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Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief this week. The Midwest Region’s No. 1 seed can travel to Chicago, the heart of Big Ten country, without worrying about their NCAA nemesis the last two years, Michigan State.As all March Madness fans have been aware since...

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

Wisconsin can continue winning on grit

 It was ugly. But all that really matters is that Wisconsin survived and advanced, beating Pitt 47-43 in the East Region’s first round Friday in St. Louis.The seventh-seeded Badgers (22-12) lived to talk about Sunday’s game in the second round against No. 2 seed...

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thank you, Kris Dunn.Some of us needed to see a basketball player make a statement favoring education, the college experience and leaving a legacy versus taking the NBA money and running. It’s harder and harder to argue in the court of public opinion the...

Roy Williams upset with late NCAA start time

Roy Williams upset with late NCAA start time

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Coach Roy Williams is grumpy about staying up late Saturday night.The top-seeded Tar Heels and ninth-seeded Friars won’t tip off until 9:40 p.m. ET in their NCAA Tournament second-round game Saturday at PNC Arena. Williams was asked Friday...

Providence done against UNC without more than Kris Dunn

Providence done against UNC without more than Kris Dunn

RALEIGH, N.C. – Providence’s Ed Cooley and USC’s Andy Enfield probably got the wrong idea as they watched North Carolina struggle in its NCAA Tournament first-round win Thursday over Florida Gulf Coast at PNC Arena.As the opposing coaches went into their respective locker...

USC ends season when the Trojans fail to finish

USC ends season when the Trojans fail to finish

RALEIGH, N.C. – USC coach Andy Enfield admitted his Trojans made crucial mental and physical mistakes down the stretch that ended their season. Missed free throws late in the game were physical and not running more time off the clock in the final minute or guarding the opposition...

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

RALEIGH, N.C. – Texas Tech’s first NCAA Tournament game in nine years started optimistically with a 19-11 lead midway through the first half against Butler in the Midwest Regional Thursday at PNC Arena.Advancing to the second round still seemed possible despite a tight...

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

RALEIGH, N.C. – Butler Coach Chris Holtmann studied Texas Tech’s game film all week and knew his Bulldogs were in for what he called “a grinder” for their NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional opener.What better way to prepare for top-seeded Virginia in the second round?...

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wandered over to the sideline midway through an open team practice Wednesday in preparation for the Red Raiders’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Butler.He waved to Texas Tech fans and called out it was good to see them....

Tobacco Road trio gets chance to face Duke

Tobacco Road trio gets chance to face Duke

Three lightly recruited basketball players who found a home at UNC-Wilmington have realized every college player’s dream with a chance at March Madness in the NCAA Tournament.Could it get any better than that for the Seahawks’ Chris Flemmings, Denzel Ingram and Marcus Bryan?...