March Madness

  • March Madness – Conference Scoreboard: ACC, SEC tie for most wins, Zags give WCC best win percentage North Carolina players celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(PhatzRadioSports / AP)   —-  The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program’s sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season’s biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year’s finale. Let’s take an early ...
  • 2017 NCAA tourney in books, no classic title game this time North Carolina forward Justin Jackson talks on his cell phone in the locker room after the championship game against Gonzaga at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2017 NCAA Tournament started with its shortest player coming through in the clutch and it ended with a less-than-classic championship game. North Carolina’s 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in front of more than 76,000 fans ended the three-week tournament, one that provided thrills just as it always does. Here are some of the ...
  • March Madness – Final Four: Gonzaga hurt by foul trouble in 71-65 loss to North Carolina Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss reacts at the end of the championship game against North Carolina at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gonzaga broke through its Final Four ceiling, added to it by reaching the national championship game. The Zags figured while they’re here, might as well win the whole thing. A flurry of whistles and missed shots left them one step short. Plagued by foul trouble and an inability to hit shots in a ...
  • Men’s Final Four: Some things to watch in the NCAA championship game North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks drives between Oregon's Dylan Ennis (31) and Dillon Brooks during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in Monday night’s NCAA championship game: IN THE MIDDLE Both teams have size in the middle and quality depth at the position. Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina’s 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. Meeks has been playing really well in the tournament, getting seven points and 17 ...
  • NCAA Champs: South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55 South Carolina coach Dawn Staley cuts down the net as she and the team celebrate their win over Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. South Carolina won 67-55. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head. A’ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday ...
  • March Madness – Championship Game: It’s UNC v Gonzaga Gonzaga players celebrate on the court over their victory over South Carolina in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzaga won 77-73. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to move on to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga’s big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs kept South Carolina from taking ...
  • Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, goes to the basket against Cincinnati forward Kyle Washington during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Seven-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski is Gonzaga’s center and he will be matched up with 6-10 Maik Kotsar of South Carolina. Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the ...
  • March Madness: It’s all SEC for women’s title after Mississippi St stunner Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Gabby Williams (15) for the winning shot in an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas. Mississippi State won 66-64. (AP Photo/LM Otero)(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   What a day, what an upset. Mississippi State’s Morgan William put the cap on an exciting night of hoops with a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime to hand undefeated UConn its first loss since 2014. Talk about making your mark in your first-ever Final Four appearance. That shocking upset followed a thrilling 62-53 ...
  • Final Four preview: Predictions, key questions for each semifinal game UNC v Zags usatsi_9968306 (PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-    Two of the most highly anticipated games of the year are nearly upon us. Let’s dive deep into both of these matchups. Here are some key questions that will determine who will play for the national championship on Monday night. North Carolina vs. Oregon -Who gets the edge in the Isaiah Hicks-Dillon Brooks ...
  • March Madness: TCU routs Georgia Tech for first NIT title TCU's Desmond Bane (1) drives to the basket past Georgia Tech's Quinton Stephens, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the NIT Thursday, March 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Parrish sat at the podium, wearing a commemorative t-shirt and a net draped around his neck. To his right was coach Jamie Dixon. On his left was Kenrich Williams. Parrish made sure to savor the moment. “We have something that’s forever,” he said. “Nobody can ever take this away from us.” Williams had ...
  • Georgia Tech and TCU set for NIT title game TCU head coach Jamie Dixon gestures against Central Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the NIT Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Pastner and Jamie Dixon both got their wish. Both coaches wanted one more opportunity to teach their teams. Georgia Tech and Texas Christian will meet for the NIT title on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. But in order to win the title, Pastner and Dixon will have to go head-to-head. “We love coaching ...
  • Women’s college basketball: Six storylines to follow at the Final Four Geno Auriemma won game No. 113 in NCAA tournament play Monday night against Oregon.(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)    —-    Dallas — It all comes down to this: Four teams will enter and one will emerge victorious. With the tipoff of the Women’s Final Four just around the corner, it’s time to get ready to crown a champion in the world of DI women’s college basketball. And before fans go anointing ...
  • March Madness: How the nation’s brackets look heading into the Final Four North Carolina forward Luke Maye (32) shoots the winning basket as Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) defends in the second half of the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. The basket gave North Carolina a 75-73 win. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has faced every team in the Final Four and has a prediction regarding a potential championship game matchup. “I bet you this right now,” Barnes said. “If North Carolina and Gonzaga make it to the championship game, I’ll bet you the bookies will say it’s a pick’em game. ...
