College Basketball NEWS ARCHIVE

» Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mountain West in discussions with Gonzaga to join league

The Mountain West Conference could get a big addition, possibly next season.

Arizona Board of Regents to discuss Sean Miller’s contract

PHOENIX (AP) A decision on coach Sean Miller's future at Arizona could come soon.

Alabama’s NCAA tourney hopes take a hit after 4-game skid

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's once-flourishing NCAA Tournament hopes lately have taken quite a beating.

Mountain West in discussions with Gonzaga to join league

The Mountain West Conference has been in discussions with No. 7 Gonzaga about joining the league, possibly by next season.

Arizona Board of Regents to discuss Sean Miller’s contract

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to get legal advice and discuss the men's basketball program at the University of Arizona and the contract of coach Sean Miller.

Tom Izzo says Michigan State will only talk about basketball

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo insists he and his players will only talk about basketball during the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.

Tom Izzo says Michigan State will only talk about basketball

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo says he and his players will only talk about basketball during the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.

East Tennessee’s Bradford, Wofford’s Magee win SoCon awards

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) East Tennessee guard Desonta Bradford and Wofford guard Fletcher Magee have won Southern Conference player of the year awards.

G Brad Davison shoulders load at Wisconsin through injury

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin freshman Brad Davison carries a heavy load at a school that doesn't typically give first-year players so much responsibility.

Arizona Board of Regents to discuss Sean Miller’s contract

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to get legal advice and discuss the men's basketball program at the University of Arizona and the contract of coach Sean Miller.

Plenty of opinions, but few solutions to fix college hoops

The cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, there's no consensus on how to repair the system.

Alabama’s NCAA tourney hopes take a hit after 4-game skid

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's once-flourishing NCAA Tournament hopes lately have taken quite a beating.

Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees

Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.

Plenty of opinions, but few solutions to fix college hoops

The cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, there's no consensus on how to repair the system.

Plenty of opinions, but few solutions to fix college hoops

The cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, there's no consensus on how to repair the system.

Rivalry game between USC and UCLA has bubble implications

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:

Rivalry game between USC and UCLA has bubble implications

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:

» Tuesday, February 27, 2018

USD returns to practice after coach’s arrest

SAN DIEGO (AP) The University of San Diego returned to the basketball court minus their head coach on Tuesday.

Mason’s career at Minnesota coming to bittersweet close

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nate Mason has finished his career with a flourish in his fourth year as the point guard for Minnesota, rising in the program's record books with the performance of a calm, clutch and confident senior leader.

San Diego State’s Pope cleared to play after investigation

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State senior forward Malik Pope was cleared by the school to play in Tuesday night's home game against Boise State after the school said it determined he didn't receive impermissible benefits.

No. 3 Xavier reaches new heights, can win 1st Big East title

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier reached a new height when it moved up to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll, and that was just the start of one of the biggest weeks in the school's basketball history.

Saint Mary’s Jock Landale wins WCC player of year award

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) Saint Mary's center Jock Landale has been selected as the West Coast Conference player of the year.

Murray State’s Jonathan Stark named OVC player of the year

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) Murray State guard Jonathan Stark has been named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year after leading the Racers to the league's regular-season title.

NIT to experiment with extended 3-point arc, wider lane

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Next month's NIT games will use experimental rules that include an extended 3-point line, a wider free-throw lane and 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves.

Michigan State, Big Ten take Midwest hoops show to Big Apple

MADISON, Wis. (AP) What an odd year in the Big Ten.

Michigan State, Big Ten take Midwest hoops show to Big Apple

MADISON, Wis. (AP) What an odd year in the Big Ten.

Duke-Carolina rivalry takes center stage this week

College basketball has some great rivalries. Kentucky and Louisville have a heated one. So do Xavier and Cincinnati.

» Monday, February 26, 2018

Arizona State’s Hurley fined $10,000 for postgame conduct

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has been fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 Conference for inappropriate conduct toward officials at the end of the Sun Devils' loss to Oregon State.

Michigan State says Bridges’ family had dinner with agent

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State says its compliance office discovered that Miles Bridges' family had dinner with an agent last winter without his knowledge, committing an NCAA violation.

