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Epic Finish: Villanova Wins NCAA Title at Buzzer

Kris Jenkins hits basket as time runs out

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest NCAA title games of all time. North Carolina's Marcus Paige had just tied it for the Tar Heels after adjusting in the air and... More »

March Madness Final: UNC vs. Villanova

Both teams handily defeat their opponents to advance to the big game

(Newser) - North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night. The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985. Both teams advanced to the championship game with... More »

Brackets Again Busted: 'Nova Dumps Kansas

Overall No. 1 seed is out; Wildcats, Oklahoma head to Final Four

(Newser) - The Big 12 lost its shot at landing two teams in the Final Four when Villanova beat overall No. 1 seed Kansas. Oklahoma did its part earlier Saturday, beating Oregon in the Elite Eight. The Atlantic Coast Conference, on the other hand, has guaranteed itself two of the Final Four... More »

Tips for Your March Madness Bracket

Some portion of everything you need to know!

(Newser) - Glance around your office, and odds are you'll see more than one person staring brow-furrowed at a March Madness bracket. Yes, the selection committee released its official bracket yesterday (you can download one here ), and that means it's time to identify Cinderellas, pick some 5-12 upsets, and/or... More »

N. Iowa Stuns Overall No. 1 Kansas

St. Mary's upsets second-seeded Villanova

(Newser) - Northern Iowa upset overall No. 1 seed Kansas tonight in Oklahoma City, 69-67, sending a Missouri Valley team to the round of 16 for the first time since Larry Bird led Indiana State to the final in 1979. The Panthers led almost the whole way. Ali Farokhmanesh had missed six... More »

Obama's Final Four: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Villanova

President picked winner in ESPN entry last year

(Newser) - President Obama predicts Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, and Villanova to be the final four teams in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Obama filled out a bracket for ESPN for the second consecutive year. This time, he's also making picks for the women's tournament, selecting Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford, and... More »

NBA Mourns Pistons Great Chuck Daly

Hall of Famer, 78, succumbed to cancer, a coach to the end

(Newser) - The basketball world is mourning Hall of Famer Chuck Daly, who died today of pancreatic cancer at 78. Daly is best known as the coach of the “Bad Boy” Pistons teams and the original 1992 Olympic Dream Team. He’s the winningest coach in Detroit’s history, with 467... More »

UNC Cruises to Title Game

(Newser) - In a classic case of men vs. boys, North Carolina never gave Villanova much chance to breathe, let alone whip up a fresh dose of Final Four magic. Ty Lawson scored 22 points, Wayne Ellington had 20 more, and the Tar Heels eased to an 83-69 win tonight over the... More »

NCAA Tourney as Boring as Ever

Popularity has sucked all the charm out of the tournament

(Newser) - In the '60s and '70s, the NCAA tournament was boring because UCLA seemingly always won. These days, "instead of UCLA winning it every year, there are now between five and nine UCLAs that can win it every year," Charles Pierce writes for Slate. "It's just as... More »

Missouri, 'Nova Make Elite 8

Wildcats crush Blue Devils; Missouri comes out top in Tigers showdown

(Newser) - Villanova and Missouri have powered through to the Elite Eight, reports the Los Angeles Times. Villanova rolled over Duke 77-54 to set up a Big East showdown with Pittsburgh. Wildcats guard Scottie Reynolds scored a game-high 16 points, while the No. 2 seeded Blue Devils were held to their worst... More »

'Nova Ends UCLA's Final Four Run

(Newser) - The Wildcats had it all the way. Dante Cunningham scored 18 points Saturday, helping Villanova reach the round of 16 for the fourth time in 5 years with an 89-69 victory over UCLA that ended the Bruins' bid for a fourth straight Final Four appearance. Corey Fisher and Reggie Redding... More »

Nova's Run Ends With Thud Against Kansas

Jayhawks steamroll into the Elite Eight

(Newser) - Kansas had its third straight cakewalk of the tournament, surging ahead of 12th-seeded Villanova early and never looking back in a 72-57 victory at Ford Field in Detroit. The Jayhawks were led by Brandon Rush with 16 points, and Russell Robinson, who had 15 and played excellent defense on Villanova's... More »

Villanova, Reynolds Waltz to Sweet Sixteen

Never trail in 84-72 defeat of Siena

(Newser) - Villanova made it look easy today, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Never trailing after a dominant start, the Wildcats notched their third Sweet 16 appearance in four years with an  84-72 triumph over Siena in the Midwest regional's second round. Scottie Reynolds made his presence felt early, netting 15 points in... More »

Villanova Digs Out of Deep Hole to Upset Clemson

Despite coaches' technical foul in final minutes, hold on, 75-69

(Newser) - It would not have been an easy loss for coach Jay Wright to live down, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer, if it had come to that, but his players bailed him out after a costly technical foul with less than three minutes left in regulation that helped Clemson tie their first... More »

Villanova Ousted by Dominant Georgetown

West Virginia shocks UConn; Pitt defeats Louisville in Big East

(Newser) - Just a day after routing Syracuse 82-63, Villanova fell to No. 1 seeded Georgetown by the exact same score in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.  On the bubble entering today’s game, the loss likely ends any hope of an NCAA berth for the Wildcats. Georgetown dominated... More »

Love Is All UCLA Needs Against 'Zona

Notre Dame beats DePaul; Louisville dominates Villanova

(Newser) - Kevin Love may be a freshman, but you’d never know it by the way he's played this year, and especially today: UCLA’s center led the Bruins with 24 points and 15 rebounds to defeat the Arizona Wildcats, 68-66. Arizona’s Jerryd Bayless made every effort in the final... More »

Marquette Strikes Blow to 'Nova's Hopes

Four Golden Eagles reach double-digit scoring in road win

(Newser) - Villanova missed a chance tonight to knock off a visiting Top 25 opponent for the second time in three days, dropping an 85-75 decision to No. 21 Marquette. Dominic James led the Golden Eagles with 25 points as they rallied from seven down, after 20 minutes, with a 53-point second... More »

Villanova Ends No. 13 UConn's 10-Game Run

Georgetown routs Cincinnati, Marquette crushes Rutgers

(Newser) - Villanova ended No. 13 Connecticut's 10-game winning streak with a 67-65 Big East win over the Huskies today, reports the Hartford Courant. Scottie Reynolds led the way for the Wildcats with 15 of his 18 points in the second half. The Huskies erased a 13-point deficit with 7:42 left,... More »

Georgetown Tops Villanova in Slopfest

Wildcats endure 0-of-19 stretch, but Hoyas still need last-second FTs

(Newser) - No. 8 Georgetown finally beat Villanova at home. But it took an historically bad shooting performance by the Wildcats, and the Hoyas still needed a home-court call with 0.1 seconds left in regulation. Freshman Corey Stokes was ruled to have fouled Jonathan Wallace after a Villanova turnover, and Wallace... More »

St. John Clearly Not Patron Saint of Shooting

Villanova also can't buy a bucket vs. Pitt; Ole Miss upsets Vandy

(Newser) - St. John's shot a season-low 21.3% from the field and didn't get a basket until five minutes remained in the first half—and No. 6 Georgetown took advantage, trampling the Red Storm 74-42. The intermission tally was an absurd 41-14, and fittingly, a reserve player led the victors with... More »

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