The madness in March Madness began before the brackets even came out.
Neither first-time finalist Cincinnati nor seventh-seeded Louisville was in the league eight years ago. But they’ll be front and center Saturday night when they play for the conference crown at Madison Square Garden.
Connecticut basketball fans lined up four and five deep at spots Sunday to catch a glimpse of UConn’s men’s basketball team as they paraded through downtown to celebrate the program’s third national title.
All the top seeds have gone home, all the “smart money” is down the tubes and millions of brackets are in the trash. Even in the unpredictable world of March Madness, this is a Final Four nobody could have imagined.
Brandon Knight scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Kentucky restored some order to the Final Four with a 76-69 win over second-seeded North Carolina on Sunday in the East Regional final.
The 11th-seeded VCU Rams, who didn’t even bother watching the NCAA tournament selection show, are heading to Houston, and final No. 1 seed Kansas is heading home after a spectacular collapse.
Four of the nation’s most prestigious basketball programs – Ohio State, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Marquette – held public workouts at the Prudential Center, and fans got a first hand look at some of the nation’s elite teams.
March is an ornery month, a month removed from football, a tease for baseball, and an irritant to an already irritated fan base frothing for action. Basketball is a few drips of water in the deep chasm between the NFL and MLB. We have no choice.
Jordan Taylor hit two big free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen’s 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to overcome a rough shooting night, lifting the Badgers to a 70-65 win over Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points Saturday to lift third-seeded Brigham Young to an 89-67 victory over 11th-seeded Gonzaga and send the Cougars to New Orleans for the regional semifinals.
With plenty of help from Pittsburgh, Butler found another way to pull off a stunning upset in the NCAA tournament. Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and Butler eliminated top-seeded Pittsburgh 71-70 Saturday.
There’s a new kid on the block in this year’s NCAA Tournament, a scrappy underdog looking to compete with the big boys and grab a piece of March Madness for its own – Newark, New Jersey.
The Big East is just too big and too good to fit into the usual tidy constraints of the NCAA tournament bracket. So it will come about on Saturday that Connecticut and Cincinnati will meet in the round of 32, the first time in NCAA tournament history an intraconference game has been played before the round of 16.
This is definitely the weakest tournament we’ve seen in recent history. 7 teams have at least 13 losses. We’ve never before had more than 3 teams with 13 losses in the dance.
For all you college basketball fans who’ve moaned over the years that you could do a better job of switching among NCAA tournament games than CBS — here’s your chance.