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Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Achiuwa's double-double leads No. 21 Memphis past USF 68-64

Jan. 12, 2020 8:03 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Penny Hardaway sees No. 21 Memphis coming together as a team that'll have to be reckoned with by season's end. “We're building,” the coach said Sunday after the Tigers rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat South Florida 68-64 and stop a two-game losing streak...

Auburn guard Samir Doughty (10) attempts a layup past Mississippi State guard Robert Woodard II (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Starkville, Miss. Auburn won 80-68. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Last unbeaten teams face a difficult week ahead

Jan. 7, 2020 3:01 AM EST

Auburn and San Diego State made it through the 2019 portion of the season unscathed, emerging as the only undefeated teams left in Division I. Both top-10 teams will face what could be difficult tests to keep it that way. The Tigers, who moved up three spots in The Associated Press poll to No. 5 this week, have...

Villanova head coach Jay Wright buttons his suit jacket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Parity party has college basketball's best on constant edge

Jan. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The season was barely a week old when Michigan State lost to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, a defeat of the nation's No. 1 team that could be written off easily as a high-profile battle of heavyweights on a neutral court early in the season that didn't go the Spartans' way. Then...

Memphis guard Lester Quinones celebrates after a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tulane, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

As others rise, No. 9 Memphis thrives without Wiseman

Dec. 31, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis is showing there’s much more to its heralded freshman class than departed center James Wiseman. Wiseman played just three games for Memphis before leaving school to prepare for the NBA draft, where the 7-foot-1 center might be the first player selected. But the...

File-This Aug. 4, 2017, file photo shows Kanoa Igarashi, of Huntington Beach, Calif., surfing in his heat at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. His father grew up surfing in Japan before moving to Huntington Beach, to be in the heart of surf country. The 22-year-old Igarashi has dual citizenship and elected to compete for Japan where's already a household name and been featured in a reality TV show. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

Name dropping: A few up-and-comers who may make mark in '20

Dec. 30, 2019 5:26 PM EST

Some are already on the ascent (rock climber Brooke Raboutou). Others are currently making waves (surfer Kanoa Igarashi) or shooting for the stars (skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen). The names of Raboutou, Igarashi and Olsen may not ring a bell now. That could change in a few months when their sports make Olympic...

Memphis guard Jayden Hardaway (25) defends Jackson State guard Tristan Jarrett (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

No. 11 Memphis overcomes turnovers, tops Jackson State 77-49

Dec. 21, 2019 4:45 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis had a terrible time handling the ball. But it could rebound and it could shoot. And that was enough for an eighth straight victory. Precious Achiuwa had 20 points and nine rebounds and DJ Jeffries added 13 points for No. 11 Memphis, which defeated Jackson State 77-49 on...

Memphis' James Wiseman, second from right, watches the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

Column: Wiseman shows he's wise young man by dumping college

Dec. 20, 2019 8:38 PM EST

Congratulations to James Wiseman, a wise young man indeed. He didn't need one-and-done. None-and-done will work just fine (we rounded down from the three actual games he played at Memphis). After tussling with those tyrants at the NCAA, Wiseman told the guardians of an unjust system what they could do with their...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, Memphis' James Wiseman watches from the bench during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Little Rock in Memphis, Tenn. Wiseman says he has withdrawn from school as the likely NBA lottery pick gets ready to begin his pro career. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht, File)

Memphis' James Wiseman says he has withdrawn from school

Dec. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Wiseman's college career has come to an end after just three games with the Memphis center and likely NBA lottery pick saying on social media he has withdrawn from school to begin focusing on his pro career rather than sitting out the rest of a 12-game NCAA suspension. The...

Memphis guard Boogie Ellis (5) passes the ball off as he's defended by Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

No. 13 Memphis outlasts No. 19 Tennessee, avenges loss

Dec. 14, 2019 11:21 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even the newcomers on Memphis’ freshmen-laden roster who didn’t play in a loss to Tennessee last year understood the importance of avenging that defeat. The 13th-ranked Tigers got their revenge Saturday. Not only did Memphis beat its in-state rival, it snapped the...

Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes gives direction to guard Jordan Bowden (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida A&M Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 72-43. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Memphis, Vols face off again with rivalry's future uncertain

Dec. 13, 2019 5:03 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The future of the Memphis-Tennessee men’s basketball series faces uncertainty as the in-state rivals prepare to face off in a Top 25 showdown. Saturday’s matchup between the 13th-ranked Tigers and 19th-ranked Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena is the second meeting in...