TIPPING OFF: Wofford, Murray State aim for big March moment

Sports 03/23/19, 01:49

The first teams will earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on Saturday — and the upstarts are right there near the front of the line.There are eight double-digit seeds left in the field of 32 entering the second round, three of those coming from outside the power ...

Odd surprise, lots of top NBA talent left in NCAA Tournament

Basketball 03/23/19, 01:33

It shouldn't come as a surprise that this spring's NBA draft will feature lots of good players from lots of good college teams.Or maybe it should.As the numbers from recent seasons show, the path to the upper reaches of the NBA lottery does not always intersect with the road to ...

Tall Fall leads ninth-seeded UCF to first NCAA win over VCU

Basketball 03/23/19, 00:04

Tacko Fall was huge factor in bringing UCF its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Now, the Knights will see how college basketball's tallest player at 7-foot-6 can perform against overall top seed Duke.Fall had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks as ninth-seeded UCF defeated No. 8 seed VCU 73-58 on ...

Ohio St. upsets Iowa State 62-59 behind as Wesson scores 21

Sports 03/22/19, 23:23

Ohio State went from barely making the NCAA Tournament to a spot in the second round with a 62-59 upset of sixth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest Region on Friday night.Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes (20-14).Keyshawn Woods added 19 points for Ohio ...

Top-seeded UNC overcomes slow 1st half to beat Iona in NCAAs

Sports 03/22/19, 22:56

North Carolina completed a perfect first round for top seeds in this NCAA Tournament, but not before Iona became the latest No. 16 seed to show these matchups are no sure thing.Cameron Johnson scored 21 points, and North Carolina quickly erased a five-point halftime deficit to hot-shooting Iona, going on ...

Liberty upsets Mississippi St 80-76 for 1st NCAA tourney win

Sports 03/22/19, 22:22

Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, Liberty didn't give in a bit. Instead, the Flames just kept getting the ball to Caleb Homesley.Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer ...

Duke’s Zion Show has successful NCAA Tournament debut

Sports 03/22/19, 20:43

Zion Williamson had an explosive NCAA Tournament debut with 25 points and a can't-miss second-half showcase to lead top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State on Friday night.RJ Barrett led Duke with 26 points and 14 rebounds and combined with Williamson for a prolific showing for the ...

Healthy Killian Tillie makes Gonzaga tough to defend

Basketball 03/22/19, 18:48

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie returned from a foot injury in January, only to injure it again.The Zags were a bit more aggressive with Tillie's rehab the second time around and it seems to have paid off.Playing fast and free, Tillie was superb in top-seeded Gonzaga's blowout win over Fairleigh Dickinson ...

Florida State grieving after death of Phil Cofer’s father

Sports 03/22/19, 18:29

Florida State will play its second-round NCAA Tournament game with a heavy heart on Saturday after the death of forward Phil Cofer's father.Mike Cofer, a former Detroit Lions linebacker, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 58. Phil Cofer received a phone call with the devastating news moments after ...

Quite a contrast: Kentucky vs Wofford at NCAA Tournament

Basketball 03/22/19, 18:12

They are the bluebloods of the Bluegrass, a storied program loaded with future NBA players, who come to Kentucky with the very reasonable expectation of contending for a national championship during their brief tenure.Then there's Wofford.Where is that exactly?Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks during a news conference at the ...

Looking dangerous, No. 6 seed Buffalo breezes past ASU

Sports 03/22/19, 18:08

Looking like a No. 6 seed no one wants to play, high-scoring Buffalo breezed into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins each had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Buffalo was hardly bothered by 11th-seeded Arizona State in a 91-74 ...

Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

Sports 03/22/19, 17:53

Payton Pritchard scored 19 points, Kenny Wooten protected the rim with four blocks and 12th-seeded Oregon extended its surprising March run by beating No. 5 seed Wisconsin 72-54 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.The Ducks (24-12) won four games in four days to win the Pac-12 tournament ...

Making Morant: Shooting Js, pumping iron, studying film

Sports 03/22/19, 17:51

Murray State coaches knew they had something special with Ja Morant as a freshman. The athleticism, ball handling and court vision were exceptionally rare.Last offseason, Morant and Murray State went to work maximizing those prodigious physical talents and refining his game.In a one-and-done world of college basketball, the biggest stars ...

Column: Izzo’s One Shining Moment was downright embarrassing

Sports 03/22/19, 16:22

If this was Tom Izzo's One Shining Moment, it was downright embarrassing.Of course, the Michigan State coach felt no shame.Like so many of his brethren, he considers it well within his coaching rights to berate a young man in front of the whole world.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo speaks during ...

No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset

Sports 03/22/19, 16:16

No. 1 seed Virginia this year avoided the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history.The Cavaliers rallied from 14 points down Friday to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb 71-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Virginia was the top overall seed last year but lost 74-54 to 16th seeded UMBC. ...

Culver scores 29, leads Texas Tech over Northern Kentucky

Sports 03/22/19, 15:32

Jarrett Culver had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help No. 3 seed Texas Tech shake off a slow start and beat No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky 72-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.Tariq Owens scored 12 points and Davide Moretti had 10 for ...

No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets Kansas State 70-64

Sports 03/22/19, 15:26

UC Irvine got back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset over Kansas State that marked the Anteaters' first NCAA Tournament victory in school history.The Friday victory was the 17th consecutive for UC Irvine, which lost 57-55 to Louisville in 2015 in their only ...

Update: Cincy leads Iowa despite Cumberland’s slow start

Sports 03/22/19, 12:26

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):1:10 p.m.Cincinnati has managed to stay ahead in its first-round game against Iowa despite a subpar performance from Jarron Cumberland, the American Athletic's player of the year. Cumberland has only four points and has missed all of his ...

NCAA play resumes with all eyes on Zion Williamson, Duke

Sports 03/22/19, 10:40

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is set to conclude Friday with plenty of star power taking the floor, notably Zion Williams and No. 1 overall seed Duke.The Blue Devils play North Dakota State in the East Region.Virginia tries to avoid losing as a top seed for the second ...

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