Kansas coach Self says Azubuike to start Friday

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Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike played 22 minutes in the Jayhawks' second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional victory over Seton Hall on Saturday after toiling 3 minutes in Thursday's first-round clash versus Penn.

So how many minutes will the 7-footer, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 6, work Friday ...Read more

Pistons deny interest in Chauncey Billups-Arn Tellem front office

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The Detroit Pistons denied a report by New York Times writer Marc Stein that the team has expressed interest in bringing in former star guard Chauncey Billups to work with team vice chairman Arn Tellem in a "revamped front office."

Mark Barnhill, spokesman for the Pistons and Platinum Equity, the private equity firm owned by Pistons owner Tom ...Read more

Texas freshman Mo Bamba makes it official, leaving school for the NBA

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Mo Bamba has never disguised the fact he would spend one season at Texas and then turn pro.

Coaches knew that when he was being recruited. Everyone, including Texas' Shaka Smart, knew his time in Austin would be short. Bamba relished every minute, though, and is happy to call himself a Longhorn.

Still, the school announced Tuesday that Bamba ...Read more

Blake Griffin carries Detroit Pistons past Sacramento Kings, 106-90

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Detroit Pistons received a temporary reprieve from their road woes on Monday night.

And Blake Griffin was the catalyst.

Griffin's 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists led the Pistons (31-39) to a 106-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. It's the Pistons' first road win since defeating ...Read more

Warriors struggle without any All-Stars vs. Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- Within a week, the Golden State Warriors went from a team loaded with All-Stars to a team that has none.

Therefore, it seemed inevitable the Warriors would lose, 89-75 to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a matchup that featured an injury-ravaged team against one fighting for its postseason life.

The Warriors have always put ...Read more

NCAA Tournament is sweet for Big 12 with four teams still dancing

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Throughout their winning weekend, Kansas State players insisted their rugged Big 12 schedule helped prepare them for the NCAA Tournament.

"I keep telling a lot of people we probably have the best conference in the nation top to bottom," Wildcats guard Barry Brown said. "What did we have, seven teams in? Seventy percent of our league."

Correct....Read more

Lakers can't overcome turnovers in loss to Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This time the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't do enough to overcome their mistakes against the Indiana Pacers.

After leading by 12 points in the first half, the Lakers fell to the Pacers in a double-digit loss that wasn't as close as the final score.

The Pacers beat the Lakers 110-100, handing the Lakers their 39th loss while ...Read more

James Johnson seizes control late as Heat outlast Nuggets 149-141 in 2OT

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MIAMI -- It's as if this is the only way the Miami Heat know how to play.

If it's not close, apparently why bother?

So there they were again, playing to the decisive final ticks, and then another set of decisive final tickets, and then another set of decisive final ticks Monday night against a Denver Nuggets teams playing for its playoff life....Read more

Sixers beat Hornets as Ben Simmons nabs ninth triple-double, Joel Embiid grabs 19 rebounds

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers once again produced in the clutch to nab a victory over a struggling opponent.

They used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 108-94, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It marked the third straight time the Sixers (39-30) used a late run to beat an inferior team. It happened Friday ...Read more

LeBron James notches 16th triple-double as Love's return gives Cavs a lift in win over Bucks

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CLEVELAND -- On Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, it was hard to tell who was happier -- Kevin Love or Joe Thomas.

In a season of turmoil that saw coach Tyronn Lue step away earlier in the day to deal with long-lingering health issues, the dark sky is brightening when it comes to the Cavaliers' injuries.

Five-time All-Star Love played his ...Read more

Sister Jean, Loyola's 'international celebrity,' adjusts to burgeoning popularity

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On a sunny day between opening-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dallas, Loyola's 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, planned to go for a simple lunch down the street.

"We couldn't do it -- everybody knows her," said Tom Hitcho, the university's longtime senior associate athletic director for operations,...Read more

As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue steps away, he texts acting coach Larry Drew 'It's your show'

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CLEVELAND -- Larry Drew said he received a text from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue at 1:30 a.m. Monday that said, " 'It's your show. I need to take a break for a minute.' "

Well aware of the health and sleep deprivation issues Lue has been battling this season, Drew said he answered, " 'Don't you worry about anything else, don't you focus on ...Read more

Spoelstra: 'The pain doesn't go away,' says Heat want to be with Parkland families

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said spending Sunday at Parkland's rec-league championship games is part of an ongoing effort by the team, as members of the South Florida community, to be there for those most affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 more wounded.

Honoring the memories of ...Read more

Cinderella run is over, but the fun could just be beginning if UMBC keeps Odom

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Florida Gulf Coast, the only No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to reach the Sweet 16, didn't have much of a college basketball history until Andy Enfield showed up and introduced fans everywhere to "Dunk City."

Even after Enfield left following that magical 2012-13 season, FGCU has been a regular for postseason tournaments. UMBC could ...Read more

Bittersweet 16: After dreams of another upset win crumble, UMBC left with memorable morsels

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When the miracle team that was always supposed to lose in the NCAA men's basketball tournament finally did lose Sunday -- two days, one round and who knows how many shredded brackets after UMBC stunned top overall seed Virginia in an historic upset -- the Retrievers retreated to a small locker room inside the Spectrum Center.

Everything about ...Read more

NCAA Tournament winners and losers: TruTV, Sister Jean, Thomas Jefferson and more

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After two rounds, four days, 48 games and one Sister Jean, here are the NCAA Tournament's winners and losers so far.

Winner: Sister Jean

Chicago's treasure has become a national star. Bless her heart.

Loser: Thomas Jefferson

The third U.S. president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence might never have founded the ...Read more

UMBC seeks to trademark '16 over 1,' 'UMBC Retrievers' and 'Retriever Nation'

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking to capitalize on its unprecedented basketball upset by registering trademarks for "UMBC Retrievers," "Retriever Nation" and "16 over 1."

The latter is a reference to UMBC's victory over the University of Virginia on Friday night, marking the first time a 16-seeded team defeated a No. 1 ...Read more

What UNC will look like next season without Joel Berry and Theo Pinson

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Joel Berry and Theo Pinson left North Carolina's locker room after Sunday's loss to Texas A&M.

The UNC seniors were taken to a different room to wait for the postgame press conference.

Starters Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson were left in the stunned locker room in the Spectrum Center to answer questions about the 86-65 second-round ...Read more

Health issues force Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to step away; Larry Drew takes over

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday he will step away indefinitely due to health issues, which include chest pains and problems sleeping.

Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over, starting with Monday night's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I think it's probably well overdue," four-time league MVP LeBron James said after ...Read more

Clippers fall two games from playoff spot when Trail Blazers earn 13th win in a row

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LOS ANGELES -- The hill the Los Angeles Clippers keep trying to climb during this injury-ravaged season is getting steeper, game after agonizing game.

They played the 69th game of their regular season Sunday night at Staples Center, losing 122-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended to 13 the longest winning streak in the NBA.

The ...Read more