When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play -- an outlier, as he called it -- in mind.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona. The task this weekend for the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be trying to make it out of the West Region and take that next step to the Final Four. The process starts Thursday when top-seeded Gonzaga (34-1) faces No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) and second-seeded Arizona (32-4) faces No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13).
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Przemek Karnowski woke up every morning unable to lift his upper body off the bed, so he would slowly rock back and forth until he reached the edge. Once there, he would lower to the floor and crawl to his crutch, using it and the doorknob to raise his massive frame off the carpet. This was the Gonzaga center's life in late 2015.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga (34-1) Sweet 16, West region; San Jose, California; 7:39 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The Bulldogs make their eighth Sweet 16 appearance during a run of 19 straight tournament trips. They have lost in five of the previous seven trips and are still seeking the first Final Four in school history.
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.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region's No. 1 seed was fortunate to survive a second-round game against Arkansas to get there.
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.
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) -- No. 1 seed Gonzaga (33-1) vs. No. 8 Northwestern (24-11) Second round, West Region; Salt Lake City; 5:15 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern is playing with house money. The Wildcats advanced to the tournament for the first time and even won a game. Gonzaga, on the other hand, was expected to be here and expected to go much further. Northwestern will have to overcome Gonzaga's significant size advantage.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Nigel Williams-Goss slid on black shoes below dark slacks and buttoned up a white collared shirt. He grabbed a bright blue Kenzo Paris sweater with a large eye logo on the chest and little eyes on the sleeves, and pulled it over his head. A quick check of his hair and Williams-Goss was ready. "I've always loved fashion and been into clothes, cared about what I'm wearing," he said.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In a tournament made famous by the notion that anything can happen, one thing still has not: In 129 tries, no 16 seed has ever beaten a 1. Oh, but South Dakota State sure did make it interesting for a while Thursday. The Jackrabbits of the Summit League gnawed away at Gonzaga for the better part of 35 minutes before the Zags started looking like the No.
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. 1 seed Gonzaga (32-1) vs. No. 16 seed South Dakota State (18-16) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 2 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The big question about Gonzaga all year: How will the Bulldogs fare against the big boys when the time finally arrives? That time is not Thursday, though South Dakota State is a bit scary.
AP POLL ALERT: Villanova is new No. 1 in men's hoops; Gonzaga 2nd, followed by Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina
NEW YORK (AP) -- AP POLL ALERT: Villanova is new No.
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.
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.