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

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

Michigan State completes incredible comeback, beats Northwestern, 65-60

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Everything was rounding into form for Michigan State.

A No. 1 ranking. Upsets in the Big Ten. A chance for a championship.

And then Northwestern erupted for a first half that looked like all of those dreams would be vaporized, putting the Spartans down by as many as 27 points.

But momentum is a strange thing. And MSU rode a ...Read more

Miami coach Larranaga: We have to do something about our gun laws

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University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga took the opportunity after Saturday's 62-55 loss to Syracuse to let the world know his views on gun control in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High massacre.

"I think we have to do something about our gun laws," Larranaga said. "We're not the Wild, Wild West where everybody should carry a gun....Read more

Fighting for NCAA survival, Texas sweeps Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Texas fans were living it up earlier this month during a big win over Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield wanted to return the favor.

He was introduced to the OU faithful during a timeout Saturday and hoisted his Heisman Trophy. Then the former OU quarterback started jumping around, flashing the upside-down "Hook 'em" hand sign, and got ...Read more

Ray Allen among 13 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Heat guard Ray Allen is one step closer to receiving a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, he was announced among the 13 finalists for the honor. Allen spent two of his 18 NBA seasons with the Heat, helping them win one championship. He is most known for hitting a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds ...Read more

Brent Barry: The right stuffs

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LOS ANGELES--Brent Barry had a vision.

The speakers at the Alamodome in San Antonio would blare the intro of LL Cool J's "I'm Bad."

"Calling all cars, calling all cars," the dispatchers would say. "Be on the lookout for a tall, light-skinned brother with dimples wearing a black Kangol, sweatsuit, gold chain and sneakers."

Then Barry, a skin-...Read more

Heat's James Johnson progressing toward getting mind and body right

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MIAMI -- Among the themes of the Miami Heat's resurrection last season was the resurrection of forward James Johnson through a transformation of his body. That conditioning, however, has not been in the same place as last season, as several opposing scouts noted recently.

"I mean I'm still 7.25-(percent) body fat, still 245," he said in advance...Read more

Jontay Porter could be in high school. He's making big plays for Missouri instead

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After a game in November, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was asked about the play of Missouri Tigers freshman Jontay Porter. The 6-11 forward finished with nine points and nine rebounds and nearly helped Mizzou pull off an upset win over the Mountaineers.

"He's only 18?" Huggins said. "He's pretty good."

Huggins was just the ...Read more

Cooling NBA trend at UCLA

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LOS ANGELES--The goodbyes will be difficult Saturday night inside Pauley Pavilion, partly because UCLA fans don't know how many are needed.

Center Thomas Welsh will play his final home game as a member of the departing senior class when the Bruins face Oregon, but he almost certainly won't be the only significant UCLA player making his last ...Read more

'The Process' was on display with Simmons, Saric, Embiid in NBA's Rising Stars Game

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LOS ANGELES -- Dario Saric will tell you what occurred Friday night is proof that 'The Process' is working.

The 76ers power forward along with teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons not only played in Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge, they all started for the World team.

"That's showing and improving the sentence like 'Trust the Process,' ...Read more

Calipari says Kentucky gave away last four games

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It isn't news that Kentucky has lost four straight games, which equals the program's longest losing streak since 2009.

But if you like to turn negatives into positives, UK was playing giveaway rather than basketball the last four games.

"It's not like they were taken," UK coach John Calipari said of the losses. "They were given. And we've got ...Read more