ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The basket was as wide as the ocean for Brady Heslip, and because of that, the future looks as bright as those uniforms for the Baylor Bears.
OMAHA, Neb. - Matt Painter knows the topic isn't sexy. He knows that it's liable to put folks to sleep, sometimes his very own players. But the coach of Purdue also knows that it often saves teams from misfortune this time of year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Marquis Teague finally feels in step with Kentucky coach John Calipari's offense.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Four years after hitting rock bottom, Indiana is making noise again in the NCAA tournament.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation's stingiest defense - and admittedly a bit of luck - back to the round of 16.
PITTSBURGH - It had been a while since Syracuse played like the team that spent all season ranked in the top five.
PITTSBURGH - Kansas State senior forward Jamar Samuels was not in uniform against Syracuse in the third round of the East Regional of the NCAA tournament on Saturday because of an eligibility concern.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tu Holloway kept attacking the paint and knocking down tough shots for Xavier throughout the second half. It's no surprise the senior guard came through with the basket to help the Musketeers advance in the NCAA tournament.
OMAHA, Neb. - Kansas coach Bill Self hardly broached the topic of fellow No. 2 seed Missouri's upset loss to Norfolk State on Friday. He figured there was no need - his players already knew.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - South Florida gave the Temple Owls an early preview of the Big East's grinding style, and the Bulls added another upset to the NCAA tournament.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Draymond Green got on the phone earlier this week with a former Michigan State star.
OMAHA, Neb. - Having watched his team hang on against Saint Mary's after blowing a late double-digit lead, Purdue coach Matt Painter didn't point to a specific play that made the difference.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Walter Offutt got a taste for what it was like to beat Michigan while he was at Ohio State. Clinching an upset win for Ohio over the Wolverines in the NCAA tournament is just a bit sweeter.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Mike Krzyzewski knew this year's Duke team had its flaws.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - During his years away from coaching as an ESPN commentator, Rick Majerus figured he'd have the perfect forum to discuss how much fun defense is.
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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