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Fudd proving she's worth all the hype that started at a young age

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:55:00 PDT

Azzi Fudd was so young when the first scholarship offer came, she didn’t know exactly what it meant. Upon her father’s request, Maryland coach Brenda Frese had to explain it all so Fudd could wrap her sixth-grade mind around it.

Still, the question remained for the perpetually humble Fudd.

“She...

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Porter Moser reminisces on Loyola's season as contract extension talks linger

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:55:00 PDT

After reliving Loyola’s Final Four run with a night of highlight videos and sentimental speeches during the year-end basketball banquet Thursday, coach Porter Moser was approached by a fan.

“Don’t leave,” she said as she tightly hugged Moser, who shook his head and laughed at the compliment.

Throughout...

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UMBC men's basketball coach Ryan Odom gets to show off his arm tonight before Orioles game

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:10:00 PDT

The hits just keep on coming for coach Ryan Odom and the UMBC men’s basketball team. In this case, though, we’re talking about pitches, and not the kind Odom usually makes to Retriever recruits.

Odom will be delivering the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s Orioles-Cleveland Indians game at...

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What Can UConn Expect From Brendan Adams? Just Ask Big Brother Jaylen

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:30:00 PDT

In his mind’s eye, Jaylen Adams can still see the first time he saw his younger brother, Brendan, play basketball for real.

“I remember sitting in the gym.” Jaylen said. “He was playing at Dunbar High School, he was maybe 8 or 9 years old and I just remember coming in and seeing him for one of...

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College roundup: Seton Hill hires Navy assistant Kendrick Saunders

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:55:00 PDT

NAVY MEN’S BASKETBALL: Seton Hill University announced the hiring of Kendrick Saunders as the school’s head men's basketball coach. Saunders takes over for Tony Morocco, who recently announced his retirement.

Saunders comes from the Naval Academy where he spent the past six seasons as an assistant...

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Final Four run for Loyola (Chicago) an inspiration for new Loyola (Maryland) coach Tavaras Hardy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:25:00 PDT

As Tavaras Hardy bounced around San Antonio during Final Four weekend, countless fans wished his team good luck. He was, after all, wearing Loyola gear.

Here’s the thing, though: Hardy’s Loyola wears green.

The former Northwestern player and assistant is the new head coach at Loyola University...

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WNBA legend Tina Thompson hired to be U.Va.'s new women's hoops coach

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

When it came time to have the big family discussion regarding Tina Thompson’s huge job opportunity at Virginia, there wasn’t much hesitation from her 12-year-old son Dyllan. He couldn’t wait for his mom to be the next women’s basketball head coach for the Cavaliers.

With the seal of approval secured...

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UConn Men Land Guards Brendan Adams, Tarin Smith; First Recruits For Dan Hurley

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

UConn coach Dan Hurley has landed his first recruits, bolstering the Huskies’ backcourt with graduate transfer Tarin Smith and freshman Brendan Adams.

Adams, who had committed to play for Hurley at Rhode Island, then was granted his release, committed again to play for Hurley at UConn. The 6-foot-4...

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Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos resigns amid investigation into abuse

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:25:00 PDT

Siena men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos resigned Friday, weeks after the college opened what has become a wide-ranging investigation that unearthed allegations of problems ranging from abusive conduct to financial improprieties within the program.

The move came more than a month after the end...

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Mark Smith, former Illini and Mr. Basketball winner, to transfer to Missouri

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:50:00 PDT

Former Illinois guard Mark Smith will transfer to Missouri, he announced Saturday night on Twitter.

Smith committed to Illinois one year ago with great expectations but left the program after a disappointing freshman year under first-year coach Brad Underwood.

The 6-foot-4 guard finished the season...

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Fran Dunphy stepping down at Temple; Aaron McKie to take over in 2019

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:05:00 PDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fran Dunphy will coach Temple for one more season before stepping down for assistant Aaron McKie to take over in 2019.

