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  • Florida St looking to continue success against zone defenses

    February 10, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's success against zone defenses has played a major role in the Seminoles' four-game winning streak.Now they are about to square off against maybe the ultimate zone defense in college: Syracuse's challenging 2-3 zone.

  • No. 7 Virginia back track with a little luck, lots of 'D'

    February 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Seventh-ranked Virginia had lost its way, then got a fortuitous bounce and the Cavaliers have been on a roll since.The shot that might have turned Virginia's season around had no business going in.Reserve Darius Thompson, camped out at the 3-point line, took a pass from Devon Hall with the game clock about to expire. With Wake Forest's Devin Thomas racing out, left arm extended, Thompson launched a shot that arched high in the air, hit the backboard and went through the net, giving the Cavaliers an improbable 72-71 victory at Wake Forest.

  • North Carolina's NCAA academic case stuck in holding pattern

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo.The NCAA charged the school in May with five violations, including lack of institutional control, but there has been little movement since. The NCAA is reviewing information reported by the university in August and could amend the Notice of Allegations (NOA) used to specify violations. Until then, the case - an offshoot of a review launched nearly six years ago - can't advance toward resolution.

  • Selection Sunday is just 5 weeks away

    February 10, 2016

    Five weeks until Selection Sunday. Twenty-five more days in college basketball's regular season. The season is winding down, and that means constant bubble talk and discussions about seeding.This NCAA Tournament is setting up to be a good one. Just ask the man who's running the show.

  • Creighton's Maurice Watson continues to prove doubters wrong

    February 10, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) When Maurice Watson transferred from Boston University to Creighton, he encountered plenty of doubters who told him he lacked the size to survive in the Big East.Look at him now. He has led a team picked to finish second-to-last in the conference to the bubble of the NCAA Tournament conversation.

  • UNC spokesman: Williams expected back at next practice

    February 10, 2016

    North Carolina Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is expected to be at the team's next practice and game following a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College.Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that the ninth-ranked Tar Heels had a previously scheduled day off and would return to practice Thursday ahead of a weekend home game against Pittsburgh. He said Williams was back in his office Wednesday afternoon and the coach's regularly scheduled Friday news conference in Chapel Hill is still on as well.

  • USC AD Pat Haden suffers episode of light-headedness

    February 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Outgoing Southern California athletic director Pat Haden became faint on campus Wednesday and was hospitalized to undergo tests.Sports information director Tim Tessalone said the 63-year-old administrator was in stable condition and resting comfortably. No details on the type of testing were provided.

  • Iowa big man Adam Woodbury silences critics

    February 10, 2016

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa's Adam Woodbury is often viewed as the blue-chip recruit who never lived up to expectations.Those who have watched Woodbury closely in 2015-16 might argue that he's developed into one of the more underrated players in the Big Ten. The 7-foot-1 senior is among a handful of Hawkeyes who have helped push the program near the top of the rankings.

  • Led by freshman Ellenson, young Marquette seeks Feb. push

    February 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) With 15 wins in coach Steve Wojciechowski's second season on the bench, Marquette seems to playing well for a team that relies so heavily on a young cast led by touted freshman Henry Ellenson.Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles play in the rough-and-tumble Big East, where the more experienced teams tend to rise to the top.

  • UNC's Williams thankful, doing OK after vertigo attack

    February 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was feeling both thankful to be alive, and proud of how his team responded in the aftermath of a vertigo attack that forced him to watch most of the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 ACC win over Boston College on Tuesday night from the locker room.

  • Ohio State rallies for 71-63 win over Northwestern

    February 9, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Thad Matta pushed the right buttons during and after halftime to help his Buckeyes rally for a 71-63 win over Northwestern on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes trailed for most of the night but used a 15-2 run to erase a nine-point deficit and take the lead with six minutes to go in the second half.

  • UNC's Williams taken to locker room after feeling dizzy

    February 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams got dizzy and had to be taken to the locker room during the second half of the Tar Heels game at Boston College on Tuesday night.UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner says Williams got dizzy but is doing OK. The incident occurred during the first media timeout of the second half.

  • Utah coach Krystkowiak says time to put 'big boy pants' on

    February 9, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak had an enlightened moment during yoga Monday morning. The word `'compassion'' is a concept he often uses with his team and in the way he's built the program, but the yoga instructor gave Krystkowiak another definition.

  • Johnson, Bama's tough run starts with No. 15 Texas A&M

    February 9, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Avery Johnson's first Alabama team is used to taking on deeper, often more talented opponents.That will certainly be the case over the next three games for the Crimson Tide, starting Wednesday night against No. 15 Texas A&M.The challenging stretch that also includes road games against Southeastern Conference contenders Florida and LSU could either be a big boost or a sizable blow to the team's hopes of making the postseason.

  • Dubious record: Washington may see most players foul out

    February 9, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Along with a renewed excitement around the surprising success this season for Washington has come a soundtrack.Whistles. Lots of whistles that at times have drowned out the energized crowds out to see the young and exciting Huskies, who sit in fourth place in the Pac-12 more than halfway through the conference season.

  • Big Week: South Carolina could move to top of SEC standings

    February 9, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina could end up atop the Southeastern Conference standings, if the Gamecocks can defend their homecourt this week.South Carolina (20-3, 7-3 SEC) hosts league-leader LSU (15-8, 8-2) on Wednesday night before playing No. 22 Kentucky, which is tied with the Gamecocks and No. 15 Texas A&M in second place, on Saturday.

  • Missouri's suspended players Gant, Woods in doubt vs Vandy

    February 9, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri coach Kim Anderson hasn't decided whether to lift suspensions of Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods, who have been benched for one game after being cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.The Tigers (8-15, 1-9 SEC) have lost eight in a row heading into Wednesday night's game at Vanderbilt.

  • Louisville's Pitino awaits NCAA interview about sex scandal

    February 9, 2016

    Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday morning that he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about an escort's book allegations that a former Louisville staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team's dormitory.Pitino has said repeatedly that he did not know about the incidents, and Tuesday took that a step further, saying that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

  • UNLV loses freshman center Zimmerman to sprained left knee

    February 8, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV freshman center Stephen Zimmerman Jr. will be out indefinitely with a sprained left knee.Zimmerman was injured in the first half of the Runnin' Rebels double-overtime loss to Fresno State on Saturday. His injury came a week after junior forward Ben Carter tore his ACL against San Diego State and was lost for the season.

  • Road woes aplenty as Big 12 teams navigate conference grind

    February 8, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger warned his then-No. 1 team of the challenge it would face at Kansas State, even though the rebuilding Wildcats were near the bottom of the Big 12 standings.The Sooners failed to heed his warning in time.

  • No. 2 Maryland relies on Big Ten's best defense to win

    February 8, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Upon launching this season of lofty expectations, Maryland figured it had enough shooting stars to bury the opposition under a barrage of baskets.Turns out, the second-ranked Terrapins are winning primarily on the strength of their defense.

  • No. 5 Xavier having best season with lot of room yet to grow

    February 8, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) No Xavier team has won 20 games so quickly or been ranked so high. Yet the No. 5 Musketeers don't seem all that impressed by the inroads they've made in the school's basketball history.They're thinking the same as everyone else: This team has the potential to rank as Xavier's best when the season's done.

  • Auburn will be without leading scorer against Tennessee

    February 8, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers have a 250-pound power forward playing point guard, three scholarship players available in the backcourt and a hard time scoring without hitting their 3-point shots.That's the predicament facing Tigers coach Bruce Pearl going into Tuesday night's game at his old team, Tennessee. Pearl said Monday that leading scorer Kareem Canty will miss his second straight game after being indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

  • With road stretch looming, Florida needs to win at home

    February 8, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's postseason fate probably will be decided on the road.The Gators (15-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) play four of their final six regular-season games away from home, a tough stretch that begins next week and includes trips to Georgia, South Carolina and LSU. That daunting slate makes this week's games in the comfy confines of the O'Connell Center, beginning Tuesday night against Mississippi, almost must-win matchups for coach Mike White's team.

  • Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll; 6th top team this season

    February 8, 2016

    Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times - last time the final poll of last season - but had never made that one step up.

  • Villanova No. 1 in AP college hoops poll for first time

    February 8, 2016

    Villanova is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time.The Wildcats (20-3) made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma's loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina's losses to Louisville and Notre Dame.

  • POLL ALERT: Villanova No. 1 in AP men's hoops poll for first time; jumps after OK, NC losses.

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Villanova No. 1 in AP men's hoops poll for first time; jumps after OK, NC losses.

  • Mississippi tops Vanderbilt 85-78 behind Moody's 23

    February 7, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi guard Stefan Moody smiled in the postgame press conference and would not respond when questioned about the severity and pain from a nagging groin injury.''I'm not going to answer that,'' said the 5-foot-9 Moody, whose quickness and explosiveness are clearly limited. ''I'm just going to let my play speak for itself.''

  • UTEP honors Texas Western's historic title 50 years later

    February 6, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) Willie Worsley says he doesn't talk to his high school players in New York about being on the 1966 Texas Western team that had the first all-black starting lineup in an NCAA championship game and beat all-white Kentucky for the title.

  • Bentil plays, but No. 11 Friars can't catch No. 3 Wildcats

    February 6, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ben Bentil played for Providence despite an injured ankle, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half against No. 3 Villanova.But it wasn't enough to overcome the Wildcats, with the No. 11 Friars falling 72-60 on Saturday.It's the second straight loss for Providence (18-6, 6-5 Big East) and third in the past four games. The Friars are just 2-4 in league games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, which had a season-best 12,883 in attendance.

  • Michael's 40 helps Statham get record 1,099th win

    February 6, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Harry Statham earned his record-breaking 1,099th victory as a head coach on Saturday as freshman Nate Michael scored 40 points to lead McKendree to a 92-84 win over Maryville.The 78-year-old Statham, who is in his 50th season coaching his alma mater, moved past legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for most wins ever by a coach at a four-year school. He has 476 losses.

  • Huskers' Shields hits head, will follow concussion protocol

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Shavon Shields will follow Nebraska's concussion protocol after banging his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.The athletic department said in a statement that Shields was released from a Lincoln hospital after a CT scan was negative.

  • Robert Morris cruises past Bryant 89-71

    February 6, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Billy Giles scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, Isaiah Still added 22 and Robert Morris cruised past Bryant 89-71 on Saturday.The Colonials (7-18, 5-7 Northeast) shot 55 percent from the field despite going 4 of 15 from beyond the arc. They dominated the boards, 42-27, led by Rodney Pryor's 11. Pryor added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

  • Auburn top scorer Kareem Canty suspended indefinitely

    February 6, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Auburn has suspended leading scorer Kareem Canty indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.Coach Bruce Pearl announced the suspension before Saturday's game at Georgia.Canty, a junior point guard from the Harlem section of New York City, is averaging 18.3 points per game. He has made 69 3-pointers, the most in the Southeastern Conference. He also leads the Tigers with 111 assists, the third-best total in the SEC.

  • Elmore scores 23 with 7 treys as Marshall beats UTSA 109-91

    February 6, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jon Elmore scored 23 points with seven 3-pointers, and James Kelly scored 22 as hot-shooting Marshall thundered past Texas-San Antonio 109-91 on Saturday, breaking 100 points for the second-straight game and beating UTSA for the first time.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields is alert, moving after hard fall

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields banged his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.He was taken to a hospital and was alert and able to move his arms and legs, trainer R.J. Pietig said. He briefly lost consciousness.

  • No. 3 Villanova too much for No. 11 Providence in 72-60 win

    February 6, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Villanova was overpowered on both ends of the floor in its overtime loss at home to Providence last month, the first vulnerability shown by a team that was unbeaten in Big East play.The Friars came in a step slower for the rematch and the Wildcats took full advantage.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields bangs head, alert at hospital

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields banged his head on the court in a hard fall during a game against Rutgers on Saturday.He was taken to a hospital and was alert and able to move his arms and legs, trainer R.J. Pietig said. He briefly lost consciousness.

  • Nebraska's Shavon Shields bangs head in hard fall

    February 6, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska basketball player Shavon Shields has been taken to a hospital after falling and banging his head on the court during a game against Rutgers.The Husker Sports Network reported Saturday that Shields was unconscious briefly but could move his arms and legs.

  • Louisville's Pitino: Fine schools, coaches for violations

    February 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino said schools and coaches should be fined for violations, and players who had nothing to do with infractions should not be penalized.Pitino said athletic director Tom Jurich chose to keep Louisville out of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.

  • Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay for violating team rules

    February 6, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State star Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.Cyclones spokesman Matt Shoultz told The Associated Press that the 6-foot-9 senior did not make the trip for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State.

  • Louisville men's basketball team coping with postseason ban

    February 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville will be on the outside looking in at March Madness this spring, a view that neither the Cardinals players nor coach Rick Pitino expected.University President James Ramsey announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, meaning this year's squad will pay for misdeeds committed by others.

  • Funeral held for jump shot pioneer Kenny Sailors

    February 5, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, was remembered at his funeral as a deeply religious man who inspired others to always do their best.The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://goo.gl/hnyV8Z ) that friends and family gathered Friday at the University of Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium, where Pastor Thomas Lund recounted that Sailor once said, ''You make sure that at my funeral, you don't allow anyone to make it more about basketball than about my savior.''

  • UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

    February 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

  • With Krzyzewski back, Duke looks to return to being Duke

    February 5, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke is trying to get back to being, well, Duke again.For the Blue Devils, the first step is getting Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski back on the bench after he missed a game due to illness.He'll make his return Saturday when North Carolina State visits, and - with their confidence buoyed by a win without him - the Blue Devils hope that's followed by more wins and, eventually, a return to the Top 25.

  • Florida State G Dwayne Bacon regains confidence after slump

    February 5, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Dwayne Bacon is regaining his confidence and it comes at a good time for the Florida State Seminoles.Bacon heads into Saturday's matchup against Wake Forest with back-to-back games of 20 points or more. In wins over Clemson and North Carolina State, the 6-foot-7 freshman guard was 16 of 32 from the field. Bacon is averaging 16.4 points per game, second on the team and third among Atlantic Coast Conference freshmen.

  • JeQuan Lewis' growth at PG a key to VCU's winning streak

    February 5, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis is one of those players that has to be told to shoot the basketball.A pass-first point guard, Lewis was caught up in being a distributor more than a contributor for VCU. But once he understood he could be both at VCU, he has become more productive and the Rams are now riding a 12-game winning streak.

  • Brey: Notre Dame not intimidated by No. 2 North Carolina

    February 5, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Beating second-ranked North Carolina on Saturday doesn't look quite as formidable as it once might have for Notre Dame, not after defeating the Tar Heels twice last year.The first victory in Chapel Hill in early January last year helped launch the Fighting Irish to one of their best seasons, coming a shot away from making it to the Final Four. The second victory came in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title game, as the Irish used a 26-3 run late to win 90-82 and earn its first title in any league.

  • No. 25 South Carolina looks for win at No. 8 Texas A&M

    February 5, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) No. 25 South Carolina has followed both of its previous losses with victories in the next game. They look to do it for the third time on Saturday against Southeastern Conference co-leader in No. 8 Texas A&M.South Carolina (19-3, 6-2 SEC) can inch closer to the top of the SEC against the Aggies (18-4, 7-2), reach 20 wins for the first time in seven years and prevent its first two-game losing streak of the season.

  • USC athletic director Pat Haden to step down in June

    February 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The University of Southern California hired Pat Haden to guide its storied athletic department through the toughest time in its history.With that job largely done, USC's athletic director and dedicated Trojan decided he was ready for another role.

  • Louisville announces postseason ban for men's basketball

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino.President James Ramsey said at a news conference that an investigation revealed violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Louisville imposes men's basketball postseason ban amid investigations into escort allegations

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville imposes men's basketball postseason ban amid investigations into escort allegations.

  • Louisville schedules press conference with Pitino, others

    February 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has scheduled a press conference ''to deliver an important message to the university community.''The subject of the unexpected availability is unclear, though university President James Ramsey, athletic director Tom Jurich and men's basketball coach Rick Pitino are expected to attend.

  • Wolfpack's Henderson still working back from ankle injury

    February 5, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Terry Henderson was supposed to be in a leading role for North Carolina State's backcourt this season. Instead the West Virginia transfer is just trying to move laterally through pain and cut without limping during limited practice drills.

  • UNC-Notre Dame headlines busy weekend around the ACC

    February 5, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 2 North Carolina at Notre Dame. The Tar Heels (19-3, 8-1) breezed through the first half of the conference schedule but are coming off a loss at Louisville that trimmed their lead in the ACC standings to one game. The schedule gets tougher during the second half, and next up is a visit to Notre Dame (15-7, 6-4), which dropped out of the Top 25 after losing two of three.

  • No. 25 South Carolina, No. 8 Texas A&M meet in SEC showdown

    February 5, 2016

    Here are some things to watch in the Southeastern Conference this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 25 South Carolina at No. 8 Texas A&M: Two of the SEC's three ranked teams square off in College Station, though both are coming off losses. South Carolina has an impressive overall record at 19-3, but all of the Gamecocks' losses have come in the past seven games, including a 69-56 setback at Georgia on Tuesday. Texas A&M had an impressive 72-62 win over No. 14 Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge but followed that up by losing 77-60 at Vanderbilt on Thursday.

  • Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

    February 5, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men's Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Like the teams they officiate, the refs are being judged and graded to see if they're worthy of March Madness. Only 100 of them will make it that far, and only 10 will get to work the Final Four. Just like the teams, they're judged by their consistency and excellence under pressure in every step of a long season.

  • Missouri-St. Louis denies Statham milestone

    February 4, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Hunter Reine scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Missouri-St Louis to an 86-82 win over McKendree, denying coach Harry Statham his record-breaking 1,099th win.Statham, 78, is tied with legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for the most wins ever by a coach at a four-year school. He is in his 50th season coaching the Bearcats and has 475 losses.

  • CCSU holds off late charge by Robert Morris to win, 75-70

    February 4, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Khalen Cumberlander and Austin Nehls combined for 35 points and Central Connecticut opened a four-game road trip with a 65-60 win over Robert Morris Thursday night.The Blue Devils built a 16-point lead in the first half, taking a 9-0 lead five minutes into the game. By halftime they led 36-20.

  • Chattanooga wins 7th straight, cruises past Wofford 79-63

    February 4, 2016

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Tre' McLean scored 21 points, and Justin Tuoyo added 20 points and blocked five shots to lead Chattanooga to a 79-63 victory on Thursday night for its seventh-straight win.McLean was 8 of 10 form the floor and Tuoyo finished on 6-of-8 shooting and made 8 of 9 free throws. Chuck Ester added 12 points for Chattanooga (20-3, 9-1 Southern Conference), which shot 58 percent from the field.

  • Texas Western celebrating historic title 50 years later

    February 4, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western's historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky.The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of a game that is largely credited for ending segregation in athletics at universities in the South.

  • Texas Western set to celebrate historic 1966 NCAA title

    February 4, 2016

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western's historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky.The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of a game that is largely credited for ending segregation in athletics at universities in the South.

  • NCAA academic committee considering changes to rating system

    February 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA may start holding schools more accountable for the academic progress of athletes who are graduate transfers.An increasing number of football and men's basketball players are changing schools after earning diplomas and many end up not earning a second degree. Graduate transfers have been automatically awarded a retention point each semester on Academic Progress Rate scores even if they do not earn a second degree.

  • Iowa State's McKay struggles through knee issues

    February 4, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) There were times this season when senior center Jameel McKay looked like Iowa State's best player.Now there are times when McKay seems like a liability for the 13th-ranked Cyclones.McKay has been playing through tendinitis in his left knee for weeks, and it's hardly a coincidence that he has been struggling. McKay is averaging 12.4 points a game, but he's failed to score more than nine in each of the past six games. McKay and the Cyclones (16-6, 5-4 Big 12), losers of two straight, play Saturday at Oklahoma State (11-11, 2-7) in hopes of staying close with the current leaders of the Big 12.

  • Providence adjusting from latest bite from injury bug

    February 4, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) You'll have to pardon Providence coach Ed Cooley if he doesn't seemed too panicked about having his top player on the training table days before the 11th-ranked Friars' biggest home game of the season.It's just that his team has been dealing with one health-related issue or another for most of this season.

  • Big 12 best basketball league again, brutal half-season left

    February 4, 2016

    The Big 12 has the nation's No. 1 team in Oklahoma and half of the league's teams are ranked in the top 15 of the Top 25.For the third season in a row, the conference has the best cumulative RPI with just more than a month to go before March Madness. And in a ''break'' from league play last weekend, the Big 12 won seven of 10 games against the Southeastern Conference in an event that used to be played in December.

  • NCAA academic committee considering changes to APR system

    February 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The increase of graduate transfers in football and men's basketball - and the lack of players earning second degrees - has prompted the NCAA's academic committee to look for ways to hold those athletes more accountable.One possibility is getting rid of the automatic retention point on the Academic Progress Rate grad transfers are automatically awarded under the current system. Instead, the committee is considering making grad students earn those points. No changes would take effect until at least the fall of 2017.

  • Correction: Statham's Milestone story

    February 4, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) In a story Feb. 3 about McKendree coach Harry Statham, The Associated Press erroneously reported his overall record. It is 1,098-475.A corrected version of the story is below:McKendree coach just 1 victory away from college record

  • Providence's Bentil listed as day-to-day after ankle injury

    February 4, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley says forward Ben Bentil is day-to-day after sustaining a right ankle injury.Bentil sat out the 11th-ranked Friars' practice Thursday and will continue to be evaluated as Providence (18-5, 6-4 Big East) prepares to host No. 3 Villanova (19-3, 9-1) on Saturday.

  • New Rutgers athletic director inherits program at low point

    February 4, 2016

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers' new athletic director is unsparing when asked how he plans to turn around a program after a series of embarrassing developments on and off the field.''The first rule is, when you're digging yourself into a hole, stop digging,'' Patrick Hobbs said. ''We have to at a minimum stop digging the hole, and that's what I'm going to be about.''

  • Coach K back at work 1 day after missing Duke-Ga Tech game

    February 3, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back at work one day after missing his first game in more than 20 years.School spokesman Jon Jackson said Wednesday night that the Hall of Fame coach worked earlier that day, is feeling better and expects to resume his normal schedule Thursday.

  • McKendree coach just 1 victory away from college record

    February 4, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) Fifteen commemorative basketballs, one for each of McKendree University's appearances in the NAIA national tournament, line a high shelf to the left of Harry Statham's desk.On the wall behind the 78-year-old coach, who arrives just before 10 a.m. for another typical day in a most untypical career, is a plaque celebrating his 600th victory. That seems long ago now.

  • No. 14 West Virginia beat No. 13 Iowa State 81-76

    February 3, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's Hilton Magic seems to be losing some of its power.No. 14 West Virginia harassed Iowa State with its trademark in-your-face defense and dominated the rebounding in beating the 13th-ranked Cyclones 81-76 on Tuesday night.It was Iowa State's second loss in less than four weeks at Hilton Coliseum, where the Cyclones have posted a long string of big victories through the years and have been practically unbeatable the last three.

  • No Coach K for Duke in Georgia Tech game

    February 2, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not with the Blue Devils for Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech, skipping the Atlantic Coast Conference game after becoming ill.School officials issued a statement about an hour before tipoff saying Krzyzewski ''was feeling under the weather'' after the team meal Monday night and stayed in Durham, North Carolina.

  • Andrews putting together star season for surprising Huskies

    February 2, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) When Andrew Andrews reflects on the path of his career at Washington, he thinks about a mirror.The way his college career has played out emulates much of his prep career before he ever arrived in Seattle: Early struggles; finding a glimpse of promise; and ultimately enjoying success by staying where he started rather than transferring elsewhere.

  • Strong to the hoop: Wisconsin gaining traction in transition

    February 2, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Nigel Hayes is getting to the bucket and giving entertaining postgame observations, just like he did during last season's magical season.The fortunes of Wisconsin's verbose forward are one barometer for the Badgers' better play of late.

  • Finke likely out, Nunn questionable for Illini at Rutgers

    February 2, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach John Groce said the team may be without two of its starters when it faces Rutgers on Wednesday.Groce said Tuesday that starting forward Michael Finke has not been able to practice after injuring his left knee in a collision Sunday during a loss to Wisconsin. The coach said an MRI showed no structural damage but said Finke is unlikely to play at Rutgers (6-16, 0-9 Big Ten).

  • San Diego St. 9-0 at halfway point of Mountain West schedule

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are halfway through an undefeated run through the Mountain West Conference.That's right, the team that suffered stunning home losses to Little Rock, San Diego and Grand Canyon has ripped off nine straight victories in MWC play. Five of those have been on the road, the latest a 67-52 blowout victory at UNLV on Saturday night.

  • Wayne Selden Jr. living up to promise for No. 7 Kansas

    February 1, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Before he had even stepped on the floor at Kansas, mock drafts sprinkled across cyberspace had Wayne Selden Jr. going in the first round to some NBA team in need of a shooting guard.That was the case the following year, too.Three years later, that is still the case. But the difference this season is that Selden may finally be living up to the expectations that accompanied him to the Jayhawks as a five-star prospect.

  • Tennessee falls below .500, second-half collapses a concern

    February 1, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's chances of avoiding its first losing season in over a decade could rest on stopping its recent trend of second-half collapses.The Volunteers have dropped two straight games after leading by at least 14 points in the second half of each of them. Tennessee has blown second-half leads of at least 13 points in three of its last seven games.

  • Pearl: Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers to return against LSU

    February 1, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn's leading rebounder Cinmeon Bowers is set to return from a one-game suspension.Tigers coach Bruce Pearl says Bowers will play in Tuesday night's game against LSU. He was suspended for Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State ''for conduct detrimental to the team.''

  • Duke out of AP men's Top 25 poll; Oklahoma stays No. 1

    February 1, 2016

    For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is nowhere to be seen in The Associated Press Top 25 - not near the top, not even at the bottom. This is the first time since the preseason poll of 2007-08 that the Blue Devils are not ranked.Duke (15-6) has lost four of its last five, including home games with Notre Dame and Syracuse. Last week's loss to Miami knocked them out from 24th, ending a run of 167 consecutive appearances in the men's poll.

  • Duke out of AP men's poll for 1st time in over 8 years

    February 1, 2016

    For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in The Associated Press Top 25.The Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five, including two home games. They had been in every men's poll since the preseason rankings of 2007-08. The record run is UCLA's 221 straight polls from 1966-80.

  • Layman helps No. 8 Maryland past Ohio State 66-61

    January 31, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The freshmen on the Maryland roster had no idea what it would mean to get a victory at Ohio State.Senior forward Jake Layman not only told them, but showed the way when the No. 8 Terrapins beat the Buckeyes 66-61 on Sunday to ease the memory of painful losses in Columbus.

  • C Ochefu (concussion) out for No. 6 Villanova vs St. John's

    January 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Villanova center Daniel Ochefu will not play in the sixth-ranked Wildcats' game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden.The 6-foot-11 senior suffered a concussion during practice this week.Ochefu is averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds for the Wildcats (17-3, 7-1), who are in first place in the Big East heading into Sunday's game against the Red Storm.

  • St. Francis (Pa.) hits 13 3s in 90-78 win over Robert Morris

    January 30, 2016

    LORETTO, Pa. (AP) Ben Millaud-Meunier made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 29 points, leading St. Francis (Pa.) to a 90-78 win over Robert Morris on Saturday night.Malik Harmon hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points as St. Francis (10-11, 6-4 Northeast Conference) made a season-high 13 3-pointers. Ronnie Drinnon scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards.

  • Prohm loses to mentor, No. 14 Iowa St falls to No. 5 Aggies

    January 30, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Iowa State coach Steve Prohm tried to filter out the emotion of facing his mentor.It was tough to do, at least until tip-off Saturday against former boss Billy Kennedy and No. 5 Texas A&M.''Once you start the game, you're more engaged with your team,'' Prohm said after his No. 14 Cyclones lost 72-62 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

  • Huggins critical of team after No. 9 WVU loses at Florida

    January 30, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had plenty of complaints after his team's worst loss of the season.Too many turnovers. Not enough effort. Maybe even some selfishness.Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points, Brandone Francis-Ramirez hit three huge 3-pointers and Florida upset the ninth-ranked Mountaineers 88-71 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

  • Kenny Sailors, star Wyoming jump shot pioneer, dies at 95

    January 30, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died Saturday. He was 95.He died in his sleep at an assisted living center in Laramie, the University of Wyoming said.

  • Kenny Sailor, jump shot pioneer and Wyoming star, dies at 95

    January 30, 2016

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died Saturday. He was 95.He died in his sleep at an assisted living center in Laramie, the University of Wyoming said.

  • Manuel says he'll be UConn advocate for Power Five

    January 30, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Warde Manuel says he will be an advocate for the University of Connecticut's fight to get into a Power Five conference in his new job as athletic director at Michigan.The former UConn athletic director will take over at Michigan in March. He spoke to the UConn media at halftime of the school's women's basketball game against Memphis on Saturday.

  • Arkansas' Hannahs ready to face former school, Texas Tech

    January 30, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Dusty Hannahs' season-long homecoming celebration will take on added meaning this weekend when the Arkansas sharpshooter stares across the court at a stark reminder of his not-so-recent past.Hannahs, who leads the Razorbacks (10-10) in scoring in his first season back on the court following a transfer from Texas Tech, will get an up-close look at his former team when the two schools meet on Saturday afternoon.

  • Florida likely without starter Justin Leon vs No. 9 WVU

    January 29, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida likely will be without starting forward Justin Leon against No. 9 West Virginia on Saturday.Leon suffered a concussion early in Tuesday's loss at Vanderbilt and hasn't been cleared to practice or play. Coach Mike White on Friday called Leon's status a ''probable absence.''

  • Healthy Bookert key to improved Florida St. perimeter game

    January 29, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A healthy Devon Bookert has helped Florida State's perimeter game get back on track.Going into Saturday's game against Clemson, the senior leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in 3-point percentage in league games, hitting 56.8 percent from beyond the arc (21 of 37). In nonconference play, the 6-foot-2 guard was 12 of 47 (25.5 percent) on 3-pointers as he was hampered by a wrist injury.

  • UNC's Williams no fan of ESPN's focus on NBA prospects

    January 29, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams is no fan of how ESPN touts NBA prospects playing in college games aired by the network.During his regularly scheduled news conference Friday, Williams went off topic to criticize the network for focusing ''about the frickin' green room'' - a reference to where prospects wait to hear their name called in the NBA draft - in January during the peak of conference play.

  • Kentucky-Kansas headlines intriguing Big 12-SEC Challenge

    January 30, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kentucky against Kansas on the hallowed hardwood of Allen Fieldhouse.Need anything more be said?The matchup between two of college basketball's bluest blue-bloods Saturday headlines the Big 12-SEC Challenge, a series of intriguing matchups that includes Texas A&M-Iowa State and Oklahoma-LSU.

  • UConn names interim athletic director, search committee

    January 29, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst named her chief of staff as interim athletic director Friday and appointed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Warde Manuel.Manuel, who ran athletic department for the last four years, was introduced Friday as Michigan's new athletic director.

  • No. 2 Tar Heels know things about to get tougher in ACC

    January 29, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams has long promised his teams that things would get tougher as they entered the conference schedule.It's taken a month for his second-ranked Tar Heels to reach that point in their Atlantic Coast Conference slate, thanks to a quirk in the schedule that loaded up the second half of the schedule with the teams picked to finish in the top third of the conference race.

  • Arizona's Miller rips into team after loss to No. 23 Oregon

    January 29, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona's 49-game home winning streak had barely ended when coach Sean Miller ripped into his team.In the aftermath of the 18th-ranked Wildcats 83-75 loss to No. 23 Oregon on Thursday night, Miller said his players simply aren't doing what he's telling them to do.

  • IUPUI beats Western Illinois 69-67, ties for 1st in Summit

    January 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Matt O'Leary posted career highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, and IUPUI held on to beat Western Illinois 69-67 on Friday to move into a four-way tie for first place midway through the Summit League season.Aaron Brennan's basket gave IUPUI a 66-63 lead. Garret Covington cut the deficit to one before Marcellus Barksdale put back his own shot to make it a three-point advantage with a minute to go. Western Illinois' Jabari Sandifer made two free throws and the Leathernecks got a defensive rebound. After a timeout, the Leathernecks worked the clocked down but Covington was double-teamed inside and traveled with 2.3 left.

  • Small ball: Guards 6 feet and shorter take over scoring race

    January 29, 2016

    Some of college basketball's smallest players are putting up some of its biggest numbers.One of the funkier quirks of a season full of them is that four of the country's top five scorers entering Friday's games were 6 feet tall or shorter. At 5-foot-11, Howard guard James Daniel led the way with 27.9 points per game, followed by 5-foot-9 Oakland star Kahlil Felder (25.3), 6-foot Davidson standout Jack Gibbs (24.8) and Stefan Moody, all of 5-10, of Ole Miss (24.3).

  • UConn's Warde Manuel back at Michigan as athletic director

    January 29, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan hired UConn's Warde Manuel as its new athletic director on Friday, bringing back a well-regarded alumnus who once played football for the Wolverines - just like its coach, Jim Harbaugh.The 47-year-old Manuel, who had been Connecticut's athletic director since 2012, was given a five-year deal by Michigan. The salary was not immediately disclosed.

  • LSU gets crack at No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday

    January 29, 2016

    Here are some things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU: The Tigers get a tough home matchup in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, hosting the top-ranked Sooners and guard Buddy Hield. LSU will counter with impressive freshman forward Ben Simmons. LSU has won four of its past five games and could go a long way toward cementing itself as an NCAA Tournament team with a victory over the Sooners. Honorable mention: No. 20 Kentucky travels to No. 4 Kansas.

  • No. 11 Virginia at No. 16 Louisville tops ACC's week ahead

    January 29, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 11 Virginia at No. 16 Louisville. The Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3 ACC) pulled off an improbable comeback to win at Wake Forest on Tuesday, keeping them amid a crowd in the top half of the league. Now they host the Cardinals (17-3, 6-1), who are alone in second place and have won three straight games. Another loss would sink the Cavs further back in the standings. In that Wake Forest win, Virginia coach Tony Bennett briefly scrapped his pack-line defense in favor of a zone because ''it shows you how desperate we were. ... We just said, `You never know.'''

  • Phelps creates quite a distraction, helps Arizona State

    January 29, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Wearing a tiny swim suit and flashing his abs, Michael Phelps created quite the distraction.The Olympic great, who is training at Arizona State University this year, helped the school's college basketball team Thursday.Phelps appeared from behind the ASU student section's ''Curtain of Distraction,'' standing between two shirtless students with 13:47 left to play.

  • No longer perfect, NCAA-banned No. 13 SMU still AAC leader

    January 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) With no postseason possibility because of NCAA penalties, No. 13 SMU was looking for a perfect season.Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown never got caught up in talk about going undefeated, but some of his players had openly discussed the goal of winning every game they played.

  • Division II coach ties Summitt mark for wins at 4-yr school

    January 29, 2016

    LEBANON, Ill. (AP) McKendree University men's basketball coach Harry Statham posted his 1,098th career victory Thursday night, matching Pat Summitt's mark for the most at a four-year school.Statham is in his 50th season at the Division II college. He guided the Bearcats past Wisconsin-Parkside 92-85 on the court named in his honor.

  • Niagara edges Marist 69-66

    January 28, 2016

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Matt Scott scored a career-high 32 points and Karonn Davis sank the winning 3-pointer to lift Niagara to a 69-66 win over Marist on Thursday night.Trailing 62-54, Niagara (6-16, 4-7 Metro Atlantic) overtook Marist during a late 12-0 run that included a jumper, a free throw and a 3-pointer from Scott to make it 66-62 with 1:50 left. Marist got two quick buckets, a layup from Isaiah Lamb and Brian Parker's jumper, to tie it at 66 before Davis hit the 3-pointer at the other end to win it.

  • Wofford wallops ETSU 87-73 as Collins scores 24

    January 28, 2016

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Spencer Collins poured in 24 points and Justin Gordon 15 as Wofford built a comfortable halftime lead and cruised past East Tennessee State 87-73 on Thursday night, handing the Buccaneers just their second loss in the last 10 games.

  • Mount St. Mary's coasts to 70-49 win over Robert Morris

    January 28, 2016

    EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) BK Ashe scored 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 70-49 win over Robert Morris on Thursday night.Will Miller added 14 points, Junior Robinson had 11 and Chris Wray 10 for Mount St. Mary's (10-12, 7-2 Northeast Conference), which has won four of their past five games.

  • CAA men's basketball tourney moving to Charleston in 2017

    January 28, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The Colonial Athletic Association's men's basketball championships are relocating to Charleston.The league announced Thursday Charleston will host its postseason event from 2017-19. The event will be held at the 11,000-seat North Charleston Coliseum, which organizers said recently underwent million in improvements.

  • No. 24 Duke looking to break out of worst slump since 2007

    January 28, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) None of Duke's players have gone through anything like this at the school.The 24th-ranked Blue Devils are mired in their worst slump in nearly a decade. The reigning national champs have dropped four of five and are in danger of dropping out of the national rankings for the first time since 2007.

  • SEC seeking respect as it prepares to match up with Big 12

    January 28, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) This weekend's Big 12/SEC Challenge offers a midseason opportunity for both leagues: The Southeastern Conference has a chance to improve its national perception, while the Big 12 seeks to solidify its status as the nation's top basketball conference.

  • No. 4 Kansas stumbling through midpoint of Big 12 schedule

    January 28, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There are only a handful of schools in major college basketball that would consider three losses in a five-game stretch - two of them to highly ranked opponents - as reason for concern.One of those schools happens to be Kansas.''Three weeks ago we were the No. 1-ranked team in the country. This week the sky is falling, I know that,'' said Jayhawks coach Bill Self, whose team has lost games at West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Iowa State around home victories against TCU and Texas.

  • Gonzaga struggling after opening in Top 10

    January 28, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga began the season ranked in the Top 10 and was expected to ride the imposing front court of Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski deep into the NCAA Tournament.But a season-ending back injury to Karnowski and inconsistent play from the guards has caused the Zags to stumble this season.

  • No. 22 Wichita St uses balanced scoring to top Loyola 80-54

    January 28, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) After a blowout win, it was single-digit numbers on the stat sheet that caught the eye of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.Ron Baker had eight points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to help the No. 22 Shockers rout Loyola of Chicago 80-54 on Wednesday night.

  • Purdue's Swanigan out vs. Minnesota with ankle injury

    January 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten's leading rebounder, has been held out of the game at Minnesota with a right ankle injury.Swanigan was hurt on Sunday in the first half at Iowa. He wound up playing 25 minutes but finished just 2 for 9 from the floor. Coach Matt Painter said afterward that Swanigan's ankle was ''fine,'' but the 21st-ranked Boilermakers apparently weren't ready to risk aggravation for their freshman standout.

  • AP sources: Warde Manuel agrees to be Michigan's AD

    January 27, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Warde Manuel has agreed to be Michigan's next athletic director, according to two people familiar with the situation.Both spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details about the search.

  • Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije excelling for Orange

    January 27, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) With one simple remark after losing to North Carolina, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim paid the ultimate compliment to Michael Gbinije when asked whether Gbinije was tired at the end of the game.''He's not coming out'' of games during crunch time, Boeheim said.

  • No. 8 Maryland needs to rebound better against No. 3 Iowa

    January 27, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland will be in rebound mode against Iowa on Thursday night - in more ways than one.Coming off a 74-65 loss Saturday at Michigan State, the No. 8 Terrapins will seek to bounce back at home against third-ranked Iowa in a pivotal Big Ten matchup.

  • Prairie View coach Rimm resigns with Panthers 1-18

    January 27, 2016

    PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) Prairie View's Byron Rimm II has resigned with the Panthers off to a 1-18 start in his 10th season as head coach.Rimm's resignation was announced by the school Wednesday. Assistant coach Byron Smith has been named the interim coach for the remainder of this season, starting with Saturday's game at Alabama A&M.

  • 'It just hurts': Frustrated Wake Forest hopes for turnaround

    January 27, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest keeps finding ways to lose, leaving the Demon Deacons' strong start this season as nothing more than a distant memory.They've been blown out. They've blown big leads and had their own rallies from big deficits fall short. They've been competitive against good teams but just couldn't finish them off.

  • AP sources: UConn athletic director offered Michigan job

    January 27, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Two high ranking UConn officials say the school's athletic director has been offered the same job at Michigan.The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Michigan has made no official announcements about the opening.

  • Georgia Tech is 1 of college basketball's biggest mysteries

    January 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) By all rights, Georgia Tech should be a powerhouse.Atlantic Coast Conference pedigree.New arena.Stellar recruiting base.Yet, the Yellow Jackets haven't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2010, a streak that seems unlikely to end with the team off to a 1-5 start in ACC play.

  • Pflueger finds role with No. 25 Notre Dame just in time

    January 26, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is finding a role as a dependable contributor just in time for the 25th-ranked Fighting Irish.The 6-foot-6, 198-pound guard from Dana Point, California, is expected to make his first career start when the Fighting Irish (14-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) play at Syracuse (13-8, 3-5) on Thursday. Pflueger will start in place of leading scorer Demetrius Jackson, who is out with a pulled right hamstring, with Steve Vasturia taking over as point guard.

  • Hofstra's Nichols to miss rest of season

    January 26, 2016

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Hofstra senior forward Malik Nichols will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to his left knee.The school said Tuesday that Nichols was injured in the second half of Sunday's victory over William & Mary.Nichols played in all 20 games this season for the Pride and averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.

  • Rebuilding Bradley looks abroad for help

    January 26, 2016

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Practice is no problem. Luuk van Bree, Callum Barker, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Joel Okafor are used to the training that goes along with playing hoops at a high level.The most challenging aspect of college ball for Bradley's international freshmen is learning how to compete, and it's a constant point of emphasis for coach Brian Wardle.

  • Tim Meadows impersonates Ben Carson at Iowa State game

    January 25, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Former ''Saturday Night Live'' actor Tim Meadows made a surprise appearance before Iowa State's basketball game against Kansas - playing Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.Meadows showed up at half court roughly 90 minutes before tip-off in Ames, Iowa. The public address announcer introduced him as Carson, and Meadows proceeded to sing the national anthem in the neurosurgeon's voice.

  • Notre Dame's Jackson out vs. Syracuse with hamstring injury

    January 25, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame leading scorer Demetrius Jackson will miss Thursday's game at Syracuse with an injured right hamstring.Coach Mike Brey said Monday that Jackson will travel with the 25th-ranked Irish (14-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) but won't play against the Orange (13-8, 3-5). Brey says Jackson also may miss Sunday's game against Wake Forest (10-9, 1-6). Brey says hamstring injuries can be tricky and he doesn't want to bring Jackson back too quickly.

  • Georgia bracing for road trips to LSU and No. 17 Baylor

    January 25, 2016

    Georgia will have to overcome some unusually difficult travel challenges if it is to extend its first winning streak since late December.Saturday's overtime win over Arkansas was crucial for Georgia (11-6, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), which needs a strong run to improve its hopes for a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

  • Correction: New Mexico-San Jose St story

    January 25, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) In a story Jan. 23 about the women's college basketball game between New Mexico and San Jose State, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to The University of New Mexico as New Mexico State University.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • South Carolina looks to rebound at home after tough stretch

    January 25, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes his team's current bumpy stretch is nothing that a little time at home this week can't correct.The Gamecocks (17-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with 15 straight wins. They've split their four games since, including a disappointing 78-69 loss at Tennessee Saturday. South Carolina dropped out of the Top 25 on Monday for the first time in five weeks.

  • Big East looks like beast, NCAA Tournament to tell tale

    January 25, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) When the Big East underwent its metamorphosis in 2013 and returned to its basketball-centric roots, the question was whether the conference could recapture the magic of its heyday.The initial answer wasn't promising. Four of its 10 teams reached the NCAA Tournament and none made it past the first weekend.

  • Vols' Moore finds ways to contribute amid scoring slump

    January 25, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes forward Armani Moore is versatile enough to make a major difference without ever putting the ball in the basket.Moore's recent performances are putting that theory to the test.The 6-foot-4 senior entered Southeastern Conference play averaging 15 points per game, but he has just 6 points per game in league competition. Moore has shot 26.8 percent in six SEC games - he missed one SEC game with an ankle injury - after making 42.8 percent of his field-goal attempts in nonconference play.

  • Dupree returns to North Dakota St 2 weeks after leaving

    January 25, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Junior guard Carlin Dupree has rejoined the North Dakota State basketball team, two weeks after leaving because he was unhappy with his role.Dupree said in a statement issued by the school Monday that he made ''a selfish decision'' and hopes he'll be forgiven.

  • Iowa, Texas A&M at rare rankings

    January 25, 2016

    Iowa is at its highest ranking in 29 years while Texas A&M is at its highest ranking ever.The Hawkeyes, who have beaten five ranked teams this season, are third, their highest ranking since January 1987. That month the Hawkeyes spent their only week ever as a No. 1 team and three weeks at No. 2.

  • Oklahoma stays No. 1 in AP poll, North Carolina right behind

    January 25, 2016

    Oklahoma, despite losing to Iowa State last week, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Unlike last week, when the Sooners were a unanimous No. 1, North Carolina is a close second.Oklahoma (16-2) received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, seven more than the Tar Heels (18-2), who remained second.

  • POLL ALERT: Oklahoma retains top spot in men's AP Top 25 hoops despite loss to Iowa State

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Oklahoma retains top spot in men's AP Top 25 hoops despite loss to Iowa State.

  • NC State keeping eye on 'Cat' Barber's injured knee

    January 25, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried says he's monitoring point guard Anthony ''Cat'' Barber's knee.Gottfried said Monday that it's ''wait and see'' for the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer. He says he didn't expect Barber to practice later that day but ''we'll just kind of monitor him over the next few days.''

  • Seton Hall star and Hall of Famer Bobby Wanzer dies at 94

    January 25, 2016

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famer Bobby Wanzer, who starred at point guard for Seton Hall in the 1940s and led the Rochester Royals to their only NBA championship, has died.Wanzer died Saturday at his home outside Rochester at age 94. His family announced his death.

  • Big East looks like beast, but NCAA tournament to tell tale

    January 25, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) When the Big East underwent its metamorphosis in 2013 and returned to its basketball-centric roots, the question was whether the conference could recapture the magic of its heyday.The initial answer wasn't promising. Four of its 10 teams reached the NCAA tournament and none made it past the first weekend.

  • No. 11 Oregon State women grind out 61-47 win over Colorado

    January 24, 2016

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Ruth Hamblin scored Oregon State's first 10 points and finished with 20, and the 11th-ranked Beavers defeated Colorado 61-47 on Sunday.Jamie Weisner added 14 points and Marie Gulich had 10 rebounds to go with eight points as Oregon State (16-3, 7-1 Pac 12) outrebounded the Buffaloes 47-32.

  • 2 MAC officials suspended after crazy finish to game

    January 24, 2016

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) The Mid-American Conference has suspended two officials who failed to blow a whistle during the chaotic final seconds of a double overtime game between Eastern Michigan and Ball State.In a statement Sunday, the conference said errors in judgment ''must be met with swift and firm disciplinary action.''

  • King leads Colorado past Washington State, 75-70

    January 23, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) George King scored 22 points to lead Colorado to a 75-70 victory at Washington State on Saturday night.Josh Scott added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-5, 4-3 Pac-12).Ike Iroegbu led Washington State (9-10, 1-6) with 27 points, one off his career high. Conor Clifford, a junior college transfer, matched his season bests of 18 points and five rebounds. The Cougars have lost five consecutive games.

  • Stetson beats Kennesaw State 84-79 behind Pegg

    January 23, 2016

    KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) Brian Pegg had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds as Stetson defeated Kennesaw State 84-79 on Saturday.Stetson (8-13, 2-4 Atlantic Sun) shot 29 for 50 from the floor (58 percent) and 20 for 25 from the free-throw line (80 percent). Only one of Stetson's eight players who entered the game shot below 50 percent.

  • No. 2 North Carolina's game at Virginia Tech moved to 3 p.m.

    January 23, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference says Sunday's game at Virginia Tech featuring the Hokies and No. 2 North Carolina has been moved to a 3 p.m. start.The game was originally slated to tip at 6:30 p.m. The league cited ''continued weather conditions'' in announcing the game.

  • Robert Morris never trails in 65-54 win over Bryant

    January 23, 2016

    SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) Kavon Stewart scored 18 points, Elijah Minnie added 13 to go with 12 rebounds and a career-best six blocks, and Robert Morris never trailed in a 65-54 win over Bryant on Saturday.Rodney Pryor scored 10 points for Robert Morris (6-15, 4-4 Northeast), including seven from the free-throw line in the final 1:15 as the Colonials salted the game away.

  • Krzyzewski: 'Still no timetable' for Jefferson's return

    January 23, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Duke senior Amile Jefferson is progressing with his recovery from an injury to his right foot, though coach Mike Krzyzewski says there's ''still no timetable'' for his return.Jefferson has been out since December, and the 20th-ranked Blue Devils are leaning heavily on a six-man rotation.

  • Stranded motorists dug out of snow on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh that was shut down by a snowstorm, stranding hundreds of motorists including university athletics teams, began to clear Saturday afternoon.More than 500 cars, trucks and buses got stuck Friday night. Some buses were carrying the Duquesne University men's basketball team and the Temple University gymnastics squad.

  • No. 20 Duke beats NC State 88-78 to end 3-game losing skid

    January 23, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen scored 28 points and No. 20 Duke took control with a second-half flurry to beat North Carolina State 88-78 on Saturday and end a three-game losing streak.Freshman Brandon Ingram added 25 points for the Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 points late in the first half but seized momentum with their go-ahead 14-0 run.

  • Athletes, church group among 500 vehicles snowbound

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Snowbound college athletes and teenage parishioners spent the night stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - munching on snacks or watching movies to pass the time as they waited to be dug out from massive backups that stretched for miles brought on by a powerful winter storm.

  • Snow sacks Marquette-St. John's basketball game

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The men's basketball game between St. John's and Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Saturday has been postponed because of the blizzard pummeling New York City.The game was rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Carnesecca Arena in Queens.

  • Athletes, trucks, cars halted on snowed-in turnpike

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Snowbound college athletes and teenage parishioners spent the night stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike - munching on snacks or watching movies to pass the time as they waited to be dug out from massive backups that stretched for miles brought on by a powerful winter storm.

  • Coach: Temple women's gymnastics team stuck but doing fine

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Members of the Temple University women's gymnastics team are among those stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to the big winter storm - but their coach says they're doing fine.Umme Salim-Beasley says the team's bus has been stuck since Friday night about 80 miles from Pittsburgh. She says they left Philadelphia at about 2 p.m. Friday to try to beat the storm but ran into traffic.

  • Coach: Duquesne b-ball team stuck overnight on snowy highway

    January 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Duquesne University's men's basketball team was stuck overnight on the snow-closed Pennsylvania Turnpike as traffic stoppages stretched back miles in a massive snowstorm climbing up the East Coast.Coach Jim Ferry said the team bus got stuck around 9:15 p.m. on Friday and hadn't moved since.

  • Florida State coach, guard Rathan-Mayes not on the same page

    January 22, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Hamilton and Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes have been unable to get on the same page, and until they do the sophomore's playing status remains unclear.Rathan-Mayes's may not play in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after the Atlantic Coast Conference assists leader didn't play in the Seminoles' 84-65 loss at No. 17 Louisville.

  • Coach Staley looks to keep No. 2 South Carolina focused

    January 22, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Dawn Staley chuckles when asked about the road ahead for No. 2 South Carolina, a daunting stretch where the undefeated Gamecocks face four ranked opponents.''It's just the task at hand,'' the coach said on Friday. ''We don't talk about the schedule.''

  • Oklahoma's Hield lifts teammates, Bahamians by upping game

    January 22, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield's rise from a raw talent in the Bahamas one of the top scorers in college basketball has lifted everyone he's touched on his journey.He's lifted the University of Oklahoma. His 46-point scoring binge at Kansas made him the talk of college basketball, then he led the Sooners to their first No. 1 ranking since 1990.

  • Highly recruited Smith assisting NC State from sideline

    January 22, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Dennis Smith Jr. is trying to get a head start on his college career, even if he can only help North Carolina State from the sideline or around the practice facility right now.The instate point guard graduated early from high school and enrolled at North Carolina State in January, allowing him to focus on rehabbing a serious knee injury suffered last summer and adjusting to college life. He's also carving out his leadership role with the Wolfpack for when he's ready to play next season, down to giving advice to his older teammates after practices or games to help them now.

  • Gophers struggling through Pitino's 3rd season as predicted

    January 22, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Richard Pitino took over at Minnesota, he told the administrators who hired him to anticipate some bumps along the road in building a consistent Big Ten contender.The third season, Pitino warned, would be especially taxing for the program.

  • Syracuse's rise, Duke's Miami trip headline ACC's week ahead

    January 22, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Syracuse at No. 13 Virginia. Sure, Syracuse (13-7) is just 3-4 in the league, but Jim Boeheim's return from an NCAA suspension has helped spark a three-game winning streak that includes Monday's win at No. 20 Duke. And that has the Orange back near the middle of the league standings entering Sunday night's matchup. ''Our defense has been better these three games than it was and that's probably the major difference,'' Boeheim said. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers (14-4, 3-3) have gotten off to a slower-than-expected start after going 32-4 in ACC play while claiming the past two regular-season titles.

  • Vanderbilt finally gets hot, faces Kentucky on Saturday

    January 22, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Vanderbilt at No. 23 Kentucky: After losing its first three SEC games, Vanderbilt has won three straight in league competition and finally is starting to play the way it was expected to perform all season. Those three wins have come against Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee. The Commodores face a much tougher task Saturday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky owns a 30-game home winning streak.

  • Robert Morris uses late first-half run, beats CCSU 59-45

    January 21, 2016

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Kavon Stewart and Elijah Minnie scored 15 points apiece to lead Robert Morris to a 59-45 victory over Central Connecticut State on Thursday night.Stewart shot 6 of 10 from the floor. Minnie finished on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Colonials (5-15, 3-4 Northeast Conference), who have won three of their last five games since snapping a four-game skid.

  • Ex-NBA player Tate George sentenced to 9 years for fraud

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme.A federal judge in Trenton also ordered George to pay .5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

  • ACC schedule takes hit because of approaching snowstorm

    January 21, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday moved two basketball games involving No. 13 Virginia back a day because of forecasts for heavy snow.In Washington, the George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been rescheduled for Friday at noon instead of Saturday, while the George Mason's men's basketball game against Duquesne in Fairfax, Virginia, has been moved up from Saturday to Friday afternoon in the hopes of avoiding the storm.

  • Maryland star Melo Trimble adds passing, defense to his game

    January 21, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Melo Trimble can still score, and he remains Maryland's go-to guy with the game on the line.Those qualities, established a year ago during his freshman season, have been enhanced by the ability to find the open man and shut down the opposition on the other end of the court.

  • Auburn's Bowers brings energy, rebounds back to lineup

    January 21, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Cinmeon Bowers has brought energy, points and rebounds back to Auburn's starting lineup.Bowers helped lead the Tigers (9-8, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) to back-to-back wins over No. 23 Kentucky and rival Alabama since reclaiming his starting job.

