Mar 24, 2017

Wild tale of March Madness wager

Michigan’s loss to Oregon has saved a Las Vegas casino owner $1 million. Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta personally approved a $12,500 bet on Michigan at 80-to-1 odds from Derek Stevens, who owns The D casino. Oregon beat Michigan 69-68 to move on to ...

Top-seeded Gonzaga edges West Virginia to reach Elite 8

Mar 24, 2017

Top-seeded Gonzaga edges West Virginia to reach Elite 8

Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn’t allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit ...

Wisconsin shocks top-seeded Villanova

Mar 19, 2017

Wisconsin shocks top-seeded Villanova

When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and No. 1 overall seed — are done. ...

Michigan edges Oklahoma State

Mar 18, 2017

Michigan edges Oklahoma State

Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday. He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again. Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the Wolverines made a school record 16 ...

Gonzaga makes late surge to rout 16th-ranked SDSU

Mar 17, 2017

Gonzaga makes late surge to rout 16th-ranked SDSU

In a tournament made famous by the notion that anything can happen, one thing still has not: In 129 tries, no 16 seed has ever beaten a 1. Oh, but South Dakota State sure did make it interesting for a while Thursday. The Jackrabbits ...

UC Davis, USC triumph in First Four games

Mar 16, 2017

UC Davis, USC triumph in First Four games

UC Davis overcame 18 turnovers and rallied in the second half to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, beating a North Carolina Central team whose poor shooting ensured it would be one-and-done. Chima Moneke had 18 points and 12 rebounds as 16th-seeded UC Davis ...

Last year's final shot still lingers

Mar 14, 2017

Last year's final shot still lingers

The ball left the hand of Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, reached the height of its arc as the horn sounded then dropped through the net a split second before confetti started falling from the rafters. And as the Wildcats celebrated a national championship, the Tar ...

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 ...