Dunphy took over for retired Hall of Fame coach John Chaney in 2006 and has led the Owls to seven NCAA Tournaments. The Owls, who play in the American Athletic...

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Jalen Brunson to declare for NBA draft, hire an agent

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:35:00 PDT

Jalen Brunson is headed to the NBA.

Brunson, the former Stevenson star who was named the 2015 Mr. Basketball of Illinois, announced his decision to declare for the NBA draft on Wednesday via a letter posted to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Lincolnshire helped Villanova win two national...

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Steve Alford says he isn't feeling extra pressure after UCLA's earliest exit from NCAA tournament

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:50:00 PDT

Steve Alford sounded relaxed for a coach who recently guided UCLA to its earliest exit from an NCAA tournament.

He chuckled when asked if the way the season ended made him feel additional pressure.

“No,” Alford said Wednesday during a telephone interview with The Times in which he also discussed...

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Additional charges filed in FBI's college basketball probe, no new allegations regarding UM

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:55:00 PDT

On the same day the University of Miami announced a two-year contract extension for Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga, the school’s name appeared in new court documents related to the FBI’s ongoing probe into corruption in college basketball, though federal prosecutors handling the...

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Kansas, N.C. State linked to federal probe of college basketball

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:10:00 PDT

Federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday that families of top recruits at Kansas and North Carolina State received payments from an Adidas employee in exchange for the players attending the schools, as the college basketball bribery and corruption probe continued to grow.

A superseding indictment filed...

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Watch Sister Jean throw a ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs' home opener

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:10:00 PDT

Sister Jean did just fine on the diamond, too.

The popular 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the Final Four switched sports Tuesday, throwing out a first ball before the Cubs' home opener.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt drew a big cheer at Wrigley Field when she...

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Notre Dame gives coach Mike Brey contract extension through 2024-25 season

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

Mike Brey has few more years to add to his record win total at Notre Dame.

The Irish on Tuesday announced a contract extension for the coach through the 2024-25 season.

Brey set the school record for career wins as a men’s basketball coach Jan. 3, eclipsing Digger Phelps with his 394th victory....

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Jim Larrañaga, Miami agree to two-year contract extension

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:45:00 PDT

Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga knows he will be without Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Brown — two of Miami’s top players — moving forward. But he’s determined to continue the work of building Miami’s program.

On Tuesday, athletic director Blake James announced UM and Larrañaga had...

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Do conference hoops tournaments hinder NCAA preparation?

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 08:45:00 PDT

Virginia was ranked No. 1, North Carolina No. 12. The Cavaliers had secured the NCAA tournament’s top overall seed, and the Tar Heels were playing for a No. 1 regional seed.

When these basketball rivals clashed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final last month, few if any imagined that...

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Siena's Jimmy Patsos responds to allegations of verbal abuse of team manager, withholding per diems to players

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 15:35:00 PDT

Embattled Siena men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos defended himself Friday against recent allegations that he verbally abused a team manager and withheld per diem payments to his players.

At a news conference called by Patsos and his attorney, Dick Walsh, near the upstate New York school, the...

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Report: Siena's Jimmy Patsos under investigation for verbally abusing team manager

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:35:00 PDT

Former Loyola Maryland coach and Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos is reportedly under investigation at Siena for verbally abusing a team manager who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder.(image)



Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 14:07:00 PDT

Thousands of fans lined up in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University's Wildcats.

The winners of the men's basketball tournament rode double-decker buses along Market Street, the heart of the business district, ending at City...

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Loyola Maryland men's basketball coach Tavaras Hardy has been prepping for the job for a long time

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 14:40:00 PDT

New Loyola Maryland men's basketball coach Tavaras Hardy spent the past 12 years as an assistant coach at three schools. But he doesn't think his inexperience as a head coach will hurt him.(image)



Towson sophomore guard Zane Martin declares for NBA draft without hiring agent

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 13:20:00 PDT

Zane Martin, an All-CAA selection, has not appeared on any prominent lists of the top underclassmen available.(image)






Morsell becomes first '19 class pledge for U.Va., which also loses Huff for 3-to-4 months

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 18:25:00 PDT

Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett said March 26 on his final radio show of the season he’d like to perhaps add a perimeter player this offseason. He got his wish Wednesday night when guard Casey Morsell committed to U.Va.

