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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...

Michigan State's Tom Izzo may have done best job of career

Apr. 5, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the gritty Spartans back to campus. This season might be remembered as the best...

FINAL FOUR: 3 newcomers, one standby arrive in Minneapolis

Apr. 4, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tom Izzo certainly knows his way around the Final Four, even if the longtime Michigan State coach had never toured U.S. Bank Stadium until the Spartans arrived for practice Thursday. The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a road map. It's not just getting around...

UNC freshman Coby White declares for NBA draft

Apr. 3, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina freshman Coby White is entering the NBA draft. White announced his decision on social media Wednesday, saying "this year, this school, this experience has prepared me for the next phase of my basketball journey." White averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5...

North Carolina freshman Nassir Little declares for NBA draft

Apr. 1, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina freshman Nassir Little is entering the NBA draft. Little announced his decision on social media Monday, saying he was "ready now to put everything I have into being the best player I can be at the next level." The 6-foot-6 Little averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds...

Auburn's Chuma Okeke out with torn ACL in left knee

Mar. 30, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl knew the moment sophomore forward Chuma Okeke landed on the floor, his left knee having buckled at a gruesome angle, that something serious had happened. Pearl learned the extent of the damage Saturday. An MRI exam revealed that Okeke tore his ACL late in...

Tar Heels set for different look, await NBA decisions

Mar. 30, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina thrived with a seemingly perfect balance of veteran composure and youthful upside to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It wasn't enough to get the Tar Heels back to the Final Four — and they could have a very different look next season depending on the NBA...

Hot-shooting Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80

Mar. 30, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The euphoria of reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in 33 years had already worn off and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was left to arrange his bravest smile on his face. His trigger-happy Tigers were moving on in the NCAA Tournament. They were doing it without their most...

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...

Plenty of on-court, off-court intrigue in Midwest Region

Mar. 28, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last four teams standing in the Midwest Region are a celebration of everything that is good about college basketball: star players, over-achievers, tradition-rich programs and successful coaches. They also exemplify everything wrong with the game. Top-seeded North Carolina...