UConn claims NCAA title

Apr 8, 2014

UConn claims NCAA title

Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away. The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title. Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday ...

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Apr 6, 2014

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger. The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 on Saturday in the Final Four. But Napier’s gesture had another meaning. “One more ...

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

Mar 31, 2014

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough. First, they’re heading to the Final Four — a trip to Big D courtesy ...

Florida ends Dayton's Cinderella run

Mar 30, 2014

Florida ends Dayton's Cinderella run

Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 victory on Saturday over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Regional final. The Gators reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this ...

Kentucky advances to Elite Eight

Mar 29, 2014

Kentucky advances to Elite Eight

Nobody will accuse these Kentucky kids of being the fastest learners. Not this season. And certainly not during most of Friday night’s game against Louisville. But once again, late in the game with everything on the line, they figured things out just in time. ...

Dayton beats Stanford to reach first Elite Eight since '84

Mar 28, 2014

Dayton beats Stanford to reach first Elite Eight since '84

Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes. An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn’t keep up. The ...

Louisville runs past St. Louis

Mar 23, 2014

Louisville runs past St. Louis

It’s not always pretty with Louisville. And sometimes, it’s ugly by design. The defending national champions shrugged off poor shooting, 19 turnovers and a subpar performance by star Russ Smith and still won handily Saturday to get back to the Sweet 16 of the ...

Unheralded Mercer tops Duke

Mar 22, 2014

Unheralded Mercer tops Duke

Dunk City is long gone. Make way for the next bunch of bracket busters from the little-known Atlantic Sun Conference: Mercer. The 8,300-student school from Macon, Georgia, delivered the biggest shocker in an already topsy-turvy NCAA tournament on Friday, going into Duke’s backyard and ...

Florida avoids upset

Mar 21, 2014

Florida avoids upset

There never came a point when top-seeded Florida looked or felt comfortable against Albany. The Great Danes made 10 of their first 15 shots, swapped the lead back and forth early and even had the Gators reeling late. If not for a 4-minute stretch ...