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NEW YORK | AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell dead at age 64

NEW YORK — Jim O’Connell, the longtime college basketball writer for The Associated Press and a member of the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 64. He died Monday after a series of ailments, his son Andrew said. Known to nearly everyone as Oc, O’Connell was a former president of the United States Basketball … Continue reading NEW YORK | AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell dead at age 64

PHOENIX | Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

PHOENIX (AP) — For most of their half-century of existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center. In 1969, they lost the coin flip with Milwaukee for Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and chose Neal Walk at No. 2. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good … Continue reading PHOENIX | Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

COLUMBIA, S.C. | South Carolina plans statue of hoops star A’ja Wilson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Basketball star A’ja Wilson is getting a statue at South Carolina. University President Harris Pastides closed graduation ceremonies Saturday by announcing the school plans to build a statue of the national player of the year. Wilson helped South Carolina win the 2017 NCAA title and left as the school’s all-time scoring … Continue reading COLUMBIA, S.C. | South Carolina plans statue of hoops star A’ja Wilson

RALEIGH, N.C. | NC State outlines steps taken in federal hoops investigation

RALEIGH, N.C. | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — North Carolina State has released a timeline of steps the university has taken to cooperate with investigators since the federal probe into college basketball became public last fall. The university had essentially responded to inquiries before becoming further entangled in the investigation in recent weeks. Chancellor Randy Woodson … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | NC State outlines steps taken in federal hoops investigation

Closing act: An uncertain future looms for college hoops

SAN ANTONIO/April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — For the past three weeks, it’s been all about buzzer-beaters, bracket-busters and basketball — a much-needed reminder about just how beautiful this game can be. For the next six months, it will be all about ugliness and uncertainty, while college basketball wrestles with the changes it must make to … Continue reading Closing act: An uncertain future looms for college hoops

KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

SAN ANTONIO /March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Don’t mind Kansas or Villanova if the winner starts cutting down nets Saturday night. In the most lopsided Final Four bracket since the tournament was expanded in 1985, these two No. 1 seeds square off in what might as well be called the “Big Boy Semifinal.” Barring an … Continue reading KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

NCAA to protect amateurism as defined amid hoops changes

SAN ANTONIO/March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — NCAA leaders expect to receive recommendations for reforming college basketball in late April and have pledged to quickly implement changes while preserving the status quo when it comes to amateurism. NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday during his annual state of the association news conference ahead of the Final … Continue reading NCAA to protect amateurism as defined amid hoops changes

UConn routs Duke 72-59, advances to Albany Region final

ALBANY, N.Y./March 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Napheesa Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help top-seed UConn beat Duke 72-59 on Saturday and advance to the Elite Eight for the 13th consecutive season. UConn (35-0) will face defending national champion South Carolina on Monday night in trying to reach an 11th straight Final Four. The … Continue reading UConn routs Duke 72-59, advances to Albany Region final