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UCLA-Kentucky highlights regional semis

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs.

Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too - at the expense of the other.

The Wildcats and Bruins meet in the South Region semifinals in Memphis, Tennessee, the headliner of Friday's four-game slate in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. And part of the buzz comes from the matchup of potential one-and-done floor leaders who have already met this season.


Iowa St. extends Prohm through 2022

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise.

The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm's deal will now run through 2022 with an annual compensation of $2 million. Prohm was set to make $1.6 million next season and top out at $1.75 million in 2021 under his previous deal.


FSU freshman F Isaac entering NBA draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac says he is entering the NBA draft, becoming the third Seminoles player since the season ended to leave early.

The 6-foot-10 forward made his announcement in a video on social media on Friday and also informed the school of his decision. Isaac did not say whether he intends to hire an agent, a move that would prevent him from returning to school. He is projected to be a lottery pick.


No. 11 seed Xavier upsets Arizona 73-71

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Not long after losing to Arizona's Sean Miller at the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Xavier coach Chris Mack jokingly said his friend should let him win the next one.

This was no gift between former colleagues.


Dorsey helps Oregon end Michigan's run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tyler Dorsey's teammates call him "Mr. March."

Yeah, that fits.


Top seed Gonzaga survives West Virginia

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third.

A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end.


Kansas routs Purdue, rolls into Elite 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It took about 10 minutes for Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham to slow down, gain their composure and get everything under control in their Midwest Regional semifinal.

When that happened, everything promptly sped up for Purdue.


Hoyas fire Thompson after 13 seasons

WASHINGTON (AP) John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship.

Thompson said in a statement released by agent David Falk that he was "honored" to have been the Hoyas' coach and proud of what his players have "accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown."


NCAA stands firm in Louisville sex case

The NCAA is standing by its allegations against the Louisville men's basketball program and Rick Pitino, saying the coach failed to notice "red flags" in activities by a former staffer who an escort says hired dancers for sex parties with recruits and players.

"If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee's interactions with then prospective and current student-athletes," the NCAA wrote, "it was because he was not looking for them."


Cleveland St. hires Felton as coach

CLEVELAND (AP) Dennis Felton's coaching connections span the country, from college to the NBA. Cleveland State is counting on them to turn things around.

Felton, who guided both Western Kentucky and Georgia to NCAA Tournament appearances, was hired as Cleveland State's coach Friday. He succeeds Gary Waters, who retired after 11 seasons at the school and the Vikings now at the bottom of the Horizon League.

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