  • VCU coach Will Wade says surging Rams can't get complacent

    January 21, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) First-year VCU coach Will Wade has the Rams off to a better start in the Atlantic 10 than was expected before the season began, not that he is letting their nine-game winning streak cloud his reality.The Rams (14-5, 6-0 Atlantic 10), picked to finish fifth in the preseason, are alone atop the conference standings. But after they extended their winning streak with a 93-71 victory against Duquesne on Wednesday night, they were greeted in the locker room by a very animated, unhappy coach.

  • Philly hoops celebrates 60 years of Big 5

    January 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple coach Fran Dunphy was distracted just enough by yet another round of cheers that reverberated around the Palestra that he wanted to leave his team during a timeout and recognize some former greats himself.''I wanted to get out and applaud and look at everybody out there,'' Dunphy said.

  • Saint Joseph's rolls to 75-60 win over Penn

    January 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) DeAndre Bembry scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Saint Joseph's rolled to a 75-60 win over Penn on Wednesday night.Bembry finished 7-of-19 shooting for the Hawks (15-3) and led four players in double figures including Aaron Brown with 15 points, Isaiah Miles with 13 points and Shavar Newkirk with 11 points. The win is the fourth-straight for the Hawks who have won 11 of their last 12 games.

  • Missouri State defeats Drake 79-70 behind Miller's 23 points

    January 20, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Dequon Miller scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and Missouri State erupted for 50 second-half points to beat Drake 79-70 on Wednesday night.Drake led 39-29 at the half before the Bears used a 14-2 run in a little more than four minutes to take a two-point lead.

  • Colorado St basketball player loses parents in house fire

    January 21, 2016

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) The recipient of the game ball was an easy choice: Colorado State junior Emmanuel Omogbo after scoring one point in 10 heavy-hearted minutes.Omogbo gave the Rams an emotional lift in an 83-79 win over Air Force on Wednesday night, a day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house fire.

  • No. 23 Kentucky facing urgency to improve with 2 SEC losses

    January 20, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats face a major challenge: Find a way to stop getting bullied before the heralded squad drops completely out of the Top 25.The Wildcats have tumbled to No. 23 in the rankings after rising to No. 1 on Nov. 23.

  • Colorado State player loses parents in house fire

    January 20, 2016

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State junior forward Emmanuel Omogbo is expected to play at Air Force on Wednesday night, a day after losing his parents and two young relatives in a house fire.Fire officials in Maryland said Caroline and Samson Omogbo died at the scene in a blaze early Tuesday in Chillum. His sister's 2-year-old twins were taken to a hospital, where they died.

  • Texas A&M rolling toward NCAA tourney after 4-year absence

    January 20, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M's return to prominence has been several years in the making.You will have to excuse coach Billy Kennedy if he gets a little choked up when asked about the rise of the Aggies in his fifth year in College Station.

  • Washington names Jennifer Cohen interim athletic director

    January 19, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The University of Washington has appointed Jennifer Cohen as its interim athletic director.Washington President Ana Mari Cauce announced Cohen's appointment on Tuesday. Cohen will take over for Scott Woodward, who is leaving the school to take the athletic director position at Texas A&M.

  • No. 16 Providence rallies late, downs No. 18 Butler 71-68

    January 19, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ben Bentil scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and 16th-ranked Providence rallied late to outlast No. 18 Butler 71-68 on Tuesday night.Rodney Bullock added 16 points for the Friars (16-3, 4-2 Big East), who improved to 3-1 this season against ranked opponents. It was Providence's second victory over Butler this season.

  • Banned Missouri booster says he meant no harm

    January 19, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) A Georgia businessman who gave internships to several Missouri men's basketball players and ran afoul of NCAA rules says he ''had good intentions and no ill intent.''Christopher Mark Tuley admitted that he's the employer accused of providing benefits that are not permitted to three players and one recruit in 2013 and 2014, the Columbia Daily Tribune (bit.ly/20cvalQ) reports. The benefits included compensation for work not done through a summer intern program, along with housing, 0 cash, local transportation, iPads, meals and use of a local gym, according to a 19-month review that Missouri conducted collaboratively with the NCAA. Information the school released last week about the review doesn't name the employer.

  • Cal senior Tyrone Wallace out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    January 19, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California senior point guard and leading scorer Tyrone Wallace will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.Cal made the announcement Tuesday, a big blow for coach Cuonzo Martin's team that had high hopes of challenging for the Pac-12 title this season. Wallace returned for his senior season in Berkeley rather than entering the NBA draft. He is averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while starting the first 18 games for the Golden Bears.

  • Michael Jordan's nephew transfers to UNC Greensboro

    January 19, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan's nephew has transferred to North Carolina-Greensboro to play basketball.UNC Greensboro coach Wes Miller on Tuesday announced the addition of Justin Jordan, saying he has enrolled at the school. He must sit out two semesters due to NCAA transfer rules and may begin playing after the Fall 2016 semester.

  • Desperate times for No. 20 Duke after 3 straight losses

    January 19, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference's ''Sportsmanship Week'' didn't get off to the best start with questions about a lack of postgame handshakes by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, which may have crystallized the Blue Devils' mounting frustrations.

  • Georgia looking for turnaround following ugly loss to Aggies

    January 19, 2016

    Georgia is looking for a quick recovery after its first Top 25 test produced the Bulldogs' worst loss under seventh-year coach Mark Fox.The Bulldogs need a turnaround, starting with Wednesday night's game at Missouri, if they are to show they can still be a contender for a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Lack of height has Tennessee relying on small-ball lineup

    January 19, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will be looking up at most of its opponents the rest of the season, no matter where the Volunteers are in the Southeastern Conference standings.It has nothing to do with their record. It has more to do with their size, or lack thereof.

  • College hoops season filled with surprises so far

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The college basketball season is revving up with some great games and individual performances as it winds toward March Madness.As is usually the case, the season so far has been filled with some big surprises, including a Final Four coach retiring midseason, a merry bench mob and loads of upsets.

  • New Mexico State, Wichita State to play makeup game Feb. 15

    January 18, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State and New Mexico State will play Feb. 15 in the makeup of a game between NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago that had to be postponed by weather.The Shockers and Aggies were scheduled to play Dec. 28 in Wichita, but a snowstorm prevented New Mexico State's flight from taking off. The Aggies were unable to book replacement flights.

  • Oregon St suspends Reid at least 4 games for tripping ref

    January 18, 2016

    Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid was suspended at least four games by the school on Monday, a day after sticking out his leg and tripping a referee late in a loss to Utah.Reid made eye contact with official Tommy Nunez before tripping him. The senior apologized when Oregon Stated announced the suspension, which was affirmed by the Pac-12 Conference.

  • Oregon St suspends Reid minimum 4 games for tripping ref

    January 18, 2016

    Oregon State has suspended Jarmal Reid at least four games for tripping a referee during Sunday night's loss at Utah.Coach Wayne Tinkle announced the suspension on Monday. Reid also issued a statement apologizing for his actions.Tinkle said Reid's conduct over the next two weeks will determine if additional discipline will be taken.

  • Florida takes pressure off Finney-Smith to be more vocal

    January 18, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dorian Finney-Smith tried to be Florida's vocal leader.A fifth-year senior, a returning starter and a guy with Final Four experience, it made perfect sense for new coach Mike White to ask Finney-Smith to do a little more in his last year.

  • Oklahoma back on top of AP poll for 1st time in 26 years

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the final two weeks of the 1989-90 season. The Sooners took the top spot in style, getting all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for 12 polls last season.

  • Oklahoma back on top of AP poll for first time in 26 years

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the final two weeks of the 1989-90 season. The Sooners took the top spot in style, getting all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for 12 polls last season.

  • Oklahoma a unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25 hoops poll

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma didn't just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1.Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma's first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90. Kentucky was a unanimous No. 1 for 12 weeks last season.

  • Utah rallies for win after Oregon State player trips referee

    January 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jarmal Reid's split-second decision to trip a referee sent Oregon State to a loss - and might have cost The Beavers' forward a whole lot more.Reid sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling to the court and was ejected with 2:56 remaining, starting Utah's rally that led to a 59-53 victory Sunday night.

  • Iona's suspends Washington 2 games for slap

    January 17, 2016

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Junior forward Jordan Washington has been suspended two games by Iona College for his slapping a Monmouth player in the scuffle that broke out after Friday night's game.The 6-foot-8 Washington was clearly seen on tape slapping Monmouth's Chris Brady after the Hawks' 110-102 victory at Iona. Something happened during the handshake line and suddenly there was pushing and shoving between the teams during which Washington reached out and made contact with Brady's face.

  • Penn State defeats Northwestern 71-62

    January 17, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Penn State has struggled making 3-pointers all season.The Nittany Lions turned their long-range shooting woes around Saturday night. And they defeated Northwestern at its own typically strong 3-point shooting game.Brandon Taylor scored 19 points and Donovon Jack had 14 as Penn State beat Northwestern 71-62.

  • Anglin scores 20, Northern Colorado tops Montana State 78-76

    January 16, 2016

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) Dallas Anglin scored 20 points with six assists, and Jeremy Verhagen hit two free throws with 27 seconds left to help Northern Colorado slip past Montana State 78-76 Saturday night.Anthony Johnson scored 16, on 6-of-10 shooting, while Jordan Wilson and Jordan Davis added 10 points apiece for Northern Colorado.

  • Robert Morris rallies to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 64-58

    January 16, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Elijah Minnie scored 17 points, and Conrad Stephens made all six of his shots and had 13 points as Robert Morris beat Fairleigh Dickinson 64-58 Saturday.With the scored tied at 9 with 12:04 before the half, Earl Potts Jr.'s back-to-back jumpers started a 17-4 run to give the Knights a 26-13 lead with 6:13 to play.

  • Robert Morris rallies to beat Farleigh Dickinson 64-58

    January 16, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Elijah Minnie scored 17 points, and Conrad Stephens made all six of his shots and had 13 points as Robert Morris beat Farleigh Dickinson 64-58 Saturday.With the scored tied at 9 with 12:04 before the half, Earl Potts Jr.'s back-to-back jumpers started a 17-4 run to give the Knights a 26-13 lead with 6:13 to play.

  • No. 17 Iowa State beats Kansas State 76-63

    January 16, 2016

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Monte Morris scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, Gorges Niang continued his form at Bramlage Coliseum with 15 points, and No. 17 Iowa State kept Kansas State at arm's length in a 76-63 victory Saturday.The win snapped a two-game skid for the Cyclones (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) after close losses to Texas and No. 22 Baylor, and prevented Iowa State's first 1-4 league start since 2010-11.

  • Men's Top 25 Capsules

    January 16, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Wayne Selden Jr. scored 11 points, Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo provided a boost off the bench, and No. 1 Kansas slogged past TCU 70-63 on Saturday.Bragg had 10 points, as did Perry Ellis and Devonte Graham. Diallo had nine points and nine rebounds to help the Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) bounce back from a loss at West Virginia.

  • Florida State's freshmen trying to adjust to ACC play

    January 16, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has stumbled out of the gate in the first two weeks of Atlantic Coast Conference play.The Seminoles went 10-2 in non-conference games, which was their best start since 2010-11. But for the second straight season they have lost three of their first four in the ACC. Things don't get easier as Florida State faces three ranked teams in a seven-day span starting Sunday when it hosts No. 13 Virginia.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with 6 double-figure scorers

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting an uncommonly balanced attack ranking among the nation's best, a big reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • SMU player caught up in sanctions plans to transfer

    January 15, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU junior guard Keith Frazier, the former Dallas high school star whose name was prominent in an NCAA investigation that led to a postseason ban for the undefeated Mustangs, has decided to transfer.Coach Larry Brown said Friday that the 2013 McDonald's All-American ''wanted a fresh start'' after taking time away from the program to consider his future.

  • Oklahoma Christian coach Hays to resign after 33rd season

    January 15, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays will resign at the end of his 33rd season at the school.The 69-year-old Hays is in his 38th season overall as a college head coach. He has compiled a 721-460 record entering Saturday's game at Dallas Baptist (Texas). He spent five seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

  • Former Jacksonville basketball standout Morgan dies at 67

    January 15, 2016

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Jacksonville University basketball standout Rex Morgan, a two-year starter who helped the Dolphins reach the 1970 national championship game, died early Friday. He was 67.Jacksonville announced that Morgan, a Charleston, Illinois, native, had died after university officials were notified by family members. Morgan battled throat cancer for six years after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2010.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with balanced attack

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting a balanced attack, a major reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • Pearl: Auburn guard Shamsid-Deen out for season

    January 15, 2016

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is out for the season with a shoulder injury.Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Friday that Shamsid-Deen will undergo surgery on his right shoulder. He's missed the last seven games and also missed the end of last season with injuries that required surgery on both shoulders.

  • No. 5 UNC's offense rolling with 6 double-figure s

    January 15, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get North Carolina's offense moving at full speed.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige - or any other player - these days.UNC enters Saturday's rivalry game with North Carolina State boasting a balanced attack, a major reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

  • Mississippi State still trying to turn corner under Howland

    January 15, 2016

    The quick fix for Mississippi State's basketball program looked like a simple three-step process.First, hire a coach who has been to three Final Fours. Next, combine him with a McDonald's All-American freshman guard who is considered a can't-miss prospect. And finally, watch the wins pile up.

  • Guard Stefan Moody lighting up SEC scoreboards for Ole Miss

    January 15, 2016

    Mississippi's Andy Kennedy is a basketball coach who has lived most of his life in a football-crazy part of the country.So when the Louisville, Mississippi, native describes how much the Rebels depend on guard Stefan Moody, it's not surprising he'd use a reference from the gridiron.

  • Hamilton brothers making marks on opposite coasts

    January 15, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Isaac and Daniel Hamilton grew up in Los Angeles playing basketball as a contact sport.The pair received plenty of bloody noses and life lessons trying to keep up on the court with a group of much older kids that included brothers Gary, who played at the University Miami and Jordan, who starred at Texas and played in the NBA.

  • No. 15 Texas A&M rolling as last undefeated team in SEC play

    January 15, 2016

    Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 15 Texas A&M at Georgia. The Aggies are the only SEC team unbeaten in conference play after edging Florida on Tuesday and are looking like the best team in the league after impressive nonconference wins over Baylor and Gonzaga. They have a productive one-two punch with Jalen Jones (17.6 points per game) and Danuel House (16.1) and the pair is surrounded by a capable supporting cast. The Aggies face a Georgia team that is coming off an 81-72 victory over Tennessee.

  • NC State-UNC, Syracuse-Duke games headline this week in ACC

    January 15, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: North Carolina State at No. 5 North Carolina. The Tar Heels (15-2, 4-0) haven't lost an ACC game. The Wolfpack (10-7, 0-4) haven't won one yet - but they would love nothing more than to spoil their top rival's best start since 2000-01, when North Carolina opened 11-0 in the league. North Carolina State point guard Anthony ''Cat'' Barber leads the league in scoring (22.5 points per game) but the Wolfpack need much more from their supporting cast if they're to turn things around.

  • Ohio State, Nike agree on 2M sponsorship extension

    January 15, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University has extended its current sponsorship contract with Nike by 15 years in a deal worth 2 million, the school and athletic apparel company announced.The current partnership had been scheduled to end in July 2018, but will now continue until 2033. Most of the updated provisions in the contract won't go into effect until 2018, but the agreement includes .5 million in cash and million in products upfront.

  • Playmaker Jackson adjusts to role as Notre Dame's go-to guy

    January 15, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) The only positive coach Mike Brey remembers about Notre Dame's first trip to play at Duke as an Atlantic Coast Conference member was the emergence of guard Demetrius Jackson as a leader.The Irish, who went on to win the ACC title last year, were overwhelmed by the fans at Cameron Indoor Arena and the Blue Devils, blown out 90-60 in Notre Dame's worst loss since 1999. Duke took control with a 43-7 run in the first half and Notre Dame's two leaders, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton, had no idea what to say.

  • Wiltjer scores 35 but BYU beats No. 25 Gonzaga 69-68

    January 15, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The deep front line that No. 25 Gonzaga was counting on this season was not there on Thursday night, and the Zags suffered a rare home loss, 69-68 to BYU.Center Przemek Karnowski is out for the season with a back injury. Against BYU, forward Domantas Sabonis was in foul trouble the entire game and limited to five points. Forward Kyle Wiltjer tried to carry the team himself, scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Gonzaga (13-4, 5-1 West Coast Conference) saw a seven-game winning streak snapped.

  • Emery 3-pointer lifts BYU over No. 25 Gonzaga 69-68

    January 14, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) BYU was having a poor shooting night, and trailed No. 25 Gonzaga for much of the game.Then the Cougars got hot late, and freshman guard Nick Emery hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left that provided the winning points in a 69-68 victory Thursday night.

  • Mt. St. Mary's uses big 1st half to beat Robert Morris 76-52

    January 14, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) BK Ashe had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Mount St. Mary's dominated the first half on Thursday night and cruised to a 76-52 win over Robert Morris.The Mountaineers (7-11, 4-1 Northeast Conference) scored 23 straight to lead 30-7 on Chris Wray's 3-point play and went on to a 43-13 lead at the break.

  • Iowa State in Big 12 trouble after 1-3 start in league play

    January 14, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) No. 17 Iowa State is on the verge of falling out of the Big 12 Conference race before it even really begins.Iowa State's surprising 1-3 start in league play has put it in a precarious spot heading into Saturday's road game at Kansas State (11-5, 1-3 Big 12).

  • Valentine, Hield headline top games in college hoops so far

    January 14, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Michigan State's Denzel Valentine started the first week of the season with a triple-double in a marquee matchup, while North Carolina's Brice Johnson and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield had their own huge performances once conference play began.

  • No. 19 South Carolina goes cold in 73-50 loss to Alabama

    January 14, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) South Carolina lost its shooting touch and its first game.Now, the 19th-ranked Gamecocks finally get to find out how they respond to defeat after losing 73-50 Wednesday night to Alabama with an utterly uncharacteristic performance. Only the bid for perfection is over for South Carolina (15-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).

  • Freshman Lyle's triple-double leads Ohio State past Rutgers

    January 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) JaQuan Lyle did his part in the first half to keep Ohio State in the game against Rutgers on Wednesday night with a double-double, even though the Buckeyes trailed by two.His teammates finally got untracked in the second half, turning that two-point deficit into a 94-68 rout.

  • Rule change to help underclassmen get NBA evaluations

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) College basketball underclassmen could work out with one NBA team per year and still return to college without jeopardizing their eligibility under new rules approved Wednesday at the NCAA annual convention.Players will be allowed to enter the draft multiple times and participate in the combine and one NBA team tryout per year. They also will be allowed up to 10 days to withdraw from the draft after the combine.

  • It's early but Washington the only undefeated team in Pac-12

    January 13, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Lorenzo Romar is the last person who's going to get overly excited about Washington sitting on top of the Pac-12 Conference standings after two weeks of league play.Pleased? Absolutely. But forget about Romar declaring his team of young pups ready to be the elite of the Pac-12 this early.

  • No. 13 Virginia struggling to live up to defensive roots

    January 13, 2016

    Virginia coach Tony Bennett responded defiantly before the complete question was even asked about his team's defensive philosophy.No, he said, No. 13 Virginia has not changed its identity from a defense-minded team to one focuses more on offense. The coach also said if the Cavaliers want to reach their potential, they need to start playing better defense.

  • Missouri admits NCAA hoops violations, vacates '13-14 season

    January 14, 2016

    The University of Missouri admitted NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011 and banned itself Wednesday from the postseason this year and vacated all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions, which includes the SEC tournament.

  • Missouri admits NCAA violations, vacates 2013-14 season

    January 13, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Admitting it found NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011, Missouri on Wednesday banned itself from the postseason this year and said it is vacating all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions.

  • Texas says no evidence of academic misconduct

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) An investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in the University of Texas men's basketball program found no violations, though a broader probe of support services questioned whether the school focuses too much on boosting team grade-point averages than an athlete's overall education, the school announced Wednesday.

  • Football's over. It's time for hoops

    January 13, 2016

    It's basketball's turn to be the focal point of college athletics.No more fields of 100 yards. It's now courts of 94 feet.The only thing basketball and football have in common is a 3-point field goal.The 2015-16 season has been underway for two months and if you've been paying attention elsewhere, here's a quick look at what you missed and what you can expect for the next two months as we head to Houston for the Final Four.

  • Nebraska downs Minnesota 84-59 for second-straight win

    January 13, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska started Big Ten conference play with three-straight losses, but the Cornhuskers have found a way to win, taking their last two games by more than 20 points after Tuesday night's 84-59 victory over Minnesota.That was the first time since January of 1981 that Nebraska had won consecutive conference games by more than 20 points. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 90-56 Saturday.

  • LeVert sitting out again for Michigan against Maryland

    January 12, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Caris LeVert is sitting out again against No. 3 Maryland with a lower left leg injury.LeVert, Michigan's top scorer, did not suit up and missed his third straight game Tuesday night. The 6-foot-7 senior is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range.

  • Longhorns: Swingman Jordan Barnett asks to transfer

    January 12, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Team officials say swingman Jordan Barnett, one of the Texas Longhorns' top 2014 recruits, has asked to transfer and leave the Longhorns.A terse statement Tuesday night from the Longhorns says the sophomore guard and small forward from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis has told the coaching staff of his intention to transfer.

  • Michigan State's Wollenman aiming to attend medical school

    January 12, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Colby Wollenman left his tiny, no-stop light town in Wyoming to enroll at Michigan State in 2011, fully expecting to go from being a three-sport prep star to a pre-med student on academic scholarships.He started playing pick-up basketball at intramural buildings that fall and after flashing some athletic ability, one of his friends suggested he try out to play for the Spartans.

  • NCAA allows Syracuse to count 3 scholarships toward penalty

    January 12, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The NCAA Committee on Infractions has approved Syracuse University's request to begin serving its men's basketball scholarship penalty this season, the university said in a release Tuesday.The NCAA originally sanctioned Syracuse last March with the loss of three scholarships a year for a four-year period. That penalty was part of the punishment for violations within the men's basketball program. The university appealed and the governing body reduced the penalty to eight over four years.

  • Syracuse in uncharted territory under Boeheim: 0-4 in ACC

    January 12, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) After Syracuse had dropped its fourth straight game to open Atlantic Coast Conference play, coach Jim Boeheim shrugged off his team's spot in the conference cellar.''It's not something new for me,'' Boeheim said after Saturday night's 84-73 loss to North Carolina, ranked No. 5 this week. ''There's 14 games left to go. We started 0-4 one year and we won 10 games in the league.''

  • Former Butler star Andrew Smith dies after battling cancer

    January 12, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Smith's basketball skills made him a fan favorite at Butler.Teammates, coaches, family and friends always knew there was a lot more to Smith than that.On Tuesday, the former Bulldogs star, who played in two national championship games, died at the age of 25 after a two-year battle with cancer. Athletic director Barry Collier spoke with Smith's family before issuing a joint statement with university President James Danko.

  • No. 10 SMU seeks 'crazy special' year without NCAA return

    January 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU is halfway to potential perfection in Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's fourth season and in the top 10 for the first time in 30 years.Yet, the No. 10 Mustangs know there will be no return to the NCAA Tournament, even if they keep it up and do something ''crazy special'' like win all their games.

  • Gonzaga basketball team to star in HBO reality series

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Gonzaga's men's basketball team is getting its own five-episode reality series.''Gonzaga: The March to Madness'' debuts Feb. 16 on HBO, with the finale set to air on March 15, the first day of the NCAA Tournament.The show follows the team starting with the current season in November, includes their West Coast Conference games and gives behind-the-scenes access to the team from Spokane, Washington.

  • North Dakota State guard leaves team in dispute over role

    January 12, 2016

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State junior guard Carlin Dupree has left the basketball team.Coach David Richman says Dupree was unhappy with his role. Richman says he supports Dupree, but not Dupree's decision.Dupree had played in all 17 games for the Bison this season and started 14 of them. The Milwaukee native was averaging seven points, three rebounds and two assists per game.

  • UNLV gets back to business with interim coach

    January 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV interim coach Todd Simon wanted to make sure the Runnin' Rebels got right back to work.''It's hard to get back to normalcy as soon as you can,'' said Simon, less than 24 hours after taking over for Dave Rice. ''The best thing we can do is really focus on the next thing. I think with this generation of kid that's what you do, you focus on the immediate thing.''

  • Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown back for No. 10 SMU

    January 11, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was back on the court Monday, directing No. 10 SMU's practice a day after missing the second half of a game for the undefeated Mustangs.Brown wasn't feeling well all day Sunday. He coached the first half of an 88-73 victory over UCF, but didn't return after that because he felt dizzy.

  • Broken finger likely to sideline VCU's Burgess 'a few weeks'

    January 11, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU starting guard Jordan Burgess will likely miss ''a few weeks'' after breaking a finger on his non-shooting hand.Rams coach Will Wade says he's not certain how much time the do-everything Burgess will miss, but added, ''I don't anticipate anything where he'll be back quickly.''

  • Florida, White focus on energy, effort amid scoring woes

    January 11, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida hasn't changed a whole lot under new coach Mike White.Much like the last few years under former coach Billy Donovan, the Gators are offensively challenged - statistically, they are one of worst offensive squads in the country.

  • Georgia Tech finally shows it can win a close ACC game

    January 11, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech's first win over a top-five team in six years could be evidence that this season's team can win close games.First, coach Brian Gregory wants to see how his Yellow Jackets follow up Saturday's upset of then-No. 4 Virginia.The Yellow Jackets (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Notre Dame on Wednesday.

  • Utah coach says 'toxic' atmosphere halted BYU series

    January 11, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak believes his conduct during last month's heated game against BYU contributed to the decision to cancel the series next season. It's just the second time that's happened since 1909 - the other was due to World War II.

  • No. 3 Maryland flourishes with deep roster, unselfish play

    January 11, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Off to the best start in school history, No. 3 Maryland no longer must answer questions about sharing the basketball, creating chemistry and achieving balance on the offensive end of the court.Coming into the season, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon's biggest task appeared to be maintaining harmony on a team filled with stars. Sophomore guard Melo Trimble was expected to be the go-to guy in crunch time, but it was unclear how returnee Jake Layman and newcomers Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr. fit in.

  • Calipari: 'I plan on being at Kentucky for a long time'

    January 11, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says he's not talking with ''ANYBODY'' about an NBA coaching job and plans on being with the Wildcats for a long time.The Brooklyn Nets, whom Calipari coached to a 72-112 mark from 1996-99 while in New Jersey, fired Lionel Hollins on Sunday. Last summer, Calipari shot down reports about the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching vacancy that was filled by Alvin Gentry.

  • AP men's poll: SMU back in top 10 for 1st time in 30 years

    January 11, 2016

    SMU, along with South Carolina the only unbeaten teams in Division I, cracked the top 10 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, the Mustangs first time there since 1985.In a season where they played without coach Larry Brown for nine games because of NCAA violations, and face not playing in the NCAA Tournament for those same reasons, the Mustangs are off to a 15-0 start.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma stay 1-2 in men's AP Top 25 poll

    January 11, 2016

    Kansas and Oklahoma, who played one of the season's best games last week, remain 1-2 in the men's Top 25 basketball poll by The Associated Press.The Jayhawks (14-1) beat the Sooners 109-106 in triple overtime. They received all but two first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. It is the second week at No. 1 for Kansas.

  • Rice resigns as UNLV's coach in middle of fifth season

    January 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dave Rice knew there was pressure heading into this season. A third straight year of not making the NCAA Tournament would not go over well at UNLV, particularly with all the talent he had accumulated.As the Runnin' Rebels' struggles reached a low point this weekend, the pressure became too much.

  • Larry Brown not on No. 15 SMU bench after halftime

    January 10, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was absent from the bench during the second half of No. 15 SMU's game Sunday.School officials said the 75-year-old Brown wasn't feeling well and dealing with some symptoms of vertigo. Brown has had similar issues in the past.

  • Freshman Trier to miss up to 6 weeks for No. 7 Arizona

    January 10, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) No. 7 Arizona will be without Allonzo Trier up to six weeks after the star freshman broke his right hand against Southern California.Trier was injured in Arizona's 103-101 double-overtime loss to the Trojans Saturday night. The school sent a release Sunday saying he will be out 4 to 6 weeks, but did not elaborate when he was injured.

  • Syracuse's Jim Boeheim returns to the bench after suspension

    January 9, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Even with coach Jim Boeheim back on the Syracuse bench after serving a nine-game suspension, the Orange failed again in the closing minutes and lost for the fourth straight time.Isaiah Hicks scored 21 points and No. 6 North Carolina spoiled the Hall of Fame coach's first game back, pulling away in the closing minutes in an 84-73 victory Saturday night.

  • Washington edges Washington State 99-95 in OT

    January 9, 2016

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) The youthful Washington Huskies continue to prove they are wise beyond their years.The Huskies, who start four true freshmen with senior guard Andrew Andrews, remain alone in first place in the Pac-12 Conference after knocking off Washington State 99-95 in overtime Saturday afternoon.

  • St. Francis (BKN) holds off Robert Morris 56-49

    January 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Antonio Jenifer had a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points, and Tyreek Jewell and Yunus Hopkinson each scored 10 as St. Francis-Brooklyn beat Robert Morris 56-49 on Saturday.St. Francis (6-11, 2-2 Northeast) dominated the glass with a 51-27 advantage. Jenifer entered the game averaging just 4.3 rebounds per contest. The Terriers, however, shot just 15 for 50 from the floor.

  • Arkansas' Bell flourishing in expanded role for Razorbacks

    January 9, 2016

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Anthlon Bell never had a problem attempting 3-pointers during his first three seasons at Arkansas.It was getting them to go in on a game-to-game basis that occasionally frustrated the Razorbacks' guard, his coaches and fans.Bolstered this season by the confidence derived from a newfound leading role, Bell has found the consistency Arkansas (7-7, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has long sought from the 6-foot-3 senior.

  • St. John's center Sima out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's freshman center Yankuba Sima has a fractured bone in his left hand and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.The school said Friday that the 6-foot-11 native of Spain was examined by a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He injured his non-shooting hand in the first half Wednesday night against No. 10 Xavier and did not play in the second half of the 83-65 loss, the sixth straight for the Red Storm (7-9, 0-3 Big East).

  • Former NBA player John Johnson dies at 68

    January 8, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) John Johnson, a two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, has died. He was 68.Johnson's godson, John Herndon, said Friday that Johnson died Thursday at his San Jose home. The cause of death wasn't known.

  • After road upset, young Marquette looks to improve at home

    January 8, 2016

    Coach Steve Wojciechowski dabbled with a trendy dance move to celebrate in the locker room after a big Marquette victory.He's holding off from taking a stab at another ''dab'' until the Golden Eagles can accumulate a few more victories.Marquette can start building off its 65-64 upset win over No. 8 Providence this week when St. John's visits the Bradley Center on Saturday.

  • Syracuse's Jim Boeheim returns after 9-game suspension

    January 8, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) That empty seat on the Syracuse bench, the one on the team bus, and the one on the airplane rides to road games over the past month won't be empty anymore - coach Jim Boeheim returns to the sidelines on Saturday night after serving a nine-game suspension.

  • Washington's Scott Woodward named AD at Texas A&M

    January 8, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Scott Woodward has been named Texas A&M's new athletic director after serving in that same position at Washington since 2008.Texas A&M President Michael Young announced the hiring Friday, three days after Eric Hyman announced he was stepping down from the position.

  • Spartans step up while Valentine recovers from knee surgery

    January 8, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine dribbled from the right wing and dunked with ease. Then from the left wing, Michigan State's star effortlessly made a spin move and finished near the rim for a layup.However, it was just warmups.''Yeah, it felt good, but I knew I wasn't playing,'' he said.

  • Tennessee's Punter emerges as 1 of nation's prolific scorers

    January 8, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. initially resisted the adjustment that has helped make him one of the nation's most prolific scorers.When Rick Barnes took over as Tennessee's coach in the offseason, he suggested that Punter alter the mechanics of his shot. Punter said that marked the first time someone had mentioned changing his unorthodox delivery.

  • No. 6 UNC expects to have Meeks back for Syracuse trip

    January 8, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he expects injured big man Kennedy Meeks to play for the first time in four weeks.Williams said Friday that Meeks went through portions of practice the previous two days. The coach says, ''I fully expect that he'll play, but I don't know how much or how effective'' he will be against Syracuse on Saturday night.

  • Boeheim's return, No. 4 Virginia-No. 12 Miami top ACC play

    January 8, 2016

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 6 North Carolina at Syracuse. The preseason favorite Tar Heels (14-2) are 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since their Final Four season of 2007-08, and they're chasing their first 4-0 start since starting 11-0 in 2000-01. They're headed to Syracuse (10-6, 0-3) in time for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim's return from a nine-game NCAA suspension, which should add some juice to Saturday night's matchup in the Carrier Dome. ''I'm sure he'll have a chip on his shoulder that will reflect on us as well,'' leading scorer Michael Gbinije said after Tuesday's loss to Clemson. ''If he was to pick a game to come back, he picked the right one.''

  • No. 22 South Carolina's balanced attack has Gamecocks 14-0

    January 8, 2016

    A few things to watch as the Southeastern Conference enters its second week of league play:GAME OF THE WEEK: Vanderbilt at No. 22 South Carolina The Gamecocks (14-0, 1-0 SEC) put their perfect record on the line Saturday when they host a Vanderbilt team that certainly could use a victory. Vanderbilt (8-6, 0-2) began the season ranked 18th but hasn't lived up to expectations and opened its conference schedule with losses to LSU and Arkansas. South Carolina has benefited from a balanced attack, as it has five different players averaging between 10.9 and 12.4 points per game.

  • Robert Morris upends LIU Brooklyn 70-60 with late surge

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 21 points and corralled 11 rebounds as Robert Morris upended LIU Brooklyn 70-60 in a Northeast Conference clash on Thursday night.Elijah Minnie and Isaiah Still scored 13 each in a game with five ties and four lead changes. Minnie sparked a breakaway 8-1 spurt sinking one of his three 3-pointers with 3:30 left in the game. He capped it with a soaring, one-handed dunk, pushing a 58-57 lead to 66-58 when LIU called time with 1:15 to go. The Colonials (3-13, 1-2) scored just enough at the foul line to maintain the edge.

  • Can Hurricanes sweep ACC? First they must beat Florida State

    January 7, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The Miami Hurricanes head into Saturday's game against Florida State with a 1-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and guard Ja'Quan Newton is confident there are many more wins to come.''I see our potential as being going to the Final Four and going undefeated in the league,'' Newton said Thursday.

  • Boeheim suspension wasn't easy at home, wife says

    January 7, 2016

    Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension is officially over, but the consequences linger for the longtime Syracuse coach and his family.Like clockwork, the 71-year-old Boeheim met with his team at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center just after the stroke of midnight Tuesday, a couple hours after Clemson had beaten his Orange by 1 point in overtime, about a minute after his monthlong hiatus from the team officially ended.

  • Clemson picks up Texas A&M transfer in Elijah Thomas

    January 7, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has added another transfer to its basketball roster in former Texas A&M forward Elijah Thomas.Tigers coach Brad Brownell said Thomas has enrolled for the spring semester and will be eligible to play in December.Thomas is a 6-foot-9 forward who played in eight games for Texas A&M this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

  • Utah cancels basketball game against BYU next season

    January 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah has canceled its contracted basketball game next season against rival BYU because of events that occurred in recent games, Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a statement Wednesday.Krystkowiak approached athletic director Chris Hill last month about canceling the game scheduled for Provo, and Hill agreed.

  • NC State seeking help for Barber against No. 16 Louisville

    January 6, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Anthony ''Cat'' Barber insists he's fresh and can handle the huge load he's carrying for North Carolina State.Maybe he's right. But the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer could use some help with scoring and ball-handling duties if North Carolina State wants to beat No. 16 Louisville on Thursday night, not to mention get back to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in as many seasons under Mark Gottfried.

  • Keith Frazier still away from No. 15 SMU for personal issues

    January 6, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) SMU junior guard Keith Frazier is still away from the undefeated No. 15 Mustangs working through personal issues, with the support of coach Larry Brown and the program.Frazier is still on the roster, but will miss his second game Thursday when the Mustangs host Cincinnati.

  • BYU says Utah has canceled rivals' game next season

    January 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) BYU says Utah has canceled the rivals' contracted basketball game scheduled for Provo next season.BYU coach Dave Rose said Wednesday that he's disappointed in the decision and believes the rivalry should continue.There was controversy at the end of this season's game when BYU guard Nick Emery was kicked out for throwing a punch and was suspended for a game by the West Coast Conference. Utah won the game 83-75 in Salt Lake.

  • U of Hawaii appeals NCAA men's basketball postseason ban

    January 6, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii is appealing the NCAA's decision to ban the men's basketball program from postseason games.Athletic Director David Matlin said Wednesday the university readily accepted most of the penalties handed down by the NCAA. But he says the postseason ban during the 2016-2017 academic year unfairly penalizes student-athletes for the mistakes of others.

  • Illinois guard Lewis back for Michigan State game

    January 6, 2016

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) An Illinois team hit hard by injuries and illness will get guard Khalid Lewis back in time for Thursday's game at No. 5 Michigan State.Illini coach John Groce said Wednesday that Lewis will return to the lineup against the Spartans (14-1, 1-1 Big Ten). Lewis missed games against Michigan and Ohio State while recovering from the mumps.

  • LeVert's status still uncertain for Michigan against Purdue

    January 6, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein says guard Caris LeVert's status is still uncertain heading into Thursday night's game at No. 20 Purdue.LeVert sat out Saturday's win over Penn State with a lower left leg injury. He is Michigan's leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points per game.

  • Ole Miss opens .5 million new arena vs Alabama

    January 6, 2016

    After years of playing in one of the Southeastern Conference's most outdated facilities, Mississippi hosts the first game in its .5 million new basketball arena on Thursday night.Now coach Andy Kennedy hopes he has a team that's worthy of the new home.

  • No. 23 UConn falls to Temple 55-53 on Brown's jumper

    January 5, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn's recipe for winning normally involves a lot of transition basketball and a healthy dose of Daniel Hamilton.Temple held UConn's sophomore star to just seven points and two field goals on Tuesday night, and kept the 23rd-ranked Huskies without a fast-break basket in a 55-53 victory.

  • American Athletic Conference suspends Memphis' Shaq Goodwin

    January 5, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The American Athletic Conference has suspended Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin one game for violating the league's sportsmanship code for apparently tripping an opponent while sitting on the bench during a loss to South Carolina.

  • Indiana expects Blackmon to miss season with injured knee

    January 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.The sophomore was scheduled for surgery Tuesday afternoon, before the team played Wisconsin. He was hurt in practice last week. The team has not provided details about the injury.

  • San Diego State says basketball program cleared by NCAA

    January 5, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State athletic officials say they've been notified by the NCAA that allegations made against the men's basketball program were not substantiated.In September, CBS Sports, citing unidentified sources, reported that SDSU's program was under investigation by the NCAA for potential rules violations that included possible improper benefits to recruits.

  • Indiana's No. 2 scorer out indefinitely with knee surgery

    January 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.The sophomore was scheduled for surgery Tuesday afternoon, before the team played Wisconsin. He was hurt in practice last week. The team has not provided details about the injury.

  • Texas A&M athletic director Hyman steps down after 4 years

    January 5, 2016

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman is stepping down after four years on the job.University President Michael Young announced the move Tuesday.Hyman was hired as athletic director in 2012 and helped the Aggies' transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. He was also AD at VMI, Miami (Ohio), TCU and South Carolina.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma looking ahead to rematch after 3OT thriller

    January 5, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was still wringing wet after a three-overtime thriller against Kansas, the longest game ever played in the long, storied history of Allen Fieldhouse, when he flashed a brilliant smile and said, ''I can't wait for the rematch.''

  • Iowa surges into Top 25 with strong Big Ten start

    January 5, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) In non-conference play, Iowa looked like a talented team still searching for a breakout performance.The Hawkeyes appear to have figured things out.Iowa (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) is rolling after one of its best weeks in years. The Hawkeyes rolled past then-No. 1 Michigan State 83-70 to open league play at home and beat then-No. 14 Purdue 70-63 on the road Saturday.

  • Delaware State beats D-III Summit U 93-44 for 1st win

    January 4, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) DeAndre Haywood scored 18 points and Aric Dickerson finished with 17 points as Delaware State pounded Division III-member Summit University 93-44 for its first win of the season Monday night.Dana Raysor added 15 points for Delaware State (1-13), which was playing at home for the first time since Nov. 21.

  • Wagner edges Robert Morris 72-69

    January 4, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Romone Saunders scores 17 points with eight rebounds and Wagner edged Robert Morris 72-69 on Monday.Matty McConnell's 3-pointer with 1:16 to go pulled Robert Morris to within one, at 70-69. But the Colonials missed their last three shots and two free throws, while Michael Carey made a pair from the line for Wagner. The Seahawks made their last 11 free throws of the game and finished 19 of 24.

  • New No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma meet right away

    January 4, 2016

    Kansas is the fourth team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season joining North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State.This is the 58th week at No. 1 all-time for the Jayhawks and their first trip to the top since February 2011.Kansas is fifth on the all-time list following UCLA (134), Duke (127), Kentucky (115) and North Carolina (113).

  • Kansas moves to No. 1, will face No. 2 Oklahoma Monday night

    January 4, 2016

    Kansas and Oklahoma moved to the top two spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll and the Big 12 schools will meet Monday night.Kansas (12-1) received 44 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday while Oklahoma (12-0) got the other 21.

  • POLL ALERT: Kansas and Oklahoma move to 1-2 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll, meet Monday night

    January 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Kansas and Oklahoma move to 1-2 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll, meet Monday night.

  • Loving leads Ohio State to 75-73 win over Illinois

    January 3, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State is heavy on freshmen and sophomores but needed it most experienced player to hold off Illinois 75-73 for its sixth straight win on Sunday.Marc Loving, who had a career-high 27 points, had six straight points to carry Ohio State from a 61-59 deficit to a 65-61 lead with 2:21 to play thanks to a dunk, a 3-pointer and a foul shot.

  • Kansas, Oklahoma poised for possible 1-2 matchup in Lawrence

    January 3, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There is a nice bit of symmetry to the fact that Kansas and Oklahoma could be meeting Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse as the top two teams in the country.That's because they were also 1-2 the last time their league had such a matchup.

  • Coggins' 19 leads CS Fullerton past CS East Bay, 75-52

    January 3, 2016

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Tre Coggins scored five of his 19 points to help Cal State Fullerton to an 8-0 start and the Titans went wire-to-wire to beat Division II Cal State East Bay 75-52 on Saturday night.Coggins hit a 3-pointer a minute into the game and added a jumper to make it 8-0 before the Pioneers got on the board with an Alex Carmon jumper. Jack Pasquini hit a jumper at the buzzer to pull East Bay within 11, 40-29.

  • IPFW coasts past Purdue North Central 126-95

    January 2, 2016

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Mo Evans pumped in five 3-pointers, dished out 11 assists and finished with a career-high 26 points to lead IPFW to a 126-95 win over the NAIA's Purdue North Central on Saturday night.Joe Reed added 19 points, John Konchar had 17 and Kason Harrell 14 for the Mastodons (12-4), who shot 72 percent from the field (52 of 72) and were 12 of 18 from long range. Also reaching double figures for IPFW was Brent Calhoun, with 12 points, and Michael Calder with 11.

  • Sacred Heart rallies to beat Robert Morris 69-65

    January 2, 2016

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Cane Broome scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting to help rally Sacred Heart to a 69-65 win over Robert Morris on Saturday in a Northeast Conference opener.Quincy McKnight scored 12 points, and his layup at 13:44 in the second half gave Sacred Heart a 43-42 lead after the Pioneers trailed 34-29 at halftime.

  • Air Force uses free-throw line to beat San Jose State 64-57

    January 2, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Trevor Lyons scored 22- half coming from the free-throw line- to help Air Force hold off a late San Jan Jose St. rally 64-57 on Saturday.Air Force (10-4, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) led 56-35 with 7:13 to play. Hayden Graham's 3-pointer with 8:32 left marked the Falcons' final field goal.

  • Michigan's LeVert sits out with left leg injury

    January 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Caris LeVert is sitting out Saturday's game against Penn State with a lower left leg injury.The Wolverines announced LeVert's injury shortly before the game tipped off. Coach John Beilein said in a statement he hopes to know more about LeVert's status this week.

  • Pitino: No interview yet with NCAA about escort allegations

    January 1, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A frustrated Rick Pitino said the NCAA has not interviewed him about an escort's book allegations of sex parties at Louisville players' dormitory and doesn't believe the scandal will be resolved until summer.At the end of Friday's news conference previewing Louisville's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Wake Forest, the Cardinals coach answered an initial question about whether he made an obscene gesture to Kentucky fans following last week's loss - he has said he didn't - before going on an unprompted diatribe about the sex scandal surrounding his program.

  • Freshman G Bacon on a roll as Florida State begins ACC play

    January 1, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon is peaking at the right time.With the Seminoles beginning Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday at Clemson, Bacon is the first Florida State freshman to have four straight games scoring 20 points or more.

  • No. 2 Kansas begins pursuit of 12th straight Big 12 title

    January 1, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Rarely can Kansas play the Rodney Dangerfield card.After all, this is the program founded by the game's inventor, and that has Dr. James Naismith's name on its floor. It's the one that counts Phog Allen, Larry Brown and Roy Williams among its former coaches, and has five national title banners in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse.

  • Much uncertainty remains in SEC heading into league play

    January 1, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As the Southeastern Conference heads into league competition, it remains tough to figure which teams stand as defending champion Kentucky's biggest competition.Conference play begins Saturday with five league games, including Mississippi (10-2) taking a seven-game winning streak into Kentucky.

  • Gonzaga's Karnowski has back surgery, our for rest of season

    December 31, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski will miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.Bulldogs coach Mark Few said Karnowski had surgery on Thursday.The 7-foot-1 center has been out since Nov. 27 due to a bulging disc and has missed six games. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in five games.

  • Pac-12 deeper, more balanced than previous seasons

    December 31, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona has been the runaway favorite to win the Pac-12 the past two seasons and lived up to those expectations by winning the conference by three games each year.The Wildcats are again the team to beat this season, but the gap has closed.

  • Xavier's Sumner 'walking, talking' after hard fall at game

    December 31, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Xavier freshman guard Edmond Sumner was ''walking and talking'' at a hospital after he was taken off the court on a stretcher following a hard fall in Thursday's game against Villanova.Sumner drove to the basket when he collided in midair with Villanova defender Kris Jenkins and crashed to the court. Jenkins, 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, appeared to land on Sumner's head and plow it into the court.

  • Xavier's Sumner taken off court on stretcher after hard fall

    December 31, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Xavier freshman guard Edmond Sumner was taken off the court on a stretcher after a hard fall in Thursday's game against Villanova.Sumner was driving to the basket when he collided with Villanova defenders and crashed to the court. He was on his back and didn't move for several minutes until he finally raised his knees.

  • Evansville beats Indiana State in MVC opener 70-62

    December 30, 2015

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius scored 22 points each to lead Evansville to a 70-62 victory over Indiana State in a Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night.Balentine scored 17 points in the second half to rally the Purple Aces (12-2) from an eight-point halftime deficit.

  • Rider holds off Hartford in 82-80 2OT victory

    December 30, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) Teddy Okereafor scored 23 points- six in the second overtime-and helped Rider fend off Hartford 82-80 Wednesday night.Okereafor shot 6 for 8 from the free-throw line in the second overtime. He finished 13 for 20 from the line.

  • Former Arkansas basketball player arrested on drug charges

    December 30, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas State Police have arrested former Razorback basketball player Michael Qualls on suspicion of drug possession.A preliminary arrest report says officers stopped Qualls for speeding about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville. Officers smelled marijuana, searched the truck and found a bag containing apparent marijuana residue and a marijuana cigar.

  • No. 5 Cavaliers, No. 7 Tar Heels look like ACC front-runners

    December 30, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina started the year ranked No. 1 and as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, while Virginia enjoyed its own top-10 ranking as the Cavaliers look to claim the league's regular-season crown for the third straight year.

  • Georgetown already has 5 losses entering Big East play

    December 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) After a conscious effort to test a Georgetown roster that relies heavily on freshmen and sophomores, coach John Thompson III takes his team into Big East play with five non-conference losses for just the second time in program history.

  • Air Force downs Western State Colorado 86-66

    December 29, 2015

    COLORDAO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Hayden Graham scored 19 points with a career-high five 3-pointers and Air Force beat Division II Western State Colorado University 86-66 on Tuesday night.Trevor Lyons scored 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Zach Moer added 12 with three blocked shots for the Falcons (9-4), who outshot the Mountaineers 54 percent to 38 percent and made 23 of 28 free throws (82 percent).

  • Georgia defeats Robert Morris 79-67

    December 29, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) The long and short of it was that Georgia's leading scorers, in a 79-67 win over Robert Morris on Tuesday night, could have played so much better.The long, 6-foot-8 center Yante Maten, scored 20 points, and the short, 5-10 guard J.J. Frazier, scored 17, without impressing their coach.

  • Wojciechowski gets 2-year extension at Marquette to 2022

    December 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette has signed coach Steve Wojciechowski to a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the Golden Eagles through the 2021-22 season.Athletic director Bill Scholl announced the extension Tuesday, on the eve of the team's Big East opener against Seton Hall.

  • Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue ready for Big Ten race

    December 29, 2015

    Maryland came into the season the popular choice to win the Big Ten, and the Terrapins have done nothing to shake the favorite's label heading into conference play.Watch out for Michigan State, though.The Spartans went into their league opener at Iowa on Tuesday night with a 13-0 record, their best start ever, and with a four-week hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25. Purdue and Indiana also have what it takes to win the league, and teams like Iowa, Michigan and even Northwestern could be factors.

  • Syracuse readies for tough ACC opener at Pitt

    December 29, 2015

    Six games into his first stint as a head coach, Syracuse's Mike Hopkins remains in disbelief mode.''I'm addicted,'' Hopkins said Tuesday, two-thirds of the way through his tenure as the interim for suspended coach Jim Boeheim. ''It's not the most ideal situation, but it's a great opportunity. It's an honor.''

  • South Dakota takes down Florida Gulf Coast 89-81 in OT

    December 28, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Casey Kasperbauer scored a career-high 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting to lead South Dakota past Florida Gulf Coast 89-81 in overtime Monday night.Tied at 71 at the end of regulation, Eric Robertson started overtime with a 3-point play to give South Dakota (7-6) the lead for good.

  • Green Bay pulls away from Morehead State in 2nd half, 78-72

    December 28, 2015

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) Jamar Hurdle and Carrington Love combined to score 37 points and Green Bay held off a late rally Monday night to earn a 78-72 victory at Morehead State.The teams played to a 36-36 draw through the first 20 minutes. Anthony Brown got to the basket for a layup and Hurdle followed with a 3-point play to spark a 7-0 run that put Green Bay up, 53-49, and the Phoenix played with the lead the rest of the way.

  • Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State's Tom Izzo, dies at 90

    December 28, 2015

    APPLETON, Wis. (AP) Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90.Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Homes of Iron Mountain, Michigan, confirmed Izzo died on Monday, adding that funeral arrangements are pending.Carl Izzo worked at Tony Izzo & Sons, a business that repaired shoes, according to a 2008 story in The Grand Rapid Press. The business also installed carpets and awnings, according to the newspaper. Tony Izzo & Sons employed the future basketball coach from sixth grade through his sophomore year at Northern Michigan University.

  • Simmons confident LSU will raise game vs. tougher schedule

    December 28, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) For all of his gaudy numbers, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons is still trying to figure out the best way to put the Tigers in position to win.And now the schedule gets harder, starting with Tuesday night's tilt against Wake Forest, followed by the opening of Southeastern Conference play against Vanderbilt and No. 10 Kentucky.

  • Texas loses center Cameron Ridley to broken left foot

    December 28, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas has lost starting center Cameron Ridley indefinitely to a broken left foot.''We are really hopeful that he'll be back this year,'' coach Shaka Smart said Monday. ''That's what we are planning on. ''Ridley, a 6-foot-10, 290-pound senior, suffered the injury during practice Sunday. He will have surgery Tuesday and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Winter storm forces New Mexico St-Wichita St postponement

    December 28, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State's game against New Mexico State on Monday night was postponed after winter weather lashing the Midwest forced the cancellation of the Aggies' flight to Kansas.New Mexico State was unable to book a different flight in time for the game, which was scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. CST. The Aggies hope the weather improves enough so that the matchup of NCAA Tournament teams from last season can be played Tuesday night.

  • Michigan State again No. 1, with conference play coming up

    December 28, 2015

    This is the week conference play begins so it's so long to mismatches and guarantee games. Now it's a neighborhood thing, and that means plenty of games that can affect the Top 25.Five games this week pit two ranked teams from the same conference, and No. 6 Xavier and No. 9 Butler get Big East play off to a grueling start.

  • Top 9 teams hold spots in men's AP basketball poll

    December 28, 2015

    Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma are the top three teams for the third straight week in the men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press.The Spartans have been No. 1 in the poll for four weeks. They were again a runaway choice, receiving all but one first-place vote Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

  • Leonard, Spurs beat Nuggets for 26th straight win at home

    December 27, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs showed off their depth - at the Denver Nuggets' expense.Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and San Antonio rebounded from a rare loss to beat Denver 101-86 on Saturday night to remain perfect at home.Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both sat out after playing big minutes in a tough loss Friday night in Houston. Eight players scored at least eight points in the latest blowout victory at home.

  • Throwback look: seniors lead way to nation's top-tier teams

    December 26, 2015

    The old guys are back in charge in college basketball this season.After recent years with the focus locked on one-and-done talent, it's the seniors - guys like No. 1 Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, No. 3 Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and No. 5 Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon - leading some of the nation's best teams.

  • No. 12 Kentucky hosts rival No. 16 Louisville at Rupp Arena

    December 25, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Identity-building seems more important right now for No. 12 Kentucky and 16th-ranked archrival Louisville than claiming Bluegrass bragging rights.The winner of Saturday's annual showdown at Rupp Arena can take a big step in that process, along with giving their fan base something to feel good about entering conference play.

  • Massive changes resulting in old-school college basketball

    December 25, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Shorter shot clocks and fewer timeouts. Less hand-checking and physical play. All designed to speed up the game of college basketball, encourage scoring and make it more aesthetically pleasing.The rule changes implemented earlier this season were the most dramatic to hit the sport since the introduction of the 3-point arc, and they were accompanied by a seismic shift in how the game was to be officiated.

  • Vermont basketball player suspended for reselling textbooks

    December 24, 2015

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A University of Vermont basketball player has been suspended for eight games for reselling textbooks.The university's athletic department said Thursday that junior Dre Wills violated its student athlete code and NCAA rules regarding his athletic scholarship by selling the books. In addition to the suspension, Wills must pay back an unspecified amount of money and perform community service.

  • Price experiencing growing pains in 1st year with Charlotte

    December 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Former NBA guard Mark Price is experiencing some growing pains in his first year as coach of the Charlotte 49ers.Price's 49ers are off a 2-9 start, although the coach is optimistic his team is headed in the right direction.''It's been a big adjustment, I'm not going to lie,'' said Price, who spent the previous two seasons working as an assistant on Steve Clifford's staff with the Charlotte Hornets.

