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Kansas withstands Clemson's comeback

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) For the third year in a row, Kansas made it through the Sweet 16 - although not before Clemson tried its hardest to add another wild chapter to an already unbelievable tournament.

The top-seeded Jayhawks brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity of this March, withstanding a ferocious rally by fifth-seeded Clemson on Friday for a too-close-for-comfort, 80-76 victory.

Malik Newman led the Jayhawks (30-7) with 17 points in a one-time runaway that got much closer and, quite frankly, won't mean much to KU fans if their team can't finish the job in the Midwest Region final Sunday.


Villanova spoils WVU's pressure with 3s

BOSTON (AP) Villanova's 3-point party rolled past the intense pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship.

The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast in the NCAA Tournament, downing the fifth-seeded Mountaineers 90-78 on Friday night to earn their second trip to the regional finals in three seasons.


Duke leads Syracuse 34-27 at halftime

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Texas Tech leads Purdue 30-25 at half

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Michigan faces FSU for Final Four berth

LOS ANGELES (AP) Leonard Hamilton is well aware of the perception that Florida State is a football school. The coach also knows that the moniker is often applied to Michigan, the Seminoles' opponent Saturday night in a most unlikely NCAA Tournament regional final.

After a lifetime of coaching hoops, the 69-year-old Hamilton can't understand why anyone would think about football in March when his players and coach John Beilein's squad have earned the right to play the biggest game of their lives at Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Loyola to test Kansas State's strong D

ATLANTA (AP) Kansas State has been an afterthought through the NCAA Tournament - until now.

Even in the South Region, where the top four seeds were bounced out on the first weekend - a first for the NCAA Tournament - no one was really talking about these Wildcats.


Hamilton fosters FSU's unselfish spirit

LOS ANGELES (AP) Florida State takes its win-by-committee philosophy seriously.

The Seminoles crowded six players on the dais with coach Leonard Hamilton for Friday's news conference at Staples Center. They were only required to bring five, but nobody gets left out on this team, including the walk-ons.


Hurley says UConn dream, destination job

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley says he has landed at his dream coaching destination.

Hurley was introduced Friday as the University of Connecticut's 19th men's basketball coach, replacing Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month amid an NCAA investigation and after a second consecutive losing season.


UMBC asst. Aldrich named Longwood coach

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Longwood has hired UMBC assistant Griff Aldrich as its basketball coach.

Aldrich spent the last two seasons working under coach Ryan Odom at the Baltimore school that became the first No. 16 seed to win an NCAA Tournament game. The Retrievers beat overall top seed Virginia 74-54 in the first round.


La Salle, Giannini part after 14 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) La Salle split with basketball coach John Giannini on Friday following a 13-19 finish in his 14th season.

The school said in a statement the Explorers and the coach have "mutually agreed to part ways," and a search for a new coach has begun.

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