Sean Miller - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sean Miller UNC's title defense, Zags' follow-up top 2017-18 story lines GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program's sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season's biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year's finale. Let's take an early l... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-04-04T18:50:00Z Postseason success for Kentucky, UNC back AP Top 100 perches PHOENIX (AP) — The top of The Associated Press Top 100 all-time college basketball ranking is filled with blueblood programs that followed those strong regular seasons with runs to the Final Four or even a national championship. Still, all those poll appearances didn't guarantee postseason success. Or foreshadow it, for that matter. While Kentucky, North ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-03-30T06:23:00Z Gonzaga and Xavier ready for Final Four breakthrough SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not like the question but answered it anyway. His Zags had just held off West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight and he was asked if he felt like the monkey was off his back. Few gave a long answer about no one believing there was a monkey there in the first place. Not him, his players, ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-03-25T00:43:00Z Correction: NCAA-Xavier-Arizona story SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 24 about an NCAA Tournament game between Xavier and Arizona, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Xavier's record was 30-13. It should have been 24-13. A corrected version of the story is below: Xavier knocks off Arizona 73-71 in West Region Xavier, behind Trevon Bluiett's 25 points, upsets Arizona 73-71 ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:32:00 GMT 2017-03-24T17:32:00Z The Latest: Arizona's loss means three 2-seeds are out KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 1:05 a.m. Xavier's upset of Arizona wrapped up Thursday's four-game slate, sending the Musketeers into the Elite Eight as a surprise team alongside high seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Oregon. That made Arizona the third No. 2 see... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:14:00 GMT 2017-03-24T05:14:00Z Miller and Mack still close after time together at Xavier SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sean Miller had just been named Xavier's head basketball coach when he began meeting with athletic director Dawn Rogers about filling out his staff. Rogers had previously worked with Chris Mack, then on Skip Prosser's staff at Wake Forest, and suggested Miller consider him with the Musketeers. Miller knew nothing about Mack, but during the meticulous ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:57:00 GMT 2017-03-23T06:57:00Z Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16 When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play — an outlier, as he called it — in mind. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:54:00 GMT 2017-03-23T06:54:00Z Xavier looks for another upset against Arizona SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13) vs. No. 2 seed Arizona (32-4) Third round, West region; San Jose, California; 10:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier is the lone double-digit seed left in a Sweet 16 filled with power programs. The Musketeers pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the regional semifinals, beating No. 6 seed Maryland and No. 3 Florida State the fi... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-03-22T19:41:00Z Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here's a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and in... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:35:00 GMT 2017-03-22T19:35:00Z Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren't a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Muske... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-03-21T18:16:00Z Zags won't put head in sand about possible conference shift SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gonzaga got the credit it deserved this year — in the form of a No. 1 seed — for making its schedule as challenging as it could. Maybe it shouldn't be so hard, though. Preparing for Saturday's second-round game in the West region against Northwestern, coach Mark Few says "we don't have our head in the sand" when it comes to the conference realignment th... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-03-17T23:14:00Z A look at the best to come in the NCAA Tournament This year's NCAA Tournament has a chance to be just as good as 2016, when Kris Jenkins capped March Madness the most dramatic way possible with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win Villanova a title. North Carolina fans may not have liked it, but it was the perfect end to a wild tournament filled with upsets and great games. Plus, the Tar Heels are a No. 1 seed again opposite V... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:05:00 GMT 2017-03-16T03:05:00Z No. 7 Arizona beats No. 5 Oregon 83-80 for Pac-12 title LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona stayed resilient while its best player was suspended, fought through injuries, kept finding ways to win. That composure helped the Wildcats share the Pac-12 regular-season crown with Oregon and withstand a furious rally by the Ducks in the conference title game. Now they're Pac-12 Tournament champions and have a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:46:00 GMT 2017-03-12T07:46:00Z No. 7 Arizona beats No. 3 UCLA 86-75 in Pac-12 semifinals LAS VEGAS (AP) — A spot in the championship game secure, Arizona coach Sean Miller called a timeout with 0.9 seconds left against UCLA, threw the ball onto the floor and began shouting in the face of Kadeem Allen. Miller said it was to give the senior guard his due and make sure his team was poised at the end the game. His actions showed there might have ... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:13:00 GMT 2017-03-11T08:13:00Z UCLA's Ball voted AP Pac-12 player of the year UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has been named player and newcomer of the year, while Arizona coach Sean Miller has been named coach of the year on the All-Pac-12 Conference men's basketball team announced Tuesday by The Associated Press. Ball arrived at UCLA with plenty of hype and lived up to this season, leading the nation in assists with 7.8 per game. The 6-... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:25:00 GMT 2017-03-07T22:25:00Z No. 5 UCLA dominates offensive boards to edge No. 4 Arizona TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An awesome offense has carried UCLA to a terrific season. The Bruins turned to rebounding and defense for what may have been their most impressive win yet. Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night. ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:08:00 GMT 2017-02-26T05:08:00Z ACC clash, battle in Pac-12 highlight week in college hoops The regular season is winding down, and while the bubble teams are fighting for spots in the NCAA Tournament, teams in the AP Top 25 are jockeying for position in the bracket. The penultimate week of the regular season features several games that could affect which teams get the highest seeds. In the ACC, No. 7 Louisville plays at No. 8... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:16:00 GMT 2017-02-21T07:16:00Z AP Top 25 to undergo more changes after wild Saturday The Top 25 underwent a major overhaul last week after 14 ranked teams lost, including seven of the top 10. Saturday turned into a February version of March Madness, with six top-10 teams losing, including Nos. 2 and 3 at home to unranked teams — a first in the 69-year history of the AP poll, according to ESPN Stats. The day opened with ... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:21:00 GMT 2017-02-05T05:21:00Z Trier returns, No. 14 Arizona shuts down No. 3 UCLA 96-85 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boosted by the return of Allonzo Trier, No. 14 Arizona showed off a potent offense to go along with its swarming defense. Trier led a late run in the first half and finished with 12 points in his first game of the season, helping the Wildcats topple No. 3 UCLA 96-85 Saturday. Trier's status was resolved Friday night a... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:28:00 GMT 2017-01-22T01:28:00Z Arizona's Trier tested positive for PED TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona sophomore Allonzo Trier, who has yet to play this season, admitted Wednesday that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The 6-foot-5 Trier, who came to Arizona as the marquee player in coach Sean Miller's recruiting class, had a strong freshman season, averaging 14.8 points. "Earlier th... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:00 GMT 2017-01-19T14:25:00Z No. 2 UCLA enters Pac-12 season undefeated PHOENIX (AP) — Coach Steve Alford's best recruiting class for this season was expected to get UCLA back on track following the Bruins' fourth losing season since 1948. Few could have expected they would be this good this quick. Led by freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf, UCLA is up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and one of six remaining undefeat... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:32:00 GMT 2016-12-25T17:32:00Z