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Duke's Williamson wins AP men's college player of the year

Apr. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season. The soaring dunks. The open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow. Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe in a...

AP Analysis: Success in March tied to NBA-caliber talent

Apr. 3, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

In the 30 seasons since the NCAA Tournament started morphing into "March Madness," 120 teams have traveled the road to the Final Four. That's 120 unique formulas that have worked to make it onto college basketball's biggest stage. For all the debate about what counts more toward building a championship program...

Duke freshmen Williamson, Barrett top AP All-America team

Apr. 2, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

The season did not end as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to The Associated...

Final Four features 3 first-time coaches and Izzo in his 8th

Apr. 1, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final Four coaches all will...

NCAA Latest: Michigan St upsets Duke 68-67, off to Final 4

Mar. 31, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 7:10 p.m. Michigan State upset Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke 68-67 in the East Region final. The victory sends the No. 2 seed Spartans coach Tom Izzo to his eighth Final Four. Michigan State's most recent trip was in 2015,...

NCAA Latest: Washington makes tournament debut for Kentucky

Mar. 29, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 10:30 p.m. The question about PJ Washington has been answered. Yes, the star forward is playing for Kentucky against Houston in the Midwest Region semifinals. Washington checked into the game at the first media timeout and scored the first...

TIPPING OFF: Zion back for Duke rematch with Virginia Tech

Mar. 29, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

Zion Williamson is back for a rematch in the Sweet 16 against one of the four teams the Blue Devils lost to this year. Duke gets Virginia Tech on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament, a team that beat the Blue Devils in February. That game was played without Duke's flying freshman, and R.J. Barrett played sick....

Duke, Michigan State, relative newcomers left in East Region

Mar. 28, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion Williamson went to Duke for its winning history. Kerry Blackshear went to Virginia Tech to create one. Tom Izzo feels the need to explain why Michigan State hadn't been in the Sweet 16 in four years. Tony Benford is excited LSU is back for the first time in 13 years. The teams left...

Get ready for a Sweet 16 filled with favorites

Mar. 27, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

Last year's NCAA Tournament was an epic ride for the underdogs, from UMBC's historic takedown of No. 1 Virginia to Loyola-Chicago's march to the Final Four. This year, Cinderella stayed home to get some beauty sleep. Top seeds and power programs only, please. The top three seeds are still alive in each of the...

Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Dawkins game-winner rolls out

Mar. 25, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The coach's son was having the game of his life in the biggest game of his dad's life. Down 1, UCF's Aubrey Dawkins pushed a miss back up with his right hand with 2.5 seconds left. The ball bounced once, twice and then rolled off the rim. Overall No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed Duke...