ST. LOUIS - To understand Gregg Marshall is to understand that he's a product of his past.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Before Danny Manning sought a head coaching job, the former Kansas All-American called his college coach, Larry Brown, for a bit of advice.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The next step for coach Fred Hoiberg and his surging Cyclones would be a long run in the NCAA tournament.
DAYTON, Ohio - Given a second chance, T.J. Warren put on a show in the NCAA tournament.
RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky's chances of upsetting second-seeded Kansas in Friday's South Region game depend on whether its seasoned, guard-heavy lineup can continue forcing mistakes.
DAYTON, Ohio - D.J. Evans scored 22 points, including two clinching free throws with 12.6 seconds left, to lead Albany to its first NCAA tournament victory, 71-64 over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night in the First Four.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State freshmen Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu have never played Kentucky. They hadn't even seen the scouting film on the SEC powerhouse that was being put together by their coaches.
STORRS, Conn. - UConn guard Ryan Boatright didn't watch the NCAA tournament last year. It was too painful.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Now that Nebraska has made it back to the NCAA tournament, the next challenge is to win there.
MILWAUKEE - Jordan Aaron has been wearing a net around campus these days.
FIRST FOUR GAMES
Wichita State's reward for a perfect regular season is a loaded Midwest Region, where the top-seeded Shockers will be joined by fellow Final Four participants Michigan and Louisville from a year ago and two of the titans of college hoops.
In the eyes of today's NCAA selection committee, a game is a game, no matter whether it's played in November, January or March.
You never know when a great basketball story is going to peak, so keep an eye out for Doug McDermott. If college basketball's power brokers get their way, you'll be seeing plenty of him over the next few weeks.
No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Connecticut will not ride a one-man gang into the national championship game this time.
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.
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