Morsell, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound rising senior at St. John’s College...

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One-and-done: Miami Hurricanes guard Lonnie Walker announces he is entering NBA Draft, hiring agent

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 16:10:00 PDT

Ahead of the NCAA Tournament, Miami Hurricanes freshman Lonnie Walker IV — a projected NBA lottery pick — said his focus was on helping UM compete for a national championship — not his professional future.

Now that the college basketball season has ended, so too, has Walker’s career as a Hurricane.

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Early look at next season's college basketball top 10

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Villanova snipped the nets and danced in swirling confetti Monday night at the Alamodome, capturing its second national championship in three seasons with a 79-62 victory over Michigan.

But as soon as one party ends, the next must be planned. We’re about seven months from the start of next season,...

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New Loyola men's basketball coach Tavaras Hardy is 'tremendous fit' for Greyhounds

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:15:00 PDT

Loyola Maryland has hired Georgia Tech assistant Tavaras Hardy as its men's basketball coach, replacing G.G. Smith.(image)



Instead of paying players to go to Miami and Louisville, he kept the money, so the FBI let him go

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 09:35:00 PDT

When federal prosecutors announced last September the arrests of 10 men as part of an FBI investigation into the college basketball black market, one of the central figures was Brad Augustine, an Orlando, Florida-area youth basketball program director accused of negotiating deals to steer his best...

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Catching up with ... former Loyola Chicago and Bullets player Les Hunter

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:00:00 PDT

His college jersey hangs, framed and under glass, in Les Hunter’s rec room, a nod to Loyola Chicago’s national basketball championship 55 years ago. Hunter, then a springy junior center, had a stellar postseason, made the all-NCAA tourney team and, two years later, earned a berth with the Baltimore...

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Rampant, rapid change on tap for college basketball

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 13:15:00 PDT

Men’s college basketball and its Final Four should be exceedingly different next season, and not just because the sport’s decisive weekend shifts from balmy San Antonio to frigid Minneapolis.

Indeed, the contrast in weather — mid-80s at the Alamo on Monday, high 20s and snow in the Twin Cities...

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Villanova goes from dominant to dynasty with NCAA title romp

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 18:18:00 PDT

Villanova players flash their fingers in a "V" symbol to celebrate big wins.

For coach Jay Wright, that's a finger for every national championship ring.

Already cemented as a dominant program in college basketball, the Wildcats are flirting with putting their names on a more opulent D-list: dynasty.

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Villanova basketball hero Donte DiVincenzo deletes Twitter account after offensive tweets surface

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 10:50:00 PDT

Donte DiVincenzo became a national star Monday night after he scored a career-high 31 points to lead Villanova to a 79-62 win over Michigan in the NCAA championship game.

But not all the questions he received from reporters after the game had to do with his stunning performance. On the biggest...

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Villanova among the favorites to win another national championship in 2019

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 07:20:00 PDT

Odds on who will be the 2019 NCAA men's basketball national champion began to trickle out even before Villanova could run out the clock on Monday night's title win over Michigan, which gave the Wildcats their second crown in three years. It could be very well be three championships in four years...

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DiVincenzo makes Villanova a team for the ages

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 22:15:00 PDT

Monday’s national championship game was less than three minutes old when Villanova coach Jay Wright turned to his sixth man. Donte DiVincenzo’s only break the rest of the night was for 52 seconds to open the second half.

And with good reason. DiVincenzo authored a performance for the ages to make...

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Way-too-early projection of the 2019 NCAA tournament field: Loyola the only team from Illinois again

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

Villanova earned its second men's basketball national title in three years Monday night, perhaps bringing an end to an era but hardly signifying the completion of the Wildcats' days as a national player.

