NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

FILE - In this March 10, 2017, file photo, Duke guard Grayson Allen (3) looks to drive against North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (44) during an NCAA college basketball game inthe semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in New York. As the only Duke player who averaged more than eight minutes last season, Allen provides some needed experience to the top-ranked Blue Devils’ freshman-laden roster. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
November 08, 2017 - 2:41 am
Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson's deliberation over whether to turn pro or return for his senior year was never much of a debate. "It was like a five-minute discussion," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He knew he was a four-year guy. His family knew he was a four-year guy. I thought maybe he...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 file photo, Texas coach Shaka Smart calls to his players during the first half on an NCAA college basketball game against Kent State in Austin, Texas. Texas’ freshman class should help the Longhorns rebound from a dismal 2016-17 campaign. Texas’ incoming recruiting class was ranked sixth in the 247Sports Composite and features 6-11 forward Mohamed Bamba, the nation’s No. 3 overall recruit. Freshman Matt Coleman could take over immediately as the Longhorns’ top point guard. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
November 07, 2017 - 2:41 am
Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season. Now the Sooners have a chance to redeem themselves . "Last year motivates me every day," Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin said. "It's something I lose sleep over, I've lost plenty (of) sleep...
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November 03, 2017 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Barclays Center hosts five days college basketball in November that will include No. 15 Minnesota, No. 23 Seton Hall and No. 25 Texas A&M, along with four other teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The Legends Classic will be held in at the home of the Brooklyn...
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October 31, 2017 - 4:42 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett came up just short of his biggest goal: Get Xavier to its first Final Four. He wasn't sure whether he'd go to the NBA after last season or return for a final one with a Musketeers team that's loaded with talent. One of the Big East's top scorers decided to come back...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2017, file photo, Marquette guard Markus Howard (0) shoots as Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) defends during the first half a Big East quarterfinal college basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Howard usually doesn’t leave the gym in the offseason until he has hit at least 300 3-point shots. No reason to change his routine after leading the country by hitting 54 percent from 3-point range last season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
October 31, 2017 - 4:17 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette guard Markus Howard usually doesn't leave the gym in the offseason until he has hit at least 300 3-point shots. No reason to change his routine now after leading the country with 54 percent shooting from 3-point range last season as a freshman. The sharpshooting Howard...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2017, file photo, North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) takes a shot between Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews (4) and Zach Collins during the first half in the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Glendale, Ariz. Berry was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player last year and is recovering from a broken bone in his right hand. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 31, 2017 - 1:21 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The motivation has changed for North Carolina, even if the goal hasn't. The Tar Heels enter the season as the reigning national champion after spending last year chasing another shot following a crushing loss in the 2016 final. It remains to be seen whether the goal of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford (13) shoots past Boston College's Jordan Chatman (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Crawford is the man who makes the Demon Deacons go. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
October 31, 2017 - 1:20 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest hopes a small lineup will lead to even bigger things. The Demon Deacons took care of several of their goals a year ago, pulling a few significant upsets and earning their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010 behind a big man who blossomed into a star as the...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, Clemson forward Donte Grantham (15) dunks in front of North Carolina State guard Maverick Rowan (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in New York. Jaron Blossomgame cast a large shadow on the Clemson basketball program the past couple of seasons, one coach Brad Brownell hopes his upperclassmen eclipse this season. With Blossomgame gone, Brownell knows it’s up to his experienced players like Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
October 31, 2017 - 12:28 pm
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame cast a large shadow on the Clemson basketball program the past couple of seasons, one coach Brad Brownell hopes his upperclassmen eclipse this season. The Tigers were heavily reliant on all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer Blossomgame in recent seasons. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Virginia Tech guard Justin Bibbs (10) blocks a shot against UMBC guard Jairus Lyles (10) the during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech doesn't quite have the array of 3-point marksmen that got the Hokies back to the NCAA Tournament last season, and that means Buzz Williams' team will have to focus on a new concept: defense. (Don Petersen/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)
October 31, 2017 - 12:07 pm
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech doesn't have the array of 3-point marksmen that helped the Hokies return to the NCAA Tournament last season. That means Buzz Williams and his band of overachievers will have to pay more attention to another facet of the game: Defense. "We'll have to be a lot...
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October 31, 2017 - 11:56 am
Syracuse Last season: 19-15, lost in second round of NIT Nickname: Orange Coach: Jim Boeheim, 42nd season Conference: Atlantic Coast Who's gone: G Andrew White (18.5 points per game), F Tyler Lydon (13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds per game), G John Gillon (10.5 points, 5.4 assists per game), F Taurean...
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