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Purdue’s Zach Edey ‘quit’ in national championship, Draymond Green says: ‘He was done’

Zach Edey had one of the best performances in national championship history on paper, but one NBA veteran says it should have been even better. The Purdue big man dropped 37 points, but the UConn Huskies went back-to-back with a 75-60 victory, continuing their March Madness dominance from last year. Edey scored 21 of his 37 points in the second half, all inside the 15-minute…

UConn dominates Purdue to capture back-to-back national championships

The Connecticut Huskies are back on top for the second consecutive season, dominating the Purdue Boilermakers, 75-60, in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.  Not only have the Huskies won 12 straight NCAA tournament games, but they kept their streak alive of defeating their opponents by double digits, showcasing how lethal their team is on the court.  This is the sixth NCAA men’s basketball…

South Carolina caps undefeated season with NCAA national championship win over Iowa

The South Carolina Lady Gamecocks are women’s basketball national champions once again, completing an incredible undefeated season with an 87-75 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The Gamecocks were beaten by Iowa in the Final Four last year, but they got their revenge this time, overcoming an early deficit to end any debate about which team was the best in the country this season.  This is…

Purdue closes book on N.C. State’s Cinderella story, advances to national championship

The clock struck midnight on N.C. State’s Cinderella story Saturday night, and Purdue put away the Wolfpack in a men’s Final Four matchup, 63-50. Purdue will play in the national championship game for the first time since 1969. The Boilermakers only had a six-point lead over the Wolfpack at the half. But they were able to maintain that lead and thwart any chance of an…

Purdue’s Zach Edey laments NIL rules regarding foreign players: ‘It needs to change’

Purdue men’s basketball star Zach Edey became a two-time AP Player of the Year award winner ahead of the team’s Final Four matchup against N.C. State Saturday night. But Edey feels his profile and his wallet could have been padded a bit more this season with name, image and likeness deals.  Because he’s from Canada, he’s not legally allowed to have any NIL deals in…

Police investigation into Utah women’s basketball allegations finds audio containing racial slur

A police investigation into allegations that the Utah women’s basketball team was subjected to “racial hate crimes” while in Idaho for the NCAA women’s tournament last month has turned up evidence that “corroborates” players’ testimony, law enforcement said Thursday.  The Coeur d’Alene Police Department issued an update confirming that detectives have gathered approximately 35 hours of video evidence from businesses in the area, noting that…

Iowa, Caitlin Clark headline star-studded women’s Final Four matchups: ‘Anybody can win it’

“Anybody can take it. Anybody can win it.”  The words of Iowa star Caitlin Clark perfectly sum up the women’s tournament this year as just two games stand between the Hawkeyes and the program’s first national championship. But nothing about March Madness is ever certain.  The women’s Final Four begins Friday night in Cleveland, with Dawn Staley and the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks taking on…

AI sports betting platforms’ breaches likely impacting March Madness wagers

College basketball fans from across the country spent the past couple of weeks keeping a close eye on the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Millions of sports enthusiasts filled out and submitted brackets with hopes their particular games’ predictions would become true. The annual basketball tournament seemingly always sparks a noticeable amount of excitement across the sports world, but it also attracts…

Emmanuel Acho responds to critics who ‘respectfully reprimanded’ him over his Angel Reese comments

Former NFL linebacker-turned-television sports analyst Emmanuel Acho faced some backlash due to recent comments about college basketball star Angel Reese. During Tuesday’s edition of the Fox Sports show “Speak,” Acho and the panel began discussing Reese’s emotional press conference when the All-American opened up about some of the criticism she dealt with over the past year. “I’ve been through so much,” Reese said. “I’ve seen…

Los Angeles Times writer issues apology for column describing LSU players as ‘dirty debutantes’

Los Angeles Times writer Ben Bolch has issued an apology about a column previewing the LSU women’s basketball team ahead of their Sweet 16 matchup against UCLA after Tigers head coach Kim Mulkey ripped the piece for being “sexist,” “awful” and “wrong.” Bloch posted a lengthy apology on X days after Mulkey’s press conference in which she called out the column for “attacking” her players….

Final Four Power Rankings: How each team stacks up heading into NCAA Tournament semifinals

Four teams have battled through the gauntlet that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket to reach the Final Four in March Madness.  This Saturday, No. 11 NC State faces No. 1 Purdue, while No. 4 Alabama goes head-to-head with No. 1 UConn. The winner of each game will have a shot at the national championship.  As each team converges on State Farm Stadium in…

Zach Edey’s 40 points help Purdue take down Tennessee to reach Final Four

The top-seeded Purdue Boilermakers are heading to the Final Four as Zach Edey’s 40 points helped his squad take down No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, 72-66.  The stars for each team were on full display in this Elite Eight contest as Edey and the Volunteers’ Dalton Knecht traded buckets throughout the game.  But while Knecht had 37 points on 14-of-31 shooting, including 6 of…

Duke pulls away from top-seeded Houston in gritty second half to advance to Elite Eight

Duke men’s basketball is back in the Elite Eight after outlasting a physical Houston with a 54-51 win in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Friday night.  Houston’s top-ranked defense kept Duke at bay in the first half, but the Cougars suffered a tough blow when All-American guard Jamal Shead went down with an apparent foot injury while driving towards…

