Mike Hopkins heads out on his own as new coach at Washington

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Hopkins watched the NCAA Tournament tinged with the slightest bit of jealousy. He saw coaches he had come to know -- Chris Collins at Northwestern specifically -- who had left behind stable careers as an assistant coach and took the leap to being a head coach. It drove home the idea that Hopkins wanted the chance to create something himself, rather than trying to sustain what had previously been built.

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Boeheim looks ahead without assistant beside him

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim heads into an offseason like no other in the past two decades -- without assistant Mike Hopkins. Coming off a down year (19-15, 10-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) and without his top assistant to lend extra stability, Boeheim faces a challenging road ahead. Hopkins, who was in line to succeed his Hall of Fame mentor after next season, was hired Sunday as head coach at Washington. "It'll be difficult," Boeheim said.

Boeheim fully intended for next year to be last at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jim Boeheim says he fully intended for next year to be his last as Syracuse's basketball coach, and he never thought otherwise until Sunday. That's when longtime assistant Mike Hopkins -- and Syracuse's coach-in-waiting -- left to become head coach at Washington. Boeheim said at a news conference Monday he never tried to change the agreement he made with the university to retire after next season.

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to stay on

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has agreed to a new contract that will extend past next season. The extension of the Hall of Fame coach's contract comes after head-coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins was hired Sunday by Washington. Boeheim had planned to step down following the conclusion of next season. Details of the extension were not released. Boeheim just completed his 41st season as head coach at his alma mater.

NC State turns to Kevin Keatts to revive Wolfpack program

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State hopes it caught a rising star by hiring Kevin Keatts. The 44-year-old's career has been on the fast track: Six years after leaving his job at a prep school in Virginia, he earned his first head coaching job at a power conference school. During his formal introduction Sunday as the Wolfpack's coach, Keatts said he's a winner "and I've always been one.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Jayhawks-Spartans among NCAA games to complete second round UNDATED (AP) -- The Sweet 16 field will be filled out in Sunday's eight NCAA Tournament second-round games. No. 1 seed Kansas against No. 9 Michigan State features two top freshmen in the Jayhawks' Josh Jackson and the Spartans' Miles Bridges. No. 2 Kentucky against No. 10 Wichita State is a rematch of the 2014 game where the Wildcats ruined the Shockers' 35-0 season. No.

Washington tabs Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as new coach

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Hopkins seemed destined to become a head coach. The surprise is that it's not happening at Syracuse. He was hired Sunday at Washington, which moved swiftly after firing Lorenzo Romar four days earlier. Hopkins agreed to a six-year deal, with financial terms expected to be released in a few days. Hopkins has been tabbed as the eventual replacement for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse since 2007.

White scores 34, leads Syracuse 90-77 over UNCG in NIT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Andrew White III made seven of his nine 3-point attempts and scored 34 points in leading Syracuse to a 90-77 victory over UNC Greensboro in a first-round NIT game on Wednesday night, giving coach Jim Boeheim a landmark 903rd win. Boeheim moved a victory ahead of Bob Knight for second place all-time in Division I basketball. Boeheim's total does not include 101 wins vacated as a result of NCAA penalties.

Winter storm forces basketball teams to alter travel plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Mother Nature is causing college basketball teams to alter their travel plans. Teams chasing a college basketball title are contending with an unexpected wrinkle that's making last-minute travel plans difficult -- a fierce storm bearing down on the Northeast that's expected to dump up to two feet of snow in some places and create blizzard-like conditions.

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BIGSOUTH-UNC ASHEVILLE-RADFORD Fitzgerald's FTs gives UNC Asheville women Big South title LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Bronaza Fitzgerald, a 47 percent free-throw shooter who had missed her other four attempts, made two from the line with five seconds left, giving UNC Asheville a 49-48 victory over top-seeded Radford on Sunday for a second straight Big South Tournament championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL Villanova took the overall top seed on Selection Sunday, with Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga joining the defending national champions on the No. 1 line for the NCAA Tournament. Not many surprises there, though Duke -- left at No. 2 despite a four-win-in-four-night performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament -- and Syracuse and Illinois State, who got left out altogether, may have been searching for answers.

March Madness: Tears, double takes, and then Northwestern

There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State. At Northwestern, they simply celebrated. On a Selection Sunday that was more about minor quibbles than pure outrage, Northwestern's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history stole the headlines -- reminding hardcore fans and casual bracket-fillers alike that March Madness really is that time of year when anything can happen.

Greensboro gets shot at Boeheim, Syracuse in NIT opener

NEW YORK (AP) -- Greensboro is getting its shot at Jim Boeheim. Four days after the Hall of Fame coach from Syracuse angered an entire city by saying there was "no value" in the Atlantic Coast Conference holding its postseason tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Orange were matched up Sunday night against UNC Greensboro in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Villanova gets top seed in NCAA Tournament; Syracuse out

For pure drama, best wait 'til the shots start flying. For sheer excitement, Selection Sunday belonged to Northwestern. Though it was no surprise when that school's name popped into the NCAA Tournament bracket, it was a reminder that, yes, this is March Madness -- that time of year where anything can happen.

In Brooklyn, ACC debates new horizons vs old traditions

NEW YORK (AP) -- Half a mile away from where college basketball's premier conference tournament is being played, there are no signs that the Atlantic Coast Conference is in town. The Thai restaurants, bodegas and storefront day care centers on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood are going about Thursday late-morning business as usual.