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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Morning Madness: Thursday, March 23 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)(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   Four teams will inch a step closer to the Final Four tonight. Four others will go home. Talk about high stakes. The NCAA tournament is back. Those were three long days, weren’t they? Here’s what you need to know for Thursday. View the updated bracket | Check your bracket Midwest, West Regionals begin ...
  • 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 ...
  • March Madness – Morning Madness: Monday, March 20 Michigan forward Moritz Wagner (13) celebrates a 73-69 win over Louisville in a second-round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA / AP)   —   The Sweet 16 field is set. Here’s what went down Sunday and what lies ahead. Some big upsets and some big almost-upsets Duke, a team many considered the most impressive collection of talent we’ve since 2014-15 Kentucky, fell to South Carolina, which had the 136th-ranked offense coming into the tournament. The ...
  • Morning Madness: Sunday, March 19 WI v Nova usatsi_9953155(Phatzradio Sports / NCAA)   —   And then there were 24. Here’s what went down in the first half of the Round of 32: Upsets, at last Message received, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig. We’ll stop doubting you. Wisconsin is Sweet 16-bound for the fourth straight time after upsetting defending champion Villanova on Saturday, 65-62. Since 2014, Wisconsin has ...
  • Morning Madness: Saturday, March 18 URI v Ch usatsi_9950839(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   And then there were 32. Here’s what went down in the second half of the Round of 64: 1 seeds put up triple digits, 2 seeds won by double digits, almost no upsets happened Well, that went… pretty much according to plan. For the second time in 13 years, there were fewer ...
  • Morning Madness: Friday, March 17 X v MD usatsi_9948319(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / NCAA)    —-    Okay. Take a minute, catch your breath. We’re about to do that all over again. The first day: 1 seeds cruised, low seeds survived, and Middle Tennessee played Cinderella… again Opening days of the Round of 64 don’t get much more chalk than that. Play opened as 5-seed Notre Dame survived ...
  • NCAA tournament: Ranking Thursday’s 16 first-round matchups V.J. Beachem and Notre Dame face off with Princeton in the first round.(Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports /USA Today)    —-   Let the madness begin! With all due respect to the participants in the First Four round, the opening Thursday of the NCAA tournament is widely viewed as the real beginning of the Big Dance. It’s the day that marks the start of the weekend when March Madness is at its most, ...
  • 2017 NFL Free Agency: Free agent Hightower leaves without deal after visiting Jets NEW YORK (AP) — Dont’a Hightower visited an AFC East rival — and left without a deal. The New York Jets announced Monday that they met with the free agent linebacker, one of the most-coveted players available this offseason. Hightower, who has helped the New England Patriots win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons, met ...
  • March Madness: Tears, double takes, and then Northwestern Northwestern BB(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today)   —-   There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State. At Northwestern, they simply celebrated. On a Selection Sunday that was more about minor quibbles than pure outrage, Northwestern’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history stole the headlines ...
  • Bubble Watch: The nine teams sweating the most on Selection Sunday NCAA-BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-AT-NEBRASKA-89106687(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —  NEW YORK — A visit with the Division I men’s basketball committee Saturday morning made one thing crystal clear: This year’s NCAA tournament field might not have too many surprises. A few prominent bubble teams, such as Vanderbilt and Xavier, played their way into the field of 68 during their ...
  • NFL Free Agency: Osweiler deal a stunner; Cutler’s release no surprise FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates a touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland. In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an organization that usually shies away from individuality. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / ESPN / AP)   —-    Everyone expected a free agency flurry when the NFL’s year began on Thursday. Predicting what happened with Brock Osweiler was beyond anyone’s projections. One year after signing a four-year deal with Houston, then losing the starting job to Tom Savage late in the season before returning and winning a ...
  • NFL mock draft 3.0: Who’s rising after combine? FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston. Garrett is among the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   The 2017 NFL scouting combine is complete and, as is annually the case, a few players gave their draft stock a huge boost while others undermined themselves. Factoring in the latest buzz and developments, here’s mock draft 3.0 for 2017: 1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: The ...
  • March Madness Bracketology: Saint Mary’s is the underdog teams should fear KU v KY(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)    —-   Once NCAA tournament tips off, with conference play out of the way, it’s always somewhat surprising to see a second or third best team from a league do better than the best team. But don’t be surprised when Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga’s top foe, goes as far if not further than ...
  • Winners and losers at the NFL scouting combine last week NFL Packers -peppersFIRST… (PhatzRadio Sports / WP)   —   INDIANAPOLIS — This was the center of the NFL universe for the past week. Just about all the key front-office decision-makers and coaches from every NFL team were here to assess draft-eligible college players at the league’s scouting combine. Agents were on hand for an NFL Players Association seminar and might have ...