San Diego coach Smith placed on leave after arrest

SAN DIEGO (AP) The University of San Diego placed basketball coach Lamont Smith on indefinite administrative leave Monday, a day after he was arrested in Oakland on suspicion of domestic violence.

Texas guard Andrew Jones released from cancer center

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones has been released from the hospital and will continue his leukemia treatment on an outpatient basis.

Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy to resign

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Larry Eustachy has agreed to step down as men's basketball coach at Colorado State, ending a ''climate assessment'' of the program led by athletic director Joe Parker.

Agents search Iowa AAU coach’s cabin in nude videos case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Investigators seized phones, hard drives and other devices during a search of a cabin owned by a prominent Iowa youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of boys showering, court records show.

Season after title loss, No. 7 Gonzaga rising as March nears

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Coming off a loss in the NCAA championship game, Gonzaga began this season with a bit of an edge. Not for that 71-65 defeat by North Carolina, but because coaches in the West Coast Conference predicted the Zags would finish second in the league this year.

Virginia firms No. 1 poll ranking, Xavier moves up to No. 3

A second blowout loss to Villanova didn't stop Xavier from notching the program's highest AP Top 25 ranking a week ago. The Musketeers are rising again, passing the Wildcats on Monday to reach yet another program high at No. 3.

Agents search Iowa AAU coach’s cabin in nude videos case

DELHI, Iowa (AP) Investigators have seized a trove of electronic devices from a northeastern Iowa cabin owned by a prominent youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of naked boys.

Agents search Iowa AAU coach’s cabin in nude videos case

DELHI, Iowa (AP) Investigators have seized a trove of electronic devices from a northeastern Iowa cabin owned by a prominent youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of naked boys.

Eastern Kentucky fires basketball coach after 3 seasons

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Eastern Kentucky has fired coach Dan McHale after three seasons and will begin a national search for his replacement. Assistant Reece Gaines will serve as acting coach.

Report: San Diego coach Smith arrested in Bay Area

SAN DIEGO (AP) University of San Diego basketball coach Lamont Smith was arrested Sunday in Oakland for investigation of domestic violence, a TV station reported.

» Sunday, February 25, 2018

No. 23 Houston use big first half in 109-58 win over ECU

HOUSTON (AP) Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said his Cougars ''came out sharp as a blade.''

Saint Peter’s pulls away in second half for 65-48 win

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Cameron Jones made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Elijah Gonzales had 10 points and 10 assists and Saint Peter's defeated Siena 65-48 on Sunday in a regular-season finale.

No. 8 Kansas clinches 14th straight Big 12 title

Kansas coach Bill Self has signed some of the nation's top-rated players during his tenure in Lawrence, allowing him to restock the roster instead of rebuilding.

With hoops under federal probe, fans say business as usual

Arenas were packed, fans were cheering and schools were competing.

Arizona’s Miller out against Oregon following wiretap report

Arizona coach Sean Miller sat out the team's game against Oregon on Saturday night, a day after ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

With hoops under federal probe, fans say business as usual

Arenas were packed, fans were cheering and schools were competing.

Arizona’s Miller out against Oregon following wiretap report

Arizona coach Sean Miller sat out the team's game against Oregon on Saturday night, a day after ESPN reported through anonymous sources that he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

» Saturday, February 24, 2018

Arizona’s Miller out against Oregon following wiretap report

Arizona's Sean Miller will not coach against Oregon on Saturday night, a day after ESPN reported through anonymous sources that he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

With hoops under federal probe, fans say business as usual

Arenas were packed, fans were cheering and schools were competing.

With hoops under federal probe, fans say business as usual

Arenas were packed, fans were cheering and schools were competing.

With hoops under federal probe, fans say business as usual

Arenas were packed, fans were cheering and schools were competing.

Miles Bridges cleared by NCAA to play for No. 2 Michigan St

Miles Bridges has been cleared to play by the NCAA, allowing him to help No. 2 Michigan State chase championships.

Arizona’s Miller out against Oregon following wiretap report

Arizona's Sean Miller will not coach against Oregon Saturday night, a day after ESPN reported through anonymous sources that he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

Arizona’s Miller out against Oregon following wiretap report

Arizona's Sean Miller will not coach against Oregon Saturday night, a day after ESPN reported through anonymous sources that he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton.

