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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.
One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national 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.
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.
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.
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 was with the Ramblers this weekend in San Antonio.
The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.
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 Friday night.
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 Alamodome in San Antonio on the same day as traditional powers Kansas, Villanova and Michigan. The teams and their legions of fans arrived in a city decked out in vibrant colors heading into the first two games this weekend.
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.
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 Saturday.
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 most critical of the game.
With more defensive will than shooting skill, Michigan muscled its way back to the Final Four.
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, but don’t hurry.” The Mountain West Conference appears to have an open door to bringing in Gonzaga, potentially as early as next season, but school officials are still working through the decision-making process.
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 Michigan 83-69 on Saturday in the Spokane Region semifinal of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Sister Jean and the Loyola Ramblers are headed to the Final Four. This improbable NCAA Tournament just took its craziest turn yet.
It’s been the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s modus operandi this season – few hands do most of the heavy lifting.
Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies are in a familiar place – the Elite Eight.
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 Gamecocks to escape Buffalo.
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, but every team covets a unique place – a contribution that added to the history or to any mystique.