College basketball

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
January 06, 2020 - 1:50 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston smoothly dribbling in and out of traffic, distributing the ball and making jump shots. Xavier Tillman controlling the interior on both ends of the court. This is why Michigan State was the nation's top-ranked team at the beginning of the season. It took a...
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Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma watches the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU in University Park, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
January 06, 2020 - 10:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn cruised to two more conference wins and remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll to start off 2020. The Huskies received 19 first-place votes Monday from a 30-member media panel to stay ahead of second-ranked Oregon. The Ducks got seven first-place votes...
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San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego Christian Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
January 06, 2020 - 9:47 am
San Diego State survived a big test by beating a talented Utah State team on the road. Auburn kicked off the SEC season by winning at Mississippi State for the third time in its last 18 tries. As the calendar flipped to a new year, the Aztecs and Tigers are the only undefeated Division I teams left...
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Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) blocks a shot attempt by Mississippi State guard Tyson Carter (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
January 04, 2020 - 4:47 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — J'Von McCormick scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 8 Auburn to an 80-68 win over Mississippi State on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Auburn (13-0, 1-0) placed five players in double figures. Samir Doughty had 15 points, and Isaac...
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Marquette's Markus Howard reacts after making a 3-pointer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
January 04, 2020 - 1:31 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard scored 29 points and Marquette started the New Year with a 71-60 upset of 10th-ranked Villanova on Saturday. Howard, who entered the day as the nation's top scorer at more than 25 points a game, added eight rebounds before fouling out to lead the Golden Eagles (10-3,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, Syracuse's Emily Engstler plays against Michigan during an NCAA women's college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Engstler hit the winning layup at the overtime buzzer to upset unbeaten Florida State 90-89, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
January 03, 2020 - 12:16 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse forward Emily Engstler spent much of Thursday night's game against No. 8 Florida State in foul trouble and on the Orange bench. All it took was one remarkable play to brighten the moment and send coach Quentin Hillsman into a frenzy. Engstler hit the winning layup at...
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Duke center Vernon Carey Jr. dunks against Boston College during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 03, 2020 - 11:35 am
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr.’s friends and family will lead the cheers Saturday night when he’s introduced at a University of Miami game for the first time, just as Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga envisioned when he began recruiting the precocious youngster five years ago. Alas for...
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Villanova head coach Jay Wright shouts from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 68-62. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
January 03, 2020 - 10:16 am
The final seconds of the 2016 national title game were some of the most dramatic in college basketball history. North Carolina's Marcus Paige hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left, only to be upstaged by Villanova's Kris Jenkins hitting a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-...
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Oregon guard Payton Pritchard, left, fights for control of the ball with Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 02, 2020 - 10:47 pm
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — McKinley Wright IV received a little pep talk from none other than himself. “I told myself I had to get going,” he said of his second-half inner monologue. Wright listened to Wright. The junior guard scored 11 of his 21 points in the final five minutes and Colorado beat...
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Portland guard Quincy Ferebee, left, and center Theo Akwuba, right, defend against Gonzaga guard Ryan Woolridge, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
January 02, 2020 - 10:40 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Challenged by Portland to open conference play, top-ranked Gonzaga leaned on the experience and leadership of Killian Tillie. Tillie had 22 points, Corey Kispert added 18 and the Bulldogs rallied from a second-half deficit to beat Portland 85-72 on Thursday night for their...
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