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Tuesday / April 23.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jahlil Okafor missed this wide-open reverse dunk attempt against Robert Morris here Friday night, triggering the ire of Coach K as a result.

    The Duke coach shouted and frowned on the sideline and let Okafor know just exactly what he thought of his show-boating.

    “You can’t do that, that’s the easy message,” Coach K said after No. 1 Duke pummeled the No. 16 Colonials 85-56 in a second-round South Region game at TWC Arena. “Don’t do that.”

    In the celebratory Duke locker room, coaches and players alike were asked about the misfire on the dunk attempt.

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Michigan State vs GeorgiaCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Magic Johnson stood right behind Michigan State coach Tom Izzo while cheering on the Spartans on Friday afternoon here at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

    And then he backed up the legendary coach after the game, too.

    “He’s done an amazing job with the team,” Johnson said after No. 7 Michigan State beat No. 10 Georgia, 70-63, in an East Region game.

    Denzel Valentine went for 16 points and 6 assists, Travis Trice had 15 points and 6 assists and Branden Dawson had 14 points and 7 rebounds.

    “We survived and we’re advancing and it’s going to get tougher every game,” said Izzo, whose team will face the Virginia/Belmont winner here on Sunday.

    HowlandCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The DePaul coaching job is “Ben Howland’s to turn down,” one source close to the situation told

    A second source described the Big East school as “very interested” in the 57-year-old Howland, who is expected to interview for the job.

    Howland spent this past year as an analyst with Fox Sports 1 after getting fired by UCLA in 2013.

    Howland led UCLA to three straight Final Fours from 2006-8 and has been linked to various jobs since leaving the school. He was in the mix last year for the openings at Oregon State, Marquette, Tennessee and Missouri, but did not land any of those jobs.

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    In the history of the NCAA Tournament, no 16 seed has ever knocked off a 1 seed. Heavy favorite Kentucky was not about to let Hampton make history on Thursday.

    After a sloppy start, top-ranked Kentucky moved to 35-0 on its perfect season by routing the Pirates 79-56 in a round of 64 Midwest Region game in Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center before a huge pro-Cats crowd.

    Kentucky was led by freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who posted a double-double of 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

    “I know what Karl is capable of,” said fellow freshman Devin Booker. “Everybody is seeing it now that he is basically unstoppable down there.”

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