89.The Ramsey Funeral Home, which confirmed Wier's passing and is handling the funeral arrangements, says the cause of death is not yet known.

  • Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis says he'll enter NBA draft

    April 6, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The exodus of Kentucky players heading to the NBA continued on Wednesday with point guard Tyler Ulis becoming the third Wildcat in the past week to announce his intention to turn pro.''I feel like this is my time,'' Ulis said during a news conference, adding that he plans to sign with an agent.

  • Louisville announces more sanctions for men's basketball

    April 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has announced additional self-imposed sanctions on its men's basketball program in the wake of an escort's allegations, reducing scholarships for the 2017-19 seasons and restricting official recruiting visits and recruiting opportunities for staff.

  • Michigan's Dawkins transferring to play for father at UCF

    April 6, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan sophomore Aubrey Dawkins is transferring to Central Florida to play for his father.Johnny Dawkins was hired as UCF's coach last month after being fired by Stanford, and now the 6-foot-6 Aubrey is set to join him. Aubrey Dawkins started 22 games in two seasons at Michigan. He averaged 6.5 points a game this season.

  • Vanderbilt: Bryce Drew is Commodores new men's hoop coach

    April 6, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt has lured Bryce Drew away from his alma mater at Valparaiso to coach the Commodores men's basketball team.The Commodores announced the hiring Wednesday with a series of tweets on their Twitter account starting with video of their mascot welcoming Drew at the airport. That was followed by a photo of Drew with athletic director David Williams and then a post asking fans to welcome their new coach.

  • Grayson Allen to return to Duke for junior season

    April 6, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke guard Grayson Allen returning to school for his junior season.Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Allen's decision Wednesday.Allen said in a statement he discussed the decision with his parents, ''I had the feeling that it was right.'' He says he built relationships with his teammates and ''coming back next season to play with them is important to me.''

  • Column: Through the pain, Tar Heels show they're winners too

    April 6, 2016

    The difference between winning and losing was so small. The pain and hurt from being on the wrong side was so big.It was almost too much for Roy Williams and his North Carolina players to comprehend, or at least to put into words. They tried because they had no choice and, besides, that's what real champions are supposed to do.

  • Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes to get feedback on draft prospects

    April 5, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes will submit his name to the NBA draft advisory committee to determine his future.Hayes will decide on whether he wants to submit his name for the draft after receiving the recommendation, coach Greg Gard said Tuesday.

  • Florida State's Rathan-Mayes to enter NBA draft

    April 5, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State sophomore Xavier Rathan-Mayes will enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent.The 6-foot-4 guard is taking advantage of a rule where he can attend team workouts and the pre-draft combine to assess his prospects without losing eligibility. The deadline to withdraw and return to school is May 25.

  • Coach Dave Loos returning as Austin Peay coach

    April 5, 2016

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dave Loos, who led Austin Peay's run through the Ohio Valley Conference tournament to earning an NCAA Tournament berth, will be back as the Governors coach next season.Athletic director Ryan Ivey announced Loos' return Tuesday.

  • Vandy sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV entering NBA draft

    April 5, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV is foregoing his final two years of eligibility at Vanderbilt and entering the NBA Draft.Baldwin announced his decision Tuesday in a statement released through the school.The 6-foot-3, 194-pound guard averaged more assists as a freshman or sophomore than anyone in Vanderbilt history, and the 4.81 assists per game he averaged in his career is second all-time only to Jan van Breda Kolff who averaged 5.38 in his career.

  • Oakland's Felder declares for draft, has not hired agent

    April 5, 2016

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Oakland University star Kay Felder has declared for the NBA draft.Felder said in a statement Tuesday that he has not hired an agent and will keep his options open. He led the nation with 9.2 assists per game this season as a junior, and the 5-foot-9 Felder was fourth in scoring at 24.2 points per game.

  • Terry Porter introduced as new Portland Pilots coach

    April 5, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Former NBA player and coach Terry Porter has been formally introduced as the new coach at the University of Portland.The Pilots announced Porter as the team's new head coach late last week, but some 500 fans greeted him on Tuesday at a press conference on the court at the Chiles Center.

  • Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson declares for NBA draft

    April 5, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson has decided to enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.Ellenson announced his decision on Tuesday on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.The decision was expected, especially after the 6-foot-11 forward won Big East freshman of the year honors for scoring a team-high 17 points a game for the Golden Eagles. He set school records for scoring and rebounding for a freshman.

  • Tar Heels begin moving forward after falling short of title

    April 5, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina started the year with a No. 1 ranking, swept the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles and battled to the final Monday night of the season to play for the national championship.The Tar Heels fell one heart-breaking shot short.

  • Syracuse guard Kaleb Joseph transferring

    April 5, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse guard Kaleb Joseph, relegated to the bench for most of his sophomore season, is transferring, according to coach Jim Boeheim.Barry Connors of Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, Joseph's high school coach, said Joseph had not yet made a decision on a new school.

  • Columbia hires Jim Engles as new basketball coach

    April 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Columbia has hired Jim Engles as its men's basketball coach.Engles returned to Columbia after spending eight years as the head coach of NJIT. Over the past six seasons at the school he went 100-88, including consecutive 20-win seasons. Prior to leading the Highlanders, he was an assistant at Columbia from 2003-08.

  • UNC's Berry on crutches with foot injury after Final Four

    April 5, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II has a foot injury he suffered in Monday's loss to Villanova in the NCAA championship game.Berry was on crutches with his left foot in a protective boot due to an injury when the team returned to campus on Tuesday. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Berry woke up in pain Tuesday morning with what is believed to be a sprained foot, and will undergo further evaluation.

  • Jenkins becomes latest on list of last-second NCAA greats

    April 5, 2016

    On its own, Kris Jenkins' 3-point shot to win the national championship for Villanova wasn't all that out of the ordinary.In an era when Steph Curry has made 35-foot jump shots seemingly commonplace, Jenkins' twenty-something-footer was relatively normal.

  • Purdue's Edwards declares for NBA draft without agent

    April 5, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue sophomore Vince Edwards will enter the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.The decision announced Tuesday allows Edwards to attend team workouts beginning April 26 and compete at the NBA Draft Combine from May 10-15 in Chicago, if he's invited. It also gives Edwards the flexibility to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school without losing his eligibility.

  • Kentucky's Skal Labissiere announces plan to enter NBA draft

    April 5, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has announced that freshman Skal Labissiere will enter the NBA draft, the second Wildcat in the past four days to announce he will turn pro.The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Haitian's announcement follows Jamal Murray's decision on Friday. The school said in a release Tuesday that Labissiere will hire an agent.

  • Classes off, party on: a Philly bash for champion Villanova

    April 5, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Once Villanova's band stopped playing its fight song, Jay Wright took over as pep rally conductor.''Just for the hell of it, let's do it,'' he exhorted to nearly 2,000 fans.''When I say, Nova, you say, `Nation!''''Nova!''''Nation!'' they screamed back at the head coach.

  • NCAA champ Villanova will get Friday parade in Philadelphia

    April 5, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova will get a championship parade Friday in Philadelphia.But for now, classes are off, and the party is on.Students and fans will welcome home the national champions Tuesday afternoon at the campus football stadium. The Wildcats are scheduled to arrive around 5 p.m.

  • Villanova cancels classes after NCAA basketball victory

    April 5, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova University has canceled classes Tuesday as students celebrate the men's basketball team's first NCAA championship title since 1985.Police say six people were arrested and 25 people were injured after Kris Jenkins 3-pointer in the final seconds of the title game Monday night propelled the Wildcats over the North Carolina 77-74.

  • 1 good shot deserves another, and Villanova comes out on top

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Some plays you can't draw up. Other plays you can.The double-clutch 3-pointer North Carolina's Marcus Paige made came right off a playground. It might go down as college basketball's most spectacular footnote ever.The buzzer-beating 3 that Villanova's Kris Jenkins poured in on top of that was the result of months, even years, of practice making perfect. It might go down as the sport's most memorable game-winner.

  • A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NCAA Tournament started on March 15 with Florida Gulf Coast handing Fairleigh Dickinson a 96-65 beatdown.It ended three weeks later with a game that will be talked about for decades - Villanova's 77-74 victory over North Carolina on Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • With sacrifice of 2 families, Jenkins becomes national champ

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) It took two families and lots of sacrifice to get Kris Jenkins to Villanova. That was the difficult part. Making one of the biggest shots in college basketball history was easy by comparison.With both of his families in the house - the one that took him in and provided the stability he needed, and the one that realized that what they could give him might not be what he needed most - Jenkins dropped in a 3-pointer at horn Monday night to give the Wildcats their first national championship since 1985. The 77-74 victory against North Carolina also gave Jenkins bragging rights for life over his brother, Tar Heels guard Nate Britt.

  • Williams and Tar Heels stunned by last-second loss to 'Nova

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Roy Williams cried.He felt powerless - not a feeling to which he's accustomed.He told his North Carolina players that if they did what he asked in the final minutes of the national championship they'd have a chance to beat Villanova.''I just didn't go guard Kris,'' Williams said of Kris Jenkins, who hit the game-winning 3 at the buzzer to give Villanova the 77-74 victory.

  • Jay Wright gets his first national championship with 'Nova

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Jay Wright may still be the best dressed coach in college basketball. Now he has a national championship to go with those expensive suits.Not since Jim Valvano ran around looking for someone to hug has a coach had an ending to a season like this.

  • Arcidiacono grew up Villanova fan, becomes Final Four MVP

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Ryan Arcidiacono grew up outside Philadelphia as a Villanova fan, and then played more games than anyone else ever has for the Wildcats.In his 144th and last game for Villanova, with his last pass, he became a national champion and a Final Four MVP.

  • Villanova tops Carolina 77-74 on Jenkins' buzzer-beater

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Kris Jenkins is one of those players who believes every shot is going in.Sometimes, it feels so right to be right.The Villanova junior answered a double-clutch, game-tying 3-pointer by North Carolina's Marcus Paige with a buzzer-beating 3 of his own Monday night to lift the Wildcats to a 77-74 victory and the national championship.

  • The Latest: Jenkins beats buzzer and UNC for national title

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):10:30 p.m.The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the great NCAA title games of all time.

  • The Latest: Nova-UNC headed for fantastic finish

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):10:23 p.m.The Villanova lead is down to one. It was 10 with 5:29 left, but some missed free throws by the Wildcats, a turnover and some big shots by UNC - especially Marcus Paige's 3 - have the Tar Heels back in it with a minute left.

  • The Latest: Heels surge as title game tightens down stretch

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):10:14 p.m.Here comes North Carolina! The Tar Heels have pushed back within 69-64, with Joel Berry II's 3 giving UNC a big boost.

  • The Latest: Heels championship game streak in jeopardy

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):10:08 p.m.North Carolina's championship winning streak is in jeopardy.Going into tonight, the Tar Heels had won in their last four national championship game appearances - in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.

  • The Latest: Villanova's 2nd title in sight; Can 'Cats close?

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):10:03 p.m.Only 307 days until another major championship event at NGR Stadium.Even before tipoff of the NCAA championship game Monday, the local Fox TV station had a graphic on the bottom of the screen with a countdown to the Super Bowl. That game will be played in Houston next February, and broadcast by Fox.

  • The Latest: Villanova takes largest lead against N Carolina

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:559:56 p.m.Villanova has not quite taken control, but the Wildcats did take their largest lead of the game. Two straight mid-range jumpers by Ryan Arcidiacono had Villanova up 55-48.

  • The Latest: Villanova takes lead and Paige goes to UNC bench

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:45 p.m.Villanova's Mikal Bridges flew down the base line for a dunk and for the seventh time the NCAA championship game was tied.

  • The Latest: UNC starts shaky, but still leads early in 2nd

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:37 p.m.North Carolina has two turnovers and three misses, including Kennedy Meeks' blown layup in the first four minutes of the second half. Villanova has taken a couple of points off the halftime lead and it is 43-40, Tar Heels.

  • The Latest: Second half under way with UNC leading 'Nova

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:30 p.m.Let's see if the NCAA championship game stays close in the second half.At least the first half was tight after a pair of semifinal games that weren't that close. North Carolina and Villanova have already had eight lead changes, along with six ties.

  • The Latest: Not so shining halftime show at NCAA final

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:20 p.m.''One Shining Moment'' inside NRG stadium at halftime of NCAA championship - minus the video. Sort of.David Barrett, the composer of the piece that has been part of NCAA Tournament broadcasts for 30 years, was on the court to play the prelude to the song during halftime. The piano solo took a lot of the juice out of the building after a great first half of basketball between North Carolina and Villanova.

  • The Latest: N Carolina up 39-34 at half of championship game

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):9:10 p.m.The final game of the Final Four has been fabulous so far. At the half it is North Carolina 39, Villanova 34.North Carolina is 26-4 with leading at halftime this season. Villanova is 1-4 this season, when trailing at the half. This is the first time the Wildcats have been behind at the break during the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: North Carolina knocking down 3s, takes lead

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:58 p.m.North Carolina is shooting 31.7 percent from 3-point range from the season, ranking 290th in the nation. The Tar Heels are 6 of 8 on 3-pointers in the NCAA championship game.

  • The Latest: Getting physical between 'Nova, North Carolina

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:43 p.m.Maybe incidental contact, but sign of some physical play.A referee stepped in between North Carolina's Justin Jackson and Villanova's Josh Hart after Hart wound up on the floor following a made basket by the Wildcats. The two were tangled while waiting for a possible rebound, when Jackson slung his body around and knocked Hart down.

  • The Latest: Fouls send Nova's Jenkins to bench; Britt in

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:37 p.m.Villanova's depth is going to get tested early. Kris Jenkins, the Wildcats' second leading scorer, picked up two fouls in the first five minutes and went the bench. Moments later, Jenkins' brother, Nate Britt, entered the game for North Carolina. The brothers have not yet been on the court at the same time.

  • The Latest: Nova-UNC trade hoops early in title game

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:30 p.m.At the first TV timeout, the national championship game is tied at 7.Ryan Archidiancono already has five points for Villanova, and followed his 3-pointer with a steal before missing another 3. The first timeout came after Villanova's second foul at the 15:41 mark. The Wildcats had only two fouls in the entire first half in their semifinal win against Oklahoma.

  • The Latest: Title game starts with UNC's Berry hitting 3

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:25 p.m.The first basket of the national championship game is scored by Joel Berry II, who hit a 3 less than two minutes in.

  • The Latest: MJ, Rollie in house to root on North Carolina

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):8:15 p.m.What a performance of the national anthem, with fireworks going off overhead.Petty Officer First Class General Wilson, a retired sailor, sang before the NCAA championship game.

  • The Latest: North Carolina, Villanova roll into title game

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Villanova and North Carolina (all times local):7:52 p.m.A lot of Villanova students made the 1,500-mile journey from Philadelphia to Houston for the Wildcats' first NCAA championship game since 1985.

  • Arizona guard Allonzo Trier returning for sophomore season

    April 4, 2016

    Allonzo Trier followed the talented footsteps of freshmen Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson into Arizona's McKale Center.He won't be following them to the NBA just yet.Arizona announced Monday that Trier is returning for his sophomore season, setting up the Wildcats for one of the nation's top backcourts next season.

  • North Carolina vs. Villanova for NCAA Tournament title

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) North Carolina and Villanova roll into the NCAA Tournament championship game, averaging a combined 20 points per victory so far.Tipoff at NRG Stadium in Houston is set for 8:19 CDT on Monday night. The Tar Heels are looking for their sixth national championship, and third since coach Roy Williams took over in 2003-04. North Carolina is in the championship game for the 10th time.

  • UAB elevates Rob Ehsan to become men's basketball coach

    April 4, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB's nine-day search for a head men's basketball coach ended with the promotion of assistant Robert Ehsan.Blazers athletic director Mark Ingram announced on Monday that associate head coach Ehsan would replace Jerod Haase. Ehsan, 33, will be formally introduced on Tuesday.

  • Minnesota guard to transfer after sex video suspension

    April 4, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Dorsey, one of three Minnesota guards suspended at the end of the season after a sex video appeared briefly on social media, will transfer to another school.Dorsey and teammates Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended for the final four games of the season after a sex video appeared on Dorsey's Twitter account. They missed the final three games of the regular season and Minnesota's lone game in the Big Ten tournament, putting a dispiriting cap on a season in which the team went 2-16 in the Big Ten.

  • Deal would reduce charge, let Illinois' Black avoid jail

    April 4, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Prosecutors and an attorney for Illinois basketball player Leron Black have agreed to a deal that would place him in a diversionary program and potentially see his felony aggravated assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid jail time, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Monday.

  • South Carolina dismisses suspended players Gregory, Cobb

    April 4, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Suspended South Carolina players Jamall Gregory and Eric Cobb have been dismissed from the Gamecocks men's basketball program.Coach Frank Martin said Monday announced the decision on Monday.The reserves had been arrested in March and charged with misdemeanors for shooting a BB pellet gun. Cobb, a 6-foot-9 forward, was charged with assault for firing at an occupied car. Gregory, a 6-2 guard, was charged with four counts of property crimes.

  • Former Badgers player Joe Krabbenhoft back as assistant

    April 4, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin has hired Joe Krabbenhoft as an assistant coach, bringing a former player back to the Badgers.He returns to Madison to join the staff of Greg Gard, who was an assistant when Krabbenhoft was a Wisconsin player from 2005-09. Gard described his new assistant as a fierce competitor who played with toughness and fearlessness.

  • Iverson, O'Neal and Yao lead group elected into Hall of Fame

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Despite being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, Allen Iverson knows he still won't be able to shake his infamous rant about practice.''I'm in the Hall of Fame and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or whatever and somebody will say to me: `Practice? We talking about practice,''' he said with a laugh, adding that even his children mock him for the 2002 news conference in which he repeated the phrase about 20 times. ''Man, I am a Hall of Famer and that's all you can think about - me saying practice.''

  • Former Indiana Hoosiers star Archie Dees dies at age 80

    April 4, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Archie Dees never strayed far from his Indiana roots.After starring on the basketball court at Indiana, he made Bloomington his home and continued to advise players almost half a century after he graduated.On Monday morning, the Hoosiers lost one of their biggest former stars when Dees, the first two-time Big Ten Conference MVP, died at the age of 80. His daughter, Lori Dees Johnson, announced the death on her Facebook account. School officials confirmed it and issued a statement from coach Tom Crean.

  • Duke's Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft after 1 season

    April 4, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Brandon Ingram has made it official - he's the latest Duke one-and-done player.The freshman announced the expected move Monday in a first-person story posted on The Players' Tribune website. Duke spokesman Cory Walton said Ingram is hiring an agent, which means he will not be returning to school.

  • Iverson, O'Neal and Yao lead group inducted in Hall of Fame

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Izzo, Sheryl Swoopes, Yao Ming and Jerry Reinsdorf have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.The announcement was made in Houston in advance of Monday night's NCAA Tournament championship game between Villanova and North Carolina.

  • Wright State hires South Dakota State basketball coach

    April 4, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wright State has hired South Dakota State's Scott Nagy as its basketball coach.The Ohio school said Monday he will succeed Billy Donlon, a former Horizon Conference coach of the year who was fired after six seasons.Nagy has led South Dakota State to the NCAA Tournament three of the last five seasons. This season he led the Jackrabbits to a 26-8 record and a Summit League Tournament championship.

  • One-hit wonder: Rare 'Year of the Senior' comes to a close

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The ''One and Dones'' didn't get anywhere near the Final Four this season. Instead, this will be remembered as the year when patience was rewarded.The projected top two picks of the upcoming NBA draft, freshmen Brandon Ingram of Duke and Ben Simmons of LSU, were warming up the couch for Monday night's title game between North Carolina and Villanova - two teams that, quite fittingly, got where they are with a locker room full of seniors.

  • Brotherly battle between Jenkins, Britt for national title

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Kris Jenkins and Nate Britt, brothers in every way except blood, are giving each other the silent treatment for about 48 hours.Maybe they will exchange a ''good luck'' or a fist bump before Jenkins and Villanova (34-5) face Britt and North Carolina (33-6) on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament championship game. Otherwise, ''Nah,'' Jenkins said, ''no talking.''

  • Roy Williams could join coaching royalty with another title

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) North Carolina is one win from a sixth national championship. Roy Williams is one win from joining coaching royalty.Only five men have won more than two national championships. All are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and immediately recognizable to college basketball fans.

  • Syracuse's Boeheim scoffs at idea that it was rough season

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Jim Boeheim quickly scoffed at what has become an almost-constant suggestion - that it was a rough season for the Syracuse coach who has been associated with the school for more than a half-century.''I'm happier now at the end of this year than any time I've ever coached,'' said Boeheim, who was a Syracuse player and assistant coach before being promoted to head coach 40 years ago Sunday. ''I'm really not that tired. I had 30 days off. So, shoot, I could probably go another 30.''

  • Correction: Final Four-Syracuse story

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) In a story April 2 about Syracuse losing in the Final Four, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years Jim Boeheim has been head coach. Boeheim finished his 40th season, not 39th season.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Sooners look to regroup after bad loss in Hield's last game

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma's wonderful season ended with a thud.Embarrassed by a 44-point loss to Villanova in the Final Four, the Sooners are left to figure out what's next.''Disappointed these guys today have this feeling, but not disappointed in this group for what they've accomplished,'' coach Lon Kruger said. ''They've been outstanding. I'm very proud of them. They've changed the culture of basketball at the University of Oklahoma and they will have an effect on the program for a lot of years ahead.''

  • Duke: Coach K recovering from knee replacement surgery

    April 3, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is recovering from knee replacement surgery.Krzyzewski had surgery at Duke University Hospital on Sunday morning. The school said in a news release that the 69-year-old coach could be released within three days and will begin a rehabilitation program.

  • Shooting from the hip: Curry's impact felt in March Madness

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Though he moved on to the NBA long ago, March Madness is also Steph Curry's world now.Whether it was the Villanova kid swishing a 40-footer just because he could, or the Northern Iowa guard sinking the half-court buzzer-beater when he had to, reminders of Curry, who burst onto the college scene with double-digit Davidson and has now turned the Warriors into NBA champions, have been stamped all over this year's NCAA Tournament.

  • Hield gets another player of year trophy after Final 4 loss

    April 3, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield has won the James A. Naismith Trophy as the nation's top college player.The award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club was announced Sunday, a day after Hield was held to nine points in the Sooners' 95-51 loss to Villanova in a national semifinal game.

  • North Carolina looks for 6th NCAA title against Villanova

    April 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than North Carolina's.

  • NCAA trying to bring clarity to academic misconduct cases

    April 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Soon after Syracuse or North Carolina - two schools that have been entangled in academic misconduct issues - plays for the national championship, the NCAA Division I council is likely to approve the first changes in 33 years to the way the association regulates classroom improprieties.

  • What to watch for in Saturday's national semifinals

    April 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Some things to watch for Saturday when Oklahoma meets Villanova and North Carolina faces Syracuse in the national semifinals at NRG Stadium:MEET AGAIN: Rematches are far from rare in the Final Four but these four teams have three games between them this season.

  • WWE's WrestleMania looks to upstage NCAA Final Four in Texas

    April 2, 2016

    WWE bills WrestleMania as its Super Bowl.WrestleMania is always the biggest, baddest fight night of the year - and on Sunday, maybe of all time.Forget the Final Four. The true extravaganza this weekend in Texas is WrestleMania.WWE is headed to a stadium worthy of a Super Bowl, and has lofty expectations of stuffing 100,000 fans inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

  • Portland Pilots hire Terry Porter as basketball coach

    April 2, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The University of Portland has hired veteran NBA player and coach Terry Porter as its new head basketball coach.Porter will be introduced as the team's coach at a campus event on Tuesday, the school announced Friday night.''I have been blessed to coach at the highest level in the NBA, but college has always intrigued me because of the impact that my college coach, Dick Bennett, has had on my life,'' Porter said in a statement.

  • Oklahoma assistant Steve Henson hired as UTSA head coach

    April 1, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Steve Henson, a member of Lon Kruger's Oklahoma men's basketball coaching staff for five years, has been chosen to be the head men's basketball coach at Texas-San Antonio.In a statement Friday, UTSA said Henson will be introduced as coach of the Conference USA's Roadrunners on April 8.

  • Bolomboy, Paige lead West to 89-85 win in All-Star game

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Weber State's Joel Bolomboy had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the West to an 89-85 win over the East in the NCAA All-Star game Friday.Wichita State's Ron Baker added 14 points, and West Virginia's Jaysean Paige had 15 points for the West, which shot 43 percent, including hitting nine of 24 from behind the arc.

  • Altman on Coach K: 'I had no problem with what he did'

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oregon coach Dana Altman's message to Coach K: No apology necessary.With a week to digest the dust-up between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Oregon guard Dillon Brooks, Altman said that, sure, he wished things had gone differently, too. But he was fine with Krzyzewski's dressing down of Brooks after the game.

  • New San Francisco coach Kyle Smith seeks another turnaround

    April 1, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kyle Smith has helped struggling programs turn their fortunes around as both an assistant and head coach.After helping to lift Saint Mary's from an also-ran to a perennial power in the West Coast Conference and building Columbia into an Ivy League contender in his first job as a head coach, Smith will try to pull off a similar trick at tradition-rich San Francisco.

  • UNC, Syracuse vastly different but familiar Final Four foes

    April 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) North Carolina likes to run, and Syracuse prefers to walk.These two teams that do things very differently are also very familiar with each other, having already played twice this season.Except this isn't another ACC game. The conference rivals, with their veteran coaches who have both been here multiple times before, are playing each other in the Final Four.

  • NCAA still searching for answers to fix transfer troubles

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler had a no-drama transfer.Spangler spent his freshman year at Gonazaga, but wanted to play closer to his hometown of Ardmore, Oklahoma. After talking to Bulldogs coach Mark Few, he ended up at OU.Simple as that. Now Spangler is a senior playing in the Final Four on Saturday against Villanova. In the other semifinal, guard Michael Gbinije, who had transferred from Duke to Syracuse after his freshman year with no hassle, leads the Orange against North Carolina.

  • Stanford's Rosco Allen declares for NBA draft

    April 1, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford forward Rosco Allen has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent.The decision announced Friday leaves Allen the option of returning to school after participating in the draft combine in May. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 25.

  • Oklahoma's Lattin follows grandpa's footsteps to Final Four

    April 1, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Khadeem Lattin has always admired his grandfather, David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin.Now, he has a chance to match his grandpa's proudest accomplishment.David Lattin's name went down in the history books in 1966 as part of the first all-black starting five to win an NCAA basketball national title. His Texas Western squad defeated Kentucky's all-white starting five in a game that helped change the way black people were viewed in the country. Fifty years later, Khadeem Lattin, a starting post player for Oklahoma, will play in the national semifinals Saturday against Villanova. If the Sooners win, they would play North Carolina or Syracuse for the title on Monday.

  • Oklahoma and Villanova face the shooting woes of NRG Stadium

    April 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma is one of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams. Villanova is no slouch, either.Their numbers don't lie but neither do NRG Stadium's. That's where the Sooners and Wildcats will play their national semifinal game on Saturday and also where a lot of 3-point shots have just not gone in the basket.

  • The Latest: Williams says Paige has no love for elevators

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston on Friday, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):3:10 p.m.There is a certain time when Marcus Paige doesn't want to be around all of his North Carolina teammates.

  • The Latest: Gonzaga coach says NCAA admits Sweet 16 error

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston on Friday, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):2:30 p.m.For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse.Coach Mark Few tells The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16.

  • Timeline: NCAA calls Zags coach to admit officiating error

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse.Coach Mark Few told The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16.

  • Gamecocks give men's coach Frank Martin 4-year extension

    April 1, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin has received a four-year contract extension and a raise after tying the Gamecocks' record for most wins in a season.Martin's new deal was approved by the school's Board of Trustees on Friday. He received a raise of 0,000 and will make .45 million next season. The contract keeps Martin at South Carolina through 2021-22. He had two years remaining on the six-year contract he signed after arriving from Kansas State following the 2011-12 season.

  • Michigan lifts transfer restrictions for Doyle, Albrecht

    April 1, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan said Friday it will no longer restrict where former basketball players Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht will transfer to.Doyle has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Albrecht has spent four years at Michigan, but he hardly played at all this season after hip surgery.

  • Former Duke AD Tom Butters, who hired Coach K, dies at 77

    April 1, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Former Duke athletic director Tom Butters has died.Duke spokesman Art Chase said Friday the family told him Butters died Thursday night at age 77. The cause of death was not announced.Butters was best known for hiring Mike Krzyzewski to coach the Blue Devils' men's basketball team in 1980. Butters stuck with Krzyzewski after consecutive 17-loss seasons and he went on to lead Duke to five national championships and set the Division I men's record with 1,040 victories.

  • The Latest: Boeheim says Gbinije his most improved player

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston on Friday, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):1:35 p.m.Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim calls senior guard Michael Gbinije the most improved player he has ever coached.

  • Kentucky guard Jamal Murray says he will enter NBA draft

    April 1, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky guard Jamal Murray will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of several Wildcats who could follow him to the pros.''It's just the right decision,'' Murray said at a Friday news conference attended by several teammates, including 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere, who is also expected to enter the draft.

  • The Latest: Wright feels Philly rallying around Villanova

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):1:10 p.m.With the 76ers mired in another bottom-of-the-NBA season, Villanova coach Jay Wright feels Philadelphia is rallying around Wildcats basketball more than usual.

  • Correction: Final Four-Emmert story

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) In a story March 31 about NCAA president Mark Emmert's comments at the Final Four, The Associated Press incorrectly characterized a new state law in North Carolina. The law excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections but is not a religious exemption law.

  • Buddy Hield wins Oscar Robertson Trophy

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Buddy Hield, who led Oklahoma to its first Final Four in 14 years, has won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the nation's top college player.Hield received 144 votes in the nationwide balloting while Denzel Valentine of Michigan State was the runner-up with 108 votes.

  • The Latest: Ochefu's solution to depth for 'Nova: dunks

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):12 p.m.Daniel Ochefu, Villanova's 6-foot-11 forward, isn't worried about shooting in the big stadium.''If I can't hit a jump hook or a dunk because the fans are further away, it's ridiculous,'' he said. ''All my shots are inside the paint. ... I don't think depth perception on the court will be a big deal for me.''

  • The Latest: Public lining up for glimpse of Final Four teams

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):11:30 a.m.Fans are lining up at NRG Stadium in Houston for a glimpse of each of the teams playing in the Final Four.

  • 'One Shining Moment' gets team-specific twist with Ne-Yo

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) ''One Shining Moment'' is getting a new Grammy-winning voice and some team-specific highlights at the end of the NCAA Final Four.The song has been the backdrop for the highlight piece to wrap up NCAA Tournaments for three decades, and the version by the late Luther Vandross will continue to be used for the national broadcast on TBS.

  • Villanova has re-invented Big East back in Final Four

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Big East is back in the Final Four, reinvented and re-establishing itself as one of the best basketball conferences in the country.The Wildcats play Oklahoma in Saturday night's first national semifinal, making Villanova the first Big East team to reach the Final Four since the conference essentially dropped major college football after the 2013 season.

  • Ex-Georgia coach Dennis Felton looking for another chance

    April 1, 2016

    When Dennis Felton left Georgia in 2009, the coaching lifer needed some time away.He had just spent six years trying to pull the cratered Bulldogs program out of the depths created by an academic fraud scandal under previous coach Jim Harrick, and the daily grind of coaching his team while being caught in a power struggle between the school president and athletic director had worn him down.

  • Before Syracuse, 3 other double-digits seeds in Final Four

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Like the three double-digit seeds that made it to the Final Four before them, the Syracuse Orange had to beat a No. 1 seed in the regional final to advance.Syracuse, the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Regional, still hasn't needed an overtime victory to keep playing like the 1986 LSU Tigers, 2006 George Mason Patriots and the 2011 VCU Rams did on their way to the Final Four.

  • Karl Hobbs leaves UConn to join Pikiell's staff at Rutgers

    March 31, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Karl Hobbs is leaving Connecticut's coaching staff to join Steve Pikiell at Rutgers.Hobbs released a statement through Connecticut on Thursday night, confirming the move.Pikiell, who worked under Hobbs for four seasons at George Washington, was named Rutgers coach last week. Pikiell and Hobbs are both former Connecticut players, team captains and long-time friends.

  • George Washington takes NIT title with 76-60 win over Valpo

    April 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) George Washington coach Mike Lonergan held his young daughter in his arms near center court at Madison Square Garden, waiting to climb a ladder and cut down the net.Now he can replace that one his buddy sent him weeks ago for good luck.

  • Double-digit not Cinderella for Syracuse; UNC last No. 1

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Syracuse would certainly love to win a national championship. As for being considered the Cinderella of this Final Four for making it as a double-digit seed, not so much.''I don't know if we look at ourselves as Cinderella. We're Syracuse,'' senior guard Trevor Cooney said Thursday. ''We're not normally a 10 seed, and I think that we've proved that through this tournament.''

  • James Madison hires alum Louis Rowe as men's hoops coach

    March 31, 2016

    HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) James Madison has hired former Dukes basketball player and assistant coach Louis Rowe to lead its men's basketball program.Athletic director Jeff Bourne announced the hiring Thursday.Rowe, 43, has never been a head coach, but spent the past season as the top assistant at Bowling Green. He also has worked as an assistant at James Madison, Rider and Florida International since starting his coaching ascension as a graduate assistant with the Dukes in 2007.

  • Emmert: North Carolina law could make NCAA turn away

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) For the second straight year, NCAA President Mark Emmert faced questions at his Final Four news conference about a state's religious exemption law that critics say allows discrimination against gays, lesbians and others.And for the second straight year, Emmert said the association is prepared to refrain from doing business in that state and others that create what it considers unwelcoming environments for student-athletes, coaches and fans.

  • 'Nova looks to show growth since 1st game against Oklahoma

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Villanova was blown out by Oklahoma in the first meeting with the Sooners this season.That doesn't worry the Wildcats as they prepare for a rematch in the national semifinals on Saturday. They're looking forward to another crack at the Sooners because of how much they've grown since that 78-55 loss on Dec. 7.

  • Purdue's Kendall Stephens plans to explore transferring

    March 31, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue junior Kendall Stephens will consider transferring to another school next season.Coach Matt Painter issued a statement Thursday, saying the 6-foot-7 swingman had been granted a release to explore his options but that the door remains open at Purdue - if Stephens wants to return for his senior season.

  • The Latest: NCAA announces referees for Final Four

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):4:40 p.m.The NCAA has announced the 10 officials selected to work the Final Four.John Higgins will officiate in his seventh Final Four, while Tom Eades and Mark Whitehead will be calling their fifth. This will be the fourth Final Four for Michael Stephens and third for Mike Eades and Terry Wymer. Roger Ayers and Jeff Clark will appear in their second Final Four while this will be the first for Brian Dorsey and Tony Padilla.

  • The Latest: UNC's Jackson expecting lots of family at semi

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):4:20 p.m.Justin Jackson is back home in Texas, but in new surroundings.While the North Carolina sophomore starter grew up only about 45 minutes from Houston in Tomball, he had never been to the NFL Houston Texans' stadium until the Tar Heels got there this week to start preparing for the Final Four. They play Syracuse on Saturday.

  • Iowa guard Andrew Fleming to transfer

    March 31, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa says freshman guard Andrew Fleming has been released from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school.Fleming averaged 2.2 points and one assist in 11 games last season. Fleming says he is seeking a ''better situation'' for his college career.

  • The Latest: UNC coach Williams says he's in good health

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):3:30 p.m.North Carolina coach Roy Williams takes umbrage to anyone who thinks he's in failing health, which is how he was portrayed in a Washington Post story last week.

  • The Latest: Gbinije could have had a title with Duke

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):3:15 p.m.Syracuse senior guard Michael Gbinije might have played an NCAA Tournament game in Houston and could have been a part of a national title last year - had he stayed at Duke.

  • Notre Dame, Texas headline 2016 Legends Classic

    March 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Notre Dame, Texas and Colorado, which all played in the NCAA Tournament, and Northwestern headline the field for the 2016 Legends Classic, which culminates at Barclays Center on Nov. 21-22.The four teams will each host two regional round games on campus before heading to the championship round.

  • 2 teams afoul of NCAA meet in Final 4 'Infraction Bowl'

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim doesn't like using the term ''clean'' to describe a college sports program, because the opposite of that would mean ''dirty.''Nothing is that black and white in the NCAA. For proof, check out the Final Four, where Boeheim's team will play North Carolina in a semifinal pitting one program serving sanctions for lack of institutional control against another that's dealing with one of the biggest academic scandals in the history of college sports - a case that could be resolved soon after the nets are cut down.

  • Ford eager to put Saint Louis back on national map

    March 31, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Travis Ford was not out of work long.The new Saint Louis coach landed on his feet quickly after getting fired at Oklahoma State on March 18, and he's just as impatient to put the Billikens on the national map.The 46-year-old Ford recognizes the Cardinals' pre-eminence in town, but said several times at a Chaifetz Arena news conference Thursday that he wanted Saint Louis to be the ''hottest ticket in town.''

  • South Carolina got told it was in - except, it wasn't

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Congratulations, you made March Madness.Oh, wait a second. Not really.The NCAA acknowledged yet another Selection Sunday foul-up, this one involving sending a text message to staff at South Carolina, notifying the Gamecocks that they had made the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: Congrats, South Carolina! Wait, not really

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):2:30 p.m.Congratulations, you made March Madness.Oh, wait a second. Not really.The NCAA acknowledged yet another Selection Sunday foul-up, this one involving sending a text message to staff at South Carolina, notifying the Gamecocks that they had made the NCAA Tournament.

  • Final 4 festivities kick off in Houston

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The last teams in the NCAA Tournament have arrived and it's time to get ready for the Final Four.Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse began preparations in Houston Thursday for two semifinal games on Saturday that will determine the teams that will play for the title.

  • Final Four festivities kick off in Houston with team

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The last teams in the NCAA Tournament have arrived and it's time to get ready for the Final Four.Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse began preparations in Houston Thursday for two semifinal games on Saturday that will determine the teams that will play for the title.

  • Oklahoma's Lattin dealing with death of grandmother

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin's grandmother died Thursday morning soon after he arrived in Houston for the Final Four.His paternal grandmother Brenda Fair had been battling lung cancer. Lattin is from Houston and had hoped that his grandmother, who also lived here, could see him play this weekend.

  • MSU's Valentine, Kansas' Self win AP player, coach of year

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The names Denzel Valentine and Buddy Hield have been virtually inseparable during college basketball's postseason.The national player of the year awards have gone to one or the other without anybody else getting any hardware.Valentine was selected Thursday as The Associated Press' Player of the Year, taking it in a close vote over Hield.

  • Kansas' Bill Self wins AP Coach of the Year

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Bill Self, who led Kansas to the No. 1 ranking in the final weekly poll and its 12th straight Big 12 title, is The Associated Press Coach of the Year.The Jayhawks (33-5) were the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost to Villanova in the regional final.

  • Michigan State's Valentine wins AP Player of the Year

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Denzel Valentine of Michigan State is The Associated Press Player of the Year, edging out Oklahoma's Buddy Hield by three votes.Valentine is the first Spartans player to win the award. He accepted the trophy Thursday in Houston.Valentine received 34 of 65 votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. Hield was the only other player to receive votes. Hield and Valentine were the only unanimous selections to the AP All-America team.

  • African refugee aces NCAA bracket picks but forgets winner

    March 31, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) James Kiki isn't sure if he'll fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket next year. He might want to.Heading into Final Four weekend, Kiki is tied for first place out of more than 500,000 entries in Yahoo's contest. That's the good news. The bad news: he has no chance to win the ,000 prize because he didn't pick a winner for the national title game.

  • Arkansas-Little Rock hires Wes Flanigan to replace Beard

    March 31, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Wes Flanigan is Arkansas-Little Rock's new basketball coach. He succeeds Chris Beard, who left last week to become UNLV's coach.Athletic director Chasse Conque announced the hiring Thursday. Flanigan spent this season as an assistant to Beard at UALR, his second stint as an assistant at the school.

  • Police: Xavier U basketball player pulled down pants at bar

    March 31, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Police in Ohio say a Xavier University basketball player has been charged with disorderly conduct for pulling down his pants at a Cincinnati bar.A police report says J.P. Macura pulled his pants down with several people present early Thursday. Police say the 20-year-old sophomore was also charged with obstructing official business for presenting a fake ID indicating he was 21 and from Tennessee.

  • Wednesday's Sports in Brief

    March 31, 2016

    PRO BASKETBALLEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell believes he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers' trust in him after the rookie guard's unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.Speaking before the team's home game against Miami, Russell apologized profusely for recording the video, saying his actions have created ''a bad vibe'' on the last-place club. He also acknowledged that the video might have imperiled Young's relationship with his fiancee, rapper Iggy Azalea.

  • A guide to the Final Four in Houston

    March 31, 2016

    March Madness lived up to its billing with all those upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances.Now that the calendar has turned to April, it's time for the main event: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Villanova and Syracuse in the Final Four.Houston, here they come - and it figures to be quite a show.

  • Jacksons lead West past East in McDonald's game

    March 31, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) One MVP is set on Duke, the other MVP is going to reveal his choice soon.Frank Jackson and Josh Jackson each scored 19 points, and the West beat the East 114-107 in the boys McDonald's All American Game on Wednesday night.Frank Jackson, who has committed to play for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, was 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Josh Jackson, who is considering Michigan State, Kansas and Arizona for his college choice, was 9-for-11 shooting.

  • Saint Louis hires Travis Ford as men's basketball coach

    March 31, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Saint Louis has hired Travis Ford to coach its men's basketball team.The school set a news conference Thursday to introduce Ford, who replaces Jim Crews.''We are going to deliver a brand of basketball that is fun, exciting, aggressive and up-tempo - one that recruits will love playing and fans will love watching,'' Ford said in a statement. ''We have a great setting to recruit to with a wonderful city, beautiful campus, terrific school and a first-class facility.''

  • Alabama players Coleman, Kessens leaving program

    March 30, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama players Justin Coleman and Michael Kessens are leaving the program.Both announced their decisions to head elsewhere on Twitter Wednesday and coach Avery Johnson later confirmed the moves in a news release.Coleman started seven games last season and led the team in assists and free throw percentage while averaging 7.8 points.

  • Jackson: Meeting with Brey, NCAA play led him to opt for NBA

    March 30, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A second straight strong run in the NCAA Tournament helped convince Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson he is ready for the next level.Jackson, who averaged 15.8 points and 4.7 assists in leading the Irish to a 24-12 record and an Elite Eight appearance, is forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft. He hasn't decided on an agent yet and plans to finish his college degree eventually.

  • McGarity believes Georgia program still growing with Fox

    March 30, 2016

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday he remains confident in coach Mark Fox after the Bulldogs missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons.The Bulldogs finished 20-14 with a second-round NIT loss to Saint Mary's. Georgia's only NCAA appearances under Fox came in 2015 and 2011.

  • Kansas forward Brannen Greene entering NBA Draft early

    March 30, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas forward Brannen Greene is skipping his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter said in a statement Wednesday he intends to hire an agent, which would preclude him from returning to school. Junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. announced the same plan Tuesday.

  • Santa Clara hopes Sendek can lift team to WCC elite

    March 30, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) At each stop in his 22-year head coaching career, Herb Sendek has built NCAA Tournament teams.After starting at Miami of Ohio and then turning around struggling programs at North Carolina State and Arizona State, Sendek faces a new challenge as head coach at Santa Clara.

  • George Washington and Valparaiso set to meet for NIT title

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A few weeks back, Mike Lonergan's buddy sent him a basketball net. The message was pure motivation: cut one down in March.With a victory over Valparaiso in the National Invitation Tournament championship game Thursday night, the George Washington coach and his posse of international players can do just that. Smack in the middle of Madison Square Garden, no less.

  • Whitt transferring from Arkansas after freshman season

    March 30, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says guard Jimmy Whitt will transfer from the school following the spring semester.Whitt played in all 32 games as a freshman for the Razorbacks (16-16), averaging 6.1 points per game and 17.2 minutes per game.

  • UConn to spend million for new roof at Gampel Pavilion

    March 30, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees agreed Wednesday to spend million to repair the deteriorating roof and ceiling of the school's Gampel Pavilion basketball arena.The 10,000-seat dome, which opened in 1990 at a cost of million, has an unusual roof, made up of metal triangular insulated panels wrapped in fabric.

  • Student managers staging their own version of Final Four

    March 30, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kansas and Michigan State are participating in the Final Four after all, albeit on a much smaller scale than expected.While the Jayhawks and Spartans didn't make it to Houston after getting eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, student managers of those programs will be there playing in their own tournament along with Iowa State and Tennessee.

  • Cooley hopes to be at Providence 'for life' with extension

    March 30, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley has signed a long-term contract extension that he hopes will keep him at the school for the remainder of his coaching career.School officials announced the deal Wednesday. Specific terms were not released, but Cooley said in a statement that he was excited to ''be at Providence College for life.''

  • Kyle Smith new San Francisco basketball coach

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Leaving Columbia wasn't an easy choice for Kyle Smith.A day after leading the Lions to their first postseason title, Smith was hired as the basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.''This is a tough one,'' he said. ''I was out there 17 years. Friends and family were a big factor. I'm glad I help build this program and know there is a bright future here.''

  • 3 freshman leave Ohio State basketball team

    March 30, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Three more players from the Ohio State basketball team have left the program.The school says Tuesday that freshman guards Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris and freshman forward Mickey Mitchell were granted their release by coach Thad Matta. Freshman guard Austin Grandstaff left the team in December.

  • AP Sources: Kyle Smith new San Francisco basketball coach

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Two people briefed on the situation say Columbia coach Kyle Smith is going to be hired at the University of San Francisco as the basketball coach.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because no official announcement has been made.

  • Hield's Final Four with Oklahoma payoff for senior return

    March 30, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield's results have usually caught up with his imagination.This season has surpassed even his wildest dreams as Oklahoma heads to the Final Four this week.The senior guard considered leaving for the NBA last year, but returned to school to improve his game and has been nearly unstoppable this season. He's second in the nation in scoring and averaging 29.3 points in the NCAA Tournament heading into the national semifinal Saturday night against Villanova.

  • Hield's Final Four with Oklahoma payoff for developing years

    March 30, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield's results have usually caught up with his imagination.This season has surpassed even his wildest dreams as Oklahoma heads to the Final Four this week.The senior guard considered leaving for the NBA last year, but returned to school to improve his game and has been virtually unstoppable this season. He's second in the nation in scoring and averaging 29.3 points in the NCAA Tournament heading into the national semifinal Saturday night against Villanova.

  • NCAA title on cable for 1st time; ratings depend on matchups

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NCAA Tournament's semifinals moved to cable for the first time in 2014, and viewership was down 11 percent from the season before.Back on cable again last year, the result was the complete opposite: The two games averaged their largest audience in nearly two decades.

  • Longtime Wisconsin assistant Gary Close leaves Badgers

    March 30, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Longtime Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close has resigned from the Badgers basketball program.Close said in a statement Wednesday that it was a difficult decision, and that he told coach Greg Gard earlier this week.Close says he plans to pursue other opportunities in basketball, but that he wants his next job to give him with more flexibility to spend time with his wife and family.

  • Notre Dame's Jackson decides to enter NBA draft

    March 29, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Demetrius Jackson, who helped Notre Dame advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 37 years, is entering the NBA draft.''I am blessed with the opportunity to say I will be declaring for the NBA Draft. It was an honor to represent such a great University and program,'' Jackson wrote in a statement the 6-foot-1 point guard posted Tuesday night on Instagram.

  • 3 Minnesota players suspended for video are reinstated

    March 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The three Minnesota basketball players suspended after a sex video appeared on guard Kevin Dorsey's social media accounts have been reinstated by the school.Golden Gophers spokesman Dan Reisig confirmed on Tuesday that Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason are back in good standing with the team and the school after they were suspended for the final four games of the season. The Gophers lost all four of those games, including their first-round game in the Big Ten tournament.

  • "One Shining Moment" getting new version for TBS broadcast

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) ''One Shining Moment'' will sound different when the NCAA Tournament comes to an end this year.Turner network executives said they have re-recorded the famous song, which, along with a string of inspiring, tear-jerker highlights, has been a staple at the end of the finals telecast since 1987.

  • "One Shining Moment" getting new artist for TBS broadcast

    March 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There will be a new version of ''One Shining Moment'' played with the NCAA Tournament's famed montage this year, a Turner network executive says.Luther Vandross performs the version of the song that's been used every year since 2003, except in 2010, when CBS used a version by Jennifer Hudson.

  • Doyle, Albrecht receive transfer releases from Michigan

    March 29, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht have been granted their releases to transfer from Michigan's basketball program.The school confirmed the releases Tuesday. Doyle has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Albrecht has spent four years at Michigan, but he hardly played at all this season after hip surgery, so he still has eligibility left.

  • Paige's shot returns in time for Tar Heels' Final Four run

    March 29, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Marcus Paige spent two months in an all-out fight with his shot, trying not to let frustration take over with each spun-off-the-rim floater and rattled-out 3-pointer.The senior's shot has come around at just the right time for Final Four-bound North Carolina.

  • Column: Final Four matchup as much about scandals as baskets

    March 29, 2016

    Coming to Houston this week with hopes of another national championship is North Carolina, a school embroiled in one of the biggest NCAA academic scandals ever for enrolling athletes in sham classes and having tutors write their papers to keep them eligible.

  • Jayhawks guard Selden to skip senior season for NBA Draft

    March 29, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. is skipping his senior season to enter the NBA draft.Selden and Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced his decision in a statement Tuesday, three days after a season-ending loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament. Selden plans to hire representation in the coming weeks, which means he won't be able to pull his name out of the draft.

  • McNabb, Haywood on team-centric Final Four broadcasts

    March 29, 2016

    Donovan McNabb, Eduardo Najera and Brendan Haywood can speak freely about their alma maters while working NCAA Final Four broadcasts.The former Syracuse quarterback, Oklahoma basketball standout and a player from North Carolina's 2000 Final Four team will be among the commentators on team-centric alternate telecasts offered by Turner Sports.

  • Santa Clara hires Herb Sendek as new head coach

    March 29, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former Arizona State coach Herb Sendek was hired as Santa Clara's new basketball coach Tuesday.Sendek will be officially introduced at a news conference on Wednesday. He replaces Kerry Keating, who was fired earlier this month after nine seasons at the school.

  • Valentine, Hield lead AP's All-America team

    March 29, 2016

    Whenever talk of the best college basketball player this season came up so did two names: Denzel Valentine of Michigan State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma.They were unanimous selections Tuesday to The Associated Press' 2015-16 All-America team.Both led their teams to successful seasons and their numbers lifted them above all the other players.

  • VCU restructures, extends contract of men's hoops coach Wade

    March 29, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU likes the job Will Wade is doing as men's basketball coach, and the school wants to keep him around.The school has restructured Wade's contract, set to run through the 2020 season, and extended it through the 2024 season. It also enhanced the deal to boost salaries and provide for upgrades for recruiting, the team's travel and meals, athletic director Ed McLaughlin said.

  • Tulane's Dunleavy explains decision to try college now

    March 29, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) After decades in the NBA as a player and coach, Mike Dunleavy Sr. began his first college coaching job by saying he wanted to take over Tulane's languishing men's basketball program to put himself ''in position to coach again and really to be a teacher.''

  • Miami Hurricanes sophomore James Palmer decides to transfer

    March 28, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard James Palmer has decided to transfer.Palmer is from Washington and played in 34 games as a reserve this season. He averaged 12 minutes and 3.4 points.The Hurricanes reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last week before losing to Villanova.

  • Ex-NBA coach Dunleavy Sr. takes first college job at Tulane

    March 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former long-time NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. is taking his first college coaching job at Tulane, joining a program that has languished at or below .500 for most of the past two decades since last appearing in the NCAA tournament in 1995.

  • Western Kentucky hires Rick Stansbury as men's hoop coach

    March 28, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky has announced the hiring of former Texas A&M assistant Rick Stansbury as its next men's basketball coach.WKU athletic director Todd Stewart announced the hire on Monday.Stansbury, 56, had spent the past two seasons as associate head coach to Billy Kennedy with the Aggies, who shared the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with Kentucky. Before that Stansbury spent 22 years at Mississippi State, including his final 14 as head coach, when he went 293-166. The Bulldogs won one SEC regular season title, two tournament titles and made six NCAA Tournament appearances under Stansbury before he retired in March 2012.

  • Florida guard Walker plans to transfer after graduation

    March 28, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida guard DeVon Walker has decided to transfer for his final year of eligibility.The Gators said Monday that Walker is on pace to graduate this spring. He will be eligible to play elsewhere next season under the NCAA's graduate-transfer policy.

  • Syracuse rides improbable run to Final Four

    March 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) This was never supposed to happen, really. Not after Syracuse staggered into the NCAA Tournament. Not after the Orange needed a big rally to eliminate Gonzaga. No way, not after falling behind against mighty Virginia, which beat Syracuse in January.

  • TIPPING OFF: Yes, it's Syracuse (and OU, 'Nova and Heels)

    March 28, 2016

    When the word ''Syracuse'' popped up on the bracket for the first time, most of the so-called experts were crying ''foul,'' not shouting ''Final Four.''So much for that.Coach Jim Boeheim's ''I Told You So'' tour will travel all the way to Houston. The 10th-seeded Orange became only the fourth double-digit seed to make the Final Four. They aren't the only surprise out of Syracuse. The Orange women's team also shocked the basketball world by advancing to their first Final Four, though the ladies were a four seed.

  • Notre Dame can't find one last run to beat North Carolina

    March 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Notre Dame finally ran out of comebacks.The Fighting Irish, who had rallied in all three of their NCAA Tournament wins, couldn't come up one with one more and they lost 88-74 to North Carolina in the East Regional final Sunday night.

  • The Latest: N Carolina joins OK, 'Nova, 'Cuse in Final Four

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):11:05 p.m.With a wide smile, Roy Williams joined the North Carolina huddle wearing his Final Four cap sideways.But the Tar Heels in the Final Four seems like a natural fit.

  • The Latest: N Carolina beats Notre Dame to reach Final Four

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):10:51 p.m.Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds and top-seeded North Carolina is headed to its 19th Final Four with a 88-74 win over Notre Dame in the East Regional final on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: North Carolina 3 mins from Final Four

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):10:45 p.m.North Carolina can't be stopped and is 3 minutes away from a 19th Final Four.The Tar Heels have made 62 percent of their shots (31 of 50) and turned missed free throws into high-flying dunks.

  • Column: Gbinije got a second chance to make first impression

    March 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jim Boeheim gave a kid a second chance to make a first impression.Good thing, too, because this was the Syracuse coach's original scouting report on senior point guard Michael Gbinije:''I really didn't think he was that good, to be honest with you, because he couldn't shoot,'' the Syracuse coach recalled the other day, ''and he was not really a guard.''

