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  • N.C. State stuns No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Battle 4 Atlantis

    Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But it was Beverly — who...

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  • Tennessee tops No. 18 Purdue 78-75 (OT) in Battle 4 Atlantis

    Grant Williams scored all 22 of his points after halftime and hit the go-ahead shot with 14.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Tennessee past No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in Wednesday's opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. After P.J. Thompson missed a jumper for the lead, James Daniel hit two...

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  • Louisville says freshman Bowen will not play for Cardinals

    Louisville said that freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school and that the Cardinals have parted ways with men's basketball associate coach Kenny Johnson. The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with Louisville in June but had been held out of practice and games since the school...

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  • Trump labels father of UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

    President Donald Trump continued to taunt the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China Wednesday, calling him an "ungrateful fool." In a series of tweets fired off before dawn on the first day of his Thanksgiving vacation, the president complained yet again that...

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  • Competition, expense bring curtain down on Alaska Shootout

    Four decades ago, Alaska Anchorage head basketball coach Bob Rachal was looking to promote the program, and while rubbing shoulders with coaches from major programs at the Final Four, he found a way. The NCAA wanted a presence in all 50 states and had created a rule to help the...

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  • No. 6 Wichita State beats Marquette 80-66 in Maui semis

    Landry Shamet scored 19 points, Connor Frankamp added 13 and No. 6 Wichita State rode its second-half defense into the Maui Invitational title game with an 80-66 victory over Marquette on Tuesday. Wichita State (4-0) needed a massive rally just to get into the semifinals after a slow start...

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  • No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 Villanova top Battle 4 Atlantis field

    Arizona coach Sean Miller has seen his second-ranked Wildcats start the year with three easy wins and guard Allonzo Trier put up big numbers seemingly with ease. Things will be tougher this week for Arizona in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features an eight-team...

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  • LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

    Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left...

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  • Phil Knight's tourney draws top-10 teams to Oregon this week

    Nike founder Phil Knight is throwing a birthday party and every college basketball fan is invited. Well, they can at least watch it on TV. Knight is celebrating his 80th birthday by staging a two-bracket tournament — the PK80 — beginning Thursday in Oregon. It includes some of the...

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  • LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

    Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left...

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  • Duncan, Stockton headline college hoops Hall of Fame class

    John Stockton and Tim Duncan made their names in college, polished their legacies in the NBA, and retired with resumes that made them a lock for induction into just about any Hall of Fame. Hard to believe there was a time when a precious few wanted them. Stockton was an undersized point...

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  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

    President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump's tweet Sunday comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN. "Who?" LaVar Ball...

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  • Trump to host NCAA champions at White House Friday

    President Donald Trump is set to host collegiate sports championship teams at the White House Friday. The White House says NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion, but has not provided a list of the teams attending. Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion...

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  • Trump exhorts UCLA trio to thank Xi for release in China

    President Donald Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China. Trump had tweeted Wednesday: "Do you think the three UCLA basketball p layers...

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  • Creativity required for low-majors in the recruiting game

    Jack Murphy zigzagged across his hometown, ducking into gyms to watch AAU basketball players on all points of the Las Vegas compass. Some stops lasted minutes, long enough for Murphy to stand near a doorway to evaluate a player who just popped up on his radar. Others, he stayed the entire...

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  • 3 UCLA players suspended indefinitely after China arrests

    Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were described as "good young men" by Alford at a campus news conference. The coach...

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  • Trump asks whether UCLA players will thank him for release

    President Donald Trump is asking whether three UCLA basketball players released from detention in China will thank him. Trump said he raised their case with China's president when he visited Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) in Beijing last week. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody...

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  • Mykhailiuk's 17 lead No. 4 Kansas past No. 7 Kentucky 65-61

    Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws to give No. 4 Kansas a 65-61 victory over No. 7 Kentucky on Tuesday night that put coach Bill Self in a tie for second with Roy Williams on the Jayhawks' all-time wins list. In a game that matched the two...

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  • Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

    Grayson Allen — Duke's lone senior — scored a career-high 37 points, freshman Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. On a court full of some college basketball's brightest stars,...

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  • Ex-Auburn basketball coach pleads not guilty in fraud case

    A prosecutor says the government has 16 hours of telephone conversations by fired Auburn associate head basketball coach Chuck Person to use against him at trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone in New York made the disclosure as Person pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a...

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  • 3 UCLA players return to US after China shoplifting incident

    Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles.

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  • Trump hopes swift return of UCLA players detained in China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting will be allowed to return home soon. Trump said he had a long conversation on the matter with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. "They're working on it right...

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  • Blue-blood doubleheader highlights Top 25 games this week

    The first weekend of the 2017-18 season, like so many before, was filled with power programs rolling overmatched teams. There were a few closer-than-expected games, for sure, and one game between ranked teams, an 88-65 victory by No. 25 Texas A&M over No. 11 West Virginia. For the most...

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  • Champions Classic uniquely timed test for hoops blue bloods

    The biggest thing Kansas coach Bill Self wants to change about the Champions Classic is his record. The teams? The timing? The location? He's good with all of it. So are his counterparts at Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State, who have been involved in the annual doubleheader pitting...

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