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Paul George has spoken to Kawhi Leonard about free agency experience
Paul George has spoken to Kawhi Leonard about free agency experience

What did they talk about? "That's between us."

Zion out to avoid
Zion out to avoid 'what ifs' in March Madness

Duke overcame a shaky start in their NCAA tournament opener, thanks to a superb individual performance from Zion Williamson.

LeBron: Lakers season
LeBron: Lakers season 'not what we signed up for'

Despite insisting playoff basketball is never promised, LeBron James said the Lakers' season was "not what we signed up for".

Underdogs Oregon, UC Irvine meet for Sweet 16 berth

A second-round NCAA Tournament matchup between Oregon and UC Irvine is a major surprise, based on their seeds. The No. 12 Ducks (24-12) have ripped off nine consecutive victories, snatching an automatic bid by winning the Pac-12 tournament and then burying Wisconsin 72-54 with a dominant second half

Underdogs Oregon, UC Irvine meet for Sweet 16 berth

A second-round NCAA Tournament matchup between Oregon and UC Irvine is a major surprise, based on their seeds. The No. 12 Ducks (24-12) have ripped off nine consecutive victories, snatching an automatic bid by winning the Pac-12 tournament and then burying Wisconsin 72-54 with a dominant second half

No. 12 Liberty looks for encore vs. Virginia Tech

Liberty guard Caleb Homesley was one of the heroes of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The redshirt junior scored a career-high 30 points -- 22 in the second half, 14 in the final seven minutes -- to rally the 12th-seeded Flames to an 80-76 victory over Mississippi State on Friday in an East

No. 12 Liberty looks for encore vs. Virginia Tech

Liberty guard Caleb Homesley was one of the heroes of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The redshirt junior scored a career-high 30 points -- 22 in the second half, 14 in the final seven minutes -- to rally the 12th-seeded Flames to an 80-76 victory over Mississippi State on Friday in an East

Duke freshmen ready for matchup with UCF

Duke's heralded freshmen embraced the NCAA Tournament in their first shot and that means they'll have at least another game. "I think we were very excited because, especially for me," forward Zion Williamson said. The Blue Devils (30-5), the top seed in the East Region, take on ninth-seeded

Duke freshmen ready for matchup with UCF

Duke's heralded freshmen embraced the NCAA Tournament in their first shot and that means they'll have at least another game. "I think we were very excited because, especially for me," forward Zion Williamson said. The Blue Devils (30-5), the top seed in the East Region, take on ninth-seeded

TIPPING OFF: Tight games, near upsets mark women
TIPPING OFF: Tight games, near upsets mark women's tourney

It was some opening day for the women's NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 2:46 of regulation to secure the victory. Mercer gave Iowa all it could handle and fell just short of becoming the first 15-seed to ever win a game.

TIPPING OFF: Wofford, Murray State aim for big March moment
TIPPING OFF: Wofford, Murray State aim for big March moment

The first teams will earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on Saturday - and the upstarts are right there near the front of the line. There are eight double-digit seeds left in the field of 32 entering the second round, three of those coming from outside the power conferences: No. 12

TIPPING OFF: Wofford, Murray State aim for big March moment
TIPPING OFF: Wofford, Murray State aim for big March moment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The first teams will earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on Saturday - and the upstarts are right there near the front of the line.

Buffalo seeks respect as it faces Texas Tech

Buffalo has been an overlooked program that continues to pile up victories. Now the Bulls are one win away from being labeled as a Sweet 16 program. Sixth-seeded Buffalo (32-3) looks to solidify itself as a March Madness force and aims to notch its 14th consecutive victory when it faces third-seeded

Buffalo seeks respect as it faces Texas Tech

Buffalo has been an overlooked program that continues to pile up victories. Now the Bulls are one win away from being labeled as a Sweet 16 program. Sixth-seeded Buffalo (32-3) looks to solidify itself as a March Madness force and aims to notch its 14th consecutive victory when it faces third-seeded

Odd surprise, lots of top NBA talent left in NCAA Tournament

It shouldn't come as a surprise that this spring's NBA draft will feature lots of good players from lots of good college teams. As the numbers from recent seasons show, the path to the upper reaches of the NBA lottery does not always intersect with the road to the Final Four. The NCAA Tournament

Friday
Friday's NCAA Tournament Recap: Irvine, Oregon, Liberty land upsets

Everything you need to know about the NCAA tournament action on Friday.

