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Bobby Hurley Takes Over at Arizona State

Bobby Hurley Takes Over at Arizona State G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Arizona State has hired Bobby Hurley as its new men's basketball coach.The 43-year-old Hurley spent the last two seasons coaching Buffalo. There he went 42-20, leading the Bulls to the NCAA tournament last season.Hurley had a great career during his college playing days at Duke. He participated in three Final Fours and was part of two national championship winning teams. Hurley was named NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player during his junior season."Bobby Hurley epitomizes basketball excellence, with a keen knowledge of the game that stems from his lifelong involvement in the sport," Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement. "His childhood consisted of watching the defining moments of the NCAA Tournament; his high school days included a 115-5 record on the court and four state titles; and his college career, with an excellence exemplified by two national championships and his No. 11 jersey hanging in the rafters at Cameron Indoor."Hurley takes over for Herb Sendek, who was fired after coaching the Sun Devils for nine seasons. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UConn Beats Notre Dame for Program’s 10th Title

UConn Beats Notre Dame for Program’s 10th Title Lance King/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --  The UConn women beat Notre Dame 63-53 on Tuesday to win their third consecutive national championship. With the program's 10th title overall, coach Geno Auriemma matched UCLA's men's coach John Wooden for most titles in college basketball history. Connecticut was the nation's best defensive team all season and the Huskies, not at their best offensively Tuesday, relied on that defense all night to beat Notre Dame. The Irish shot 33 percent from the floor, their second worst percentage of the season. Connecticut also forced 17 Notre Dame turnovers, 13 in the first half when the Huskies built an eight-point lead at the break. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 points in the game and it was when she scored them that mattered most. She had two individual 7-0 runs, one in the first half and once in the second, each time when Notre Dame seemed ready to start a comeback. The Connecticut-Notre Dame matchup was just the second time in the history of the tournament that the same teams played in the final in consecutive years. UConn beat Tennessee in 2003 and 2004. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) - MLB: Colorado Rockies 10 (1-0) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (0-1) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (1-0) - New York Yankees 1 (0-1) Detroit Tigers 4 (1-0) - Minnesota Twins 0 (0-1) Baltimore Orioles 6 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (0-1)   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Andrew Harrison Apologizes to Frank Kaminsky

Andrew Harrison Apologizes to Frank Kaminsky Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized for the comment he made about Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky following their loss on Saturday night. Karl-Anthony Towns was asked about Kaminsky's performance and following the question, Harrison uttered an obscenity and a racial slur directed at the Wisconsin star. "First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know," Harrison tweeted after the game. "When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn't mean any disrespect," the tweet continued.  "We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday." Harrison muttered "F--- that n----" as his hand covered his mouth. "We have no comment until we have had a chance to evaluate it," Kentucky spokesman Eric Lindsey said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wisconsin Hands Kentucky First Defeat

Wisconsin Hands Kentucky First Defeat Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Wisconsin Badgers have done what no other team could do this season -- defeat the Kentucky Wildcats. With a 71-64 victory Saturday, the Badgers will move on to face Duke for the NCAA basketball championship. "It's a nice feeling to know that you've got a chance... A little bit better than Jim Carrey in 'Dumb and Dumber,'" Badgers head coach Bo Ryan regarding the victory over the Wildcats. "There were times when it was a-million-to-one, but not this time." Forwards Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky led the way for the Badgers as they dropped 16 and 20 points respectively. Kaminsky also dominated in the paint as he grabbed 11 of Wisconsins 34 rebounds against the Wildcats big men. Last season, Kentucky eliminated Wisconsin in the Final Four -- though Dekker says it wasn't the primary focus in the contest against the Wildcats. Last year's game obviously was motivation, not because of Kentucky, but because of how far we got." Dekker said. "It didn't matter who was in front of us, we just wanted to [get a] chance play for a National Title. We set those goals out before the season and we were very vocal about it." Kentucky becomes the first undefeated team to lose in the Final Four since the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels lost to Duke.  "I've had some tough losses and some unbelievable wins at the buzzer," coach John Calipari said. "My concern is that these guys keep it in perspective. They just had an historic year. If you want to blame anyone, blame me." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shaka Smart Accepts Texas Job

Shaka Smart Accepts Texas Job Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shaka Smart is leaving Virginia Commonwealth for Texas, VCU sports information director Scott Day confirmed on Thursday. Smart will take over for Rick Barnes, who mutually parted ways with the Longhorns last week. Smart had at least 26 wins in six seasons with VCU and will owe the school a $500,000 buyout because he left before May 1. Smart racked up 126 wins from 2009-15 and won the Atlantic 10 tournament this year. Texas officials declined to comment on Smart's hiring on Thursday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Hollis-Jefferson Is NBA Bound

ESPN: Hollis-Jefferson Is NBA BoundChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Arizona sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will declare for the NBA Draft, according to ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.Despite the report, Hollis-Jefferson said on Twitter he has not dec...

