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'Nova-WVU highlights Day 2 of Sweet 16

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Loyola-Chicago and its game-planning nun are headed to the Elite Eight. So too are Kansas State, Florida State and Michigan in this maddest of Marches.

Day 2 of the Sweet 16 has Villanova's Jalen Brunson vs. West Virginia's Jevon Carter, Duke's athletes trying to solve Syracuse's zone and the arm brace saga of Purdue's Isaac Haas. Oh, and all those athletes between Kansas and Clemson.

No wonder sports fans love this time of the year so much.


Townes' 3 at 6.3 sends Loyola to Elite 8

ATLANTA (AP) With Loyola-Chicago's captivating NCAA Tournament run hanging in the balance, it was Marques Townes' turn to deliver another memorable finish.

Townes had scored only a combined 15 points in Loyola's first two NCAA Tournament games, but that didn't concern Ramblers coach Porter Moser. Townes had the ball in front of the Loyola bench in the final seconds Thursday night and the shot clock about to expire.


Florida St. stuns Gonzaga, Michigan next

LOS ANGELES (AP) Terance Mann grabbed the basketball with both hands and screamed, relishing his turn to be the high-scoring hero while Florida State steadily pulled away from Gonzaga.

If he doesn't get the opportunity again, the junior guard will be just fine with it. These surprising Seminoles are thriving on balance, discipline and tremendous teamwork during an upset run that has stretched all the way to the brink of the Final Four.


Brown's layup gets Kansas St. to Elite 8

ATLANTA (AP) Barry Brown Jr. darted into the lane, blowing by everybody in blue, and delivered a rare burst of offense just in the nick of time.

He wasn't done, either.


Michigan rips Texas A&M, back in Elite 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan took all the drama out of this NCAA Tournament victory, burying Texas A&M under a barrage of 3-point shots.

After reaching the round of 16 with an improbable buzzer-beater, the Wolverines shot 62 percent from the floor and routed the Aggies 99-72 in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.


Hurley says UConn dream, destination job

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley says he has landed at his dream coaching destination.

Hurley was introduced Friday as the University of Connecticut's 19th men's basketball coach, replacing Kevin Ollie, who was fired earlier this month amid an NCAA investigation and after a second consecutive losing season.


UMBC asst. Aldrich named Longwood coach

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) Longwood has hired UMBC assistant Griff Aldrich as its basketball coach.

Aldrich spent the last two seasons working under coach Ryan Odum at the Baltimore school that became the first No. 16 seed to win an NCAA Tournament game. The Retrievers beat overall top seed Virginia 74-54 in the first round.


La Salle, Giannini part after 14 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) La Salle split with basketball coach John Giannini on Friday following a 13-19 finish in his 14th season.

The school said in a statement the Explorers and the coach have "mutually agreed to part ways," and a search for a new coach has begun.


NC State asst. Hamilton to coach EKU

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Eastern Kentucky has hired North Carolina State assistant A.W. Hamilton as head men's basketball coach.

Hamilton spent last season on Kevin Keatts' Wolfpack staff in Raleigh after coaching Hargrave Military Academy from 2011-17 and guiding the prep program to the national championship in 2016. Hamilton is a two-time National Prep Coach of the Year. He also worked under Keatts from 2006-11 at Hargrave before his promotion to head coach.


Miami's Brown declares, won't hire agent

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. has decided to declare for the NBA draft but won't retain an agent, leaving him the option of continuing his college career.

The school announced Brown's decision Thursday. Players have until April 22 to enter the draft and until June 11 to withdraw. The draft is June 21.

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