  • The Latest: Furious Brey draw bench warning for Notre Dame

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):10:25 p.m.Mike Brey wasn't slowed by his walking boot as he strayed far from Notre Dame's bench and screamed at the refs.He was furious over a foul whistled against Bonzie Colson and Notre Dame received a bench warning.

  • Top-seeded Virginia collapses late, loses 68-62 to Syracuse

    March 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Virginia guard London Perrantes sat slumped next to his locker and spoke in soft tones.There was no Final Four for the Cavaliers. Just a brutal collapse against Syracuse on Sunday.''I have no idea what other people are thinking or feeling,'' Perrantes said. ''I think more of shock is probably the word.''

  • The Latest: Notre Dame closes gap on North Carolina with run

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):10:20 p.m.North Carolina seemed to build some breathing room against Notre Dame with a nine-point lead early in the second half.Not so fast, The Irish responded.

  • The Latest: Not much for halftime entertainment at UNC-ND

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):10 p.m.Charles Barkley's tongue-in-cheek version of ''One Shining Moment'' aired on the big screen. There were a couple of feel-good spots promoting good sportsmanship. The Notre Dame band played a little Bruno Mars from its spot behind a basket.

  • The Latest: North Carolina leads Notre Dame at half, 43-38

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):9:40 p.m.It's a tight one in Philly. The top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels lead Notre Dame 43-38 at halftime of the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: With UNC-ND, good hoops back in Philadelphia

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):9:30 p.m.A packed house. Great hoops. Big games.Basketball is fun again in Philly.The Wells Fargo Center, site of the East Regional, has been the home of mostly dreary basketball and light crowds for Philadelphia 76ers games.

  • The Latest: Beachem throws down dunk, gets ND bench rolling

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):9:20 p.m.V.J. Beachem threw down a baseline dunk that stands among the most eye-popping of the regional rounds.The only thing better may have been his teammates' reaction on the bench.

  • The Latest: UNC, Notre Dame tight, unlike last time

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):9:15 p.m.This is Notre Dame-North Carolina? The last time these two teams played each other, the Tar Heels crushed the Irish 78-47 in the ACC Tournament semifinal just two weeks ago.

  • The Latest: UNC, Notre Dame chase last Final Four spot

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):8:55 p.m.North Carolina and Notre Dame have tipped in their Elite Eight game.The winner will face Syracuse (23-13) in the Final Four.

  • The Latest: Notre Dame coach Brey in boot as UNC game tips

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):8:50 p.m.Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is wearing a walking boot on his right foot for the East Regional final.Brey pulled a calf muscle in his right leg during Friday's win over Wisconsin. He had the boot on Saturday and used a golf cart for transportation around the cavernous Wells Fargo Center.

  • Hield, Arcidiacono take the long road to Final Four

    March 27, 2016

    Nobody in the NBA was knocking down Ryan Arcidiacono's door when his junior season ended a year ago. Buddy Hield - that was a different story.Arcidiacono stayed at Villanova because he had no other choice. Hield stayed at Oklahoma because he had unfinished business.

  • The Latest: Syracuse headed to Final Four, beats Virginia

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):8:20 p.m.Malachi Richardson scored 23 points and Syracuse went on a huge run in the second half to beat top-seeded Virginia 68-62 in the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: Syracuse closes gap, takes lead on Virginia

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):8:03 p.m.Syracuse is on a big run and just might be closing in on the Final Four.The Orange have scored 15 straight to turn a nine-point deficit into a 64-58 lead with 3:27 remaining.

  • The Latest: Perrantes has 15, Virginia leads Syracuse in 2nd

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):7:45 p.m.London Perrantes scored 15 points and Virginia led Syracuse 51-37 midway through the second half of the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Stallings gone, Vanderbilt to start search for new coach

    March 27, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt is looking for a new men's basketball coach for the first time since 1999.The Commodores must replace Kevin Stallings, who was announced Sunday as Pittsburgh's new coach after 17 seasons with Vanderbilt.Stallings had been the dean of Southeastern Conference coaches since taking over for the 1999-2000 season. He went 332-220, becoming Vanderbilt's winningest coach, but was 19-14 with a NCAA Tournament loss this season.

  • The Latest: Syracuse trying to make run against Virginia

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):7:30 p.m.Don't count out the Orange just yet.Trevor Cooney had a driving layup tipped in by an opposing player and scored on a reverse layup to pull Syracuse within 39-29 just over four minutes into the second half of the Midwest Regional final against Virginia.

  • The Latest: Virginia leads Syracuse 35-21 at halftime

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):7:05 p.m. ETVirginia could be just 20 minutes away from its third Final Four.London Perrantes nailed five 3-pointers and scored 15 points to carry the top-seeded Cavaliers to a 35-21 halftime lead.

  • The Latest: Perrantes has 12 for Virginia vs Syracuse

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):6:50 p.m.London Perrantes is doing all he can to lead Virginia to its third Final Four.The junior has 12 points 4-of-6 3-point shooting, and the Cavaliers lead Syracuse 28-16 with 3:38 left in the first half on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: Syracuse, Virginia playing sloppy in Elite 8

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):6:35 p.m. ETWith six turnovers apiece, Virginia and Syracuse are having trouble hanging on to the ball and it's not because of great defense.

  • The Latest: Neither Syracuse nor Virginia shoot well early

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):6:30 p.m.London Perrantes hit two 3-pointers and top-seeded Virginia leads Syracuse 11-8 with less than 12 minutes left in the first half Sunday night.

  • The Latest: Syracuse and Virginia tip in their Elite 8 game

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):6:10 p.m.Syracuse and Virginia have tipped in their Elite Eight game.The winner will face the Notre Dame-North Carolina winner on Saturday in the Final Four.

  • The Latest: Virginia beat Syracuse in Jan, but stakes higher

    March 27, 2016

    The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):5:40 p.m.Virginia beat Syracuse at home in late January. Of course, the stakes are much higher this time.This is the third NCAA Tournament meeting between the schools and second with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

  • Syracuse-Virginia, Notre Dame-UNC play for two Final 4 spots

    March 27, 2016

    After 62 games in the NCAA Tournament, it's time to determine the last two spots in the Final Four.Two regional final games are set for Sunday night, with No. 10 seed Syracuse playing No. 1 seed Virginia in Chicago then No. 6 Notre Dame taking on No. 1 North Carolina in Philadelphia.

  • Pittsburgh hires Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon

    March 27, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Stallings stressed that ''the decision is not made by me'' when asked whether he would return for an 18th season at Vanderbilt following a first-round NCAA Tournament flameout against Wichita State.Turns out, it was.Stallings abruptly left the Commodores for Pittsburgh on Sunday, trading a program that spent most of his tenure in the muddled middle of the SEC for one trying to forge a new identity in the stacked ACC after Jamie Dixon bolted last week for TCU.

  • TIPPING OFF: Big 12 can't match ACC

    March 27, 2016

    The Big 12 lost its shot at landing two teams in the Final Four when Villanova beat overall No. 1 seed Kansas. Oklahoma did its part earlier Saturday, beating Oregon in the Elite Eight.The Atlantic Coast Conference, on the other hand, has guaranteed itself two of the Final Four teams before the final legs of the Elite Eight even begin.

  • The Latest: Villanova-Oklahoma on one side, All-ACC on other

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern).11:27 p.m.Half the Final Four is set. It will be Villanova and Oklahoma, a couple of two seeds, in a rematch of an early season Sooners' rout in Hawaii at the Pearl Harbor Invitational. Oklahoma hit 14 3s in that game.

  • The Latest: Villanova headed to the Final Four

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern).11:04 p.m.A defensive stand by Villanova with a three-point lead sealed a victory over Kansas in one of the most tense and competitive games of the NCAA Tournament. It will send the Wildcats to the Final Four.

  • The Latest: Debatable call goes Nova's way; Wildcats lead

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern).10:55 p.m.A little officiating controversy at the end of a classic game. Kansas' Devonte Graham was called for his fifth foul with about 30 seconds left when he dove for what seemed to be a loose ball and undercut a Villanova player.

  • The Latest: 2 minutes left and 2-point Villanova lead

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern).10:47 p.m.Two minutes to Houston.Villanova has a 56-54 lead against top-seeded Kansas in the South Regional final. The Jayhawks have gotten no points from their reserves.

  • The Latest: Graham picks up 4th foul and Villanova leads

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern).10:41 p.m.With Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden struggling, Devonte Graham has given the Jayhawks a huge boost with 17 points and five 3s. Graham picked up his fourth foul with 5:18 left and coach Bill Self kept him on the floor.

  • The Latest: Villanova storms back with 10 straight to lead

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):10:35 p.m.Villanova responded to its largest deficit of the NCAA Tournament by running off 10 straight points against Kansas.

  • The Latest: Selden helps Kansas grab slight edge

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):10:30 p.m.Wayne Selden was having a tough night shooting but caught a break when his shot went off the top of the backboard and in. He converted a three-point play and it gave Kansas a five-point lead briefly. That is the largest deficit of the tournament so far for Villanova. Selden has six points in the second half.

  • The Latest: Kansas takes lead behind Ellis, Graham

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):10:19 p.m.Perry Ellis' first basket of the game gave Kansas the lead and Devonte Graham nailed a 3 to make it 40-36 for the Jayhawks with 12:56 left in the second half.

  • The Latest: Ellis called for third foul, 'Nova leads KU

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):10:07 p.m.Perry Ellis has two points and three fouls.Kansas started the second half with a quick 4-0 run, but Kris Jenkins drew the third foul on Ellis and stemmed some of the Jayhawks' early momentum.

  • The Latest: Kansas coach Bill Self goes to Ellis early

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):10:00 p.m.Kansas coach Bill Self lamented his team's turnovers and said the Jayhawks planned to go to Perry Ellis early in the second half during an interview at halftime with CBS.

  • The Latest: Villanova up 7 at half behind tenacious defense

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):9:43 p.m.Kris Jenkins dropped in a 3 right before halftime to give Villanova a 32-25 lead against Kansas in the South Regional final at Louisville.

  • Raptors tie team mark with 49th win, beat Pelicans 115-91

    March 26, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Patrick Patterson had 16 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 115-91 on Saturday night to tie a franchise record with their 49th victory of the season.

  • The Latest: Graham snaps long drought but 'Nova leads

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):9:35 p.m.Devonte Graham snapped a Kansas field goal drought of 7:50 with a 3-pointer, but Villanova's defense is still smothering Perry Ellis.

  • The Latest: Villanova clamps down in Kansas to up 9

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):9:28 p.m.Villanova's defense seems to be making Kansas dizzy. The Jayhawks have not scored in more than five minutes and have turned the ball over five times in that span. The Villanova run coincides with Deonte Graham going to the bench with two fouls for Kansas.

  • The Latest: Villanova goes zone to slow Kansas

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):9:14 p.m.Villanova went zone to keep Kansas from so easily getting the ball inside and it has helped. The Wildcats have a 17-16 lead with 7:56 left in the first half. The Jayhawks are 1 for 6 from 3-point range.

  • The Latest: Kansas going inside early against 'Nova

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):9:00 p.m.Kansas is going inside to attack Villanova early in their Elite Eight matchup.

  • The Latest: Another 1 vs 2 matchup as Kansas faces Villanova

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):8:53 p.m.The second 1 vs. 2 matchup of the day is under way. Kansas and Villanova have dominated their opposition on the way to the Elite Eight. According to CBS, this is also the 50th all-time NCAA Tournament meeting of a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed. After Oklahoma beat Oregon in the West Regional final, the 2s lead 25-24.

  • The Latest: Pac-12 Final Four drought continues

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):8:37 p.m.The Pac-12 Conference will be without a Final Four participant for the eighth straight tournament.

  • The Latest: Boomer! Oklahoma into Final Four behind Hield

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):8:14 p.m.Oklahoma is the first team in the Final Four, the first school to put a team in the Final Four and the College Football Playoff in the same season and the Sooners made Oregon the first No. 1 seed to lose in this NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: Hield has 36 as OU counts down to Final Four

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):8:02 p.m.The Buddy Hield show has just about wrapped up in Anaheim. Oklahoma's star hit two more 3-pointers just when Oregon appeared ready to make a run, and the Sooners have kept their lead at 76-61 with 3:26 to play. Hield has eight 3-pointers and 36 points in one of the most impressive scoring performances in recent NCAA Tournament history. He's closing in on Oklahoma's first trip to the Final Four since 2002.

  • The Latest: Oklahoma cools but time running out or Oregon

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):7:54 p.m.Oklahoma has cooled off some, but Oregon has barely been able to make a dent in the Sooners' lead. Oklahoma leads 68-53 with under eight minutes left.

  • Virginia knocking on door for Final Four

    March 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Before every game, the door knocker comes out, and each of the Virginia Cavaliers takes a turn. While the swings are different for each player, the message is the same.Just keep going.''We don't want to take steps back,'' junior guard London Perrantes said Saturday. ''We want to keep on knocking until the door opens for us.''

  • The Latest: Can't stop Buddy: Oklahoma up 14 on Oregon

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):7:42 p.m.Midway through the second half, Buddy Hield is still putting on a show in Anaheim. The Oklahoma star has six 3-pointers and 26 points, including nine in the second half. Oregon has looked more cohesive after the break, but still trails 61-47 with 11:45 to play.

  • The Latest: Oklahoma and Hield still rolling, up 15 on Ducks

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):7:33 p.m.More of the same for the Sooners in the second half against Oregon. Buddy Hield is now 10 for 13 from the field and 6 for 8 from 3 -point range. The Ducks simply cannot keep up.

  • The Latest: Hield, Oklahoma up 18 after awesome first half

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):7:05 p.m.Oklahoma is off to an awesome start in the West Region final, leading top-seeded Oregon 48-30 at halftime. Buddy Hield hit his fifth 3-pointer from 3 steps behind the line with 4 seconds to play, capping a spectacular 17-point performance by the Sooners' biggest star. Oklahoma also outrebounded Oregon 23-10 and scored 15 second-chance points. Elgin Cook is singlehandedly keeping Oregon in the game with 16 points, but his teammates are a combined 5 for 16 from the field for 14 points. If Dillon Brooks and the Ducks don't get rolling out of the break, the Sooners will be headed to their fifth Final Four.

  • The Latest: Hield, Oklahoma putting on show in Anahiem

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):6:48 p.m.Buddy Hield is putting on a show in Orange County. The two-time Big 12 player of the year has 14 points in the first 15 1/2 minutes against Oregon in the West Region final, including four 3-pointers. His fourth put the Sooners up 37-21 with 4:27 to play and forced Oregon to call another timeout. The Ducks' top scorer, Dillon Brooks, has two points on 1-for-3 shooting, including a badly missed 3-pointer.

  • The Latest: Sooners surge to 11-point lead against Oregon

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):6:37 p.m.Oklahoma is getting good work done on the offensive boards, and that's why the Sooners are off to a 24-13 lead. Their sixth offensive rebound in the first 12 minutes led to Jordan Woodard's 3-pointer, Oklahoma's fourth of the game. Oregon coach Dana Altman's clipboard hit the floor hard before the Ducks' huddle at the TV timeout.

  • The Latest: Buddy on the board for Oklahoma

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):6:20 p.m.Honda Center is almost full for the afternoon tipoff between Oklahoma and Oregon, with Ducks fans slightly outnumbering the Oklahoma fans, who are still representing very well in Orange County.

  • The Latest: Elite Eight starts with Tar Heels as favorite

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the NCAA Tournament regional finals between Oregon and Oklahoma in Anaheim, California, and Kansas and Villanova in Louisville, Kentucky (all times Eastern):6:06 p.m.The only NCAA tournament meeting between Oregon and Oklahoma came in 1939, the first NCAA Tournament. The Ducks beat the Sooners in their first and only Final Four appearance.

  • It's a mini-ACC Tournament on 1 side of NCAA bracket

    March 26, 2016

    This mini-Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament has even higher stakes than usual: The winner earns a spot in the national championship game.The entire right side of the NCAA Tournament bracket has boiled down to four teams - and they're all from the ACC, with North Carolina and Notre Dame in the East, and Virginia and Syracuse in the Midwest.

  • Judge tosses suit by ex-Syracuse coach's wife against ESPN

    March 26, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A judge found that ESPN did nothing malicious in its reporting of claims that a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach sexually abused two ball boys decades ago and his wife had a sexual relationship with one of them.

  • Augustana wins Div II title, beating Lincoln Memorial 90-81

    March 26, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Daniel Jansen thought briefly that his senior season at Augustana would end three days too early.But on Saturday, Jansen scored 25 points and added nine rebounds to lead the South Dakota school to the NCAA Division II championship, 90-81 over top-ranked Lincoln Memorial of Tennessee.

  • The Latest: 1 vs 2 for spot Final Four

    March 26, 2016

    The Final Four could end up all 1s.The Elite Eight begins out West, with top-seeded Oregon trying to become the first of four one seeds to make the Final Four. The Ducks face player of the year candidate Buddy Hield and No. 2 Oklahoma in Anaheim, California. Oregon has not been to a Final Four since winning the first NCAA Tournament in 1939.

  • North Carolina and Notre Dame know each other well

    March 26, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The day before North Carolina and Notre Dame were to meet for a berth in the Final Four, the talk around the Wells Fargo Center was about a game played two weeks ago.That would have been the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, a 78-47 victory for North Carolina over the Fighting Irish. A 31-point blowout just 15 days ago.

  • Coach K apologizes to Altman for postgame chat with Brooks

    March 26, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for his postgame conversation with Dillon Brooks.In a statement issued Saturday, Krzyzewski said ''it is not my place to talk to another team's player'' and he hoped he ''did not create a distraction'' for the top-seeded Ducks.

  • Judge tosses out libel suit Laurie Fine brought against ESPN

    March 26, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A libel lawsuit brought against ESPN by the wife of a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach has been thrown out by a judge who found no actual malice occurred as the sports network reported claims that two team ball boys were sexually abused decades ago by the coach and that the wife had a sexual relationship with one of them.

  • Cyclones' season starts with Final 4 hopes, ends in Sweet 16

    March 26, 2016

    Iowa State began the year with legitimate Final Four aspirations.In the end, the Sweet Sixteen was an acceptable end for the weary Cyclones.A 12-month stretch that began with coach Fred Hoiberg's departure to the Chicago Bulls ended, of all places, in Hoiberg's new digs Friday, as the Cyclones fell to top-seeded Virginia 84-7 in the United Center.

  • Steadied under Greg Gard, Wisconsin can build on experience

    March 26, 2016

    The late-game, season-ending meltdown clearly hurt. But Wisconsin can look toward a bright future once it gets over the loss to Notre Dame.All that experience gained this year by a team without a scholarship senior could pay dividends next season.''So that will be something that we can definitely use for next year, the situation that they've been in, the amount of minutes that they've played and the amount of film we've watched,'' forward Nigel Hayes said after the 61-56 loss on Saturday night to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.

  • NCAA Tournament boasts all 4 No. 1 seeds still in title hunt

    March 26, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Who's No. 1?The final answer of the NCAA Tournament is still a March mystery.But in the Elite Eight, the answer is much more translucent - each region is represented by the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2009.The underdogs stole the spotlight early in the tourney. This weekend, make way for the top dogs.

  • TIPPING OFF: The ACC makes quite a statement in Sweet 16

    March 26, 2016

    That was quite a show by the Atlantic Coast Conference.Now the league is set up for quite the showcase on Sunday in the Elite Eight.There were four games in the Sweet 16 on Friday night and all of them involved one ACC team. Sure enough, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Syracuse all prevailed.

  • Sweet 16 loss to North Carolina ends Yogi years at Indiana

    March 26, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Yogi years are over at Indiana.Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell, who joined the long line of successful Hoosier point guards, had his career come to an end Friday night when the fifth-seeded Hoosiers were swamped 101-86 by top-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals of the East Regional.

  • Gonzaga loses 63-60 to Syracuse in Sweet 16

    March 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Gonzaga knew the pressure was coming. The Bulldogs just didn't handle it very well.Kyle Wiltjer scored 23 points, but Gonzaga blew a nine-point lead when it committed five of its 17 turnovers in the final 6 1/2 minutes of a 63-60 loss to Syracuse in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

  • The Latest: Time to start filling out the Final Four

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):12:42 a.m.Time to start filling out that Final Four.On Saturday, No. 1 seed Oregon faces No. 2 seed Oklahoma in Anaheim, California. The Ducks and Sooners, which would make a nice College Football Playoff semifinal, tip off at 6:09 p.m. ET.

  • The Latest: North Carolina completes 4-0 night for ACC

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):12:24 a.m.North Carolina was never in doubt against Indiana.The Tar Heels beat the Hoosiers 101-86 to complete the Elite Eight, half of which will be Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

  • Notre Dame advances to Elite 8 with 61-56 win over Badgers

    March 26, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wisconsin was minutes away from keeping a third straight Final Four berth in sight.The Badgers lost the ball in crunch time and fumbled away their shot at March history.Demetrius Jackson stripped the ball and scored the go-ahead layup with 14.7 seconds left and Notre Dame advanced to the brink of its first Final Four in 38 years with a 61-56 win over Wisconsin on Friday night in the East Region semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: ACC tournament re-do in Elite Eight

    March 26, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):12:00 a.m.Sunday is setting up to be a re-do of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.Syracuse will play Virginia in the Midwest Region in Chicago and North Carolina is cruising toward a matchup with Notre Dame in Philadelphia to settle the East Region.

  • The Latest: Syracuse moves on with comeback vs. Zags

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:50 p.m.After what would have been a controversial out of bounds call that allowed Gonzaga to keep the ball and set up for a last shot, Tyler Lydon made a big block for Syracuse and then a couple of free throws sealed the Orange `s 63-60 victory.

  • The Latest: Syracuse takes lead with 21 seconds left

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:42 p.m.Syracuse takes a 61-60 lead with 21 seconds left on when Michael Gbinije rebounded his own miss and laid it in. Gonzaga has 19.8 seconds left to take the lead back.

  • The Latest: Syracuse gets lead down to 2 with under 2 left

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:38 p.m.Just when it looked as if Gonzaga was about to pull away, Syracuse has cut the lead. The Orange are down 60-58 with 1:41 left in the second and a trip to the Elite Eight on the line for a couple of double-digit seeds.

  • Iowa State struggles early, falls to Virginia 84-71

    March 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Deonte Burton insisted the final game of the season was not the end for Iowa State. Even so, this was a painful way to bow out of the NCAA Tournament.Anthony Gill finished with a season-high 23 points, Mike Tobey came off the bench to score 18, and top-seeded Virginia beat the Cyclones 84-71 in the Midwest Region semifinals on Friday night.

  • The Latest: Zags on a run: Gonzaga takes 7-point lead.

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:18 p.m.Gonzaga is on a run. The Zags have pulled ahead 53-46 with 7:43 left in the second half using a 10-2 run. Domantas Sabonis is starting to find some room to operate on the offensive end. He is eight points in the half after scoring just four in the first.

  • INSIDE THE MADNESS: Iowa State cheerleader OK, Christie back

    March 25, 2016

    A look around the sights and sounds of the NCAA Tournament from reporters at the games and surrounding events:IOWA STATE CHEERLEADER OKThings went from bad to worse for Iowa State late in its Sweet 16 game against Virginia.With 2:14 remaining in the Cyclones' 84-71 loss, the ball came off Iowa State guard Matt Thomas' foot and hit a cheerleader seated on the baseline directly in the face. The young woman was crying as she walked away from the area.

  • The Latest: Zags-Orange both inching toward 50 points

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:11 p.m.North Carolina got to 50 in the first half. Syracuse and Gonzaga are each still a few buckets way from the half-century mark and there is 11:32 left in the game.

  • The Latest: North Carolina halfway to 100 against Indiana

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):11:01 p.m.North Carolina is more than halfway to 100.The Tar Heels size has been impossible for Indiana to deal with and North Carolina opened up a 52-41 lead at halftime in Philadelphia.

  • The Latest: Syracuse grabs lead in 2nd half vs. Zags

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):10:56 p.m.Syracuse has the lead. Two minutes into the second half the Orange scored the first six points against Gonzaga and grabbed a 34-29 lead.

  • The Latest: Syracuse surges late to get within 1 of Zags

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):10:31 p.m.Halftime of the second Midwest Regional semifinal comes at a nice time for Gonzaga, which had a ton of trouble with Syracuse's 2-3 zone in the final couple minutes of the first half.

  • The Latest: Touch of SEC as Gonzaga leads Syracuse

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):10:25 p.m.All the Southeastern Conference teams are gone, but there's a little SEC left in the NCAA Tournament.Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer is leading Gonzaga early against Syracuse. Wiltjer hit three 3s to help bust the Orange zone and had 12 points.

  • The Latest: Paige finds 3-point range for North Carolina

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):10:15 p.m.Marcus Paige is on target. The North Carolina guard has four 3-pointers at the first media timeout and the Tar Heels lead Indiana 14-8. Paige shot a career-low 33 percent from 3 this season. The senior saved them for the right time, with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line.

  • The Latest: Main Event: North Carolina-Indiana tip off

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):10:07The main event is under way in Philadelphia.Top seed North Carolina against No. 5 seed Indiana, two of the bluest bloods in college basketball playing for a spot in the Elite Eight.

  • The Latest: Iowa State cheerleader OK getting hit with ball

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:54 p.m.An Iowa State cheerleader was hit in the face by a basketball that deflected off the right foot of Cyclones guard Matt Thomas in the second half of the team's 84-71 loss to Virginia in the Sweet 16. But she returned to the court and a spokesman for the school said she was OK.

  • The Latest: Gonzaga shooting over Syracuse zone for big lead

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:50 p.m.How do you break Syracuse's zone defense? How about hitting a bunch of 3-pointers.Gonzaga started shooting well and knocking down long-range shots over the Orange's 2-3 zone.

  • The Latest: ACC locks up 2 Elite 8 spots with 2 more to go

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:45 p.m.Two games down, two ACC teams in the Elite Eight.With Notre Dame and Virginia winning the early games Friday night, the Atlantic Coast Conference improved to 14-3 in the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: Notre Dame steals Elite 8 trip from Wisconsin

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:31 p.m.Demetrius Jackson stole a trip to the Elite Eight for Notre Dame from Wisconsin.Jackson made two key steals in the closing seconds and the Fighting Irish advanced to Sunday with a 61-56 victory against the Badgers. Notre Dame finished the game with an 8-0 run. Jackson scored six of those points.

  • The Latest: Notre Dame-Wisconsin in close 1 down stretch

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:27 p.m.As expected, Wisconsin and Notre Dame is going down to the wire.The Irish tied it up at 53 with 46 seconds left with a couple of clutch free throws by Zach Auguste.

  • The Latest: Sweet Virginia: Cavaliers advance to Elite Eight

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:15 p.m.Virginia is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995.Anthony Gill had 23 points and eight rebounds, leading the top-seeded Cavaliers to an 84-71 victory over No. 4 Iowa State in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Mike Tobey added 18 points and seven boards.

  • The Latest: Looking god for Virginia

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9:09 p.m.It's looking good for Virginia.Anthony Gill and Isiah Wilkins had consecutive fast-break dunks and Gill added another dunk to help the Cavaliers build a 76-65 lead over Iowa State with 1:39 left.

  • The Latest: Notre Dame-Wisconsin trading lead

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):9 p.m.Things are picking up in Philadelphia between the Fighting Irish and Badgers. Wisconsin and Notre Dame have mostly played ugly ball, but with 10 minutes left the game was tied at 34.

  • The Latest: Tobey tearing up Iowa State for Virginia

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:50 p.m.It has been a very sweet Sweet 16 so far for Virginia reserve Mike Tobey, who has a season-high 17 points with 6:52 left. The senior center was averaging 6.9 points per game.

  • Oklahoma's Kruger, Oregon's Altman test bond in Elite Eight

    March 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Lon Kruger and Dana Altman are headed to Scotland in July for the latest golfing adventure in their three-decade-long friendship.''We're still doing that, I guess, regardless of what happens tomorrow,'' Kruger said with a wry smile Friday.

  • The Latest: Niang returns for Iowa State, but deficit grows

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:47 p.m.When Iowa State star Georges Niang went to the bench with his fourth foul, Virginia pushed its lead from nine to 15.Niang re-entered for the Cyclones with about nine minutes left but it might be too late. The Cavaliers lead 65-51 and Virginia is moving the ball great on offense.

  • The Latest: Iowa State's Niang goes to bench with 4 fouls

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:36 p.m.Iowa State's comeback against Virginia just got a whole lot harder.Iowa State star Georges Niang picked up his fourth foul with 13:10 to go on a questionable call while guarding Virginia's Marial Shayok. Niang hopped up and down toward center court after the whistle, and Cyclones fans booed heartily.

  • The Latest: Iowa State surges against Virginia in Sweet 16

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:29 p.m.With Iowa State coach Steve Prohm waving his arms to rev up the crowd, the Cyclones are making a bit of a run early in the second half against Virginia.

  • The Latest: Ugly in Philadelphia as Badgers-Irish misfire

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:22 p.m.The gory details from the first half between Wisconsin and Notre Dame.Both teams had stints of more than four minutes without scoring. The Irish shot 24 percent from the floor and Wisconsin was at 35 percent. The Badgers missed 8 of 10 3-point attempts. Notre Dame didn't get this far in the tourney with those kind of woeful shooting numbers. The Irish shot 58 percent against Michigan and 57 percent vs. Stephen F. Austin. Adding to the ugliness, the teams combined for 14 turnovers. - Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia.

  • The Latest: Slumping Hayes, Wisconsin lead Irish at half

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8:17 p.m.When it comes to shooting, it's ugly in Philadelphia.Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is still mired in a shooting slump. Adding in another slow start against Notre Dame and the All-Big Ten selection is now 6 for 32 from the field in two and half NCAA Tournament games.

  • The Latest: Virginia rolling, leads Iowa State by 14 at half

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):8 p.m.Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon each made two foul shots for Virginia in the final minute of the first half, and Gill had a big block on Iowa State's Georges Niang to help the Cavaliers to a 45-31 lead at the break. Gill celebrated his rejection at the horn with a chest bump with teammate London Perrantes.

  • The Latest: Misses aplenty in Philly as Wisconsin-ND misfire

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:55Want offense? Watch Iowa State-Virginia. Want so many misses inside the Wells Fargo Center you'd think the 76ers were still in town? Notre Dame-Wisconsin is for you.

  • Playing in the Garden nice consolation prize for Aztecs

    March 25, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Earning a trip to New York and the chance to play at Madison Square Garden is a pretty good consolation prize for Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs.Denied a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven seasons, the Aztecs have won three straight home games in the NIT and head to New York for a semifinal game against George Washington on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Iowa State makes push, but Cavaliers in control

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:46 p.m.Iowa State is trying to claw back into it behind Georges Niang, who has 12 points to go with those two fouls. The Cyclones' last five field goals are 3s, but the Virginia is still up 39-26 with less than three minutes eft in the half.

  • Altman backs Brooks after late-game drama with Coach K

    March 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Oregon head coach Dana Altman says that if anyone has a problem with Dillon Brooks' late-game shooting choices or celebrations, they should come to him.Altman spoke up for his leading scorer Friday after Brooks' celebration of his last-minute 3-pointer and a postgame conversation with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski drew almost more attention than the top-seeded Ducks advancing to the Elite Eight.

  • The Latest: Wisconsin-Notre Dame off to fast-paced start

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:41 p.m.Wisconsin and Notre Dame are under way in Philadelphia. The Badgers are up 13-9 early. With the way things are going in Chicago with Virginia and Iowa State, Wisconsin-Notre Dame could be the focus for most of the early window. The pace is brisk between the Badgers and Fighting Irish.

  • The Latest: Virginia's makes bid for 'One Shining Moment'

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:33 p.m.Making a bid for ''One Shining Moment,'' Virginia guard Darius Thompson went behind his back to set up a strong finish by Isiah Wilkins on the break. Then he made a 3-pointer to lift the Cavaliers to a 29-12 lead over Iowa State with 10 minutes left.

  • The Latest: Virginia starts fast in front of partisan crowd

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:25 p.m.Yes, it could get worse for Iowa State - and better for Virginia. The Cavaliers are up 24-9 at the under 12 break, have rebounded half of their six missed field-goal attempts and Georges Niang has two fouls for the Cyclones.

  • The Latest: Sixers GM gets in some scouting at Sweet 16

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:08 p.m.Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie sat on press row and watched Notre Dame warm up before it played Wisconsin in the East Regional semifinal.

  • The Latest: Sounds like Cyclones will have home-court

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):7:02 p.m.Looks and SOUNDS like Iowa State will have a distinct home-court advantage for its Sweet 16 game against top-seeded Virginia.

  • Top-seeded Kansas, No. 2 Villanova set for Elite 8 showdown

    March 25, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Though the NCAA Tournament is something of a spring ritual for Kansas and Villanova, their recent visits have been cut short.So Saturday night's Elite Eight appearance might have a new feel to it for both schools.Kansas, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, is making its first Elite Eight appearance since 2012, when the Jayhawks reached the NCAA championship game before losing to Kentucky. Second-seeded Villanova hasn't played in a regional final since 2009, when the Wildcats reached the Final Four.

  • The Latest: Hoping for better in second half of Sweet 16

    March 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with games Friday night in Philadelphia and Chicago (all times Eastern):6:30 p.m.The second-round of the Sweet 16 is about 40 minutes away and here's hoping it's better than Thursday's games, when each was decided by a double-digit margin.

  • Utah State's Jalen Moore to submit name for NBA draft

    March 25, 2016

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Utah State junior forward Jalen Moore said Friday that he will submit his name for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.Moore is taking advantage of a new rule that allows underclassmen to attend the May 10-15 NBA draft combine to get feedback from teams and then decide their future as long as they haven't signed with an agent. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 25.

  • Georgia Tech fires men's basketball coach Brian Gregory

    March 25, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech's strong finish to the season wasn't enough to convince athletic director Mike Bobinski that Brian Gregory could bring bigger success in the future.Georgia Tech fired Gregory on Friday, less than 48 hours after another disappointing season ended in the NIT.

  • Maryland's late-season fade leads into offseason of change

    March 25, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Moments after Maryland concluded its season with a disheartening loss to Kansas, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon expressed hope that the team's appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament would serve as a ''springboard'' for the future of the program.

  • Stanford hires Jerod Haase as new men's basketball coach

    March 25, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford hired University of Alabama at Birmingham coach Jerod Haase as its new basketball coach Friday, a week and a half after firing eighth-year coach Johnny Dawkins.Athletic director Bernard Muir is determined to return the Cardinal to being a regular NCAA Tournament contender as the program was under longtime coach Mike Montgomery over nearly two decades. Haase, who just completed his fourth season at UAB, will be formally introduced Monday on The Farm.

  • Gonzaga taking on Syracuse's vaunted zone in Sweet 16

    March 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) With Kyle Wiltjer taking aim from long distance, Gonzaga has seen very little zone defense this season. ''Less than 30 possessions,'' coach Mark Few estimated.That all changes Friday.Gonzaga and its efficient offense take on Syracuse and its famed matchup zone when the only remaining double-digit seeds in the NCAA Tournament face off in the Midwest Regional semifinals. The Bulldogs are trying to get back to the final eight for the second straight year, while the Orange are on the brink of their first appearance in the fourth round since 2013.

  • Wisconsin's road to 3rd straight Final 4 runs through Irish

    March 25, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Let some of the other top seeds lose and blow up NCAA Tournament brackets.A safer wager these days is betting all the cheese curds on Wisconsin to make a deep run in March.The Badgers (22-12) are as much a staple of the tournament this time of year - and that first weekend in April - as any traditional blue blood program. Wisconsin is two wins away in the East Regional from becoming the first program since UCLA (2006-2008) to make three straight Final Fours.

  • UCF introduces Johnny Dawkins as new men's basketball coach

    March 24, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Johnny Dawkins and UCF officials believe that he will be a good fit for the men's basketball program.Dawkins said when he was formally introduced Thursday as the seventh coach in program history that UCF gives him an opportunity to do some good things. The school had announced Dawkins' hire on Wednesday.

  • Notre Dame and Syracuse only schools still in both tourneys

    March 24, 2016

    When Jim Boeheim leads Syracuse into the Sweet 16 on Friday night against Gonzaga, he'll be in uncharted territory as his 40th season winds down. Boeheim's Orange are playing on the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and so are the Syracuse women - for the first time in program history.

  • A guide to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16

    March 24, 2016

    The NCAA Tournament started about as expected, the upsets, buzzer beaters and extraordinary performances coming at nearly every turn.Now that the first week is over and the pixie dust has settled, the bracket is down to a Sweet 16 that includes 15 teams from college basketball's Power Seven conferences and Gonzaga. Considering the Zags are already a basketball powerhouse, this is a Sweet 16 for the big boys.

  • No underdogs, but still some folks to cheer for in Sweet 16

    March 24, 2016

    VCU: Vanquished.Yale: Back to class.Hawaii: Said Aloha.Stephen F. Austin: History.Looking for that only-in-March underdog to cheer for in the Sweet 16? Not gonna find them.Instead, the tally of teams left in the NCAA Tournament reads like a Who's Who list of college basketball's best program: All four No. 1 seeds advanced, and even the so-called underdogs - No. 10 Syracuse and No. 11 Gonzaga - aren't looking or acting like them.

  • TIPPING OFF: Coach K not worried about 0-4 record out West

    March 24, 2016

    Now that we've caught our collective breath after the upsets and dramatic finishes of the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, it's time to move on to the Sweet 16. The tournament re-starts Thursday with regional semifinals in Louisville and Anaheim. Some nuggets to peruse as you pursue a path to victory in your office pool:

  • Florida State's Bacon to submit name for NBA draft

    March 23, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman Dwayne Bacon announced Wednesday night that he will submit his name for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.The 6-foot-7 guard made the announcement on his Twitter account and it was confirmed by a school spokesman.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr offers support to Cal coach Martin

    March 23, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shout out to California coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday to offer his support and thanks during a rough stretch for the Golden Bears program.Kerr's son, Nick, was a walk-on reserve guard under Martin this past season - and Kerr is so thankful his son had such a great experience.

  • Washington's Murray, Chriss declare for NBA draft

    March 23, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray both declared for the NBA draft Wednesday and will hire agents, ending their college careers after one season and issuing a blow to the Huskies hopes of getting back to the NCAA Tournament next year.

  • Hoiberg reunited with Iowa State before regional in Chicago

    March 23, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was reunited with his former Iowa State players and coaching staff on Wednesday.Less than a year after leaving the Cyclones to accept the Bulls' job, Hoiberg greeted the team as it prepared for its Sweet Sixteen matchup against No. 1 seed Virginia at the United Center on Friday night.

  • Oregon takes the national stage against defending champ Duke

    March 23, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Dillon Brooks and his top-seeded Oregon Ducks have a golden opportunity to get college basketball's full attention Thursday night.That's because their Sweet Sixteen opponent, fourth-seeded Duke, travels under the biggest spotlight in the sport.

  • Oklahoma State introduces new coach Underwood

    March 23, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) An early assist in the Brad Underwood era at Oklahoma State came from his wife, Susan.On Monday, just a day after his Stephen F. Austin squad lost to Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Underwood accepted the job as Oklahoma State's basketball coach. The next day, in the midst of the whirlwind, his wife spoke up and eased his mind about the move.

  • Calipari: All eligible Kentucky players to enter NBA draft

    March 23, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says that every Kentucky player eligible to declare will submit their names for this year's NBA draft.Calipari posted tweets Wednesday saying Kentucky players of age will declare for the draft, though all may not attend the league's invitation-only combine. Under new NCAA rules, players declaring for the draft can return to school if they don't sign with an agent, have up to 10 days after the pre-draft combine to withdraw from consideration and can try out with an NBA team.

  • Providence's Bentil declares for NBA draft, won't hire agent

    March 23, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence sophomore Ben Bentil says that he will declare for the NBA draft but not hire an agent, leaving open the option to return to school.The forward announced his intentions in a statement released Wednesday. He has until May 25 to withdraw his name from draft consideration without forfeiting the remainder of collegiate eligibility.

  • Friendship will take a backseat in Villanova-Miami matchup

    March 23, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Friendship takes a backseat at the NCAA Tournament, especially with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line.Just ask Villanova coach Jay Wright.Wright has recruited and coached against Jim Larranaga for years. They grew close traveling together on Nike trips, sitting beside each other at AAU events or hitting balls on the golf course. They also have swapped ideas for basketball drills. They have spent so much time together that their wives became friends too.

  • Crean overcomes criticism to lead Hoosiers back to Sweet 16

    March 23, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has come a long way in 12 months.Instead of being bombarded by questions about his job, Crean confidently speaks his mind. Instead of being badgered by critics, he's hearing from supporters. And rather than getting emotional, Crean remains all business as he prepares for Friday night's East Regional semifinal matchup against top-seeded North Carolina.

  • Dayton gives coach Archie Miller an extra year on contract

    March 23, 2016

    Dayton coach Archie Miller has gotten a contract extension for the third straight year after leading the Flyers to a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and the NCAA Tournament.Miller's extension adds one year and additional compensation, taking him through the 2022-23 season.

  • Offseason questions loom for Frank Martin, South Carolina

    March 23, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's record-tying season is more likely to be remembered for its finish than its start.Despite a 15-0 start, 25 victories to match the all-time best mark set in 1970 and 11 wins in the Southeastern Conference, the Gamecocks missed out on the NCAA Tournament for a 12th straight season, had two players arrested earlier this month and lost six of their final 10 games.

  • Coach Mark Few wants Gonzaga to keep chip on its shoulder

    March 23, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga's surprising run to the Sweet 16 was accomplished because the Bulldogs have been playing in recent weeks with a chip on their shoulder and largely out of the national spotlight, coach Mark Few said.Now Few fears all the renewed attention, with praise in the media and on social networks, might become a distraction.

  • UCF hires Johnny Dawkins as next men's basketball coach

    March 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF has hired Johnny Dawkins as its new men's basketball coach.Dawkins, who will be the Knights seventh head coach since the program's inception in 1969, was fired last week by Stanford after coaching the Cardinal eight seasons.He replaces Donnie Jones, whose UCF run ended following a disappointing first-round loss to No. 10 seed Tulane during the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on March 10.

  • AP Source: UCF hires Johnny Dawkins as next basketball coach

    March 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says UCF has hired Johnny Dawkins as its new men's basketball coach.The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the move.Dawkins, who will be the Knights seventh head coach since the program's inception, was fired last week at Stanford after eight seasons. ESPN first reported UCF had hired Dawkins.

  • Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig thrives under pressure from 3

    March 23, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Just 2 seconds left on the clock with an NCAA Tournament game on the line. Not much time to drive. A shooter must be immune to pressure.Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig thrives in that moment.Among players left in the tourney, few may have the record of success from 3-point range that Koenig has had this season.

  • Notre Dame finally finding March success under Brey

    March 23, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes luck just might be on the side of the Irish.Through his first 14 seasons at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish had plenty of wins under Brey. Success in March was often elusive, though, and critics blamed Brey. Notre Dame never won a postseason conference title and had made it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament just once in nine tries.

  • Hoosiers turnaround inspired by tougher, stouter defense

    March 23, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) In those first days after Indiana's embarrassing early-season loss to Duke, the Hoosiers heard a cascade of complaints.Some contended they were overrated. Others suggested nothing had changed during the offseason. The most biting criticism might have been that they weren't living up to the school's defensive legacy.

  • Walton's World always entertains on air

    March 23, 2016

    The spectacular, magnificent world of Bill Walton spins a tie-dyed swirl of knowledge, calculated hyperbole, educational tangents, eccentricity, props and name drops, loyalty, intellectual curiosity, the Grateful Dead, bingo and, of course, basketball.

  • Reed, Mann lift Mid-America Christian to NAIA championship

    March 22, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Malcolm Mann had never before played in such a big game. His go-ahead layup at the buzzer danced around the rim before falling through the net, sending his Mid-America Christian team into a frenzy.''I knew it was going to go in,'' Mann said, grinning from ear to ear, ''We knew it was destined for us to win this whole thing.''

  • Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan plans to test NBA draft

    March 22, 2016

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan plans to enter the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, allowing him to possibly return to school next season.The 6-foot-9, 250-pound freshman made the announcement through the athletic department Tuesday.

  • NC State junior Anthony 'Cat' Barber to remain in NBA draft

    March 22, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State junior Anthony ''Cat'' Barber is skipping his final season to pursue an NBA career.Barber had previously indicated he would at least go through the draft evaluation process, which could allow him to potentially return to school. But team spokesman Josh Rattray said Tuesday evening that Barber has notified coach Mark Gottfried that he would remain in the draft.

  • Iowa State coach Prohm helps Cyclones reach Sweet 16

    March 22, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Few coaches in the country faced a bigger challenge than Iowa State's Steve Prohm in replacing Fred Hoiberg.With a win Friday over top-seeded Virginia in the Sweet 16, Prohm will have taken the Cyclones further than ''The Mayor'' ever did - to the Elite Eight.

  • Maryland assumes underdog role against top-seeded Kansas

    March 22, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) After spending much of the college basketball season ranked in the top 10, Maryland defeated a pair of lower seeded teams last week to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.On Thursday night against Kansas, the overall top seed in the tournament, Mark Turgeon's squad will be cast in a decidedly different role: Underdogs.

  • Guard-heavy lineup gives No. 1 seed UNC plenty of NCAA

    March 22, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Going smaller is becoming a big deal for North Carolina.The Tar Heels haven't hesitated to go to a lineup with four perimeter players around All-America candidate Brice Johnson or Isaiah Hicks more and more in recent weeks. It's an asset in the NCAA Tournament that allows the East Region's No. 1 seed to juggle lineups and speed up the pace against opponents heading into Friday's Sweet 16 game against No. 5-seed Indiana in Philadelphia.

  • ND's Auguste at best in March, shooting 86 percent in NCAAs

    March 22, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste is hitting shots at a record rate in NCAA Tournament.The 6-foot-10, 245-pound senior with the auburn-dyed hair has made 12-of-14 shots (85.7 percent) in two tournament wins for Notre Dame (23-11).

  • Memphis reviewing possible AD, coach conflict of interest

    March 22, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis is launching an investigation into whether athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while negotiating basketball coach Josh Pastner's 2013 raise and contract extension.University President M. David Rudd said in a statement Tuesday the school is ''aware of the accusations'' and is ''retaining an outside source to conduct the review.''

  • House leading the party at Texas A&M into Sweet 16

    March 22, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Danuel House had no points with 5 1/2 minutes left in regulation of Texas A&M's game against Northern Iowa.He and the Aggies were far from done. House finished with 22 points in an astonishing comeback that has the Aggies in their first Sweet 16 since 2007, where they'll face Oklahoma on Thursday.

  • Iowas State coach Prohm helps Cyclones reach Sweet 16

    March 22, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Few coaches in the country faced a bigger challenge than Iowa State's Steve Prohm in replacing Fred Hoiberg.With a win Friday over top-seeded Virginia in the Sweet 16, Prohm will have taken the Cyclones further than ''The Mayor'' ever did - to the Elite Eight.

  • Mississippi St G Newman opts for NBA draft, won't hire agent

    March 22, 2016

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State guard Malik Newman says he will declare for the NBA draft, but won't hire an agent, leaving open the possibility that he could return to school.Newman made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference on campus. The NCAA adopted a rule last year that allows underclassmen the ability to attend the NBA's pre-draft combine in May and receive an evaluation. The player can then decide whether or not to stay in the draft.

  • Virginia will have to prove defensive chops against Cyclones

    March 22, 2016

    Tony Bennett has elevated top-seeded Virginia's basketball program with solid defense and efficient offense, and the Cavaliers will have to be on their game to beat Iowa State.The teams meet in a Midwest Regional Sweet 16 game at Chicago's United Center on Friday.

  • Coaches: Oklahoma much more than Buddy Hield

    March 22, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Buddy Hield has drawn much of the attention surrounding Oklahoma's run to the Sweet 16 with his late-game scoring binges and clutch shots.Although he's the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament, he's just one reason the Sooners boast one of college basketball's most explosive offenses. Ryan Spangler, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard have joined Hield to start 102 consecutive games together. All four averaged double digit points this season and all have scored at least 1,000 career points.

  • Stuck in slump, Wisconsin's Hayes contributes in other ways

    March 22, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes made an important adjustment this March.The verbose forward once expressed his admiration for stenographers at the NCAA Tournament. This year, it's actress Lea Michele.That's Hayes - always finding a way to contribute on and off the court, even while in a shooting slump.

  • Jamie Dixon introduced at TCU, big boost for his alma mater

    March 22, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jamie Dixon is back at TCU, and the Horned Frogs are hoping their former player can provide a lot more winning moments for the program that has struggled in the Big 12 Conference.Even before Dixon entered the completely redone arena for his introduction as new coach at his alma mater, his biggest shot as a player was shown on the video board.

  • Wilkins, Collins headline college hoops Hall of Fame class

    March 22, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Georgia standout Dominique Wilkins and Doug Collins of Illinois State headline the eight-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.Wilkins played three seasons for the Bulldogs before embarking on a standout NBA career, making nine All-Star games while playing for the Hawks, Clippers, Celtics, Spurs and Magic.

  • Izzo will assist Davis as he explores option of entering NBA

    March 22, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State's Deyonta Davis is expected to do his due diligence as he decides whether to enter the NBA draft or stay in school for his sophomore season.Tom Izzo plans to do a lot of the legwork.''I'm going to assist him,'' Izzo said Tuesday. ''I'm going to talk to GMs. I'm going to talk to his high school coach, his grandmother, and I'm going to talk to DD. I'm going to probably give him my personal opinion. And, I'm going to remind everybody that you have to be ready to go physically, you have to be ready to go skillwise and you have to be ready to go mentally.''

  • Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell is new Rutgers basketball coach

    March 22, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Taking a program from worst to first has been Steve Pikiell's trademark in basketball.He did it as a player at Connecticut under Jim Calhoun. He did it as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State and George Washington, then again as a head coach in transforming little Stony Brook from an also ran to a perennial power in the American East Conference.

  • Anderson has NCAA tourney in sights next season for Arkansas

    March 22, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Mike Anderson narrowly avoided his first losing season as a head coach this season, a relative positive in a season full of ups and downs for Arkansas.The Razorbacks coach left little doubt on Monday that he fully expects many more ups than downs moving forward, starting with a return to the NCAA Tournament next season.

  • Dixon's departure leaves Panthers at crossroads

    March 22, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Howland began the millennium by giving the Pittsburgh basketball program an identity. Jamie Dixon turned it into a full-fledged Thing.A virtual unknown when he took over in 2003 after his mentor turned four solid years with the Panthers into a dream gig at UCLA, Dixon built the program in his own image. Overachieving. Tough. Relentless. It was a perfect meld of coach and city. Dixon's blue collar approach embodied by a group of grinders who turned every defensive possession into a personal affront and made NCAA Tournament appearances a regularity at a place where they had been a rarity for decades.

  • Glut of ACC teams in Sweet 16 is great, but so are underdogs

    March 22, 2016

    The NCAA Tournament has reached the Sweet 16, and many of the usual suspects made it. There also are a few surprise teams and matchups. Don't feel bad if you're having trouble keeping track of it all.Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli spoke for many over the weekend when he said there's only so much college basketball a person can absorb when there are games on television night after night starting in November. In fact, he confessed he knew nothing about his team's second-round opponent, the Oregon Ducks, before he found out his Hawks would be playing them.

  • Oklahoma St. hires SFA's Brad Underwood as men's hoops coach

    March 21, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) One day after his upstart Stephen F. Austin squad nearly knocked off Notre Dame, Brad Underwood has a new job.Underwood has been hired as Oklahoma State's new men's basketball coach. Oklahoma State made the announcement Monday in a news release.

  • Florida State's Malik Beasley to enter NBA draft

    March 21, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman guard Malik Beasley announced Monday night that he will enter the NBA draft.''The things I have learned and the growth I have realized this season as both a person and player have made me confident that I can take the next step in realizing my dreams to play at the next level,'' Beasley said in a statement.

  • Wiltjer helps deliver Gonzaga back to Sweet 16

    March 21, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Fourth grade was when it started for Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer.That jumper with the smooth release off his hand that has helped lead Gonzaga back to a familiar place in the NCAA Tournament can be traced back to when Wiltjer was 10 years old.

  • Miami plays Villanova with chance at 1st Elite 8 berth

    March 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The Miami Hurricanes leave locker room language in the locker room, because coach Jim Larranaga prohibits cursing on the court.What the heck?''One of our messages is that success is based on self-discipline,'' Larranaga said. ''If you're swearing all the time, you'll swear in the game and get yourself a technical foul or get yourself out of sync or out of control.''

  • Shyatt steps down as Wyoming coach; Edwards is new coach

    March 21, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Larry Shyatt has resigned his head coaching job at Wyoming, an Allen Edwards, who has been an assistant coach under Shyatt the last five seasons, was named the new head coach.Shyatt says he's proud of his players' accomplishments on the court and in the classroom and praised his staff, which includes his son, Jeremy.

  • Maryland, Indiana, Wisconsin carry Big Ten flag in NCAAs

    March 21, 2016

    The trio of Big Ten schools left in the NCAA Tournament has forged unique paths to the Sweet 16.Maryland was the preseason conference favorite, while Indiana was the unlikely regular-season champion.As for the Wisconsin Badgers, just call `em the comeback kids.

  • Lucky and good: Cyclones streak to Sweet 16

    March 21, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) For years, nothing seemed to break in Iowa State's favor during the NCAA Tournament.This might finally be the March for the Cyclones.Iowa State (23-11) is back in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years, and this time the Cyclones are healthy and rolling heading into Friday's game against top-seeded Virginia in Chicago. If it can upset the Cavaliers, Iowa State will face either Syracuse or Gonzaga, both double-digit seeds, for a trip to the Final Four.

  • LSU freshman Ben Simmons announces he'll enter the NBA draft

    March 21, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons, who led the Tigers in scoring, rebounds and assists this season, has decided to turn pro and relinquish his final three seasons of college eligibility.''We knew that there was a great possibility that Ben would only be at LSU for one season,'' coach Johnny Jones said Monday.

  • Miami plays Villanova with chance at 1st Elite Eight berth

    March 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The Miami Hurricanes leave locker room language in the locker room, because coach Jim Larranaga prohibits cursing on the court.What the heck?''One of our messages is that success is based on self-discipline,'' Larranaga said. ''If you're swearing all the time, you'll swear in the game and get yourself a technical foul or get yourself out of sync or out of control.''

  • Dixon leaving Pittsburgh to take over at TCU, his alma mater

    March 22, 2016

    Jamie Dixon is leaving Pittsburgh to become head coach at TCU, where he played on the last Horned Frogs team that won an NCAA Tournament game nearly three decades ago.TCU hired Dixon on Monday, a week after Trent Johnson was fired with only eight Big 12 Conference wins in his four seasons.

