Workers assemble the NCAA's Final Four floor at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, March 28, 2014.
By The Associated Press
Willie Cauley-Stein isn't the only one wearing Kentucky blue limping at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Wildcats coach John Calipari already has had one hip replaced. He's due to have the other one done this spring. But the surgery kept getting put off as the Wildcats went deeper into the NCAA tournament, and that's just fine with Calipari, 55.
He surely won't let it slow him down Saturday night, when the Wildcats face Wisconsin in the national semifinals likely without Cauley-Stein, a 7-footer who has an ankle injury.
Calipari has relied on massages to manage the pain in the tournament, and he hasn't asked for any sympathy. Good thing, too, because he wouldn't get much, anyway.
"Part of getting older," Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua said with a grin.
Top honors handed out
Doug McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketball's fifth-leading scorer, was a near-unanimous selection as the AP player of the year. McDermott is the 11th three-time All-American and first in almost 30 years. He led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while shooting 52.6 percent from the field including 44.9 percent from 3-point range. He received all but one vote, which went to Louisville guard Russ Smith. Gregg Marshall, whose Wichita State team was the first to reach the NCAA tournament undefeated in 33 years, was selected coach of the year.
Boston College makes hire
Ohio University coach Jim Christian was picked to lead Boston College's men's team, replacing Steve Donahue, who was fired after four seasons without an NCAA tournament berth.
McAdoo leaves for NBA
North Carolina junior James Michael McAdoo will enter the NBA draft. This 6-9 forward flirted with entering the draft after each of his first two seasons before announcing he would make the jump this time around. North Carolina State's T.J. Warren will take a little longer to decide whether he will enter as a sophomore, but his father said he could announce Tuesday.
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