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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota found its elusive 3-point stroke just in time to give coach Richard Pitino the NCAA Tournament win he'd been seeking for years.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard's relentless rebounding and scoring have helped Mississippi State remain among the nation's elite women's programs. Simone Westbrook's savvy, passing and shooting are a major reason Clemson has become one of this year's surprise teams.

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Already appearing drained by Michigan State's difficult victory over the upset seekers from Bradley , coach Tom Izzo winced a little more in his postgame interview on the court when the subject turned to the next opponent for the Spartans in the East Region.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Charles Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best performance since coming back from injury, and No. 2 seed Michigan put away Montana early in a 74-55 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Villanova got off to a slow start in defense of its NCAA championship against a determined, defensive-minded Saint Mary's team that came in confident after a season-defining win.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Charles Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best performance since coming back from injury, and No. 2 seed Michigan put away Montana early in a 74-55 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The game was in hand for Murray State and sensational point guard Ja Morant, who dominated Marquette in every way. With a chance to make some NCAA Tournament history, Morant's coach told him to hit the boards and grab the rebound that would push him to an elusive tripl…

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dontrell Shuler had 17 points as Charleston Southern narrowly defeated Florida Atlantic 68-66 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament first round on Thursday night.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter will return for the No. 4 Aggies when they host 13th-seeded Wright State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, less than three weeks after having finger surgery.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When fans settle in to watch the NCAA Tournament games at the Shark Tank this weekend they should have plenty of extra time to check their phones after baskets to see what's happening at other sites around the country.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn comes into this year's NCAA Tournament feeling a little disrespected and that could be bad news for the rest of the field.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Virginia has watched the motivational pick-me-up videos. The players have relived the loss when they are too tired to do one more drill at practice. And the Cavaliers have finally answered the last question about being the first No. 1 seed to lose in a NCAA Tournament g…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rapolas Ivanauskas looked forward to filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket every March, competing with his brother to see who had the better feel for college basketball's showcase.

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in a long time there's no clear-cut favorite to win the women's championship. There are a half-dozen teams, including defending champion Notre Dame, that could be cutting down the nets in Florida on April 7.