'Snacks' during the game, and a handstand after: Gonzaga is Sweet 16 bound again

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BOISE, Idaho -- Ecstatic and elated, the Gonzaga men's basketball team bounced off one another, then parted to form a circle to allow one person to enter.

Fifty-five-year-old head coach Mark Few stepped in -- and did a handstand.

"It's not quite as prevalent as it was after I hit 50. There's some rotator cuff issues I worry about," he said. "...Read more

Blazers stay hot, top Pistons

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even facing the Portland Trail Blazers could not help the Detroit Pistons.

The Blazers (43-26) won their 12th straight Saturday night with a 100-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Moda Center. The Pistons are 0-3 to start their six-game road trip.

The Pistons trailed by 19 in the first half, fighting uphill the rest of ...Read more

Jordan Poole's 3 at buzzer lifts Michigan past Houston

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Michigan is going to Los Angeles.

And it has its most confident rookie to thank for it.

Freshman guard Jordan Poole canned a deep 3 from the right side of the floor at the buzzer to push Michigan, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, into the Sweet 16 with a 64-63 win over No. 6 Houston in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan will ...Read more

Mitchell, Gobert power Jazz past Kings, 103-97

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz rookie standout Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and center Rudy Gobert had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to hold off the Kings for a 103-97 victory Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Kings (23-48) had won two in a row.

Gobert blocked a layup by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 33.6 to play and the Kings ...Read more

Green leads short-handed Warriors over lowly Suns

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PHOENIX -- Draymond Green unleashed his emotions with the same intensity and speed that he plays basketball.

The Golden State Warriors were in the middle of completing a dominant third-quarter run, prompting Green to outwardly express his emotions for every key play his team made. Green threw his hands up when he sank a 3-pointer. Green clapped...Read more

LeBron's triple double propels Cavs to win over Bulls

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CHICAGO--The Chicago Bulls played without Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Noah Vonleh and Robin Lopez Saturday night at the United Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were without Kevin Love, Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson.

One team still had LeBron James.

That team won.

An engaged James ...Read more

Texas Tech heading to Sweet 16 after victory over Florida in home-like atmosphere

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DALLAS -- American Airlines Center morphed into Lubbock's United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday night.

Red was the color of choice for the majority of those eager onlookers watching No. 3 seed Texas Tech "host" No. 6 seed Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region. Tech fans had to have filled 90-plus percent of the place...Read more

For Lakers' Ingram, practice time a joy

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LOS ANGELES--Not once this season has a Los Angeles Laker smiled as brightly at the prospect of speaking to a gaggle of reporters as Brandon Ingram did Saturday morning.

Ingram finally was getting some practice time. He had a reason to smile.

"Back smiling again," Ingram said. "Happy to be out here, light shooting, trying to ramp it up a ...Read more

Kansas advances by holding off Seton Hall, 83-79

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WICHITA, Kan. -- No. 1 seed Kansas, for the third straight season, has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks, who survived a slow start to upend No. 16 seed Penn in the first round on Thursday, downed No. 8 seed Seton Hall, 83-79, on Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena.

Malik Newman scored 28 points, Svi Mykhailiuk had...Read more

Aldridge leads Spurs to 117-101 win over Timberwolves

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SAN ANTONIO -- Presented with the chance to deliver a knockdown punch to a San Antonio Spurs team already almost staggering, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost convincingly 117-101 Saturday at AT&T Center.

With a victory, the Wolves essentially could have won a fifth season series -- an important end-of-season tiebreaker, if needed--against a ...Read more

Clayton Custer hits game-winner in final seconds to beat Tennessee, send Loyola to Sweet 16

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DALLAS -- Different day. Different hero.

Loyola did it again Saturday and is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985.

Clayton Custer hit a jump shot with 3.6 seconds left, falling to the ground on the defended shot for a 63-62 victory over No. 3 seed Tennessee.

As has become tradition, Loyola players rushed to the edge of the ...Read more

Diallo rises when Kentucky needs him most in win vs. Buffalo

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BOISE, Idaho -- Kentucky advanced to the Sweet 16 here, but the path was not sugary from start to finish.

UK defeated Buffalo, 95-75, on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The teams slugged it out, which UK coach John Calipari predicted the day before.

"They remind me of my UMass teams: hard-nosed, tough, swagger, chip on their ...Read more

UMBC's historic NCAA Tournament win more than two decades in the making

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For a little over two hours Friday night, Fang Mitchell went back in time. The former Coppin State men's basketball coach was watching No. 16 seed UMBC's historic NCAA Tournament win over top seed Virginia in Charlotte, N.C.

Though he was sitting at home in the Atlanta suburbs, Mitchell was suddenly transported back more than two decades to ...Read more

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