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NC State gives Keatts new 6-year deal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has given basketball coach Kevin Keatts a new contract through the 2023-24 season.

The school's board of governors on Friday approved the six-year deal that will pay him $2.7 million per year - an increase of $400,000 from his previous salary.

Keatts originally signed a six-year contract after his hiring in March 2017, and when he led the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament last season, it triggered a one-year rollover clause.


'Nova-Kansas set for Final Four rematch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Dedric Lawson was turning his attention from a harder-than-expected win over New Mexico State to studying for finals when he looked at his cellphone and saw Devonte Graham's name pop up.

His old teammate, and now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, was calling with a pep talk.


UNC seeks improvement on D vs. Gonzaga

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina can score the basketball. Roy Williams just needs the 12th ranked Tar Heels to do a better job of keeping opponents from doing the same.

They can't afford any defensive lapses - whether it's struggling to handle a screen or pressure a ballhandler - with fourth-ranked Gonzaga coming to Chapel Hill on Saturday night.


Memphis, No. 3 Vols set to renew rivalry

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) This is the stage Penny Hardaway wants at Memphis.

Excitement, anticipation and a sell-out crowd for the biggest game the Tigers have played in years. That's the setting for Saturday's showdown with No. 3 Tennessee after a nearly six-year break in the series.


No. 16 Wisconsin overwhelms Savannah St.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Finally, Wisconsin had a breather.

The 16th-ranked Badgers dominated back home against an overmatched team following a seven-game stretch versus power conference foes.


Top scorer Clemons reaches 2,500 points

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) Chris Clemons, the nation's leading scorer, scored 28 and surpassed 2,500 career points as Campbell crushed Central Pennsylvania College 100-53 on Thursday night.

Clemons, who reached double-figure scoring for the 91st time, became the 68th player in NCAA history to score 2,500 points.


Wigginton nearing return for Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) Injured Iowa State star Lindell Wigginton's shirt read "Then What?" when he met with reporters for the first time in weeks Thursday

That's a question the Cyclones will soon be asking themselves once Wigginton and Solomon Young return to the lineup.


Texas freshman Hayes a rising star

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) As a high school football player, Jaxson Hayes had a slight problem that was only getting bigger: His body.

He was getting taller. An extraordinary growth spurt shot him up to about 6-foot-7, and he was taking a pounding at wide receiver.


No. 11 Texas Tech rolls, is now 9-0

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Some down time did 11th-ranked Texas Tech well.

Coming off a six-day break for final exams, the Red Raiders rolled past Northwestern State 79-44 on Wednesday night, ignited by a dominant first half.


Houston rallies from 15 down, beats LSU

HOUSTON (AP) Galen Robinson Jr. heard the "LSU! LSU!" chants with Houston down 15 points in the second half.

"It really touched a nerve, so I was like, `There's no way I'm quitting, no way we are losing this game.'" Robinson said. "That's the mindset that I had."

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