Men's college basketball

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2003, file photo, Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, top, fights to keep his balance after New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Marton tried to steal the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The honorees were announced Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis before the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
April 06, 2019 - 6:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons. Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite...
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Duke freshman Zion Williamson answers questions at a news conference where he was awarded the Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year award at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 05, 2019 - 8:03 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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. Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe...
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Michigan State guard Jack Hoiberg walks to the court for a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 05, 2019 - 6:46 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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...
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Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard pumps his fist during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 05, 2019 - 6:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia's climb to its Final Four breakthrough began with a sound defensive scheme, a steadfast foundation allowing the Cavaliers to grind down even the best and most balanced of offenses for years. At Texas Tech, it's as much about pairing an aggressive edge with the X's and O'...
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Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) laughs as he gather with Ty Jerome (11), Jay Huff (30) and De'Andre Hunter (12) during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 05, 2019 - 4:34 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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...
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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett passes the ball during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 05, 2019 - 2:10 pm
The Latest on the Final Four (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The sun came up the next day for the Purdue Boilermakers, and coach Matt Painter kept his eye on the big picture. After that heartbreaking loss to Virginia in the Elite Eight, one way of looking at it was that the Boilermakers were lucky to...
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April 05, 2019 - 1:32 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A federal jury on Friday convicted a Florida health care executive on 20 criminal counts in what prosecutors described as a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme. Jurors reached a partial verdict after four days of deliberating the fate of Philip Esformes in one of the biggest such cases in...
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Texas players react after defeating Lipscomb in the championship basketball game of the National Invitational Tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Texas won 81-66. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 05, 2019 - 3:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship. Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to the NIT championship with an 81-66 win over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. "It's great to win a championship," coach Shaka Smart said. The Longhorns...
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Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard speaks during a news conference after being named The Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 04, 2019 - 7:21 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Beard of Texas Tech had a cheering, boisterous audience as he took stage Thursday to accept the trophy as The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year — his players and family filling the front row to celebrate his success as their own. He was happy to...
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Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard speaks after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 04, 2019 - 6:12 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (all times local): 5:03 p.m. Shortly before taking home the AP coach of the year trophy Wednesday, Texas Tech's Chris Beard recalled a very different trophy he spent decades thinking about before finally getting his hands on it...
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