Hunter leads UVA to title…Barnes stays in Knoxville…Lawson, Edwards leaving early
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – De’Andre Hunter scored a game-high 27 points and Virginia claimed its first NCAA championship in men’s basketball by downing Texas Tech, 85-77 in overtime. The sophomore made the game-tying 3 with 12.1 seconds left in regulation then nailed another with 2:07 left in the extra period to give the Cavaliers the lead for good. Kyle Guy scored 14 of his 24 points after intermission for the Cavaliers, who blew 10-point leads midway through the first half and again late in the second.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will be back with the Volunteers next season. Athletic director Phillip Fulmer issued a statement Monday following reports that linked Barnes to the coaching vacancy at UCLA. Barnes has gone 88-50 in four seasons at Tennessee. The Vols went 31-6 this year and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Purdue.
UNDATED (AP) – Kansas forward Dedric Lawson will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the latest move in what should be a significant overhaul of the Jayhawks’ roster for next season. Lawson transferred from Memphis and sat out last season, then led the Big 12 with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds this past season. Purdue junior guard Carsen Edwards is entering the draft and hiring his agent.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Panthers have hired head Joel Quenneville , who won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2010-15 before being dismissed 15 games into this season. The move also reunites him with Panthers general manager Dale Tallon, who brought Quenneville to Chicago. Quenneville replaces Bob Boughner (BOOG’-nur), who was fired Sunday after two seasons.
MIAMI (AP) – Receiver Ricardo Louis has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins. Louis missed the 2018 season following neck surgery and was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. They made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, and he made 45 catches for 562 yards and no scores in his first two NFL seasons.