  • Calipari: Fans shouldn't tease rival Louisville over scandal

    December 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes Wildcats fans resist the urge to tease archrival Louisville about its escort scandal and treat the Cardinals respectfully Saturday in the Bluegrass showdown at Rupp Arena.Escort Katina Powell has alleged in a book that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her ,000 to hire dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits from 2010-14, sparking four investigations. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities Powell alleges in the book and hasn't discussed the scandal since October.

  • UCF's Taylor to miss remainder of season with leg injury

    December 23, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) UCF coach Donnie Jones says sophomore guard B.J. Taylor will sit out the rest of the season with a lower leg injury.Taylor has been sidelined since suffering the injury in a preseason practice in October. Jones said Wednesday that after a few months of rehabilitation the injury hasn't healed as quickly as expected. He will be redshirted this season.

  • Michigan State riding high with football-basketball combo

    December 23, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo's basketball team is undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the nation, and right now has to settle for second billing on its own campus.That's how high the bar has been raised at Michigan State.It's the football Spartans who are tantalizingly close to a national championship, capping what has been a spectacular 2015 for the two most popular teams in East Lansing. Back in March, Izzo led Michigan State's basketball team to the Final Four for the seventh time, and now the school has reached the same stage in football after winning the Big Ten title earlier this month.

  • Michigan State's football-basketball combo is tough to top

    December 23, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo's basketball team is undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the nation, and right now has to settle for second billing on its own campus.That's how high the bar has been raised at Michigan State.It's the football Spartans who are tantalizingly close to a national championship, capping what has been a spectacular 2015 for the two most popular teams in East Lansing. Back in March, Izzo led Michigan State's basketball team to the Final Four for the seventh time, and now the school has reached the same stage in football after winning the Big Ten title earlier this month.

  • UNLV hits 18 3-pointers to beat South Dakota 103-68

    December 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jalen Poyser scored 18 points, Ike Nwamu added 16 points, and UNLV made 18 3-pointers in a 103-68 victory over South Dakota Tuesday night.It's the second most single-game makes from 3-point range in Mountain West Conference history - and the most since 2011.

  • Zach Moer, Air Force beat Johnson & Wales 80-56

    December 23, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Zach Moer scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Zach Kocur added 14 points and Air Force beat NAIA-member Johnson & Wales 80-56 on Tuesday night.Frank Toohey added a career-high 10 points for Air Force (8-4), which outrebounded JWU 42-33 and forced 18 turnovers.

  • Memphis runs away from IUPUI 84-48

    December 22, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Avery Woodson scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, K.J. Lawson added 15 points, and Memphis ran away from IUPUI 84-48 on Tuesday night.The Tigers (8-3) never trailed, made 20 of 26 free throws and got 51 points from their bench to the Jaguars' 17.

  • UConn C Amida Brimah out with broken finger

    December 22, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) Connecticut junior center Amida Brimah broke the third finger on his right hand during practice on Monday and will have to undergo surgery.The diagnosis and treatment came from an examination on Tuesday morning. The 7-footer from Ghana is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Gard steadies Wisconsin as he readies for coaching debut

    December 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Forgive Greg Gard for the mess in his office.He is in the process of moving down the hall at the Kohl Center, though Gard has more pressing matters on his to-do list.Wisconsin's game Wednesday against Green Bay is Gard's debut as the Badgers' interim coach following the abrupt retirement of longtime boss Bo Ryan.

  • UNM investigating purchasing activity on staffer's card

    December 22, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The director of basketball operations for New Mexico has been put on a leave of absence while school officials audit the activity on his purchasing card.Athletic director Paul Krebs said Tuesday that Cody Hopkins is cooperating with the audit process, which could take several weeks to complete.

  • NCAA puts University of Hawaii men's basketball on probation

    December 22, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii men's basketball team was put on three years of probation Tuesday by the NCAA after an investigation found former coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules and provided false or misleading information.As a result, Hawaii will lose two scholarships during the next two seasons, leaving it with 11, and cannot play in postseason games during the 2016-2017 academic year. The NCAA approved a ,000 fine that the university previously imposed on itself. Hawaii also must pay a penalty equaling 1 percent of the basketball program's budget over the previous three years.

  • Wisconsin brings back Howard Moore as hoops assistant coach

    December 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Howard Moore is returning to Wisconsin as an assistant coach to fill a vacancy on the Badgers' staff left by the abrupt retirement of coach Bo Ryan.Interim coach Greg Gard announced Moore's hiring Tuesday.Moore is a former head coach at Illinois-Chicago who was working with the Big Ten Network as an analyst. Moore was an assistant for Ryan from 2005-10, serving on the same staff with Gard. Moore also played at Wisconsin in the early 1990s.

  • No Bo: Badgers back at practice with Gard now in charge

    December 21, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) There was something odd about Wisconsin's first official practice following a week off for final exams.Bo Ryan was nowhere to be found.''He's been here so long, and just a personality like that, not being there at practice every day, it's obviously pretty weird,'' point guard Bronson Koenig said after practice on Monday evening. ''But that's like, we're just going to have to get used to it.''

  • SMU's Brown set for return after 9-game NCAA suspension

    December 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Upon his return from a nine-game suspension, Larry Brown mostly just wanted his SMU players to know how proud he was of them for going undefeated without him even though they have no chance to play in the postseason because of NCAA penalties.

  • Michigan State's Valentine out 2-3 weeks with injury

    December 21, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 1 Michigan State's top scorer, Denzel Valentine, will be out for two to three weeks with a knee injury.Coach Tom Izzo said Monday that Valentine had a piece of cartilage removed after an injury in practice Sunday. He calls it ''very, very, very minor.''

  • AP Men's Top 25: Movement in top 10 after weekend of upsets

    December 21, 2015

    How good is Duke basketball? It's big news when the Blue Devils drop out of the top 10.Saturday's overtime loss to Utah cost Duke a spot in the top 10 for the first time since February 2014.The streak of consecutive polls continues for the 15th-ranked Blue Devils. They have been in 162 consecutive polls, a streak that began with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Only Kansas, at 130, has a current streak of more than 100 weeks. Arizona is third at 66 consecutive polls.

  • Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma stay 1-2-3 in AP Top 25

    December 21, 2015

    Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma held the top three spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week. There was a shakeup in the rest of the top 10 after a weekend of upsets.The Spartans (12-0) were a near unanimous choice, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas (9-1) got the other No. 1 vote.

  • James Madison beats East Carolina 67-61

    December 20, 2015

    HARRISONBURG, Virginia (AP) Ron Curry scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and the go-ahead basket, and James Madison beat East Carolina 67-61 on Sunday to win its seventh straight.Shakir Brown scored 13 with a career-high four assists, Dimitrije Cabarkapa added 11 points, and the Dukes (9-3) outscored the Pirates 34-14 in the paint in a game that featured 13 lead changes and eight ties.

  • Northwestern's clutch 3-pointers in OT to beat DePaul 78-70

    December 19, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Northwestern, a team of veteran players, put together a comeback that was led by the new guy on Saturday.Freshman Aaron Falzon looked much like a veteran as he hit two 3-pointers in overtime - after going 0-for-6 in regulation - and the Wildcats beat DePaul 78-70.

  • Florida State-FAU game delayed twice by problems with basket

    December 19, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The game between Florida State and Florida Atlantic has been delayed twice because of problems with the basket at one end of the court.The delays occurred during the first game of the one-day Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday.Tipoff was 40 minutes late because the basket was too low and workers had trouble adjusting it. Less than four minutes into the game, an attempted dunk by Florida State's Montay Brandon left the rim too low and at an angle, which caused a 15-minute delay.

  • Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87

    December 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington displayed an offensive balance Saturday that could help the Colonials keep their new status as a ranked team deep into the season.Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points and was among four players in double figures and the No. 21 Colonials finished their home nonconference schedule unbeaten with an 87-74 victory over Saint Peter's.

  • Murray free throws allow Presbyterian to top Piedmont, 69-65

    December 19, 2015

    CLINTON, S.C. (AP) DeSean Murray scored 27 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and preserved Presbyterian's 69-65 win over Division III Piedmont by knocking down four free throws in the final 10 seconds Saturday.Piedmont scored three straight field goals, including a layup by Chris Meeks with :13 left to cut the Presbyterian lead to two, 65-63. Murray drew a foul from Chase England and hit both free throws to make it 67-63 with :10 left. Murray then drew a foul on Meeks and tacked on his final free throws with :03 left.

  • Northwestern rallies past DePaul 78-70 in overtime

    December 19, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Aaron Falzon hit two three pointers in overtime to help Northwestern to a comeback win over DePaul 78-70 on Saturday.Tre Demps had 18 points, after scoring just two in the first half, to lead the Wildcats (10-1).Demps missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game in regulation for Northwestern, which had trailed most of the second half. The Wildcats dominated the overtime period, however, led by Falzon, whose overtime points were his only six of the game.

  • Duquesne overcomes poor shooting to beat Robert Morris 72-65

    December 19, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Derrick Colter made 11 straight free throws and scored 19 points to send Duquesne past crosstown rival Robert Morris 72-65 Saturday.Colter and backcourt-mate Micah Mason combined to shoot just 7-for-32 from the field. Mason finished with 10 points and Eric James came off the bench to score 13 points with eight rebounds.

  • Newton scores 20, No. 15 Miami rolls past Charleston 85-63

    December 19, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Rick Barry's son had a great game. Rick Barry's alma mater was even better.Ja'Quan Newton scored a career-high 20 points off the bench, Sheldon McClellan added 14 and No. 15 Miami showed no signs of rust from its 11-day break for exams in beating College of Charleston 85-63 on Saturday.

  • Mathiang out 6-8 weeks with broken bone in left foot

    December 19, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville center Mangok Mathiang is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot during Saturday's 78-56 win against Western Kentucky.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Mathiang broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and that it would require a screw to be inserted.

  • Utah upsets No. 7 Duke 77-75 in overtime in New York

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah to a 77-75 overtime win over No. 7 Duke in the Ameritas Insurance Classic on Saturday.Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in OT for Utah, which improved to 9-2.

  • Cavanaugh scores 18; No. 21 GW beats St Peter's 87-74

    December 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 points and No. 21 George Washington finished its home nonconference schedule unbeaten with an 87-74 victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday.Kevin Larsen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials, who are ranked for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season.

  • Highly rated recruiting class could boost Harvard basketball

    December 19, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) No one asks the high school valedictorian why she chose to go to Harvard. Or the concert cellist, or the science wiz.But when suburban Atlanta high school basketball star Chris Lewis picked the Ivy League school over offers from more traditional Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference powers, he felt like he had to justify his decision.

  • Indiana State athletic director resigns after 11-year tenure

    December 19, 2015

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Indiana State University athletic director John Prettyman has resigned after 11 years in that post.Prettyman announced his departure Friday, saying he had stepped down because it was time for him to move on. He said he would announce his future plans Monday.

  • East Tennessee erases deficit to beat Eastern Kentucky 87-81

    December 18, 2015

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Ge'Lawn Guyn scored 27 points and shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range as East Tennessee State rallied from an early deficit and held off Eastern Kentucky 87-81 Friday.T.J. Cromer added 22 points for ETSU (5-5).JaVontae Hawkins buried a 3 with 4:24 left to tie it at 71, but Deuce Bello's dunk 22 seconds later put the Bucs on top. Jarelle Reischel tied it at 79 on a 3 with 1:48 to play before Guyn's 3-pointer gave ETSU the lead for good with 1:28 remaining.

  • Louisiana Tech holds off Southern 83-76

    December 18, 2015

    RUSTON, La. (AP) Erik McCree scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Alex Hamilton added 19 points with seven assists, and Louisiana Tech beat Southern University 83-76 on Friday night.Derric Jean scored a career-high 15 points and Branden Sheppard added 10 for the Bulldogs (9-2), who shot 50 percent in the first half and led 40-29 at halftime behind 12 points from McCree and 11 from Hamilton.

  • No. 4 Kentucky working to get Labissiere out of recent slump

    December 18, 2015

    The early reviews on 6-foot-11 Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere has gone something like this: He doesn't like physical contact. Plays too straight up. Won't play near the basket.Some or all of those observations have been evident at one time or another during a four-game slump in which Labissiere has scored a total of 18 points and pulled down just seven rebounds. One of his more forgettable performances was against Arizona State last week: no points, no rebounds before fouling out in 13 minutes.

  • Injury to teammate thrusts Burton into spotlight for Iowa St

    December 18, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State had hoped to ease Marquette transfer Deonte Burton into its rotation.The loss of Naz Mitrou-Long for the season because of hip injuries did away with that luxury.Burton, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, will be counted on as a key contributor for the fifth-ranked Cyclones (9-0) starting with Saturday's game against Northern Iowa (6-3) in Des Moines.

  • Forward Black now out indefinitely for Illinois

    December 18, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois forward Leron Black is now out indefinitely with a meniscus tear he suffered in early October.Team spokesman Derrick Burson confirmed Black's status Thursday.Black had surgery on his right knee on Oct. 9 and has played limited minutes in just a handful of games since his return. He did not play in Illinois' two most recent games.

  • Coaching change adds new element to Wisconsin recruiting

    December 18, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) One of the lessons that Greg Gard learned from his two decades assisting Bo Ryan might prove especially valuable now that he's Wisconsin's interim head coach.Stay the course and don't panic in times of adversity.''You just try to get better at what we're trying to accomplish instead of trying to do a 180 and have everybody confused,'' Gard said. ''Let's stick true to who we are and what makes us successful and improve upon that.''

  • North Dakota beats NAIA's Valley City State 80-59

    December 17, 2015

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Drick Bernstine scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead North Dakota to an 80-59 victory over NAIA's Valley City State on Thursday night.Bernstine added three assists and four steals. Quinton Hooker had 17 points and Carson Shanks chipped in a season-high 11 for North Dakota (5-5).

  • Robert Morris holds off Lehigh in 69-67 win

    December 17, 2015

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 20 points and Kavon Stewart sank the winning bucket to lift Robert Morris to a 69-67 victory over Lehigh on Thursday night.Leading by six late in the second half, Robert Morris (2-9) had to hold back a Lehigh surge that included three straight baskets to tie the game at 67. Stewart, who finished with 11 points, dropped in the winning layup with 1:08 left and the Colonials got two turnovers down the stretch to seal the win.

  • Beard set to make return to action for Arkansas after arrest

    December 17, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas point guard Anton Beard will make his return to the court on Saturday after missing the season's first nine games following a summer arrest on forgery charges.Beard, named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team last season for the Razorbacks (5-4), was arrested in July after Fayetteville police said he was seen using and exchanging counterfeit and bills.

  • Evans leads Rice to 67-54 win over St. Thomas (Texas)

    December 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Marcus Evans scored a career-high 32 points and Rice defeated St. Thomas (Texas) 67-54 on Thursday.Evans recorded his third straight 20-point game in making of 9 of 15 shots and erasing his previous high of 28 points.Marquez Letcher-Ellis added 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his first double-double.

  • Saint Mary's rolls over Southern Utah 92-36

    December 17, 2015

    MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Dane Pineau scored 20 points and led four players in double digits as Saint Mary's rolled over Southern Utah 92-36 on Wednesday night.Pineau did it with 10-of-12 shooting from the field for the Gaels (8-1). He also had six rebounds and six assists. Emmett Naar added 16 points, five assists and five steals and Calvin Hermanson and Franklin Porter had 15 points apiece.

  • Stetson routs Albany State (Ga) 95-69

    December 16, 2015

    DELAND, Fla. (AP) Divine Myles scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, five teammates scored in double figures, and Stetson routed Division II Albany State (Ga.) 95-69 Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Brian Pegg scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hatters (4-7), who scored 18 points off of 17 Albany turnovers. Derick Newton and Luke Doyle scored 15 apiece, Leo Goodman added 13 and Cameron Harvey 12.

  • Gard could tweak, but no wholesale changes at Wisconsin

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) By retiring at midseason at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan effectively allowed top assistant Greg Gard to have a three-month audition to prove that he could handle the head coaching job on a permanent basis.In his first full day on the job on Wednesday, Gard didn't appear to be feeling any pressure.

  • Midwestern volleyball will be showcased in NCAA semifinals

    December 16, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) It will be a celebration of Midwestern volleyball in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday night at the sold-out CenturyLink Center.For the first time in the national tournament's 35 years, there are no teams from the West Coast or Hawaii in the final four.

  • Ryan retires at midseason, ending successful Wisconsin run

    December 16, 2015

    The methodical brand of basketball that Bo Ryan ran at Wisconsin rarely surprised opponents as it piled up wins and two trips to the Final Four over the last two seasons.Ryan saved the biggest shocker of his career for his final game.The 67-year-old coach abruptly retired on Tuesday night, 12 games into the season after his Badgers beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two weeks before Big Ten play begins.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retires after win

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retired after one last victory with the Badgers on Tuesday night, saying he wanted to step away now to give top assistant Greg Gard the opportunity to prove he is ready to lead the program.Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, said in June this would be his last season, and then left the door open for a return in August. But he said Tuesday night that part of the reason he came back at all was to give Gard time to be with his father, Glen, who was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and passed away this fall.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announces retirement

    December 16, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retired after one last victory with the Badgers on Tuesday night, ending a successful run at the school and handing the program over to assistant Greg Gard.Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, said in June this would be his last season, and then left the door open for a return at a charity golf event in August. But with the Badgers off to a slow start this year, he said he decided now was the time to step away.

  • Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan retires, effective immediately

    December 15, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan retires, effective immediately.

  • Lipscomb junior guard Williams out for season with torn ACL

    December 15, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Lipscomb junior Josh Williams will miss the rest of the season due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.An MRI exam Tuesday confirmed the injury.Williams was hurt in the first half of last week's 78-64 loss to Princeton. He averaged 12.6 points a game this season. The guard from Jackson, Mississippi, is scheduled for surgery Thursday.

  • No. 5 Iowa State loses Mitrou-Long for season

    December 15, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's national title hopes took a big hit Tuesday as the Cyclones said starting guard Naz Mitrou-Long would miss the rest of his senior season because of his ailing hips.The fifth-ranked Cyclones said Tuesday that Mitrou-Long's surgically repaired hips haven't responded the way he would like. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in April and on his right hip in May after playing through pain in 2014-15.

  • Florida State's Rathan-Mayes developing into complete player

    December 15, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Xavier Rathan-Mayes is developing into a more complete player after the Florida State sophomore showed last season that he could be one of the more effective streak shooters in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Going into Wednesday's game against Mississippi State, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound point guard is averaging an ACC-leading 6.8 assists per game. Florida State has never had a player lead the ACC in assists since beginning play in the league in 1991.

  • ISU's Mitrou-Long to miss the rest of the season

    December 15, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State starting guard Naz Mitrou-Long is out for the rest of the season because of his ailing hips.The fifth-ranked Cyclones say Mitrou-Long will miss the remainder of his senior year because his surgically repaired hips haven't responded the way he would like.

  • West leaves Nevada hoops; ex-star cites personal reasons

    December 15, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) AJ West, who led Nevada in scoring and rebounding a year ago, has left the Wolf Pack for personal reasons.West, a 6-foot-9 senior, was one of only 11 players in the nation to average a double-double last season with 12.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. His 5.9 offensive rebounds per game led the country and were the most in the NCAA in 20 years.

  • Professor finds rare audio of basketball inventor Naismith

    December 15, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A University of Kansas researcher has discovered what is believed to be the only audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith, during which he describes the first game he organized 124 years ago this month as a bit of a disaster.

  • Guard Dearring leaves Wisconsin, plans to transfer

    December 14, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Little-used reserve Riley Dearring has left Wisconsin, and the guard has been granted a release to explore his options for a transfer.Coach Bo Ryan announced Dearring's departure on Monday.The redshirt sophomore played 45 minutes over 18 career games. He was scoreless in three brief appearances this season.

  • UNC: Meeks expected to sit at least 2 weeks with knee injury

    December 14, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says junior forward Kennedy Meeks is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a bone bruise in his left knee.The school announced Meeks' injury in a news release Monday, saying Meeks wouldn't play ''for several weeks'' but that it wasn't clear exactly how long he would be out.

  • Duke forward Jefferson out with right foot injury

    December 14, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says forward Amile Jefferson will be out indefinitely with an unspecified right foot injury.Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the injury Monday in a brief statement issued by the school.Krzyzewski called the injury ''unfortunate, to say the least,'' but praised Jefferson as being ''strong in both person and character.''

  • No. 2 Jayhawks still trying to tread in the deep end

    December 14, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The biggest problem facing Kansas coach Bill Self these days may be precisely the opposite problem faced by every other college basketball coach in the country.He has too much depth.OK, so it's not really a problem. More like a challenge. Self acknowledges he always prefers to have an abundance of talented players at his disposal. It sure beats looking down an empty bench in the late minutes of a crucial game and throwing his hands up in exasperation.

  • Lo's 8 3s lead Columbia to 78-71 win over Robert Morris

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Maodo Lo knocked down a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Columbia to a 78-71 win over Robert Morris on Monday.Lo had six 3s and 17 points in the first half as the Lions (8-5) shot 50 percent and opened a 37-27 lead.

  • Gonzaga among 4 teams to drop from AP Top 25

    December 14, 2015

    Gonzaga is out of The Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll for the first time since February 2014, a run of 24 consecutive polls.The Bulldogs, who lost to UCLA last week to drop to 6-3, were tied for the eighth-longest current streak. Duke has the longest current streak at 161 weeks, starting with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Kansas is the only other school with a streak in triple figures at 129.

  • Michigan State, Kansas stay 1-2 in AP Top 25

    December 14, 2015

    Michigan State and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll.The Spartans (11-0) are a runaway No. 1, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Kansas (8-1) was on top of the other ballot.

  • POLL ALERT: Michigan State, Kansas still top men's college hoops poll; Oklahoma jumps to No. 3

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Michigan State, Kansas still top men's college hoops poll; Oklahoma jumps to No. 3.

  • Wiltjer scores 20, but No. 20 Gonzaga beaten by UCLA 71-66

    December 13, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) After just nine games, No. 20 Gonzaga has already matched its loss total for all of last season. But the Bulldogs were preaching patience after falling to UCLA 71-66 Saturday night.''It's a really long season,'' star forward Kyle Wiltjer said. ''Last year, we did better early on, then we kind of fell off.''

  • Stephen F. Austin rolls over D-II Arkansas Tech 86-48

    December 12, 2015

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) Jared Johnson scored 16 points and Thomas Walkup added 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds as Stephen F. Austin dominated Division II Arkansas Tech 86-48 on Saturday night.Clide Geffrard added 12 points and 14 boards for Stephen F. Austin (6-3) which has won six of its last seven games. The Lumberjacks continue to rule on their home court, enjoying a 34-1 record in two-plus seasons.

  • Blackmon Jr. leads Indiana to 105-60 win over McNeese State

    December 12, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana has been a team this season that has played at a frenetic pace but has paid for it with a high number of miscues. The Hoosiers had been averaging 15.6 turnovers per game through the first 10 games.Saturday night, Indiana was both on the run and in control.

  • Podkowa helps No. 18 DePaul women top No. 15 Texas A&M 80-66

    December 12, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Megan Podkowa had 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Jessica January scored 11 and recorded a career-high 13 assists, and No. 18 DePaul grabbed its most rebounds in a game since 2011 in an 80-66 win over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday.

  • Correction: Court Storming-Safety story

    December 12, 2015

    In a story about a court storming at an Iowa State basketball game, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson broke his fibia. Peterson instead broke his fibula.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Arizona's Trier coming on strong after talk from Miller

    December 12, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Allonzo Trier was tentative at times early in the season, unsure of when to turn it on, when to defer to his talented teammates.It's the same dilemma Arizona's other star freshmen faced under coach Sean Miller.They all figured it out and now, it seems, so has Trier.

  • U of M president releases action plan for closer oversight

    December 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler promised greater oversight of athletics department spending Friday after an internal auditor found frequent policy violations under former athletic director Norwood Teague, and Kaler said his administration will consider discipline for employees who received improper reimbursements for expenses.

  • SC only D-I with perfect men's, women's basketball teams

    December 11, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner had quick answer ready the past few weeks when supporters asked about the school's poor football season.''Hey,'' Tanner told them, ''How about those basketball teams?''The Gamecocks have plenty to shout about in that regard with the men at 8-0 - off to their best start in 12 years - and the women ranked No. 2 nationally, also at 8-0.

  • Shaka Smart off to slow start at Texas

    December 11, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Shaka Smart's first season at Texas has been anything but sharp.Excruciatingly long road trips bounced Texas around half the globe's time zones, from China to the Bahamas and back again before Thanksgiving, producing three losses in the first five games.

  • Michigan's Albrecht says senior season over amid hip issues

    December 11, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Spike Albrecht arrived on the national scene in the biggest game imaginable, scoring 17 points in the first half of the NCAA championship game in a blur of 3-pointers and clever drives to the basket.An anonymous freshman then, he went on to become one of Michigan's undisputed leaders whose senior season has now been cut short by hip issues.

  • Big 12 won't punish Iowa St for students rushing court

    December 11, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Seven months after toughening penalties for schools whose fans rush onto the field of play, the Big 12 Conference said Friday it will not discipline Iowa State after students stormed the court following a basketball game in a scene that left a newspaper columnist with a broken leg.

  • Judge rejects Ohio basketball player's reinstatement bid

    December 11, 2015

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A federal judge on Friday again rejected a star basketball player's bid for reinstatement to the University of Dayton after a suspension linked to a female student's sexual assault accusation.Dyshawn Pierre's one-semester suspension ends soon, but he'd hoped for a ruling to help clear his record and let him rejoin the team immediately.

  • Oklahoma State coach Ford ejected from son's game

    December 11, 2015

    BIXBY, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford apologized Friday one day after he was ejected from his son's basketball game for voicing displeasure with an official.Ford's son, Brooks, plays for Stillwater High. According to the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1HYjPRQ), the official told Ford to leave during the third quarter of Stillwater's loss to Bartlesville in Bixby. Ford was seated with a group of Stillwater supporters a few rows behind the team's bench.

  • Fresh faces get in on Marquette-Wisconsin rivalry

    December 11, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The long rivalry between Marquette and Wisconsin is getting an infusion of new faces this year.Few teams in the country are as young or reliant on freshmen as the Golden Eagles and Badgers. A lot of in-state players will be getting on-the-job training on Saturday in Madison for the 122nd meeting between two schools separated by about 75 miles.

  • Michigan's Albrecht says season is over amid hip issues

    December 11, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan guard Spike Albrecht says his season is over after offseason hip surgery limited his effectiveness.The 5-foot-11 senior, who turned heads three seasons ago when he scored 17 points in the first half of the NCAA title game as a virtual unknown, has averaged only 8.6 minutes a game in 2015-16.

  • Lipscomb beats NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) 83-53

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) J.C. Hampton was 3 of 7 from 3-point range with 15 points to help Lipscomb beat NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) 83-53 on Thursday night.The Bisons (4-8) closed the game on a 31-12 run after Cumberland closed within 52-41 by outscoring Lipscomb 15-7 over a seven-minute stretch in the second.

  • Newspaper columnist injured when Iowa St fans storm court

    December 11, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson suffered what the newspaper said was a broken leg when Iowa State fans stormed the court after a win over Iowa.The fourth-ranked Cyclones rallied from 20 down to beat their in-state rivals 83-82 Thursday night on a winning shot with nine seconds left. Fans rushed the floor at Hilton Coliseum and Peterson was injured while heading to the postgame press conference.

  • Arizona State looking forward to challenge in Lexington

    December 10, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) As Buffalo's coach last season, Bobby Hurley took his team to one of the most difficult environments in college basketball, hoping it would build toughness and character.The Bulls lost by 19 to Kentucky, but being able to play against a team that long and talented helped lay the foundation for the best season in school history.

  • Tennessee won't have Hubbs for game with No. 18 Butler

    December 10, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won't play Saturday at No. 18 Butler as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to his right knee.School officials had indicated Hubbs was doubtful for the Butler game after he underwent the procedure on Dec. 1. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes updated Hubbs' situation Thursday by saying the 6-foot-4 junior ''is making good progress, but he's not going to be ready for this one.''

  • Alabama point guard Ingram out for season with foot injury

    December 10, 2015

    TUSCALOSSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama point guard Dazon Ingram will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson says the freshman fractured his left foot in practice on Tuesday.Ingram is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday morning. He has helped lead the Tide to a 5-2 start that included winning back-to-back games over Top 25 teams for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • No. 21 Vanderbilt blows 16-point lead, loses 72-67 to Dayton

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) First, the 21st-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores lost the Southeastern Conference's best shot blocker to injury. Then they lost a 16-point lead on their own floor.The Commodores announced just before tipoff Wednesday night that Luke Kornet will miss up to six weeks with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Minus the junior, they still jumped out to a big lead against Dayton.

  • Vanderbilt junior Luke Kornet out 4-6 weeks with torn MCL

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 21 Vanderbilt will be without the Southeastern Conference's top shot blocker for four to six weeks after junior Luke Kornet tore the MCL in his left knee in practice.The Commodores announced the injury just before tipoff Wednesday night against Dayton.

  • GIF away, Monmouth! NCAA not stopping bench celebrations

    December 9, 2015

    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) GIF away, Monmouth bench! The NCAA isn't stopping you.Monmouth's over-the-top bench celebrations aren't going anywhere after becoming the toast of college hoops, passing muster of a rules interpretation by NCAA officials.

  • Eastern Michigan cruises past NAIA Rochester (Mich) 86-58

    December 8, 2015

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) James Thompson IV picked up his fifth consecutive double-double, scoring 17 points and collaring 11 rebounds to help lead Eastern Michigan to an 86-58 defeat of NAIA Rochester on Tuesday night.Thompson also blocked three shots. Willie Mangum scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers for the Eagles (6-3). Mangum missed only two shots, both from distance. Tim Bond and Raven Lee each scored 11 points.

  • New Hampshire rolls over Worcester State 100-66

    December 8, 2015

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Tanner Leissner scored 20 points to lead seven in double figures and New Hampshire rolled over Division III Worcester State 100-66.Leissner was 9 of 17 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds. Iba Camara scored a career-high 18 points with 15 rebounds. Joe Bramati was among four with 11 points apiece, and added seven assists and three steals. New Hampshire (6-3) shot over 53 percent and hit 6 of 16 beyond the arc. The Wildcats outrebounded their smaller opponents 52-34.

  • Colorado St. extends Eustachy, contract runs through 2019

    December 8, 2015

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy has agreed to a one-year extension that stretches his contract through the 2019-20 season.The deal also includes an optional extension for another season as well. Eustachy is 74-35 since taking over the Rams in 2012.

  • Coach K honored again at Madison Square Garden

    December 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Krzyzewski has probably been honored a thousand times during his 40-plus year coaching career.On Tuesday, he was honored for No. 1,000 at Madison Square Garden.About 11 months after Coach K became the first Division I coach to reach four figures in wins, The Garden honored him by including him in Garden 366, a photo tribute featuring a special moment from every day of the year.

  • The Latest: Expenses under ex-Minnesota director questioned

    December 8, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The latest news on an investigation and audit of the University of Minnesota athletics department (all times local):11:40 a.m.A University of Minnesota financial audit has questioned expenses and deals made under former athletics director Norwood Teague.

  • Minnesota athletics probe largely clears school

    December 8, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Top University of Minnesota officials didn't know about athletic director Norwood Teague's conduct before he abruptly resigned for sexual harassment, according to an external review Tuesday that also found no fault with the ''general climate'' around the issue within the sports department.

  • Minnesota to detail investigation of athletics department

    December 8, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Two examinations of the University of Minnesota's athletics department will soon become public.Their release Tuesday will offer new information about a sports program dealing with upheaval from director Norwood Teague's resignation after he was accused of sexual harassment. A second department official has also stepped down since the investigation began.

  • Ray, Kennesaw State pull away for 69-59 win over Thomas (Ga)

    December 7, 2015

    KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) Kendrick Ray scored 21 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Kennesaw State overcome a slow start and pull away late for a 69-59 win over NAIA Thomas (Ga.) on Monday night.It was Ray's second consecutive game, and third in the last four, with at least 20 points.

  • 30 Boston College students get sick after eating at Chipotle

    December 7, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Thirty Boston College students, including at least eight members of the men's basketball team, complained of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle restaurant, school officials said Monday.It was not immediately known if the illnesses were part of a national outbreak of E. coli that has been linked to the Denver-based chain.

  • Boston College students treated after eating at Chipotle

    December 7, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) More than 20 Boston College students, including at least eight members of the men's basketball team, complained of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle restaurant, school officials said Monday.It was not immediately known if the illnesses were part of a national outbreak of E. coli that has been linked to the Denver-based chain.

  • Izzo has mixed emotions about Michigan State being No. 1

    December 7, 2015

    Tom Izzo has mixed emotions about Michigan State being ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.''I've been around long enough to not put much merit into something that happens in December when you really want it to happen in March or April,'' Izzo told the AP in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. ''It's more for the fans and the media, but it's also a privilege and an honor for the program.''

  • Michigan State back on top of AP poll

    December 7, 2015

    It's been quite a few days for Sparty's football and basketball programs.Michigan State's football team won the Big Ten title on Saturday and was chosen as one of the four playoff teams the next day.To keep the streak going, the basketball team moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

  • Michigan State jumps to No. 1 in AP Top 25

    December 7, 2015

    Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season.The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week's losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

  • POLL ALERT: Michigan St moves to No. 1 in Top 25 men's basketball; Kansas up, Kentucky down

    December 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Michigan St moves to No. 1 in Top 25 men's basketball; Kansas up, Kentucky down.

  • Washington State defeats Portland St. 91-67 behind Hawkinson

    December 6, 2015

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Portland State was one of the few NCAA Division I basketball teams that offered Josh Hawkinson a scholarship. Sunday, Hawkinson provided the Vikings with a painful reminder how dynamic a player they lost to Washington State.Hawkinson, coming off a poor performance against No. 13 Gonzaga in WSU's only loss, led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Cougars' 91-67 rout of Portland State.

  • No. 18 Texas A&M loses 67-54 to Arizona State

    December 6, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Texas A&M had trouble with Arizona State's defense all night. Even when the Aggies were open, they couldn't get shots to fall.Even when their defense caused Arizona State a few problems, there was no way of making it all the way back with shooting like that.

  • Indiana bounces back with 92-59 victory over Morehead State

    December 5, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Defense has been on the minds of the Indiana basketball team since a decisive loss to Duke Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.It was the most emphasized point in practice for two days and it showed in Indiana's play Saturday night.

  • Frye, Carpenter lead Nicholls State past Loyola (NO) 89-74

    December 5, 2015

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Ja'Dante Frye poured in 22 points and T.J. Carpenter add another 19 points and Nicholls State held off NAIA in-state rival Loyola -New Orleans, 89-74 on Saturday.Coming off a win over Division III Louisiana College, Nicholls State (2-3) built an eight-point lead by intermission and extended its record in the series to 15-2. The Colonels have not lost to Loyola-New Orleans since 1970.

  • Saint Bonaventure beats Ohio 81-68

    December 5, 2015

    SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) Jaylen Adams scored 22 points with six rebounds and six assists as Saint Bonaventure beat Ohio 81-68 on Saturday.Adams hit 7 of 12 from the field including five 3-pointers for the Bonnies (5-2). Marcus Posley had 19 points and five assists and Dion Wright posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

  • Oakland beats Robert Morris 92-74 behind Hooper

    December 5, 2015

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Max Hooper scored 24 points with eight 3-pointers - both career highs - and Oakland beat Robert Morris 92-74 on Saturday.Kahlil Felder added 21 points with eight assists, and the Golden Grizzlies (4-3) shot 11 of 29 from long distance (64 percent). Percy Gibson scored 16 with 10 rebounds and Jalen Hayes added 13.

  • Lehigh has no trouble with Rochester College, wins 84-50

    December 5, 2015

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) Kyle Leufroy scored 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting to help lead Lehigh to an 84-50 victory over NAIA Rochester College on Saturday.Tim Kempton added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Austin Price finished with 15 points and four steals for the Mountain Hawks (1-7), who scored their first win of the season after seven straight losses.

  • Canisius defeats Monmouth 96-86 behind Williams' 22 points

    December 4, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Malcolm McMillan had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Canisius held off a Monmouth rally with a 96-86 win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Friday night.Trailing 68-52 with 13:06 to play, Micah Seaborn's steal and layup sparked an 8-0 run to bring the Hawks to within 68-60. Both teams proceeded to trade baskets, and a pair of Justin Robinson free throws shaved Canisius' lead to 80-74 with 4:58 to play.

  • No. 2 Maryland cruises past St. Frances 96-55

    December 4, 2015

    College Park, Md. (AP) Robert Carter Jr. had 20 points, and No. 2 Maryland routed St. Francis 96-55 on Friday night.The Terrapins bounced back from their first loss of the season Tuesday against No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Freshman Diamond Stone added 16 points, and Jake Layman scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half.

  • Coach Calipari: Top-ranked Kentucky needs to get tougher

    December 4, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari cautioned anyone who would listen that all the talent possessed by his latest freshman class would mean nothing if they didn't also show a little toughness.If he was having trouble getting his team's attention, he's not anymore.

  • Fast start by LSU's Simmons compares well to recent greats

    December 4, 2015

    LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons has lived up to his recruiting hype so far, already providing concrete evidence that he could be the Tigers' best player since Shaquille O'Neal.Saying he was ''tired of losing,'' Simmons this week helped LSU survive a close, high-scoring game against North Florida - and snap a three-game skid - by scoring 43 points, something no Tigers player had done since O'Neal in 1991.

  • Committee formed to find new U of Illinois athletic director

    December 4, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) An eight-member committee has started the search for a new University of Illinois athletic director, a process that will last at least a month, university officials said Friday.The university is looking for a replacement for Mike Thomas, who was fired in November after a series of complaints from athletes about their treatment by coaches. The job posting on the university web site says the search period will run through at least Jan. 4, which means the soonest a new athletic director would be introduced is Jan. 5, university spokeswoman Robin Kaler said.

  • Wisconsin's Brevin Pritzl reinjures foot, out indefinitely

    December 4, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl has reinjured his left foot and is out indefinitely.The school said Friday that Pritzl hurt the foot in practice Tuesday. He is coming off a broken foot that required surgery in August, but won't need new surgery, the school said.

  • Grand Canyon tops Central Michigan 75-72 to stay unbeaten

    December 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Gerard Martin and De'Andre Davis each scored 17 points and Grand Canyon held off Central Michigan from the free-throw line for a 75-72 win Thursday night to remain undefeated through six games.Braylon Rayson converted five straight free throws to pull the Chippewas even at 72-72 with 51 seconds left in the game. Davis hit a pair of free throws to give the Antelopes the lead, 74-72, and Joshua Brown hit the first of two to create the final margin.

  • BYU guard Nick Emery suspended 1 game for punching opponent

    December 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) BYU guard Nick Emery is suspended from the team's next game following NCAA rules and he received a reprimand from the West Coast Conference on Thursday.The Cougars face Weber State on Saturday.Emery was given a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from Wednesday's game against Utah for punching Brandon Taylor near the end of the game. The ejection carries an automatic one-game suspension.

  • Duquesne looking to end long skid vs. Pitt in City Game

    December 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jim Ferry's painstakingly methodical rebuilding project at Duquesne finally appears to be gaining traction.The Dukes (6-1) are off to their best start in eight years heading into Friday night's annual City Game against crosstown rival Pittsburgh. Ferry isn't much for proclamations, so forgive him if he demurs when pressed on whether the Panthers (4-1) offer a true 40-minute litmus test on just how far his program has come.

  • BYU's Kyle Collinsworth relishes Mr. Triple-Double title

    December 3, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Chris Collinsworth remembers his brother coming home from a Mormon mission in Russia and posting his basketball goals on the wall. Kyle Collinsworth, the BYU guard, wanted to be known as Mr. Triple-Double.A little more than two years later, Kyle set the NCAA career record with his seventh triple-double.

  • Surprising Monmouth basketball winning and having fun

    December 3, 2015

    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) Monmouth may have the most popular bench in America, and the guys playing on the court are also making quite a name for themselves.The Hawks reserves have gained national acclaim for their entertaining routines in reaction to big moments during games, shared quickly online through Vines and GIFs. There have been many during Monmouth's 4-2 start, as the mid-major from Central New Jersey is emerging as college basketball's early feel-good story.

  • Texas tabs Mike Perrin as athletic director

    December 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas President Greg Fenves announced Thursday he's taking the ''interim' tag off men's athletics director Mike Perrin and extending his contract by two years into 2018.Perrin, an attorney and former Longhorns football player, was hired in September after Steve Patterson was forced out after less than two years.

  • NCAA allows Cuse's Boeheim to begin suspension immediately

    December 3, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The NCAA has upheld its nine-game suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, but he will be allowed to begin serving it immediately.The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its ruling Thursday, saying Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university's drug testing policy.

  • South Dakota State beats D-II Wayne State 80-53

    December 2, 2015

    BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Deondre Parks had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Daum had a career-high 19 points in 12 minutes off the bench and South Dakota State beat Wayne State (Neb.) 80-53 on Wednesday night.Parks scored 16 in the first half to help the Jackrabbits (7-1) build a 43-27 lead at the break. It was the 6-foot-1 senior's first career double-double.

  • Youngstown State beats Robert Morris 65-58

    December 2, 2015

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Matt Donlan scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds as Youngstown State beat Robert Morris 65-58 on Wednesday night.Donlan was 6 of 12 from the field including 5 of 11 from distance for the Penguins (4-4). Bobby Hain scored 14 points with seven rebounds, Francisco Santiago had 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals and Brett Frantz added 10 points. The team averaged 42.9 percent shooting from the field and 60 percent from the line.

  • Tulane hires Northern Iowa's Dannen as new athletic director

    December 2, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tulane has named Troy Dannen as the university's new athletics director, luring him away from the same post at Northern Iowa.The announcement, made Wednesday by Tulane president Michael Fitts, comes as the Green Wave seeks a new football coach to take over for Curtis Johnson, who was fired last weekend following a second straight 3-9 season.

  • Gonzaga, Arizona to keep one of West's best matchups going

    December 2, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona and Gonzaga, two of the premier programs in the West, will continue their home-and-home series through the 2020-21 season.Gonzaga will play at Arizona's McKale Center on Dec. 14, 2019, and will host the Wildcats on Dec. 5, 2020. The teams have met six times since the 2000-01 season, including in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and an overtime game in Tucson last season, both won by the Wildcats.

  • Wave of injuries has crippled Wichita State early in season

    December 2, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall abhors excuses, so when asked what needs to change to get his team back on track, he first mentions creating better shots and defending better.Then, almost as an aside, he adds: ''I hope we're done with injuries.''

  • Michigan begins search to replace interim AD Jim Hackett

    December 2, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has begun to search for someone to replace interim athletic director Jim Hackett.The school announced Wednesday it has formed an advisory committee and hired a search firm to begin looking for candidates.Hackett will serve as athletic director until his successor is in place. He was hired Oct. 31, 2014, to replace Dave Brandon after he resigned. Hackett's biggest achievement was hiring football coach Jim Harbaugh. He retired in February 2014, from Steelcase, a Michigan-based business that makes office furniture.

  • Notre Dame looking for answers after 2 losses in 3 games

    December 2, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame is unranked for the first time in nearly a year after losing twice in three games, and coach Mike Brey believes that might be the best thing for a team trying to find its way.''It's funny, in a twisted sort of way, I think it's my favorite place to be,'' he said Tuesday. ''I'm excited, I'm energized, because our track record has been when we're kind of off the radar and back to square one, we've made some great progress.''

  • No. 4 Jayhawks blow out Loyola 94-61 in Diallo's debut

    December 1, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Wayne Selden Jr. sliced down the lane, saw the defense collapse and whipped a pass behind his back, hoping against everything that Cheick Diallo would be there to catch it.Not only was he there, Diallo was ready to flush it.In his much-anticipated debut for fourth-ranked Kansas, the 6-foot-9 freshman from Mali had a trio of highlight-reel dunks Tuesday night. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks while helping the Jayhawks overcome a first-half malaise for a 94-61 victory over Loyola.

  • No. 10 Virginia defeats Ohio State 64-58

    December 1, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Malcolm Brodgon scored 22 points for his third straight game with at least 20 points to lead No. 10 Virginia to a 64-58 win against Ohio State on Tuesday.The Cavaliers (6-1) won their fifth straight, but it was the first time in the streak they did not score at least 80.

  • Tennessee's McGhee transferring; Hubbs has knee surgery

    December 1, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and forward Jabari McGhee is transferring, the team announced Tuesday.''Jabari and I had a great discussion about what he wants,'' Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in a university news release. ''He's a team guy, and what he ultimately wants is to have a more impactful role on his team, which I understand. We love him, and we want to see him be successful. We'll do everything we can to help him find a school that is the right fit for him.''

  • Arizona's Tarczewski out at least a month with foot injury

    December 1, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) No. 19 Arizona will be without center Kaleb Tarczewski for four to six weeks with a stress reaction and strained muscle in his left foot.Tarczewski was injured in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy against Santa Clara last Thursday and missed the final two games of the tournament.

  • Tennessee G Hubbs undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    December 1, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won't practice this week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday.The school said in a news release that Hubbs had it done ''to address chronic swelling issues that have been present since the preseason.''

  • Florida State's Bacon, Beasley nation's top scoring freshmen

    December 1, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The nation's top freshmen scorers early in the college basketball season are quietly getting it done a school at Florida State.That might come as a surprise to some with all the talk about youngsters at top-ranked Kentucky and LSU's Ben Simmons, all well deserved. But going into Florida State's game against Iowa on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Dwayne Bacon (20.6 points per game) and Malik Beasley (20.0) are accounting for 44.4 percent of the Seminoles' offense.

  • Illinois' Groce says Thorne could be out for the season

    December 1, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball coach John Groce says Mike Thorne Jr.'s left knee injury could end his season.Groce said Tuesday that Illinois (3-4) is preparing as if the 6-foot-11-inch starting center will not be back, because the meniscus tear Thorne suffered Saturday against Iowa State ''absolutely'' could be season-ending.

  • Illinois loses starting center Thorne to knee injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois starting center Mike Thorne Jr. is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee.Illinois (3-4) announced Monday that the fifth-year center was injured in Saturday's loss to then-No. 4 Iowa State. Thorne had surgery Monday.

  • UNLV president says keep Rebel name; no Confederate roots

    November 30, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) UNLV is keeping its ''Rebels'' nickname and ''Hey Reb!'' mascot in spite of critics who said they should be changed because the imagery harkens to the Confederacy.Citing newly released historical research that concluded the moniker was not intended as a reference to the Confederacy, the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas issued a statement Monday saying the school must keep the name and mascot. He said ''Rebels'' expresses UNLV's entrepreneurial spirit, and he noted overwhelming support for the term.

  • UNLV president says keep Rebel name; no ties to Confederacy

    November 30, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) UNLV President Len Jessup said the school needs to keep ''Rebels'' as its nickname in spite of calls for its removal, citing newly released historical research that concluded the moniker is not a reference to the Confederacy.Jessup issued a statement Monday saying the name embodies UNLV's entrepreneurial spirit, and noting overwhelming support for the nickname and the ''Hey Reb!'' mascot.

  • Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

    November 30, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall men's basketball assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended following his arrest on a drunken driving charge.Marshall announced Duhon's suspension for an undisclosed violation of athletic department rules and policies.

  • Jayhawks prepare for first game with Diallo on floor

    November 30, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) For months on end, Cheick Diallo would text Kansas coach Bill Self, trying to learn in a roundabout way whether there was any movement in the process of getting him eligible.He's still texting Self these days.Now, the topic of conversation is how practice is going.

  • UNC: Paige expected to play vs. No. 2 Maryland after injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Marcus Paige had targeted his return from a broken right hand in time to play in No. 9 North Carolina's matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.It appears the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year is right on schedule.

  • Top of Top 25 in men's AP poll the same, but not the bottom

    November 30, 2015

    Thanksgiving Week usually shakes up the Top 25 and this year was no different.There are five newcomers to the poll and since there was a tie for 25th last week, six teams dropped out.All the new teams were ranked as late as last season, and two of those that fell had long streaks of being in the Top 25.

  • AP men's poll: Kentucky No. 1 again; 5 newcomers to Top 25

    November 30, 2015

    Kentucky, Maryland and Michigan State held the top three spots in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, but there were plenty of changes at the bottom of the Top 25.The Wildcats (6-0) received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday to stay No. 1 for a second straight week. Maryland (6-0) remained second with four first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State (7-0) had the other two No. 1 votes.

  • POLL ALERT: Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State lead men's AP basketball rankings

    November 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) POLL ALERT: Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State lead men's AP basketball rankings.

  • Wisconsin's offense stumbles in 65-48 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma

    November 29, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Wisconsin posted one of its worst offensive performances of the Bo Ryan era on Sunday, a 65-48 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma.The Sooners held the Badgers to 23.5 percent shooting, the lowest since a 22.2-percent effort against North Dakota State in 2006 and the second-worst rate since Ryan took over in 2001.

  • Robert Morris hangs on for 67-64 win over MVSU

    November 28, 2015

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 17 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and Robert Morris hung on Saturday night to get its first win of the season, edging Mississippi Valley State 67-64.Robert Morris (1-6) led by as many as eight midway through the second half but fell behind with 1:17 to go when Isaac Williams drained a 3-pointer for Mississippi Valley State to make it 62-61. Pryor then put the Colonials back in front with a layup and Matty McConnell and Billy Giles sealed the win at the free throw line.

  • Ball State hangs on to beat Valparaiso 69-66

    November 28, 2015

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Bo Calhoun scored 15 points and Franko House added 14 as Ball State held off Valparaiso 69-66 on Saturday.Ball State (5-2) started quick and led 14-5 after a Calhoun 3. Later, House hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 27-15 with 4:53 before the half.

  • Stony Brook with 91-42 win over Div. III Farmingdale State

    November 28, 2015

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Jameel Warney posted a double-double, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, as Stony Brook beat Division III Farmingdale State 91-42 on Saturday.Kameron Mitchell had 12 points and three assists for the Seawolves (3-2). Ahmad Walker scored 11 points with nine rebounds and five assists and Bryan Sekunda added nine points. The team averaged 47.3 percent shooting from the field, 71.4 percent from the line and had a 54-29 rebounding edge over the Rams.

  • Moody leads Mississippi to 67-54 win over Bradley

    November 28, 2015

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) According to Mississippi Coach Andy Kennedy, Rebels point guard Stefan Moody still has a lot to learn.The leading returning scorer from last season in the Southeastern Conference is currently tied atop the conference in points per game, but still has to figure out how to play point guard after playing last year as a shooting guard.

  • Wichita State says F Grady's back injury improving

    November 28, 2015

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Wichita State says tests on injured forward Anton Grady show no signs of spinal cord trauma stemming from a collision in a game Friday that left him motionless on the court.The school said Saturday that a neurosurgeon reviewed an MRI and that doctors believe Grady sustained a spinal cord concussion. The doctors anticipate that his motor function and strength will return.

  • Hoops proposal: Syracuse fans get engaged at tournament

    November 28, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A tournament victory for the Syracuse basketball team turned into a win-win for two of its fans: They got engaged at the big game.Killian Hartough stunned girlfriend Kiri Fabela by proposing during a timeout at Friday night's Battle 4 Atlantis championship game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1TjlvGo) of Syracuse reported. She burst into tears and nodded yes, as the crowd cheered.

  • Bahamas looking to continue to tap American sports market

    November 28, 2015

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Like all big ideas, this one started small.It was back in 2010 that sports marketing executive Lea Miller first approached government officials in the Bahamas with the brainstorm of bringing NCAA basketball outside the United States - to help lure visitors to the islands during what is an otherwise slow period.

  • No. 23 Syracuse women hold off Washington, 66-62

    November 28, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brianna Butler scored 17 points and Alexis Peterson hit a jumper and added a pair of free throws in the final 1:37 to help No. 23 Syracuse hold off a furious rally by Washington to secure a 66-62 victory in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout Friday night.

  • Navy's free-throw shooting holds off UNC-Greensboro 70-66

    November 27, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tilman Dunbar scored 16 points - 10 from the free-throw line - and Navy defeated UNC-Greensboro 70-66 Friday night.Leading 62-60 with 35 seconds to play, Dunbar made all six of his free throws and Kendall Knorr added two from the line to preserve the win.

  • Allen has 34 points, 12 rebounds, Richmond beats No. 14 Cal

    November 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Terry Allen had 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Richmond to a 94-89 victory over No. 14 California on Friday night in a Las Vegas Invitational consolation game.ShawnDre' Jones added 22 points, and Marshall Wood had 24 for the Spiders (4-2).

  • Tennessee Tech overtakes Robert Morris in 85-72 win

    November 27, 2015

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Martin and Aleksa Jugovic scored 20 points apiece to lead Tennessee Tech to an 85-72 comeback win over Robert Morris in the opening round of the Air Force Classic on Friday night.Martin also hauled in 10 rebounds and Jugovic sank four 3-pointers. Torrance Rowe added 14 points while dishing out eight assists and Hakeem Rogers had 11 points for Tennessee Tech (3-2), which hit 22 of 25 from the line.

  • Okonoboh asks for release from UNLV

    November 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV coach Dave Rice said Friday that sophomore forward Goodluck Okonoboh is leaving the program and will be granted his release.''We appreciate all that Goodluck has done for our program,'' Rice said. ''We wish him the best in the future.''

  • Michigan St., Louisville lead 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis field

    November 27, 2015

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Three recent Final Four participants headline an eight-team field that will compete next year in the Battle 4 Atlantis.Officials announced the field Friday. It is headlined by 2015 Final Four team Michigan State, 2013 NCAA champion Louisville, 2013 Final Four participant Wichita State and 2011 participant Virginia Commonwealth.

  • No. 25 Texas A&M falls 74-67 to Syracuse in Bahamas

    November 27, 2015

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Texas A&M thought it was the better team entering its Battle 4 Atlantis championship game matchup with Syracuse.The 25th-ranked Aggies left feeling like they let one slip away.Michael Gbinije had 20 points, Malachi Richardson added 16 and Syracuse held off Texas A&M 74-67 on Friday.

  • Grady hurt in No. 20 Wichita State loss to Alabama

    November 27, 2015

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A scary injury overshadowed a second consecutive loss for No. 20 Wichita State.Wichita State forward Anton Grady was hurt late in Alabama's 64-60 upset over the Shockers in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday.

  • Spencer, Shepard lead San Diego St past No. 14 Cal 72-58

    November 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) All that Winston Shepard could do was smile.With 2:42 left in Thursday night's semifinal at the Las Vegas Invitational, the 6-foot-8 forward backpedaled after banking an 18-foot jumper high off the glass to give San Diego State a 10-point lead over No. 14 California, and his ear-to-ear grin seemed fitting.

