LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jim Calhoun and Connecticut didn't expect their season to end this way.
Their future is equally unpredictable.
"We're talking about tonight's game. We're not talking about me," Calhoun said after Iowa State stunned the defending national champions 77-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night. "I'm going to get on the plane tomorrow, go home and do what I usually do and meet up with the team on Monday. My own personal thing, I don't think it has any relevance, to be honest with you."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Shaka Smart and Co. pulled off the first major surprise of the NCAA tournament.
Yep, VCU is back again.
Bradford Burgess hit a key 3-pointer with 1:33 left and the 12th-seeded Rams held off Wichita State 62-59 on Thursday night.
Smart was one of the tournament's biggest stars last year when he coached VCU to victories over Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas, making the Rams just the third No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four. The run ended when they lost to Butler in Houston.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Syracuse was missing its starting center. North Carolina-Asheville thought the Orange got help from three men in striped shirts.
With Syracuse facing the kind of NCAA tournament history no team wants to make, the top-seeded Orange rallied for a 72-65 victory Thursday in the second round of the East Regional.
Two calls by the officials had the sellout crowd of 18,927 at Consol Energy Center - except for those wearing orange - booing throughout the final minute but it didn't matter.
Syracuse made it 109-0 for No. 1 seeds against No. 16s since the NCAA went to a field of 64 in 1985.
By Sam Amick
Orlando center Dwight Howard has agreed to return to the Magic next season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
After reversing course numerous times in recent days and refusing to sign the necessary paperwork on Wednesday afternoon, Howard signed a waiver on the early termination option of his contract Thursday afternoon, thereby guaranteeing he will return for the final year of his deal (worth $19.5 million).
By Sam Amick, SI.com
Mike D'Antoni is out as coach of the New York Knicks, sources confirmed to SI.com.
"He didn't resign," one source close to him said. "Mutual decision."
Sources say assistant coach Mike Woodson will take over on an interim basis for the Knicks, while assistants Phil Weber and Dan D'Antoni, Mike's brother, are no longer part of the staff.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kobe, KD and the West looked ready to deliver a quick KO.
Kevin Durant knew better.
"With all these great players on the floor, you never know what will happen," Durant said. "Guys making big shots, and they cut it down to one. We were up 18."
Just enough, it turned out, to hold off LeBron James and the East in the NBA All-Star game.
A bloodied Bryant scored 27 points, moving past Michael Jordan as the career scoring leader in the game, Durant had 36 in an MVP performance, and the Western Conference won 152-149 on Sunday night.
MIAMI (AP) -- Jeremy Lin offered no excuses.
He and the Knicks had no answers.
Lin's rapid rise from unknown to superstar was slowed big-time Thursday night by the Miami Heat , who overwhelmed the NBA's hottest story with a swarming defense that the Knicks' new starting point guard could not solve.
Forcing Lin into easily the worst game of his remarkable run as New York's newest star, Miami topped the Knicks 102-88 - the eighth straight win for the NBA-leading Heat, all by at least 12 points.