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Mush madness hits columnist following Iditarod

By John Oyler
The term “March Madness” was coined by a man named H.V. Porter in 1939 to describe the excitement associated with the Illinois State High School Basketball Tournament, suggesting that Illinois fans were as irrational as hares are in mating season. It has more recently been applied to the NCAA basketball ...

Coaches put friendship on hold with NCAA men’s Sweet 16 berth at stake

By The Associated Press
Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack hoped to avoid this situation. They were friends before and will be as such after, but during Thursday’s NCAA Tournament ...

College basketball notebook: Arizona State fires Penn Hills graduate Sendek

Wire Reports
Herb Sendek, a Penn Hills native and Penn Hills and Carnegie Mellon graduate, is out as Arizona State’s coach after nine years. Duke assistant Jeff Capel was offered the job, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Capel, 40, has head coaching experience ...

Starkey: Look out for N.C. State

By Joe Starkey
Fresh from a magical weekend in Pittsburgh — one of his favorite cities, as it turns out — N.C. State director of player development Dereck ...

Mississippi State hires former Pitt coach Howland

By The Associated Press
Mississippi State hired former Pitt and UCLA coach Ben Howland to lead its basketball program. The university announced Howland’s hiring Monday night. He will be ...

Notre Dame holds off in-state rival Butler in OT in NCAA Tournament

By Ralph N. Paulk
On a wild Saturday night at Consol Energy Center, Notre Dame snapped a 26-year drought against in-state rival Butler with a 67-64 overtime victory in ...

Basketball remains 1st love for Irish 2-sport star Connaughton

By Jerry DiPaola
On the rare day when he has time to dream, Notre Dame senior guard and minor league pitcher Pat Connaughton thinks about playing quarterback. But not for long. “It’s something I felt I could have done a lot of things in,” he ...

NCAA Tournament Consol notebook: 3-point woes doom No. 1 seed Villanova

By Jerry Dipåola
Villanova believed its road to the Final Four started at the 3-point line. Actually, that’s where the Wildcats’ trip ended Saturday night at Consol Energy Center in a 71-68 loss to N.C. State in the Round of 32 of the ...

N.C. State pulls upset of top-seeded Villanova at Consol Energy Center

By Bob Cohn
With fewer than seven minutes remaining and N.C. State ahead by six points, Abdul-Malik Abu, a freshman forward for the Wolfpack, launched a jump hook ...

Notre Dame looks to continue roll against Butler

By Ralph N. Paulk
When Notre Dame meets Butler in an NCAA Tournament Midwest Region third-round game Saturday at Consol Energy Center, history will not be on the Irish’s ...

Enigmatic N.C. State preps for Villanova

By Bob Cohn
N.C. State is a mystery team in the NCAA Tournament, especially unto itself. Maybe that’s why the Wolfpack is a No. 8 seed, smack in the ...

NCAA notes: N.C. State teammates like to take their shots

By Jerry DiPaola
N.C. State’s BeeJay Anya usually knows when teammate Ralston Turner is ready to take a shot. It usually requires just two elements — the basketball in his hands and a view of the rim. “If he can get set and he can ...

N.C. State knocks off LSU on late basket

By Jerry DiPaola
LSU’s Tim Quarterman buried his head in his massive hands, but they weren’t big enough to hide the look of despair on his face. That’s ...

Top seed Villanova routs Lafayette

By Bob Cohn
A couple of stunning, early upsets Thursday demonstrated yet again that anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament. Almost anything, that is. No team seeded 16th in the tournament ever has beaten a No. 1 seed, and Villanova did its part ...

NCAA Tournament Pittsburgh subregional notebook: Butler solves Texas’ frontcourt

By Chris Adamski Ralph N. Paulk and Bob Cohn
Texas held an advantage over Butler up front, but the Bulldogs devised the perfect plan to neutralize the Longhorns’ big men in a 56-48 victory ...

Butler holds off Texas, advances to face Notre Dame

By Ralph N. Paulk
The Texas Longhorns passed the eye test in their second-round matchup with Butler in the Midwest Region at Consol Energy Center on Thursday. But the ...