Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
Tonight, the No. 1 overall seed takes on a team once ranked No. 1 and now playing its best basketball. On one side is Louisville, the favorite when the field was announced, trying to keep the national championship trophy in the state of Kentucky.
The jig is up for the NCAA. No longer is the product pure or different than the money-grabbing, greedy professional product. Enjoy the Final Four for what it is this weekend: Basketball. Nothing more, nothing less.
Some get paid millions to try and solve the riddle facing the Michigan coaching staff at the Final Four this weekend. How do you score against the Syracuse 2-3 zone defense? Lately, there seems to be no answer.
Can the Shockers continue their surge? It all depends on how they handle Louisville’s relentless pressure.
Give Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague credit. After firing Tubby Smith and striking out on Fred Hoiberg and Mick Cronin, Teague made a bold hire with Richard Pitino.
Chane Behanan would be a star in any other program, but at Louisville, he’s just a piece to the puzzle.
Even with limited drama—none of the regional finals were particularly thrilling—the NCAA Tournament is a wonderful thing, the perfect blend of fairness and unpredictability.
After a season of uncertainty, there’s a clear favorite heading to the Final Four. The Louisville Cardinals.
Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.
64 teams. 32 contests. All going down in an exhilarating — and, yes, exhausting — two-day mosh pit of hoops.
King played with the Nets from 1977-1979 and with the Knicks from 1982-1987. He finished his career with New Jersey in 1993. The Brooklyn native was a four-time NBA All-Star and the 1985 NBA scoring champion.
The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in Trenton by the NCAA, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL. But lawmakers say the suit was not a surprise.
Kentucky has so much talent, it can afford an off-night from one or two players. The one player the Wildcats can’t afford a poor effort from is point guard Marquis Teague.
The first matchup was in mid-November at Madison Square Garden, Kentucky beat Kansas 75-65 in that game.