  • AP source: Dixon leaving Pittsburgh for TCU, his alma mater

    March 21, 2016

    A person familiar with the situation says that Jamie Dixon is leaving Pittsburgh to become head coach at TCU, where he played in the 1980s.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no official announcement from either school.

  • No. 1 seed Jayhawks rolling along in NCAA Tournament

    March 21, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament did nothing to dispute its front-runner status through the opening weekend, despite upsets galore that rendered so many brackets nothing more than confetti.More important, Kansas lived up to its own expectations after failing to do that the last two years.

  • Upsets create new Final Four paths for 1-seeds Virginia, UNC

    March 21, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Upsets and wild finishes have altered the NCAA Tournament landscape for No. 1 seeds Virginia and North Carolina in their bids for the Final Four.Ten of the top 16 seeds have reached the Sweet 16, and seven of those are with fellow top seeds Oregon in the West Region or Kansas in the South. But the Midwest and East have lost several expected roadblocks for the Cavaliers and Tar Heels, respectively.

  • A late dunk, a last-second 3 add to Cincinnati's heartbreak

    March 21, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Octavius Ellis slumped on a stool near the basket for the longest time, unable to fathom how he's just missed giving Cincinnati a game-tying dunk. Myles Davis pulled his white, No. 15 jersey over his face and slid to the court, unable to comprehend how Xavier's season had just ended.

  • LSU freshman Ben Simmons says he is declaring for NBA draft

    March 21, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons, who led the Tigers in scoring, rebounds and assists this season, says he is leaving the Tigers to turn pro.Simmons, who made his announcement in an interview published Monday by ESPN, says he will soon hire an agent and enter the NBA draft, for which Simmons has been widely projected as a top overall pick. Simmons did not involve LSU in his announcement and school officials did not immediately provide any reaction to Simmons decision, but coach Johnny Jones insinuated last week that he did not expect Simmons to be back.

  • Iowa's promising season ends in disappointment

    March 21, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A surprise run to the top of the Big Ten standings was evidence that Iowa's once-dead program is on solid footing.Yet another late-season collapse was proof that the Hawkeyes still have plenty of work to do.Iowa reached its third straight NCAA Tournament for the first time in 23 years. But for the second time in three years, the Hawkeyes (22-11) closed out with a thud.

  • At 12-1, ACC rolls in NCAAs with record 6 teams in Sweet 16

    March 21, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Atlantic Coast Conference teams aren't taking anyone lightly in the NCAA Tournament because of their status as Power 5 schools.Maybe that's why they're rolling along with a record number of teams in the Sweet 16.The ACC went 12-1 in the tournament's opening weekend and put an NCAA-record six teams in the regional semifinals: No. 1 seeds North Carolina and Virginia, No. 3 seed Miami, No. 4 seed Duke, No. 6 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Syracuse.

  • TIPPING OFF: What just happened, and what's coming next

    March 21, 2016

    A region-by-region look at what you might have missed last week and what you shouldn't miss next week, as the NCAA Tournament heads into the Sweet 16.---EASTGOING TO FORM: Not that it's unusual for a No. 1 seed to encounter very few problems in its first two games. But given all the talk about parity, upsets and the rest of the twists and turns during this unpredictable season, North Carolina's dominance was impressive. Two wins by a total of 45 points. And the second-round game, against Providence, was actually competitive for the first half. Just enough to keep the Tar Heels sharp - and then they ran away. ''I probably think we've played our best basketball the entire season in the last couple of weeks,'' coach Roy Williams said. Hard to disagree.

  • Texas A&M downs N Iowa with historic last-minute comeback

    March 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Northern Iowa appeared all but ready to book its plane tickets to California for next week's Sweet 16.That was before Texas A&M put together the biggest last-minute comeback in NCAA Division I history.Led by Alex Caruso's 25 points and 22 more from Danuel House in the second half and overtimes, the third-seeded Aggies (28-8) rallied from 12 points down with 44 seconds remaining in regulation - 10 down with less than 30 seconds - to defeat the Panthers 92-88 in double overtime on Sunday night.

  • Texas A&M makes up 12 pts in last 44 secs to down UNI 92-88

    March 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Northern Iowa appeared all but ready to book its plane tickets to California for next week's Sweet 16.That was before Texas A&M put together the biggest last-minute comeback in NCAA Division I history.Led by Alex Caruso's 25 points and 22 more from Danuel House in the second half and overtimes, the third-seeded Aggies (28-8) rallied from 12 points down with 44 seconds remaining in regulation - 10 down with less than 30 seconds - to defeat the Panthers 92-88 in double overtime on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: 2nd round ends with a flurry, Sweet 16 field set

    March 21, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Oregon leads St. Joseph's 32-27 at halftime

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Koenig helps Wisconsin edge Xavier 66-63

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • Texas A&M uses furious comeback to down Northern Iowa, 92-88

    March 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Northern Iowa appeared all but ready to book its plane tickets to California for next week's Sweet 16.That was before Texas A&M put together one of the most remarkable and memorable last-minute comebacks in NCAA Tournament history.

  • The Latest: Northern Iowa loses to Texas A&M 92-88 in 2OT

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Hawaii looks to extend road trip a little longer

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: ACC teams on a roll heading into Sweet 16

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Oklahoma gets physical with VCU, Mo Alie-Cox

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • Kentucky's up-and-down season ends with early tourney exit

    March 20, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky was looking like a national championship contender a week ago after winning the Southeastern Conference championship, playing some of its best basketball of the season.Then, as has been a problem all season with the Wildcats, they took a step back in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. As a result, Kentucky is looking forward to next year after Saturday's 73-67 loss to Indiana. The Wildcats' annual roster makeover looms, but only after they digest an earlier-than-expected postseason departure.

  • The Latest: Notre Dame holds off Stephen F. Austin, 76-75

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Oklahoma reserve out vs. VCU amid family death

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Stephen F. Austin's Walkup called for 3 foul

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Stephen F. Austin has success with 2 styles

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Stephen F. Austin's game different this time

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Villanova erase memories of recent 2-round flops

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Fans in NYC hope Villanova doesn't stumble again

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • The Latest: Scoring crew that made error works another game

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

  • Weekend of upsets leaves Virginia as Midwest favorite

    March 20, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Here's how topsy-turvy the Midwest Region bracket became this weekend: All those upsets left the overlooked No. 1 seed as the team with clearest path toward winning it.That would be Virginia, which certainly couldn't be blamed for feeling overlooked or underappreciated while sharing a region with perennial tournament darling Michigan State.

  • TIPPING OFF: Round 2 of NCAA Tournament wraps up

    March 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Some things to think about Sunday as the second round of the NCAA Tournament wraps up:---ACC'S EASY ROAD:No league benefited from all those first round upsets quite like the Atlantic Coast Conference.Four ACC teams drew second-round matchups with double-digit seeds - more than any other conference - and two of those are coming Sunday.

  • Doubling down: Double-digit seeds have trouble following up

    March 20, 2016

    DENVER (AP) - Remember that wild, unpredictable, bracket-destroying, anything-can-happen first round of the NCAA Tournament?That's over now.The second round is starting out like a convention of the been-there-done-that's.Ten double-digit teams advanced to the round of 32. Four of them played Saturday. Only one of them won - and that was Gonzaga, which is currently looking as much like an 11 seed as North Carolina or Duke.

  • Gonzaga's Sabonis gets best of Utah's Poeltl

    March 20, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak renewed his call for the NCAA to adopt the six-foul limit like the pros have after seeing his 7-footer spend almost as much time on the bench as he did on the basketball court.Jakob Poeltl will get the extra cushion soon if he declares for the NBA draft, as many expect.

  • The Latest: Tar Heels in Sweet 16 after putting away Friars

    March 20, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---11:55 p.m.North Carolina is going back to the Sweet 16 after pulling away to beat Providence 85-66 on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Fouls pile up for Providence against UNC

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---11:25 p.m.The fouls started piling up early for Providence. It turned into a huge problem midway through the second half.

  • The Latest: Zags easily dispatch Utah, return to Sweet 16

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---10:35 p.m.Another upset is in the books.No. 11 seed Gonzaga has dispatched third-seeded Utah 82-59 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

  • The Latest: Ex-KU star Manning watches Jayhawks seal deal

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---10:15Current Wake Forest coach and former Kansas star Danny Manning was on hand to watch Kansas seal its trip to the Sweet 16.

  • The Latest: Despite loss, no tears for Trojans' Chris Beard

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---10 p.m.Despite losing to Iowa State 78-61, Trojans coach Chris Beard said there were no tears in the locker room for the first time in his 22 seasons as a coach.

  • The Latest: Hey, still awake? North Carolina about to tipoff

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---9:40 p.m.Well, it's late, late, late but North Carolina and Providence are finally ready to tip off.

  • The Latest: It's all Gonzaga; Zags lead Utah 44-29 at half

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---9:30 p.m.The 11 seed - Gonzaga - has gotten 11 points each from Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis to take a 44-29 lead over Utah at halftime.

  • The Latest: Kevin Ollie's perfect NCAA record in trouble

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---9:10 p.m.UConn coach Kevin Ollie's perfect NCAA Tournament record is in trouble.

  • Kentucky falters, loses to Indiana 73-67

    March 19, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) This March, Kentucky's fabulous freshmen couldn't get it done when it mattered most.Freshman Thomas Bryant scored 15 of his 19 points in the final eight minutes, Yogi Ferrell had 18 and fifth-seeded Indiana beat Kentucky 73-67 Saturday to earn a spot in the regional semifinals in Philadelphia.

  • The Latest: Wiltjer's shooting slump ends as Zags lead Utah

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---9 p.m.Kyle Wiltjer's shooting slump is over.After a 5-for-14 night in a win over Seton Hall, the Gonzaga forward has made four of his first five shots - including all three 3-point tries - to stake the Zags to an early 24-15 lead over Utah.

  • Versatility a key as top-seed Oregon faces St. Joseph's

    March 19, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) For most anyone outside of Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's DeAndre' Bembry is an unknown star even though he was the Atlantic 10 player of the year.For anyone not situated on the West Coast, how Oregon landed a No. 1 seed is a mystery even with the Ducks winning the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles.

  • The Latest: Big men take center stage as Utah faces Gonzaga

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---8:45 p.m.The big fellas have taken center stage in Denver.

  • The Latest: Kansas starts fast vs UConn

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---7:22 p.m.Top-seeded Kansas looks primed to return to the Sweet 16 after two straight second-round flameouts.

  • Beavers bummed about early exit, but excited for the future

    March 19, 2016

    Despite an early exit in their return to the NCAA Tournament, the Oregon State Beavers have a future that looks bright.It was only two years ago that coach Wayne Tinkle inherited a broken roster and had to hold open tryouts. But in his short tenure in Corvallis, the Beavers returned to the Big Dance for the first time in 26 years.

  • Montero, Saarela lead St. Thomas past Benedictine in DIII

    March 19, 2016

    SALEM, Va. (AP) Taylor Montero sat with a piece of a national championship net laying on the table in front of him and paused when he was reminded that he and four fellow St. Thomas of Minnesota seniors don't have to get up for practice tomorrow, or probably ever again.

  • The Latest: Iowa St advances to Sweet 16 with win over UALR

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---8:15 p.m.Led by 28 points from Georges Niang, fourth-seeded Iowa State defeated Little Rock 78-61 to make it to the Sweet 16.

  • Experienced Panthers eager to carry momentum forward

    March 19, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul Jesperson had the expected barrage of text messages and voicemails waiting on him following his half-court miracle that beat Texas on Friday night.But the senior quickly put his shining NCAA Tournament moment behind him - preferring instead to wake up Saturday morning with his full focus on Northern Iowa's second-round matchup with Texas A&M.

  • The Latest: Defense dominating in Butler-Virginia game

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---8 p.m.It's been a tight first half between Butler and Virginia.

  • Indiana tops Kentucky 73-67 for Sweet 16 berth

    March 19, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kentucky had the stars. But Indiana had more toughness - and that's why the Hoosiers are headed back to the Sweet 16.Freshman Thomas Bryant scored 15 of his 19 points in the final eight minutes, Yogi Ferrell had 18 and fifth-seeded Indiana beat Kentucky 73-67 Saturday to earn a spot in the regional semifinals in Philadelphia.

  • The Latest: Hoosiers knock off Kentucky, move on to Sweet 16

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---7:48 p.m.From one prestigious program to another for Indiana?

  • The Latest: Will Wade's age sometimes a factor off court

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---7:40 p.m.VCU coach Will Wade was born in 1982, one year after Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger started his first head coaching job.

  • The Latest: Indiana loses another player to injury

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---6:55 p.m.Remember when the two fouls Thomas Bryant picked up early in the first half was a concern for Indiana? Well, that's no longer the issue.

  • No. 13 seed Hawaii to play 4th-seeded Maryland

    March 19, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The celebration was short for Hawaii after its first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Next up for the No. 13 seed Rainbow Warriors is a tough Maryland team on Sunday.''Celebrate? Not too much,'' guard Roderick Bobbitt said Saturday. ''We know we had to get that game behind us. Everybody on the islands celebrated for us.''

  • The Latest: Indiana leads Kentucky; Little Rock ready

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---6:25 p.m.Indiana has a 33-32 lead over Kentucky at halftime in this much-anticipated second-round matchup in the East Region. The catalyst for the Hoosiers has been the reserves.

  • Oklahoma faces another dangerous double-digit seed in VCU

    March 19, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said his team sees Virginia Commonwealth simply as a good team heading into their second-round NCAA Tournament matchup on Sunday.The Rams aren't in a Power Five conference - they play in the Atlantic 10. And VCU was one of a record 10 double-digit seeds that won in the opening round - the 10th-seeded Rams knocked off seventh-seeded Oregon State to advance in the West Region.

  • The Latest: Indiana's Johnson leaves game vas Kentucky

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---6:00 p.m.Indiana guard Robert Johnson has left the game against Kentucky with an apparent injury to his left ankle, the same one that kept him out of the last four games before the NCAA Tournament.

  • Badgers, Musketeers preparing for physical NCAA clash

    March 19, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Wisconsin and Xavier might as well be playing their NCAA Tournament game in a boxing ring.Or maybe call UFC boss Dana White and rent a cage.Under newly minted coach Greg Gard, the seventh-seeded Badgers pounded their way past Pittsburgh in a 47-43 first-round game that lacked any pretense of prettiness, and second-seeded Xavier relied on bruising big men James Farr and Jalen Reynolds while stomping on Weber State on Friday night.

  • The Latest: Xavier, like xylophone; Anthony-Towns at KU game

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---5:25 p.m.Xavier has been to the Sweet 16 in five of the past eight years, so coach Chris Mack figures it's time people learn to pronounce its name.

  • Doing it all: Versatile Walkup, Stephen F. Austin face Irish

    March 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson was in the locker room, still digesting a first-round victory against Michigan when he got the inevitable question: What do you know about your next opponent?For Colson and the Fighting Irish, that meant No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin, which beat three seed West Virginia on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament. The Lumberjacks take a 21-game winning streak, longest in the nation, into their East Region matchup Sunday with sixth-seeded Notre Dame at Barclays Center.

  • The Latest: 'Nova or Iowa to end Sweet 16 drought; Yale out

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---5 p.m.Yale's hopes of advancing to the Sweet 16 has ended.

  • Villanova-Iowa bound to end a Sweet 16 drought, but just 1

    March 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) It's not the only thing being talked about around the Villanova basketball team but it sure takes up a lot of the discussion.The Wildcats have another chance to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They haven't been there since their run to the Final Four in 2009. This senior class will go down as the winningest in school history but it hasn't gotten past the second round.

  • The Latest: M-Tenn's Giddy Potts uses diet to improve game

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---4:30 p.m.The best 3-pointer shooter in the country arrived at Middle Tennessee State as a 6-foot-2, 240-pound bowling ball whose body looked like a linebacker's and whose stamina hardly cut it in college hoops.

  • Middle Tennessee State sets sights on upset of Syracuse

    March 19, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Middle Tennessee State made mush of millions of brackets when the plucky Blue Raiders sprung an upset of national title contender Michigan State, but there was at least one youngster happy with the outcome in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: Boeheim sympathizes with Izzo

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---3:50 p.m.Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim can sympathize with Michigan State's Tom Izzo, whose second-seeded Spartans were upset by Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: AP Source: Steve Pikiell to coach Rutgers

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---2:55 p.m.Just 48 hours after leading Stony Brook to its first NCAA Tournament appearance, coach Steve Pikiell has a new job.

  • The Latest: Miami first into Sweet 16

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---2:15 p.m.Miami is the first team to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16.

  • Michigan State's Valentine laments a game he'll never forget

    March 19, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine had one of the best seasons, and careers, in Michigan State basketball history.Valentine's last game, though, is one that will haunt him forever.The national player of the year candidate matched a season high with six turnovers and shot 5 of 13 in the second-seeded Spartans' stunning, 90-81 loss to 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

  • The Latest: Wichita State makes big second-half run

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---1:50 p.m.In just a few dizzying minutes, Wichita State has made it a ballgame.

  • Wichita State hoping to have 'Eye of the Tiger' in 2nd half

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---1:20 p.m.What's the musical choice for inspiring teams in the NCAA Tournament? A 1980's song that the players on the court weren't even alive to hear its debut, of course.

  • Wright State fires coach Billy Donlon after 6 seasons

    March 19, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wright State has fired coach Billy Donlon, who was the Horizon League's coach of the year once during his six seasons but couldn't lead the Raiders into the NCAA Tournament.The Raiders reached the conference's tournament title game in three of the past four years but lost each time. They went 22-13 this season, the third time in four years that they won 20 games, before losing to Green Bay in the tournament championship game.

  • Hoping to avoid upset, 3-seed Miami takes lead into half

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---1 p.m.Miami came out fast, then weathered a late surge by Wichita State to take a 32-19 lead into the half in the second round of South Region matchup.

  • AP source: Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell is new Rutgers coach

    March 19, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says Steve Pikiell of Stony Brook has been hired as Rutgers' basketball coach.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the university has not announced the decision.

  • Miami opens big early lead against Wichita State

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---12:35 p.m.The Miami Hurricanes have almost completely silenced the electricity that the Wichita State brought to the Dunkin Donuts' Center this week.

  • Miami has early edge against Wichita State

    March 19, 2016

    The Latest on the third full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):---12:25 p.m.Miami was a slight underdog against Wichita State entering the matchup for a berth in the Sweet 16.

  • The Latest: Auriemma not considering retirement

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the second full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in St. Louis; Spokane, Washington; New York; and Oklahoma City (All times EDT):11:55 a.m.UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma says the burden of living each year for the three weeks of the NCAA Tournament wears on him, but he's not yet ready to hang up his whistle.

  • The Latest: Vegas bettors going heavily for Dayton

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the second full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in St. Louis; Spokane, Washington; New York; and Oklahoma City (All times EDT):---11:54 a.m.Bettors at a chain of Las Vegas sports books seem particularly enamored with Dayton on the second day of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Rupp, Haskins left legacy extending beyond social barriers

    March 18, 2016

    Reggie Minton spent more than a decade matching wits with Don Haskins, back when he was coaching at the Air Force Academy, and there was one thing that always stood out in his mind.''He was very hard-nosed,'' Minton said. ''Very unforgiving.''The same could be said of Adolph Rupp, the Baron of the Bluegrass, who led top-ranked Kentucky against Haskins and Texas Western in the 1966 national championship game. Fifty years later, that matchup at Cole Field House in Maryland stands out as a watershed moment in college basketball as an all-black starting lineup beat an all-white team considered the best in the land.

  • AP WAS THERE: Texas Western beats Kentucky for 1966 title

    March 18, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - EDITOR'S NOTE:The following is a version of the game story transmitted by The Associated Press from the 1966 NCAA championship game between Kentucky and Texas Western.Much was made later of how Texas Western's all-black starting lineup beat the all-white Wildcats, but the game story itself was all about basketball. In one of the stories in the days that followed, Texas Western coach Don Haskins marveled that he had a chance to match wits with Kentucky's legendary Adolph Rupp.

  • Delaware fires men's basketball coach Monte Ross

    March 18, 2016

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) Delaware has fired men's basketball coach Monte Ross after the Blue Hens finished their second consecutive losing season with a 7-23 record.The school issued a statement Friday saying it was parting ways with Ross immediately. Acting athletic director Matthew Robinson thanked Ross for his service but said the university needs to start a new chapter with the men's basketball program.

  • St. Louis subs in new nets before games begin

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the second full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in St. Louis; Spokane, Washington; New York; and Oklahoma City (All times EDT):11:15 a.m.Some small-school nets are getting a chance to shine on college basketball's biggest stage.

  • TIPPING OFF: What to watch in second day of NCAA Tournament

    March 18, 2016

    Looking ahead to Friday's NCAA Tournament action and the best of Thursday's games:---CALIFORNIA FACING DISTRACTIONSOne of the most intriguing issues in Friday's NCAA Tournament action is how California will respond after two major losses in the last few days.

  • Ollie and 0: UConn's coach is 7 for 7 in NCAA Tourney games

    March 18, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Look at the ''O'' in Kevin Ollie's last name long enough, and the letter might flatten into a zero.As in the number of times Connecticut has lost an NCAA Tournament game in seven tries with Ollie as head coach.Rodney Purvis, Daniel Hamilton, and a stifling defense carried UConn back from an 11-point deficit in their game against Colorado, and the Huskies made 95.7 percent of their free throws on their way to a 74-67 victory on Thursday for a second-round matchup with Kansas.

  • From controversy to NCAA upset artist, Yale eyeing more

    March 18, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The Yale basketball team was still rumbling in the locker room about its bracket-busting victory over Baylor, and in the doorway, Herman Jones wanted to take the volume up one more notch to celebrate his son's win.''Come on Duke!'' the father of Bulldogs coach James Jones yelled. It was a direct summons to West Region No. 4 seed Duke, who Yale will face in the second round of the NCAA Tournament after notching the first upset of the March Madness season with a 79-75 win over fifth seed Baylor on Thursday.

  • With Whitehead shut down, Seton Hall goes out against Zags

    March 18, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Isaiah Whitehead's scoring spree couldn't have ended at a worse time.The Seton Hall sophomore, who scored 70 points in three games to lift the Pirates to the Big East title, couldn't find the basket Thursday night in a 68-52 loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Arizona falters against Wichita State, loses 65-55

    March 18, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Tears welling in his eyes as he sat in the Arizona locker room after a season-ending loss, Ryan Anderson wasn't quite ready for the sudden end of his college career.''It's been a great two years. I've played in some great games,'' said Anderson, who transferred to Arizona from Boston College for his final year.

  • The Latest: In 16 NCAA Tournament games, 7 lower seeds win

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):1:10 a.m.In 16 games on Thursday to start the NCAA Tournament, seven lower-seeded teams win.

  • Zags: Gonzaga moves on with 68-52 victory over Seton Hall

    March 18, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Sure, there were doubts that Gonzaga would make it back to the NCAA Tournament this year.Now that the Zags are here, they're making plans to stay a while.The Bulldogs pulled away from Seton Hall for a 68-52 victory Thursday night behind a 21-point, 16-rebound effort from Domantas Sabonis and a shutdown defensive effort on Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead.

  • Kentucky routs Stony Brook 85-57, gets Indiana next

    March 18, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Maybe John Calipari was onto something when he suggested Kentucky was under-seeded.Jamal Murray led five players in double figures with 19 points and the fourth-seeded Wildcats, behind an NCAA Tournament-record 15 blocked shots, routed Stony Brook 85-57 on Thursday night to set up a showdown with rival Indiana in the second round on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Seton Hall's Willard gets T'd up for arguing

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):12:40 a.m.Oh, coach.Seton Hall's Kevin Willard just got T'd up for arguing a call, just as the Pirates had finally carved Gonzaga's double-digit lead down to eight.

  • The Latest: Don't call No. 9 Providence's win an upset

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):12:25 p.m.Whatever you do, don't call Providence's win over Southern California an upset.

  • The Latest: Spicy R2 matchup set with Kentucky-Indiana

    March 18, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):12:15 p.m.The juicy Kentucky-Indiana matchup for Round 2 is set.

  • Kentucky blows past Stony Brook 85-57 in NCAA Tournament

    March 18, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Maybe John Calipari was onto something when he suggested Kentucky was under-seeded.Jamal Murray led five players in double figures with 19 points and the fourth-seeded Wildcats, behind an NCAA Tournament-record 15 blocked shots, routed Stony Brook 85-57 on Thursday night to set up a showdown with rival Indiana in the second round on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Zags lead at halftime, mostly without Wiltjer

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):11:50 p.m.Thanks to 12 points and six rebounds from Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga leads Seton Hall 35-25 at halftime.

  • The Latest: Kentucky takes seed woes out on Stony Brook

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):---11:45 p.m.Kentucky is taking its disdain for that No. 4 seed out on Stony Brook with an inspired performance on both ends of the floor, taking a 68-38 lead into the TV timeout with 7:52 left in the first-round game.

  • The Latest: Last game of night tips - Gonzaga-Seton Hall

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):---11:10 p.m.The last game of the night is under way in Denver - Gonzaga vs. Seton Hall.

  • The Latest: UNC win breaks Williams' tie with Dean Smith

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):10:45 p.m.North Carolina ended up doing what No. 1 seeds do: staying perfect against a No. 16 seed. And that secured their coach a milestone win.

  • The Latest: Bentil doing it all for Providence against USC

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):10:15 p.m.Ben Bentil is doing it all for Providence.The Big East's leading scorer had a hand in each of the first 16 points scored by the Friars through the first 6 1/2 minutes of their NCAA Tournament opener against Southern California.

  • Saint Joseph's and Cincinnati to play in 1st round of NCAAs

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Cincinnati will take the floor Friday for the first time since losing a four-overtime thriller to UConn in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals, and guard Troy Caupain said the Bearcats have recovered from the loss.''It was tough, but we got a lot of encouragement,'' Caupain said Thursday.

  • Ray Harper resigns as Western Kentucky basketball coach

    March 17, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper has resigned.It is unknown whether Harper's resignation is related to the suspensions of Hilltopper players Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal following a hearing Wednesday night by the school's disciplinary committee. No specifics about what rules the players violated were mentioned in a release Thursday night, and athletic director Todd Stewart said federal privacy law prevented the school from discussing details about student disciplinary cases.

  • Tyler Dorsey a catalyst to Oregon's surge for No. 1 seed

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) When freshman Tyler Dorsey arrived at Oregon, his default was to keep silent.As the season progressed, Dorsey became more vocal. And not surprisingly, as Dorsey made his voice heard for the Ducks, his game became a catalyst for Oregon's late season surge to a No. 1 seed.

  • First-year Texas coach Smart no longer the underdog

    March 17, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) For years, Shaka Smart could play the underdog card as Virginia Commonwealth's coach.Smart's mid-major program beat the big boys all the way to the 2011 Final Four, and his VCU squads won two NCAA Tournament games in 2012 and 2013.

  • The Latest: Miami beats Buffalo, gets Wichita-Arizona winner

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):9:10 p.m.Miami has beaten Buffalo 79-72 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island. The Hurricanes will play either Wichita State or Arizona on Saturday.

  • Illinois' Nunn arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

    March 17, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) University of Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn was jailed Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery after turning himself in to police, the latest of several recent allegations of misconduct by members of the school's basketball program.

  • Thursday's NCAA Tournament Capsules

    March 17, 2016

    One 12 seed got its first NCAA Tournament win in program history. Another staged a huge comeback then hung on for a double-overtime victory. And, as usual, the No. 1 seeds have so far assured themselves a spot in the second round.It's opening day at the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: Mocs 3rd 12 seed to hang, trailing Indiana

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):8:30 p.m.Could Chattanooga make it 3-0 for the 12 seeds on Thursday?

  • Texas A&M aims for respect in first NCAA tourney since 2011

    March 17, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Danuel House cringed as soon as heard the word ''overlooked'' during a question about Texas A&M's season on Thursday.It was inevitable after Kentucky coach John Calipari said earlier in the week he felt the fourth-seeded Wildcats should have been seeded higher in the NCAA Tournament than the Aggies after their Southeastern Conference Tournament championship victory.

  • The Latest: FGCU trying to top 'Dunk City' vs N Carolina

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):8:20 p.m.The team best known for its ''Dunk City'' run to the Sweet 16 as a 15-seed in 2013 opened its game Thursday trying to top that.

  • The Latest: Nevada bettor wins K on Little Rock, Yale

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):8:10 p.m.Good luck trying to find someone happier about Yale and Little Rock's upsets than one Nevada bettor.

  • Pressure! West Virginia, Stephen F Austin match frenetic D

    March 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) West Virginia and Stephen F. Austin meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional and it could get messy. There will be turnovers. Maybe lots of them.''I hope there's not and I hope there is,'' Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood said.

  • The Latest: North Carolina fans comfy in rival arena

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):7:40 p.m.As expected, North Carolina's blue-clad fans have made themselves at home in a rival school's arena.

  • The Latest: Little Rock upsets Purdue in 2OT in NCAA tourney

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):7:35 p.m.It's finally over in Denver.Arkansas Little Rock has upset fifth seed Purdue 85-83 in double overtime.

  • The Latest: Little Rock wins for 2nd 12-5 upset of day

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):7:30 p.m.Just another 12-5 upset: Little Rock takes down Purdue 85-83 for the second of the day on Thursday.

  • New-look Badgers back in NCAA Tournament against Pittsburgh

    March 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Much has changed at Wisconsin since last year's fun-loving ride to the national title game.Bo Ryan has retired, the ultra-successful coach replaced by longtime assistant Greg Gard. Player of the year Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are playing in the NBA. And the expectations that accompanied the Badgers to their second straight Final Four have been ever-so-slightly tempered.

  • Michigan-Notre Dame is still a great rivalry

    March 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Michigan-Notre Dame. A crisp fall afternoon in South Bend, Indiana. A cloudy, snowy day in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Forget football in the Midwest. These two schools are playing basketball in Brooklyn.Sixth-seeded Notre Dame and 11th-seeded Michigan, which beat Tulsa in a First Four game on Wednesday night, meet Friday in a first round game in the East Regional at Barclays Center.

  • The Latest: Hagins sends Little Rock to 2OT against Purdue

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):7:10 p.m.So nice, let's do it twice.Purdue and Little Rock are headed for overtime number two in Denver.

  • The Latest: Little Rock, Purdue head to OT tied at 70

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):6:55 p.m.We're headed to OT in Denver.Josh Hagins made a 30-footer with less than a second left to send Little Rock to overtime against Purdue, tied at 70.

  • California tries to set aside distractions facing Hawaii

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) When California believed the off-court distractions were finished, an on-court problem with more immediate consequences arrived.It hasn't been the easiest week for the fourth-seeded Golden Bears.''It's been a rough week for the team and everything,'' Cal's Jabari Bird said. ''But we have had up and downs throughout the whole entire year, so it's nothing new for us.''

  • Xavier opens tourney vs Weber St, hoping for deep run

    March 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Xavier's No. 2 seed is the best in school history. The Musketeers won't be satisfied without a deep NCAA Tournament run to match.The school made it to the round of 16 last March and is in the field for the 10th time in 11 years. Hopes are high entering Friday night's opener against 15th-seeded Weber State that this will be the start of a drive that produces the school's first Final Four appearance.

  • The Latest: Kansas cruises, gets UConn next in NCAA tourney

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):6:30 p.m.Kansas is cruising into the second round of the South Region after little resistance from No. 16 seed Austin Peay. The next game for the No. 1 overall seed Jayhawks promises to be a lot tougher, with UConn waiting on Saturday.

  • The Latest: 8-9 games are a tossup, Yale upsets Baylor

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):6:20 p.m.College basketball fans love picking on the NCAA Tournament selection committee. But one area the committee clearly has a handle on is No. 8 vs. No. 9 games.

  • The Latest: Yale upsets Baylor, setting up game vs. Duke

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):5:40 p.m.Yale got 31 points from Makai Mason in its 79-75 upset of Baylor.

  • The Latest: Yale upsets Baylor despite late push

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):5:35 p.m.UPSET ALERT: No. 12 seed Yale holds off a final push from fifth-seeded Baylor to pull off an upset, 79-75. Yale gets a win in its first NCAA Tournament game since 1962.

  • Jackrabbits seek 1st NCAA Tournament win

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy has no illusions that his team will win a shootout with fifth-seeded Maryland in their NCAA Tournament opener on Friday.Nagy said the Jackrabbits will have to rely on defense and rebounding if they want a chance to win the first NCAA game in program history.

  • The Latest: Cal guard Wallace breaks bone in right hand

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):5:10 p.m.California point guard Tyrone Wallace broke a bone in his right hand during a non-contact drill in practice on Wednesday.

  • UVa routs Hampton 81-45 after Bennett collapses, returns

    March 17, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Anthony Gill scored 19 points and Virginia beat Hampton 81-45 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.London Perrantes had 12 points and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 11 for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-6).They shot 55 percent, hit 12 3-pointers and put this one well out of reach with a 20-3 run late in the first half before coach Tony Bennett collapsed and was taken to the locker room a few seconds early.

  • Full houses in Vegas books, where the betting starts early

    March 17, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) This was most certainly not a message approved by the NCAA.Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday a cheer went up in the sports book at the Red Rock hotel-casino. The massive big screens showed Coach Mike Krzyzewski taking his seat on the Duke sideline, ready for the opening tip against UNC Wilmington.

  • Michigan State promises it won't overlook MTSU

    March 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Michigan State is making its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. That alone should strike fear into the Spartans' opening-round opponent.Coach Tom Izzo knows the pedigree won't do much good in Friday's matchup against Middle Tennessee State. Players realize that this time of the year there can be no off games.

  • The Latest: KU starts strong; Spring training follows NCAA

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):5:01 p.m.Wayne Selden's NCAA Tournament struggles have dogged him for years.

  • Fired Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter: It's been a difficult day

    March 17, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Fired University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball coach Rob Jeter says it's been a difficult day.Athletic director Amanda Braun announced his dismissal Thursday, saying a change in leadership was needed to consistently be a top program in the Horizon League.

  • 2 South Carolina players arrested over BB gun shooting

    March 17, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman basketball player Eric Cobb was charged with assault Thursday for shooting a BB pellet gun at an occupied car.He and teammate Jamall Gregory also were charged for property damage in connection with the shootings. Police said no one was injured. All the charges are misdemeanors.

  • Cal coach Cuonzo Martin declines to discuss school review

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) California coach Cuonzo Martin said Thursday he's focused on the NCAA Tournament and he did not want to address a school review of how he handled allegations that led to the dismissal of assistant coach Yann Hufnagel.Martin spoke ahead of California's NCAA Tournament opener against Hawaii on Friday where the Golden Bears are a No. 4 seed, their highest seeding in school history.

  • The Latest: Izzo gets Spartans ready; UALR-Purdue underway

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):4:52 p.m.Michigan State has used St. Louis for a launching pad in past tournaments and coach Tom Izzo has been consistently entertaining. Among the highlights from his media session Thursday, he explained passionately that there's no way the Big Ten tournament champions will take 15th seed Middle Tennessee State lightly.

  • Payton II following in father's NCAA footsteps at Oregon St

    March 17, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The last time Oregon State made the NCAA Tournament, it was led by a senior guard named Gary Payton.It took a generation for the Beavers to return to college basketball's preferred postseason destination - along with another senior guard named Payton.

  • The Latest: Expelled Yale player Montague in stands for game

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):Expelled Yale player Jack Montague, dismissed last month because of a sexual assault allegation, was in the stands Thursday watching the Bulldogs take on Baylor in the NCAA Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Tournament gives stars from smaller programs chance to shine

    March 17, 2016

    Every year a star performer from a smaller program capitalizes on the rare chance the NCAA Tournament provides for him to play on college basketball's biggest stage.One of the most indelible images of last year's tournament came when Georgia State coach Ron Hunter fell off a stool after his son, R.J. Hunter, made a critical 3-pointer in an upset of Baylor. One year earlier, North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander made a name for himself by scoring 28 points while the Bison shocked Oklahoma.

  • Morris and Iowa State race past Iona 94-81

    March 17, 2016

    DENVER (AP) His right shoulder no longer throbbing, Monte Morris felt good about Iowa State's ability to make amends Thursday.''The shoulder felt great. We've got a great training staff. They did everything for me these past weeks to get me back feeling good,'' Morris said. ''Yesterday in practice it let me know mentally that I could shoot the ball at an efficient rate.''

  • The Latest: Virginia coach Bennett returns after collapse

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):4:25 p.m.Virginia coach Tony Bennett is back for the second half of his team's NCAA Tournament opener against Hampton after he collapsed with what team officials say was dehydration.

  • The Latest: Iowa State tops Iona 94-81 in NCAA Tournament

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):4:17 p.m.Whelp, it's over.Iowa State has defeated Iona 94-81 to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Boeheim has Orange back in NCAA Tournament opposite Dayton

    March 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jim Boeheim is back where he feels most comfortable this time of year, glad-handing a countless stream of well-wishers as Syracuse prepared to play Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.It's a whole lot more comfortable than the recliner he was in last year.

  • The Latest: Virginia coach Bennett helped off court in pain

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):4:10 p.m.Virginia coach Tony Bennett fell to the floor during the final minute of the first half of the Cavaliers' first-round NCAA Tournament game against Hampton.

  • The Latest: Kansas fans flock to Des Moines for NCAA tourney

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):4:05 p.m.Iowa State travels so well to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City that Cyclones fans jokingly call the Sprint Center ''Hilton South.''

  • Purvis spurs UConn comeback for 74-67 win over Colorado

    March 17, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Shooting extra free throws after practice is about as unglamorous as basketball gets.The work has been worth it for UConn.Rodney Purvis, Daniel Hamilton, a stifling defense and 96 percent shooting from the line carried Connecticut back from an 11-point first-half deficit, as the Huskies beat Colorado 74-67 in the first round Thursday, keeping Kevin Ollie unbeaten as a head coach in the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Latest: UConn holds off Colorado to advance in NCAAs

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):3:52 p.m.UConn keeps rolling along - the men's team, that is.

  • Villanova trying to put early NCAA losses in past

    March 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Everything Villanova has accomplished this season, all the victories and the No. 1 ranking, and all the success coach Jay Wright's program has had in recent years, it all comes with a `Yeah, but ...'The Wildcats haven't reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009, when they went to the Final Four. Those early departures include three times Villanova lost its second NCAA game as either a one or two seed.

  • The Latest: UConn ahead of Buffs; Hawaii likes Obama pick

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):3:27 p.m.Colorado's inability to hit free throws could be its downfall.

  • Iowa looking to turn things around against Temple

    March 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) When people talk about picking a team to advance deep into the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest things they look for is how a squad played at the end of the season.If that's so, Iowa certainly doesn't fit the bill.The seventh-seeded Hawkeyes (21-10) lost six of their final eight games, including a loss to Illinois in their first game in the Big Ten Tournament.

  • The Latest: Talkin' it up in Iona-Iowa St game

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):3:23 p.m.Too much talkin'. The refs just called a double technical on Iowa State's Jameel McKay and Iona's Jordan Washington, who were jawing at each other before Washington's free throw.

  • Cal State Bakersfield worried about Hield, Oklahoma offense

    March 17, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Cal State Bakersfield doesn't expect to shut down Buddy Hield.Oklahoma's senior guard, who ranks among the short list of favorites for National Player of the Year, averages 25 points per game and has scored at least 30 points 10 times this season. Whether Bakersfield can at least slow him down will largely determine if the 15th-seeded Roadrunners can beat No. 2 seed Oklahoma and become one of this year's surprise teams.

  • The Latest: Butler tops Texas Tech to move into 2nd round

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):3:01 p.m.The Butler Bulldogs are into the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 71-61 victory over Texas Tech in a Midwest Regional.

  • The Latest: Duke beats UNC Wilmington in first-round game

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):2:36 p.m.Duke moves on in its long shot bid to repeat as national champion.

  • The Latest: Bets, bettors rolling into Vegas for NCAAs

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):2:32 p.m.Some arenas may have been only partially full for the opening games of the NCAA Tournament, but it was tough to find a seat in Las Vegas.

  • The Latest: Iona-Iowa St pouring on points early in game

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):2:17 p.m.So much for easing into things.Barely three minutes into Iona-Iowa State, we've seen four 3-pointers, one alley-oop and 16 points. Iowa State 11, Iona 5.

  • The Latest: Iona-Iowa St tips off; Boeheim speaks up

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):2:10 p.m.Keep the calculators handy. Iona and Iowa State have tipped off. The over-under for the game between these two running teams is 165.5 - a full 13 points higher than Thursday's next-highest game, which is the Kansas-Austin Peay matchup.

  • The Latest: Duke leads UNC Wilmington with 8 minutes left

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):2:02 p.m.Duke looks to be taking charge over UNC Wilmington in the second half of their NCAA Tournament game in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • The Latest: Full house early in Raleigh; Cal point guard out

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):1:43 p.m.There's a reason the NCAA Tournament keeps coming to North Carolina seemingly every year.

  • Cal point guard Tyrone Wallace breaks hand in practice

    March 17, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) California point guard Tyrone Wallace suffered a broken right hand during a non-contract drill after his hand got caught in a teammate's shirt, leaving the Golden Bears without their senior leader for the rest of the season.California coach Cuonzo Martin said Thursday that Sam Singer will start Friday with Martin out when the 23rd-ranked Bears face Hawaii in their NCAA Tournament opener. But it won't be Singer's responsibility to make up for Wallace and his 15.3 points per game. Martin said much of that scoring load will need to fall to Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.

  • The Latest: Tar Heel fans in Raleigh watching Duke game

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):1: 25 p.m.Those Tobacco Road rivalries never stop.A few North Carolina fans who showed up early at PNC Arena gathered around the huge video board near the tailgate area outside the gates.

  • The Latest: UNC Wilmington leads Duke at the half

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):1:18 p.m.Duke has five national titles. UNC Wilmington is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time.

  • The Latest: Des Moines hosts 4 top programs for early rounds

    March 17, 2016

    The Latest on the first full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh, North Carolina, Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. (All times EDT):12:51 p.m.Every year, it seems like one host city for the NCAA Tournament gets a lucky draw for the first two rounds.

  • Ex-Michigan Star Mateen Cleaves arraigned on sex charges

    March 16, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves has been arraigned on sexual assault charges.Cleaves appeared at a Flint courthouse Wednesday, a day after he was charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer following a charity golf event.

  • Sooners' Lattin proud of grandfather's Texas Western legacy

    March 16, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Years ago, long after David Lattin became known as ''Big Daddy,'' he saw a bit of himself in his grandson as the preschooler played and ran.The Lattin told Khadeem's mother that her son would someday be a basketball player, as he was. Grandpa was right, of course, and his pride has grown as Khadeem became the player he is now, a 20-year-old starting forward at NCAA championship hopeful Oklahoma.

  • President Obama makes his Final 4 picks; Kansas as champs

    March 16, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has made his final NCAA Tournament call in office: Rock Chalk, champions.Obama picked Kansas, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Michigan State to all reach the Final Four in a bracket he filled out for ESPN.His choice might be an unpopular one around Kansas, though. Obama hasn't correctly predicted the national champion since he picked North Carolina in his first year in office in 2009.

  • Clemson leading scorer Jaron Blossomgame files for NBA draft

    March 16, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson's leading scorer Jaron Blossomgame has filed paperwork for the NBA draft, although he won't hire an agent to keep his options open for returning to school.Blossomgame announced his intentions Wednesday. He led the Tigers with 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game this season and was voted to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

  • Texas Western's championship looks different 50 years later

    March 16, 2016

    The names aren't remembered individually but what they did as a team is etched in the minds of America, not just American sports.Fifty years ago, Texas Western started five blacks - Willie Worsley, Orsten Artis , Bobby Joe Hill, David ''Big Daddy'' Lattin and Harry Flournoy - against Kentucky in the NCAA championship game on March 19, 1966 at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland. It was a group recruited from all over the country by coach Don Haskins, and they were five of the seven African-Americans on the roster.

  • March Madness: Some businesses will let workers watch NCAA

    March 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) March Madness is taking over at small companies that are letting employees watch the NCAA basketball tournament while they work.Staffers at the marketing company Phelps will be able to keep an eye on the games at their desks or on conference room TVs. CEO Joe Phelps says his 86 employees are hard workers, often staying late or completing projects on weekends, so he's fine if they work a little less hard during when games are on during office hours.

  • 50 years later, Texas Western's win resonates off the court

    March 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The opposing team's locker room is a place Pat Riley has generally considered off-limits for almost all his basketball life: Do not enter except under extreme circumstances.Fifty years ago was one of those circumstances.Riley and his teammates on Kentucky's all-white squad had just lost the national championship game to little Texas Western, which started five black players. It was a historic moment in both college basketball and U.S. race relations.

  • Titletown turns to hoops with rise of Green Bay Phoenix

    March 16, 2016

    A sure sign of success in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is when the hometown Packers start recognizing another team's accomplishments. One of the NFL's marquee clubs knows a thing or two about winning championships.The focus, for once, in Titletown isn't entirely on what's happening at Lambeau Field.

  • Notre Dame guards looking to regain form in NCAA Tournament

    March 16, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is more concerned with getting guards Demetrius Jackson and Steve Vasturia back in form after their recent struggles than whether the Fighting Irish face Michigan or Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Texas hoping Shaka Smart can spark tournament success

    March 16, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas wasn't winning in March. So the school ushered out coach Rick Barnes and hired Shaka Smart to change the trend.Now it's Smart's turn to try to deliver some postseason success, although the way this team limped into March has a familiar look to seasons past. The Longhorns, the No. 6 seed in the West Regional, face No. 11 Northern Iowa (22-12) on Friday night in Oklahoma City.

  • 50 years later, black basketball team's victory resonates

    March 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The opposing team's locker room is a place Pat Riley has generally considered off-limits for almost all his basketball life: Do not enter except under extreme circumstances.Fifty years ago was one of those circumstances.Riley and his teammates on Kentucky's all-white squad had just lost the national championship game to little Texas Western, which started five black players. It was a historic moment in both college basketball and U.S. race relations.

  • Down to a science? Math won't always add up at bracket time

    March 16, 2016

    Warning, analytics lovers: The next three weeks will not be easy.Like most sports, college basketball has been steadily infiltrated by math types who have built careers on analyzing every win, every loss, every strength of schedule - all in the name of gaining that .1 percent edge for those who take this bracket-filling thing seriously.

  • NIT Capsules

    March 16, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Jaquan Lyle and Marc Loving both had 18 points with career-high rebounds and Ohio State dominated in overtime for a 72-63 win over Akron in a first-round game of the NIT on Tuesday night.Kam Williams also had 18 points for the Buckeyes (21-13), who outscored the Zips 10-1 in the extra period. Lyle had 14 rebounds and Loving 13 to give Ohio State a 57-42 advantage on the boards.

  • NCAA Tournament Capsules

    March 18, 2016

    One 12 seed got its first NCAA Tournament win in program history, another staged a huge comeback then hung on for a double-overtime victory and two 11 seeds also pulled upsets. In total, seven lower-seeded teams won in the tourney's first 16 games, but of course, the No. 1 seeds have so far assured themselves a spot in the second round.

  • Florida's Egbunu to have season-ending thumb surgery

    March 15, 2016

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida will be without center John Egbunu for the rest of the postseason.Following the team's 97-68 victory at North Florida in the NIT Tuesday night, coach Mike White announced that Egbunu will have season-ending thumb surgery on Thursday.

  • Former Oregon basketball players sue after rape accusations

    March 15, 2016

    LANE COUNTY, Ore. (AP) Two former University of Oregon basketball players dismissed in 2014 as a result of rape allegations involving a freshman student are suing the university for million each.The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson in Lane County Circuit Court, The Oregonian reported (http://goo.gl/mlmPQ8). More than four months ago a third player accused, Brandon Austin, filed a lawsuit against the school seeking .5 million.

  • Deyonta Davis has shot to shine for 2nd-seeded Spartans

    March 15, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Deyonta Davis is not impressive on paper.In real life, he is simply spectacular at times.Davis has been relatively under the radar for Michigan State by ranking fifth in scoring and third in rebounding.That could change very soon, and in a big way.

  • LSU coach takes responsibility for disappointing season

    March 15, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Coach Johnny Jones expected to be anywhere but conducting a season-ending news conference on the LSU campus Tuesday afternoon.Despite having the projected No. 1 NBA draft pick in Ben Simmons on the roster, Jones and the Tigers struggled down the stretch to finish with a 19-14 record and no appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Ex-basketball star Mateen Cleaves charged with sex assault

    March 15, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Prosecutors on Tuesday charged former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves with sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman who said she was driven to a Michigan motel and attacked.Arrangements were being made for Cleaves, 39, to turn himself in to authorities, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.

  • Oregon's rise on national stage highlighted by top seed

    March 15, 2016

    In the preseason when questions swirled about how Oregon would replace guard Joseph Young, coach Dana Altman was asked how the Ducks could achieve the recognition enjoyed by the school's football team.''We just have to do our part: We have to grow, we have to play an exciting brand of basketball, we have to win. We've got to continue to get better,'' Altman said at Pac-12 media day.

  • Pitino elevates Johnson to Louisville associate head coach

    March 15, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino has promoted assistant Kenny Johnson to associate head coach.Johnson, who just completed his second season with the Cardinals, signed a two-year contract to remain on Pitino's staff. He is credited with helping recruit last year's class that was rated top-10 and helped No. 16 Louisville finish 23-8 after starting the season unranked.

  • Missouri players Isabell, Wright decide to transfer

    March 15, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri sophomores Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell have decided to transfer, becoming the fourth and fifth players with eligibility remaining to leave since last fall.Wright started 25 games and averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Isabell made two starts and averaged 6.2 points.

  • 5 South Carolina players suspended before NIT game

    March 15, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin has suspended five Gamecock reserve players for what he called a ''conduct issue.''Backup guards Marcus Stroman, Jamall Gregory and TeMarcus Blanton, and reserve forwards Chris Silva and Eric Cobb were suspended indefinitely by Martin.

  • Gottfried, Wolfpack focused on returning to NCAAs next year

    March 15, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mark Gottfried spent his first four years at North Carolina State building up a program that had rarely reached the NCAA Tournament over two decades.This season marked the first time his Wolfpack hit a bump with no postseason and a losing record.

  • King's heart: Baylor freshman playing with defibrillator

    March 15, 2016

    WACO, Texas (AP) King McClure was told by doctors after being diagnosed with a heart condition last summer that he could never play basketball again.McClure had just arrived on the Baylor campus and had already practiced for a week before a health screening for incoming players revealed that he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

  • Fifth-seed Maryland enters NCAA Tournament lacking momentum

    March 15, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland needs a solid performance in the NCAA Tournament to avoid the stigma of being an underachieving squad that failed to capitalize on an abundance of talent.After adding three solid starters to a team that finished second in the Big Ten last season, the Terrapins raced to a 22-3 start and were ranked No. 2 in the second week of February.

  • Ex-basketball star Mateen Cleaves faces sex assault charge

    March 15, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves faces charges after a woman says she was held against her will in a motel room and sexually assaulted.Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the 39-year-old Cleaves was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.

  • It's all about the bracket for many NCAA Tournament watchers

    March 15, 2016

    As the hours tick down to the start of the NCAA Tournament, people across the country are poring over statistics and studying matchups and trendlines with the hope of coming up with the perfect bracket - or least a winning one.Then there's Holly Weatherwax. The realtor from Reston, Virginia, on Tuesday dashed off two brackets she'll enter in a family pool. On one, she picked the Virginia Cavaliers to win the national championship. That's because her daughter attends the school. On the other, she picked the Duke Blue Devils. That's because she took a shine to Coach K, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill back in the 1990s.

  • Column: Who leaked the NCAA brackets? Maybe Kim Jong Un

    March 15, 2016

    Somebody up there hates the NCAA.OK, just about everybody hates the NCAA, but that's a column for another day.So let's focus on the somebody with access to the NCAA basketball tournament committee's ''top-secret'' deliberations - and perhaps a score to settle - who leaked a 100-percent-correct bracket on Twitter midway through CBS' ''exclusive'' reveal of the March Madness pairings Sunday.

  • Jayhawks have leaned on overlooked guards in run to No. 1

    March 15, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The backcourt that makes top-ranked Kansas run easily could have been playing for Appalachian State and Towson this season, lost in mid-major anonymity far away from the game's brightest lights.That's where Devonte Graham and Frank Mason III were headed before fate intervened.

  • SEC enlists Tranghese to help strengthen basketball fortunes

    March 15, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference is enlisting former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese's help to improve the league's basketball fortunes.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday that Tranghese will serve as ''Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Men's Basketball.'' The move came two days after the league only got three teams into the NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

  • Jackson puts past behind him as No. 1 seed UNC enters NCAAs

    March 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Justin Jackson knows he's been guilty of overthinking on the court and letting past struggles or outside criticism get to him.How well he manages to let go and move on could determine how far the Tar Heels go in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Yale case adds to criticism of how schools investigate rape

    March 15, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Yale University's expulsion of the basketball team captain last month is adding to growing criticism nationwide about how colleges investigate and discipline students accused of sexual misconduct.Jack Montague is vowing to sue Yale for expelling him last month. The dispute involves a sexual encounter in 2014 with a woman who claims it wasn't consensual, but Montague said it was. No criminal charges were filed.

  • Hammons' turnaround helps put Purdue back on national map

    March 15, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) For two seasons, A.J. Hammons was content at Purdue.Believing he was a short-time college player who could make a quick jump to the NBA, Hammons got stuck in his own world and so did the Boilermakers.But when coach Matt Painter cleaned house after the 2013-14 season, Hammons stayed, rededicated himself to basketball and became the cornerstone of Purdue's incredibly quick turnaround.

  • WVU's goggled junior Devin Williams has opened some eyes

    March 15, 2016

    West Virginia's Devin Williams has broken from his slumber, just in time for the rest of college basketball to take notice.After Williams had an awful finish to the regular season, the junior who wears prescription goggles on the court was clearly in focus in the Big 12 postseason and has the third-seeded Mountaineers (26-8) eager for another lengthy stay in the NCAA Tournament. That starts Friday in the East Region against 14th seed and Southland Conference tournament champion Stephen F. Austin (27-5) in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Oklahoma well poised to earn Kruger elusive national title

    March 15, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's Lon Kruger has done about everything in his stellar college coaching career except win a national title.He has guided five different programs to the NCAA Tournament, among them a Kansas State team that made it to the 1998 Elite Eight, Florida to the Final Four in 1994, UNLV to the Sweet 16 in 2007 and Oklahoma to the Sweet 16 last year.

