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When NBA returns, will Warriors' dominance come back, too?

The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr. The Warriors who return Thursday night aren't the same ones who dominated the NBA for the last three seasons. At 44-14 and loaded with four All-Stars, the Warriors are still very good, but not as good they

Plumlee set to rejoin Nuggets; Millsap close behind, too

Two injured Denver Nuggets forwards returned to practice Wednesday with the All-Star break winding down. Paul Millsap, sidelined since having left wrist surgery in November, isn't certain of his return date, but Mason Plumlee, out since late January with a calf injury, expects to play Friday when

Dose: Rearranging of the Bulls
Dose: Rearranging of the Bulls

Here's your update on what you missed over the break, including David Nwaba starting for the Bulls and a Kawhi Leonard update!

Nowitzki 'disgusted' by accusations against Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki, who holds virtually every career record in Dallas Mavericks history, said he was stunned to hear accusations of serial sexual harassment in the team's offices. Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that numerous female employees were propositioned, verbally mistreated and touched inappropriately

Metu scores 21, USC beats Colorado 75-64
Metu scores 21, USC beats Colorado 75-64

Chimezie Metu scored 21 points, Jordan McLaughlin added 18 and USC beat Colorado 75-64 on Wednesday night. Tied at 58, the Trojans (20-9, 11-5 Pac 12) pulled away on a 12-0 run in the waning minutes as they continue to make their case for the NCAA Tournament. USC shot 55 percent for the game.

Fresno State trio power bulldogs past UNLV, 77-64

The Fresno State trio of Deshon Taylor, Bryson Williams and Jaron Hopkins combined to score all but 15 of Fresno State's points as the Bulldogs hung a 77-64 loss on UNLV on Wednesday night to maintain their hold on third place in the Mountain West Conference. The top five teams earn a first-round

Allen scores 28, No. 5 Duke routs Louisville 82-56
Allen scores 28, No. 5 Duke routs Louisville 82-56

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Grayson Allen scored 28 points and No. 5 Duke routed Louisville 82-56 on Wednesday night.

Bridges has 27 points, No. 3 Villanova beats DePaul 93-62
Bridges has 27 points, No. 3 Villanova beats DePaul 93-62

PHILADELPHIA - Mikal Bridges scored 27 points and Phil Booth added 14 in his return to the lineup to lead No. 3 Villanova to a 93-62 victory over DePaul on Wednesday night. Eric Paschall had 16 points, and Jalen Brunson added 11 points and seven assists to help the Wildcats (25-3, 12-3 Big East) beat

Marquette hits 13 3-pointers, beats St. John's 85-73

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Sam Hauser made five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points as Marquette rolled to an 85-73 victory over St. John's on Wednesday night.

Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama

Jared Harper scored 21 points, Chuma Okeke had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 12 Auburn beat rival Alabama 90-71 Wednesday night even without ailing star Mustapha Heron. Down to seven scholarship players, the Tigers (24-4, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) turned a five-point halftime lead into a blowout

Boyd buzzer-beater lifts George Mason past Saint Joe's 79-76

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ian Boyd picked up a loose ball at the top of the key and drilled a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give George Mason a 79-76 win over Saint Joseph's in an Atlantic 10 battle on Wednesday night.

Hornets begin playoff push versus Nets

The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets will each feature a new look when they return from the All-Star break to duel Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. Star point guard D'Angelo Russell is expected to make his first start for the Nets since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November. The

No. 9 Purdue hopes to have Vincent Edwards vs. Illinois

Purdue senior forward Vincent Edwards, the No. 9 Boilermakers' second-leading scorer and top rebounder who suffered a sprained ankle injury in practice Saturday, said he is a "game-time decision" to play Thursday at Illinois. The ankle swelled to twice its size, making Edwards (14.9 points

Loyola-Chicago beats SIU 75-56 for first MVC title

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Clayton Custer scored 16 points and Loyola-Chicago beat Southern Illinois 75-56 on Wednesday night to clinch its first Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.

