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North Carolina State's Abdul-Malik Abu (0) grabs a pass against Villanova during the first half of an NCAA tournament third round college basketball game, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Abu Embraces His Role: KUA Graduate Earns Minutes for NC State

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Raleigh, n.c. — Gone are the days when North Carolina State freshman Abdul-Malik Abu was in a hurry when he caught the ball inside or was mentally trying to keep up with all the team’s defensive principles. The 6-foot-8 forward looks at ease and has been a major factor in the eighth-seeded Wolfpack’s push to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. “Confidence can take you a lot of places,” Abu said. “The more confident you are, the more you’re capable of things you never thought you could do.” Abu moved into the starting lineup for the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play in January and has …

Today’s Fearless Prediction: Kentucky Fails in Final Four

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Villanova being the first No. 1 seed to fall? Check. The Big 12 struggling? Check. Cinderella’s slipper not fitting Stephen F. Austin this year? Check. Those were just some of the predictions yours truly made before the NCAA Tournament began that proved true, so forgive me if I gloat for a minute. Most …

What’s in A Name? Trouble

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coach Craig Price’s phone won’t stop ringing. Everyone from reporters to award committee announcers want to know if it’s true what they say about his star basketball player. No one’s wondering about the kid’s skill. He’s good. All-Canadian good. He just helped take Price’s squad, the Medicine Hat College basketball team, to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship. But the thing is — …

Wolfpack Sends Nova Packing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — Villanova went from a top seed to No. 1-and-done. N.C. State is back in the Sweet 16, attacking one of the top teams in the nation for 40 minutes and stunning Villanova 71-68 on Saturday night. …

A Sweet Win For Arizona

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Portland, Ore. — Arizona avenged one heartbreaking NCAA Tournament loss. One more win, and the Wildcats will get a chance to make up for another one. Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, T.J. McConnell …

Local Roundup: Donation Helps Stevens Gain New Weights

Friday, March 20, 2015

Claremont — The Claremont School Board on Wednesday night accepted an anonymous $32,000 donation that will go toward the purchase of equipment for the new weight room at Stevens High School, a room that was part of the $12.6 million renovation of the school. Stevens athletic director Aaron …

Love or Hate Them, Huskies Rule Roost

Friday, March 20, 2015

Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have turned women’s college basketball into their own showcase. Over the past two decades, the Hall of Fame coach and his players have been the face of the sport, winning nine championships …

Princeton Women Look to Prove The Doubters Wrong

Friday, March 20, 2015

College Park, Md. — Kentucky’s men aren’t the only undefeated college basketball players in the NCAA Tournament this year: Princeton’s women are 30-0. While Kentucky is seeded No. 1 overall among the men, and a heavy favorite to cut down the nets for what would be its ninth …

NCAA Women: Blue Devils Survive Scare From Albany

Friday, March 20, 2015

Duke advances after getting a scare from Albany. South Carolina wins first home game in NCAAs in 13 years. A couple underdogs put scare in higher seeds, but only Miami and Arkansas can pull off the upsets. And unlike in the men’s bracket, 14 and 15 seeds are …

Devils at the Mike: Ex-Duke Players Own the Airwaves

Friday, March 20, 2015

New York — All of a sudden this season, former players from a certain school seem to be analyzing nearly every big college basketball game. Jay Bilas ascended to the top commentating team at ESPN. Grant Hill was picked to do the Final Four. Jay Williams joined Bilas …

NCAA Men: Favorites Do Much Better

Friday, March 20, 2015

There were no big upsets in the first half of Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament. There will be, however, some good matchups in the round of 32, including one the state of Kansas has been anticipating for …

Analysis: Big Green Basketball Would Like to Go Further

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Buffalo, n.y. — While second-term Dartmouth men’s basketball coach Paul Cormier has managed to push the Big Green back into the upper division of the Ivy League, he believes he now faces a tougher landscape in order to …

NCAA Tourney Roundup: No. 14 Seeds Rule Round 2

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Two wins by No. 14 seeds. Two sons winning games for their father-coaches. The team nobody thought belonged in the field winning a game. The Big 12 starting 0-3. Just another opening day of the NCAA Tournament. South Region UAB 60, Iowa State 59 Louisville, Ky. — William …