  • March Madness Bracketology: If Wichita State is Final Four good, what about Illinois State? Wichita State Shockers guard Conner Frankamp (33) shoots as Illinois State Redbirds guard Keyshawn Evans (3) defends during the first half of the Championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Scottrade Center.(Photo: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today / AP)    —-   Allow Wichita State to reintroduce itself. The program that went to the Final Four in 2013, went 35-1 in 2014, and went to the Sweet 16 in 2015, is back dancing. Of the four teams who have already punched their tickets to the NCAA tournament, the Shockers (30-4) ...
  • Top 10 college basketball games this weekend FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, Vermont forward Anthony Lamb (3) drives the ball through the Butler defense to put up a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis. The longest winning streak in the 117-year history of Vermont basketball, 18 games, is now the longest current winning streak in all of NCAA Division I. The Catamounts (26-5) took over the top spot Saturday night, Feb. 25, 2017, after then top-ranked Gonzaga (29-1) lost to BYU. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)Setting up the top 10 games this weekend in order of watchability. All times Eastern. No. 14 Duke at No. 5 North Carolina Saturday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN ► About the Blue Devils (23-7, 11-6): Right when it seemed like Duke was looking the part of title contender, it loses two in a row to Syracuse and Miami (Fla.). They ...
  • NFL Free agency 2017: A look at the crop Pats LB HightowerNEW YORK (AP) — Free agency is not the lifeblood of NFL teams. The draft remains the most significant means by which to build and fortify a franchise. Yet, as the salary cap increases exponentially each year under the 10-year labor agreement reached in 2011, the lure of veterans on the open market can be powerful. ...
  • March Madness Bracketology: Bubble teams bolster profiles, Xavier in trouble NCAA-BASKETBALL-MARQUETTE-AT-XAVIER-89192175(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —   Wednesday night was rather interesting for bubble teams. Surprisingly, no new team entered and none dropped out, but some really helped their case. Others, not so much. Those that helped themselves by either getting a marquee victory or not taking a bad loss include: Georgia, Northwestern, Rhode Island, Dayton, Illinois, Wake Forest ...
  • March Madness primer: An early look at Cinderellas, sleepers and bracket-busters FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, Vermont forward Anthony Lamb (3) drives the ball through the Butler defense to put up a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis. The longest winning streak in the 117-year history of Vermont basketball, 18 games, is now the longest current winning streak in all of NCAA Division I. The Catamounts (26-5) took over the top spot Saturday night, Feb. 25, 2017, after then top-ranked Gonzaga (29-1) lost to BYU. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   The calendar has turned to March, which means the madness is here once again — if it hadn’t started already. Eleven days from Selection Sunday, there are ample story lines from teams hanging on the NCAA tournament bubble to the battle for seeding in bracketology projections. As of now, Kansas and Villanova have ...
  • Pick 6: Notre Dame, Texas positioned for turnaround in 2017 FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, center, watches as his players run off the field during an NCAA college football game against Texas in Austin, Texas. Kelly enters 2017 in need of a big turnaround, with a revamped coaching staff (new defensive, offensive and special teams coordinators) and new starting quarterback (Brandon Wimbush). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   The premise is simple: Close games are often decided by good fortune as much as good play. Therefore, a team that loses a lot of close games one season is likely to add wins the next season as its bad luck evens out. Last year’s Nebraska team was the perfect example. ...
  • March Madness Bracketology: Baylor stays in the hunt for No. 1 seed BYUvZagas-USATSI-9901070RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Little has gone smoothly or as expected for No. 17 Duke this season. The Blue Devils (22-7, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) have faced injuries — even to their Hall of Fame coach — and a suspension for preseason Associated Press All-American Grayson Allen this season. It’s all contributed to some uneven play ...
  • March Madness – Bubble Watch: Izzo’s Spartans still shoring up NCAA resume Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Miles Bridges (22) during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Michigan State and Tom Izzo have repeatedly made March the Spartans’ month with strong finishes and Final Four runs. The Spartans are having a tougher time locking down their NCAA Tournament spot and building late-season momentum this time around. Michigan State (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten) has won five of seven but likely ...
  • Bubble Tracker: Usual Big Ten elites Michigan State, Indiana in hot water Louisville v VT Tech(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today)    —-  The regular season is winding down, and while the bubble teams are fighting for spots in the NCAA Tournament, teams in the AP Top 25 are jockeying for position in the bracket. The penultimate week of the regular season features several games that could affect which teams get ...
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