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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


Even in the unpredictable, anything-goes world of March Madness, this is a Final Four nobody saw coming.

March 27, 2011 | BY EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | NCAA Tournament

Kentucky rounds out improbable Final Four field

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Kentucky spent 13 straight springs watching other schools play in the Final Four, a destination college basketball's winningest program considers its birthright.

At most places, that's hardly a drought.

March 27, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Move over, Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four.

March 27, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - With nine pressure-packed victories in 19 days, Connecticut has been on an exhausting sprint through the postseason for nearly three weeks now.Turns out Kemba Walker and his Huskies aren't slowing down until they get to Houston.

March 26, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

Butler shocks Florida in OT, advances to Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four.

March 26, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

KU collides with upstart Va. Commonwealth

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kansas might be sick of hearing how it's taking the easy way toward the Final Four, even if the top-seeded Jayhawks aren't exactly running into much trouble.

March 26, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Brandon Knight did it again.

March 26, 2011 | | NCAA Tournament

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