SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Hopkins watched the NCAA Tournament tinged with the slightest bit of jealousy. He saw coaches he had come to know -- Chris Collins at Northwestern specifically -- who had left behind stable careers as an assistant coach and took the leap to being a head coach. It drove home the idea that Hopkins wanted the chance to create something himself, rather than trying to sustain what had previously been built.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The first three days of this year's NCAA Tournament lacked the drama and multitude of upsets the previous few tournaments had, more March Meh-ness than madness. A scintillating Sunday of games jolted the tournament to life like a triple shot of espresso. The madness is back in March. North Carolina, the South Region No.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Chris Collins was right. It was goal-tending all the way. The Northwestern coach was also wrong. At the worst time possible. After not getting the call, Collins stomped onto the court and drew a technical foul with 4:54 left in Saturday's game, sucking life out of a frenetic comeback that fell short in a 79-73 loss to top-seeded Gonzaga.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The top-seeded Villanova Wildcats are out of the NCAA Tournament after just two rounds. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers beat Villanova, 65-62. Hayes finished with 19 points and Bronson Koenig (KAY'-nihg) had 17 despite foul trouble to help the Badgers eliminate a No. 1 seed for the third time in four years. ORLANDO, Fla.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- At Northwestern, the party goes on. At Vanderbilt, there is only one question: What was he thinking? Northwestern's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, came after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Bryant McIntosh of the Wildcats on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 14.6 seconds left.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's a different feel around Gonzaga these days as the program has evolved from a little known mid-major to a title contender. The Bulldogs enter the NCAA Tournament with the No. 1 seed in the West and just one loss. They've completed the best regular season in school history with what may be the best team the program has put together.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- No. 8 seed Northwestern (23-11) vs. No. 9 seed Vanderbilt (19-15) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 4:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: After more than 100 years of basketball, Northwestern finally made it. Led by Vic Law and a group of believers in coach Chris Collins' vision, the Wildcats are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- At Northwestern, they're celebrating a first-of-its-kind accomplishment -- embarking on a trip to the NCAA Tournament that has eluded a school known for books, not basketball. At Vanderbilt, they're shrugging their shoulders -- proving once again that smart guys can play hoops, too. Welcome to the Brain Game -- the NCAA's plausibly deniable attempt at humor in the form of Thursday's matchup of "smart schools" in the West region.
The comparisons with the Cubs need to stop now. Northwestern finally crashing the Big Dance is a great story on its own, maybe even the best one going as this college basketball season races helter-skelter toward the finish line. And like the Cubs, the Wildcats call Chicago home and will arrive for the playoffs with tabletop-sized chips on their shoulders and decades of crummy baggage in tow. But seriously .
There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwestern's agonizing wait went down to the wire. All those forgettable moments and tantalizing teases over the previous 77 seasons were cast aside Sunday as the Wildcats celebrated their first NCAA Tournament bid when the final section of the bracket was revealed. By earning the No. 8 seed in the West Region, Northwestern will face ninth-seeded Vanderbilt on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The West Region of the NCAA Tournament has a decidedly Western feel for a change. Led by West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga and Pac-12 tournament winner Arizona, the top two teams in the West Region are actually from the Western part of the United States for the first time in 26 years. "I think that's smart to be honest with you," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
For pure drama, best wait 'til the shots start flying. For sheer excitement, Selection Sunday belonged to Northwestern. Though it was no surprise when that school's name popped into the NCAA Tournament bracket, it was a reminder that, yes, this is March Madness -- that time of year where anything can happen.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of an ongoing effort to broaden its scope, the Big Ten will converge a few blocks from the White House this week to crown a new basketball champion. Long a fixture in the Midwest, the Big Ten Tournament will be held in the nation's capital for the first time. "It's going to be some big-time basketball," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Duke coaching tree is blossoming in the Midwest. Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski and Northwestern counterpart Chris Collins share a bond that dates back to their days at Duke as point guards and assistants under Mike Krzyzewski. Now the close friends are leading programs on the rise at schools separated by an 80-mile drive on Interstate 94.
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