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Duke freshman star Tatum headed to NBA

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum is leaving Duke after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft.

The school announced Tatum's widely expected decision Wednesday , and team spokesman Cory Walton said Tatum plans to hire an agent, which means he won't have the option to return to his college team.

"I'm excited to take the next step in pursuing my lifelong dream of playing basketball at the highest possible level," Tatum said.


Extension to give Calipari $8M a year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has signed John Calipari and Mark Stoops to two-year contract extensions, keeping Calipari as its men's basketball coach through 2024 and Stoops with the football program through 2022.

Calipari's base salary increases $500,000 to $7.75 million next season and rises to $8 million annually for each year after under the amended deal. The extension announced Wednesday includes a compensation review in June 2022 to compare it to other coaches' contracts and allows for a new amendment to be negotiated. Calipari would also be paid $5 million for each year if Kentucky terminates the contract.


Syracuse F Lydon to enter NBA draft

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse's Tyler Lydon has decided to enter the NBA draft.

The star forward made the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday night. He says he made the decision after speaking with his family.


UVa G Shayok, F Reuter to transfer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett says junior Marial Shayok and sophomore Jarred Reuter are transferring.

Bennett made the announcement Wednesday. He thanked both players for their work at Virginia and wished them well.


Bakersfield 1st No. 8 seed in NIT semis

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dedrick Basile scored 14 points, including the clinching free throws with five seconds left, and Cal State Bakersfield became the first eight-seed to advance to the final four of the NIT, defeating Texas Arlington 80-76 on Wednesday night.

The Roadrunners (25-9) had squandered most of a 20-point second half lead as Erick Neal hit two quick 3-pointers in the last minute and then made two free throws with 6.7 seconds to go. But Basile calmly made both free throws to send the Roadrunners to New York, where they'll face Georgia Tech in a semifinal game on Tuesday.


UCF holds off Illini, reaches NIT semis

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) B.J. Taylor scored 17 points, Tacko Fall had a double-double and Central Florida held on to defeat Illinois 68-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the final four of the NIT.

A.J. Davis and Matt Williams added 16 points apiece for the Knights (24-11), who play TCU in a semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Fall had 10 points and 10 rebounds.


Kansas-Purdue highlights Midwest semis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Two national player of the year front-runners, Frank Mason III of Kansas and Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, will lead their teams against each other in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Thursday night.

In many ways, they're a microcosm of their teams.


Gonzaga, Arizona try to reach Final Four

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona.

The task this weekend for the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be trying to make it out of the West Region and take that next step to the Final Four. The process starts Thursday when top-seeded Gonzaga (34-1) faces No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) and second-seeded Arizona (32-4) faces No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13).


Florida State G Bacon declares for draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn't ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft.

This time the Florida State guard doesn't have any doubts.


Louisville G Mitchell to test NBA waters

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell says he will "test the waters" and enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Cardinals for his junior season.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore said Wednesday on his Instagram account that he has "not decided to leave Louisville" but wants to work out for NBA teams in hopes of participating in the combine. Men's basketball spokesman Kenny Klein confirmed in a text that Mitchell told coach Rick Pitino of his decision during individual player meetings on Monday.