  • No Louisville, but ex-Pitino assistant leads UNCW to tourney

    March 15, 2016

    Former Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts is getting ready to take on Duke in the NCAA Tournament again.This time he's doing it as the head coach of UNC Wilmington while Rick Pitino and the Cardinals watch the action from Louisville.Keatts is preparing his 13th-seeded Seahawks (25-7) to try and upset the fourth-seeded Blue Devils (23-10) on Thursday in the first round of the West Regional in Providence, Rhode Island. His former employer is sitting this one out after a self-imposed postseason ban amid an ongoing investigation into a sex scandal involving escorts.

  • Michigan's last-second shots set up First Four vs Tulsa

    March 15, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A jumper with 3.3 seconds left in overtime. A 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer. Michigan needed every last moment to get to the NCAA Tournament.The Wolverines (22-12) went from one of the last-out teams to the First Four with a pair of dramatic wins in the Big Ten Tournament. They get to play Tulsa (20-11) in the last of the opening games on Wednesday night.

  • Coaching carousel pays off for Texas, VCU, Chattanooga

    March 15, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) One year after they were linked in the offseason coaching carousel, Texas, VCU and Chattanooga have something else in common: All three are in the NCAA Tournament with their new staffs.Texas hired Shaka Smart away from VCU last April. VCU replaced Smart with Will Wade, a former VCU assistant who had spent the last two seasons as Chattanooga's head coach. Chattanooga hired Matt McCall, a former Florida assistant.

  • Cardinals' Pitino says he saw nothing 'unusual' at dormitory

    March 15, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he saw ''nothing unusual'' during occasional visits to the dormitory where a former member of Pitino's men's basketball staff allegedly hired strippers for recruits and players.Escort Katina Powell says Andre McGee paid her and other dancers ,000 for 22 strip shows from 2010-14 at Billy Minardi Hall. Several investigations are ongoing, including ones by the NCAA, the university, campus police and the Commonwealth's attorney's office.

  • Manning: 2 Wake Forest men's basketball players to transfer

    March 15, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest says center Andre Washington and guard Rondale Watson will transfer.Coach Danny Manning announced their decisions Tuesday.Washington is on track to graduate this spring, has one season of eligibility left and will be eligible to play in the coming season. He started one of the 67 games he played over three seasons and redshirted this season.

  • Unlikely qualifier Holy Cross plays Southern in First Four

    March 15, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Entering the NCAA Tournament with a losing record, Holy Cross wants to prove to the nation that it belongs here.The Crusaders had to win their final four games on the road and the Patriot League crown to finish 14-19 and punch their ticket to the tournament. They'll play Southern University in a First Four game Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.

  • Emotional season helps Butler finds its way to NCAA tourney

    March 15, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Smith and Emerson Kampen IV taught Butler some very real lessons this season.When things get tough, fight. When critics write you off, ignore them. When it comes to sports, remember they're games. And, of course, never give up - regardless of the odds.

  • Kentucky AD: More transparency needed in tourney selection

    March 14, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart wants the NCAA Tournament selection process to be more transparent before brackets are announced.Wildcats coach John Calipari criticized the process after Kentucky was seeded fourth in the East Region despite beating Texas A&M - a No. 3 seed - to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament title. Calipari believes his team deserved a higher seed and questioned whether winning the conference title matters if it doesn't improve seeding.

  • Wichita State back healthy, faces Vanderbilt in First Four

    March 14, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A strained hamstring. A twisted ankle. A spinal concussion. A stress fracture. The injuries piled up fast for Wichita State, which opened a promising season at No. 10 in the preseason poll but fell hard.The Shockers (24-8) are back in good health and in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row, facing Vanderbilt (19-13) on Tuesday in the First Four. The Shockers returned three starters from the team that knocked off Indiana and Kansas to reach the Sweet 16 last year, but the early injuries forced the Shockers to reinvent themselves.

  • NCAA nickname quiz for the cats, dogs, Sooners, Hoosiers

    March 14, 2016

    Everyone exhale. Time for a bracket break.After so many buzzer-beaters, blabbering about bubble teams and berating the NCAA Tournament selection committee for so many bad decisions in picking the 68-team field, we present the unofficial, unfettered and unscientific Nickname Quiz.

  • Michigan State's Tom Izzo may have a day beyond his dreams

    March 14, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo paced back and forth, balling his hands into fists, and nodding his head with approval at a defensive stop.''Way to work!'' Izzo shouted.With hip hop music blaring and bouncing off walls at a recent practice, Michigan State players spread out over two courts to take shots at the line.

  • Native sons Chryst, Gard lead Wisconsin's visible programs

    March 14, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The leaders of the highest-profile athletic programs at Wisconsin know all about the pride and pressure that come with coaching in their home state.Football coach Paul Chyrst is a native son, just like Greg Gard, newly minted as the full-time basketball coach. Both also were former Wisconsin assistants.

  • FSU's Beacon and Beasley focused on NIT, not NBA

    March 14, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshmen Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley lived up to every expectation except one this season - getting back to the NCAA Tournament.As the Seminoles (19-13) prepare to host Davidson (20-12) in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday, the duo is looking at the upcoming tournament as a way to start playing for next season.

  • New postseason Vegas 16 tourney only features 8 teams

    March 14, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas 16 postseason college basketball tournament has become the Vegas 8.The new tournament to be played March 28-30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will feature eight teams instead of the originally announced 16. Organizers said Monday that they only wanted 16 teams if they could secure top-quality programs. After some unusual results in several conference tournaments, they were hesitant to fill out the bracket with just available teams.

  • Fla. Gulf Coast, Fairleigh Dickinson face off in First Four

    March 14, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The ''Dunk City'' darlings from Florida Gulf Coast University are back in the NCAA Tournament.The Eagles (20-13) return to the tournament for the first time since they became national sweethearts - and boosted the profile of the Fort Myers, Florida school - with an improbable Sweet Sixteen run as a No. 15 seed in 2013.

  • Georgia Tech's Georges-Hunt 'thankful' for spot in NIT

    March 14, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Marcus Georges-Hunt says playing in the NIT is better than being left out of the postseason, like his first three seasons at Georgia Tech.''I'm thankful to be able to make the postseason, being as it's the first time ever for me,'' Georges-Hunt said Monday. ''It's better than sitting at home and watching other teams play.''

  • WWE forms tag team with V Foundation for cancer awareness

    March 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) World Wrestling Entertainment has entered a multi-year partnership with the V Foundation to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.WWE and the V Foundation will support cancer research nationally through funds raised by Connor's Cure.

  • Brogdon, Gill look to help Virginia make deep run in tourney

    March 14, 2016

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill have been among the leaders in one of the best stretches in Virginia's basketball history.Both would love to finish their college careers with something more to show for it than just memories.

  • Stanford fires coach Johnny Dawkins after 8 seasons

    March 14, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Johnny Dawkins got his second chance at Stanford two years ago after a special run to the Sweet 16.Yet the Cardinal couldn't consistently make it to the NCAA Tournament, and that cost Dawkins his job.He was fired Monday after eight seasons as Stanford coach. Dawkins guided the Cardinal to the 2014 Sweet 16 and NIT championships after the 2012 and '15 seasons, but Stanford went 15-15 this season and finished ninth in the Pac-12 Conference at 8-10. Dawkins was 156-115 during his Stanford tenure.

  • Oats overcomes adversity in coaching Buffalo to NCAA berth

    March 14, 2016

    AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Family came first and basketball second in October, when first-year University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats immediately considered taking an indefinite leave of absence upon learning his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.Crystal Oats would hear nothing of it.

  • Illinois' Tate pleads not guilty to striking woman

    March 14, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Suspended Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor domestic battery after a weekend arrest for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.Defense attorney Tom Bruno disputed that the woman was Tate's girlfriend and said ''I don't believe he was present when it happened.'' Bruno said Tate ''had nothing to do with it.'' The attorney said he plans to give investigators and prosecutors evidence he believes will clear Tate but would not elaborate.

  • Wichita State back in health, faces Vanderbilt in First Four

    March 14, 2016

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wichita State opened a promising season at No. 10 in the preseason poll, but fell fast and hard as the injuries piled up, with four of the top six players missing time.The Shockers (24-8) are back healthy and in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row, facing Vanderbilt (19-13) on Tuesday in the First Four. The Shockers returned three starters from the team that knocked off Indiana and Kansas to reach the Sweet 16 last year, but the early injuries forced the Shockers to reinvent themselves.

  • Stanford fires coach Johnny Dawkins after eight seasons

    March 14, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Johnny Dawkins has been fired after eight seasons coaching the Stanford men's basketball team.The school announced Dawkins' dismissal Monday, saying athletic director Bernard Muir had begun a national search for a new coach. Dawkins guided the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and NIT championships after the 2012 and '15 seasons.

  • Tulane AD: Ed Conroy out as Tulane men's basketball coach

    March 14, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ed Conroy is out as the men's basketball coach at Tulane.Athletics Director Troy Dannen, in a news release Monday, announced that school has decided to part ways with the coach.Conroy completed his sixth season on Saturday following a loss to Memphis in the semifinals of the American Men's Basketball Championship in Orlando, Florida. This past season, the Green Wave posted a 12-22 overall record, including 3-15 in league games, and a 10th-place finish in The American League. In six seasons, he compiled an overall record of 92-103 and led Tulane to a pair of postseason tournaments, including the Collegeinsider.com (2013) and the College Basketball Invitational (2014).

  • In just 2 years, Tinkle has the Beavers in the Big Dance

    March 14, 2016

    Just two seasons ago, Oregon State was in such disarray that new head coach Wayne Tinkle held open tryouts to build a roster.Now the Beavers are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 26 years. A seventh seed in the West Region, Oregon State will face VCU on Friday in Oklahoma City.

  • Ferrell says Indiana legacy incomplete without deep NCAA run

    March 14, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell could view his sterling statistics as his legacy at Indiana. The darting 6-foot point guard would rather hang some banners.As Ferrell's college career winds down, he heads into the NCAA Tournament with two Big Ten titles, one of the most impressive resumes in school and conference history and some unfinished business.

  • South Carolina moving on from NCAA snub

    March 14, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina forward Sindarius Thornwell said the Gamecocks have no choice but to quickly shake off the disappointment of missing the NCAA Tournament and focus on the NIT.The Gamecocks expected to be prepping for a first-round NCAA contest after going 24-8 overall and 11-7 in the Southeastern. Instead, they were squeezed out of the 68-team field and given a No. 1 seed in the NIT, which they'll open at home Tuesday night against Big South Conference regular-season champion High Point.

  • Florida's Egbunu uncertain to play against UNF in NIT

    March 14, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida could be without center John Egbunu against North Florida in the National Invitational Tournament.Coach Mike White said Monday it's unclear whether Egbunu will even travel with the Gators (19-14) to nearby Jacksonville for their first-round game Tuesday night.

  • A look back at what happened in the Top 25

    March 14, 2016

    The final poll of every season allows a look back at what happened in the Top 25 before heading headlong into the NCAA Tournament.NO 1s:Six schools held the No. 1 spot in 2015-16, one off the record for most in season.North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Villanova all spent time on top of the poll. There have been six No. 1s in five other seasons, the last in 2008-09: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Duke, Connecticut, Louisville.

  • Final AP poll and the NCAA Tournament don't agree on top 4

    March 14, 2016

    The final Associated Press college basketball poll and the NCAA Tournament don't agree on the top four teams.Kansas is No. 1 for the third straight week. and fifth overall, while Michigan State, not one of the NCAA field's top four seeds, is second followed by North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Berkeley moves to fire assistant coach over sex harassment

    March 14, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) An assistant men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, became the latest employee found to have violated the school's sexual harassment policy, drawing swift and serious sanctions Monday after complaints that punishment was too lenient in previous cases.

  • University of California, Berkeley, moves to fire assistant men's basketball coach over sex harassment

    March 14, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) University of California, Berkeley, moves to fire assistant men's basketball coach over sex harassment.

  • 2016 Associated Press All-SEC men's team

    March 14, 2016

    The 2016 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference men's basketball team announced Monday, with name, school, position, height and class (u-unanimous choice to first team):FIRST TEAMu-Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, G, 5-9, So.u-Ben Simmons, LSU, F, 6-10, Fr.

  • Ulis, Simmons, Kennedy earn honors on AP All-SEC team

    March 14, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) One day after the best performance of his career, Tyler Ulis was honored for his work throughout the season.Kentucky's sophomore guard was selected as player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team announced Monday.

  • Villanova finds March failures trump Big East title triumphs

    March 14, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) The South Region bracket flashed on the big screen at Villanova's packed student union and there was only mild applause when the Wildcats were stamped a No. 2 seed.The Nova team that lined the first two rows of seats, students, alumni and other guests could barely get a rise of excitement out of another season as a single-digit seed in the NCAA Tournament.

  • University of Denver hires Rodney Billups as coach

    March 14, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The University of Denver has hired Rodney Billups as its basketball coach.He spent the last six seasons on the Colorado coaching staff. He succeeds Joe Scott, who was fired after a 16-15 record in the last of his nine seasons at Denver.Billups is a former Pioneers point guard spent and the younger brother of former NBA star Chauncey Billups.

  • TCU coach Trent Johnson fired after 8 Big 12 wins in 4 years

    March 14, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Trent Johnson was fired Monday as TCU's basketball coach after the Horned Frogs won only eight Big 12 Conference games in his four seasons.TCU finished 12-21 overall this season, its first in a completely renovated campus arena.

  • Former Yale captain says he'll sue school over expulsion

    March 14, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Yale basketball captain Jack Montague was expelled over a sexual assault allegation and plans to sue the school, his attorney said Monday.Attorney Max Stern issued a statement saying Montague had a relationship with the woman. He said the dispute is about the last of four sexual encounters, occurring in October 2014.

  • Matt Brady out at James Madison as men's basketball coach

    March 14, 2016

    HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Matt Brady is out as the men's basketball coach at James Madison.The school announced Monday that it will begin a national search for a new coach immediately after Brady and JMU agreed to part ways after eight seasons.Brady compiled a 139-127 record with the Dukes and guided them to the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

  • TCU coach Trent Johnson fired after 12-21 season

    March 14, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Trent Johnson was fired Monday as TCU's basketball coach after the Horned Frogs won only eight Big 12 Conference games in his four seasons.TCU finished 12-21 overall this season, its first in a completely renovated campus arena.

  • After tough start, Wisconsin earns trip back to NCAAs

    March 14, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin is headed back to the NCAA Tournament to cap a season that included a sluggish start to nonconference play and a midseason coaching change.After falling to 9-9 at one point this season, the Badgers (20-12) rallied in Big Ten play and played well enough to earn a No. 7 seed in the East Region and Round of 64 game Friday night against 10th-seeded Pittsburgh.

  • Hoosiers try to stay focused with Kentucky game looming

    March 14, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana fans have spent four years waiting for a rematch with Kentucky.They might be about to get their wish.If the fifth-seeded Hoosiers get past 12th-seeded Chattanooga and the SEC champion Wildcats beat No. 13 Stony Brook, the two border-state rivals would meet Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. While the tantalizing second-round matchup between two of college basketball's blue-blood programs quickly stirred up conversations outside Assembly Hall, the topic was virtually off limits for almost anyone associated with the program.

  • Plenty of story lines in this year's NCAA Tournament

    March 14, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament hasn't made it out of the opening weekend the past two years, so you better believe the boys at Kansas feels as if they have something to prove.Even after their 12th straight Big 12 championship.

  • Selection Sunday: 'Fastest night in college basketball'

    March 14, 2016

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) For teams that got a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament, finding out where and who they're playing was not the end of selection-night drama.It was only the beginning. And that's especially true for eight teams that are opening-round bound.

  • Hall of Fame writer's opinion on the NCAA Tournament

    March 14, 2016

    Sharpen the pencil. Make sure the eraser is ready. Time to fill out the much-awaited NCAA Tournament bracket.Here's one man's opinion of who is going to advance through the regionals and find a way to Houston for the Final Four.I haven't been wrong since I started doing this in 1987 - and I owe all to that eraser.

  • Bracket leaks: Bad news travels quickly for NCAA have-nots

    March 14, 2016

    Players from Monmouth, St. Bonaventure and even Michigan State got the bad news the way so many folks do these days - through social media.The bracket that leaked on Twitter while CBS was in the middle of unveiling the March Madness pairings turned out to be 100 percent accurate. That left a number of teams searching for answers a bit earlier than they'd hoped - and it gave the NCAA something else to explain, beyond the selection committee's annual handful of unexpected - inexplicable? - decisions.

  • NCAA Tournament filled with great matchups, a few surprises

    March 14, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The selection show for the NCAA Tournament took more than hour to reveal the 68 teams in the bracket.That made for a lot of agonizing as teams waited to see where and when they were going to play - or if they were in at all.The delay was worth it.

  • Trump University misses NCAAs, but enough blue to go around

    March 13, 2016

    March is mad enough already, so let's get the really bad NCAA Tournament news out of the way: Despite a huge, last-minute surge by fans on social media, Trump University did not make the field.Otherwise, Selection Sunday went pretty much according to script. The rest of the field turns out to pretty blue, too - though as we'll argue in a moment, that's rarely a bad thing. But first let's crunch some numbers.

  • Twitter topples CBS selection show with leaked NCAA bracket

    March 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The first blockbuster upset of March Madness: Twitter over CBS on Selection Sunday.The NCAA said Sunday night it is looking into how a copy of this year's tournament bracket got leaked online during the network's extended selection show on Sunday.

  • Monmouth, Bonnies, South Carolina, Valpo top seeds in NIT

    March 14, 2016

    St. Bonaventure is steaming mad heading into the National Invitation Tournament.Snubbed by the NCAA selection committee after they were co-champions of the Atlantic 10 during the regular season, the Bonnies received a No. 1 seed in the NIT. But that was hardly what stuck out in their minds Sunday.

  • The Latest: St. Bonaventure hopes to prove committee wrong

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):9:45 p.m.St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt says he will not allow the NCAA Tournament selection committee to define his team's season. The Bonnies were regular-season co-champions of the Atlantic 10, but did not make the field of 68.

  • The Latest: NCAA spokesman calls bracket leak regrettable

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):9:20 p.m.NCAA spokesman David Worlock calls the leak of the bracket via a Twitter post regrettable. The bracket posted about a half hour into a two-hour show on CBS revealing the tournament matchups. Most of the pairings had not been revealed.

  • Syracuse lands NCAA berth; will face familiar foe in Dayton

    March 13, 2016

    Syracuse's perch on the NCAA Tournament bubble is over - the Orange are in.Teetering on the brink of not being picked, Syracuse (19-13) was selected Sunday night as the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. The Orange will play a familiar foe, No. 7 Dayton (25-7) of the Atlantic 10 on Friday in St. Louis.

  • Calipari not happy with Kentucky's seeding in NCAA tourney

    March 13, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari had hoped winning another conference championship might boost their NCAA Tournament seeding.Beating Texas A&M 82-77 in overtime for the Southeastern Conference Tournament title on Sunday apparently didn't make a big difference for the Wildcats, who drew the No. 4 seed in the East Region. That's pretty good, but Calipari wasn't happy that it was one spot lower than the Aggies received.

  • The Latest: A-10 Commissioner 'shocked' Bonnies left out

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):9:00 p.m.Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade says she is ''shocked'' that St. Bonaventure was left out of the NCAA field of 68. The Bonnies were regular season co-champions of the A-10 and had an RPI of 29. The A-10's other co-champions - VCU and Dayton - made the field, along with tournament champ Saint Joseph's.

  • No. 1 for now: Oregon, Virginia get top seeds over Mich St

    March 14, 2016

    A topsy-turvy season in college basketball delivered a few more twists when the brackets came out Sunday.Exhibit A: Oregon and Virginia are No. 1 seeds, while Michigan State is not.Exhibit B: Monmouth and Valparaiso aren't part of March Madness, but Michigan and Syracuse are.

  • The Latest: Xavier reaches milestone with No. 2 seed

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):8:50 p.m.Xavier got a No. 2 seed for the first time in its history, yet another milestone for the Musketeers' season. They've had a No. 3 seed twice before. Xavier tied the school record with 26 regular-season wins and a No. 5 ranking. The Musketeers were in the Top 10 for a school record 13 weeks. And now, their best seed.

  • LSU coach: Tigers won't play in any postseason tourneys

    March 13, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman Ben Simmons' college career could be finished.Coach Johnny Jones announced Sunday that the Tigers will not participate in a postseason tournament after being left out of the NCAA field.The Tigers (19-14) finished in a tie for third place in the Southeastern Conference for the second straight year. They failed to play up to expectations created by the arrival of Simmons, who might declare for the upcoming NBA draft.

  • The Latest: Monmouth coach: Disappointed, excited for NIT

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):8:29 p.m.Monmouth released a statement from coach King Rice about being left out of the NCAA Tournament. He said the team was disappointed, but excited to play in the NIT. And a planned conference call with the media was canceled.

  • Hield has one last chance to electrify college basketball

    March 14, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield has one last chance to electrify college basketball.Oklahoma's explosive 6-foot-4 guard came back for his senior season after considering jumping to the NBA, and he made the most of it. The Bahamas native ranks second nationally with 25.0 points per game, and now, he has the chance to accomplish the goal he set when he chose to return - take the Sooners to the Final Four. Oklahoma opens NCAA Tournament play Friday in Oklahoma City against Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The Latest: Leaked bracket helps Pitt get through long wait

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):8:13 p.m.Sterling Smith's addiction to his phone paid off for Pitt. The senior graduate transfer guard set the Panthers at ease early during the selection show, sharing the leaked NCAA Tournament bracket that showed Pitt was the 10th seed in the East Region and would face seventh-seeded Wisconsin in St. Louis on Friday.

  • Yale, without captain, celebrates first bid in 54 years

    March 13, 2016

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Ivy League player of the year Justin Sears acknowledges a bit of the joy of his program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1962 has been dampened by the controversy surrounding the departure last month of team captain Jack Montague.

  • Gonzaga's 18th straight NCAA trip comes as 11th seed

    March 13, 2016

    Kyle Wiltjer did not allow himself to wonder what Sunday would have been like if Gonzaga wasn't already guaranteed of an 18th straight NCAA Tournament bid.''I don't want to think about what it would have felt like,'' Wiltjer said on Sunday night. ''We would have been very nervous. We're excited we're in the tournament.''

  • The Latest: Notre Dame coach on leaked bracket: 'It's great'

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):8 p.m.Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he got a text from his son Kyle, a tight ends coach at Youngtown State, saying he had seen the leaked bracket and the Irish would play the winner of the Michigan-Tulsa game in New York.

  • The Latest: Yale heading to NCAA, but miss teammate

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):7:45 p.m.Ivy League player of the year Justin Sears acknowledges a bit of the joy of his program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1962 has been dampened by the controversy surrounding the departure last month of team captain Jack Montague.

  • The Latest: Calipari surprised by Kentucky's 4 seed, A&M's 3

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):7:35 p.m.Kentucky beat Texas A&M on Sunday for the SEC Tournament championship. The Wildcats received a four seed from the NCAA selection committee. The Aggies got a three.

  • The Latest: Top-50 wins boost Michigan, Syracuse

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):7:28 p.m.Why did Michigan and Syracuse get in? Joe Castiglione, the chairman of the selection committee and Oklahoma's athletic director, said victories against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI boosted the Wolverines and Orange.

  • Breaking down every early matchup in the NCAA Tournament

    March 13, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Sixty-eight teams will tip off in the NCAA Tournament this week. Four will make it to the final weekend at NRG Stadium in Houston. Here is a look at the matchups set on Selection Sunday:---SOUTH- 1 Kansas vs 16 Austin Peay: The Jayhawks, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, open against the Ohio Valley champs as they seek their first national championship since 2008.

  • The Latest: Villanova's road won't go through Philadelphia

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):7:20 p.m.Villanova was hoping to get into the East Region with a path through Philadelphia. Instead the Wildcats are the No. 2 in the South, face a possible second-round game against Philly rival Temple and will be playing in Louisville if they get to the second weekend.

  • The Latest: Bubble bursts for Monmouth, South Carolina

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):7:01 p.m.Bubbles burst: Monmouth was left out despite wins against Notre Dame and Southern California. Unfortunately for the Hawks, wins against UCLA and Georgetown were not so impressive in the end.

  • North Carolina No. 1 seed in East and opens close to home

    March 13, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) North Carolina is again a No. 1 seed. The Tar Heels are hopeful staying close to home can spark another Final Four run.The Tar Heels (28-6) are tops in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and open Thursday against the Florida Gulf Coast-Fairleigh Dickinson winner about 30 miles away from campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Virginia No. 1 seed in NCAA Midwest without conference title

    March 13, 2016

    A runner-up in the regular season and the ACC tournament, Virginia is still a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.The Cavaliers are also in the same region with an all-too-familiar postseason foe.Virginia (26-7) is the top team in the Midwest Region, ahead of No. 2 seed Michigan State after the Spartans won the Big Ten tournament championship earlier Sunday.

  • USC chosen for first NCAA Tournament since 2011

    March 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Julian Jacobs finished last season with Southern California wondering if he would ever reach an NCAA Tournament.With only five conference wins combined in two seasons, it appeared doubtful.Instead, thanks to a turnaround under third-year coach Andy Enfield, Jacobs and the Trojans are headed to the Big Dance for the first time since 2011.

  • The Latest: Leaked bracket scoops CBS selection show

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):6:48 p.m.A supposedly leaked official bracket was posted on Twitter during the CBS selection show. It ended up being 100 percent correct. It was nearly an hour later by the time the network had officially announced all the teams, with Syracuse getting in and Monmouth - and its entertaining bench players - missing out.

  • Oklahoma's Hield looks forward to final tournament run

    March 13, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield has one last chance to electrify college basketball.Oklahoma's explosive guard came back for his senior season after considering leaving for the NBA and made the most of it. The Bahamas native ranks second nationally with 25.0 points per game and has the chance to accomplish the goal he set when he chose to return - take the Sooners to the Final Four. Oklahoma opens NCAA Tournament play Friday in Oklahoma City against Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The Latest: Michigan makes First Four vs Tulsa

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):6:38 p.m.Michigan is in. The Wolverines are going to the First Four to play Tulsa, with Notre Dame then waiting for the winner in Brooklyn.

  • Oregon tops out West for first No. 1 seed in program history

    March 13, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Oregon is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Rival Oregon State is back in the bracket for the first time in a generation, led by the son of the school's greatest player.Former rivals Texas and Texas A&M could rekindle their hate-hate relationship with a win, part of a Big 12-themed portion of the bracket.

  • The Latest: Longhorns, Aggies lined up for 2nd-round game

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):6:22 p.m.It would be a better bowl game, but Texas and Texas A&M are lined up to meet in the second round of the West Region in Oklahoma City. The former Big 12 rivals broke off their regular meetings in football and basketball when the Aggies left for the Southeastern Conference four years ago. The divorce was messy with plenty of lingering animosity.

  • No. 1 overall seed Kansas lands in NCAA South Region

    March 13, 2016

    Kansas closed the regular season with momentum and yet another conference championship in a dominating Big 12 run. Now the Jayhawks head into the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed.Kansas headlines the South Region, earning a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in 10 seasons and 12th time overall. The Jayhawks open play against 16-seed Austin Peay on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, as they chase a second championship under coach Bill Self and first since 2008.

  • The Latest: Holy Cross to face Southern in First Four

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):6:13 p.m.Holy Cross, which won the Patriot League as the No. 9 seed and with an overall losing record, is headed to Dayton, Ohio - as expected. The Crusaders will face SWAC champion Southern in a First Four game with the winner getting Oregon in Spokane, Washington.

  • The Latest: Wichita State gets via First Four, faces Vandy

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):5:58 p.m.Wichita State is in, but the Shockers will have to play an extra game. The perennial power out of the Missouri Valley Conference was one of those top seeds that didn't win their conference and was left to hope for an at-large bid.

  • Quack, quack: Ducks get surprising No. 1 on Selection Sunday

    March 13, 2016

    A topsy turvy season in college basketball delivered a few more twists when the brackets came out Sunday.Exhibit A: Oregon is a No. 1 seed.Exhibit B: Monmouth and Valparaiso aren't part of March Madness, but Michigan and Syracuse are.As usual, the NCAA selection committee released a 68-team bracket with its fair share of surprises. This year, the debate started early, when the committee named Pac-12 champion Oregon a top seed in the West, and made Michigan State a ''2.''

  • The Latest: No Michigan State on No. 1 line, Oregon get nod

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):5:50 p.m.The first controversy in the brackets came quickly. Oregon, which won the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, took the one seed that many experts though could go to Michigan State. The Spartans and coach Tom Izzo have been a constant Final Four threat, but they didn't win the Big Ten regular season, just the tournament.

  • The Latest: No. 1 seeds - UNC, Kansas, Virginia, Oregon

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):5:43 p.m.The No. 1 seeds are: North Carolina in the East, Kansas in the South, Virginia in the Midwest and Oregon in the West.

  • The Latest: Kentucky heads to Lexington to watch selections

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):5:30 p.m.Playing on Sunday means teams and coaches have to make a decision about where to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.

  • The Latest: Yale opens gym for first NCAA invite since '62

    March 13, 2016

    The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large teams picked and placed into brackets (all times Eastern):5:20 p.m.Yale has opened up Payne Whitney Gymnasium to the public and set up a movie screen at center court for fans to watch the Bulldogs receive their first invitation to the NCAA Tournament since 1962.

  • NCAA tourney teams sweat seeding, bubble on Selection Sunday

    March 13, 2016

    For Kansas, a top seed seems inevitable. For bubble teams like Monmouth, St. Mary's and Wichita State, Selection Sunday will be a long day.The brackets come out for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, closing out one of the most unpredictable seasons in memory.

  • Judge sets bond for suspended Illnois point guard

    March 13, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) A judge has set bond at ,000 for Illinois suspended point guard Jaylon Tate, who was arrested for striking his girlfriend in the face.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1po2olp ) that Tate appeared at the Champaign County Courthouse on Sunday morning before Judge Tom Difanis. Urbana attorney Tom Bruno is representing Tate and says his client is innocent.

  • Impressive in ACC, Heels 'still have work to do' in NCAAs

    March 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) As the red, white and blue streamers fell in tangles on him after North Carolina earned its first ACC Tournament title since 2008, senior guard Marcus Paige stood alone and clapped, while his teammates jumped in a joyous huddle at center court.

  • It's college basketball's biggest day

    March 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Sunday is the day some college basketball fans can't wait for every year: it's almost time to put the words ''bubble'' and ''bracketology'' back in the dictionary until at least next January.This year, Selection Sunday features five conference tournament championships before brackets are released.

  • Kentucky coach says NCAA selection committee has tough job

    March 12, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says the selection committee for the NCAA Tournament has a tough job and he only wants each member to use the same criteria when judging teams for the field.Calipari was asked Saturday about the committee not having 10 basketball people after his 16th-ranked Wildcats beat Georgia 93-80 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

  • Texas A&M announces new 5-year deal for coach Billy Kennedy

    March 12, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Texas A&M has agreed to a new five-year contract with coach Billy Kennedy in a deal announced just before the 17th-ranked Aggies played Saturday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.Athletic director Scott Woodard announced the deal, which must be approved by the Texas A&M Board of Regents.

  • Coach Herenda has Fairleigh Dickinson back in NCAA Tourney

    March 12, 2016

    TEANECK, N.J. (AP) After enduring an 8-21 season that included a 15-game losing streak, Fairleigh Dickinson basketball coach Greg Herenda had a lot of faith in his team.So much so that when the Knights got together for a summer workout in June, Herenda scrolled a simple, one-word message across the chalkboard in the locker room - ''Dayton.''

  • Tennessee optimistic about future after rare losing season

    March 12, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After posting a rare losing season, Tennessee hopes the potential it showed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament indicates it isn't far from developing into a consistent winner again.Tennessee beat Auburn and Vanderbilt to reach the SEC quarterfinals as a No. 12 seed before an 84-75 loss to LSU closed out a 15-19 season, the Volunteers' first losing record since a 14-17 finish in 2004-05.

  • Illinois guard Tate arrested on domestic battery charge

    March 12, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois suspended point guard Jaylon Tate from the team Saturday after he was accused of striking his 19-year-old girlfriend in the face.The junior from Chicago was being held Saturday in the Champaign County Jail on a domestic battery charge, and his bond hearing is scheduled for Sunday. Jail records did not indicate whether the 21-year-old has hired an attorney.

  • Austin Peay's NCAA Tournament run a respite for Loos family

    March 12, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dave Loos is a fidgeter by nature, having what he calls a ''nervous itch.'' Stuck in Tennessee while his young granddaughter went through hours of surgery in New York for a rare cancer, the Austin Peay coach stayed busy walking the floors at his hotel.

  • SEC Tournament keeps shaking up NCAA Tournament bubble

    March 12, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There may be no tournament more volatile than the Southeastern Conference, where it seems just about every outcome has some effect on the NCAA Tournament's ever-expanding bubble.Georgia knocks off South Carolina, sending its stock soaring while making everyone take a closer look at the Gamecocks. Kentucky puts the final dagger in Alabama, giving hope to dozens of other teams hoping for an at-large bid. And Texas A&M buries Florida, potentially keeping the Gators out of the dance.

  • Campaigning coaches stump for their teams to make tournament

    March 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The campaigning. The stump speeches. The last-ditch pitches from the contenders, insisting they aren't paying attention to the pundits and prognosticators.No, not presidential hopefuls. At this time of year, some college basketball coaches can sound like political candidates searching for votes as they tout their teams' NCAA Tournament worthiness.

  • Jankovic, Bobbitt lead Hawaii into Big West title game

    March 12, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Stefan Jankovic and Roderick Bobbitt have carried Hawaii all season long.With a second straight trip to the Big West title game on the line, the all-conference duo wasn't about to stop.Jankovic scored 24 points, Bobbitt added 21, and the top-seeded Rainbow Warriors beat No. 4 UC Santa Barbara 88-76 in the Big West semifinals Friday night.

  • Pac-12 men's basketball tournament staying in Las Vegas

    March 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Pac-12 men's basketball tournament will remain in Las Vegas for three years after the conference reached a deal with the new T-Mobile Arena.The Pac-12 has played at MGM Grand Garden Arena since moving to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 2012.

  • Jackson St. beats MVSU, advances to SWAC tourney finals

    March 11, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Yettra Specks scored 20 points, including eight free throws in the final minute, and Jackson State held off Mississippi Valley State 74-68 Friday to advance to the championship game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.Raeford Worsham added 11 points with a career-high tying 15 rebounds and Kaven Bernard scored 10 with 11 boards for the third-seeded Tigers (19-14), who face the Southern-Texas Southern winner on Saturday.

  • Mountain West reverses course, will stick to 11-team format

    March 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Mountain West basketball coaches complained when the conference's presidents disregarded their vote on keeping the men's and women's basketball tournament at 11 teams.Now the coaches are getting their wish.The Mountain West Conference board of directors voted on Friday to abandon a plan to reduce the postseason tournaments to eight teams, protecting the original 11-team format.

  • Boston College AD: I have 'total confidence' in coaches

    March 11, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates said in a letter to the school's supporters Friday that he has ''total confidence'' in his football and basketball coaches even though their teams failed to win an Atlantic Coast Conference game in either sport this academic year.

  • Applications show Wisconsin AD passed on ex-pros for Gard

    March 11, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez passed over two applicants with extensive NBA experience in making interim basketball coach Greg Gard the permanent replacement for former coach Bo Ryan, according to application materials obtained through an open records request.

  • Denver fires coach Joe Scott after 9 seasons

    March 11, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The University of Denver has fired Joe Scott after a nine-year run as head coach.Scott was 146-132 since being brought in to run the basketball program in 2007. Peg Bradley-Doppes, the vice chancellor for athletics and recreation, said Friday a coaching search will begin immediately.

  • Applications show Alvarez passed on former pros to hire Gard

    March 11, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez passed over two applicants with extensive NBA experience in making interim basketball coach Greg Gard the permanent replacement for former coach Bo Ryan.A review of application materials obtained through an open records request shows that Lindsey Hunter Jr., a former assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors who played professionally with five NBA teams applied. So did Henry Bibby, who played with four NBA teams and was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.

  • Northern Iowa's winning culture leads to NCAA bid

    March 11, 2016

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Seniors Matt Bohannon, Paul Jesperson and Wes Washpun were stuck on a bus, heads hung low, after yet another game that Northern Iowa let slip away.The Panthers were 10-11 and 2-6 in Missouri Valley play after losing at Illinois State, looking nothing like the team that had already beaten North Carolina and Iowa State. The NCAA Tournament didn't seem like a realistic goal anymore, maybe just a respectable finish in the conference.

  • UCF fires coach Donnie Jones following loss in AAC tourney

    March 11, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF has fired basketball coach Donnie Jones following a loss to Tulane in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.UCF athletic director Danny White made the announcement Thursday night, shortly after the Knights lost 65-63 in the first round of the conference tournament in Orlando. UCF lost nine of its final 10 games this season and finished 12-18, including 6-12 in league play.

  • Michigan, Ohio State help NCAA Tournament causes

    March 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Michigan could not afford a loss in its opening game of the Big Ten Tournament and expect to get an NCAA Tournament invite.The Ohio State Buckeyes were in the same situation, though with even less leeway.Both took care of the first step in rebuilding their NCAA Tournament resumes on Thursday, but still have some work left if they want to be in the big bracket.

  • Ohio St. picks up 20th win by holding off Penn St. 79-75

    March 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Ohio State needed a boost Thursday night, Marc Loving and JaQuan Lyle stepped forward.They made shots. They got to the free-throw line. Eventually, they sealed the game.Loving scored 24 points, Lyle had 22 and they teamed up to score all seven points in a late run to finally put away from Penn State 79-75 in the second round of the Big Ten tournament.

  • Despite dismal season, Pitino exudes optimism for future

    March 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Early in this eminently embarrasing season at Minnesota, coach Richard Pitino recounted his warning to the administrators at the time he was hired that his third year could be rough.If they only knew.Pitino's foresight was based purely on the imbalance of class sizes. The roster he inherited was experienced, with a drop-off expected after that group departed. The Gophers plummeted all right, to a depth never before reached in the 121-year history of the program. They finished 8-23, their most defeats ever.

  • Jordan fired as Rutgers basketball coach

    March 10, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Eddie Jordan has been dismissed as Rutgers basketball coach and will immediately begin a national search for its next coach, Rutgers athletic director Patrick Hobbs said.The firing comes less than 24 hours after Nebraska defeated the Scarlet Knights in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

  • Texas-San Antonio fires basketball coach Brooks Thompson

    March 10, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The University of Texas at San Antonio has fired basketball coach Brooks Thompson after 10 seasons.UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey says he informed Thompson of his decision Thursday morning.Under Thompson, the Roadrunners compiled a 133-178 record over 10 seasons, including a 5-27 record this season. He led UTSA to the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament championship and a first-round victory over Alabama in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

  • Yale team navigates campus anger amid NCAA Tournament bid

    March 10, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Yale will be competing next week in the program's first NCAA Tournament since 1962, but the Ivy League champions are struggling to gain support on campus as controversy swirls around its former captain, who was dismissed from the school last month.

  • Saint Louis fires coach Jim Crews after A-10 tournament loss

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Saint Louis fired coach Jim Crews moments after the Billikens finished a second straight losing season with a 73-65 loss to George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday.''We had a good group of guys,'' Crews said during his postgame news conference at Barclays Center. ''So that's a hard situation, but nothing lasts forever.''

  • Ivy League adds basketball tournaments for 2017

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The last holdout for postseason conference tournaments has finally given in.The Ivy League will add men's and women's basketball tournaments next season that will determine the conference's automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament.''The structure of our basketball tournaments is consistent with our model of college athletics and the format allows us to preserve the significance of the regular season,'' Ivy League executive director Robin Harris said. ''Most importantly, this creates a landmark event during March Madness for our basketball student-athletes to anticipate while they are in school and to cherish throughout their lives after graduation.''

  • Richmond reserve Wood to miss 2nd game with concussion

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Richmond forward Marshall Wood will miss the Spiders' third-round game against Dayton on Friday in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament because of a concussion.Wood was held out of Richmond's second-round victory against Fordham on Thursday. Coach Chris Mooney said after the 70-55 win that Wood wouldn't be available Friday but left open the possibility the junior could return if Richmond upsets top-seeded Dayton.

  • AP source: Jordan fired as Rutgers basketball coach

    March 10, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan has been fired.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the university has not announced the decision. The firing comes less than 24 hours after Nebraska defeated the Scarlet Knights in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

  • Ivy League to add men's, women's hoops tournaments in 2017

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The last hold out for postseason conference tournaments has finally given in.The Ivy League is adding men's and women's basketball tournaments next season that will determine the conference's automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament.''The structure of our basketball tournaments is consistent with our model of college athletics and the format allows us to preserve the significance of the regular season,'' said Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. ''Most importantly, this creates a landmark event during March Madness for our basketball student-athletes to anticipate while they are in school and to cherish throughout their lives after graduation.''

  • Boeheim suspension puts Syracuse in unusual bubble situation

    March 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Jim Boeheim had no comment about Syracuse's unusual NCAA Tournament uncertainty. Then he had plenty of comments.Boeheim couldn't tell the selection committee what to think after Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh in its ACC Tournament opener to fall to 19-13. He was suspended for nine games, including three in conference play, so no one's sure how that stretch will be judged.

  • Richmond reserve Marshall Wood sidelined by concussion

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Richmond forward Marshall Wood will miss the Spiders' Atlantic 10 Conference tournament opener against Fordham on Thursday because of a concussion.The school says the redshirt junior suffered the concussion Sunday in a single-car accident when he swerved to avoid a deer on the road.

  • Surprising St. Bonaventure nudges into NCAA Tournament talk

    March 10, 2016

    With all due respect to Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt regards this season as one of his most satisfying.And Schmidt makes that acknowledgement before the Bonnies have even secured an NCAA Tournament berth as they did four years ago during Nicholson's senior season.

  • Izzo leans on veteran staff to help lead No. 2 Michigan St

    March 10, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo is days away from being showered with praise as he is annually for his ability to win during the NCAA tournament.And rightfully so.Michigan State is headed to its 19th straight NCAA tournament with a shot to advance to an eighth Final Four under Izzo and possibly to win a second national title with the hard-driving coach.

  • Boeheim suspension puts Syracuse in unique bubble situation

    March 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Jim Boeheim had no comment about Syracuse's unusual NCAA Tournament uncertainty. Then he had plenty of comments.Boeheim couldn't tell the selection committee what to think after Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh in its ACC Tournament opener to fall to 19-13. He was suspended for nine games, including three in conference play, so no one's sure how that stretch will be judged.

  • Pittsburgh tops Syracuse in possible win-and-in NCAA matchup

    March 10, 2016

    The second round of the ACC Tournament produced a matchup between old Big East rivals in Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Wednesday that many believed would be an NCAA Tournament eliminator.They certainly played like their postseason fates were on the line.

  • Hall of Fame forward Lovellette dies after cancer battle

    March 9, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Clyde Lovellette, the Hall of Fame forward who led Kansas to the 1952 national championship before helping the U.S. win gold at the Helsinki Olympics, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 86.Lovellette's family said he died at his home in North Manchester, Indiana.

  • Fisher's Aztecs looking for 7th straight NCAA tourney berth

    March 9, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego State Aztecs were good enough the last four years to earn at-large berths in the NCAA Tournament after failing to win the Mountain West Conference tourney and the accompanying automatic bid.That might not be the case this year, so the Aztecs know they can't blow it in this tournament if they want to extend their school-record run to seven straight NCAA tourney appearances.

  • Providence's Kris Dunn selected Big East player of the year

    March 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jay Wright and Kris Dunn made some Big East history Wednesday and both were humbled by it.Wright, who led Villanova to a first-place finish in the Big East, was named co-coach of the year along with Seton Hall's Kevin Willard. It is the fifth time - and third in a row - that Wright was honored by his fellow coaches.

  • Green Bay announcer says game ejection was misunderstanding

    March 9, 2016

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Radio listeners might have been puzzled to hear another team's play-by-play announcer briefly calling Green Bay's Horizon League semifinal win.A referee ejected Phoenix announcer Matt Menzl during Monday's game against No. 1 seed Valparaiso in Detroit. Menzl says it was all a misunderstanding. He says the ref thought he was waving him off after a call went against Green Bay.

  • BC-BKC--Big East Awards

    March 9, 2016

    Kris Dunn of Providence is the Big East player of the year for the second straight season.Seton Hall's Kevin Willard and Villanova's Jay Wright have been selected co-coaches of the year while Marquette's Henry Ellenson has been voted freshman of the year.

  • San Francisco fires coach Rex Walters after 8 seasons

    March 9, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) University of San Francisco men's basketball coach Rex Walters has been fired after eight seasons.Athletic director Scott Sidwell made the announcement Wednesday.Walters went 127-127 with a 63-65 record in the West Coast Conference. The Dons had winning seasons three times during his tenure, with the most successful finish being 21-12 in 2013-14 with an NIT bid as Walters won WCC Coach of the Year.

  • Florida C Egbunu tears thumb ligament before SEC Tournament

    March 9, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Florida could be without center John Egbunu in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.Egbunu tore a ligament in his right thumb during practice Tuesday, leaving his availability against Arkansas in doubt.''It's big for us,'' White said Wednesday following practice in Nashville. ''He's really our best interior defender, by far, and interior rebounder, and really our only interior scorer. He's come a long way this season. He's coming off probably his best couple of weeks, so it would be a blow to this team.''

  • VCU seeking another shot at A10 Tournament championship

    March 9, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) When VCU boarded a bus bound for New York on Wednesday many of the Rams felt like they were going to their home away from home.In each of their first three seasons in the Atlantic 10, the Rams (22-9) have advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They won their first championship last season, winning four games in four days, and are seeded second this time around.

  • Former Gap CEO gives M to endow Brey's job at Notre Dame

    March 9, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) The former chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. and his wife have donated million to Note Dame to endow the men's basketball head coaching position.The university said the money from Glenn and Stacey Murphy of Toronto will help underwrite the salary of Mike Brey, in his 16th year at the school, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department.

  • After another losing season, Wake turns focus to future

    March 9, 2016

    While Wake Forest's record got worse during Danny Manning's second season, the Demon Deacons insist they're still in good shape to succeed in the future.Still, nobody is remotely close to being happy with the proud program's disappointing results that included the first 20-loss season since 2011,its fifth losing season in six years and a midyear 11-game losing streak that drained the life out of a promising start.

  • Anderson gets vote of confidence from athletic director

    March 9, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri coach Kim Anderson has gotten a vote of confidence from athletic director Mack Rhoades.Rhoades said Wednesday that he met with Anderson earlier in the week to share ''expectations'' for next season. Rhoades said Anderson got the job under difficult circumstances, with little talent left after Frank Haith left for Tulsa.

  • Cornell University men's basketball player faces rape charge

    March 9, 2016

    ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) A member of the Cornell University men's basketball team has been arrested on rape charges.The Ivy League school's police department said Tuesday that 19-year-old Xavier Eaglin was arrested Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation. He's charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act. Police didn't provide details on what led up to the arrest.

  • South Dakota State men win Summit championship, 67-59

    March 9, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Freshman forward Mike Daum scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds Tuesday night to lead South Dakota State to a 67-59 win over North Dakota State to capture the Summit League championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Guard Mike Gesell blossoms into unheralded star for Iowa

    March 8, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok have dominated the headlines for the Hawkeyes this season.But Iowa might not be headed to its third straight NCAA Tournament - a feat it hasn't accomplished in over two decades - without senior point guard Mike Gesell.

  • PG Mike Gesell blossoms into unheralded star for Iowa

    March 8, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok have dominated the headlines for the Hawkeyes this season.But Iowa might not be headed to its third straight NCAA Tournament - a feat it hasn't accomplished in over two decades - without senior point guard Mike Gesell.

  • Wisconsin rewards Gard after successful interim stint

    March 8, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Greg Gard waited more than two decades for his first head-coaching job, so he sounded a little sheepish when he showed up a few minutes late for his introductory news conference at Wisconsin.After riding a slow elevator, Gard finally arrived at the Wisconsin practice floor to meet the media in his first full day as the full-time head coach.

  • Larranaga hopes Miami can recapture George Mason's magic

    March 8, 2016

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Before his Miami Hurricanes practiced at his old arena on George Mason's campus, coach Jim Larranaga gathered players at center court and pointed to the 2006 Final Four banner. He told them stories about his team's improbable run and the sacrifices and the joy that came out of it.

  • Picking tournament favorite challenge in wide-open SEC field

    March 8, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southeastern Conference Tournament features something that coaches and players are looking forward to in Music City, at least everyone not playing against Kentucky and the horde of fans the Wildcats bring.That something is a neutral court.

  • South Carolina looking to take next step at SEC Tournament

    March 8, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin looked at his buzzing, then broke into grin reading a text from San Francisco 49ers receiver - and former Gamecocks point guard - Bruce Ellington.''He needs six tickets for Friday, ''Martin said. ''My gosh."

  • Notre Dame goes up tempo as it seeks to defend ACC title

    March 8, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson pulled out his Atlantic Coast Conference championship ring the other day as a reminder.''I was just reminiscing on what it felt like to cut the nets down,'' the junior point guard said. ''I just want to go out and have that feeling again with my team.''

  • Pitino to assess status of 3 suspended players after season

    March 8, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Richard Pitino says he has not yet determined when the team's three suspended players will be reinstated.Pitino said Tuesday he will reassess after the season the status of guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer, who were punished after sex videos appeared on Dorsey's social media accounts.

  • Parity and pressure should make A-10 tournament intense

    March 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Atlantic 10 turned 40 this season and everybody got a trophy.Well, not quite, but three teams enter the A-10 tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as regular-season co-champions and the feeling among league coaches is about half the 14-team conference has a legitimate chance to leave New York with a title.

  • Big Ten champion Hoosiers look to rewrite tourney history

    March 8, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Hoosiers took a long, hard road to winning the Big Ten title.If they're going to win the tournament title, they'll also need to rest.Two months after being discounted, overlooked and forgotten by many outsiders, the 10th-ranked Hoosiers head to Indianapolis with the top seed and a chance to change directions in what has been a frustrating event for Indiana. The 2016 tourney opens with two games Wednesday.

  • Big 12 heads to Kansas City for loaded league tournament

    March 8, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Shaka Smart is careful not to demean the Colonial Athletic Association and the Atlantic 10, where he led VCU through a combined six conference tournaments and captured a pair of championships.Both are good leagues. Both have solid programs. Both tournaments were tough in their own right.

  • List of coaches Southeastern Conference honors

    March 8, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A list of the coaches Southeastern Conference postseason honors. Ties were not broken:---SEC?Coach of the Year:?Billy Kennedy, Texas A&MSEC?Player of the Year:? Tyler Ulis, KentuckySEC?Scholar-Athlete of the Year:? Retin Obasohan, Alabama

  • ACC Tournament could decide Gregory's future at Georgia Tech

    March 8, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Given a mandate from his boss one year ago to show ''clear signs of progress,'' Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory went all in for this season by adding three senior transfers.With his job on the line, Gregory aimed for immediate results. The payoff came late in the regular season as the Yellow Jackets won five of their last six games to gain momentum for Wednesday night's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game against Clemson.

  • Ulis, Kennedy receive top honors from SEC coaches

    March 8, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Southeastern Conference coaches have picked Kentucky sophomore guard Tyler Ulis as the league's player of the year and defensive player of the year.The coaches also voted Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy as coach of the year in honors announced by the league on Tuesday.

  • No. 8 Oregon leads deep Pac-12 tournament field

    March 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Pac-12 was one of the nation's strongest conferences during the regular season, the teams' schedules filled with difficult games every week.It won't get any easier at this week's Pac-12 tournament.Oregon was the regular-season champion, but the Ducks will have their hands full if they want to sweep in a conference that finished with four teams in the final regular-season Associated Press Top 25.

  • 'Team Casts' to air during NCAA title game for 1st time

    March 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) ''Team Casts'' will air during college basketball's national championship game for the first time this season.Turner Sports introduced the team-centric alternate telecasts two years ago when the semifinals shifted to TBS. They were not used for the NCAA title games on CBS.

  • Why Washington? ACC flexes muscles in big basketball market

    March 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Down the street from teams that play in the Big Ten and Atlantic 10, and inside the arena that hosts Big East basketball for several months a year, the Atlantic Coast Conference is flexing its muscles.The ACC doesn't have a so-called home team for its tournament this week at Verizon Center. In Maryland's backyard, with Virginia and Virginia Tech the closest teams, the conference is ready to put on a show away from its usual home site in North Carolina.

  • South Dakota State edges Denver in Summit tourney 54-53

    March 8, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Mike Daum scored 15 points and second-seeded South Dakota State edged No. 6 seed Denver 54-53 in a Summit League semifinal game on Thursday night.The Jackrabbits (25-7) face fifth-seeded North Dakota State, which eliminated IPFW, on Tuesday in the final.

  • No. 24 California enters Pac-12 tournament on a roll

    March 7, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) More than three months after leaving Las Vegas with a pair of early-season losses and searching for an identity, California returns to Sin City this week for the Pac-12 tournament on quite a roll.The 24th-ranked Golden Bears (22-9) have won eight of nine games to earn the third seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament as coach Cuonzo Martin's squad has done a good job fitting in talented freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.

  • Poeltl earns Pac-12 player of the year award

    March 7, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Utah's Jakob Poeltl has been named Pac-12 player of the year and Oregon's Dana Altman has repeated as the conference's coach of the year.California's Jaylen Brown was named freshman of the year, Oregon State's Gary Payton II repeated as defensive player of the and Colorado's George King was most improved in voting announced Monday.

  • North Dakota State edges IPFW in Summit tourney, 69-68

    March 7, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Carlin Dupree's layup with 4 seconds left lifted fifth-seeded North Dakota State - which trailed by as many at 18 - over No. 4 seed IPFW 69-68 in a Summit League tournament semifinal on Monday night.The Bison (20-12) will face second-seeded South Dakota State (25-7), which beat No. 6 seed Denver in the other semifinal, in the title game on Tuesday.

  • California enters Pac-12 tournament on a roll

    March 7, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) More than three months after leaving Las Vegas with a pair of early-season losses and searching for an identity, California returns to Sin City this week for the Pac-12 tournament on quite a roll.The 24th-ranked Golden Bears (22-9) have won eight of nine games to earn the third seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament as coach Cuonzo Martin's squad has done a good job fitting in talented freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.

  • No. 5 Xavier looking to fix defense at Big East tournament

    March 7, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Fifth-ranked Xavier is trying to top one of its best regular seasons with a few things it's never done at tournament time. First, it has to get that defense fixed.The Musketeers (26-4, 14-4 Big East) have the No. 2 seed behind Villanova heading into the conference's tournament at Madison Square Garden this week. The 26 wins match the most in school history, along with the 2007-08 team that reached the Elite Eight.

