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College basketball evolving into distinctively NBA game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Pitino watched in amazement as the Michigan Wolverines made 11 second-half 3-pointers, many from well beyond the arc. The first comparison that came to mind was the NBA's Golden State Warriors. "The amazing thing to me is you look at the size of the players that Michigan has, and they shoot it like backcourt players.

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.

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.

The Latest: Sweet 16 set after 2 more major upsets

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12 a.m. The Sweet 16 is set after a Sunday filled with close games and two huge upsets. No. 7 seed South Carolina bounced No. 2 seed Duke, a team that opened as the betting favorite in some Las Vegas casinos. Another 2, Louisville, was taken down by Michigan to leave the ACC with only one team in the field.

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 to introduce new coach Kevin Keatts on Sunday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State will introduce new basketball coach Kevin Keatts on Sunday. School officials say Keatts' introductory news conference will be held at 1 p.m. from Reynolds Coliseum. N.C. State hired Keatts from UNC Wilmington on Friday to replace fired Mark Gottfried. The 44-year-old Keatts is a former assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville and two-time Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year.

Friday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 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.

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.

Update on the latest in sports:

NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE Trojans, Rams deliver big stunners UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And tenth-seeded Wichita State made it five double-digit seeds reaching Round 2. Sixth seed SMU had won 16 in a row until Elijah Stewart led the 11th-seeded Trojans to a 66-65 triumph over the Mustangs in Tulsa.

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.

Indiana fires Tom Crean after 9 seasons

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Tom Crean put Indiana basketball back in the national conversation. As it turned out, there was too much talk and not enough wins. Not for the Hoosiers. Nine years after taking over a team mired in turmoil following an NCAA scandal, Crean was fired Thursday after missing the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in his tenure.

Busted: Teams at top of brackets find themselves in trouble

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- They are supposed to be the best of the best. In many instances, they have looked more like the ugliest of the ugly. Some of the top teams in this year's NCAA Tournament have seen their names pop up in off-the-court headlines all too often and for all the wrong reasons. --No. 1 seed Kansas has been beset by a series of run-ins with the law. --No.

Column: Not all is well among the big schools in tournament

The University of Louisville sat out last year's NCAA Tournament as part of a sacrifice offered to the NCAA for hiring female escorts to party with basketball recruits. The Cardinals are back this year, with a nice No. 2 seeding to boot. Rick Pitino will be on the sidelines, despite the NCAA's contention that he failed to properly monitor a staffer who paid for strippers and escorts over a four-year period.