INDIANAPOLIS — With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way the Louisville men’s basketball team was losing Sunday afternoon.
Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware’s gruesome leg injury to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four with an 85-63 victory over Duke.
As the final seconds ticked down, Chane Behanan put Ware’s jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench, screaming. Cardinals fans chanted “Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!” Read More
WASHINGTON — It took winning a national title for Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim to get over a late-shot loss to Indiana the last time the schools faced off in the NCAA Tournament.
This meeting, 26 years later, was never close enough to come down to the final seconds, thanks mostly to Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone defense. Now he has the Orange one victory from getting back to the Final Four. Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yelps of support and echoing applause greeted the voice booming over the loudspeakers Wednesday at the scheduled start of practice for the East Regional's fourth seed: "Coached by Jim Boeheim, please welcome the Syracuse Orange!"
And ... nothing. No sign of Boeheim or any of his players. Not until 6½ minutes later did they finally make their way onto the court they'll return to Thursday night to face No. 1 seed Indiana in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Read More
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A few days after Stanford's season ends, Chiney Ogwumike will pack her bags and leave for one of her longest and most important road trips yet.
The Pac-12 Player of the Year is headed to her parents' native Nigeria to be an intern with the Minister of Petroleum. Yes, that's right. Read More
BERKELEY — David Esquer walks a few steps outside his campus office right into the construction zone that is Evans Diamond.
There on Thursday, the lights will come on for California's first night game, and the coach proudly points to the place where a new, modern scoreboard soon will hang at his home ballpark. Read More
On the eve of Joslyn Tinkle’s final home game, coach Tara VanDerveer sent the Stanford senior a text message and reminded her it would be a special night.Tinkle’s sharp shooting made it one of the best all season for the top-seeded Cardinal.“It was kind of one of those days when you wake up and you feel good,” Tinkle said. Read More
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to help California beat South Florida 82-78 in overtime on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Reshanda Gray added 14 points for the second-seeded Golden Bears (30-2), who advanced to the round of 16 for second time in program history and reached 30 victories for the first time. Cal will face the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 3 seed Penn State and No. 6 LSU in the regional semifinals on Saturday. Read More
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The Michigan women's basketball players are close pals with the Wolverines volleyball team — the group that traveled West in December and reached the Final Four by ending Stanford's season in stunning fashion.Kim Barnes Arico's underdog, senior-led group is seeking a similar upset Tuesday night, when the eighth-seeded Wolverines (22-10) face top-seeded Stanford (32-2) on the Cardinal's home court in Maples Pavilion for a spot in the Spokane Regional semifinals Saturday. Read More
PHILADELPHIA — Florida Gulf Coast went from shocking the college men’s basketball world to downright impressing it. And the Eagles were smiling the whole time.
Playing loose and easy, little-known FCGU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, whose players tossed him into the air and poured water on him in raucous celebration. “We try to have fun, get serious when we have to. Read More
STANFORD — Tara VanDerveer had a simple message for her struggling Stanford women’s basketball team at halftime: The season could be over in 20 minutes.
Chiney Ogwumike took it to heart, along with all the others.
Ogwumike is plenty accustomed to doing a little bit of everything for Stanford — and the Cardinal needed all she had to get past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, especially the spark she brings on both ends of the floor. Read More