NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors make it 8 straight UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have learned how to succeed without Kevin Durant. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 32 points and the Warriors gained their eighth straight win by beating the Rockets, 113-106 at Houston. Klay Thompson finished with 24 points to help the Warriors overcome James Harden's 20th triple-double of the season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Frank Mason III of Kansas, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year. The five have been invited to Los Angeles for the trophy presentation at the College Basketball Awards on April 7.
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.
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.
The 2017 Elite Eight will be set following Friday's regional semifinal action in the NCAA Tournament. The marquee matchup will see second-seeded Kentucky face third-seeded UCLA in the South Region in Memphis. The two blue bloods met earlier this season, with the Bruins beating the Wildcats 97-92 on the road. The winner could face No. 1 seed North Carolina on Sunday, though the Tar Heels will need to get past Butler first.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs. Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too -- at the expense of the other.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Three of college basketball's blue bloods, along with a blue bulldog from Indiana that has had lots of success of its own, have gathered in Memphis for a marquee showdown in the Sweet 16. North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA are joined by upstart Butler in the South Regional -- the only region where the top four seeds all advanced after the opening weekend.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- No. 3 seed UCLA (31-4) vs. No. 2 seed Kentucky (31-5) Third round, South region; Memphis, Tennessee; 9:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: UCLA has the most national titles, while Kentucky has the most wins all-time -- making for lots of history in this showdown. Kentucky coach John Calipari has had much more success in the NCAA Tournament than Steve Alford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Alford was criticized for not winning enough, considered to be on the hot seat heading into this season. Bryce Alford was knocked for shooting too much, expected to have a hard time taking a back seat to freshman phenom Lonzo Ball. Look at them now.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- North Carolina is at its best when the Tar Heels are pushing the ball upcourt in a go-go-go pace, one that frequently has opponents desperately trying to slow things down. That shouldn't be a problem for Sunday's second-round game in the South Regional. Arkansas is just as eager to play fast -- even if that's a prospect that thrills the top-seeded Tar Heels.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- No. 3 seed UCLA (30-4) vs. No. 6 seed Cincinnati (30-5) Second round, South region; Sacramento, California; approximately 9:40 p.m. BOTTOM LINE: This could be a good UCLA was the nation's top-scoring team during the season and put up 97 points against Kent State in its opener. The Bearcats shot 62 percent to set a school NCAA Tournament record and scored 75 points in their opening win over Kansas State.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- UCLA raced out for layups, dropped in 3-pointers, piled up the points. The Bruins are the nation's top-scoring team, so no surprise there. The defense? That still could use a little work. UCLA raced out to a big lead and held on through numerous defensive lapses, pulling away late for a 97-80 victory over scrappy Kent State on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament South Region.
The Latest on Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 1 a.m. The final numbers from the first round are in, and the voters in The Associated Press Top 25 poll did a pretty good job of nailing the best teams. Of the 32 teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round, 30 spent at least one week in the AP Top 25. The ones that didn't -- Arkansas and Middle Tennessee.