Miller and Mack still close after time together at Xavier

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sean Miller had just been named Xavier's head basketball coach when he began meeting with athletic director Dawn Rogers about filling out his staff. Rogers had previously worked with Chris Mack, then on Skip Prosser's staff at Wake Forest, and suggested Miller consider him with the Musketeers. Miller knew nothing about Mack, but during the meticulous process of finding assistants, the Xavier alum's name kept coming up.

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.

Gonzaga, Arizona try to end West Coast Final Four drought

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona. The task this weekend for the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be trying to make it out of the West Region and take that next step to the Final Four. The process starts Thursday when top-seeded Gonzaga (34-1) faces No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) and second-seeded Arizona (32-4) faces No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13).

For Oregon's Dana Altman, it's old home week at KC regional

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dana Altman is back in his old stomping grounds for the NCAA Midwest Regional. Until he left for Oregon in 2010, the 58-year-old Nebraska native had spent his entire childhood and all but one of his first 26 years as a head coach at schools no more than a three-hour drive from Kansas City. "It's always great to come back," he said Wednesday.

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.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Sweet 16 starts today UNDATED (AP) -- March Madness resumes tonight with regional NCAA semifinals. In West Regional action, top-seeded Gonzaga takes on No. 4 West Virginia, while second-seeded Arizona faces No. 11 Xavier. In the Midwest Regional, Kansas faces Purdue and Oregon takes on Michigan.

Xavier looks for another upset against Arizona

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13) vs. No. 2 seed Arizona (32-4) Third round, West region; San Jose, California; 10:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier is the lone double-digit seed left in a Sweet 16 filled with power programs. The Musketeers pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the regional semifinals, beating No. 6 seed Maryland and No. 3 Florida State the first weekend of the tournament.

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here's a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story lines for the Sweet 16: ___ TOP GAMES UCLA vs. Kentucky, South Region; Friday, Memphis. Blue bloods in Bluff City.

Dorsey living up to X-Factor reputation in the Big Dance

Tyler Dorsey provided a preview of his tournament success in early February when the Ducks hosted then-No. 5 Arizona. The sophomore scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Ducks routed the Wildcats 85-58. Oregon's 16 total 3-pointers in that game were its most since opening Matthew Knight Arena in 2011. After the victory, Dillon Brooks summed up his teammate: "Tyler's the X-factor on our team." Dorsey is solidifying his reputation in the NCAA Tournament.

Tourney roller coaster: Who's up, down heading to Sweet 16

Everything's magnified in March. A player who has been slumping all season can quickly put that behind him with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament. A team that has struggled can suddenly change its reputation by heating up in the postseason. North Carolina's Joel Berry II, Florida's Devin Robinson and South Carolina's entire team are some of those on the annual tournament roller coaster heading into the Sweet 16.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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BRADY JERSEY FOUND Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over.

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region's No. 1 seed was fortunate to survive a second-round game against Arkansas to get there.

Tipping Off: On to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament

It's on to the weekend that many consider the defining mark of a season. Reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a season is a success. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games are in prime time. "I just told everybody, just wait," Michigan's John Beilein, one of three coaches taking a Big Ten team to the round of 16, said of the conference's early struggles.

UCLA beats Cincinnati 79-67 to earn Sweet 16 trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- UCLA had trouble getting its high-octane offense going in the first half against Cincinnati's big, athletic defenders. Once the Bruins got rolling, there was no stopping them -- all the way into the Sweet 16. Next up: A blue blood rematch with Kentucky in the South Regional semifinals.

Motley scores 19 as Baylor defeats USC, moves to Sweet 16

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Baylor knew Southern California would keep coming. Unlike Providence and SMU, the Bears had answers. Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes, and Baylor defeated USC 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday: ___ EAST REGION SOUTH CAROLINA 88, DUKE 81 GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament's expanded bracket.

Oregon rallies late to beat URI, reach Midwest Regional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Once the game ended and Oregon had narrowly advanced with a hard-fought NCAA Tournament win, Tyler Dorsey considered his two missed free throws with 3:36 left and how there might have been no celebrations at all. Instead, Dorsey delivered two clutch 3-pointers to send the Ducks back to the Sweet Sixteen for a second straight year and third in five years.