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For Kansas Coach Bill Self, a Busy Year Keeping Players in Line

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:16:33 GMT

Kansas Coach Bill Self on Wednesday. His team, a No. 1 seed, faces Purdue on Thursday in the round of 16.This season’s team, a No. 1 seed in the N.C.A.A. tournament, has demanded more than just Xs and Os and motivational speeches from Self. And he has given more.

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Minutes Pile Up, and Michigan Faces a Longer Road Than Most

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:19:07 GMT

Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., left, and Zak Irvin battled Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans last weekend. Walton and Irvin are on track to lead Division I in minutes.Because the Wolverines won the Big Ten tournament as a low seed, they have played one more game than any team they will face in the N.C.A.A. tournament.

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College Coaching Changes Are the Real Madness in March

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Coaches, from left, Steve Alford of U.C.L.A., Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and Chris Holtmann of Butler.With the coming of spring, colleges have begun to seek coaches who can lead a basketball team to a championship.

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South Carolina Men’s Basketball Team Draws Fans’ Attention

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:58:45 GMT

Sindarius Thornwell, left, with teammates including Chris Silva, right, after the Gamecocks’ 88-81 second-round victory over Duke on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.The Gamecocks, who made the N.C.A.A. round of 16 with an upset of Duke, are savoring a spotlight usually reserved for other teams at the university.

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Oregon Women Stun No. 2-Seeded Duke

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:57:25 GMT

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu being guarded by Duke’s Lexie Brown. Ionescu’s free throws sealed the game for the Ducks.The Ducks, the No. 10 seed in the Bridgeport Region, thumped the host Blue Devils to advance to their first round-of-16 appearance in team history.

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South Carolina Upsets Second-Seeded Duke

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:17:52 GMT

South Carolina’s players celebrated with Coach Frank Martin after defeating Duke on Sunday night.The senior guard Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points as the seventh-seeded Gamecocks subdued the Blue Devils, winners of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

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Connecticut 94, Syracuse 64: Gabby Williams Soars as UConn Rolls On in N.C.A.A. Tournament

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:18:48 GMT

Connecticut’s Gabby Williams, a former high jumper with Olympic aspirations, pulling down a rebound against Central Florida this month.Williams has overcome a severe knee injury and self doubts to become a star for the Huskies and one of the most complete players in college basketball.

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On College Basketball: In Imperfect Tournament, Drama (or Lack of It) Depends on Your Lens

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:59:27 GMT

Eleventh-seeded Southern California provided one of the tournament’s few unexpected outcomes on Friday when it edged No. 6 seed Southern Methodist, 66-65, in a first-round game.The 2017 N.C.A.A. men’s tournament has been short on stunning upsets. It doesn’t seem to matter: With its one-and-done format, it’s hard to look away.

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Gonzaga Transfers Help Keep Program on Top

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:00:28 GMT

Johnathan Williams, going to the basket against Northwestern’s Sanjay Lumpkin and Dererk Pardon, transferred to Gonzaga from Missouri.The Bulldogs, 34-1 and seeded first in the West Region of the N.C.A.A. Tournament, have received big contributions from Johnathan Williams, Nigel Williams-Goss and Jordan Mathews.

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Seventh-Seeded Michigan Tops No. 2 Seed Louisville

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:03:10 GMT

Michigan’s D.J. Wilson with Moritz Wagner (13), who had a career-high 26 points in a victory over Louisville.The Wolverines, who got 26 points from the sophomore forward Moritz Wagner, enabled their coach, John Beilein, to outduel the Cardinals’ Rick Pitino for a change.

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No. 1 Notre Dame Women Survive a Scare Against Purdue

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:51:14 GMT

Texas’ Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau reaching for a rebound over North Carolina State’s Dominique Wilson (22) during a second-round N.C.A.A. women’s tournament game in Austin, Tex.Playing the second half without their leading scorer, the Fighting Irish advanced to the round of 16 after being pushed to overtime.

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Jim Boeheim’s Contract at Syracuse Is Extended After a Key Aide Departs

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:48:54 GMT

Mike Hopkins, right, with Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim. Hopkins had been designated as the Orange’s coach in waiting not once, but twice.Mike Hopkins, Boeheim’s assistant for more than 20 years and his designated successor, took the head-coaching job at Washington, pushing back Boeheim’s planned retirement.

