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Deep Illini build expectations around big man Kofi Cockburn

Oct. 20, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

For all the excitment at Illinois this year, from earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to the Illini's second-round loss to Loyola-Chicago, the biggest decision for the immediate future came in the heat of midsummer when Kofi Cockburn announced he was coming back for his junior season....

No. 7 Boilermakers using NCAA Tourney loss as motivation

Oct. 20, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

Purdue coach Matt Painter understands how the lessons from a surprisingly short NCAA Tournament appearance can impact a team. He watched Virginia use the motivation to fuel its 2019 national championship run, and five years ago Painter's own team rebounded from a...

Seniors and transfer hold keys to Notre Dame's fortunes

Oct. 20, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mike Brey has too many fond memories from his previous 21 seasons at Notre Dame to be bothered by how last season ended. A 101-59 blowout by North Carolina in the ACC Tournament – the largest margin of defeat since Brey took over in 2000-01 and...

Wisconsin hoping to succeed without its usual experience

Oct. 20, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin typically relies on experience to carry the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament each season. Not this year. The Badgers have one of their youngest teams in two decades after losing six seniors from a team that went 18-13...

Hoosiers embracing Woodson's more free-flowing offense

Oct. 20, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — When new Indiana coach Mike Woodson arrived on campus last spring, he quickly tossed out the stale rules he thought bogged down the Hoosiers on offense. He wanted his team playing with confidence, taking open shots and embracing a more...

Collins hopes to get Northwestern back on winning path

Oct. 20, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chris Collins had Northwestern humming along just a few years ago, coaching the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Just when it looked like it was all falling into place, things came crumbling down. After four...

No. 6 Michigan shoots for national title under Juwan Howard

Oct. 20, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is shooting to win a national championship, an achievement that has eluded him as a coach and player at Michigan. Entering Howard's third season as coach, the former member of the Fab Five is not afraid to say he and his players have...

Curry, Warriors stun James, Lakers 121-114 in opener

Oct. 20, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Opening night in Hollywood went well for three quarters for Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. But it was a flop for their new supporting cast, including L.A. native and...

Penn State vets hoping coaching change yields fast results

Oct. 20, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Myles Dread understands his final season at Penn State could be considered a rebuilding year. He also believes the Nittany Lions can build something special on the fly. The senior guard is one of a few familiar faces back for an older team...

Bucks begin title defense with 127-104 victory over Nets

Oct. 19, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks didn't let the celebration of the franchise's first NBA championship in half a century distract them as they opened their title defense. In his first game since scoring 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6...