PITTSBURGH - Gonzaga senior center Robert Sacre's pregame message to his younger teammates before facing West Virginia made up for in directness what it lacked in eloquence.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb figured Kentucky's freshmen might have the jitters.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The first priority for Kendall Williams was defense. He spent all afternoon bumping, hounding, hand-checking and harassing Casper Ware wherever the Long Beach State star went.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Backseat Badger? Not on this day. All-America point guard Jordan Taylor deliberately diminished his offensive output during his senior season, knowing he had to nurture three new starting forwards if Wisconsin was to have any chance of another NCAA tournament run in March. On Thursday, Taylor scored 17 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists and committed no turnovers in masterfully directing the fourth-seeded Badgers' 73-49 rout of Montana in ...
PORTLAND, Ore. - Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best Steve Nash impersonation against Davidson.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It didn't take any deep thinking to guess how this one might go.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Donte Poole likely broke his nose and still called it the best experience in the world. Isaiah Canaan kept smiling so wide that he never even heard a question directed his way.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When the time came for BYU to make a run, Marquette was ready. Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder came up with big shots every time the Cougars threatened, and the Golden Eagles withstood another furious second-half rally by BYU for an 88-68 victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday. Crowder finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Johnson-Odom scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half. "We knew they were ...
PITTSBURGH - Syracuse was missing its starting center. North Carolina-Asheville thought the Orange got help from three men in striped shirts.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Michael Snaer was the California prep player of the year and a McDonald's All American who passed up chances to join any of several of the nation's traditional powerhouses to make a difference at a school trying to climb into the elite.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - It's been seven years since Vermont's signature win in school history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Because of VCU's unexpected ride in the NCAA tournament last season, the Rams are a known commodity this year - so much so that President Barack Obama has them beating Wichita State to open the Portland Regional.
How Kansas (88-39 at tourney) has in NCAA Tournament Coach Phog Allen 1940 - beat Rice 50-44; beat Colorado 60-56, OT; lost to Indiana 60-42. (NCAA runnerup) 1942 - lost to Colorado 46-44; beat Rice 55-53. 1952 - beat TCU 68-64; beat Saint Louis 74-55; beat Santa Clara 74-55; beat St. John's 80-63. (NCAA champion) 1953 - beat Oklahoma City 73-65; beat Oklahoma A&M 61-55; beat Washington 79-53; lost to Indiana 69-68. (NCAA runnerup) ...
Butler and Virginia Commonwealth defied the odds with Hoosiers-like runs to the Final Four last season, leaving a trail of ripped up NCAA tournament brackets across the country.
PITTSBURGH - Larry Eustachy's players call the Southern Miss coach's brutal honesty his most endearing quality.