NCAA Latest: ACC clinches most wins for this tournament

Sports 04/07/19, 13:13

The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Virginia and Texas Tech (all times local):1 p.m.No matter what happens in the title game between Virginia and Texas Tech, the ACC already will walk away from this NCAA Tournament with significant bragging rights.Virginia players celebrate after defeating Auburn ...

Virginia, Texas Tech get defensive to move to title game

Sports 04/06/19, 22:51

Slap the floor, bend those knees and get both hands up.This national championship game is going to be a clinic on defense.Virginia and Texas Tech are the last two teams alive in the NCAA Tournament, and they're here because they barely let their opponents breathe when possessing the ball.Texas Tech's ...

Analysis: Texas Tech rides defense, Mooney to title game

Sports 04/06/19, 22:35

Texas Tech did its defensive thing all night. Matt Mooney was money in the second half.Now the Red Raiders are riding into their first national championship game.Mooney scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half and Texas Tech clamped down on Michigan State all Saturday night in a ...

Michigan St endures more Final Four heartbreak vs Texas Tech

Sports 04/06/19, 22:29

The buzzer sounded and Tom Izzo walked stoically across the Final Four floor to shake hands with Texas Tech counterpart Chris Beard, no doubt complimenting him on a fine defensive performance.It's a walk Izzo has made a lot over the past two decades.Frustrated all night by the Red Raiders' stingy ...

Mooney, Red Raiders D clamps down 61-51 over Michigan St

Sports 04/06/19, 22:15

For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney.While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from the title Saturday night with a ...

Analysis: Virginia keeps poise in snatching win from Auburn

Sports 04/06/19, 20:52

Virginia lost its poise in a monumental first-round loss a year ago and appeared to be in trouble again Saturday night.A 10-point lead against Auburn, gone in a flash of Bryce Brown 3-pointers. A trip to the national title game, less than two seconds away from being snatched in another ...

Controversial whistle leads to Virginia’s Final Four win

Sports 04/06/19, 19:45

Virginia looked headed for a second crushing end to its NCAA Tournament.One whistle, one slight bump and three clutch free throws changed everything.Kyle Guy hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left to help the Cavaliers beat Auburn 63-62 in a wild and controversial finish Saturday night in the national ...

Guy hits 3 FTs with 0.6 left, Virginia shocks Auburn 63-62

Sports 04/06/19, 19:31

Kyle Guy made three free throws with 0.6 seconds left and Virginia pulled off its second small miracle of the NCAA Tournament, beating Auburn 63-62 Saturday to advance to the national championship game for the first time in school history.Auburn had erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes ...

Update: Late writer to be honored before Final Four

Basketball 04/06/19, 14:23

The Latest on the Final Four (all times local):2:20 p.m.The NCAA will honor late AP Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell at the Final Four in Minneapolis by leaving a courtside seat open for him this weekend. O'Connell covered 39 consecutive Final Fours from 1979-2017 for AP and was one of the ...

Things to know for the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four

Sports 04/06/19, 01:23

Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo.The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech and its oxygen-sucking defense.Texas Tech's Davide Moretti ...

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl has sheen of sweat, slime and success

Sports 04/06/19, 01:14

There is a sheen that always seems to glisten on Auburn coach Bruce Pearl.You see, he sweats. A lot.He mostly keeps his suit jacket on during games, but Pearl peeled it off in the second half a regional final victory over Kentucky to reveal a drenched dress shirt. And since ...

Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

Sports 04/05/19, 16:36

Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly.The Final Four's second semifinal Saturday features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice.It's a non-glamour pairing pitting ...

Assistant coach Mark Adams masterminds Texas Tech’s defense

Sports 04/05/19, 15:53

As a young Texas Tech assistant, Chris Beard liked to unwind from a hectic day by heading to the late-night movies. No cellphone, no interruptions, just Beard and a mostly-empty movie theater.On more than one occasion, he looked over and saw Mark Adams, the coach at nearby Howard Junior College, ...

Art of the D: This Final Four, defense wins championships

Sports 04/05/19, 15:41

A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable, it was already happening.America's favorite spectator sports had become video games in which 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-powered offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games, the likes of which your grandfather might ...

Virginia, Auburn match contrasting styles in Final Four

Sports 04/05/19, 15:35

Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: slow and steady vs. fast and furious.The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely in a hurry, playing a style as deliberate and methodical as the Supreme Court. The Tigers take a frenetic approach, more ...

Virginia’s Diakite started with Jordan videos in Africa

Sports 04/05/19, 11:50

There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball.He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball around in his hometown of Conakry in the West African country of Guinea.And after giving up ...

Update: Auburn stars dealing with colds at Final Four

Sports 04/05/19, 11:18

The Latest on the Final Four (all times local):11:15 a.m.Auburn star Jared Harper and some of his teammates are dealing with an illness that he hopes will be better by Saturday night.Harper started feeling sick Thursday night and began taking some medicine, and team doctors gave him a shot Friday ...

Duke’s Williamson wins men’s college player of the year

Sports 04/05/19, 11:11

Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.The soaring dunks.The open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow.FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk against North ...

Fans get 1st look at stadium for Final Four team practices

Football 04/05/19, 11:09

Basketball fans have lined up early for the first entry into U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Final Four teams hold open-to-the-public workouts.Auburn takes the court first, followed by Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan State. There's no charge to attend the practices. The games, of course, come at a cost. According ...

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo may have done best job of career

Sports 04/05/19, 02:10

Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the gritty Spartans back to campus.This season might be remembered as the best coaching ...

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