The defeat of Michigan could conclude Jalen Brunson's wildly successful stint on the Main Line,...

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NCAA men's basketball championship: Villanova 79, Michigan 62

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 21:36:00 PDT

Photos from Villanova's 79-62 win over Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Monday, April 2, 2018.

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Villanova-Michigan's TV ratings not great

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Monday night's NCAA championship game, which saw Villanova crush Michigan 79-62, drew the lowest overnight rating in the history of the tournament.

Across TBS, TNT and TruTV, the tournament's championship game earned a 10.3 overnight rating, according to Sports Business Daily's John Ourand. The...

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Mission accomplished: UMBC makes it into NCAA tournament's 'One Shining Moment' montage

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 21:40:00 PDT

"I think we kind of all wanted to be in the 'One Shining Moment' video," Retrievers forward Joe Sherburne said after the upset of Virginia.(image)



With second NCAA title, Villanova's Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) joins elite company

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 21:35:00 PDT

2013-14 All-Metro Player of the Year Phil Booth is one of just 31 modern-era players who have won multiple championships.(image)



Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova's sixth man, was second to none in NCAA title game

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:20:00 PDT

A bench player putting up 31 points in the national title game is certainly an accomplishment worth noting, but let's not sell Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo short by calling him a mere substitute who picked the perfect time to have the game of his life. The redshirt sophomore shooting guard was...

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Jalen Brunson adds another title to his collection as Villanova routs Michigan for NCAA championship

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 22:15:00 PDT

Jalen Brunson, the kid who never cracks and is so stoic he’s been compared to a robot, couldn’t hold back Monday night as confetti rained on him at the Alamodome.

The point guard from Lincolnshire led Stevenson to a state title in 2015, then helped Villanova win the national title as a complementary...

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Villanova delivers double-digit knockout

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 20:30:00 PDT

After the second NBA-range three-pointer fell through the net in less than a minute, Donte DiVincenzo bounded back on defense with pep in his step but no emotion on his face.

The reserve guard finally marinated in the moment when a timeout was called. He earned not one but two chest bumps from...

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Nova's DiVincenzo wins most outstanding player of Final Four

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 21:22:00 PDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — When Villanova was struggling with its shots in the first half, Donte DiVincenzo provided a wake-up call for the Wildcats.

When Michigan tried to make a move on Villanova in the second half, DiVincenzo put down the uprising with 11 straight points and a wink toward the sideline.

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Villanova prepares, greasing utility poles, before game

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 16:23:00 PDT

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities around the Villanova University campus are preparing — and, yes, greasing utility poles — in anticipation of fan celebrations if the school prevails in the NCAA championship men's basketball game over Michigan.

Radnor police Lt. Chris Flanagan tells The Philadelphia...

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UMBC's Ryan Odom honored as nation's top mid-major coach in men's college basketball

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 14:40:00 PDT

Ryan Odom led the Retrievers to a program-record 25 victories this season, including two of the biggest wins in school history.(image)



Michigan vs. Villanova: Who will win tonight's national championship game?

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:50:00 PDT

No. 1 seed Villanova looks like a team on a mission. No. 3 seed Michigan looks like a team of destiny.

They will meet Monday night for the national title at the Alamodome.

Here’s how they match up.

Offense

Villanova owns the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation, according to Kenpom.com....

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How to watch No. 1 seed Villanova vs. No. 3 Michigan in NCAA men's basketball championship

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Here's what you need to know about the NCAA men's basketball tournament final Monday night.(image)



What's for lunch today? Thanks to UMBC, many decide on free pizza

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

Little Caesars vowed to feed America if a 16th seed beat a No. 1. The Retrievers made us all chowhounds.(image)



Eureka, Arike! Ogunbowale's last-second 3-pointer gives Notre Dame the NCAA women's title, 61-58

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 19:40:00 PDT

Semifinal hero Arike Ogunbowale of the Fighting Irish does it again, this time hitting the winning shot for the national championship.(image)



Get to know Arike Ogunbowale, who twice hit the shot of a lifetime for Notre Dame in the Final Four

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 08:15:00 PDT

Her first name means "something that you see and cherish," which might be the most fitting description ever for a player who twice hit game-winning shots on the biggest stage in women's basketball, lifting Notre Dame to an NCAA semifinal victory and to the national championship on one memorable...

