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April 2, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The Kentucky Wildcats withstood a late second-half rally by the Kansas Jayhawks to capture the program's eight NCAA championship with a 67-59 victory on Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans. Kansas, which trailed by double digits for much of the game, had a chance to cut the lead to three points when guard Elijah Johnson elevated for a three-pointer. But a Kentucky defender forced him to pull the shot down, causing him to travel with 23.5 seconds left and Kentucky leading, 65-59.
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April 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Monday night's NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium sets up as a matchup of over-achieving seedlings. If you didn't know the history you'd say it was nice to see the "little guys" finally breaking through the plexiglass backboard. This No. 15 combination platter is the highest total number to play for the title since the NCAA started seeding in 1979. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final Poor old No. 7 Connecticut hasn't won an NCAA title since 2011 and luckless No 8 Kentucky hasn't hoisted a banner since 2012.
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March 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Sorry, Bucknell. This year's Butler is still Butler. Andrew Smith had a double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds and 14 points, and Butler made 18 of 20 free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Roosevelt Jones added 14 points for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs, back in the tournament for the first time since making back-to-back runs to the national title game. Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke was just 5-of-14.
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April 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut (31-8) vs. Kentucky (29-10) TV: 6:09 p.m., Channel 2 This matchup between No. 7 and No. 8 is the highest seeding combination ever for an NCAA final game. It is also the first time since 1966 (Texas Western and Kentucky) that two teams are playing for the title one season after not making it into the NCAA tournament. Seventh-seeded Connecticut rallied from three points down in the final minute to defeat No.10 St. Joseph's in overtime. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final The Huskies followed with wins over No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 1 Florida.
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May 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The migration of big sports events to cable TV continues. In 2016, TBS, the cable channel owned by Time Warner, will carry the NCAA college basketball championship game as part of its deal to share rights to the sports property with CBS.  TBS will also televise for the first time the Final Four semifinal games that lead to the championship in 2014 and 2015. CBS will broadcast the championship game for both of those tournaments. Starting in 2017, TBS and CBS will alternate coverage of the Final Four and the championship game.
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March 23, 1996 | Associated Press
ABC's telecast of the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night drew a bigger audience than CBS' coverage of the tournament. ABC said the figure skating earned a 10.1 rating and 16 share. The basketball tournament drew an 8.8 rating and 14 share during the same time period, according to ABC.
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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
SALT LAKE CITY -- Was this the day a No. 16-seeded team finally defeated a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament? No, but the final word on it was "whew. " Top-ranked Gonzaga had to dig deep and hold on tight until the end to defeat Southern University, 64-58, at EnergySolutions Arena. PHOTOS: 2013 NCAA tournament Gonzaga, the No. 1 team in the nation and the top-seeded team in the West Regional, earned a Saturday match against Wichita State. The winner of that game advances to next week's regional finals at Staples Center.
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March 25, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
March Madness indeed! Live coverage of the opening week of the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament has scored the event's highest ratings in 23 years, according to Nielsen metered market reports. CBS Sports and Turner Sports teamed up for the coverage, which has aired on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Sunday's third-round coverage averaged a overnight rating share of 7.6/15, the highest rating for the first Sunday of the NCAA tournament in 20 years. ALSO: Big changes in 'The Game's' playbook 'The Walking Dead' recap: Merle goes for a ride Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez win Kids' Choice Awards PHOTOS, VIDEOS & MORE: PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Downton Abbey' VIDEO: Winter TV preview PHOTOS: Violence in TV shows    
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA will play Minnesota on Friday in Austin, Texas, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Bruins (25-9), who finished second in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, are the sixth-seeded team in the South Regional. If UCLA beats the Gophers (20-12), it would play the winner of third-seeded Florida and No. 14 Northwestern State in the third round. The Sweet 16 in the South Regional will be held in Arlington, Texas. The Bruins have a 5-1 record against Minnesota. The Gophers have four players averaging double figures, led by guard Andre Hill at 13.9 points.
