Final Four

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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 »

And the Final Four Is Set...

Kentucky, UConn join Florida and Wisconsin

(Newser) - It was a thrilling finish: Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left tonight to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. After Harrison's teammate, Julius Randle, inadvertently tipped in the tying shot... More »

New NCAA Champs: Louisville

Cardinals take down Michigan

(Newser) - It's Louisville. The No. 1 seed beat Michigan 82-76 tonight to win the NCAA championship. Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but pulled within one at the break and then gradually took control as the second half wore on. One huge factor: Luke... 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 »

Kansas, Kentucky Will Play for Title

Jayhawks, Wildcats advance to Monday night's game

(Newser) - The Final Four are down to the final two, with Kentucky and Kansas advancing to Monday night's championship game.
  • Kansas 64, Ohio State 62: The Jayhawks won a thriller after trailing by 9 points at the half. They took the lead with under 3 minutes remaining, then came out
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Kansas Rounds Out Final 4

Beats North Carolina Tar Heels 80-67

(Newser) - Nothing personal, Roy. Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way today, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina. The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in... More »

Kentucky Beats Baylor, Nabs Final 4 Spot

Wildcats best Bears 82-70

(Newser) - Kentucky is taking its highlight show back to the Big Easy. With an NBA-like display from a young team filled with future pros, the top-seeded Wildcats advanced to the Final Four for the second year in a row with an 82-70 blitzing of Baylor in the South Regional final today.... More »

Louisville in Final 4 With Win Over Florida

Rick Pitino nearly loses it in win over protege Billy Donovan

(Newser) - Hated to do that to ya, kid. Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege, Billy Donovan, and the Florida Gators... 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 »

Texas A&M Women Win NCAA Title

Aggies beat Notre Dame 76-70 for first title

(Newser) - Danielle Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and Texas A&M beat Notre Dame 76-70 on Tuesday night to win its first national championship. Texas A&M built an early 13-point lead with its aggressive defense, fell behind by seven in the second half,... More »

VCU Stuns Kansas, Heads to Final Four

The 11th-seeded team upsets No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61

(Newser) - Jamie Skeen scored 26 points and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four after the upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61 today. So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they didn't watch the selection show. Two weeks later, they're Houston-bound... More »

Two of Final Four Decided: Butler, UConn

Can Virginia Commonwealth join them tomorrow?

(Newser) - Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four. This is the Butler Way. Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler reached the Final Four for the second... 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 »

Duke Returns to Title Game

Blue Devils' 78-57 victory sends West Virginia packing

(Newser) - Duke moved within 40 minutes of its first national title in 9 years tonight, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia, 78-57. Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for the Blue Devils, who squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to... More »

Butler Will Play for Title

Bulldogs beat Michigan State to advance

(Newser) - Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and collected the final rebound, sending little Butler to its biggest victory, a 52-50 win over Michigan State in the Final Four tonight. The Bulldogs now will play the winner of West Virginia-Duke for the national title on Monday night. In their hometown, no less. More »

Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69

(Newser) - Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left,... More »

West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur

(Newser) - It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked... More »

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