Bulls' Denzel Valentine trying to add leadership, consistent play in second season

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Denzel Valentine's father, Carlton, is an accomplished coach who played for Jud Heathcote at Michigan State and won two state championships while coaching Denzel at Lansing's J.W. Sexton High.

Valentine's older brother, Drew, is an assistant coach for Porter Moser at Loyola of Chicago.

So it's not surprising that even in his second season, ...Read more

James Johnson says ensemble Heat cannot afford to go 'rogue'

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MIAMI -- James Johnson saw the value of togetherness last season, when the Miami Heat coalesced to a 30-11 finish. He also can appreciate what can rip a team apart, even at such an early stage of a season.

"We've just got to keep focusing on us and keep trending in the right direction," the veteran forward and Heat tri-captain said before ...Read more

Louisville says freshman Brian Bowen can't play for its basketball team

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The University of Louisville has told freshman Brian Bowen he can remain on scholarship but will never play for the Cardinals.

Bowen's recruitment became a focal point of the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Ongoing reports on the indictments and other documents allege that Bowen's commitment to Louisville in June ...Read more

Lakers have to rally to defeat lowly Bulls, 103-94

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Lakers have improved dramatically on defense this season.

But what happened through the first half Tuesday night was indefensible.

They fell behind by 19 points to one of the NBA's worst teams, the three-win Chicago Bulls, and were on track for an embarrassing loss before a dispirited Staples Center crowd.

Then, ...Read more

Last-second basket lifts UCLA over Wisconsin, 72-70

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Forty minutes of basketball is a ridiculously small sample size in a season that spans from November to April.

Yet the team Wisconsin coach Greg Gard saw Tuesday night against No. 24 UCLA in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic had to leave him encouraged even in defeat.

The Bruins overcame a seven-point ...Read more

Minnesota dismantles Alabama A&M, 100-57

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Richard Pitino was weary of expanding his rotation too much to start the season with fear that his five returning starters wouldn't be in rhythm when they were really tested down the road.

The 14th-ranked Gophers need to be playing at a high level when back-to-back ranked opponents Alabama and Miami come up on the schedule this ...Read more

Kansas overwhelms Texas Southern in record-setting 114-71 victory

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Concerns about Kansas' 3-point shooting may have been a bit premature after three games of the 2017-18 season.

The Jayhawks, who hit 8 of 28 3-pointers in a four-point victory over Kentucky on Nov. 14 and entered Tuesday's game against Texas Southern at 39.8 percent from behind the arc, came out firing early and often -- and ...Read more

How does back surgery affect Michael Porter Jr.'s NBA draft stock?

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Michael Porter Jr., Missouri's star freshman, is "likely" out for the season. So what are his options after he recovers from back surgery?

MU said he is "likely" out for the season, and assuming he is, the Tigers should be able to secure a medical redshirt for him. That means, if he chose to play for the Tigers next season, he ...Read more

Warriors' Durant considered questionable to play against Thunder

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NEW YORK -- The shots kept falling into the basket, as Kevin Durant moved around the court. But just because it seemed like a sure thing Durant would make a shot as he cut around the perimeter at the end of Tuesday's practice at St. John's University, it is not a sure thing Durant will play on Wednesday when the Warriors (13-4) play against the ...Read more

Wichita State advances to Maui final with 80-66 win against Marquette

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LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Wichita State has had an undefeated regular season and a run to the Final Four under Gregg Marshall, but never have the Shockers won a marquee in-season tournament.

Wichita State will have a chance to do that in Wednesday's Maui Invitational championship game after the No. 6 Shockers dispatched Marquette, 80-66, in the ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons playing at an All-Star level

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Sixteen games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has passed the point of surprising people with on-court accomplishments.

The 76ers point guard recorded yet another milestone in Monday night's 107-86 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center. The rookie turned in his best offensive scoring performance of his young career.

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Michael Porter Jr. to have surgery, will likely miss rest of season, Mizzou announces

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Michael Porter Jr. era might have lasted all of two minutes for Missouri.

On Tuesday, the Mizzou basketball team announced Porter would undergo back surgery that would likely cause him to miss the end of the season.

According to a release from the team, Porter was scheduled to have a "microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal ...Read more

Kenny Williams, Joel Berry lead UNC's rout of Stanford

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- It had been a long time coming for Kenny Williams, and a long time since any North Carolina player put on the kind of shooting display that he did early during the first half of the Tar Heels' 96-72 victory at Stanford here on Monday night.

Williams, the UNC junior guard, suffered a knee injury last January. It forced him ...Read more

Bucks' offensive malaise continues in 99-88 loss to Wizards

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MILWAUKEE -- When 3-pointers aren't falling, the Milwaukee Bucks can usually rely on getting buckets in the paint. The problem for the Bucks against the Washington Wizards, though, was that even points in the paint weren't easy to come by.

Milwaukee's offensive malaise from Saturday night in Dallas carried over to Monday night at the BMO Harris...Read more

Creighton tops No. 23 UCLA, 100-89, in Hall of Fame Classic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After the best rebounding game of his Creighton career, Ronnie Harrell Jr. got a message from Bluejays coach Greg McDermott that had to make his jaw drop.

Harrell, whose 15 rebounds were a key component on Creighton's 100-89 victory over UCLA in the Hall of Fame Classic semifinal on Monday at Sprint Center, was told he didn'...Read more

Sixers find way in unsightly win over Jazz

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was ugly.

There's no denying that. It was ugly and will be one of the 76ers' more forgettable wins. But in actuality, it may also be an important win.

A 107-86 decision Monday over the Utah Jazz showed that the Sixers can win even when playing horribly.

They improved to 9-7 on a night when they made a season-low four 3-...Read more

Kentucky drives to the basket to defeat Troy, 70-62

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A 70-62 victory over Troy on Monday might have marked a significant step in Kentucky's season-long process of transforming individual stars into an effective unit.

UK beat down Troy by all but abandoning the 3-point shot and going to the basket for points.

Troy, which had never beaten a ranked opponent, never led and seemed ...Read more

No. 1 Duke wins another one, beating Furman, 92-63

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DURHAM, N.C. -- For the second straight game on Monday night, Duke started slow. Last time, it was because it turned the ball over too many times. This time, because its opponents, Furman made most of its shots.

But like its previous game, Duke strung together a few defensive stops and went on a run mid-way through the first half, giving them ...Read more

How Wichita State erased an 18-point deficit to beat Cal in Maui Invitational

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LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Wichita State's debut on national television as the No. 6 team in the country was memorable.

But not because the Shockers looked like the national title contender everyone was telling them they were. No, Monday at the Lahaina Civic Center was about survival in Wichita State's 92-82 victory over California in the opening round...Read more

Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Sunday, the Timberwolves lost a home game to Detroit because of a lopsided fourth quarter in which the Pistons' tag team of big man Andre Drummond and point guard Reggie Jackson scored at will on the pick-and-roll.

On Monday, they lost 118-102 at Charlotte after they couldn't stop Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky or Dwight ...Read more