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Sooners star Young headed to NBA draft

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists this season, and many projections have him going early in the first round of the June 21 draft. He announced the move on Twitter and posted the reasons for his decision on ESPN early Tuesday, saying he was ready to put in the work needed to play in the NBA.

"I know there will be doubts again as I prepare for the draft. I don't pretend to be ready to play in the NBA today, but I am determined to do what I've always done: invest in the work to prepare for the league and the incredible challenges it presents," he wrote.


Painter doubts Haas will play in tourney

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue center Isaac Haas appears to be done for the season even if Purdue's medical team or its crack engineering department can create an elbow brace that allows him to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Even if the NCAA approves a protective device for Haas' fractured right elbow, coach Matt Painter said, there are still limitations and it wouldn't be beneficial for Haas' health.


Hardaway takes over as Memphis coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Penny Hardaway is Memphis' new men's basketball coach and school officials hope he can rejuvenate the program at his alma mater.

Hardaway starred at Memphis in the early 1990s before a successful NBA career. He replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired Wednesday after two seasons as the Tigers coach. Smith's tenure with Memphis fell short of expectations on the court and didn't draw fan interest - a combination that led to decreased attendance and diminishing donations.


Winter storm alters WVU's travel plans

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) A winter storm expected to hit the Northeast is forcing at least one college basketball team to alter its travel plans for the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

West Virginia's athletic department announced Monday night the Mountaineers will leave a day early for Boston. WVU says it will depart Morgantown on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.


MSU crisis affected Izzo, Spartans

DETROIT (AP) Tom Izzo walked into his final news conference before a game this season and saw Michigan State's interim president conducting interviews.

The Hall of Fame coach sat down and gazed toward the back of the room, essentially expressionless, as John Engler was with a handful of reporters.


W. Kentucky tops USC, on to NIT quarters

LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Johnson scored 23 points and Western Kentucky won consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948 with a 79-75 victory over USC on Monday night.

Johnson spun in the paint and hit his patented hook shot with 1:03 remaining to give WKU a 76-73 lead and after Nick Rakocevic answered with a layup, Johnson went 1 of 2 at the free-throw line at 33.1.


Loyola, Sister Jean the talk of Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago.

Two last-second shots - two prayers answered - vaulted the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 and placed them right in the national spotlight.


UVa asst. Sanchez to coach Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte 49ers have hired Virginia associate head coach Ron Sanchez as their new coach following a 13-17 season.

Sanchez will be introduced at a news conference next week.


Saint Mary's wins 30th, advances in NIT

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Jordan Ford made a wide open 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds to go and Saint Mary's won its program-record 30th game of the season with an 85-81 victory over Washington on Monday night to reach the NIT quarterfinals.

Washington freshman Jaylen Nowell answered with a deep 3 to pull to 82-79 at 33.5 but Saint Mary's worked the clock down to 12.8 before Ford sealed it with two free throws.


Carroll helps Oklahoma St. top Stanford

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Jeffrey Carroll scored 26 points, tying a career-high with five 3-pointers, and Kendall Smith added 19 points to help Oklahoma State beat Stanford 71-65 on Monday night in a second-round game of the NIT.

Oklahoma State (21-14) outscored Stanford 29-18 in the fourth quarter to secure a school-record-tying 15th home victory this season. The Cowboys trailed 54-53 before Carroll scored five points during a 12-1 run for the only double-digit lead of the second half.

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