BUCKS-HORNETS Snell scores 26 points, Bucks beat Hornets 118-108 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Snell scored a season-high 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Charlotte Hornets' playoff hopes a potentially devastating blow with a 118-108 victory on Tuesday night. Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and 10 assists for his second double-double of the season, and the Bucks won for the 12th time in 15 games.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Luke Maye can't go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him. All because of one shot -- one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the Final Four while turning the sophomore from rotation reserve to sudden star. "He's big-time now," junior Justin Jackson said.
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FLORIDA STATE-SOUTH CAROLINA No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Kaela Davis scored 23 points and A'ja Wilson added 16 and top-seeded South Carolina held off No. 3 seed Florida State 71-64 in a furious finish Monday night to win the Stockton Regional. Davis scored immediately off the tip and again on a timely, brilliant left-handed drive with 1:42 to go.
Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week. They also don't think it will matter once the games begin. "You can play in the national championship game nine years in a row. If you go the 10th time, you're nervous before that ball goes up in the air.
NCAA-KENTUCKY-NORTH CAROLINA Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Roy Williams still has not watched the tape of the 2016 national championship game and likely never will. The North Carolina coach sure has done his best to make sure his Tar Heels know how to hit game-winning shots. Now all that practice with a 15-second shot clock has paid off with a trip back to the Final Four. Luke Maye knocked down a jumper with 0.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships. Gonzaga's Mark Few dismissed questions of whether his Bulldogs would be a failure as long as they failed to get to a Final Four after so many great regular seasons.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four. The Tar Heels will be making their record 20th trip, and most of the players on this year's roster were on hand last season to find out all about the agony of coming oh-so close to winning it all. For the rest of the guests, it's all uncharted territory.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Roy Williams went all "Gone With the Wind" when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four. And the coincidence that the Tar Heels have been on the other end of similar shots recently, like in the 2016 national championship and a wild December game against the Wildcats. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a .
The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 7:55 p.m. The Final Four is set. And in an unusual bit of geography, it'll be schools from neighboring states out west (Oregon, Gonzaga) against schools from neighboring states in the east (North Carolina, South Carolina). The national semifinals in Phoenix will feature No. 1 seeds in the Bulldogs and Tar Heels, a No.
The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach's wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Roy Williams wanted another chance at Kentucky after his North Carolina Tar Heels lost to the Wildcats in December. John Calipari is certain someone knew he hoped not to see North Carolina in the same bracket. Well, Williams got what he wanted, even if college basketball's most storied programs might've wanted to meet at the Final Four. Instead, top-seeded North Carolina and No.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- No. 2 Kentucky (32-5) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (30-7) South Regional final, 5:05 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: No NCAA Tournament game has ever featured so much history as this regional final. North Carolina and Kentucky have combined for 244 tournament wins with this Kentucky's 56th NCAA berth, ahead of only North Carolina (48) for the most appearances ever. Only North Carolina has earned more No.
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.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- De'Aaron Fox credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats' latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history.
Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ EAST REGION FLORIDA 84, WISCONSIN 83 NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws.
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.
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.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA NCAA set to pick title sites, could leave North Carolina out RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time.