Kentucky finds no eligibility issues or rules violations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says it has found no eligibility issues or rules violations with current players and staff after a report listed Wildcats freshman Kevin Knox among several players having had a meal or contact with a former agent.

No. 2 Michigan St clears star forward Miles Bridges to play

Star forward Miles Bridges has been cleared to play by Michigan State after documents in a report showed he may have improperly accepted benefits from an agency implicated in a federal investigation.

College basketball darkened again by new allegations

The first blow to college basketball came in September, when a federal investigation revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits.

Bagley available to play for Duke after missing 4 games

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says freshman forward Marvin Bagley III is available to play after missing two weeks with a sprained knee.

Kentucky finds no eligibility issues or rules violations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says it has found no eligibility issues or rules violations with current players and staff after a report listed Wildcats freshman Kevin Knox among several players having had a meal or contact with a former agent.

College basketball takes second big hit with new allegations

The first blow to college basketball came in August, when a federal investigation revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits.

» Friday, February 23, 2018

BUBBLE WATCH: Oklahoma’s NCAA Tournament chances are waning

Oklahoma took college basketball by Sooner storm over the season's first two months, winning with a freewheeling style and Trae Young's nightly one-man show.

Prominent Iowa AAU coach out amid pornography investigation

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police are investigating whether an elite Iowa youth basketball coach took video recordings of nude teenagers without their knowledge after a source gave them an electronic device containing child pornography, investigators said Friday.

The Latest: Texas to withhold Davis from competition

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

Florida running out of time to improve NCAA tourney resume

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's postseason resume is about as shaky as the team's shooting right now.

Prominent Iowa AAU coach out amid pornography investigation

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police are investigating whether an elite Iowa youth basketball coach took video recordings of nude teenagers without their knowledge after a source gave them an electronic device with child pornography, according to court documents filed Friday.

AAC scoring leader Martin to miss rest of season for Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin has a broken left foot that will force the Tigers to play the rest of the season without the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer.

Prominent Iowa AAU coach out amid pornography investigation

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach has left his organization amid a criminal investigation into secret video recordings of nude teenagers.

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.

BUBBLE WATCH: Oklahoma’s NCAA Tournament chances are waning

Oklahoma took college basketball by Sooner storm over the season's first two months, winning with a freewheeling style and Trae Young's nightly one-man show.

Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown Jr. out until at least March 12

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami guard Bruce Brown Jr. is scheduled to have his injured left foot re-evaluated by doctors on March 12, which means he will miss the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The Latest: San Diego State provisionally suspends Pope

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

King finally finds home with No. 24 Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has become a destination for transfers during its emergence as a mid-major power.

Missouri’s Porter Jr. practices 3 months after back surgery

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin says freshman Michael Porter Jr. will return to practice on Friday, three months after back surgery.

The Latest: Lawyer says NCAA needs own findings to punish

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

New details of payments to players in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.

The Latest: S. Carolina pledges cooperation on investigation

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

The Latest: S. Carolina pledges cooperation on investigation

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

The latest details of payments to players in the federal investigation that has been lurking in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall threatens the sport's' basic foundation with the breadth of alleged corruption.

The Latest: Clemson says they had no knowledge of payments

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

NEW YORK (AP) Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

The Latest: NC State had cut ties with former NBA agent

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times local):

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

NEW YORK (AP) Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Auburn-Florida game gives Gators chance to boost NCAA hopes

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:

Louisville, Hokies keep chasing top-4 spot in ACC standings

A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

Ford leads No. 22 Saint Mary’s past Pepperdine, 75-61

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) The first two shots Saint Mary's guard Jordan Ford took were from 3-point range, and both hit their mark.

Arizona’s Trier suspended for trace amount of PED

Arizona's Allonzo Trier has been declared ineligible for the reappearance of a banned substance that led to a 19-game suspension last season.

» Thursday, February 22, 2018

Duke’s Bolden has surgery on broken nasal bone

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke center Marques Bolden is not expected to miss any time after he had surgery on a broken nasal bone.

No. 14 Arizona’s Trier suspended for trace amount of PED

The NCAA has declared No. 14 Arizona's Allonzo Trier ineligible for the reappearance of the banned substance that led to a 19-game suspension last season.