  • UCLA, Texas A&M among 8-team field for 2016 Wooden Legacy

    November 27, 2015

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) UCLA is among the eight-team field announced for the 2016 Wooden Legacy tournament.Also playing in the three-day event over Thanksgiving weekend will be Cal State Northridge, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. The field includes four teams from the power conferences, with the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC represented.

  • Spencer, Shepard lead San Diego State past No. 14 California

    November 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Winston Shepard scored all of his 15 points during a second-half comeback and Skylar Spencer added 15 points to help San Diego State upset No. 14 California 72-58 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday night.Shepard scored nine straight points during a 14-0 run for the Aztecs (4-2) that cut Cal's lead to 45-44 early in the second half.

  • Guy V. Lewis, coach of Phi Slama Jama teams, dies at 93

    November 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Former University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, best known for leading the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s, has died. He was 93.He died at a retirement facility in Kyle, Texas, on Thanksgiving morning surrounded by family, the school said Thursday.

  • Calipari, No. 1 Kentucky to meet former assistant Antigua

    November 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Moments before Kentucky was to play Boston University earlier this week, Wildcats coach John Calipari had someone stationed nearby to give him a report on another game that was winding down.He got the signal: Thumbs-up.That meant South Florida won. Calipari won't need anyone to give him updates on the Bulls' next game, with South Florida set to face No. 1 Kentucky on Friday in the Hoophall Miami Invitational, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Bulls are coached by Orlando Antigua, a former Calipari assistant and the reason why the Kentucky coach has such an affinity for their program.

  • UMKC overcomes late rally to beat Lincoln (Mo) 73-72

    November 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Martez Harrison had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Missouri-Kansas City held off Division II Lincoln (Mo.) 73-72 Wednesday night.Dashawn King added 15 points, going 6 for 6 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line for Missouri-Kansas City (3-2).

  • FIU starts fast, holds on to beat LIU Brooklyn 80-72

    November 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Donte McGill scored 16 points as Florida International dominated the first half and finished with 24 as the Panthers held on to beat LIU Brooklyn 80-72 Wednesday night.FIU (4-2) shot 53 percent in the first half and held the Blackbirds to 29 percent, racing to a 46-22 lead at the break.

  • Unbeaten South Carolina starts strong under Frank Martin

    November 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin was confident his team would get off to a good start. The Gamecocks are doing just that.South Carolina won the Paradise Jam and is 5-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season, the last time the Gamecocks made the NCAA Tournament.

  • St. John's freshman Kassoum Yakwe cleared to play by NCAA

    November 25, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) St. John's says freshman forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately.The school announced the decision Wednesday, meaning the 6-foot-7 forward from Mali will be available for the game at Fordham on Dec. 2. St. John's is competing in the Maui Invitational this week.

  • Kansas freshman Diallo cleared to play beginning Dec. 1

    November 26, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Cheick Diallo was sitting next to Bill Self, the coach he can now play for, and it was a close call as to whose smile was broader.The freshman forward was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday to play for No. 5 Kansas starting Dec. 1.

  • Syracuse University appeal of NCAA sanctions rewarded

    November 25, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The NCAA has lessened its punishment of Syracuse University, reducing the penalty of lost basketball scholarships by four.The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee ruled that the total reduction of scholarships will be eight over four years rather than 12.

  • Div. III team forfeits game in protest of coach's firing

    November 25, 2015

    WAYNE, N.J. (AP) A Division III basketball team forfeited a conference game to protest the firing of its coach, dressing and warming up before collectively walking off the court as the game was about to begin.William Paterson forfeited Tuesday night against Ramapo College in support of longtime coach Jose Rebimbas, who was in his 21st season.

  • Washington cruises past Division II Golden Eagles 74-57

    November 25, 2015

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Cal State-Los Angeles agreed to play Washington State largely for the paycheck, but it was the Cougars who cashed in big on the basketball court Tuesday evening.WSU scoring and rebounding leader Josh Hawkinson sat out the game with a groin injury, but the Cougars cruised to a 74-57 win over the Golden Eagles, an NCAA Division II team.

  • Washington cruises past Division II Golden Eagles

    November 25, 2015

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Conor Clifford led a balanced Washington State offense with 18 points as the Cougars rolled to a 74-57 win over Cal State-Los Angeles on Tuesday night.Que Johnson added 15 points for the Cougars (3-0) at Beasley Coliseum. WSU played without leading scorer and rebounder Josh Hawkinson, who sat out with a groin injury.

  • New Mexico State pulls in OT, beats Robert Morris 81-71

    November 25, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Ian Baker scored 7 of his 10 points in overtime as New Mexico State defeated Robert Morris 81-71 to weather a challenge in the Air Force Classic on Tuesday night.Pascal Siakam scored a career-best 35 points for the Aggies (4-1). The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Cameroon has scored 30 points or better twice this season.

  • Louisiana Tech defeats Ohio State, 82-74, remains undefeated

    November 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Louisiana Tech jumped to an early lead it never relinquished to defeat Ohio State 82-74 on Tuesday.Alex Hamilton scored 24 points and Erik McCree added 17 with 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-0), who are off to their best start since 1998. Jacobi Boykins added 16 points and LeAntwan Luckett 10.

  • White and Shields lead Nebraska past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 67-

    November 24, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Andrew White III and Shavon Shields combined for 23 first-half points to lead Nebraska past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 67-44 on Thursday night.The Cornhuskers (4-1) pulled away late in the opening period, holding the Golden Lions (1-4) without a field goal for the last 8:03 of the half. The Huskers closed the final 4:23 of the half with a 15-3 run, highlighted by a Shields dunk that put the Huskers up 31-15 with 1:40 left.

  • Late free throw helps Delaware top Fairleigh Dickinson 73-72

    November 24, 2015

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) Kory Holden had 21 points, and Cazmon Hayes made one of three free throws with 0.9 second left to help Delaware edge past Fairleigh Dickinson 73-72 on Tuesday night.Hayes, who finished with eight points and four steals, had missed all six of his 3-point attempts for Delaware (2-1) when he was fouled by Marques Townes with less than a second remaining.

  • No. 10 Gonzaga heads field of rivals at Battle 4 Atlantis

    November 24, 2015

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) No one had to explain to Texas coach Shaka Smart about what to expect in this week's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.He's already experienced it firsthand.''It's always just a stacked field,'' said Smart, whose former Virginia Commonwealth team finished fourth in the Bahamas in 2012. ''Lot of really good teams. A lot of teams that at the end of the year will be in contention to win big games in the NCAA Tournament.''

  • Buffalo promotes Greene to take over as athletic director

    November 24, 2015

    AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) With the task of raising Buffalo's national profile unfinished following Danny White's departure, university President Satish Tripathi had an easy choice in hiring the school's next athletic director.Tripathi went with continuity in promoting White's top assistant, Allen Greene, to the job on Tuesday.

  • Boise State blows out Concordia (Ore.) 100-53

    November 23, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Chandler Hutchison scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field to help lead Boise State to a 100-53 win over NAIA Concordia University on Monday night.Paris Austin and Lonnie Jackson each added 15 points and Mikey Thompson had 13 and five assists for Boise State (2-2), which has won both its home games early this season.

  • Stifling D lifts Cornell over Penn State-Harrisburg, 76-47

    November 23, 2015

    ITHICA, N.Y. (AP) Robert Hatter scored 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting and added six assists to help lead Cornell to a 76-47 win over Penn State-Harrisburg on Monday night.Matt Morgan finished with 12 points and Darryl Smith had 10 for the Big Red (3-2), who have won three out of four after a season opening loss to Georgia Tech.

  • Jacksonville takes down Thomas (Ga) 92-64

    November 23, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Marcel White scored 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 10 of 11 at the free throw line to send Jacksonville past NAIA Thomas University (Ga.) 92-64 on Monday night.White's 3-point play during a 12-1 run to end the first half gave Jacksonville (2-2) its first lead of the game at 28-27. White scored seven of the 12 points during the stretch.

  • Western Michigan defeats Rochester (Mich) 85-73

    November 23, 2015

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Kellen McCormick scored a career-high 31 points on 11-for-14 shooting to lead Western Michigan past Rochester College (Mich.) 85-73 Monday night.McCormick, a junior, entered the season averaging just 3.7 points per game and scored 12 points in Western Michigan's first two contests of the year. He finished 9 for 11 from 3-point range.

  • Youngstown St. tops N. Dakota 79-69 for Slocum's 700th win

    November 23, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Bobby Hain scored a career-high 29 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead Youngstown State to a 79-69 victory on Monday over North Dakota for the Penguins' first victory this season and the 700th of Jerry Slocum's collegiate career.

  • No. 10 Gonzaga, Washington renew rivalry in the Bahamas

    November 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Thousands of miles from their respective home campuses, No. 10 Gonzaga and Washington are getting together again for the first time in nearly a decade.And a year earlier than was originally planned.''As I've always said when we played Gonzaga, we're getting ready to play a very good opponent. An opponent that's one of the most successful programs in the country over the years,'' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. ''They've been battle-tested, so we know we have a tough road ahead of us.''

  • Correction: T25-Rider-Maryland story

    November 23, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) In a Nov. 20 Rider-Maryland men's basketball game story, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rider's nickname is Broncos. The team's nickname is Broncs.A corrected version of the story is below:No. 3 Maryland rallies past Rider 65-58

  • Like old times, Kentucky on top of men's AP poll again

    November 23, 2015

    Kentucky, its star-filled roster decimated by the NBA draft, didn't wait long to get back to the top of The Associated Press poll.The Wildcats, who again have a lineup full of freshmen who were high school All-Americans, went from second to No. 1 on Monday. The move was made possible by their convincing win over then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic and North Carolina's loss to Northern Iowa that ended the Tar Heels' two-week run on top.

  • Kentucky is No. 1 in men's AP poll after Tar Heels loss

    November 23, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky is back in a very familiar spot - on top of The Associated Press college basketball poll.It only took a couple of weeks.The Wildcats, who were No. 1 every week last season, moved up one spot Monday following North Carolina's loss to Northern Iowa. Kentucky (4-0) beat then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic last week and received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

  • Miami's Rodriguez looks up to Puerto Rican NBA point guards

    November 23, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Miami's Angel Rodriguez left Puerto Rico at 15 for the U.S. mainland to play high school basketball and chase a college scholarship.Now he's the point guard for a team looking like a potential force in the Atlantic Coast Conference after beating No. 22 Butler 85-75 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. And he's the latest in a recent run of successful floor generals - Dallas Mavericks veteran J.J. Barea and former NBA player Carlos Arroyo - from the island best known for churning out baseball talent.

  • Kansas officials sharply criticize NCAA over Diallo case

    November 23, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas officials have sharply criticized the NCAA over its handling of five-star prospect Cheick Diallo, who remains ineligible to participate in games for the Jayhawks after several months of investigations.In a letter from Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger to NCAA vice president Oliver Luck, the school contends that it has found ''serious and legitimate misrepresentations attributed to NCAA process, unfounded verbal statements and inadequate professional standards.''

  • Rodriguez aims to follow Puerto Rican NBA point guards

    November 23, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Miami's Angel Rodriguez left Puerto Rico at 15 for the U.S. mainland to play high school basketball and chase a college scholarship.Now he's the point guard for a team looking like a potential force in the Atlantic Coast Conference after beating No. 22 Butler 85-75 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. And he's the latest in a recent run of successful floor generals - joining Dallas Mavericks veteran J.J. Barea and former NBA player Carlos Arroyo as examples - from the island best known for churning out baseball talent.

  • Rahon's 24 sparks St. Mary's past Stanford

    November 23, 2015

    MORAGA, Calif. (AP) After spending last season on Saint Mary's bench as a spectator following a transfer from Boston College, Joe Rahon anxiously waited for his chance to play again.With three consecutive blowout wins to open the season, including a stunner against defending NIT champion Stanford, Rahon is certainly relishing his time back on the court.

  • Wintering sparks Portland past Abilene Christian, 87-57

    November 23, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Alec Wintering scored 17 points and sparked Portland to an 87-57 victory over Abilene Christian on Sunday night in the first round of the Corpus Christie Coastal Classic.The Pilots (2-2) will face Alcorn State at home Tuesday before heading to Corpus Christie to begin the bracketed portion of the tournament with a game against Colorado State. Alcorn State lost to UTEP 88-66 on Sunday.

  • Webster leads Nebraska to easy 92-65 win over SE Louisiana

    November 22, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska struggled during warmups Sunday but the Cornhuskers came out hitting on all cylinders, taking a 37-point halftime lead on the way to an easy 92-65 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.''The coaches didn't like how we were warming up,'' Benny Parker said. ''We had a pretty serious talk before we came out for our second warmup. He (coach Tim Miles) basically just challenged us and said we need to lock in and just focus. I think that's what we did coming down the first couple minutes of the first half.''

  • Graham nears triple-double; Air Force beats Robert Morris

    November 22, 2015

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Hayden Graham had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Air Force beat Robert Morris 64-52 on Sunday.Graham needed three assists in the final 6:17 to record Air Force's first triple-double in program history.Air Force went on a 14-2 run, with scoring from Ryan Manning, Zach Moer and Trevor Lyons, for a 55-41 lead with 4:15 remaining.

  • Three ranked teams among 8 at Maui Invitational

    November 22, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Three ranked teams, some of the biggest names in college basketball and oh yeah, some really nice weather. Just another Maui Invitational.The tournament that has become one of the early season highlights in a sport that has always welcomed big matchups in the days before Thanksgiving gets underway Monday.

  • Illinois St. dominates 2nd half, beats Houston Baptist 72-56

    November 21, 2015

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell was 8 of 11 from the floor and scored 20 points as Illinois State dominated the second half to claim a 72-56 victory over Houston Baptist in the second round of the Cancun Classic on Saturday night.Deontae Hawkins added 13 points for the Redbirds (2-2). Paris Lee had six points and five assists.

  • Hagins scores 14 as Little Rock stuns San Diego St. 49-43

    November 21, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Josh Hagins made four straight shots in the final 2:45, including a 3-pointer, and finished with 14 points as Little Rock stunned San Diego State 49-43 on Saturday.The Trojans (3-0) twice took 11-point leads in the first half and were more energetic than the Aztecs (2-2), who committed 16 turnovers and shot only 28.3 percent (13-for-46).

  • Chicago State pulls away from Trinity International, 81-69

    November 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kieran Woods scored 19 points and added six boards and six steals to help lead Chicago State to an 81-69 win over NAIA Trinity International University on Saturday.Trayvon Palmer finished with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, and Fred Sims Jr. had 13 points for Chicago State (3-1).

  • Florida beats St. Joseph's 74-63 at Hall of Fame tourney

    November 21, 2015

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) First-year Florida coach Mike White remains in learning mode with his players, figuring out what they can do and how to put together the pieces left behind by Billy Donovan.But Gator fans have a degree of familiarity with the key guys in orange and blue. They expect Dorian Finney-Smith, Kasey Hill and Devin Robinson to make a difference when games are on the line. And that's exactly what that trio did Saturday as Florida rallied from a six-point deficit in the final six minutes to defeat Saint Joseph's 74-63 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

  • Balanced Fordham defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 85-62

    November 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Christian Sengfelder and Joseph Chartouny scored 15 points each to lead a balanced Fordham to an 85-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.Ryan Rhoomes and Ryan Canty scored 12 points each for the Rams (2-1), and Mandell Thomas scored 11.

  • Mike Garrett hired as athletics director at Cal State LA

    November 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Garrett has been hired as executive director for athletics at Cal State Los Angeles in a return to his hometown where he spent nearly 17 years in the same position at Southern California.Garrett's hiring was announced Friday at the Division II school. He succeeds Dan Bridges, who will retire in December after 10 years in the job. Garrett will begin his duties in January.

  • Utah State downs Union (Tenn.) 73-49

    November 20, 2015

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Jalen Moore scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Chris Smith scored 10 with 11 rebounds, and Utah State beat Division II Union (Tenn.) 73-49 on Friday night.The Aggies (3-0) never trailed and scored 20 points off turnovers against the Bulldogs, who played the game as an exhibition match.

  • Milwaukee cruises to 85-61 win over Trinity International

    November 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Cody Wichmann hit all five of his 3-point shots and scored a career-high 17 points to help Milwaukee cruise to an 85-61 win over Division III Trinity International on Friday night.Matt Tiby had 14 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Austin Arians scored 11 and J.J Panoske had 10 points and eight rebounds for Milwaukee (4-1).

  • Scott, Havlicek among college hoops Hall of Fame inductees

    November 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It never occurred to Charlie Scott that he would make history when he accepted a scholarship offer from Dean Smith to play basketball at North Carolina in the late 1960s.He just wanted to play the game he loved.But his coach, who passed away in February, knew that things were changing across the socio-political landscape with Scott's arrival. The moment he stepped on campus in Chapel Hill, he had become the first black player in any sport under scholarship at North Carolina.

  • Oklahoma State G Forte out with arm injury vs George Mason

    November 20, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte injured his arm and will miss the game against George Mason on Friday.Team spokesman Stephen Howard says its doubtful Forte will return for Sunday's game at the Charleston Classic.Forte, who leads the team at 17 points a game, got hurt Thursday in the first half against Towson. He tried to play in the second half before heading to the bench.

  • Duke's Coach K, Queens' Coach K presented Lapchick Award

    November 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and women's college basketball trailblazer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award.They were honored Friday at a luncheon in New York celebrating the life of Joe Lapchick, a Hall of Fame coach with St. John's and the New York Knicks, who was known for his compassion and integrity off the court.

  • No. 4 Kansas suspends Greene for 6 games

    November 20, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) No. 4 Kansas has suspended junior guard Brannen Greene for six games for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team.Coach Bill Self announced the suspension Friday with the Jayhawks (1-1) traveling to Hawaii this weekend for the Maui Invitational, which begins Monday. Greene will not make the trip, but can practice with the team upon its return.

  • Corbetts officiate a Division I game together

    November 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ed Corbett has officiated hundreds, maybe a thousand, college basketball games. From games that are played in front of hundreds of fans to the sport's biggest stage - the Final Four.On Thursday night, Ed Corbett worked a game unlike any other for him: His son, Ed Jr., was assigned to officiate with him.

  • No. 17 Oklahoma women rebound to defeat BYU 73-47

    November 19, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Peyton Little hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 and No. 17 Oklahoma bounced back from an upset loss to race to a 73-47 win over BYU on Thursday.Maddie Manning added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Sooners (2-1), who lost a four-point game at home against North Texas on Monday. Kaylon Williams had 12 points and Derica Wyatt 10.

  • Carter, Robinson carry BC past Central Conn. 82-57

    November 19, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston College freshman Jerome Robinson realized quickly how tough things could be if it didn't step up his play in what coach Jim Christian called a ''secret scrimmage'' during the preseason.The 6-foot-5 guard seems like he's a fast learner.

  • NCAA reinstates St. John's guard Felix Balamou

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's guard Felix Balamou has been reinstated by the NCAA.The 6-foot-4 senior was active Thursday night for the Red Storm's home game against Rutgers. He was ruled ineligible over an unspecified rules violation hours before the opener last week against Wagner.

  • Lobos forward's career over because of spinal condition

    November 19, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) When New Mexico forward Devon Williams lost feeling in his extremities after a fall during a road game Sunday, his life changed.He regained movement about 10 minutes later, even before he got into the ambulance that took him to the hospital in Las Cruces, New Mexico. But on Wednesday he got the news that in treating him, doctors discovered he has spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, and he was advised to stop playing.

  • Unheralded forward Nader emerges for No. 7 Iowa State

    November 19, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) The seventh-ranked Iowa State Cyclones are considered a national title contender because of a star-studded roster led by All-American Georges Niang.So far, unheralded senior Abdel Nader has been as valuable as anyone on the team.Nader has made the most of his move into the starting lineup. The 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds through two games, stabilizing a team still adjusting to new coach Steve Prohm.

  • Kentucky signs 6 in latest top-flight recruiting class

    November 19, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has landed one of its top recruiting classes with the signing of six highly rated prospects, including four ranked top-10 nationally.The school on Thursday announced the signings of forwards Eldrice ''Bam'' Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard and guards Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox. All are rated at least four-star prospects by national recruiting services; Adebayo, Fox, Gabriel and Monk are ranked among the top 10.

  • NC State guard Terry Henderson has ankle surgery

    November 19, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State officials say that guard Terry Henderson has had surgery on his injured right ankle.Team spokesman Josh Rattray said Thursday that the procedure to stabilize the ankle was performed Monday night, and that Henderson is expected to resume basketball-related activities in 6-8 weeks.

  • Mississippi State, Wake Forest in 2016 Charleston Classic

    November 19, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Mississippi State and Wake Forest will take part in next year's Charleston Classic.The eight-team field for 2016 was announced Thursday, a short time before Mississippi and George Mason opened this year's event.Along with the Bulldogs and the Demon Deacons, others participating are Villanova, Boise State, UCF, UTEP, Western Michigan and host school College of Charleston.

  • Florida A&M holds off Thomas (Ga.) 70-68 behind Bernard

    November 19, 2015

    TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) Malcolm Bernard scored 29 points shooting 9 of 15 from the floor and Florida A&M held off a late push from Thomas University (Ga.) for a 70-68 win Wednesday night.Craig Bowman added 13 points and Francois Lewis 12 for Florida A&M (2-1). Lewis added eight rebounds.

  • North Dakota State beats NAIA Valley City State 69-49

    November 18, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Paul Miller scored 17 points with three steals and North Dakota State rolled to a 69-49 victory over NAIA Valley City State on Wednesday night.Miller was 6 of 13 from the field. A.J. Jacobson and Kory Brown added 14 points and four steals for the Bison (2-1).

  • Arizona State rolls over Kennesaw State 91-53

    November 18, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Eric Jacobsen had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Obinna Oleka scored 19 points and Arizona State overpowered Kennesaw State 91-53 Wednesday night.Arizona State (2-1) jumped on Kennesaw State early and was never really tested after that despite a sometimes-sloppy first half. The Sun Devils overwhelmed the Owls inside, outscoring them by 22 points while grabbing 29 more rebounds.

  • Providence wins 60-59 after Illinois misses flurry of shots

    November 18, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rodney Bullock's free throw with 43 seconds left gave Providence a 60-59 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night.Illinois (1-2) missed three shots in the final 10 seconds. Malcom Hill drove to the basket and missed a layup. Michael Finke grabbed the rebound but missed a dunk. The Fighting Illini again got the rebound but Hill missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • McIntosh scores 20, leads Northwestern past Fairfield 79-72

    November 18, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Bryant McIntosh scored 20 points and Trey Demps added 14 and Northwestern beat Fairfield 79-72 on Wednesday night.McIntosh's acrobatic driving lay-up and free throw with 52 seconds remaining pushed the Wildcats lead to eight points after Fairfield had pulled within three after trailing by double digits earlier in the second half.

  • Bucknell downs Robert Morris, 81-76

    November 18, 2015

    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Zach Thomas scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Ryan Frazier went 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final 10 seconds to help lead Bucknell to an 81-76 win on Wednesday night.Frazier's first pair came with 10 seconds left and extended Bucknell's lead to 4 (79-75) after Robert Morris' Kavon Stewart had to 2 points. His second two came seven seconds later, which stretched the lead to 5 and put the game away.

  • Fighting Hawks picked as University of North Dakota nickname

    November 18, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) Wednesday's news that the University of North Dakota's new nickname would be Fighting Hawks was greeted matter-of-factly by some UND players and coaches.The mascot received 57 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent for Roughriders in the two-name runoff. The new nickname replaces Fighting Sioux, which was retired by the state Board of Higher Education in 2012 after the NCAA deemed it ''hostile and abusive'' and said the school could not host playoff games if it kept the controversial moniker.

  • No. 16 Utah headlines 8-team field for Puerto Rico Tipoff

    November 18, 2015

    Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak entered his fifth season determined to keep momentum from last year's NCAA Sweet 16 run. He'll learn how well the No. 16 Utes can do that as they head to this week's Puerto Rico Tipoff in a demanding opening month.Utah's trip to San Juan, starting with a game against Texas Tech, is part of a stretch of five games in 10 nights to open the season. The Utes (2-0) are coming off Monday's win against a San Diego State team that has reached the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons. They're making the longest trip of the Tipoff teams at roughly 3,100 miles and a couple of time zones east - prompting Krystkowiak to quip that maybe his team should get ''a few points head start'' in games.

  • No. 4 Kansas can't hold lead, falls to No. 13 Michigan State

    November 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas looked to be in good shape for most of its first big game of the season. Then Denzel Valentine took over.The Michigan State senior guard had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists - the 13th triple-double in school history - and the 13th-ranked Spartans rallied for a 79-73 victory over the fourth-ranked Jayhawks on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at United Center.

  • Braun with 27 points, Grand Canyon beats Black Hills 88-72

    November 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Joshua Braun made five 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lead Grand Canyon over Division II Black Hills 88-72 on Tuesday night.Braun was 7 of 7 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Grandy Glaze scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds, and Boubacar Toure chipped in 14 points for the Antelopes (2-0).

  • Allen struggles as No. 5 Duke loses 74-63 to No. 2 Kentucky

    November 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Grayson Allen was hounded all over the court, right from the start, and it turned into a teaching moment for the sophomore star for No. 5 Duke.Allen was held to six points on 2-for-11 shooting, and the Blue Devils lost 74-63 to No. 2 Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.

  • Sam Houston State beats St. Thomas (Texas) 114-92

    November 17, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Dakarai Henderson had 27 points and Aurimas Majauskas added 21 and 11 rebounds as Sam Houston State beat NAIA's St. Thomas (Texas) 114-92 on Tuesday night.Ameer Jackson contributed 18 points, Jovante' Spivey had 11 and Jamal Williams chipped in 10 for the Bearkats (1-1), who bounced back from an 85-50 season-opening loss to SMU Saturday.

  • St. Francis Brooklyn rolls over Mount St. Vincent 93-67

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yunus Hopkinson scored a career-high 25 points to lead St. Francis Brooklyn to a 93-67 win over Division III's Mount St. Vincent on Tuesday night.Hopkinson was close to perfect, making 5 of 8 from beyond the arc for 6 of 9 field goals and 8 of 10 free throws for St. Francis (1-1). Glenn Sanabria, who made 3 of 5 from long range and had three steals, finished with 14 points and Jon Doss chipped in 13 and grabbed nine rebounds.

  • Vegas to be site of new college basketball tourney in March

    November 17, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) A new single-elimination college basketball tournament for 16 teams that don't make the NCAA Tournament will be played in Las Vegas in late March.Called ''Vegas 16,'' the event will be played March 26-30 at Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. The teams will be housed at hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, according to marketing firm bd Global, which will manage the event.

  • Ohio State remains unbeaten with 82-55 defeat of Grambling

    November 17, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kam Williams scored 22 points as Ohio State coasted past Grambling on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes (2-0) used a 14-0 run to open up a 31-11 lead a little more than 12 minutes into the first half and never looked back.Forwards Marc Loving and Keita Bates-Diop and Williams, a guard, gave Ohio State a three-pronged scoring attack.

  • Young, Jeter lead Pitt past St. Joseph's (Ind), 84-43

    November 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Days removed from over 16,500 miles of travel, the Pittsburgh Panthers expected to be a little sluggish, which is why the program scheduled St. Joseph's (Ind.) College, a Division II program the likes of which Pitt would usually play in the preseason.

  • Wisconsin freshman Van Vliet ruled ineligible for season

    November 17, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin freshman Andy Van Vliet is ineligible for the 2015-16 season after the NCAA denied the school's appeal seeking his reinstatement.The NCAA ruled Nov. 4 the Belgium native was ineligible, but Wisconsin filed a waiver citing ''factors outside of Van Vliet's control.'' The school received word Tuesday that appeal had been denied.

  • Eastern Washington's college basketball game postponed

    November 17, 2015

    CHENEY, Wash. (AP) The college basketball game between Seattle and Eastern Washington scheduled for Tuesday evening has been postponed because of a fierce wind storm in the Spokane region.Sustained winds of more than 40 mph, gusting to more than 60 mph, have created dangerous travel conditions across Eastern Washington.

  • King, Scott lead Colorado past Auburn, 91-84

    November 17, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) George King's redshirt year is paying huge early dividends for Colorado.King nearly doubled his previous career high with 27 points and Josh Scott scored 24 to lead the Buffaloes to a come-from-behind 91-84 victory over Auburn on Tuesday.

  • Mississippi State suspends F Demetrius Houston indefinitely

    November 17, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State says that sophomore forward Demetrius Houston has been indefinitely suspended because of ''conduct detrimental to the team.''The school sent a statement on Tuesday saying that Houston will not travel with the team for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off this week and that his status will be reevaluated following the trip.

  • Guyn's 26 lead E. Tennessee St. in 103-90 win over Green Bay

    November 17, 2015

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Ge'Lawn Guyn made four 3-pointers and had 26 points to lead five scorers in double figures, and East Tennessee State defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 103-90 on Tuesday.The Buccaneers (2-0) got 17 points from T.J. Cromer, 12 from Isaac Banks and 10 apiece from A.J. Merriweather and Abednego Lufile.

  • Houston Baptist tops NCCAA Crowley's Ridge 102-62

    November 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Anthony Odunsi had 17 points and 10 assists, and Houston Baptist got 47 from its bench in a 102-62 win over NCCAA Crowley's Ridge Monday night.Odunsi and five other Huskies (1-1) scored in double figures. Colter Lasher was 8 of 10 for 17 points, and Asa Cantwell scored 13 points, Trey Patterson 12, Reveal Chukwujekwu 11 and Josh Ibarra 10.

  • Lynn's 27 points leads NJIT late surge past USF

    November 16, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Damon Lynn scored a game-high 27 points including a pivotal 3-pointer in the closing minute to help lift NJIT to a 60-57 win over USF on Monday night.Ky Howard added 10 points and 10 rebounds for NJIT, which trailed by as many as seven points in the closing minutes before ending the game on a 12-2 run.

  • Ferrell leads No. 14 Indiana past Austin Peay 102-76

    November 16, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell scored 22 points and James Blackmon Jr. added 20, helping No. 14 Indiana roll past Austin Peay 102-76 on Monday night.The Hoosiers pulled away by making 15 consecutive shots during a 12-minute, 14-second stretch of the second half to open with two wins for the ninth straight season.

  • Texas A&M's Robinson leaves team

    November 16, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M guard Alex Robinson has left the team and will seek a transfer to another school.Robinson is a sophomore who played in 32 games last season where he averaged 5.2 points a game. He also had 84 assists, 75 rebounds and 15 steals last year.

  • Skal Labissiere looks to take next step for No. 2 Kentucky

    November 16, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Skal Labissiere has heeded Kentucky coach John Calipari's advice to be an offensive presence.The 6-foot-11 freshman leads the second-ranked Wildcats in scoring at 17.5 points through two games. He's coming off a 26-point performance against NJIT, a game in which he floated jumpers, slammed home fierce dunks and generally had his way against the smaller Highlanders.

  • A look inside the AP Top 25; North Carolina is still No. 1

    November 16, 2015

    North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the 113th time, tying Kentucky for third place on the all-time list.UCLA is first among No. 1s with 134 weeks on top, while Duke is second with 127.Those are the only four schools with over 100 weeks at No. 1.

  • AP poll: North Carolina still No. 1; Oregon joins Top 25

    November 16, 2015

    North Carolina is No. 1 in the first regular-season men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press after opening with victories over Temple and Fairfield.The Tar Heels were the preseason No. 1 for a record ninth time. They received 37 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel - 29 more than second-place Kentucky. Maryland is third with 14 first-place votes and Kansas is fourth with five first-place votes.

  • Georgetown, No. 3 Maryland resume men's basketball rivalry

    November 16, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The last time Georgetown and Maryland played a basketball game in the Washington area, coaches John Thompson and Gary Williams stood in front of their respective benches at the USAir Arena.After Maryland won that memorable 1993 duel, 84-83 in overtime, Williams leaped across the floor in an impromptu victory celebration while Thompson walked off the court with his signature white towel draped over his shoulder.

  • Norm Ellenberger, former New Mexico coach, dies at 83

    November 16, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Norm Ellenberger, the foot-stomping sideline showman who coached New Mexico to two Western Athletic Conference basketball titles in the 1970s, has died. He was 83.Ellenberger died Saturday night in his sleep at his cabin in Watersmeet, Michigan, said longtime friends Bob and Diana Briggs of Albuquerque. They had just talked to him the day before and he was excited about the start of practice Monday at the high school where he was helping coach the boys' basketball team.

  • Arkansas' Beard avoids trial, to return next month

    November 16, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas guard Anton Beard has entered a pre-trial diversion program in an attempt to avoid prosecution following his summer arrest on forgery charges. He will return to the Razorbacks next month following a semester-long suspension.

  • Pickens scores 20 in Stanford's 93-59 win over Buccaneers

    November 15, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Dorian Pickens learned from last year's seniors and that helped get him ready to fill a bigger role this season. He's applying those lessons.Pickens scored a career-high 20 points, Michael Humphrey had his second double-double in as many games and Stanford beat Charleston Southern 93-59 in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT on Sunday.

  • Eastern Washington routs D-III member George Fox 126-64

    November 15, 2015

    CHENEY, Wash. (AP) Venky Jois scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half and Eastern Washington rolled to a 126-64 rout of Division III member George Fox on Sunday night.The Eagles (1-1) bounced back after blowing a 10-point, second half lead in a 106-88 loss to Mississippi State in their opener on Friday.

  • Nebraska-Omaha routs St. Mary's (Minn.) 104-58

    November 15, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Tim Smallwood scored 14 points and Nebraska-Omaha rolled to a 104-58 victory over Division III member St. Mary's (Minn.) on Sunday night.Smallwood was 6 of 12 from the floor. JT Gibson scored 13 points and made three 3-pointers. Zach Pirog had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jake White and Tra-Deon Hollins had 11 points apiece, and Zach Jackson chipped in 10 for the Mavericks (1-1).

  • Minnesota beats Louisiana-Monroe 67-56

    November 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A young Minnesota squad learned some good and bad about itself in the second half Sunday.It resulted in a win.Kevin Dorsey and Joey King keyed a second-half surge and the Gophers lost a double-digit lead but rallied to beat Louisiana-Monroe 67-56.

  • Cincinnati routs Robert Morris 106-44

    November 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) Farad Cobb scored 15 points, Shaq Thomas and Kevin Johnson each scored 14 and Cincinnati defeated Robert Morris 106-44 on Sunday.It's the first time the Bearcats have scored more than 100 points since scoring 102 against Chicago State in 2013.

  • Sophomore Much receives NCAA waiver, can play right away

    November 15, 2015

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Iona sophomore guard Deyshonee Much received a legislative relief waiver from the NCAA and is eligible to play in Sunday's season opener at Valparaiso.Much played his freshman season (2013-14) at the University of Buffalo and enrolled at Iona last January.

  • Princeton forward Hans Brase to miss basketball season

    November 15, 2015

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Princeton co-captain Hans Brase will miss the 2015-16 season because of a knee injury.The Ivy League school said Saturday night Brase has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He will return for his senior season in 2016-17.Brase was the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder the last two seasons, averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. The forward was the league's ninth-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder last season.

  • White III, Nebraska down Mississippi Valley St. 97-51

    November 14, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Andrew White III scored 18 points and Jack McVeigh added 16 to lead Nebraska to an easy 97-51 win over Mississippi Valley State in the season opener for both schools Saturday.Nebraska opened up a 19-7 lead with 11:49 left, at which point Mississippi Valley State had three baskets and nine turnovers. McVeigh poured in 10 straight for Nebraska, putting the Huskers up 31-13 after his second 3-pointer with 7:33 left.

  • Tennessee Tech rips Piedmont College, 110-72

    November 14, 2015

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Aleksa Jugovic scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added five assists to help lead Tennessee Tech to a 110-72 win over Piedmont College in the season opener on Saturday night.Hakeem Rogers finished with 18 points and Torrance Rowe added 15 for the Golden Eagles, which topped the 100-point plateau for the first time in almost two years.

  • College Basketball Capsules

    December 2, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his season debut following a hand injury to help No. 9 North Carolina beat No. 2 Maryland 89-81 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.Brice Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who shot 53 percent and repeatedly capitalized on Terrapins miscues.

  • Kemrite's 3-pointers help Liberty top Summit 90-49

    November 14, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Ryan Kemrite made six 3-pointers on his way to scoring 22 points - both career highs - and Liberty rode a hot shooting night to a 90-49 win over Summit on Saturday.Liberty (2-0) made 18 of its 27 first-half field goal attempts en route to a 52-25 lead at the break. Lovell Cabbil scored all 19 of his points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting.

  • Illinois point guard Tate has finger surgery

    November 14, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach John Groce says point guard Jaylon Tate had surgery to repair a dislocated finger but has not said when the junior might return.Groce said in a statement Saturday that Tate had surgery on his right little finger Friday night after suffering an open dislocation in a loss earlier that night in the opener against North Florida.

  • Rhode Island guard E.C. Matthews out for season

    November 14, 2015

    KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island guard E.C. Matthews will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee Friday night in the Rams' opening victory over American.The 6-foot-5 junior failed to score in 10 minutes in Rhode Island's 65-42 victory. He led the team in scoring last season with a 16.9 average.

  • NC State loses Terry Henderson for 6-8 weeks to ankle injury

    November 14, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has lost junior guard Terry Henderson for at least six to eight weeks with a right ankle injury.The West Virginia transfer played 7 minutes in his Wolfpack debut during Friday's 85-68 season-opening loss to William & Mary. Coach Mark Gottfried said afterward that X-rays revealed no fracture, but Henderson was taken to a hospital for additional evaluation.

  • Correction: BKC-UMass-Lowell-Northwestern story

    November 14, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) In a story Nov. 13 about the UMass-Lowell-Northwestern game, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Alex Olah is Northwestern's lone senior and Aaron Falzon came off the bench. Northwestern has three seniors, and Falzon is a starter.

  • Washington holds off Texas 77-71 in historic game in China

    November 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has had important road victories in his basketball career, just never one quite this far away.Andrew Andrews scored 23 points to lead the Huskies to a 77-71 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in the first-ever regular-season men's basketball game played in China.

  • Washington holds off Texas 77-71

    November 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI, China (AP) Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has had important road victories in his basketball career, just never one quite this far away.Andrew Andrews scored 23 points to lead the Huskies to a 77-71 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in the first-ever regular-season men's basketball game played in China.

  • Loyola of Chicago pulls away from UTSA in 76-64 win

    November 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Milton Doyle scored 20 points, Montel James added 14 more and Loyola of Chicago cruised to a 76-64 win over Texas-San Antonio in the season opener for both teams Friday night.Doyle shot 8 of 14 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, and had five rebounds, while James had seven boards. Devon Turk and Earl Peterson had 11 points apiece for the Ramblers, who opened the game with a 15-2 run and never trailed.

  • Buffalo rolls over Div. III Pitt-Bradford 109-49

    November 14, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Rodell Wigginton scored 25 points off the bench, leading six players in double digits, as Buffalo rolled over Division III Pittsburgh-Bradford 109-49 on Friday night.Wigginton hit 10 of 12 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line for the Bulls. He also led the team with 10 rebounds. Blake Hamilton scored 21 points, C.J. Massinburg had 19 points, Lamonte Bearden had 13, Nick Perkins had 12 and Willie Conner 10. Buffalo outrebounded the Panthers 49-34 and forced 25 turnovers.

  • Bittle scores 23, South Dakota St. beats Chadron St., 87-52

    November 14, 2015

    BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Jake Bittle made 4 of 6 3-pointers and scored 23 points Friday night to help South Dakota State beat Division II Chadron State 87-52 in the season opener for both teams.Mike Daum had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds while Ian Theisen and Keaton Moffitt scored 10 points apiece for South Dakota State. Moffitt grabbed eight rebounds.

  • Olah leads balanced Northwestern past UMass-Lowell 79-57

    November 13, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) As Northwestern's lone senior, Alex Olah understands the need to produce.The 7-foot center didn't waste any time in getting to work.Olah scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, and Aaron Falzon scored 20 points off the bench as Northwestern beat UMass-Lowell 79-57 on Friday.

  • Bethune-Cookman beats Trinity Baptist 108-54 in opener

    November 13, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mario Moody scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Bethune-Cookman rolled over Trinity Baptist 108-54 in a season opener on Friday night.Moody, a transfer from Wagner, was one of six Wildcats in double figures. Quinton Forrest scored 18, Ricky Johnson and Jordan Potts 14 apiece, Marquel Ingram 12 and Laron Smith 10. Bethune-Cookman shot 61 percent from the floor, including 12 of 28 from the 3-point line.

  • Top 25 Capsules

    January 3, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers in the second half to help top-ranked Michigan State stave off Minnesota for a 69-61 victory on Saturday in response to a loss at Iowa earlier in the week.Matt Costello contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs, for the Spartans (14-1, 1-1) four days after they fell 78-63 to the Hawkeyes in their Big Ten opener to make this No. 1 billing in The Associated Press' poll short-lived.

  • Olah leads balanced Northwestern over UMass-Lowell 79-57

    November 13, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Alex Olah scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, and Aaron Falzon scored 20 points off the bench as Northwestern beat UMass-Lowell 79-57 on Friday.Olah, a senior center from Timisoara, Romania, also had two blocked shots and paced a balanced Wildcats scoring attack that included four players reaching double figures.

  • Kingsley's 22 points lifts Arkansas past Southern, 86-68

    November 13, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Moses Kingsley learned a trick or two while practicing against former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Bobby Portis over the last two seasons at Arkansas.Kingsley certainly played like his former teammate on Friday night, putting together an all-around career-best effort in an 86-68 win over Southern in the season opener for the Razorbacks (1-0).

  • Izzo joins list of college coaches in 1 place for 20+ years

    November 13, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo has joined an exclusive club of current coaches who have lasted 20 seasons at one school.The leader of Michigan State's successful program is on a list with just eight other Division I basketball coaches, a loyal group topped by Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

  • Penn holds on to beat Robert Morris 76-75

    November 13, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Jones scored 21 points and Darien Nelson-Henry made a layup with 31 seconds left to lift Penn to a 76-75 win over Robert Morris on Friday.Antonio Woods drove into the key with the shot clock running down and fed Nelson-Henry, who was cutting to the basket from the right wing. The Quakers then survived a contested floater by Rodney Pryor and a putback attempt.

  • Tennessee's Kasongo must miss opener, pay 0 restitution

    November 13, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee forward Ray Kasongo must sit out Friday's season opener against UNC Asheville and pay 0 in restitution before playing his first game with the Volunteers because of an amateurism issue.Athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak would not give further details into the problem that preceded the 6-foot-8 sophomore's enrollment at Tennessee. Kasongo signed with the Volunteers in April.

  • Hurricanes newcomer Kamari Murphy suspended for 1st 3 games

    November 13, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes newcomer Kamari Murphy has been suspended for the first three games of the basketball season for a violation of team rules.The school announced the suspension Friday hours before Miami's first game against Texas Rio Grande Valley.

  • St. John's Balamou sidelined indefinitely by NCAA

    November 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's junior guard Felix Balamou has been ruled ineligible over an unspecified NCAA rules violation.The announcement came just hours before the Red Storm opened their season Friday night, and two days after freshman guard Marcus LoVett was declared a partial qualifier by the NCAA.

  • Louisiana-Monroe cruises over McMurry 88-43 in opener

    November 13, 2015

    MONROE, La. (AP) Majok Deng and DeMondre Harvey scored 14 points each and Louisiana-Monroe beat McMurry 88-43 on Friday.The 45-point margin of victory was the largest for the Warhawks in a season opener in school history.Prince Cooper added 12 points and Justin Roberson 11 as ULM shot 62.3 percent, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. The Warhawks dominated the boards 41-23.

  • NC State gives new deals to basketball coaches through 2020

    November 13, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says it has agreed to new contracts for men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried and women's basketball coach Wes Moore, running through 2020.Gottfried led the men's program to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four seasons, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. His program has averaged 23 victories per season, up from 16.8 in the 20 years prior.

  • Harvard, Stanford to face off in 2016 hoops opener in China

    November 13, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) The Pac-12 Conference will send another team to China to begin next season, announcing that Stanford will face Harvard next November.Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had said during last month's media day in San Francisco that the goal was to have an annual game in China.

  • NCAA clears UCF 7-foot-6 recruit Tacko Fall to play

    November 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Central Florida's Tacko Fall is no longer in limbo.The school said Friday the NCAA has cleared the 7-foot-6 Senegalese freshman to play. UCF received word from the governing body a day before the Knights open their season at Davidson.

  • Official visit becomes closing time for college coaches

    November 13, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) University of Nevada coach Eric Musselman and his assistants hover around a computer screen, shifting names, categories and columns on spreadsheets that will be part of a PowerPoint presentation.They deliberate over what columns should be named, where names should be placed, the page order, whether certain information should be included at all.

  • Plenty of schools relying on multiple impact transfers

    November 13, 2015

    The large number of transfers in college basketball creates opportunities for guys to shine at one school after starting their careers elsewhere.Here's a look at some of this season's potential impact transfers, with their former schools in parentheses. As you can see from this list, some schools could benefit from the presence of multiple transfers.

  • Big hopes accompany Kansas teams as college hoops begins

    November 13, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas is still waiting for the NCAA to rule on the status of five-star recruit Cheick Diallo, adding another layer of intrigue to the start of the college hoops season in the Sunflower State.Jayhawks coach Bill Self, whose team plays Northern Colorado on Friday, said Thursday afternoon that there has still been no movement in Diallo's case. The Mali native has been cleared to practice but is barred from participating in games for fourth-ranked Kansas.

  • No. 25 Michigan planning to play without Irvin in opener

    November 12, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein says he doesn't expect junior Zak Irvin to play when the 25th-ranked Wolverines host Northern Michigan in their season opener Friday night.The 6-foot-6 Irvin is coming off back surgery, and Beilein says he isn't in game shape yet.

  • Top 2 teams highlight Barclays Center's hoops schedule

    November 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) North Carolina and Kentucky, the top two teams in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25, will play in different games of the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 19.Top-ranked North Carolina will play UCLA in the opener of the doubleheader, and Kentucky faces Ohio State in the second game.

  • UAB coach helps pay cost of attendance for basketball teams

    November 12, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) UAB coach Jerod Haase is using part of his new seven-figure contract to help cover the cost of attendance stipends for both the men's and women's basketball players.Haase, the men's basketball coach, stepped in to contribute after the university wasn't able to pay every athlete's cost of attendance this academic year because the budget was already set, athletic director Mark Ingram said Thursday.

  • Maui Invitational will have another good field in 2017

    November 12, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Five teams ranked in the Top 25 - California, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wichita State - will play in the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.The field for the 34th edition of the Maui Invitational, which was announced Thursday, also includes Marquette, VCU and Chaminade, the Division II host school from Honolulu.

  • SMU opener marks start of Larry Brown's NCAA suspension

    November 12, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Larry Brown figures he will be sick to his stomach watching SMU from afar for more than a month.When the Mustangs open their season Saturday night, Brown's nine-game NCAA suspension starts and it will keep the Hall of Fame coach away from his team until the week before Christmas.

  • Second-ranked Kentucky starts season with 3 games in 5 days

    November 12, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Starting the season ranked second isn't a concern for a Kentucky squad that believes it can reclaim its familiar penthouse view.How long the Wildcats take getting to the top of college basketball after losing seven players from a 38-1 Final Four team depends on what their talented newcomers learn from a weekend crash course of games to open the season.

  • Koenig poised to step into bigger role for No. 17 Wisconsin

    November 12, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Growing up, Bronson Koenig and his father would watch videos of some of the NBA's best point guards, like Pete Maravich and Jason Kidd.Those film sessions must have rubbed off on the floor general for No. 17 Wisconsin.A proven ball-handler who has played key roles on teams that went to consecutive Final Fours, Koenig is poised to take an expanded role when the Badgers open the season on Friday night against Western Illinois.

  • Pitt faces stiff test in opener against No. 9 Gonzaga

    November 12, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Panthers' long summer didn't afford Jamie Dixon's program the usual opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season. Five players underwent offseason surgeries and two more missed preseason activities due to nagging injuries.

  • Donahue tries to revitalize career, sagging program at Penn

    November 12, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Steve Donahue took the route of so many unemployed coaches and ditched the clipboard for a television headset. Working as an analyst for a Temple-Penn game last season, Donahue saw a Quakers team far removed from their years as the class of the Ivy League.

  • Alabama's Avery Johnson set for college coaching debut

    November 12, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama's Avery Johnson has had months to prepare and bring in a few of his own players before his college coaching debut.That's not how it worked out when Johnson took over his first NBA team a decade ago.The former NBA player and coach opens with the Crimson Tide Friday night against Kennesaw State, likely putting more fans in the seats and a few more points on the board this season. He got scant hours' notice before his first NBA game as a head man when boss Don Nelson resigned and handed over the reins before a game against Charlotte late in the 2005 season. Johnson started 1-0 with a 104-93 win.

  • Lawyer: Escort to meet with NCAA next week about Louisville

    November 12, 2015

    Katina Powell will meet next week with the NCAA to share ''demonstrative evidence'' regarding the escort's allegations that a former Louisville men's basketball assistant hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and Cardinals players.

  • 1st college hoops game in China: Texas vs Washington

    November 12, 2015

    Shaka Smart has brought his version of `havoc' to Texas. The debut of his burnt orange version against Washington will happen in China - the first regular-season college basketball game played in that country.They will meet Saturday in Shanghai - Friday night back in the United States - more than 7,000 miles from Smart's new basketball home after leaving VCU.

  • UCF files for academic waiver for 7-6 recruit Tacko Fall

    November 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The American host mother of Central Florida's 7-foot-6 Senegalese recruit says the school has filed for an academic waiver to allow him to play while the NCAA continues to review his high school records.Mandy Wettstein said in a statement Thursday that the waiver has been filed in hopes that Tacko Fall can play in UCF's season opener against Davidson on Saturday.

  • UCF files for academic waiver for 7-6 recruit

    November 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The American host mother of Central Florida's 7-foot-6 Senegalese recruit says the school has filed for an academic waiver to allow him to play while the NCAA continues to review his high school records.Mandy Wettstein said in a statement Thursday that the waiver has been filed in hopes that Tacko Fall can play in UCF's season opener against Davidson on Saturday.

  • Auburn freshman guard Bryce Brown suspended for opener

    November 12, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn freshman guard Bryce Brown has been suspended for the season opener by the NCAA.Auburn announced Thursday that he will be forced to sit out Friday night's game against UAB. Tigers coach Bruce Pearl says the one-game suspension stemmed from Brown playing a game in a second summer league.

  • After 17 seasons at Texas, Barnes ready for Tennessee debut

    November 12, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes dismisses the notion that switching schools for the first time in nearly two decades has given him a chip on his shoulder or provided any extra incentive.Barnes, 61, makes his Tennessee debut Friday against UNC Asheville after spending the last 17 seasons at Texas.

  • NCAA moving March Madness selection meeting to NYC

    November 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA is moving its March Madness selection meeting to New York City.The meeting to set the bracket and seeding for years has been held in Indianapolis and, before that, in Kansas City. Joseph Castiglione, chair of the Division I men's basketball committee and Oklahoma athletic director, says the move that begins next March is intended to raise the profile of the session.

  • Bevy of familiar college coaches calling new places home

    November 12, 2015

    Rick Barnes is still wearing orange these days, but the color of his wardrobe is just about the only thing that didn't change for the longtime Texas coach this season.The new coach of Tennessee traded the Big 12 for the football-happy Southeastern Conference, Sixth Street in Austin for Market Square in Knoxville. After years of mounting pressure at Texas, the 60-year-old Barnes is getting a fresh start at a school starved for success.

  • Take 5: Wary teams make tweaks ahead of shorter shot clock

    November 12, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Not all that long ago, Wisconsin grinded out games and won regularly by scoring in the 40s and 50s. Last year, Wisconsin could keep up with anybody with Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker leading the way.The efficient Badgers are adept at adapting to the times and a new wrinkle has arrived this season: The shot clock has been shaved by five seconds, leaving teams - patient and otherwise - 30 seconds to run their offense.

  • Ex-college hoop star from New Jersey found dead in NYC

    November 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A former college basketball star from New Jersey has been found slain in the back seat of a vehicle in New York City.Police say Wednesday that 35-year-old Michael Wright, of Closter, was last seen Nov. 5. His body was found Tuesday morning covered in what appeared to be trash bags in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

  • Wojo readies Ellenson, touted Marquette freshmen for opener

    November 11, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) As Marquette struggled to one of the worst seasons in program history a year ago, a nationally ranked incoming recruiting class represented hope for the future.Coach Steve Wojciechowski has much more talent to work with in his second season at Marquette, but the Golden Eagles enter 2015-16 as one of the most inexperienced teams in the nation.

  • St. John's LoVett ruled a partial qualifier by NCAA

    November 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's freshman guard Marcus LoVett has received partial qualifier status from the NCAA and will not be allowed to play this season.The school was notified by the NCAA of its final decision after exhausting the appeals process, St. John's said Wednesday, two days before its season opener against Wagner. LoVett will remain enrolled at St. John's, but must complete a year of residence at the school before playing in games. He is permitted to practice with the team as he works toward meeting NCAA continuing eligibility requirements.

  • Finnish 7-footer Markkanen signs with No. 12 Arizona

    November 11, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) No. 12 Arizona has signed 7-foot forward Lauri Markkanen from Finland to its 2016-17 freshman class.Markkanen of Helsinki is an athletic forward who can shoot from the outside or play with his back to the basket. He played for Finland in the FIBA Under-16 European Championships and led all scorers in the 2015 Under-18 championships with 18.2 points per game while adding 6.3 rebounds.

  • No. 16 Utah, Krystkowiak look to pick up offensive pace

    November 11, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The 16th-ranked Utah Utes will look different this season from the team that made a run to the Sweet Sixteen last March.Coach Larry Krystkowiak wants his team to push the pace with the goal of getting quicker, easier baskets than in the past.

  • No. 1 Tar Heels tweaking backcourt lineup for Temple opener

    November 11, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Everything was set up perfectly for No. 1 North Carolina to start with a flurry - until senior Marcus Paige suffered a freak injury when his right hand got tangled in a teammate's jersey during practice.Now the Tar Heels are juggling their backcourt rotation entering Friday's opener against Temple, aiming to make up for the multi-week loss of the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason co-player of the year.

  • Villanova tries to put March flops behind them

    November 11, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova could stand to raise some funds for a new trophy case.The Wildcats opened last season winning the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, New York. That was just a warmup for 12 straight wins and a Big East championship. Then it was three more wins and a Big East tournament championship.

  • Seton Hall tries to forget turbulent basketball season

    November 11, 2015

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) At one point last season, Seton Hall was among the very best basketball teams in the nation.The Pirates were ranked as high as No. 19, their highest ranking since 2001, and had a 12-2 record. They had a sensational freshman class and started the Big East regular season schedule with thrilling victories against nationally ranked St. John's and Villanova.

  • Kansas still awaiting NCAA clearance on recruit Diallo

    November 11, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas is still awaiting the NCAA's ruling on five-star prospect Cheick Diallo, who has been cleared to practice with the fourth-ranked Jayhawks but cannot participate in games.Diallo's guardian, Tidian Drame, hired representation earlier this week in the event a legal battle ensues with the NCAA, according to multiple reports. The NCAA has been looking into Drame's relationship with Diallo, a native of Mali who attended high school in New York.

