Kansas makes statement, crushes Oklahoma, 104-74

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas made sure Sherron Collins' jersey retirement celebration was as festive/memorable as his buddy Cole Aldrich's ceremony over the weekend, overcoming Oklahoma, 104-74, on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Devonte Graham scored 23 points with seven assists and five rebounds, while Malik Newman had 20 points and five ...Read more

NBA players believe Heat have chance of LeBron James reunion

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MIAMI -- So you're saying they have a chance? That was the response in an ESPN poll of 48 players when it came to LeBron James and the chance of him returning to the Miami Heat in free agency this offseason.

Of those polled, 59 percent said they anticipate James would remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Second in the poll were the Los Angeles ...Read more

Dwyane Wade's return to Miami has caught attention of rest of the league

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MIAMI -- Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond knows exactly what to expect when his team visits AmericanAirlines Arena March 3 to face the Miami Heat.

It will mark the first time the Pistons play the Heat during the second stint in Miami for guard Dwyane Wade, meaning it will be a much different atmosphere than previous trips the last year and...Read more

Team LeBron defeats Team Stephen as defense makes rare appearance in All-Star game

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James and Kevin Durant trapped Stephen Curry, then Curry got the ball to DeMar DeRozan, who found himself stuck behind a defensive effort not expected in the All-Star game.

Then, after the final buzzer, there was joy and pain, as if this was a real game.

"We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star game ...Read more

Wichita State survives last minute drama and prevails at Cincinnati

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- The nation's longest home winning streak was put to an end by the nation's best road team during the last five seasons.

Great offense trumped great defense on Sunday afternoon, as No. 19 Wichita State survived some final-second drama to defeat No. 5 Cincinnati 76-72 at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky. WSU ...Read more

Austin Hatch dresses on Michigan's senior day as honorary captain

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Austin Hatch got the moment he and John Beilein had waited a long time for.

Some 20 minutes before Michigan and Ohio State tipped off Sunday afternoon, Hatch walked through Crisler Center's Blavin Tunnel to a thunderous ovation as he was honored at Michigan's senior day.

Hatch, who survived two deadly plane crashes as a youth and was forced ...Read more

Michigan basketball pushes through Ohio State on senior day, 74-62

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan basketball has its third signature win and officially has an NCAA Tournament resume without many flaws.

The 22nd-ranked Wolverines got 17 points from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and 15 from Jordan Poole on Sunday, pushing through No. 8 Ohio State, 74-62, to end the home portion of their schedule in style.

With the ...Read more

Duke beats Clemson in a nail-bitter, grabs sole possession of second place in the ACC

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- The stakes were pretty high leading up to Duke's game against Clemson on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Winner would have sole possession of second place in the ACC standings. Loser would fall half a game behind North Carolina for fourth place. So on Sunday, both teams battled. And in the end, while it wasn't pretty, Duke came ...Read more

LeBron James advocates gun control in aftermath of Stoneman Douglas school shooting

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LeBron James is among those to wonder how someone under the legal age to drink alcohol can purchase an assault rifle.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar offered this thoughts on last week's Stoneman Douglas High School shooting during his media availability at NBA All-Star Weekend.

"It's a tragedy," James said. "We've seen these schools and ...Read more

Hot-shooting Stewart leads Trojans over Beavers

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LOS ANGELES--Elijah Stewart couldn't miss.

The senior guard knocked down five consecutive three-point shots and threw in a couple alley-oops Saturday as USC cruised to a 72-59 victory over Oregon State at the Galen Center.

"You just hit this kind of mood," Stewart said after the game. "Where everything just feels good."

The Trojans improved ...Read more

Welsh goes out in style, helps Bruins to OT win over Ducks

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LOS ANGELES--Thomas Welsh patted the area around his heart before pointing to the roaring UCLA student section behind the baseline. He then turned toward the students on the other side of the court and repeated the gesture before hugging former teammate Isaac Hamilton, who had risen from his courtside seat to share in the moment.

Welsh ensured ...Read more

Draymond Green redefined what it means to be an NBA superstar

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LOS ANGELES -- Draymond Green sat down on the bus and started crying. It was his freshman year at Michigan State and his coach didn't play him a single second against Ohio State.

Green was so upset that he called his mother. He wanted to transfer. She talked him off that cliff.

"Ma, you've got to get me out of here," Green said. "She said, '...Read more

Donovan Mitchell hits a slam

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LOS ANGELES--Donovan Mitchell wasn't much of a shooter. He wasn't really a ballhandler or a passer. He didn't have basketball in his blood.

But he could jump -- high. Like, really high.

"I wasn't really much of a basketball player," Mitchell said. "I just dunked and played defense."

He was better suited for the pitching mound, where he could ...Read more

Booker sets three-point mark

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LOS ANGELES--Tobias Harris started the three-point shooting contest in grand fashion, knocking down 18 threes in the first round, advancing the Los Angeles Clippers forward to the championship round Saturday night at Staples Center.

But in the final, Harris could not overcome the hot shooting of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, who won the ...Read more

North Carolina routs Louisville for fifth win in a row

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Roy Williams told his players before North Carolina's game at Louisville on Saturday that he was the only one in the program with a road win over the Cardinals.

Now he's got company.

Senior guard Joel Berry scored 23 points to lead No. 14 UNC to a 93-76 road win over Louisville on Saturday night.

It was UNC's fifth straight...Read more

LeBron James: He's still the one making the big decision

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LOS ANGELES--Dirk Nowitzki was fast asleep, across an ocean and past four countries, when his phone came to life with the news the rest of the NBA anticipated in July of 2010. The key that unlocked all the rest of free agency had finally been turned. LeBron James made a decision.

Nowitzki's phone wouldn't be ignored.

So he woke up to the ...Read more

Kansas erases 12-point second-half deficit for 77-69 win over West Virginia

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Cole Aldrich, who went 55-0 as a player in Allen Fieldhouse, enjoyed another victory, this one as a special spectator and honoree, on Saturday in the Jayhawks' tradition rich building.

Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points -- hitting 7 of 10 free throws to go with 7 of 8 from the floor -- and Devonte Graham added 15 points, eight ...Read more

Mikal Bridges powers Villanova past Xavier in Big East showdown

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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- It was the Big East's big showdown Saturday, matching reeling Villanova and a Xavier team determined to put a major dent in the Wildcats' bid to win a fifth consecutive regular-season championship in the conference.

But the third-ranked Cats had other ideas. They showed the fourth-ranked Musketeers and a capacity crowd at ...Read more

South Carolina knocks off SEC-leading Auburn

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell had a courtside seat, but he barely used it. He paced as much as the space allowed. He barked encouragement, clapped his hands and pumped his fists.

It was gameday at Colonial Life Arena and South Carolina looked like a complete basketball team again. The Gamecocks had guards hitting shots, bigs dominating ...Read more

Here's what we want to see most in the all-new NBA All-Star game

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LOS ANGELES--The first miss of the 2018 All-Star game happened long before any of the players took the court for 48 minutes of long-range shooting, high-flying dunks and mimed "defense."

Sunday at Staples Center, the NBA will unveil a change of format to the game, pitting two teams drafted by the leading vote-getters in each conference, Golden ...Read more