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July 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Under new Coach Andy Enfield, the USC men's basketball team will play Villanova at 10 a.m. Pacific on Nov. 28 in the first round of the preseason Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Trojans will play either Kansas or Wake Forest in the second game Nov. 29, and any one of the four teams in the bottom half of the draw -- Tennessee, UTEP, Xavier and Iowa -- in the third game. Former USC head coach Tim Floyd is now the head man at UTEP and J.T. Terrell transferred from Wake Forest to the Trojans and played his first season at USC last year.
March 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Wichita State became one of the feel-good stories of the first week of the NCAA men's basketball tournament after knocking off Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and the top-ranked team in the country, on Saturday night. And don't expect the Shockers' postseason run to end any time soon. You see, it just so happens that the team's plane just happened arrive back home at Mid-Continent Airport at the exact same time former Heisman Trophy winner and current New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow's jet stopped off to refuel.
March 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
— When Stetson missed its first nine field-goal attempts, good shots most of them, it seemed over for the Hatters. When UCLA led by a couple of dozen points midway through the second half, this first-round NCAA game was all but over. The third-seeded Bruins advanced to the second round with a 66-49 win over the Hatters (24-9) on Saturday. UCLA (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Oklahoma on Monday at 4:15 p.m. PDT at St. John Arena. The Sooners (23-10) beat 11th-seeded Central Michigan 78-73 here in Saturday's first game.
March 22, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Markel Walker has an adventurer's spirit. She was born in Philadelphia and after her second year of high school moved to Pittsburgh so she could live with her sister. From Pittsburgh she chose to cross the country and play college basketball at UCLA. The 6-foot-1 senior had mapped out a plan. "I wanted to get a good degree and then go back to Philadelphia and open up 'Power Centers,'" Walker said Friday before third-seeded UCLA (25-7) practiced for its first-round NCAA women's basketball tournament game against 14th-seeded Stetson (24-8)
March 21, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Jamaal Franklin is used to it, being questioned about whether he ever killed snakes with a basketball or saw coyotes out his back door. San Diego State's star guard, one of the best players on the West Coast, just smiles and shakes his head. "If it's possible to be an unknown star," Aztecs Coach Steve Fisher said, "that was Jamaal. " The reason: Franklin was raised and played his high school basketball in Phelan, Calif., a small, rural town near the base of the Wrightwood ski area.
March 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
In "Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry," writer-director Jason Rem explores the heated basketball feud that has simmered for 93 years.  The independent documentary from Rem's namesake REM Entertainment and Greatest Fan Films was released via video-on-demand services March 8, just a few weeks before the start of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which kicked off today. Both basketball powerhouses, whose campuses are nine miles apart, are playing in this year's tournament, with Duke a No. 2 seed and North Carolina a No. 8 seed.  SPORTS NOW: NCAA basketball tournament updates and more The documentary includes interviews with current and former Duke and North Carolina players, including Phil Ford, Jay Bilas, Eric Montross, Seth Curry and P.J. Hairston.
March 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
President Obama correctly picked the winner of the NCAA men's basketball tournament just once during his first four years as president, choosing North Carolina to win it all in 2009. He predicted a better track record in his second term, starting with his choice of Indiana to win it all this year as he revealed his bracket to ESPN on Tuesday. “I think this is Indiana's year,” Obama said. The president chose the Hoosiers, the top-seeded team in the East bracket, to defeat Louisville, the No. 1 seed out of the Midwest, in the championship game.
March 20, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss likely upsets from Thursday's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times There is plenty of potential for busting Thursday's bracket in the 12 versus 5 games, starting in the Midwest with Oregon against Oklahoma State. In fact, I wouldn't even consider this an upset. The Ducks, as Pac-12 Conference tournament champions, should be miffed they garnered so little respect from a selection committee that did not factor how much better they are with freshman guard Dominic Artis back in the lineup.
March 20, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Mathematician Tim Chartier has the best job on Earth once a year: when the NCAA men's basketball tournament begins, so does March Mathness. His telephone rings, he's on the radio, he's talking to ESPN, and for once he can explain what exactly he does for a living at North Carolina's Davidson College. “For the first time in my life I can talk about what I'm doing, on a higher level, and people understand,” Chartier said. What Chartier does is use complex math to win the Final Four pool on a regular basis.
March 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
There is unfinished family business brewing, though Minnesota guard Austin Hollins was unaware of it. Hollins, a 6-foot-4 guard, is eagerly anticipating his chance to play against UCLA in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which he will get in Austin, Texas, on Friday. After spending Selection Sunday unsure whether the Golden Gophers would be chosen to advance, Hollins had a revelation: "We have a new opportunity. " The game fell right out of the family tree.
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