The Latest: Williams says Paige has number like for elevators

Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 11:49 PM

m. There is a certain time when Marcus Paige doesn't wish to be around all of his NC teammates. Coach Roy Williams says Paige won't obtain on a full elevator."He'south claustrophobic about elevators," Williams said when asked if there'south anything people don't know about Paige.

The Latest: Williams says Paige has number like for elevators

The Latest on preparations for the Final Four in Houston on Friday, where two NCAA Tournament semifinals are set for Saturday (all times local):

3:10 p. m.

There is a certain time when Marcus Paige doesn't wish to be around all of his N Carolina teammates.

Coach Roy Williams says Paige won't obtain on a full elevator.

"He'south claustrophobic about elevators," Williams said when asked if there'south anything people don't know about Paige. "If eight of his teammates obtain on an elevator, he'll wait until the next one."


two:45 p. m.

Syracuse'south Jim Boeheim was talking about treating all of his players differently, and the flaw in the logic that every player can be treated the same.

Then he mentioned that "probably a football coach" first made that statement about treating every player the same. And probably for good reason.

"They deal with one hundred players," he said. "We deal with seven or eight."


2:30 p. m.

For Gonzaga, the timing couldn't have been worse.

Coach Label Few tells The Associated Press the NCAA called to notify him executive blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse'south come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16.

The turnover came with 1:17 left and Gonzaga leading 60-59. Josh Perkins skipped a pass for Kyle Dranginis into the front court, and a Syracuse player deflected it back across the line.

Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should've reset once a player touched the ball in the front court.

Syracuse scored the latest four points as portion of a 15-3 running to finish the game for a 63-60 win.

The NCAA didn't immediately reply to an email from AP seeking comment.


2:15 p. m.

There was a lull toward the finish of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim'south scheduled twenty-five minutes alone on the interview podium.

With number one else raising their hands to ask more questions, Boeheim inquired: "Want me to tell some stories?"

Boeheim then suggested that he could conduct the clinic that he's done about two hundred times on the 2-3 zone defense.

"Only the 2-3 zone," he said.

So what'south the standard introduction he gets when doing such a clinic?

"This is Jim Boeheim, this is all he knows," the coach said.

When he tried to speak about something other than the 2-3 zone one day, he said there were about four hundred coaches in the room who started to get restless.


2 p. m.

Ryan Spangler says OK has to forget that 78-55 win over Villanova back on Dec. 7.

"They're playing their best ball right now," Spangler said, describing the Wildcats an entirely different team than OK faced four months ago.

"We were experienced then, they were still trying to figure out their roles. It was early in the season," he said. "They're playing with a chip on their shoulder."


1:35 p. m.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim calls senior guard Michael Gbinije the most improved player he's ever coached.

Gbinjie'south reaction with a smile: "I was probably really horrible when I first started out."

Gbinije said when he got to Duke as a freshman he didn't have the required work ethic to succeed.

After he transferred to Syracuse, he learned to work harder, changed positions from wing to point guard turned into a key member of a Final Four team.


1:10 p. m.

With the 76ers mired in another bottom-of-the-NBA season, Villanova coach Jay Wright feels Philadelphia is rallying around Wildcats basketball more than usual.

"Philly is a unique city. There'south six Div I basketball schools. It'south not love being in a state where you've two state schools. We're all on top of each other. There'south a lot of mixed breeding. It'south an intense college basketball town. It'south tough for everybody to obtain behind one of the schools," Wright said. "But it'south a pro town. So because of the recent latest couple years, they've been saying it all year, everybody'south been putting pressure on us saying, 'Hey you guys are Philly'south hope. Do you feel pressure.'"

The Sixers have won a total of forty-six games the latest three seasons.

"There'south buildings in Philadelphia that have the lights going across the top, 'Nova Final Four. It'south beautiful cool," said Wright, who grew up just exterior Philadelphia. "We would like to do it for Philly."


twelve:fifty p. m.

Buddy Hield, who led OK to its first Final Four in fourteenth years, has won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented by the U. S. Basketball Writers Organization to the nation'south top college player.

Hield received one hundred forty-four votes in the nationwide balloting while Denzel Valentine of MI State was the runner-up with one hundred eight votes.

Robertson, the Corridor of Famer who won this award three straight years at the Univ of Cincinnati, presented Hield with the trophy on Friday at the Final Four.

The 6-foot-4 senior averaged 25.4 points and 5.7 rebounds this season while shooting 46.5 % from 3-point range. He was selected the Big twelve player of the year for the second straight season.

Hield was a near second to Valentine on Thursday for The Associated Press Player of the Year Award.


12:35 p. m.

OK hired coach Lon Kruger far from UNLV but it wasn't simple pulling he and his wife out of Nevada.

He twice turned down OK Athletic Director Joe Castiglione'south request to meet in person.

Kruger said he and his wife, Barb, were entrenched in the community. After five previous stops as a head coach, including one in the NBA, Kruger wasn't looking for another change.

"We went (to UNLV) with the idea that was going to be our latest stop," Kruger said.

Now, OK is the 63-year-old Kruger'south last-stop job.


12 p. m.

Daniel Ochefu, Villanova's 6-foot-eleven forward, isn't worried about shooting in the big stadium.

"If I can't hit a leap hook or a dunk because the fans are further away, it'south ridiculous," he said. "All my shots are interior the paint... I don't think depth perception on the Ct will be a large deal for me."

Ochefu has shot sixty-two % from the field this season, and took only one 3-pointer. He missed it.

Villanova leading scorer Josh Hart (15.3 points per game), who's taken one hundred fifty 3-pointers this season, said he'll probably be driving more in the Final Four after a few air balls during shootaround at NRG Stadium.


11:30 a. m.

Fans are lining up at NRG Stadium in Houston for a glimpse of each of the teams playing in the Final Four.

Yes, we're talking about practice.

Villanova takes the floor first for the public practice Friday as its sharpshooters attempt to obtain used to the depth challenge posed by playing in a stadium used mainly for football. Oklahoma, Syracuse and NC will follow, each team getting about 50 minutes on the floor.

Meanwhile, coaches and players will speak with reporters again with the semifinal games a day away.


11:10 a. m.

"One Shining Moment" is getting a new Grammy-winning voice and some team-specific highlights at the finish of the NCAA Final Four.

The song has been the backdrop for the highlight piece to wrap up NCAA Tournaments for three decades, and the version by the late Luther Vandross will continue to be used for the national broadcast on TBS.

For TNT and truTV, a rendition by three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo will be used after the first-ever team-specific broadcasts of the national championship game.

Ne-Yo'south performance will accompany team-centric highlights of the schools being featured in the Team Stream presentations, following their quest leading up to and during the title game.


11 a. m.

This Final Four is a huge one for the Large East - its first since re-stablishing itself as one of the best basketball conferences in the country.

Villanova is the first Large E team to reach the Final Four since the conference essentially dropped major college football after the two thousand thirteen season.

Large E Commissioner Val Ackerman says it reinforces that the conference'south reputation is intact.

The huge Large E breakup came during sweeping Div I conference realignment that started in two thousand-tenth. With FBS schools such as Pittsburgh, Louisville and WV jumping to other conferences, the Large East'south basketball-focused schools decided to go it alone and return the league to its hoops roots. The remaining FBS schools formed the American Athletic Conference.

The basketball schools, with old-school Large E powers such as Villanova, Georgetown and St. John's, kept the title and the tournament at Madison Square Garden. The so-called Catholic Seven added Xavier, Creighton and Butler and nabbed a 12-year, $500 million television deal with Fox'south sports network, FS1.

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