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Louisville 71, Manhattan 64

Louisville 71, Manhattan 64: Luke Hancock scored eight of his 16 points in the final 1:53 as the defending national champion Cardinals escaped against the Jaspers in the NCAA tournament in Orlando. Russ Smith had a game-high 18 points and Montrezl Harrell contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Louisville (30-5) advances to face Saint Louis in Saturday’s Midwest regional round of 32. Chris Jones tallied 11 points as the Cardinals used a late-game charge to stave off the upset bid.

Preview: Manhattan vs. Louisville

(Updated: ADDS TV) Louisville coach Rick Pitino texted Manhattan counterpart Steve Masiello to congratulate him after the Jaspers earned a bid into the NCAA tournament with their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. Now, the legendary Pitino will square off against his former assistant as the defending national champion battles upstart Manhattan in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. Masiello served as an assistant under Pitino for six years with the Cardinals.

Preview: Cincinnati at Louisville

Even as it sits atop the standings and holds the best overall record in the league, No. 15 Cincinnati seems to be an afterthought in the American Athletic Conference title race. The Bearcats look to change that when they travel down I-71 and across the Ohio River to face No. 7 Louisville on Thursday. The Cardinals have won four straight since suffering their lone conference defeat against Memphis, and two of those victories have been 39-point blowouts.

Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67

(Updated: CORRECTS Cooney FG attempts in 2nd graph CORRECTS 11 to six in 5th graph) No. 7 Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67: C.J. Fair scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Orange won their opening game at the Maui Invitational. Trevor Cooney contributed 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting from 3-point range for Syracuse, which will play California in Tuesday’s semifinals. Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant contributed 12 points apiece for the Orange (5-0).

Preview: Syracuse vs. Minnesota

No. 7 Syracuse and Minnesota will put their undefeated records on the line when they meet Monday on the opening day of the Maui Invitational. Both teams struggled against inferior opponents last week; the Orange trailed for most of the second half Monday against St. Francis (N.Y.) before pulling out a 56-50 victory and the Gophers sneaked by with a 10-point victory Tuesday against Coastal Carolina. Minnesota will face its first tough test of the season against Syracuse, which moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

Preview: Fairfield vs. Louisville

No. 2 Louisville plays its first game away from its home court when it takes on Fairfield in the second semifinal game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff on Saturday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn. No. 19 North Carolina and Richmond play in the first semifinal game with the winners to play in the championship game Sunday afternoon. The two losing teams will also play on Sunday in a third place game.

Preview: Hartford at Louisville

Second-ranked Louisville will continue a string of early-season games against inferior competition Tuesday when it hosts Hartford. The defending national-champion Cardinals have yet to be challenged, and likely won't be until the calender turns to December or perhaps even January. Rick Pitino's team has won by an average margin of 31.7 points against College of Charleston, Hofstra and Cornell, and a similar result is expected against the Hawks.

Preview: Montana at Minnesota

Minnesota looks to improve to 2-0under new coach Richard Pitino when it hosts Montana in anon-conference matchup Tuesday. The Golden Gophers had no trouble intheir opener, an 81-62 win over Lehigh on Friday. The Bobcats will bemaking their regular-season debut following a 25-win season in2012-13.

Preview: Lehigh at Minnesota

The Golden Gophers, who have won 24 straight home openers, will be more of an up-tempo team with Pitino at the helm and transfer point guard DeAndre Mathieu is a key to that. “Our style of play is going to wear you down because we play fast and we practice fast,” Mathieu told reporters after the second exhibition Monday. Lehigh, which beat Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament, has won 20 games the last two seasons but lost its top three scorers. TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3

NBA: Payton, Pitino inducted into Basketball shrine

Nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton and college coaching great Rick Pitino were among the class of 2013 inducted Sunday into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Payton, who was also a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection and the 1996 Defensive Player of the Year, spent 17 years in the NBA, playing for Seattle, Milwaukee, the Lakers, Boston and Miami. He averaged 16.3 points and ended his career ranked fourth all-time in steals with 2,445 and eighth in assists with 8,966.
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