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Gary Trent Jr. leaving Duke after 1 season for NBA draft

Gary Trent Jr. says he’s leaving Duke after one year for the NBA draft. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge says the freshman guard is in the process of hiring an agent. …


Villanova’s Jalen Brunson, South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson win Wooden Awards

Jalen Brunson of national champion Villanova and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year. They received their trophies during the …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Jazz sign former Gonzaga guard David Stockton for rest of season

David Stockton is sticking with the Utah Jazz. Stockton, son of Utah legend and Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, is expected to sign with the Jazz for the …


Missouri’s Jontay Porter enters NBA draft

Missouri freshman forward Jontay Porter is following brother Michael Jr. into the NBA draft. Porter said he will enter the draft without hiring an agent, allowing him to pull out …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

Thousands of fans lined up in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University’s Wildcats. The winners of the men’s basketball tournament rode …


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Gonzaga gets high marks in 2019 projections

Gonzaga is projected as a No. 1 seed, ranked in the top 10 and among the favorites to win the 2019 national title. So says ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi, seven …


Hurricanes guard Lonnie Walker IV says he’s turning pro

Miami Hurricanes freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV says he’s turning pro. Walker announced on Twitter that he’ll hire an agent, which would prevent him from returning to the Hurricanes, and …


Duke freshman Trevon Duval enters NBA draft, plans to hire agent

Duke freshman Trevon Duval is entering the NBA draft. Duval announced his decision through the school and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge says the point guard plans to hire an agent. …


East Carolina brings back Dooley as its men’s hoops coach

East Carolina has hired Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast as its new head men’s basketball coach. It’s Dooley’s second stint as the Pirates’ head coach. He went 57-52 in …


URI promotes assistant Cox as successor to Dan Hurley

The University of Rhode Island has promoted David Cox to be the school’s men’s basketball coach. Cox had served as associate head coach for the last four years under Dan …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Villanova goes from dominant to dynasty with NCAA title romp

Villanova players flash their fingers in a “V” symbol to celebrate big wins. For coach Jay Wright, that’s a finger for every national championship ring.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Gonzaga No. 10 in USA Today’s final rankings

Gonzaga barely hung on to a top-10 ranking in USA Today’s final college basketball poll. The Zags (32-5), who were No. 8 in USA Today’s March 5 rankings, dropped a …


Duke is No. 1, Gonzaga 6th in AP’s version of the way-too-early poll for 2018-19

Villanova was clearly the college basketball best team in 2017-18, romping through the NCAA Tournament, capping it rout over Michigan in the title game. Now depression sets in for college …


Zags ranked sixth in ESPN’s ‘Way Too Early’ men’s basketball poll

It seems logical that fans of every college team, with the exception of those who favor Villanova, are saying “wait ’til next year.” Well, why wait? Gonzaga fans can get …


Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson jumps to NBA draft

Jaren Jackson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a freshman for Michigan State, is leaving early for the NBA.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

No stopping Villanova as Wildcats roll to second championship in three years

The Villanova Wildcats treated the Michigan Wolverines pretty much the same way they treated the rest of their NCAA Tournament opponents: like a practice squad.


San Diego makes Sam Scholl its men’s hoops coach

The University of San Diego has dropped the interim tag for coach Sam Scholl after he guided the team in the postseason.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth says Zags staying in WCC

Gonzaga is staying put in the West Coast Conference, athletic director Mike Roth said.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:55 a.m.

John Blanchette: In the end, a change of scenery just wasn’t enough for Gonzaga

In the shortest romance since Taylor Swift and, well, anybody, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth made official Monday the ceasefire of flirtations between the Bulldogs and the MWC. That means …


From humble beginnings, 3-point shot now the key to a title

It used to be considered a gimmick, an experiment and even worse – a shot employed only by risk-taking coaches with teams that were big on dreams, short on talent …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Villanova sets Final Four record with 18 3-pointers in 95-79 NCAA Tournament win over Kansas

One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Moe Wagner, Michigan end Loyola-Chicago’s NCAA Tournament run in Final Four

Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson says Gonzaga likely to remain in WCC; GU officials caught a little off guard by comments

There are strong indications Gonzaga will remain in the WCC after months of discussing a possible move to the Mountain West Conference.


Xavier promotes Travis Steele to coach, replacing Chris Mack

Xavier has hired assistant Travis Steele as its head coach, keeping with its custom of promoting from within and maintaining continuity. Steele has been an assistant at Xavier for 10 …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Gonzaga-bound Filip Petrusev helps Montverde capture national title

Gonzaga-bound forward Filip Petrusev capped his prep career with another strong performance and a national championship. Petrusev scored 15 points as No. 1 Montverde Academy capped an unbeaten season with …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Notre Dame beats UConn on last-second shot to earn spot in national championship game

Arike Ogunbowale’s jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted Notre Dame to a 91-89 overtime victory over UConn on Friday night in the national semifinals.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run is special for Washington State assistant Bennie Seltzer

First things first: Bennie Seltzer didn’t stick around long enough to experience Loyola Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four, but you won’t get him to confess to wishing he …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams makes Senior CLASS second team

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams’ awards collection keeps on growing. Williams on Friday was named Senior CLASS Award second-team All-American.


Washington State gets verbal commitment from Slovenian-born wing Aljaz Kunc

Kunc is a native of Slovenia and would become the first player born outside of the United States and Canada to sign with the Cougars under fourth-year coach Ernie Kent. …