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NCAA hits USC with 2 years' probation in basketball

Apr. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NCAA hit Southern California’s men's basketball program with two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine as the result of a former assistant who violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a bribe to steer players to a business management company. ...

USC men's basketball program placed on 2 years' probation for former associate coach's role in national bribery scandal.

Apr. 15, 2021 12:44 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC men's basketball program placed on 2 years' probation for former associate coach's role in national bribery scandal.

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

Mar. 31, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

It’s not easy to bury a team as good as USC, let alone in a half, no matter how easy Gonzaga made it look. Somehow, coach Mark Few called it in advance. While everyone was fixating on the top-seeded Bulldogs’ make-it-rain offense, one reporter took the opposite tack....

Quite a show: Zags stay undefeated with 85-66 win over USC

Mar. 31, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Can anybody stop these guys? For the 30th straight time this season, Gonzaga answered that question with a resounding “No.” The Bulldogs got on a roll and put on a show, cruising into the Final Four with an 85-66 beatdown of...

USC's early turnovers doom NCAA upset bid against Gonzaga

Mar. 30, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

Southern California knew it might take a perfect game to spoil Gonzaga's perfect season and reach the Final Four. Less than 20 seconds in, perfect was long gone. The turnovers came quickly. So too did a big deficit. And just like that, the Trojans'...

Official collapses, wheeled off court on stretcher

Mar. 30, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Official Bert Smith collapsed on the floor early in the Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and Southern California and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. Smith had just set up on the baseline as the Trojans were moving onto offense when he...

Sampson savors magical moment by reflecting on Heathcote

Mar. 29, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelvin Sampson savored Monday night's magical moment. After Houston beat Oregon State to reach the Final Four, the coach and his wife, Karen, walked over and waved to Cougars fans. Then he celebrated his second Final Four trip by hugging his son and...

Not just offense: Gonzaga trusts defense entering USC game

Mar. 29, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gonzaga has spent its entire season pushing tempo, knocking down shots and rolling to comfortable wins with one of the best offenses college basketball has seen in two decades. The Zags’ push for perfection hasn’t ignored the other end of the...

Ducks can't find answers to solve Southern California again

Mar. 29, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

Dana Altman was quick to shoulder the blame. One of Oregon’s ugliest offensive performances of the season came at the wrong time and against an opponent the Ducks knew all too well. For the second time this season, the Ducks lacked the answers to solve Southern...

USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait

Mar. 29, 2021 00:57 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern California's dark days lasted far longer than the Trojans would have liked. A once-elite program had fallen into into mediocrity, losing seasons mixed in with short-lived trips into the NCAA Tournament. A two-week run of...