What’s an NCAA Tournament unit worth? Millions. Here’s how

Sports 03/26/19, 02:46

The upstart run for Loyola Chicago making the Final Four last year delivered more than just excitement for fans of Sister Jean and the Ramblers.Loyola's run will be worth at least $8.45 million to the Missouri Valley Conference over the next six years.It's payable to the league from the NCAA, ...

Money Madness: analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts

Basketball 03/26/19, 02:44

Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.The league placed two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant's Murray State Racers and Windler's Belmont Bruins both won ...

Money Madness: analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts

Sports 03/26/19, 02:42

Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.The league placed two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant's Murray State Racers and Windler's Belmont Bruins both won ...

Baylor women 11th Sweet 16 in row after beating Cal 102-63

Sports 03/25/19, 22:05

Juicy Landrum scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and No. 1 overall seed Baylor advanced to the women's NCAA Sweet 16 for the 11th season in a row with a 102-63 win over California on Monday night.The Big 12 champion Lady Bears (33-1) were trailing late in the first quarter ...

Ogunbowale and Young show way as Irish rout MSU, 91-63

Basketball 03/25/19, 21:50

Coach Muffet McGraw, top-seed Notre Dame and the home fans held their collective breaths when Jackie Young lost hers during Monday's 91-63 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in a second-round NCAA Chicago Regional game."I'm fine, just a hard foul, nothing to worry about - that's just basketball," said Young, ...

UCLA beats Maryland 85-80 in women’s NCAA Tournament

Sports 03/25/19, 20:22

Michaela Onyenwere scored a career-high 30 points, Japreece Dean added 22 and UCLA squeezed past No. 3 seed Maryland 85-80 Monday night to earn its fourth consecutive berth in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament.Dean, the smallest player on the court, sank two free throws with 25 seconds ...

Alabama AD outlines criteria for next hoops coach

Basketball 03/25/19, 14:55

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is looking for a new basketball coach with a clean record and a college background.Byrne outlined some of his criteria for the job on Monday, a day after announcing the ouster of Avery Johnson after four seasons.Johnson was a former NBA player and coach who ...

Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts

Basketball 03/25/19, 13:07

Bill Self stood in a room just off the court in Allen Fieldhouse on Selection Sunday and lamented that the Big 12 managed to squeak only six schools into the NCAA Tournament.The Hall of Fame coach of Kansas pointed to the impressive nonconference wins that the league racked up in ...

Familiar look: top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16

Sports 03/25/19, 11:32

The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De'Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament.For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday.The ...

Duke-UCF thriller helps boost TV ratings for NCAA Tournament

Sports 03/25/19, 10:40

CBS Sports and Turner Sports say television ratings for the NCAA Tournament across four networks that broadcast the first week of games were up 8 percent over last year.Tournaments games drew an average Nielsen rating of 6.4, up from 5.9 last year. The rating got a boost from the dramatic ...

Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Dawkins game-winner rolls out

Sports 03/25/19, 01:59

The coach's son was having the game of his life in the biggest game of his dad's life. Down 1, UCF's Aubrey Dawkins pushed a miss back up with his right hand with 2.5 seconds left. The ball bounced once, twice and then rolled off the rim.Overall No. 1 NCAA ...

Half the Sweet 16 is set in women’s NCAA Tournament

Sports 03/25/19, 01:29

Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night.UConn's back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the ...

Upset Special? NCAA favorites lead the way into Sweet 16

Sports 03/25/19, 01:19

Chalk one up for the seeded favorite in the NCAA Tournament.The biggest upset this March isn't a wild heave at the horn for a winner from a No. 15 seed or a First Four team somehow weaving into the second weekend — it's the lack of genuine stunners to shake ...

Oregon beats UC Irvine 73-54 to advance to Sweet 16

Sports 03/24/19, 22:54

Ehab Amin sparked Oregon out of a long drought to start the second half and the Ducks became the lone double-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 by beating UC Irvine 73-54 on Sunday night.Payton Pritchard led 12th-seeded Oregon (25-12) with 18 points, Louis King added 16 and Amin ...

Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years

Sports 03/24/19, 22:23

Houston's fans chanted "Sweet 16" in the final minute of the Cougars' NCAA Tournament win over Ohio State.The celebration was long overdue — 35 years, to be exact — since the Cougars have made this trip.Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State 74-59 in a second-round ...

Virginia finally gets easy NCAA win 63-51 over Oklahoma

Basketball 03/24/19, 21:19

Virginia finally breezed through an NCAA Tournament game and beat Oklahoma 63-51 on Sunday night to advance to the Sweet 16.Mamadi Diakite scored 14 points and had nine rebounds as the No. 1 seeded Cavaliers led for all but three minutes against Oklahoma.The game was a marked improvement for Virginia, ...

Culver, stifling defense, send Texas Tech over Buffalo 78-58

Sports 03/24/19, 20:31

Texas Tech dominated on defense once again and, boosted by Jarrett Culver's 16 points and 10 rebounds, shut down Buffalo 78-58 Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.The third-seeded Red Raiders (28-6) broke away with a 27-3 burst that spanned both halves. They'll next face Michigan ...

Virginia Tech beats Liberty to earn a 2nd trip to Sweet 16

Sports 03/24/19, 20:28

Virginia Tech advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 52 years by beating 12th-seeded Liberty 67-58 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.Kerry Blackshear had 19 points and nine rebounds for fourth-seeded Virginia Tech (25-8). The Hokies' only other trip this far in the ...

Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Dawkins game-winner rolls out

Sports 03/24/19, 20:20

The coach's son was having the game of his life in the biggest game of his dad's life. Down 1, UCF's Aubrey Dawkins pushed a miss back up with his right hand with 2.5 seconds left. The ball bounced once, twice and then rolled off the rim.Overall No. 1 NCAA ...

Williamson, Duke hold off UCF 77-76 to reach Sweet 16

Sports 03/24/19, 18:57

Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won, and top-seeded Duke survived when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim.Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points, but his tip-in try just missed Sunday, and Duke advanced with a 77-76 victory to reach the Sweet 16.Williamson ...

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