  • Wisconsin removes 'interim' tag, names Greg Gard coach

    March 7, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) From the day he replaced Bo Ryan as the Wisconsin basketball coach, Greg Gard said he would always put his team ahead of any concerns about whether he would be more than an interim place-holder.No need to speculate any longer.The university has removed the ''interim'' tag and named Gard the permanent head coach, rewarding the career assistant for a 13-6 record over a three-month audition and rock-steady influence during a period of upheaval. The announcement came after the Wisconsin Board of Regents approved Gard's contract on Monday night.

  • Iowa State seeks strong postseason run

    March 8, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's lack of depth made its hopes for a regular-season Big 12 title unrealistic.Perhaps the postseason will be kind again to the 21st-ranked Cyclones.Iowa State (21-10, 10-8 Big 12) will begin its quest for a third straight conference tournament title Thursday against third-seeded Oklahoma (24-6, 12-6), ranked sixth nationally.

  • North Carolina trying to take next step at ACC Tournament

    March 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Expectations are high for the seventh-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels as the No. 1 seed at the ACC Tournament. That's nothing new for them.The preseason pick to win the ACC, coach Roy Williams' team beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday to capture the regular-season title. Now it's on to the postseason.

  • Forbes has proven to be pivotal player for No. 2 Michigan St

    March 7, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Bryn Forbes might be Michigan State's most pivotal player.In wins, the sweet-shooting senior averages 17 points, makes 55 percent of his 3-pointers and hits 54 percent of his shots overall. In losses, the 6-foot-3 guard averages five points while connecting on just 16 percent of 3-pointers and 24 percent overall for the second-ranked Spartans.

  • Coach's lawsuit assails Iowa AD's record on gender equality

    March 7, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women's sports administrator during a decade-long tenure stained by gender bias.Backed by several former Hawkeye coaches, the lawsuit by fired women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum asks a judge to order her reinstatement and to require the university to take steps to ensure female coaches are treated the same as their male counterparts.

  • Florida trying to rebuild NCAA resume at SEC Tournament

    March 7, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White believes anything can happen in a conference tournament.White and the Gators are counting on it.Having lost five of seven games down the stretch, Florida goes into the Southeastern Conference Tournament this week needing to win at least two games just to get back into the NCAA Tournament conversation.

  • Santa Clara fires basketball coach Kerry Keating

    March 7, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Santa Clara has fired basketball coach Kerry Keating after nine years.Athletic director Renee Baumgartner announced the move Monday, days after the Broncos finished an 11-20 season.Keating had a 139-159 record at Santa Clara and won the 2011 CollegeInsider.com postseason championship and the 2013 College Basketball Invitational postseason title.

  • Pitt hoping to play itself off the bubble at ACC tourney

    March 7, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sheldon Jeter didn't dodge the question or put some kind of positive spin on it.Yes, the NCAA tournament bid Pittsburgh seemed to lock up with a blowout win over Duke a week ago is now very much in danger heading into the ACC tournament. A 3-6 mark down the stretch - including a pair of road losses at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech - will do that.

  • Kentucky had the week's biggest jump in the Top 25

    March 7, 2016

    Kentucky had the week's biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up six spots to No. 16.Three teams - Miami, Maryland and Iowa - all fell four places.There were no changes in the teams in the Top 25 and that was surprising considering then-No. 19 Baylor lost twice last week, although both losses were to top 10 teams in Oklahoma and West Virginia.

  • Kansas is No. 1 for second straight week

    March 7, 2016

    Kansas is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a second straight week and for the fourth time this season.The Jayhawks (27-4) are again a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

  • POLL ALERT: Kansas No. 1 in men's college hoops second straight week; Kentucky jumps 6 spots

    March 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Kansas No. 1 in men's college hoops second straight week; Kentucky jumps 6 spots.

  • Michigan State's Denzel Valentine the Big Ten player of year

    March 7, 2016

    Denzel Valentine has done it all for Michigan State, and the senior is The Associated Press Player of the Year in the Big Ten.Valentine was among three unanimous picks on the AP All-Big Ten first team announced Monday along with Indiana guard Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell and Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff.

  • 2015-16 coaches' All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams

    March 7, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The all-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual award winners, as announced Monday following a vote of the league's 15 head coaches. First-team votes were worth five points, with second-team votes worth three points and third-team selections worth one point.

  • ACC coaches pick Virginia's Brogdon as player of year

    March 7, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference's coaches have selected Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon as their player of the year.The league's 15 coaches announced their awards Monday, a day after media members made their selections, and the two groups' selections largely mirrored each other.

  • Drexel fires coach Bruiser Flint after 15 seasons

    March 7, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Drexel has fired coach Bruiser Flint after a 15-year run without an NCAA Tournament appearance.The longest-tenured active coach at one school without an NCAA berth, Flint went 245-217 with the Dragons and slumped to 6-25 this season. The Dragons went 3-15 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

  • 2016 Associated Press All-Big Ten basketball team

    March 7, 2016

    The 2016 Associated Press All-Big Ten basketball team released Monday, with player's position, name, school, class, height, weight and hometown:---FIRST TEAMF-Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa, Sr., 6-9, 221, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.F-Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, Jr., 6-8, 240, Toledo, Ohio.

  • Michigan State's Denzel Valentine is Big Ten player of year

    March 7, 2016

    Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is The Associated Press Big Ten player of the year and one of three unanimous choices for the all-conference first team.Indiana guard Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell and Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff also were named to the first team on every ballot in voting by media members who cover the Big Ten. The other first-team picks are Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes and Purdue center A.J. Hammons.

  • Texas' Ridley closer to return, status for Big 12 unclear

    March 7, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas coach Shaka Smart said injured center Cam Ridley's availability for postseason tournaments remains unclear.Ridley has been out since breaking a bone in his foot just after Christmas and missed the entire Big 12 regular season. In his 11 starts, Ridley averaged 12.7 points and 10 rebounds.

  • The 2015-16 AP All-Big 12 men's basketball teams

    March 7, 2016

    The Associated Press All-Big 12 men's basketball team for the 2015-16 season, as chosen by a panel of media representatives who cover the conference on a regular basis. Players are listed in alphabetical order by name, school, class, height, weight and hometown:

  • Hield first 2-time AP Big 12 Player of Year; Self top coach

    March 7, 2016

    Buddy Hield put together quite a repeat performance to post a remarkable first in 20 seasons of Big 12 basketball.Oklahoma's spectacular senior guard and the league's top scorer is The Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He is the first player to twice be named the AP's top player, and was a unanimous pick this time after getting all 20 votes cast.

  • Michigan, Pitt, Marquette and SMU highlight 2016 2K Classic

    March 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) SMU, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Marquette headline the field for the 22nd annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, it was announced Monday.The semifinals and championship game will be held Nov. 17-18 at Madison Square Garden.

  • Rosga, Denver beat Omaha, advance to Summit League semis

    March 7, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Freshman Joe Rosga scored a career-high 25 on 9-of-11 shooting to help No. 6 seed Denver beat third-seeded Omaha 78-70 Sunday night in the Summit League tournament quarterfinals.Rosga had 15 points in the first half as the Pioneers shot 62.5 percent and built a 19-point lead before going into the break with a 44-29 advantage.

  • Simmons included in Australia squad for Olympic preparations

    March 6, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) NBA prospect Ben Simmons has been included along with Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, and Matthew Dellavedova in an extended 26-player Australia squad to prepare for the Olympics in Rio.Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis announced the squad on Monday, including seven NBA players and all 12 involved in the Oceania qualifying series win over New Zealand last year.

  • Werner, N. Dakota St. beat IUPUI in Summit tourney quarters

    March 6, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Dexter Werner scored 18, on 6-of-8 shooting, with 11 rebounds to help No. 5 seed North Dakota State beat fourth-seeded IUPUI 60-45 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament.A.J. Jacobson scored 14, Paul Miller added 12 points and Kory Brown grabbed 11 rebounds for North Dakota State, which outrebounded IUPUI 43-36.

  • High-scoring Oakland U has high hopes in Horizon tournament

    March 6, 2016

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Back in December, Oakland University played Washington, Michigan State and Virginia within a two-week span, and Kay Felder scored at least 30 points in each game.Earlier that month, the Golden Grizzlies had played at Georgia, and Felder scored 23 against the Bulldogs.

  • No. 12 Indiana beats No. 14 Maryland for perfect finish

    March 6, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana's Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell closed his Assembly Hall career out perfectly.He reveled in the trophy presentation and the net-cutting ceremony. He savored the reverberating chants of his name during the game's final minutes. Most importantly, he got to celebrate by going unbeaten at home.

  • UVa's Brogdon, Miami's Larranaga earn ACC individual awards

    March 6, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.The league announced its postseason awards Sunday following a vote of 51 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.Miami's Jim Larranaga edged Buzz Williams of Virginia Tech for coach of the year honors while Brandon Ingram became the third straight Duke player to win the league's freshman of the year award.

  • UCLA guard Bryce Alford recovering from hit to jaw

    March 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA starting guard Bryce Alford is recovering after being hit in the jaw late in the Bruins' loss to Oregon State.A team spokesman says Alford had a CT scan after Saturday night's game and it was negative. The junior doesn't have a facial fracture, although he will be re-evaluated by UCLA's medical staff on Monday.

  • Oakland G Max Hooper's father Chip has died of cancer

    March 6, 2016

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Chip Hooper, the father of Oakland University guard Max Hooper, has died. He was 53.The school said Hooper died Saturday of cancer. He received national attention when he was able to attend his son's final regular-season game on Feb. 26 on an emotional night at the suburban Detroit school.

  • NC State assistant Moxley moving to support role after year

    March 6, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State assistant coach Rob Moxley will become the team's director of player personnel after the season.The school announced the change Sunday.Moxley has been an assistant through head coach Mark Gottfried's five-year tenure. The change comes roughly 10 months after Moxley had a life-threatening health scare that left him hospitalized for several days.

  • Dunn, Bentil, Hart, Whitehead unanimous on All-Big East team

    March 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Providence teammates Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil, Villanova's Josh Hart and Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead are all unanimous selections to the All-Big East team.Joining them on the six-man first team announced Sunday are Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and freshman Henry Ellenson of Marquette.

  • S. Dakota St. rallies to beat ORU in Summit League tourney

    March 6, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Mike Daum grabbed an offensive rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with 42 seconds left to give South Dakota State just enough cushion to beat Oral Roberts 73-70 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament on Saturday night.

  • IPFW beats South Dakota 86-70 in Summit League quarterfinal

    March 5, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) John Konchar had 16 points and 16 rebounds and IPFW rolled to an 86-70 victory over South Dakota on Saturday night in a Summit League Tournament quarterfinal.The top-seeded Mastodons (24-8) will play Sunday's IUPUI-North Dakota State winner in the semifinals on Monday.

  • Waters, LeFlore lead Alabama St. past Grambling St. 59-58

    March 5, 2016

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Terrance LeFlore tied a career high with four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to help Alabama State beat Grambling State 59-58 in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday.Jamel Waters added four more 3s and finished with 13 points, while Bobby Brown scored 11 with nine rebounds and three steals for Alabama State.

  • Wisconsin clears retired Bo Ryan over affair allegations

    March 5, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The University of Wisconsin has cleared former basketball coach Bo Ryan of allegations that he had misused school resources while having an ''improper personal relationship'' with a woman, the school said.Chancellor Rebecca Blank said in a statement Friday that Ryan was cleared in May following an investigation by athletics and the Office of Legal Affairs. The investigation was trigged by allegations the school received in February 2015 from the woman.

  • UNC Wilmington holds off upset-minded Charleston, 66-64

    March 5, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Marcus Bryan scored 16 points and No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington needed a strong second-half comeback to beat No. 7 seed College of Charleston in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal Saturday.Charleston took a 40-27 lead into intermission by shooting 7 of 9 from beyond the arc while the Seahawks were 0 for 6 from deep.

  • LSU says Ben Simmons ineligible for Wooden Award

    March 5, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) LSU said Saturday that freshman Ben Simmons is ineligible for the John R. Wooden Award that will be presented to the nation's top player.The 15-player list of men's finalists was released Saturday minus the 6-foot-10 forward, who entered Saturday's 94-77 loss at No. 22 Kentucky averaging 19.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Several reports Saturday stated that Simmons was academically ineligible for the award, but LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said only that the player didn't meet the award's requirements, without being specific.

  • Ward leads Nicholls State past Southeastern Louisiana 64-45

    March 5, 2016

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Adam Ward scored a career-high 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting to lead Nicholls State past Southeastern Louisiana for a 64-45 win Saturday that clinched a spot in the Southland Conference tournament.Kyle Caudill added 10 points and T.J. Carpenter hauled in 10 rebounds for Nicholls State (10-22, 6-12), which shot 39 percent from the field but controlled the glass 44-35 in the regular season finale for both teams. It was the third straight win for the Colonels.

  • Kansas, West Virginia top 2 seeds for Big 12 tournament

    March 5, 2016

    Two-time defending Big 12 Conference tournament champion Iowa State is going into this season's tournament as the No. 6 seed.No. 1 Kansas was already set as the No. 1 seed after clinching its 12th consecutive regular-season title earlier in the week. No. 10 West Virginia wrapped up second place with a 69-58 win at No. 19 Baylor on Saturday.

  • Balanced BYU ousts Santa Clara from WCC tourney, 72-60

    March 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kyle Collinsworth, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, scored 13 points and had two key assists late in the game as Brigham Young defeated Santa Clara 72-60 in the quarterfinal round of the WCC basketball tournament on Saturday.

  • Power outage briefly cuts lights at Oregon-USC game

    March 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The lights inside Galen Center went out for 20 minutes before power was restored during the first half of the game between No. 9 Oregon and Southern California.A USC spokesman said a city electrical grid went down Saturday and caused a power surge that knocked out the arena lights.

  • Duke's Jefferson done for season, seeking hardship waiver

    March 5, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke senior forward Amile Jefferson is done for the season because of a broken right foot, but he may return next year.Team officials and doctors say Jefferson will miss the rest of the season for the 17th-ranked Blue Devils. The announcement came hours before their rivalry game with No. 8 North Carolina.

  • Arena lights go out during Oregon-USC basketball game

    March 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The lights inside Galen Center have gone out during the first half of No. 9 Oregon's game against Southern California.Elijah Stewart had just hit a 3-pointer for the host Trojans when the arena went dark Saturday. Oregon was leading 31-22 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half.

  • Last dance at SMU for Nic Moore won't be in NCAA Tournament

    March 5, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Nic Moore's 100th game for No. 24 SMU will be the last for the senior point guard and the Mustangs.Even with 25 wins already and the chance to win their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Mustangs will be done after Sunday's trip to Cincinnati because of NCAA sanctions.

  • Illinois athletic director gives Groce vote of confidence

    March 5, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois' new athletic director issued a vote of confidence in men's basketball coach John Groce on Saturday, praising his leadership and making clear he will keep his job.Groce has been under pressure from fans who are unhappy the team will miss the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season - Illinois' biggest NCAA drought since 1978-80. Illinois (13-17, 5-12 Big Ten) is also facing its first losing season since the 2007-08 team went 16-19.

  • Stetson makes intriguing run to A-Sun final against FGCU

    March 5, 2016

    Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast will meet in the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game, and the big winner could be North Florida.That's some real March Madness.Stetson (12-21) is ineligible to appear in the NCAA Tournament, so the Hatters' season - win or lose - will end after Sunday night's title matchup in Fort Myers, Florida. If the Hatters win, then North Florida will get the A-Sun's automatic berth in the NCAA field because it won the regular-season crown. And if FGCU (19-13) wins, the ''Dunk City'' darlings of the 2013 tournament will be headed back to the Big Dance.

  • After Indiana, jumbled pack in top half of Big Ten

    March 5, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) There is a logjam after first-place Indiana in the upper half of the Big Ten.Michigan State, Maryland and Wisconsin are 12-5 in conference and tied for second place. Other teams are lurking one game behind.That sets up a scramble going into the final weekend of the regular season to round out the rest of the top 4 behind the champion Hoosiers. The Spartans and Badgers are looking to join the Terps in locking up coveted double byes.

  • Columbia fends off Brown 66-63 behind Lo's 23 pts

    March 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Maodo Lo scored 23 points, and Grant Mullins hit two free throws with three seconds to play as Columbia held off Brown 66-63 on Friday night.Obi Okolie missed a 3-point attempt with a chance to tie the game.JR Hobbie led Brown with a career-high 23 points, shooting 7 for 10 from 3-point range. His seven 3s were also a career high.

  • Bubble Watch: Vandy rising, Gators falling

    March 4, 2016

    Vanderbilt is finally living up to expectations after a sluggish start to the season, peaking at just the right time to boosts its NCAA Tournament hopes.Another SEC team is headed the wrong direction.Once in solid position to make the bracket, Florida finds itself on the outside of the bubble after a disappointing loss to No. 22 Kentucky on Tuesday, the Gators' fourth straight.

  • Samford tops VMI in OT, 92-85, advances in SoCon tourney

    March 4, 2016

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Darius Jones-Gibson scored 25 points, and Matt Rose hit a 3-pointer late in overtime to help No. 8 seed Samford beat ninth-seeded VMI 92-85 Friday in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament.Samford will play top-seeded Chattanooga (26-5) on Saturday, which beat the Bulldogs 77-66 in the regular-season finale last Sunday.

  • Resilient Poythress still focused despite multiple setbacks

    March 4, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Though injuries and inconsistency have plagued Alex Poythress during his basketball career at Kentucky, he remains undeterred in pursuit of his dreams.With one national championship appearance under his belt two years ago, focused on trying to earn another, Poythress hopes to be part of some NBA teams' draft plans this summer. He just keeps battling back despite multiple setbacks, including injuries to both knees.

  • Denzel Valentine draws comparisons to Michigan State greats

    March 4, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Magic Johnson, Draymond Green and Denzel Valentine. Just a couple years ago, putting Valentine in the same sentence with the former Michigan State greats would not have made sense.Several years ago, it would've been really farfetched.

  • Florida State senior Devon Bookert emerges as team leader

    March 4, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Devon Bookert has developed into one of the best long-distance shooters in Florida State basketball history.Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the 6-foot-3 guard has come a long way, and he wasn't referring to the 4,613 miles Bookert's has traveled to get to Tucker Center from his high school gym at Anchorage West.

  • NC State's Barber carries heavy load for struggling Wolfpack

    March 4, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Anthony ''Cat'' Barber has carried a heavy load for North Carolina State all season.The Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer has run the point and played nearly every minute for a team with little depth while posting numbers worthy of consideration for league player of the year. But the team's struggles have overshadowed that success entering Saturday's regular-season finale at Notre Dame.

  • Winless season could leave Boston College in dubious company

    March 4, 2016

    If Boston College loses to Clemson on Saturday, it will finish 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in men's basketball. Only five teams in the league have gone winless:1953-54 Clemson - 0-91954-55 Clemson - 0-141980-81 Georgia Tech - 0-141985-86 Wake Forest - 0-14

  • BC looks to avoid winless ACC year in football, basketball

    March 4, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston College is on the verge of doing something no major school has done in 40 years - lose every single conference football and basketball game in a season.Heading into Saturday's regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference finale against Clemson, the Eagles are flirting with a 0-18 conference finish.

  • Duke's Ingram looks to foil North Carolina once again

    March 4, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke's Brandon Ingram has a knack for foiling North Carolina.The instate native chose the Blue Devils over the Tar Heels, then - while being booed relentlessly by UNC's fans - scored 20 points last month while winning his first meeting with them.

  • Tennessee's Kevin Punter Jr. to have season-ending surgery

    March 4, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the stress fracture in his right foot that has sidelined the Volunteers' leading scorer the last four games.Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced Friday that Punter would undergo surgery Tuesday in New York, near Punter's home in the Bronx. The decision effectively ends the 6-foot-2 senior's college career.

  • Jayhawks star Perry Ellis prepping for final game at Phog

    March 4, 2016

    Perry Ellis remembers the first time that Kansas coach Bill Self watched him play a game, what seems like a lifetime ago, and thinking what any promising high school prospect would think.''That's pretty cool.''Thus began a courtship that led to Ellis, then a five-star prospect from Wichita, choosing to play for the Jayhawks. And now, four more years down the road, the senior forward and All-American candidate is preparing to step foot on the hallowed floor of Allen Fieldhouse for the very last time.

  • Rutgers on verge of winless Big 10 Conference season

    March 3, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Meaningless games at the beginning of March are nothing new in Piscataway. Rutgers is reaching a new low this season.The Scarlet Knights have lost 17 straight games this season and 32 in a row in Big Ten Conference games dating to last season. The 17-game skid is the longest single-season losing streak in a program history that dates to 1906.

  • Rutgers on verge of winless Big Ten Conference season

    March 3, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Meaningless games at the beginning of March are nothing new in Piscataway. Rutgers is reaching a new low this season.The Scarlet Knights have lost 17 straight games this season and 32 in a row in Big Ten Conference games dating to last season. The 17-game skid is the longest single-season losing streak in a program history that dates to 1906.

  • Suspended Minnesota player reported theft of phone to police

    March 3, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Police are investigating a reported theft of suspended Minnesota freshman Kevin Dorsey's cellphone at the Mall of America last week.City of Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley confirmed Wednesday that Dorsey filed a report Sunday, saying his phone was stolen four days earlier from a shoe store at the megamall.

  • Top-seeded Wagner tops Robert Morris 59-50 in NEC tourney

    March 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Aaman scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had a career-best five blocks and top-seeded Wagner beat No. 8 seed Robert Morris 59-50 on Wednesday night in the Northeast Conference tournament.Wagner started the second half on a 10-1 run for a 34-20 lead after making 4 of 6 field goals. Robert Morris missed its first five shots of the half.

  • UNLV freshman Jones Jr. ineligible for rest of the season

    March 2, 2016

    UNLV freshman Derrick Jones Jr. is ineligible for the rest of the season after his standardized score was deemed invalid.The NCAA in the fall declared Jones eligible to compete this season, but was notified by ACT Testing that his test score had been canceled.

  • Tough finish for injured Michigan seniors LeVert, Albrecht

    March 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Three years ago, Caris LeVert was a skinny freshman whose outside shooting helped Michigan beat Syracuse in a national semifinal.Then classmate Spike Albrecht stole the show for a half in the title game against Louisville - a memorable performance, even in defeat.

  • Marquette's Ellenson day to day with sprained left ankle

    March 2, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette says star forward Henry Ellenson is day to day with a sprained left ankle.The 6-foot-11 Ellenson could be an NBA draft lottery pick if he decides to leave school early. The Big East's leading rebounder got hurt after hitting a jumper in the second half of an 88-87 victory at home on Tuesday night against Georgetown.

  • Field chasing Wichita State in Valley tournament

    March 2, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Wichita State is close to an NCAA tournament lock heading into this week's Missouri Valley tourney. The rest of the league's teams come to St. Louis realizing they must run the table.''Nine teams understand they have to win the thing to get a bid,'' conference commissioner Doug Elgin said Wednesday. ''That's the cruel truth. The reality is you don't see teams with RPIs in the 80s and 90s in the NCAAs.''

  • No. 14 Maryland stumbling toward the finish in Big Ten

    March 2, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland is struggling at a time when it should be nearing its peak.Coach Mark Turgeon apparently is not at all worried, given his response Wednesday when reminded that the 14th-ranked Terrapins have lost three of four.''We've won one out of two, haven't we?'' Turgeon said with a grin.

  • Unheralded UAB racking up wins, looking for NCAA tourney bid

    March 2, 2016

    UAB teams are used to fighting uphill battles for reasons beyond wins and losses.While the athletic department is in the midst of rebuilding the football program, the Blazers basketball team has one of the best records in major college basketball and a 25-game home winning streak. Still, they'll likely have to win the Conference USA Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament via the automatic bid for a second straight season.

  • Florida to sell alcohol at football, men's basketball games

    March 2, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida is the latest school to start selling alcohol at sporting events.The University Athletic Association announced Wednesday it will offer beer and wine sales in premium seating at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and at men's basketball games in the O'Connell Center beginning this fall.

  • In the interim, Wisconsin's Gard enjoying banner success

    March 2, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Wisconsin interim coach Greg Gard has never actively campaigned to become the permanent successor to the retired Bo Ryan.The Badgers' win-loss record sends a strong message without saying a word.Wisconsin is 12-5 under Gard going into the game Wednesday night at Minnesota. With a winning percentage of .706, Gard would be one of the most successful interim coaches in the last two decades if the Badgers keep winning at that clip.

  • Oklahoma honors Blake Griffin by raising jersey

    March 1, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma honored former star Blake Griffin by raising his jersey to the rafters in a ceremony at halftime of the Sooners' game against Baylor on Tuesday night.Griffin was named the AP National Player of the Year in 2008-09 after averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game and leading the nation in rebounding and double-doubles. The Sooners finished 30-6 that season and reached the Elite Eight.

  • Oklahoma retires Blake Griffin's jersey number

    March 1, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has honored former star Blake Griffin by retiring his jersey number in a ceremony at halftime of the Sooners' game against Baylor.Griffin was on hand for the event Tuesday. He was named the AP National Player of the Year in 2008-09 after averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game and leading the nation in rebounding and double-doubles. The Sooners finished 30-6 that season and reached the Elite Eight.

  • Temple freshman Troy Lowe injured in car accident

    March 1, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple freshman guard Trey Lowe is likely to miss the remainder of the season due to injuries sustained in a one-car accident early Sunday morning.The school released a statement Tuesday saying Lowe, a native of Ewing, New Jersey, is receiving medical care for upper body injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  • After undefeated February, Cal seeks Pac-12 title in March

    March 1, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) After entering February with their postseason hopes in peril, the California Golden Bears head into March playing as well as anybody in the country.The 25th-ranked Bears (21-8, 11-5 Pac-12) head into the final weekend of the regular season with a seven-game winning streak and hopes of winning a conference title. Cal needs a sweep in Arizona and then hope No. 9 Oregon loses at least once this weekend at UCLA and Southern California in order to claim at least a share of their second Pac-12 title since 1959-60.

  • Pitino: Will use offseason to decide future with Louisville

    March 1, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he'll do what he normally does and use the offseason to decide whether to return as the Cardinals' coach.The school last month announced a self-imposed postseason ban after its investigation of an escort's allegations that a former staffer paid her and other dancers for sex parties with recruits and players determined violations occurred. Pitino has vowed not to resign but questions continue about his future.

  • Syracuse basketball rallies for ailing Dwayne Washington

    March 1, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse basketball community are rallying in support of Dwayne ''Pearl'' Washington, the former Orange star afflicted with brain cancer.(hash)PrayersforPearl has become a social media gathering point. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas gave the movement national exposure Monday. Bilas wore the all-orange ''Pearl'' warmup shirt that Syracuse players have donned on the bench in games since late January.

  • Wichita State's VanVleet is Missouri Valley player of year

    March 1, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Wichita State senior guard Fred VanVleet has been selected Missouri Valley Conference player of the year for the second time in three seasons.VanVleet and fellow guard Ron Baker both were first-team all-conference picks for the third consecutive season from the regular-season champions. Both rank in the top 25 all-time in conference scoring.

  • Belmont's Bradds named OVC player, TSU's Ford coach of year

    March 1, 2016

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) Evan Bradds of Belmont has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, while Dana Ford has been named the league's coach of the year after leading Tennessee State to a 15-win improvement in his second season.The OVC announced the awards Tuesday.

  • Minnesota's Pitino suspends 3 players for rest of season

    March 1, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's season was lost long ago. The Gophers will finish it even more short-handed than they were before.Coach Richard Pitino announced Tuesday that guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer will be suspended for the remainder of the season, stemming from a sexually explicit video that appeared on Dorsey's social media accounts.

  • Mississippi tries to hold off surging Mississippi State

    March 1, 2016

    Mississippi's basketball program has been on a roll the past three seasons, with two trips to the NCAA Tournament, one Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and a brand new .5 million arena.Meanwhile, Mississippi State has been among the worst teams in the SEC.

  • A lot at stake when No. 7 Miami faces slumping Notre Dame

    March 1, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame is looking to break out of an offensive slump when it faces seventh-ranked Miami in a game that will help decide the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and tournament seedings.Less than two weeks ago, the Fighting Irish were averaging 78.2 points and their assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.55 was 10th in the nation and second in the ACC. Notre Dame still was aiming for a league title.

  • 2015-16 All-Ohio Valley Conference team

    March 1, 2016

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) The 2015-16 All-Ohio Valley Conference team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday:OVC Player of the Year: Evan Bradds, BelmontOVC Defensive Player of the Year: Tahjere McCall, Tennessee St.

  • UNC's Paige wins Prosser Award as ACC's top scholar-athlete

    March 1, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) North Carolina guard Marcus Paige has won the Skip Prosser Award for the second straight year.The Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday announced Paige as the winner of its award for the top scholar-athlete in men's basketball.Paige joined former Tar Heels player Tyler Zeller as the only two-time winners of the award named for the late Wake Forest coach.

  • Wichita State, Evansville land 2 each on conference 1st team

    March 1, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Wichita State and Evansville landed two players each on first-team all-conference in the Missouri Valley.All five players on the first team are seniors, and there's only one underclassman on the second team.''The guys at Wichita State, gee whiz, you could probably write a book with all they've done,'' Evansville coach Marty Simmons said.

  • Nebraska, Kansas agree to meet in basketball next 2 seasons

    March 1, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska and Kansas have signed a two-year agreement to begin a home-and-home men's basketball series starting next season.The two schools were conference mates for more than a century before Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The teams last met in 2011 when both were in the Big 12.

  • Benedict says UConn's caliber of play at Power Five level

    March 1, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's new athletic director Dave Benedict considers the Huskies' program at the level of a Power Five school.Benedict, the previous chief operating office at Auburn, was introduced Tuesday as the 12th athletic director at Connecticut.

  • Michigan's Caris LeVert out for season because of ailing leg

    March 1, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) After two months of uncertainty over Caris LeVert's status, Michigan made it official: The senior standout will miss the rest of the season.LeVert has been ruled out because of a lower left leg injury. The 6-foot-7 guard played only once over the past two months, and the Wolverines will have to compete for an NCAA Tournament spot without him.

  • PTSD in past, Neb-Omaha player advocates for mental wellness

    March 1, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Emotional leader. Never-quit player. Gritty. Kyler Erickson is all those things for the Nebraska-Omaha basketball team.Most of all, he's a survivor.Erickson was only a few feet away when a gunman burst into the office of his high school five years ago and started firing, fatally wounding an assistant principal and seriously injuring the principal. The sights and sounds Erickson was exposed to that horrific day led to his diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder over a year later.

  • Larranaga optimistic No. 7 Hurricanes will finish strong

    February 29, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says he hasn't been around the game long enough to anticipate how a team will play in March.He's only in his 32nd season as a head coach.''I'm going to have to do this 20 or 30 more years before I get a feel,'' Larranaga said with a smile Monday.

  • ESPN's Holly Rowe returns after cancer surgery

    February 29, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ESPN reporter Holly Rowe returned to work at Monday night's basketball game between No. 1 Kansas and No. 23 Texas after surgery to remove a tumor from her chest.Rowe said she's excited to be back and had a ''conservative'' scheduled planned to work the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA women's Tournament, including the women's Final Four.

  • Missouri says F D'Angelo Allen plans to transfer

    February 29, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri forward D'Angelo Allen has left the team and plans to transfer at the end of the season.Allen, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Dallas, appeared in 22 games this season and averaged 2 points and 1.9 rebounds.''D'Angelo Allen has made it known to the Mizzou Men's Basketball program his intention to transfer, and we will support his request,'' coach Kim Anderson said Monday in a release. ''D'Angelo and I met and he expressed his desire to play a larger role. We agreed he can begin to seek opportunities to achieve his goals elsewhere. We appreciate D'Angelo's contributions during his time with the program and will work to assist him in any way possible.''

  • UConn hires Auburn's Benedict to be new athletic director

    February 29, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut announced Monday it has hired David Benedict, the chief operating officer for Auburn's athletic department, to be the school's new athletic director.UConn said it will introduce Benedict during a news conference Tuesday morning.

  • AP source: Minnesota players punished for explicit video

    February 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Three Minnesota men's basketball players were suspended over the weekend after a sexually explicit video appeared on one of their social media accounts, according to a person with knowledge of the discipline.Guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were benched Sunday at Illinois for what the Gophers announced as a violation of team rules. They are not under investigation for any criminal charges, according to the person, who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

  • Transfers Lewis, Lee relish time spent at No. 11 Louisville

    February 29, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trey Lewis and Damion Lee have remained upbeat as their college careers near an unexpected ending.The graduate transfers arrived at Louisville with goals of playing in the NCAA Tournament, a quest that appeared to be a lock before the school announced a self-imposed postseason ban on Feb. 5 after an investigation into an escort's book allegations of being hired for strip shows at the team's dormitory discovered that violations did occur.

  • Vandy fined 0,000 for storming court after Kentucky game

    February 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt's poor crowd control has resulted in a 0,000 fine, and athletic director David Williams knows the Commodores need to do a better job after fans stormed the court following a 74-62 upset of Kentucky.''We didn't take care of our business,'' Williams said Monday, ''and rightfully the SEC did what they should do.''

  • Oregon breaks into top 10, highest ranking since '07

    February 29, 2016

    The Oregon Ducks broke into the top 10 in the AP poll on Monday for their highest ranking since 2007.Oregon jumped four spots in the rankings to No. 9 after defeating Washington State 76-62 last Wednesday and rival Washington 86-73 on Sunday night. The Ducks haven't been ranked this high before in head coach Dana Altman's tenure.

  • AP poll: Kansas is 1st team this season to return to No. 1

    February 29, 2016

    Kansas is No. 1 for a second time this season - the first school to reach the top for a second stint.The Jayhawks have been No. 1 for three weeks this season, the first two in January.Michigan State was No. 1 for four weeks, while Kansas, Oklahoma and Villanova were all there for three weeks. North Carolina and Kentucky both spent two weeks at the top.

  • Kansas back on top of in AP men's Top 25

    February 29, 2016

    Kansas is back on top of the men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press. Villanova had been No. 1 the past three weeks.The Jayhawks are 25-4 and were No. 1 for two weeks in January. On Monday, they were a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

  • No. 8 Iowa suffers damaging 68-64 loss at Ohio State

    February 28, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fran McCaffery did not have much to say after No. 8 Iowa lost 68-64 at Ohio State on Sunday.''Everything went wrong,'' the coach of the Hawkeyes said after the Buckeyes rallied from a 62-56 deficit in the last four minutes. ''We didn't execute, we didn't defend, we didn't rebound.''

  • Ben Moore, Sterling Brown lead No. 24 SMU past Tulane 74-53

    February 28, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Ben Moore scored 16 points and Sterling Brown added 15 as No. 24 SMU beat Tulane 74-53 on Sunday.The win moves SMU (24-4, 12-4) back into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference with Temple.Malik Morgan had 15 points and Louis Dabney added 12 for Tulane (10-19, 3-13), which dropped into a last-place tie with East Carolina.

  • Duncan leads Vermont over Stony Brook 76-62

    February 27, 2016

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Ernie Duncan made all four of his 3-pointers and tied his career high with 23 points to lead Vermont over America East champion Stony Brook 76-62 on Saturday night in a regular-season finale.Trae Bell-Haynes added 16 points for the Catamounts (19-12, 11-5), who hit 10 of their 19 3-point attempts and led from early on in picking up their fifth win in a row.

  • Paige, Williams lead West Virginia past Okla. St.

    February 27, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Jaysean Paige scored 17 points and Devin Williams recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 70-56 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.It was the second straight win for West Virginia (22-7, 11-5 Big 12), as coach Bob Huggins moved ahead of Lefty Driesell into sole possession of 10th place on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list with 787.

  • Morehead State beats Jacksonville State 82-71

    February 27, 2016

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) Xavier Moon scored a career-high 25 points and made all eight of his free throws to help Morehead State beat Jacksonville State 82-71 on Saturday and win its sixth straight game.Treshaad Williams scored a career-high 15, Lyonell Gaines added 15 and Miguel Dicent had 11 points for the Eagles (18-11, 11-5), who maintained their second place standing in the Ohio Valley Conference's East Division.

  • Wagner beats Robert Morris 62-54 behind Carey

    February 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Michael Carey scored 12 of his 23 points in the first half and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to help Northeast Conference leader Wagner beat Robert Morris 57-50 on Saturday to sweep the season series.Henry Brooks and Corey Henson scored eight points apiece and JoJo Cooper had five assists for the Seahawks (20-9, 13-5), who have won five straight. In their previous meeting, Wagner defeated the defending conference champion Colonials 72-69 on Jan. 4.

  • Taylor leads No. 22 Utah over No. 9 Arizona 70-64

    February 27, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Brandon Taylor scored 19 points, including an ankle-breaking move to free himself for a game-clinching 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play, and No. 22 Utah beat No. 9 Arizona 70-64 on Saturday to move into a first-place tie with Oregon in the Pac-12.

  • Miami's Newton suspended 3 games for violating team rules

    February 27, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes guard Ja'Quan Newton has been suspended for the final three games of the regular season for a violation of team rules.The suspension was announced shortly before the tipoff of Saturday's game between the 12th-ranked Hurricanes and No. 11 Louisville. Newton will also miss games next week against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

  • Pitt senior guard Robinson hoping to end career on high note

    February 27, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) There will be no tears. That's just not how James Robinson works.The Pittsburgh senior point guard plans on treating his school-record 130th start on Sunday against No. 15 Duke much like the 129 that came before it.Other than the pregame ceremony in which he will walk out to center court at Petersen Events Center along with his parents, James Jr. and Rayna, Robinson will push his emotions to the side and focus on helping his team give its uncertain NCAA Tournament hopes a boost by upsetting the surging Blue Devils.

  • With Badgers surging, Wisconsin posts hoops coaching job

    February 26, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin interim coach Greg Gard might want to update his cover letter.The school has posted an opening for a men's basketball coach, a sign that Gard could be one step closer to replacing Bo Ryan on a permanent basis.A job posted Thursday on the university's human resources website sought applications for the position by March 3, with an earliest anticipated start date of March 8, which is the day before the start of the Big Ten Tournament.

  • Hamilton, Florida State looks to snap 5-game losing streak

    February 26, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said he has an extra boost of energy after receiving a two-year contract extension earlier in the week even though the Seminoles are in the midst of their longest losing streak in nine years.

  • No. 7 Tar Heels, No. 3 Cavaliers meet in marquee ACC matchup

    February 27, 2016

    Tony Bennett got to see what a packed and raucous John Paul Jones Arena looked like not long after he took the coaching job at Virginia seven years ago, though the crowd had nothing to do with Cavaliers basketball.At the time, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Dave Matthews Band was a much hotter ticket.

  • Monmouth basketball coach King Rice has new 5-year contract

    February 26, 2016

    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) Monmouth men's basketball coach King Rice has a new five-year contract.The university in New Jersey announced the deal on Friday just hours before the Hawks were to face Rider in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.

  • Team nearly wins basketball game with 2 players left at end

    February 27, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) In the final seconds of a wild double-overtime junior college basketball game that had a combined 312 points on the scoreboard, point guard Shawn Craig still thought he would win it for United Tribes Technical College - even though he had just one other teammate on the floor.

  • Potts out indefinitely with concussion for Middle Tennessee

    February 26, 2016

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee guard Giddy Potts has been ruled out indefinitely after the Blue Raiders' leading scorer suffered a concussion in a loss to Western Kentucky.The Blue Raiders updated Potts' status Friday.Potts has been scoring 15 points per game, and the Athens, Alabama, native ranks second nationally shooting 49.3 percent from 3-point range. He led the nation until shooting 4-of-9 beyond the arc in Thursday night's 78-72 loss to Western Kentucky.

  • Romar reprimanded by Pac-12 for comments after Huskies loss

    February 26, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was reprimanded Friday by the Pac-12 Conference for comments he made after the Huskies' last-second loss to Oregon State, but he said he felt the need to stand up for his players after one of the most difficult losses of his coaching career.

  • Jayhawks can lock up share of 12th straight Big 12 title

    February 26, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The championships could easily bleed together, one right into the next, each one special but none of them rising above the rest during Kansas's remarkable string of Big 12 titles.Instead, No. 12 may trump all others.That's the opinion of coach Bill Self, who has presided over all of them, and it's rooted in this logic: Never before has the league featured so many elite teams. And if the Jayhawks can beat Texas Tech in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, the five-time national champions will move within one of matching the record of 13 consecutive championships established by the UCLA teams of the 1960s and `70s.

  • ACC reprimands Duke's Grayson Allen for tripping incident

    February 26, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has reprimanded Duke guard Grayson Allen for an incident involving Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes.The league issued a three-paragraph statement Friday after reviewing the game, saying Allen was reprimanded for his ''involvement in the tripping of'' Rathan-Mayes.

  • Trimble and No. 10 Maryland hope 6-day break is beneficial

    February 26, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Coming off a rare six-day break that could not possibly have come at a better time, No. 10 Maryland expects to play its best basketball of the season at a time when it matters most.After losing at home to Wisconsin on Feb. 13, absorbing an embarrassing defeat against Minnesota and squeezing past Michigan last Sunday, the Terrapins retreated to the film room and the gym to prepare for a final push they hope produces their first Big Ten title.

  • Duke down to its last Plumlee, braces for end of an era

    February 26, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) The end of an era is coming for No. 15 Duke: The Blue Devils will finally run out of Plumlees.Duke has had at least one - and for one year, all three - Plumlee brothers on the team since 2008. During the past eight seasons, they've combined to play in 392 games and each will have left with an NCAA championship ring.

  • Syracuse needs a win on senior day to end skid

    February 26, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) With only three games left in the regular season, Syracuse is in a skid.Since sweeping a four-game home stand that started with a 15-point win over No. 25 Notre Dame and ended with a convincing 13-point victory over Florida State, the Orange has lost to Louisville and Pitt as the postseason looms.

  • SEC's 4 new coaches already paying dividends, having success

    February 26, 2016

    Alabama coach Avery Johnson finally addressed the NCAA Tournament possibilities with his players this week.It's a discussion the former NBA player and head coach really didn't expect to have in his first season with the Crimson Tide. Johnson's team was picked to finish 13th in the Southeastern Conference, after all.

  • Title IX lawsuit against Tennessee could loom for some time

    February 26, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) There's been a flurry of activity at Tennessee since the university was sued over its handling of sexual assault complaints against athletes with news conferences, amendments and legal motions.Things may quiet down, but it could take the legal process up to two years to play out so the ominous cloud looming over the school is probably not going to go away anytime soon.

  • BYU freshman phenom Emery having record-setting season

    February 26, 2016

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Confidence has never been an issue for BYU guard Nick Emery.Assistant coach Quincy Lewis remembers his wife asking Nick, who was in third grade at the time, if he would be as good as his seven-year senior brother Jackson - who went on to become the No. 25 scorer in BYU history.

  • ACC reviewing incident involving Duke guard Grayson Allen

    February 26, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is reviewing an incident in which Duke guard Grayson Allen appeared to trip Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes.ACC officials on Friday confirmed they were looking at an incident from the final seconds of No. 15 Duke's 80-65 home victory Thursday night.

  • With Badgers surging, Wisconsin posts hoops job

    February 26, 2016

    Wisconsin has posted a job opening looking for a men's basketball coach, a sign that interim coach Greg Gard could be one step closer to becoming the successor to Bo Ryan.A job posted Thursday on the university's human resources website sought applications for the position by March 3, with an earliest anticipated start date of March 8.

  • Star freshman Ben Simmons, LSU could miss NCAA Tournament

    February 26, 2016

    Ben Simmons has made plenty of history at LSU this season, whether it's his routine double-doubles or the monster offensive nights that have made the freshman the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.He may also make some not-so-pleasant history.Unless the Tigers win their final three games and make some noise in the SEC Tournament - or win the league tournament outright - Simmons will miss out on the NCAA Tournament. Since the modern draft era began in 1966, only four No. 1 picks have missed out on the Big Dance.

  • Gard appears to be the guy after Wisconsin posts hoops job

    February 26, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin has posted a job opening looking for a men's basketball coach, a sign that interim coach Greg Gard is one step closer to becoming the permanent successor to Bo Ryan.A job posted Thursday on the university's human resources website sought applications for the position by March 3, with an anticipated start date of March 8. The Big Ten Tournament begins the next day. The timing makes it highly unlikely that athletic director Barry Alvarez would hire someone other than Gard for the job.

  • Vanderbilt making late push for NCAA Tournament

    February 26, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch this week in Southeastern Conference basketball:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 16 Kentucky at Vanderbilt: The Commodores (17-11, 9-6 SEC) have resuscitated their NCAA Tournament hopes by winning four of their last five games, including an 87-74 victory at Florida on Tuesday. They can give their postseason hopes a boost by knocking off the SEC-leading Wildcats. Vanderbilt could use a second straight huge performance from Damian Jones, who scored a career-high 27 points and shot 12 of 13 against Florida.

  • Pickens scores 25 to lead Stanford past the Trojans

    February 26, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Dorian Pickens says he takes the same mentality into a game whether he's starting or coming off the bench. The statistics tell another story.Pickens scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and Stanford won for the third time in four games, beating Southern California 84-64 on Thursday night.

  • Pryor leads Robert Morris over Sacred Heart 73-63

    February 25, 2016

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Robert Morris defeated Sacred Heart 73-63 on Thursday night.Pryor was 8-of-15 shooting and 8 of 9 from the line. Billy Giles was 6 of 8 for 16 points and also had nine rebounds for the Colonials (10-20, 8-9 Northeast), who avenged a 69-65 loss to the Pioneers (11-17, 10-7) on Jan. 2. Isaiah Still added 13 points and Kavon Stewart had 11.

  • St. Francis (BKN) fends off Bryant 79-72 behind Jenifer

    February 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Antonio Jenifer had 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting and 11 rebounds to send St. Francis (BKN) past Bryant 79-72 on Thursday night.Nisre Zouzoua hit a 3 with 32 seconds to play to cut the Bulldogs' deficit to 74-72 with 32 seconds left. Yunus Hopkinson sank two free throws for St. Francis, but Zouzoua missed his 3 attempt with 20 seconds to go. Jenifer made one of two free throws to seal the win.

  • Arizona coach Sean Miller fed up with court storming

    February 25, 2016

    Arizona coach Sean Miller has been an outspoken critic against court storming after watching his players become engulfed by opposing fans 10 times in their past 11 conference road losses.Following the ninth-ranked Wildcats' latest court-storming loss, Wednesday night at Colorado, he's worried about what's next in the escalating issue.

  • Big swing: Stumbling Vanderbilt revives NCAA tourney hopes

    February 25, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Junior center Damian Jones has put together his best back-to-back games at Vanderbilt since coach Kevin Stallings publicly criticized both his Commodores and himself.Maybe Stallings should have spoken up sooner.Jones is playing with much more emotion, and has produced both a career-high in rebounds and a career-high in points in two big wins that have helped revive Vanderbilt's hopes of the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2012. Now the Commodores host No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference with three games left.

  • Pac-12 says end of Washington-Oregon State handled properly

    February 25, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Pac-12 Conference says the conclusion of Oregon State's last-second victory over Washington was handled properly by game officials.The conference released a statement on Thursday after Washington contacted the league office to review the final seconds of the Beavers' 82-81 victory on Stephen Thompson Jr.'s 3-pointer at the buzzer. Washington had asked that the timing of the game clock be reviewed after it appeared that the clock started late.

  • Big swing: Stumbling Vanderbilt revives NCA tourney hopes

    February 25, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Junior center Damian Jones has put together his best back-to-back games at Vanderbilt since coach Kevin Stallings publicly criticized both his Commodores and himself.Maybe Stallings should have spoken up sooner.Jones is playing with much more emotion, and has produced both a career-high in rebounds and a career-high in points in two big wins that have helped revive Vanderbilt's hopes of the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2012. Now the Commodores host No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference with three games left.

  • No. 5 Xavier in running for high NCAA tournament seed

    February 25, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) When Xavier went to Michigan for its third game of the season and won by 16 points, the Musketeers started thinking this season could be extraordinary. Nothing since has changed their minds.A 90-83 win over No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night put fifth-ranked Xavier in position for one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Musketeers (25-3, 13-3 Big East) are a half-game behind the Wildcats (24-4, 13-2) for the league's regular-season title.

  • Trio of Wichita State seniors prepping for final home game

    February 25, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Gregg Marshall has gone through many senior days over the course of 30-plus years in coaching, from those at tiny Randolph-Macon and Belmont Abbey to his successful run at Wichita State.This weekend's may be the most emotional of all.

  • West Virginia's deep bench led by top scorer Jaysean Paige

    February 25, 2016

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Jaysean Paige has emerged from West Virginia's deep bench to put together a memorable Big 12 season as No. 14 West Virginia looks for another impressive run in the NCAA Tournament.No one has ever led West Virginia in scoring when they've played a majority of games as a reserve.

  • Trier misses 3 at buzzer, No. 9 Arizona falls to Colorado

    February 25, 2016

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Allonzo Trier's missed 3-pointer at the buzzer may be the final impression from No. 9 Arizona's 75-72 loss to Colorado.It's not the only reason why Arizona (22-6, 10-5 Pac-12) had its six-game winning streak ended, though.Ranked second in the country in rebounding margin going into the game at plus-11.4, the Wildcats merely tied the Buffaloes 38-38 in the battle on the boards.

  • Yale captain Montague won't return to Ivy league leaders

    February 24, 2016

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Yale says captain Jack Montague has left the team and will not return this season to the Ivy League leaders.The school has declined to detail why Montague has been absent from the squad for the last two weeks, other than to say it was for personal reasons. The Yale Daily News reported Wednesday that the senior guard has withdrawn from the university.

  • Michigan rallies to beat Northwestern, 72-63

    February 24, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein said he rarely talks about the NCAA Tournament during the regular season, but Wednesday night's home game with Northwestern was the exception.Right there in the pre-game notes Beilein shared with his team - beside how they will defend the Wildcats' ball screens and other details - was a note to ''play this game like an NCAA Tournament bid is on the line.''

  • Late long-distance shooting saves Michigan in 72-63 win

    February 24, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman scored 19 points and Aubrey Dawkins broke Michigan out of its long-distance shooting slump in time to salvage a 72-63 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night.A Dawkins 3-pointer put the Wolverines (20-9, 10-6 Big Ten) ahead for good, 57-54, with 4:18 left. The sophomore also hit a pair of 3s over an 80-second stretch midway through the second half to tie the game at 44. Michigan took its first lead moments later.

  • Georges-Hunt's faith finally paying off for Georgia Tech

    February 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Marcus Georges-Hunt kept his faith as Georgia Tech suffered two straight losing seasons and a particularly dreadful ACC finish last season.Georges-Hunt's resolve even endured the Yellow Jackets losing eight of their first 10 Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

  • Northern Iowa tabs David Harris as A.D.

    February 24, 2016

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Northern Iowa hired David Harris as its new athletic director Wednesday.Harris, who is currently a senior associate athletic director at Iowa State, will take over for Troy Dannen at the end of March. Dannen left the school to become the athletic director at Tulane in December.

  • Leonard Hamilton gets 2-year extension at Florida State

    February 24, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Hamilton is the winningest men's basketball coach in Florida State history, and the university wants him to stick around a little longer.Florida State and Hamilton have agreed on a two-year extension, giving him a chance to mesh the young talent on this year's Seminoles squad with a highly rated recruiting class expected to be on campus next season.

  • ESPN's quest for Notre Dame police records goes before court

    February 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Notre Dame wrongly denied ESPN's request for campus police records that should be subject to the same public scrutiny as other police departments, despite the school being a private institution, the sports network told an Indiana court of appeals Wednesday.

  • Court to hear ESPN appeal of Notre Dame records ruling

    February 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A lawsuit filed by ESPN seeking records from the University of Notre Dame police department is going before a state appeals court in Indiana.ESPN is seeking records about possible on-campus crimes that may have involved student athletes. ESPN's attorneys are expected to argue Wednesday that police departments with the power of arrest, including Notre Dame's, should be subject to public scrutiny.

  • Drmic, Webb help Boise State down UNLV 81-69

    February 24, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Anthony Drmic scored 21 points, James Webb III posted his 11th double-double of the season before leaving with an injury and Boise State toppled UNLV 81-69 on Tuesday night.Webb finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos (18-10, 9-6 Mountain West), who managed 20 offensive rebounds and 23 second-chance points. Webb got tangled with a UNLV defender with 4:30 left and was taken to the locker room. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday.

  • No. 6 Michigan State beats Ohio State 81-62

    February 23, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Michigan State's Bryn Forbes hit six 3-pointers in the second half as the sixth-ranked Spartans beat Ohio State 81-62 on Tuesday night.Forbes had 27 points and finished 7 of 10 from 3-point range.The Spartans (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) led 36-31 at halftime but Forbes then scored 20 points and Matt Costello added 12 of his 16.

  • Ohio State F Jae'Sean Tate headed for season-ending surgery

    February 23, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State forward Jae'Sean Tate will have season-ending left shoulder surgery on Friday.The sophomore is expected to be ready for the start of practice in the fall. Coach Thad Matta announced the procedure on Tuesday.Tate averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 28 games this season. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes in Saturday's 65-62 overtime win at Nebraska.

  • Arizona State's Spight leaves program, will transfer

    February 23, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State junior guard Andre Spight has left the program and plans to transfer, leaving the Sun Devils with eight scholarship players for the remainder of the season.Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley announced Spight's move on Tuesday.

  • Big East's top 2 teams set for high-stakes rematch at Xavier

    February 23, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) A win over No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night would amount to a huge breakthrough for a Xavier team that's put together the best season in school history so far.The fifth-ranked Musketeers (24-3, 12-3) have a chance to knock off the top-ranked team in the country, something they've done numerous times. But they've never beaten the Wildcats (24-3, 13-1) in Big East play. They've never won the regular-season league title, either, and need a win to keep that in play.

  • Weatherspoon leading Mississippi State's resurgence

    February 23, 2016

    There's no surprise that Mississippi State's surge in Southeastern Conference play is being led by a freshman.It's just not the freshman that most expected.Quinndary Weatherspoon - a relatively unheralded 6-foot-4 guard - has been invaluable for the Bulldogs over the past two months with his versatility, scoring nearly 15 points per game in conference play while playing four different positions on the floor.

  • Passing fancy: Nancy Lieberman's son also an adept passer

    February 23, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Richmond forward T.J. Cline takes a pass at the left side of the foul line, spins and drives the lane. As he nears the basket, drawing a defender to him, he deftly scoops a pass to a teammate.It's a typical unselfish play by the 6-foot-9 Cline, who is living up to his bloodlines as the son of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.

  • No. 7 UNC, No. 12 Miami atop ACC entering tough stretch run

    February 23, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sits atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, right where the Tar Heels were expected to be when they were the preseason No. 1 pick. Now, though, they've got plenty of company.The league is set for quite a finishing leg to the regular season.

