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  • Michigan State's Branden Dawson, center, and Matt Costello, right, block a shot by Duke's Justise Winslow during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis.
    Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in national title game
    April 5, 2015
    Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a record-setting coach and superstar freshmen. They can thank Wisconsin for finally returning to the limelight.
  • The Wisconsin bench celebrates as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein walks off after the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Wisconsin won 71-64.
    One and Done: Wisconsin ends Kentucky’s undefeated run
    April 5, 2015
    Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren't undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could this season: They knocked off the Wildcats 71-64 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from birthday boy Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch.
  • Michigan State's Branden Dawson, center, and Matt Costello, right, block a shot by Duke's Justise Winslow during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis.
    Duke headed for another championship game
    April 5, 2015
    Two star freshmen, a solid senior and some of the trademark defense Duke has long been known for have the Blue Devils back in the national championship game.
  • Duke's Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones (5) celebrate after a college basketball regional final game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston. Duke won 66-52.
    Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga
    March 29, 2015
    A special group of freshmen is taking Duke and Coach K back to the NCAA Final Four. The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for coach Mike Krzyzewski, after a ...
  • Michigan State's Travis Trice looks up after the regional final against Louisville in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Michigan State won 76-70.
    Spartans Final Four-bound after beating Louisville in overtime
    March 29, 2015
    Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn't going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four. The senior guard's vow lasted no more than 10 seconds once the final horn sounded following Michigan State's 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville ...
  • Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland.
    Unbeaten Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66 to advance
    March 28, 2015
    Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with ...
  • Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker celebrates Wisconsin beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
    Wisconsin headed to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona
    March 28, 2015
    Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history ...
  • Oregon State's Sydney Wiese, center, tries to split Gonzaga's Georgia Stirton, left, and Shelby Cheslek during the first half of a college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Gonzaga men and women headed to Sweet 16
    March 22, 2015
    Eleven must be Gonzaga's lucky number. The No. 11 seed Bulldogs, paced by Emma Wolfram with a career-high 17 points, held off a furious late rally by the Oregon State Beavers on their home court for a 76-64 victory on Sunday.
  • Kansas guard Frank Mason III, right, tries to drive past Wichita State guard Fred Van Vleet during the second half of an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 basketball game Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb.
    Shockers beat Jayhawks 78-65 in NCAA Tournament showdown
    March 22, 2015
    The boys from Wichita State had been hearing it in text messages from friends, and on social media from total strangers: Don't let the chance to stick it to Kansas slip away. The Shockers would never dream of it.
  • Duke’s Justise Winslow, left, blocks a shot by San Diego State’s J.J. O’Brien during the first half of an NCAA Tournament basketball game in the Round of 32 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Duke beats San Diego State 68-49 to reach NCAA Sweet 16
    March 22, 2015
    Jahlil Okafor showed off all the moves — a spin, a dribble drive, a short jumper — that have made Duke's freshman big man possibly the nation's top player. Okafor scored 18 of his 26 points in a dominating first half and top-seeded Duke beat San Diego State 68-49 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the freshmen-led Blue Devils back to the Sweet 16 to continue their push for coach Mike Krzyzewski's fifth national title.
  • Dayton's Amber Deane, right, is pressured by Kentucky's Linnae Harper during the first half of a women's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Dayton reaches first Sweet 16 with 99-94 upset of Kentucky
    March 22, 2015
    Ally Malott scored 28 points and Amber Deane added 23 to lead No. 7 seed Dayton to a 99-94 upset of second-seeded Kentucky on Sunday.
  • President Barack Obama, center, with his nephew Avery Robinson, left, and brother-in-law Craig Robinson, right, stand up and join other fans in the final minute of Princeton vs Wisconsin-Green Bay women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, plays for Princeton, which advanced to the next round after winning 80-70.
    Princeton wins in front of President Obama
    March 22, 2015
    The Princeton women's basketball team earned a historic victory in front of President Barack Obama. UConn rolled in its opener and another 11 seed pulled off an upset.
  • NC State’s Barber makes profane comment on Obama’s bracket
    March 22, 2015
    N.C. State's Cat Barber used an unexpected Sweet 16 berth to take a cutting remark at President Barack Obama.
  • Michigan State's Travis Trice, left, goes up to dunk against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Trice leads Michigan State over Virginia again 60-54
    March 22, 2015
    Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday.
  • Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton, right, defends as Butler’s Kellen Dunham runs a play during the first half of an NCAA basketball tournament Round of 32 game Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Pittsburgh.
