Villanova wins national title on buzzer-beater

Apr 5, 2016

Villanova wins national title on buzzer-beater

One good shot deserved another. Kris Jenkins of Villanova wasn’t about to be outdone. Jenkins overcame the shock of watching North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 to tie it by spotting up behind the right side of the arc and draining a ...

Apr 1, 2016

Michigan State's Valentine named AP Player of the Year

Denzel Valentine of Michigan State is The Associated Press Player of the Year, edging out Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield by three votes. Valentine is the first Spartans player to win the award. Bill Self of Kansas won Coach of the Year after leading the Jayhawks ...

Syracuse beats top-seeded Virginia

Mar 28, 2016

Syracuse beats top-seeded Virginia

Malachi Richardson and Syracuse scrapped and fought their way from the bubble to the Final Four. Richardson scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half, and Syracuse extended its improbable run with a 68-62 victory over top-seeded Virginia on Sunday. The Orange ...

Villanova upsets top-seeded Kansas

Mar 27, 2016

Villanova upsets top-seeded Kansas

Villanova players danced and celebrated after pulling off what many thought would be the NCAA Tournament’s most difficult task. Beating Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed, required taking the Jayhawks out of their comfort zone while seizing the opportunities that resulted. The Wildcats did ...

Late bucket lifts Syracuse

Mar 26, 2016

Late bucket lifts Syracuse

Every part of it paid off for Syracuse. The Orange learned and persevered during a trying season. When Michael Gbinije and company got in trouble Friday night, they were ready. Gbinije made a go-ahead layup with 22 seconds left, and Syracuse advanced to its ...

Top-seeded Oregon ousts Duke

Mar 25, 2016

Top-seeded Oregon ousts Duke

The Oregon Ducks took a double-digit lead early in the second half against the defending national champions, and they never flinched down the stretch. After taking down mighty Duke with remarkably little drama, these high-flying Ducks are on the brink of the Final Four. ...

Wisconsin stuns Xavier on last shot

Mar 21, 2016

Wisconsin stuns Xavier on last shot

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard never lost confidence in Bronson Koenig, even when he struggled in the Big Ten Tournament and failed to hit a 3-pointer in an NCAA Tournament win over Pittsburgh. Gard proved just how much he believed in him Sunday night. After ...

Gonzaga cruises into next round

Mar 20, 2016

Gonzaga cruises into next round

Leave the buzzer-beaters and heart-stoppers to the other guys. For Gonzaga, these are the March Mismatches. The Bulldogs, looking like something much different than an 11 seed, rolled over No. 3 Utah on Saturday, 82-59 behind 22 points from Eric McClellan and a 19-point, ...

MTSU stuns No. 2 Michigan State

Mar 19, 2016

MTSU stuns No. 2 Michigan State

His voice strained after 40 minutes of yelling, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remained steadfast that his second-seeded Spartans had the makings of a national championship contender. If only they could have survived Round 1. “We just got beat,” Izzo managed to croak out ...

Yale knocks out fifth-seeded Baylor

Mar 18, 2016

Yale knocks out fifth-seeded Baylor

The Ivy League has produced its share of surprise winners in the NCAA Tournament. It can add Yale to that list of bracket spoilers. Makai Mason had a career-high 31 points, including six of Yale’s final nine points, and the No. 12 seed Bulldogs ...

Mar 17, 2016

Holy Cross, Michigan advance

Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 Wednesday for its first NCAA Tournament win in 63 years. Holy Cross (15-19) was an unlikely NCAA participant, earning its automatic bid by ...

Wichita St. tops Vandy in First Four

Mar 16, 2016

Wichita St. tops Vandy in First Four

Wichita State’s guards let their Final Four experience make the difference in a defense-dominated First Four game. Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker led a surge at the start of the second half that put the Shockers on pace for a 70-50 victory over Vanderbilt ...