Tournament tidbits: Huggins hopes magic continues

Associated Press

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has had his way against Kentucky's John Calipari over the years.

Huggins is 8-2 against his close friend. Meeting No. 11 will be Huggins' greatest challenge against a Calipari-coached team when West Virginia takes on the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed in a Midwest Regional semifinal Thursday night in Cleveland.

"We're going to have fun trying," Huggins said. "He'll have them ready. He always has them ready."

Huggins and Calipari enjoy a longtime friendship. When Huggins suffered a heart attack at the Pittsburgh airport in 2002, Calipari went to visit him in the hospital.

Huggins said he couldn't estimate the number of times the pair speak during the year.

"We talk about a lot of things," Huggins said. "Sometimes it's about basketball."

Sendek's Arizona State stay over after nine years

Herb Sendek was fired by Arizona State after nine seasons that included two NCAA Tournaments, four NIT appearances and three seasons with no postseason appearance.

Arizona State labored this season after its NCAA Tournament berth a year ago, finishing 18-16 with a second-round loss to Richmond in the NIT.

Sendek finished his career in the desert at 159-137.

Xavier's Reynolds will play against Arizona

F Jalen Reynolds is accompanying Xavier to Los Angeles for its Sweet 16 game while school officials look into a complaint filed against him by another student.

Coach Chris Mack said the sophomore will play against second-seeded Arizona on Thursday night. Reynolds (Livonia Stevenson) had a career-high 21 points in a victory over Georgia State that sent Xavier to its fifth Sweet 16 appearance in the last eight years.

A student filed the complaint against Reynolds with the school's police department overnight Monday.

It'll take several weeks to look into it.

"I will tell you that Jalen will be traveling with team, Jalen will be playing just like every other player on our team," Mack said.

Former Dayton players charged with burglary

Arrest warrants have been issued for two dismissed Dayton players charged in a series of burglaries on campus.

Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Jalen Robinson, 21, and Devin Scott, 20, are accused of breaking into a number of dormitory rooms on Dec. 14 and stealing property.

Robinson and Scott were starters for the Flyers. They were dismissed from the team Dec. 15 and withdrew from the university.

Authorities haven't been able to find them.

Women's attendance has its ups and downs

Steps taken by the NCAA to address ongoing attendance concern at the NCAA Women's Tournament are working, at least in some places.

Buoyed by two moves in particular — to once again have top teams host first and second-round games and scheduling more weekend games — overall attendance was up. Average attendance for those 48 games was 4,709 fans, nearly 1,000 more than last season and the most since 2008.

But Duke played its two games at noon last Friday and Sunday. The Blue Devils drew 2,000 fans less for each game than they did the rest of the season.

Stanford and Connecticut also had sparse crowds.