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A look at how Villanova and Michigan match up in the NCAA championship game

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 17:55:00 PDT

HOW MICHIGAN AND VILLANOVA MATCH UP

WHO: No. 3 Michigan (33-7) vs. No. 1 Villanova (35-4).

WHAT: NCAA tournament national championship, Monday, 6:15 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: Alamodome, San Antonio. TV: TBS.

UPDATE: Michigan coach John Beilein compared Villanova to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors because...

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Michigan's commitment to defense gets biggest test against Villanova in NCAA championship game

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 17:35:00 PDT

Villanova’s offense is like a riddle without an answer. Each of the Wildcats’ rotation players can shoot, pass and dribble with precision. They space the floor and have made more three-pointers than any major college team in history.

Michigan’s counter to the nation’s most efficient offense starts...

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Michigan big man Moe Wagner living NCAA dreams

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

When Moe Wagner gets frustrated during Michigan's practices, he'll sometimes turn away from his teammates and let loose with a loud, multisyllabic string of what his teammates can only assume are profanities.

"When he swears in German, that's the funniest thing ever," said center Jon Teske, Wagner's...

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NCAA finalists Wright, Beilein share humble coaching roots

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Charlie Woollum recruited, coached and even benched Jay Wright. He competed against John Beilein long before Beilein could fathom working at the Final Four.

So more than most, Woollum will revel in Monday’s NCAA tournament final between Wright’s Villanova Wildcats and Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines....

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Villanova and Michigan have no need for one-and-dones

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT

Oklahoma's Trae Young captivated the college basketball world, dashing and dishing and filling up the hoop. Arizona's Deandre Ayton was called a cyborg and a unicorn, whatever people could think of to describe his unique combination of power and athleticism. Marvin Bagley III seemed to be playing...

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In the nick of time, college basketball has its behemoth

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

The frightening thing about Villanova isn't that the Wildcats can make 18 three-pointers on the biggest stage and leave proud ol' Kansas to replace disappointment with awe after a Final Four blowout. That's plenty terrifying, but here's what should really make blood curl: That shooting trick, nearly...

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An efficiency of movement: Villanova's offense takes over

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 05:25:00 PDT

In a world of basketball boxscores that range from exhilarations to eyesores, the half of the sheet that told that statistical story of Villanova on Saturday night looked like some sort of hoop daydream. Accompaniment with classical music would not have seemed extravagant. Maybe they should have...

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North Carolina State had its own version of Sister Jean for 1983 NCAA tournament

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 15:50:00 PDT

Sister Jean has nothing on Captain Jim.

Thirty-five years ago, Jim Letherer was the unofficial team mascot who adopted North Carolina State during its Cinderella run to the national championship.

Los Angeles-based broadcaster Terry Gannon was reminded of the one-legged man who mysteriously appeared...

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Overtime survivors Notre Dame, Mississippi State set for NCAA women's final Sunday night

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women's NCAA tournament last year, and what must still be done.

It's right there, engraved on the side of their runner-up rings: “ONE MORE.”

A season after losing to South Carolina 67-55 in the...

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Loyola created cynicism-free zone that was fun to share — now comes the hard part

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 12:50:00 PDT

You do this job long enough and you risk becoming numb to the ups and downs of sports, the joy and pain, the fascinating range of human emotions the games produce.

You go to all these cool events near and far for the reader more than yourself, the conduit between public interest and private access,...

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Bravo, Loyola: A story for the ages

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 05:55:00 PDT

The feisty and fundamentally solid Loyola Ramblers were never ranked.

The disrespected Ramblers would’ve missed the NCAA tournament had they not won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

The revelation that became the Ramblers nearly played for the national title.

