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Still-sharp Calhoun leads Huskies to Final Four

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.

April 01, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament


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.

March 31, 2011 | BY EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | NCAA Tournament

Bulldogs back in Final Four for another try at NCAA title

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.

March 31, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Ex-Wildcats think about what might have been

The game still haunts DeMarcus Cousins a year later.

March 30, 2011 | BY WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer | NCAA Tournament

Kansas awaiting decision of Morris twins

LAWRENCE (AP) - Everywhere he looks, Kansas coach Bill Self sees nothing but question marks.

March 30, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Patience paying off for VCU’s Skeen

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.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Final Four Capsules


March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Smart’s rise no shock to those who know him best

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.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Final Four of big bets, busted brackets

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.

March 29, 2011 | TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | NCAA Tournament

Another crushing NCAA exit for KU, Self

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.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

VCU president: 'I predicted Final Four berth'

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.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Matt & Mack Show take Bulldogs on their back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Howard followed his heart. Shelvin Mack took the best offer he had.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Calhoun: Legacy can wait until after Final Four

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.

March 29, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

VCU makes improbable run

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Our time. Right now.

March 28, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Delirious fans party on Broad Street, welcome VCU back to Richmond

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.

March 27, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

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