Kansas travels to Texas Tech in Big 12 showdown

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

Kansas travels to Texas Tech in title chase showdown

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

Michigan State looks to clinch outright Big Ten crown

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big Ten:

» Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pitino: Louisville should consider legal action vs. NCAA

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the school should take legal action against the NCAA after the governing body nullified the Cardinals of the 2013 men's basketball title.

Duke’s Bagley to miss 4th game with knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says Marvin Bagley III will miss his fourth straight game with a knee sprain.

Pitino: Louisville should consider legal action vs. NCAA

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the school should consider taking legal action against the NCAA after the governing body ordered the vacation of the Cardinals' 2013 men's basketball champion as part of sanctions for a sex scandal.

Pitino: Louisville should consider legal action vs. NCAA

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the school should consider taking legal action against the NCAA after the governing body ordered the vacation of the Cardinals' 2013 men's basketball champion as part of sanctions for a sex scandal.

Bubble teams UCLA and Utah highlight the Pac-12 week

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:

» Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA's decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal, and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment.

St. Bonaventure on a roll after upset win over Rhode Island

Guard Jaylen Adams figures St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt can save his breath when informing his players they've not accomplished anything just yet.

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA's decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment.

No. 4 Xavier tries to get over lulls as tournaments approach

CINCINNATI (AP) Leading up to the showdown with Villanova for control of the Big East, Xavier coach Chris Mack had one overriding concern.

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case.

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case.

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Blue Raiders play with 1st AP ranking

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Middle Tennessee has upset power-conference teams in the past two NCAA Tournaments and reached 20 wins for the third straight season. Now the Blue Raiders have another milestone: their first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll.

» Monday, February 19, 2018

Idaho State’s Sam Dowd beats the odds to become DI player

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Sam Dowd has what coaches call pop, a burst that allows him to jump a little higher, move a little quicker than the players around him.

Virginia stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

Virginia stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes agrees to new contract

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes has signed a new contract that includes an extension and a pay raise.

Deep SEC set to get most NCAA tourney bids in league history

Mississippi State's Ben Howland was hardly shocked when South Carolina upset No. 12 Auburn, and doesn't believe his Southeastern Conference coaching peers were either.

Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Coach Bruce Pearl doesn't believe losing another post player will be a breaking point for an Auburn team on track for a rare Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and NCAA Tournament berth.

No. 2 Michigan State has shot to seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game.

Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says center Anfernee McLemore has had successful surgery on his left ankle.

Virginia stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 as it coasts to an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, while Duke made a big jump after a pair of impressive wins without its top freshman.

Virginia stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Duke jumps to 5th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

» Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kennedy opts to end his Ole Miss coaching tenure immediately

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy says his resignation is now effective immediately, six days after saying he would depart at the end of the season.

TOP 25 REWIND: Michigan State, Villanova earn big road wins

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) In a season marked by parity, No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Villanova turned in big road performances as reminders of their title potential in March.

» Saturday, February 17, 2018

Minnesota’s Coffey to have season-ending shoulder surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota sophomore small forward Amir Coffey will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

Auburn starter McLemore taken off court on stretcher

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Auburn starting forward Anfernee McLemore left the court on a stretcher after a gruesome-looking injury to his left leg late in the first half against South Carolina on Saturday.

Duke’s Bagley to miss 3rd game with sprained knee

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke forward Marvin Bagley III will miss a third straight game with a sprained right knee.

South Carolina reserve guard Holden has left team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Injured South Carolina guard Kory Holden has left the team.

Shoulder injury sidelines Northwestern’s McIntosh

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh is sitting out Saturday's game against No. 2 Michigan State because of a shoulder injury.

USC’s Bennie Boatwright to miss rest of season with injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Oregon.

» Friday, February 16, 2018

Sophomores stepping up for Florida State during stretch run

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State's 2016 basketball recruiting class is showing that it shouldn't be defined by just one person.

Underclassmen help Louisville string together wins

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville's title prospects appeared shaky 11 days ago following a third consecutive loss and a left ankle injury that sidelined leading scorer Deng Adel.

