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Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Nobody Filling Out an NCAA Bracket Has Ever Done This

Gregg Nigl of Ohio is perfect through 48 games. And he had no idea

(Newser) - Of the millions of people who have filled out March Madness brackets in major contests across the US, only one fan has gotten all 48 games right so far. Pretty impressive. Even more impressive? Nobody has ever done that before in the history of bracket contests, according to NCAA.com... 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 »

NCAA Basketball Players Take a Knee

It's in response to a Confederacy rally nearby

(Newser) - Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday, the AP reports. With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at... More »

Student Says MSU Protected 3 Athletes Who Raped Her

The woman is suing, says she was told to 'just get yourself better'

(Newser) - A former sports journalism major says she was raped by three Michigan State basketball players in one of several sexual assault allegations to come out of MSU's athletics program and the third brought against basketball players since 2010, the Detroit Free Press reports. The then-18-year-old woman says three unidentified... More »

Wildcats Rout Wolverines for 2nd Title in 3 Years

'Big Ragu' starred in epic Villanova win

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats turned their second national title in three years into a rout with a 79-62 victory over Michigan in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament Monday night. "I thought we played our best game in the championship game," Villanova coach Jay Wright says. Villanova... 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 »

NCAA Just Took Away Louisville's 2013 Title

Cardinals must forfeit championship over sex scandal

(Newser) - Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return millions in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA... More »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

Ref Sues Radio Station After Angry Fans Deluge Him

John Higgins blames Kentucky station for death threats and lost business

(Newser) - After North Carolina beat Kentucky on a buzzer-beater earlier this year in the NCAA tournament, Kentucky's coach and lots of fans blamed the refs. So, too, did the host of a call-in show on Kentucky Sports Radio, who directed most of his anger at referee John Higgins and read... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

FBI Accuses 4 College Coaches of Taking Bribes

Adidas marketing exec also implicated

(Newser) - The director of global sports marketing for Adidas is among those charged in a bribe-paying scheme that federal authorities say was designed to match agents and advisers to players before they became NBA stars. James Gatto was arrested Tuesday along with nine others, including four assistant basketball coaches from the... More »

Tar Heels Take NCAA Championship

71-65 win over Gonzaga erases year of heartache

(Newser) - It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes. An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate. Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead three-point play with 1:40 left Monday... 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 »

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 »

Ex-Hoosier Says Bobby Knight Squeezed Players' Testicles

Todd Jadlow's book contains new abuse allegations against the coach

(Newser) - Bobby Knight, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, is famous for his temper. But an autobiography published this month by one of his former players contains disturbing new details of the ways in which Knight allegedly abused the student athletes playing for him, Deadspin reports. Todd Jadlow,... More »

Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

Epic Finish: Villanova Wins NCAA Title at Buzzer

Kris Jenkins hits basket as time runs out

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest NCAA title games of all time. North Carolina's Marcus Paige had just tied it for the Tar Heels after adjusting in the air and... More »

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