Boston Celtics (10-1, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (4-7, 13th in the Western Conference)
Boston Celtics (5-1, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (4-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston Celtics (4-1, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics star Kyrie Irving is back in the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets after being sidelined with an eye injury.
Irving missed two games after scratching both corneas in a collision Dec. 31 at San Antonio. Boston won both — against Minnesota and Dallas — while Irving was out.
He leads the team in scoring and assists entering Monday, averaging 23.1 points per game and 6.6 assists.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has had surgery on a broken left finger and will be out four to six weeks.
The team made the announcement on Thursday, a day after Baynes left early in the game against the Phoenix Suns after deflecting a pass with his left hand.
Baynes shook his hand in visible pain and went to the locker room when play stopped.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving credits Boston's defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA.
Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.
A year ago, Texas A&M's first option was feeding the ball inside on a team built around center Tyler Davis and forward Robert Williams.
With both big men gone for the NBA after declaring early, the Aggies will have to change the way they play to adjust to the loss.
Last season: 22-13, reached Sweet 16
Coach: Billy Kennedy
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Who's gone: Forward Robert Williams (NBA), center Tyler Davis (NBA), forward DJ Hogg (NBA) and center Tonny Trocha-Morelos, guard Duane Wilson.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams.
The team announced the signing Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Williams, a forward-center out of Texas A&M, was selected 27th overall last month with the Celtics' lone draft pick.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics first-round draft choice Robert Williams got a lecture from the team about accountability and said they are moving on from the bad first impression he made by missing a flight and failing to get back in time for summer league practice.
"It's all on me," Williams told reporters Tuesday, a day after he missed practice. "So we're going to push forward and move past that."
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge was puzzled by all the talk about how Texas A&M forward Robert Williams didn't work hard enough to make it in the NBA.
"It's hard to have a 'low motor' and be the defensive player of the year two years in a row in a tough conference," Ainge said Friday after the news conference to introduce Williams.
Williams was named the Southeastern Conference's co-defensive player of the year in 2018 after winning the award outright in 2017.
BOSTON (AP) — Power forward Robert Williams was projected to be a lottery pick — and that was last year, after his freshman year at Texas A&M.
But there he was, sliding down to the Boston Celtics at the 27th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Williams is a living, breathing, windmill-dunking advertisement for the upside of staying in school.
The Texas A&M big man with the 7-foot-5 wingspan clearly had all the physical tools to be a solid pro prospect last spring, and he could have followed dozens of major talents by spending what would have been their sophomore collegiate seasons on an NBA bench or in the G League.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 seed North Carolina (26-10) vs. No. 7 seed Texas A&M (21-12)
Second round, West Region; Charlotte, North Carolina; 5:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday.
BOTTOM LINE: The Tar Heels are trying to repeat as national champions and reach a third straight Final Four. They'll face an Aggies team that was up and down (peaked at No. 5 in the AP Top 25, but started 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference) but offers a tough matchup with their interior size against UNC's small-ball lineup.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Davis and Robert Williams spent all Friday snatching rebound after rebound, blocking a few shots and had Williams offer a highlight-reel capper in the final minute.
When Texas A&M's bigs are playing like this, it's tough to tussle with these Aggies. And that gives them their best chance to stick around the NCAA Tournament for another weekend.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No. 7 seed Texas A&M (20-12) vs. No. 10 seed Providence (21-13)
First round, West Region; Charlotte, North Carolina; 12:15 p.m. EDT on Friday.
BOTTOM LINE: The Aggies were up and down all year (peaked at No. 5 in the AP Top 25, but started 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference) and now face the Friars, who have wins against 1-seeds Xavier (twice) and Villanova this season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri held an 11-point lead with 5:39 remaining against No. 21 Texas A&M. Then came the press, which has caused Missouri problems recently.
The Aggies trimmed the lead to one within three minutes, and stole an inbound pass down two with 14 seconds left. Texas A&M's Robert Williams missed a put-back layup and the Tigers escaped 62-58 Tuesday night.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M's players traded encouraging words a few weeks ago, out of necessity.
"We were just letting each other know it's not over," A&M forward Robert Williams said of what was beginning to look like a lost season.
