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Without Popovich, Spurs top Pacers under European coach

With Gregg Popovich resting after a medical procedure, Manu Ginobili had a throwback game while playing under former coach Ettore Messina for the first time in 13 years. Popovich is expected to miss Friday’s home game against Sacramento, too.

Oklahoma State wins MGM Grand Main Event, improves to 6-0

Oklahoma State also has started quickly. The Cowboys are 6-0 after a 73-58 victory on Tulsa on Wednesday night in the championship game of the MGM Grand Main Event in front of 1,712 at the MGM Grand Garden.

Stephen F. Austin firmly above radar after NCAA run

Stephen F. Austin won 29 straight games and 32 overall last season in Brad Underwood’s first year as coach. It was the final game of that win streak that vaulted the school from Nacogdoches, Texas, into the college basketball spotlight.

Ragin’ Cajuns planning to build on NCAA trip

The dossier read like this: a 23-12 record, a conference tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Also, the team’s top player was selected in the lottery of the NBA Draft. But in the world of college basketball, maintaining that kind of quality is a challenge, especially at the midmajor level.

Oregon State guard at ease playing at dad’s alma mater

Your father is arguably the greatest basketball player his college has produced. Yet you’re willing to follow in his footsteps, deal with all the pressure and unrealistic expectations? Of course you will. Especially if you’re Gary Payton’s son and you’re comfortable in your own skin.

Jerry Tarkanian released from hospital

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was released from Valley Hospital Medical Center on Monday night after spending almost a week at the facility.

Back from exile, Bruce Pearl on mission at Auburn

To say Bruce Pearl missed coaching basketball is like saying Dick Vitale missed being away from the microphone to call college hoops on television after throat surgery.

Chalk up this win to Rebels’ character

There are different kinds of wins in sports. Ones when you outplay an opponent. Ones when you don’t and still succeed. Ones when you make your owns breaks. Ones when the other guys break down. UNLV’s basketball team had another kind Saturday. “This was a character win,” Rebels coach Dave Rice said.

Wood’s 18 points lead Rebels over Temple, 57-50

Chris Wood scored 16 of his career-high 18 points in the second half to carry UNLV to a 57-50 victory over Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic third-place game at the Barclays Center. Wood, a 6-foot-11-inch sophomore forward, also tied his career high with 13 rebounds.

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