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March 16, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA will open the NCAA tournament Friday against Tulsa in a South Regional game at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The fourth-seeded Bruins would play either fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth and 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. UCLA would play in Memphis in the regional semifinals, where it could face top-seeded Florida, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Tulsa, seeded 13th, won the Conference USA tournament. The Golden Hurricane (21-12) is led by 6-foot-3 guard James Woodward, who averages 15.7 points, and 6-7 forward Rashad Smith, who averages 12.1.
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April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
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April 5, 2014 | By Paul Doyle
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the grandest stage of all, the Connecticut men's basketball team grabbed the spotlight and sent an emphatic message to the rest of the country. The program left for dead in the wake of conference realignment isn't just alive, it's standing near the top of the mountain. The Huskies took another step in their improbable NCAA tournament run Saturday night with a 63-53 victory over the No. 1 team in the country, the Florida Gators. On Monday night, UConn will play for the national championship at the cavernous AT&T Stadium against eighth-seeded Kentucky.
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April 1, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
John Calipari waited until he heard the question and quickly set the record straight when asked about his abilities as a recruiter. "Wait a minute. Wait a minute," the Kentucky coach said. "When I was at UMass, we had one McDonald's All-American, Donta Bright. When I was at Memphis, we may have had three over my years there. We weren't getting top-50 players at UMass. We were winning. We were a terrific team. I had to coach guys four years. " This is not the first time in this tournament, or over the years at Kentucky, that Calipari has pointed out he has built programs differently and won. But the Calipari everyone knows at Kentucky has become synonymous with one-and-done freshmen, five-star recruits who bolt to the NBA after one season.
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March 28, 2014 | From staff reports
A look at the NCAA tournament regional finals on Saturday. West Regional at Honda Center, Anaheim NO. 1 ARIZONA (33-4) VS. NO. 2 WISCONSIN (29-7) WHEN: 5:49 p.m. PDT. TV: TBS. Wisconsin put on a clinic in basketball fundamentals in Thursday's semifinal destruction of Baylor. The Badgers used precision passing to dissect Baylor's 1-3-1 zone and, defensively, held the Bears to 16 first-half points. Wisconsin made 26 of 51 shots, marking only the third time in program history the Badgers have made more than 50% of their shots in an NCAA tournament game.
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March 28, 2014 | Chris Erskine
The Arizona coach is like a quivering tea kettle. Wisconsin's guy is witty enough to do stand-up comedy. The only one of these four head coaches I'd ever buy anything from - a toaster, an annuity - is Baylor's, and he's gone. Also gone is the Aztecs' Steve Fisher, who had to be the inspiration for Coach T in those Toyota spots. In the postgame confab Thursday night, he lashed out over a breach of protocol, then ended the odd session by asking the media about the timing of a goaltending call.
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March 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Out of the mouths of Bruin babes. UCLA freshmen Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford decompressed in the locker room, a long day of chasing without reward over. LaVine looked up at Alford and said, "Man, no more games. No practice tomorrow. No meetings. It's just over. " Alford just nodded. Finality gave clarity even to the young. UCLA could go this far and no further. BOX SCORE: Florida 79, UCLA 68 Florida was bigger, deeper, more experienced. Florida was ready to move on. A 79-68 victory over UCLA in FedEx Forum on Thursday made that clear.
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March 20, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Busting most of the nation's NCAA tournament brackets took all of one game. When 11th-seed Dayton beat sixth-seed Ohio State on Thursday with a basket in the final seconds, the upset upended the elusive hope millions had to complete a perfect bracket. Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted in ESPN's contest, 80.3% picked Ohio State to beat Dayton. The number of entries, incidentally, zoomed up from last year's 8.15 million.  2014 NCAA tournament bracket The numbers weren't any better in Yahoo's Tourney Pick'em, where 83.7% of entries went with Ohio State.
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The red-colored and red-hot Louisville Cardinals earned the No. 1 overall seeding for this year's NCAA tournament. Rick Pitino's Big East Conference tournament championship team got the top spot in the Midwest Region and will open play Thursday in nearby Lexington, Ky. Louisville faces the winner of the first-round “play-in” game between North Carolina A&T and Liberty. The other No. 1 seedings were Kansas (South), Indiana (East) and Gonzaga (West). Gonzaga opens play Thursday in Salt Lake City against Southern.
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