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The Latest: N Carolina joins OK, 'Nova, 'Cuse in Final Four

The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):<p>11:05 p.m.<p>With a wide smile, Roy Williams joined the North Carolina huddle wearing his Final Four cap sideways.<p>But the Tar Heels in the Final Four seems like a natural fit.<p>The Tar …

Roy Williams

Seeded 10th, Syracuse Is One of the Last Four Left

CHICAGO — Shortly before Coach Jim Boeheim cut down the net to celebrate a most improbable victory, he grabbed a microphone and noted to the assembled fans that he had just witnessed the best comeback in Syracuse’s long, rich basketball history.<p>Boeheim could have been talking about his own comeback …

Notre Dame looking for kind of respect only a Final Four can provide

In the order of newsworthy stories coming out of South Bend, Ind., Notre Dame coach Mike Brey knows where the Irish rank even on the eve of playing in their second straight NCAA tournament Elite Eight.<p>"Well, we have a quarterback controversy going on right now in South Bend," he said, referencing …

A fired-up Buddy Hield has Oklahoma in Final Four after rout of Oregon

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Buddy Hield is not one of those insular players solely focused on his own team while ignoring outside influences and statements.<p>He sees everything, he hears everything and he watches everything. And when he heard that some Oregon players wanted to take a run at outplaying him in …

The Latest: N Carolina joins OK, 'Nova, 'Cuse in Final Four

The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):<p>11:05 p.m.<p>With a wide smile, Roy Williams joined the North Carolina huddle wearing his Final Four cap sideways.<p>But the Tar Heels in the Final Four seems like a natural fit.<p>The Tar …

Roy Williams

NCAA's Mark Emmert expressed concerns to North Carolina governor over anti-gay measure

ANAHEIM, Calif. — NCAA President Mark Emmert said he talked to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday about how opposition to anti-discrimination legislation that protects people based their on sexual orientation and gender identity might affect championships scheduled to be held in North …

Vandy coach Kevin Stallings has offer from Pitt, expected to accept

Pitt has offered its head coach vacancy to Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings and he is expected to accept, multiple sources told CBS Sports on Saturday.<p>A source said that Stallings and Pitt spent several hours on Saturday working out contract details.<p>An announcement is expected as early as Monday …

With a Barrage of 3-Pointers, Oklahoma Overpowers Oregon

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With five seconds left in the first half of the West Regional final, the Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield put up a shot from a spot midway between the halfcourt line and the 3-point arc. The ball slipped through the net to give the Sooners an 18-point halftime lead.<p>As the …

NCAA Tournament boasts all 4 No. 1 seeds still in title hunt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Who's No. 1?<p>The final answer of the NCAA Tournament is still a March mystery.<p>But in the Elite Eight, the answer is much more translucent — each region is represented by the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2009.<p>The underdogs stole the spotlight early in the tourney. This …

March Madness

Kansas vs. Villanova: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2016

The No. 2 seed Villanova Wildcats are headed to their first Final Four since 2009 following a 64-59 <b></b>win over the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks in Saturday's South Regional final at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Villanova went the final four minutes, 29 seconds of regulation without a made …

Kansas' Elite Eight loss illuminates underachievement in the NCAA tournament

USA TODAY Sports' Gerry Ahern breaks down Villanova's win against Kansas. USA TODAY Sports<p>The somber end to Kansas' season on Saturday night showed how cruel March can be. The NCAA tournament's best overall team is no more.<p>An argument could be made that the Jayhawks' 64-59 loss to Villanova <i>felt</i> …

Coach K apologizes for statements following loss to Oregon

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said he incorrectly answered a reporter’s question when denying he lectured Oregon’s Dillon Brooks for sportsmanship, according to a statement released by the school on Saturday.<p>He also apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for taking attention away from the …

LISTEN: Audio proves Coach K admonished Oregon's Dillon Brooks

For this writer's money, there has not ever been a better college basketball coach than Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.<p>Rarely has he made a misstep as silly as the one he did in the press conference on Thursday night following Duke's 82-68 loss to Oregon.<p>Let's set the scene. On Oregon's final possession of …

In NCAA tournament, is No. 2 better than No. 1? In one case, yes.