From largely unknown to nearly...

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Final Four photos: Michigan 69, Loyola 57

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 21:26:00 PDT

Photos from the Loyola-Michigan Final Four game in San Antonio on March 31, 2018.

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Villanova cruises to championship game with a 95-79 win over Kansas

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:10:00 PDT

They held a national semifinal game Saturday night and it was over before the second timeout.

The NCAA tournament game didn’t officially end at that point, of course, but it could have been halted for public indecency.

It was Villanova 22, Kansas 4 before seven minutes had expired and that somehow...

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Looking Ahead: UConn Women Return Strong, Experienced Nucleus

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse had left the room. The two UConn seniors, gone, headed down the hall to a press conference early Saturday morning to discuss an overtime loss to Notre Dame in a national semifinal.

In a far corner of the UConn locker room, junior Katie Lou Samuelson spoke to a group...

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UConn Women's Basketball Heartbreak More Acute For Success That Preceded It

Sun, 1 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Stacks of UConn basketball notes, interview transcripts and record books remained on a table at one end of the media center inside Nationwide Arena Saturday, not far from the press conference stage where in the early morning hours Geno Auriemma had discussed the latest proud journey, and another...

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Loyola has no regrets as Michigan ends its remarkable run

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:10:00 PDT

On their last trip off the basketball court together as teammates Saturday night, Loyola guards Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson, best friends since third grade, walked with arms around one another down an Alamodome tunnel as they fought back tears.

Richardson pulled his maroon No. 14 jersey over...

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Loyola's NCAA tournament run ends with 69-57 loss to Michigan in Final Four

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:45:00 PDT

The team that simply was supposed to be happy to be here was crushed to leave.

Loyola was dressed in Cinderella sparkles throughout March, the unlikely underdog with a No. 11 seed that managed to pull off magical upsets. But the Ramblers will tell you — they showed us — that they were talented...

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Who is part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and why did they get elected?

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:55:00 PDT

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 13-member Class of 2018 on Saturday, including former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell and NBA greats Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.

The class will be honored September 6-8, 2018, in Springfield, Mass.

Click above to see photos of...

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Bill Self is the same, unassuming Kansas coach. And yet he has embraced change.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 03:45:00 PDT

Norm Roberts, the Kansas assistant basketball coach and unofficial Bill Self historian, likes to tell two types of stories about the man he has worked with on and off for the past 23 years. The first genre is a bunch of anecdotes he shares to prove that Self has not changed, not after all his success,...

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Cute mascot? Beloved grandmother? Sister Jean reveals deeper stereotypes about nuns.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 06:40:00 PDT

At 98 years old, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt has become the international star of March Madness. Fans of Loyola’s men's basketball team, which plays in a national semifinal this weekend, can snatch up socks, bobbleheads and T-shirts with her face on it. All of a sudden, she said, she began hearing...

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Annapolis standout Chris Jones found a fit with Navy

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 14:40:00 PDT

For the past year or so, Annapolis’ Chris Jones and many of his friends have played pick-up basketball games on Sundays at Alumni Hall, on the Naval Academy grounds. Though he had absolutely no idea at the time, Jones was spending quality time on the same court he will spend four years competing...

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Digest (March 30): Navy's Shawn Anderson named to CLASS All-America team

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:17:00 PDT

Navy men's basketball senior guard Shawn Anderson has been named to the 2017-18 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Senior CLASS Award All-America first team. West Virginia's Jevon Carter was named the Senior Class Award winner and Carter was joined on the Senior CLASS Award All-America first team...

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Without conference tournament win, mid-major Loyola Chicago might not be in Final Four

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:40:00 PDT

Loyola Chicago’s greatest luck in recent weeks might have been winning its conference tournament.

The Ramblers have rambled on to the Final Four, perhaps in large part by virtue of winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament given the NCAA tournament selection committee’s recent overwhelming...

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Loyola's Final Four run shows plight of smaller programs

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:25:00 PDT

Moving stories abound at this Final Four. Michigan’s Austin Hatch, Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike and Villanova’s Jalen Brunson.

