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FILE - In this Friday, March 6, 2020, file photo, California's Evelien Lutje Schipholt (24) shoots against Arizona's Cate Reese, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 women's tournament in Las Vegas. Lutje Schipholt, from The Netherlands, is one of more than 20,000 foreign athletes currently competing at NCAA schools, according to the organization. With competition canceled across all NCAA divisions because of the new coronavirus, many of those athletes face a dilemma. Their campuses are shut down, but the coronavirus situation in their homeland may be worse than it is in the United States. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

College athletes choosing whether to stay in US or head home

Mar. 25, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — All but one of Anna Makurat's teammates headed home after the NCAA canceled this year's postseason basketball tournament and the school suspended classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 19-year-old UConn freshman from Poland, the decision was not that easy, especially with...

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl yells to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Auburn fresh example for teams to win SEC tourney hard way

Mar. 10, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl believes with the parity in the Southeastern Conference that a handful of teams could do the same thing his Tigers did in last year's league tournament and run the table. An SEC team can lock up an automatic NCAA Tournament berth by winning four games in as...

Auburn guard Samir Doughty (10) and forward Danjel Purifoy (3) react to a 3-point shot during an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Knoxville, Tenn. Doughty made 8 of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as No. 17 Auburn beat Tennessee 85-63 to snap a two-game skid in the regular-season finale. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Doughty makes 8 3s as No. 17 Auburn beats Tennessee 85-63

Mar. 7, 2020 4:18 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers played their best game of the season on Saturday, reminding coach Bruce Pearl of how they played a year ago in turning in the best postseason in program history. Samir Doughty made 8 of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as No. 17 Auburn beat Tennessee...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Mar. 4, 2020 1:30 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Feb. 27 The Gadsden Times on some states' recent decisions to belatedly pass the Equal Rights Amendment: A poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released last week showed 3-to-1 support among Americans for an Equal Rights...

Tennessee's John Fulkerson (10) celebrates after Tennessee defeated Kentucky 81-73 in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Fulkerson scores 27, Tennessee stuns No. 6 Kentucky 81-73

Mar. 4, 2020 1:51 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On the brink of being blown out, Tennessee stuck with the plan against No. 6 Kentucky by creating opportunities and then making them count. The Volunteers emerged with a huge victory that snapped the Wildcats' hot streak along with 10 perfect years of holding a double-digit halftime...

Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) dribbles the ball past Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11)  during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Tennessee hold off Florida 63-58 behind Fulkerson

Feb. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Fulkerson knew the shot clock was winding down and Tennessee needed something to halt a furious Florida comeback. Fulkerson set his feet and let a 3-point shot fly from near the top of the key. The junior forward had only attempted one other 3-pointer in his entire career, and...

Tennessee's Yves Pons (35) puts up a shot against Arkansas in the Vols' 82-61 home win during an NCAA college basketball game, in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Scott Keller/The Daily Times via AP)

Jones scores 37 in Arkansas’ 86-69 win over Tennessee

Feb. 26, 2020 11:30 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mason Jones scored a game-high 37 points and Arkansas started the game on a 14-1 run and never trailed in an 86-69 win over Tennessee Wednesday night. Jones, the SEC's leading scorer, scored nine of the 14 to start the game. He was joined in double figures by teammates Isaiah Joe...

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl celebrates with players after a win over Tennessee in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

Auburn rallies past Vols; fan tossed for derogatory comment

Feb. 22, 2020 3:39 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers had an ugly performance for 25 minutes and an unfortunate incident involving a fan. The final result was prettier for the 13th-ranked Tigers, who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Tennessee 73-66 on Saturday behind Samir Doughty's 22 points....

Bowden's late free throws clinch Vols' 65-61 win over Vandy

Feb. 19, 2020 12:16 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Bowden’s steadiness at the foul line made sure Tennessee avoided a stunning collapse. Bowden calmly sank two free throws with five seconds left to clinch a 65-61 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night after Tennessee nearly blew a 12-point lead in the final minute. ...

Marquette's Markus Howard (0) goes up for a shot against Villanova's Collin Gillespie (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

New 3-point line leading to lower shooting percentages

Feb. 18, 2020 2:07 AM EST

The NCAA moved back the 3-point line this season to create more room in the lane and cut down on the barrage of 3s in college basketball. Shooting percentages are down, historically low. Attempts also have dropped, slightly. Clogged lanes? Depends on who you ask. “I don’t think it’s changed a...