• Conference Tournament Glances

    Updated: 40 min ago

    Albany 83, Maine 66 Vermont 66, UMBC 39 Stony Brook 62, Binghamton 57 New Hampshire 65, Hartford 63, OT Stony Brook at Vermont, 1 p.m. New Hampshire at Albany, 2 p.m. Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. North Florida 81, Stetson 61 Lipscomb 76, Northern Kentucky 73, OT South Carolina-Upstate 90, Kennesaw State 54 Florida Gulf Coast 81, Jacksonville 63 Lipscomb at North Florida, 7 p.m. South Carolina-Upstate at Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m. Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m. Longwood 65, Presbyterian 61 Gardner-Webb 72, Campbell 64 UNC Asheville 80, Liberty 70 Charleston Southern vs. Longwood, Noon Radford vs. Winthrop, 2:30 p.m. High Point vs.

  • Mountain West basketball notebook

    Updated: 45 min ago

    AIR FORCE The quest for a first-round bye in the Mountain West Tournament had become a motivating goal for Air Force in recent weeks. That's no longer in play after last Saturday's loss to Utah State pushed the team out of contention for the No. 6 seed. Having such a target removed could zap some teams, sending them into a tailspin. But the Falcons (13-15, 6-11 MW) have simply chosen a different driving force. "We're excited to go to Fresno," sophomore Hayden Graham said. "We've won one road game. We want to get another one before we go to Vegas. It's a neutral site, but we need to win outside of Clune." This is, of course, true. Air Force is just 1-10 in true road games, including 1-7 in Mountain West games

  • Coach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home. The fuzzy picture popped up on her laptop. Staring back at her from a world away was a close-up of little Ngoty, blanket around her. "She had the biggest eyes in the world. Her eyes just stared at me," Boyle said. "I caught my breath for a second and said, 'Whatever I need to do to bring this child here, I'm going to do it.'" In December, almost at midseason and after 14 trips to Senegal over more than six years, Boyle got the call. Time to go for Ngoty.

  • Naismith Award Semifinalists

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Willie Cauley-Stein, junior, Kentucky Jerian Grant, senior, Notre Dame Frank Kaminsky, senior, Wisconsin Jahlil Okafor, freshman, Duke Kevin Pangos, senior, Gonzaga Cameron Payne, sophomore, Murray State D'Angelo Russell, freshman, Ohio State Seth Tuttle, senior, Northern Iowa Kyle Wiltjer, junior, Gonzaga Delon Wright, senior, Utah Tony Bennett, Virginia Mike Brey, Notre Dame John Calipari, Kentucky Scott Drew, Baylor Mark Few, Gonzaga Chris Holtmann, Butler Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa Larry Krystkowiak, Utah Archie Miller, Dayton Steve Prohm, Murray State Bo Ryan, Wisconsin Bill Self, Kansas Wayne Tinkle,

  • UTEP men's basketball: Miners need wins to lock up bye for C-USA tournament

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    UTEP will try to shrug off a double dose of disappointment from a road trip gone wrong when they finish the regular season in the Don Haskins Center — tonight against North Texas, Saturday afternoon against Rice. A first-round bye in next week's Conference USA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., is at stake. And that is a lot. It is possible to miss that bye and run the table, win four games — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Possible, but hardly probable. The Miners need wins tonight and Saturday to lock up one of those byes and clinch a top four finish in the C-USA. The Miners took a tumble at Louisiana Tech last Thursday, then blew a 24-point lead in the second half at Southern Miss. But wins tonight and Saturday

  • Georgia Tech's Georges-Hunt to miss ACC tournament

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech star Marcus Georges-Hunt will miss the ACC tournament because of a broken foot. He fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot early in Tuesday night's 81-49 loss to No. 19 North Carolina. Georges-Hunt is Georgia Tech's leading scorer. The junior swingman is averaging 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, the Yellow Jackets' only player scoring in double figures this season. Georgia Tech finished its regular season at 12-18 overall and 3-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including four straight losses. The Yellow Jackets' first-round opponent has not been set for next week's tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • TCU goes cold again, swamped by 11 3-pointers at Oklahoma State

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TCU is officially cold again. Falling behind by double digits in the opening minutes of the second half, the Horned Frogs could not generate the stops required for a comeback and lost 82-70 to hot-shooting Oklahoma State on Wednesday night. That scenario had played out five times before in the Big 12 schedule for the Horned Frogs until they won three out of four. But now they have lost two straight, leaving them only a home game at Iowa State to use to regain momentum for the Big 12 tournament next week. “Let’s not kid ourselves — we were running our stuff, and we were good in the first half,” coach Trent Johnson said. “It was at the other end — defensively. You’re not going to beat a lot of teams in

  • Wichita State, Northern Iowa are the class of MVC

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The college basketball world was focused on Wichita State at this time last year as the Shockers entered the Missouri Valley Conference tournament undefeated and unapologetic. The Shockers handled the spotlight with aplomb. They swatted aside critics who questioned the strength of the MVC, and thus their perfect record. These days, coach Gregg Marshall’s team is almost expected to be among the country’s elite. Wichita State does, after all, have the best winning percentage in Division I since the start of the 2010-11 season. And it has become Northern Iowa’s turn as the MVC’s up-and-comer.