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March Madness: What Happened on Day 4 of the N.C.A.A. Tournament

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:39:13 GMT

South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell celebrating in the second half in front of Duke’s Grayson Allen late in the second half.Duke joined Louisville on the tournament’s exit ramp in the round of 32. North Carolina, a No. 1 seed, barely escaped an upset against Arkansas.

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West Virginia 83, Notre Dame 71: A Jolt to the Bracket, but Little Else for Adrenaline Addicts

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:40:20 GMT

Bonzie Colson and fifth-seeded Notre Dame had trouble against the relentless defensive pressure of Nathan Adrian (11), Elijah Macon and fourth-seeded West Virginia in an 83-71 loss on Saturday.Beyond Villanova’s loss, and some officiating drama in the Gonzaga-Northwestern game, the first day of the tournament’s second round didn’t have much more excitement than the tepid first round.

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Butler 74, Middle Tennessee State 65: Butler Knocks Out a Fashionable Upset Pick

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:29:32 GMT

Andrew Chrabascz scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as fourth-seeded Butler beat No. 12 Middle Tennessee State to reach the round of 16.Middle Tennessee State was a popular choice to upset the fourth-seeded Bulldogs, who improved to 11-0 against lower seeds in tournament history.

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SEC Basketball, in Football’s Shadow, Seeks to Regain Its Old Luster

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:50:11 GMT

Sindarius Thornwell (0) during South Carolina’s first-round victory over Marquette.Basketball has been left behind by the conference’s rise as a football powerhouse. But the SEC is 4-1 so far in the tournament, with two blue-blood programs in their way.

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Wisconsin 65, Villanova 62: Wisconsin, the Giant Killer, Takes Down Another by Beating Villanova

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:38:40 GMT

Villanova’s Josh Hart, center, driving to the basket against Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, left, and Vitto Brown in the game’s final seconds. Hart, a senior, scored 19 points in his final game for the Wildcats.The Badgers have a reputation for pulling off upsets, and they added to it Saturday by defeating the No. 1 seed and defending national champions.

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UConn Women Rout Albany in Tournament’s First Round

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:30:34 GMT

From left, Kia Nurse, Napheesa Collier, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson and Saniya Chong during Connecticut’s rout of Albany.Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams led the Huskies to their 108th straight victory as they try to win their fifth consecutive national title.

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For South Carolina, a Tournament Win Was a Long Time Coming

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:30:04 GMT

South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell (0) and Chris Silva during the Gamecocks’ 93-73 first-round victory over Marquette on Friday.The Gamecocks, once a basketball powerhouse, last won an N.C.A.A. tournament game in 1973.

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Forget the Seeding. Maryland Feels It Can Beat Anybody, Including UConn.

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:12:50 GMT

Maryland guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) with her teammates after winning the finals of the Big 10 conference tournament against Purdue this month.The Terrapins have a deep bench and a potent offense, which may be enough to overcome their No. 3 seed in the Bridgeport Region, where undefeated Connecticut looms.

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What Happened on Day 3 of the N.C.A.A. Tournament

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:10:11 GMT

Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski pushes through the Northwestern defense in the first half.No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Florida State were eliminated while No. 1 Gonzaga overcame Northwestern’s upset bid in the second round of the tournament.

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A Comeback, a Controversial Call and Some Crackle at the N.C.A.A.s

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:52:35 GMT

U.S.C. players after the 11th-seeded Trojans, climbing back from another large deficit, edged Southern Methodist, 66-65.U.S.C., in yet another comeback from double digits down, upset sixth-seeded Southern Methodist, while Arkansas beat Seton Hall thanks to a key foul call.

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N.C.A.A. Tournament Roundup: Oregon State Women Hold On to Edge Long Beach State

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:18:28 GMT

Oregon State’s Breanna Brown (4) scored 12 points in a win over Long Beach State.The Beavers, seeded No. 2 in the Stockton Region, had their hands full with the No. 15 seed 49ers and eked out a 1-point victory in the final minute.

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For Some Basketball Coaches, Ties That Bind Are Better Off Left in the Closet

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:26:41 GMT

Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey chooses not to wear a tie, but otherwise, he dresses like most of his peers, in a suit and a crisp dress shirt.The reasons N.C.A.A. coaches pass on the traditional neckwear are varied, but for most, it’s a matter of comfort. Sweating profusely while wearing a restrictive tie isn’t fun.