A student assistant for the Wolverines, Hatch survived two plane crashes that killed his father, mother, stepmother, brother and sister.

Azubuike hasn’t seen his mother since...

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Enjoy Loyola Chicago, because the NCAA is trying to kill off Cinderella

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:20:00 PDT

San Diego State played men’s basketball at last season at Loyola Chicago. I stayed in downtown Chicago and relied on my phone’s GPS for directions to the campus via public transportation.

Got off the L and walked a couple blocks, just like it said. Left, right, straight, another left.

Ended up...

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NCAA Final Four: How Kansas and Villanova match up

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:50:00 PDT

A look at how the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats match up in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four game on Saturday night.

WHO: No. 1 Kansas (31-7) vs. No. 1 Villanova (34-4).

WHAT: NCAA tournament national semifinal, Saturday, 5:49 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: Alamodome. TV: TBS.

UPDATE: There are plenty...

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How Loyola Chicago and Michigan match up in the Final Four

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 20:45:00 PDT

HOW LOYOLA CHICAGO AND MICHIGAN MATCH UP

WHO: No. 11 Loyola Chicago (32-5) vs. No. 3 Michigan (32-7).

WHAT: NCAA tournament national semifinal, Saturday, 3:09 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: Alamodome. TV: TBS.

UPDATE: Some might consider this the junior varsity game before the main event featuring top seeds...

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Porter Moser relishes how Final Four ties him to his late father

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:55:00 PDT

Blueprints were scattered all over the Moser kitchen table.

Jim Moser, Porter’s father, brought them back to Naperville after a visit in the late 1970s to this south-central Texas city known for its River Walk. The elder Moser also returned home with a vision.

“I remember vividly my dad at our...

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The FBI also probed payments to college athletes in the '80s. It didn't end well.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:55:00 PDT

When music agent Norby Walters came up with a novel plan to break into the sports agent business in the 1980s — he wanted to sign college football and basketball players to secret contracts, agreeing to pay them thousands while they toiled as amateurs in exchange for their promise to retain Walters...

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KU-Villanova matchup an argument for reseeding Final Four

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:25:00 PDT

Don't mind Kansas or Villanova if the winner starts cutting down nets Saturday night.

In the most lopsided Final Four bracket since the tournament was expanded in 1985, these two No. 1 seeds square off in what might as well be called the "Big Boy Semifinal." Barring an injury or something else...

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Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean brings her winning appeal to the NCAA Final Four

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:10:00 PDT

As the miraculous finishes mounted, one after the other, the Loyola Chicago players began to wonder: Did they have something on their side beyond a rash of good luck and some superb shot-making?

The Ramblers won their first-round NCAA tournament game on a last-second three-pointer by Donte Ingram....

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Sister Jean shines as Final Four star: 'This is the most fun I’ve had in my life'

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Forty news cameras were trained toward a small stage. Approximately 200 reporters crammed into the room, waiting for the star.

Then a moderator made an announcement: “Sister Jean is in the building.”

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was wheeled in, pushed up a ramp and — naturally — onto center stage.

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Penn State tops Utah for NIT championship

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:54:00 PDT

Shep Garner hit the 3-pointer that brought cousin Flavor Flav to his feet and helped send Penn State on its way to an NIT championship in an 82-66 victory over Utah on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions (26-13) also knocked off No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the...

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UConn, Notre Dame ready to resume rivalry in Final Four

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:35:00 PDT

It wasn't long ago Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw were constantly on each other's minds.

That's what happens when you coach two of the nation's best teams and play in the same conference. UConn and Notre Dame would play four times a season, heightening the intensity of one of the best rivalries...

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U.Va.'s Tony Bennett reflects on unique season

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:05:00 PDT

Insightful, self-effacing and humorous, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett reflected Thursday on a season replete with stirring triumph and punctuated by shocking defeat.

