2008 NCAA Tournament

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100,000 at Parade for KU

Fans implore NBA prospects to return during largest fete in Lawrence history

(Newser) - In possibly the biggest celebration in the city's history, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 lined Lawrence's streets Sunday to honor the national basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks. Fans from as far away as Colorado and Minnesota, some in trees and on rooftops, came to get a glimpse of... More »

Why Won't Self Nix OSU Offer?

Jayhawks coach is happy where he is... right?

(Newser) - Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self has a lot of leverage now that he's taken his team to the national championship, but he's being uncharacteristically vague in answering rumors of an obscenely generous job offer from his alma mater Oklahoma State. Joe Posnanski speculates in the Kansas City Star as to... More »

The Blues Ring Out in Memphis

The Tigers had only just begun to believe they could make it

(Newser) - Memphis coach John Calipari had told his team's fans to "Expect good things to happen," and they did. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose knew their Tigers had the chance to snatch the NCAA crown away from Kansas, and for a while it looked like they would. Instead, the... More »

Rock, Chalk Jayhawks Are Champs

Kansas wins after Memphis is foul from the line

(Newser) - Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to push the game into overtime and the Jayhawk defense shut down Memphis throughout the extra period to clinch the NCAA men's basketball championship, 75-68. "We got the ball in our most clutch player's hands, and he... More »

The Man Behind the Moment

Songwriter Barrett penned NCAA finals theme song to impress a waitress

(Newser) - Luther Vandross's performance of "One Shining Moment" is played at the end of the NCAA finals to make viewers teary-eyed, and the world has songwriter David Barrett to thank, reports the Fayetteville Observer. Barrett wrote the song after attempting to win over a waitress by discussing the greatness of... More »

Kansas Says 'So Long, Cinderella'

Kansas barely avoids upset at the hands of Davidson

(Newser) - Davidson battled Goliath again and this time Goliath won, as Kansas' big men controlled the middle in a 59-57 victory to advance to Final Four for the first time ever under coach Bill Self. It marked it a clean sweep for the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, another... More »

Rose, Memphis Headed to San Antonio

Calipari's kids beat Texas handily to advance to Final Four

(Newser) - Derrick Rose had 21 points and nine assists, and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 25 points, as Memphis handled Texas with ease, 85-67, to advance to the Final Four. The third time was a charm for John Calipari and the Tigers as they finally reached the national semifinals after losing in the... More »

Terps Advance Through Vandy to Round of 8

Stanford women pass Pittsburgh to set up match with Maryland

(Newser) - The Maryland Terrapins are on their way to the Spokane Regional finals after a decisive 80-66 defeat of Vanderbilt, reports the Washington Post. The top-seeded Terps followed the lead of Crystal Langhorne, who put up 28 points and nine boards and helped keep the Commodores from ever truly threatening a... More »

UNC Punches San Antonio Ticket

Hansbrough's 28 point helps Tar Heels into Final Four

(Newser) - North Carolina reached its second Final Four in four years with an 83-73 win over Louisville last night, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The Tar Heels, who blew an 11-point lead to lose to Georgetown in last season's Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, had flashbacks in the second... More »

UCLA Rumbles Into Final Four

Bruins return for the third straight year

(Newser) - UCLA is back in the Final Four for the third straight year. In Thursday's win over Western Kentucky, Bruins fans chanted "Keeeeeff" as James Keefe led the charge. Today, they were back to "Loooooc" as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute shook off a bad ankle to help spark... More »

No Warts Here: Memphis Dominates Michigan State

As Tigers break the Elite Eight for the third straight year on the back of a giant first half

(Newser) - The Tigers pounced early and often, and all those flaws critics have been pointing out since the NCAA tourney began were nowhere to be seen, the Commercial Appeal reports. Memphis put on a clinic last night, breaking the game open 50-20 by the end of the first half, en route... 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 »

Size Doesn't Matter As Texas Beats Stanford

Longhorns overcome Cardinal's twin towers, advance to South final

(Newser) - D.J. Augustin had 21 points, seven assists and triggered a 20-3 second half run as Texas broke open a one-point game and defeated third-seeded Stanford, 82-62. Augustin scored eight points during that stretch and fed Damion James on a big-time dunk that brought a roar from the partisan crowd.... More »

On the Menu: Curried Badger

Davidson continues dramatic run by whipping Wisconsin, advancing to Elite 8

(Newser) - Highly touted defenses don't seem to rattle Stephen Curry and Davidson, as they knocked off another higher seed—this time No. 3 Wisconsin—in convincing fashion, 73-56. The sophomore sensation, the son of former NBA star Dell Curry, had 33 points. It was his third consecutive game over 30 as... More »

UCLA Shows Western Kentucky No Love

Bruins wake up in time creep closer to third straight Final Four

(Newser) - UCLA held its breath last night until Cinderella finally decided to go home. With point guard Darren Collison fouling out with five minutes left, the Bruins had to hold on down the stretch for an 88-78 win over 12th-seeded Western Kentucky, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Bruins now just... More »

Louisville Derails Tennessee Train

Cardinals on brink of sending Pitino to a sixth Final Four

(Newser) - Rick Pitino improved to 8-0 in regional semifinals and has Louisville one win away from the Final Four after a 79-60 win over Tennessee last night, reports the Associated Press. Pitino mixed up his defenses throughout the game to shut down the high-powered offense of the No. 2-seeded Volunteers. The... More »

Washington St. No Match for Mighty Tar Heels

No. 1 North Carolina wins by 21 points to reach Final Eight

(Newser) - North Carolina averaged 110 points in its first two games of the NCAA tournament but was held to a mere 68 tonight against Washington State. Didn't matter. The Tar Heels still managed to dominate and come away with a 68-47 win to advance to the Final Eight. The 21-point spread... More »

Lady Huskies Mess With Texas to Advance

Maryland shucks Huskers, UNC defeats Georgia with ease

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut women breezed to an easy 89-55 victory over Texas to advance to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen round, thanks largely to Maya Moore and her 24 points. Scoring 16 of those within eight minutes, Moore also shone on defense with spectacular shot blocking, reports the Hartford ... More »

Lady Vols Roll to 1st-Round Rout of Oral Roberts

Duke smashes newbie Murray State, Virginia gallops past UCSB

(Newser) - The Tennessee women had no trouble securing their 27th straight first-round win yesterday, staying comfortably ahead of Oral Roberts and finishing with a decisive 94-55 victory. In only 14 minutes of play Candace Parker racked up 14 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Angie Bjorklund led UT's scoring with... More »

So Long, Sooners As Louisville Moves On

Cardinals trounce Oklahoma, 78-48

(Newser) - The Big East sent more teams to the NCAA tournament than any other conference this year, and will have as many as any conference in the Regional Semifinals, too, as three of the eight remain. Louisville is among them, after annihilating No. 6 seed Oklahoma, 78-48. The Cardinals led 44-22... More »

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