  • 2017 NIT: Georgia Tech and TCU in the final game / Bracket, times and scores for this year’s event The TCU bench reacts against Central Florida during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the NIT Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Dixon was unsure what he had in Kenrich Williams. Now he knows. So, too, does Central Florida. “He’s a player,” Dixon said of Williams, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lift Texas Christian to a 68-53 win over Central Florida in a NIT semifinal game on ...
  • Final Four – Women’s: UConn, South Carolina, Miss State and Stanford in Final Four Mississippi State's Morgan William (2) celebrates at the conclusion of the regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Baylor, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Mississippi State won 94-85. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there 10 straight years. This trip might have been the least expected of them. With a trio of All-Americans lost to graduation, Auriemma had questions about his inexperienced group of Huskies. They answered every single one of ...
  • March Madness – Women’s: No. 1 South Carolina follows men’s team, reaches Final Four South Carolina's A'ja Wilson smiles after the Gamecocks beat Florida State, 71-64, in the regional final game of the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Before they climbed the ladder to take their turn cutting the nets, Kaela Davis and A’ja Wilson started dancing. And dancing. The band blared inches away, and they danced some more. A spectacular, spontaneous moment for South Carolina’s two biggest stars: one headed to her first Final Four, and the other going ...
  • March Madness – Men’s: UNC and South Carolina make it to the Final Four North Carolina forward Luke Maye (32) shoots the winning basket as Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) defends in the second half of the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. The basket gave North Carolina a 75-73 win. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Roy Williams went all “Gone With the Wind” when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four. And the coincidence that the Tar Heels have been on the other end of similar shots recently, like in the 2016 national ...
  • March Madness – Women’s: Stanford rallies, Miss. St. clinched Final Four berths Standford v ND WBBLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Even after Alanna Smith and Stanford pulled off a huge rally to put the Cardinal in position to reach the Final Four, there still was work to do. That’s when Erica McCall stepped up and blocked Notre Dame’s path. Smith’s layup with 23 seconds left capped Stanford’s comeback from a 16-point deficit in ...
  • Morning Madness: Monday, March 27 North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, right, celebrates with his team after beating Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-     What did we ever do to deserve March? The Final Four is set, with Bulldogs vs. Gamecocks and Ducks vs. Tar Heels. And the story behind each one of those team’s journeys is, of course, remarkable. View the updated bracket | Check your bracket The Gamecocks are flying to Phoenix Since the NCAA tournament expanded to ...
  • March Madness – Final Four: Gonzaga and Oregon to reach Final Four Zagas v XavierSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The criticism dogged Gonzaga wherever it went, no matter how much it won. The Zags run up their record by beating up on teams in a weak conference, then always seemed to come up short as the calendar went deep into March. Few outside of Spokane believed the program Mark Few ...
  • Morning Madness: Saturday, March 25 FL v WI usatsi_9969294(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   Holy guacamole. Heading into Friday night’s final game, there had not been a single overtime or buzzer beater in the 59 games played in the 2017 NCAA tournament. It was the first time since 2012 without either. And then Florida-Wisconsin happened. First, Wisconsin’s Zak Showalter drained an impossible three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left ...
  • March Madness: Men’s NCAA Tournament Capsules SC v Baylor BB(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ EAST REGION FLORIDA 84, WISCONSIN 83 NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA ...
  • Morning Madness: Friday, March 24 xavier-mm-032417(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)    —    Four down. Four to go. And Day 1 of the Sweet 16 ended with some drama. Xavier, the lone double-digit seed to make the Sweet 16, kept its run in the NCAA tournament alive with a 73-71 upset of No. 2 seed Arizona. The Musketeers ended the game on a 9-0 ...
  • March Madness: NCAA Tournament Capsules West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) reacts as a foul is called against him during the second half of an NCAA Tournament college basketball regional semifinal game against Gonzaga Thursday, March 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION XAVIER 73, ARIZONA 71 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night. Xavier (30-13) stayed ...
  • March Madness: Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes (10) scores the game-winning basket against Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) with 11 seconds to play in the second half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. Wisconsin won, 65-62. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren’t a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Musketeers are ...
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