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N.C.A.A. Leader Mark Emmert Says Discrimination Policy Is Clear

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:00:39 GMT

Mark Emmert, the president of the N.C.A.A., at the organization’s convention in January.Last year, North Carolina was barred from hosting games in the men’s basketball tournament because of a contentious state law. Other states have moved to enact similar bills.

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Mandarin Gets One Shining Moment in a First-Round N.C.A.A. Game

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:31:18 GMT

Xueyin Shi and Yiqing Zhou, part of a rotating cast of five broadcasters who call Dayton Flyers games in Mandarin, during a basketball game.Two Ohio students have gained a following calling Dayton Flyers games in Mandarin. In a first-round game on CBS, they reached a bigger audience.

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N.C.A.A. Tournament: Where Troy, Dayton and Wichita State Are Located

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:10:26 GMT

Iona’s Jordan Washington.You know U.C.L.A., Duke and Kentucky, surely. But the smaller schools that pop up at tournament time may stump you. Here’s where to find them.

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The Last-Second Shot: It’s This Tournament’s Buzzer-Beating Heart

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:59:02 GMT

Xavier players celebrated at the buzzer after beating Pittsburgh 71-68 in the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament in 2010.It’s a hallmark play, that last-minute score. And if it takes down a favorite or delivers an N.C.A.A. championship, the memory is that much more enduring.

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On College Basketball: UConn Women Enter Tourney With 107 Consecutive Wins, But ...

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:27:10 GMT

Coach Geno Auriemma of Connecticut instructed his players during a timeout this month at the American Athletic Conference tournament.But if one were to nitpick, their bench is not deep, their seven-player rotation is vulnerable to injury and foul trouble and they lack size.

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Its Point Guard Injured, Creighton Turned to Justin Patton, Its Freshman Center

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:10:02 GMT

Justin Patton (23), Creighton’s 7-foot center, transformed into a key contributor for the Bluejays after they lost point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to a knee injury.The 7-foot Patton took on a more important role after the Bluejays’ star point guard, Maurice Watson Jr., was sidelined.

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Jayson Tatum Is the Breakout Star of Duke’s Freshman Class

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:05:57 GMT

Duke’s Jayson Tatum, left, has flourished as Coach Mike Krzyzewski has given him leeway to make plays.Tatum has emerged as a major contributor for the Blue Devils after missing time, like two of his fellow top recruits, because of an injury at the start to the season.

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What Happened on Day 2 of the N.C.A.A. Tournament

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:27:11 GMT

Lonzo Ball of U.C.L.A. drove to the basket during a win over Kent State on Friday.The first round came and went without many stunning upsets. None of the top four seeds from any region lost, and buzzer-beaters were few and far between.

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Why Are Basketball Games So Squeaky? Consider the Spiny Lobster

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:28 GMT

The sound of shoes skidding on hardwood can be explained by shoe designers, rubber scientists, mechanical engineers and a biologist.

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Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan Slims Down and Sees His Prospects Soar

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:06:58 GMT

When he was 13, Caleb Swanigan, right, weighed 360 pounds.Swanigan overcame a weight problem to become the Big Ten player of the year.

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Northwestern Makes Its N.C.A.A. Debut a Winning One

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:24:11 GMT

Bryant McIntosh celebrating after Northwestern defeated Vanderbilt, 68-66, on Thursday in the Wildcats’ first N.C.A.A. tournament appearance.Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points, including two free throws with about 14 seconds, as the Wildcats edged Vanderbilt, 68-66.

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‘Little Brother’ With Rare Illness Inspires Creighton

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:50:30 GMT

Cale Ferrin with Creighton guards Ronnie Harrell Jr., left, and Marcus Foster in December. “He’s like everyone’s little brother,” the freshman center Justin Patton said.Cale Ferrin, a 10-year-old with Fanconi anemia, a blood disorder, has become such a part of the Bluejays that he is allowed to break huddles at practice.

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Part of Vermont’s N.C.A.A. Team and Hoping, One Day, to Be Able to Play

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:00:26 GMT

Josh Speidel was on the Catamounts bench when Vermont faced Purdue on Thursday night.A traffic accident left Josh Speidel’s body, but not his drive, severely weakened.

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