BYU is back in the building where it pulled off the biggest comeback in NCAA men’s basketball tournament history. The Cougars (25-9) play Mississippi (20-12) in a first-round game tonight in Dayton. It’s the same court where BYU made history three years ago. BYU fell behind Iona by 25 points in the first half of a first-round game in 2012, but rallied for a 78-72 win. That’s the most recent time the Cougars won an NCAA tournament game. They lost to Oregon in their opener last year. Tonight’s other first round game at Dayton is Manhattan vs. Hampton. The truTV doubleheader begins at 3:30 p.m. – Associated Press
Bill Grier coached San Diego to an upset of UConn in the 2008 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, his first season as Toreros coach. It never got better than that for the former Gonzaga assistant, who was fired Monday after going 117-144 in eight seasons. “Although we improved a little recently, we didn’t get to the place we wanted to,” athletic director Ky Snyder said. The A.D. said he needed to “see some steady progress and I didn’t see it build to where I wanted to.” The Toreros were 15-16 this season. “I’m more disappointed than anyone that we didn’t win more games, but I know we did things the right way,” Grier said in a statement. Grier had been an assistant at Gonzaga for 16 years before replacing the fired Brad Holland in March 2007. – AP
ARLINGTON, Texas – Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away. The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title.
DAYTON, Ohio – For the last 14 years, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has started with play-in games and the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena. The home team? Didn’t even get in the bracket most times. This year, it’s flying high.
SAN DIEGO – The NCAA apologized to New Mexico State and said it will evaluate its travel policy after the Aggies had to fly home in the middle of the night following their second-round tournament loss and were met by only one bus at the airport. Athletic director McKinley Boston said in a phone interview with the AP on Monday that he received a call during the weekend from Dan Gavitt, vice president of the men’s basketball championship.
RICHMOND, Va. – Shaka Smart isn’t amused by people taking shots at the strength of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Virginia Commonwealth men’s basketball coach said on Monday the A-10 needs to apologize to no one for getting six teams in the NCAA tournament, including five at-large bids, because they all earned the right to be included.
Get on an interstate, drive less than an hour, play in an arena that’s been a mainstay on your schedule. Seems like Xavier has a built-in advantage for its opening NCAA game. Those slow-to-forget Dayton fans will try to negate it. The Musketeers (21-12) play a First Four game against N.C. State (21-13) today at the University of Dayton Arena, where Xavier has played many memorable games against the rival Flyers before moving into the Big East this season. –Associated Press 3:30 p.m.: Albany vs. Saint Mary’s, truTV
There will be 1,000 people lined up early Thursday morning to get a seat at the Las Vegas Hilton sports book for the start of the NCAA tournament, and most of them don’t care that Michigan State was somehow relegated to a No. 4 seed. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are treating Tom Izzo’s (pictured) team like a No. 1 seed anyway. “We certainly can point out the committee flaws like no one else can,” said Jay Kornegay, who runs the popular LVH sports book. “Michigan State is a 4 seed yet we have them as the second favorite to win it all. That doesn’t make much sense to us.” Michigan State got more respect at the LVH than it did in the NCAA selection room, with oddsmakers making the Spartans a 9-2 pick to win it all, second only to Florida at 4-1. – Associated Press
Bryce Cotton scored 23 points to help Providence win its first Big East tournament title since 1994 with a great defensive effort against Doug McDermott and No. 14 Creighton (26-7) in a 65-56 victory Saturday night in New York. The fourth-seeded Friars (23-11) used a 2-3 zone to hold the second-seeded Bluejays to 24 points less than their season average. Creighton went 8 for 30 from behind the 3-point line.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an effort to make it a fair contest, men’s teams can’t play on their home court during the NCAA tournament. At least, that’s the goal. The Dayton Flyers could upset that plan.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home win against Loyola Marymount. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
Back with the last post from Buffalo. It's a unedited notebook. Take a look below.
OK, change of plans. Vince Grippi's unedited column is posted below and we'll have notes up in about an hour. Read on.
Back with the game story from Gonzaga's season ending 87-65 loss to Syracuse. Read on for the unedited version and check back in about 90 minutes for notes and column.
Gonzaga's shooting woes continued in the second half. Syracuse's deadeye shooting continued, too. Just like the first half, it was a bad combination for the Bulldogs.Andy Rautins scored 11 points in a two-minute flurry early in the second half to blow open the game. Syracuse...
Gonzaga got off to a quick start offensively, hitting its first three shots (all coming on Matt Bouldin passes), but the Bulldogs paid for a 4:20 offensive dry spell midway through the half and during a big spurt by Syracuse in the closing 4 minutes.The...
And here's a couple more items for your reading pleasure: Vince Grippi's column and a side bar on the charitable efforts of the Boeheims and Fews.Read on.
Just about to wrap up a busy day in Buffalo. A couple of posts tonight: First up, here is my unedited game preview and notebook. Read on for those. Come back in a few minutes for more.
Back with the final post of the night. My NCAA-issued wireless connection is operating about at the same efficiency as Florida State made shots Friday -- roughly 35.6 percent.So I'll post quickly while it's working. Read on for an unedited notebook.
Gonzaga's impressive first half was enough to stave off Florida State on Friday. Gonzaga (27-6) will face No. 1-seeded and fourth-ranked Syracuse on Sunday at 9:10 a.m. PDT. Syracuse (29-4) cruised over Vermont 79-56 in Friday’s nightcap in front of an Orange-clad crowd of 18,948.Click...
About six hours from tip of Gonzaga-Florida State, so we'll get a quick post together while the wireless is still functioning (yes, it's been hit or miss)..Links: Here's the S-R advance, notes and column. The Tallahassee newspaper preview, side bar, and glance at GU. Orlando...
Good evening once again. As promised, here's an unedited notebook and Vince Grippi's unedited column. Both will run in Friday's S-R. Read on for more.
Good evening from Buffalo. Weather's great, the press conferences and team practices are over and we'll give you a couple of posts tonight.First up, my unedited game advance and a quick capsule look at the two teams. Come back in a while for a notebook...
President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.He says Kansas...
The Zags are No. 8 seed in the West Region, but they will be traveling all the way to Buffalo, N.Y., to face ninth-seeded Florida State on Friday in the first round of its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament.The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference regular...