Once Mark Few saw the names of Miami and Duke pop up as No. 2 seeds in other regions, the long-tenured Gonzaga coach knew there would be another first to check off for the 2013 season.
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's Lon Kruger has become the first coach in Division I history to guide five different programs to the NCAA tournament, landing the Sooners on the bracket Sunday as a No. 10 seed in the South Regional.
The South Region is a stew of coaches who have recently dominated the NCAA tournament.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa State has earned a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Notre Dame in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday.
A look at the NCAA men's tournament, the 68-team free-for-all that begins Tuesday and ends three weeks from now at the Final Four in Atlanta:
MANHATTAN - Bruce Weber got what he wanted from the NCAA tournament selection committee.
LAWRENCE - Elijah Johnson is the first to admit there have been far more talented teams to play at Kansas, even in the four years he's been part of the program.
NEW ORLEANS - The season began with coach Bill Self telling Kansas faithful to chill out. It ended with the Jayhawks one game - really, one late run - from winning a national championship.
NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky's defense was so good it overcame its own offense.
NEW ORLEANS - Won and Done, indeed. Maybe even Over and Out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Never mind that Anthony Davis couldn't score a lick.
LAWRENCE - Kansas fans in downtown Lawrence took their team's loss to Kentucky in stride Monday night as they poured onto Massachusetts Street amid random cries of "Rock Chalk Jayhawk," with many proclaiming their pride in a team that wasn't picked to finish in the top three in the Big 12 Conference.
NEW ORLEANS - No matter where Anthony Davis and his buddies go to make their millions, their ol' Kentucky home will long remember this championship season.
NEW ORLEANS - Watching his players get banged around on three straight missed shots, Kentucky coach John Calipari stalked up the sideline with his arms outstretched over his head.
NEW ORLEANS - This time Kansas couldn't come all the way back.
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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