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$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 »

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 »

Louisville's Ware: No, I Never Want to See the Video

Basketball player says he'll be back after broken leg

(Newser) - Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has one thing in common with the rest of America: He never wants to see video of the bone-snapping injury he suffered on the court Sunday. "I don't plan on seeing the video," he tells CNN . "I honestly never want to... More »

Ware Heads Back to Campus After Gruesome Injury

Plans to be on the bench watching game this weekend

(Newser) - "Back to my brothers I go," tweeted Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware today. He's on crutches and out of an Indianapolis hospital two days after snapping his leg in a gruesome mid-game injury , reports AP . Ware is headed back to campus and hopes to accompany the team... More »

Obama's NCAA Bracket Mirrors His Presidency

The underdog turns out not to like underdogs: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - President Obama released his NCAA bracket again this year and, ho hum, he's got two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds making the Final Four. Look back over previous years and you'll find pretty much the same thing, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon . Obama—the author... More »

Obama's Pick to Win the NCAA Tourney Is ...

... Kansas, with the Jayhawks beating Ohio State in the final game

(Newser) - President Obama isn't exactly going out on a limb with his Final Four picks: He's got the top seeds of Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, and Pitt advancing, reports ESPN . He thinks Kansas ("more firepower") will be the ultimate champ by beating Ohio State in the final game. Obama... More »

March Madness Expands to 68 Teams

CBS re-ups with new 14-year contract

(Newser) - March Madness will be just a wee bit madder next year, expanding from 65 teams to 68, the NCAA announced today. Essentially there will be three extra early “play-in” games, ESPN explains. There had been talk of expanding the tournament to as many as 96 teams and engulfing the... More »

Kansas State Clips Xavier in 2OT Thriller

Second seed comes out on top in back-and-forth classic

(Newser) - Second-seeded Kansas State survived a stiff challenge from No. 6 Xavier tonight, with the teams trading punches into a second overtime, where the Wildcats pulled out a 101-96 victory in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Kansas State (29-7) will face another upstart, fifth-seeded Butler, on Saturday, with a trip to... More »

Kentucky Ends Cornell Run

Top seed builds huge lead, holds off Ivy champ late

(Newser) - Top-seeded Kentucky took a huge halftime lead tonight, then held off a game effort from No. 12 Cornell to win, 62-45, and end the Big Red's surprising run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Wildcats (35-2) advanced to the tourney's final eight, and will play No. 2 seed West... More »

Butler Bounces No. 1 Syracuse

West Virginia subdues Washington, moves into last 8

(Newser) - Syracuse became the second No. 1 seed to tumble out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, losing tonight to fifth-seeded Butler, 63-59. The Bulldogs (31-4) advance to the tourney's final eight; one more victory and they would play in the Final Four in their home city, Indianapolis. Butler will No.... More »

NCAA Final Four Goes 3D

Jennifer Hudson to sing 'One Shining Moment'

(Newser) - Sports fans will get a chance to watch the NCAA Final Four in 3D as CBS attempts to gauge interest in the extra dimension. It won't be 3D TV—fans must go to movie theaters to view a live broadcast of the games. About 100 theaters nationwide are expected to... More »

NCAA Strips Memphis Hoops of Best Season

Violations wipe 38 wins from Calipari team's run to '08 title game

(Newser) - The NCAA today stripped the University of Memphis men’s basketball team of 38 victories and various hardware from the 2007-08 season, during which it reached the national championship game, for major violations centering on top recruit Derrick Rose, the Commercial Appeal reports. The infractions came during the coaching tenure... More »

Don't Dismiss Spartans in UNC Rematch

(Newser) - Rationally, Michigan State shouldn’t have prayer in tonight’s NCAA basketball title game, writes Chris Dufresne in the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this season, North Carolina didn’t just beat the Spartans, it demolished them 98-63—and the Tar Heels have only gotten better since. “Cold hard facts... More »

Detroit Hopes for NCAA Boost

(Newser) - Downtown Detroit will be hopping this weekend, as hoops fans overrun the city for the Final Four. But outside the carousing along the city’s spruced-up main drag, things look as dire as ever, the Washington Post reports. One in five residents are unemployed, and abandoned homes and factories line... More »

Obama Picks His Final Four

(Newser) - President Obama has followed through on a campaign promise and filled out an NCAA basketball tournament bracket for ESPN, the sports network reports. Obama pledged in October to edify the college basketball audience with his picks, provided he won the election. His Final Four? Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Memphis.... More »

How to Pick NCAA Brackets and Not Go Mad in March

Don't let college basketball brackets control you

(Newser) - Obsessing over your NCAA tournament bracket? A time-management expert tells Esquire how to keep the March Madness time-suck under control.
  • Admit you have a problem—possibly after someone tells you, "You really seem to be getting over-involved with this whole thing.”
  • Cut back. Sure, "cutting it out
... More »

Kansas Crushes UNC to Reach Title Game

Rush's 25 help Jayhawks jump out to 40-12 lead

(Newser) - Kansas took to the underdog role just fine last night, reports the Kansas City Star. The Jayhawks jumped all over favored North Carolina early, building a 40-12 lead in the first half, and cruised to an 84-66 Final Four win last night. The Jayhawks will face Memphis, which beat UCLA... 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 »

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