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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
SALT LAKE CITY - I opened the drapes Thursday morning and saw snow everywhere. Was it a dream or was it really March 21? What year was it? Who was president?  I was in that foggy state of early-morning rising. Panicked I would miss Bode Miller in the Olympic super giant slalom, I searched for my parka and snow boots but incredibly forgot to pack any snow-related gear. What a dummy. There was a media shuttle bus outside the hotel, however, so I hopped on with a light jacket and told the driver to take me straight to Snowbird for the alpine events.
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March 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It couldn't be better. That's how UCLA women's basketball Coach Cori Close described what happened Monday after the NCAA women's college basketball tournament draw was revealed. The Bruins (25-7) received a No. 3 seeding, which is the best they have ever received. They will play their first game, against 14th-seeded Stetson (24-8), and, if they win, their second game against either sixth-seeded Oklahoma or 11th-seeded Central Michigan, at what is a neutral site, in Columbus, Ohio.
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March 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
No. 3 UCLA (25-7) vs. No. 14 Stetson (24-8) Saturday, at Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 10:30 a.m. PDT (approximate). How they got here: UCLA finished third in the Pac-12 Conference regular season and reached the final of the conference tournament to earn an at-large bid. Stetson earned an automatic bid by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3; Stetson 8-2. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-6; Stetson 0-1. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated then-fifth-ranked California, 70-58, in the Pac-12 tournament last week; and Oklahoma, 86-80, in Norman earlier this season.
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March 18, 2013 | Wire reports
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Cal Poly Pomona suffered a season-ending 67-54 loss to Seattle Pacific on Monday afternoon in an NCAA Division II second-round playoff game. With DeRonn Scott out because of a foot injury, Pomona made only three of 16 three-point shots. Mitchel Anderson led the Broncos with 12 points and Jordan Faison scored 10. "I'm very proud of our team," Broncos Coach Greg Kamansky said. "These guys represent our university in the best way and we certainly battled out there today.
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March 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times college basketball writer Chris Dufresne and college basketball editor Mike Hiserman at 11 a.m. today for a live video chat as they discuss the upcoming NCAA men's tournament. As Dufrense wrote on Sunday , "Louisville deservedly and emphatically garnered this year's top overall seeding after elbowing its way to the Big East tournament title. "This turned out to be a not-very-controversial Selection Sunday in a wide-open year when it was tough to find 68 qualified applicants.
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
No. 6 UCLA (25-9) vs. No. 11 Minnesota (20-12) Friday, Erwin Center, Austin, Texas How they got here: UCLA was the Pac-12 regular-season champion and reached the conference tournament final. Minnesota finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Minnesota 3-7. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-4; Minnesota 6-7. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Arizona three times, including a 66-64 victory in the Pac-12 tournament, but the Bruins lost to Cal Poly at home, 70-68.
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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
It takes only one word to describe the extra touch of lunacy in this year's March Madness. That word is: Gonzaga. With the NCAA men's basketball tournament set to begin this week, the small Jesuit university is the nation's No. 1-ranked team, ahead of traditional powerhouses Duke, Indiana and Kansas. The Bulldogs' lofty status epitomizes a season that has produced no clear-cut favorites. A dozen or more teams have a solid chance to win the championship. Lesser names such as St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth rank as legitimate dark horses.
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Ben Howland was envious. "I'm jealous of California," Howland said. Shabazz Muhammad looked on the bright side. "At least it's not Philadelphia," Muhammad said. And Larry Drew II, the one guy on the Bruins' roster who has gone wire to wire in the NCAA tournament, was accepting. "It's weird, but I really don't understand it all," Drew said. The Bruins will open NCAA tournament play Friday against Minnesota in Austin, Texas. UCLA, the Pac-12 regular-season champion, is the sixth-seeded team in the South Regional and will be traveling the farthest of any conference team the first weekend of the tournament.
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March 17, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Kentucky is the top-seeded team entering this year's NCAA tournament that tips off Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, and ends on a Monday in Atlanta. Check that: A team from Kentucky, coached by a former Kentucky coach, is top-seeded entering the NCAA tournament. Sorry, it's easy to mix that up. Louisville deservedly and emphatically garnered this year's top overall seeding after elbowing its way to the Big East tournament title. Kentucky, the defending national champion, didn't make the cut. But the Wildcats did get a No. 1 seeding for the NIT. We will dearly miss the in-tournament dynamic of a rivalry that last year produced a fan fight in a dialysis center before the Final Four matchup won by Kentucky.
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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Seven months into his college basketball career, Shabazz Muhammad is glad he waited to turn pro. The UCLA freshman has used his time in Westwood to improve on defense and make a few All-Star teams. He has learned a thing or two about living on his own. "I'm giving it a thumbs-up," he said. "The college experience is good. " That doesn't mean it will last much longer. Muhammad is expected to leave school for the NBA draft this summer, joining the ranks of the "one-and-dones.
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