WASHINGTON - Jim Larranaga smiled and raised both hands to acknowledge the fans in green - those from both Miami and George Mason - as he walked onto the court where he became part of a national sensation seven years ago.
LOS ANGELES - Wichita State and La Salle busted a few brackets with their early wins in the NCAA tournament. Now they're in the final 16 and playing a short drive from Hollywood. Just don't script their matchup as a meeting of underdogs.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - There are times when Mitch McGary gives his coach no choice but to pause and maybe take a deep breath before speaking.
Drop in any barber shop and sports is usually a hot topic.
Most kids who have big dreams picture themselves hitting the winning shot in the big game, doing an imaginary countdown before hoisting toward the backyard basket.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Deep within the Sprint Center, just outside the Kansas locker room, Jayhawks coach Bill Self was holding court after beating North Carolina to advance in the NCAA tournament.
Arizona and Ohio State reaching the West Region's semifinals was not much of a surprise. Both are loaded with talent, have great coaches and were relatively high seeds.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana athletic director Fred Glass must be ready for the game each time he goes out.
MILWAUKEE - Vander Blue is so competitive that it burns him up inside. It sends him to the gym late at night to practice anything that might lift Marquette to another victory.
PHILADELPHIA - La Salle has this little thing it does in the locker room after a win. A huddle of jumping players is the best way to describe it, a pogo-sticked, smiling pack of blue, if you will.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Now that Michigan has finally made it back to the second week of the NCAA tournament, coach John Beilein will admit that, yes, this was a pretty important step for the Wolverines.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Not much distracts Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, and his mastery of the art of focusing.
DAYTON, Ohio - Aaron Craft dribbled in place at the top of the arc, watching to see if any of his Ohio State teammates were getting open near the basket for a game-winning shot.
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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