Men's college basketball

Kansas' Mitch Lightfoot (44) celebrates after getting past New Mexico State's Ivan Aurrecoechea (15) for a dunk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
December 10, 2018 - 1:12 pm
Kansas is back where it started the season. The preseason No. 1, the Jayhawks are again the top-ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 despite struggling to get past New Mexico State at home. Kansas received 57 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel in the poll released Monday, sliding into...
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Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura (21) is fouled by Tennessee's Admiral Schofield (5) and Grant Williams (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
December 09, 2018 - 8:36 pm
Gonzaga passed every big test with forward Killian Tillie in a walking boot, including a title-game win over then-top-ranked Duke in the Maui Invitational. Facing a long, athletic and experienced Tennessee team, the Zags ran out mojo and will likely drop out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 ...
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Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura (21) is fouled by Tennessee's Admiral Schofield (5) and Grant Williams (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
December 09, 2018 - 5:51 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation's top-ranked team. The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them. Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee...
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Marquette guard Markus Howard, left, is defended by Wisconsin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
December 08, 2018 - 9:28 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette is winning games this season in ways that don't have to do with hitting 3s. They still have perimeter threats like Markus Howard and Sam Hauser. But a renewed focus on defense has given the Golden Eagles a lift this year. Howard scored 27 points, Hauser added 13 points...
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Kentucky forward PJ Washington (25) watches Seton Hall guard Myles Cale (22) makes a 3-point shot in the closing seconds of the overtime period of an NCAA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. Seton Hall won 84-83 in overtime. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
December 08, 2018 - 6:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Keldon Johnson caught the ball near center court and heaved in a prayer of a shot at the regulation buzzer that sent Kentucky players and fans into a pulsating frenzy. Surely now, with all that momentum, the ninth-ranked Wildcats would finally take control in overtime and escape...
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Michigan State forward Kyle Ahrens (0) dunks at the end of the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla. Michigan State defeated Florida 63-59. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)
December 08, 2018 - 3:51 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Izzo called Michigan State's last six games "one of the more incredible stretches" of his coaching career. He believes no one — "not even my mother" — would have expected the 10th-ranked Spartans to go 5-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming at Louisville in...
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Michigan head coach John Beilein argues a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 08, 2018 - 3:43 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a simple explanation for why Michigan's Jordan Poole is so tough to defend. "He makes the easy shots, and he makes the hard shots," Martin said. Poole scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, and No. 5 Michigan remained unbeaten...
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Nevada forward Jordan Caroline, right, shoots as Arizona State forward Taeshon Cherry defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 08, 2018 - 3:10 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sixth-ranked Nevada played what might be its only ranked opponent of the regular season. The Wolf Pack knew a win could help bolster their case come March. Yet coach Eric Musselman couldn't believe how his team responded to start the game. "Coach mentioned at halftime, 'You...
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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Muscala (31) as Landry Shamet (1) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 07, 2018 - 11:32 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers gave their standout center a night off, fell behind by 15 points on the road — and then came back to beat the Detroit Pistons anyway. "This was our best win of the year under those circumstances," coach Brett Brown said. Jimmy Butler scored 38 points, and the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes reacts against Kansas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in New York. Tennessee wants to capitalize on a second chance to beat an elite opponent as the Volunteers adapt to the higher expectations accompanying their top-10 ranking. The seventh-ranked Vols (6-1) let a golden opportunity slip away two weeks ago when they squandered a second-half lead in an 87-81 overtime loss to No. 2 Kansas. They’re hoping the lessons they learned that night pay off Sunday when they face No. 1 Gonzaga (9-0) in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Phoenix. “I thought we were a little too emotional at the beginning of that (Kansas) game,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
December 07, 2018 - 3:06 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee wants to capitalize on a second chance to beat an elite opponent as the Volunteers adapt to the higher expectations accompanying their Top 10 ranking. The seventh-ranked Vols (6-1) let a golden opportunity slip away two weeks ago when they squandered a second-half...
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