Kentucky has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class. How's the rest of the SEC doing?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With Kentucky once again leading the way, the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle has been an impressive one for the Southeastern Conference.

Along with UK's nationally No. 1-ranked incoming group, the SEC has two other top-10 recruiting classes and a total of five ranked among the top 25 in the country. Only the Big 12 -- with ...Read more

Secret to the Lakers' success in the first half of the season is hardly a secret

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LOS ANGELES -- From the players to the coaches and observers, there is a general consensus about this Los Angeles Lakers team.

They really like each other.

It shows in their willingness to spend time together away from the court. When JaVale McGee hosted an ugly sweater party to promote a charity that matters to him, most of the team showed up...Read more

Clippers' Patrick Beverley refines point-guard play with some help

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LOS ANGELES -- The basketball is in the hands of Patrick Beverley more frequently this season, and with that has come added responsibility to organize the Los Angeles Clippers' offense.

It is a new role he has relished, a role in which he wants to excel if for no other reason than to make coach Doc Rivers proud for putting Beverley in this ...Read more

Luka Garza scores 33 points as Iowa beats Michigan, 90-83

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michigan attempted 25 fewer free throws. Iowa's Luka Garza scored 33 points. And Zavier Simpson played nine first-half minutes.

Despite all of that, the Wolverines found themselves in position to pull off a road upset at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday night.

Iowa's offense was too much to handle. After Michigan took a seven-...Read more

Heat stave off Thunder, 115-108, to get bearings back on the road

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Consider this a good start.

Coming into Friday's game 1-4 in their last five road contests, the Miami Heat's convincing 115-108 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first game of a two-game road trip won't erase the stench from their recent woes away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

But it provided a glimpse of the kind of...Read more

Furkan Korkmaz has career night as Sixers top Bulls, 100-89

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PHILADELPHIA -- It might as well be remembered as Furkan Korkmaz Night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers reserve guard had a career performance, helping guide the Sixers to 100-89 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls.

Korkmaz scored a career-high 24 points, making a career-high six 3-pointers in nine attempts. He recorded 18 of those points ...Read more

Timberwolves come up short vs. Pacers in Karl-Anthony Towns' return to lineup

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns made the layup as Damontas Sabonis fouled him. After the ball fell through the hoop, Towns turned to the Wolves bench, flexed and let out a yell you could faintly hear in the second deck of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Towns was officially back after a left knee sprain and illness caused him to miss 15 consecutive...Read more

Jalen Crutcher hits 3-pointer at OT buzzer to give Dayton 78-76 win vs. Saint Louis

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ST. LOUIS -- Jalen Crutcher hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give the Dayton Flyers one of their biggest victories of the season -- and certainly the grittiest. UD trailed by 13 points at one point in the second half.

No. 13 Dayton beat Saint Louis, 78-76, on Friday. Saint Louis forced overtime on a last-second basket ...Read more

Cassius Winston breaks assists record in Michigan State's 67-55 win over Wisconsin

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- It was the type of performance Tom Izzo and his players have come to expect at home.

And a much-needed return to form for No. 15 Michigan State -- on a record-setting night for Cassius Winston.

The senior point guard passed another Spartan legend, Mateen Cleaves, to become the Big Ten's all-time assist leader in a 67-55 ...Read more

How the return of guard Cole Anthony could provide a spark for UNC

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North Carolina guard Cole Anthony, who has missed the last seven games after undergoing an arthroscopic knee procedure in December, has been hinting that he could return soon.

He posted a photo on Instagram Thursday night with the caption, "Can't wait to join my brothers on the court again," raising speculation that he may be ready for UNC's ...Read more

Warriors squander lead, fall to Nuggets, 134-131, in overtime

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SAN FRANCISCO -- These young Warriors have spent most of the season trying to learn how to win. Sometimes, it's just as important to forget how to lose.

Embroiled in their worst losing streak of the season, Golden State relinquished a 19-point lead in their 134-131 loss to the Nuggets Thursday night in overtime at Chase Center to drop their ...Read more

Kawhi Leonard powers Clippers' victory over Magic

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LOS ANGELES -- If the Los Angeles Clippers are to indeed enjoy the moment and the process as Kawhi Leonard has suggested, the 6 foot 7 inch forward is who they should follow while on this journey.

Leonard showed them the way again, dropping 32 points on Orlando to pull the Clippers along to a 122-95 victory over the Magic on Thursday night at ...Read more

Geno Auriemma, Crystal Dangerfield, and former UConn players react to groundbreaking WNBA collective bargaining agreement

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tuesday's news that the WNBA and its players' union came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement sent positive shock waves throughout the women's basketball world, with current and former players, coaches, and others praising the deal as a huge step forward for the 23-year-old league.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma added ...Read more

Lauri Markkanen unveils a new campaign to dunk for climate change awareness, starting off with the 'blizzard'

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CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen is dunking to raise awareness for climate change.

Markkanen unveiled his new climate dunk campaign Thursday morning, which he plans to use to spread awareness on the climate crisis and its links to severe weather. Before road games in select cities most affected by extreme weather, Markkanen will reveal ...Read more

Calipari laments Kentucky's lack of discipline: 'You can't play that way'

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In his immediate assessment of Kentucky's 81-78 loss at South Carolina on Wednesday, John Calipari kept returning to one word: discipline.

The UK coach said players improvised rather than run called plays. Players left South Carolina shooters open in the corners, a no-no even the casual Kentucky basketball fan knows. The ...Read more

LeBron James, Luka Doncic again top fan voting for All-Star Game

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Lakers forward LeBron James is more than 335,000 votes ahead of Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic in fan voting for the All-Star Game and the right to be one of two captains for the Feb. 16 contest in Chicago.

James has received 4,747,887 votes while Doncic got 4,598,323. James overtook Doncic, who led the first wave of fan balloting, when the...Read more

Timberwolves trade Jeff Teague, Treveon Graham to Hawks for Allen Crabbe

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Among the items on the to-do list for Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas in his first year were to find players that fit the fast-paced, high-volume 3-point-hoisting style the Wolves want to play and find a way to create some flexibility as it pertains to the roster and the salary cap.

Rosas made a move on both those fronts ...Read more

Lakers erase 21-point second-half deficit then fall to Magic

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LOS ANGELES -- Each time the Los Angeles Lakers put themselves within striking distance in the final minutes, the Orlando Magic had an answer.

When Quinn Cook made a three-pointer to cut the Lakers' deficit to one with about a minute remaining, Orlando center Nikola Vucevic coolly hit a three to answer. When a JaVale McGee dunk trimmed the ...Read more

Bulls lose Daniel Gafford for 2-4 weeks with dislocated right thumb in 115-106 win over Wizards

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CHICAGO -- Daniel Gafford stood under the basket, clutching his right hand as he bent over in pain. Not even 90 seconds had passed since the start of Wednesday night's game against the Wizards when Gafford intercepted a pass from Ian Mahinmi that nearly bent the rookie's hand all the way backward. He called timeout and immediately sprinted off ...Read more

Temple upsets No. 16 Wichita State as Shockers' winning streak ends in ugly road loss

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PHILADELPHIA -- There's something about North Broad Street that eludes Wichita State.

For the second time since joining the American Athletic Conference, the Shockers traveled to Philadelphia ranked 16th in the country and for the second time Temple handed WSU an upset loss, this time a stunning 65-53 defeat on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center...Read more