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Men's title game gets low ratings

HOUSTON — The NCAA championship Monday posted a record-low TV rating.

Villanova's last-second win over North Carolina averaged a 10.6 rating across TBS, TNT and truTV in the first title game to air on cable. The 17.8 million viewers are down 37 percent from the 28.3 million for last season's Duke-Wisconsin matchup on CBS, which drew the largest audience in 18 years. Viewership is down 16 percent from the 21.3 million for UConn-Kentucky in 2014.

The previous low was a 10.8 for North Carolina-Michigan State in 2009.

Viewership was down throughout the tournament. Two routs in Saturday's semifinals didn't help.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program.

players on the move: FSU sophomore guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will enter the NBA draft but won't hire an agent. The deadline to withdraw and return to school is May 25. Rathan-Mayes averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists this past season. … Kentucky freshman center Skal Labissiere will enter the draft and hire an agent. He is projected as a first-round pick despite temporarily losing his starting job and averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. … Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson will enter the draft and hire an agent. He is considered a possible lottery pick. … Purdue sophomore power forward Vince Edwards will enter the draft but won't hire an agent. … Syracuse guard Kaleb Joseph, relegated to the bench for most of his sophomore season, will transfer. He has not decided on a new school. He started all but one of 31 games as a freshman but was passed over for the starting point guard spot in the offseason by fifth-year senior Michael Gbinije.

COLUMBIA: Jim Engles was named coach after spending eight years as coach of NJIT. He was an assistant at Columbia from 2003-08.


NEBRASKA's Yori resigns: Coach Connie Yori resigned after 14 Cornhuskers seasons that included nine trips to the NCAA Tournament. In a statement released by the school, Yori, who is getting divorced, cited personal reasons. The university reportedly investigated Yori's treatment of players after concerns of bullying and disregard for players' well-being were raised in February by several players and some support staff members. Yori denied wrongdoing.

Campbell: Presbyterian's Ronny Fisher was named coach.

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