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Kansas Pulls Off Biggest-Ever NCAA Championship Comeback

Erases 16-point deficit to win the title

(Newser) - What looked like a lost cause turned into one of the sweetest wins ever for Kansas. The Jayhawks brought their fourth NCAA title back to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of...

Krzyzewski K-O'd: UNC Takes Out Coach, Duke
In Thrill-a-Minute Game,
UNC Beats Archrival Duke
final four

In Thrill-a-Minute Game, UNC Beats Archrival Duke

Mike Krzyzewski's career ends with 81-77 loss

(Newser) - For the 48th time over 47 years of unparalleled coaching, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski took the slow walk to midcourt and shook the hand of North Carolina's coach who beat him. This was the 258th, most consequential and maybe, just maybe, the very best meeting between these teams, whose...

Saint Peter's Incredible March Madness Run Is Over

New Jersey school loses to North Carolina

(Newser) - Saint Peter's coach Shaheen Holloway pulled his starters off the court as the seconds ticked down and would not let them wallow in defeat. The Peacocks locked arms for one final team huddle—Doug Edert, KC Ndefo, Daryl Banks III and the rest of the bracket-busters who put the...

For Only 10th Time Ever, a No. 15 Seed Advances

Introducing the Saint Peter's Peacocks, this year's Cinderella

(Newser) - Saint who? This year's NCAA tournament saw its first major upset Thursday night when the No. 15 seed Saint Peter's Peacocks stunned No. 2 Kentucky in overtime, 85-79, per ESPN . The Peacocks represent Saint Peter's University in New Jersey, and they just upended a lot of brackets....

Supreme Court Sides With College Athletes on Benefits

Ruling could make it easier for them to be compensated for non-tuition expenses

(Newser) - In a ruling that could push changes in college athletics, the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes over rules limiting certain compensation. The high court ruled that NCAA limits on the education-related benefits that colleges can offer athletes who play Division I basketball...

Sources: Krzyzewski's 42nd Season at Duke to Be His Last

Blue Devils basketball coach reportedly plans to retire when season is done

(Newser) - A shockwave rippled through the college basketball world on Wednesday with sources saying that the 2021-2022 season—Mike Krzyzewski's 42nd—will be his last as coach of Duke University's Blue Devils. ESPN says it confirmed the news via multiple sources who said that associate head coach Jon Scheyer...

Baylor Ends Gonzaga's Perfect Season

The Bears win their first NCAA men's basketball championship

(Newser) - Baylor knew it would need to play to near-perfection to end Gonzaga's flawless season. The Bears just about did. Jared Butler and their dynamic backcourt hit their first five 3-pointers and never cooled off. Undersized big man Mark Vital delivered as many headaches as bruises. Their bench was superb,...

He Carried Team to NCAA Tournament, Died Days Later

Oscar Frayer, sister die in car accident, just like their father

(Newser) - A basketball player from Grand Canyon University has died days after playing in his first NCAA tournament. California native Oscar Frayer, 23—who lost his father in a car accident when he was only 7—died in a Tuesday car accident that also killed his older sister, 28-year-old Andrea Moore,...

To Get to Sweet 16, Legendary Boeheim Needed a Lift From His Kid

Buddy Boeheim helps carry Syracuse Orange forward

(Newser) - Buddy Boeheim kept shooting, carrying his Hall of Fame father and 11th-seeded Syracuse back into the Sweet 16. The Orange, a top program for four decades under Jim Boeheim, once again showed they're just as dangerous as an NCAA Tournament afterthought. “To win two games and be doubted...

NCAA Answers Women on Unequal Weight Rooms

Discussion expands to different treatment for men's, women's tournaments

(Newser) - NCAA basketball administrators apologized to women's basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men's and women's tournaments went viral on social media and vowed to do better. NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt vowed to do better during a Zoom call Friday, the AP...

Creighton Players Make Video Explaining 'Plantation' Outrage

Their coach made some shocking post-loss remarks

(Newser) - Five Creighton basketball players explained in a short pregame video Saturday why they were hurt by coach Greg McDermott's remarks in his locker room talk following a loss last weekend, per the AP . A sixth player who didn't speak in the video, star guard Marcus Zegarowski, said after...

Creighton Coach Apologizes for 'Terribly Inappropriate' Remark

Greg McDermott pleaded with basketball players to 'stay on the plantation'

(Newser) - Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for urging his players to "stay on the plantation" in a postgame locker room talk following a weekend loss. In a statement posted on Twitter , McDermott said he used a "terribly inappropriate analogy in making a point about staying together as a...

John Chaney Was 'a Hall of Famer in Life'
Hall of Fame
Coach 'Led
By Example'

Hall of Fame Coach 'Led By Example'

John Chaney mentored athletes off the court while winning more than 700 games

(Newser) - In 24 seasons as Temple's head basketball coach, John Chaney's team was left out of the NCAA or NIT tournament precisely once. He won consistently despite having only one consensus All-American in that time—Mark Macon, a guard. "Many of my players came from environments where people...

NCAA Calls It 'Pay-for-Play.' Now, SCOTUS Will Decide

High court agrees to review case on athlete compensation

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision that the NCAA says blurs "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on education-related money that certain football and basketball players can receive. The high court's action comes after a three-judge panel of the 9th...

Basketball Star Collapses Face-First

Keyontae Johnson had just dunked the ball and celebrated

(Newser) - Alley-oop, celebrate ... and collapse. Florida Gators basketball star Keyontae Johnson fell face-first on the court Saturday after his team had broken a huddle, TMZ reports. His teammates shouted for help and Johnson was taken away on a stretcher to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he's in critical but stable condition....

Study: Black Athletes Lose Out Under NCAA 'Amateur' Rule

If they were paid, players would get an average of up to $500K each

(Newser) - The "amateur" system at Power 5 colleges has become an effective system to transfer wealth from poorer—and often Black—athletes to mostly white students and administrators, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The NBER estimates that if the student athletes were allowed...

NCAA Has Big News About March Madness

NCAA President Mark Emmert closes tournament games due to the coronavirus

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the AP reports. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's...

Lo and Behold, Indiana Fans: It's Bob Knight

The 'combustible coach' returns to Indiana to be honored at half-time

(Newser) - Bob Knight ended his 20-year split with Indiana on Saturday. The 79-year-old combustible coach was on campus and was expected to be honored at Assembly Hall during halftime of the Hoosiers' game against rival Purdue, the AP reports. School officials were also to salute Knight's 1980 Big Ten championship...

Brawl Breaks Out Between NCAA Rivals: 'This Is Terrible'

It happened in final seconds of game between University of Kansas, Kansas State

(Newser) - "Just no point to it." That was one ESPN announcer's reaction to the end of the NCAA basketball game Tuesday between the University of Kansas' Jayhawks and Kansas State's Wildcats. NBC News reports that, with just seconds left, the Jayhawks' Silvio De Sousa was dribbling out...

Kansas: We're Really Sorry About This Show

The university's Late Night at the Phog event got wilder than expected

(Newser) - The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits, the AP reports. Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night...

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