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Boeheim to coach Syracuse vs. No. 1 Duke

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim has faced his share of obstacles in his long career at Syracuse, none like the one the Hall of Fame coach faces now.

When top-ranked Duke comes to town on Saturday evening for a much-anticipated rematch against the Orange, Boeheim will be dealing with many emotions. It's the team's first game since he struck and killed a pedestrian on a dark highway after guiding the Orange to a victory over No. 18 Louisville on Wednesday night.

Doubts about whether Boeheim might miss the game were dispelled Friday when Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced that the 74-year-old Boeheim would be on the sideline.

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Texas suspends top scorer Roach

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas senior guard and leading scorer Kerwin Roach II was suspended Friday for the third time in his career for a violation of team rules and the school has put no timetable on his return.

Texas said Roach was suspended "indefinitely." Coach Shaka Smart released no statement or details on the suspension as the team traveled to Saturday's matchup with Oklahoma.

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NCAA to use experimental rules at NIT

The NCAA will experiment with eliminating one-and-one free throws and change the way bonus free throws are awarded at this year's NIT.

The experimental rules announced Friday also will include an extended 3-point arc, a wider free throw lane and new shot clock rules after offensive rebounds - rules all used at last year's NIT.

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Iowa radio voice suspended for comment

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland's Bruno Fernando as "King Kong" during a game.

Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa's athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.

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Stakes high in Kansas-Texas Tech clash

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has spent the better part of the past 15 years presiding over the Big 12.

Whether that streak continues could come down to 48 hours.

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Inconsistent Alabama seeks strong finish

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama has beaten one top 5 team and pushed another to the brink on the road. The Crimson Tide has also suffered some humbling defeats.

That inconsistency has left the Tide (15-11, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) in a precarious position in the team's bid to make a second straight NCAA Tournament.

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Zion day to day with mild knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) No. 1 Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson is day to day with a mild right knee sprain.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday night that Williamson is progressing as expected after he injured his knee when his left shoe ripped apart as he slipped while dribbling during the first minute of Wednesday night's loss to No. 8 North Carolina.

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Nike probing Williamson's shoe defect

NEW YORK (AP) Nike says it's investigating why Duke freshman Zion Williamson split a shoe open during a game against rival North Carolina. But the sportswear giant says it's an "isolated occurrence."

The Beaverton, Oregon-based company says it's concerned and says quality and performance of its products are of "utmost importance."

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No. 2 Zags cruise to 17th straight win

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) On a night when Josh Perkins became the career assist leader at No. 2 Gonzaga, the Bulldogs clinched a seventh consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title and kept the door open to a possible No. 1 ranking next week.

Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, leading four Zags in double figures as the Bulldogs beat Pepperdine 92-64 on Thursday night.

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Michigan beats Gophers, Spartans up next

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) If there's a weakness for these Michigan Wolverines to be worried about, it's lurking behind the 3-point line.

Jordan Poole and Jon Teske swished aside the concern for at least one night.

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