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  • Irish flummox Maryland

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the end, the outcome was all but determined by what happened at the very beginning of Notre Dame’s NCAA semifinal game against Maryland on Sunday. The …


  • Final Four viewership down with move to cable

    The Final Four’s television viewership is down after its move to cable. The two NCAA semifinals Saturday averaged a total of 14 million viewers, an 11 percent decrease from last …


  • Kentucky, UConn in unlikely finale

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Connecticut and Kentucky couldn’t have met in last year’s championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year’s. Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded …


  • TeamCasts give fans bias if they want it

    The sideline reporter wrapped up her segment during the Final Four game with a hearty: “We bleed blue, and in Ollie we trust!” “We” is not a word heard in …


  • Harrison clutch again to put UK in finale

    ARLINGTON, Texas – No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight loop that Aaron Harrison and his Kentucky teammates could get used to …


  • Suitably, Young leads UK freshmen

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Kentucky’s James Young kept his fellow freshmen in the game, his grit on defense only overshadowed by his scoring spurts that answered every salvo from Wisconsin. Turns …


  • Stanford looks to end UConn’s run at perfection

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – All the talk of Stanford feeling like a junior varsity team crashing the Final Four or being an extra at the beauty pageant is just rhetoric to …


  • Stewart player of year; McGraw coach of year

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Breanna Stewart picked up right where she left off as a freshman. Connecticut’s versatile star has had a stellar sophomore year. The 6-foot-4 guard/forward earned the Associated …


  • UConn on to national championship game after dropping Florida

    ARLINGTON, Texas – Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger. The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 …


  • Maryland women try to ruin Irish’s unbeaten season

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brenda Frese and her Maryland Terrapins feel like uninvited guests at the Final Four. And that’s fine with the Terrapins coach.


  • Stakes higher this time around for UConn, Florida

    ARLINGTON, Texas – The last time Florida lost there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas. The Gators have won every game since that loss on Dec. 2 at Connecticut. …


  • Wisconsin’s veterans take on Kentucky’s freshmen

    ARLINGTON, Texas – They play the same game, though they come at it from opposite sides of the court. Kentucky has a coach labeled a renegade, a rotating stable of …


  • Announcers picked for Final Four ’teamcasts’

    Former college basketball stars Donny Marshall of UConn and Rex Chapman of Kentucky will be among the commentators for the team-specific broadcasts of Saturday’s Final Four games. Turner Sports and …


  • Kentucky faces tall task vs. 7-footer Frank Kaminsky

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky faces a Texas-sized task defending Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and not just because he’s the tallest player the Wildcats have faced in the NCAA tournament. The …


  • Notre Dame, UConn remain unbeaten

    An unprecedented season for Notre Dame and coach Muffet McGraw has led the Fighting Irish to a familiar place. Jewell Loyd scored 30 points and the unbeaten Irish defeated Baylor …


  • Late 3-pointer sends Kentucky freshmen to Final Four

    INDIANAPOLIS – The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league …


  • UNC women win away from reunion with Hatchell

    Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded …


  • UConn beats Michigan State to reach Final Four

    NEW YORK – Shabazz Napier owed UConn. He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But the guard wanted to pay …


  • UConn rides Napier, returns to Final Four

    Shabazz Napier carried UConn back to the Final Four, scoring 17 of his 25 points in the second half in a 60-54 upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State.


  • Kentucky freshmen reach Final Four

    Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift the Kentucky Wildcats and all those freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan.


  • Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT in West Region

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – Every big shot Wisconsin needed, Frank Kaminsky hit. The 7-footer carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated …


  • Kentucky took the hard way to verge of Final Four

    INDIANAPOLIS – If the crew of growing-on-the-job freshmen at Kentucky find themselves in Dallas next week, nobody can tell them they didn’t take the toughest path possible. Their journey through …


  • Spartans round back into shape

    NEW YORK – Michigan State guard Keith Appling drove the lane one day in practice and flipped a lob to Branden Dawson as he had many times before. “He didn’t …


  • Florida qualifies for Final Four, beats Dayton 62-52

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more. Try a national championship.


  • Give and Take: Sunday letters

    Arizona fan still roots for Zags For the past 15 years, I’ve had two favorite college basketball teams: the Arizona Wildcats and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.


  • Huskies feed off defense

    STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut’s opponents spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to slow the Huskies’ offense. A bigger challenge may be finding a way to score …


  • Smith goes out with class, but also with a loss

    INDIANAPOLIS – His college career officially over, Louisville senior Russ Smith took a long walk down the corridor, went into the Kentucky locker room and shook hands with a group …


  • Kentucky tops Louisville 74-69 in Midwest Regional

    INDIANAPOLIS – Nobody will accuse these Kentucky kids of being the fastest learners. Not this season. And certainly not during most of Friday night’s game against Louisville. But once again, …


  • Michigan State beats Virginia 61-59

    NEW YORK – Michigan State turned the defensive tables on Virginia and the Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight, putting them back in a place where they have had a …


  • Wolverines withstand Volunteers rally

    INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the …


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