  • Northwestern F Vic Law to miss season with shoulder injury

    November 11, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern forward Vic Law is facing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will miss the season.The injury occurred over the summer and got progressively worse.Coach Chris Collins says the recovery will take four to six months and that Law ''remains a foundational piece of our program for the future.''

  • Newcomers have Cal, Texas A&M confident of breakthrough

    November 11, 2015

    What a team does one season often has no bearing on how it fares the following year.Notre Dame showed that by advancing to a regional final in 2015 after posting a losing record the year before. As the college basketball season gets ready to start Friday, here are six teams that have reason to believe they could make a similar surge by advancing to the NCAA Tournament after failing to earn a bid last season:

  • George Mason senior Patrick Holloway suspended for 6 games

    November 10, 2015

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) George Mason senior guard Patrick Holloway has been suspended for the team's first six games because of academic issues.The school announced the punishment Tuesday.George Mason opens the season Friday at home against Colgate, then plays its next five games on the road.

  • Wade to begin VCU's post-Shaka era with modified 'Havoc'

    November 10, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Will Wade won the day at his introductory press conference at VCU with four words: ''Havoc still lives here.''As Wade prepares for his first game as Shaka Smart's successor, the havoc he envisions figures to look a little bit different than the 94-foot, helter-skelter attack that Smart's teams employed. The Rams host Prairie View on Friday night.

  • Eligibility of 7-foot-6 UCF recruit in doubt as season nears

    November 10, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The eligibility of Central Florida's 7-foot-6 Senegalese recruit remains in doubt less than a week before the school opens its basketball season.Tacko Fall graduated from Liberty Christian Prep School in Tavares, Florida, this past spring and has been enrolled at UCF since June.

  • Maryland guard Dion Wiley out 4 months after knee surgery

    November 10, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland guard Dion Wiley will miss an estimated four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right meniscus.Coach Mark Turgeon delivered the news Tuesday, calling it ''a big loss for our team.''Turgeon says Wiley was expected to start a shooting guard for the third-ranked Terrapins, who open their season Friday night at home against Mount Saint Mary's.

  • Sabonis status unclear for No. 9 Gonzaga's opener in Japan

    November 10, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) It's unclear if heralded forward Domantas Sabonis will be able to play when No. 9 Gonzaga opens its season Friday against Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa, Japan.Sabonis took a hard fall on his lower back last weekend during an exhibition game against Eastern Oregon and remains sore.

  • US colleges head to China to grow basketball fan base

    November 10, 2015

    HANGZHOU, China (AP) Forty years ago, former basketball star Bill Walton made a decision he still regrets today. His UCLA college team was invited to play an exhibition game in China in 1973, the year it won its second national title with Walton, and he decided not to go. The rest of the team then stayed home, too.

  • Preseason All-American Simmons headlines freshman class

    November 10, 2015

    The already-high expectations awaiting LSU's Ben Simmons have increased even more now that he's an Associated Press preseason All-American before even playing a game.The 6-foot-10 forward from Australia became just the fourth freshman honored on the five-man preseason team Monday.

  • Escort lawsuit: 5 women join suit of Katrina Powell

    November 9, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Five women have joined a lawsuit filed against escort Katina Powell and say she falsely alleges in her book that they participated in prostitution at the University of Louisville.Jemiah Nash, Marquease Richardson, Precious Burnley, Shinita Martin and Dolly Bolden joined a suit previously filed by a Louisville student that accuses Powell of damaging the school's reputation in her book, ''Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.'' Powell says former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Indiana's Tom Crean leads list of coaches on hot seat

    November 9, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Rick Barnes fired at Texas. Anthony Grant sent packing at Alabama. Rick Ray ousted at Mississippi State and Oliver Purnell let go by DePaul.There were no fewer than 40 coaching changes in men's Division I basketball last season.

  • Simmons is 4th frosh selected for preseason All-America team

    November 9, 2015

    LSU freshman Ben Simmons joined some impressive company Monday on The Associated Press preseason All-America team and could be with those same players at the end of the season.The 6-foot-10 point forward from Australia, who played his high school basketball in Florida, is just the fourth freshman to be honored on the preseason team. The others - Harrison Barnes of North Carolina (2010-11), Andrew Wiggins of Kansas (2013-14), and Jahlil Okafor of Duke (2014-15) - all were high picks in the NBA draft after leaving school early.

  • Wiltjer top vote-getter on AP preseason All-America team

    November 9, 2015

    Seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma have been selected to The Associated Press preseason All-American team.Junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU round out the team released Monday.

  • No. 24 Butler changing script with more offensive power

    November 9, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler coach Chris Holtmann wasn't sure what to think when he heard standout player Roosevelt Jones talking about the new run-and-gun style of offense.He knows that's not exactly the blueprint he's drawn up for this second season calling the shots, his first without the interim tag.

  • Good sign? Hurricanes selling more season tickets than ever

    November 9, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami was picked fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason rankings, is flirting with the Top 25 in the major national polls and is widely expected to be an NCAA Tournament team.Those would all be considered good signs.

  • Southern Miss self-imposes postseason ban for 2nd year

    November 8, 2015

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Southern Mississippi says it is self-imposing a postseason ban for the basketball program for a second straight season because of an ongoing NCAA investigation regarding former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure.Southern Miss received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in July that alleged multiple violations, including academic fraud.

  • Michigan's John Beilein wins exhibition game against son

    November 6, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach John Beilein got the better of his son Patrick on Friday night when the 25th-ranked Wolverines beat Le Moyne 74-52 in an exhibition game.Patrick Beilein is in his first season as Le Moyne's coach, and he brought his team to Ann Arbor to face Michigan.

  • Florida will be without Murphy for at least a month

    November 6, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida forward Alex Murphy will miss at least a month because of a foot injury.Murphy partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot during an exhibition game Thursday night against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Gators said Friday he will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Labissiere leads No. 2 Kentucky in exhibition win

    November 6, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Freshman Skal Labissiere scored 22 points to lead No. 2 Kentucky to a 111-58 victory over Kentucky State in an exhibition game on Friday night.Labissiere, who grabbed nine rebounds, did all his scoring in the second half and finished 9 of 12 from the field.

  • A guide to the 2015-16 college hoops season

    November 6, 2015

    The blue bloods have reloaded. New contenders are rising. More talented freshmen are ready to shine.The college basketball season is upon us and this one, as always seems to be the case, is loaded with intrigue.To get you ready, we've got a rundown of the top teams and players, best games and a whole lot more:

  • Top recruit Harry Giles says he will play at Duke

    November 6, 2015

    MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. (AP) - Top recruit Harry Giles says he will play college basketball at Duke.The 6-foot-10 power forward held a nationally televised ceremony at Oak Hill Academy and announced his decision while pulling on a Blue Devils cap.He says he ''just felt most comfortable'' in meeting with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.

  • Minnesota associate AD Ellis resigns amid investigation

    November 6, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota associate athletic director Mike Ellis resigned Friday amid an investigation by the school into unspecified complaints made against him.Golden Gophers spokesman Chris Werle confirmed Ellis's resignation. Ellis had been on voluntary leave from the university while the school conducted its investigation.

  • Iowa State's Steve Prohm turns to Georges Niang for advice

    November 6, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) The biggest question facing Steve Prohm this season isn't one rookie coaches generally have to address: How can the new guy get through to a group of veteran players talented enough to win a national title?Instead of trying to come up with the answer on his own, Prohm has turned to his biggest star, Iowa State senior Georges Niang, for help.

  • Louisville trustees meet, no discussion of sex scandal

    November 5, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville Trustee board chairman Larry Benz said there was no discussion about coach Rick Pitino's future at an unscheduled executive meeting on Thursday, nor did they address an escort's allegations that she and other dancers stripped and had sex with recruits and players.

  • Rathan-Mayes developing as point guard for Florida State

    November 5, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes has shown he can take over a game with his shooting.But this season the sophomore has a new challenge: getting the rest of his teammates involved while trying to become one of the top point guards in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • UNI looks for strong Valley season despite losing Tuttle

    November 5, 2015

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Last season was a big one for Northern Iowa, which won 31 games and the Missouri Valley tournament title in climbing into the Top 10.The Panthers still expect to be good this season, even without All-American Seth Tuttle and three other key seniors.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas beats St. John's 90-58

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin opened his coaching career at St. John's with an embarrassing 90-58 exhibition loss to Division II St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday night.Justin Reyes had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans, and Chaz Walter added 18 points.

  • Eligibility question sidelines Wisconsin freshman Van Vliet

    November 4, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin freshman Andy Van Vliet was not going to dress for the Badgers' exhibition game on Wednesday against Wisconsin-River Falls because of a pending eligibility issue.According to Wisconsin, NCAA rules state that prospective players have one year to enroll in college following their high school graduation or expected graduation date.

  • Stanford G Robert Cartwright to miss season

    November 4, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford guard Robert Cartwright will miss the entire season with a compound fracture in his right arm.Cartwright was hurt in practice Monday and had surgery Wednesday. Coach Johnny Dawkins says Cartwright's leadership as a point guard will be missed.

  • Cheatham brings 'good energy' to Fisher's Aztecs

    November 4, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) He's known by the nicknames ''The Animal'' and the ''Junkyard Dog.''Whichever handle fits best, Zylan Cheatham is expected to add some adrenaline to San Diego State's basketball team, which will be looking for its seventh straight NCAA Tournament berth and ninth overall in Steve Fisher's 17th season as coach.

  • Wilbekin, Crawford taking on bigger role at Wake Forest

    November 4, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest will have a big hole in its lineup for a little while longer.Leading scorer and top playmaking guard Codi Miller-McIntyre will miss a couple more weeks with a broken foot.That means more playing time - and more pressure - for sophomore guards Mitchell Wilbekin and freshman Bryant Crawford to begin the season, after coach Danny Manning on Wednesday anointed them as the starters in the backcourt.

  • Northern Arizona returns 4 players from CIT runner-up team

    November 4, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Northern Arizona's run to last season's CIT championship game ignited a sometimes-blase fan base, put a charge into the program and provided national recognition in a state known more for its two Division I programs.The momentum fully in gear, the Lumberjacks don't want it to stall out by taking a step back this season.

  • Iowa athletics staffer files discrimination suit vs school

    November 4, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university, claiming athletic director Gary Barta attempted to derail her career.Meyer filed suit Tuesday in Polk County district court claiming wage, sexual orientation and gender discrimination as well as retaliation. The suit also names the Iowa Board of Regents and the state of Iowa.

  • UNC: G Marcus Paige to miss 3-4 weeks with broken right hand

    November 4, 2015

    Top-ranked North Carolina has lost senior guard Marcus Paige to a broken right hand for three to four weeks.The school announced Paige's injury Wednesday, saying the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year broke a bone in his non-shooting hand during Tuesday's practice.

  • Coleman looks good in Syracuse preseason win over Le Moyne

    November 4, 2015

    Wearing his Syracuse uniform for a change instead of street clothes, Dajuan Coleman relaxed in the Carrier Dome locker room, sweat glistening from his forehead and a smile on his face.After missing most of the past two seasons with knee injuries, the burly 6-foot-9 senior center was back in his element and it felt very good.

  • Georgetown Capsule

    November 4, 2015

    Georgetown CapsuleBy The Associated Press=GeorgetownLast season: 22-11, lost in NCAA Tournament round of 32.Nickname: Hoyas.Coach: John Thompson III.Conference: Big East.Key returner: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, last season's leading scorer and the roster's ''best instinctual rebounder,'' in Thompson's words. He initially declared he would skip his senior year and enter NBA draft but then changed his mind.

  • With Smith-Rivera back, Georgetown eyes better NCAA showing

    November 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) After Georgetown's season ended, once again, during the NCAA Tournament's opening week and, once again, against a lower-seeded opponent, guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera decided to submit his name for the NBA draft.The player many call ''DSR'' did not wind up leaving school and signing with an agent, though. Instead, he returned for his senior year for all sorts of reasons, he said, including fulfilling his mother's hope that he would be the first member of his family to graduate from college.

  • Basketball graduation rate at UConn at 20 percent, improving

    November 4, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The NCAA is reporting that UConn's men's basketball team has a graduation rate of just 20 percent, by far the lowest among the teams in the preseason Top 25.The numbers count the players who came into the program between 2005 and 2008 and graduated within six years.

  • 2015 NCAA Graduation Rates

    November 4, 2015

    The graduation rates of teams ranked in the Top 25 by The Associated Press, both football and men's basketball. They are based on the latest Graduation Success Rates, released Wednesday by the NCAA, which cover incoming freshmen classes from 2005-08 and calculates the percentage of all athletes who earned a degree within six years of entering school.

  • Gonzaga Preview Capsule

    November 4, 2015

    Gonzaga Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=GonzagaLast season: 35-3, advanced to Elite Eight of NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Mark Few.Conference: West Coast.Key returners: Kyle Wiltjer, last year's leading scorer, averaged 16.8 points per game; 7-footer Przemek Karnowski is back after averaging 10.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg; Domantas Sabonis, team's top pro prospect, returns after averaging 9.7 ppg and 7.1 rpg as freshman.

  • Guard situation unsettled at No. 9 Gonzaga, front court set

    November 4, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) No. 9 Gonzaga will enter the season set just about everywhere except at guard, a position of stability for years that now raises questions.Not that coach Mark Few is without potential answers.Four-year starting guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. graduated along with senior transfer Byron Wesley, leaving the Zags looking for the right back court combination among a host of talented options as they seek another deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Michigan extends Beilein's contract through 2020-21

    November 4, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan extended John Beilein's contract another two years Wednesday, giving its basketball coach a deal that now lasts through the 2020-21 season.The 62-year-old Beilein is entering his ninth season at Michigan. He has led the Wolverines to two Big Ten titles, and in 2013, the team reached the national title game before losing to Louisville.

  • Spanish team: Ex-Louisville player Kuric has brain tumor

    November 3, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino has asked for prayers for Kyle Kuric after the player's Spanish pro team announced that the former Cardinal star has a brain tumor.CB Gran Canaria announced Kuric's diagnosis and said in a statement on its website Tuesday that he has been admitted to a Barcelona hospital with surgery expected in the coming days. The statement adds that the family of Gran Canaria Basketball Club wants to show ''unconditional support'' for Kuric.

  • Cartwright out indefinitely

    November 3, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Sophomore guard Robert Cartwright sustained a compound fracture in his forearm during a routine drill on Monday and will be lost indefinitely, Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said Tuesday.Cartwright, expected to be the Cardinal's starting point guard, is the latest causality for Stanford, which will likely start the season without guards Marcus Allen and Malcolm Allen and center Grant Verhoeven, too.

  • UNLV guard Daquan Cook suspended after DUI arrest

    November 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV suspended guard Daquan Cook on Tuesday for the non-conference portion of the upcoming season following a DUI arrest.The school said in a statement that Cook was arrested Sunday. Las Vegas police couldn't immediately provide information.

  • UNLV loaded with talent in bid to reach NCAA tourney again

    November 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dave Rice has had a knack for luring big-name recruits to UNLV, from No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett in 2012 to Rashad Vaughn last season.Stephen Zimmerman, Rice's latest and biggest recruit, may be the key to leading the Runnin' Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Oh Henry: Ellenson highlights Marquette's big freshman class

    November 3, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Coach Steve Wojciechowski looks around the practice court at Marquette and sees options, lots of them.Six-foot-11 center Luke Fischer. A proven scorer on the perimeter in Duane Wilson. A five-man freshman class that should boost athleticism.

  • Opening of TCU's new basketball arena delayed until December

    November 3, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU will have to wait a little longer to play games in its new basketball arena.The school said Tuesday that weather and other unforeseen circumstances led to construction delays. The million arena will not be ready for the men's and women's teams to play their openers on Nov. 13.

  • No. 10 Shockers enter season with high expectations again

    November 3, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The players who took Wichita State to the Final Four three years ago are seniors now, their youthful exuberance now bolstered by the wisdom of experience.Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and their buddies have won enough conference championships to fill Charles Koch Arena to the brim. They ousted Kansas from the NCAA Tournament last March. And in doing so, they succeeded in putting the Shockers back on the college basketball map.

  • Coach: Clemson reserve guard Austin Ajukwa transferring

    November 3, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson reserve guard Austin Ajukwa is leaving the team after two seasons.Tigers men's basketball coach Brad Brownell announced Ajukwa's decision to transfer on Tuesday. Clemson opens the season Nov. 13 against North Carolina Central.

  • No. 4 Kansas preparing for exhibition opener without Diallo

    November 3, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Fourth-ranked Kansas is preparing to open its exhibition schedule Wednesday night against Pittsburg State without five-star recruit Cheick Diallo, who has not been cleared by the NCAA to participate in games.The NCAA is still examining transcripts and other information from Diallo, though the potential one-and-done forward has been allowed to practice with the Jayhawks.

  • Kentucky shellacks Ottawa 117-58 in exhibition opener

    November 2, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis each had double-doubles as six Kentucky players scored in double figures to help the No. 2 Wildcats cruise past Ottawa (Kan.) 117-58 in their exhibition opener Monday night.Murray had 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead impressive debuts by Kentucky's newest group of talented freshmen. Forward Skal Labissiere added 18 points and five rebounds and Isaiah Briscoe 11 points as Wildcats rookies combined for 64 points.

  • Veteran North Carolina aims to end where it starts: at No. 1

    November 2, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sits alone at the top, both of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll and on the all-time list of teams with the most preseason No. 1 rankings.The Tar Heels are determined to be there in April, too.With nine of its top 10 scorers back, UNC enters the 2015-16 season at No. 1 for a record ninth time in AP preseason poll history, breaking a tie with UCLA.

  • A look at the AP's preseason Top 25

    November 2, 2015

    North Carolina is by itself when it comes to being on top of The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll.This is the Tar Heels' ninth time atop the preseason rankings, breaking a tie with UCLA. Duke is next with seven preseason No. 1s.Kentucky was the preseason No. 1 in 2014-15 and the Wildcats didn't lose until Wisconsin beat them in the national semifinals.

  • North Carolina preseason AP No. 1 for record 9th time

    November 2, 2015

    North Carolina, which returns four starters and nine of its 10 top scorers from the team that reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 for a record ninth time.The Tar Heels received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky is ranked second with 10 No. 1 votes, followed by Maryland, which had 14 first-place votes, and Kansas, which was No. 1 on five ballots. Defending national champion Duke is fifth with Virginia, which got one first-place vote, sixth followed by Iowa State, Oklahoma, Gonzaga and Wichita State.

  • The Top Twenty Five

    November 2, 2015

    The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason 2015-16 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2014-15 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year's final ranking:

  • Louisville handles Bellarmine 71-55 in exhibition game

    November 1, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Jaylen Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Louisville cruised past Bellarmine 71-55 Sunday in its exhibition opener.The Cardinals led just 32-26 at halftime behind 33 percent shooting but began the second 7 of 16 from the field to shoot 13 of 27 overall in the final 20 minutes and pull away from the NCAA Division II Knights, their crosstown neighbors. Guard Trey Lewis, a graduate transfer, scored the first seven points of the second half to finish with 10 and propel Louisville toward its 30th straight exhibition win.

  • Wake Forest suspends Hudson, Watson from hoop team

    October 31, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest coach Danny Manning has suspended sophomores Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson from the team for violating athletic department rules.Manning announced the suspensions Saturday but did not specify what the violations were. He says they can return once they meet the undisclosed criteria for reinstatement.

  • NCAA rules Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan is eligible

    October 30, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) The NCAA has granted Purdue freshman forward Caleb ''Biggie'' Swanigan full eligibility to play during the 2015-16 season, the school announced Friday.On Monday, Purdue coach Matt Painter confirmed that Swanigan had not yet been cleared by the NCAA. The 6-foot-9 player is ranked No. 9 in this freshman class by ESPN.com.

  • Texas approves Nike 0 million licensing and apparel deal

    October 30, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas regents approved a 15-year, 0-million licensing and apparel contract with Nike on Friday that includes a signature line of apparel featuring former Longhorns basketball player Kevin Durant.Texas has partnered with Nike since 2000 and the company had an exclusive negotiating arrangement with the school that was built into the previous contract.

  • Siena's Ogunyemi won't have to sit out after transfers

    October 30, 2015

    LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) The unusual saga of Siena forward Javion Ogunyemi was settled Friday, the school ruling he can play this season and not have to sit out as a transfer.Ogunyemi played for Siena in each of the last two seasons and transferred to Boston University last spring. Citing family reasons and the death of a close relative, the native of Troy, New York - only a few miles from Siena's campus in Loudonville - decided to return to the Saints before this semester began.

  • Publisher: Escort's book publisher subpoenaed by grand jury

    October 30, 2015

    A Kentucky grand jury has subpoenaed the publisher of the book by an escort that alleges former Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.A text statement to The Associated Press from Kate Snedeker, a spokeswoman for IBJ Book Publishing, said Friday, ''we recently received the document with regard to which we are considering an appropriate response.'' The publisher is an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal.

  • Former Oregon player accused of rape sues university

    October 30, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Former Oregon player Brandon Austin filed a .5 million lawsuit against the school and four administrators alleging they damaged his prospects of playing in the NBA.Austin was among three Oregon players who were kicked off the team and barred from campus after a woman accused them of rape last year.

  • Cal freshmen stars Brown, Rabb focused on school first

    October 29, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Ivan Rabb is so famous around Berkeley and San Francisco's East Bay that fellow California freshman and top recruit Jaylen Brown is doing his best to take the pressure off.''This guy, this is young Iv right here,'' Brown said with a chuckle before Thursday's practice. ''Oh, it's great. I kind of played a role for him like, `No pictures, no pictures.' That's the role I play for Iv when he's walking around. It's cool just seeing that. I'm happy for him.''

  • Clippers G Austin Rivers fined by NBA

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has been fined ,000 by the NBA for throwing a seat cushion into the stands, it was announced Thursday.Rivers threw the cushion in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 111-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. 28 at Sleep Train Arena.

  • LSU hoping Simmons, Blakeney make Tigers an SEC power

    October 29, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) When Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney arrive at the front doors of LSU's basketball practice courts, the freshmen pass by a bronze statue of Shaquille O'Neal throwing down a two-handed dunk.Simmons and Blakeney are both projected as 2016 first-round NBA draft picks, so they might not be with the Tigers for more than one season. But what a season it could be, if it lives up the hype.

  • Georgia Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Georgia Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Georgia PreviewBy The Associated Press=GeorgiaLast season: 21-12, 11-7 SEC; Lost to Michigan State in NCAA Tournament second round.Nickname: Bulldogs.Coach: Mark Fox.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: G Charles Mann, G Kenny Gaines, G J.J. Frazier. The perimeter game should be a strong point for the Bulldogs.

  • Georgia's Fox pushing for consistency after reaching NCAAs

    October 29, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Basketball has always been an afterthought at Georgia.A third straight 20-win season could make the Bulldogs a lot more relevant.Coming off its first trip to the NCAA tournament in four years, Georgia is hoping to show the sort of consistency that has long been lacking in this program.

  • Texas A&M at a glance

    October 29, 2015

    Texas A&M at a glanceEds: With BC-BKC--Texas A&M PreviewBy The Associated Press=Texas A&MLast season: 21-12, lost in second round of the NIT.Nickname: Aggies.Coach: Billy Kennedy.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: A trio of senior leaders: Guard Danuel House 14.8 points a game, first-team All-SEC last season; guard Alex Caruso, who led the SEC with 182 assists; and forward Jalen Jones, who led the team with 6.6 rebounds last year, earned second-team All-SEC. They welcome what some believe is the best recruiting class in school history led by Tyler Davis, ranked by ESPN as the top player in the Texas and the seventh-ranked center in the nation. He averaged 18.7 points, 12.2 and 3.4 blocks in leading Plano West high school to the 6A state title last season. His high school teammate DJ Hogg is another top recruit after averaging 17.6 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

  • Texas A&M looks for first NCAA trip since 2011

    October 29, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) The Texas A&M Aggies improved in each of the last three seasons and believe they will take another big step forward this year and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.In fact, coach Billy Kennedy all but guaranteed it in March when the Aggies were eliminated in the second round of the NIT tournament.

  • It's now Steve Fisher Court at San Diego State

    October 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) It's now Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena.San Diego State named the hardwood for its coach, who's entering his 17th season leading the Aztecs.Fisher, who has turned the Aztecs from sad-sacks into a perennial NCAA Tournament team, said Thursday he accepted the honor with ''great humility and pride.''

  • Saint Joseph's extend coach Phil Martelli's contract

    October 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Saint Joseph's and coach Phil Martelli have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension.The Hawks did not say Thursday how many years were added to Martelli's contract.Martelli is 375-265 since he took over at Hawk Hill in 1996. He also spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph's.

  • Arkansas at a glance

    October 29, 2015

    Arkansas at a glanceEds: With BKC--Arkansas PreviewBy The Associated Press=ArkansasLast season: 27-9, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Razorbacks Coach: Mike Anderson.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: Senior Anthlon Bell was Arkansas' fourth-leading scorer a season ago with an average of 7.9 points per game, and the 6-foot-3 guard will have plenty of opportunities to improve upon that this season. Junior forward Moses Kingsley should make a big jump after averaging 3.6 points and more than one block per game in only 10.9 minutes per game last season.

  • Former Utah star Luther 'Ticky' Burden dies at 62

    October 30, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Luther ''Ticky'' Burden, an All-America basketball guard at Utah, has died. He was 62.Family friend Lut (lyut) Williams said Burden died in his sleep Thursday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.Williams said Burden had been battling a disease that compromised his immune system when he had a reaction to anesthesia prior to undergoing cataract surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Williams said Burden later developed a fever and was taken to Forsyth.

  • Former NY basketball coach charged with forging transcripts

    October 29, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) A former basketball coach of a suburban New York community college has been charged with using forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.Tyrone Mushatt was arraigned Thursday in Mount Pleasant Town Court on nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Expectations low for Arkansas following 27-win season

    October 29, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) After its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, Arkansas enters this season facing a rebuilding effort following the departures of leading scorers Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls.Just don't tell that to Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson.

  • Alabama Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Alabama Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Alabama PreviewBy The Associated Press=AlabamaLast season (19-15, 8-10 SEC), NIT 2nd round.Nickname: Crimson TideCoach Avery JohnsonConference: Southeastern ConferenceKey returners: F Shannon Hale, F Jimmie Taylor, G Retin Obasohan, G Justin Coleman.

  • Avery Johnson stirring up excitement before Alabama debut

    October 29, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Avery Johnson has created some excitement around Alabama's program, making inroads on the recruiting trail and drawing a big crowd to a preseason event.The first-year Crimson Tide coach might take longer to turn that buzz into wins but guard Retin Obasohan is enjoying the change.

  • LSU Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    LSU Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=LSULast season: 22-11, lost in NCAA Tournament first round.Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Johnny Jones.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: G Tim Quarterman, who averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season, will start at guard. The junior is coming off a productive summer, averaging 16.4 points during a five-game tour of Australia. He is projected as a possible NBA first-round draft pick. Senior G Keith Hornsby, who averaged 13.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season, will also log a lot of crucial minutes in the back and is views as one of the Tigers' leaders on the court and in the locker room.

  • Missouri adds new faces, still picked to finish last in SEC

    October 29, 2015

    In his first season at what he had called a dream job, Missouri's Kim Anderson was hamstrung by getting hired late in the offseason and inheriting a slim cast of returning players.This season, it's the defections that have left Missouri with low expectations: Coming off a 9-23 record, the school has been picked to finish last in the SEC.

  • Missouri at a glance

    October 29, 2015

    Missouri at a glanceEds: With BKC--Missouri Preview. Corrects to Shamburger, Gill-Caesar on 2nd reference.By The Associated Press=MissouriLast season: 9-23.Nickname: TigersCoach: Kim AndersonConference: SoutheasternKey returners: Guard Wes Clark, 10.1 points per game, coming off shoulder injury. Forward Jakeenan Gant and guard Namon Wright were high-level recruits a year ago who haven't yet emerged as go-to players. Among the new faces are junior college transfer Martavian Payne, who shot 40 percent from 3-point range and averaged 15.7 points last season, and Terrence Phillips, who averaged 8.7 assists senior year and helped Oak Hill Academy win 88 games his last two high school seasons.

  • Auburn Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Auburn Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Auburn PreviewBy The Associated Press=AuburnLast season (15-20, 4-14 SEC), failed to make the postseason.Nickname: TigersCoach Bruce PearlConference: Southeastern ConferenceKey returners: F Cinmeon Bowers has dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and worked on his shooting and free throws. He's the SEC's top returnee in both rebounding and double-doubles. Tahj Shamsid-Deen can play point guard or shooting guard, alongside Canty. Shamsid-Deen is expected to miss at least a month with a separated right shoulder.

  • Auburn's Pearl relying again on overhauled roster

    October 29, 2015

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl is practically starting over again at Auburn, only he thinks this time with a better overall roster.The Tigers will once again rely heavily on transfers and freshmen after Pearl's first team finished with a surprising run to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

  • South Carolina Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    South Carolina Preview CapsuleEds: With BKC-South Carolina Preview.By The Associated Press=South CarolinaLast season: 17-16, lost in quarterfinals of Southeastern Conference tournament.Nickname: GamecocksCoach: Frank MartinConference: Southeastern Conference

  • Coach Martin eager to get South Carolina season started

    October 29, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes the bumps in the road the Gamecocks have endured trying to build a consistent winner are coming to an end.In Martin's fourth season, he sees depth, experience and more than enough talented players to move up in the Southeastern Conference and challenge for the NCAA tournament.

  • Mississippi Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Mississippi Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Mississippi PreviewBy The Associated Press=MississippiLast season: 21-13, advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons.Nickname: Rebels. Coach: Andy Kennedy.Conference: Southeastern.

  • Ole Miss builds around guard Moody, veteran transfers

    October 29, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy has managed to lead the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons despite a lack of star recruits.Instead, he's become adept at working the junior college scene and finding veteran transfers who can pick up his system and contribute immediately.

  • Vanderbilt Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Vanderbilt Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Vanderbilt-Preview.By The Associated Press=VanderbiltLast season: 21-14, lost in NIT quarterfinals.Nickname: Commodores. Coach: Kevin Stallings.Conference: Southeastern.- Key returners: Four starters return led by All-SEC center Damian Jones returning for his junior season. He led the SEC in shooting percentage and was Vandy's top scorer (14.5) and rebounder (6.5). The others include Wade Baldwin IV, Jeff Roberson and Riley LaChance, who led SEC freshmen scoring 12.3 points per game. Matthew Fisher-Davis led SEC freshmen hitting 1.9 3-pointers per game, and Baldwin led the league's freshmen in assists. Those four freshmen all played crucial roles last season and now are building on that experience.

  • Vanderbilt Commodores eager to work, show how they've grown

    October 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Vanderbilt Commodores have heard all the talk about how they should be a very good team this season. They're doing their best to tune out all that chatter and prove how quickly they've grown up.''It's tough to block it out, so we hear it,'' sophomore guard Matthew Fisher-Davis said. ''But we try to block it out as much as we can as we come in and practice day by day and get better.''

  • Mississippi St Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Mississippi StateLast season: 13-19, failed to make the postseason.Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Ben Howland.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: A group of experienced seniors includes Craig Sword, Fred Thomas and Gavin Ware. Sword struggled at the beginning of last season because of a back injury, but was very good down the stretch, averaging a team-high 14.4 points per game in conference play. The 6-foot-9 Ware is the team's best returning post player - he averaged 10 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds last year. Junior point guard I.J. Ready is also back after leading the team with 71 assists last year.

  • Mississippi State pins turnaround hopes on Newman, Howland

    October 29, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State hopes first-year coach Ben Howland can turn the program around in a hurry.A veteran roster - combined with the arrival of prized recruit Malik Newman - makes that a legitimate possibility.The 58-year-old Howland is back coaching after a two-year absence. He's best known for his 10-year tenure at UCLA, where he led the Bruins to seven NCAA tournament appearances and three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. He was fired following the 2013 season.

  • Florida Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Florida Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Florida Preview.By The Associated Press=FloridaLast season: 16-17, failed to make the postseason for the first time since 1997 and then lost longtime coach Billy Donovan to the NBA.Nickname: Gators. Coach: Mike White.

  • Finney-Smith returns to play key role for Florida, White

    October 29, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dorian Finney-Smith was furious, frustrated and feeling uneasy about his future.He was admittedly ''very emotional'' when Florida coach Billy Donovan announced he was leaving for the NBA in May.Finney-Smith had spoken to Donovan a few days before his decision and got no indications Donovan was planning to leave Gainesville after 19 seasons. So when the news broke, Finney-Smith was caught off guard.

  • Tennessee Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Tennessee Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Tennessee-PreviewBy The Associated Press=TennesseeLast season: 16-16, didn't take part in the postseason.Nickname: VolunteersCoach: Rick BarnesConference: SoutheasternKey returners: Kevin Punter, a natural shooting guard, will be playing point guard at least part of the time this season after averaging 10.3 points per game last year. Armani Moore, who also averaged 10.3 points per game last year as an undersized power forward, will share ball-handling responsibilities with Punter.

  • Tennessee counting on Barnes to provide stability

    October 29, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Change remains the only constant at Tennessee.Tennessee is on its third coach in as many seasons after NCAA issues caused the Volunteers to fire Donnie Tyndall after only one year. Replacing Tyndall is Rick Barnes, who got dismissed at Texas despite leading the Longhorns to NCAA Tournament appearances in 16 of his 17 years on the job.

  • Kentucky Preview Capsule

    October 29, 2015

    Kentucky Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Kentucky PreviewThe Associated Press=KentuckyLast season: 38-1 (18-0 SEC), lost in NCAA Tournament semifinals.Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: John Calipari.Conference: Southeastern.Key returners: Senior forward Alex Poythress returns from season-ending left knee injury and is expected to be physical presence on both ends of the floor. Junior forward Marcus Lee provides rebounding and shot-blocking, while sophomore guard Tyler Ulis (5.6 points per game, 43 percent 3-pointer) takes over the point after being Andrew Harrison's backup last season.

  • John Calipari: Kentucky might be better later than sooner

    October 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari is prepared for his latest talented freshman class to come together later than sooner.He still expects some initial results from a Wildcats roster expected again to contend for a national championship.

  • Oregon State Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Oregon State Preview Capsule By The Associated Press=Oregon StateLast season: 17-14Nickname: BeaversCoach: Wayne TinkleConference: Pac-12.Key returners: Gary Payton II, last season's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, returns for his senior season after averaging 13.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.2 blocked shots.

  • Oregon Preview-Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Oregon Preview-CapsuleBy The Associated Press=OregonLast season: 26-10, lost in the NCAA Tournament round of 32.Nickname: Ducks.Coach: Dana AltmanConference: Pac-12.Key Returners: Elgin Cook, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.2 rebounds last season, along with Dillan Brooks, who averaged 11.5 points. Sophomore forward Jordan Bell, who set a school record with 94 blocks last season, needed surgery for a broken foot earlier this year and he hasn't returned to full practice.

  • Arizona State Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Arizona State Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=Arizona StateLast season: 18-16, lost in second round of NIT.Nickname: Sun Devils.Coach: Bobby Hurley.Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: Senior guard Gerry Blakes was one of ASU's top scorers last season and will be a veteran presence for the Sun Devils' seven newcomers. Center Eric Jacobsen shed 20 pounds in the offseason so he can play in the up-tempo style Hurley wants. Athletic forwards Savon Goodman and Willie Atwood will give Arizona State a formidable front line with Jacobsen, and point guard Tra Holder is expected to take another step after a solid freshman season.

  • Utah Utes looking to build on Sweet 16 run without Wright

    October 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The rebuilding of the Utah basketball program was a slow process that looks to be past the arduous climb. The Utes reached the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in five seasons.The challenge is to build off the run to the Sweet 16 without Mr. Do Everything Delon Wright - who led the team in points, assists, steals and minutes before being drafted No. 20 overall by the Toronto Raptors.

  • ACC looking to boost NCAA tourney bids in post-expansion era

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey remembers coaching in the Big East when it earned a record 11 bids to the NCAA Tournament and the no-question status as the nation's best conference that came with them.That's what expansion was expected to do for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Iowa State seeking Big 12 title and more in '15-16

    October 28, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State is more talented than it has ever been.Nothing short of a Big 12 title and a long run through March will satisfy a fan base hungry to see new coach Steve Prohm deliver.The Cyclones return four starters - including national player of the year candidate Georges Niang - from the team that won a second straight Big 12 tournament title in 2014-15.

  • Iowa State at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Iowa State at a glanceEds: With BKC--Iowa State PreviewBy The Associated Press=Iowa StateLast season: 25-9, lost in second round of NCAA TournamentNickname: Cyclones.Coach: Steve Prohm.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Senior Georges Niang (15.3 points per game last season) is one of the top preseason contenders for national player of the year honors. Fellow senior Jameel McKay was the Big 12's defensive player of the year in 2014-15, and junior point guard Monte Morris is a talented floor manager.

  • Experienced Jayhawks harboring national championship hopes

    October 28, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Walk down the corridor and into Allen Fieldhouse, then gaze up to the rafters. Row upon row of championship banners stretch from one end to the other, with five large banners at one end for each of the national championships.Expectations never really change at Kansas.

  • Kansas at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Kansas at a glanceEds: With BKC--Kansas Preview.By The Associated Press=KansasLast season: 27-9, lost in NCAA Tournament third round.Nickname: Jayhawks. Coach: Bill Self.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Senior forward Perry Ellis was the Jayhawks' leading scorer (13.8 ppg) and rebounder (6.9 rpg) last season, and is a Big 12 player of the year candidate ... Frank Mason III was their second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) and assists leader (3.9 apg) ... Wayne Selden Jr. was their third-leading scorer (9.4 ppg) and will spend more time as the third guard on the floor ... top 3-point shooter Brannen Greene hopes to be ready for the opener after having offseason hip surgery ... Devonte Graham provides a solid backup point guard ... senior forward Jamari Traylor is a bruiser in the paint ... freshman forward Cheick Diallo, a five-star prospect, is still awaiting NCAA eligibility to play this season ... freshman forward Carlton Bragg, an accomplished pianist, has one-and-done potential.

  • North Carolina preseason pick to win ACC championship

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels return one of their most-experienced lineups in seven seasons.North Carolina received 60 of 89 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday's ACC media day, leading two-time regular-season champion Virginia and defending NCAA Tournament champion Duke. The Tar Heels return four starters and nine of its 10 leading scorers from last year's team, which finished 26-12.

  • Hurley adds big boost of excitement at Arizona State

    October 28, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State has seen blips of excitement for its men's basketball program, most recently with the signing of local star Jahii Carson and when James Harden wore a Sun Devils uniform.The hiring of Bobby Hurley has caused a supernova - and for good reason.

  • New-look Wildcats have same lofty expectations this season

    October 28, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Even the most ardent Kansas State fans will need a roster sheet this season.Since the Wildcats last stepped on the floor to finish a disastrous 15-17 season filled with suspensions and infighting, their top player has transferred to Creighton. Four others have left for another school or were kicked off the team. Two more graduated.

  • Utah Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Utah Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=UtahLast season: 26-9, lost in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16Nickname: Utes.Coach: Larry KrystkowiakConference: Pac-12Key returners: Jakob Poeltl, the 7-foot, 235-pound sophomore center was considered by many to be a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft. The Austrian is young in his basketball career, but is expected to be one of the better centers in the Pac-12 and a double-double machine. Brandon Taylor, the 5-10, 167-pound point guard, is a senior leader who often controls the pace of the offense. He's an undersized scorer who worked to add range during the offseason. Senior forward Jordan Loveridge will also have an increased role.

  • Washington State Cougars reject last place prediction

    October 28, 2015

    Washington State coach Ernie Kent isn't buying the media prediction that his Cougars will finish last in the Pac-12 this season.''If we're the last-place team, this conference is going to be a really, really good conference,'' Kent said at Pac-12 media day.

  • Washington St Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Washington StateLast season: 13-18, lost in first round of Pac-12 tournament.Nickname: Cougars. Coach: Ernie Kent.Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: Josh Hawkinson, with 14.7 ppg and 10.8 rpg, was Pac-12's most improved player last season; Ike Iroegbu, 8.9 ppg.

  • Kansas State at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Kansas State at a glanceEds: With BKC--Kansas St-PreviewBy The Associated Press=Kansas StateLast season: 15-17, missed NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Bruce Weber.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Senior guard Justin Edwards is back after the Maine transfer got his first taste of Big 12 play last season ... junior forward Wesley Iwundu is the Wildcats' top returning rebounder and averaged 5.8 points last season ... junior forward D.J. Johnson is back after missing all of last season with a foot injury ... junior college transfer Carlbe Ervin II and freshmen Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade should play significant minutes ... also expected to be in mix are freshmen Ron Freeman, Isaiah Maurice, Pierce McAtee and Dante Williams.

  • Eyes of Texas on 1st-year Longhorns coach Shaka Smart

    October 28, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Shaka Smart ignored the lure of bigger basketball programs for years to stay at Virginia Commonwealth.Then Texas called.The hottest young coach in the country since leading the Rams to the Final Four in 2011 was soon heading south deep into the heart of football country, to try to lift a potential basketball giant to new heights.

  • Texas at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Texas at a glanceEds: With BKC--Texas PreviewBy The Associated Press=TexasLast season: 20-14, lost in first NCAA tournament game.Nickname: Longhorns. Coach: Shaka Smart.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Point guard Isaiah Taylor is the leading returning scorer and opted to return to play for Smart instead of heading the NBA. He will be paired with quick freshman Kerwin Roach. Texas also will have plenty of height: 6-10 Cam Ridley, 6-11 Prince Ibeh and 6-10 Conner Lammert could be joined by 6-8 Shaquille Clear, a Maryland transfer.

  • Oregon State Beavers no longer the Pac-12 surprise

    October 28, 2015

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) With no returning starters and a new coach installing his own system, very little was expected of Oregon State last season.So there was genuine surprise around the league when the Beavers went on a tear at home, winning their first 14 games at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State would win 15 total games at home, a new single-season record.

  • Baylor hopes to be motivated by lasting NCAA tourney image

    October 28, 2015

    Coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears will never forget one of the lasting images from last season's NCAA Tournament. They were on the losing side of it.''That experience hopefully will motivate us this year,'' Drew said.Instead of making a run at a fourth Sweet 16 appearance in six years, the Bears were done after only one tournament game after leading by 12 with under 3 minutes left. Georgia State scored the game's last 13 points, including R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left that prompted his father, and coach, to fall out of his chair on the sideline.

  • Now that Young is gone, Oregon looks to others for offense

    October 28, 2015

    Coach Dana Altman maintains that Oregon's offense last season wasn't all about Joe Young.Young averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season for the Ducks, and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year as the league's scoring leader. He has since moved on to the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

  • Baylor at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Baylor at a glanceEds: With BKC--Baylor PreviewBy The Associated Press=BaylorLast season: 24-10, lost first game of NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Bears. Coach: Scott Drew.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: 6-foot-8 senior forward Rico Gathers was the Big 12's top rebounder (11.6 per game) and the only power-five conference player to average 11 points and 11 rebounds last season. Taurean Prince, the 6-7 senior who is the only Bear other than Gathers with three letters, finally moves into a full-time starting role after averaging 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds as their primary sixth man last season. Lester Medford started all 34 games as a junior college transfer last year - 28 at shooting guard and six at the point.

  • TCU ready for another positive step in Big 12

    October 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU took some positive steps last season, getting off to its best start ever and getting into the Top 25 poll for the first time since January 1999.After going 13-0 in non-conference play, the Horned Frogs were only 4-14 in the Big 12. But even that produced their most wins since getting into the league in 2012, and included their first conference road victory before their winning a game in the league's postseason tournament game for the first time.

  • Washington's youth makes Huskies great unknown

    October 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) In many ways, Lorenzo Romar is starting from scratch, similar to when he first arrived at Washington in 2002.It's the result of massive turnover on a Huskies roster that features more new faces than returning known commodities and is coming off a season where an 11-0 start devolved into an 11th place finish in Pac-12 Conference play.

  • TCU at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    TCU at a glanceBy The Associated Press=TCULast season: 18-15Nickname: Horned Frogs. Coach: Trent Johnson.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Front-court junior players Karviar Shepherd (6-foot-10) and Chris Washburn (6-8), and junior guard Brandon Parrish. Washburn and Shepherd were the second- and third-best rebounders, and TCU also was getting back 6-7 junior Kenrich Williams (8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds), but he will miss the season after microfracture knee surgery in September.

  • Washington preview capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Washington preview capsuleBy The Associated Press=WashingtonLast season: 16-15, finished 11th in the Pac-12 Conference.Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Lorenzo Romar.Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: Andrew Andrews is really the only returner for the Huskies. Washington has nine new faces on its roster and will lean heavily on Andrews for leadership and scoring. Andrews averaged 15 points per game last season, second on the team. Swingman Donaven Dorsey also returns, having dropped weight and hopefully being more consistent shooting from the perimeter. Dorsey was third on the team with 30 3-pointers last season but needs to be less of a liability defensively to stay on the court.

  • Boyle, Buffs look to rebound from disappointing season

    October 28, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado coach Tad Boyle was too soft last season and stalwart forward Josh Scott too soft spoken.Both adamantly vow that won't be the case again. They will be more forceful leaders.The Buffaloes struggled to a 16-18 mark in 2014-15, ending a string of three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. What was supposed to be a promising year finished with one of their leading seniors making headlines for skipping a third-tier postseason tournament to allow his younger teammates a chance to play without him.

  • Half the field for 1st Cayman Island Classic announced

    October 28, 2015

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Cincinnati, Iowa, UAB and Wyoming - all of whom played in last season's NCAA Tournament - comprise half the field for the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.The rest of the field for the event, to be played in November 2017, will be released in the near future.

  • Colorado Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Last season: 16-18, didn't make NCAA tournament.Nickname: Buffaloes.Coach: Tad Boyle (108-68 in five seasons at Colorado)Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: When his back is healthy, senior forward Josh Scott is a force down low. He's one of three players in school history with over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocks and 60 steals in a career. Xavier Johnson won't join the team until mid-to-late December at the earliest after he had surgery on his Achilles over the summer. Johnson has this as one of his claims to fame at Colorado: He's third in school history in 3-point percentage (91 of 238) of anyone 6-foot-6 or taller. Wesley Gordon has 11 games with 10 or more rebounds. Sophomore Dominique Collier played in 30 of 34 games last season, averaging 4.7 points and 1.5 assists.

  • Arizona looking for another deep NCAA run with new group

    October 28, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Sean Miller seems to warn against early expectations every season. Even when the Wildcats had nearly everyone back from an Elite Eight team last season, he preached patience.With a batch of new players and veterans filling new roles the Wildcats may need even more time to gel this season.

  • Arizona preview capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Arizona preview capsuleBy The Associated Press=ArizonaLast season: 34-4, lost in NCAA Tournament West Regional final.Nickname: Wildcats.Coach: Sean Miller.Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: Center Kaleb Tarczewski has a chance to become the all-time leader in wins at Arizona after four years as the starter. Sophomore point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright gets his shot at running the team after learning behind point guard T.J. McConnell last season. Shooting guard Elliott Pitts and center Dusan Ristic improved as last season went along and should play bigger roles.

  • NIT champion Stanford regroups after losing key scorers

    October 28, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Johnny Dawkins can list all of the key players Stanford lost from a team that won the NIT title for the second time in four years and were part of the program's run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament the previous season.Do-everything guard and Stanford career scoring leader Chasson Randle is gone, and so are big man Stefan Nastic and guard Anthony Brown after these three co-captains not only led the way on the court but also off it after they spent last season also working on master's degrees.

  • Cal brings in 2 top recruits, embraces big expectations

    October 28, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California's recruiting class features a pair of blue-chippers in forwards Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb who are already generating major chatter on campus in Berkeley and well beyond.Not that they're doing much talking.Coach Cuonzo Martin has established that kind of team-first approach as he begins his second year running the program, with the expectations bigger than they've been in years for the Golden Bears to chase a Pac-12 championship and make a deep NCAA Tournament run.

  • Louisville's Lewis: AD says Pitino 'going to be our coach'

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Louisville graduate transfer Trey Lewis said Wednesday that athletic director Tom Jurich has assured players that Hall of Famer Rick Pitino will remain the Cardinals coach amid escort allegations.Lewis said that Jurich ''explained to us that Coach Pitino is going to be our coach'' when he was asked if he was worried about his coach's future during the Atlantic Coast Conference media day. ''Coach has come in very confident saying that he's going to be here for a long time.

  • UCLA has deep, balanced team in Steve Alford's 3rd season

    October 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Steve Alford guided UCLA to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in his first two seasons despite losing players early to the NBA draft. Now the coach has a chance to show what he can do with the deepest, most-balanced roster he's had during his brief tenure in Westwood.

  • UCLA Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    UCLA Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=UCLALast season: 22-14, lost in NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.Nickname: Bruins.Coach: Steve Alford.Conference: Pac-12.Key returners: C Tony Parker is the team's lone senior and he'll try to build on the slow and steady progress he's made since struggling early in his career. There's added depth at point guard behind Bryce Alford, the coach's son, and returning starter Isaac Hamilton. Newcomers Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali could both crack the starting lineup.

  • Southern California looks to improved talent to find way up

    October 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Things can't get much worse for Southern California.They were 12-20 last season, finishing last in the Pac-12 with just three victories after having only two in coach Andy Enfield's debut season.Now it's time to start working their way up in the standings.

  • Southern California Preview Capsule

    October 28, 2015

    Southern California Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=Southern CaliforniaLast season: 12-20.Nickname: Trojans.Coach: Andy Enfield.Conference: Pac-12.Key Returners: The top nine scorers return, giving the Trojans something to build on after winning just three Pac-12 games last season. Big man Nikola Jovanovic (12.3 points/7.0 rebounds) anchors the frontline. In the backcourt, the Trojans' depth gives them options, including Elijah Stewart, Julian Jacobs and Malik Marquetti off the bench.

  • Texas Tech at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Texas Tech at a glanceEds: With BKC--Texas Tech PreviewBy The Associated Press=Texas TechLast season: 13-19.Nickname: Red Raiders. Coach: Tubby Smith.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Devaugntah Williams likely will be the go-to scoring guard after leading the Red Raiders with 10.5-point average last season. Justin Gray, who led the Red Raiders in scoring until knee tendinitis forced him from the starting lineup, had surgery and could add a big spark. Center Norense Odiase may have a couple of big men to help him out in the lane. Academic eligibility issues need to be cleared up for 6-10 Matthew Temple and 6-11 Rokas Ulvyda.

  • Texas Tech aims for turnaround after 2 losing seasons

    October 28, 2015

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith figures the only way his Red Raiders can go is up.After two straight losing seasons - the only two in Smith's 24-year career - the third-year coach said he wants his team to finish in the top half of the Big 12 and to play in a post-season tournament.

  • West Virginia preview capsule

    October 28, 2015

    West Virginia preview capsuleEds: With: BKC--West Virginia PreviewBy The Associated Press=West VirginiaLast season: 25-10, lost in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional semifinals.Nickname: Mountaineers.Coach: Bob Huggins.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Forward Devin Williams (11.6 points, 8.1 rebounds), forward Jonathan Holton (7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), guard Jevon Carter (8.1 ppg). Williams and Holton are the focal points of a team trying to establish more of an inside presence. But the pair committed by far the most fouls and were responsible for one fourth of West Virginia's turnovers last season.

  • WVU's Huggins wants 'Press Virginia' to commit fewer fouls

    October 28, 2015

    West Virginia coach Bob Huggins wants to unleash a smarter version of his frenetic defense this season.''Press Virginia'' led the nation in steals and forced turnovers a year ago. But at times the Mountaineers were too aggressive in the full-court press.

  • Oklahoma State at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State at a glanceEds: With BKC--Oklahoma St PreviewBy The Associated Press=Oklahoma StateLast season: 18-14, lost in opening NCAA Tournament game.Nickname: Cowboys. Coach: Travis Ford.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Phil Forte averaged 15 points per game last season, but he will play without an established star for the first time. Jeff Newberry, a senior, averaged 6.7 points per game last season and will be looked to for more scoring.

  • Oklahoma at a glance

    October 28, 2015

    Oklahoma at a glanceEds: With BKC--Oklahoma PreviewBy The Associated Press=OklahomaLast season: 24-11, lost in NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.Nickname: Sooners. Coach: Lon Kruger.Conference: Big 12.Key returners: Buddy Hield is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year. Hield, guards Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard, and forward Ryan Spangler are back after starting every game last season.

  • Oklahoma State G Evans has star potential

    October 28, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Phil Forte is one of the most accomplished guards in Oklahoma State history.He says he's not even the best guard on the team.That honor, he believes, goes to Jawun Evans. The freshman from Dallas was a McDonald's All-American last year, and he has been turning heads in practice since Day One. When asked why Evans is the best player on the team, Forte smiled and said, ''You'll see.''

  • With Hield back, Oklahoma has high hopes

    October 28, 2015

    There hasn't been this much hype about Oklahoma hoops since Blake Griffin was on campus.The Sooners return four starters - three of them seniors - from last year's squad that barely missed the Elite Eight.Buddy Hield, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the way. He averaged 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while leading the team in 3-point goals. He seriously considered jumping to the NBA before deciding to stay. Now, the Final Four is a legitimate possibility.

  • 4 Hall of Fame men's coaches dealing with NCAA troubles

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown and Roy Williams are dealing with stunning escort allegations, embarrassing academic fraud and multi-game suspensions.And that's just when the season starts.It's unclear just how big of an impact the NCAA troubles will have on the quartet's programs.

  • Penn State at a Glance

    October 27, 2015

    Penn State at a GlanceBy The Associated Press=Penn StateLast season: 18-16.Nickname: Nittany Lions.Coach: Patrick Chambers.Conference: Big Ten.Key Returnees: Shep Garner (9.2 points) and Brandon Taylor (9.1) are the top returning scorers and Taylor grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game.

  • Penn State's Chambers hopes momentum translates to wins

    October 27, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State has been mostly competing with itself since coach Patrick Chambers arrived and last season's team was no different. Penn State's 13-game winning streak to open the season turned into a quick slide to a 13th-place finish in the Big Ten.

  • Kentucky has its annual Blue-White scrimmage

    October 27, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Freshman Skal Labissiere had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the White team to a 74-66 victory over the Blue squad in a preseason scrimmage Tuesday night.Labissiere was 8 for 13 from the field and blocked three shots.Point guard Tyler Ulis had 10 points and 15 assists for the White team.

  • Minnesota at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Minnesota at a glanceBy The Associated Press=MinnesotaLast season: 18-15, did not qualify for postseason playNickname: Golden Gophers.Coach: Richard Pitino.Conference: Big Ten.Key Returnees: Gs Carlos Morris (11.1 points) and Nate Mason (9.8) are the leading returning scorers. F Joey King is next at (9.7).

  • Ohio State Preview Capsule

    October 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio StateLast season: 24-11, lost in NCAA Tournament third round.Nickname: Buckeyes.Coach: Thad Matta.Conference: Big Ten.Key Returnees (2014-15 statistics): F Marc Loving (9.4 points); F Jae'Sean Tate (8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds); G Kam Williams (5.4 points); F Keita Bates-Diop (3.8 points).

