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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.


Strus' 34 points carries DePaul past UIC

CHICAGO (AP) Max Strus tied a program record with eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points Friday night to help DePaul beat Illinois-Chicago 90-70.

Strus was 8 of 16 from 3-point range and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for his third career double-double. He scored 20 in the first half when the Blue Demons (7-2) built a 52-28 lead.


George Washington holds off rival Howard

WASHINGTON (AP) DJ Williams scored 18 points and Terry Nolan Jr. 17, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds, and George Washington held off District of Columbia rival Howard 70-64 on Friday night.

Williams grabbed eight rebounds and Nolan had nine along with four assists for the Colonials (3-8). Justin Mazzulla had four assists and 14 points, including a layup and two free throws that led to a 67-62 lead with 45.6 seconds left. Howard closed to three on a putback by Chad Lott before Nolan's long 3-pointer deep into the shot clock with 11 seconds left sealed the win.


UNC coach OK with anti-statue stance

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The Latest on a meeting by a North Carolina statewide university board to consider the fate of a toppled Confederate statue (all times local):

4:50 p.m.


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.

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