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Maryland extends Turgeon through 2022-23

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has received a four-year extension on his contract, which now runs through the 2022-23 season.

Turgeon enters his sixth season at the school with a 114-59 record. The Terrapins have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two years, including a berth in the Sweet 16 last season.

Turgeon was Big Ten coach of the year in 2014-15 after leading Maryland to a school-record 26 regular-season wins.


Talented Kentucky again has high hopes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari once again must figure out how to use his latest talented freshman class, which this year is big and fills voids at many positions.

All of which means another season of high expectations at a school where a national championship is always the standard.


Davis returns to lead young Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 last season and reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history with a veteran-laden team that coach Billy Kennedy had been building for years.

This year, the Aggies will try and sustain that success despite losing four starters from a team that was the co-Southeastern Conference champion.


LSU ready to move on from Simmons era

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Johnny Jones might need the Tigers to considerably exceed expectations if he wants to keep his so-called dream job much longer.

Jones doesn't deny that failing to make the NCAA Tournament last season was a disappointment in light of the fact that the Tigers roster featured the NBA's top 2016 draft choice , Ben Simmons.


St. John's has new look under Mullin

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin's first season as coach at St. John's ended with an 8-24 record, including 1-17 in the Big East. Along the way there was a school-record 16-game losing streak and the Red Storm closed the season by losing 21 of their last 22 games.

Whatever Year 2 brings will have a different look because of the depth the team will have this season. There are backups at every position and the players and coaching staff have had a summer together. And there are some pretty good players joining the program.


Fox likes high expectations for Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Mark Fox and his players understand another NIT berth won't be enough for this Georgia team.

Fox has built a winning program with three straight 20-win seasons and three straight winning records in Southeastern Conference games. But his only NCAA Tournament appearances with Georgia came in 2011 and 2015. He has sufficient talent and depth on his roster to add a 2017 NCAA berth to that list.


Pitino lauds NCAA for professional probe

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rick Pitino praised the NCAA for its professional approach in the governing body's investigation of a sex scandal involving Louisville men's basketball and the coach pledged his program will be accountable for things that went wrong on his watch.

Pitino spoke Wednesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball media gathering, a week after the NCAA said Louisville committed four serious violations and criticized Pitino for failing to monitor a former Cardinals basketball staffer who hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with recruits and players.


Duke happy Tatum only has sprained foot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest from Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball media day on Wednesday (all times local):



Duke opens season as ACC favorite

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Duke has been picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title ahead of North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville.

Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen was selected the preseason player of the year by a wide margin over Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame, while North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was voted rookie of the year.


ACC looks to keep strong NCAA run going

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference has shaken off a four-year Final Four drought with strong back-to-back postseason runs that have included winning one national title, playing for another and putting three teams in the national semifinals.

The trick now is to keep that momentum going for the league that considers itself college basketball's best. The ACC also wants to increase its number of NCAA Tournament bids toward a still-unreached target of 10 invitations.

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