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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 »

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 »

The Awful Truth About March Madness

You will lose to a 7-year-old

(Newser) - March Madness is fun and all, but it's also increasingly "a pressurized, almost compulsory national quiz show" laments Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal . With bracket deadlines looming, here are some things to keep in mind to keep you sane:
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March Madness Underdogs to Root For

They may not win your bracket contest, but they're fun teams

(Newser) - It's that time of year again. Time to fill out a bracket and form deep opinions about dozens of college basketball teams you've barely heard of. Yes, March Madness is upon us (you can download a bracket here ), and that means it's time to look for... 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 »

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 »

Jennifer Hudson Tarnishes One Shining Moment

Tournament-ending video montage disappoints

(Newser) - CBS dropped the ball on the most eagerly awaited part of its NCAA basketball tournament coverage, critics agree. Hiring Jennifer Hudson—who isn't even a CBS recording artist—to sing "One Shining Moment" was one thing, but turning the wildly popular annual highlight montage into a Jennifer Hudson video... More »

President Schools Hoops Analyst in H-O-R-S-E

Retired Indiana Pacer Clark Kellogg of CBS lets down his guard

(Newser) - CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg knows pressure—he played for Ohio State and the Indiana Pacers before moving to the TV studio—but he appears to have let his guard down on the White House court. In a game of H-O-R-S-E—renamed P-O-T-U-S, a common abbreviation of "president of... 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 »

No. 1 Seed Duke Advances

Blue Devils eliminate Baylor to gain Final Four

(Newser) - Nolan Smith scored a career-high 29 points and top-seeded Duke used a big run late in the game to beat Baylor, 78-71, today in Houston. Duke, the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament, will play in the national semis for the first time since 2004, against East Regional... 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 »

Underdog Butler Gains Final Four

West Regional No. 5 seed topples K-State, will play 5 miles from campus

(Newser) - Butler has earned a trip home for the Final Four. Gordon Hayward made a driving layup with under a minute to go, and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs used the same tenacious defense they exhibited all game in the closing seconds to knock off second-seeded Kansas State , 63-56, in the West Regional... More »

Cornell Vs. Kentucky Is a Mess of Stereotypes

'Plucky' white kids play 'street kids'

(Newser) - Cornell plays Kentucky tonight in the NCAA tournament, and Matt Taibbi is tired of hearing the same old storyline—and stereotypes—repeated again and again: the "plucky" white kids of Cornell, playing only for the love of the game, going up against the "showboating NBA-bound street kids at... More »

Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16

Big Red will face Kentucky; Ohio State outlasts Ga. Tech

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24, and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, today in Jacksonville, becoming the first Ivy League team since Penn in 1979 to advance to the round of 16.The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional... More »

Cornell Bounces Temple

Ivy League records first win since 1998; Xavier eliminates Minnesota

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 21 points, Ryan Wittman added 20, and No. 12 seed Cornell sent fifth-seeded Temple home with a 78-65 today in Jacksonville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. With its first win in five trips to the tournament, the Big Red (28-4) recorded the Ivy League's... More »

Buzzer-Beater Notches First Tournament Upset

And lucky President Obama picked 'em in his bracket

(Newser) - The president called this one, all right. Danero Thomas hit a 15-footer at the buzzer as 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4 seed Vanderbilt 66-65 in the first big upset of the NCAA tournament. It's the school's first tournament win since 1988. Maybe President Obama was onto something picking these... 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 »

96 Teams Is 31 Too Many ...or Not Enough

Or maybe the men's NCAA tournament field should include all 347 teams

(Newser) - The NCAA's interest in expanding the men's basketball tournament from 65 teams to 96 has met with almost universal scorn, but the bottom line will clearly dictate the path the all-American rite of spring takes. For some, even 96 teams isn't enough. "It's going to make putting a bracket... More »

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