  • Wisconsin at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Wisconsin at a glanceBy The Associated Press=WisconsinLast season: 36-4, lost national title game.Nickname: Badgers.Coach: Bo Ryan.Conference: Big Ten.Key Returners: Forward Nigel Hayes (12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds) and guard Bronson Koenig (8.7 points, 2.5 assists) are the new leaders on a team that has gone to back-to-back Final Fours. Two other juniors, forward Vitto Brown and guard Zak Showalter, will take on more responsibility after coming off the bench last season.

  • Richard Pitino looks for progress in 3rd season at Minnesota

    October 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Richard Pitino's first season at Minnesota showed plenty of promise with 25 wins and an NIT championship.But last year, the Golden Gophers stumbled to an 18-15 finish, 6-12 in the Big Ten and missed out on a postseason berth.Heading into his third season, Pitino said a better mesh of his up-tempo system and more of the players he recruited to Minnesota should eventually yield better results.

  • Words with Nigel: Hayes the headlining act at Wisconsin

    October 27, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Nigel Hayes will be taking more big shots this year and saying fewer big words.The field of stenography's biggest fan is the new headlining act on the Wisconsin Badgers.''I try to stay away from words now in these interviews because that seems to get me in trouble like it did last year,'' the talkative Hayes deadpanned during Wisconsin media day.

  • Michigan State aiming for national championship under Izzo

    October 27, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo has led Michigan State to seven Final Fours over 17 seasons, earning a spot in college basketball's showcase more frequently than any other program during the stretch.He isn't satisfied with that. The Spartans aren't, either.

  • Healthier Wolverines eye return to contention in Big Ten

    October 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Just when it seemed John Beilein's program at Michigan was immune to all the roadblocks top teams face nowadays, the Wolverines were stopped in their tracks last season.Losing three more standouts to the NBA might have been manageable, but when two of the top returning players went down with injuries, Michigan had little chance in the Big Ten.

  • Lawyer: Escort unlikely to talk with NCAA without immunity

    October 27, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The attorney for Katina Powell says his client is unlikely to cooperate with authorities and the NCAA unless she receives immunity for her allegations that a former Louisville men's basketball staffer hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Michigan State at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Michigan State at a glanceBy The Associated Press=Michigan StateLast season: 27-12, lost in Final Four.Nickname: Spartans.Coach: Tom Izzo.Conference: Big TenKey Returners: Senior guard Denzel Valentine averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, leading the returners in each of those categories. Valentine will be asked to play point guard more than he has in the past. Senior guard Bryn Forbes, a high school teammate of Valentine's, might double last season's scoring average of 8.5 points if preseason practices are any indication.

  • Michigan at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Michigan at a glanceEds: With BKC--Michigan PreviewBy The Associated Press=MichiganLast season: 16-16, no postseason.Nickname: Wolverines. Coach: John Beilein.Conference: Big Ten.Key returners: Seniors Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht and juniors Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin have all been recovering from injuries at some point in the past few months, but the Wolverines could be at full strength soon. While LeVert and Walton missed significant time last season, Aubrey Dawkins and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman gained valuable experience.

  • Indiana's newest rebuilding plan has Crean looking forward

    October 27, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Tom Crean is done talking about legal issues, dismissals or the most recent roster makeover. He's done talking about the last two roller-coaster seasons, too.At least, that's his plan as the Nov. 13 season opener against Eastern Illinois nears. Crean is focusing on the next chapter in the school's proud basketball legacy - turning the program back into a Big Ten title contender and a national powerhouse.

  • 'Lots of unknowns' for Ohio State team full of young players

    October 27, 2015

    Ohio State lost its main source of offense when first-team All-American freshman guard D'Angelo Russell was taken second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA draft.Five other players were out of eligibility, including floor leaders Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson.

  • UofL president: Escort allegations not just athletic issue

    October 27, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) University of Louisville President James Ramsey says in a letter to students the school is reviewing allegations by an escort ''as one university - not an isolated athletic issue.''Katina Powell has said former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. The athletic department launched an investigation into her allegations after being notified in August. Three other investigations are also ongoing.

  • Rutgers faces another tough season in Big Ten Conference

    October 27, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After losing the top two scorers and rebounders from a 10-22 team, it appears that a rough debut in the Big Ten may be followed by an equally tough second season for RutgersCoach Eddie Jordan does not see it that way.''We're looking forward to being more successful in the second year in the Big Ten,'' he said. ''We lost three of our top players last year, so it's a new team. We have seven newcomers. I like our talent base. We look good, deeper, athletic.''

  • Indiana at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Indiana at a glanceEds: With BC-BKC--Indiana PreviewBy The Associated Press=IndianaLast season: 20-14, lost in first NCAA tournament game.Nickname: Hoosiers.Coach: Tom Crean.Conference: Big Ten.Key Returners: All-conference guard Kevin ''Yogi'' Ferrell was top scorer (16.3 points) last season and could break school record for assists; Troy Williams, third-leading scorer (13.0) and top rebounder (7.4), came back after considering entering NBA draft; James Blackmon Jr. finished second in scoring (15.7) as freshman and had offseason surgery on his left knee.

  • UConn preview capsule

    October 27, 2015

    UConn preview capsuleEds: Corrects spelling of Amida Brimah's first nameBy The Associated Press=UConnLast season: 20-15, lost in first round of NIT.Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Kevin OllieConference: American Athletic Conference.Key returners: Sophomore swingman Daniel Hamilton, who was last season's AAC Rookie of the Year, is back, along with 7-foot shot blocker Amida Brimah and shooting guard Rodney Purvis (11.6 points per game). The Huskies have four other players who saw significant playing time last season.

  • Graduate transfers put UConn back in title conversation

    October 27, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added experience to an already veteran team, which is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season and perhaps make a run at a second national championship in three years.After winning it all in 2014, the Huskies missed the NCAA Tournament last year, lost in the first round of the NIT and finished 20-15.

  • Undersized, young Huskers will count on celebrated recruits

    October 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The expectations for Nebraska are not nearly as lofty as a year ago, when the Cornhuskers went into the season off a surprise fourth-place Big Ten finish and NCAA Tournament appearance.This season is about survival for an undersized team that has just two seniors and two juniors to lead a celebrated but untested recruiting class. As for momentum, there is none. The Cornhuskers lost nine straight to end a 13-18 season in which they were 12th in the Big Ten.

  • Nebraska at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Last season: 13-18, did not qualify for postseason.Nickname: Cornhuskers. Coach: Tim Miles.Conference: Big Ten.Key returners: Shavon Shields, who's started 82 of 91 games and averages 12.4 points over his career, had nine games of 20 or more points last season and was the Big Ten's ninth-leading scorer with 15.5 points a game. ... . Benny Parker has been one of the Big Ten's best defensive players for two years and has been working to improve offensively. ... Tai Webster has failed to live up to oversized expectations, but he's proved to be a solid backup.

  • Iowa at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Iowa at a glanceEds: With BKC--Iowa PreviewBy The Associated Press=IowaLast season: 22-12, lost in NCAA Tournament round of 32.Nickname: Hawkeyes.Coach: Fran McCafferyConference: Big Ten.Key returners: Senior Jarrod Uthoff, who averaged 12.4 points last season, is expected to play an even bigger role within the offense. Center Adam Woodbury will get as many minutes as he can prove he can handle, and point guard Mike Gesell is finally healthy after battling shoulder issues last year. Look for a big season from swingman Peter Jok, a potential breakout star.

  • Iowa, Uthoff seeking 3rd straight NCAA Tournament bid

    October 27, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) NCAA Tournament appearances are no longer viewed as pleasant surprises at Iowa.The Hawkeyes are now expected to play deep into March, and they could again this season if senior Jarrod Uthoff fulfills his potential.Iowa, which has made back-to-back tournaments following an eight-year drought, return four starters from the team that won 22 games a year ago and went 12-6 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have a major hole to fill following the graduation of star Aaron White, and losing Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Gabe Olaseni hurt as well.

  • Maryland, Turgeon enter season of high expectations

    October 27, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Although it took a little longer than he would have preferred, Mark Turgeon has made Maryland basketball relevant again.In his first three years after replacing esteemed coach Gary Williams, Turgeon failed to take the team to the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins finally achieved that objective last season, going 28-7 and finishing second in the Big Ten before advancing to the round of 32.

  • AAC favorite SMU coping with coach's suspension, tourney ban

    October 27, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Larry Brown's five decades in coaching have been marked by considerable highs and mostly flattering words.Yet, it was only humility that hung over the 75-year-old coach Tuesday as he tried to explain the toll the past several months of investigation and subsequent NCAA sanctions have had on his life on and off the court.

  • Maryland Preview Capsule

    October 27, 2015

    Maryland Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Maryland PreviewBy The Associated Press=MarylandLast season: 28-7, lost in NCAA Tournament second round.Nickname: Terrapins. Coach: Mark Turgeon.Conference: Big Ten.Key returners: Melo Trimble led team in scoring, assists and steals last season and is Big Ten preseason player of the year; Jake Layman, who led team in rebounding and is one of two senior starters; Jared Nickens, 3-point sharpshooter and backup shooting guard.

  • Illinois missing key starters as season nears

    October 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois is already behind without playing a game this season.Within days of John Groce's announcement that he wants Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn to lead Illinois this season, Nunn was lost to injury. He is among three starters and a key backup who are out - and one of those starters, point guard Tracy Abrams, will miss his second straight season.

  • Illinois at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Illinois at a glanceEds: With BC-BKC--Illinois PreviewBy The Associated Press=IllinoisLast season: 19-14, lost in first round of the National Invitation Tournament.Nickname: Fighting Illini.Coach: John Groce.Conference: Big Ten.Key returners: Junior guard Malcolm Hill, leading scorer among returning players at 14.4 points a game and the key team leader; junior guard Kendrick Nunn, tapped for a leadership role alongside Hill but out until late November after surgery on left thumb; sophomore forward Leron Black, key rebounder and physical presence, but out until sometime in November after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

  • Northwestern looks to make jump in Collins' third season

    October 27, 2015

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Along with the extra practices and exhibition games during Northwestern's recent trip to Spain, there were a few things center Alex Olah got to enjoy.Seeing Real Madrid's stadium was pretty cool. So was watching his favorite team, Barcelona. And the time spent bonding with teammates could not be beat.

  • Northwestern at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Northwestern at a glanceEds: With BKC--Northwestern PreviewBy The Associated Press=NorthwesternLast season: 15-17, lost in second round of Big Ten Tournament.Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Chris Collins.Conference: Big Ten.Key returners: G Bryant McIntosh, Wildcats are counting on him to build on a freshman season in which he averaged 11.4 points; G Tre Demps, led the team in scoring at 12.5 as a junior but the Wildcats will need more from him; C Alex Olah, was second in scoring as a junior at 11.7 points and led the team in rebounding (6.9 per game) and blocks (1.8).

  • Boilermakers looking for big basketball results in 2015-16

    October 27, 2015

    Matt Painter believes old-school basketball still works.So the Purdue coach is ditching the small-ball trend and going all in with one of the biggest teams in the nation, hoping it will put them back in the title conversation.''We want to win the Big Ten. We want to win the Big Ten Tournament. We want to make a run to the Final Four,'' sophomore forward Vince Edwards said. ''We want to win the national championship.''

  • Purdue at a glance

    October 27, 2015

    Purdue at a glanceEds: With BKC--Purdue PreviewBy The Associated Press=PurdueLast season: 21-13, lost in first-round NCAA Tournament game.Nickname: Boilermakers.Coach: Matt Painter.Conference: Big TenKey Returners: A.J. Hammons, 7-foot all-conference center led Boilermakers in scoring (11.9 points) and rebounding (6.6); Vince Edwards proved more versatile than expected during freshman season, averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists; Rapheal Davis was recruited as scorer but emerged as strong all-around player with 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and solid defense.

  • SMU picked to win AAC despite 1-year tournament ban

    October 27, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) SMU has been picked to win the 2015-16 American Athletic Conference men's basketball title despite a one-year postseason ban.The AAC poll of the league's head coaches was released Tuesday. SMU is the preseason favorite for the first time, receiving eight of 11 first-place votes. Connecticut was second, followed by Cincinnati, Tulsa, Memphis, Temple and Houston.

  • Kentucky's Calipari announces Breeders' Cup post positions

    October 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari announced post positions for entries in the marquee races at the Breeders' Cup, despite joking earlier that he didn't know what horses were racing.An expected cheer went up Monday at Keeneland when the Hall of Famer announced that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew the No. 4 post position for the Breeders' Cup Classic that is expected to be the colt's farewell race. Calipari drew his own cheers upon being introduced to draw the post positions, a duty he initially was going to pass up for recruiting.

  • Boston College eager for young stars to emerge

    October 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Olivier Hanlan was drafted by the Utah Jazz. Patrick Heckmann signed in Europe. Aaron Brown and Dimitri Batten have also finished school.Only Dennis Clifford will be back.The 7-foot center is the lone returning starter for Boston College this season. But coach Jim Christian is optimistic: After all, last year's team went 13-19 and 4-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, missing the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

  • Boston College Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Boston College Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=Boston CollegeLast season: 13-19.Nickname: Eagles. Coach: Jim Christian.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Seven-footer Dennis Clifford (6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) is the key returning player. But the Eagles also added guard Eli Carter, a graduate transfer who has scored more than 1,000 career points at Florida and Rutgers.

  • Notre Dame at a glance

    October 26, 2015

    Last season: 32-6, lost in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final.Nickname: Fighting Irish. Coach: Mike Brey.Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.- Key returners: Demetrius Jackson ran the point and pressured the ball last season and Brey is expecting him to be better at both while also taking over as team leader. ... Zach Auguste went from role player his first two seasons to consistent contributor and starter last season, finishing second on the team with 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game and was second in the ACC in shooting percentage at 61.9 percent. Brey is counting on Auguste to become a double-double player. ... Guard Steve Vasturia (10.1 ppg) doesn't stand out statistically, but does a lot of the little things right, especially defending. Brey wants him to be more aggressive offensively.

  • Notre Dame depending on Jackson to fill leadership void

    October 26, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame is counting on point guard Demetrius Jackson to do a lot this season.Coach Mike Brey wants the 6-foot-1 guard from nearby Mishawaka to be a playmaker, the top defender, hit clutch shots and fill the leadership void left by the graduations of Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant, who guided the Fighting Irish to one of the program's best seasons.

  • Former Tar Heels player May joins UNC basketball staff

    October 26, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is adding former Tar Heels player and Final Four most outstanding player Sean May to its basketball staff as assistant to the director of player development.In a statement from the school, May says he has long been interested in college coaching. He says the job will help him ''get started along that path at the place it all began for me'' after playing professionally for a decade in the NBA and overseas.

  • Seminoles try to mesh basketball newcomers, experienced core

    October 26, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) With its top six scorers back and a highly regarded recruiting class coming in, there are high expectations for Florida State's men's basketball team.More than 7,000 fans showed up for an open practice on Oct. 16, which was more than the attendance for some games last season.

  • Virginia Tech Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Virginia Tech Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Virginia Tech PreviewBy The Associated Press=Virginia TechLast season: 11-22, did not qualify for postseason.Nickname: Hokies. Coach: Buzz Williams.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Justin Bibbs, the top returning scorer (11.4), played for the USA Basketball Under-19 team this summer and is expected to take on more of a leadership role this year; Seth Allen, a Maryland transfer who averaged 13.4 points two years ago but sat out last season; Devin Wilson (6.5 ppg), the too unselfish point guard who needs to be more consistent in driving the lane, getting fouled and getting the Hokies points.

  • Virginia Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Virginia Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Virginia PreviewBy The Associated Press=VirginiaLast season: 30-4, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Cavaliers. Coach: Tony Bennett.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Malcolm Brogdon, top returning scorer (14 ppg) and second-team All-American, is the unquestioned leader and a steadying force on the court; Anthony Gill (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is the top rebounder and inside scoring threat who Bennett hopes to utilize more this season; Mike Tobey, the enigmatic 7-foot who can score inside and out, rebound and blocks shots, but battles his confidence and sometimes goes missing on the court.

  • Virginia Tech Hokies deeper in Buzz Williams 2nd season

    October 26, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech's second season with coach Buzz Williams is already off to a smoother start than his first, but that doesn't mean the Hokies don't have their share of challenges.Transfer Tyrone Outlaw, one of the top scorers in junior college last season, will sit out this year with an undisclosed medical condition, Williams said, and that status of shooting guard Ahmed Hill is up in the air.

  • Cavaliers' title aspiration don't end with another ACC crown

    October 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Malcolm Brogdon expects his final year at Virginia to be nothing like his first.That 2011-12 team, he said, was hoping to win more than half its games. This one eyes a national championship.The Cavaliers developed the same goals during last season when they spent much of the campaign ranked No. 2 in the country. They finished with a 30-4 record, but lost to Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

  • Tar Heels hope experience, depth equal Final Four run

    October 26, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina suddenly has a throwback look.There are talented upperclassmen and all-Atlantic Coast Conference performers back along with youngsters blended in to give the Tar Heels plenty of depth and versatility. It's a mix befitting a time when veterans stuck around college basketball and before NBA one-and-done players were common - and the Tar Heels believe it has them positioned for a run at the national championship.

  • NC State preview capsule

    October 26, 2015

    North Carolina StateLast season: 22-14, lost in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.Nickname: Wolfpack. Coach: Mark Gottfried.Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.Key returners: Point guard Anthony ''Cat'' Barber averaged 15 points over the final 14 games and will be the top option, while the Wolfpack will need a trio of big men - Abdul-Malik Abu, BeeJay Anya and Lennard Freeman - to improve their offensive games on the interior.

  • North Carolina preview capsule

    October 26, 2015

    North Carolina preview capsuleBy The Associated Press=North CarolinaLast season: 26-12, lost in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.Nickname: Tar Heels. Coach: Roy Williams.Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.Key returners: Seniors Marcus Paige (14.1 points) and Brice Johnson (12.9) were all-ACC picks a year ago, while junior forward Kennedy Meeks and sophomore Justin Jackson give the Tar Heels four returning double-digit scorers.

  • Gottfried, NC State aims to keep NCAA streak going in '16

    October 26, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State keeps exceeding preseason expectations and ending up in the NCAA Tournament. It explains why fifth-year coach Mark Gottfried remains confident despite several key personnel losses.Sure, top scorers Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner are gone, along with forward Kyle Washington to a transfer. But this is a program that has reached four straight NCAA Tournaments - including a pair of Sweet 16 trips when picked eighth or lower in the Atlantic Coast Conference - and returns several key contributors.

  • Miami Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Miami Preview CapsuleEds: With: BKC--Miami PreviewBy The Associated Press=MiamiLast season: 25-13, lost in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament.Nickname: Hurricanes. Coach: Jim Larranaga.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: G Sheldon McClellan, led Hurricanes with 14.5 ppg and 54 3-pointers last year; G Angel Rodriguez, averaged 11.9 ppg and team-high 3.9 a; C Tonye Jekiri, led Hurricanes with 9.9 rpg and averaged 8.6 ppg.

  • Experienced team means high expectations for Miami hoops

    October 26, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) During the Miami Hurricanes' media day, a photographer asked senior guard Angel Rodriguez to pose by spinning a basketball on his index finger.''I can't,'' Rodriguez said, drawing laughter. ''I'm serious. I can't.''Yes, there are limits to the Hurricanes' talent. Even so, they enter the season with experience and expectations like never before.

  • Duke Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Duke Preview CapsuleEds: With: BC-BKC--Duke Preview.By The Associated Press=DukeLast season: 35-4, won NCAA Tournament.Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: G Grayson Allen, came on strong at the Final Four, scoring 16 points and coming up with the hustle play that sparked a win over Wisconsin. F Amile Jefferson, team's leading returning scorer (6.1 ppg) does most of the dirty work on the boards.

  • Wake Forest Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Wake Forest Preview CapsuleEds: With: BC-BKC--Wake Forest Preview.By The Associated Press=Wake ForestLast season: 13-19, no postseason.Nickname: Demon Deacons. Coach: Danny Manning.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: G Codi Miller-McIntyre, led team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and assists (137) but is out another 3-5 weeks with a broken foot. F Devin Thomas, had five 20-point games and ranked second in ACC with 12 double-doubles.

  • Duke enters another season as reigning NCAA champion

    October 26, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Don't call Duke a defending national champion.For many of these current Blue Devils, there's nothing to defend - because they had nothing to do with the program's most recent title.Their goal - as it always is at Mike Krzyzewski's perennial powerhouse program - is to hang a banner of their own.

  • Wake expects improvement in Manning's second season

    October 26, 2015

    The way Danny Manning sees it, his second Wake Forest team is clearly better than his first.The question is whether that will translate into a better record.''I think we've gotten better across the board,'' Manning said. ''I don't know what that's going to equate to when it's all said and done. But I do know we look better walking through the airport.''

  • Jim Boeheim's 40th season at Syracuse filled with questions

    October 26, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim's 40th season at Syracuse will be like no other in his long tenure at his alma mater.The Hall of Fame coach, who plans to retire in three years or sooner, will have to work his magic in the wake of NCAA punishment levied in March, the most glaring sanction a nine-game suspension at the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play in late December. Boeheim has appealed a sentence he's called harsh, but a decision isn't imminent as the start of the season looms.

  • Pittsburgh Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Pittsburgh Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=PittsburghLast season: 19-15, lost in first round of the NIT.Nickname: Panthers.Coach: Jamie Dixon.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Who's gone: G Cameron Wright, G Josh Newkirk.Who's back: F Jamel Artis. Junior forward led Panthers with 13.6 points per game last season; F Michael Young. Junior forward was most consistent player on a team that struggled with consistency; G James Robinson. Four-year starter looking to end uneven career with a flourish.

  • Pitt Panthers looking to get back to basics

    October 26, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis understands the way it works. Spend two years listening to Jamie Dixon talk about defense and rebounding, at some point it starts creeping in whether you want it to or not.Sure, the Pittsburgh coach appreciates Artis' ability to score. The versatile forward and teammate Michael Young were often the only consistent offensive options on a team that went 19-15 last season and missed the NCAA tournament for only the second time in Dixon's 12-year tenure.

  • Georgia Tech Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Georgia Tech Preview CapsuleBy The Associated Press=Georgia TechLast season: 12-19 ( 3-15 ACC)Nickname: Yellow Jackets. Coach: Brian Gregory.Conference: Atlanta Coast ConferenceKey returners: Swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt is top scorer (13.6), top outside threat and go-to man in the clutch. F Charles Mitchell led team with 7.0 rebounds and 52.1 percent field-goal shooting. PG Travis Jorgenson had minutes regulated last season following knee surgery in December 2013; should be stronger this season.

  • Georgia Tech's Gregory under pressure to move up in ACC

    October 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) This may have been the perfect time for Georgia Tech's first international summer trip since 1991.The Yellow Jackets took a three-game, six-day trip to the Bahamas in August. That gave coach Brian Gregory bonus practice time to help three transfers find their fit.

  • Florida State Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Florida State Preview CapsuleEds: With BC-BKC--Florida St-PreviewBy The Associated Press=Florida StateLast season: 17-16, did not take part in postseason.Nickname: Seminoles.Coach: Leonard Hamilton.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Xavier Rathan-Mayes, ran the point last season and averaged 14.9 points as a freshman; Montay Brandon, led the team in rebounding last season (5.5 rpg) and averaged 11.8 points per game; Devon Bookert, senior guard with great range from outside as he made 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers last season in conference play.

  • Clemson Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) ClemsonLast season: 16-15, did not take part in postseason.Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Brad Brownell.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Jordan Roper, capable 3-point shooter who should take over point guard; Jaron Blossinggame, junior forward who was Clemson's only player to average double figures last season at 13.1 points a game; Donte Grantham, sophomore forward was second on Tigers with 31 blocked shots.

  • On The Road: Clemson spending all season away from home

    October 26, 2015

    Clemson coach Brad Brownell made it clear early in practice his team would not get a pass from opponents or excited fans simply because it will play all its games off campus.Top-to-bottom renovations at Littlejohn Coliseum that won't be complete until next season mean the Tigers will relocate to Greenville, South Carolina, about 30 miles northeast of campus. The arena has done its part to make the Tigers feel at home this winter with a special entrance and Clemson signage.

  • Louisville Preview Capsule

    October 26, 2015

    Louisville Preview CapsuleThe Associated Press=LouisvilleLast season: 27-9 (12-6 ACC), lost in NCAA East Region final.Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Rick Pitino.Conference: Atlantic Coast.Key returners: Point guard Quentin Snider is the Cardinals' top scorer back at just 4.1 points per game. But he blossomed as a facilitator down the stretch and in the NCAA Tournament and looks to take a step forward this season. Ditto for 6-10 pivot man Chinanu Onuaku (4.6 rebounds), a starter who hopes to build on his experience of helping Team USA's Under-19 team win the gold medal at the World Championships last summer.

  • Louisville begins with youth, distraction of a sex scandal

    October 26, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville is facing challenges on the court, and off of it heading into the season.The Cardinals have such a young roster that coach Rick Pitino signed a couple of graduate transfers to provide leadership.Then came the escort allegations this month.

  • Badgers off-target in scrimmage at Kohl Center

    October 25, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Bronson Koenig believes Wisconsin will be a good shooting team this season, even if that wasn't the case Sunday.Koenig scored 14 points to lead all scorers during the Badgers' scrimmage at the Kohl Center, but the junior point guard was one of several players who struggled to put the ball in the basket.

  • Makeshift memorial grows after car crash at Oklahoma parade

    October 25, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Anthea Lewis had tears in her eyes on Sunday as she placed a child's hat with an Oklahoma State University logo at the base of a makeshift memorial where a car crashed into a homecoming parade crowd a day earlier, killing four people including a 2-year-old boy and injuring dozens more.

  • Police name adult victims in Oklahoma State homecoming crash

    October 25, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Police have revealed the identities of the three adults killed and dozens more injured when a woman plowed her car into the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crowd, sending some spectators flying through the air and children's shoes strewn around the site.

  • Fatal parade crash is latest tragedy for Oklahoma State

    October 25, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Lawn chairs, blankets and water bottles were strewn in the street and bodies remained at the scene as Oklahoma State University fans walked past an intersection where a woman had plowed her car into a homecoming parade crowd hours earlier and killed four people.

  • Arizona loses freshman Ray Smith for season with ACL injury

    October 24, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona freshman Ray Smith, a key part of coach Sean Miller's latest recruiting class, will not play this season after tearing his right ACL in practice.A 6-foot-8 small forward from Las Vegas, Smith was expected to play a significant role with the Wildcats, along with fellow freshman Allonzo Trier.

  • New, improved Blackmon could hold key to Hoosiers season

    October 24, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) James Blackmon Jr. already looks like a different player.The Indiana guard has added a few pounds, gotten noticeably stronger and been working on his handling.After contemplating leaving early for the NBA last spring, the sophomore is ready to prove that he and the Hoosiers aren't just new and improved. They're better.

  • Hicks shows his value in UNC scrimmage at 'Late Night' event

    October 23, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Regardless of how much talent returns, North Carolina still needs Isaiah Hicks to carve out some playing time in a crowded frontcourt.Hicks scored 14 points in the team's intrasquad scrimmage to punctuate Friday's annual ''Late Night with Roy'' show, which is the ceremonial start to the basketball season.

  • UNC honors late ESPN sportscaster, alumnus Stuart Scott

    October 23, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina spent Friday honoring late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott.The school inducted Scott into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism.The school later honored Scott during Friday night's annual ''Late Night with Roy'' event, which is the ceremonial start to the basketball season. Scott first hosted the event in 2001 and did so 10 times.

  • Report: Former MSU star Cleaves subject of sex assault probe

    October 23, 2015

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors say former Michigan State University basketball star and television analyst Mateen Cleaves is the subject of a sexual assault investigation but has not been charged.Wayne County prosecutor's office spokesman Maria Miller confirmed Friday to The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1R2ovpc ) that the investigation was transferred to Detroit from Genesee County.

  • Rick Pitino skipping ACC media day amid escort allegations

    October 23, 2015

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been adamant in the defense of his basketball program, taking every opportunity to deny allegations by an escort that has led to calls for him to step down.Friday, he decided to take a different tact - passing on the opportunity to address the allegations on the national stage during next week's ACC media day.

  • Column: Slick Rick deserves to be benched during scandal

    October 23, 2015

    Rick Pitino vows not to quit.No surprise there. Slick Rick is set to make more than million over the next decade and has already displayed the remarkable ability to slip through unscathed from the grips of scandal. At this point, he must think his DNA includes a hefty dose of Teflon.

  • Former Louisville basketball assistant resigns at UMKC

    October 23, 2015

    Andre McGee resigned as assistant coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City on Friday, saying he could no longer do the job as he fights ''false'' allegations by an escort that he hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players while coaching at Louisville.

  • Mann, Gaines looking to push Georgia to new heights

    October 23, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Senior guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines are proud of Georgia's accomplishments over the last two seasons.The Bulldogs won 41 games, earned an NCAA tournament bid and finished tied for second and third in the Southeastern Conference.

  • Louisville's Pitino will not participate in ACC media day

    October 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has announced that coach Rick Pitino will skip next week's Atlantic Coast Conference media availability on the advice of counsel because of allegations by an escort in a book that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the players' dormitory.

  • Former Louisville staffer resigns as UMKC basketball coach

    October 23, 2015

    Andre McGee resigned as assistant coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City on Friday, saying he could no longer do the job as he fights ''false'' allegations by an escort that he hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players while coaching at Louisville.

  • Assistant UMKC basketball coach in stripper scandal resigns

    October 23, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) An assistant University of Missouri-Kansas City basketball coach has resigned, saying he can't do his job while battling what he called ''false allegations'' that he hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits while he was a coach at Louisville.

  • Muhammad Ali tweets support, unity for Louisville in scandal

    October 22, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Muhammad Ali has tweeted support for the University of Louisville and basketball coach Rick Pitino despite a scandal in which an escort alleged in a book that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • UNLV looking for rebound season with talented roster

    October 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dave Rice knew there would be pressure when he took the job at UNLV. He played on the Runnin' Rebels' 1990 championship team and spent 11 seasons as an assistant at the school, so he understood the expectations in Sin City.But as Rice enters his fifth season at his alma mater, the pressure is definitely building - and he's embracing it.

  • Wisconsin regroups, welcomes newcomers after 2 Final Fours

    October 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan groaned when he thought back to passing drills on the first day of preseason practice.So many new faces, so many mistakes.''I was afraid someone was going to get hurt,'' Ryan said at the team's media day Thursday. ''There were five or six guys out there that hadn't been in the drills that hadn't seen them.''

  • Michigan's core getting closer to full strength

    October 22, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Zak Irvin is ready for Michigan to play at full strength again at long last.''I just can't wait for everyone to get healthy,'' Irvin said. ''We've at least had an injury I think all throughout last year.''Irvin's back problem is the last major issue the Wolverines are waiting on after an offseason in which several key players needed to work their way back from injuries. Michigan held its media day Thursday and allowed reporters to watch an hour of practice. Irvin was able to do some light shooting and participated in other drills as well.

  • Hofstra's rise close to being complete

    October 22, 2015

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Joe Mihalich didn't show up on Hofstra's campus three years ago riding a white horse. He did arrive and turn around a basketball program saddled with off-the-court issues that left the roster depleted and the image in tatters.The Pride finished 7-25 in 2012-13 and four players were arrested on burglary charges stemming from dormitory room break-ins.

  • Louisville coach Pitino on website: 'I will not resign'

    October 22, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino vows to Cardinals fans that he ''will not resign and let you down'' as investigations continue into an escort's book allegations that one of his former staffers hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Louisville coach Pitino on web site: 'I will not resign'

    October 22, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino vows he ''will not resign and let you down'' as investigations continue into an escort's book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • AP Source: Texas agrees to 15-year deal with Nike

    October 21, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas has reached a new 15-year equipment, licensing and apparel deal with Nike Inc., sticking with the company that has put its brand on Longhorns jerseys since 2000, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • St. John's about to start the "Mullin Era"

    October 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin handled everything thrown at him as a player. He was a two-time All-America selection at St. John's and is the school's career scoring leader, had a stellar 16-year NBA career and was part of the original Dream Team. All that meant election to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

  • Richard Pitino defends father in Louisville scandal

    October 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Richard Pitino defended his embattled father Wednesday, saying Rick Pitino had no knowledge of a former staffer allegedly paying escorts to have sex with recruits and players in a Louisville dorm.''I know, and I told him this, `Put your head on the pillow at night and know that you did nothing wrong and that you certainly had no knowledge of this,''' Richard Pitino said Wednesday. ''That's the biggest thing that I've told him and tried to comfort him with.''

  • Arizona reloading, not rebuilding in 2015-16 season

    October 21, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona lost two key players last year and still went to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats lost four more starters heading into this season.No doubt, this will be a new-look Arizona team in Sean Miller's seventh season as coach.But rebuilding at Arizona isn't like most places. Miller seems to have a revolving door of top-level recruits heading to the desert every year and will likely have the Wildcats competing for a third straight Pac-12 title.

  • Ben Simmons leads strong SEC freshmen class not at Kentucky

    October 21, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There is always a heralded group of freshmen basketball players in the Southeastern Conference, and this year they're not all at Kentucky.The list starts with highly touted Ben Simmons at LSU, which has plastered the 6-foot-10 Australian's face on billboards around Baton Rouge. Simmons, the No. 1 rated high school player last season at Florida's Montverde Academy, isn't allowing that to go to his head.

  • SEC Personality: League profile increases with new coaches

    October 21, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Tennessee coach Rick Barnes shook hands with Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey on his way out of the hotel in downtown Charlotte.''Long media day, really long,'' Barnes said with smile.The SEC got a huge infusion of personality in first-year conference coaches Barnes, Alabama's Avery Johnson and Mississippi State's Ben Howland. The trio add spice to a league with high-profile coaches capable of making an impact on the court - and on YouTube.

  • Creighton hoping transfers Watson, Huff can spark turnaround

    October 21, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Even though Maurice Watson Jr. is yet to play his first game as Creighton's new point guard, he doesn't lack confidence.Watson made that clear Wednesday at the Bluejays' media day when he was asked to describe his playing style.He said he's a pass-first point guard who'll keep his teammates happy. He was only warming up.

  • Kentucky picked to win SEC men's title again on media day

    October 21, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kentucky has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball crown, even if the Wildcats won't have much of the roster from their Final Four run last year.Kentucky received 406 points from the panel of SEC and national media. The poll was released Wednesday. It's the 11th time since 1998-99 the Wildcats were voted preseason favorites.

  • Belmont Bruins preseason favorite to win OVC championship

    October 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Belmont returns four starters from an Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship team, making it easy to pick the Bruins as the preseason favorite to win the OVC.The Bruins received 21 of a possible 24 first-place votes in voting released Tuesday before the OVC's media day. UT Martin received two first-place votes, while defending regular season champ Murray State received one vote to win the overall league title.

  • Belmont preseason favorite for to win OVC championship

    October 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Belmont returns four starters from an Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship team, making it easy to pick the Bruins as the preseason favorite to win the OVC.The Bruins received 21 of a possible 24 first-place votes in voting released Tuesday before the OVC's media day. UT Martin received two first-place votes, while defending regular season champ Murray State received one vote to win the overall league title.

  • Familiar faces ready to star (again) in Big 12 this season

    October 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In college basketball these days, top players rarely stick around for long, the best of them using school merely as a year-long springboard to the NBA.Things are a little different in the Big 12.While there are still plenty of talented freshmen on Big 12 rosters this season, the bulk of the premier players are back from last year. Many had the chance to leave school, but they instead chose to return, giving the league the veteran flavor of a bygone era.

  • Transfers should provide new look to Georgia Tech's lineup

    October 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Brian Gregory, under a mandate to show progress in his fifth season as Georgia Tech's coach, is relying on veteran transfers to make the Yellow Jackets relevant again in the ACC.Gregory has only one winning record and no postseason appearances in his first four seasons. Last year's team finished 12-17 overall and an ugly 3-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one spot from last place.

  • Judge blocks Ohio basketball player's reinstatement bid

    October 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A federal judge has rejected a star University of Dayton basketball player's request for reinstatement to the Ohio school after a suspension linked to a female student's sexual assault accusation.Dyshawn Pierre was suspended one semester for sexual harassment, sidelining him both from classes and for the beginning weeks of basketball season. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose denied a motion for a temporary order that would have stopped the school from enforcing the suspension.

  • Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn out 8 weeks with thumb injury

    October 20, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn will be out for about eight weeks because he needs surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb.The Illini said Tuesday that Nunn will have the surgery Wednesday. He suffered the injury during practice Oct. 13.

  • Dayton, Rhode Island lead A-10 preseason hoops poll

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mention VCU the last six years and two words immediately came to mind: Shaka and havoc.Coach Shaka Smart has since left the Rams for Texas. The program was known for its style of play - havoc for 40 minutes, keeping the game at a frenetic pace with a full-court press.

  • Escort: How could Cardinals' Pitino not know of sex parties?

    October 20, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Escort Katina Powell broke her silence on Tuesday, saying she has no proof that Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino knew that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with former recruits and players.

  • Escort: How could Cardinals' Pitino not know of sex parties

    October 20, 2015

    Escort Katina Powell broke her silence on Tuesday, saying she has no proof that Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino knew that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with former recruits and players.But Powell said in an interview aired on ABC's ''Good Morning America'' that with ''a boatload'' of recruits and dancers, ''loud music, alcohol, security, cameras'' in a campus dormitory, ''how could Rick not know?''

  • Wake Forest G Miller-McIntyre out 4-6 weeks with broken foot

    October 19, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.Coach Danny Manning said Monday that Miller-McIntyre had surgery on his foot during the weekend, but did not specify which foot.Miller-McIntyre averaged a team-best 14.5 points last season while starting all 32 games. The senior has missed just two games during his college career - one as a freshman and another as a sophomore.

  • Maryland unveils talent-laden men's basketball team

    October 17, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The lights were dimmed, the stage was lit and the fans were on their feet as Maryland unveiled its highly touted men's basketball team Saturday night.Beginning with prized recruit Diamond Stone, the players waved to the crowd, dribbled the length of the court and threw the ball into the basket.

  • Depth on display for Florida State at open practice

    October 16, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) More than a week into practice, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton has been pleased with his team's development but acknowledges there is still a ways to go with four weeks until the season opener.''They are picking things up which makes a coach feel good,'' Hamilton said after Friday night's ''Jam With Ham'' open practice. ''We're not a finished product but I like the attitude. On the offensive and defensive ends we're not close to hitting the grades that we set but that is just par for the position we are in.''

  • UConn men and women celebrate opening of practice season

    October 16, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma called out Husky fans on Friday night during the team's annual First Night, the on-court celebration that marks the unofficial start of the season.Auriemma pointed out to the crowd at Gampel Pavilion that the Huskies don't regularly sell out their home games, while teams such as Kentucky and North Carolina play to ''standing room only,'' crowds every night.

  • Kentucky stages annual Big Blue Madness

    October 17, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Before Kentucky's annual Big Blue Madness began, highlights from last year's near-perfect season dominated the video screens, setting the stage for Friday night's annual event.Although a bulk of last year's NCAA national runner-up squad which finished 38-1 weren't in attendance, it didn't take away the excitement generated by the festivities that mark the unofficial start of the college basketball season.

  • Boeheim to start 40th season with Orange

    October 16, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim doesn't think the specter of NCAA sanctions, the loss of prized freshman Chris McCullough to a season-ending knee injury or a self-imposed post-season tournament ban were distractions for his Syracuse team last season.

  • Coach: South Carolina finally has depth to make NCAA run

    October 16, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Fourth-year basketball coach Frank Martin believes he has finally reached a key milestone at South Carolina.''I don't have to play the guys I get mad at anymore,'' he said. ''We've got enough people.''Martin said he has depth and a group of upperclassmen, including guards Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice and forwards Laimonas Chatkevicius and Michael Carrera, who can take ownership of the program and mentor young players like McDonald's All-American P.J. Dozier.

  • Izzo would like to see college rules mirror NBA's more

    October 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) If Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had his way, college basketball would take a few more pages from the NBA rulebook.''If I was the czar for the day, I'd try to get every rule like the NBA, personally,'' he said Thursday. ''I just think that we'd have a better working relationship.''

  • Arizona picked to repeat as Pac-12 regular-season champion

    October 15, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Sean Miller hardly expects his two-time defending Pac-12 champion Arizona team to run away with another conference title.With so much balance and new talent coming in, it could come down to the wire. For a fourth straight season, the Wildcats are picked to win the Pac-12.

  • Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn injures thumb

    October 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Illinois has added starting guard Kendrick Nunn to its long list of injured players with the season less than a month away.Coach John Groce said Thursday at Big Ten media day that Nunn injured his left thumb in practice this week. The junior was expected to see a hand specialist Thursday.

  • Wisconsin's Ryan still not ruling out coaching next season

    October 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced his plan to retire after this season, Michigan State's Tom Izzo called with a message straight from the heart.''I called him a wimp,'' Izzo said. ''The first time I called him up, I said, `You're bailing out? You chicken?'''

  • Calipari doesn't think Pitino knew about escort allegations

    October 15, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says he ''can't believe'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino would ''know anything'' of an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals basketball staff member hired strippers.Calipari said during the Wildcats' annual media day Wednesday he hasn't reached out to his in-state counterpart and fellow Hall of Famer about accusations in Katina Powell's book, ''Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.''

  • LSU embracing hype, expectations, surrounding Simmons

    October 14, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The first thing LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons did when he trotted into Pete Maravich Assembly Center for practice Wednesday was work his way through two rows of NBA scouts at court-side viewing tables, shaking hands with each one.

  • SMU AD backs decision to accept ban after players' statement

    October 14, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) SMU athletic director Rick Hart reiterated the school's decision to accept a one-year postseason ban in men's basketball after players released a statement on their own Wednesday expressing their disappointment over NCAA sanctions.''We understand and share the men's basketball student-athletes' disappointment over the NCAA sanctions, however, the severity of the violations that SMU acknowledges occurred mandates at minimum a one-year postseason ban according to the new NCAA penalty structure,'' Hart said in a statement of his own.

  • Maryland's Trimble selected Big Ten Preseason Player of Year

    October 14, 2015

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Maryland's Melo Trimble is the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year.The guard was selected by a panel of conference media after a strong freshman season in which he averaged 16.2 points and helped the Terrapins win 28 games.Trimble was also a unanimous preseason all-conference pick along with Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Purdue's A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes. Indiana's James Blackmon Jr., and Yogi Ferrell, Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff, Maryland's Jake Layman, Michigan's Caris LeVert and Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig also earned preseason all-Big Ten honors.

  • Wildcats try to reload after losing 7 players from 38-1 team

    October 15, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari took longer than usual to assemble another top-flight recruiting class good enough to raise national championship expectations.Of course, those lofty projections don't ever change in Lexington.But expecting these Wildcats to duplicate last year's school-record 38-0 start is probably unrealistic, especially with Calipari taking his usual long-term view that his team will look better in March than right now.

  • Calipari: Doesn't think Pitino knew about escort allegations

    October 14, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says if any of an escort's allegations that a former Louisville men's basketball staff member hired strippers are true, ''it's not good for college basketball.''Calipari added that he hopes the allegations ''aren't true'' and ''can't believe'' Rick Cardinals coach Rick Pitino ''would know anything about it.''

  • Villanova again a unanimous pick to win Big East

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Villanova can only hope the Big East coaches are on the money as they were last season.For the second straight year, the Wildcats are the unanimous choice in the Big East preseason poll. They proved the coaches to be pretty good prognosticators last season, winning the regular-season title by four games with a 16-2 mark and then taking the Big East Tournament crown.

  • Weak non-conference schedules could mean fines for MWC teams

    October 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Mountain West basketball teams could one day face fines for not scheduling strong non-conference games, Commissioner Craig Thompson said Tuesday.The fines are part of a proposal that's been discussed within the league but hasn't been formalized.

  • Notre Dame looks to try to build on last season's NCAA run

    October 13, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey wants the Fighting Irish approaching the season as though they are coming off a losing season, not that they're the defending Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions.''One of our themes has been to be poor again, to be hungry,'' Brey said at media day Tuesday. ''We're doing the same breakdown drills when we were really poor a year ago coming off a 15-17 season. I've made that a point every day.''

  • Legends of Coaching award to be given to Tubby Smith

    October 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Texas Tech's Tubby Smith will receive the John R. Wooden Award's Legends of Coaching honor in April.The annual award recognizes coaches who exemplify Wooden's standards of coaching success and personal integrity.Smith will receive the award at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles on April 8.

  • Coach Pitino on allegations: 'We will get through this'

    October 13, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort claiming that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • Huskies' season-opening trip to China includes class work

    October 13, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) An argument is brewing in the Washington team room. It started with bickering, and voices are now rising, college basketball players going back and forth.Except this disagreement had nothing to do with anything on the basketball court. Think pronunciation, not passing or shooting.

  • Tennessee tries to succeed without natural point guard again

    October 12, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is in a familiar situation: The Volunteers are without a pure point guard this season.They can only hope it works out as well as it did last year.Tennessee's lack of a proven point guard last season forced Josh Richardson into that role, and he responded by earning first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors in his senior year. Now the Volunteers are relying on seniors Kevin Punter and Armani Moore to take care of the ball-handling responsibilities.

  • UNC's Brice Johnson still working to meet Williams' demands

    October 12, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Brice Johnson can chuckle about it now.North Carolina's lean 6-foot-10 senior has come out of so many games feeling good about how he snagged rebounds in traffic, ran the floor and showed off that oh-so-soft shooting touch in the paint - only to have coach Roy Williams break down film showing the mistakes that prevented his good game from being great.

  • Talented freshmen infused into preseason mix at Marquette

    October 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) There are so many fresh faces at Marquette that it might seem like Steve Wojciechowski is going through a second rookie year as a head coach.But this kind of change appears to be for the better for the Golden Eagles.Wojciechowski's first recruiting class has arrived, a five-member gem considered one of the best in the country. They're entering a third week of preseason practice.

  • Cardinals assistant Willard takes medical leave of absence

    October 12, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville says assistant coach Ralph Willard will take an indefinite medical leave of absence from the program to address an unspecified health issue.Cardinals director of basketball operations David Padgett has been moved into an assistant coach's position to replace Willard, a 39-year veteran who rejoined Rick Pitino's staff in April. Willard guided Louisville against a Pitino-led Puerto Rican national team in August.

  • Kentucky forward Willis out 2 weeks with left finger injury

    October 10, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Derek Willis miss two weeks after injuring a finger on his left hand during Saturday's practice, the second injury to a Wildcats reserve this week.On Tuesday, junior guard Dominique Hawkins underwent surgery for a broken right hand that will sideline him for four weeks. Though Willis should return in time for Kentucky's exhibition games next month, coach John Calipari expressed disappointment that the 6-foot-9 junior will miss Sunday's televised open practice.

  • Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62.Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.

  • SMU will not appeal Larry Brown suspension or postseason ban

    October 9, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) SMU will not appeal the NCAA postseason ban on the men's basketball team or the nine-game suspension for coach Larry Brown.In a letter to the SMU community posted Friday, school President Gerald Turner said while regretting the impact of the ban on student-athletes, the ''simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year postseason ban for the level of misconduct that occurred.''

  • Board of Regents approve 6 million Athletes Village

    October 9, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota plans to break ground next month on its 6 million Athletes Village, which will include updated practice and training facilities for football and basketball teams that officials say are necessary to keep the school competitive in the Big Ten.

  • Bryant men's basketball assistant coach comes out in essay

    October 8, 2015

    SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) Division I men's basketball has its first openly gay coach.Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns came out publicly in a personal essay posted Wednesday on Outsports.com (http://bit.ly/1jcvTD0 ).Burns says that the Supreme Court decision in June legalizing same-sex marriage was so powerful that it made his decision to come out a ''no-brainer.''

  • Basketball player sues Ohio college over suspension

    October 8, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A star University of Dayton basketball player has sued the Ohio school in federal court over his suspension after a sexual assault accusation.Dyshawn Pierre's lawsuit asks a U.S. district court judge to order his reinstatement, and also seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit notes that Montgomery County prosecutors declined to file charges against Pierre after what he says was a consensual sexual encounter with a female UD student last spring.

  • NCAA meets with former Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle

    October 7, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The NCAA has talked with Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle, whose recruitment by Louisville is mentioned in a book by an escort alleging that strippers danced and had sex with Cardinals players and prospects.OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed via email that Lyle met Tuesday with the NCAA, as first reported Wednesday by Yahoo Sports. The email did not mention Louisville, but noted there were no issues at Ohio State.

  • Coach Hamilton likes mix on Florida State basketball roster

    October 7, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference that returns all five of its starters from last season.For most teams that would be cause for celebration. For coach Leonard Hamilton it means he is hoping the struggles of the past two seasons have been valuable experience.

  • Cal players come together through weekly life chat sessions

    October 7, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Each member of the California basketball team has his own definition of what it is to be a man, a recent topic of conversation for the Golden Bears during one of their weekly chat sessions focused more on life than athletics.This is just one focal point for second-year Cal coach Cuonzo Martin as he tries to best prepare his players for anything that might come up during college or later on - from a difficult family or personal matter to an unforeseen crisis or world event.

  • Iowa looking for Uthoff to become a star in '15-16

    October 7, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) From Matt Gatens to Devyn Marble to Aaron White, Iowa's best teams under Fran McCaffery have been led by a senior standout.Is Jarrod Uthoff next in line?The answer to that question could determine whether the Hawkeyes make it back to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Freshmen expected to contribute heavily for Penn State

    October 7, 2015

    State College, Pa. (AP) In the last four years, Patrick Chambers has visited living room after living room and has been told no again and again.No, Chambers' Penn State team isn't a basketball power. No, Penn State can't compete in the rugged Big Ten. No, the Nittany Lions aren't the program for whichever hotshot recruit Chambers is pitching at the time.

  • Pacers add rookie Kadeem Jack to training camp roster

    October 7, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers signed former Rutgers start Kadeem Jack on Wednesday.Adding the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward to the roster gives the Pacers 18 players in training camp.Jack joins first-round draft pick Myles Turner, second-round picks Joe and Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair as the only rookies in camp. Christmas was acquired in a trade with Cleveland.

  • New challenges for Tennessee's Barnes after years in Texas

    October 6, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes' new surroundings have the veteran coach adopting a slightly different approach in preseason practices.Barnes has needed to do more teaching so far as he goes over the different drills that had become second nature to his players at Texas, where he had coached for the last 17 seasons. Tennessee started practice last week as the Volunteers adjust to their third coach in as many seasons.

  • NIT committee restructured

    October 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier and Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin will begin four-year terms on the National Invitation Tournament Committee, it was announced Tuesday.C.M. Newton, chair of the NIT Committee since its inception in 2006, will now serve as chair emeritus. Reggie Minton will serve as chair this season.

  • Richmond, St. Jean complete Mullin's staff

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) First-year St. John's head coach Chris Mullin has completed his coaching staff, naming fellow Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond a special assistant and Greg St. Jean an assistant.Richmond, a six-time All-Star, played 14 seasons in the NBA, three with Mullin on the Golden State Warriors. Like Mullin he was a two-time Olympian (1988, 1996) and Richmond averaged at least 21.0 points in each of his first 10 professional seasons becoming one of just 10 players in NBA history to do so.

  • Duke counting on more from Allen after Final Four breakout

    October 6, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen is still getting used to all this attention.He burst into an overnight celebrity as the unlikely hero of Duke's latest national championship run.Six months later, the sophomore guard is adjusting to yet another role. He's a veteran hoping to lead the Blue Devils to title No. 6.

  • Pressure is on new coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State

    October 6, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Five months ago, Iowa State's Steve Prohm was the coach at mid-major Murray State. Now he's in charge of one of the big favorites in the Big 12.Prohm officially began his first season in charge of the Cyclones on Tuesday with the team's annual media day.

  • New job provides different challenges for Tennessee's Barnes

    October 6, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes' new surroundings have the veteran coach adopting a slightly different approach in preseason practices.Barnes has needed to do more teaching so far as he goes over the different drills that had become second nature to his players at Texas, where he had coached for the last 17 seasons. Tennessee started practice last week as the Volunteers adjust to their third coach in as many seasons.

  • Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

    October 6, 2015

    Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her ,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players' Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

  • Indiana hires Elston as director of player development

    October 6, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Tom Crean hired former player Derek Elston as the new director of player development Monday.The native of Tipton, Indiana, will help with mentoring, life skills, administrative operations and support services.Elston played on the Hoosiers' 2012 Sweet 16 team and the 2013 Big Ten regular-season championship team.

  • Kentucky guard Hawkins to miss 4 weeks with broken hand

    October 5, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins will miss four weeks after breaking his right hand in practice over the weekend.The junior will have surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in the hand and is expected to return in early November. A defensive specialist who provides energy off the bench, Hawkins has played in 56 career games.

  • Drake hoping to turn corner in 2015-16

    October 5, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Last season was a landmark year for basketball in the state of Iowa, as three Division I teams reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time.Drake is hoping to crash that party soon.The Bulldogs, who've been to the NCAA Tournament just once since 1971, are optimistic it can inch closer to postseason play in 2015-16.

  • Arkansas returns to underdog role after offseason arrests

    October 5, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says he was ''blindsided'' by a tumultuous offseason for the Razorbacks, one that included the arrests of three players on allegations of using counterfeit money.Still, entering his fifth season at Arkansas - his 22nd overall at the school, including 17 as an assistant - Anderson remains optimistic the program can build on last year's second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference.

  • Pitino mum, questions continue about escort allegations

    October 3, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino has apparently said all he plans to say for now about the troubling allegations outlined in a book by an escort that has led to a sex scandal looming over his men's basketball program.Pitino was mum about the allegations on Saturday, but questions continue to swirl after the online release of Katrina Powell's book, ''Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.'' The 104-page book was published by an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal and is scheduled for release Oct. 12, though the publisher said it could be sooner.

  • Louisville investigating if escorts were hired for recruits

    October 3, 2015

    A former Louisville staffer brought escorts to dorm parties and paid for the women to strip and have sex with Cardinals recruits, their fathers and players, according to a book by an escort.The university is investigating the allegations involving former staffer and Louisville player Andre McGee.

  • Beilein: Irvin should be able to practice by start of season

    October 2, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The optimism surrounding the Michigan basketball team this season is predicated on one main thing - better health for the team's top players.Coach John Beilein says swingman Zak Irvin should at least be back on the practice court by the start of the season. The school announced Sept. 9 that Irvin was having back surgery and would miss 6-to-8 weeks. The Wolverines open the season Nov. 13 against Northern Michigan.

  • UMKC puts assistant at center of escort case on leave

    October 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri-Kansas City has placed men's basketball assistant coach Andre McGee on paid administrative leave as it investigates allegations that he hired an escort to provide sex for recruits while at Louisville.A statement issued Friday evening said that it was aware of the allegations and said it had already initiated its own review.

  • Louisville probing claim staffer hired escorts for recruits

    October 2, 2015

    Louisville is investigating allegations that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee brought escorts into dorm parties, and paid for the women to strip and have sex with recruits, their fathers and players.Those allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book, ''Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,'' from a publishing affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Some details of the book were published on the Journal's web site, noting during a four-year period many of the activities allegedly took place in the players' dormitory.