    Notre Dame tops Butler 67-64 in overtime for Sweet 16 berth
    March 22, 2015
    Notre Dame coach Mike Brey's calls to his mother Betty during the season focused little on her son's well-being and more on the state of his team. "It was kind of a tribute to her," Brey said. "It was really a special night." One that ended with the surging Irish (31-5) in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2003.
  • Wisconsin's Duje Dukan, left, and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine chase down a loose ball in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Chicago on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
    No. 6 Wisconsin rallies to beat Michigan State 80-69 in OT
    March 15, 2015
    Nigel Hayes scored 25 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and No. 6 Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in overtime Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
  • Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein holds the trophy after the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament championship game against Arkansas on Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky won 78-63.
    Kentucky beats No. 21 Arkansas 78-63 in SEC tourney final
    March 15, 2015
    The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have a 34-game winning streak and yet another Southeastern Conference Tournament championship as they head into the NCAA Tournament.
  • Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, center, shoots as Kentucky forwards Trey Lyles, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein look on during the second half of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament championship game Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky won 78-63.
    Kentucky leads the way with top spot in March Madness
    March 15, 2015
    Kentucky's chasing history, trying to become the first undefeated champion in March Madness since Indiana in 1976. The Wildcats are seeded first overall in the tournament and ...
  • March events are expected to draw more visitors to Las Vegas than any other month. Three-time boxing world champion Adrien Broner (left) will face John Molina Jr. on March 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to kick off NBC's new broadcast boxing series, Premier Boxing Champions. Brad Keselowski (center) will defend his title in the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on March 8. Las Vegas is the only city to host four NCAA basketball conference championships (right).
    March Madness: With basketball, NASCAR and Spring Break, this is Las Vegas’ biggest month
    March 2, 2015
    With four college basketball conference championships hosted this month in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of fans will fly in and shell out big bucks to get in on the action. In fact, March Madness betting rivals Super Bowl betting at the sportsbooks. But March Madness in Las Vegas goes beyond basketball ...
  • The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series won by Brad Keselowski on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Things to do in March
    March 2, 2015
    Sporting events dominate the calendar this month, but there is plenty to do for nonsports fans, including Nascar, UFC and bingo ...
  • Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, left, cuts the net with Lacey Holsworth, who became close to Payne, after Michigan State defeated Michigan 69-55in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Indianapolis. Holsworth died of cancer on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, her family announced.
    8-year-old girl befriended by Mich. St. hoops star dies
    April 9, 2014
    Lacey Holsworth, the little girl affectionately known as "Princess Lacey," finally succumbed to the cancer that she battled since 2011. Her father, Matt Holsworth, said Lacey died at their home late Tuesday "with her …
  • Kentucky players celebrate on the court after their 74-73 victory over Wisconsin in an NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left vaults Kentucky into championship game
    April 5, 2014
    Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded Connecticut in the highest combined seed total for a national championship game since seeding began in 1979. The previous was the 2011 game when ...
  • Connecticut players celebrate against Florida in the final moments of the NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Connecticut won 63-53.
    Junior forward Daniels leads UConn to finals with 63-53 upset of Florida
    April 5, 2014
    Shabazz Napier had 12 for the seventh-seeded Huskies, who trailed 16-4 midway through the first half but took the lead by halftime and pushed it to double digits early in the ...
  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, center, is congratulated by teammates Julius Randle, left, and Dakari Johnson after making a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final game against Michigan on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.
    Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas
    March 31, 2014
    The road to redemption goes through North Texas for a fearsome Final Four of power programs with something to prove ...
  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, center, is congratulated by teammates Julius Randle, left, and Dakari Johnson after making a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final game against Michigan on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.
    Harrison lifts Wildcats to 75-72 win over Michigan
    March 30, 2014
    Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four.
  • Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, right, moves the ball around Michigan State's Travis Trice in the first half of a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York.
    UConn upsets Michigan State 60-54, heads back to Final Four
    March 30, 2014
    Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
  • Wisconsin players react as time runs out in overtime in a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin won 64-63 in overtime.
    Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT in West Region
    March 29, 2014
    Frank Kaminsky carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final ...
  • Dayton's Devin Oliver (5) embraces Matt Kavanaugh after the second half in a regional final game against Florida at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Florida won 62-52. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
    Florida 1st to Final Four, beating Dayton 62-52
    March 29, 2014
    The Florida Gators are first yet again this season. Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four ...
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III and Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon (34) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis.
    March Madness Roundup: Michigan, UConn, Michigan State and Kentucky advance
    March 28, 2014
    Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 including a key free throw to help Michigan hold on for a 73-71 victory over Tennessee in ...
  • Florida forward Casey Prather celebrates a 3-point shot against UCLA during the second half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Florida won 79-68.
    March Madness roundup: Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and Dayton advance
    March 27, 2014
    Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality ...
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