Volunteers need more from Williams against Iowa

After Tennessee fended off Colgate's upset bid Friday with a 77-70 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, point guard Jordan Bone chose to take the "glass is half-full" approach when asked for his take on the game. Second-seeded Tennessee (30-5) will try to reach the South Region

Volunteers need more from Williams against Iowa

After Tennessee fended off Colgate's upset bid Friday with a 77-70 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, point guard Jordan Bone chose to take the "glass is half-full" approach when asked for his take on the game. Second-seeded Tennessee (30-5) will try to reach the South Region

Woods scores 19 as Ohio State upends Iowa State

Keyshawn Woods scored seven of his 19 points in the final 3:13, including the go-ahead jumper in the lane, to lift No. 11 seed Ohio State to a 62-59 victory over No. 6 Iowa State on Friday night in the first round of the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes

Brady, SuperSonics and the iPod shuffle - the last time LeBron missed the NBA playoffs
Brady, SuperSonics and the iPod shuffle - the last time LeBron missed the NBA playoffs

We take a look at what the world looked like in 2004-05, when LeBron James last missed the NBA playoffs.

Oklahoma blitzes Ole Miss with offensive barrage

Rashard Odomes and Christian James scored 20 points each as Oklahoma turned up the offense from the start to lead the No. 9-seeded Sooners to a 95-72 win over No. 8 Ole Miss on Friday in the South Regional at Columbia, S.C. The Sooners (20-13) advance to play Sunday against top-seeded Virginia, which

Recap: Jessie Harper
Recap: Jessie Harper's 12th career multi-homer game lifts No. 11 Arizona past Oregon State

Pac-12 Networks' Krista Blunk and Barb Jordan recap No. 11 Arizona's 9-1 run-rule win over Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday evening. The Wildcats were unbothered by the rain delay, as Jessie Harper had 4 RBI and hit two home runs to accomplish her 12th career multi-homer game and her fourth this season. Missy Nunes scored the Beavers' only run of the evening.

Recap: Arizona State softball opens three-game series against Utah with shutout victory
Recap: Arizona State softball opens three-game series against Utah with shutout victory

Pac-12 Networks' Cindy Brunson and Kenzie Fowler recap No. 18 Arizona State's 13-0 win over Utah in five innings on Friday evening in Tempe. ASU's Samantha Mejia held Utah to just one hit, while Maddi Hackbarth launched two home runs to lift ASU to 23-8 on the season. The Sun Devils continue their three-game series with the Utes on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Arizona and Pac-12 Mountain.

Bucks get Antetokounmpo back, easily handle Heat

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 116-87 win over the visiting Miami Heat on Friday night. Miami, which was led by Hassan Whiteside's 14 points, nine rebounds and a game-high three blocks, had closed its deficit to 63-58 early

No. 2 seed Oregon cruises 78-40 over No. 15 Portland St
No. 2 seed Oregon cruises 78-40 over No. 15 Portland St

Satou Sabally had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help second-seeded Oregon to an easy 78-40 victory over No. 15 seed Portland State on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu put the home crowd at Matthew Knight Arena on its feet with a stunning

No. 3 Houston shuts down Georgia State

Guard Corey Davis Jr. scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half, and No. 3 Houston suffocated Georgia State's normally lethal perimeter shooting en route to an 84-55 victory in the first round of the Midwest Region on Friday night in Tulsa, Okla. Houston (32-3) will face No. 11 Ohio