The first night of this NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 play was rife with blowouts, with the No. 2 seeds looking particularly impressive. Villanova used a three-point fueled offense to end Miami’s title hopes. Then there is Oklahoma, who essentially used national player of the year candidate Buddy …

Texas A&M

Illinois State still struggles with last April's tragedy

Illinois State basketball players walked through a thick fog at dawn last April from their dorms to Redbird Arena.<p>An adamant call from their coach around 6 a.m. had awakened them with orders to meet in an hour. Most expected to hear a teammate had broken a rule and figured they would be running …

Tony Bennett finally breaks the door down, gets Virginia to the Elite Eight

CHICAGO -- We rush things too much in sports. We expect the biggest results in the fastest manner possible with the most appealing styles en route to near-instant achievement. Sometimes -- most often, in fact -- dividends don't show themselves immediately. Sometimes it takes a lot of patience. …

Coach K apologizes to Altman for postgame chat with Brooks

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for his postgame conversation with Dillon Brooks.<p>In a statement issued Saturday, Krzyzewski said "it is not my place to talk to another team's player" and he hoped he "did not create a distraction" for …

Mike Krzyzewski

Virginia vs. Iowa State: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2016

Any concerns about the Virginia Cavaliers' offensive capabilities were squashed by their 84-71 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 on Friday.<p>Virginia exploded out of the gate, building a 26-9 lead after 11 minutes, and fought off Iowa State's valiant second-half comeback attempt to …

With ‘I-95 Edge,’ Irish Show Badgers the Exit

PHILADELPHIA — A peculiar smell greeted the Notre Dame basketball team Thursday when it got off its bus. The scent, an industrial bouquet of exhaust and grime, offended the noses of players hailing from the Midwest and farther afield. To which guard Matt Farrell, a proud New Jersey native, …

Duke Loses, Reminds Us Why They're America's Most Hated

After the Blue Devils got bounced by Oregon in the Sweet 16, Grayson Allen blows off Dillon Brooks – and Coach K got in on the act<p>When he's not tripping opponents, Grayson Allen is shunning them after losses.<p>Allen, the latest in a long line of Duke players everyone outside of Durham hates, was …

North Carolina runs away from Indiana, 101-86, in Sweet 16

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — North Carolina keeps on scoring and keeps on winning and the Tar Heels are one victory from their first Final Four in seven years.<p>Marcus Paige started the Tar Heels' impressive shooting performance with four early 3-pointers and he finished with 21 points as North Carolina …

North Carolina

In Tom We Trust: Can the Hoosiers' Coach Finally Get Some Respect?

Tom Crean resurrected an Indiana program in shambles and has them back in the Sweet 16 – maybe he knew what he was doing all along<p>I don't think Tom Crean set out to become a facial contortionist, but it probably hasn't helped his cause. It can be hard to take someone seriously when he is mugging …

Syracuse turns up pressure to stun Gonzaga, reach Elite Eight

CHICAGO — In this, the year of the ACC, it was never going to end another way.<p>​Tyler Lydon got a monster block with about two seconds left, then made a pair of free throws to seal a 63-60 victory over Gonzaga and an all-ACC Midwest Region final. Syracuse will play top-seeded Virginia on …

Miami vs. Villanova - Game Summary - March 24, 2016 - ESPN

Dickie V: Nova 'legitimate' contenders<p>play1:26<p>Villanova overpowers Miami en route to Elite 8<p>play1:44<p>Arcidiacono's favorite part of the win: 'The …

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Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma - Game Summary - March 24, 2016 - ESPN

Aggies fall to Sooners in Sweet Sixteen<p>play2:11<p>Oklahoma reaches first Elite 8 since 2009<p>play1:35<p>Hield: Guys stepped up vs. Texas A&M<p>play1:16<p>Lon …

Texas A&M

Maryland vs. Kansas - Game Summary - March 24, 2016 - ESPN

Kansas joined Kentucky, North Carolina, and Duke as the only schools with 100 NCAA Tournament wins.Bill Self became the 12th coach with 40 NCAA …

American South

Duke vs. Oregon - Game Summary - March 24, 2016 - ESPN

Altman on victory over Duke: 'It means a lot to our guys'<p>play1:35<p>No repeat for Duke, Oregon to Elite Eight<p>play2:17<p>Oregon used a strong second-half …

Western United States

Oklahoma, Villanova prove one thing: No. 2 seeds are for real

Oklahoma's late-season slide gave skeptics ammo, and Villanova's run through the Big East regular season didn't look nearly as impressive after …

Villanova Wildcats

The Madness Is Here

Welcome to the 2016 men's basketball Tournament Challenge. It's that time of year again, when all the chatter about teams involves phrases like: body …

Fantasy Sports

Kansas, Bill Self prove trustworthy in Sweet 16 victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- This is what Bill Self does. Give him the better team in a Sweet 16 matchup and he'll give you the Elite Eight.<p>He did it at …

Bill Self