No. 11 Clemson likely without guard Mitchell for No. 12 Duke

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson point guard Shelton Mitchell is doubtful with a concussion for the 11th-ranked Tigers game with No.12 Duke, further impacting a roster that has already stretched thin due to injuries.

No. 16 Rhode Island guard Matthews to play against Bonnies

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) Rhode Island guard E.C. Matthews has been given the go-ahead to play against St. Bonaventure on Friday night, three days after the 16th-ranked Rams' second-leading scorer hurt his left knee.

No. 4 Xavier can topple No. 3 Villanova in Big East showdown

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier envisioned itself playing for the Big East regular-season championship when it moved into the reconfigured conference five years ago. The Musketeers finally have a chance to unseat four-time champion Villanova and get what they so dearly want.

Up-and-down Alabama hoping to keep winning streak going

Avery Johnson heeded his wife's advice instead of breaking out the old psychology books.

BUBBLE WATCH: Huskers’ NCAA hopes uncertain despite 20 wins

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) By any measure, Nebraska is having its best season since moving to the Big Ten, from its win total to its RPI and KenPom rankings. It's unclear whether that will be good enough to secure an NCAA Tournament bid.

Sophomore Tyus Battle trying to keep Syracuse in the hunt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle has trained his focus on one thing since summer - a postseason experience different from the first he had last year as a freshman at Syracuse. In other words, playing in the NCAA Tournament, which is all that really matters around here.

Aggies face big test at Arkansas; UK tries to end slide

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:

Duke-Clemson matchup could help decide 2nd place in ACC

A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

» Thursday, February 15, 2018

Williams leads No. 9 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 76-46

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Loyola Marymount was short-handed and stood second-to-last in the West Coast Conference, but No. 9 Gonzaga wasn't about to take them lightly.

Gophers’ Lynch drops appeal, denies sex assault allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal Thursday of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting ''I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.''

Gophers’ Lynch drops appeal, denies sex assault allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal Thursday of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting ''I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.''

Gophers’ Lynch drops appeal, denies sex assault allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal Thursday of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting ''I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.''

Clemson G Mitchell returns to campus, in concussion protocol

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson point guard Shelton Mitchell has returned to campus and is in the concussion protocol after spending a night in a Florida hospital after he got hit in the head late in the 11th-ranked Tigers 81-79 overtime loss to Florida State.

South Carolina’s slide from Final Four to outside the NCAAs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A year ago, surging South Carolina was building for a run to the Final Four. These days, the Gamecocks are struggling to keep their heads above .500 on their longest losing streak in four years that threatens to keep them out of the NCAA Tournament altogether.

Gophers’ Lynch drops appeal, denies sex assault allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) An attorney for Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch says the senior center is dropping his appeal of sexual assault allegations but still maintains his innocence.

West Virginia’s trip to Kansas headlines Big 12 play

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

Michigan will look to atone for December loss to Buckeyes

A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference:

West Virginia’s trip to Kansas headlines Big 12 play

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

» Wednesday, February 14, 2018

After road stumble Washington’s margin for error is slim

SEATTLE (AP) Throughout his first season in charge at Washington, Mike Hopkins has searched for signs the Huskies are progressing forward. Little moments to prove the system being implemented is successful.

Duke’s Bagley to miss 2nd game with mild knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says forward Marvin Bagley III will miss a second game with a mild right knee sprain.

Shaka Smart’s 3rd year at Texas a season of struggles

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas coach Shaka Smart is nearing the end of his third season with a .500 overall record, the team hovering near the bottom of the Big 12 and any NCAA Tournament hopes on the verge of collapse.

Duel in the desert highlights this week in the Pac-12

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:

» Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson won’t return next season

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Marty Wilson won't return as Pepperdine basketball coach next season.

Surprise! No. 10 Auburn chasing SEC title, high NCAA seed

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers are in an utterly unfamiliar position.

Xavier hosts Villanova in top-5 matchup on Saturday

Villanova and Xavier were among the four teams to earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA's preliminary rankings before Selection Sunday.

» Monday, February 12, 2018

Barnes wants the No. 18 Vols to remember embarrassing loss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes wants his players to carry the memories of their most lopsided loss of the season for the rest of the year.

Kennedy out as Mississippi basketball coach after season

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy and the school are parting ways after 12 seasons.

