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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The ink on the NCAA’s notice of allegations was but a few hours old when officials at Kansas huddled with Jayhawks coach Bill Self and crafted a strongly worded response that not only disputed the claims but went on the offensive.

The tradition-rich program, which found itself in the crosshairs amid the FBI’s investigation of corruption in college basketball, instead suggested it was the victim in a play-for-pay scheme crafted by Adidas executives.

“We strongly disagree with the allegations,” athletic director Jeff Long said. “We fully support Coach Self and his staff and we will vigorously defend the allegations against him.”

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Pat Pesquera's prayers were answered as she buried the miraculous three-pointer from halfcourt to finally end University of the Philippines' heartaches with a thrilling 55-52 triumph over University of the East Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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Thirdy Ravena fired a season-best 23 points as Ateneo clipped Adamson, 80-74, to clinch a playoff in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The two-time Finals MVP broke through the 20-point barrier, becoming the first player from the Katipunan side to do so, while also collecting five assists and four rebounds to stay immaculate at 9-0.

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Ateneo nipped University of Santo Tomas, 66-52, in a battle of attrition to continue its unbeaten run in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Thirdy Ravena captained the Blue Eagles with 17 points, nine rebounds, and two steals as they remained at the top of the standings at 8-0 and extended their win streak to 18 consecutive games.

SJ Belangel added 11 points on a 3-of-5 clip from downtown, alongside four boards, as Isaac Go nabbed eight points and three rebounds.

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BONG TAN

THOUGHTS ON THE GAME

First of all, team effort. The coaches did their part. The players did their part, even the bench players did their part. If you noticed, some players that clocked in, didn't clock in minutes before. Lorenzana. It means it is a team play. We don't expect, besides Alex [Diakhite] and Rey [Suerte], we don't expect anyone to step up. You can't predict. Whatever the coach decides, whatever the coach has in place, they're going to play really hard. They struggled in the first quarter, then adjusting to the second and third. So I think, as a whole, the players did wonderfully, especially Alex, who was carrying the players. As a whole, it's a good win for us.

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