Identifying the X-factor for each Final Four squad

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s Luke Maye can’t go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him. All because of one shot — one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the Final Four while turning the […]

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NCAA Tournament: A viewers’ guide to the Sweet 16

The NCAA Tournament’s first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here’s a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story […]

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USC rallies again, knocks out SMU

TULSA, Okla. — Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional. SMU’s Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer. Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie […]

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Busting a budget: Wilkes-Barre Area School District projections show chronic deficits

WILKES-BARRE — It has become a recurring mantra from Wilkes-Barre Area School Board members and district officials, used most often to support the unpopular decision to merge two of three high schools: If things don’t change, the district is on a course to bankruptcy. Board Member Dino Galella, who has voiced strong reservations even while […]

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UConn wins 3rd straight NCAA title

Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck (3) and Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart (30) and other players celebrate after the second half of the NCAA women’s Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Notre Dame, Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. Connecticut won 63-53. TAMPA, Fla. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10. The Hall […]

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12-year-old ties for 1st in ESPN bracket challenge

Sam Holtz, a sixth-grader from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., poses at home Tuesday with his near-perfect ESPN NCAA mens basketball bracket where he picked Duke to defeat Wisconsin in the finals, finishing in a tie for first in cable networks massive annual contest. HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. — A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect […]

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Duke wins NCAA title over Wisconsin

Duke players celebrate with the trophy after their 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday in Indianapolis. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (44) and Nigel Hayes (10) walk off the court as Duke players celebrate their 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship […]

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Kentucky’s perfect season ends with 71-64 loss to Wisconsin

INDIANAPOLIS — Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren’t undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could Saturday night — knocking off the Wildcats 71-64 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch. Now, it’s Wisconsin heading to the final […]

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Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in its backyard

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, right, celebrates with teammates after beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday in Los Angeles. Wisconsin will play in the Final Four in Indianapolis. MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something […]

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Kentucky’s platoon system gives way to traditional rotation

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Auburn forward Alex Thompson (20) and Auburn guard Devin Waddell look on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn. on March 14. LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari’s platoon system has given […]

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