Wigginton, Lard emerging for rebuilding Cyclones

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State remains in last place in the Big 12 after beating a ranked opponent for the third time in three weeks last Saturday.

Barnes wants the No. 18 Vols to remember embarrassing loss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes wants his players to carry the memories of their most lopsided loss of the season for the rest of the year.

Mark Fox on hot seat as Georgia’s freefall continues

ATLANTA (AP) Mark Fox may be running out of time to find a way to save Georgia's season - and perhaps his job.

Though tough at home, Maryland seeks 1st road win in 2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The disparity in Maryland's performance at home and on the road is, unfortunately for the Terrapins, much like the difference between an NCAA Tournament team and an NIT entrant.

South Carolina men’s coach Frank Martin fined $25,000 by SEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Southeastern Conference fined South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin $25,000 for comments about an official that issued him a technical foul during a home loss to Florida.

Virginia atop AP men’s hoops poll for first time since 1982

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) �� A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado to miss remainder of season

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left elbow.

» Sunday, February 11, 2018

A&M’s Caldwell dismissed, Chandler suspended indefinitely

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M basketball player J.J. Caldwell has been dismissed from the team and Jay Jay Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after the two were arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana.

Top 3 in AP Top 25 lose in the same week

Top-ranked Villanova suffered a surprising loss to unranked St. John's. No. 2 Virginia unexpectedly fell at home to unranked Virginia Tech. No. 3 Purdue lost not just once, but twice.

Virginia No. 1 in preliminary NCAA rankings

Virginia suffered a surprising home loss to unranked Virginia Tech, ending its winning streak at 16 games.

Virginia No. 1 in preliminary NCAA rankings

Virginia is the top overall seed in preliminary NCAA Tournament rankings, with Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earning the other top seeds.

Duke’s Bagley to miss Ga. Tech game with mild knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says forward Marvin Bagley III will miss Sunday's game at Georgia Tech with a mild right knee sprain.

» Saturday, February 10, 2018

No. 14 Ohio State drops Iowa 82-64, takes Big Ten lead

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann warned his team to avoid a letdown after his team's upset of No. 3 Purdue.

No. 14 Ohio State drops Iowa 82-64, takes Big Ten lead

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 14 Ohio State beat Iowa 82-64 on Saturday for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Miami coach Larranaga skips Boston College game with illness

BOSTON (AP) Miami coach Jim Larranaga missed Saturday's game against Boston College with an illness.

» Friday, February 9, 2018

UCLA strengthens NCAA bid with win over No. 13 Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) UCLA had a difficult start to the season when three players were arrested in China on shoplifting charges. The Bruins had a rough stretch early in the Pac-12 schedule while laboring through a series of injuries.

Missouri’s Porter hopeful to return soon after surgery

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) ��� Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. is hopeful he'll be cleared to return to practice from lower back surgery next week, providing a boost for a Tigers team aiming to reach the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA strengthens NCAA bid with win over No. 13 Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) UCLA had a difficult start to the season when three players were arrested in China on shoplifting charges. The Bruins had a rough stretch early in the Pac-12 schedule while laboring through a series of injuries.

Huskers’ message to white nationalist: ’Hate Will Never Win’

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska men's basketball team plans to take a public stand Saturday opposing the views of a university student who calls himself a white nationalist in a widely distributed online video.

Surging Vols visit Alabama to highlight SEC weekend slate

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:

Huskers’ message to white nationalist: ’Hate Will Never Win’

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska men's basketball team plans to take a public stand Saturday against the views of a university student who described himself as a white nationalist in a widely distributed online video.

No. 2 Virginia in firm control as ACC enters stretch run

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference's stretch run looks more like a coronation than a race.

After slow start, young Richmond squad finds winning groove

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Richmond coach Chris Mooney can laugh now at how much things have changed in a month.

Huskers’ message to white nationalist: ’Hate Will Never Win’

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska men's basketball team plans to take a public stand against the views of a university student who described himself as a white nationalist in a widely distributed online video.

Low-major programs faced with slim margin for error

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento State's best hope of reaching its first NCAA Tournament came in 2015-16.