No. 1 Duke routs North Dakota State

RJ Barrett pumped in 26 points and Zion Williamson scored 25 points in their first NCAA Tournament game, and top-seeded Duke relied on a huge second half to dispatch No. 16 seed North Dakota State 85-62 on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. Classmate Cam Reddish added 12 points as

Top-seeded UNC overcomes slow 1st half to beat Iona in NCAAs
Top-seeded UNC overcomes slow 1st half to beat Iona in NCAAs

North Carolina completed a perfect first round for top seeds in this NCAA Tournament, but not before Iona became the latest No. 16 seed to show these matchups are no sure thing. Cameron Johnson scored 21 points, and North Carolina quickly erased a five-point halftime deficit to hot-shooting Iona, going

Top-seed North Carolina overcomes slow start, rips Iona

Cameron Johnson hit for 21 points, while Nassir Little scored 19 points in his NCAA Tournament debut as top-seeded North Carolina picked it up in the second half in an 88-73 victory against Iona in a Midwest Region game Friday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It was a huge turnaround after

No. 1 seed Mississippi St beats Southern 103-46 in NCAAs
No. 1 seed Mississippi St beats Southern 103-46 in NCAAs

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Anriel Howard scored 23 points, Teaira McCowan added 22 and top-seeded Mississippi State rolled past No. 16 seed Southern 103-46 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.

Ekmark leads Arizona State past UCF, 60-45
Ekmark leads Arizona State past UCF, 60-45

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Courtney Ekmark has two NCAA championship rings from her time at Connecticut.

Miami scrambles late, survives to beat FGCU 69-62
Miami scrambles late, survives to beat FGCU 69-62

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Beatrice Mompremier scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Miami needed an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to come from briefly being behind and beat 13th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 69-62 in a first-round Portland Region game Friday night.

Liberty upsets Mississippi St 80-76 for 1st NCAA tourney win
Liberty upsets Mississippi St 80-76 for 1st NCAA tourney win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, Liberty didn't give in a bit. Instead, the Flames just kept getting the ball to Caleb Homesley.

Duke routs North Dakota State

RJ Barrett pumped in 26 points and Zion Williamson scored 25 points in their first NCAA Tournament game, and top-seeded Duke relied on a huge second half to dispatch No. 16 seed North Dakota State 85-62 on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. Classmate Cam Reddish added 12 points as

Duke
Duke's Zion Show has successful NCAA Tournament debut

Everything was set for Zion Williamson's starring turn on the biggest stage in college basketball. The Duke megastar made his NCAA Tournament debut some 90 miles away from his high school, in front of what was essentially a hometown crowd, with a CBS camera dedicated to his every move.

Ballock, Zegarowski carry Creighton over Memphis in NIT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Mitch Ballock and Marcus Zegarowski scored 14 points apiece as Creighton topped Memphis 79-67 in the NIT second round on Friday night.

Penn has 24 and Indiana surprises Texas 69-65
Penn has 24 and Indiana surprises Texas 69-65

While Texas put its focus on slowing Ali Patberg, Indiana's Jaelynn Penn had her game going from the start. The sophomore guard had 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and 10th-seeded Indiana surprised No. 7 Texas 69-65 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bendu Yeaney added 17

Oklahoma blitzes Ole Miss with offensive barrage

Rashard Odomes and Christian James scored 20 points each as Oklahoma turned up the offense from the start to lead the No. 9-seeded Sooners to a 95-72 win over No. 8 Ole Miss on Friday in the East Regional at Columbia, S.C. The Sooners (20-13) advance to play Sunday against top-seeded Virginia, which

Edwards
Edwards' 3s lead Clemson over South Dakota 79-66 in NCAAs

Danielle Edwards endured three straight years of a lot of losses before finally getting a chance to play in the Big Dance. With every 3-pointer that splashed through the net in the fourth quarter, it was obvious the Clemson senior was ready for her opportunity. Simone Westbrook scored 27 points, Edwards

