Arizona Wildcats name Romar associate head coach

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Lorenzo Romar has been named associate head coach at Arizona, joining Sean Miller's staff a month after he was fired as head coach at Washington. Romar coached the Huskies for 15 seasons, winning Pac-12 coach of the year honors three times. But Washington went 9-22 last season and hadn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2011. Romar compiled a 298-195 record at Washington, including two Sweet 16 appearances.

Arizona's Trier to return to Tucson for junior season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona guard Allonzo Trier is returning for his junior season, bolstering what was already going to be a strong team. Trier's decision was first reported by ESPN on Thursday. Trier considered leaving early for the NBA after his freshman season and was suspended the first 19 games in 2016-17 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Trier ended up being the team's leading scorer at 17.

UC Santa Barbara hires Joe Pasternack as basketball coach

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Pasternack has been hired as UC Santa Barbara's basketball coach after serving as an assistant at Arizona for six years. He helped develop future NBA players Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson while in Tucson. Pasternack joined coach Sean Miller's staff in 2011-12 and was later promoted to associate head coach. The Wildcats played in five NCAA Tournaments during his stint there.

Kentucky is No. 1 in too-early preseason Top 25 for 2017-18

The college basketball season came to a close Monday night with North Carolina's grinding victory over Gonzaga in the desert. Now it's time to start looking ahead to the next season and to do that, we're going to -- you guessed it -- take an early look at what the preseason AP Top 25 might look like.

Ducks take 'another level' to first Final Four in 78 years

After a demoralizing loss to Oregon this season, Arizona coach Sean Miller suggested that if the Ducks had another level they'd be dangerous. Turns out Oregon did have another level -- and it took the team all the way to the Final Four. The Ducks wrapped up their season at 33-6, setting a record for wins, on the way to just the second national semifinal appearance in school history.

Arizona's Markkanen leaving after stellar freshman season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona freshman forward Lauri Markkanen is leaving early for the NBA and is expected to hire an agent. Markkanen made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the school attended by his father, Pekka, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller. An athletic 7-footer from Finland, Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds and was named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press.

Final Four teams begin preparations for semis in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Final Four teams have begun their preparations in Arizona for the last three games of March Madness. South Carolina, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Oregon are in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale ahead of two semifinal games on Saturday. Players and coaches are meeting with reporters on Thursday to talk about what's ahead.