UNC-NC State matchup headlines ACC’s big weekend

A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

Surging Vols visit Alabama to highlight SEC weekend slate

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:

No. 9 Duke looking for answers after latest loss

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The script has become too familiar for No. 9 Duke. The Blue Devils once again lost their poise, the ball and ultimately, another game.

Texas guard Jones engaging public as he battles cancer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The announcement that Texas guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with leukemia prompted concern and well wishes from across college basketball.

» Thursday, February 8, 2018

Couple files sexual assault lawsuit vs Georgia Tech coach

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A Tucson-area couple has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery by the former University of Arizona standout.

After reonvations, Scottrade Center ready for SEC tourney

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis rewarded the Southeastern Conference's faith.

Couple files sexual assault lawsuit vs Georgia Tech coach

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A Tucson-area couple has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery by the former University of Arizona standout.

Louisville’s Adel out vs. Georgia Tech with injured ankle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville scoring leader Deng Adel will not play Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference game against Georgia Tech because of an ankle injury.

UConn forward Eric Cobb reinstated after suspension

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn forward Eric Cobb has been reinstated to the team, a month after being suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

Injured Gophers guards Coffey, McBrayer still day to day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The status of Minnesota starting guards Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer remains uncertain for the upcoming game at Indiana.

Tyler Cook shines for struggling Iowa hoops team

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Many thought Iowa would reach the NCAA Tournament this season. Instead, the Hawkeyes have clinched a losing record in the Big Ten.

Long streak over, Purdue looks to rebound against Spartans

A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference:

» Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Texas Tech at K-State highlights Big 12 action

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

NCAA selection chair: revamped evaluation a ’positive step’

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen figures the revamped way to evaluate quality of wins for determining this year's tournament field is an improvement.

UNC’s Maye thriving in leading role entering Duke game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Luke Maye keeps handling everything thrown at him, from the pressure of taking a last-second shot to reach the Final Four to playing as North Carolina's new leading man.

Georgia Tech’s LaBarrie resigns as NCAA review continues

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech assistant men's basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie has resigned during an ongoing NCAA investigation of an alleged rules violation, the school has confirmed.

Pac-12 race getting tighter as season winds into final month

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:

» Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jared Harper running point in No. 8 Auburn’s dramatic rise

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Jared Harper came out firing away against Vanderbilt, draining a few early 3-pointers.

UConn AD says Ollie will be evaluated after the season

STORRS, Conn. (AP) University of Connecticut Athletic Director David Benedict said Tuesday that the school will fight to protect its men's basketball program, which is the subject of an NCAA investigation and that he will evaluate the future of head coach Kevin Ollie after the season.

James Madison postpones games; possible mumps outbreak

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) James Madison has postponed men's basketball games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday over fears of a possible mumps outbreak in the program.

UConn AD says Ollie will be evaluated after the season

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn Athletic Director David Benedict says the school is committed to complying with NCAA rules and will fight to protect its men's basketball program.

Kentucky suspends forward Wynyard for violating team rules

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has suspended injured forward Tai Wynyard from team activities until further notice for an unspecified violation of team rules.

’Barn’ 90th birthday gives older Gopher fans discount ticket

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's Williams Arena is turning 90 years old.

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Purdue-Michigan State tops week’s schedule

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Super Bowl and NFL season are past. Now it's time for college basketball to take the stage for its stretch run.

» Monday, February 5, 2018

Pitino: Gophers have ’got to play close to perfect’ to win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With eight losses in its last nine games, Minnesota's once-bright season has taken a dim turn.

Sense of urgency, tough stretch ahead for No. 24 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) There is a sense of urgency looming over Kentucky.

Florida hopes to stop SEC skid, calling it ’crunch time’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Mike White knew his team had flaws long before they started getting consistently exposed.

NCAA denies Auburn’s appeal of Austin Wiley ruling

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The NCAA has denied Auburn's appeal of a ruling declaring center Austin Wiley ineligible for the rest of the season.

Correction: T25-Top 25 Rewind story

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) In a story Feb. 4 about the week in college basketball, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Purdue's win against Rutgers ended in overtime. The game ended in regulation.

Villanova, Virginia, Purdue stay 1-2-3 atop latest AP Top 25

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. And with the way they're playing, they might stay there for a while longer, too.

