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November 9, 2010 | By Shannon Ryan
At look at the players expected to be among the best in college basketball this season: ? Ashton Gibbs , junior guard, Pittsburgh, averaged 15.7 ppg last season: As a sophomore, Gibbs made 39% of his three-pointers. ? JaJuan Johnson , senior post, Purdue, 15.5 ppg: Because of his range and his 6-10 frame, Johnson is tough to guard ? and shoot over. He blocked 72 shots last season. ? Kalin Lucas , senior guard, Michigan State, 14.8 ppg: The Spartans are aiming for a national title with the return of Lucas from an Achilles' tendon injury.
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April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Final Four has grown so large they had to move it from Planet Earth to Jerry World. It actually makes sense a stadium nicknamed "The Billion Dollar Play Pen" should host college basketball's billion-dollar end games. It makes less sense that everyone except the players seems to be cashing in. This being Texas, of course, one host city was not enough to handle the event, as the NCAA granted this bid to the wide-open-spaces sweep of "North Texas. " That means Amarillo, technically, got a Final Four in the modern era before Los Angeles.
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November 9, 2010 | By Shannon Ryan
A look at what are expected to be some of the top games of the college basketball regular season: Michigan State at Duke, Dec. 1 This Big Ten/ACC Challenge meeting could preview the national title game. Kentucky vs. North Carolina, Dec. 4 The Tar Heels are eager to show they're new and improved. The Wildcats want to show they're new and just as good. Illinois at Gonzaga, Dec. 4 Gonzaga's stacked frontcourt will be a test for the jet-lagged Illini.
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March 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. - Taylor Braun tried to pull everyone's leg after North Dakota State pulled off Thursday's West regional semi-stunner against Oklahoma. "Honestly," the Bison's star deadpanned at the postgame news conference at Spokane Arena, "I don't know what all the hype is about, the NCAA tournament. " With perfect comedic pause, he added, "I'm kidding. " 2014 NCAA tournament bracket What happened during the first two days of the NCAA tournament was no joke to higher seeded teams that got sent home with upset stomachs.
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January 29, 2013
UCLA VS. USC When: 7 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570, 830. Records: UCLA 16-5, 6-2 in Pac-12; USC 8-13, 3-5. Update: Travis Wear, UCLA's third-leading scorer, missed Saturday's game against Arizona State because of a concussion. He was still awaiting medical clearance Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins' leading scorer, missed Tuesday's practice because of flu symptoms. His availability won't be known until Wednesday.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster
It was February 1993, the last time the UCLA men's basketball team traveled to Pullman, Wash., and came away with anything other than a win. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins' leading scorer this season, was nine months from being born. Kyle Anderson, a freshman who is UCLA's leading rebounder, was born seven months after that loss. "Wow," said Jordan Adams, who was born 17 months after the 67-56 loss. "That's a long time ago. " There have been 19 games since, and UCLA has won every one of them.
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February 22, 2012
# of teams; state (teams); avg rank 3; Kentucky (Kentucky, Murray State, Louisville); 10.67 2; North Carolina (Duke, North Carolina); 6.0 ; Michigan (Michigan State, Michigan); 8.5 ; Kansas (Kansas, Wichita State); 11.5 ; Wisconsin (Marquette, Wisconsin) 13.0 ; Florida (Florida; Florida State); 13.5 ; Indiana (Notre Dame, Indiana); 21.5 1; New York (Syracuse); 2.0 ; Missouri (Missouri); 3.0 ; Ohio (Ohio State); 8.0 ; Washington, D.C. (Georgetown)
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February 11, 2011 | By David Wharton
One glance at the sideline was all it took. Catching sight of the scowl on his coach's face, Michael Lizarraga knew that he was about to get chewed out. It had been that kind of night for the Cal State Northridge basketball player, a step slow and a second late, struggling to keep track of his man on defense. "I tried to push myself," he said. "I just wasn't playing so good. " Now he banged with his hips and elbows, using every inch of his 6-foot-7 frame to wrestle for position under the basket.
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January 12, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
At tipoff Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., USC and Oregon players can gaze down at the most unusual and iconic court in all of college basketball. And if they gaze up, they'll find the largest and most advanced center-hung scoreboard in all of college athletics. And all around them, whether from the end lines, sidelines, or the steeply-tiered seats sitting practically on top of the court, more than 12,000 Oregon fans will be at fever pitch as the referees toss the ball up, commencing the opening of the Ducks' gleaming $200-million Matthew Knight Arena.
