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. Read More
Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Alfred Grigsby ... Allen Crabbe? Read More
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. Read More
DAYTON, Ohio — St. Mary’s lost to Gonzaga in its conference tournament final, but made it to the NCAA Tournament anyway.
The Gaels will help open the First Four in Dayton on Tuesday night, facing Middle Tennessee. The winner will play Memphis on Thursday.
St. Mary’s (27-6) lost to Gonzaga 65-51 in the West Coast Conference title game, the third time it fell to the Zags during the season. Gonzaga got the No. 1 seed in the West on Sunday. Read More
Louisville is the top seed in the NCAA Tournament after a topsy-turvy season in college basketball, capped by another round of upsets over the weekend.
That other team from the Bluegrass State won’t even get a chance to defend its national title. Read More
The sports world’s biggest crapshoot, the NCAA Tournament, starts this month, so we can expect the usual media outpouring about brackets.
I use the word crapshoot both literally and symbolically. The NCAA Tournament first became big because its counterpart, the NIT, was caught up in a point-shaving scandal and it has since thrived on gambling, both professional and amateur. And, as a way to determine the best team in the country, it is hopelessly flawed. Read More
Top-seeded Notre Dame’s offense came alive in the second half to help the Fighting Irish pull away from a tie game at halftime and take a 73-62 victory over Cal in a second-round women’s NCAA Tournament game at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday. Read More
The Cal women’s basketball team is certainly familiar with facing top-notch competition, having played the nation’s No. 2 team, Stanford, three times this season.
So with the top seed in the Raleigh Regional, Notre Dame (31-3), up next for the Bears (25-9) in the NCAA Tournament today, Cal isn’t pushing the panic button.
“I think we are definitely ready for the challenge, and them being a No. 1 team does not mean much for us right now,” Cal junior guard Eliza Pierre said. Read More
Relegated to the College Basketball Invitational yet given a home game, the USF men’s basketball team couldn’t make a splash.
Reggie Moore scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Washington State pulled away from a one-point halftime lead for an 89-75 victory over the Dons on Tuesday in the first round of the CBI at War Memorial Gymnasium.
USF finishes the season 20-14. Read More
The Stanford women’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will head to Norfolk, Va., to play No. 16 Hampton on Saturday, the NCAA unveiled Monday.
Stanford earned an automatic berth in the tournament by winning the Pac-12 Conference tournament, and their 31-1 record helped earn the favorable seed. Read More