  • MVC Tournament team-by-team preview

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Coach • Gregg Marshall (395-157) Skinny • Guards Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were named to the all-conference first team, and Tekele Cotton was picked as defensive player of the year. ... The Shockers are No. 9 in the country in scoring defense, allowing an average of 55.9 points. ... Wichita State’s 48-10 true road record since 2010-11 is the best in the country. ... The Shockers lead the league in rebound margin and turnover margin. They average 9.5 turnovers a game, which ranks as the fifth lowest in the country. Coach • Ben Jacobson (193-104) Skinny • The defense has been among the best in the country. The Panthers allow 54.6 points a game, which ranks fifth nationally. UNI is 22nd in field goal percentage

  • Billikens endure another lesson

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The past three seasons have been some of the longest in St. Louis University history, with the team playing well into March and the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. This season will be over soon; it only seemed to go on forever. One portion of it finally ended Wednesday, as SLU closed out the home portion of its schedule with a 64-48 loss to St. Bonaventure on Senior Night at Chaifetz Arena. Other ends will follow shortly: The regular season will come to an end Saturday at Richmond, and then there’s the conference tournament in Brooklyn. SLU’s only postseason hope is to win the Atlantic 10 tournament, and all they have to do to do that is win five games in five days, which would be more than they won in the entire conf

  • Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s star freshman, still a work in progress

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. — The first things you notice are the hands. You’ve been told about them by everybody — on the record, off the record, it doesn’t matter. They appear to shrink a basketball when shooting a hook, lefty or righty. They touch a rebound eight feet away and guide it into the basket in one motion. They hold the ball Michael Jordan-style in the post, one huge palm extended confidently away from the body. Jahlil Okafor isn’t Michael Jordan. He goes to Duke, not North Carolina. He’s 6 feet 10. But he’s expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in June.

  • Air Force's comeback at Fresno State falls short when layup bounces out at the buzzer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. - Air Force sought a victory and a jolt of confidence in its regular-season finale. It got one of those. The Falcons fell 68-66 to Fresno State on Wednesday, but that score scarcely tells the story of a game that Air Force trailed by 15 points in the second half before launching a furious comeback that brought it within a missed layup at the buzzer from forcing overtime. "I asked them in the locker room, 'Do you see it? You're good enough. You can do this thing,'" coach Dave Pilipovich said. As with any close loss, there's plenty of frustration that can be found in dissecting it. The Falcons made just 5-of-10 free throws, gave up nine 3-pointers and hit just one of its final six shots.

  • Air Force duo second to play 100-plus men's basketball games for academy

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Historic combo Senior Marek Olesinski played in his 100th game with Air Force on Wednesday, as he continued his streak of starting all 28 games this season. Olesinski moved to No. 8 on the all-time games played for the Falcons - one behind teammate Max Yon, who played game No. 101 when he entered the game off the bench with 13:04 in the first half. Olesinski and Yon are the second set of classmates to each log 100 games, joining Todd Fletcher (111 games) and Michael Lyons (103), who graduated in 2013. Air Force went 18-44 in Mountain West regular-season games during the Fletcher/Lyons years and 23-44 in the Yon/Olesinski years.

  • OCC women scratch out victory

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Chelsea Matlack and Whitney Matlack combined for 48 points and 18 rebounds as the Ozark Christian College women's basketball team held on for an 80-76 victory over Associated Free Lutheran Bible School during the first round of the ACCA National Championships on Wednesday night at OCC. The Ambassadors (16-15) advance to the second round at 5:45 p.m. Friday at OCC against today's winner between top-seeded Arlington Baptist and Rhema Bible. "Even though we didn't play our best basketball, we came together and figured out a way to pull out a win," Ozark Christian coach Tab Hall said. Chelsea Matlack scored eight of her game-high 26 points in the final 10 minutes, while also finishing with nine rebounds, three assists, two

  • The Dallas Morning News Barry Horn column

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Bill Fennelly arrived in the fall of 1995 to coach life into Iowa State’s moribund women’s basketball program. The previous season, the Cyclones averaged 733 fans per home game. Yellow caution tape inside 14,000-seat Hilton Coliseum effectively funneled fans to sit closer to each other. Concession stands didn’t bother to open. Cleanup was a breeze. Fennelly did two things to improve the fate of the program. He recruited better players and committed fans. He and wife Deb doggedly visited every gathering in the Ames area they could think of, from grade schools to retirement communities, to pitch their game. The Cyclones won 17 games in Fennelly’s first season, up from eight in 1994-95. Average attendance hit 1,706.

