HOUSTON (AP) - A lei draped around his neck and the Pacific Ocean crashing behind, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun sat on the dais at the Maui Invitational, joking that not only did not know what to expect from his team, he was still trying to learn their names.
HOUSTON - VCU arrived at the Final Four with its team, its bandwagon and its T-shirt. "There goes my bracket," it says - an oh-so-fitting statement printed in gold letters and sandwiched between the school logo and the picture of a crumpled-up piece of paper.
HOUSTON (AP) - Butler's trip is 1,036 miles this year, not six. The only way players are getting to class is if they Skype. And it's a safe bet there won't be 30,000 Bulldog fans jamming Reliant Stadium for open practice Friday.
The game still haunts DeMarcus Cousins a year later.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Everywhere he looks, Kansas coach Bill Self sees nothing but question marks.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Patience has been a necessary virtue for Jamie Skeen since he transferred from Wake Forest to Virginia Commonwealth University three years ago.
When Shaka Smart found out his social studies teacher was also a basketball coach, the seventh-grader would hang around his desk every day, talking about Magic Johnson or the latest move he was perfecting on the playground.
Jay Kornegay isn't sure who the guy is, or exactly what his motivation was. All he knows is no one is laughing at him now.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - In Bill Self's eight seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks have had all sorts of disappointing finishes - back-to-back first-round departures and last year's second-round failure when they were the No. 1 overall seed.
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The president of Virginia Commonwealth University says he predicted a Final Four appearance, even if the players and most everybody else following college basketball didn't see it coming.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Howard followed his heart. Shelvin Mack took the best offer he had.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun compares himself to an old car - once shiny, new and well-liked by everyone, he's had his share of dings to his reputation during the later part of his 39-year coaching career.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Our time. Right now.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A day of excitement, celebration and delirium wasn't quite enough for VCU basketball fans, who turned out late Sunday night to welcome home their triumphant Rams.