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Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The Jayhawks (24-6) overcame an 18-point deficit on Tuesday night to win the Big 12 title after their 76-69 overtime win over No. 20 West Virginia (22-8).

Kansas guard Frank Mason III scored 19 points and forward Jamari Taylor chipped in with 14 in the victory.

"We haven't had a better win here for higher stakes than what that was," Kansas head coach Bill Self said after the game. "As a coach, when you have good players and you play well, you should win. But it always means a little more when you can't get anything going and somehow the kids figure out a way to do it. It was pretty special for me to sit there and watch those guys pull it off."

Kansas standout Perry Ellis sprained his right knee late in the first half and did not return.  Self said that Ellis would not play on Saturday against Oklahoma.

"We played tough, we played hard, but playing without Perry [Ellis] obviously is not good," Self said. "He had the flu and got off to a bad start anyway, then he gets hurt. We don't know the extent of it, but the good news is we think he can be back in a week or so."

This is Kansas' 11th straight conference title, which ties the streak Gonzaga had from 2001-11. 

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Kentucky Cruises Past Arkansas, 84-67

Kentucky Cruises Past Arkansas, 84-67

G. Fiume/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- The Wildcats improved to 29-0 after their 84-67 win over No. 18 Arkansas (23-6) on Saturday.

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison led the way with 18 points and three assists and forward Trey Lyles scored 18 as well in the rout.

"Thought Andrew was like ridiculous," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said.  "Andrew just dominated the game, in my mind he was the best guard on the floor."

Tyler Ulis added 14 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 10 in the victory.

The Wildcats defense held Arkansas guard Michael Qualls to 17 points in the loss and outrebounded the Razorbacks 38-32.

The Georgia Bulldogs will host Kentucky on Tuesday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Kentucky 84 (29-0) - (18) Arkansas 67 (23-6)

(2) Virginia 69 (27-1) - Virginia Tech 57 (10-19)

(6) Villanova 78 (27-2) - Xavier 66 (18-12)

(11) Wichita State 74 (27-3) - (10) Northern Iowa 60 (27-3)

Kansas State 70 (15-15) - (12) Iowa State 69 (20-8)

(14) Maryland 66 (24-5) - Michigan 56 (14-14)

(15) North Carolina 73 (20-9) - Miami (FL) 64 (18-11)

(16) Oklahoma 67 (20-8) - TCU 60 (17-12)

(17) Louisville 81 (23-6) - Florida State 59 (15-15)

Dayton 59 (22-6) - (22) VCU 55 (21-8) 

(23) Butler 67 (21-8) - DePaul 53 (12-18)

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Florida Reinstates F Dorian Finney-Smith

Florida Reinstates F Dorian Finney-Smith

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan reinstated junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith on Friday.Finney-Smith was suspended for the past three games due to an unspecified violation of team rules. "He served his penalty," Donovan said. "He did all the things we asked him to do and expected him to do."The 6-foot-8 Finney-Smith is the team's leading rebounder (5.8 per game) and second-leading scorer (12.9 per game).Finney-Smith will be on the floor for the Gators (13-15, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) Saturday when Donovan tries to win his 500th career game versus Tennessee.

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Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Apologizes for Postgame Remark

Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Apologizes for Postgame Remark

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has issued an apology for an "inappropriate comment" during the postgame handshakes of a victory over Tennessee.

Stallings was seen berating Commodores freshman guard Wade Baldwin, Jr. and was overheard yelling "I'll f***ing kill you," after being informed by a Tennessee assistant coach that Baldwin was clapping in the face of Volunteers players.

Friday Stallings released a statement:

"One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game," Stallings said. "In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program, win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight."

Baldwin tweeted out after the game: "Coach Stallings is the best coach in America. I felt no offense to anything. We are both fiery people and that's why I chose Vandy."

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Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15

Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Boston Celtics 115 (22-33) - New York Knicks 94 (10-46) Miami Heat 93 (25-31) - Orlando Magic 90 (19-40) (F/OT) Charlotte Hornets 98 (23-32) - Chicago Bulls 86 (36-22) Atlanta Hawks 104 (45-12) - Dallas M...

