Analysis: Success in March tied to NBA-caliber talent

Sports 04/03/19, 01:24

In the 30 seasons since the NCAA Tournament started morphing into "March Madness," 120 teams have traveled the road to the Final Four. That's 120 unique formulas that have worked to make it onto college basketball's biggest stage.For all the debate about what counts more toward building a championship program ...

Mathews’ late 3 sends Lipscomb past Wichita St in NIT semis

Sports 04/02/19, 20:20

Garrison Mathews swished his ninth 3-pointer of the game in front of an exuberant Lipscomb bench for the lead with 1:10 left in the game to send the Bisons on their way to the NIT championship in a 71-64 win over Wichita State on Tuesday night.Mathews had been buried in ...

Nebraska vows it’s ‘all in on basketball’ with Hoiberg hire

Basketball 04/02/19, 17:38

Nebraska has built some of the best basketball facilities in the country the last decade and plays in a sold-out arena. Now the Cornhuskers believe they have the missing piece to turn the starved-for-success program into a Big Ten contender.Fred Hoiberg was officially introduced as the Huskers' new coach on ...

Culver, Mooney take different paths to Tech and Final Four

Basketball 04/02/19, 17:32

Hometown standout Jarrett Culver was the first recruit Chris Beard reached out to when he got to Lubbock as Texas Tech's head coach three years ago.Then, when the Red Raiders were coming off their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and had to replace a senior All-Big 12 point ...

Big week for Trump leads to big week for Hannity in ratings

Entertainment 04/02/19, 16:48

When there's a blowout in the normally tight race for cable news supremacy between Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow, it's best to check the political headlines to learn why. Hannity crushed MSNBC's Maddow last week, with the Fox News Channel personality averaging 3.78 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. Maddow had ...

Director’s chair: CBS’s Fishman ready for 37th Final Four

Sports 04/02/19, 16:37

Michigan State's Tom Izzo has the most Final Four experience of any of the coaches in this year's NCAA Tournament finale.He still doesn't have anything on Bob Fishman.While Izzo is coaching in his eighth Final Four, Fishman will be in the director's chair for his 37th. He's been the lead ...

Duke freshmen Williamson, Barrett top All-America team

Sports 04/02/19, 11:02

The season did not end as Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history.The Duke ...

Coaches gearing up for demands of the Final Four

Sports 04/01/19, 18:25

Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood.Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Even bought one of Bennett's ...

Calipari, Kentucky agree to terms on long-term contract

Sports 04/01/19, 18:12

Kentucky has agreed to a long-term contract with coach John Calipari that will allow him to finish his career with the Wildcats.Calipari's current deal was amended in March 2017 to run through the 2023-24 season, with a base annual salary of $8 million plus incentives. Men's basketball spokesman Eric Lindsey ...

Final Four field boasts tough defenses, veteran lineups

Sports 04/01/19, 02:20

The Final Four features tough defenses, a surging team that hasn't lost in five weeks and one Hall of Fame coach.Virginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Auburn earned their trips to Minneapolis for this weekend's national semifinals by emerging from regions filled with high seeds. The Cavaliers are the last ...

Zion, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans

Sports 04/01/19, 02:15

Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down.Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another fabulous freshman for the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Two other members of ...

Zion, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans

Sports 03/31/19, 19:50

Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down.Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another fabulous freshman for the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Two other members of ...

Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers

Sports 03/31/19, 18:53

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship.The other ...

Michigan State knocks off Duke 68-67 to make Final Four

Sports 03/31/19, 18:31

Cassius Winston put Michigan State on his shoulders and carried the Spartans into the Final Four.The do-everything point guard took over the game when his team faced its biggest deficit and led second-seeded Michigan State to a 68-67 victory over overall No. 1 seed Duke on Sunday in the East ...

Auburn tops Kentucky 77-71 in OT for first Final Four trip

Basketball 03/31/19, 16:07

Auburn's romp through college basketball royalty has brought down the winningest program of all.Bryce Brown scored 24 points, Jared Harper and Anfernee McLemore made the plays that mattered in overtime, and the fifth-seeded Tigers rallied from a 10-point hole to beat second-seeded Kentucky 77-71 on Sunday to earn the Auburn ...

NCAA Latest: Coach K, Izzo go head to head for Final Four

Sports 03/31/19, 11:39

The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):12:30 p.m.Two of college basketball's most famed coaches go head to head Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) puts his arm around coach Tom Izzo following the team's 80-63 win over ...

Texas Tech coach takes the long way to the Final Four

Sports 03/31/19, 11:13

It's fair to say there would be no Final Four for Texas Tech if there weren't plenty of places like Fort Scott.Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is one of the 11 stops Red Raiders coach Chris Beard made before he landed the top job in Lubbock, Texas, where he's ...

TIPPING OFF: Krzyzewski-Izzo matchup highlights Elite Eight

Sports 03/31/19, 01:38

A coaching matchup for the ages highlights Sunday's regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo face off in the East Region. Krzyzewski has 12 Final Four trips and five national titles. Izzo has seven Final Four appearances and a national championship since taking over ...

Virginia, Texas Tech give Final Four certain new look

Sports 03/31/19, 01:34

Texas Tech shut down the nation's most efficient offense to reach its first Final Four in 93 years as a program.Virginia erased the bitter taste of last year's historic NCAA Tournament flop by surviving Carsen Edwards' offensive onslaught to earn a spot in the national semifinals for the first time ...

Virginia shakes off Purdue 80-75 in OT to win South Region

Sports 03/30/19, 22:34

From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters.Virginia, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed a year ago, survived overtime and Carson Edwards' staggering 3-point show Saturday night to make it to the Final Four for the first ...

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