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Kuchar wins Memorial

Matt Kuchar was in a good spot Sunday at the Memorial. He had his first multiple-win season, and an audience with tournament host Jack Nicklaus. Needing two putts from 20 feet to hold off a late charge from Kevin Chappell, Kuchar punctuated a remarkably steady final round by making the birdie putt for a 4-under 68 and a two-shot victory at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. He joined Tiger Woods as the only players with more than one win this year on the PGA Tour.

N.C. A&T finally wins in NCAA

DAYTON, Ohio – After more than 30 years of trying, North Carolina A&T finally has an NCAA men’s basketball tournament win. To do it, the Aggies had to survive one last, harrowing, close call.

GU vs. WSU (Dec.5)

Kevin Pangos, who made nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points in GU’s win over WSU last season, missed open shot after open shot Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum – until it mattered the most. The sophomore guard drove the length of the court and hit a short bank shot with 2.2 seconds left, carrying No. 10 Gonzaga to a wild 71-69 victory over the Cougars.

Gonzaga Bulldogs crush Lewis Clark State College

The Gonzaga Bulldog men came off a big win at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Orlando, Florida and handled the Warriors of Lewis Clark State College 104-57 Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 in the McCarthey Athletic Center at GU.

Gonzaga vs. Northwest Nazarene (Oct. 27)

Gonzaga, ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason poll released on Friday, plays Northwest Nazarene in a men’s basketball exhibition game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga won the game 93-45.

Gonzaga vs. Ohio State (March 17)

Jared Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets in the final 3 minutes to lead the Buckeyes past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday and into the round of 16 for the third straight year.

Butler a win away from returning to Final Four

NEW ORLEANS – Florida coach Billy Donovan looks at the Butler Bulldogs and sees a team built to succeed in the NCAA tournament. And that’s just what Butler has done over the course of the last two seasons under fourth-year coach Brad Stevens.

Kansas wallops Richmond in men’s Sweet 16

SAN ANTONIO – Ramping up for perhaps the biggest game in school history, 12th-seeded Richmond huddled in the tunnel. That’s when Kansas players came trotting past and the trouble started. Shoves were traded. Words were exchanged and security appeared. It ended quickly without a fight and the Jayhawks went on their way.

North Carolina dismantles Marquette in men’s Sweet 16

NEWARK, N.J. – Catch ’em if you can. After repeated early, deep deficits this postseason, North Carolina flipped the script Friday night, dismantling Marquette 81-63 in an East Regional semifinal that was over before the half.

Arizona Wildcats upset defending national champion Duke Blue Devils

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Derrick Williams carried Arizona in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in the game against Duke. His teammates returned the favor in the final 20 minutes with an offensive barrage that stunned the defending national champions. Williams scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the first half of Arizona’s 93-77 victory Thursday night, helping the Wildcats reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.

Kentucky Wildcats ready for No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes

NEWARK, N.J. – Kentucky prides itself on its history, and rightfully so. The Wildcats have done just about everything there is to do in college basketball. Whether you’re talking about their 51 NCAA tournament appearances, 13 Final Fours or seven national championships, few programs rival the bluebloods from the Bluegrass State.

Butler elite again

NEW ORLEANS – Matt Howard and Butler are starting to make this look a little bit easier. After narrowly surviving its first two NCAA tournament games by margins of two points or less, Butler led by 20 points before holding on for a 61-54 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Huskies must find inside players for future success

SEATTLE – Lorenzo Romar anticipated the question before it was asked. The University of Washington men’s  basketball coach hears it at about this time every year. Where will you get your inside scoring next season?

Notebook: BYU had extra motivation

DENVER – It’s no easy task defending BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, the nation’s top scorer. It’s even tougher when Fredette and his teammates are highly motivated.