Villanova, Virginia, Purdue stay 1-2-3 atop latest AP Top 25

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. And with the way they're playing, they might stay there for a while longer, too.

Villanova, Virginia, Purdue stay 1-2-3 atop latest AP Top 25

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25.

» Sunday, February 4, 2018

TOP 25 REWIND: Top 25 bluebloods have a rough Saturday

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Longtime national powers like Duke, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky don't lose often, much less on the same day.

No. 17 Ohio State suspends Williams for breaking team rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State guard Kam Williams has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

Izzo still working on date he will address allegations

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo stuck to the script again Saturday night.

» Saturday, February 3, 2018

Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy placed on leave

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State placed basketball coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave Saturday while the school assesses the program, a decision that again raises questions about his conduct.

Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy placed on leave

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State has placed basketball coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave while the school looks into the ''climate of the program.''

Texas star Andrew Jones progressing in leukemia treatment

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The family of Texas basketball star Andrew Jones says he is making ''positive strides'' in his leukemia treatment.

» Friday, February 2, 2018

Wake Forest dismisses Japhet-Mathias from hoop team

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has kicked center Sam Japhet-Mathias off the team for not meeting unspecified program expectations.

At the movies: Trae Young studies film, and Oklahoma’s a hit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) All those film sessions with the coach are paying off for super freshman Trae Young.

Vols’ Daniel thrives in different role with his new teeam

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former NCAA Division I scoring champion James Daniel III has willingly accepted a more complementary role with his new team this season after making the move from Howard to Tennessee.

At the movies: Trae Young studies film, and Oklahoma’s a hit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) All those film sessions with the coach are paying off for super freshman Trae Young.

Arizona assistant Lorenzo Romar returns to UW for 1st time

SEATTLE (AP) Former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar says it will be ''weird'' walking into the Huskies' home gym as the opponent for the first time.

BUBBLE WATCH: Big wins put NC State within reach of NCAA bid

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State wasn't supposed to even be in this position, entering February with several marquee wins and in the discussion for an NCAA Tournament bid. Yet first-year coach Kevin Keatts isn't talking about the possibility of his program getting back there after its two-year absence.

Texas invites bids for new campus basketball arena

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas officials are inviting companies to submit proposals to build and operate an on-campus basketball facility to replace the 40-year old Frank Erwin Center.

No. 11 Auburn undersized, short-handed - and leading SEC

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn's leading rebounder is a 6-foot-3 transfer from Presbyterian College. The best shot blocker and tallest starter is a 6-foot-7 guy whose other college options included MIT and Yale.

Second-ranked Cavaliers winning with defense, as usual

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Defense has been No. 2 Virginia's calling card since Tony Bennett became the coach nine years ago.

FSU-Louisville tops ACC’s weekend slate in race for 2nd

A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

Kentucky-Missouri, Alabama-Florida highlight SEC’s weekend

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference:

» Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mums the word for Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo at Michigan St

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Until recently, Michigan State's Tom Izzo had been regarded as one of the most frank and accessible coaches in sports.

Duke’s Krzyzewskiville shuts down due to flu concerns

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke's famed Krzyzewskiville will be a ghost town for a while because of flu concerns.

Vols’ Barnes used his own money to boost assistant’s salary

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee says men's basketball coach Rick Barnes inadvertently committed a minor NCAA violation by paying money out of his own pocket to supplement the salary of one of his assistant coaches.

Syracuse freshman Oshae Brissett making big impression

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) As the final seconds wind down in a tight game with St. Bonaventure, Syracuse's Oshae Brissett spins and drives the lane and hits the go-ahead shot as the Carrier Dome crowd erupts in glee at the final horn.

Beard’s back at Texas Tech, in top 10 and near Big 12 lead

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Chris Beard spent a decade as an assistant coach at Texas Tech for the Knights, first Bobby and then Pat.

Streaking Spartans face struggling Hoosiers on Saturday

A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference:

K-State faces showdown with No. 15 West Virginia

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12:

Trier, Ayton lead No. 9 Arizona over Washington State 100-72

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Deandre Ayton scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Allonzo Trier added 24 points as No. 9 Arizona beat cold-shooting Washington State 100-72 on Wednesday night to remain in first place in the Pac-12.