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Rob Rossi is a sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. Rob Rossi can be reached via e-mail or at 412-380-5635

Rossi: Seeking out the real Huggie Bear

By Rob Rossi
CLEVELAND The Huggie Bear hasn’t told his best story yet. “It’s not for print,” Erik Martin said. “There are a few words you can’t print.” Interesting. But ...

Rossi: Hometown Mountaineer knows what’s important

By Rob Rossi
Nobody had to teach Nathan Adrian the words to “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” or the actual roads themselves. Nobody has to tell him what ...

Rossi: West Virginia can be perfect spoiler

By Rob Rossi
COLUMBUS, Ohio Nobody will pick them to win. And that will be fine by West Virginia’s players. They may actually practice with chips on their ...

Rossi: Ohio will keep making NCAA magic

By Rob Rossi
COLUMBUS, Ohio On the second day of the First Four, I was eating lunch at a restaurant near Dayton’s version of South Hills Village. A waitress approached to take my order. She noticed the credential hanging round my neck. “Are ...

Rossi: Everhart dances while Dukes wait

By Rob Rossi
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NCAA Tournament is no place to think about Duquesne men’s basketball. Unless you believe those decals on the Consol Energy Center court this week make up for the Dukes’ tournament drought. It’s been since college basketball ...

Rossi: Unlikely shooter helps West Virginia rebound

By Rob Rossi
COLUMBUS, Ohio Just get on the rim. That’s what every Mountaineer, including admittedly the shooter, thought as soon as Tarik Phillip threw up a knuckler that barely arched because his form was off, his back foot doing all the work ...

Rossi: Picking against the president

By Rob Rossi
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The president has picked Buffalo. Fair enough. The chalk often cracks most easily when No. 5 meets No. 12 in the NCAA ...

Rossi: RMU deserves real NCAA experience

By Rob Rossi
DAYTON, Ohio Thankfully, Robert Morris won. Now this wonderful basketball team — lucky enough to finally have Lucky (Jones) as the leader the Colonials envisioned ...

Rossi: At NCAAs, Pittsburgh’s dudes (and dudette) abide

By Rob Rossi
DAYTON, Ohio Whatever kind of town ours is, Pittsburgh is not thought to be a basketball city. And Bellevue’s Matthew Driscoll would say to that: ...

Rossi: Go with chalk come tourney time

By Rob Rossi
You can have Cinderella. I’ll take Kentucky. With the NCAA Tournament upon us — games will be played on Thursday and Saturday at Consol Energy ...

Rossi: Kunitz getting edge on iron deficiency

By Rob Rossi
By the end of December, Mike Johnston was worried. “He came into my office and I said, ‘I’m not seeing the Chris Kunitz I know,’” ...

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