(14) Maryland Tops (5) Wisconsin

(14) Maryland Tops (5) Wisconsin

G Fiume/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- Dez Wells scored 26 points in No. 14 Maryland's 59-53 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Maryland's win ended Wisconsin's 10-game win streak, and possibly ruined their bid to come away with a share at the Big Ten title.

Melo Trimble also added 16 points and helped the Terps to end the game on a 12-6 run.  Maryland improved to 9-0 in games decided by six points or fewer, and they've won their last three by a total of 17 points.

"We knew we had the poise and toughness to win the game," Wells said.

Maryland will play Michigan on Saturday February 28th, and Wisconsin will look to get back on track Sunday when Michigan State pays them a visit.

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Oregon Upsets Utah, 69-58

Oregon Upsets Utah, 69-58

G Fiume/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- The Ducks (20-8) pulled off a 69-58 upset of the No. 9 Utah Utes (21-5) on Sunday.

Dillon Brooks finished with 19 points and finished with 11 straight points late in the second half in the victory.

"I thought he hit big buckets for us," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "He really was aggressive taking the ball to the hole.

"We ran a couple things for him late because he did have the hot hand, and he responded pretty well."

Delon Wright finished with 22 points in the loss for Utah.

"They made plays when they needed to, and I thought they played with more energy overall," Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They kicked our butts on the glass in the second half."

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(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky took care of business Saturday night defeating the Auburn Tigers, 110-75 to improve to 27-0 on the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, which led six Kentucky players who reached double figures, and the Wildcats reached their highest scoring total since 2002, extending their best start ever.  Kentucky also matched the 1995-1996 team's school record of 27 straight victories.

"We cherish these moments," said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots."

Kentucky will look to improve to 28-0 on Wednesday February 25th when they meet Mississippi St.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Brogdon Helps No. 2 Virginia Steal Victory from Wake Forest

Brogdon Helps No. 2 Virginia Steal Victory from Wake Forest

G Fiume/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre had a chance to give his team an upset win over No. 2 Virginia, but Malcolm Brogdon had other thoughts.With the Demon Deacons down by one with seconds to play, Miller-McIntyre tried driving to the hoop, but Brogdon stole the ball to secure the Cavaliers a 61-60 victory."I knew he wanted to get by me," Brogdon said. "He's not a shooter. He's a slasher. I knew he was going to try to get into my body and I just tried to square him up and stay in front of him, and he coughed up the ball."Virginia led by seven with 4:07 to go after Anthony Gill slammed home two of his game-high 19 points, but Konstantinos Mitoglou proceeded to make two clutch 3-pointers, the second putting Wake Forest down by one with 40 seconds to play.Miller-McIntyre had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 17 seconds remaining but missed the second attempt, resulting in the Demon Deacons needing one final bucket.Mitoglou led Wake Forest (12-14, 4-9 ACC) with 18 points.Brogdon had 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block in the win.Virginia (23-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remains two games ahead of Notre Dame in the loss column for first place in the ACC.

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Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian Dies

Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian Dies

Ken Levine /Allsport(LAS VEGAS) -- Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian died on Wednesday.  He was 84.

Tarkanian was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection after being hospitalized Monday, but couldn't overcome it.

"Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life," his son, Danny, tweeted.

During his 19 seasons at UNLV, "Tark the Shark" as he was known won a NCAA national title in 1990 and led the 91' team to the Final Four when they lost to Duke. 

Tarkanian finished with a record of 729-201 and led the Fresno State Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice during his time there.

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Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Third-ranked Virginia is having a great season, but a major injury could make it difficult to keep it up.Cavaliers' second leading scorer Justin Anderson will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a finger on his shooting hand.The junior guard was injured in the first half of the team's win over No. 9 Louisville Saturday. Virginia (21-1, 9-1 ACC) currently leads the ACC by one game over Notre Dame. Anderson is a big reason for that, averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 48% from 3-point land this season.Anderson is likely out for the rest of the regular season, but could be back for the NCAA tournament in the middle of March.