  • Louisville probing claim staffer got escorts for recruits

    October 2, 2015

    Louisville says it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits.The allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book from a publishing arm of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Some details of the book were published Friday on the Journal's web site and said that McGee hired Powell to provide strippers and prostitutes for recruits and some of their fathers during a four-year period.

  • Young Washington roster ready for challenges ahead

    October 1, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Midway through Lorenzo Romar's news conference on Thursday the Washington coach was asked if he could assess each of his new players.''All nine of them?'' Romar asked incredulously, half-joking.While it may have been a time-consuming answer - one that Romar completed without complaint - it also holds the key to the Huskies' season: Will the new players be able to contribute and how quickly will they be ready to do so?

  • Detroit-area gambler sentenced in Toledo sports bribery

    October 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The last of nine people convicted in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo has been sentenced.A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday told Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam that he will spend two years in prison and serve three years' supervised release.

  • NC State's Rowan arrives to help depleted Wolfpack roster

    October 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Maverick Rowan arrived just in time to help short-handed North Carolina State.The freshman wing was a late addition to the Wolfpack's recruiting class, a player who reclassified to graduate from high school over the summer instead of waiting until 2016. He joins a team that needed him badly, both from a numbers standpoint and the fact that his skillset appears to fit perfectly on a team with some significant losses from last year's NCAA Sweet 16 team.

  • Kansas still awaiting clearance for touted freshman Diallo

    October 1, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Touted freshman Cheick Diallo has been cleared to begin practicing with Kansas this week.He's still awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he can play this season.The five-star prospect from Mali attended Our Savior New American, a private high school in Centereach, New York. But the legitimacy of the school's classes has come under scrutiny by the NCAA, and Alabama and Oklahoma State have had recruits from there ruled ineligible.

  • Indiana eager to get to work with tough schedule ahead

    October 1, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) The new rule in college basketball allowing teams to begin practice two weeks earlier is one that is being embraced by Indiana coach Tom Crean.Indiana opens practice for the season on Friday with a pair of workouts and they will be back at work Saturday.

  • Utah unveils million basketball practice facility

    October 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah unveiled a million basketball practice facility Thursday with dramatic upgrades from what players and coaches were accustomed to inside the university's 46-year-old arena.The 90,000-square-foot building will house the men's and women's programs and features two 12,000-square-foot practice gyms, recruiting lounges, a yoga room, rooftop terrace, a nutrition center and underground tunnels to the arena. Coaches' offices have a panoramic view of the mountains. There is also a new strength and conditioning room and an athletic training center.

  • Michigan State forward Goins has sports hernia surgery

    September 30, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State redshirt freshman forward Kenny Goins is expected to miss six weeks due to a sports hernia injury.The school says Wednesday in a release that surgery to repair the hernia was successful.The 6-foot-6 Goins joined the Spartans as a walk-on before the 2014-15 season.

  • Kansas forward Dwight Coleby tears ACL in light team workout

    September 30, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas forward Dwight Coleby, a transfer from Ole Miss, tore the ACL in his left knee during a light team workout last week and will be unable to practice with the team this season.Coleby had already planned to sit out under NCAA transfer rules.

  • Hurley trying to make the pieces fit at Arizona State

    September 30, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley faces the same dilemma as most first-year coaches: Trying to change the team's style of play with a roster full of players recruited by another coach.His task may be a little more difficult because of the changes he wants to make. He wants the Sun Devils to play fast, faster than they've ever played before.

  • UNC to honor late ESPN broadcaster, alumnus Scott on Oct. 23

    September 30, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina will honor late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott as it kicks off the basketball season.The school says it will induct Scott on Oct. 23 into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, which is based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Jones Angell, the radio play-by-play voice for Tar Heels sports, will emcee an induction ceremony that will include women's soccer player Mia Hamm.

  • UConn prepares for start of practice with annual run

    September 30, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) The UConn's men's basketball team ended its summer workouts and unofficially began the new basketball season Wednesday by completing the annual Husky run through campus.Sophomore swingman Daniel Hamilton was the first member of the team to complete the annual 3.1-mile race. He jogged the last few yards backward, and finished in 20 minutes, 21 seconds - 10 seconds ahead of junior forward Kentan Facey.

  • Court strikes down possible payments to college athletes

    September 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday that the NCAA's use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan to allow schools to pay football and basketball players up to ,000 per year.

  • Kentucky's Calipari present for Pope's address to Congress

    September 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was in the House chamber for Pope Francis' speech Thursday as a guest of House Speaker John Boehner.The Hall of Fame coach couldn't contain himself and sent out excited tweets in anticipation. Wednesday night, he tweeted that the speech was going to be ''one of the highlights of my life.''

  • Ex-college basketball player settles lawsuit against accuser

    September 23, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) A former Iowa State basketball player's lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual abuse has been settled.A news release from the Des Moines law firm of Parrish Kruidenier says Bubu Palo's lawsuit was ''resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties'' on Tuesday. The firm declined to comment further.

  • Padres to hold Bill Walton Basketball Festival at Petco Park

    September 22, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres figure if they're going to plop a basketball court onto the field at Petco Park, they better have Bill Walton involved somehow.The Padres and the Hall of Famer on Tuesday announced the Bill Walton Basketball Festival beginning Nov. 30 and culminating with a game between San Diego and San Diego State on Dec. 5.

  • Manhattan College to retire Jack Powers' No. 34

    September 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jack Powers, a former player, coach and athletic director at Manhattan College, will be the first Jasper to have his basketball uniform number retired.No. 34 will be raised to the rafters of Draddy Gymnasium on Feb. 26, at halftime of the game with Iona.

  • Michigan State's Clark could miss 2 months with foot injury

    September 22, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State forward Marvin Clark Jr. will be out for approximately six to eight weeks with a left foot injury.The athletic department announced his injury Tuesday. Michigan State opens the season Nov. 13 against Florida Atlantic, so Clark's availability for that is now in question.

  • Vitale, wife give M to Notre Dame for students with need

    September 17, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and his wife have donated million to the University of Notre Dame to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with demonstrated need.Vitale said he and his wife, Lorraine, developed a love for the university where their daughters attended and played on the tennis team.

  • NC State's Moxley back to work after offseason health issue

    September 17, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State men's basketball assistant coach Rob Moxley remembered struggling to walk down the stairs in his home, then waking up in a hospital.He knows he's fortunate his wife was with him to call 911 in time to save him from that life-threatening offseason health scare.

  • Curry returns to Charlotte, takes NBA trophy to Davidson

    September 17, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry isn't one to forget his roots.The NBA's Most Valuable Player returned to his alma mater Davidson College on Thursday to show off the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy with the small school's close-knit community.

  • Texas interim AD Perrin's job is to heal fractured fan base

    September 16, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mike Perrin was firing up the grill for a Labor Day menu of wild salmon and asparagus when his phone rang.On the other end was University of Texas President Greg Fenves with a question, or perhaps a plea: Would he be interested in taking over the Longhorns athletics department as interim director, a job that wasn't even open yet? Perrin, a former Texas linebacker, put down his tongs to listen and accept the offer.

  • Texas athletic director leaving a 'mutual decision'

    September 15, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas President Greg Fenves has confirmed that athletic director Steve Patterson is out of the Longhorns' program, calling it a ''mutual decision'' that Patterson leave after less than two years on the job.Patterson's 22 months in Austin were marked by an aggressive push for more money at the nation's wealthiest athletic program, and discontent among fans and some major donors. Fenves said he had been concerned about Texas fans and how they view the program.

  • Hawks to hold training camp at University of Georgia

    September 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will hold training camp at the University of Georgia for the third year in a row.The Hawks, coming off a 60-win season that set a franchise record, will practice at the Stegeman Coliseum training facility from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 before returning to Atlanta.

  • AP sources: Texas athletic director Steve Patterson fired

    September 15, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The awkward dismissal of Texas football coach Mack Brown came first. That was followed by the firings of school President Bill Powers and basketball coach Rick Barnes.Now athletic director Steve Patterson is gone, too, after less than two years - an abrupt end to his rocky tenure atop the nation's wealthiest athletic program that remains in turmoil.

  • Report: NCAA investigating San Diego St basketball program

    September 15, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State's basketball program is under investigation by the NCAA for potential rules violations, according to a report by CBS Sports.Citing unidentified sources, CBS Sports says the potential violations include possible improper benefits to recruits.

  • Big East brings freshmen to New York

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Big East brought its incoming freshman class to New York City for two days and not one basketball was bounced, dunked or dribbled.The 10-member, basketball-centric Big East invited its ''rookies'' for a weekend of discussions of what these athletes were going to find out about what the next four years - less for the stars - will bring and then life after that.

  • Hornets' Lin says security didn't believe he was NBA player

    September 12, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Hornets guard Jeremy Lin says he had trouble convincing a security guard that he's an NBA player when he showed up at the team's Charlotte arena.The NBA's first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Lin tweeted about the encounter Saturday afternoon: ''Went to the Hornets arena for 1st time and tried convincing security im a player. She said, `what team?!?'''

  • Warriors center spends day celebrating title at Vanderbilt

    September 12, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli sure knows how to celebrate in style, taking one of the Larry O'Brien championship trophies back to campus.Ezeli helped the Warriors win the NBA title in June. He was back at Vanderbilt on Saturday as part of the Commodores' festivities surrounding their football game against No. 10 Georgia.

  • Pac-12 proposes allowing athletes to make money off names

    September 11, 2015

    The Pac-12 has proposed changing NCAA rules to allow college athletes to use their names, images and likenesses for their non-athletic business ventures.The NCAA lost an antitrust lawsuit last year that challenged the association's use of athletes' names, images and likenesses to generate revenue. A judge ruled in the Ed O'Bannon case that schools should be allowed to make deferred payments of about ,000 per year to football and men's basketball players for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

  • Former Iowa star Roy Marble dies after battling cancer at 48

    September 11, 2015

    Roy Marble, the high-flying guard who scored the most points in Iowa history as he helped the Hawkeyes become a national power in the mid-1980s, died Friday after a long battle with cancer, according to school officials. He was 48.Iowa spokesman Matt Weitzel said Marble died in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Marble was a prep star from Flint before leaving his home state to play for the Hawkeyes from 1986-89, scoring 2,116 points and headlining perhaps the best years the program has ever seen.

  • Memphis announces, then cancels plans to honor Calipari

    September 10, 2015

    Memphis officials have changed their minds and will not be honoring former Tigers coach John Calipari for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.At least not anytime soon.Just hours after announcing a dinner Dec. 28 benefiting the Tigers and honoring Calipari, Memphis President M. David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter saying the university will not be recognizing the former coach.

  • Draymond Green donates .1 million to alma mater

    September 10, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Golden State Warriors standout Draymond Green is donating .1 million to Michigan State in support of its men's basketball program.Green played for the Spartans and graduated in 2012. His donation, which is pending approval from the Board of Trustees, is the largest single gift to Michigan State athletics from a former Spartans athlete.

  • Kentucky coach Calipari humbled by Hall of Fame induction

    September 10, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Words usually come easily for John Calipari when he gets to talking about basketball.And he has been known to ramble on once he gets going.Lately though, he's been struggling. The Kentucky coach is trying to choose the right words to thank everyone during his 10-minute speech at this weekend's induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The list is long, and time is short.

  • UNF's Driscoll gets 4-year extension following NCAA berth

    September 9, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) North Florida basketball coach Matthew Driscoll has agreed to a four-year extension, keeping him under contract through the 2021-22 season.Athletic director Lee Moon announced the deal Wednesday, saying ''Coach Driscoll is very deserving of this contract extension and I am thrilled to have him continue leading our basketball program for many more seasons.''

  • Georgetown's John Thompson wins 1st Dean Smith Award

    September 9, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The United States Basketball Writers Association has chosen one of Dean Smith's close friends - former Georgetown Hall of Fame coach John Thompson - as the first recipient of the award named for the late North Carolina coach.The association will honor Thompson at a dinner in Chapel Hill on Nov. 10 benefiting the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, which aids low-income students in attending college and those pursuing advanced degrees in education and social work.

  • Mark Price's son transferring to Charlotte to play for him

    September 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) TCU guard Hudson Price is transferring to Charlotte to play for his father, former NBA star Mark Price.Hudson Price will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility left.Mark Price said in a press release Wednesday that his son brings a wealth of experience to the 49ers and gives the team ''a lot of skill and shooting ability.''

  • Florida announces new plans for .5M renovation to O'Dome

    September 8, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) The O'Connell Center is back on track for a significant renovation.Florida announced new plans for the facelift Tuesday, with a projected price tag of .5 million. That's nearly million more than the initial estimate last year.

  • Big East releases conference schedule

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A five-game marathon featuring all of the Big East's teams again highlights the conference's schedule for 2015-16.Conference play for the 3-year-old, basketball-centric league begins Dec. 30 with Seton Hall at Marquette and Georgetown at DePaul. The league will again play an 18-game, double round-robin schedule. That all leads to the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 9-12. It will be the 34th Big East tournament at the Garden.

  • Obama honors 2015 champs Duke basketball team at White House

    September 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama honored Duke on Tuesday for winning its fifth NCAA basketball championship and lauded the team for its work on and off the court.During a White House ceremony, Obama said Duke basketball is a model for other colleges. He noted that five players made the all-conference academic squad. The players also have visited local elementary schools to encourage children to read and volunteered as mentors.

  • ISU's SACKMAMBA45 tries to live up to Twitter handle

    September 7, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Dale Pierson goes by SACKMAMBA45 on Twitter, and he showed why in Iowa State's season opener.The senior had three sacks and an interception in the Cyclones' 31-7 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday.Pierson will face a better offensive line when Iowa visits next Saturday, but his effort and the talent on the rest of the defensive line have fueled hopes that this unit could be one of the best in coach Paul Rhoads' tenure.

  • Pujals leads Holy Cross over Monmouth 27-19

    September 5, 2015

    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) Peter Pujals ran for one touchdown and passed for another, and Holy Cross withstood a late Monmouth rally to take a 27-19 victory Saturday in a season opener.Two field goals by Connor Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter gave the Crusaders a 27-16 cushion with 5:11 remaining. The Hawks then drove 65 yards on 12 plays with Matt White booting a 27-yard field goal to get within eight. After Monmouth recovered an onside kick at the Holy Cross 49, Cody Williams drove the Hawks as far as the 22-yard line before being intercepted by Luke Ford in the end zone.

  • Krzyzewski, Duke to visit White House on Tuesday

    September 4, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke's men's basketball team is headed back to the White House next week to celebrate its latest national title.School officials announced Friday that President Barack Obama will honor the Blue Devils on Tuesday for their NCAA Tournament championship.

  • Jim Young, member of lone Santa Clara Final Four team, dies

    September 3, 2015

    QUINCY, Calif. (AP) Jim Young, a member of the only Santa Clara University basketball team to reach the Final Four in 1952, has died. He was 82.The university announced the death of Young, a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame, on Wednesday night. He died last Friday.

  • Minnesota senior associate AD on leave during investigation

    September 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A senior associate athletics director at the University of Minnesota, Mike Ellis, has gone on leave while outside lawyers investigate five anonymous complaints lodged against him since the resignation of athletics director Norwood Teague, the university confirmed Thursday.

  • ENMU to be on probation, vacate wins over NCAA violations

    September 1, 2015

    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) Eastern New Mexico will be on probation for four years and forfeit five seasons' worth of victories by nearly all of its sports programs because of eligibility violations.The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions Report was released Tuesday.

  • Former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. joins Georgetown hoops staff

    September 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr. has returned as director of basketball operations.Coach John Thompson III made the announcement Tuesday. Ewing Jr. is the son of former Georgetown All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

  • Duquesne names David Harper athletic director

    September 1, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Duquesne has named longtime University of Dayton administrator David Harper as the school's new athletic director.Harper replaces Greg Amodio, who left the Dukes in July for the same job at Quinnipiac.Harper spent the last three years at Dayton as the associate vice president of university advancement, where his duties included overseeing the Flyers men's basketball program. He worked in a variety of roles during two different stints at Dayton from 1998-2003 and 2012-15, with a stop at the University of Michigan in between.

  • Pitt adds junior college transfer guard Jonathan Milligan

    September 1, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh gave its depleted backcourt a boost on Tuesday, adding junior college transfer Jonathan Milligan.The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Milligan averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season for Kilgore (Texas) College. Milligan, who has two years of eligibility remaining, shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Milligan began his high school career at Casa Grande High School in Arizona, averaging a league-high 24.2 points and 8.0 assists per game as a senior. He also spent one prep season at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina before enrolling at Kilgore.

  • Coastal Carolina joining Sun Belt

    September 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sun Belt Conference officials say Coastal Carolina has accepted an invitation to join the league and in doing so will move its football program up to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision by 2018.Coastal Carolina, which is in Conway, South Carolina, will join the Sun Belt in all sports except football beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.

  • AP Source: Coastal Carolina to join Sun Belt, move up to FBS

    August 31, 2015

    Coastal Carolina will become the 12th member of the Sun Belt conference next year and transition to the top tier of college football, a person directly involved in the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference and school were not prepared to make an official announcement. A news conference is planned for Tuesday on Coastal Carolina's campus in Conway, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.

  • Hoosiers kick Holt off team, discipline Bryant

    August 31, 2015

    Indiana coach Tom Crean isn't just talking tough. He's getting tough.On Monday, the Hoosiers announced sophomore Emmitt Holt had been kicked off the team and prized recruit Thomas Bryant will face internal discipline after being cited for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.

  • Morton resigns as assistant basketball coach at Seton Hall

    August 31, 2015

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Dwayne Morton has resigned as an assistant basketball coach at Seton Hall.Coach Kevin Willard announced the resignation Monday, saying Morton intends to return to a teaching job.Prior to coming to Seton Hall last year, Morton was a math teacher at Shirley Tanyhill School and was the head boys' basketball coach at Lincoln High School, both in New York City.

  • Crean questions leadership after latest legal problem

    August 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana coach Tom Crean questioned his team's leadership and challenged his players to make better decisions on and off the court Thursday.Failing to meet those expectations could have more serious ramifications.In his first public comments since Indiana's most recent legal embarrassment, the frustrated coach apologized to fans for having another legal run-in play out in public and insisted his top priority between now and November's season opener will be getting the program righted.

  • Middle Tennessee adds Jacorey Williams, Aldonis Foote

    August 27, 2015

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Middle Tennessee has added former Arkansas forward Jacorey Williams and Trinity Valley Community College transfer Aldonis Foote to the program.Foote, a 6-foot-6 guard, will be eligible to play for Middle Tennessee immediately. Williams must sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • University police: Buffalo forward Moss accused of stealing

    August 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Forward Justin Moss was one of three Buffalo men's basketball players accused of stealing 0 out of a dorm room in June, some three months before the Mid-American Conference player of the year was dropped from the team.The allegation of theft was included in a University at Buffalo Police report obtained by the Associated Press following a request under the Freedom of Information Law.

  • Former Kentucky standout Lou Tsioropoulos dies at 84

    August 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten `53-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84.Tsioropoulos' nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died Saturday in Louisville of natural causes. A memorial service was held there Wednesday. He would have turned 85 on Monday.

  • Indiana administration expects athletes to behave better

    August 26, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It's time for Hoosiers athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out.On Wednesday, athletic director Fred Glass' annual football kickoff luncheon was upended by growing consternation over an 18-month series of legal issues involving football and men's basketball players. The most recent chapter occurred over the weekend when two basketball players were arrested for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, raising the ire of fans, administrators and McRobbie.

  • Minnesota gives Pitino 0K annual raise, 2-year extension

    August 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has finalized a two-year contract extension for coach Richard Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a 0,000 raise.The university released the details Tuesday, months after the terms were agreed to while Norwood Teague was the athletic director. Pitino, who finished his second year as coach of the Gophers, will now make .6 million annually. His 0,000 base salary stayed the same; his supplemental compensation was bumped up from 0,000 to .1 million.

  • Villanova names USC's Mark Jackson athletic director

    August 25, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova has hired USC's Mark Jackson to succeed Vince Nicastro as the program's athletic director.Jackson was senior associate AD and chief innovation officer at USC. Nicastro left after 15 years to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school.

  • East Tennessee State adds transfers Deuce Bello, Tevin Glass

    August 25, 2015

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State has added a pair of transfers by bringing in Deuce Bello from Missouri and Tevin Glass from Wichita State.The school announced both additions Tuesday. Bello will be eligible to play for ETSU this season as a graduate transfer. Glass must sit out the 2015-16 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

  • Madison Jones dismissed from Wake men's basketball team

    August 25, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has dismissed guard Madison Jones from the men's basketball team for violating an undisclosed athletic department policy.Coach Danny Manning announced Jones' dismissal Tuesday.Jones was suspended from all basketball-related activities on March 24, though Manning didn't give a reason for it and said Jones ''needs to make better decisions and earn his way back.'' That suspension was lifted May 20.

  • 2 Indiana basketball players cited for alcohol possession

    August 24, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Two Indiana basketball players were cited for underage alcohol possession early Saturday morning.According to a report from the Indiana State Excise Police, released Monday, uniformed officers observed sophomore forward Emmitt Holt and freshman center Thomas Bryant seated in a parked vehicle. Each player was found with one bottle of vodka.

  • Buffalo star forward Moss dropped by men's basketball team

    August 24, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) University at Buffalo star forward and last season's Mid-American Conference player of the year Justin Moss has been dropped by the men's basketball team.In a carefully worded announcement issued Monday, the school said Moss is not currently enrolled in classes or participating in university activities. The school declined to comment further by citing federal privacy laws protecting student records.

  • Winona State investigating complaint against ex-coach Leaf

    August 22, 2015

    WINONA, Minn. (AP) Winona State University officials are investigating a complaint lodged against former men's basketball coach Mike Leaf.The university released a statement Friday noting Leaf, 54, was placed on administrative leave June 22, the day after the university received a complaint about Leaf. Leaf was still on leave when he notified the university June 26 he would be resigning effective June 30.

  • Illinois forward Paul dismissed after arrest in France

    August 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Illinois forward Darius Paul has been dismissed following his arrest last week during a team trip to France.Coach John Groce (grohs) announced the move in a written statement Friday.Immediately after the trip, Groce had said he had ''indefinitely'' suspended Paul for violating team rules. On Friday, he said that ''after further review of the situation,'' Paul had been dismissed from the team.

  • Tennessee hoops dealing with preseason issues at point guard

    August 21, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will try to solve the Volunteers' point guard issue ahead of his debut season in Knoxville.Freshman Lamonte Turner, the lone pure point guard on the roster, has enrolled but is still awaiting word on his eligibility. While Turner's status remains in limbo, the Volunteers are considering who else could play the position.

  • Tennessee AD Dave Hart setting ambitious long-term goal

    August 21, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Now that Tennessee has started making progress in its rebuilding process, athletic director Dave Hart believes a much bigger jump is around the corner.''We want all of our teams in the Top 25,'' Hart said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. ''Now some may be upper-echelon, maybe in the top five. Some may be somewhere in the middle. Some may be at that cut line. But in the next three to five years, based on our commitments and based on our investments, I'd like to see us achieve that goal.''

  • Indiana, Louisville agree to series for football, basketball

    August 21, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana and Louisville will play three future games in football and men's basketball.Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass had been looking for a replacement to border-state rivalry with Kentucky since the basketball contract expired after the 2011-12 season.

  • Syracuse recruit Moustapha Diagne going to 2-year school

    August 21, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse says forward-center Moustapha Diagne has decided to enroll in a two-year college even though he signed a national letter of intent with Syracuse last November. Syracuse did not give a reason.The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Diagne, a native of Senegal, was expected to provide some depth in the Orange's frontcourt after averaging 14.7 points and 12 rebounds per game last year for Pope John XXIII High School of Sparta, New Jersey.

  • Ball State freshman wins free tuition with half-court shot

    August 21, 2015

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) An incoming freshman has won free tuition for a semester at Ball State University after sinking a half-court shot.Lem Turner of Illinois made the lucky shot Thursday night during a freshman pep rally for this year's athletic events at Worthen Arena. The event was held as part of the school's welcome festivities.

  • Boise State basketball player dismissed from team

    August 20, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) A Boise State basketball player facing a felony charge in a drive-by shooting has been dismissed from the team.Coach Leon Rice dismissed Dezmyn Trent on Thursday.Trent was booked into the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. He was listed on the jail's roster Thursday afternoon as being held without bail.

  • Calipari, Kentucky sign 7-foot Australian Isaac Humphries

    August 20, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries to a Wildcats' frontcourt that lost four big men to the NBA draft.Originally part of the 2016 class, the 250-pound Humphries recently reclassified to 2015. A top-50 prospect by several services, he joins Kentucky's group of international newcomers including Haitian Skal Labissiere and Canadians Mychal Mulder and Jamal Murray.

  • Alabama basketball signee Eubanks not cleared to enroll

    August 19, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama signee Kobie Eubanks has not been cleared by the NCAA and won't be allowed to enroll for the upcoming season.Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson says the school was unable to get Eubanks admitted but says he ''has a bright future.''

  • F Jacorey Williams won't return to Arkansas after arrest

    August 19, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says forward Jacorey Williams will not return to the program following his arrest last month for allegedly using counterfeit money at three locations near campus.Williams, a three-year letterman who averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season, was one of three Razorbacks arrested in connection with a two-month investigation into counterfeit money. All-Southeastern Conference freshman team selection Anton Beard and junior transfer Dustin Thomas were the others and they remain suspended.

  • Minnesota president: Additional complaints against Teague

    August 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says the school has received ''a small number'' of additional complaints of sexual harassment by Norwood Teague since the athletic director resigned.Kaler tells Minnesota Public Radio News that any complaints are being turned over to an outside law firm looking into the Teague matter. Kaler said the number of complaints is fewer than five.

  • ESPN's 8th annual Tip-Off Marathon has 16 games

    August 18, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Defending national champion Duke and fellow Final Four participant Kentucky will meet in one game of the State Farm Champions Classic while Michigan State, which was also in the Final Four, faces Kansas in the other.The doubleheader caps ESPN's eighth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon which will feature 15 men's games and one women's - defending national champion Connecticut at Ohio State.

  • Pitt-Davidson matchup in Gotham Classic

    August 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Defending Atlantic 10 champion Davidson and Pittsburgh, which both return four starters from last season, will meet in the Showcase Round of the fourth annual Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20.Bob McKillop enters his 27th season as Davidson's coach and he comes into the season four wins shy of 500, all with the Wildcats.

  • Coastal Carolina basketball team visits Cuba

    August 18, 2015

    CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Cliff Ellis' resume includes 770 victories and 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and the veteran coach says watching the flag go up at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961 is one of his most memorable experiences.

  • School: Ex-Minnesota athletic director didn't disclose issue

    August 18, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was recruited and hired, according to the school.Teague resigned this month after he was accused of sexually harassing two administrators during a senior leadership retreat July 15. Teague read an apology the day of his resignation in which he blamed alcohol for his behavior at the event and vowed to seek treatment.

  • Broncos host basketball coaches at training camp

    August 17, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Sometimes during the dog days of August, NFL training camp talk turns to hoops and hardwood.That was the case in Denver on Monday when the Broncos welcomed several visitors to their sideline, including Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy and new Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and his staff.

  • Iowa State's Tsalmpouris turning pro

    August 17, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State says basketball player Georgios Tsalmpouris is turning pro.Tsalmpouris, a 7-foot-1 center from Katerini, Greece, was a late addition to the Cyclones roster last season.Tsalmpouris was a project for former coach Fred Hoiberg. He played in just eight games as a freshman in 2014-15, averaging 1.4 points. The move was expected after Tsalmpouris returned to Greece this summer.

  • Driving arrest for Georgia basketball player J.J. Frazier

    August 16, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia basketball player J.J. Frazier has been released from jail following his arrest on driving charges.The Athens-Clarke County jail's web site shows Frazier was booked early Sunday and released 45 minutes later after posting a combined ,000 bond. The misdemeanor charges are for improper driving and driving with a suspended license.

  • Michigan St moving Pauga as part of reorganization

    August 15, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State director of basketball operations Kevin Pauga is becoming an assistant athletic director.The school announced a number of changes within the athletic department Saturday, including Pauga's move to a position as an assistant athletic director for administration. He has been director of men's basketball operations for the past six seasons.

  • Column: Generals take final defeat, and it's loss for us all

    August 14, 2015

    Say it ain't so.The Harlem Globetrotters will no longer be beating the Washington Generals game after glorious fake game. A ''rivalry'' that dates to the Eisenhower administration is coming to an end now that the Trotters have decided to dump their longtime punching bag of an opponent, presumably for business reasons.

  • U of M president backs off comments about Teague resignation

    August 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler retreated Friday from comments he made right after athletic director Norwood Teague's surprise resignation over sexual harassment allegations late last week, when he suggested it all happened because Teague had been served too much alcohol.

  • UNC uncovers potentially more violations in academic scandal

    August 14, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina continues to be plagued by its long-running academic scandal, uncovering what possibly could be additional violations in women's basketball and men's soccer while preparing a response to the notice of allegations received in May.

  • Hoyas men's hoops team ready for incident-free trip to Italy

    August 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Georgetown men's basketball coach John Thompson III is once again making sure his Hoyas have their passports in order.After playing regular season games in South Korea and the Bahamas over the last two years, Thompson III is leading his program on a 10-day tour of Italy with a final pit stop in Switzerland. This will be the Hoyas first preseason overseas tour since a 2011 trip to China that was marred by an ugly brawl in one of the exhibitions.

  • 2 women harassed by Minnesota AD Teague come forward

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two women who were sexually harassed by the University of Minnesota's former athletic director Norwood Teague came forward Thursday, blaming Teague for details about their identities starting to spill out and calling his behavior toward them ''frightening and wrong.''

  • 2 women harassed by Teague come forward, ask now for privacy

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two women who were sexually harassed by the University of Minnesota's former athletics director have come forward.The university identified the women in a joint statement Thursday as Erin Dady (DAY'-dee) and Ann Aronson. Both are high-level administrators at the school.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan 'not totally sure' about retirement

    August 13, 2015

    KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan now says he's ''not totally sure'' about whether he will retire after next season.Post-Crescent Media reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/nwzxnhx ) that Ryan kept the door open to delaying retirement at an appearance at the U.S. Venture Open golf charity event.

  • Level-headed Goetz takes over reeling Minnesota program

    August 12, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Beth Goetz was quiet as usual while her parents, Les and Ann, drove their daughter to a band concert in seventh grade. And it wasn't until Beth started her flute solo in the middle of the show that they realized their little girl was a featured part of the show.

  • Michigan sports Facebook pages off-topic after possible hack

    August 12, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan says its Facebook pages for football and basketball have been hacked, with risque photos appearing in a series of morning posts.Posts from the official accounts were made Wednesday promoting links to photos of celebrities and other subjects. Then, a couple hours after school officials worked with Facebook administrators to resolve the problem, more off-color posts appeared.

  • Amid questions over AD, Minnesota launches investigation

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota will launch an outside investigation of its athletic department and its former director who resigned because of sexual harassment complaints, a school official said Tuesday.Former Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned last week, triggering reports that he groped two female employees, made inappropriate comments and sent lewd text messages. A third woman, a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune who covers Gophers basketball, later came forward with her personal story about Teague's sexual harassment in separate incidents in 2013.

  • Transfer Muhammad to join Miami Hurricanes' basketball team

    August 11, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Guard Rashad Muhammad will join the Miami Hurricanes' basketball team as a transfer from San Jose State, where he led the team in the scoring each of the past two seasons.A 6-foot-6 guard, Muhammad is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad. He'll sit out the 2015-16 season and have two years of eligibility.

  • University of Minnesota responds to 3rd harassment report

    August 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota responded Monday to a third woman's claims that she was sexually harassed by former athletic director Norwood Teague by asking that anyone else with similar allegations come forward.President Eric Kaler said in a statement the university takes such allegations seriously and wants to know if there are further complaints.

  • Louisville among 6 teams featured at Barclays Center

    August 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Louisville and Cincinnati, which both played in the NCAA Tournament last season, are among the six schools playing in two events at the Barclays Center in late November.Cincinnati will face Nebraska and George Washington meets Tennessee in the semifinals of the fourth annual Barclays Center Classic on Nov. 27. The championship and third-place games will be in the afternoon of Nov. 28.

  • Louisville begins 9-game tour vs. Puerto Rico national teams

    August 10, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rick Pitino's loyalty and attention will be divided this week.The Louisville coach will guide Puerto Rico's junior and national teams in a six-day, nine-game exhibition tour starting Tuesday against his Cardinals, who will be led by assistant coaches. Pitino is preparing the national squad for the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City later this month in a quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, but he also wants to develop a young Louisville roster that lost four regulars from last season.

  • Pitt G Josh Newkirk to transfer after knee surgery

    August 9, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh guard Josh Newkirk will transfer closer to his home in North Carolina while continuing to rehab from surgery on his left knee.The school announced Sunday that Newkirk is in good academic standing and will likely transfer to another Division I school, which would require him to sit out one season.

  • NC State-Arizona State, LSU-Marquette in Legends Classic

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) North Carolina State will meet Arizona State and LSU will face Marquette in the semifinals of the ninth annual Legends at Barclays Center.The championship games will be Nov. 23 and 24, with all four televised by ESPN. The semifinalists will host two regional round games before heading to Barclays Center, which is hosting the championship rounds for the fourth straight year.

  • NIT Season Tip-Off moves across river to Barclays Center

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After being played at Madison Square Garden for 30 years, the NIT Season Tip-Off will move across the East River to Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting with the 2015 edition.The semifinals will feature Arkansas meeting Georgia Tech and Stanford facing Villanova with the games played Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, and aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Stanford won the NIT in April, while Villanova was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big East regular-season and tournament titles,

  • Defending national champion Duke, runner-up Wisconsin in 2K

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Defending national champion Duke will meet VCU and national runner-up Wisconsin will face Georgetown in the semifinals of the 21st annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.The games, which could set up a possible rematch of the 2015 national championship game, will be Nov. 20 and 22, and all games will be televised by ESPN.

  • Former St. John's forward Obekpa to play for Runnin' Rebels

    August 7, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Former St. John's forward Chris Obekpa is transferring to UNLV and will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels in 2016-17.From Nigeria, Obekpa led the Big East in blocked shots each of the past three seasons and was fifth nationally a year ago with 3.1 per game. The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 5.8 points and 7 rebounds last season, but was suspended for two weeks in March for violating team rules. He missed the Red Storm's first-round loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament.

  • South Carolina seeks NCAA events with championship ban over

    August 7, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) South Carolina is back in the game to host predetermined NCAA championships now that the Confederate flag has been lowered from the Statehouse grounds.A group of top tourism leaders visited Indianapolis this week to let the association know that the state is ready and willing to bid on and host such events following the NCAA ban that had been in effect almost 15 years.

  • Minnesota AD resigns after colleagues say he groped them

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday after being accused by two female co-workers of drunkenly groping them and sending them lewd and graphic text messages during a recent gathering.The university released redacted transcripts of the sexual harassment complaints against Norwood Teague, which included texts to one woman in which he asked her to skinny dip and to let him perform oral sex on her.

  • Co-worker says resigning Minnesota AD drunkenly groped her

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota has released redacted accounts of alleged sexual harassment that led to the resignation of the school's athletic director.One of the two female co-workers who accused Norwood Teague of harassment during a recent event says what started out as friendly texting with Teague about setting him up with her friend devolved into Teague pinching her butt and asking her to perform oral sex on him.

  • Minnesota athletic director resigns over inappropriate texts

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday, admitting he drank too much at a recent event and sent ''inappropriate texts'' to colleagues that were reported as sexual harassment.Norwood Teague, who held the job for three years, issued a statement through television station KARE 11 in which he said he drank too much on the night in question and is seeking treatment for his alcohol problems.

  • Minnesota athletics head resigns over inappropriate texts

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletics director, Norwood Teague, resigned on Friday, admitting he sent ''inappropriate texts'' after drinking too much at a recent university event.Teague, who got the athletics director job three years ago, said in a video statement that he intends to seek help for a drinking problem.

  • University of Minnesota athletics director resigns

    August 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The University of Minnesota's athletics director is resigning.The school announced Friday that Norwood Teague submitted his resignation after three years on the job. President Eric Kaler accepted Teague's resignation effective immediately.

  • Iowa State signs F Simeon Carter

    August 7, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has signed prep forward Simeon Carter for next season.Carter, a 6-foot-8 forward from West Charlotte, North Carolina, was considered a top recruit who had previously committed to SMU.Carter averaged 14.5 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks a game for West Charlotte High last season, earning all-state honors.

  • Former USC basketball star John Rudometkin dies

    August 5, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Calif. (AP) John Rudometkin, the University of Southern California star center who played in the NBA for New York and San Francisco, has died. He was 75.The school said Wednesday that Rudometkin died Tuesday in Newcastle of chronic lung disease, the lingering effect of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his chest that ended his NBA career.

  • Grand Valley St AD to retire next spring after 20 years

    August 5, 2015

    ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) Grand Valley State athletic director Tim Selgo will retire next spring after 20 years at the helm.The school made the announcement on Wednesday. Under Selgo's guidance, Grand Valley State has become one of the nation's top Division II athletic programs. The Lakers won national titles in football in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

  • European trip gives Marquette freshmen a head start

    August 5, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) An upcoming trip to Italy and Switzerland is coming at an ideal time for the young Marquette Golden Eagles.Second-year coach Steve Wojciechowski said his program will benefit greatly this year from the rule allowing teams to take a foreign tour once every four years.

  • Austin Peay selects Ryan Ivey as its athletic director

    August 4, 2015

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Austin Peay has hired Ryan Ivey as its athletic director.Ivey had been athletic director at Division II program Texas A&M-Commerce since January 2013. He replaces Derek van der Merwe, who announced in March he was stepping down to become Austin Peay's vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.

  • University of Oregon settles lawsuit over rape allegations

    August 4, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The University of Oregon has agreed to pay 0,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who claimed she was sexually assaulted last year by three basketball players.The 18-year-old woman, who is identified in the suit as Jane Doe, on Tuesday dismissed all claims against the university. Last week, she also dismissed all claims against head basketball coach Dana Altman.

  • WAC, Big West and West Coast joining officiating alliance

    August 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The basketball officiating alliance between the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences is about to get bigger.The alliance, in place the past two seasons, will now include the Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences, starting with the upcoming season.

  • Cardinals will face Puerto Rican teams 9 times in 6 days

    August 4, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville men's basketball team has scheduled nine exhibition games over six days against Puerto Rico national teams, including three doubleheaders.The Cardinals' tour opens Tuesday in San Juan with consecutive evening doubleheaders featuring split squads against Puerto Rico's junior and national squads. Another doubleheader follows Saturday in Trujillo Alto with single games at other island sites on Thursday against the junior team and Friday and Sunday against the national squad.

  • Calipari, Towns impressed by Wildcats' summer workouts

    August 1, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his latest class of talented recruits can keep the Wildcats in the national championship discussion.Playing pickup games against those newcomers has No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns just as convinced of the Wildcats' potential.

  • Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils

    July 31, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south.Before the initial fanfare of his hiring had subsided, Hurley was already at work, watching recruits, building his coaching staff, doing all the little things behind the scenes to get his tenure off to a good start.

  • Henderson aims for big role with NC State after transfer

    July 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Terry Henderson has seen transfers thrive before at North Carolina State. Now it's his turn.The 6-foot-4 guard spent his first two seasons at West Virginia, but transferred to North Carolina State and sat out last season. Now he's ready to take the court, providing a desperately needed perimeter scorer after a year spent improving his game and settling in at a school back in his hometown.

  • Illinois guard Abrams tears Achilles, out for 2nd season

    July 28, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois senior point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season because of an injury, a damaging blow to the team's hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament.Coach John Groce said Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday and surgery is scheduled for Aug. 5. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

  • Kansas, Indiana, UCLA head Maui Invitational

    July 28, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Kansas will open the 2015 Maui Invitational against Chaminade, the Division II host school known for some of college basketball's biggest upsets.The other game on that side of the bracket, which was released Tuesday, has two big-name programs, UCLA and UNLV.

  • Memphis' Austin Nichols transfers to Virginia

    July 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Memphis leading scorer Austin Nichols has transferred to Virginia.Virginia coach Tony Bennett announced Nichols' transfer Monday.Bennett says Nichols is a ''great fit for our program and system.''Nichols averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game as a sophomore with the Tigers.

  • NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

    July 24, 2015

    The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure.The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday.

  • 3 Arkansas basketball players arrested on forgery complaint

    July 22, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Police arrested three University of Arkansas basketball players Wednesday, alleging they used counterfeit money to buy merchandise at three locations near campus.After the arrests, the school announced indefinite suspensions for starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and junior transfer student Dustin Thomas.

  • South Carolina blending upperclassmen, newcomers once again

    July 21, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Another year, another round of changes for the South Carolina men's basketball team.The Gamecocks enter this season with five newcomers, including McDonald's All-America selection P.J. Dozier. This marks the third year in his four at South Carolina that coach Frank Martin will have to blend a large group of young players with his veterans in a fight to get to the top of the Southeastern Conference.

  • Purdue player Jacquil Taylor gets season back under hardship

    July 21, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) The Big Ten has granted Purdue forward Jacquil Taylor a medical hardship waiver, restoring his freshman season of eligibility.The 6-foot-9 Taylor appeared in just six games for the Boilermakers last season and totaled 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in 42 minutes of playing time. Taylor was out for much of the season after struggling to overcome nagging leg and shin injuries, suffered during his high school career at Beaver Country Day School.

  • Michigan State AD to head NCAA basketball committee in 2016

    July 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will be the vice chairman of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee this season and lead the selection of the field of 68 for the 2016-17 season.The NCAA named Hollis to the position on Tuesday.

  • Prohm, Cyclones prep for trip to Spain

    July 20, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Steve Prohm inherited more than just a talented team when he accepted the Iowa State job.He also took over a group whose personality had already been forged through years of shared experiences - good and bad.Prohm and the Cyclones are about to truly get to know one another.

  • NCAA tweaks March Madness seeding rules for more flexibility

    July 20, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The committee that puts together the field of 68 for the NCAA men's basketball tournament will have more flexibility to set the First Four and give No. 2 seeds more favorable matchups.The NCAA announced Monday that the Division I selection committee will now be allowed to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field were locked into the First Four, the eight-team playoff that serves as the tournament's first round.

  • FIU signs 7-year marketing deal with Van Wagner

    July 20, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Florida International is the first college to sign a multimedia rights contract with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment.The seven-year contract was announced Monday, with cash guarantees of about million for FIU and a total value estimated at .2 million.

  • UNC hoping freshman Williams provides 3-point shooting boost

    July 16, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Kenny Williams III is known for his 3-point range. Just don't refer to North Carolina's newest guard as simply an ''outside shooter.''''I really don't like that label,'' he said in an interview with The Associated Press. ''I know that's what I do best and that's how I made my name. But it's like when you use that, you pigeon-hole a person. I'm not just an outside shooter.''

  • Wyoming extends basketball coach Larry Shyatt's contract

    July 15, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) The University of Wyoming has extended basketball coach Larry Shyatt's contract through April 2020.Athletic director Tom Burman noted in a statement Wednesday that Shyatt was offered a job by an undisclosed NBA team but chose to remain at Wyoming.

  • Gill-Caesar to transfer from Missouri

    July 15, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri forward Montaque Gill-Caesar is transferring after an injury-interrupted freshman season.Coach Kim Anderson said Wednesday that the school would help Gill-Caesar, who would have been the school's top returning scorer (9.1 points per game), in his efforts to relocate once the player completes his academic obligations. The player has not decided where to transfer.

  • Michigan's deal with Nike worth 9 million

    July 15, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The University of Michigan's new apparel and equipment deal with Nike is worth 9 million, with a nearly even split between annual cash and apparel value.The deal, which begins in August 2016, was announced last week, and Michigan released financial details Wednesday. The agreement runs until 2027, and the school has an option to extend it to 2031. The full 15-year deal includes annual compensation totaling .8 million, plus million up front - as well as .2 million in apparel.

  • Indiana's Blackmon to miss rest of summer after knee surgery

    July 14, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana sophomore James Blackmon Jr. will miss the rest of summer workouts because of a torn meniscus in his knee.Blackmon was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer last season at 15.7 points per game. He finished second on the team with 77 3-pointers.

  • Memphis removes all conditions for Austin Nichols' transfer

    July 14, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis has withdrawn all conditions on the release of forward Austin Nichols after reviewing his appeal to transfer.The university issued a statement Tuesday saying only that Nichols' appeal had been reviewed and all conditions on his release removed.

  • Wake Forest AD expects programs to improve in 2015-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • Wake Forest AD hopes for 'significant step forward' in 15-16

    July 14, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Many construction projects are taking place at Wake Forest.The school is building a new football practice facility and a new home for its golf teams. It hopes to start work on its baseball facilities soon and is figuring out the long-term plan for its basketball arena.

  • NCAA to drop postseason ban after South Carolina flag move

    July 9, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA will end a nearly 15-year ban on South Carolina hosting sanctioned championship events following the decision to remove the Confederate flag from the state's capitol grounds.Gov. Nikki Haley signed the legislation Thursday.

  • Memphis grants forward Austin Nichols conditional release

    July 9, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen says he has granted Austin Nichols a conditional release, clearing the way for the Tigers' leading scorer last season to transfer.Nichols' father, Mark Nichols, had said Tuesday that the 6-foot-9 forward had been denied a release. Bowen issued a statement Thursday saying he spoke with Austin Nichols that morning and gave him a conditional release.

  • Texas to spend 0k to review support programs for athletes

    July 8, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas will pay about 0,000 to the consultant hired to review academic support services for athletes, a move ordered by the school president after the school had begun investigating allegations of misconduct within the men's basketball program.

  • Michigan St coach 'disappointed' in Ellis after charges

    July 8, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo said Wednesday he is ''disappointed'' in guard Alvin Ellis III after the player was charged with alcohol-related offenses this offseason.According to online records from the 54B District Court in East Lansing, the 20-year-old Ellis was charged with a misdemeanor count of underage purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol stemming from a May 2 incident. That charge was dismissed, and he admitted responsibility to a public littering charge, which resulted in fines of 5.

  • Austin Nichols' dad says forward seeks transfer from Memphis

    July 7, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis 6-foot-9 forward Austin Nichols is looking to transfer.Mark Nichols said Tuesday that ''it doesn't look like'' his son will be back at Memphis, though he added the school has denied his request for a release ''at this point.'' Mark Nichols said Austin plans to go through an appeals process to seek a release.

  • Avery Johnson Jr. transfers to Alabama, will play for dad

    July 7, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Former Texas A&M point guard Avery Johnson Jr. will play for his father at Alabama.First-year Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced Monday that his son is switching Southeastern Conference schools. The younger Johnson has three years of eligibility remaining and will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.

  • Syracuse leads nation in men's basketball attendance again

    July 7, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Syracuse is the attendance leader in men's basketball, edging Kentucky for the second straight year.The NCAA said Monday that Syracuse averaged 23,854 fans per game last season, just ahead of Kentucky's 23,572. Louisville, at 21,386, was the only other school to draw better than 20,000 a game.

  • Anderson, Gordon and Thomas transfer to Seton Hall

    July 2, 2015

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Two guards and a forward have transferred to Seton Hall.Coach Kevin Willard announced the transfer of forward Brawden Anderson, shooting guard Derrick Gordon and point guard Jevin Thomas on Thursday.Anderson earned a degree at Fresno State and will be eligible next season while attending law school.

  • Tennessee enters new era with beginning of Nike contract

    July 1, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is opening its doors to the Nike swoosh while bidding farewell to the Lady Vols nickname and logo in all but one sport.Nike took over as Tennessee's main apparel provider Wednesday as part of an eight-year contract worth about million in money and gear. Tennessee had been an Adidas school since 1997.

  • Duquesne coach Jim Ferry receives contract extension

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Duquesne men's basketball coach Jim Ferry signed a contract extension on Tuesday as his rebuilding project with the Dukes continues.Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Ferry is 33-58 in three seasons at Duquesne, including a 12-19 mark in 2014-15. The Dukes went 6-12 in the Atlantic 10 last winter and won an opening round game in the Atlantic 10 tournament for just the third time in the last 20 years. Ferry came to Duquesne in 2012 following a decade at Long Island, which he led to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012.

  • Sentence postponed for gambler in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam is the last of nine people to be sentenced. He was expected in Detroit federal court Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • Correction: Wisconsin-Ryan Retiring story

    June 30, 2015

    In a story June 29 about coach Bo Ryan's retirement plans, The Associated Press reported erroneously who hired Ryan at Wisconsin. It was Pat Richter, the Badgers' athletic director at the time.A corrected version of the story is below:Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

  • Gambler will be last man sentenced in Toledo sports probe

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be ''unthinkable'' to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.Mitchell ''Ed'' Karam will be the last of nine people to be sentenced when he appears on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    WIMBLEDONLONDON (AP) Serena Williams dropped three of the first four games of her opening match at Wimbledon before recovering to beat 113th-ranked qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1.The top-seeded Williams extended her pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title and her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam, too, by taking 11 of the last 13 games. Williams has also won her past 22 Grand Slam matches.

  • Vols' Barnes: 'No legs' to Texas academic misconduct report

    June 29, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says he doesn't have reason to be concerned about a Texas investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program.Texas hired an outside investigator following a Chronicle of Higher Education report that mentioned potential allegations involving three former men's basketball players dating back to 2006. Barnes had coached Texas the last 17 seasons before getting fired in March.

  • New coaches, talented freshmen to add intrigue to SEC hoops

    June 29, 2015

    Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won't take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era.Donovan left for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech's Michael White, one of four new coaches in the league.

  • Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

    June 29, 2015

    Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights.After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year's national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him.

  • Calipari: Confederate flag 'offends,' should be removed

    June 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes Confederate flags should be taken down.During a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call Monday, Calipari said that ''obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That's how I feel. It may offend, so I'd say do it.''

  • Krzyzewski, Kyvallos to receive Lapchick Award

    June 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) More honors for a couple of Coach Ks.Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015.

  • Former coach Henson out of hospital, starting chemotherapy

    June 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson has been released from a Texas hospital and is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy treatments, according to his wife.Henson's wife, Mary Henson, told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1eP7cLp ) on Friday that the 83-year-old retired coach is staying with family in Houston.

  • Moore to lead Tennessee hoops through transition period

    June 26, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee forward Armani Moore's college career has offered him lessons on the importance of adapting to change and responding to adversity.As the Volunteers' top returning player in nearly every major statistical category, Moore is ready to spend his senior year applying what he's learned from all the upheaval. Moore and his teammates are adjusting to their third coaching staff in as many seasons.

  • Former college assistant hoop coach shot before fatal crash

    June 26, 2015

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) A former college assistant basketball coach was one of the two men killed in a fatal crash that's being investigated as a double homicide.The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1QRPGqC ) says 26-year-old Kevin Shaw coached Concordia College during the 2010-2011 season. He left to pursue a master's degree in business.

  • Colorado senior guard Xavier Johnson tears Achilles

    June 25, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado senior guard Xavier Johnson underwent surgery to fix his torn left Achilles tendon.There's no timetable for his return after he suffered the injury in an offseason workout earlier this month, the school announced Thursday.

  • Syracuse assistant Hopkins made head coach designate

    June 25, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse men's basketball assistant Mike Hopkins has been formally given the title of head coach designate to succeed Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim after the 2017-18 season.A former Orange captain, Hopkins has served on Boeheim's staff for 19 seasons. Syracuse won the NCAA title in 2003.

  • ISU adds in-state PF Brady Ernst

    June 25, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Prep forward Brady Ernst says he'll play for Iowa State next season.Ernst, who is 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, is the first recruit for new coach Steve Prohm. He is from Clinton, Iowa.Ernst adds depth to the Cyclones front court, which is talented but thin beyond Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader.

  • UNC Greensboro receives 2 years of probation for violations

    June 25, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) UNC Greensboro's athletic programs received two years of probation Thursday after improperly certifying the initial eligibility of 57 athletes in 13 sports over six seasons.The NCAA and the school announced the penalties, which include vacating wins in which ineligible players participated and paying a ,000 fine.

  • UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

    June 25, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics.

  • Canadian guard Jamal Murray headed to Kentucky

    June 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Canadian guard Jamal Murray is headed to University of Kentucky.Murray announced his decision Wednesday, selecting the Wildcats over Oregon.''Beyond blessed to announce that I will be attending the University of Kentucky,'' Murray said on Twitter.

  • Former Georgetown coach receives Court of Honor Award

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. has been presented the Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the first time it has been given to one of their own.Thompson led the Hoyas to 596 victories and 24 consecutive postseason appearances in 27 seasons and won the national championship in 1984. He saw 76 of the 78 players who stayed at Georgetown for four years receive a degree.

  • Chris Obekpa to transfer from St. John's

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Obekpa, who led the Big East in blocked shots the past three seasons, has decided to leave St. John's and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA schools.The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, a rising senior, had said he was going to transfer after his sophomore season but changed his mind and he played last season for former coach Steve Lavin. He averaged 5.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks last season but he was suspended for two weeks on March 15 for a violation of team rules and he missed the Red Storm's first-round loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament.

  • USBWA creates award in honor of late UNC coach Dean Smith

    June 24, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) All the honors, remembrances and tributes have helped the family of late North Carolina Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith cope with their grief in the months since his death.''I don't think we could've asked for more support from Chapel Hill, from the university, from fans all over, from fans from different institutions,'' Smith's widow Linnea said Wednesday. ''It's been very gratifying. It helps. It certainly helps.''

  • Biggest Kentucky group to date preparing for NBA draft

    June 24, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari and his Kentucky pipeline to the NBA will have yet another major impact on the league's annual draft.It's nothing new, but Thursday night could be record-setting - even for the Wildcats.Calipari's first Kentucky team in 2010 featured five first-round NBA draft picks, including No. 1 overall selection John Wall. Six Wildcats turned pro after their 2012 NCAA championship, with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going 1-2 in a parade of four first-rounders.

  • Santa Clara hires Renee Baumgartner as new athletic director

    June 23, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Syracuse deputy athletic director and chief of staff for athletics Renee Baumgartner has been named Santa Clara's new athletic director.The university announced her hiring Tuesday. Baumgartner will begin her new job July 8, replacing longtime athletic director Dan Coonan.

  • Former New Mexico St, Illinois coach Lou Henson hospitalized

    June 23, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Former New Mexico State and Illinois men's basketball coach Lou Henson, who is set to be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame this fall, was in a Houston hospital awaiting tests due to a weakened immune system.The 83-year-old Henson became dehydrated last week and spent a few days in an Illinois hospital, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/1IaFP9T). Henson lives in Illinois in the summer months and Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the winter.

  • Former New Mexico State, Illinois coach Henson hospitalized

    June 23, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Former New Mexico State and Illinois men's basketball coach Lou Henson, who is set to be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame this fall, is at a Houston hospital awaiting tests due to a weaken immune system.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1IaFP9T) the 83-year-old became dehydrated last week and spent a few days in a hospital in Champaign, Illinois. Henson lives in Champaign in the summer months and Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the winter.

