April 1, 2013 |
If you had a serious case of the heebie-jeebies when University of Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware snapped his tibia on live television during the NCAA basketball tournament, you weren't alone. Teammates crumpled to the floor. Players on the nearby bench physically recoiled. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino says he nearly vomited at the sight of his player's bone jutting through the skin of his lower leg. Broadcasters stopped showing the break after a few replays. Their reaction may be rooted in evolution, genetics and upbringing.
March 24, 2013 |
— 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 |
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 19, 2013 |
I know the look. For the last three decades, every year at this time, I get the look. A friend or family member will slowly approach with a piece of wrinkled paper, a chewed-off pencil and a wistful stare. It's always someone who doesn't follow sports. It's often someone who doesn't know whether a basketball is inflated or stuffed. I know the look. I call it Bracket Eyes. "Hey, can you help me with my pool?" It is a question about the NCAA basketball tournament, otherwise known as This Country's Biggest Sports Event for People Who Don't Like Sports.
March 18, 2013 |
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.
June 20, 2012 |
The NCAA's new academic requirements could give new meaning to the madness of March. On Wednesday, three-time national champion Connecticut and nine other men's basketball teams were banned from the NCAA tournament because of poor Academic Progress Rate scores. The penalties affect seven conferences, each of which must adapt to a new landscape for their league tournaments. Four conferences — the Big East, Big West, Ohio Valley, Southland and Southwest Athletic — said the banned teams cannot compete in their league tournaments.