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USA TODAY Sports' expert picks for NCAA tournament Sweet 16 games

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:17:05 -0400

Which teams win Thursday and Friday to reach the Elite Eight? Which teams advance to the Final Four after the second weekend? USA TODAY predicts.

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March Madness: What is Thursday's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 schedule?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:58:02 -0400

Everything you need to know as the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament Sweet 16 tips of.

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David Padgett is leaving Louisville after one season as interim basketball coach

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:12:01 -0400

David Padgett, who played at Louisville and was an assistant coach under Rick Pitino, was the Cards' interim coach for the 2017-18 season.

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After 33 years of mediocrity, Loyola-Chicago embraces March Madness, Cinderella Ramblers

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:07:34 -0400

Much of the last three decades Loyola-Chicago suffered through middling basketball. Rambler fans are enjoying rekindling tradition in March Madness.

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Kentucky is overwhelming favorite for Final Four despite John Calipari's mind games

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:40:13 -0400

John Calipari first insisted Kentucky got a tough draw. Now the media against his team. Either way, the Wildcats are still favored for the Final Four.

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Jay Wright: Eagles winning Super Bowl 'took pressure off' other teams in Philadelphia

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:57:57 -0400

The Villanova coach, a lifelong Eagles fan and season ticket holder, discussed what the championship meant to him and Philadelphia as a city.

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CBS defends showing crying children in NCAA tournament broadcasts

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:50:49 -0400

An executive defended coverage provided by CBS and Turner Sports after people were angered by broadcasts' use of young children crying after losses.

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Loyola-Chicago shows up late to Sweet 16 practice when bus driver can't find arena

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:05:42 -0400

Loyola coach Porter Moser was steaming mad when the Ramblers finally arrived at Philips Arena about a half-hour after originally intended.

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Arizona coach Sean Miller issues statement denying he is candidate for Pittsburgh vacancy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:21:57 -0400

Arizona coach Sean Miller sought to end speculation he could be a candidate for the vacancy at his alma mater Pittsburgh by issuing a statement.

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Josh Perkins rewrites his own story by helping Gonzaga thrive in NCAA tournament

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:21:26 -0400

Trouble with the law 18 months ago forced Josh Perkins to find his place again. He has been borderline terrific for Gonzaga this postseason.

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NCAA tournament Sweet 16: Most important players for every March Madness team

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:42:26 -0400

From Kansas' Udoka Azubuike to Duke's Trevon Duval, these 16 players are crucial to their team's advancement to the Elite Eight.

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NCAA tournament: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title potential

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:33:28 -0400

Which teams are hottest? Which teams have the best matchup or the most favorable path to San Antonio? USA TODAY Sports provides power rankings.

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Texas A&M pulls together during midseason slide, now Aggies are a threat in Sweet 16

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:20:26 -0400

Because Texas A&M has plenty of talent, the Aggies coach Billy Kennedy never gave up on the thought of making a run to the NCAA tournament.

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Mariah Madness: Eric Musselman's daughter has become superstar of NCAA Tournament

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:15:53 -0400

The second-grader will interview another off-court sensation – Loyola's 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean – prior to Nevada's Sweet 16 game Thursday.

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NAIA national title decided on OT buzzer-beater

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:13:12 -0400

Justin Harley's shot lifted Graceland University to an 83-80 overtime triumph over LSU-Alexandria.

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Penny Hardaway introduced as Memphis Tigers basketball coach

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:07:44 -0400

The University of Memphis introduced former Tigers star Penny Hardaway as its new men's basketball coach during a Tuesday morning news conference at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center.

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Sixteen most memorable moments that have defined 2018 NCAA tournament

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:38:11 -0400

From Sister Jean to Michigan's buzzer beater, we run down the top moments from a thrilling weekend.

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Trae Young plans to enter NBA draft after one season at Oklahoma

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:44:43 -0400

Trae Young announced in a first-person story on ESPN on Tuesday that he will enter the NBA after just one season at Oklahoma.

