Another record for Duke coach Krzyzewski, as the wins pile up

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PITTSBURGH -- Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt appeared together on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2011, when they were named co-sportspersons of the year. Saturday, almost seven years later, the men's all-time leader in college basketball wins finally passed the women's all-time leader in college basketball wins.

The Duke coach won his 1,...Read more

Duke advances to Sweet 16 after 87-62 rout of Rhode Island

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PITTSBURGH -- Duke knew that anything was possible in the NCAA Tournament, and that it could be beaten at any time no matter the team.

Just ask the top overall seed Virginia, which lost to 16th seeded UMBC on Friday night -- the first time a 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed.

In the Round of 32, the Blue Devils made sure they didn't succumb...Read more

In the aftermath of UMBC's historic upset, Virginia had no answers

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Everything -- all of the breath, the noise, the life -- had been sucked out of the Virginia locker room.

First some context: Never before in history, not in 135 prior tries, had a No. 1 seed lost to a No. 16 seed. There have been scares over the years, games that came down to the wire, but still. Never. This was the one thing you could always ...Read more

Late to the UMBC bandwagon? Here's what you need to know about the Retrievers

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If you were among the blissfully ignorant Friday night wondering, "What's a UMBC?" we at The Baltimore Sun are here to help.

With its historic 74-54 win over top-seeded Virginia, the No. 16 seed Retrievers men's basketball team offered America two plausible explanations for the UMBC initialism: U Must Be Cinderella (fake) and University of ...Read more

Behind Bridges, Villanova cruises to 81-58 win against Alabama

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PITTSBURGH -- Villanova was locked in a taut struggle with Alabama for one half on Saturday, and then Mikal Bridges decided that he needed to make up for a mediocre performance in the first 20 minutes.

Bridges, who scored one point and missed all five of the shots he took from the field in the first half, put up 19 of the Wildcats' first 21 ...Read more

Remember the name: Maryland Baltimore County comes up with the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history

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Anyone could have guessed that top-seeded Virginia versus University of Maryland Baltimore County would be a 20-point blowout.

But who would have predicted it would be the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA tournament?

UMBC -- an acronym unfamiliar to most people before Friday night -- shocked the college basketball world with a 74-54 ...Read more

Kings edge injury-riddled Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors entered the season seemingly invincible with an All-Star cast, sharp shooting, defensive intensity and bench depth. In the last week, though, the Warriors are showing serious cracks in their championship foundation.

The Warriors finished with a 98-93 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday at Oracle ...Read more

Dragic's jumper dooms Lakers

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LOS ANGELES--Julius Randle was quick to note that he hit a game-winner against the Miami Heat at Staples Center in his second season, but it isn't often the Los Angeles Lakers draw up a play for their power forward. That responsibility usually goes to Brandon Ingram.

Friday night, though, Ingram didn't play because of a groin strain that has ...Read more

Missouri one and done in NCAA Tournament with loss to Florida State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Missouri's first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years lasted as long as its previous one.

Despite strong offensive play that cut a 22-point lead to six in the second half, the No. 8-seeded Tigers dropped their first-round game to Florida State, 67-54, Friday night. The Seminoles face Xavier on Sunday for a trip to the ...Read more

Auburn advances past Charleston after controversial play

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SAN DIEGO -- Auburn led by three points with 13 seconds to play Friday night, and College of Charleston had the ball.

It had been an inartistic game, marred by errant shooting. But this scrappy match, the third on the day in the NCAA Tournament's sub-regional in San Diego, held the attention of a near-capacity crowd at San Diego State's Viejas ...Read more

Clemson starts hot, knocks out New Mexico State

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Clemson basketball hadn't reached the NCAA Tournament since the first year of Brad Brownell's tenure in 2011.

Seems the Tigers had been saving up the made shots since then.

Clemson shot 55.5 percent as it topped New Mexico State, 79-68, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in San Diego. It was only the second tournament win for the Tigers...Read more

TCU's historic season ends with thud in NCAA Tournament

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DETROIT -- TCU men's basketball accomplished plenty of historic milestones this season but the biggest slipped through the Horned Frogs' grasp Friday night.

No. 11 Syracuse held on to upset No. 6 TCU 57-52 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Syracuse advances to play No. 3 Michigan State (30-4) at 1:40 p.m. Sunday in Detroit. The winner of ...Read more

Heat producing NBA prospects in G League, even if they're not their own

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LOS ANGELES -- Their gifts were only the Miami Heat's to borrow. Such is part of the process of operating a G League team.

So amid the playoff push by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's developmental-league affiliate, a pair of intriguing point guards moved on this week, Briante Weber to the Memphis Grizzlies and Larry Drew II to the New ...Read more

Carelessness leads to Clippers' loss to Thunder 121-113

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Los Angeles Clippers were down six points late in the game Friday night and needed to make one last push to have any chance against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

When Austin Rivers stole a Russell Westbrook pass with 33.6 seconds left, the Clippers sensed this was their last-gasp opportunity. But as fate would have it for the ...Read more

Late run sparks Sixers to 120-116 victory over Nets

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers are making things a little too interesting.

For the second consecutive night, they needed a late spark to defeat one of the league's worst teams. This time, they ended the game with a 7-1 run to take a 120-116 victory over Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

Robert Covington had perhaps his biggest shot of ...Read more

Bridges receives message, leads Michigan State past Bucknell

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DETROIT -- Tom Izzo furiously lashed out at Miles Bridges for not going to the ball and sent his sophomore forward to the bench.

That woke up Michigan State's star. And it sent him into another gear.

When Bridges returned, he threw down a thunderous, one-handed, put-back dunk off a Nick Ward miss. He attacked the basket for a layup. He hit a ...Read more

Kansas State beats Creighton, advances to second round of NCAA Tournament

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No Dean Wade. No problem.

Kansas State defeated Creighton 69-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at Spectrum Center while its leading scorer cheered from the bench in warm-up clothes.

Wade was deemed healthy enough to play after missing practice this week with a foot injury, but the Wildcats only wanted to...Read more

West Virginia advances, now faces Marshall team that Huggins torched

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SAN DIEGO -- As West Virginia feuds go, this one won't make for a TV miniseries.

"This is not a Hatfields and McCoy thing," Bob Huggins insisted Friday, citing the state's bloody rivalry between two families, fought 125 years ago.

No guns involved here. No blood. Verbal shots? A whole holster full.

Huggins' Mountaineers of West Virginia ...Read more

Nevada rallies for 87-83 overtime victory against Texas

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In Music City, sometimes the song ends on a sour note.

Texas was humming a heck of a tune early Friday against Nevada. Solid ball movement, no panic, excellent defense. Mo Bamba had a big-time block on one end and a sizzling dunk on the other. Heck, even the UT mascot won a dance contest over his Nevada counterpart during a ...Read more

Bulls' core trio is failing chemistry test

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CHICAGO -- Another game, another missed opportunity.

You could say that about the Bulls' victory Thursday in Memphis, Tenn., and again for Saturday night's home game against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

There's a reason so much ink has been printed and so many airwaves filled with talk about the chemistry among Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and ...Read more