  • Forward Ethan Happ emerging in paint for surging Wisconsin

    February 23, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Ethan Happ has grown up quickly at Wisconsin.The 6-foot-9 forward is getting used to jostling for position in the paint against other Big Ten big men. As redshirt last year, the freshman practiced against consensus player of the year Frank Kaminsky.

  • Stanford F Reid Travis to miss remainder of season

    February 23, 2016

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford sophomore forward Reid Travis will miss the remainder of the season because of a leg injury sustained in December.Coach Johnny Dawkins said Tuesday that Travis will apply for a medical redshirt to get his year of eligibility back. Travis started the first eight games of the season before he was sidelined by a stress reaction in his left leg. He has missed the past 17 contests and will not play in Stanford's final four regular-season games or the postseason.

  • Tennessee head coaches hold rare joint press conference

    February 23, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's coaches held a rare joint press conference Tuesday to say that an unfair picture of the athletic department is emerging amid a lawsuit that states the school mishandled sexual assault complaints against athletes.''We don't want the stereotype that there's something out there that's not true,'' said Rick Barnes, the men's basketball coach.

  • Athletes, actress set to judge million tech TV contest

    February 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Two basketball stars and a brainy sitcom actress will be among the judges for TBS' tech-competition series, ''America's Greatest Makers.''The cable channel said Tuesday that Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Mayim Bialik will help decide the winner of the contest and its million top prize.

  • Picking college basketball's best team tough in wild year

    February 23, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Good luck sorting out who is college basketball's best team this season.Six teams have held the No. 1 spot in the Top 25, one shy of the record during the 1982-83 season. But there is still time to tie the mark. With less than three weeks to go before Selection Sunday, there is a crowd of good, but not great teams that includes Kansas, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Villanova.

  • Tennessee head coaches will hold rare joint press conference

    February 22, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee head coaches will hold a rare joint press conference Tuesday morning, two weeks after a group of unidentified women sued the school over its handling of sexual assault complaints made against student-athletes.Athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson said Monday night the 16 coaches decided they wanted to make themselves available to answer questions on a variety of issues. The release announcing the press conference doesn't specify what will be discussed.

  • Iowa controls Big Ten destiny despite loss to Penn State

    February 22, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) For Iowa, the math is simple.Four straight wins would make the Hawkeyes outright Big Ten champions for the first time in 46 years.It won't be easy.No. 8 Iowa (20-6, 11-3 Big Ten) is a half-game behind the Hoosiers (22-6, 12-3) entering Wednesday's home game against Wisconsin (17-10, 9-5). Indiana also holds a tiebreaker after beating the Hawkeyes earlier this month.

  • Spartans scoring more than ever under coach Tom Izzo

    February 22, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Defense and rebounding have been the trademarks of Tom Izzo's program for two decades and that has worked out well for Michigan State.The Spartans have won a national championship and reached the Final Four seven times, including last year, since Izzo succeeded his mentor, Jud Heathcote.

  • SEC home-court dominance reflects league's increased parity

    February 22, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nowhere is it tougher to win a road game this season than in the Southeastern Conference.Home teams have won 71.4 percent of the time in SEC games this season, the highest home winning percentage in league play of any Division I conference according to STATS LLC. The league is on pace for its highest home winning percentage in league competition since 2006-07.

  • Duke hires Nolan Smith to staff as special assistant

    February 22, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has added former ACC player of the year Nolan Smith to its coaching staff.Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Monday announced Smith's hiring as a special assistant.Smith and current assistant Jon Scheyer were the starting guards on Duke's 2010 national championship team. The following year, Smith won the league's player of the year award.

  • Tennessee's Kevin Punter Jr. has stress fracture in foot

    February 22, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. has a stress fracture in his right foot, which likely will force the Volunteers to continue playing without their top scorer.Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of Punter's injury Monday and described his status as ''day to day.'' Barnes said he doesn't expect Punter to play Wednesday at South Carolina (22-5, 9-5 SEC) but added that ''I've been fooled before.''

  • Duke expects to have guards Jones, Thornton for FSU game

    February 22, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he expects injured guards Matt Jones and Derryck Thornton to play Thursday night against Florida State.Krzyzewski discussed the players' health Monday.Jones - a junior and co-captain - sprained his left ankle in the first half of the win over North Carolina last week and watched the second half of that game while on crutches. After being initially ruled out for the following game at Louisville, he took part in pregame warmups but did not play.

  • Texas A&M and Utah return to the rankings

    February 22, 2016

    Texas A&M and Utah both return to the Top 25 this week, replacing Dayton and Providence.The Aggies (20-7) return at No. 21 after wins over Mississippi and Kentucky last week. They had lost five of six before those games, knocking them out of the poll for the first time since the third week of the season. Texas A&M, which was ranked as high as fifth this season, was out of the poll for just one week.

  • Villanova starts 3rd week at No. 1

    February 22, 2016

    Villanova remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll, holding its comfortable lead over Kansas.The Wildcats (24-3) received 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday for its third week on top of the poll. Kansas (23-4) was No. 1 on 20 ballots to hold second.

  • Basketball broadcasts at Temple have an international flavor

    February 22, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Amid the raucous cheering at Temple University basketball games, two new voices have joined the crowd - and they're speaking Mandarin.Chinese students James Yuan and Javi Yuan are broadcasting play-by-play and commentary online in their native language. The pair, who are not related, beat out 18 other hopefuls on campus for the chance to livestream audio from the Owls' home court in Philadelphia.

  • SDSU tops San Jose State 78-56 to clinch share of MWC title

    February 21, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Malik Pope scored 17 points with a career-high 11 rebounds and San Diego State defeated San Jose State 78-56 on Sunday to clinch at least a share of its 10th Mountain West Conference title.Winston Shepard also scored 17 points in the victory that gave the Aztecs (20-7, 13-1) a school-record 11th consecutive 20-win season. Pope hit 3 of 4 3-point attempts and Trey Kell all four of his in scoring 15 points, with the Aztecs finishing 8 of 16, well about their season average of 29 percent from 3-point range. Jeremy Hemsley added 13 points.

  • Tennessee-Martin rolls by SIU Edwardsville, 68-51

    February 20, 2016

    MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) Myles Taylor scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and Tennessee-Martin pulled away from SIU Edwardsville down the stretch in a 68-51 win on Saturday night.Taylor hit 10 of his 16 shots from the field. Twymond Howard and Jacolby Mobley finished with 14 points for Tennessee-Martin (17-12, 9-5 Ohio Valley), which have won seven straight and is in a first-place tie with Murray State in the Ohio Valley East Division.

  • St. Francis Brooklyn holds off Robert Morris 82-72

    February 20, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Yunus Hopkinson sank six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead St. Francis Brooklyn to an 82-72 win over Robert Morris on Saturday.Tyreek Jewell added 22 points, Chris Hooper had 12 and Amdy Fall 10 for St. Francis (13-16, 9-7 Northeast). The Terriers shot 49 percent from the field, hitting 10 of 24 from long range, and held a 38-22 rebounding advantage.

  • UNC's Williams pushes back on TV speculation he might retire

    February 20, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams had a response Saturday to speculation he might retire: ''You have no frickin' idea what you're talking about.''Williams was leaving his news conference after the fifth-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 11 Miami 96-71 when he returned and referenced a comment from CBS college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb on a pregame show ''that I was going to retire and (assistant) Hubert (Davis) was going to replace me.''

  • West Virginia dedicates statue to "Hot Rod" Hundley

    February 20, 2016

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia has dedicated a statue of basketball great ''Hot Rod'' Hundley.A ceremony was held outside of West Virginia's arena Saturday near a statue of another former Mountaineers great, Jerry West.Among the speakers at the dedication were West, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick, a graduate of West Virginia.

  • Police arrest Illinois forward Black after bar fight

    February 19, 2016

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) Authorities say Illinois basketball player Leron Black has been jailed on suspicion of threatening a campus-bar bouncer with a knife.University of Illinois police spokesman Patrick Wade said officers arrested the 20-year-old sophomore at 12:25 a.m. Friday after the fight.

  • Saint Joseph's flying high as Atlantic 10 contenders

    February 19, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Perhaps it was Pope Francis' visit to Saint Joseph's in the fall that turned the Hawks into birds of prey.Maybe it's the `fro.Whatever the juju, the high-flying, wing-flapping good times are back on Hawk Hill.Next stop, March Madness?

  • Texas Tech could give Big 12 seven NCAA Tournament teams

    February 19, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Big 12 has bragged the past few years that it's the toughest conference in college basketball, and its brutal double-round robin format has consistently produced strong RPI ratings.When March Madness rolls around, the league keeps coming up empty.

  • No. 14 Kentucky faces Texas A&M in crucial SEC matchup

    February 19, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch in the Southeastern Conference this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 14 Kentucky at Texas A&M: Kentucky is just 3-5 in true road games, but the Wildcats trounced South Carolina 89-62 the last time they played away from Rupp Arena. Kentucky can demonstrate it has solved its road woes with a win Saturday at Texas A&M, which had been ranked as high as fifth. Texas A&M dropped four straight games to tumble out of the Top 25 before ending the skid Tuesday with a 71-56 victory over Ole Miss.

  • Duke-Louisville highlights big weekend in the ACC

    February 19, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 20 Duke at No. 18 Louisville. It's a matchup of surging teams who are one game behind the league's co-leaders. It marks the last in a run of four straight games against Top 25 opponents for the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4) - who won the first three by a combined nine points, including one over the Cardinals (20-6, 9-4) last Monday, but might be further shorthanded with Matt Jones spraining an ankle in the win over No. 5 North Carolina. Duke essentially played just five players in the second half. ''Our guys have been able to fight through tired,'' coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

  • Thursday's Sports in Brief

    April 1, 2016

    SOCCERFive stars from the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national team have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo maintain in the EEOC filing that they are paid nearly four times less than their male counterparts on the U.S. men's national team, based on U.S. Soccer's 2015 financial report. The filing was announced in a statement from the law firm representing the players.

  • Hield, Valentine lead list of POY candidates

    February 19, 2016

    Three losses in four games will surely send Oklahoma plummeting down the polls and end the Sooners' bid to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.Those games may also have sprung the door wide open in the national player of the year race.Once a strong front-runner, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield now has some company in the conversation as college basketball's best player. The Sooners' senior may still sweep top honors with all the special things he's done, but there are several players who can still give him a run.

  • BYU escapes with 69-67 win over San Diego

    February 19, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Kyle Collinsworth had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Emery made three late free throws to help BYU escape San Diego 69-67 on Thursday night.Chase Fischer added 14 points and Emery 12 for the Cougars (20-8, 11-4 West Coast Conference), who posted their 11th consecutive 20-win season despite shooting only 35 percent.

  • Dickenman retires after 20 years at Central Connecticut

    February 19, 2016

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Howie Dickenman, who led Central Connecticut to three NCAA Tournaments, will retire at the end of the current season, his 20th at his alma mater.Dickenman, who was a college basketball coach for 40 years, announced his decision after Thursday night's 76-72 victory over Mount St. Mary's.

  • Pryor leads Robert Morris past LIU Brooklyn 74-67

    February 18, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 74-67 win over LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night.Pryor became the 24th player in Colonials history to score more than 1,000 points in his career. Pryor was one rebound away from becoming the first Colonial to record four-straight double-doubles since A.J. Jackson in January 2006.

  • Kings fail to make a move before trade deadline

    February 18, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Despite coming up empty in his attempts to make a roster move before the NBA trade deadline Thursday, Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac remains confident that the Kings can still make the playoffs.The Kings were reportedly one of several teams interested in making a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Pau Gasol but couldn't agree on terms for the 7-foot center. Sacramento also was thought to be in talks for Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert.

  • US Olympic team expects Krzyzewski to be the coach in Rio

    February 18, 2016

    USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo expects Mike Krzyzewski to lead the Americans this summer, and the coach says he has ''every intention'' of being in Brazil.Krzyzewski plans to have left knee replacement surgery following the completion of Duke's season, and Colangelo told NBA TV during All-Star weekend in Toronto that he was ''thinking about what ifs'' if Coach K's health prevented him from returning.

  • North Dakota sells Fighting Sioux items to satisfy NCAA

    February 18, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Nearly four years after retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname following criticism from Native Americans, the University of North Dakota briefly found itself back in the business of selling merchandise with a logo the NCAA had ruled hostile and abusive.

  • No. 11 Hurricanes to face 4 ranked teams in 12 days

    February 18, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga need not worry his players might be looking past this weekend's game to Monday night, when they host No. 7 Virginia.The Hurricanes pledge to take it one showdown at a time.No. 11 Miami faces four consecutive league games against ranked teams over a 12-day span beginning Saturday at No. 5 North Carolina. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels are tied for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 10-3, with Virginia third at 10-4.

  • Obasohan helps lead Alabama into NCAA tourney contention

    February 18, 2016

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Retin Obasohan's senior season at Alabama has exceeded even his most optimistic expectations.The Crimson Tide is rolling and Obasohan is playing better than he ever has, especially during the five-game winning streak that has turned `Bama into a solid candidate for the NCAA Tournament. The topper was a career-best 35-point performance in Wednesday night's win over LSU when he helped secure the victory with an array of drives, free throws and pull up jumpers.

  • Born with broken ankle, Monmouth guard beating doubters

    February 18, 2016

    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) In winning a plethora of awards while ranking among the nation's top 30 in scoring, Monmouth junior guard Justin Robinson has had to overcome a lot more than being 5-foot-8.He also had to recover from a broken right ankle suffered at birth, and shrug off the sting of a Division III basketball coach laughing at his goal of playing Division I.

  • After upset of UNC, No. 20 Duke awaits word on Matt Jones

    February 18, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) After winning a game it probably should have lost, No. 20 Duke now might have to deal with the loss of another seemingly irreplaceable player.Guard Matt Jones sprained his left ankle early in the Blue Devils' 74-73 upset of No. 5 North Carolina.

  • UConn basketball APR not perfect, but well within guidelines

    February 18, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's men's basketball team did not report a third consecutive perfect academic progress rate to the NCAA, but the numbers for the last academic year are well within the national guidelines, which measure a school's ability to keep athletes on track to graduate.

  • Scoring spree: ODU guard Trey Freeman putting up big numbers

    February 17, 2016

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Trey Freeman leads Old Dominion in assists, like any good point guard.But it's his scoring that is turning heads.The 6-foot-2 senior has recently been on a tear, putting up numbers like no other player in the college game. Not Ben Simmons at LSU or Oklahoma's high-scoring sharpshooter Buddy Hield.

  • No. 14 Kentucky on a roll with 3 straight blowouts

    February 17, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Something about blowing a 21-point lead at Tennessee appears to have struck a nerve with Kentucky, which is once again dominating opponents.The 14th-ranked Wildcats have followed an 84-77 road loss in Knoxville on Feb. 2 by pummeling Florida by 19 points, Georgia by 34 and South Carolina by 27. Saturday's 89-62 victory over the Gamecocks was especially impressive considering coach John Calipari watched the final 37 minutes of it from the locker room after being ejected.

  • U of Illinois confirms Whitman is its new athletic director

    February 17, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois made it official Wednesday, confirming reports that former Illini football player Josh Whitman is the school's new athletic director.The 37-year-old Whitman moves from the same job at Division III Washington University in St. Louis. He inherits a long list of problems at Illinois, from allegations that a now-former football coach interfered with player medical decisions to a lawsuit over the treatment of women's basketball players.

  • Iowa extends athletic director Gary Barta's contract 5 years

    February 17, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A big year from Iowa's football and basketball teams has led to a big raise for athletic director Gary Barta from his new boss.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows that Iowa President Bruce Harreld and Barta reached a five-year contract extension last month. It guarantees Barta .6 million in compensation through June 30, 2021.

  • Iowa extends athletic director Gary Barta's contact 5 years

    February 17, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A big year from Iowa's football and basketball teams means a big raise for athletic director Gary Barta.Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Iowa President Bruce Harreld and Barta reached a five-year contract extension last month. It guarantees Barta .6 million in compensation through June 30, 2021.

  • Long list of problems face new Illinois athletic director

    February 17, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Josh Whitman will be taking on a long list of problems when he steps in as the new athletic director at the University of Illinois.The Associated Press and others reported Tuesday that the 37-year-old Whitman, who played football at Illinois from 1997-2000, will become the new AD at his alma mater. He has not spoken about the move and the university has yet to formally introduce him.

  • Minnesota dismisses guard Carlos Morris

    February 17, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has dismissed swingman Carlos Morris for conduct detrimental to the team.The Golden Gophers announced the move Wednesday, a day before they host No. 6 Maryland. The school says the senior will remain on scholarship for the remainder of the season.

  • Morehead State routs NAIA St. Catharine 105-66

    February 16, 2016

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) Jared Ravenscraft scored 12 points with five assist and four steals in Morehead State's 105-66 rout of NAIA member St. Catharine on Tuesday night.Ty'Quan Bitting scored 12 points with three steals, Anthony Elechi added 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Malik Maitland scored 10 with seven assists and five steals for the Eagles (15-11). Morehead State had 15 steals and scored 19 points off of 19 Patriot turnovers.

  • AP Source: Illinois hires Whitman as new athletic director

    February 16, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A University of Illinois official familiar with the decision says the school has hired Washington University athletic director Josh Whitman as its new AD.The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced publicly.

  • California looks to solve road woes on trip to Washington

    February 16, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Few teams, if any, have been as strong at home this season as California.The Golden Bears are tied for the most home wins in the country with 16 and have yet to lose at Haas Pavilion. They have knocked off three nationally ranked teams at home, including last week's win over then-No. 11 Oregon to put them in position for a Pac-12 regular season title.

  • Missouri dismisses junior guard Wes Clark

    February 16, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri announced Tuesday that junior guard Wes Clark has been dismissed from the men's basketball team.According to a release, ''Wes Clark has failed to meet the academic expectations of the Mizzou Athletics Department and is no longer a member of the men's basketball program. Due to this issue relating to academics, Mizzou Athletics will have no further comment.''

  • Correction: Northern Kentucky-Valparaiso story

    February 16, 2016

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) In a story Feb. 11 about the Northern Kentucky-Valparaiso men's basketball game, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Western Kentucky, not Northern Kentucky, lost to Valparaiso. Northern Kentucky, not WKU, got within eight with five minutes left in the first half.

  • Florida State looking for momentum late in ACC play

    February 16, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has no margin for error if it wants to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.Going into Wednesday's game against Georgia Tech the Seminoles need to win three of their final five to finish at least .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. There was a players-only meeting after Sunday's 67-65 loss to 11th-ranked Miami as Florida State squandered chances to win in the final two minutes.

  • Consistent Johnson becomes top threat for No. 5 Tar Heels

    February 16, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The question hovering over North Carolina's Brice Johnson is no longer whether he's tough and focused enough to follow a good performance with several more while avoiding those curious quiet games that have dotted his career.Now it's whether Johnson can become the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.

  • Athletic big man Jakob Poeltl shines in post for Utah

    February 16, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) In one fluid sequence Sunday, Jakob Poeltl showed why many talent evaluators are fawning over Utah's big man.The 7-footer hedged on pick-and-roll defense and forced a Washington State ball handler almost out to midcourt. Poeltl then jumped the pass to the screener and stole the ball near the 3-point line. He beat every Cougar down court with three dribbles, and took off from the middle of the lane for a thunderous tomahawk dunk.

  • Michigan State's Kenny Goins out 2-4 weeks with knee injury

    February 16, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says forward Kenny Goins is expected to be out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks with an injured left knee.Goins left the first half of Sunday's win against Indiana with the injury.The eighth-ranked Spartans will not have the 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman in their rotation Thursday night at home against Wisconsin and perhaps for the rest of the regular season.

  • Louisville's Mahmoud out for final 6 games with ankle injury

    February 15, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville says that 7-foot sophomore forward/center Anas Mahmoud will miss the remainder of this season with a sprained right ankle.The school said in a release that Mahmoud sustained the injury after stepping on another player's foot during practice on Monday. X-rays were negative for a break, but the estimated three to six weeks of recovery will keep the Egyptian native out of the No. 18 Cardinals' final six games.

  • Maryland center Diamond Stone suspended 1 game by coach

    February 15, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has been suspended for a game by coach Mark Turgeon for his behavior Saturday against Wisconsin.Stone was issued a dead ball technical foul late in the first half. After Stone and Wisconsin's Vitto Brown went to the floor underneath the basket, Stone pushed Brown's face onto the court after they became untangled.

  • Maryland center Diamond Stone suspended 1 game by Turgeon

    February 15, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has been suspended for a game by coach Mark Turgeon for his behavior Saturday against Wisconsin.Stone was issued a dead ball technical foul late in the first half. After Stone and Wisconsin's Vitto Brown went to the floor underneath the basket, Stone pushed Brown's face onto the court after they became untangled.

  • No. 20 Duke back in the poll, on a roll, entering UNC game

    February 15, 2016

    It seems to happen every year at Duke: The Blue Devils get rolling again after a January lull.Back in the national rankings after a two-week absence, Duke looks like its heating up again.No. 20 Duke (19-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) has reeled off four straight wins - with the last two coming against top-15 teams - and enters this week's rivalry game against No. 5 North Carolina (21-4, 10-2) with strong momentum.

  • Rutgers suspends freshman Corey Sanders

    February 15, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers star freshman Corey Sanders has been suspended from basketball activities for two weeks for a violation of team rules, coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement released by the school.Sanders will miss Rutgers' next four games.

  • Costello saving his best for last with No. 8 Michigan State

    February 15, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Matt Costello made a 3-pointer and celebrated by blowing on his fingers and sticking out his tongue as he ran down the court.The Michigan State forward got back on defense and into a position to get a rebound.Costello grabbed an offensive rebound to extend the ensuing possession and made a layup to finish off an impressive stretch that lasted a little longer than a minute Sunday, helping the eighth-ranked Spartans seal an 88-69 win over Indiana.

  • Duke is back in Top 25 after 2 weeks out of poll

    February 15, 2016

    There is a number in front of Duke again. After two weeks of being one of the unranked, the Blue Devils are finally back in The Associated Press Top 25.One of the longest streaks of consecutive poll appearances ended two weeks ago when Duke dropped out of the rankings. Its run of 167 consecutive polls started with the preseason Top 25 of 2006-07. A run of four losses in five games knocked the Blue Devils from the ranks of the ranked.

  • Villanova starts 2nd week as No. 1 in AP poll

    February 15, 2016

    Villanova is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for a second week and Kansas, coming off wins over two top 10 teams, jumps four places to second.Duke, which had one of the longest consecutive poll streaks ever, returns at No. 20 after two weeks out of the Top 25.

  • Still barking, Uno remains most popular Westminster pooch

    February 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) After all these years, Uno is still No. 1.More than 2,700 dogs are entered in the Westminster Kennel Club show starting Monday, with a couple of clear favorites. Charlie the Skye terrier and Rumor the German shepherd head the pack, and could be picked as the nation's top pooch.

  • Pryor leads Robert Morris over Fairleigh Dickinson 72-70

    February 13, 2016

    TEANECK, N.J. (AP) Rodney Pryor had 27 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and his floater with just over a minute remaining helped Robert Morris take a 72-70 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday night.The loss dropped FDU (13-12, 9-5) into a four-way tie for the Northeast Conference lead while Robert Morris (8-19, 6-8) beat the Knights for the 17th consecutive time, including twice this season. That streak began on Jan. 10, 2008.

  • Texas Western returns to scene of '66 NCAA win over Kentucky

    February 13, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The University of Maryland will always be a magical place for members of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team.That special squad was honored Saturday, nearly 50 years after the Miners - with an all-black starting five - stunned Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky team 72-65 to win the NCAA championship.

  • Balanced Boise State downs Wyoming 94-71

    February 13, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) James Webb III posted his ninth double-double of the season and four of his Boise State teammates also scored in double figures as the Broncos snapped a two-game losing streak by downing Wyoming 94-71 on Saturday.Webb finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Boise State (17-9, 8-5 Mountain West), which rebounded from a controversial loss Wednesday at Colorado State. In that game, Webb made a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime that would have won the game, but the shot was overturned by officials after they went to a hand timer. Conference officials later determined the shot should have counted, but the outcome of the game was not changed.

  • Michigan's LeVert returns from leg injury against Purdue

    February 13, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Caris LeVert has returned after missing 11 games with a lower left leg injury.LeVert checked in with 12:59 remaining in the first half of Saturday's game against No. 18 Purdue, receiving a standing ovation from the Crisler Center crowd. The Wolverines went 7-4 during LeVert's absence.

  • Kentucky coach Calipari thrown out of South Carolina game

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari was thrown out of another road game against South Carolina, although this one had a much better ending for the Wildcats.Calipari was ejected and had to be held back by three players after receiving two technical fouls less than 3 minutes into the 22nd-ranked Wildcats 89-62 victory over the Gamecocks on Saturday.

  • Coaches adapt to limits on their ability to call timeouts

    February 13, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Coaches are still getting accustomed to a new NCAA rule that restricts them to calling timeouts only when the ball is dead. The new wrinkle has produced some interesting scenarios down the stretch of close games.Whenever a ball is given to a player, it becomes live and only players have the power to call timeouts. Coaches have to wait until a basket is made or play stops. Coaches can signal for timeouts while the ball is live, but under the rule that took effect this year, referees will only award the timeout if a player acts on that request.

  • Disallowed Boise State buzzer-beater should have counted

    February 12, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The Mountain West Conference reversed course Friday and said a last-second 3-pointer by James Webb III should have counted and given Boise State an 87-84 overtime victory over Colorado State.The conference said the officials did make the right call Wednesday night with the evidence they were viewing on the replays. However, the angle they were using from a baseline camera was playing at a slower speed when aired by television and ingested by the replay system. So, the embedded stopwatch outpaced the video and led to a false reading.

  • Willis making most of minutes starting for No. 22 Kentucky

    February 12, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Derek Willis' hope of getting into the rotation at Kentucky required a lot of patience during a two-year wait for minutes behind a glut of NBA-caliber talent.Right now, the 6-foot-9 junior is making teammates wait behind him as he makes the most of his opportunity starting for the No. 22 Wildcats. Willis has averaged 10.8 points and 8.1 rebounds over the past eight games with seven straight starts for Kentucky (18-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference). In fact, his 131 points over the past 16 games are nearly double the 77 he scored in his previous 40 appearances for the Wildcats.

  • UNC's Roy Williams: 'I feel fine' after vertigo attack at BC

    February 12, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams doesn't sound worried about the vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College.The 65-year-old coach Friday was instead eager to reiterate he's OK and crack jokes while talking about a two-decade history with vertigo going back to his time at Kansas.

  • Pitino: Mathiang won't return this season after foot injury

    February 12, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he won't bring back injured junior forward Mangok Mathiang now that the No. 13 Cardinals are out of postseason following a self-imposed ban.The 6-foot-10 Mathiang broke his left foot Dec. 19 against Western Kentucky and was expected to miss six to eight weeks after surgery. He had been working out and Pitino said Friday he considered playing him in the postseason.

  • Texas lurking near top of Big 12 as 'havoc' takes hold

    February 12, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ''Havoc'' is finally taking hold at Texas, where first-year coach Shaka Smart and the No. 24 Longhorns have shaken off a slow start to join the hunt for the Big 12 title.Texas (16-8, 7-4 Big 12) sits firmly among the four teams in a second-place logjam just one game out of first heading into Saturday night's big road matchup at No. 14 Iowa State (17-7, 6-5).

  • Mississippi's Saiz returns from eye injury

    February 12, 2016

    Sebastian Saiz's final stats from Mississippi's game against Florida on Tuesday weren't all that impressive: Four points and six rebounds in 26 minutes.But considering the circumstances - he was barely three weeks removed from eye surgery to repair a partially detached retina - Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy couldn't have been more impressed.

  • APNewsBreak: Feds open broad bias probe into Iowa athletics

    February 12, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is facing a wide-ranging federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes, correspondence obtained by The Associated Press shows.

  • Pearl: Auburn's Kareem Canty leaves team, school to turn pro

    February 12, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn point guard Kareem Canty has left the team and is turning pro.Tigers coach Bruce Pearl, who announced Canty's decision on Friday, had suspended his leading scorer indefinitely last week before the Georgia game for ''conduct detrimental to the team.''

  • Tough road awaits surging Wisconsin, back in Big Ten picture

    February 12, 2016

    The toughest two-game stretch of the season has arrived for Wisconsin.At No. 2 Maryland on Saturday. At No. 8 Michigan State next week.Winners of six in a row, the Badgers can improve their postseason credentials if they can pull off an upset or two on the road. The Badgers (15-9, 7-4 Big Ten) are clawing their way back into the NCAA Tournament conversation, a year removed from a trip to the national title game and a second consecutive Final Four appearance.

  • Kansas concerned about defending hot-shooting Oklahoma

    February 13, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self expects his Jayhawks to have their hands full Saturday dealing with Buddy Hield and the rest of the sharp-shooting Oklahoma Sooners.Hield dropped in 46 points in Kansas' 109-106 triple-overtime win on Jan. 4, but the nation's No. 2 scorer is just part of the story. Third-ranked Oklahoma leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage by a significant margin heading into the rematch with the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. The Sooners are shooting .451 from beyond the arc - no team has finished a season with as high a percentage since Indiana shot .454 in 1994.

  • Kentucky, South Carolina meet in SEC showdown

    February 12, 2016

    A few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 22 Kentucky at South Carolina. The SEC standings have South Carolina, Kentucky and LSU in a three-way tie for first place, and two of those teams matchup Saturday in Columbia. South Carolina has produced consecutive road victories over No. 15 Texas A&M and LSU in its last two games. Kentucky has won its last two games by an average margin of 26.5 points, but the Wildcats are just 2-5 in true road games.

  • Louisville-Notre Dame headlines big weekend in the ACC

    February 12, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 13 Louisville at Notre Dame. The Cardinals (19-5, 8-3) won't play in the ACC tournament due to their self-imposed postseason ban, so the best they can do is finish atop the regular-season standings. The Fighting Irish (17-7, 8-4) are a week removed from their upset of then-No. 2 North Carolina and are in the mix for a top-four seed and a double bye in the league tournament.

  • McKendree coach Harry Statham reaches 1,100 victories

    February 12, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) McKendree University coach Harry Statham reached 1,100 victories when his team erased a 19-point second-half deficit to beat Missouri S&T 108-105 in overtime Thursday night.The 78-year-old Statham set a victory record for a coach at a four-year school last weekend, passing former Tennessee women's great Pat Summitt with a victory over Maryville University.

  • Drinnon helps St. Francis (Pa.) beat Robert Morris 68-57

    February 11, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Ronnie Drinnon scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and St. Francis (Pa.) defeated Robert Morris 68-57 on Thursday.Ben Millaud-Meunier added 14 points, Basil Thompson 12 and Georgios Angelou 11 for the Red Flash (13-11, 9-4 Northeast), who won their fourth straight game after starting the day in a three-way tie for first in the conference.

  • West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton reinstated to team

    February 11, 2016

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Suspended West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton has been reinstated to the team.Coach Bob Huggins announced Holton's reinstatement Thursday.West Virginia went 2-2 in the four games Holton missed for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He is averaging 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds.

  • Boise State tries to rebound from controversial ending

    February 11, 2016

    Boise State coach Leon Rice is still trying to wrap his head around this basketball brainteaser: Beating the buzzer with a winning basket doesn't necessarily mean you win the game.Perplexed?So were the Broncos after James Webb III banked in a 3-pointer with no time left in overtime to give them what they thought was an 87-84 win over Colorado State on Wednesday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • 7-foot Tonye Jekiri a big reason for Hurricanes' success

    February 11, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) In his most recent game, Miami Hurricanes senior Tonye Jekiri twice saved balls from going out of bounds under his basket, forced a turnover at midcourt and was the first player down the floor on a fast break.For a seven-footer, Jekiri gets around.

  • Missouri's suspended players Gant, Woods in doubt vs Vandy

    February 9, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri coach Kim Anderson hasn't decided whether to lift suspensions of Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods, who have been benched for one game after being cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.The Tigers (8-15, 1-9 SEC) have lost eight in a row heading into Wednesday night's game at Vanderbilt.

  • Louisville's Pitino awaits NCAA interview about sex scandal

    February 9, 2016

    Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday morning that he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team's dormitory.University President James Ramsey Friday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for the men's basketball team after the school's investigation into allegations revealed violations did occur. Pitino has said he did not know about the incidents and that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

  • UNLV loses freshman center Zimmerman to sprained left knee

    February 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV freshman center Stephen Zimmerman Jr. will be out indefinitely with a sprained left knee.Zimmerman was injured in the first half of the Runnin' Rebels double-overtime loss to Fresno State on Saturday. His injury came a week after junior forward Ben Carter tore his ACL against San Diego State and was lost for the season.

  • Road woes aplenty as Big 12 teams navigate conference grind

    February 8, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger warned his then-No. 1 team of the challenge it would face at Kansas State, even though the rebuilding Wildcats were near the bottom of the Big 12 standings.The Sooners failed to heed his warning in time.

  • No. 2 Maryland relies on Big Ten's best defense to win

    February 8, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Upon launching this season of lofty expectations, Maryland figured it had enough shooting stars to bury the opposition under a barrage of baskets.Turns out, the second-ranked Terrapins are winning primarily on the strength of their defense.

  • No. 5 Xavier having best season with lot of room yet to grow

    February 8, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) No Xavier team has won 20 games so quickly or been ranked so high. Yet the No. 5 Musketeers don't seem all that impressed by the inroads they've made in the school's basketball history.They're thinking the same as everyone else: This team has the potential to rank as Xavier's best when the season's done.

  • Auburn will be without leading scorer against Tennessee

    February 8, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers have a 250-pound power forward playing point guard, three scholarship players available in the backcourt and a hard time scoring without hitting their 3-point shots.That's the predicament facing Tigers coach Bruce Pearl going into Tuesday night's game at his old team, Tennessee. Pearl said Monday that leading scorer Kareem Canty will miss his second straight game after being indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

  • With road stretch looming, Florida needs to win at home

    February 8, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's postseason fate probably will be decided on the road.The Gators (15-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) play four of their final six regular-season games away from home, a tough stretch that begins next week and includes trips to Georgia, South Carolina and LSU. That daunting slate makes this week's games in the comfy confines of the O'Connell Center, beginning Tuesday night against Mississippi, almost must-win matchups for coach Mike White's team.

  • Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll; 6th top team this season

    February 8, 2016

    Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times - last time the final poll of last season - but had never made that one step up.

  • Villanova No. 1 in AP college hoops poll for first time

    February 8, 2016

    Villanova is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time.The Wildcats (20-3) made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma's loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina's losses to Louisville and Notre Dame.

  • POLL ALERT: Villanova No. 1 in AP men's hoops poll for first time; jumps after OK, NC losses.

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Villanova No. 1 in AP men's hoops poll for first time; jumps after OK, NC losses.

  • Mississippi tops Vanderbilt 85-78 behind Moody's 23

    February 7, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi guard Stefan Moody smiled in the postgame press conference and would not respond when questioned about the severity and pain from a nagging groin injury.''I'm not going to answer that,'' said the 5-foot-9 Moody, whose quickness and explosiveness are clearly limited. ''I'm just going to let my play speak for itself.''

  • UTEP honors Texas Western's historic title 50 years later

    February 6, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) Willie Worsley says he doesn't talk to his high school players in New York about being on the 1966 Texas Western team that had the first all-black starting lineup in an NCAA championship game and beat all-white Kentucky for the title.

  • Bentil plays, but No. 11 Friars can't catch No. 3 Wildcats

    February 6, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ben Bentil played for Providence despite an injured ankle, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half against No. 3 Villanova.But it wasn't enough to overcome the Wildcats, with the No. 11 Friars falling 72-60 on Saturday.It's the second straight loss for Providence (18-6, 6-5 Big East) and third in the past four games. The Friars are just 2-4 in league games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, which had a season-best 12,883 in attendance.

  • Michael's 40 helps Statham get record 1,099th win

    February 6, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Harry Statham earned his record-breaking 1,099th victory as a head coach on Saturday as freshman Nate Michael scored 40 points to lead McKendree to a 92-84 win over Maryville.The 78-year-old Statham, who is in his 50th season coaching his alma mater, moved past legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for most wins ever by a coach at a four-year school. He has 476 losses.

  • Huskers' Shields hits head, will follow concussion protocol

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Shavon Shields will follow Nebraska's concussion protocol after banging his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.The athletic department said in a statement that Shields was released from a Lincoln hospital after a CT scan was negative.

  • Robert Morris cruises past Bryant 89-71

    February 6, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Billy Giles scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, Isaiah Still added 22 and Robert Morris cruised past Bryant 89-71 on Saturday.The Colonials (7-18, 5-7 Northeast) shot 55 percent from the field despite going 4 of 15 from beyond the arc. They dominated the boards, 42-27, led by Rodney Pryor's 11. Pryor added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

  • Auburn top scorer Kareem Canty suspended indefinitely

    February 6, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Auburn has suspended leading scorer Kareem Canty indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.Coach Bruce Pearl announced the suspension before Saturday's game at Georgia.Canty, a junior point guard from the Harlem section of New York City, is averaging 18.3 points per game. He has made 69 3-pointers, the most in the Southeastern Conference. He also leads the Tigers with 111 assists, the third-best total in the SEC.

  • Elmore scores 23 with 7 treys as Marshall beats UTSA 109-91

    February 6, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jon Elmore scored 23 points with seven 3-pointers, and James Kelly scored 22 as hot-shooting Marshall thundered past Texas-San Antonio 109-91 on Saturday, breaking 100 points for the second-straight game and beating UTSA for the first time.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields is alert, moving after hard fall

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields banged his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.He was taken to a hospital and was alert and able to move his arms and legs, trainer R.J. Pietig said. He briefly lost consciousness.

  • No. 3 Villanova too much for No. 11 Providence in 72-60 win

    February 6, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Villanova was overpowered on both ends of the floor in its overtime loss at home to Providence last month, the first vulnerability shown by a team that was unbeaten in Big East play.The Friars came in a step slower for the rematch and the Wildcats took full advantage.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields bangs head, alert at hospital

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields banged his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.He was taken to a hospital and was alert and able to move his arms and legs, trainer R.J. Pietig said. He briefly lost consciousness.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields bangs head in hard fall

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields has been taken to a hospital after falling and banging his head on the court during a game against Rutgers.The Husker Sports Network reported Saturday that Shields was unconscious briefly but could move his arms and legs.

  • Louisville's Pitino: Fine schools, coaches for violations

    February 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino said schools and coaches should be fined for violations, and players who had nothing to do with infractions should not be penalized.Pitino said athletic director Tom Jurich chose to keep Louisville out of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.

  • Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay for violating team rules

    February 6, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State star Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.Cyclones spokesman Matt Shoultz told The Associated Press that the 6-foot-9 senior did not make the trip for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State.

  • Louisville men's basketball team coping with postseason ban

    February 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville will be on the outside looking in at March Madness this spring, a view that neither the Cardinals players nor coach Rick Pitino expected.University President James Ramsey announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, meaning this year's squad will pay for misdeeds committed by others.

  • Funeral held for jump shot pioneer Kenny Sailors

    February 5, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, was remembered at his funeral as a deeply religious man who inspired others to always do their best.The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://goo.gl/hnyV8Z ) that friends and family gathered Friday at the University of Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium, where Pastor Thomas Lund recounted that Sailor once said, ''You make sure that at my funeral, you don't allow anyone to make it more about basketball than about my savior.''

  • UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

    February 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

  • With Krzyzewski back, Duke looks to return to being Duke

    February 5, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke is trying to get back to being, well, Duke again.For the Blue Devils, the first step is getting Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski back on the bench after he missed a game due to illness.He'll make his return Saturday when North Carolina State visits, and - with their confidence buoyed by a win without him - the Blue Devils hope that's followed by more wins and, eventually, a return to the Top 25.

  • Florida State G Dwayne Bacon regains confidence after slump

    February 5, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Dwayne Bacon is regaining his confidence and it comes at a good time for the Florida State Seminoles.Bacon heads into Saturday's matchup against Wake Forest with back-to-back games of 20 points or more. In wins over Clemson and North Carolina State, the 6-foot-7 freshman guard was 16 of 32 from the field. Bacon is averaging 16.4 points per game, second on the team and third among Atlantic Coast Conference freshmen.

  • JeQuan Lewis' growth at PG a key to VCU's winning streak

    February 5, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis is one of those players that has to be told to shoot the basketball.A pass-first point guard, Lewis was caught up in being a distributor more than a contributor for VCU. But once he understood he could be both at VCU, he has become more productive and the Rams are now riding a 12-game winning streak.

  • Brey: Notre Dame not intimidated by No. 2 North Carolina

    February 5, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Beating second-ranked North Carolina on Saturday doesn't look quite as formidable as it once might have for Notre Dame, not after defeating the Tar Heels twice last year.The first victory in Chapel Hill in early January last year helped launch the Fighting Irish to one of their best seasons, coming a shot away from making it to the Final Four. The second victory came in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title game, as the Irish used a 26-3 run late to win 90-82 and earn its first title in any league.

  • No. 25 South Carolina looks for win at No. 8 Texas A&M

    February 5, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) No. 25 South Carolina has followed both of its previous losses with victories in the next game. They look to do it for the third time on Saturday against Southeastern Conference co-leader in No. 8 Texas A&M.South Carolina (19-3, 6-2 SEC) can inch closer to the top of the SEC against the Aggies (18-4, 7-2), reach 20 wins for the first time in seven years and prevent its first two-game losing streak of the season.

  • USC athletic director Pat Haden to step down in June

    February 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The University of Southern California hired Pat Haden to guide its storied athletic department through the toughest time in its history.With that job largely done, USC's athletic director and dedicated Trojan decided he was ready for another role.

  • Louisville announces postseason ban for men's basketball

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino.President James Ramsey said at a news conference that an investigation revealed violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Louisville imposes men's basketball postseason ban amid investigations into escort allegations

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville imposes men's basketball postseason ban amid investigations into escort allegations.

  • Louisville schedules press conference with Pitino, others

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has scheduled a press conference ''to deliver an important message to the university community.''The subject of the unexpected availability is unclear, though university President James Ramsey, athletic director Tom Jurich and men's basketball coach Rick Pitino are expected to attend.

  • Wolfpack's Henderson still working back from ankle injury

    February 5, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Terry Henderson was supposed to be in a leading role for North Carolina State's backcourt this season. Instead the West Virginia transfer is just trying to move laterally through pain and cut without limping during limited practice drills.

  • UNC-Notre Dame headlines busy weekend around the ACC

    February 5, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 2 North Carolina at Notre Dame. The Tar Heels (19-3, 8-1) breezed through the first half of the conference schedule but are coming off a loss at Louisville that trimmed their lead in the ACC standings to one game. The schedule gets tougher during the second half, and next up is a visit to Notre Dame (15-7, 6-4), which dropped out of the Top 25 after losing two of three.

  • No. 25 South Carolina, No. 8 Texas A&M meet in SEC showdown

    February 5, 2016

    Here are some things to watch in the Southeastern Conference this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 25 South Carolina at No. 8 Texas A&M: Two of the SEC's three ranked teams square off in College Station, though both are coming off losses. South Carolina has an impressive overall record at 19-3, but all of the Gamecocks' losses have come in the past seven games, including a 69-56 setback at Georgia on Tuesday. Texas A&M had an impressive 72-62 win over No. 14 Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge but followed that up by losing 77-60 at Vanderbilt on Thursday.

  • Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

    February 5, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men's Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Like the teams they officiate, the refs are being judged and graded to see if they're worthy of March Madness. Only 100 of them will make it that far, and only 10 will get to work the Final Four. Just like the teams, they're judged by their consistency and excellence under pressure in every step of a long season.

  • Missouri-St. Louis denies Statham milestone

    February 4, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Hunter Reine scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Missouri-St Louis to an 86-82 win over McKendree, denying coach Harry Statham his record-breaking 1,099th win.Statham, 78, is tied with legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for the most wins ever by a coach at a four-year school. He is in his 50th season coaching the Bearcats and has 475 losses.

  • CCSU holds off late charge by Robert Morris to win, 75-70

    February 4, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Khalen Cumberlander and Austin Nehls combined for 35 points and Central Connecticut opened a four-game road trip with a 65-60 win over Robert Morris Thursday night.The Blue Devils built a 16-point lead in the first half, taking a 9-0 lead five minutes into the game. By halftime they led 36-20.

  • Chattanooga wins 7th straight, cruises past Wofford 79-63

    February 4, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Tre' McLean scored 21 points, and Justin Tuoyo added 20 points and blocked five shots to lead Chattanooga to a 79-63 victory on Thursday night for its seventh-straight win.McLean was 8 of 10 form the floor and Tuoyo finished on 6-of-8 shooting and made 8 of 9 free throws. Chuck Ester added 12 points for Chattanooga (20-3, 9-1 Southern Conference), which shot 58 percent from the field.

  • Texas Western celebrating historic title 50 years later

    February 4, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western's historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky.The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of a game that is largely credited for ending segregation in athletics at universities in the South.

  • Texas Western set to celebrate historic 1966 NCAA title

    February 4, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western's historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky.The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of a game that is largely credited for ending segregation in athletics at universities in the South.

  • NCAA academic committee considering changes to rating system

    February 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA may start holding schools more accountable for the academic progress of athletes who are graduate transfers.An increasing number of football and men's basketball players are changing schools after earning diplomas and many end up not earning a second degree. Graduate transfers have been automatically awarded a retention point each semester on Academic Progress Rate scores even if they do not earn a second degree.

  • Iowa State's McKay struggles through knee issues

    February 4, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) There were times this season when senior center Jameel McKay looked like Iowa State's best player.Now there are times when McKay seems like a liability for the 13th-ranked Cyclones.McKay has been playing through tendinitis in his left knee for weeks, and it's hardly a coincidence that he has been struggling. McKay is averaging 12.4 points a game, but he's failed to score more than nine in each of the past six games. McKay and the Cyclones (16-6, 5-4 Big 12), losers of two straight, play Saturday at Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-7) in hopes of staying close with the current leaders of the Big 12.

  • Providence adjusting from latest bite from injury bug

    February 4, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) You'll have to pardon Providence coach Ed Cooley if he doesn't seemed too panicked about having his top player on the training table days before the 11th-ranked Friars' biggest home game of the season.It's just that his team has been dealing with one health-related issue or another for most of this season.

  • Big 12 best basketball league again, brutal half-season left

    February 4, 2016

    The Big 12 has the nation's No. 1 team in Oklahoma and half of the league's teams are ranked in the top 15 of the Top 25.For the third season in a row, the conference has the best cumulative RPI with just more than a month to go before March Madness. And in a ''break'' from league play last weekend, the Big 12 won seven of 10 games against the Southeastern Conference in an event that used to be played in December.

  • NCAA academic committee considering changes to APR system

    February 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The increase of graduate transfers in football and men's basketball - and the lack of players earning second degrees - has prompted the NCAA's academic committee to look for ways to hold those athletes more accountable.One possibility is getting rid of the automatic retention point on the Academic Progress Rate grad transfers are automatically awarded under the current system. Instead, the committee is considering making grad students earn those points. No changes would take effect until at least the fall of 2017.

  • Correction: Statham's Milestone story

    February 4, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) In a story Feb. 3 about McKendree coach Harry Statham, The Associated Press erroneously reported his overall record. It is 1,098-475.A corrected version of the story is below:McKendree coach just 1 victory away from college record

  • Providence's Bentil listed as day-to-day after ankle injury

    February 4, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley says forward Ben Bentil is day-to-day after sustaining a right ankle injury.Bentil sat out the 11th-ranked Friars' practice Thursday and will continue to be evaluated as Providence (18-5, 6-4 Big East) prepares to host No. 3 Villanova (19-3, 9-1) on Saturday.

  • New Rutgers athletic director inherits program at low point

    February 4, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers' new athletic director is unsparing when asked how he plans to turn around a program after a series of embarrassing developments on and off the field.''The first rule is, when you're digging yourself into a hole, stop digging,'' Patrick Hobbs said. ''We have to at a minimum stop digging the hole, and that's what I'm going to be about.''

  • Coach K back at work 1 day after missing Duke-Ga Tech game

    February 3, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back at work one day after missing his first game in more than 20 years.School spokesman Jon Jackson said Wednesday night that the Hall of Fame coach worked earlier that day, is feeling better and expects to resume his normal schedule Thursday.

  • McKendree coach just 1 victory away from college record

    February 4, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) Fifteen commemorative basketballs, one for each of McKendree University's appearances in the NAIA national tournament, line a high shelf to the left of Harry Statham's desk.On the wall behind the 78-year-old coach, who arrives just before 10 a.m. for another typical day in a most untypical career, is a plaque celebrating his 600th victory. That seems long ago now.

  • No. 14 West Virginia beat No. 13 Iowa State 81-76

    February 3, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's Hilton Magic seems to be losing some of its power.No. 14 West Virginia harassed Iowa State with its trademark in-your-face defense and dominated the rebounding in beating the 13th-ranked Cyclones 81-76 on Tuesday night.It was Iowa State's second loss in less than four weeks at Hilton Coliseum, where the Cyclones have posted a long string of big victories through the years and have been practically unbeatable the last three.

  • No Coach K for Duke in Georgia Tech game

    February 2, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not with the Blue Devils for Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech, skipping the Atlantic Coast Conference game after becoming ill.School officials issued a statement about an hour before tipoff saying Krzyzewski ''was feeling under the weather'' after the team meal Monday night and stayed in Durham, North Carolina.

  • Andrews putting together star season for surprising Huskies

    February 2, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) When Andrew Andrews reflects on the path of his career at Washington, he thinks about a mirror.The way his college career has played out emulates much of his prep career before he ever arrived in Seattle: Early struggles; finding a glimpse of promise; and ultimately enjoying success by staying where he started rather than transferring elsewhere.

  • Strong to the hoop: Wisconsin gaining traction in transition

    February 2, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Nigel Hayes is getting to the bucket and giving entertaining postgame observations, just like he did during last season's magical season.The fortunes of Wisconsin's verbose forward are one barometer for the Badgers' better play of late.

  • Finke likely out, Nunn questionable for Illini at Rutgers

    February 2, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach John Groce said the team may be without two of its starters when it faces Rutgers on Wednesday.Groce said Tuesday that starting forward Michael Finke has not been able to practice after injuring his left knee in a collision Sunday during a loss to Wisconsin. The coach said an MRI showed no structural damage but said Finke is unlikely to play at Rutgers (6-16, 0-9 Big Ten).

  • San Diego St. 9-0 at halfway point of Mountain West schedule

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are halfway through an undefeated run through the Mountain West Conference.That's right, the team that suffered stunning home losses to Little Rock, San Diego and Grand Canyon has ripped off nine straight victories in MWC play. Five of those have been on the road, the latest a 67-52 blowout victory at UNLV on Saturday night.

  • Wayne Selden Jr. living up to promise for No. 7 Kansas

    February 1, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Before he had even stepped on the floor at Kansas, mock drafts sprinkled across cyberspace had Wayne Selden Jr. going in the first round to some NBA team in need of a shooting guard.That was the case the following year, too.Three years later, that is still the case. But the difference this season is that Selden may finally be living up to the expectations that accompanied him to the Jayhawks as a five-star prospect.

  • Tennessee falls below .500, second-half collapses a concern

    February 1, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's chances of avoiding its first losing season in over a decade could rest on stopping its recent trend of second-half collapses.The Volunteers have dropped two straight games after leading by at least 14 points in the second half of each of them. Tennessee has blown second-half leads of at least 13 points in three of its last seven games.

  • Pearl: Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers to return against LSU

    February 1, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn's leading rebounder Cinmeon Bowers is set to return from a one-game suspension.Tigers coach Bruce Pearl says Bowers will play in Tuesday night's game against LSU. He was suspended for Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State ''for conduct detrimental to the team.''

  • Duke out of AP men's Top 25 poll; Oklahoma stays No. 1

    February 1, 2016

    For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is nowhere to be seen in The Associated Press Top 25 - not near the top, not even at the bottom. This is the first time since the preseason poll of 2007-08 that the Blue Devils are not ranked.Duke (15-6) has lost four of its last five, including home games with Notre Dame and Syracuse. Last week's loss to Miami knocked them out from 24th, ending a run of 167 consecutive appearances in the men's poll.

  • Duke out of AP men's poll for 1st time in over 8 years

    February 1, 2016

    For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in The Associated Press Top 25.The Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. They had been in every men's poll since the preseason rankings of 2007-08. The record run is UCLA's 221 straight polls from 1966-80.

  • Layman helps No. 8 Maryland past Ohio State 66-61

    January 31, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The freshmen on the Maryland roster had no idea what it would mean to get a victory at Ohio State.Senior forward Jake Layman not only told them, but showed the way when the No. 8 Terrapins beat the Buckeyes 66-61 on Sunday to ease the memory of painful losses in Columbus.

  • C Ochefu (concussion) out for No. 6 Villanova vs St. John's

    January 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Villanova center Daniel Ochefu will not play in the sixth-ranked Wildcats' game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden.The 6-foot-11 senior suffered a concussion during practice this week.Ochefu is averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds for the Wildcats (17-3, 7-1), who are in first place in the Big East heading into Sunday's game against the Red Storm.

  • St. Francis (Pa.) hits 13 3s in 90-78 win over Robert Morris

    January 30, 2016

    LORETTO, Pa. (AP) Ben Millaud-Meunier made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 29 points, leading St. Francis (Pa.) to a 90-78 win over Robert Morris on Saturday night.Malik Harmon hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points as St. Francis (10-11, 6-4 Northeast Conference) made a season-high 13 3-pointers. Ronnie Drinnon scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards.

  • Prohm loses to mentor, No. 14 Iowa St falls to No. 5 Aggies

    January 30, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Iowa State coach Steve Prohm tried to filter out the emotion of facing his mentor.It was tough to do, at least until tip-off Saturday against former boss Billy Kennedy and No. 5 Texas A&M.''Once you start the game, you're more engaged with your team,'' Prohm said after his No. 14 Cyclones lost 72-62 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

  • Huggins critical of team after No. 9 WVU loses at Florida

    January 30, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had plenty of complaints after his team's worst loss of the season.Too many turnovers. Not enough effort. Maybe even some selfishness.Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points, Brandone Francis-Ramirez hit three huge 3-pointers and Florida upset the ninth-ranked Mountaineers 88-71 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

  • Kenny Sailors, star Wyoming jump shot pioneer, dies at 95

    January 30, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died Saturday. He was 95.He died in his sleep at an assisted living center in Laramie, the University of Wyoming said.

  • Kenny Sailor, jump shot pioneer and Wyoming star, dies at 95

    January 30, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died Saturday. He was 95.He died in his sleep at an assisted living center in Laramie, the University of Wyoming said.

