Monday, April 8 2013 6:08 AM EDT2013-04-08 10:08:19 GMT
Police plan stepped-up patrols in Ann Arbor as Michigan's basketball team plays in Atlanta and tries for its first national title since 1989. Police on campus and in Ann Arbor plan to have extra officersMore >
Police plan stepped-up patrols in Ann Arbor as Michigan's basketball team plays in Atlanta and tries for its first national title since 1989.More >
Sunday, April 7 2013 7:24 AM EDT2013-04-07 11:24:29 GMT
(RNN) – It takes some people most of their lives to achieve something noteworthy, but college basketball players can do it during a 40-minute span by the time they reach 22. An entire month – or careerMore >
All championship games are special for one reason or another, but some stand out more than the rest.More >
Saturday, April 6 2013 11:54 AM EDT2013-04-06 15:54:59 GMT
ATLANTA (RNN) – One is a tournament favorite and the top overall seed. Another few thought would be there. A third got to this point on the strength of the offense. The other made its mark with defense. AllMore >
The Final Four teams have the same mindset entering Saturday's contests: Nothing less than the national championship.More >
Thursday, April 4 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-04-04 22:16:44 GMT
(RNN) – Louisville coach Rick Pitino took time to have a few laughs Thursday in Atlanta, including those at the expense of one of his Final Four peers. "[Syracuse coach] Jim [Boeheim] has been coachingMore >
Coach John Beilein, in his sixth season at Michigan, has the program in its first Final Four in 20 years. He recalled his days nearly 30 years ago when he met Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.More >
Wednesday, April 3 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-04-03 20:52:30 GMT
Eight to ten weeks for his bone to heal, after that Kevin Ware isn't sure when he can return to the basketball court.More >
Eight to ten weeks for his bone to heal, after that Kevin Ware isn't sure when he can return to the basketball court. More >
This is the first of a 2-part series looking at some of the best players in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Part 1 looks at standouts from the Big 6 conferences. Part 2, coming Thursday, will discuss the best of the mid-majors.
(RNN) – The commoners are creeping closer, but basketball's nobles still hold the castle surrounding the NCAA national championship.
Teams from the Big 6 – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12 and SEC – have won the last 22 titles. The most recent time a squad outside the major programs walked away from the Big Dance as champions was in 1990, when UNLV won it all.
Last season was a return to dominance for the power schools; only Ohio of the Mid-American Conference and the Atlantic 10's Xavier made it into the second week of play.
That bucked the trend of previous tournaments when mid-majors broke past the gates of the Sweet Sixteen – most notably Butler, which was in the final game two years in a row.
But 2012 was also an outlier in the terms of the talent pool. Many top freshman from 2011 stayed in school another year – most at Big 6 programs – and the incoming class of newbies was one of the strongest in a decade.
With that pool a little more shallow, the Butlers, Gonzagas and New Mexicos have a much better chance of ending that 22-year streak.
Need something to help you get through two weeks of March Madness? Try playing Basketball Cliche Bingo. Mark off the words or phrases that are overused during each game of the tourney.More >
Don't like basketball? Need something to help you get through two weeks of March Madness? Try playing Basketball Cliche Bingo. Mark off the words or phrases that are overused during each game of the tournament.More >