Cavaliers look to continue surge against Wizards

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team's four new players forgot all the plays over the All-Star break, so Wednesday's practice was a busy day to re-teach and re-learn. No one is forgetting about the defending Eastern Conference champion Cavs now, especially since LeBron James has

Magic get Gordon, Vucevic back for Knicks game

The Orlando Magic are getting a dose of good news while the last three weeks have been nothing but bad news for the New York Knicks. The Magic are expected to get Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic back from injuries Thursday when they host the Knicks, who are trying to stop an eight-game losing streak

Kansas women win 3rd Big 12 game, upset No. 25 Oklahoma St

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kylee Kopatich scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, Tyler Johnson scored 11 points before fouling out with 1:53 remaining and Kansas won just its third Big 12 game of the season with a 66-59 upset of No. 25 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Stevens, Collier help No. 1 UConn beat Tulane 91-47
Stevens, Collier help No. 1 UConn beat Tulane 91-47

Azura Stevens scored 23 points, Napheesa Collier scored 22 and No. 1 UConn won its 50th straight road game, 91-47 over Tulane on Wednesday night. Katie Lou Samuelson had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for UConn (27-0, 14-0 American), which led by as many as many as 32 in the first half and

No. 18 South Florida women beat Houston to clinch No. 2 seed

Kitija Laksa scored 32 points, Maria Jespersen had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 South Florida beat Houston 81-65 on Wednesday night to seal the No. 2 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Jespersen recorded her league-best 16th double-double of the season in the first half with

Report: Seattle hosting Kings-Warriors preseason game
Report: Seattle hosting Kings-Warriors preseason game

Kevin Durant back in Seattle against team that almost moved there

No. 14 Ohio State women step closer to at least a title tie

Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and No. 14 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 88-54 on Wednesday night, moving the Buckeyes closer to at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship. If the Buckeyes (23-6, 12-3) win at home against Rutgers on Sunday they will finish in no worse than a tie

No. 23 Belmont women win 18th straight

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Kylee Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds, Sally McCabe added 16 points and nine boards, and Belmont won its 18th straight with a 66-35 victory over Jacksonville State on Wednesday night.

Cuban fined $600K for tanking comments
Cuban fined $600K for tanking comments

Mark Cuban was handed a huge fine by the NBA after suggesting the Dallas Mavericks should tank.

Bubble Banter: It is a massive night for teams on the bubble
Bubble Banter: It is a massive night for teams on the bubble

As we will do every day throughout the rest of the season, here is a look at how college basketball's bubble teams fared on Saturday. It's worth reminding you here that the way winning are labeled have changed this season. Instead of looking at all top 50 wins equally, the selection committee will be

Nance Jr. and other new Cavaliers ready for home debuts

Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers. Life has been a whirlwind of late for Nance, who was obtained by Cleveland shortly before the Feb. 8 trading deadline along with guards Jordan Clarkson and George Hill and forward Rodney Hill - four players the Cavs feel can

Report: Dennis Smith Jr. planned to have J. Cole dunk in dunk-contest routine
Report: Dennis Smith Jr. planned to have J. Cole dunk in dunk-contest routine

This would have been something

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Spurs' Leonard might miss rest of season - Popovich

San Antonio star forward Kawhi Leonard is still battling injury and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday he'd "be surprised" to see him return this season. "On Kawhi, I'd be surprised if he returns this season," Popovich told reporters as the Spurs returned to practice

Detroit's Jackson cleared for light running

DETROIT (AP) -- Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson still has no timeframe for a return to practice, nearly two months after spraining his right ankle.

No. 15 Lady Vols seeking to end slide before postseason
No. 15 Lady Vols seeking to end slide before postseason

Tennessee is moving in the wrong direction as it approaches the end of the regular season. The 15th-ranked Lady Volunteers are tied for sixth place in the Southeastern Conference after losing consecutive games to Alabama and Missouri. Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says the recent struggles haven'

Oregon looks to hold off Stanford for regular-season title
Oregon looks to hold off Stanford for regular-season title

As of late Monday night, Oregon coach Kelly Graves wasn't even sure who the No. 8 Ducks were playing the final week of the regular season. The importance of the Pac-12's final week was certainly not lost on Graves. The Ducks (25-4, 14-2) are in first place in the conference, vying for their

LeBron opposed to possible plan to change NBA playoff format
LeBron opposed to possible plan to change NBA playoff format

LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone. The Cavaliers superstar said Wednesday he disagrees with a potential proposal to re-seed the 16 teams in the playoffs regardless of conference. The league has always had teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences compete separately in the postseason

Mavs owner Cuban fined $600K for
Mavs owner Cuban fined $600K for 'tanking' comment

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 (488,214 euros) for statements detrimental to the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver announced on Wednesday, days after Cuban suggested his team should "tank". Cuban said on an episode of Julius Erving's podcast "House Call with

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BC's Jerome Robinson Can Score From Anywhere

Boston College guard Jerome Robinson is the ACC's 2nd leading scorer at 20.5 points-per-game. He gets it done in a plethora of ways and is a threat to find the bottom of the net anytime he touches the ball. Check out head coach Jim Christian and Robinson himself discuss what makes him one of the ACC's most lethal offensive threats!

Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings
Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings

Does Sacramento have a building block in Bogdanovic?

NBA Power Rankings: Looking ahead to the stretch run of season
NBA Power Rankings: Looking ahead to the stretch run of season

Not much change in the rankings this week as teams only played a game, two max, due to the All-Star break. If the NBA season were a horse race, the horses would be entering the top of the stretch for the final run, so we'll look ahead in these rankings to what the teams have

Alabama women trying to snap SEC
Alabama women trying to snap SEC's longest tourney drought

The Alabama women's basketball team has a shot at ending a 19-year NCAA Tournament drought. The Crimson Tide (17-10, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) enters the final week of the regular season riding a three-game winning streak that has nourished those hopes. A program that made the NCAA field annually

Top 10 Prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft: #8
Top 10 Prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft: #8

This Villanova star comes in at #8 on our Top 10 Prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft list. How high do you think he'll be drafted?

Top 10 College Basketball Players of the 2000s: #8
Top 10 College Basketball Players of the 2000s: #8

This Oklahoma force comes in at #8 of our Top 10 College Basketball Players of the 2000s.

VIDEOS: Tom Izzo gets emotional on Michigan State Senior Night
VIDEOS: Tom Izzo gets emotional on Michigan State Senior Night

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo got emotional watching his seniors leave the floor for the final time at home.

Jeff Hornacek on Joakim Noah: "We
Jeff Hornacek on Joakim Noah: "We've moved on. He's ready to move on"

The problem is the Knicks can't trade him.

VIDEO: Nebraska
VIDEO: Nebraska's bench mob inspired by Olympics, WWE and NBA dunk contest

The Nebraska bench mob was inspired by the WWE, the Olympics and the NBA dunk contest

Trail Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival
Trail Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival

The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.

Statement defending self by former Mavs employee makes things sound worse
Statement defending self by former Mavs employee makes things sound worse

In the argument that owner Mark Cuban must have known about the "Animal House" style sexual predatory environment on the business side of the Dallas Mavericks, a statement from a former Mavericks' employee defending himself is now the best evidence. And it's pretty damning. One of the people mentioned

Report: Mavericks have "Animal House" predatory work environment; team investigating
Report: Mavericks have "Animal House" predatory work environment; team investigating

This is a serious black eye for a league trying to paint itself as progressive.

Tyree leads Ole Miss past Missouri 90-87 in overtime
Tyree leads Ole Miss past Missouri 90-87 in overtime

After former Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy stepped down on Sunday, interim coach Tony Madlock told his team to start fresh. The Rebels did, battling through a double-digit Missouri comeback and an overtime session to beat the Tigers 90-87 and pick up their first road victory in conference play. Breein

Texas Tech hoping Evans available against Oklahoma State

Texas Tech has found itself in a new position several times this season. For example, the Red Raiders had a one-game lead over second-place Kansas in the Big 12 last week before the Jayhawks came from behind to defeat West Virginia and Texas Tech lost to Baylor on Saturday. Texas Tech also moved up

Pearl wonders what Brown can do for No. 12 Auburn

The availability of leading scorer Bryce Brown is among the chief concerns for Auburn coach Bruce Pearl with his 12th-ranked team set to host rival Alabama on Wednesday. Pearl fielded questions about Brown's foot when meeting with the media Monday. "It's better," Brown shouted.

URI fights off La Salle for share of A-10 title
URI fights off La Salle for share of A-10 title

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jeff Dowtin scored 25 points, including four key free throws in the final seconds, as No. 18 Rhode Island clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title with a hard-fought 95-93 overtime victory at La Salle on Tuesday night. Five Rams scored in double figures. Stanford Robinson

Wilder leads W. Michigan to 83-81 OT win over C. Michigan

Thomas Wilder scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime, completing a 3-point play in the final seconds to seal the win, as Western Michigan struggled to get past Central Michigan 83-81 on Tuesday night. Wilder, who just missed recording a triple-double, hit a jumper and followed with two free throws to

No. 15 Clemson looks to rebound vs. Virginia Tech

When Clemson travels to Blacksburg, Va., on Wednesday, the team will be without its starting point guard. Shelton Mitchell has been in the concussion protocol since getting hit in the head in the final minutes of last week's 81-79 loss to Florida State. "He's not ready," Clemson coach

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