Collier
Collier's double-double leads No. 2 UConn to rout of Towson

UConn wanted to make a statement after failing to get a No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament. Napheesa Collier scored 23 points and UConn, in the unusual position of being a No. 2 seed, got off to its usual NCAA tournament start with a 110-61 rout of 15th-seeded Towson on Friday night. Collier

Liberty pulls off upset of Mississippi State

Liberty junior Caleb Homesley scored 14 points in the final seven minutes en route to a career-high 30 as the 12th-seeded Flames roared back to upset Mississippi State 80-76 Friday in an East Region game in San Jose, Calif. Homesley led the comeback from a 10-point deficit, but the fifth-seeded Bulldogs

Hemphill, Dillard lead 10 seed Buffalo over Rutgers 82-71
Hemphill, Dillard lead 10 seed Buffalo over Rutgers 82-71

A year after advancing to the program's first Sweet 16, Buffalo is still making memories. Summer Hemphill scored 23 points and Cierra Dillard added 20 as the 10th seeded Bulls (24-9) upset seventh-seeded Rutgers 82-71 on Friday. Hanna Hall and Autumn Jones each added 12 points for the Mid-American

South Region: In 'rebuilding' years, Purdue, 'Nova excel

Villanova lost four players off last season's NCAA championship team to the NBA draft and the Wildcats still won the Big East. Purdue had to replace four starters off a team that went 30-7 and reached the Sweet 16 last year and still won a share of the Big Ten championship. Coach Jay Wright'

Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin
Oregon extends March run with 72-54 win over Wisconsin

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Oregon was stumbling toward the end of a disappointing season until a strong turnaround led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Looking dangerous, No. 6 seed Buffalo breezes past ASU
Looking dangerous, No. 6 seed Buffalo breezes past ASU

Looking like a No. 6 seed no one wants to play, high-scoring Buffalo breezed into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins each had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Buffalo shrugged off 11th-seeded Arizona State 91-74 on Friday in the West Region

Stanford faces familiar NCAA opponent in UC Davis

Ten months ago, Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer called once more upon her counterpart at UC Davis for some offensive guidance. Davis coach Jennifer Gross and her top assistant and husband, Joe Teramoto, visited campus a third time to work with VanDerveer and the Cardinal on the Princeton system.

No. 13 seed UC Irvine stuns Kansas State
No. 13 seed UC Irvine stuns Kansas State

Guards Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard each scored 19 points as No. 13 seed UC Irvine upset short-handed Kansas State 70-64 Friday in the first round of the South Region in San Jose, Calif. Hazzard made 5 of 11 3-point shots, including a trey with 1:25 left for a five-point lead. Leonard, who added six

Carter scores 27 in return as A&M downs Wright St. 84-61
Carter scores 27 in return as A&M downs Wright St. 84-61

Any concerns about how Texas A&M's star point guard Chennedy Carter would perform in her return from injury were quickly put to rest on Friday. Carter scored 27 points in her first game since surgery to repair two breaks in her right pinky finger, with 14 coming in Texas A&M's huge first quarter

Healthy Killian Tillie makes Gonzaga tough to defend

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie returned from a foot injury in January, only to injure it again. The Zags were a bit more aggressive with Tillie's rehab the second time around and it seems to have paid off. Playing fast and free, Tillie was superb in top-seeded Gonzaga's blowout win over Fairleigh

Missouri hits late FT, beats Drake 77-76 in OT
Missouri hits late FT, beats Drake 77-76 in OT

Just moments after the worst foul of her career, Drake's Becca Hittner got her chance for redemption. Hittner's wide-open jumper as time expired instead clanked off the back of the rim, a cruel reminder that for every March buzzer-beater there's a potential game winner that ends in anguish

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