Duke wins tough one against Syracuse in Sweet 16

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was right.

Syracuse had gotten better offensively since the last time the Blue Devils and the Orange played on Feb. 24, a 60-44 win for Duke in Durham.

On this night, though, Duke and Syracuse were locked for the entire game. But Duke answered Syracuse's comeback attempt with some clutch buckets and ...Read more

Moritz Wagner an unlikely leader for Michigan

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LOS ANGELES--The email pitching the German prospect sat unanswered in the Michigan coach's inbox for a few weeks because it didn't seem urgent among the flood of messages he received each day.

The coach's email to the prospect sat unanswered for a few weeks because it landed in his spam folder.

Their eventual replies might help send the ...Read more

Late mistakes thwart LA rally

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Clippers went from being out of sorts in the third and receiving a tongue-lashing from coach Doc Rivers for unsatisfactory play to down 18 points later in the quarter.

There eventually was an awakening from the Clippers that put them in position for a victory.

But it was not to be because poor late-game ...Read more

Westbrook shuts the door as Heat road woes continue with 105-99 loss to Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Miami Heat took this one into the slow lane, a decided U-turn from their recent approach. It worked through three quarters.

And then the Oklahoma City Thunder turned into something closer resembling the Oklahoma City Thunder.

From a game that stood at 24-18 at the close if the first period, 44-40 at half, both in favor of ...Read more

James, Love key Cavs' 120-95 rout of Suns

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers' remade roster finally began the process of becoming whole.

It's not there yet, not with Cedi Osman still rehabbing a strained left hip, Kyle Korver attending the funeral of his 27-year-old brother Kirk and coach Tyronn Lue taking a leave of absence to address health issues.

But three of the Cavs' top nine rotation ...Read more

Bucks' bench fuels 118-105 victory over Bulls

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CHICAGO -- For five games, Lauri Markkanen's back barked. On Friday night at United Center, with Markkanen back, Cameron Payne barked.

He did so at Brandon Jennings, with the jawing leading to double technical fouls as the competitive guards left the floor at halftime of the Bucks' eventual 118-105 victory over the Bulls.

It spoke to Payne's ...Read more

Timberwolves temporarily solve Eastern woes with 108-104 win over Knicks

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NEW YORK -- There are just some things you can't explain. Like why the Timberwolves have fared so well against a rugged Western Conference and are coming close to having their playoff hopes dashed by their lousy record against teams in the East.

Friday's laborious 108-104 victory over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden didn't do much ...Read more

Loyola Chicago has helped save the season

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Earlier this week, the police escort didn't show up at Loyola Chicago's team hotel in Atlanta.

Coach Porter Moser had no idea how to get to Philips Arena. Neither did the team's bus driver.

Loyola eventually found its way to the arena for practice the day before the Sweet 16, almost an hour behind schedule.

"Our guys handled it a lot better ...Read more

Villanova pulls away from West Virginia for 90-78 victory in Sweet 16

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BOSTON -- Villanova took a page out of West Virginia's book and decided to play a little defense of its own when it really mattered Friday night in its East Region semifinal game at TD Garden.

The top-seeded Wildcats made a series of defensive stops to spark a 19-4 run over a 41/2-minute stretch midway through the second half, sparked by Omari ...Read more

Kansas upends Clemson to advance to Elite Eight

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Kansas, for the third straight season, is one win from advancing to the Final Four.

The Jayhawks, the top-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional, downed No. 5 seed Clemson, 80-76, in a Sweet 16 battle on Friday night at CenturyLink Center.

The victory, which looked like it was going to be easy (KU led by 20 early ...Read more

Sister Jean has 'basketball IQ that's off the charts'

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It was November, just before Cameron Krutwig's first game with Loyola-Chicago. In the quiet of a team prayer, team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt called upon divine guidance.

"When we got in there and she started talking about the scouting report, and watch out for him and watch out for that, I was like, Wow, I've never seen this before,"...Read more

Dan Hurley takes charge, humbled at chance to lead UConn men's basketball program

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Showing his typical emotion, Dan Hurley was introduced as UConn's new men's basketball coach on Friday.

Hurley, 45, surrounded by family and friends from his basketball career and the school hierarchy appeared in the practice gym at the Werth Family Center, the basketball practice facility, shortly after 1 p.m. ending a two-week process in ...Read more

Former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins offers to pay for Stephon Clark's funeral

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has reached out to the family of Stephon Clark to cover the cost of the funeral, a source told The Sacramento Bee.

Clark, 22, was shot and killed by Sacramento police on Sunday while holding a cellphone in his grandmother's backyard. The death of Clark, who was unarmed and ...Read more

Warriors officially clear Stephen Curry to play vs. Hawks

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors officially cleared Stephen Curry to play on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, marking Curry's first appearance since missing the past six games with an injured right ankle.

It is not immediately clear if Curry will have a minutes restriction. But the Warriors have stayed cautious with Curry, mindful that his ...Read more

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