  • Regional round pairings set for 2K Classic

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The regional round schedule for the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project has been finalized.The field features national champion Duke, national runner-up Wisconsin, Georgetown and VCU. These teams will each host two regional round games and will play at Madison Square Garden in the championship rounds on Nov. 20 and 22. The championship round matchups will be announced in August.

  • Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate drowns

    June 22, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) A local sheriff's office and school officials say Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate has drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.A York County, South Carolina, sheriff's report states Tate and another man jumped from a bridge to swim in Lake Wylie. The man, Samuel Williams of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, told authorities Tate ''had trouble swimming and kept sinking'' when he tried to help.

  • Wofford rising junior basketball player Jeremiah Tate drowns

    June 22, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) A Wofford basketball player has drowned.The school says rising junior Jeremiah Tate died early Monday in Lake Wylie near Charlotte, North Carolina.A York County, South Carolina sheriff's office report states Tate and another man jumped from a bridge to swim, but Tate ''had trouble swimming and kept sinking'' when the other man tried to help.

  • FAMU taps Alabama official to take over athletics department

    June 22, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida A&M University is turning to a University of Alabama official and former Oklahoma lineman to run its athletics department.FAMU President Elmira Mangum on Monday named Milton Overton as the new director of intercollegiate athletics. He takes over the position after the resignation of Kellen Winslow and the death of Nelson Townsend. Townsend was acting as interim director when he died in January.

  • Iowa St's Prohm announces coaching staff, keeps Otzelberger

    June 22, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) New Iowa State coach Steve Prohm will keep assistant T.J. Otzelberger on his staff next season.Prohm announced his assistant coaches Monday, two weeks after being hired to replace Fred Hoiberg.Otzelberger, who worked at Iowa State under both Greg McDermott and Hoiberg, was rehired by Hoiberg shortly before he left to take over the Chicago Bulls. Otzelberger interviewed for the vacancy, but the Cyclones instead hired Prohm from Murray State.

  • Syracuse picks Boise State's Mark Coyle as athletic director

    June 22, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Mark Coyle called Syracuse ''a special place'' when he was introduced as the school's new athletic director.''It's a special place because of its history, its tradition,'' he said Monday at his introductory news conference after being handed a Syracuse jersey with his name and No. 1 emblazoned on the back. ''It's a special place, and it's going to go through transition.''

  • Kansas adds DeBose to team representing US in South Korea

    June 20, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has added Florida Gulf Coast guard Julian DeBose to its roster as it prepares to represent the U.S. at the World University Games in South Korea next month.The Jayhawks were chosen to represent the country, but have the option to add other players. It became necessary when point guard Devonte' Graham partially tore a tendon in his left knee.

  • Kentucky basketball season tickets are going up

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky basketball fans will pay 13 to 21 percent more for season tickets under the first price increase in three years.School trustees on Friday approved the increases. Tickets for the lower level in 23,000-seat Rupp Arena will increase from 5 to ,140 each. Upper-level tickets will rise from 0 to 0 each.

  • UNC agrees to extension with Roy Williams through 2020

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Roy Williams, keeping the Hall of Fame coach with the Tar Heels through the 2019-20 season.The deal, announced Friday, will pay Williams a base salary of between 8,169 this fall and 5,409 in 2019-20, with supplemental compensation ranging from .55 million this fall and .75 million in the final year. There's also a ,000 annual expense account, along with outside contracts with Nike and for multimedia obligations.

  • Lon Kruger building basketball powerhouse at Oklahoma

    February 10, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger could make this the best of his many success stories.The man who has spent three decades fixing struggling programs has done it again. Now, the Sooners are on the verge of becoming a powerhouse after three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Tennessee set series vs. Georgia Tech starting this season

    February 10, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will play Georgia Tech in a four-year series starting November in Atlanta.Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the series Thursday.Tennessee will host Georgia Tech during the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons with the second game in Atlanta during the 2017-18 season. These programs have played since 1921 and annually between 1945 and 1968 with Georgia Tech a member of the Southeastern Conference between 1932 and 1964. Tennessee leading the all-time series 42-27. Georgia Tech won the last game in February 2004 77-62 in Knoxville.

  • Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro moves on

    February 10, 2016

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova University says athletic director Vince Nicastro has accepted a new position at the school and a search for a replacement is underway.Nicastro is becoming the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school. He'll continue in both roles until a successor is hired.

  • UCF AD hired for same post at Oregon State

    February 10, 2016

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Todd Stansbury, the athletic director at Central Florida for more than three years, was named athletic director at Oregon State on Thursday.Stansbury begins his new job in Corvallis, Oregon, on Aug. 1. He will be introduced at a news conference next week.

  • Gambler in Toledo sports bribery gets 70-month prison term

    February 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) A rogue Detroit gambler who bribed players to fix the results of University of Toledo games was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Tuesday for corrupting college sports and committing other crimes.U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said he would reluctantly accept a sweeping plea deal that capped Ghazi ''Gary'' Manni's prison sentence at 70 months.

  • Texas to review all academic support services for athletes

    February 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In the wake of allegations of misconduct within the men's basketball program, new University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered a sweeping review all of academic services in the athletic department.''Academic integrity is the core of everything we do,'' Fenves said Tuesday.

  • Texas announces independent review of basketball academics

    February 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas has hired an outside investigator for an independent probe into allegations of academic fraud within the men's basketball program.School spokesman Gary Susswein said late Monday the investigation will be overseen by Gene Marsh, a former chairman of the NCAA infractions committee, who has already begun his work.

  • Minnesota's Jarvis Johnson declared medically unable to play

    February 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) One of Minnesota's top incoming freshmen has been denied medical clearance to play for the men's basketball team.The university announced Monday that point guard Jarvis Johnson, who has a heart condition, will remain on scholarship and with the program. The Minneapolis native, however, won't be able to take the court with the rest of the Gophers this season, according to a joint statement from Johnson, his family and the athletic department.

  • Kansas announces roster to represent US at world tournament

    February 10, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has announced the 12-man roster it will use to represent the United States at the World University Games next month in South Korea.The school, chosen to serve as the national team, will field virtually its entire roster for next season. The only players unable to compete are those born outside the U.S., such as Ukrainian guard Svi Mykhailiuk and Cheick Diallo, an incoming freshman from Mali.

  • Eric Musselman on frenetic pace since taking over at Nevada

    February 10, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Eric Musselman watched and learned as his father, Bill, coached nearly every level of basketball imaginable. He's been a coach at the highest levels of the sport, too, including stints as the head man for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.

  • Last NCAA independent hoops school, NJIT, joins Atlantic Sun

    February 10, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) NCAA men's and women's basketball no longer has any independent institutions now that the New Jersey Institute of Technology agreed Friday to join the Atlantic Sun Conference.The lone independent among 351 Division I basketball schools over the past two years will be part of the conference in all sports beginning in the fall.

  • Wolfpack's Freeman has surgery for broken right leg

    February 10, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State forward Lennard Freeman is recovering from surgery to repair a broken right leg.The school says the rising junior had a fracture in the lower part of his leg last week. He will need three to four months to recover before he can resume full basketball activities under the supervision of team medical staff and trainers.

  • NJIT to join Atlantic Sun

    February 10, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Institute of Technology will host a news conference on Friday to announce the Highlanders, Division I's only independent program, will joining the Atlantic Sun Conference.NJIT has been the only NCAA Division I independent athletic program since 2013-14 when the Great West Conference disbanded.

  • Baylor basketball standout Gathers charged with shoplifting

    February 10, 2016

    WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor standout Rico Gathers has been charged with shoplifting about 0 worth of household items from a Wal-Mart in Waco, Texas.Gathers was freed Wednesday on ,000 bond.Waco police say a Wal-Mart employee on June 1 noticed a man with bedding and other items in a shopping cart who allegedly rolled out without paying. The worker recognized Gathers, who was an All-Big 12 power forward as a junior last season.

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa sues former basketball coach

    February 10, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii at Manoa is suing former basketball coach Gib Arnold, saying he deceived the school into believing his team complied with NCAA regulations.The lawsuit filed in state court in Honolulu on Wednesday accuses Arnold of fraud and negligence. The school is seeking unspecified damages.

  • Texas investigating allegations of academic misconduct

    February 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas says it has contacted the NCAA as the school investigates allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program.The school issued a statement Wednesday following a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education that mentioned potential allegations from the tenure of former coach Rick Barnes, who is now at Tennessee.

  • Indiana hires new strength coach for basketball program

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University has hired Lyonel Anderson as its head strength and conditioning coach for basketball.Coach Tom Crean made the announcement on Wednesday.Anderson joins the program after working as associate director of sports performance for football at the University of Houston. He has helped train more than 40 professional athletes.

  • Former Indiana forward Mosquera-Perea transferring to ETSU

    February 10, 2016

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Former Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is transferring to East Tennessee State.ETSU issued a release Tuesday announcing the addition of Mosquera-Perea. The 6-foot-9 forward from Colombia must sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • Clarification: NCAA-Rules Changes story

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) In a story June 9, The Associated Press reported on a series of changes coming next season to men's and women's college basketball. The story referred to the 10-second limit for women's teams to advance the ball to the frontcourt, but it should have explained that the limit is not reset if the ball is deflected out of bounds by the defense, there is a held ball and the possession arrow favors the offensive team, or a technical foul is called on the offensive team while the ball is in its backcourt. The story also should have specified that post defenders, not all players, will be allowed to use hand-checks when an offensive player is in the lane and has her back to the basket.

  • Curry's popularity prompts Davidson SID to change number

    February 10, 2016

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry is one of the most popular players in the NBA.You don't have to remind Davidson College sports information director Joey Beeler, who has been forced to change his office phone number after being besieged in recent weeks by calls from young children wanting to meet the NBA's Most Valuable Player and his daughter Riley.

  • Son of Danny Ainge to play basketball at Utah State

    February 10, 2016

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) The son of Boston Celtics executive and former BYU star Danny Ainge has committed to play at Utah State.Coach Tim Duryea said Tuesday that Utah State has signed Crew Ainge to its 2015-16 basketball class.The 5-foot-11 Ainge played point guard at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. He will not play this season due to an LDS Church mission, but is scheduled to return for the 2017-18 season. Ainge is planning to go through the Utah State summer program with the team before leaving for his mission in August.

  • Walk-on guard Braxton Bonds granted release, leaving Vols

    February 10, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Walk-on point guard Braxton Bonds has been granted his release by Tennessee and is leaving the Volunteers' program.Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed Tuesday that Bonds had been given his release. The news was first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

  • Louisville extends Rick Pitino's contract to 2025-26 season

    February 10, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has extended coach Rick Pitino's contract four years through the 2025-26 season with his base salary increasing from .48 million next season to .093 million annually after that.Pitino will also earn a .5 million retention bonus to be paid incrementally every three years, starting with 0,000 in July 1, 2017, and increasing to .25 million. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee had seven years remaining on his current contract.

  • New Iowa State coach Steve Prohm embraces high expectations

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) No pressure, coach!Steve Prohm was introduced as the new coach at Iowa State on Tuesday, taking over a man so beloved in Ames that he was nicknamed ''The Mayor.'' And the roster that Fred Hoiberg left behind before bolting for the Chicago Bulls?

  • NCAA approves 30-second shot clock in men's basketball

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) College basketball is undergoing a major overhaul next season.Men's teams will use a faster shot clock - 30 seconds instead of 35 seconds - and have fewer timeouts, while women's teams will play four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves.

  • Mississippi's Moody sidelined with leg injury

    February 10, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi guard Stefan Moody is expected to be sidelined for at least two months because of a stress fracture in his lower left leg.The school released a statement on Monday saying that Moody's injury was discovered last week and he has already had surgery. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks while he recovers.

  • Iowa State hires Steve Prohm as Hoiberg's replacement

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has hired Murray State's Steve Prohm as its men's basketball coach.Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard confirmed Monday that Prohm will replace Fred Hoiberg, who left last week after five seasons to take over the Chicago Bulls.

  • C-USA freshman of year Dorn chooses to transfer to NC State

    February 10, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Conference USA freshman of the year Torin Dorn hopes to be another transfer success story for North Carolina State.Dorn spent last season at Charlotte and was the 49ers' leading scorer, but decided to transfer after a coaching change.

  • Jordan leaves St. John's to pursue pro opportunities

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's guard Rysheed Jordan has left school to pursue professional opportunities.The 6-foot-4 Jordan averaged 14.1 points in 31 games last season, his second with the Red Storm.''Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine,'' Jordan said Friday. ''I believe I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career and plan to work hard to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA.''

  • St. John's guard Jordan entering NBA draft

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) St. John's guard Rysheed Jordan is entering the NBA draft.The 6-foot-4 Jordan averaged 14.1 points in 31 games last season, his second with the Red Storm.''Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine,'' Jordan said Friday. ''I believe I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career and plan to work hard to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA.''

  • Mark Cuban's gift to provide Hoosiers with new video center

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) As Mark Cuban looked for ways to help the Dallas Mavericks gain a competitive advantage in the NBA, the Indiana University graduate thought his alma mater should get in on the ground floor.On Friday, the school announced that Cuban had made a million donation for a state-of-the-art technology center that will benefit students, fans and, of course, his beloved Hoosiers.

  • Facing 5 NCAA charges, UNC plans response in academic case

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina and the NCAA appear to agree on at least one thing: The school has corrected problems that led to its long-running academic fraud scandal through numerous reforms and personnel changes.What the two sides don't agree on is what rule violations were committed.

  • Hoiberg praises Otzelberger in last Iowa State presser

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg on Friday dismissed the idea that he recently rehired top assistant T.J. Otzelberger to be his eventual successor.But Hoiberg thinks Otzelberger will make a great coach someday.Whether that opportunity comes with the Cyclones next season should be known soon.

  • Washington adds top recruit Noah Dickerson

    February 10, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington got a major boost for its front court by landing former Florida signee Noah Dickerson.The Huskies announced the addition of Dickerson on Friday. Dickerson becomes the seventh freshman to sign with the Huskies for the 2015-16 season. The Huskies are also adding junior college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe, who must sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • 'Bevo' Francis, scored 113 points in college game, dies

    February 10, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Ohio (AP) Clarence ''Bevo'' Francis, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game and was one of college basketball's great scorers, has died. He was 82.He died Wednesday at his southern Ohio home, Roberts Funeral Home said. Rio Grande said he died after a long illness.

  • ISU looking for "return on investment" with new hoops coach

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State President Steven Leath said Thursday he is ''open minded'' about how much the university is willing to pay its next basketball coach.The Cyclones largesse will apparently have its limits.Leath spoke to reporters for the first time since Fred Hoiberg left to take over the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Leath said he intends to be interview all the finalists identified by athletic director Jamie Pollard and weigh in with his opinion before Pollard makes the final decision.

  • Washington hires former player Will Conroy as assistant

    February 10, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has dipped into the pool of former players and hired Will Conroy as his new assistant basketball coach.Washington announced the hiring Thursday. Conroy, a Seattle native, played at Washington from 2001-05. He initially joined the program as a walk-on but went on to have a stellar career, finishing as the school's all-time leader in assists with 515. Conroy was the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500-assist mark.

  • Pepperdine hoops coach Marty Wilson signs contract extension

    February 10, 2016

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson has signed a five-year contract extension that will take him through the 2020-21 season.The Waves were 18-14 overall last season, finishing fourth in the West Coast Conference with a 10-8 record. They played in the CBI tournament, their first postseason appearance since 2002.

  • Iowa St looking for "return on investment" with new coach

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State President Steven Leath says he's ''open minded'' about how much the university is willing to pay its next basketball coach, adding that the school is looking for a return on its investment.Leath spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since Fred Hoiberg left to take over the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Leath says he intends to interview all the finalists identified by athletic director Jamie Pollard and weigh in with his opinion before Pollard makes the final decision.

  • 'Bevo' Francis, who scored 113 points in college game, dies

    February 10, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Ohio (AP) A man who scored a record-setting 113 points in an NCAA basketball game in 1954 and put his small Ohio college on the sports map has died. Clarence ''Bevo'' Francis was 82.William Roberts of Roberts Funeral Home says Francis died Wednesday at his southern Ohio home.

  • Calipari retools Kentucky roster 7 players bolted for NBA

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his overhauled roster can do something ''crazy'' like last season's one-loss squad - once they finally get together.The new Wildcats have a tough act to follow after last year's group went 38-1 before a Final Four loss to Wisconsin that derailed unbeaten championship hopes. Calipari concedes he never thought that talented team would ever lose and still laments the what-ifs of the 71-64 loss.

  • NCAA hits UNC with 5 violations in wake of academic scandal

    February 10, 2016

    North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal now includes five NCAA charges, including a lack of institutional control for poor oversight of an academic department popular with athletes and the counselors who advised them.The school released a 59-page notice of allegations Thursday from the NCAA, which uses the document to specify violations uncovered during an investigation. The charges were more broad-based than focused on individual sports, with the NCAA regarding academic irregularities in the formerly named African and Afro-American (AFAM) Studies department as potential improper benefits by saying athletes received access to courses and other assistance generally unavailable to non-athletes.

  • White transferring from Arkansas-Little Rock to Georgia Tech

    February 10, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Forward James White, who led Arkansas-Little Rock in rebounds last season, is transferring to Georgia Tech to play his final season.Coach Brian Gregory says White has signed grant-in-aid papers to make the transfer official.The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Howard averaged a team-high 6.6 rebounds and was second with his average of 11.9 points in 14 games last season. His season was cut short by a stress fracture in his tibia. He has started 42 games over the past two seasons.

  • Louisville 7-footer Mahmoud out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

    February 10, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville sophomore 7-footer Anas Mahmoud is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks after tearing the medial meniscus in his left knee.The forward/center from Egypt will have surgery Thursday morning at Jewish Hospital East to repair the injury sustained when he twisted the knee while playing basketball. A school release on Wednesday said Mahmoud should be able to play with the Cardinals during their tour in Puerto Rico Aug. 10-17.

  • Guard Shaqquan Aaron transfers to USC

    February 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Guard Shaqquan Aaron has transferred to Southern California from Louisville and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2016-17 season.Aaron played in 23 games for the Cardinals last season, making two starts, and averaged 1.3 points and 7.2 minutes. At Rainier Beach High in Seattle, the 6-foot-7 Aaron averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in leading his team to the Class 3A title for the second straight year.

  • New Utah State AD sets sights on Mountain West championships

    February 10, 2016

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) Newly hired Utah State athletic director John Hartwell said the Aggies will win multiple Mountain West championships in multiple sports.Hartwell was introduced as the new head of athletics at the Wayne Estes Center on Wednesday and didn't hesitate to set high expectations for on-field performance and growth throughout the department. Utah State joined the reorganized Mountain West in 2013 and has yet to earn a league trophy in any sport. Hartwell promised that will change.

  • Tennessee reports secondary violation from Tyndall's tenure

    February 10, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has reported to the NCAA a secondary violation that occurred during the one-year tenure of fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall.According to documents obtained in a public records request, Tyndall's staff had two phone calls with a potential student-athlete without receiving permission to contact him. The student-athlete in question already had been released from his letter of intent to another school. The coaches involved received education on the NCAA rules relevant to this case.

  • Michigan grad decides to finish career at Indiana

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Forward Max Bielfeldt will finish his college basketball career at Indiana after recently graduating from Michigan.The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Illinois native made the announcement Tuesday night on his Twitter account.Last season, the undersized Hoosiers lacked depth inside. Adding Bielfeldt should give Indiana more size and more experience on a front line that took another hit in May when starting forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was booted off the team for what coach Tom Crean described as not meeting their ''responsibilities to the program.''

  • Utah State hires John Hartwell as next athletic director

    February 10, 2016

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) John Hartwell has been hired as the next athletic director at Utah State, President Stan Albrecht announced Tuesday.The former Troy athletic director replaces Scott Barnes, who took the same position at Pittsburgh.Hartwell spent three years at Troy, where he guided major upgrades to several athletic facilities. Three of his hires were named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year in 2014-15 as the women's golf team and men's tennis team won conference titles. He also negotiated a new deal with Adidas to outfit the school's teams.

  • Kansas lands touted swingman Lagerald Vick for 2015 class

    February 10, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Prized prospect Lagerald Vick, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, has reclassified for the 2015 class and signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play basketball for Kansas.Vick was originally planning to attend prep school for a year, but he managed to complete all the academic requirements necessary to be part of this year's recruiting class. He signed his agreement Tuesday.

  • Chicago Bulls introduce Fred Hoiberg as new coach

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls made it official Tuesday, hiring Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to replace Tom Thibodeau.Hoiberg was long rumored as the replacement for Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons.Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. He had open-heart surgery in April.

  • UConn officially adds 3 to basketball roster

    February 10, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has officially added three off-season acquisitions to its men's basketball team.Guard Sterling Gibbs and forward Shonn Miller have joined the Huskies for a final year of eligibility after graduating from Seton Hall and Cornell.

  • So long, Mayor: Hoiberg leaves Iowa State stocked for future

    February 10, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's beloved ''Mayor'' is gone, lured to the riches and challenges of the NBA.At least Fred Hoiberg left his alma mater stocked with talent.The 42-year-old Hoiberg grew up in Ames, served as a ball boy for the Cyclones and later starred for legendary coach Johnny Orr. As a coach, he brought back the ''Hilton Magic'' to a success-starved fan base.

  • AP Source: Bulls plan to introduce Hoiberg as coach

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

  • Mihalich signs extension at Hofstra

    February 10, 2016

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Joe Mihalich, who has overseen a two-year turnaround of the basketball program at Hofstra, has signed a contract extension.Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway announced the extension Monday. No other details were given.Mihalich inherited a program that won seven games the previous season and the Pride won 10 games the first season and were 20-14 last season, losing to William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinals. They lost to Vermont in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.

  • Iowa St coach Fred Hoiberg visits Chicago about Bulls job

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg boarded a flight to Chicago on Monday to meet with the Bulls about their coaching vacancy, and the NBA team then said it would have a major announcement on Tuesday.Hours before the Bulls sent out their release, Hoiberg told reporters at the airport in Ames, Iowa, that he had meetings set for Monday night but no deal had been finalized.

  • Kansas lands touted Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby

    February 10, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has landed Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby, a highly touted center who will redshirt next season and have two years of eligibility remaining.The Jayhawks will lose a trio of forwards in Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and Hunter Mickelson after next season. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Coleby should be able to help replenish the front court after playing in all 34 games for the Rebels last season.

  • Big-name coaches nonplussed by shorter shot clock

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) John Calipari bluntly downplayed the effect a shorter shot clock might have on college basketball.''Thirty seconds is not going to have an impact on the game,'' the Kentucky coach said.Roy Williams echoed that sentiment, if a bit less forcefully, and John Beilein figures the adjustment should be easy enough.

  • Northwestern lands Va. Tech transfer van Zegeren

    February 10, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern has signed Virginia Tech transfer Joey van Zegeren.A 6-foot-10 forward and native of The Netherlands, he left the Hokies in January after being suspended indefinitely by coach Buzz Williams for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

  • Former Drake head coach Phelps hired as assistant at Arizona

    February 10, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Former Drake head coach Mark Phelps has been hired as an assistant on Sean Miller's staff at Arizona.Phelps takes the spot vacated when Damon Stoudamire left to take an assistant coaching job at Memphis.Phelps was head coach at Drake from 2009 to 2013. He was an assistant at Missouri in 2013-14 and an assistant at Marquette last season.

  • UNC's Roy Williams says he hasn't seen NCAA allegations

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams says he hasn't seen what's in the notice of allegations from the NCAA in connection with the school's academic fraud scandal.The school said May 22 it had received the notice of allegations and would release it publicly after redactions to comply with privacy laws. Williams says he believes the release will occur soon.

  • Miles' new deal has bonuses for Big Ten title, NCAA berth

    February 10, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles' new contract also has changes in how he earns certain bonuses.The athletic department released the contract to reporters on Monday. It was previously announced that the contract would extend through the 2019-20 season and that Miles would be paid just over million this year.

  • John Petersen, former CEO for whom Pitt arena is named, dies

    February 10, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) John Petersen, a retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife, has died. He was 86.Petersen died Saturday after battling cancer, university officials and his family said. He and his wife, Gertrude, were living with their daughter in Savannah, Georgia, at the time.

  • Arkansas State's Livingston charged with punching officer

    February 10, 2016

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) An Arkansas State basketball player is charged with punching a police officer in the throat at a medical facility.Police say Anthony Livingston, 22, hit Jonesboro Officer Tyler Wilson on Thursday after Wilson threatened to shoot him with a stun gun because Livingston was being combative and resisting arrest. It wasn't clear why Livingston was at the medical facility.

  • Michigan signs 6-foot-10 German to letter of intent

    February 10, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan basketball has signed 6-foot-10 German forward Moritz Wagner to a letter of intent.The team said Friday that Wagner will join the Wolverines for the 2015-16 academic year.Michigan coach John Beilein says Wagner has a great understanding of the game and has played against opponents significantly older than he is. Wagner just turned 18.

  • Statement from NAFCED on 2016 NCAA eligibility standards

    February 10, 2016

    Statement from the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development given to The Associated Press:The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development (NAFCED) is concerned about the potential unintended consequences of the new NCAA 2016 Initial Eligibility standards, which are likely to have a severely disproportionate impact on underprivileged student athletes and prospects.

  • APNewsBreak: Coaches blast new NCAA eligibility standards

    February 10, 2016

    A new organization of minority coaches on Friday sharply criticized NCAA eligibility standards set to take effect next year for incoming freshmen, saying they will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college.The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, a group led by Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, Georgetown coach John Thompson III and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, issued a statement to The Associated Press said the standards disproportionately target minority and less affluent students in ''an unintended consequence beyond acceptability.''

  • ODU men's coach Jeff Jones to have prostate cancer surgery

    February 10, 2016

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Old Dominion men's basketball coach Jeff Jones has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Monday.Jones says in a release from the school that a check-up in late 2014 revealed that he had an elevated PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level. He says he had follow-up tests during the season and a biopsy in April confirmed the cancer.

  • Padres' home field to host college hoops game in December

    February 10, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Play ball! Uh, basketball that is.San Diego State and the University of San Diego are scheduled to play a basketball game on the San Diego Padres' home field on Dec. 5, the first time the major league park has hosted hoops.The Padres and the schools don't think they're tempting fate by taking the game outdoors, and think the game will fare better than SDSU's loss to Syracuse on the USS Midway in November 2012. That game, on the decommissioned flat top's flight deck, was delayed two days by rain. Once it was played, it was windy and the bright sun affected the players.

  • College basketball player drowns in Indiana reservoir

    February 10, 2016

    CICERO, Ind. (AP) A University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned after he fell into an Indiana reservoir without a lifejacket, investigators said Friday.A dive team found the body of 22-year-old senior Dai-Jon Parker around 6 p.m. Thursday at the bottom of Morse Reservoir, north of Indianapolis, according to Sgt. Blaine R. Gillan of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The agency confirmed Parker's identity on Friday.

  • Big 12 future sites familiar for basketball, baseball

    February 10, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Big 12 is keeping its men's basketball tournament in Kansas City through at least 2020, and the conference plans play the baseball and for women's basketball tournaments in Oklahoma City for multiple years.Kansas City has annually hosted men's basketball since 2010, and was already set for 2016 before the new multiyear agreement Thursday through 2020. The tournament was a sellout in each of the past two seasons, averaging more than 18,000 fans a game there.

  • SEC increases permanent home-and-home rivals in basketball

    February 10, 2016

    Kentucky will play Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt twice a season every season in the Southeastern Conference's new basketball schedule format that increases the number of permanent home-and-home opponents from one to three.The SEC announced the tweak to its scheduling Thursday.

  • Marquette freshman Cheatham won't wear retired number

    February 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski says an internal miscommunication led to the initial assignment of a retired number to an incoming freshman.Haanif Cheatham will wear No. 25 instead of No. 24, which has been retired in honor of George Thompson, the school's career scoring leader at 20.4 points. Thompson played from 1966-69.

  • Monasch resigns as St. John's athletic director

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Monasch has resigned after 10 years as St. John's athletic director.The school made the announcement Thursday, saying the resignation is effective June 30 and Monasch is leaving his alma mater to ''pursue new leadership opportunities.'''

  • SEC continues to raise basketball profile with new coaches

    February 10, 2016

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) When Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings first stepped into the meeting room this week in Destin, he immediately noticed four new faces.And one familiar one missing.With longtime Florida coach Billy Donovan leaving college for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, Stallings has become the dean of Southeastern Conference basketball coaches.

  • Byers, NCAA's 1st executive director, dies at 93

    February 10, 2016

    Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died. He was 93.Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kansas, when a urinary tract infection spread into his bloodstream, son Fritz said Wednesday.

  • Majerle, Stankiewicz get 4-year extensions at Grand Canyon

    February 10, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Grand Canyon has signed men's basketball coach Dan Majerle and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz to four-year contract extensions through 2019.The university also announced a five-year apparel deal with Nike on Wednesday.Terms of the deals were not released, but Grand Canyon said in a release that Majerle and Stankiewicz will be the highest-paid coaches in the Western Athletic Conference in their respective sports.

  • Nebraska coach Miles' pay hits million after down season

    February 10, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Tim Miles has received a 21-percent raise that makes him the first Nebraska basketball coach to be paid million a year.The school released Miles' new salary on Wednesday, a day after he received a one-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. Miles was paid .65 million in 2013-14.

  • Fireman, Self, Smith to receive Hall of Fame award

    February 10, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman, Kansas coach Bill Self and former NBA veteran Steve Smith have been named winners of the 2015 Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award.The winners will be recognized on Sept. 10 at the Reunion Dinner on the Hall of Fame's Center Court during Enshrinement Weekend.

  • Nebraska's Miles receives contract extension through 2019-20

    February 10, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles has had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season.Athletic department spokesman Shamus McKnight confirmed the extension Tuesday. McKnight did not have information on if any financial terms changed.

  • Northwestern, Collins agree to extension

    February 10, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Northwestern has agreed to a contract extension with men's basketball coach Chris Collins.The school did not provide any details while announcing the move on Tuesday.Collins, who replaced Bill Carmody, is 29-36 in two seasons. Northwestern went 14-19 his first year and 15-17 last season.

  • UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les signs extension

    February 10, 2016

    DAVIS, Calif. (AP) UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.The school announced the deal Friday.Les led the Aggies to the Big West regular-season title and a spot in the National Invitation Tournament last season. They were 14-2 in the Big West and 25-7 overall, a year after going 9-22. The turnaround was the biggest in NCAA Division I last season.

  • Hurricanes' Caputo promoted to associate head coach

    February 10, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo has been promoted to associate head coach.Coach Jim Larranaga announced the promotion Friday. It follows the departure this week of assistant Eric Konkol, who was hired as Louisiana Tech's coach.

  • UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

    February 10, 2016

    North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal.In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the ''lengthy'' notice and will release it publicly ''as soon as possible'' after redactions to comply with privacy laws.

  • Longtime Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp dead at 69

    February 10, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.

  • SMU guard Moore to join Kansas for World University Games

    February 10, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) SMU guard Nic Moore will join the Kansas basketball program to represent the U.S. as the World University Games in South Korea later this summer.The Jayhawks are unable to include Svi Mykhailiuk on their roster because he is from Ukraine, and fellow guard Brannen Greene recently had hip surgery. So with a depleted backcourt, coach Bill Self reached out to his former mentor Larry Brown for help.

  • Kentucky's Calipari signs 1-year contract extension to 2022

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 that will pay him a total of million.The contract was signed on May 13 and a copy was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through an open records request. It replaces the .5 million, seven-year agreement he signed last June.

  • Wake Forest reinstates G Jones from offseason suspension

    February 10, 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has reinstated Madison Jones from an offseason suspension from all basketball-related activities.Coach Danny Manning suspended the rising senior in March. He didn't specify a reason then, saying that Jones ''needs to make better decisions and earn his way back.''

  • Wisconsin's Alvarez: Abolish so-called 20-hour rule

    February 10, 2016

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said it's time to abolish the so-called 20-hour rule designed to limit how much time students spend on athletics instead of academics per week.Alvarez acknowledged athletes need time off. But the rule in place is not the way to go about it.

  • Duke, Kentucky basketball teams earn top marks in classroom

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) National champion Duke and perennial powerhouse Kentucky topped the list of men's basketball teams singled out by the NCAA for academic achievement Wednesday.Public recognition awards are earned by finishing in the top 10 percent of a sport based on Academic Progress Rate scores. Any school with a perfect score of 1,000 also is recognized.

  • Indiana Mr. Basketball Swanigan commits to Purdue

    February 10, 2016

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Caleb Swanigan of Fort Wayne, the reigning Indiana Mr. Basketball, plans to play for Purdue next season.Swanigan's guardian, Roosevelt Barnes, tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1S80sY7 ) the 6-foot-9 Swanigan chose Purdue because he wants to win a national championship in Indiana at a school that hasn't done it before.

  • Calipari: 'Not interested' in vacant Pelicans coaching job

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says he's not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching job and is happy at Kentucky.The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team's NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis.

  • Former NBA player Julius Hodge joins Buffalo staff

    February 10, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) From NBA first-round draft pick to playing in Vietnam and many points in between, Julius Hodge is prepared to start his post-professional basketball career at the University at Buffalo.Hodge on Monday was named the Bulls director of player development under new coach Nate Oats.

  • Louisiana Tech basketball names Konkol as new coach

    February 10, 2016

    RUSTON, La. (AP) Louisiana Tech has hired Miami assistant Eric Konkol as the Bulldogs' new men's basketball coach.Konkol, whose appointment was announced Monday, takes over for Michael White, who was hired by Florida earlier this month.Louisiana Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland says Konkol ''has a national reputation as a great recruiter'' and is a rising star in coaching.

  • Former University of San Francisco president dies at 90

    February 10, 2016

    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.Lo Schiavo died in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, said University of San Francisco spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine Tasto.

  • Albany a victory away from its first Final Four

    February 10, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany lacrosse coach Scott Marr is on the cusp of reaching a lifelong goal - championship weekend.All that stands in the way of his high-scoring Great Danes (16-2) making lacrosse's final four is top-seeded Notre Dame (11-2). The teams meet Saturday in Denver in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, a reprise of a scintillating quarterfinal matchup a year ago won by the Irish in overtime.

  • NCAA committee calls for switch to 30-second shot clock

    February 10, 2016

    The NCAA made a series of changes to men's college basketball two seasons ago in an attempt to boost scoring and reduce physical play under the basket.Those changes barely moved the needle, so now the NCAA is taking more drastic steps.The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds on Friday, the biggest step in a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring two of the past three seasons.

  • NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposes reducing shot clock to 30 seconds

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) NCAA men's basketball rules committee proposes reducing shot clock to 30 seconds.

  • Indiana dismisses Davis, Mosquera-Pera after pot incident

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana dismissed sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea on Thursday, cutting two of the players whose off-court problems have led to a series of embarrassing headlines for the storied program.The school said the two were dismissed ''effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program.''

  • Kentucky's visit to Kansas highlights Big 12-SEC Challenge

    February 10, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Kentucky's visit to Kansas highlights the first Big 12-SEC Challenge to be held while both conferences are in the middle of their league schedules.The two winningest programs in college basketball will meet for the second straight season on Jan. 30, when all 10 of the matchups will be held. The Wildcats lead the series 22-6 and have won the past three meetings, including the NCAA title game in 2012. But the Jayhawks have beaten Kentucky three straight times at home.

  • Clemson men's basketball team signs Robert Morris G Reed

    February 10, 2016

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Marcquise Reed, who helped Robert Morris to the NCAA Tournament last season, has transferred to Clemson.Clemson announced the move Wednesday.Reed averaged 15.1 points in his freshman season with the Colonials, who won the Northeast Conference this past March. Reed scored 19 points as Robert Morris won its opening NCAA game. He had 22 points in a loss to eventual champion Duke.

  • Maryland-UNC headlines ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups

    February 10, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Maryland will visit an old Atlantic Coast Conference rival in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.The made-for-TV event's 14 matchups were announced Wednesday.The Terrapins - who recently completed their first season in the Big Ten after leaving the ACC - will visit North Carolina in a matchup of teams that figure to enter the season as favorites to win their leagues. Additionally, the Terps have added Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon to their roster.

  • NC State: Assistant coach Rob Moxley out of hospital

    February 10, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says assistant men's basketball coach Rob Moxley is out of the hospital and recovering at home from an unspecified medical issue.In a statement Wednesday, the school said Moxley was released from Rex Hospital on Monday evening after making ''significant progress'' in his recovery from an emergency medical condition.

  • Former UNC coach, assistant Bill Guthridge dies at 77

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The North Carolina basketball family has lost a second beloved coach in the last few months with the death of Bill Guthridge, Dean Smith's ''perfect sidekick.''Guthridge, who was Smith's longtime assistant and later succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, was 77. The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night.

  • AP source: Calipari, Kentucky negotiating contract extension

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A person close to the situation said that coach John Calipari and Kentucky are negotiating a one-year, million contract extension through 2022.The person said the deal could be completed by the end of the week. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the university has not publicly announced any contract negotiations with its sixth-year coach.

  • Charlotte F Willie Clayton transferring to Georgia State

    February 10, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Charlotte forward Willie Clayton is transferring to Georgia State to play his final college season.The 6-foot-7 Clayton started 22 games for the 49ers last season, averaging 7.3 points and ranking 13th in Conference USA in rebounding at 6.3 per game. He decided to finish his career closer to home, having played at Thomasville (Ga.) High School.

  • Virginia Tech's top scorer Smith heading to Georgia Tech

    February 10, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Adam Smith is returning home to play his final year at Georgia Tech after leading Virginia Tech in scoring last season.The 6-foot-1 guard was the top 3-point shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference (42.4 percent) and paced the Hokies with 13.4 points a game.

  • Indiana suspends Davis after marijuana possession citation

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana sophomore basketball player Devin Davis has been suspended from all team activities after being cited for marijuana possession.Additional action could be taken against Davis after a review, coach Tom Crean said Tuesday. He also said junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time but was not charged by the Indiana University police department. Crean said the school will review what role Mosquera-Perea played in the incident.

  • Smart says 'Havoc' style a way of life, not just a copyright

    February 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The University of Texas may have bowed out of the legal fight with Virginia Commonwealth over the copyright of ''Havoc.''Don't expect new Longhorns coach Shaka Smart to shy away from the coaching style that got him there.Smart on Monday called a recent copyright tussle between Texas and VCU ''comical.''

  • Mississippi adds Miami transfer Deandre Burnett, a 6-2 guard

    February 10, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi's basketball team has added Miami transfer guard Deandre Burnett.The school announced Burnett's signing on Monday. The 6-foot-2 guard must sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis to step down

    February 10, 2016

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has announced that he will step down on June 30.De Carolis released an open letter Monday announcing his decision.''There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after 17 years of a journey,'' De Carolis said. ''However, I believe we are in the best possible position in Oregon State University's history to have success on and off the field.''

  • White gets guidance from Donovan, embraces tough task

    February 10, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White is getting a few pointers about his new job.Not just anyone's two cents, either.White has spoken to former Florida coach Billy Donovan several times in the last few days about what to expect and who to lean on as he makes the most daunting coaching transition of his life.

  • Texas regents set to make Smart a nearly million coach

    February 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas System regents are set to approve new basketball coach Shaka Smart's nearly million contract, with most of that money guaranteed.The regents meet Wednesday and Thursday in Austin and released some of the financial details used to lure Smart away from Virginia Commonwealth last month.

  • Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon transferring to Maryland

    February 10, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will play his final season at Maryland.Coach Mark Turgeon announced the addition of Sulaimon to his roster on Monday. The guard from Houston said on Twitter that he is ''blessed and honored for the opportunity.''

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    February 10, 2016

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- BALTIMORE - Playing before home fans for the first time in two weeks, the Orioles hope a game at Camden Yards can serve as a pick-me-up for themselves and the beleaguered city. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

  • Former Alcorn coach Davey Whitney dies at 85

    February 10, 2016

    LORMAN, Miss. (AP) Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday. No cause of death was given.Whitney spent nearly three decades at Alcorn State over two stints from 1969 to 1989 and again from 1996 to 2003.

  • Canadian forward Kyle Alexander signs with Tennessee

    February 10, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has added Canadian forward Kyle Alexander to its recruiting class.The school announced Saturday that the 6-foot-10 Alexander had signed his letter of intent. He plans to enroll at Tennessee in June as a freshman.Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in a statement that Alexander has ''only been playing basketball for about 2 1/2 years, but it's clear the sky is the limit in terms of his potential.'' Alexander is a senior at Athlete Institute, a prep school in Orangeville, Ontario.

  • Albany's Lyle Thompson readies for final postseason run

    February 10, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Senior Lyle Thompson is at the point in his lacrosse career at Albany where his next game could be his last. The career scoring leader in Division I history isn't quite ready to hang up his stick and gloves.''I just want to prove to the lacrosse world that this team is a championship team. I truly believe that,'' Thompson said. ''We have a big upside this year. I really like our chances. I think we're going to be there on championship weekend.''

  • UNC adding ex-VCU recruit Williams, Maye to veteran squad

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has signed guard Kenny Williams and forward Luke Maye to play basketball next season.Williams, a 6-foot-4 guard from Midlothian, Virginia, was originally committed to VCU, but reopened his recruitment after coach Shaka Smart left for Texas. The late addition of the four-star recruit fills a big need with his outside shooting.

  • Syracuse stars Coleman, Devendorf and Jones to get degrees

    February 10, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman became the top pick in the NBA draft a quarter of a century ago, he didn't have enough credits to earn his degree.He does now.Former guards Eric Devendorf and Mookie Jones also will receive their degrees this weekend, as well as current players Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney. Senior Rakeem Christmas graduated a semester early in December.

  • Duke begins chase for three-peat in NCAA men's lacrosse

    February 10, 2016

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke followed one national championship in men's lacrosse by winning another.Now it's time for the Blue Devils to try to do it again. The two-time reigning champions will look to take their first step toward a three-peat.Duke midfielder Myles Jones says ''the formula's the same'' because the Blue Devils have the ''same plays, same coaches. Just different guys filling different roles.''

  • NC State: assistant coach Rob Moxley hospitalized

    February 10, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says assistant men's basketball coach Rob Moxley is hospitalized and recovering from an unspecified medical issue.In a statement Friday, the school didn't reveal the reason for Moxley's hospitalization Wednesday evening, citing privacy for the family. But it says Moxley is ''responsive, in stable condition and recovering.''

  • Cal introduces Michael Williams as new athletic director

    February 10, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The moments that made Michael Williams want to be California's athletic director were the ones he never expected.There was the time defensive lineman Austin Clark gave him ''the biggest, sweatiest, bloodiest, nastiest hug.'' Or when he ''ended up almost drowning'' in the pool after the women's swimming and diving team won the national championship. And then there was swimmer Missy Franklin, dripping wet, running over to embrace Williams anyway.

  • Wichita State lands Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady

    February 10, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State has filled a significant void in the post by signing Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady to a financial aid agreement for next season.Grady, who has already graduated, will be eligible to play his final season immediately. He averaged 14.3 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds last season.

  • UConn guard Terrence Samuel to transfer

    February 10, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn says point guard Terrence Samuel has been granted his release from the team and plans to transfer.Samuel averaged just more than 20 minutes a game backing up Ryan Boatright for the Huskies, who went 20-15 last season and lost in the first round of the NIT.

  • Cal to announce hiring of Williams as AD

    February 10, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California has decided to give interim athletic director Mike Williams the full-time job.The school said Thursday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will introduce Williams at a news conference on campus Friday.Williams took over from the departed Sandy Barbour last summer and originally said he was not a candidate for the job. That changed once he was in the position and proved himself to be a viable candidate.

  • Florida hires Louisiana Tech's White to replace Donovan

    February 10, 2016

    Florida believes it has another young, up-and-coming coach.The first one made basketball matter in Gainesville.This one has the tough task of following Billy Donovan.The Gators hired Louisiana Tech's Michael White on Thursday, a week after Donovan left to take the head coaching job with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • Clougherty retiring as ACC head of men's basketball referees

    February 10, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference says John Clougherty will retire as coordinator of men's basketball officials after the 2015-16 season.Clougherty has worked in this role with the ACC since June 2005, part of a long career that includes 30 years as an oncourt referee. His responsibilities with the league include evaluating and grading league officials.

  • Guard Nigel Williams-Goss transferring to Gonzaga

    February 10, 2016

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Former Washington starting point guard Nigel Williams-Goss will transfer to Gonzaga and be eligible for the 2016-17 season when the series between the Huskies and Bulldogs is scheduled to resume.Gonzaga announced Wednesday that Williams-Goss will enroll this summer and have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • New Jersey prep guard Malik Ellison signs with St. John's

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New Jersey high school guard Malik Ellison signed a national letter of intent with St. John's on Wednesday.The 6-foot-6 Ellison, the son of former Louisville and NBA player Pervis Ellison, averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior for Life Center Academy.

  • Nebraska guard Tarin Smith transferring to Duquesne

    February 10, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Nebraska guard Tarin Smith is transferring to Duquesne.Coach Jim Ferry announced Wednesday that Smith has signed a financial aid agreement and will be with the team this fall. Smith must sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Dukes.

  • Pitt guard Newkirk undergoes knee surgery

    February 10, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh sophomore guard Josh Newkirk underwent left knee surgery on Wednesday but should be ready in time for the 2015-16 season.Coach Jamie Dixon says the surgery repaired the lateral meniscus and a microfracture in the knee. Newkirk will need four to six months to recover, though Dixon said he believes Newkirk will be fine by the time practice starts in the fall.

  • Warrant issued for former Gophers basketball player McNeil

    February 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) An arrest warrant has been issued for former Minnesota basketball player Daquein McNeil after he failed to appear in court on assault charges.McNeil, a 21-year-old native of Baltimore, is accused of attacking and injuring his girlfriend last November. He failed to appear in Hennepin County court for a scheduled hearing last week, so the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

  • On web site, Kentucky coach Calipari says 'no' to platooning

    February 10, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky nearly made history last season with a two-platoon system. Now coach John Calipari says the strategy is history.Calipari said Tuesday on CoachCal.com that he was happy to make the strategy work but added that ''last season was an absolute outlier.'' Kentucky began 38-0 before its quest to become unbeaten national champions ended with a Final Four loss to Wisconsin.

  • NCAA's new head of officials ready to make tough calls

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) J.D. Collins has one goal as the NCAA's coordinator of men's basketball officials: Get it right.A few hours after Tuesday's announcement of his new job, Collins told The Associated Press he expects referees to enforce the rules correctly, consistently and efficiently - and that he plans to advocate for refs taking as much time as they need to review late-game replays.

  • Texas withdraws 'Havoc' basketball trademark applications

    February 10, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) While VCU lost its basketball coach to the University of Texas, its trademarked ''havoc'' label is staying in Virginia.Officials at Texas say they have withdrawn attempts to federally trademark ''HORNS HAVOC'' and ''HOUSE OF HAVOC.'' The attempts to trademark the phrases came after the Longhorns hired Shaka Smart as their men's basketball coach in early April.

  • Mississippi, coach Kennedy agree to extension through 2019

    February 10, 2016

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has agreed to a contract extension with men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy that will keep him at the school until 2019.The four-year deal, which was announced by the school on Tuesday, is the longest allowed by state law. The school says it includes a base salary of .925 million per season, as well as possible performance incentives.

  • Forward Willie Carmichael transferring from Tennessee

    February 10, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward Willie Carmichael is transferring from Tennessee.Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed Tuesday that Carmichael had filled out the necessary paperwork to transfer and had been granted a release. The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported Carmichael was planning to transfer.

  • UND releases list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames

    February 10, 2016

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) From ''Amber Waves'' to ''Zombies,'' the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday.

  • J.D. Collins is new NCAA coordinator of basketball officials

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) J.D. Collins, coordinator of officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League, was named the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating on Tuesday.J.D. Collins, who has two decades of experience in officiating, replaces the retired John Adams. As an official, Collins worked two Final Fours, a regional final and five regional semifinals, and he called games in seven conferences, including the ACC, Big East and Big Ten.

  • VCU F Mo Alie-Cox arrested for simple assault

    February 10, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a woman claimed he punched her in the face in a nightclub.According to the arrest warrant, the incident took place April 3, about two hours after Rams coach Shaka Smart told his team his was leaving to take the same job at Texas. Court records show the complaint was filed April 22, and Alie-Cox was served with the warrant last Thursday.

  • Cal signs another elite high school star in Jaylen Brown

    February 10, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California coach Cuonzo Martin has added another elite player with the signing of high school All-America small forward Jaylen Brown on Monday.Brown joins a recruiting class already featuring All-America forward Ivan Rabb from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High, a consensus top-10 prospect in the nation.

  • UNC: Pinson recovering from surgery on injured left foot

    February 10, 2016

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina freshman swingman Theo Pinson is recovering from foot surgery.Pinson had surgery on his left foot Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. He broke a bone in the foot in the Tar Heels' win at Wake Forest in January, sidelining him for 10 straight games and 14 of the last 19.

  • AP source: Cal to promote interim AD to full-time job

    February 10, 2016

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California will name interim athletic director Mike Williams to the full-time job.A person with knowledge of the plans said Monday that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to announce Williams' promotion later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.

  • Donovan says goodbye, Florida moves on with coaching search

    February 10, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's search to replace basketball coach Billy Donovan began weeks - really months- ago.The Gators have been collecting information on potential successors since at least February, probably even sooner.Although athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday he would sit down with his search team later in the day and discuss potential candidates, he made it clear that school officials have been planning for Donovan's departure for some time.

  • Little-used freshman center decides to transfer from Indiana

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Freshman Jeremiah April has decided to transfer from Indiana, coach Tom Crean said Friday.The 6-foot-11 center battled injuries all last season and played in only four games, averaging 1.5 points.Crean says April is looking for a school where he will get more playing time and that Indiana couldn't give that assurance.

  • Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard receives college degree

    February 10, 2016

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Gina Johnson was rooting hard for the Portland Trail Blazers to upset the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Damian Lillard is her son, so she didn't have much of a choice.Johnson, however, did have other thoughts.

  • K-State signs AD John Currie to extension through 2020

    February 10, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State athletic director John Currie signed a restructured contract Friday that includes an extension through the 2020 academic year and increases his base salary to 5,000 annually.The deal removes athletically related bonuses from his contract and turns the compensation into guaranteed salary. His previous agreement allowed him to earn up to 55 percent of his 5,000 salary in incentives up to a maximum of 6,250.

  • Mack Rhoades off and running at Missouri

    February 10, 2016

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Asked how to raise attendance at sporting events, new Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said simply, ''Win games.''''That's just human nature,'' Rhoades said. ''People want to be associated with a winning program. They want to be associated with the next great thing.''

  • Oklahoma City Thunder hire Florida's Billy Donovan as coach

    February 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their coach Thursday, hoping he will help the franchise win an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.''We warmly welcome Billy and his family to Oklahoma City,'' team chairman Clayton Bennett said. ''He is the perfect fit for our organization and for our community, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.''

  • Trail Blazers' Lillard to give graduation speech at Weber St

    February 10, 2016

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will deliver an address when he graduates from Weber State on Friday.Lillard will graduate with a degree in professional sales from the College of Applied Science & Technology. He will be one of two student speakers at the Dee Events Center at 8 a.m., the school said Thursday.

  • Florida's Billy Donovan hired to coach Oklahoma City Thunder

    February 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their new coach.The Thunder made the announcement Thursday.The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Gators in December that would have paid him an average salary of million through 2020.

  • VCU men's basketball coach Wade to earn million annually

    February 10, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Will Wade will be paid million per season as the men's basketball coach at VCU, and his five-year contract has bonus opportunities that could significantly boost his annual compensation.The 32-year-old Wade, hired earlier this month after Shaka Smart left for Texas, will draw a base salary of 0,000 and make 0,000 in supplemental compensation such as radio and television programs and participation in events affiliated with the university.

  • AP source: Thunder reach agreement to hire Florida's Donovan

    February 10, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is headed back to the NBA.This time, he's expected to stay more than a day.Donovan agreed Thursday to become the Oklahoma City Thunder's next coach, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has announced the agreement.

  • Alabama signs Memphis forward/guard transfer Nick King

    February 10, 2016

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Memphis transfer Nick King has signed to play for Alabama.New Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced the signing of the forward/guard on Wednesday, the second signee since his hiring in April.King will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Ex-Louisville basketball player cleared of rape charge

    February 10, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former University of Louisville star player Chris Jones is hoping to resurrect his basketball career after he was cleared of allegations that he sexually assaulted two women at a party near campus.A grand jury in Louisville declined Wednesday to indict the sharp-shooting guard on rape and sodomy charges stemming from the Feb. 22 incident. Two other men were also cleared of those allegations by a grand jury.

  • Chris Mullin completes 1st month as coach at St. John's

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin was headed to lunch, walking along the main street that borders the St. John's campus.''I'm walking over here and my wife called and said, `What are you doing?' I said, `I'm walking down Union Turnpike going to lunch.' It's kind of strange really,'' Mullin said laughing Wednesday of his 30-year flashback to when he was the basketball star of stars at the New York City school.

  • AP Source: Thunder, Donovan in talks about coaching vacancy

    February 10, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is entertaining a move to the NBA again.This time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person familiar with the search said.Eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, he appears poised to make the jump and not look back this time.

  • Valparaiso streaks past Trinity International, 79-54

    December 10, 2014

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Tevonn Walker came off the Valparaiso bench to score 15 points and spark the Crusaders to a 79-54 win over NAIA Trinity International Wednesday night.Walker scored seven points in the final seven minutes of the first half to fuel a 16-5 run to send Valparaiso (9-2) into the locker room with a 42-24 lead.

  • Greene has 19; No. 10 Kansas tops Georgetown 75-70

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Brannen Greene went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night as No. 10 Kansas made a basketball statement with a 75-70 win over Georgetown, even as Hoyas players were making a societal statement by wearing ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' T-shirts for the national anthem.

  • Campbell tops Delaware State in 70-55 win

    December 10, 2014

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - D.J. Mason scored 15 points and Kyre' Hamer added 12 more to lead Campbell to its second straight win of the season with a 70-55 victory over Delaware State on Wednesday night.Campbell (3-5) took control midway through the first half with a 24-2 breakaway run that included 3-pointers from Hamer, Luke Moyer, Curtis Phillips, Nehemiah Mabson and Andrew Ryan to build a 35-13 lead with 3:32 left before the break.

  • No. 19 Maryland cruises past NC Central 67-56

    December 10, 2014

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland played so well in the first half, it didn't really matter what happened over the final 20 minutes against North Carolina Central.Richaud Pack scored 17 points, Jake Layman added 15 and the 19th-ranked Terrapins cruised to a 67-56 victory Wednesday night.

  • Georgetown players wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Georgetown basketball team is the latest to stage an ''I Can't Breathe'' protest.The entire roster emerged for the final warmups wearing black short-sleeve T-shirts with the words ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' in white before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.

  • NJIT on hoops map, energized after Michigan win

    December 10, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The days of just family and friends attending New Jersey Institute of Technology basketball games are over, at least for now.And the timing for the Highlanders to become one of the hottest names in college hoops couldn't be better for the school as it fights to find a conference.