The occasion was the Associated Press’ Coach of the Year presentation at the Final Four. Bennett was the rightful and landslide...

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Loyola vs. Michigan: Key matchups and Final Four prediction

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 05:05:00 PDT

Loyola has been doubted at every step of the tournament. The No. 11-seeded Ramblers are Cinderella fan favorites but few believe they have another victory left in them against talented No. 3 Michigan in the Final Four.

Loyola has proven skeptics wrong over and over. Can the Ramblers do it again?

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Baltimore high school analytics club helps get Marvin Webster into college basketball hall of fame

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Former Morgan State and Edmondson basketball star Marvin Webster will enter the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this fall, thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Edmondson Sports Analytics Club.(image)



Porter Moser won his introduction to the national media

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:35:00 PDT

Wearing a black polo shirt with a maroon “Loyola basketball” insignia, Porter Moser told a story Thursday about the time he truly discovered the Rogers Park campus.

Despite growing up in suburban Naperville and having his summer-league program near Loyola on Sheridan Road, he never had explored...

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UMBC won the nation free pizza. Now the campus is getting some too.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:35:00 PDT

When UMBC pulled off a historic upset of top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, it became clear the win would continue to pay dividends for the school in the future. That has already come true - through the gift of free pizza.(image)



In life after the upset, nothing is the same for UMBC men's basketball

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:00:00 PDT

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Men's Basketball: MSM's Robinson set to soar in dunk contest

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 PDT

Mount St. Mary’s senior Junior Robinson has been selected to the Slam Dunk Championship roster for the 30th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio on Thursday.

Robinson is one of eight men’s college basketball players...

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1963 Loyola Ramblers remembered for NCAA championship and inspiring social change

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:50:00 PDT

Loyola forward Jerry Harkness didn’t fully grasp the significance of the game about to be played on March 15, 1963, when he stepped to center court and shook hands with his white opponent.

“I get there and you see these flashbulbs — pop, pop, pop — and I thought, ‘Hmm, this is more than a game,’”...

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Loyola will cash in on Final Four run. Just ask George Mason and VCU.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:15:00 PDT

In the wee bookstore at the entry of Damen Student Center, the table out front boasted piles of Final Four T-shirts on Tuesday, as if to suggest that Loyola in the Final Four might even be true. The purchase line from the desk stretched back to the wall, then continued around a sales rack and along...

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John Beilein recruited Moritz Wagner to Michigan over a big German dinner and beer

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:50:00 PDT

The first time Moritz Wagner met his future college coach, John Beilein, at his home in Berlin, the only reason he recognized him was because he'd watched Michigan play in the Final Four.

"That's kind of ironic," Wagner said with a broad smile Saturday evening. "Now we're here together."

The "here"...

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Villanova brings remarkable consistency to Final Four

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:50:00 PDT

There was much to applaud three weeks ago when Villanova defeated Providence in overtime to win the Big East tournament. The Wildcats’ third conference title in four years affirmed their resiliency, showcased Jalen Brunson’s Player of the Year credentials and secured a No. 1 NCAA tournament regional...

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Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw named AP women's college basketball coach of the year

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women's college basketball Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

This might be McGraw's best coaching job. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries and still managed to go 32-3.

She was presented the award Thursday after...

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Villanova coach Jay Wright's path should look familiar to Loyola's Porter Moser

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:15:00 PDT

Before they were Final Four coaches, Porter Moser and Jay Wright met 25 years ago over a feast in Las Vegas as up-and-coming assistant coaches.

Moser, now Loyola’s head coach, was just a few years removed from college in his early 20s, working his way up the coaching ladder on Tony Barone’s Texas...

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Dick Vitale on Loyola and Sister Jean: 'They are all awesome, baby'

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Dick Vitale has a message for Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

“Tell my buddy Joe to move over, the star of stars in the Windy City is Sister Jean (Dolores Schmidt) and Porter Moser — and he is No. 3,’’ Vitale told the Tribune in a phone interview. “Sister Jean is the star of the NCAA tournament and Chicago....

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