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UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Villanova goes from dominant to dynasty with NCAA title romp

Villanova players flash their fingers in a “V” symbol to celebrate big wins. For coach Jay Wright, that’s a finger for every national championship ring.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Villanova sets Final Four record with 18 3-pointers in 95-79 NCAA Tournament win over Kansas

One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.


Overtime survivors: Mississippi State Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet for women’s title

Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women’s NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Moe Wagner, Michigan end Loyola-Chicago’s NCAA Tournament run in Final Four

Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Notre Dame beats UConn on last-second shot to earn spot in national championship game

Arike Ogunbowale’s jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted Notre Dame to a 91-89 overtime victory over UConn on Friday night in the national semifinals.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run is special for Washington State assistant Bennie Seltzer

First things first: Bennie Seltzer didn’t stick around long enough to experience Loyola Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four, but you won’t get him to confess to wishing he …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Mississippi State earns second straight trip to women’s title game after defeating Louisville

Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville on …


Red carpets, loud socks: Teams arrive for festive Final Four

Loyola-Chicago is determined to keep alive its unlikely NCAA Tournament run when the Ramblers play in the Final Four this weekend. The underdogs went through their first workout at the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

Final Four will be mix of traditional powers, one amazing upstart

Two weeks of mayhem – a tumult of historic upsets, buzzer-beaters and at least one celebrity nun – have brought the NCAA Tournament to a crossroads.


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Oregon-Central Michigan notebook: Gonzaga Prep grad Oti Gildon gets chance to shine for Ducks

Oregon backup forward Oti Gildon got a big lift out of playing in her home town. Then she channeled that energy into a big performance for the Oregon Ducks on …


Notre Dame-Texas A&M notebook: Kathryn Westbeld comes up big for Irish

Four of the five Notre Dame starters reached double-figure scoring in the Irish’s win over Texas A&M. But Irish coach Muffet McGraw called a basket by injured Kathryn Westbeld the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

Oh Blue!: Michigan nips Florida State 58-54 to reach Final Four

With more defensive will than shooting skill, Michigan muscled its way back to the Final Four.


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

Decision time approaching for Gonzaga regarding conference affiliation

The shot clock is running on Gonzaga to make a decision on its conference affiliation, but the Zags sound as if they’re following one of John Wooden’s tenets: “Be quick, …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Ruthy Hebard leads Oregon to 83-69 win over Central Michigan in Sweet 16

Ruthy Hebard had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Sabrina Ionescu just missed another triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and second-seeded Oregon beat No. 11 seed Central …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Final Four bound: No. 11 Loyola continues Cinderella run, beats Kansas State 78-62

Sister Jean and the Loyola Ramblers are headed to the Final Four. This improbable NCAA Tournament just took its craziest turn yet.


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Top-seeded Notre Dame back in Elite Eight after beating Texas A&M 90-84

It’s been the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s modus operandi this season – few hands do most of the heavy lifting.


UConn tops Duke 72-59, advances to Elite Eight in Albany Region

Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies are in a familiar place – the Elite Eight.


South Carolina advances to Elite Eight with 79-63 win over Buffalo

That the upstate New York crowd wasn’t rooting for South Carolina didn’t matter one bit to A’ja Wilson. Her imposing presence inside and her booming voice proved enough for the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: This season’s Gonzaga team deserves to take a bow, even if it fell short of Final Four encore

Having had so much success for so long, it gets increasingly difficult for each successive Gonzaga team to distinguish itself. Being part of a proud lineage is reward enough, certainly, …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Louisville women handle Stanford 86-59 in women’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Asia Durr had 24 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 and top-seeded Louisville rolled past No. 4 seed Stanford 86-59 on Friday night in the women’s NCAA Tournament Lexington Region semifinal.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

UCLA beats Texas 84-75 to reach Elite Eight of women’s NCAA tourney

Jordin Canada scored 22 points, putting second-seeded UCLA on her back in the fourth quarter, and the Bruins beat Texas 84-75 on Friday night to avenge a Sweet 16 loss …


Ducks finally fly north: Oregon’s flight to Spokane Regional delayed a day

Mechanical issues with Oregon’s plane Thursday night kept the Ducks in Eugene until Friday morning.


Notre Dame, Texas A&M have both battled injury bug en route to Sweet 16 showdown

Notre Dame’s injuries have been well chronicled this season. With just seven healthy scholarship players, coach Muffet McGraw has changed her approach to practices.


Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara brushing off the role of Cinderella

Sue Guevara, coach of 11th-seeded Central Michigan, expected to hear about how her team would handle its underdog status – that is, being the Cinderella team of the Spokane Regional.


Notre Dame, Texas A&M ready to add another chapter to their NCAA Tournament history

Meeting in the NCAA Tournament isn’t new for Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Even if it’s been a few years.


Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu soaks up advice from former Gonzaga stars Courtney Vandersloot, John Stockton

Kelly Graves had a special player at Gonzaga and now he has another at Oregon.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Villanova uses 3s to down West Virginia pressure 90-78

Villanova’s 3-point party rolled past the pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

ACC throws another roadblock in Gonzaga’s NCAA Tournament path

The NCAA Tournament has been pretty special for Gonzaga, given that the Zags are the only program in the country to reach the last four Sweet 16s. The ACC hasn’t …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Oregon State upsets Baylor 72-67 in women’s NCAA Sweet 16

Marie Gulich had 26 points, Kat Tudor added 16 and sixth-seeded Oregon State shot 58 percent in the second half to upset No. 2 seed Baylor 72-67 on Friday night …