CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams has made it clear to his players for years. When that ball goes up, the Tar Heels had better put a body on someone to box out or work to get inside position and tap a missed shot back up on the glass.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Coach Matt Painter kept believing in his team even as he watched Purdue fritter away a 19-point lead. He did, after all, recruit these players to excel in tough times. And he did spend two years using the lessons from consecutive overtime losses in the NCAA Tournament to show his team what it took to survive in March.
Everything's magnified in March. A player who has been slumping all season can quickly put that behind him with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament. A team that has struggled can suddenly change its reputation by heating up in the postseason. North Carolina's Joel Berry II, Florida's Devin Robinson and South Carolina's entire team are some of those on the annual tournament roller coaster heading into the Sweet 16.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren't a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Musketeers are capable of shooting their way past any opponent.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Butler and Purdue celebrated their sweet homecomings by getting right back to work Monday. With both teams winning twice in Milwaukee over the weekend, they are now off to different places to face the top seeds in their respective regionals. Butler plays North Carolina on Thursday in Memphis, part of a South Regional that includes Kentucky and UCLA as well.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Butler coach Chris Holtmann had heard enough about Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders were a trendy mid-major pick this year to bust NCAA Tournament brackets, a role Butler once assumed with regularity. This time, the Bulldogs played the role of college basketball Goliath, and they brought Middle Tennessee's feel-good story to a close.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory Saturday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. The Bulldogs (25-8) are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game.
Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.
NCAA TOURNAMENT Wisconsin ousts Villanova UNDATED (AP) -- There will be a new champion crowned in NCAA men's basketball on April 3. Wisconsin made sure of that by knocking off Villanova. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the No. 1 overall seed, 65-62.
The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- JaCorey Williams' drive to succeed at Middle Tennessee can be traced in part to a road trip to St. Louis. As a transfer from Arkansas who redshirted last season, Williams was prevented by NCAA rules from traveling with his teammates for their first-round game last March in Missouri against Michigan State.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No. 4 seed Butler (24-18) vs. No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (31-4) Second round, South Region; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 7:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Butler is looking for its first trip to the Sweet 16 since wrapping up back-to-back runs to the national title game in 2011. But the Bulldogs are no longer a mid-major darling, a title that now belongs to Middle Tennessee.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Middle Tennessee would like to raise its profile from mid-major darling to name-brand program, following a trail blazed by Butler over the last decade or so.
Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Butler pushed around a team that had designs on following in its bracket-busting footsteps. With the way Avery Woodson shot from the perimeter in the first half Thursday, the Bulldogs had little to worry about down the stretch against Winthrop.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bracket-buster Middle Tennessee is back in the NCAA Tournament with a chance to take down another Big Ten team. This time, though, the Blue Raiders won't take anyone by surprise. A year after upsetting Michigan State as a No. 15 seed, Middle Tennessee will be eager to show that it's no one-year wonder when it faces fifth-seeded Minnesota in a first-round game on Thursday. The Blue Raiders (30-4) are seeded No.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No. 4 seed Butler (23-8) vs. No. 13 seed Winthrop (26-6) First round, South region; Milwaukee; 1:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: No longer a mid-major darling, Butler enters the tournament with its highest-ever seed. The Bulldogs limit mistakes, averaging a Big East-low 10.2 turnovers per game. Big South Tournament champion Winthrop is led by the dynamic Keon Johnson.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Butler spent more than a decade as America's favorite NCAA Tournament darling. The little school that could became a trendy upset pick, a favorite among dog-loving basketball fans and a model program for other Division I mid-majors.
The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 9:45 p.m. The field is set and for the most part the griping about the bracket was relatively minimal. Duke didn't get a No. 1 seed, though the Blue Devils look dangerous.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trevon Bluiett helped Xavier advance to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament and he may just have ensured the Musketeers will be playing in the NCAA Tournament as well. Bluiett scored 23 points, including a tough foul line jumper that broke the game's final tie with 16 seconds left, and Xavier beat No. 18 Butler 62-57 on Thursday night. "I think we have competitive guys.