SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Wherever Allen Crabbe went, Syracuse's zone defense followed.
With the Pac-12 Player of the Year bottled up by the Orange, California had little chance to advance in the NCAA tournament despite having the home-crowd advantage.
Crabbe was held to eight points on 3-for-9 shooting, backcourt mate Justin Cobbs scored just five points and the 12th-ranked Golden Bears once again failed to make it to the round of 16, losing 66-60 to fourth-seeded Syracuse on Saturday night. Read More
For Joslyn Tinkle, basketball is an everyday part of life, like eating, sleeping and breathing. She grew up in a hoops house — her father is a coach and her mother is a Hall of Fame player — and now her family is converging in the Bay Area for March Madness.
Wayne Tinkle isn’t traveling far to see his daughter and the Stanford women’s basketball team (31-2) take on Tulsa (17-16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Maples Pavilion today. Read More
SAN JOSE — Disregarding Wichita State’s shellacking of Pittsburgh — No. 9 seeds actually have a better record all-time against 8 seeds — Oregon’s 68-55 dismantling of Oklahoma State at HP Pavilion marked the first true upset of the NCAA Tournament. Read More
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Matthew Dellavedova caught the ball and took one more 3-pointer.
It was about as good a scenario as St. Mary’s could have hoped for, especially since the Gaels were trailing by five moments earlier. But Dellavedova, the school’s career leader in scoring, missed long as time expired.
“As soon as Delli got the ball in the corner, we all thought it was going to go in,” St. Mary’s forward Brad Waldow said. “We knew it was going to go in, but it just didn’t fall. That’s it.” Read More
SAN JOSE — After executing the game plan to near perfection for more than 59 minutes, the Cal men’s basketball team almost let an upset victory in the NCAA Tournament slip away.
A suffocating zone defense and plenty of scoring help for Allen Crabbe propelled the 12th-seeded Bears to a 64-61 victory over No. 5 UNLV at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Thursday. But the “home” team provided plenty of drama for the faithful down the stretch.
“It wasn’t always smooth,” Coach Mike Montgomery said. Read More
BERKELEY — Coach Lindsay Gottlieb is asking the players on the Cal women’s basketball team to press the mute button on all talking heads analyzing the squad as it heads into the NCAA Tournament. But she is making an exception for the opinion of one person: President Barack Obama. Read More
With two World Series championships and the World Baseball Classic all coming through San Francisco over the past few years, The City has quickly become a major hub in the baseball universe. Dante Benedetti would be proud.
The former USF baseball coach — who died in 2005 — dedicated his life to promoting baseball in San Francisco, and for the ninth year in a row, USF will play the annual Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Saturday. Read More
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports.
CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA.
The Post-Standard reported NCAA investigators have been conducting interviews with Syracuse employees and former employees. The newspaper said the investigation includes the handling of former player Fab Melo's academic eligibility. Read More
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St. Mary’s had a big concern coming into the NCAA Tournament’s First Four. Its career scoring leader suddenly couldn’t hit a shot.
Matthew Dellavedova hit his first two from behind the arc Tuesday night, and the tournament got its first big night by a dominant guard. The Australian star emerged from his slump and scored 22 points in a 67-54 victory over Middle Tennessee.
The 11th-seeded Gaels (28-6) will look for more of the same from Dellavedova today after a quick trip to Auburn Hills, Mich., to play sixth-seeded Memphis. Read More