March Madness

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Coach's Strategy to Bait Player: Call Him 'Queen'

But Oregon's Louis King has the last laugh with victory over UC Irvine

(Newser) - The Sweet 16 is set, and one of those 16 is Oregon, which easily beat UC Irvine 73-54 despite the losing coach's name-calling strategy. As the Oregonian reports, Irvine coach Russell Turner kept referring to Oregon freshman Louis King as "queen" during the game. But, he swears it... More »

There's a Reason Urologists Are Busy This Time of Year

More men get vasectomies during March Madness

(Newser) - Pity the urologist who loves college basketball—he may not get much time to enjoy March Madness. Urologists around the country report an uptick in vasectomies this time of year—because men can recover by sitting on the couch and watching basketball. Stories in the Columbus Dispatch of Ohio, the... More »

After FSU Victory, a Heartbreaking Phone Call

Forward Phil Cofer learned his father, a former NFL player, had died after long illness

(Newser) - March Madness joy followed by heartbreak: Florida State senior forward Phil Cofer watched his team take victory over Vermont on Thursday only to learn immediately after the game that his father had died. Media were enjoying an open locker room period following the 76-69 win in the first round of... More »

Buffett Gives 390K a Shot at $1M a Year for Life

March Madness challenge limited to Berkshire Hathaway employees

(Newser) - Warren Buffett is offering $1 million a year for life in his March Madness bracket challenge—but this year, only Berkshire Hathaway's 390,000 employees are eligible. Employees will need to correctly guess which NCAA Division I teams make the Sweet 16—"assuming nobody else wins at the... More »

Cinderella Vanquished, NCAA Title to Be a Slugfest

Villanova is just dropping unstoppable 3-point bombs, will take on Michigan in final

(Newser) - Michigan has shored up the deficiency that always held it back, becoming one of the nation's best defensive teams, not one of its worst. This new-found stinginess has the Wolverines within reach of their first national title since Glen Rice and Rumeal Robinson rumbled through the bracket in 1989,... More »

Your Final Four: 3 Giants, 1 Underdog

Loyola-Chicago still in the hunt, along with Kansas, Villanova, and Michigan

(Newser) - Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere. Though the 2018 NCAA Tournament produced the biggest upset in the history of the event along with a seemingly endless string of wild finishes and unexpected results, the Final Four will look very much like it has over the... More »

It's the 'Most Surprising Upset in College Basketball History'

University of Maryland-Baltimore County trounced Virginia 74-54

(Newser) - Jairus Lyles couldn't suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen—a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the sports world by pulling off the most surprising upset in college basketball history,... More »

Monday's Title Game Should Be a Brawl

Powerhouses UNC, Gonzaga are stacked with giant, veteran players

(Newser) - Their pedigrees are different, but both teams are loaded with veterans. Both have some heft in the middle. When Gonzaga meets North Carolina for the NCAA national championship on Monday night, it could be quite a brawl, reports the AP . "They're big just like us and they match... More »

In Upset, South Carolina Heading to Final Four

Beats Florida to reach Final Four for first time

(Newser) - South Carolina has completed its surprise run to the Final Four, the AP reports. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks held on down the stretch to beat 4-seed Florida 77-70 in the East Region final in New York Sunday. The Gamecocks' tournament run included upsets of 2-seed Duke—the preseason No. 1-ranked team—... More »

First 1-Seed Bounced From NCAA Tourney

Wisconsin stuns Villanova

(Newser) - Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region, the AP reports. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.... More »

Proud March Madness Mom: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Her son, Charlie, plays for Northwestern

(Newser) - The fact that Julia Louis-Dreyfus' son helped her alma mater, Northwestern, make it into the NCAA March Madness bracket for the first time was a victory in itself. But then the No. 8 seed in the West actually won. Cameras caught Louis-Dreyfus, 56, looking awestruck and mouthing the words "... 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 »

Bad News for Guy Tied for First in $50K NCAA Contest

He's doing really well in his bracket picks, except ... he forgot to choose a winner

(Newser) - Deadspin's "oh noooooo" is probably the best way to express the sad tale of James Kiki. The resident of Syracuse, NY—and refugee from South Sudan—decided to enter Yahoo's bracket contest for the NCAA basketball tournament, making his picks for the $50,000 grand prize,... More »

$100 Bet on Syracuse Win Could Pay $100K

Wager was placed when no one thought the Orange had a chance

(Newser) - In an incredible run that SB Nation says "doesn't make sense" and Sports Illustrated labels "improbable," Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday, the AP reports—making the Orange the first No. 10 seed to make it to the Final Four. And one bettor... 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 »

Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history

(Newser) - For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to... More »

Kentucky Player Sorry After Mic Catches Slur

Andrew Harrison got caught dissing Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky

(Newser) - As Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison sat at a press conference last night trying to explain his previously undefeated team's exit from the Final Four , he let loose with an under-the-breath comment for which he's now predictably sorry. "Karl, could you talk about (Frank) Kaminsky and what if... More »

Duke, Wisconsin Head to Final

Kentucky's perfect season ends; Blue Devils go back to Indianapolis

(Newser) - Duke trounced Michigan State today, and Wisconsin ruined Kentucky's perfect season to set up the national championship game: the Blue Devils vs. Badgers. In the Duke game, Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18, and senior Quinn Cook had 17 to lead top-seeded Duke to... More »

Watch Dad (and Coach) Fall Off Chair Over Son's Epic Shot

Ron Hunter of Georgia State was already injured celebrating the last win

(Newser) - The big play making headlines from the NCAA tournament today is RJ Hunter's late 3-pointer that gave Georgia State an upset win over Baylor. But it's not just because of the shot. Hunter's father, Ron Hunter, is Georgia State's coach, and as he was celebrating the... More »

Wisconsin, Kentucky Nab Top Spots in March Madness

Villanova and Duke were easy No. 1 picks

(Newser) - The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976. Oh, but there were surprises when the bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did not. Wisconsin... More »

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