Krzyzewski K-O'd: North Carolina takes out coach, Duke 81-77
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s remarkable career came to a sudden end Saturday night after Caleb Love made a key 3-pointer and three late free throws to lift archrival North Carolina to a thrill-a-minute 81-77 victory over the Blue Devils in the national semifinals showdown.
Kansas earns No. 1 seed in Midwest Region; Auburn gets No. 2
Kansas earned a No. 1 seed for the 15th time on Sunday, second only to North Carolina for most in college hoops history, and will open the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region against the play-in winner between Texas Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Fort Worth, Texas.
Buddy Boeheim gets dad back to Sweet 16 as Syracuse tops WVU
Syracuse defeated Syracuse 75-72. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS – Buddy Boeheim kept shooting, carrying his Hall of Fame father and 11th-seeded Syracuse back into the Sweet 16. The Orange, a top program for four decades under Jim Boeheim, once again showed they're just as dangerous as an NCAA Tournament afterthought. Now they're heading to Jim Boeheim's 20th Sweet 16, thanks to his 6-foot-6, sweet-shooting son. They have advanced to the Sweet 16 each time they’ve been given a double-digit seeding, reaching the Final Four as a 10 in 2016 and the Sweet 16 as an 11 in 2018.
Positive COVID-19 tests derail Kansas, Virginia tourney runs
That day turned out to be the end of the college basketball season. Hours later, Kansas announced its withdrawal from the Big 12 Tournament, leading to the cancellation of its semifinal matchup with No. The Jayhawks said in a statement they would continue preparing for the NCAA Tournament, which starts Thursday. Duke withdrew from the ACC Tournament and ended its season amid its own positive test before facing the 15th-ranked Seminoles in the quarterfinals. The tournament protocols include requiring each member of a team's travel party to complete seven negative COVID-19 tests before leaving for Indianapolis.
Duke pulls out of ACC Tournament, NCAA tourney streak ends
The ACC announced that the Blue Devils quarterfinal game with Florida State scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke arrived at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament hoping to make an unprecedented run to extend its long NCAA Tournament streak. The ACC announced that the Blue Devils' quarterfinal game against No. And athletics director Kevin White said Duke's season is over, ending the Blue Devils' streak of 24 consecutive NCAA appearances that began in 1996. Duke hadn't missed the NCAA Tournament since the 1994-95 season when Krzyzewski stepped away from coaching following complications from back surgery.
Duke's Johnson is foregoing season, declaring for NBA draft
Duke forward Jalen Johnson (1) drives to the basket as Miami guard Harlond Beverly (5) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)Highly touted Duke freshman Jalen Johnson is foregoing the rest of the Blue Devils' season and declaring for the NBA draft. Johnson had three points in eight minutes while coming off the bench for the third straight game. Afterward, Krzyzewski said Johnson was “knocked back” by the game’s physicality but added: “I have confidence in him. The highlight after his return was a huge game (24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks) at Pittsburgh. He deserves to be fully healthy for the upcoming NBA draft.”___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
Elite programs stuck on the NCAA Tournament bubble
So is North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 8-8 and 6-6 in the ACC after beating North Carolina State on Saturday, a win that ended a three-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights were poised to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before the tourney was canceled last season. A team on the NCAA Tournament bubble can't really afford consecutive losses late in the season. ___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
Duke falls out of AP Top 25; Gonzaga, Baylor remain 1-2
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Gonzaga and Baylor maintained their grip on the top two spots in The Associated Press men's basketball poll Monday. “Everyone has dealt with this,” said Wright, whose team finally gets back on the court Tuesday night against Seton Hall. The Golden Gophers were followed by Auburn, one of this week's poll newcomers, Missouri and Clemson. “We’re still finding out about our team,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose team nearly rallied from an 18-point deficit against Virginia Tech. IN AND OUTThe Bruins were the other newcomer to this week's poll after improving to 11-2 and 7-0 in the Pac-12 with consecutive wins over Washington State and Washington.
The Latest: Raptors, Lightning to play without fans for now
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Toronto Raptors and Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have fans at home games in Tampa, Florida, until at least Feb. 5. “We are not comfortable bringing large numbers of fans indoors to watch hockey or basketball right now,” said Steve Griggs, CEO for Vinik Sports Group and the Lightning. Because of Canada’s border restrictions and rising COVID-19 cases, the Raptors were forced to play their home games out of Tampa for at least the first half of the season. ___A third United Arab Emirates cricket player has tested positive and forced the scheduled one-day international against Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to be postponed to next Saturday. The 73-year-old coach said earlier this week e and his wife were placed into quarantine after a family member tested positive for COVID-19.
The Latest: Duke coach Krzyzewski to miss FSU game
(AP Photo/Robert Franklin)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mike Krzyzewski won't coach No. Tight end Hunter Henry remains on the COVID-19 list and will miss his second straight game Sunday at Kansas City. Four of them, including Jarvis Landry, missed last week’s game in New York as COVID-19 close contacts. The Browns did not have any new positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, and after getting league approval, practiced indoors. Every player on the active roster practiced Thursday and Friday, an indication none was identified as a high-risk close contact with Fitzpatrick.
Sports in 2020: Disruptions aplenty, only constant was loss
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials said Thursday, Dec. 24, they have reached a basic agreement with all 68 domestic sponsors to extend their contracts into next year to support the postponed Games. Facing increasingly long odds, some mega-events — the Olympics, March Madness, the Boston Marathon and Wimbledon — pushed the starting line into 2021. … Continue to push (against) everything that’s the opposite of love.”If only for a moment, the pandemic receded into the background. “If we can continue to do that, all of us,” James concluded, “America would be a much better place.”
Duke women end basketball season amid virus
The Duke women's basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)The Duke women's basketball team ended its season Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The student-athletes on the Duke women’s basketball team have made the difficult decision to conclude their current season due to safety concerns,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs & Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Duke University. The women’s basketball team has been on pause since Dec. 16 because of two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program’s travel party. The Ivy League opted out of playing winter sports in November before the basketball season started.