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The luck of the Irish ran out.Leading most of the second half, No. 3 Notre Dame slowly watched top-ranked Kentucky come back and eventually take the lead for good when Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, as the Wildcats edge the Fighting Irish 68-66 to advance to the Final Four of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Kentucky (38-0) gets to continue its undefeated season with large thanks to the Harrison twins. Aaron Harrison made an NBA range 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining to give Kentucky its first lead since the 15:06 mark of the second half. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant answered Harrison's three with one of his own with 2:36 remaining to put Notre Dame up by two. Karl-Anthony Towns then scored two of his game-high 25 points to tie the contest before the other Harrison hit his free throws to seal the game.Notre Dame (32-6), which had a decided size disadvantage with the Cats, was only outrebounded by one in the loss. It also doubled Kentucky 16-8 in assists.Zach Auguste scored 20 while Steve Vasturia and Grant added 16 and 15 points respectively in a losing effort. Kentucky advances to the National Semifinal in Indianapolis next weekend where it will meet Wisconsin. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Tx) -- After seventeen seasons, the Texas Longhorns will be seeking a new leader for their men's basketball program. The University informed Rick Barnes Saturday that he will be relieved of his duties, according to ESPN. The Longhorns suffered a first-round exit in this season's NCAA tournament when they were knocked out by Butler 56-48. Texas finished the regular season 20-14 with an 8-10 record in the Big 12. The 60 year-old Barnes amassed a 402-108 record in his tenure, overseeing the growth of future NBA stars such as T.J. Ford, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8

Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 4 Louisville down No. 8 North Carolina State 75-65 in the East Regional semifinals of the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Louisville and NC State traded punches throughout the game. After a Ralston Turner 3-pointer put the Wolfpack down one with 4:35 remaining in the game, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run. NC State could never recover as Louisville heads to the Elite 8 for the third time in four years.Montrezl Harrell had 24 points for the Cardinals (27-8) in the win.Trevor Lacey put up 18 points for NC State (22-14) in the loss.Louisville advances to take on Michigan State on Sunday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8

Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 2 Gonzaga to its first Elite 8 appearance since 1999 by beating No. 11 UCLA 74-62 in the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Gonzaga (35-2) was dominant, never trailing after the 17:14 mark of the first half.UCLA (22-14) went on a 6-0 run to open the second half and cut the Zags lead to one, but the Bulldogs countered by scoring 12 straight points, blowing the game open for good.The win marks the first time Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has reached the round of eight. He took over the team the year after it last made the regional final.Tony Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA in the loss.Gonzaga will take on Duke Sunday with the winner headed to the Final Four. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Notre Dame (32-5) had its offense going from tip off to the final buzzer. The Fighting Irish shot 55.6 percent from the field, while connecting on 9 of 19 from 3-point land.Notre Dame led or was tied with Wichita State for all but 36 seconds of the game.Wichita State (30-5) had a rough time shooting the three, hitting 3 of 18 from long distance. Fred Van Vleet led the Shockers with 25 points in the loss.Notre Dame advances to take on top-seeded Kentucky Saturday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Trailing by seven with 10:25 remaining, Wisconsin went on a 19-6 run, finished off by a Sam Decker layup, which gave the top-seeded Badgers the lead for good; they moved on to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament by knocking off the Tar Heels 79-72 Thursday.Decker finished the game with a career high 23 points, and Frank Kaminsky added 19 in the win. Wisconsin (34-3) is headed to its second straight Elite 8 and ends North Carolina's 11-game win-streak in the Sweet 16.In a game where who could rebound more was thought to be key, the Badgers won the matchup 35-28. Kennedy Meeks, whose status was uncertain after spraining his knee last weekend, played 14 minutes and scored four points for North Carolina (26-12) in the loss.Wisconsin will take on Arizona Saturday in Los Angeles. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament:  Midwest Region: (1) Kentucky 78 (37-0) - (5) West Virginia 39 (25-10)  (3) Notre Dame 81 (32-5) - (7) Wichita St 70 (30-5) West Region: (1) Wisconsin 79 (34-3) - (4) North Carolina 72 (26-12) (2) Arizona 68 (34-3) - (6) Xavier 60 (23-14)   NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 5 (27-36-10, 64 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 2  (40-23-11, 91 pts) Los Angeles Kings 3 (37-23-14, 88 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-26-5, 93 pts) Washington Capitals 3 (40-24-10, 90 pts) - New Jersey Devils 2 (31-31-12, 74 pts) *F/OT Arizona Coyotes 4 (23-44-8, 54 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (20-46-8, 48 pts) *F/OT Anaheim Ducks 3 (47-22-7, 101 pts) - Boston Bruins 2 (36-25-13, 85 pts) *F/OT New York Rangers 5 (47-19-7, 101 pts) - Ottawa Senators 1 (37-25-11, 85 pts) San Jose Sharks 6 (36-30-8, 80 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 4 (39-22-12, 90 pts) Nashville Predators 3 (46-21-8, 100 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (46-22-7, 99 pts) Florida Panthers 4 (34-26-14, 82 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-42-6, 60 pts) Winnipeg Jets 5 (39-24-12, 90 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (46-21-8, 100 pts) Colorado Avalanche 4 (33-28-12, 78pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (43-26-4, 90pts) NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 111 (36-36) - Indiana Pacers 107 (31-41) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday G. Fiume/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- There may not be many people that think Kentucky will lose their perfect season and a chance at winning a national title when they play West Virginia Thursday, but there's at least one: Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr."I give them their props," Miles said Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1."Miles continued to say the Wildcats should fear the Mountaineers."They should be more intimidated," Miles said. "Because they're the ones who have the high standard, and we're coming for them."West Virginia (25-9) forces opponents into turnovers on 28.3 percent of possessions, the best percentage in Division I.Also, the Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins is 8-2 in games against Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Despite all of that, as of Thursday morning, Vegas has Kentucky as 13.5 point favorites.We'll find out Thursday night if Miles' prediction is correct. West Virginia and Kentucky are scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. ET in Cleveland. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Behind Travis Trice's 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54. Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday. The Spartans stole a page from last year's regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range. The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament - Second Round - Midwest Region: (2) Kansas 75 (27-8) - (15) New Mexico State 56 (23-11) (5) West Virginia 68 (24-9) - (12) Buffalo 62 (23-10) (7) Wichita State 81 (29-4) - (10) Indiana 76 (20-14) (4) Maryland 65 (28-6) - (13) Valparaiso 62 (28-6) West Region: (1) Wisconsin 86 (32-3) - (16) Coastal Carolina 72 (24-10) (8) Oregon 79 (26-9) - (9) Oklahoma State 73 (18-14) East Region: (2) Virginia 79 (30-3) - (15) Belmont 67 (22-11) (3) Oklahoma 69 (23-10) - (14) Albany 60 (24-9) (4) Louisville 57 (25-8) - (13) UC Irvine 55 (21-13) (5) Northern Iowa 71 (31-3) - (12) Wyoming 56 (23-11)  (7) Michigan State 70 (24-11) - (10) Georgia 63 (21-12) South Region: (1) Duke 85 (30-4) - (16) Robert Morris 56 (20-15) (7) Iowa 83 (22-11) - (10) Davidson 52 (24-8) NBA: Orlando Magic 111 (22-49) - Portland Trail Blazers104 (44-23) Philadelphia 76ers 97 (17-52) - New York Knicks 81 (14-55) Cleveland Cavaliers 95 (45-26) - Indiana Pacers 92 (30-28) Brooklyn Nets 129 (28-39) - Milwaukee Bucks 127 (34-35) - 3 Overtime Miami Heat 108 (32-36) - Denver Nuggets 91 (26-44) Chicago Bulls 108 (42-28) - Toronto Raptors 92 (41-48) Oklahoma City Thunder 123 (39-30) - Atlanta Hawks 115 (53-16) San Antonio Spurs 101 (43-25) - Boston Celtics 89 (30-38) NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (31-29-11) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (20-44-7) Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (44-21-17) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-21-11) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64. Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game. Valentine's free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer's table in fury. Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments. Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56 G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) --  Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March. "It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.   Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win. The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT

Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT Getty_Ohio_State_Mascot.jpg(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Freshman guard D'Angelo Russell had 28 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help No. 10 Ohio State eliminate No. 7 VCU 75-72 in overtime in their second-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday.Russell made 50 percent of his shots and went 4 of 7 from 3-point distance, leading Ohio State (24-10) to their first tournament win since 2013.The victory did not come easily for the Buckeyes. They fell behind by 12 in the first half before battling back to make it a one-point game at halftime. From that point on, there were nine lead-changes before the Buckeyes improved their NCAA Tournament record under head coach Thad Matta to 18-8.Jae'Sean Tate had 12 points and eight boards while guard Shannon Scott dished out 10 assists in the victory.Melvin Johnson scored 17 points for VCU (26-10) who is going home in their tournament opener for the second straight season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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