  • BC-BKC--UC Santa Barbara-Hawaii Box

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Vincent 8-13 4-7 25, Harmon 1-3 7-8 10, Williams 5-11 3-4 13, Bryson 9-15 3-3 22, Green 4-5 4-4 12, Childress 0-0 3-4 3, Taylor 0-1 4-4 4, Smith 2-3 1-2 5, Brewe 2-3 0-0 4, Beeler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-55 29-36 98. Nevels 3-9 0-0 7, Bobbitt 6-10 11-12 26, Webster-Chan 3-6 0-0 8, Valdes 4-6 6-8 15, Jankovic 5-8 10-11 20, Fleming 2-3 0-0 5, Filipovich 0-1 0-0 0, Enos 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Jovanovic 1-1 3-5 5, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 30-36 90. Halftime_UC Santa Barbara 49-39. 3-Point Goals_UC Santa Barbara 7-14 (Vincent 5-8, Harmon 1-1, Bryson 1-4, Green 0-1), Hawaii 8-23 (Bobbitt 3-4, Webster-Chan 2-5, Fleming 1-2, Valdes 1-2, Nevels 1-4, Filipovich 0-1, Enos 0-1, Smith 0-2, Jankovic 0-2). Fouled Out_Bryson, Green,

  • BC-BKC--UC Santa Barbara-Hawaii Long Box

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Percentages: FG .564, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Vincent 5-8, Harmon 1-1, Bryson 1-4, Green 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 11 (Smith 3, Green 2, Childress 2, Harmon, Brewe, Beeler, Bryson). Steals: 7 (Williams 3, Bryson 3, Smith). Technical Fouls: Childress. Percentages: FG .520, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Bobbitt 3-4, Webster-Chan 2-5, Fleming 1-2, Valdes 1-2, Nevels 1-4, Filipovich 0-1, Enos 0-1, Smith 0-2, Jankovic 0-2). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 1 (Jovanovic). Turnovers: 12 (Bobbitt 5, Jankovic 2, Nevels 2, Thomas 2, Valdes). Steals: 6 (Smith 2, Valdes, Bobbitt, Jankovic, Nevels). Technical Fouls: Bobbitt.

  • Big men Kaminsky, Okafor lead way in top player race

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It might be a two-man game when it comes to the race for player of the year. Frank Kaminsky is the savvy senior big man for No. 6 Wisconsin. Jahlil Okafor is the freshman phenom center at No. 3 Duke. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has had to face both. His early favorite: Kaminsky. "I love Jahlil, I really do, but you have to talk about the versatility of a player. I recruited Jahlil for four years, and I love everything about him," Izzo said this week. "I wouldn't have even put them close when you look at Kaminsky a year ago." "Frank the Tank," as he is known to the Wisconsin student section, was pretty good last year in a breakout 2013-14 campaign that ended with a run to the Final Four.

  • San Diego State remains atop standings; beats UNLV 60-58

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — JJ O'Brien scored a career-high 22 points to help San Diego State remain atop the Mountain West Conference standings after a 60-58 win over UNLV on Wednesday night. Trey Kell made a steal and a transition layup to give San Diego State a 55-53 lead with 1:14 left. Then Skylar Spencer blocked Cody Doolin's layup attempt and O'Brien drove the lane for a four-point lead with 18 seconds left. San Diego State (23-7, 13-4) is tied with Boise State (23-7, 13-4) for first place, but has lost to the Broncos twice this season. Winston Shepard added 10 points and eight rebounds for San Diego State. Spencer had three blocked shots to give him a school record 216 in his three-year career. Leonard Allen (1982-85) he

  • Oregon gets past Oregon St. in hotly contested rivalry game

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Elgin Cook scored 17 points to lead Oregon past Oregon State 65-62 on Wednesday night in a hotly contested rivalry game. Joseph Young added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Ducks (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12), who have won five in a row. Malcolm Duvivier scored 18 points and Gary Payton II had 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals for the Beavers (17-13, 8-10), who have lost six of seven. Oregon State pulled to within one with 34 seconds left after a Duvivier layup, but Oregon made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. The Beavers committed two costly turnovers in the final 1:30.