INDIANAPOLIS – Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are arguably the most famous package deal in college basketball history, best friends who committed to the Blue Devils together.
Now, they're preparing for what could be their final game.
Okafor will likely be one of the top two picks in June's NBA draft, and Jones, from Apple Valley, is considered a first-round talent if he elects to leave early. That means Monday night's national championship game against Wisconsin could be the last time they share the floor.
"We haven't talked about it, if this is the last time we're going to play together," said Jones, who rooms with Okafor for road games. "We're just focused on the next game."
The two became inseparable during a USA Basketball camp in 2010 and grew closer while helping the U-16 national team win the FIBA Americas title the following year. By 2012, while helping the U-17 team to an 8-0 record at the world championships in Lithuania, they began to think of playing together in college.
Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized Sunday for directing an obscenity and a racial slur at Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky during a postgame news conference Saturday night.
Harrison muttered the words into a live microphone when a reporter asked teammate Karl-Anthony Towns about defending the 7-foot Kaminsky after Kentucky lost 71-64 to the Badgers. He muttered it with his hand in front of his mouth, but the mic picked up the comments.
Harrison said in a series of tweets that his comments were a "poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know."
"When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn't mean any disrespect," he added.
Tears for Spartans
When a season ends, if it can't end with a national championship, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo looks for the tears. He got an eyeful Saturday night after a 81-61 loss to Duke.
Junior guard Denzel Valentine and freshman guard Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn "just absolutely lost it," Izzo said — indicating the kind of hatred of losing he wants to see in players — and that wasn't all they did.
Valentine told Izzo he was going to get him back to a Final Four in the 2015-16 season. Nairn asked to speak to the team, addressing the seniors in particular, taking some blame for his mistakes and making some promises for the future.
"It was very cool," Izzo said.
The Spartans bring back Valentine, Nairn, Matt Costello, Gavin Schilling, Marvin Clark Jr. and Bryn Forbes, all key players in this run.
Joining them will be West Virginia transfer Eron Harris and McDonald's All-America forward Deyonta Davis — Michigan's Mr. Basketball.
The Wisconsin-Kentucky game drew the most viewers for an NCAA semifinal in 19 years. It averaged 22.6 million viewers across TBS, TNT and truTV, according to Turner Sports and CBS.