TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - With most of its team coming back from last year's NCAA regional finals run, Kansas State built up big expectations in the Little Apple.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Had enough of the he-said, he-said rancor between the NFL and players? Don't expect it to go away anytime soon.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma fired coach Jeff Capel on Monday after he followed a trip to the NCAA tournament's regional finals with the program's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1967.
Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket is tougher this year, and it has nothing to do with the caliber of competition.
PITTSBURGH - The expanded NCAA tournament field - now at 68 teams - has thrown a wrinkle into the art of scouting an opponent for Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Top-ranked Ohio State will be staying close to home in the NCAA tournament.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke's path to a second straight national championship will take the Blue Devils west.
Utah State won 30 games this season but was rewarded with only a No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face No. 5 seed Kansas State on Thursday in a second-round game in Tucson, Ariz.
LAWRENCE - Without dwelling on history, Kansas is determined to draw from the lessons of its recent painful past.
Three more teams in this year's edition of March Madness. Three more networks to cover it.
Kemba Walker and his Connecticut teammates won't get much time to catch their breath before traveling to Washington, D.C., for their first NCAA tournament game against Bucknell.
LONGMONT, Colo. - The festive mood at Colorado coach Tad Boyle's watch party Sunday quickly turned sullen after the Buffaloes were left out of the NCAA tournament.
MANHATTAN - With victories over No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Texas and a late-season turnaround that included a six-game winning streak, Kansas State expected to be looked upon favorably by the NCAA selection committee.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Nolan Smith refused to let a toe injury stop him. Virginia Tech couldn't do it, either.
DETROIT - With the Detroit Tigers in a jam after a close play at first base, Brad Ausmus calmly made his way onto the field.
MIAMI - LeBron James is dealing with a few aches and pains, which obviously is not the best news for the Miami Heat with two weeks left in the regular season.
WASHINGTON - The contrast couldn't have been greater for DeSean Jackson.
HOUSTON (AP) - Derek Jeter began the first game of his final season by getting plunked with a pitch. The Astros then beat up on CC Sabathia even worse, ensuring the captain's farewell tour would start with a Yankees' loss.
DETROIT - On a day of dandy Detroit debuts, Alex Gonzalez helped Brad Ausmus start his tenure as Tigers manager with a win.
LAWRENCE - Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official Monday what he's been telling folks all along: He's headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks.
Doug McDermott spent his senior season passing a lot of big names on the career scoring list. He is now among some very select company.