The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Saint Louis was the first No. 1). To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point each) to mark consistency and No.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- Quinnipiac University on Tuesday hired Villanova associate head coach Baker Dunleavy to be its new head coach. Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier this month after 10 years at the school. The 34-year-old Dunleavy has been on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova for seven seasons and helped guide the team to the 2016 national championship.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner announced on Tuesday that he's entering the NBA draft even though he's still recovering from a significant knee injury. The sophomore tore his left ACL on Jan. 29 and had surgery. He was still using crutches last week while the Musketeers reached the Elite Eight before losing to Gonzaga. Sumner was Xavier's second-leading scorer with 15 points per game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Frank Mason III of Kansas, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year. The five have been invited to Los Angeles for the trophy presentation at the College Basketball Awards on April 7.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Xavier coach Chris Mack spent a few extra seconds congratulating Mark Few after his Gonzaga team had reached the Final Four for the first time in school history. Gonzaga's 83-59 win in the Elite Eight on Saturday marked yet another near miss for the Musketeers. They've reached the Elite Eight three times and lost all three times. That last step is a big one. "It's a doozy," Mack said.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The biggest celebration for Xavier came on a shot that didn't end up counting. That was the kind of day it was for the Musketeers, whose memorable March run to the third Elite Eight in school history ended with a lopsided 83-59 loss to No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Saturday in the West Regional final. "Our guys have nothing to hang their head about," coach Chris Mack said.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The criticism dogged Gonzaga wherever it went, no matter how much it won. The Zags run up their record by beating up on teams in a weak conference, then always seemed to come up short as the calendar went deep into March. Few outside of Spokane believed the program Mark Few helped build from scratch belonged in the national powerhouse conversation.
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:15 p.m. Two teams from the West Coast will be in the Final Four. The Southeastern Conference hopes to fill the other two spots. Gonzaga trounced Xavier and Oregon upset Kansas in Saturday's regional finals. Sunday's schedule includes a Kentucky-North Carolina matchup in the South Region and an all-SEC showdown between Florida and South Carolina in the East Region.
Either Xavier or Gonzaga is about to earn its first Final Four berth in school history. Gonzaga and Xavier are both making their third appearances in regional finals Saturday, but neither school has ever advanced beyond that stage. They face off Saturday in the West Regional in San Jose, California. Oregon is meanwhile seeking its first Final Four appearance since its 1939 national championship.
Remember when any ol' team could come from nowhere and make the Final Four? That was so 2016. Though Florida and Wisconsin closed out the Sweet 16 with some long-awaited thrills Friday night, the favorites and a few others among this year's Elite Eight are playing more like powerhouses who want to drain all the drama from March Madness.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's finally time to award the first spots in the Final Four. And for the four teams chasing those tickets Saturday, it's another shot to break through an often frustrating roadblock in the regional finals. Kansas lost in the Elite Eight last year. So did Oregon, which won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939 but hasn't pushed past the final eight since.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- North Carolina expects strong offensive performances from junior leaders Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, but Luke Maye provided an unexpected bonus. Berry scored 26 points, Jackson had 24, but it was the first career double-double from Maye - 16 points and 12 rebounds - that helped set the tone early and send the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not like the question but answered it anyway. His Zags had just held off West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight and he was asked if he felt like the monkey was off his back. Few gave a long answer about no one believing there was a monkey there in the first place.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- No. 11 Xavier (24-13) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (35-1) Fourth Round, West Region; San Jose, California, 6:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Two teams once considered mid-majors are on the cusp of their first Final Four. Gonzaga has made the NCAA Tournament 19 straight seasons, the fourth-longest streak in the nation. The Zags have been to the Elite Eight twice before and entes Saturday's game with 27 NCAA Tournament wins.
The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (all times Eastern): 1:15 a.m. The Southeastern Conference had a big Friday night. Chris Chiozza's incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Florida past Wisconsin in overtime, and it gave the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region, while South Carolina beat Baylor in the East.
The 2017 Elite Eight will be set following Friday's regional semifinal action in the NCAA Tournament. The marquee matchup will see second-seeded Kentucky face third-seeded UCLA in the South Region in Memphis. The two blue bloods met earlier this season, with the Bruins beating the Wildcats 97-92 on the road. The winner could face No. 1 seed North Carolina on Sunday, though the Tar Heels will need to get past Butler first.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Arizona's season started with adversity as its best player sat on the bench for the first two months for then-undisclosed reasons. The Wildcats suffered through a string of injuries, playing nearly a month without one of the key contributors. No matter what came Arizona's way, it kept finding ways to win.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Xavier didn't look like an Elite Eight team in early March, coming off six straight defeats that led coaches to try to burn the month of February from the players' memories, literally. Ranked No. 7 in the preseason, the Musketeers had dropped out of the poll and were a bubble team after losing senior guard Myles Davis, point guard Edmond Sumner and top scorer Trevon Bluiett at midseason.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett's 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- In a story March 24 about an NCAA Tournament game between Xavier and Arizona, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Xavier's record was 30-13. It should have been 24-13. A corrected version of the story is below: Xavier knocks off Arizona 73-71 in West Region Xavier, behind Trevon Bluiett's 25 points, upsets Arizona 73-71 in West to reach Elite Eight By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer SAN JOSE, Calif.