NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

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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October 31, 2017 - 10:55 am
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson Last season: 17-16, sixth straight season without an NCAA Tournament appearance. Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Brad Brownell. Conference: Atlantic Coast. Who's gone: G Jaron Blossomgame (senior), G Avry Holmes (senior), F-C Sidy Djitte (senior). Who's back: F Donte Grantham...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall directs his team against Dayton during the first half of a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. With every starter back from 30-win team, Wichita State is a trendy Final Four contender. The Shockers are also joining the American Athletic Conference after decades spent in the Missouri Valley, giving the program more exposure than ever before. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
October 31, 2017 - 1:35 am
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall got the upgrade he wanted without any drawbacks. Rumored for years for every big-time opening in college hoops, Marshall has always insisted he is happy with the Shockers. But he also had made it clear that he wasn't happy with the way his...
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FILE - This March 10, 2017 file photo shows Florida guard Chris Chiozza playing against Vanderbilt during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Florida believes it has a chance to be special this season. Coming off an NCAA Tournament run that ended one win shy of the Final Four, the Gators are embracing lofty expectations in coach Mike White’s third season. Guards Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen are back. Transfers Jalen Hudson and Egor Koulechov are solid additions. And Florida feels it has enough talent and depth to return to the NCAA Tournament regular and contend for the Southeastern Conference championship. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, file)
October 30, 2017 - 5:59 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Chris Chiozza hears about "The Shot" almost daily. Friends, family members, teammates, classmates and social media sites provide constant reminders of Chiozza's running 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime that stunned Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament and sent...
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