As its coach calmly watches, Florida State upsets Gonzaga to continue tourney run

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LOS ANGELES--The dunk sent Staples Center into a frenzy.

After Florida State's Phil Cofer left the basket shaking after a two-handed putback of a missed shot late in the second half Thursday, his teammates jumped up and down. The Seminoles rooting section broke into the tomahawk chop. Music boomed. Cheerleaders pumped garnet and gold pompoms in...Read more

Kings fans inside locked-up arena for 'bizarre' game: 'Crowd size of a high school'

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--The Sacramento Kings told some fans hoping to gain entrance to Thursday's game at Golden 1 Center to leave for safety reasons, but a few lingered, peering through locked doors at halftime. For those who arrived early enough to enter, it was a game that will be remembered more for what happened outside the arena.

Thursday's ...Read more

Kansas State holds off Kentucky in Sweet 16, now one game from Final Four

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ATLANTA -- All week, Kansas State basketball players heard about how they had no chance against mighty Kentucky.

College basketball experts said John Calipari's team was bigger and better than Bruce Weber's. They said Kentucky steamrolled through its first two NCAA Tournament games and had an easy path to the Final Four playing in the friendly ...Read more

Pistons can't hang with James Harden, Rockets in OT, 100-96

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HOUSTON -- James Harden scored eight of his 21 points in overtime and the Western Conference-leading Houston Rockets continued their march to home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 100-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons (32-40) were able to force overtime with a late rally led by rookie Luke Kennard, but the NBA's likely MVP ...Read more

Lakers' Lonzo Ball misses two 3-pointers in final minute of 128-125 loss to Pelicans

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NEW ORLEANS -- With 58.4 seconds left, Lonzo Ball stood beyond the 3-point line at the top of the key, all alone without a single Pelicans player within five feet of him.

The Lakers trailed by 1 point and a score would have given them back a lead they lost during the fourth quarter.

With 17.2 seconds left in the game, he got the opportunity ...Read more

Sixers rout undermanned Magic for fifth straight win

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- You kind of knew the 76ers would eventually put this game out of reach.

Thursday's contest at the Amway Center came against an Orlando Magic squad with two sidelined starters in Evan Fournier (knee) and Jonathon Simmons (wrist). They were also minus two key reserves in Jonathan Isaac (foot) and Terrance Ross (MCL).

With those ...Read more

Loyola edges Nevada in another thriller, heads to first Elite 8 since 1963

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ATLANTA -- Even Sister Jean's bracket originally had Loyola bowing out in the Sweet 16.

The Ramblers continue to prove every doubter wrong. Loyola's 69-68 victory Thursday night over Nevada propelled them to their first Elite Eight appearance since the team won the national championship 55 years ago.

Those history makers from 1963 had a front-...Read more

Michigan romps over Texas A&M, 99-72, into Elite Eight

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LOS ANGELES -- Michigan couldn't buy a shot in Wichita, Kan.

But the Wolverines aren't in Kansas anymore.

No. 3 seed Michigan found some of what it left at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago with an offensive onslaught and a solid defensive performance, as it scorched No. 7 seed Texas for 52 points in the first half in a dominant 99-72 win on...Read more

Kemba Walker leads Hornets in blowout win over Grizzlies

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This game failed to entertain, but Hornets guard Kemba Walker sure did.

Two-time All-Star Walker hit his 1,000th career 3-pointer and many more Thursday while leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 140-79 blowout of the tank-tastic Memphis Grizzlies at Spectrum Center.

This was the largest margin of victory in Charlotte NBA ...Read more

KU's Azubuike good to go against Clemson: 'I fought through the pain and the rehab'

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Udoka Azubuike has been wearing his bulky black left knee brace nearly 24 hours a day since spraining the medial collateral ligament on March 6.

"Pretty much the only time I take it off is when I take a shower," Azubuike, Kansas' 7-foot sophomore center from Delta, Nigeria, said Thursday at CenturyLink Center, site of Friday's ...Read more

Why Warriors, Stephen Curry don't believe his ankle will be an issue even if not fully healed

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The doors to the Warriors' practice gym opened, providing a window on the team's star power.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant engaged in a shooting contest that lasted about 20 minutes. At one point, Durant made four consecutive 3-pointers before finally missing one. Curry sank eight consecutive 3-pointers before one hit off ...Read more

Acting coach Larry Drew suggests victory over Raptors might change Cavs' mindset, season

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James didn't bite on associate head coach Larry Drew's suggestion that Wednesday's victory over the East-leading Toronto Raptors could be the season's watershed moment for the Cavaliers.

But Drew's comment might have been lost in translation.

James was thinking only of the 11 regular-season games remaining before the ...Read more

Jim Calhoun will remain a presence at UConn after reaching agreement

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jim Calhoun will continue to be a presence at UConn, having reached an agreement to stay on in his advisory capacity, he said Thursday.

The exact role and description is yet to be worked out, because Calhoun, 75, is also a "consultant" at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, where he and Glen Miller are working to ...Read more

Kansas coach Bill Self sees mirror image in Clemson: 'I'd compare them to us'

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Clemson's basketball team reminds Bill Self of a squad near and dear to his heart.

That would be his own Kansas Jayhawks.

"You know what, I think if I was going to compare them to anybody, I'd compare them to us," Self, KU's 15th-year coach, said of the No. 5-seeded Tigers, who take a 25-9 record into Friday's NCAA Tournament ...Read more

Dan Hurley signs six-year deal with UConn to be next men's basketball coach

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn landed Dan Hurley to be its new men's basketball coach, touching off celebrations throughout its vast fan base.

Hurley, who has coached Rhode Island into the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, was at the top of athletic director David Benedict's wish list when he fired Kevin Ollie on March 10. Benedict got it done ...Read more

Hornets' Howard suspended for picking up 16th technical foul; will serve against Grizzlies

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One night after grabbing a personal-best 30 rebounds, Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard will sit out Thursday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Howard will serve an automatic one-game suspension for accumulating 16 technical fouls this season. The NBA announced the suspension early-afternoon. Howard received No. 16 early in the ...Read more

Sister Jean's bobblehead is getting a remake: 'She essentially has become her own brand'

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CHICAGO -- Loyola Ramblers merchandise has been selling briskly, with some fans scouring sites like Etsy and eBay to find vintage items, but there's one collectible that's the Holy Grail: the Sister Jean bobblehead.

And it's making a comeback.

If you didn't get one at team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt's bobblehead night in February ...Read more

Mom of KU's Vick says son on mission to win title: 'He said they are taking this home'

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Lauressa "LaLa" Vick isn't the least bit surprised her son, Lagerald, is on an uptick heading into Kansas' Sweet 16 battle against Clemson on Friday night at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

"When March Madness hit, he called me. He was like, 'We're gonna win, mom. I got this. I'm better than this,'" LaLa said in a phone conversation with The ...Read more

Why Duke had a hard time scoring on Syracuse the last time the two teams played

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke and Syracuse will match up for the second time this season in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Neb.

Only this time, the game will mean much more. Win and advance to the Elite 8 to play the winner of the Clemson-Kansas game. Lose and go home.

The first time the two teams played, on Feb. 24 at Cameron ...Read more

DeAndre Jordan helps Clippers start fast, finish off Bucks

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MILWAUKEE -- DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Milwaukee Bucks 127-120 on Wednesday night.

Austin Rivers added 22 points and Lou Williams scored 19 for Los Angeles, which bounced back after a deflating loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

The Bucks lost All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ...Read more