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Syracuse Self-Imposes Postseason Ban

Syracuse Self-Imposes Postseason BanRich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- The Syracuse Orange will have to watch March Madness on television this season. The university announced Wednesday that it is self-imposing a post season ban for the men's basketball team in relation to an NC...

(3) Virginia Bounces Back, Tops (12) UNC

(3) Virginia Bounces Back, Tops (12) UNC

G Fiume/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Justin Anderson added 16 to lead No. 3 Virginia past No. 12 North Carolina 75-64 Monday night.The Cavaliers (21-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from their first loss of the season on Saturday versus Duke.Virginia trailed by one at halftime but held North Carolina (17-6, 7-3 ACC) to 38% shooting in the second half to win their first game in Chapel Hill since 1981.Brice Johnson had 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks for the Tar Heels in the loss.Next up for Virginia, a home game Saturday versus No. 9 Louisville. Meanwhile, North Carolina will travel to Chestnut Hill Saturday to take on Boston College.

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Pitt Upsets No. 8 Notre Dame

Pitt Upsets No. 8 Notre DameG Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa.)-- The Pittsburgh Panthers have upset the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With a last second steal by junior guard James Robinson the Panthers took down the Fighting Irish 76-72 Saturday to end a...

Duke Dismisses Guard Rasheed Sulaimon

Duke Dismisses Guard Rasheed Sulaimon

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the basketball program Thursday."Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release. "It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program."The news comes as a surprise considering Sulaimon wasn't publicly disciplined all season.The 20-year-old from Houston started 50 games during his first two seasons with Duke but became a bench player this season when the blue devils brought in freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.Sulaimon played in all 20 of the team's games this season, averaging 7.5 points, two rebounds and 1.8 assists.Sulaimon becomes the first player to be dismissed from Duke's basketball program since Krzyzewski took over as head coach.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/27/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/27/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Men's Top 25 College Basketball: (14) VCU 72 (17-3) - George Washington 48 (16-5)

(17) West Virginia 65 (17-3) - Kansas State 59 (12-9)

Xavier 66 (14-7) - (21) Georgetown 53 (14-6)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 104 (30-15) - Indiana Pacers 88 (16-31)

Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (26-20) - Detroit Pistons 95 (17-29)

Milwaukee Bucks 109 (23-22) - Miami Heat 102 (20-25)

NHL:  Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (21-22-3, 45pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (24-14-9, 57pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (27-12-8, 62pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (26-15-8, 60pts)

New York Islanders 4 (32-14-1, 65pts) - New York Rangers 1 (27-14-4, 58pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (20-22-7, 47pts) - Arizona Coyotes 3 (16-25-6, 38pts) - SO

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (17-25-5, 39pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (30-15-4, 64pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/26/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/26/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (13) North Carolina 93 (17-4) - Syracuse 83 (14-7)

(15) Iowa State 89 (15-4) - (19) Texas 86 (14-6)

NBA:  Sacramento Kings (16-27) @ New York Knicks (8-37) - Postponed

Portland Trail Blazers (32-13) @ Brooklyn Nets (18-26) - Postponed

Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (23-22) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-37)

New Orleans Pelicans 99 (24-21) - Philadelphia 76ers 74 (8-37)

Memphis Grizzlies 103 (32-12) - Orlando Magic 94 (15-33)

Boston Celtics 99 (16-27) - Utah Jazz 90 (16-29)

Los Angeles Clippers 102 (31-14) - Denver Nuggets 98 (18-27)

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Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The wait is over.  Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game after his team beat St. John's 77-68 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Blue Devils were down 61-51 with 8:36 left in the game and had a furious rally and Quinn Cook's three pointer gave them their first lead of the second half with 5:15 left in the game.  They'd go on to have a 26-7 run to end the game and give Coach K the milestone victory.

Tyus Jones finished with 22 points and six assists and Cook and Jahlil Okafor each added 17 in the win.

Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points in the loss for St. John's.

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