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2018 NCAA tournament: Keenan Evans embraces role in Texas Tech turnaround

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:30:36 -0400

Senior guard seeing the fruits of labor pay off in form of Texas Tech's best season in over a decade.

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Two most unlikely Wolf Pack players enjoying ride to the Sweet 16

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:17:37 -0400

Justin Brent and Elijah Cooks, a pair of players on loan from Nevada football since February, living a dream they thought would never happen.

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Auburn's Purifoy gets 30% suspension for 2018-19

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:21:19 -0400

Danjel Purifoy, who was involved in FBI investigation into college basketball, will be allowed to play in 2018-19 after serving a suspension of 30% of scheduled games.

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Legendary coach: 'not really any jerks' on Purdue

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:40:58 -0400

Longtime Boilermakers coach Gene Keady has been traveling with the team during NCAA tournament run.

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Purdue engineers trying to get Isaac Haas back on court

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:07:48 -0400

Purdue's sports medicine has reached out to the university's mechanical engineering about helping with Haas.

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Matt Haarms' hair takes the nation by storm

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:08:42 -0400

The Purdue Boilermakers freshman got a bigger role and his flowing hair broke the internet.

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2018 NCAA tournament: Jevon Carter sets tone for West Virginia, starting on defense

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:39:43 -0400

The all-around star knows how to frustrate opposing team's offenses, which will be crucial Friday when the Mountaineers face Villanova.

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2018 NCAA tournament: Villanova lives by the three-pointer, and life is good

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:12:11 -0400

The Wildcats are the nation's top-scoring team, and they make a lot from deep. “Our motto is shoot them up and sleep in the streets.”

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Knoxville radio host is target of columnist after expletive tweet about Sister Jean

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:55:38 -0400

Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh took exception to a tweet containing an expletive by a Knoxville radio host about Sister Jean.

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Kansas State knocks out No. 16 seed UMBC, ending Cinderella run

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:27:10 -0400

The Wildcats escaped a determined effort by the Retrievers just two days after UMBC pulled off the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history.

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How UMBC pulled off the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:31:12 -0400

The Retrievers routed No. 1 Virginia in what may have been the most shocking result in the history of college basketball

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Will the Sweet 16 produce more upsets?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:42:40 -0400

The NCAA Tournament resumes Thursday night with a slate of four games; Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says every team has a chance after the slew of upsets in the opening two rounds

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Utah makes NIT semis, tops St. Mary's in OT 67-58

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:36:20 -0400

Sedrick Barfield scored 19 points and had three of Utah's four 3-pointers in overtime and the Utes beat Saint Mary's 67-58 to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden

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Hollingsworth leads W Kentucky past Okla St, into NIT semis

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:15:23 -0400

Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 win over Oklahoma State

North Texas reaches CBI finals, 90-68 over Jacksonville St

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:09:31 -0400

Roosevelt Smart scored 20 points, Jorden Duffy added 19 and North Texas used a dominant first half to rout Jacksonville State 90-68 in the CBI semifinals

Stayed in school: Texas A&M's Williams stars in 2nd season

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:51:19 -0400

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams got to be a part of the Aggies' run to the Sweet Sixteen because he stayed in school

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USA TODAY Sports 2017-18 All-America college basketball team

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:13:44 -0500

USA TODAY Sports basketball writers Lindsay Schnell and Scott Gleeson provide their picks for the 2017-18 All-America first, second and third teams.

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USA TODAY Sports college basketball player of the year: Villanova's Jalen Brunson

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:38:51 -0500

Villanova has thrived this season with its guard Jalen Brunson stepping into a leadership role. His play earned him the USA TODAY Sports player of the year.

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Missouri State hires Ford away from Tennessee State

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:45:40 -0400

Missouri State hires Dana Ford away from Tennessee State to replace Paul Lusk as men's basketball coach

Upset-minded Florida State gets shot at powerful Gonzaga

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:55:04 -0400

Surprising Florida State has crossed the country to take on its third higher-seeded opponent when the Seminoles face Gonzaga

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