Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Michigan State student Brayden Smith was with basketball player Brock Washington on the night a female student said Washington forcibly groped her. When police interviewed Smith, he said he had already been contacted by Izzo and assistant coaches Dwayne Stephens and Mike Garland.

Former Wake Forest basketball coach Carl Tacy dies at 87

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former Wake Forest and Marshall basketball coach Carl Tacy has died. Tacy's son, Carl Jr., told The Associated Press his father died early Thursday. Tacy spent a year as Marshall's head coach before 13 seasons with the Demon Deacons from 1973-85, compiling a 222-149 record for the third-most wins in school history.

Patrick Tapé decommits from Duke

Graduate transfer Patrick Tapé has decommitted from Duke just 10 days after offering Mike Krzyzewski his pledge. The former Columbia power forward averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 66.

DePaul coach Dave Leitao’s contract extended through 2023-24

DePaul and coach Dave Leitao on Thursday agreed to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons went 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The Blue Demons won 12 of their first 13 games and beat NCAA runner-up Texas Tech.

Study: Gonzaga, Michigan top academics-based NCAA brackets

Gonzaga and Michigan stood out in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. The Zags were a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida, while the Wolverines were a 1-seed in the men’s bracket and a 3-seed in the women’s bracket. Arizona State was the only other school to appear among the top 16 seeds in both brackets, seeded third in the men’s field of 68 teams and second in the women’s field of 64.

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. Sutherland had waited years for this moment, a chance to finally play college basketball and complete a journey that started as a kid in Queens, New York, and continued through high school in Fort Myers and well into college. “Why in the world was I so nervous?” Sutherland recalled last week.