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Bama parts ways with Johnson after 4 seasons

[ad_1] The University of Alabama and men's basketball coach Avery Johnson have parted ways after four seasons.Johnson, who previously coached the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets following a 16-year playing career, went 75-62 and made one NCAA tournament appearance at Alabama. On Wednesday, the Crimson Tide lost 80-79 in overtime to Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.On Sunday, the two sides announced the decision in a
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LSU’s Tony Benford is unlikeliest coach in NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16

[ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- LSU could feel all its haters out there, even though the Tigers could not see them. They said it all week in Jacksonville, and they said it again even more loudly after beating Maryland with a heart-stopping, last-second layup Saturday afternoon that gave LSU guard Tremont Waters his own special place in March Madness history."They didn't even pick us to beat Yale!" Tigers forward Emmitt Williams
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What’s next for Ja Morant after 2019 NCAA tournament performance?

[ad_1] HARTFORD, Conn. -- As Ja Morant left the court at the XL Center on Saturday night, he handed his shoes to a kid sitting courtside before walking toward the tunnel and waving as fans dressed in Florida State, Murray State, Duke, Boston Celtics and New York Yankees garb all cheered for him.He had left an impression -- and a question: When can we see that show again?Morant, a projected
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Down go Villanova and Kansas, and here comes Zion vs. Tacko

[ad_1] Half of the Sweet 16 field was established on Saturday, with the other half of the remaining 2019 NCAA tournament field to follow Sunday. ESPN.com's panel of college basketball experts weighed in on what has impressed them (and what hasn't) in the round of 32 so far and what they expect to see from Sunday's action.What (or who) impressed you most on Saturday?Jeff Borzello, college basketball Insider: It has
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Villanova’s reign ends in ‘ugly game’ vs. Purdue

[ad_1] HARTFORD, Conn. -- Purdue handed Villanova a 26-point loss, the largest NCAA tournament defeat in program history and the second-largest by a defending national champion, on Saturday night at the XL Center.Purdue's 87-61 victory was fueled by Carsen Edwards, who scored 42 points and set a school record with nine 3-pointers. It was also the highest individual offensive output in the NCAA tournament since Gerry McNamara scored 43 points
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Morant mum on NBA decision after tourney loss

[ad_1] Murray State star Ja Morant will wait to make an announcement on his plans to enter the NBA draft after his team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament on Saturday."That time will come. My focus is not on that right now; it's just celebrating this -- what a great season we had -- with my teammates," Morant said.Morant is widely projected to be a top-three pick in this years
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Magee — ‘I let everyone down’ with 0-for-12 day

[ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wofford guard Fletcher Magee went from setting the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers to another NCAA record he surely wishes he could give back.Magee went 0-for-12 from the 3-point line in a 62-56 loss to Kentucky on Saturday, the most attempts from that distance without a make in an NCAA tournament game. Afterward, Magee blamed himself for the loss, saying, "I just feel like
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Mizzou’s Porter re-tears ACL after missing ’18-19

[ad_1] Missouri sophomore forward Jontay Porter recently re-tore the ACL that caused him to miss the entire season, a school spokesman confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.Porter, a 6-foot-11 power forward, was in Denver when he suffered the injury.He missed the 2018-19 season after tearing his right ACL and MCL during a closed preseason scrimmage against Southern Illinois in October. Porter, who is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., the
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Off the mark — D-I leader in 3s goes 0-for-12

[ad_1] For the second consecutive game, Wofford guard Fletcher Magee set a record for 3-pointers -- but this is one he'd rather not have.Magee finished 0-for-12 from 3-point range -- the most attempts from distance without a make in an NCAA tournament game -- as the Terriers lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 62-56 in the second round Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.Wofford guard Fletcher Magee set the NCAA Division I career
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Zion Williamson vs. Tacko Fall — 2019 NCAA tournament tale of the tape

[ad_1] Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson has been the most celebrated (and scrutinized) player in college basketball this season. On Sunday in Columbia, South Carolina, he'll share the floor with another college hoops phenomenon -- 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall of UCF (5:15 p.m. ET, CBS).Fall made headlines in the wake of UCF's victory, telling NCAA.com he wasn't interested in appearing as an extra on the next iteration of the