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October 11, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
In the rush-to-tomorrow generation we now live in, Wednesday brought a ponder-and-cherish-yesterday respite. The presence of Steve Fisher as the appropriate keynoter of that was rich with coincidence and time-healing. When Fisher took his turn to speak at the annual Los Angeles Athletic Club preseason luncheon for Southern California's major college basketball coaches — from San Luis Obispo to San Diego — he was one of the old hands. This will be his 14th season as San Diego State's coach.
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March 15, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Washington and Texas will open the 2015-16 basketball season in China, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday. Few details of the game were announced, other than it will be played on Nov. 14. The China market is high on the Pac-12's agenda. A conference all-star team, coached by Oregon State's Craig Robinson, will play games in China this summer, two against professional teams. Coaches will nominate players from their own team for the conference all-star team that will travel to China.
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March 11, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS - This could be a referendum on Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott's vision. The NCAA tournament selection committee will sequester itself Sunday in something of a conclave of Cardinals that's more Louisville than Vatican City. When they emerge, 68 teams will have been chosen. How many will be from the Pac-12? The answer largely depends on who is fielding the question. Bill Walton says eight. But he has also been known to say things like Digger Phelps is the "devil.
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March 6, 2014 | Wire Reports
LAS VEGAS - Evan Payne scored 19 points as 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount edged past No. 7 seed Portland, 67-64, on Thursday night and advanced to the quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament. The game stayed within a two-point margin through the last five minutes, with four lead changes and one tie until Nick Stover hit a layup and two free throws to give the Lions a four-point advantage with 12 seconds left. Stover and Anthony Ireland scored 14 points each. The Lions (13-18)
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March 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC last played in the NCAA women's basketball tournament in 2006. It's a streak of frustration that first-year Trojans Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke intends to end, but it might take another season unless the Trojans can put together an impressive run in the Pac-12 Conference tournament that begins Thursday at KeyArena in Seattle. Fifth-seeded USC, which finished the regular-season 18-12, plays 12th-seeded Arizona (5-24) in a first-round game at 2:30. Cooper-Dyke, who played for USC national championship teams in 1983 and 1984, acknowledged that her team is "right on the bubble.
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March 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Some things were settled by halftime Sunday. UCLA was not going to repeat as Pac-12 champion. Arizona clinched the conference regular-season title while the Bruins were sorting out issues in the locker room. Some things were unsettling by halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 74, Oregon State 69 Steve Alford, UCLA's always dapper-looking coach, ditched his jacket. That he didn't consider replacing it with a straitjacket was to his credit. In the first half the Bruins showed why they've lagged so far behind Arizona in the standings.
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March 1, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When: 6 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Fox Sports1; Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 21-7, 10-5 in Pac-12; Beavers 15-12, 7-8. Record vs. Beavers: 0-1. Update: UCLA guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are expected to return to UCLA's starting lineup after serving one-game suspensions for violating team rules. Coach Steve Alford wouldn't guarantee their spots Saturday, saying, "We still got a day of practice. " But he said the two would start, "as long as practice goes well.
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November 26, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
For USC men's basketball devotees, a few clues to the Trojans' most pleasant surprise so far this season: His last name is Jones, he's a freshman guard and, at age 18, he has already become a steady playmaker. Maurice Jones, the fleet-footed point guard? No, but close. Try his roommate, Bryce Jones. The Los Angeles native is tied with his roommate for second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.8, heading into USC's game here Saturday against Nebraska.
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December 28, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Computer rankings are fine, but college basketball is all about the NCAA tournament — how many teams from a conference qualify and how many advance to the regional semifinals, regional finals and Final Four. A league's best and worst teams aren't always the truest indicators of a conference's overall strength. So, with those factors as a guide, here is Times staff writer Diane Pucin's ranking of the top 10 conferences in college basketball — with the Pac-12 hanging in there by a thread.
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February 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's two best players couldn't play. The Bruins' top two scorers couldn't take shots. Their best rebounder wasn't around to rebound. Their best defender wasn't there to defend. Oddly it didn't seem to matter that guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were suspended hours for Thursday's Pac-12 Conference game against Oregon. Sure the Bruins were handed the expected loss. But the Ducks had to extend themselves to the limit before taking an 87-83 victory in double overtime at Pauley Pavilion.
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February 27, 2014 | By James Barragan
Southern California got some rain, but the drought continued for USC's basketball team as the Trojans dropped their ninth consecutive game Thursday night at the Galen Center, 76-66, against Oregon State. The Trojans made a second-half push, going on a 14-2 run late in the game to cut their deficit to 70-64 with a minute left. But the Trojans (10-18, 1-14 in Pac-12 Conference play) could not overcome a 37.3% shooting percentage and saw the Beavers improve to 15-12, 7-8. Oregon State led the entire game, starting with a 6-0 run before the Trojans' leading scorer, junior guard Byron Wesley, got USC on the board with a jump shot.
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