DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Grayson Allen is returning to Duke for his senior season. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Allen announced the decision Tuesday, with the guard saying in a statement issued by the school that "the last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer." Allen averaged a team-best 3.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mark Few lifted the transition game he used for years at Gonzaga from Roy Williams' playbook. When Few first started going on those Nike-sponsored vacations that coaches take during the offseason, it was the North Carolina coach and his wife who made the Fews feel welcome.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's amazing Final Four run is over. It was thrilling, unprecedented and captivated much of the Palmetto State. It also will be difficult for the Gamecocks to duplicate anytime soon. Coach Frank Martin has steadily built a program of significance over the past five years, this season ending with a team-record 26 wins, its first-ever Final Four appearance and first four NCAA victories in 44 years.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Roy Williams has been here before. Just last year, in fact. And five times altogether, playing for the NCAA championship. Twice he got to celebrate winning the final game of the season with the Tar Heels, pushing their total to five tournament titles. For Mark Few and Gonzaga, this is all new. Just getting to the Final Four was a first, and now they are one victory from lifting the trophy.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Roy Williams could hear his own footsteps as he padded through the near-silent locker room, still trying to wrap his mind around a question that couldn't be answered: What do you say to a group of players who did nothing wrong, but lost anyway? In some form or other, that question has lingered at North Carolina all season.