NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

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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FILE - In this March 17, 2017 file photo, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson applauds his team against Seton Hall during the first half in a first-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C. Anderson is ready to do more than just make the postseason. He's ready to return the Razorbacks to prominence in the SEC after two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years, and he might just have the team to do it this year, led by senior guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)
October 30, 2017 - 5:04 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Anderson has finally returned Arkansas to being a regular of sorts in the postseason, having reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years. Now the Razorbacks coach is ready to do more than just make the field. He's ready for Arkansas to reassert itself...
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FILE -- In this Jan. 7, 2017 file photo, Florida center John Egbunu (15) fouls Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) in an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla. For the second straight year, the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll projected Tennessee to finish 13th out of 14 conference teams. The Vols realize the doubts about their team will linger as long as they keep missing the NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Ron Irby)
October 30, 2017 - 4:29 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee understands the skepticism that continues to surround this program, even though the Volunteers feel much more optimistic about their own prospects. For the second straight year, the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll projected Tennessee to finish 13th...
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October 30, 2017 - 12:25 pm
Mississippi hopes a little more depth, better ballhandling and the addition of a 7-footer will enable the Rebels to earn a trip back to the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss has been competitive under coach Andy Kennedy during his previous 11 seasons leading the program. But the Rebels have made the NCAA...
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October 30, 2017 - 12:15 pm
It's year three for Ben Howland at Mississippi State, which could mean the time is now for the Bulldogs' basketball program. Howland has a reputation for impressive turnarounds of programs at Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA. At each of those stops, there were two tough years under Howland...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet, right, consoles guard Matthew Fisher-Davis (5) following the team's 68-66 loss to Northwestern in a first-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City. Fisher-Davis is probably best remembered for rallying Vanderbilt from 15 points down in the NCAA Tournament last March before inexplicably fouling Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh on purpose in a painful loss. Fisher-Davis says he doesn’t want that to be the last experience he has in the NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 30, 2017 - 11:57 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew has heard Matthew Fisher-Davis shooting by himself at night and has seen the senior guard working to be more aggressive this season. Fisher-Davis is best remembered for rallying Vanderbilt from 15 points down in the NCAA Tournament last March,...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 23, 2017, file photo, Kansas guard Devonte Graham (4) drives to the basket in front of Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan during the first half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Kansas City, Mo. Veterans such as Graham and Lagerald Vick should combine with newcomer Malik Newman and freshman Billy Preston to form a 2017-18 Kansas team that is once again favored to win the league. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 27, 2017 - 12:47 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self was first introduced to what he calls "Kansas math" when he inherited a program that had lost stars Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich to the NBA and was still expected to win the Big 12 title. Anywhere else, that would have been reason for a rebuild. But there is no...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Illinois' guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) looks to pass under the basket as Penn State's forward Mike Watkins (24) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill. The Brad Underwood era is about to begin at Illinois, though he's been busy since March. The new coach landed one Illinois Mr. Basketball and could be in the mix for more top in-state talent, but for now the Illini's fortunes will depend heavily on point guard Te’Jon Lucas and others who are already in Champaign. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz, File)
October 26, 2017 - 4:47 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois team that takes the court on Nov. 10 against Southern for the season opener will look a lot different than it did a year ago. The sideline will have a new look, too. After failing to make the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight season, coach John Groce was...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon, right, drives past South Dakota guard Matt Mooney, left, during the first half of a first-round game in the NIT college basketball tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa lost its best player from a team that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament. Yet the feeling in Iowa City is that the Hawkeyes could be on the verge of returning to prominence in the Big Ten. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 26, 2017 - 1:06 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lost its best player from a team that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament. Yet the feeling in Iowa City is that the Hawkeyes could be on the verge of returning to prominence in the Big Ten. Iowa (19-15 in 2016-17) won't have Peter Jok, the league's leading scorer at 19.9...
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Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference men's NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
October 25, 2017 - 4:31 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Another Atlantic Coast Conference basketball media day. Another scandal casting a shadow over the gathering. It has been that way since the league's most recent expansions. While there's no question in the three years since the ACC expanded to a 15-team basketball league that...
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