NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Boston College's Jerome Robinson (1) shoots as North Carolina State's Omer Yurtseven (14) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Raleigh, N.C. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
February 20, 2018 - 10:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State abruptly went from struggling to make a shot to being seemingly unable to miss during one torrid first-half stretch. The Wolfpack didn't need much more to earn a third straight victory, either. Freshman Braxton Beverly scored 16 points with five first-half...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2013, file photo, Louisville center Zach Price (25) holds signage after Louisville defeated Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game, in Atlanta. Louisville must vacate its 2013 men’s basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel’s decision to uphold sanctions against the men’s program for violations committed in a sex scandal. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return millions in postseason revenue. The decision announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, by the governing body’s Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
February 20, 2018 - 6:50 pm
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. It's the first time a Division 1...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2016, file photo, St. Bonaventure's Jaylen Adams (10) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. Guard Jaylen Adams figures St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt can save his breath when informing his players they've not accomplished anything just yet. The Bonnies leading scorer requires no reminder of how easily a mid-major program's third consecutive 20-win season that includes wins over Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont and Syracuse can be rendered moot once the NCAA Tournament selection committee determines its brackets next month. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
February 20, 2018 - 5:47 pm
Guard Jaylen Adams figures St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt can save his breath when informing his players they've not accomplished anything just yet. The Bonnies leading scorer requires no reminder of how easily a mid-major program's third consecutive 20-win season that includes victories over...
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Tennessee coach Rick Barnes specks with forward Grant Williams (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
February 19, 2018 - 5:17 pm
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. "Auburn goes into South Carolina the other day and South Carolina dominates the game , which doesn't surprise any of us coaches,"...
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FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles reacts to his players Jordy Tshimanga (32) and Glynn Watson (5) after Nebraska's 74-63 win over Wisconsin in an NCAA college basketball game in Madison, Wis. The Cornhuskers have a 20-win season for the first time in a decade but an 0-7 record against Quadrant 1 opponents on their NCAA Tournament resume. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)
February 16, 2018 - 1:34 pm
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. Nebraska (20-8, 11-4) has won six straight to reach 20 wins for...
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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, right, talks with guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
February 16, 2018 - 1:27 pm
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. Although those dreams took a...
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Providence forward Rodney Bullock (5) dunks against Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
February 15, 2018 - 2:49 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence will need to play its best basketball of the season down the stretch if it hopes to earn its fifth straight NCAA tournament bid. The Friars just took a big step toward that goal. Kyron Cartwright scored 17 points and the Friars withstood several late surges to...
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Texas forward Mohamed Bamba (4) scores against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 14, 2018 - 1:08 pm
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. Even after three straight losses, the latest a 74-73 double-overtime defeat against...
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Xavier coach Chris Mack yells instructions during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Xavier won 72-71. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
February 13, 2018 - 3:27 am
Villanova and Xavier were among the four teams to earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA's preliminary rankings before Selection Sunday. One will get knocked off its perch this weekend. One of the biggest games of the Big East season — maybe of the college basketball season — will played in Cincinnati on...
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Cincinnati forward Kyle Washington (24) dunks the ball on a break away play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
February 11, 2018 - 7:51 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Sixth-ranked Cincinnati is still undefeated in the American Athletic Conference, with its longest winning streak and highest ranking in coach Mick Cronin's 12 seasons. The key now for the Bearcats is staying focused on the immediate future — and not what could happen in March. "We...
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