  • Manuel says he'll be UConn advocate for Power Five

    January 30, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Warde Manuel says he will be an advocate for the University of Connecticut's fight to get into a Power Five conference in his new job as athletic director at Michigan.The former UConn athletic director will take over at Michigan in March. He spoke to the UConn media at halftime of the school's women's basketball game against Memphis on Saturday.

  • Arkansas' Hannahs ready to face former school, Texas Tech

    January 30, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Dusty Hannahs' season-long homecoming celebration will take on added meaning this weekend when the Arkansas sharpshooter stares across the court at a stark reminder of his not-so-recent past.Hannahs, who leads the Razorbacks (10-10) in scoring in his first season back on the court following a transfer from Texas Tech, will get an up-close look at his former team when the two schools meet on Saturday afternoon.

  • Florida likely without starter Justin Leon vs No. 9 WVU

    January 29, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida likely will be without starting forward Justin Leon against No. 9 West Virginia on Saturday.Leon suffered a concussion early in Tuesday's loss at Vanderbilt and hasn't been cleared to practice or play. Coach Mike White on Friday called Leon's status a ''probable absence.''

  • Healthy Bookert key to improved Florida St. perimeter game

    January 29, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A healthy Devon Bookert has helped Florida State's perimeter game get back on track.Going into Saturday's game against Clemson, the senior leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in 3-point percentage in league games, hitting 56.8 percent from beyond the arc (21 of 37). In nonconference play, the 6-foot-2 guard was 12 of 47 (25.5 percent) on 3-pointers as he was hampered by a wrist injury.

  • UNC's Williams no fan of ESPN's focus on NBA prospects

    January 29, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams is no fan of how ESPN touts NBA prospects playing in college games aired by the network.During his regularly scheduled news conference Friday, Williams went off topic to criticize the network for focusing ''about the frickin' green room'' - a reference to where prospects wait to hear their name called in the NBA draft - in January during the peak of conference play.

  • Kentucky-Kansas headlines intriguing Big 12-SEC Challenge

    January 30, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kentucky against Kansas on the hallowed hardwood of Allen Fieldhouse.Need anything more be said?The matchup between two of college basketball's bluest blue-bloods Saturday headlines the Big 12-SEC Challenge, a series of intriguing matchups that includes Texas A&M-Iowa State and Oklahoma-LSU.

  • UConn names interim athletic director, search committee

    January 29, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst named her chief of staff as interim athletic director Friday and appointed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Warde Manuel.Manuel, who ran athletic department for the last four years, was introduced Friday as Michigan's new athletic director.

  • No. 2 Tar Heels know things about to get tougher in ACC

    January 29, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams has long promised his teams that things would get tougher as they entered the conference schedule.It's taken a month for his second-ranked Tar Heels to reach that point in their Atlantic Coast Conference slate, thanks to a quirk in the schedule that loaded up the second half of the schedule with the teams picked to finish in the top third of the conference race.

  • Arizona's Miller rips into team after loss to No. 23 Oregon

    January 29, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona's 49-game home winning streak had barely ended when coach Sean Miller ripped into his team.In the aftermath of the 18th-ranked Wildcats 83-75 loss to No. 23 Oregon on Thursday night, Miller said his players simply aren't doing what he's telling them to do.

  • IUPUI beats Western Illinois 69-67, ties for 1st in Summit

    January 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Matt O'Leary posted career highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, and IUPUI held on to beat Western Illinois 69-67 on Friday to move into a four-way tie for first place midway through the Summit League season.Aaron Brennan's basket gave IUPUI a 66-63 lead. Garret Covington cut the deficit to one before Marcellus Barksdale put back his own shot to make it a three-point advantage with a minute to go. Western Illinois' Jabari Sandifer made two free throws and the Leathernecks got a defensive rebound. After a timeout, the Leathernecks worked the clocked down but Covington was double-teamed inside and traveled with 2.3 left.

  • Small ball: Guards 6 feet and shorter take over scoring race

    January 29, 2016

    Some of college basketball's smallest players are putting up some of its biggest numbers.One of the funkier quirks of a season full of them is that four of the country's top five scorers entering Friday's games were 6 feet tall or shorter. At 5-foot-11, Howard guard James Daniel led the way with 27.9 points per game, followed by 5-foot-9 Oakland star Kahlil Felder (25.3), 6-foot Davidson standout Jack Gibbs (24.8) and Stefan Moody, all of 5-10, of Ole Miss (24.3).

  • UConn's Warde Manuel back at Michigan as athletic director

    January 29, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan hired UConn's Warde Manuel as its new athletic director on Friday, bringing back a well-regarded alumnus who once played football for the Wolverines - just like its coach, Jim Harbaugh.The 47-year-old Manuel, who had been Connecticut's athletic director since 2012, was given a five-year deal by Michigan. The salary was not immediately disclosed.

  • LSU gets crack at No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday

    January 29, 2016

    Here are some things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU: The Tigers get a tough home matchup in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, hosting the top-ranked Sooners and guard Buddy Hield. LSU will counter with impressive freshman forward Ben Simmons. LSU has won four of its past five games and could go a long way toward cementing itself as an NCAA Tournament team with a victory over the Sooners. Honorable mention: No. 20 Kentucky travels to No. 4 Kansas.

  • No. 11 Virginia at No. 16 Louisville tops ACC's week ahead

    January 29, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 11 Virginia at No. 16 Louisville. The Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3 ACC) pulled off an improbable comeback to win at Wake Forest on Tuesday, keeping them amid a crowd in the top half of the league. Now they host the Cardinals (17-3, 6-1), who are alone in second place and have won three straight games. Another loss would sink the Cavs further back in the standings. In that Wake Forest win, Virginia coach Tony Bennett briefly scrapped his pack-line defense in favor of a zone because ''it shows you how desperate we were. ... We just said, `You never know.'''

  • Phelps creates quite a distraction, helps Arizona State

    January 29, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Wearing a tiny swim suit and flashing his abs, Michael Phelps created quite the distraction.The Olympic great, who is training at Arizona State University this year, helped the school's college basketball team Thursday.Phelps appeared from behind the ASU student section's ''Curtain of Distraction,'' standing between two shirtless students with 13:47 left to play.

  • No longer perfect, NCAA-banned No. 13 SMU still AAC leader

    January 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) With no postseason possibility because of NCAA penalties, No. 13 SMU was looking for a perfect season.Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown never got caught up in talk about going undefeated, but some of his players had openly discussed the goal of winning every game they played.

  • Division II coach ties Summitt mark for wins at 4-yr school

    January 29, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) McKendree University men's basketball coach Harry Statham posted his 1,098th career victory Thursday night, matching Pat Summitt's mark for the most at a four-year school.Statham is in his 50th season at the Division II college. He guided the Bearcats past Wisconsin-Parkside 92-85 on the court named in his honor.

  • Niagara edges Marist 69-66

    January 28, 2016

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Matt Scott scored a career-high 32 points and Karonn Davis sank the winning 3-pointer to lift Niagara to a 69-66 win over Marist on Thursday night.Trailing 62-54, Niagara (6-16, 4-7 Metro Atlantic) overtook Marist during a late 12-0 run that included a jumper, a free throw and a 3-pointer from Scott to make it 66-62 with 1:50 left. Marist got two quick buckets, a layup from Isaiah Lamb and Brian Parker's jumper, to tie it at 66 before Davis hit the 3-pointer at the other end to win it.

  • Wofford wallops ETSU 87-73 as Collins scores 24

    January 28, 2016

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Spencer Collins poured in 24 points and Justin Gordon 15 as Wofford built a comfortable halftime lead and cruised past East Tennessee State 87-73 on Thursday night, handing the Buccaneers just their second loss in the last 10 games.

  • Mount St. Mary's coasts to 70-49 win over Robert Morris

    January 28, 2016

    EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) BK Ashe scored 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 70-49 win over Robert Morris on Thursday night.Will Miller added 14 points, Junior Robinson had 11 and Chris Wray 10 for Mount St. Mary's (10-12, 7-2 Northeast Conference), which has won four of their past five games.

  • CAA men's basketball tourney moving to Charleston in 2017

    January 28, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The Colonial Athletic Association's men's basketball championships are relocating to Charleston.The league announced Thursday Charleston will host its postseason event from 2017-19. The event will be held at the 11,000-seat North Charleston Coliseum, which organizers said recently underwent million in improvements.

  • No. 24 Duke looking to break out of worst slump since 2007

    January 28, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) None of Duke's players have gone through anything like this at the school.The 24th-ranked Blue Devils are mired in their worst slump in nearly a decade. The reigning national champs have dropped four of five and are in danger of dropping out of the national rankings for the first time since 2007.

  • SEC seeking respect as it prepares to match up with Big 12

    January 28, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) This weekend's Big 12/SEC Challenge offers a midseason opportunity for both leagues: The Southeastern Conference has a chance to improve its national perception, while the Big 12 seeks to solidify its status as the nation's top basketball conference.

  • No. 4 Kansas stumbling through midpoint of Big 12 schedule

    January 28, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There are only a handful of schools in major college basketball that would consider three losses in a five-game stretch - two of them to highly ranked opponents - as reason for concern.One of those schools happens to be Kansas.''Three weeks ago we were the No. 1-ranked team in the country. This week the sky is falling, I know that,'' said Jayhawks coach Bill Self, whose team has lost games at West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Iowa State around home victories against TCU and Texas.

  • Gonzaga struggling after opening in Top 10

    January 28, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga began the season ranked in the Top 10 and was expected to ride the imposing front court of Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski deep into the NCAA Tournament.But a season-ending back injury to Karnowski and inconsistent play from the guards has caused the Zags to stumble this season.

  • No. 22 Wichita St uses balanced scoring to top Loyola 80-54

    January 28, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) After a blowout win, it was single-digit numbers on the stat sheet that caught the eye of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.Ron Baker had eight points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to help the No. 22 Shockers rout Loyola of Chicago 80-54 on Wednesday night.

  • Purdue's Swanigan out vs. Minnesota with ankle injury

    January 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten's leading rebounder, has been held out of the game at Minnesota with a right ankle injury.Swanigan was hurt on Sunday in the first half at Iowa. He wound up playing 25 minutes but finished just 2 for 9 from the floor. Coach Matt Painter said afterward that Swanigan's ankle was ''fine,'' but the 21st-ranked Boilermakers apparently weren't ready to risk aggravation for their freshman standout.

  • AP sources: Warde Manuel agrees to be Michigan's AD

    January 27, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Warde Manuel has agreed to be Michigan's next athletic director, according to two people familiar with the situation.Both spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details about the search.

  • Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije excelling for Orange

    January 27, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) With one simple remark after losing to North Carolina, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim paid the ultimate compliment to Michael Gbinije when asked whether Gbinije was tired at the end of the game.''He's not coming out'' of games during crunch time, Boeheim said.

  • No. 8 Maryland needs to rebound better against No. 3 Iowa

    January 27, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland will be in rebound mode against Iowa on Thursday night - in more ways than one.Coming off a 74-65 loss Saturday at Michigan State, the No. 8 Terrapins will seek to bounce back at home against third-ranked Iowa in a pivotal Big Ten matchup.

  • Prairie View coach Rimm resigns with Panthers 1-18

    January 27, 2016

    PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) Prairie View's Byron Rimm II has resigned with the Panthers off to a 1-18 start in his 10th season as head coach.Rimm's resignation was announced by the school Wednesday. Assistant coach Byron Smith has been named the interim coach for the remainder of this season, starting with Saturday's game at Alabama A&M.

  • 'It just hurts': Frustrated Wake Forest hopes for turnaround

    January 27, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest keeps finding ways to lose, leaving the Demon Deacons' strong start this season as nothing more than a distant memory.They've been blown out. They've blown big leads and had their own rallies from big deficits fall short. They've been competitive against good teams but just couldn't finish them off.

  • AP sources: UConn athletic director offered Michigan job

    January 27, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Two high ranking UConn officials say the school's athletic director has been offered the same job at Michigan.The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Michigan has made no official announcements about the opening.

  • Georgia Tech is 1 of college basketball's biggest mysteries

    January 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) By all rights, Georgia Tech should be a powerhouse.Atlantic Coast Conference pedigree.New arena.Stellar recruiting base.Yet, the Yellow Jackets haven't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2010, a streak that seems unlikely to end with the team off to a 1-5 start in ACC play.

  • Pflueger finds role with No. 25 Notre Dame just in time

    January 26, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is finding a role as a dependable contributor just in time for the 25th-ranked Fighting Irish.The 6-foot-6, 198-pound guard from Dana Point, California, is expected to make his first career start when the Fighting Irish (14-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) play at Syracuse (13-8, 3-5) on Thursday. Pflueger will start in place of leading scorer Demetrius Jackson, who is out with a pulled right hamstring, with Steve Vasturia taking over as point guard.

  • Hofstra's Nichols to miss rest of season

    January 26, 2016

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Hofstra senior forward Malik Nichols will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his left knee.The school said Tuesday that Nichols was injured in the second half of Sunday's victory over William & Mary.Nichols played in all 20 games this season for the Pride and averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.

  • Rebuilding Bradley looks abroad for help

    January 26, 2016

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Practice is no problem. Luuk van Bree, Callum Barker, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Joel Okafor are used to the training that goes along with playing hoops at a high level.The most challenging aspect of college ball for Bradley's international freshmen is learning how to compete, and it's a constant point of emphasis for coach Brian Wardle.

  • Tim Meadows impersonates Ben Carson at Iowa State game

    January 25, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Former ''Saturday Night Live'' actor Tim Meadows made a surprise appearance before Iowa State's basketball game against Kansas - playing Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.Meadows showed up at half court roughly 90 minutes before tip-off in Ames, Iowa. The public address announcer introduced him as Carson, and Meadows proceeded to sing the national anthem in the neurosurgeon's voice.

  • Notre Dame's Jackson out vs. Syracuse with hamstring injury

    January 25, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame leading scorer Demetrius Jackson will miss Thursday's game at Syracuse with an injured right hamstring.Coach Mike Brey said Monday that Jackson will travel with the 25th-ranked Irish (14-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) but won't play against the Orange (13-8, 3-5). Brey says Jackson also may miss Sunday's game against Wake Forest (10-9, 1-6). Brey says hamstring injuries can be tricky and he doesn't want to bring Jackson back too quickly.

  • Georgia bracing for road trips to LSU and No. 17 Baylor

    January 25, 2016

    Georgia will have to overcome some unusually difficult travel challenges if it is to extend its first winning streak since late December.Saturday's overtime win over Arkansas was crucial for Georgia (11-6, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), which needs a strong run to improve its hopes for a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

  • Correction: New Mexico-San Jose St story

    January 25, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) In a story Jan. 23 about the women's college basketball game between New Mexico and San Jose State, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to The University of New Mexico as New Mexico State University.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • South Carolina looks to rebound at home after tough stretch

    January 25, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes his team's current bumpy stretch is nothing that a little time at home this week can't correct.The Gamecocks (17-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with 15 straight wins. They've split their four games since, including a disappointing 78-69 loss at Tennessee Saturday. South Carolina dropped out of the Top 25 on Monday for the first time in five weeks.

  • Big East looks like beast, NCAA Tournament to tell tale

    January 25, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) When the Big East underwent its metamorphosis in 2013 and returned to its basketball-centric roots, the question was whether the conference could recapture the magic of its heyday.The initial answer wasn't promising. Four of its 10 teams reached the NCAA Tournament and none made it past the first weekend.

  • Vols' Moore finds ways to contribute amid scoring slump

    January 25, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes forward Armani Moore is versatile enough to make a major difference without ever putting the ball in the basket.Moore's recent performances are putting that theory to the test.The 6-foot-4 senior entered Southeastern Conference play averaging 15 points per game, but he has just 6 points per game in league competition. Moore has shot 26.8 percent in six SEC games - he missed one SEC game with an ankle injury - after making 42.8 percent of his field-goal attempts in nonconference play.

  • Dupree returns to North Dakota St 2 weeks after leaving

    January 25, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Junior guard Carlin Dupree has rejoined the North Dakota State basketball team, two weeks after leaving because he was unhappy with his role.Dupree said in a statement issued by the school Monday that he made ''a selfish decision'' and hopes he'll be forgiven.

  • Iowa, Texas A&M at rare rankings

    January 25, 2016

    Iowa is at its highest ranking in 29 years while Texas A&M is at its highest ranking ever.The Hawkeyes, who have beaten five ranked teams this season, are third, their highest ranking since January 1987. That month the Hawkeyes spent their only week ever as a No. 1 team and three weeks at No. 2.

  • Oklahoma stays No. 1 in AP poll, North Carolina right behind

    January 25, 2016

    Oklahoma, despite losing to Iowa State last week, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Unlike last week, when the Sooners were a unanimous No. 1, North Carolina is a close second.Oklahoma (16-2) received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, seven more than the Tar Heels (18-2), who remained second.

  • POLL ALERT: Oklahoma retains top spot in men's AP Top 25 hoops despite loss to Iowa State

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Oklahoma retains top spot in men's AP Top 25 hoops despite loss to Iowa State.

  • NC State keeping eye on 'Cat' Barber's injured knee

    January 25, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried says he's monitoring point guard Anthony ''Cat'' Barber's knee.Gottfried said Monday that it's ''wait and see'' for the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer. He says he didn't expect Barber to practice later that day but ''we'll just kind of monitor him over the next few days.''

  • Seton Hall star and Hall of Famer Bobby Wanzer dies at 94

    January 25, 2016

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famer Bobby Wanzer, who starred at point guard for Seton Hall in the 1940s and led the Rochester Royals to their only NBA championship, has died.Wanzer died Saturday at his home outside Rochester at age 94. His family announced his death.

  • Big East looks like beast, but NCAA tournament to tell tale

    January 25, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) When the Big East underwent its metamorphosis in 2013 and returned to its basketball-centric roots, the question was whether the conference could recapture the magic of its heyday.The initial answer wasn't promising. Four of its 10 teams reached the NCAA tournament and none made it past the first weekend.

  • No. 11 Oregon State women grind out 61-47 win over Colorado

    January 24, 2016

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Ruth Hamblin scored Oregon State's first 10 points and finished with 20, and the 11th-ranked Beavers defeated Colorado 61-47 on Sunday.Jamie Weisner added 14 points and Marie Gulich had 10 rebounds to go with eight points as Oregon State (16-3, 7-1 Pac 12) outrebounded the Buffaloes 47-32.

  • 2 MAC officials suspended after crazy finish to game

    January 24, 2016

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) The Mid-American Conference has suspended two officials who failed to blow a whistle during the chaotic final seconds of a double overtime game between Eastern Michigan and Ball State.In a statement Sunday, the conference said errors in judgment ''must be met with swift and firm disciplinary action.''

  • King leads Colorado past Washington State, 75-70

    January 23, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) George King scored 22 points to lead Colorado to a 75-70 victory at Washington State on Saturday night.Josh Scott added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-5, 4-3 Pac-12).Ike Iroegbu led Washington State (9-10, 1-6) with 27 points, one off his career high. Conor Clifford, a junior college transfer, matched his season bests of 18 points and five rebounds. The Cougars have lost five consecutive games.

  • Stetson beats Kennesaw State 84-79 behind Pegg

    January 23, 2016

    KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) Brian Pegg had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds as Stetson defeated Kennesaw State 84-79 on Saturday.Stetson (8-13, 2-4 Atlantic Sun) shot 29 for 50 from the floor (58 percent) and 20 for 25 from the free-throw line (80 percent). Only one of Stetson's eight players who entered the game shot below 50 percent.

  • No. 2 North Carolina's game at Virginia Tech moved to 3 p.m.

    January 23, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference says Sunday's game at Virginia Tech featuring the Hokies and No. 2 North Carolina has been moved to a 3 p.m. start.The game was originally slated to tip at 6:30 p.m. The league cited ''continued weather conditions'' in announcing the game.

  • Robert Morris never trails in 65-54 win over Bryant

    January 23, 2016

    SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) Kavon Stewart scored 18 points, Elijah Minnie added 13 to go with 12 rebounds and a career-best six blocks, and Robert Morris never trailed in a 65-54 win over Bryant on Saturday.Rodney Pryor scored 10 points for Robert Morris (6-15, 4-4 Northeast), including seven from the free-throw line in the final 1:15 as the Colonials salted the game away.

  • Krzyzewski: 'Still no timetable' for Jefferson's return

    January 23, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke senior Amile Jefferson is progressing with his recovery from an injury to his right foot, though coach Mike Krzyzewski says there's ''still no timetable'' for his return.Jefferson has been out since December, and the 20th-ranked Blue Devils are leaning heavily on a six-man rotation.

  • Stranded motorists dug out of snow on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh that was shut down by a snowstorm, stranding hundreds of motorists including university athletics teams, began to clear Saturday afternoon.More than 500 cars, trucks and buses got stuck Friday night. Some buses were carrying the Duquesne University men's basketball team and the Temple University gymnastics squad.

  • No. 20 Duke beats NC State 88-78 to end 3-game losing skid

    January 23, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen scored 28 points and No. 20 Duke took control with a second-half flurry to beat North Carolina State 88-78 on Saturday and end a three-game losing streak.Freshman Brandon Ingram added 25 points for the Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 points late in the first half but seized momentum with their go-ahead 14-0 run.

  • Athletes, church group among 500 vehicles snowbound

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Snowbound college athletes and teenage parishioners spent the night stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - munching on snacks or watching movies to pass the time as they waited to be dug out from massive backups that stretched for miles brought on by a powerful winter storm.

  • Snow sacks Marquette-St. John's basketball game

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The men's basketball game between St. John's and Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Saturday has been postponed because of the blizzard pummeling New York City.The game was rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Carnesecca Arena in Queens.

  • Athletes, trucks, cars halted on snowed-in turnpike

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Snowbound college athletes and teenage parishioners spent the night stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - munching on snacks or watching movies to pass the time as they waited to be dug out from massive backups that stretched for miles brought on by a powerful winter storm.

  • Coach: Temple women's gymnastics team stuck but doing fine

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Members of the Temple University women's gymnastics team are among those stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to the big winter storm - but their coach says they're doing fine.Umme Salim-Beasley says the team's bus has been stuck since Friday night about 80 miles from Pittsburgh. She says they left Philadelphia at about 2 p.m. Friday to try to beat the storm but ran into traffic.

  • Coach: Duquesne b-ball team stuck overnight on snowy highway

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Duquesne University's men's basketball team was stuck overnight on the snow-closed Pennsylvania Turnpike as traffic stoppages stretched back miles in a massive snowstorm climbing up the East Coast.Coach Jim Ferry said the team bus got stuck around 9:15 p.m. on Friday and hadn't moved since.

  • Florida State coach, guard Rathan-Mayes not on the same page

    January 22, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Hamilton and Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes have been unable to get on the same page, and until they do the sophomore's playing status remains unclear.Rathan-Mayes's may not play in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after the Atlantic Coast Conference assists leader didn't play in the Seminoles' 84-65 loss at No. 17 Louisville.

  • Coach Staley looks to keep No. 2 South Carolina focused

    January 22, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Dawn Staley chuckles when asked about the road ahead for No. 2 South Carolina, a daunting stretch where the undefeated Gamecocks face four ranked opponents.''It's just the task at hand,'' the coach said on Friday. ''We don't talk about the schedule.''

  • Oklahoma's Hield lifts teammates, Bahamians by upping game

    January 22, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield's rise from a raw talent in the Bahamas one of the top scorers in college basketball has lifted everyone he's touched on his journey.He's lifted the University of Oklahoma. His 46-point scoring binge at Kansas made him the talk of college basketball, then he led the Sooners to their first No. 1 ranking since 1990.

  • Highly recruited Smith assisting NC State from sideline

    January 22, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Dennis Smith Jr. is trying to get a head start on his college career, even if he can only help North Carolina State from the sideline or around the practice facility right now.The instate point guard graduated early from high school and enrolled at North Carolina State in January, allowing him to focus on rehabbing a serious knee injury suffered last summer and adjusting to college life. He's also carving out his leadership role with the Wolfpack for when he's ready to play next season, down to giving advice to his older teammates after practices or games to help them now.

  • Gophers struggling through Pitino's 3rd season as predicted

    January 22, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Richard Pitino took over at Minnesota, he told the administrators who hired him to anticipate some bumps along the road in building a consistent Big Ten contender.The third season, Pitino warned, would be especially taxing for the program.

  • Syracuse's rise, Duke's Miami trip headline ACC's week ahead

    January 22, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Syracuse at No. 13 Virginia. Sure, Syracuse (13-7) is just 3-4 in the league, but Jim Boeheim's return from an NCAA suspension has helped spark a three-game winning streak that includes Monday's win at No. 20 Duke. And that has the Orange back near the middle of the league standings entering Sunday night's matchup. ''Our defense has been better these three games than it was and that's probably the major difference,'' Boeheim said. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers (14-4, 3-3) have gotten off to a slower-than-expected start after going 32-4 in ACC play while claiming the past two regular-season titles.

  • Vanderbilt finally gets hot, faces Kentucky on Saturday

    January 22, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Vanderbilt at No. 23 Kentucky: After losing its first three SEC games, Vanderbilt has won three straight in league competition and finally is starting to play the way it was expected to perform all season. Those three wins have come against Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee. The Commodores face a much tougher task Saturday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky owns a 30-game home winning streak.

  • Robert Morris uses late first-half run, beats CCSU 59-45

    January 21, 2016

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Kavon Stewart and Elijah Minnie scored 15 points apiece to lead Robert Morris to a 59-45 victory over Central Connecticut State on Thursday night.Stewart shot 6 of 10 from the floor. Minnie finished on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Colonials (5-15, 3-4 Northeast Conference), who have won three of their last five games since snapping a four-game skid.

  • Ex-NBA player Tate George sentenced to 9 years for fraud

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme.A federal judge in Trenton also ordered George to pay .5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

  • ACC schedule takes hit because of approaching snowstorm

    January 21, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday moved two basketball games involving No. 13 Virginia back a day because of forecasts for heavy snow.In Washington, the George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been rescheduled for Friday at noon instead of Saturday, while the George Mason's men's basketball game against Duquesne in Fairfax, Virginia, has been moved up from Saturday to Friday afternoon in the hopes of avoiding the storm.

  • Maryland star Melo Trimble adds passing, defense to his game

    January 21, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Melo Trimble can still score, and he remains Maryland's go-to guy with the game on the line.Those qualities, established a year ago during his freshman season, have been enhanced by the ability to find the open man and shut down the opposition on the other end of the court.

  • Auburn's Bowers brings energy, rebounds back to lineup

    January 21, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Cinmeon Bowers has brought energy, points and rebounds back to Auburn's starting lineup.Bowers helped lead the Tigers (9-8, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) to back-to-back wins over No. 23 Kentucky and rival Alabama since reclaiming his starting job.

  • VCU coach Will Wade says surging Rams can't get complacent

    January 21, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) First-year VCU coach Will Wade has the Rams off to a better start in the Atlantic 10 than was expected before the season began, not that he is letting their nine-game winning streak cloud his reality.The Rams (14-5, 6-0 Atlantic 10), picked to finish fifth in the preseason, are alone atop the conference standings. But after they extended their winning streak with a 93-71 victory against Duquesne on Wednesday night, they were greeted in the locker room by a very animated, unhappy coach.

  • Philly hoops celebrates 60 years of Big 5

    January 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple coach Fran Dunphy was distracted just enough by yet another round of cheers that reverberated around the Palestra that he wanted to leave his team during a timeout and recognize some former greats himself.''I wanted to get out and applaud and look at everybody out there,'' Dunphy said.

  • Saint Joseph's rolls to 75-60 win over Penn

    January 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) DeAndre Bembry scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Saint Joseph's rolled to a 75-60 win over Penn on Wednesday night.Bembry finished 7-of-19 shooting for the Hawks (15-3) and led four players in double figures including Aaron Brown with 15 points, Isaiah Miles with 13 points and Shavar Newkirk with 11 points. The win is the fourth-straight for the Hawks who have won 11 of their last 12 games.

  • Missouri State defeats Drake 79-70 behind Miller's 23 points

    January 20, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Dequon Miller scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and Missouri State erupted for 50 second-half points to beat Drake 79-70 on Wednesday night.Drake led 39-29 at the half before the Bears used a 14-2 run in a little more than four minutes to take a two-point lead.

  • Colorado St basketball player loses parents in house fire

    January 21, 2016

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) The recipient of the game ball was an easy choice: Colorado State junior Emmanuel Omogbo after scoring one point in 10 heavy-hearted minutes.Omogbo gave the Rams an emotional lift in an 83-79 win over Air Force on Wednesday night, a day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house fire.

  • No. 23 Kentucky facing urgency to improve with 2 SEC losses

    January 20, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats face a major challenge: Find a way to stop getting bullied before the heralded squad drops completely out of the Top 25.The Wildcats have tumbled to No. 23 in the rankings after rising to No. 1 on Nov. 23.

  • Colorado State player loses parents in house fire

    January 20, 2016

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo is expected to play at Air Force on Wednesday night, a day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house fire.Fire officials in Maryland said Caroline and Samson Omogbo died at the scene in a blaze early Tuesday in Chillum. His sister's 2-year-old twins were taken to a hospital, where they died.

  • Texas A&M rolling toward NCAA tourney after 4-year absence

    January 20, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M's return to prominence has been several years in the making.You will have to excuse coach Billy Kennedy if he gets a little choked up when asked about the rise of the Aggies in his fifth year in College Station.

  • Washington names Jennifer Cohen interim athletic director

    January 19, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The University of Washington has appointed Jennifer Cohen as its interim athletic director.Washington President Ana Mari Cauce announced Cohen's appointment on Tuesday. Cohen will take over for Scott Woodward, who is leaving the school to take the athletic director position at Texas A&M.

  • No. 16 Providence rallies late, downs No. 18 Butler 71-68

    January 19, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ben Bentil scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and 16th-ranked Providence rallied late to outlast No. 18 Butler 71-68 on Tuesday night.Rodney Bullock added 16 points for the Friars (16-3, 4-2 Big East), who improved to 3-1 this season against ranked opponents. It was Providence's second victory over Butler this season.

  • Banned Missouri booster says he meant no harm

    January 19, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) A Georgia businessman who gave internships to several Missouri men's basketball players and ran afoul of NCAA rules says he ''had good intentions and no ill intent.''Christopher Mark Tuley admitted that he's the employer accused of providing benefits that are not permitted to three players and one recruit in 2013 and 2014, the Columbia Daily Tribune (bit.ly/20cvalQ) reports. The benefits included compensation for work not done through a summer intern program, along with housing, 0 cash, local transportation, iPads, meals and use of a local gym, according to a 19-month review that Missouri conducted collaboratively with the NCAA. Information the school released last week about the review doesn't name the employer.

  • Cal senior Tyrone Wallace out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    January 19, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California senior point guard and leading scorer Tyrone Wallace will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.Cal made the announcement Tuesday, a big blow for coach Cuonzo Martin's team that had high hopes of challenging for the Pac-12 title this season. Wallace returned for his senior season in Berkeley rather than entering the NBA draft. He is averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while starting the first 18 games for the Golden Bears.

  • Michael Jordan's nephew transfers to UNC Greensboro

    January 19, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan's nephew has transferred to North Carolina-Greensboro to play basketball.UNC Greensboro coach Wes Miller on Tuesday announced the addition of Justin Jordan, saying he has enrolled at the school. He must sit out two semesters due to NCAA transfer rules and may begin playing after the Fall 2016 semester.

  • Desperate times for No. 20 Duke after 3 straight losses

    January 19, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference's ''Sportsmanship Week'' didn't get off to the best start with questions about a lack of postgame handshakes by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, which may have crystallized the Blue Devils' mounting frustrations.

  • Georgia looking for turnaround following ugly loss to Aggies

    January 19, 2016

    Georgia is looking for a quick recovery after its first Top 25 test produced the Bulldogs' worst loss under seventh-year coach Mark Fox.The Bulldogs need a turnaround, starting with Wednesday night's game at Missouri, if they are to show they can still be a contender for a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Lack of height has Tennessee relying on small-ball lineup

    January 19, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will be looking up at most of its opponents the rest of the season, no matter where the Volunteers are in the Southeastern Conference standings.It has nothing to do with their record. It has more to do with their size, or lack thereof.

  • College hoops season filled with surprises so far

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The college basketball season is revving up with some great games and individual performances as it winds toward March Madness.As is usually the case, the season so far has been filled with some big surprises, including a Final Four coach retiring midseason, a merry bench mob and loads of upsets.

  • New Mexico State, Wichita State to play makeup game Feb. 15

    January 18, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State and New Mexico State will play Feb. 15 in the makeup of a game between NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago that had to be postponed by weather.The Shockers and Aggies were scheduled to play Dec. 28 in Wichita, but a snowstorm prevented New Mexico State's flight from taking off. The Aggies were unable to book replacement flights.

  • Oregon St suspends Reid at least 4 games for tripping ref

    January 18, 2016

    Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid was suspended at least four games by the school on Monday, a day after sticking out his leg and tripping a referee late in a loss to Utah.Reid made eye contact with official Tommy Nunez before tripping him. The senior apologized when Oregon Stated announced the suspension, which was affirmed by the Pac-12 Conference.

  • Oregon St suspends Reid minimum 4 games for tripping ref

    January 18, 2016

    Oregon State has suspended Jarmal Reid at least four games for tripping a referee during Sunday night's loss at Utah.Coach Wayne Tinkle announced the suspension on Monday. Reid also issued a statement apologizing for his actions.Tinkle said Reid's conduct over the next two weeks will determine if additional discipline will be taken.

  • Florida takes pressure off Finney-Smith to be more vocal

    January 18, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dorian Finney-Smith tried to be Florida's vocal leader.A fifth-year senior, a returning starter and a guy with Final Four experience, it made perfect sense for new coach Mike White to ask Finney-Smith to do a little more in his last year.

  • Oklahoma back on top of AP poll for 1st time in 26 years

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the final two weeks of the 1989-90 season. The Sooners took the top spot in style, getting all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for 12 polls last season.

  • Oklahoma back on top of AP poll for first time in 26 years

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the final two weeks of the 1989-90 season. The Sooners took the top spot in style, getting all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for 12 polls last season.

  • Oklahoma a unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25 hoops poll

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma didn't just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1.Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma's first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90. Kentucky was a unanimous No. 1 for 12 weeks last season.

  • Utah rallies for win after Oregon State player trips referee

    January 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jarmal Reid's split-second decision to trip a referee sent Oregon State to a loss - and might have cost The Beavers' forward a whole lot more.Reid sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling to the court and was ejected with 2:56 remaining, starting Utah's rally that led to a 59-53 victory Sunday night.

  • Iona's suspends Washington 2 games for slap

    January 17, 2016

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Junior forward Jordan Washington has been suspended two games by Iona College for his slapping a Monmouth player in the scuffle that broke out after Friday night's game.The 6-foot-8 Washington was clearly seen on tape slapping Monmouth's Chris Brady after the Hawks' 110-102 victory at Iona. Something happened during the handshake line and suddenly there was pushing and shoving between the teams during which Washington reached out and made contact with Brady's face.

  • Penn State defeats Northwestern 71-62

    January 17, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Penn State has struggled making 3-pointers all season.The Nittany Lions turned their long-range shooting woes around Saturday night. And they defeated Northwestern at its own typically strong 3-point shooting game.Brandon Taylor scored 19 points and Donovon Jack had 14 as Penn State beat Northwestern 71-62.

  • Anglin scores 20, Northern Colorado tops Montana State 78-76

    January 16, 2016

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) Dallas Anglin scored 20 points with six assists, and Jeremy Verhagen hit two free throws with 27 seconds left to help Northern Colorado slip past Montana State 78-76 Saturday night.Anthony Johnson scored 16, on 6-of-10 shooting, while Jordan Wilson and Jordan Davis added 10 points apiece for Northern Colorado.

  • Robert Morris rallies to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 64-58

    January 16, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Elijah Minnie scored 17 points, and Conrad Stephens made all six of his shots and had 13 points as Robert Morris beat Fairleigh Dickinson 64-58 Saturday.With the scored tied at 9 with 12:04 before the half, Earl Potts Jr.'s back-to-back jumpers started a 17-4 run to give the Knights a 26-13 lead with 6:13 to play.

  • Robert Morris rallies to beat Farleigh Dickinson 64-58

    January 16, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Elijah Minnie scored 17 points, and Conrad Stephens made all six of his shots and had 13 points as Robert Morris beat Farleigh Dickinson 64-58 Saturday.With the scored tied at 9 with 12:04 before the half, Earl Potts Jr.'s back-to-back jumpers started a 17-4 run to give the Knights a 26-13 lead with 6:13 to play.

  • No. 17 Iowa State beats Kansas State 76-63

    January 16, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Monte Morris scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, Gorges Niang continued his form at Bramlage Coliseum with 15 points, and No. 17 Iowa State kept Kansas State at arm's length in a 76-63 victory Saturday.The win snapped a two-game skid for the Cyclones (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) after close losses to Texas and No. 22 Baylor, and prevented Iowa State's first 1-4 league start since 2010-11.

  • Men's Top 25 Capsules

    January 16, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Wayne Selden Jr. scored 11 points, Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo provided a boost off the bench, and No. 1 Kansas slogged past TCU 70-63 on Saturday.Bragg had 10 points, as did Perry Ellis and Devonte Graham. Diallo had nine points and nine rebounds to help the Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) bounce back from a loss at West Virginia.

  • Florida State's freshmen trying to adjust to ACC play

    January 16, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has stumbled out of the gate in the first two weeks of Atlantic Coast Conference play.The Seminoles went 10-2 in non-conference games, which was their best start since 2010-11. But for the second straight season they have lost three of their first four in the ACC. Things don't get easier as Florida State faces three ranked teams in a seven-day span starting Sunday when it hosts No. 13 Virginia.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with 6 double-figure scorers

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting an uncommonly balanced attack ranking among the nation's best, a big reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • SMU player caught up in sanctions plans to transfer

    January 15, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU junior guard Keith Frazier, the former Dallas high school star whose name was prominent in an NCAA investigation that led to a postseason ban for the undefeated Mustangs, has decided to transfer.Coach Larry Brown said Friday that the 2013 McDonald's All-American ''wanted a fresh start'' after taking time away from the program to consider his future.

  • Oklahoma Christian coach Hays to resign after 33rd season

    January 15, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays will resign at the end of his 33rd season at the school.The 69-year-old Hays is in his 38th season overall as a college head coach. He has compiled a 721-460 record entering Saturday's game at Dallas Baptist (Texas). He spent five seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

  • Former Jacksonville basketball standout Morgan dies at 67

    January 15, 2016

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Jacksonville University basketball standout Rex Morgan, a two-year starter who helped the Dolphins reach the 1970 national championship game, died early Friday. He was 67.Jacksonville announced that Morgan, a Charleston, Illinois, native, had died after university officials were notified by family members. Morgan battled throat cancer for six years after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2010.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with balanced attack

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting a balanced attack, a major reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • Pearl: Auburn guard Shamsid-Deen out for season

    January 15, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is out for the season with a shoulder injury.Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Friday that Shamsid-Deen will undergo surgery on his right shoulder. He's missed the last seven games and also missed the end of last season with injuries that required surgery on both shoulders.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with 6 double-figure s

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting a balanced attack, a major reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • Mississippi State still trying to turn corner under Howland

    January 15, 2016

    The quick fix for Mississippi State's basketball program looked like a simple three-step process.First, hire a coach who has been to three Final Fours. Next, combine him with a McDonald's All-American freshman guard who is considered a can't-miss prospect. And finally, watch the wins pile up.

  • Guard Stefan Moody lighting up SEC scoreboards for Ole Miss

    January 15, 2016

    Mississippi's Andy Kennedy is a basketball coach who has lived most of his life in a football-crazy part of the country.So when the Louisville, Mississippi, native describes how much the Rebels depend on guard Stefan Moody, it's not surprising he'd use a reference from the gridiron.

  • Hamilton brothers making marks on opposite coasts

    January 15, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Isaac and Daniel Hamilton grew up in Los Angeles playing basketball as a contact sport.The pair received plenty of bloody noses and life lessons trying to keep up on the court with a group of much older kids that included brothers Gary, who played at the University Miami and Jordan, who starred at Texas and played in the NBA.

  • No. 15 Texas A&M rolling as last undefeated team in SEC play

    January 15, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 15 Texas A&M at Georgia. The Aggies are the only SEC team unbeaten in conference play after edging Florida on Tuesday and are looking like the best team in the league after impressive nonconference wins over Baylor and Gonzaga. They have a productive one-two punch with Jalen Jones (17.6 points per game) and Danuel House (16.1) and the pair is surrounded by a capable supporting cast. The Aggies face a Georgia team that is coming off an 81-72 victory over Tennessee.

  • NC State-UNC, Syracuse-Duke games headline this week in ACC

    January 15, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: North Carolina State at No. 5 North Carolina. The Tar Heels (15-2, 4-0) haven't lost an ACC game. The Wolfpack (10-7, 0-4) haven't won one yet - but they would love nothing more than to spoil their top rival's best start since 2000-01, when North Carolina opened 11-0 in the league. North Carolina State point guard Anthony ''Cat'' Barber leads the league in scoring (22.5 points per game) but the Wolfpack need much more from their supporting cast if they're to turn things around.

  • Ohio State, Nike agree on 2M sponsorship extension

    January 15, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University has extended its current sponsorship contract with Nike by 15 years in a deal worth 2 million, the school and athletic apparel company announced.The current partnership had been scheduled to end in July 2018, but will now continue until 2033. Most of the updated provisions in the contract won't go into effect until 2018, but the agreement includes .5 million in cash and million in products upfront.

  • Playmaker Jackson adjusts to role as Notre Dame's go-to guy

    January 15, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) The only positive coach Mike Brey remembers about Notre Dame's first trip to play at Duke as an Atlantic Coast Conference member was the emergence of guard Demetrius Jackson as a leader.The Irish, who went on to win the ACC title last year, were overwhelmed by the fans at Cameron Indoor Arena and the Blue Devils, blown out 90-60 in Notre Dame's worst loss since 1999. Duke took control with a 43-7 run in the first half and Notre Dame's two leaders, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton, had no idea what to say.

  • Wiltjer scores 35 but BYU beats No. 25 Gonzaga 69-68

    January 15, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The deep front line that No. 25 Gonzaga was counting on this season was not there on Thursday night, and the Zags suffered a rare home loss, 69-68 to BYU.Center Przemek Karnowski is out for the season with a back injury. Against BYU, forward Domantas Sabonis was in foul trouble the entire game and limited to five points. Forward Kyle Wiltjer tried to carry the team himself, scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Gonzaga (13-4, 5-1 West Coast Conference) saw a seven-game winning streak snapped.

  • Emery 3-pointer lifts BYU over No. 25 Gonzaga 69-68

    January 14, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) BYU was having a poor shooting night, and trailed No. 25 Gonzaga for much of the game.Then the Cougars got hot late, and freshman guard Nick Emery hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left that provided the winning points in a 69-68 victory Thursday night.

  • Mt. St. Mary's uses big 1st half to beat Robert Morris 76-52

    January 14, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) BK Ashe had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Mount St. Mary's dominated the first half on Thursday night and cruised to a 76-52 win over Robert Morris.The Mountaineers (7-11, 4-1 Northeast Conference) scored 23 straight to lead 30-7 on Chris Wray's 3-point play and went on to a 43-13 lead at the break.

  • Iowa State in Big 12 trouble after 1-3 start in league play

    January 14, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) No. 17 Iowa State is on the verge of falling out of the Big 12 Conference race before it even really begins.Iowa State's surprising 1-3 start in league play has put it in a precarious spot heading into Saturday's road game at Kansas State (11-5, 1-3 Big 12).

  • Valentine, Hield headline top games in college hoops so far

    January 14, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michigan State's Denzel Valentine started the first week of the season with a triple-double in a marquee matchup, while North Carolina's Brice Johnson and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield had their own huge performances once conference play began.

  • No. 19 South Carolina goes cold in 73-50 loss to Alabama

    January 14, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) South Carolina lost its shooting touch and its first game.Now, the 19th-ranked Gamecocks finally get to find out how they respond to defeat after losing 73-50 Wednesday night to Alabama with an utterly uncharacteristic performance. Only the bid for perfection is over for South Carolina (15-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).

  • Freshman Lyle's triple-double leads Ohio State past Rutgers

    January 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) JaQuan Lyle did his part in the first half to keep Ohio State in the game against Rutgers on Wednesday night with a double-double, even though the Buckeyes trailed by two.His teammates finally got untracked in the second half, turning that two-point deficit into a 94-68 rout.

  • Rule change to help underclassmen get NBA evaluations

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) College basketball underclassmen could work out with one NBA team per year and still return to college without jeopardizing their eligibility under new rules approved Wednesday at the NCAA annual convention.Players will be allowed to enter the draft multiple times and participate in the combine and one NBA team tryout per year. They also will be allowed up to 10 days to withdraw from the draft after the combine.

  • It's early but Washington the only undefeated team in Pac-12

    January 13, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Lorenzo Romar is the last person who's going to get overly excited about Washington sitting on top of the Pac-12 Conference standings after two weeks of league play.Pleased? Absolutely. But forget about Romar declaring his team of young pups ready to be the elite of the Pac-12 this early.

  • No. 13 Virginia struggling to live up to defensive roots

    January 13, 2016

    Virginia coach Tony Bennett responded defiantly before the complete question was even asked about his team's defensive philosophy.No, he said, No. 13 Virginia has not changed its identity from a defense-minded team to one focuses more on offense. The coach also said if the Cavaliers want to reach their potential, they need to start playing better defense.

  • Missouri admits NCAA hoops violations, vacates '13-14 season

    January 14, 2016

    The University of Missouri admitted NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011 and banned itself Wednesday from the postseason this year and vacated all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions, which includes the SEC tournament.

  • Missouri admits NCAA violations, vacates 2013-14 season

    January 13, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Admitting it found NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011, Missouri on Wednesday banned itself from the postseason this year and said it is vacating all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions.

  • Texas says no evidence of academic misconduct

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) An investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in the University of Texas men's basketball program found no violations, though a broader probe of support services questioned whether the school focuses too much on boosting team grade-point averages than an athlete's overall education, the school announced Wednesday.

  • Football's over. It's time for hoops

    January 13, 2016

    It's basketball's turn to be the focal point of college athletics.No more fields of 100 yards. It's now courts of 94 feet.The only thing basketball and football have in common is a 3-point field goal.The 2015-16 season has been underway for two months and if you've been paying attention elsewhere, here's a quick look at what you missed and what you can expect for the next two months as we head to Houston for the Final Four.

  • Nebraska downs Minnesota 84-59 for second-straight win

    January 13, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska started Big Ten conference play with three-straight losses, but the Cornhuskers have found a way to win, taking their last two games by more than 20 points after Tuesday night's 84-59 victory over Minnesota.That was the first time since January of 1981 that Nebraska had won consecutive conference games by more than 20 points. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 90-56 Saturday.

  • LeVert sitting out again for Michigan against Maryland

    January 12, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Caris LeVert is sitting out again against No. 3 Maryland with a lower left leg injury.LeVert, Michigan's top scorer, did not suit up and missed his third straight game Tuesday night. The 6-foot-7 senior is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range.

  • Longhorns: Swingman Jordan Barnett asks to transfer

    January 12, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Team officials say swingman Jordan Barnett, one of the Texas Longhorns' top 2014 recruits, has asked to transfer and leave the Longhorns.A terse statement Tuesday night from the Longhorns says the sophomore guard and small forward from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis has told the coaching staff of his intention to transfer.

  • Michigan State's Wollenman aiming to attend medical school

    January 12, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Colby Wollenman left his tiny, no-stop light town in Wyoming to enroll at Michigan State in 2011, fully expecting to go from being a three-sport prep star to a pre-med student on academic scholarships.He started playing pick-up basketball at intramural buildings that fall and after flashing some athletic ability, one of his friends suggested he try out to play for the Spartans.

  • NCAA allows Syracuse to count 3 scholarships toward penalty

    January 12, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The NCAA Committee on Infractions has approved Syracuse University's request to begin serving its men's basketball scholarship penalty this season, the university said in a release Tuesday.The NCAA originally sanctioned Syracuse last March with the loss of three scholarships a year for a four-year period. That penalty was part of the punishment for violations within the men's basketball program. The university appealed and the governing body reduced the penalty to eight over four years.

  • Syracuse in uncharted territory under Boeheim: 0-4 in ACC

    January 12, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) After Syracuse had dropped its fourth straight game to open Atlantic Coast Conference play, coach Jim Boeheim shrugged off his team's spot in the conference cellar.''It's not something new for me,'' Boeheim said after Saturday night's 84-73 loss to North Carolina, ranked No. 5 this week. ''There's 14 games left to go. We started 0-4 one year and we won 10 games in the league.''

  • Former Butler star Andrew Smith dies after battling cancer

    January 12, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Smith's basketball skills made him a fan favorite at Butler.Teammates, coaches, family and friends always knew there was a lot more to Smith than that.On Tuesday, the former Bulldogs star, who played in two national championship games, died at the age of 25 after a two-year battle with cancer. Athletic director Barry Collier spoke with Smith's family before issuing a joint statement with university President James Danko.

  • No. 10 SMU seeks 'crazy special' year without NCAA return

    January 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU is halfway to potential perfection in Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's fourth season and in the top 10 for the first time in 30 years.Yet, the No. 10 Mustangs know there will be no return to the NCAA Tournament, even if they keep it up and do something ''crazy special'' like win all their games.

  • Gonzaga basketball team to star in HBO reality series

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Gonzaga's men's basketball team is getting its own five-episode reality series.''Gonzaga: The March to Madness'' debuts Feb. 16 on HBO, with the finale set to air on March 15, the first day of the NCAA Tournament.The show follows the team starting with the current season in November, includes their West Coast Conference games and gives behind-the-scenes access to the team from Spokane, Washington.

  • North Dakota State guard leaves team in dispute over role

    January 12, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State junior guard Carlin Dupree has left the basketball team.Coach David Richman says Dupree was unhappy with his role. Richman says he supports Dupree, but not Dupree's decision.Dupree had played in all 17 games for the Bison this season and started 14 of them. The Milwaukee native was averaging seven points, three rebounds and two assists per game.

  • UNLV gets back to business with interim coach

    January 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV interim coach Todd Simon wanted to make sure the Runnin' Rebels got right back to work.''It's hard to get back to normalcy as soon as you can,'' said Simon, less than 24 hours after taking over for Dave Rice. ''The best thing we can do is really focus on the next thing. I think with this generation of kid that's what you do, you focus on the immediate thing.''

  • Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown back for No. 10 SMU

    January 11, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was back on the court Monday, directing No. 10 SMU's practice a day after missing the second half of a game for the undefeated Mustangs.Brown wasn't feeling well all day Sunday. He coached the first half of an 88-73 victory over UCF, but didn't return after that because he felt dizzy.

  • Broken finger likely to sideline VCU's Burgess 'a few weeks'

    January 11, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU starting guard Jordan Burgess will likely miss ''a few weeks'' after breaking a finger on his non-shooting hand.Rams coach Will Wade says he's not certain how much time the do-everything Burgess will miss, but added, ''I don't anticipate anything where he'll be back quickly.''

  • Florida, White focus on energy, effort amid scoring woes

    January 11, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida hasn't changed a whole lot under new coach Mike White.Much like the last few years under former coach Billy Donovan, the Gators are offensively challenged - statistically, they are one of worst offensive squads in the country.

  • Georgia Tech finally shows it can win a close ACC game

    January 11, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech's first win over a top-five team in six years could be evidence that this season's team can win close games.First, coach Brian Gregory wants to see how his Yellow Jackets follow up Saturday's upset of then-No. 4 Virginia.The Yellow Jackets (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Notre Dame on Wednesday.

  • Utah coach says 'toxic' atmosphere halted BYU series

    January 11, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak believes his conduct during last month's heated game against BYU contributed to the decision to cancel the series next season. It's just the second time that's happened since 1909 - the other was due to World War II.

  • No. 3 Maryland flourishes with deep roster, unselfish play

    January 11, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Off to the best start in school history, No. 3 Maryland no longer must answer questions about sharing the basketball, creating chemistry and achieving balance on the offensive end of the court.Coming into the season, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon's biggest task appeared to be maintaining harmony on a team filled with stars. Sophomore guard Melo Trimble was expected to be the go-to guy in crunch time, but it was unclear how returnee Jake Layman and newcomers Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr. fit in.

  • Calipari: 'I plan on being at Kentucky for a long time'

    January 11, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says he's not talking with ''ANYBODY'' about an NBA coaching job and plans on being with the Wildcats for a long time.The Brooklyn Nets, whom Calipari coached to a 72-112 mark from 1996-99 while in New Jersey, fired Lionel Hollins on Sunday. Last summer, Calipari shot down reports about the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching vacancy that was filled by Alvin Gentry.

  • AP men's poll: SMU back in top 10 for 1st time in 30 years

    January 11, 2016

    SMU, along with South Carolina the only unbeaten teams in Division I, cracked the top 10 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, the Mustangs first time there since 1985.In a season where they played without coach Larry Brown for nine games because of NCAA violations, and face not playing in the NCAA Tournament for those same reasons, the Mustangs are off to a 15-0 start.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma stay 1-2 in men's AP Top 25 poll

    January 11, 2016

    Kansas and Oklahoma, who played one of the season's best games last week, remain 1-2 in the men's Top 25 basketball poll by The Associated Press.The Jayhawks (14-1) beat the Sooners 109-106 in triple overtime. They received all but two first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. It is the second week at No. 1 for Kansas.

  • Rice resigns as UNLV's coach in middle of fifth season

    January 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dave Rice knew there was pressure heading into this season. A third straight year of not making the NCAA Tournament would not go over well at UNLV, particularly with all the talent he had accumulated.As the Runnin' Rebels' struggles reached a low point this weekend, the pressure became too much.

  • Larry Brown not on No. 15 SMU bench after halftime

    January 10, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was absent from the bench during the second half of No. 15 SMU's game Sunday.School officials said the 75-year-old Brown wasn't feeling well and dealing with some symptoms of vertigo. Brown has had similar issues in the past.

  • Freshman Trier to miss up to 6 weeks for No. 7 Arizona

    January 10, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) No. 7 Arizona will be without Allonzo Trier up to six weeks after the star freshman broke his right hand against Southern California.Trier was injured in Arizona's 103-101 double-overtime loss to the Trojans Saturday night. The school sent a release Sunday saying he will be out 4 to 6 weeks, but did not elaborate when he was injured.