They've since proven it's certainly not, after the Aggies won their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference game on Saturday night to climb back to .500 against league opponents.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — No. 8 Texas A&M has a goal of driving three hours in late March to play in the Final Four in San Antonio.
The Aggies found out Tuesday night they will need star defenders Admon Gilder and Robert Williams nearly every step of the way to achieve that lofty objective.
Senior guard Duane Wilson scored 16 points and A&M escaped with a 64-58 victory over Northern Kentucky, minus Gilder and Williams and two more role players.
NEW YORK (AP) — Without prompting, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy and Robert Williams and Duane Wilson took turns speaking about the long term aspirations for the Aggies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Williams was asked whether he detected hesitancy from the Oklahoma State Cowboys to challenge him in the paint.
The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year grinned, then laughed.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — Tyler Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Admon Gilder scored 23 points and No. 25 Texas A&M overcame a sluggish start to dominate No. 11 West Virginia 88-65 early Saturday in the Armed Forces Classic.
D.J. Hogg added 19 points for the Aggies, who played without suspended forward Robert Williams and point guard J.J. Caldwell. Gilder also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Coming off a tough season, the Texas A&M Aggies got a huge boost when projected NBA lottery pick Robert Williams chose to skip the draft to return to the team.
A year after reaching the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since 2007, the Aggies didn't even get an invitation to the NIT after going 16-15. A bright spot of that difficult campaign was the emergence of Williams, a 6-foot-10 forward with a knack for blocking shots.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference men's basketball media days (all times Eastern):
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy acknowledges he was "a little surprised" that forward Robert Williams returned for his sophomore season rather than entering the NBA draft.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M freshman standout Robert Williams says he is returning for another season in college.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, projected by many to be a lottery pick in June's NBA draft, averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season for the Aggies (16-15).
Williams says the decision will give him "more time to mature and develop my game before moving on to the NBA."
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy vowed he saw this coming, a sordid affair between two grinders in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday night.
"And I'll see it, as long as we come out with a win," Kennedy said of his approval of an unattractive contest. "It was ugly."
Ugly, but effective for the Aggies. A&M defeated Alabama 56-53, as the Aggies' Robert Williams scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy was cautiously optimistic following the Aggies' third-best shooting performance in a game in history.
"We got some good looks and we made them," Kennedy said following A&M's 81-62 victory over Auburn on Saturday. "Hopefully it's a sign we're playing better. . (But) we haven't done anything consistent all year, so I'm not going to get too excited."
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Few outside Texas A&M's locker room would have believed it three weeks ago, but the Aggies are feeling emboldened in Southeastern Conference play.
"Everything is in front of us," A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. "We can win all of these games. This league this year is so strange."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Admon Gilder had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists and Robert Williams scored a season-high 18 to lead Texas A&M to an 85-73 victory against LSU on Saturday.
JC Hampton had 15 points, DJ Hogg had 11 and Tyler Davis had 10. Texas A&M led by double-digits over the last 18 minutes of the game.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M used its biggest rival in the Southeastern Conference, LSU, to finally clear a league stumbling block.
"We were definitely the better team, so we just had to go out and play like it," A&M guard D.J. Hogg said.
The Aggies did, as Admon Gilder and Tonny Trocha-Morelos each scored 14 points and A&M won its first SEC contest 92-62 over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M vows it's ready for Southeastern Conference play, while Saint Francis (Pa.) is simply ready to put a tough stretch behind it in time for Northeast Conference action.
D.J. Hogg scored 15 points and fellow sophomore Tyler Davis added 14 as A&M defeated SFU 81-58 on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dusan Ristic tied a season-high with 18 points as No. 19 Arizona had to hold off a furious rally by Texas A&M for its fourth straight win, 67-63 on Saturday.
Ristic scored 14 of Arizona's first 24 points and finished 8 of 12 from the field for the Wildcats (10-2), who shot 40 percent from the field, including 48 percent in the first half.
Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Kobi Simmons chipped in 14 points for the Wildcats.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M is getting used to running its offense through its big men, and the Aggies so far are digging the results. Center Tyler Davis scored 17 points and guard D.J. Hogg added 12 as Texas A&M overwhelmed American for a 76-53 victory on Monday night in Reed Arena.
For the second consecutive game against an undersized opponent, the Aggies (2-0) dominated inside, in outscoring the Eagles 44-22 in the paint.