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USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern California's dark days lasted far longer than the Trojans would have liked. A once-elite program had fallen into into mediocrity, losing seasons mixed in with short-lived trips into the NCAA Tournament. A two-week run of ...

ACC ends forgettable season with early NCAA Tournament exit

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Based on its own lofty standards, the Atlantic Coast Conference had a poor regular season. Its postseason was even worse. Florida State and Syracuse were the only ACC teams to make it past the first round, and both lost convincingly in the regional ...

Timme, top-seeded Gonzaga roll past Creighton to Elite Eight

By The Associated Press undefined Drew Timme scored 22 points and top-seeded Gonzaga did against Creighton what it's done throughout this unblemished season, rolling past the fifth-seeded Bluejays with versatile offense and efficient defense to win 83-65 on Sunday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA ...

Big upset day in NCAAs: Has the mid-major revolution begun?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer In any other college basketball season, four upsets in the eight second-round games played at the NCAA Tournament would be a sign that something big is brewing. Were those the opening shots in the long-rumored mid-major revolution? Have enough talented kids and ...

10,000 and counting: The ‘Point God’ shows no signs of age

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul says he knows the secret for why he's still a dominant NBA point guard at an age when most of his peers are getting into coaching or figuring out their next steps in life. "I told the guys in the locker room I've got the easy job," ...

Again, Syracuse makes Sweet 16 as double-digit seed

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer For the third time since 2016, Syracuse is headed to the Sweet 16 as a double-digit seed. In all, nine double-digit seeds have reached the regional semifinals in that time span — so the Orange have accounted for one third of them. Later on Sunday, ...

Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. Hours before their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma State, the Beavers' basketball Twitter account posted a video of center Roman Silva carrying ...

Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's not like anyone's going to the office anyway. The change in the March Madness schedule brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will give basketball fans a first-of-its-kind experience -- eight games on a Monday. The second-round ...

Harris leads 76ers to 6th straight win, 99-96 over Knicks

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored the baskets that let the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks for the 14th straight time and yelled, "I'm an All-Star!" Fueled by a perceived snub, Harris has become a closer in the clutch and kept Philadelphia ...

Frederic’s third-period goal carries Bruins past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trent Frederic scored the lone goal of the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night. Frederic gave the Bruins the lead for good at 7:07 of the third. He beat goaltender Casey DeSmith with a wrist ...