Villanova stamps itself as nation’s elite in Final Four run

VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball’s royalty. They are the bluebloods of basketball — where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood rules the sports landscape and an air of superiority reigns in programs rich […]

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West Region without its top 2 seeds in NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES — Gonzaga, Michigan and Texas A&M are no strangers to the Sweet 16. Florida State? It’s been 25 years for the Seminoles, who are brimming with confidence after knocking off No. 1 seed Xavier last weekend. “Nobody had us here,” Seminoles guard Braian Angola said. Texas A&M took care of defending national champion […]

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Bracket-busting South Region: Kentucky & Those Other Guys

ATLANTA — Loyola-Chicago’s bus got lost on its way to arena. How appropriate. With the exception of Kentucky, which knows its way around Atlanta all too well, no one could’ve expected these teams to need directions to the NCAA’s South Regional. Nevada? Not likely. Kansas State? No way. Loyola? Don’t make us laugh. “Obviously, we’re […]

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College Basketball: Jay Wright wins 414th game as No. 2 Nova tops Marquette

NEW YORK — Jay Wright became the winningest coach in Villanova history with 414, and the No. 2 Wildcats opened defense of their Big East Tournament championship in a 94-70 win over Marquette on Thursday night. Wright improved to 414-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 […]

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How Villanova point guard Brunson evolved into a national player of the year candidate

When he first saw Jalen Brunson on the practice court as a Villanova basketball player, Ryan Arcidiacono knew that Jay Wright had recruited a special talent, an Illinois high school phenom who could easily score 20 points a game from the start. But Brunson decided to go the team-oriented route, filling a role, and drew […]

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BYU’s loss lets Big Ten bubble teams breathe easy — for now

No. 6 Gonzaga might have some new fans in Big Ten country. A 74-54 win over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game Tuesday night gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid to the NCAAs. Gonzaga would have made the NCAA Tournament regardless, so the Zags’ victory opened one more precious at-large berth for […]

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Wilkes men’s basketball season ends in ECAC semifinal loss to Widener

WILKES-BARRE — When the Wilkes men’s basketball team is at its best, multiple Colonels get involved on the offensive end. Five players averaged at least 9.1 points this season — with three in double figures — led by sophomore guard Rob Pecorelli’s 14.8 per game. This recipe for success was exactly what Colonels got into […]

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Misericordia men’s basketball knocked out in NCAA tournament opener by Wittenberg

Misericordia had chipped Wittenberg’s early lead to just two points midway through the half. But then the No. 3 Tigers stepped on the gas. Thanks to a well-balanced effort, with five players scoring at least six points and Jacob Bertemes tallying 15 and Connor Seipel netting 10, Wittenberg was able to pull away and build […]

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Misericordia men’s basketball ready for challenge of No. 3 Wittenberg

The Misericordia men’s basketball team isn’t going to back down any time soon. Hitting the road Friday to face a two-loss Wittenberg squad — in search of the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory — is no small task, but the Cougars feel they’re up to the challenge. They want to still be there on Day […]

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College Corner: Ben Spencer, Josh Grzech excell at PSAC Championships

Swimmers Ben Spencer and Josh Grzech had big performances in the PSAC Championships last weekend in York and both are hoping that their efforts have earned them bids to the NCAA Division II Championships March 14-17 in Greensboro, N.C. Spencer, a Clarion senior and Tunkhannock Area grad, earned three NCAA B cut performances in the […]

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