NC State’s Cinderella story continues, as underdog Wolfpack knockoff Marquette to reach Elite 8

As the number of underdogs in this year’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament continues to dwindle, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are doing their part to keep the magic alive. The No. 11 Wolfpack knocked off the second-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles on Friday night. The 67-58 win lifted NC State to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. The Wolfpack had to…

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl rips fans who criticized Chad Baker-Mazara over NCAA tournament ejection: ‘Stop it’

Longtime Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl is speaking out once again about Chad Baker-Mazara’s early ejection from the Tigers’ first round loss in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The junior guard was tossed for a flagrant 2 foul as less than four minutes had ticked off the clock in the opening quarterback of Auburn’s game against Yale on March 22. “That’s a pretty tough call….

UConn’s Dan Hurley says lack of Big East teams in NCAA’s March Madness ‘sucks’

Dan Hurley wants everyone to know that the Big East was robbed. On Sunday, after seeing the performances of his conference as opposed to others, the UConn head coach said he wasn’t pleased with the committee’s decision to exclude Big East teams, notably St. John’s and Seton Hall. “Look what we’ve done in non-conference games. Seton Hall beat us by 15. We’ve won eight-straight in…

Defending champion UConn continues March Madness dominance with blowout over No. 9 Northwestern

March continues to belong to the University of Connecticut. UConn wiped the floor with No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday night, winning 75-58. The victory came just days after the Huskies rocked Stetson by 39 points, 91-52. Last year, when UConn was en route to their fifth national championship, the then-fourth-seeded Huskies’ smallest margin of victory in the tournament was 13 points, when they beat No….

Duke’s Jared McCain admits it was hard to not ‘shoot from anywhere’ while breaking Duke March Madness record

The only thing that stopped Jared McCain from not breaking NCAA records on Sunday was the fact that he was in the middle of a blowout. The true freshman from Duke knocked down eight three-pointers, a school record for March Madness, but with 9:29 to go, the Blue Devils were winning by 28. They wound up beating James Madison by 38. Only five players have…

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark makes bold statement after early tournament victory

Caitlin Clark nearly had a triple-double as she led No. 1-seeded Iowa over No. 16-seeded Holy Cross in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday. Clark, who had 27 points in front of her home crowd in Iowa City, made a bold statement following the 91-65 win. She felt that fans are more excited for the women’s tournament than the…

Caitlin Clark bounces back from sluggish start; Iowa cruises to first-round NCAA Tournament victory

The Iowa Hawkeyes overcame a sluggish start to their first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against 16th-seeded Holy Cross. Caitlin Clark, NCAA Division I’s all-time leading scorer, uncharacteristically struggled to make her shots early on and was visibly frustrated.  But she bounced back and finished with 27 points and 10 assists in Iowa’s 91-65 win. Hawkeyes guard Kate Martin added 15 points and 14 rebounds to advance…

No. 12 James Madison makes Round of 32 for first time in 41 years after upsetting No. 5 Wisconsin

It wouldn’t be March Madness without a 12-seed beating a No. 5, right? Entering Friday night, the two other five-seeds (Gonzaga and San Diego State) were victorious in the first round, which apparently meant regression was due. But at Barclays Center, it was James Madison overtaking the fifth-seeded Badgers, 72-61, in the third 5-12 matchup of the tournament. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON…

Kentucky coach John Calipari praises ‘blue-collar’ roots in return to Pittsburgh for NCAA Tournament

John Calipari has served as the head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team for well over a decade. But the Pittsburgh native has never forgotten his roots.  During a preview of the Wildcats first round matchup against Oakland on Thursday night, Calipari spoke about his “blue-collar” upbringing and what it meant being back in Pittsburgh for the start of March Madness. “How…

Analyst rips NCAA committee after Virginia’s poor First Four performance: ‘They made a mistake’

Controversy erupted when Virginia made the NCAA Tournament’s First Four as a No. 10 seed, and they were slaughtered by Colorado State, 67-42. The Cavaliers scored just 14 points in the first half, shooting just 25% from the floor and 17.6% from three. They didn’t fare well at the free-throw line, either, going 11-for-17 (64.7%). They picked the worst time to have perhaps their worst…

Akron heads to NCAA Tournament thanks to brutal Kent State foul in final seconds

Akron toppled Kent State to win the MAC Tournament and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.  But that may not have been the case if Kent State’s Julius Rollins hadn’t committed a brutal intentional foul with just six seconds remaining in a one-point game.  The Golden Flashes went up by one point, 61-60, when Cli’Ron Hornbeak hit a go-ahead tip-in. However,…

Former college basketball coach Seth Greenberg on distractions today’s players face, Final Four favorites

Top-ranked UConn suffered a shocking upset loss to Creighton on Tuesday. The 85-66 loss marked just the second defeat for the defending national champion Huskies. As February itches toward a close, March Madness comes into focus. Aside from UConn, other highly-ranked teams, such as Houston, Purdue and Arizona, appear to be virtual locks for the upcoming Selection Sunday event.  The NCAA Division I men’s basketball…