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Ref gets death threats by Kentucky fans

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Referee John Higgins of Omaha has contacted law enforcement to report he's received death threats after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional final.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Higgins reported threats on his home phone, which has an unlisted number, and on the office phone for his roofing company. The person requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The Facebook page for Higgins' roofing company also was inundated with negative comments about Higgins and the quality of his company's work.


KU's Mason named unanimous All-American

Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American.

The senior guard was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday, receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.


NC State G Smith declares for NBA draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA.

The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this year and is projected to be a potential top-five pick.


Duke freshman Giles entering NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke forward Harry Giles is entering the NBA draft following a freshman season that was slowed due to knee surgery.

Giles announced his decision Tuesday, and team spokesman Cory Walton says he plans to hire an agent. That means Giles won't have the option to return for his sophomore year.


Injured Xavier PG Sumner to enter draft

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner announced on Tuesday that he's entering the NBA draft even though he's still recovering from a significant knee injury.

The sophomore tore his left ACL on Jan. 29 and had surgery. He was still using crutches last week while the Musketeers reached the Elite Eight before losing to Gonzaga.


Kentucky heads AP all-time top 100 list

It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls - 59 at No. 1.

There have been plenty of changes over the years to how teams are ranked, just as there have been broader changes in the sport itself as hoops evolved from an older style to the amazing performances of today's players, showcased through the flashy made-for-TV drama of the NCAA Tournament.


Martin: New perceptions of me 'comical'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been, though perceptions of him have changed with the Gamecocks' run to the Final Four.

"How the stories have changed that I'm a yeller and a screamer to that I'm a passionate man," Martin said Tuesday, "I find that very comical."


Baylor G Freeman to graduate, transfer

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor junior guard Al Freeman plans to transfer after graduating at the end of the spring semester.

Coach Scott Drew announced the move Tuesday, four days after the Bears' season ended with a loss to South Carolina in the NCAA Sweet 16.


Georgia Tech advances to NIT title game

NEW YORK (AP) Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he did not envision his Yellow Jackets in a national postseason tournament before the season began.

With another win, though, his team will be a champion of one.


TCU gets past C. Florida in NIT semi

NEW YORK (AP) Jamie Dixon was unsure what he had in Kenrich Williams.

Now he knows. So, too, does Central Florida.

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