  • Syracuse's Jim Boeheim returns to the bench after suspension

    January 9, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Even with coach Jim Boeheim back on the Syracuse bench after serving a nine-game suspension, the Orange failed again in the closing minutes and lost for the fourth straight time.Isaiah Hicks scored 21 points and No. 6 North Carolina spoiled the Hall of Fame coach's first game back, pulling away in the closing minutes in an 84-73 victory Saturday night.

  • Washington edges Washington State 99-95 in OT

    January 9, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) The youthful Washington Huskies continue to prove they are wise beyond their years.The Huskies, who start four true freshmen with senior guard Andrew Andrews, remain alone in first place in the Pac-12 Conference after knocking off Washington State 99-95 in overtime Saturday afternoon.

  • St. Francis (BKN) holds off Robert Morris 56-49

    January 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Antonio Jenifer had a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points, and Tyreek Jewell and Yunus Hopkinson each scored 10 as St. Francis-Brooklyn beat Robert Morris 56-49 on Saturday.St. Francis (6-11, 2-2 Northeast) dominated the glass with a 51-27 advantage. Jenifer entered the game averaging just 4.3 rebounds per contest. The Terriers, however, shot just 15 for 50 from the floor.

  • Arkansas' Bell flourishing in expanded role for Razorbacks

    January 9, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Anthlon Bell never had a problem attempting 3-pointers during his first three seasons at Arkansas.It was getting them to go in on a game-to-game basis that occasionally frustrated the Razorbacks' guard, his coaches and fans.Bolstered this season by the confidence derived from a newfound leading role, Bell has found the consistency Arkansas (7-7, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has long sought from the 6-foot-3 senior.

  • St. John's center Sima out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's freshman center Yankuba Sima has a fractured bone in his left hand and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.The school said Friday that the 6-foot-11 native of Spain was examined by a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He injured his non-shooting hand in the first half Wednesday night against No. 10 Xavier and did not play in the second half of the 83-65 loss, the sixth straight for the Red Storm (7-9, 0-3 Big East).

  • Former NBA player John Johnson dies at 68

    January 8, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) John Johnson, a two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, has died. He was 68.Johnson's godson, John Herndon, said Friday that Johnson died Thursday at his San Jose home. The cause of death wasn't known.

  • After road upset, young Marquette looks to improve at home

    January 8, 2016

    Coach Steve Wojciechowski dabbled with a trendy dance move to celebrate in the locker room after a big Marquette victory.He's holding off from taking a stab at another ''dab'' until the Golden Eagles can accumulate a few more victories.Marquette can start building off its 65-64 upset win over No. 8 Providence this week when St. John's visits the Bradley Center on Saturday.

  • Syracuse's Jim Boeheim returns after 9-game suspension

    January 8, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) That empty seat on the Syracuse bench, the one on the team bus, and the one on the airplane rides to road games over the past month won't be empty anymore - coach Jim Boeheim returns to the sidelines on Saturday night after serving a nine-game suspension.

  • Washington's Scott Woodward named AD at Texas A&M

    January 8, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Scott Woodward has been named Texas A&M's new athletic director after serving in that same position at Washington since 2008.Texas A&M President Michael Young announced the hiring Friday, three days after Eric Hyman announced he was stepping down from the position.

  • Spartans step up while Valentine recovers from knee surgery

    January 8, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine dribbled from the right wing and dunked with ease. Then from the left wing, Michigan State's star effortlessly made a spin move and finished near the rim for a layup.However, it was just warmups.''Yeah, it felt good, but I knew I wasn't playing,'' he said.

  • Tennessee's Punter emerges as 1 of nation's prolific scorers

    January 8, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. initially resisted the adjustment that has helped make him one of the nation's most prolific scorers.When Rick Barnes took over as Tennessee's coach in the offseason, he suggested that Punter alter the mechanics of his shot. Punter said that marked the first time someone had mentioned changing his unorthodox delivery.

  • No. 6 UNC expects to have Meeks back for Syracuse trip

    January 8, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he expects injured big man Kennedy Meeks to play for the first time in four weeks.Williams said Friday that Meeks went through portions of practice the previous two days. The coach says, ''I fully expect that he'll play, but I don't know how much or how effective'' he will be against Syracuse on Saturday night.

  • Boeheim's return, No. 4 Virginia-No. 12 Miami top ACC play

    January 8, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 6 North Carolina at Syracuse. The preseason favorite Tar Heels (14-2) are 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since their Final Four season of 2007-08, and they're chasing their first 4-0 start since starting 11-0 in 2000-01. They're headed to Syracuse (10-6, 0-3) in time for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim's return from a nine-game NCAA suspension, which should add some juice to Saturday night's matchup in the Carrier Dome. ''I'm sure he'll have a chip on his shoulder that will reflect on us as well,'' leading scorer Michael Gbinije said after Tuesday's loss to Clemson. ''If he was to pick a game to come back, he picked the right one.''

  • No. 22 South Carolina's balanced attack has Gamecocks 14-0

    January 8, 2016

    A few things to watch as the Southeastern Conference enters its second week of league play:GAME OF THE WEEK: Vanderbilt at No. 22 South Carolina The Gamecocks (14-0, 1-0 SEC) put their perfect record on the line Saturday when they host a Vanderbilt team that certainly could use a victory. Vanderbilt (8-6, 0-2) began the season ranked 18th but hasn't lived up to expectations and opened its conference schedule with losses to LSU and Arkansas. South Carolina has benefited from a balanced attack, as it has five different players averaging between 10.9 and 12.4 points per game.

  • Robert Morris upends LIU Brooklyn 70-60 with late surge

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 21 points and corralled 11 rebounds as Robert Morris upended LIU Brooklyn 70-60 in a Northeast Conference clash on Thursday night.Elijah Minnie and Isaiah Still scored 13 each in a game with five ties and four lead changes. Minnie sparked a breakaway 8-1 spurt sinking one of his three 3-pointers with 3:30 left in the game. He capped it with a soaring, one-handed dunk, pushing a 58-57 lead to 66-58 when LIU called time with 1:15 to go. The Colonials (3-13, 1-2) scored just enough at the foul line to maintain the edge.

  • Can Hurricanes sweep ACC? First they must beat Florida State

    January 7, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The Miami Hurricanes head into Saturday's game against Florida State with a 1-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and guard Ja'Quan Newton is confident there are many more wins to come.''I see our potential as being going to the Final Four and going undefeated in the league,'' Newton said Thursday.

  • Boeheim suspension wasn't easy at home, wife says

    January 7, 2016

    Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension is officially over, but the consequences linger for the longtime Syracuse coach and his family.Like clockwork, the 71-year-old Boeheim met with his team at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center just after the stroke of midnight Tuesday, a couple hours after Clemson had beaten his Orange by 1 point in overtime, about a minute after his monthlong hiatus from the team officially ended.

  • Clemson picks up Texas A&M transfer in Elijah Thomas

    January 7, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has added another transfer to its basketball roster in former Texas A&M forward Elijah Thomas.Tigers coach Brad Brownell said Thomas has enrolled for the spring semester and will be eligible to play in December.Thomas is a 6-foot-9 forward who played in eight games for Texas A&M this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

  • Utah cancels basketball game against BYU next season

    January 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah has canceled its contracted basketball game next season against rival BYU because of events that occurred in recent games, Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a statement Wednesday.Krystkowiak approached athletic director Chris Hill last month about canceling the game scheduled for Provo, and Hill agreed.

  • NC State seeking help for Barber against No. 16 Louisville

    January 6, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Anthony ''Cat'' Barber insists he's fresh and can handle the huge load he's carrying for North Carolina State.Maybe he's right. But the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer could use some help with scoring and ball-handling duties if North Carolina State wants to beat No. 16 Louisville on Thursday night, not to mention get back to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in as many seasons under Mark Gottfried.

  • Keith Frazier still away from No. 15 SMU for personal issues

    January 6, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU junior guard Keith Frazier is still away from the undefeated No. 15 Mustangs working through personal issues, with the support of coach Larry Brown and the program.Frazier is still on the roster, but will miss his second game Thursday when the Mustangs host Cincinnati.

  • BYU says Utah has canceled rivals' game next season

    January 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) BYU says Utah has canceled the rivals' contracted basketball game scheduled for Provo next season.BYU coach Dave Rose said Wednesday that he's disappointed in the decision and believes the rivalry should continue.There was controversy at the end of this season's game when BYU guard Nick Emery was kicked out for throwing a punch and was suspended for a game by the West Coast Conference. Utah won the game 83-75 in Salt Lake.

  • U of Hawaii appeals NCAA men's basketball postseason ban

    January 6, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii is appealing the NCAA's decision to ban the men's basketball program from postseason games.Athletic Director David Matlin said Wednesday the university readily accepted most of the penalties handed down by the NCAA. But he says the postseason ban during the 2016-2017 academic year unfairly penalizes student-athletes for the mistakes of others.

  • Illinois guard Lewis back for Michigan State game

    January 6, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) An Illinois team hit hard by injuries and illness will get guard Khalid Lewis back in time for Thursday's game at No. 5 Michigan State.Illini coach John Groce said Wednesday that Lewis will return to the lineup against the Spartans (14-1, 1-1 Big Ten). Lewis missed games against Michigan and Ohio State while recovering from the mumps.

  • LeVert's status still uncertain for Michigan against Purdue

    January 6, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein says guard Caris LeVert's status is still uncertain heading into Thursday night's game at No. 20 Purdue.LeVert sat out Saturday's win over Penn State with a lower left leg injury. He is Michigan's leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points per game.

  • Ole Miss opens .5 million new arena vs Alabama

    January 6, 2016

    After years of playing in one of the Southeastern Conference's most outdated facilities, Mississippi hosts the first game in its .5 million new basketball arena on Thursday night.Now coach Andy Kennedy hopes he has a team that's worthy of the new home.

  • No. 23 UConn falls to Temple 55-53 on Brown's jumper

    January 5, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn's recipe for winning normally involves a lot of transition basketball and a healthy dose of Daniel Hamilton.Temple held UConn's sophomore star to just seven points and two field goals on Tuesday night, and kept the 23rd-ranked Huskies without a fast-break basket in a 55-53 victory.

  • American Athletic Conference suspends Memphis' Shaq Goodwin

    January 5, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The American Athletic Conference has suspended Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin one game for violating the league's sportsmanship code for apparently tripping an opponent while sitting on the bench during a loss to South Carolina.

  • Indiana expects Blackmon to miss season with injured knee

    January 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.The sophomore was scheduled for surgery Tuesday afternoon, before the team played Wisconsin. He was hurt in practice last week. The team has not provided details about the injury.

  • San Diego State says basketball program cleared by NCAA

    January 5, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State athletic officials say they've been notified by the NCAA that allegations made against the men's basketball program were not substantiated.In September, CBS Sports, citing unidentified sources, reported that SDSU's program was under investigation by the NCAA for potential rules violations that included possible improper benefits to recruits.

  • Indiana's No. 2 scorer out indefinitely with knee surgery

    January 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.The sophomore was scheduled for surgery Tuesday afternoon, before the team played Wisconsin. He was hurt in practice last week. The team has not provided details about the injury.

  • Texas A&M athletic director Hyman steps down after 4 years

    January 5, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman is stepping down after four years on the job.University President Michael Young announced the move Tuesday.Hyman was hired as athletic director in 2012 and helped the Aggies' transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. He was also AD at VMI, Miami (Ohio), TCU and South Carolina.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma looking ahead to rematch after 3OT thriller

    January 5, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was still wringing wet after a three-overtime thriller against Kansas, the longest game ever played in the long, storied history of Allen Fieldhouse, when he flashed a brilliant smile and said, ''I can't wait for the rematch.''

  • Iowa surges into Top 25 with strong Big Ten start

    January 5, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) In non-conference play, Iowa looked like a talented team still searching for a breakout performance.The Hawkeyes appear to have figured things out.Iowa (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) is rolling after one of its best weeks in years. The Hawkeyes rolled past then-No. 1 Michigan State 83-70 to open league play at home and beat then-No. 14 Purdue 70-63 on the road Saturday.

  • Delaware State beats D-III Summit U 93-44 for 1st win

    January 4, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) DeAndre Haywood scored 18 points and Aric Dickerson finished with 17 points as Delaware State pounded Division III-member Summit University 93-44 for its first win of the season Monday night.Dana Raysor added 15 points for Delaware State (1-13), which was playing at home for the first time since Nov. 21.

  • Wagner edges Robert Morris 72-69

    January 4, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Romone Saunders scores 17 points with eight rebounds and Wagner edged Robert Morris 72-69 on Monday.Matty McConnell's 3-pointer with 1:16 to go pulled Robert Morris to within one, at 70-69. But the Colonials missed their last three shots and two free throws, while Michael Carey made a pair from the line for Wagner. The Seahawks made their last 11 free throws of the game and finished 19 of 24.

  • New No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma meet right away

    January 4, 2016

    Kansas is the fourth team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season joining North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State.This is the 58th week at No. 1 all-time for the Jayhawks and their first trip to the top since February 2011.Kansas is fifth on the all-time list following UCLA (134), Duke (127), Kentucky (115) and North Carolina (113).

  • Kansas moves to No. 1, will face No. 2 Oklahoma Monday night

    January 4, 2016

    Kansas and Oklahoma moved to the top two spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll and the Big 12 schools will meet Monday night.Kansas (12-1) received 44 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday while Oklahoma (12-0) got the other 21.

  • POLL ALERT: Kansas and Oklahoma move to 1-2 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll, meet Monday night

    January 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Kansas and Oklahoma move to 1-2 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll, meet Monday night.

  • Loving leads Ohio State to 75-73 win over Illinois

    January 3, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State is heavy on freshmen and sophomores but needed it most experienced player to hold off Illinois 75-73 for its sixth straight win on Sunday.Marc Loving, who had a career-high 27 points, had six straight points to carry Ohio State from a 61-59 deficit to a 65-61 lead with 2:21 to play thanks to a dunk, a 3-pointer and a foul shot.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma poised for possible 1-2 matchup in Lawrence

    January 3, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There is a nice bit of symmetry to the fact that Kansas and Oklahoma could be meeting Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse as the top two teams in the country.That's because they were also 1-2 the last time their league had such a matchup.

  • Coggins' 19 leads CS Fullerton past CS East Bay, 75-52

    January 3, 2016

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Tre Coggins scored five of his 19 points to help Cal State Fullerton to an 8-0 start and the Titans went wire-to-wire to beat Division II Cal State East Bay 75-52 on Saturday night.Coggins hit a 3-pointer a minute into the game and added a jumper to make it 8-0 before the Pioneers got on the board with an Alex Carmon jumper. Jack Pasquini hit a jumper at the buzzer to pull East Bay within 11, 40-29.

  • IPFW coasts past Purdue North Central 126-95

    January 2, 2016

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Mo Evans pumped in five 3-pointers, dished out 11 assists and finished with a career-high 26 points to lead IPFW to a 126-95 win over the NAIA's Purdue North Central on Saturday night.Joe Reed added 19 points, John Konchar had 17 and Kason Harrell 14 for the Mastodons (12-4), who shot 72 percent from the field (52 of 72) and were 12 of 18 from long range. Also reaching double figures for IPFW was Brent Calhoun, with 12 points, and Michael Calder with 11.

  • Sacred Heart rallies to beat Robert Morris 69-65

    January 2, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Cane Broome scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting to help rally Sacred Heart to a 69-65 win over Robert Morris on Saturday in a Northeast Conference opener.Quincy McKnight scored 12 points, and his layup at 13:44 in the second half gave Sacred Heart a 43-42 lead after the Pioneers trailed 34-29 at halftime.

  • Air Force uses free-throw line to beat San Jose State 64-57

    January 2, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Trevor Lyons scored 22- half coming from the free-throw line- to help Air Force hold off a late San Jan Jose St. rally 64-57 on Saturday.Air Force (10-4, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) led 56-35 with 7:13 to play. Hayden Graham's 3-pointer with 8:32 left marked the Falcons' final field goal.

  • Michigan's LeVert sits out with left leg injury

    January 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Caris LeVert is sitting out Saturday's game against Penn State with a lower left leg injury.The Wolverines announced LeVert's injury shortly before the game tipped off. Coach John Beilein said in a statement he hopes to know more about LeVert's status this week.

  • Pitino: No interview yet with NCAA about escort allegations

    January 1, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A frustrated Rick Pitino said the NCAA has not interviewed him about an escort's book allegations of sex parties at Louisville players' dormitory and doesn't believe the scandal will be resolved until summer.At the end of Friday's news conference previewing Louisville's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Wake Forest, the Cardinals coach answered an initial question about whether he made an obscene gesture to Kentucky fans following last week's loss - he has said he didn't - before going on an unprompted diatribe about the sex scandal surrounding his program.

  • Freshman G Bacon on a roll as Florida State begins ACC play

    January 1, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon is peaking at the right time.With the Seminoles beginning Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday at Clemson, Bacon is the first Florida State freshman to have four straight games scoring 20 points or more.

  • No. 2 Kansas begins pursuit of 12th straight Big 12 title

    January 1, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Rarely can Kansas play the Rodney Dangerfield card.After all, this is the program founded by the game's inventor, and that has Dr. James Naismith's name on its floor. It's the one that counts Phog Allen, Larry Brown and Roy Williams among its former coaches, and has five national title banners in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse.

  • Much uncertainty remains in SEC heading into league play

    January 1, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As the Southeastern Conference heads into league competition, it remains tough to figure which teams stand as defending champion Kentucky's biggest competition.Conference play begins Saturday with five league games, including Mississippi (10-2) taking a seven-game winning streak into Kentucky.

  • Gonzaga's Karnowski has back surgery, our for rest of season

    December 31, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.Bulldogs coach Mark Few said Karnowski had surgery on Thursday.The 7-foot-1 center has been out since Nov. 27 due to a bulging disc and has missed six games. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in five games.

  • Pac-12 deeper, more balanced than previous seasons

    December 31, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona has been the runaway favorite to win the Pac-12 the past two seasons and lived up to those expectations by winning the conference by three games each year.The Wildcats are again the team to beat this season, but the gap has closed.

  • Xavier's Sumner 'walking, talking' after hard fall at game

    December 31, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Xavier freshman guard Edmond Sumner was ''walking and talking'' at a hospital after he was taken off the court on a stretcher following a hard fall in Thursday's game against Villanova.Sumner drove to the basket when he collided in midair with Villanova defender Kris Jenkins and crashed to the court. Jenkins, 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, appeared to land on Sumner's head and plow it into the court.

  • Xavier's Sumner taken off court on stretcher after hard fall

    December 31, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Xavier freshman guard Edmond Sumner was taken off the court on a stretcher after a hard fall in Thursday's game against Villanova.Sumner was driving to the basket when he collided with Villanova defenders and crashed to the court. He was on his back and didn't move for several minutes until he finally raised his knees.

  • Evansville beats Indiana State in MVC opener 70-62

    December 30, 2015

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius scored 22 points each to lead Evansville to a 70-62 victory over Indiana State in a Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night.Balentine scored 17 points in the second half to rally the Purple Aces (12-2) from an eight-point halftime deficit.

  • Rider holds off Hartford in 82-80 2OT victory

    December 30, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) Teddy Okereafor scored 23 points- six in the second overtime-and helped Rider fend off Hartford 82-80 Wednesday night.Okereafor shot 6 for 8 from the free-throw line in the second overtime. He finished 13 for 20 from the line.

  • Former Arkansas basketball player arrested on drug charges

    December 30, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas State Police have arrested former Razorback basketball player Michael Qualls on suspicion of drug possession.A preliminary arrest report says officers stopped Qualls for speeding about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville. Officers smelled marijuana, searched the truck and found a bag containing apparent marijuana residue and a marijuana cigar.

  • No. 5 Cavaliers, No. 7 Tar Heels look like ACC front-runners

    December 30, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina started the year ranked No. 1 and as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, while Virginia enjoyed its own top-10 ranking as the Cavaliers look to claim the league's regular-season crown for the third straight year.

  • Georgetown already has 5 losses entering Big East play

    December 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) After a conscious effort to test a Georgetown roster that relies heavily on freshmen and sophomores, coach John Thompson III takes his team into Big East play with five non-conference losses for just the second time in program history.

  • Air Force downs Western State Colorado 86-66

    December 29, 2015

    COLORDAO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Hayden Graham scored 19 points with a career-high five 3-pointers and Air Force beat Division II Western State Colorado University 86-66 on Tuesday night.Trevor Lyons scored 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Zach Moer added 12 with three blocked shots for the Falcons (9-4), who outshot the Mountaineers 54 percent to 38 percent and made 23 of 28 free throws (82 percent).

  • Georgia defeats Robert Morris 79-67

    December 29, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) The long and short of it was that Georgia's leading scorers, in a 79-67 win over Robert Morris on Tuesday night, could have played so much better.The long, 6-foot-8 center Yante Maten, scored 20 points, and the short, 5-10 guard J.J. Frazier, scored 17, without impressing their coach.

  • Wojciechowski gets 2-year extension at Marquette to 2022

    December 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette has signed coach Steve Wojciechowski to a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the Golden Eagles through the 2021-22 season.Athletic director Bill Scholl announced the extension Tuesday, on the eve of the team's Big East opener against Seton Hall.

  • Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue ready for Big Ten race

    December 29, 2015

    Maryland came into the season the popular choice to win the Big Ten, and the Terrapins have done nothing to shake the favorite's label heading into conference play.Watch out for Michigan State, though.The Spartans went into their league opener at Iowa on Tuesday night with a 13-0 record, their best start ever, and with a four-week hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25. Purdue and Indiana also have what it takes to win the league, and teams like Iowa, Michigan and even Northwestern could be factors.

  • Syracuse readies for tough ACC opener at Pitt

    December 29, 2015

    Six games into his first stint as a head coach, Syracuse's Mike Hopkins remains in disbelief mode.''I'm addicted,'' Hopkins said Tuesday, two-thirds of the way through his tenure as the interim for suspended coach Jim Boeheim. ''It's not the most ideal situation, but it's a great opportunity. It's an honor.''

  • South Dakota takes down Florida Gulf Coast 89-81 in OT

    December 28, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Casey Kasperbauer scored a career-high 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting to lead South Dakota past Florida Gulf Coast 89-81 in overtime Monday night.Tied at 71 at the end of regulation, Eric Robertson started overtime with a 3-point play to give South Dakota (7-6) the lead for good.

  • Green Bay pulls away from Morehead State in 2nd half, 78-72

    December 28, 2015

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) Jamar Hurdle and Carrington Love combined to score 37 points and Green Bay held off a late rally Monday night to earn a 78-72 victory at Morehead State.The teams played to a 36-36 draw through the first 20 minutes. Anthony Brown got to the basket for a layup and Hurdle followed with a 3-point play to spark a 7-0 run that put Green Bay up, 53-49, and the Phoenix played with the lead the rest of the way.

  • Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State's Tom Izzo, dies at 90

    December 28, 2015

    APPLETON, Wis. (AP) Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90.Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Homes of Iron Mountain, Michigan, confirmed Izzo died on Monday, adding that funeral arrangements are pending.Carl Izzo worked at Tony Izzo & Sons, a business that repaired shoes, according to a 2008 story in The Grand Rapid Press. The business also installed carpets and awnings, according to the newspaper. Tony Izzo & Sons employed the future basketball coach from sixth grade through his sophomore year at Northern Michigan University.

  • Simmons confident LSU will raise game vs. tougher schedule

    December 28, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) For all of his gaudy numbers, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons is still trying to figure out the best way to put the Tigers in position to win.And now the schedule gets harder, starting with Tuesday night's tilt against Wake Forest, followed by the opening of Southeastern Conference play against Vanderbilt and No. 10 Kentucky.

  • Texas loses center Cameron Ridley to broken left foot

    December 28, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas has lost starting center Cameron Ridley indefinitely to a broken left foot.''We are really hopeful that he'll be back this year,'' coach Shaka Smart said Monday. ''That's what we are planning on. ''Ridley, a 6-foot-10, 290-pound senior, suffered the injury during practice Sunday. He will have surgery Tuesday and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Winter storm forces New Mexico St-Wichita St postponement

    December 28, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State's game against New Mexico State on Monday night was postponed after winter weather lashing the Midwest forced the cancellation of the Aggies' flight to Kansas.New Mexico State was unable to book a different flight in time for the game, which was scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. CST. The Aggies hope the weather improves enough so that the matchup of NCAA Tournament teams from last season can be played Tuesday night.

  • Michigan State again No. 1, with conference play coming up

    December 28, 2015

    This is the week conference play begins so it's so long to mismatches and guarantee games. Now it's a neighborhood thing, and that means plenty of games that can affect the Top 25.Five games this week pit two ranked teams from the same conference, and No. 6 Xavier and No. 9 Butler get Big East play off to a grueling start.

  • Top 9 teams hold spots in men's AP basketball poll

    December 28, 2015

    Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma are the top three teams for the third straight week in the men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press.The Spartans have been No. 1 in the poll for four weeks. They were again a runaway choice, receiving all but one first-place vote Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

  • Leonard, Spurs beat Nuggets for 26th straight win at home

    December 27, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs showed off their depth - at the Denver Nuggets' expense.Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and San Antonio rebounded from a rare loss to beat Denver 101-86 on Saturday night to remain perfect at home.Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both sat out after playing big minutes in a tough loss Friday night in Houston. Eight players scored at least eight points in the latest blowout victory at home.

  • Throwback look: seniors lead way to nation's top-tier teams

    December 26, 2015

    The old guys are back in charge in college basketball this season.After recent years with the focus locked on one-and-done talent, it's the seniors - guys like No. 1 Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, No. 3 Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and No. 5 Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon - leading some of the nation's best teams.

  • No. 12 Kentucky hosts rival No. 16 Louisville at Rupp Arena

    December 25, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Identity-building seems more important right now for No. 12 Kentucky and 16th-ranked archrival Louisville than claiming Bluegrass bragging rights.The winner of Saturday's annual showdown at Rupp Arena can take a big step in that process, along with giving their fan base something to feel good about entering conference play.

  • Massive changes resulting in old-school college basketball

    December 25, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Shorter shot clocks and fewer timeouts. Less hand-checking and physical play. All designed to speed up the game of college basketball, encourage scoring and make it more aesthetically pleasing.The rule changes implemented earlier this season were the most dramatic to hit the sport since the introduction of the 3-point arc, and they were accompanied by a seismic shift in how the game was to be officiated.

  • Vermont basketball player suspended for reselling textbooks

    December 24, 2015

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A University of Vermont basketball player has been suspended for eight games for reselling textbooks.The university's athletic department said Thursday that junior Dre Wills violated its student athlete code and NCAA rules regarding his athletic scholarship by selling the books. In addition to the suspension, Wills must pay back an unspecified amount of money and perform community service.

  • Price experiencing growing pains in 1st year with Charlotte

    December 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Former NBA guard Mark Price is experiencing some growing pains in his first year as coach of the Charlotte 49ers.Price's 49ers are off a 2-9 start, although the coach is optimistic his team is headed in the right direction.''It's been a big adjustment, I'm not going to lie,'' said Price, who spent the previous two seasons working as an assistant on Steve Clifford's staff with the Charlotte Hornets.

  • Calipari: Fans shouldn't tease rival Louisville over scandal

    December 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes Wildcats fans resist the urge to tease archrival Louisville about its escort scandal and treat the Cardinals respectfully Saturday in the Bluegrass showdown at Rupp Arena.Escort Katina Powell has alleged in a book that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her ,000 to hire dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits from 2010-14, sparking four investigations. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities Powell alleges in the book and hasn't discussed the scandal since October.

  • UCF's Taylor to miss remainder of season with leg injury

    December 23, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF coach Donnie Jones says sophomore guard B.J. Taylor will sit out the rest of the season with a lower leg injury.Taylor has been sidelined since suffering the injury in a preseason practice in October. Jones said Wednesday that after a few months of rehabilitation the injury hasn't healed as quickly as expected. He will be redshirted this season.

  • Michigan State riding high with football-basketball combo

    December 23, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo's basketball team is undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the nation, and right now has to settle for second billing on its own campus.That's how high the bar has been raised at Michigan State.It's the football Spartans who are tantalizingly close to a national championship, capping what has been a spectacular 2015 for the two most popular teams in East Lansing. Back in March, Izzo led Michigan State's basketball team to the Final Four for the seventh time, and now the school has reached the same stage in football after winning the Big Ten title earlier this month.

  • Michigan State's football-basketball combo is tough to top

    December 23, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo's basketball team is undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the nation, and right now has to settle for second billing on its own campus.That's how high the bar has been raised at Michigan State.It's the football Spartans who are tantalizingly close to a national championship, capping what has been a spectacular 2015 for the two most popular teams in East Lansing. Back in March, Izzo led Michigan State's basketball team to the Final Four for the seventh time, and now the school has reached the same stage in football after winning the Big Ten title earlier this month.

  • UNLV hits 18 3-pointers to beat South Dakota 103-68

    December 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jalen Poyser scored 18 points, Ike Nwamu added 16 points, and UNLV made 18 3-pointers in a 103-68 victory over South Dakota Tuesday night.It's the second most single-game makes from 3-point range in Mountain West Conference history - and the most since 2011.

  • Zach Moer, Air Force beat Johnson & Wales 80-56

    December 23, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Zach Moer scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Zach Kocur added 14 points and Air Force beat NAIA-member Johnson & Wales 80-56 on Tuesday night.Frank Toohey added a career-high 10 points for Air Force (8-4), which outrebounded JWU 42-33 and forced 18 turnovers.

  • Memphis runs away from IUPUI 84-48

    December 22, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Avery Woodson scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, K.J. Lawson added 15 points, and Memphis ran away from IUPUI 84-48 on Tuesday night.The Tigers (8-3) never trailed, made 20 of 26 free throws and got 51 points from their bench to the Jaguars' 17.

  • UConn C Amida Brimah out with broken finger

    December 22, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Connecticut junior center Amida Brimah broke the third finger on his right hand during practice on Monday and will have to undergo surgery.The diagnosis and treatment came from an examination on Tuesday morning. The 7-footer from Ghana is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Gard steadies Wisconsin as he readies for coaching debut

    December 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Forgive Greg Gard for the mess in his office.He is in the process of moving down the hall at the Kohl Center, though Gard has more pressing matters on his to-do list.Wisconsin's game Wednesday against Green Bay is Gard's debut as the Badgers' interim coach following the abrupt retirement of longtime boss Bo Ryan.

  • UNM investigating purchasing activity on staffer's card

    December 22, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The director of basketball operations for New Mexico has been put on a leave of absence while school officials audit the activity on his purchasing card.Athletic director Paul Krebs said Tuesday that Cody Hopkins is cooperating with the audit process, which could take several weeks to complete.

  • NCAA puts University of Hawaii men's basketball on probation

    December 22, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii men's basketball team was put on three years of probation Tuesday by the NCAA after an investigation found former coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules and provided false or misleading information.As a result, Hawaii will lose two scholarships during the next two seasons, leaving it with 11, and cannot play in postseason games during the 2016-2017 academic year. The NCAA approved a ,000 fine that the university previously imposed on itself. Hawaii also must pay a penalty equaling 1 percent of the basketball program's budget over the previous three years.

  • Wisconsin brings back Howard Moore as hoops assistant coach

    December 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Howard Moore is returning to Wisconsin as an assistant coach to fill a vacancy on the Badgers' staff left by the abrupt retirement of coach Bo Ryan.Interim coach Greg Gard announced Moore's hiring Tuesday.Moore is a former head coach at Illinois-Chicago who was working with the Big Ten Network as an analyst. Moore was an assistant for Ryan from 2005-10, serving on the same staff with Gard. Moore also played at Wisconsin in the early 1990s.

  • No Bo: Badgers back at practice with Gard now in charge

    December 21, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) There was something odd about Wisconsin's first official practice following a week off for final exams.Bo Ryan was nowhere to be found.''He's been here so long, and just a personality like that, not being there at practice every day, it's obviously pretty weird,'' point guard Bronson Koenig said after practice on Monday evening. ''But that's like, we're just going to have to get used to it.''

  • SMU's Brown set for return after 9-game NCAA suspension

    December 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Upon his return from a nine-game suspension, Larry Brown mostly just wanted his SMU players to know how proud he was of them for going undefeated without him even though they have no chance to play in the postseason because of NCAA penalties.

  • Michigan State's Valentine out 2-3 weeks with injury

    December 21, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 1 Michigan State's top scorer, Denzel Valentine, will be out for two to three weeks with a knee injury.Coach Tom Izzo said Monday that Valentine had a piece of cartilage removed after an injury in practice Sunday. He calls it ''very, very, very minor.''

  • AP Men's Top 25: Movement in top 10 after weekend of upsets

    December 21, 2015

    How good is Duke basketball? It's big news when the Blue Devils drop out of the top 10.Saturday's overtime loss to Utah cost Duke a spot in the top 10 for the first time since February 2014.The streak of consecutive polls continues for the 15th-ranked Blue Devils. They have been in 162 consecutive polls, a streak that began with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Only Kansas, at 130, has a current streak of more than 100 weeks. Arizona is third at 66 consecutive polls.

  • Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma stay 1-2-3 in AP Top 25

    December 21, 2015

    Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma held the top three spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week. There was a shakeup in the rest of the top 10 after a weekend of upsets.The Spartans (12-0) were a near unanimous choice, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas (9-1) got the other No. 1 vote.

  • James Madison beats East Carolina 67-61

    December 20, 2015

    HARRISONBURG, Virginia (AP) Ron Curry scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and the go-ahead basket, and James Madison beat East Carolina 67-61 on Sunday to win its seventh straight.Shakir Brown scored 13 with a career-high four assists, Dimitrije Cabarkapa added 11 points, and the Dukes (9-3) outscored the Pirates 34-14 in the paint in a game that featured 13 lead changes and eight ties.

  • Northwestern's clutch 3-pointers in OT to beat DePaul 78-70

    December 19, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Northwestern, a team of veteran players, put together a comeback that was led by the new guy on Saturday.Freshman Aaron Falzon looked much like a veteran as he hit two 3-pointers in overtime - after going 0-for-6 in regulation - and the Wildcats beat DePaul 78-70.

  • Florida State-FAU game delayed twice by problems with basket

    December 19, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The game between Florida State and Florida Atlantic has been delayed twice because of problems with the basket at one end of the court.The delays occurred during the first game of the one-day Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday.Tipoff was 40 minutes late because the basket was too low and workers had trouble adjusting it. Less than four minutes into the game, an attempted dunk by Florida State's Montay Brandon left the rim too low and at an angle, which caused a 15-minute delay.

  • Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87

    December 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington displayed an offensive balance Saturday that could help the Colonials keep their new status as a ranked team deep into the season.Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points and was among four players in double figures and the No. 21 Colonials finished their home nonconference schedule unbeaten with an 87-74 victory over Saint Peter's.

  • Murray free throws allow Presbyterian to top Piedmont, 69-65

    December 19, 2015

    CLINTON, S.C. (AP) DeSean Murray scored 27 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and preserved Presbyterian's 69-65 win over Division III Piedmont by knocking down four free throws in the final 10 seconds Saturday.Piedmont scored three straight field goals, including a layup by Chris Meeks with :13 left to cut the Presbyterian lead to two, 65-63. Murray drew a foul from Chase England and hit both free throws to make it 67-63 with :10 left. Murray then drew a foul on Meeks and tacked on his final free throws with :03 left.

  • Northwestern rallies past DePaul 78-70 in overtime

    December 19, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Aaron Falzon hit two three pointers in overtime to help Northwestern to a comeback win over DePaul 78-70 on Saturday.Tre Demps had 18 points, after scoring just two in the first half, to lead the Wildcats (10-1).Demps missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game in regulation for Northwestern, which had trailed most of the second half. The Wildcats dominated the overtime period, however, led by Falzon, whose overtime points were his only six of the game.

  • Duquesne overcomes poor shooting to beat Robert Morris 72-65

    December 19, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Derrick Colter made 11 straight free throws and scored 19 points to send Duquesne past crosstown rival Robert Morris 72-65 Saturday.Colter and backcourt-mate Micah Mason combined to shoot just 7-for-32 from the field. Mason finished with 10 points and Eric James came off the bench to score 13 points with eight rebounds.

  • Newton scores 20, No. 15 Miami rolls past Charleston 85-63

    December 19, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Rick Barry's son had a great game. Rick Barry's alma mater was even better.Ja'Quan Newton scored a career-high 20 points off the bench, Sheldon McClellan added 14 and No. 15 Miami showed no signs of rust from its 11-day break for exams in beating College of Charleston 85-63 on Saturday.

  • Mathiang out 6-8 weeks with broken bone in left foot

    December 19, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville center Mangok Mathiang is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot during Saturday's 78-56 win against Western Kentucky.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Mathiang broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and that it would require a screw to be inserted.

  • Utah upsets No. 7 Duke 77-75 in overtime in New York

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah to a 77-75 overtime win over No. 7 Duke in the Ameritas Insurance Classic on Saturday.Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in OT for Utah, which improved to 9-2.

  • Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87-74

    December 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points and No. 21 George Washington finished its home nonconference schedule unbeaten with an 87-74 victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday.Kevin Larsen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials, who are ranked for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season.

  • Highly rated recruiting class could boost Harvard basketball

    December 19, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) No one asks the high school valedictorian why she chose to go to Harvard. Or the concert cellist, or the science wiz.But when suburban Atlanta high school basketball star Chris Lewis picked the Ivy League school over offers from more traditional Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference powers, he felt like he had to justify his decision.

  • Indiana State athletic director resigns after 11-year tenure

    December 19, 2015

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Indiana State University athletic director John Prettyman has resigned after 11 years in that post.Prettyman announced his departure Friday, saying he had stepped down because it was time for him to move on. He said he would announce his future plans Monday.

  • East Tennessee erases deficit to beat Eastern Kentucky 87-81

    December 18, 2015

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Ge'Lawn Guyn scored 27 points and shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range as East Tennessee State rallied from an early deficit and held off Eastern Kentucky 87-81 Friday.T.J. Cromer added 22 points for ETSU (5-5).JaVontae Hawkins buried a 3 with 4:24 left to tie it at 71, but Deuce Bello's dunk 22 seconds later put the Bucs on top. Jarelle Reischel tied it at 79 on a 3 with 1:48 to play before Guyn's 3-pointer gave ETSU the lead for good with 1:28 remaining.

  • Louisiana Tech holds off Southern 83-76

    December 18, 2015

    RUSTON, La. (AP) Erik McCree scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Alex Hamilton added 19 points with seven assists, and Louisiana Tech beat Southern University 83-76 on Friday night.Derric Jean scored a career-high 15 points and Branden Sheppard added 10 for the Bulldogs (9-2), who shot 50 percent in the first half and led 40-29 at halftime behind 12 points from McCree and 11 from Hamilton.

  • No. 4 Kentucky working to get Labissiere out of recent slump

    December 18, 2015

    The early reviews on 6-foot-11 Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere has gone something like this: He doesn't like physical contact. Plays too straight up. Won't play near the basket.Some or all of those observations have been evident at one time or another during a four-game slump in which Labissiere has scored a total of 18 points and pulled down just seven rebounds. One of his more forgettable performances was against Arizona State last week: no points, no rebounds before fouling out in 13 minutes.

  • Injury to teammate thrusts Burton into spotlight for Iowa St

    December 18, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State had hoped to ease Marquette transfer Deonte Burton into its rotation.The loss of Naz Mitrou-Long for the season because of hip injuries did away with that luxury.Burton, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, will be counted on as a key contributor for the fifth-ranked Cyclones (9-0) starting with Saturday's game against Northern Iowa (6-3) in Des Moines.

  • Forward Black now out indefinitely for Illinois

    December 18, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois forward Leron Black is now out indefinitely with a meniscus tear he suffered in early October.Team spokesman Derrick Burson confirmed Black's status Thursday.Black had surgery on his right knee on Oct. 9 and has played limited minutes in just a handful of games since his return. He did not play in Illinois' two most recent games.

  • Coaching change adds new element to Wisconsin recruiting

    December 18, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) One of the lessons that Greg Gard learned from his two decades assisting Bo Ryan might prove especially valuable now that he's Wisconsin's interim head coach.Stay the course and don't panic in times of adversity.''You just try to get better at what we're trying to accomplish instead of trying to do a 180 and have everybody confused,'' Gard said. ''Let's stick true to who we are and what makes us successful and improve upon that.''

  • North Dakota beats NAIA's Valley City State 80-59

    December 17, 2015

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Drick Bernstine scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead North Dakota to an 80-59 victory over NAIA's Valley City State on Thursday night.Bernstine added three assists and four steals. Quinton Hooker had 17 points and Carson Shanks chipped in a season-high 11 for North Dakota (5-5).

  • Robert Morris holds off Lehigh in 69-67 win

    December 17, 2015

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 20 points and Kavon Stewart sank the winning bucket to lift Robert Morris to a 69-67 victory over Lehigh on Thursday night.Leading by six late in the second half, Robert Morris (2-9) had to hold back a Lehigh surge that included three straight baskets to tie the game at 67. Stewart, who finished with 11 points, dropped in the winning layup with 1:08 left and the Colonials got two turnovers down the stretch to seal the win.

  • Beard set to make return to action for Arkansas after arrest

    December 17, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas point guard Anton Beard will make his return to the court on Saturday after missing the season's first nine games following a summer arrest on forgery charges.Beard, named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team last season for the Razorbacks (5-4), was arrested in July after Fayetteville police said he was seen using and exchanging counterfeit and bills.

  • Evans leads Rice to 67-54 win over St. Thomas (Texas)

    December 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Marcus Evans scored a career-high 32 points and Rice defeated St. Thomas (Texas) 67-54 on Thursday.Evans recorded his third straight 20-point game in making of 9 of 15 shots and erasing his previous high of 28 points.Marquez Letcher-Ellis added 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his first double-double.

  • Saint Mary's rolls over Southern Utah 92-36

    December 17, 2015

    MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Dane Pineau scored 20 points and led four players in double digits as Saint Mary's rolled over Southern Utah 92-36 on Wednesday night.Pineau did it with 10-of-12 shooting from the field for the Gaels (8-1). He also had six rebounds and six assists. Emmett Naar added 16 points, five assists and five steals and Calvin Hermanson and Franklin Porter had 15 points apiece.

  • Stetson routs Albany State (Ga) 95-69

    December 16, 2015

    DELAND, Fla. (AP) Divine Myles scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, five teammates scored in double figures, and Stetson routed Division II Albany State (Ga.) 95-69 Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Brian Pegg scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hatters (4-7), who scored 18 points off of 17 Albany turnovers. Derick Newton and Luke Doyle scored 15 apiece, Leo Goodman added 13 and Cameron Harvey 12.

  • Gard could tweak, but no wholesale changes at Wisconsin

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) By retiring at midseason at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan effectively allowed top assistant Greg Gard to have a three-month audition to prove that he could handle the head coaching job on a permanent basis.In his first full day on the job on Wednesday, Gard didn't appear to be feeling any pressure.

  • Midwestern volleyball will be showcased in NCAA semifinals

    December 16, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) It will be a celebration of Midwestern volleyball in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday night at the sold-out CenturyLink Center.For the first time in the national tournament's 35 years, there are no teams from the West Coast or Hawaii in the final four.

  • Ryan retires at midseason, ending successful Wisconsin run

    December 16, 2015

    The methodical brand of basketball that Bo Ryan ran at Wisconsin rarely surprised opponents as it piled up wins and two trips to the Final Four over the last two seasons.Ryan saved the biggest shocker of his career for his final game.The 67-year-old coach abruptly retired on Tuesday night, 12 games into the season after his Badgers beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two weeks before Big Ten play begins.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retires after win

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retired after one last victory with the Badgers on Tuesday night, saying he wanted to step away now to give top assistant Greg Gard the opportunity to prove he is ready to lead the program.Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, said in June this would be his last season, and then left the door open for a return in August. But he said Tuesday night that part of the reason he came back at all was to give Gard time to be with his father, Glen, who was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and passed away this fall.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announces retirement

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retired after one last victory with the Badgers on Tuesday night, ending a successful run at the school and handing the program over to assistant Greg Gard.Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, said in June this would be his last season, and then left the door open for a return at a charity golf event in August. But with the Badgers off to a slow start this year, he said he decided now was the time to step away.

  • Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan retires, effective immediately

    December 15, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan retires, effective immediately.

  • Lipscomb junior guard Williams out for season with torn ACL

    December 15, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Lipscomb junior Josh Williams will miss the rest of the season due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.An MRI exam Tuesday confirmed the injury.Williams was hurt in the first half of last week's 78-64 loss to Princeton. He averaged 12.6 points a game this season. The guard from Jackson, Mississippi, is scheduled for surgery Thursday.

  • No. 5 Iowa State loses Mitrou-Long for season

    December 15, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's national title hopes took a big hit Tuesday as the Cyclones said starting guard Naz Mitrou-Long would miss the rest of his senior season because of his ailing hips.The fifth-ranked Cyclones said Tuesday that Mitrou-Long's surgically repaired hips haven't responded the way he would like. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in April and on his right hip in May after playing through pain in 2014-15.

  • Florida State's Rathan-Mayes developing into complete player

    December 15, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Xavier Rathan-Mayes is developing into a more complete player after the Florida State sophomore showed last season that he could be one of the more effective streak shooters in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Going into Wednesday's game against Mississippi State, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound point guard is averaging an ACC-leading 6.8 assists per game. Florida State has never had a player lead the ACC in assists since beginning play in the league in 1991.

  • ISU's Mitrou-Long to miss the rest of the season

    December 15, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State starting guard Naz Mitrou-Long is out for the rest of the season because of his ailing hips.The fifth-ranked Cyclones say Mitrou-Long will miss the remainder of his senior year because his surgically repaired hips haven't responded the way he would like.

  • West leaves Nevada hoops; ex-star cites personal reasons

    December 15, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) AJ West, who led Nevada in scoring and rebounding a year ago, has left the Wolf Pack for personal reasons.West, a 6-foot-9 senior, was one of only 11 players in the nation to average a double-double last season with 12.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. His 5.9 offensive rebounds per game led the country and were the most in the NCAA in 20 years.

  • Professor finds rare audio of basketball inventor Naismith

    December 15, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A University of Kansas researcher has discovered what is believed to be the only audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith, during which he describes the first game he organized 124 years ago this month as a bit of a disaster.

  • Guard Dearring leaves Wisconsin, plans to transfer

    December 14, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Little-used reserve Riley Dearring has left Wisconsin, and the guard has been granted a release to explore his options for a transfer.Coach Bo Ryan announced Dearring's departure on Monday.The redshirt sophomore played 45 minutes over 18 career games. He was scoreless in three brief appearances this season.

  • UNC: Meeks expected to sit at least 2 weeks with knee injury

    December 14, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says junior forward Kennedy Meeks is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a bone bruise in his left knee.The school announced Meeks' injury in a news release Monday, saying Meeks wouldn't play ''for several weeks'' but that it wasn't clear exactly how long he would be out.

  • Duke forward Jefferson out with right foot injury

    December 14, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says forward Amile Jefferson will be out indefinitely with an unspecified right foot injury.Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the injury Monday in a brief statement issued by the school.Krzyzewski called the injury ''unfortunate, to say the least,'' but praised Jefferson as being ''strong in both person and character.''

  • No. 2 Jayhawks still trying to tread in the deep end

    December 14, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The biggest problem facing Kansas coach Bill Self these days may be precisely the opposite problem faced by every other college basketball coach in the country.He has too much depth.OK, so it's not really a problem. More like a challenge. Self acknowledges he always prefers to have an abundance of talented players at his disposal. It sure beats looking down an empty bench in the late minutes of a crucial game and throwing his hands up in exasperation.

  • Lo's 8 3s lead Columbia to 78-71 win over Robert Morris

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Maodo Lo knocked down a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Columbia to a 78-71 win over Robert Morris on Monday.Lo had six 3s and 17 points in the first half as the Lions (8-5) shot 50 percent and opened a 37-27 lead.

  • Gonzaga among 4 teams to drop from AP Top 25

    December 14, 2015

    Gonzaga is out of The Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll for the first time since February 2014, a run of 24 consecutive polls.The Bulldogs, who lost to UCLA last week to drop to 6-3, were tied for the eighth-longest current streak. Duke has the longest current streak at 161 weeks, starting with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Kansas is the only other school with a streak in triple figures at 129.

  • Michigan State, Kansas stay 1-2 in AP Top 25

    December 14, 2015

    Michigan State and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll.The Spartans (11-0) are a runaway No. 1, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Kansas (8-1) was on top of the other ballot.

  • POLL ALERT: Michigan State, Kansas still top men's college hoops poll; Oklahoma jumps to No. 3

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Michigan State, Kansas still top men's college hoops poll; Oklahoma jumps to No. 3.

  • Wiltjer scores 20, but No. 20 Gonzaga beaten by UCLA 71-66

    December 13, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) After just nine games, No. 20 Gonzaga has already matched its loss total for all of last season. But the Bulldogs were preaching patience after falling to UCLA 71-66 Saturday night.''It's a really long season,'' star forward Kyle Wiltjer said. ''Last year, we did better early on, then we kind of fell off.''

  • Stephen F. Austin rolls over D-II Arkansas Tech 86-48

    December 12, 2015

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) Jared Johnson scored 16 points and Thomas Walkup added 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds as Stephen F. Austin dominated Division II Arkansas Tech 86-48 on Saturday night.Clide Geffrard added 12 points and 14 boards for Stephen F. Austin (6-3) which has won six of its last seven games. The Lumberjacks continue to rule on their home court, enjoying a 34-1 record in two-plus seasons.

  • Blackmon Jr. leads Indiana to 105-60 win over McNeese State

    December 12, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana has been a team this season that has played at a frenetic pace but has paid for it with a high number of miscues. The Hoosiers had been averaging 15.6 turnovers per game through the first 10 games.Saturday night, Indiana was both on the run and in control.

  • Podkowa helps No. 18 DePaul women top No. 15 Texas A&M 80-66

    December 12, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Megan Podkowa had 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Jessica January scored 11 and recorded a career-high 13 assists, and No. 18 DePaul grabbed its most rebounds in a game since 2011 in an 80-66 win over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday.

  • Correction: Court Storming-Safety story

    December 12, 2015

    In a story about a court storming at an Iowa State basketball game, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson broke his fibia. Peterson instead broke his fibula.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Arizona's Trier coming on strong after talk from Miller

    December 12, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Allonzo Trier was tentative at times early in the season, unsure of when to turn it on, when to defer to his talented teammates.It's the same dilemma Arizona's other star freshmen faced under coach Sean Miller.They all figured it out and now, it seems, so has Trier.

  • U of M president releases action plan for closer oversight

    December 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler promised greater oversight of athletics department spending Friday after an internal auditor found frequent policy violations under former athletic director Norwood Teague, and Kaler said his administration will consider discipline for employees who received improper reimbursements for expenses.

  • SC only D-I with perfect men's, women's basketball teams

    December 11, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner had quick answer ready the past few weeks when supporters asked about the school's poor football season.''Hey,'' Tanner told them, ''How about those basketball teams?''The Gamecocks have plenty to shout about in that regard with the men at 8-0 - off to their best start in 12 years - and the women ranked No. 2 nationally, also at 8-0.

  • Shaka Smart off to slow start at Texas

    December 11, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Shaka Smart's first season at Texas has been anything but sharp.Excruciatingly long road trips bounced Texas around half the globe's time zones, from China to the Bahamas and back again before Thanksgiving, producing three losses in the first five games.

  • Michigan's Albrecht says senior season over amid hip issues

    December 11, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Spike Albrecht arrived on the national scene in the biggest game imaginable, scoring 17 points in the first half of the NCAA championship game in a blur of 3-pointers and clever drives to the basket.An anonymous freshman then, he went on to become one of Michigan's undisputed leaders whose senior season has now been cut short by hip issues.

  • Big 12 won't punish Iowa St for students rushing court

    December 11, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Seven months after toughening penalties for schools whose fans rush onto the field of play, the Big 12 Conference said Friday it will not discipline Iowa State after students stormed the court following a basketball game in a scene that left a newspaper columnist with a broken leg.

  • Judge rejects Ohio basketball player's reinstatement bid

    December 11, 2015

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A federal judge on Friday again rejected a star basketball player's bid for reinstatement to the University of Dayton after a suspension linked to a female student's sexual assault accusation.Dyshawn Pierre's one-semester suspension ends soon, but he'd hoped for a ruling to help clear his record and let him rejoin the team immediately.

  • Oklahoma State coach Ford ejected from son's game

    December 11, 2015

    BIXBY, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford apologized Friday one day after he was ejected from his son's basketball game for voicing displeasure with an official.Ford's son, Brooks, plays for Stillwater High. According to the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1HYjPRQ), the official told Ford to leave during the third quarter of Stillwater's loss to Bartlesville in Bixby. Ford was seated with a group of Stillwater supporters a few rows behind the team's bench.

  • Fresh faces get in on Marquette-Wisconsin rivalry

    December 11, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The long rivalry between Marquette and Wisconsin is getting an infusion of new faces this year.Few teams in the country are as young or reliant on freshmen as the Golden Eagles and Badgers. A lot of in-state players will be getting on-the-job training on Saturday in Madison for the 122nd meeting between two schools separated by about 75 miles.

  • Michigan's Albrecht says season is over amid hip issues

    December 11, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Spike Albrecht says his season is over after offseason hip surgery limited his effectiveness.The 5-foot-11 senior, who turned heads three seasons ago when he scored 17 points in the first half of the NCAA title game as a virtual unknown, has averaged only 8.6 minutes a game in 2015-16.

  • Lipscomb beats NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) 83-53

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) J.C. Hampton was 3 of 7 from 3-point range with 15 points to help Lipscomb beat NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) 83-53 on Thursday night.The Bisons (4-8) closed the game on a 31-12 run after Cumberland closed within 52-41 by outscoring Lipscomb 15-7 over a seven-minute stretch in the second.

  • Newspaper columnist injured when Iowa St fans storm court

    December 11, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson suffered what the newspaper said was a broken leg when Iowa State fans stormed the court after a win over Iowa.The fourth-ranked Cyclones rallied from 20 down to beat their in-state rivals 83-82 Thursday night on a winning shot with nine seconds left. Fans rushed the floor at Hilton Coliseum and Peterson was injured while heading to the postgame press conference.

  • Arizona State looking forward to challenge in Lexington

    December 10, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) As Buffalo's coach last season, Bobby Hurley took his team to one of the most difficult environments in college basketball, hoping it would build toughness and character.The Bulls lost by 19 to Kentucky, but being able to play against a team that long and talented helped lay the foundation for the best season in school history.

  • Tennessee won't have Hubbs for game with No. 18 Butler

    December 10, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won't play Saturday at No. 18 Butler as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to his right knee.School officials had indicated Hubbs was doubtful for the Butler game after he underwent the procedure on Dec. 1. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes updated Hubbs' situation Thursday by saying the 6-foot-4 junior ''is making good progress, but he's not going to be ready for this one