SAN JOSE, Calif. - Saint Louis is carrying on the memory of Rick Majerus the best way it knows how: by advancing in the NCAA tournament.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The cast of characters has changed.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Derrick Nix got a pass down low, backed up his beefy body to put an opponent on his back and scored.
SALT LAKE CITY - Wichita State's Tekele Cotton didn't just shut down Pitt's leading scorer, he had him in tears after the game.
SALT LAKE CITY - It was every frontrunner's nightmare.
SALT LAKE CITY - Belmont coach Rick Byrd hated the 3-pointer when it was first approved in college basketball, and insisted he would have voted against it had he had the option 27 years ago.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana coach Tom Crean was a believer in Victor Oladipo right from the start.
MADISON, Wis. - There are no egos at Wisconsin, no individual superstars carrying the team.
Brad Stevens is amused by all this talk of parity in the NCAA tournament.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Larry Eustachy is back in the NCAA tournament with yet another team.
DAYTON, Ohio - Tyrone Garland led La Salle's guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA tournament's First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout, beating Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday night.
DAYTON, Ohio - After winning the program's first NCAA tournament game in 30 years, James Madison sounds as if it's not done.
SALT LAKE CITY - Wichita State senior Carl Hall wanted a new look for his last hurrah, especially with a huge test coming up against Pittsburgh 7-footer Steven Adams today in the Shockers' NCAA tournament opener.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Without even trying, Louisville is adding to Kentucky's misery.
SALT LAKE CITY - Maybe it's the quirky name of the school, "Gonzaga." Or its pint-sized enrollment of 4,900. Or the fact that employees at one office in its hometown are so gaga over the 'Zags, they wore their hair long at work this week as a shout-out to the team's best player, flowing-tressed 7-footer Kelly Olynyk.
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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