Sharp-shooting Michigan faces resilient Ducks in Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- No. 7 seed Michigan (26-11) vs. No. 3 seed Oregon (31-5) Third round, Midwest region; Kansas City, Missouri; 7:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan has won seven in a row and 12 of its last 14 after knocking out second-seeded Louisville in the second round. The Wolverines have been a tournament darling since they escaped tragedy during an aborted takeoff on their way to the Big Ten Tournament.

Louisville's Balado formally named Arkansas State head coach

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Louisville assistant Mike Balado was formally introduced as the new head coach at Arkansas State on Monday, reuniting him with athletic director Terry Mohajir. "I am extremely humbled and honored to be the head men's basketball coach at Arkansas State University," Balado said. "I look forward to helping all these young men fulfill their dreams in the classroom, on the court and in life after basketball.

Louisville's Mike Balado ready to coach Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Louisville assistant coach Mike Balado is set to become Arkansas State's basketball coach. The school has scheduled a campus news conference Monday to introduce him. Balado succeeds Grant McCasland, who resigned to coach North Texas. McCasland finished with a 20-12 record in his only season at Arkansas State. Balado has spent the past four seasons at Louisville, whose season ended Sunday with a 73-69 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.

Wagner's big game sends Michigan past Louisville in NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd's delight Sunday. A few minutes later, the tough German took a couple more bows -- first on the baseline in front of Michigan's bench, then with the rest of his teammates near midcourt. Suddenly, the often overlooked 6-foot-11 forward was the well-deserved center of attention.

Wolverines preparing for full array of Louisville defenses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Pitino encouraged John Beilein not to waste much practice time Saturday trying to solve Louisville's pressure defense. The Michigan coach knows better. After 39 seasons on college sidelines as a head coach and four head-to-head matchups with Pitino, Beilien understands his team must be ready for anything and everything in Sunday's second-round game at Indianapolis. "He's the hardest coach that I've ever had to prepare for," Beilein said.

Michigan leans on poise, experience against Louisville press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 2 seed Louisville (25-8) vs. No. 7 Michigan (25-11) Second round, Midwest region; Indianapolis; 12:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan has used poise, emotion and experience to reel off six straight wins. The Big Ten Tournament champs don't foul much and take care of the ball, too, as evidenced by the four turnovers they had in a first-round win over Oklahoma State.

NC State hires Keatts away from UNC Wilmington as new coach

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State didn't have to look very far to find its next men's basketball coach. The school has hired UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to take over as head basketball coach, staying in its home state to find a coach who had spent time as an assistant to a Hall of Fame coach before leading his own NCAA Tournament team.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ MIDWEST REGION MICHIGAN 92, OKLAHOMA STATE 91 INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points and Michigan made 16 3-pointers Friday to hold off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional. The seventh-seeded Wolverines (25-11) set a school record for 3s in an NCAA Tournament game.

Michigan delivers 3-point punch to knock out Oklahoma St.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday. He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again. Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the Wolverines made a school record 16 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game, getting past Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

A quick look at Louisville-Jacksonville St in the tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 2 seed Louisville (24-8) vs. No. 15 seed Jacksonville State (20-14) First round, Midwest Region; Indianapolis, 2:45 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: After missing the tournament last year because of a school-imposed ban, coach Rick Pitino has Louisville looking to stick around this year. Jacksonville State is trying to avoid a one-and-done showing in its first NCAA appearance.

Louisville eager for tourney action after serving 2016 ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Pitino appreciates being back in the NCAA Tournament, maybe more than ever. One year after Louisville opted for a self-imposed postseason ban, the two-time national championship coach has his second-seeded Cardinals poised to make a potentially deep run. If sitting out taught the Cardinals anything, it's that they must take advantage of this opportunity.

Duke rally brings Blue Devils-Tar Heels rivalry to Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) -- College basketball's biggest rivalry is coming to Brooklyn. No. 14 Duke rallied from 12 points down in the second half, getting an emotional lift from a revitalized Grayson Allen, to beat No. 10 Louisville 81-77 Thursday and set up a semifinal match with No. 6 North Carolina. "We're two of the great programs.

TOP 25 REWIND: No. 5 Tar Heels finish 2 games up in ACC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's win over rival Duke ended up putting the fifth-ranked Tar Heels two games better than anyone else in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference. Coach Roy Williams is hoping that has his team prepared for what's to come. "Winning the league and winning it by two games is something we'll always be proud of," Williams said after Saturday's 90-83 win over the No. 17 Blue Devils.

UNC, FSU earn top 2 seeds at ACC Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- No. 5 North Carolina, No. 15 Florida State, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 8 Louisville have earned the top four seeds and two-round byes at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The pairings for the event that begins Tuesday in Brooklyn were finalized after North Carolina beat Duke on Saturday night.

No. 8 Louisville overcomes No. 19 Notre Dame 71-64

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rebounding dominance helped No. 8 Louisville offset offensive inconsistency and create opportunities that ultimately got the job done against No. 19 Notre Dame. Several Cardinals thrived at different times to earn the double-round bye they sought in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

UNC: fan ejected after exchange with Louisville's Pitino

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Louisville's Rick Pitino after the Cardinals coach had a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he came off the court for halftime during Wednesday night's game. ESPN video of the incident showed Pitino walking off the court when he suddenly turned back and started shouting toward the nearby stands.

No. 8 Tar Heels top No. 7 Cardinals 74-63, stretch ACC lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 8 North Carolina kept hitting the glass, making its free throws and hitting its outside shots. The Tar Heels played tough enough, too, to push their way past No. 7 Louisville's physical defense and strengthen their grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.