march madness

Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four

The Jayhawks earned a trip back to the national championship Saturday night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ochai Agbaji followed a celebrating stream of Kansas players off the floor at the Final Four, their shouts of “One more!” echoing all the way up the tunnel of the Superdome and right to the door…

Defending champion Stanford tops Texas 59-50 in Elite 8

The Cardinal (32-3) are headed to the Final Four for the 15th time in program history

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Lexie Hull scored 20 points in front of her hometown crowd, Haley Jones added 18 points, including four key free throws in the closing moments, and defending national champion Stanford toppled No. 2 seed Texas on…

Kansas races past Miami in 2nd half, reaches 16th Final Four

Kansas (32-6), the only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA Tournament, won the Midwest Region for the 13th time

CHICAGO (AP) — Ochai Agbaji was all over the court. David McCormack dominated inside, and Christian Braun connected from deep. With one dazzling finish, Kansas roared into the Final Four. Agbaji, McCormack and Braun led the top-seeded Jayhawks to a…

Carolina crushes Saint Peter’s 69-49

Will meet Duke in Final Four

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — America’s favorite underdog, Saint Peter’s, shouldn’t feel all that bad. North Carolina has crushed lots of dreams over the decades. The Tar Heels ended all hope of a March Madness miracle in the early going Sunday, getting…

Houston ends tourney in Elite eight with loss to Villanova

Villanova to 7th Final Four, beats Houston 50-44 in South

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright has won national championships with well-balanced and fundamentally sound teams, yet even he knew staying in contention for another title was going to take a rugged and exhaustive effort. Ugly at times,…

Saint Peter’s tops Purdue, makes 15 seed history

Daryl Banks III scored the tying and go-ahead baskets that pushed Saint Peter’s to the brink of the Final Four

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Edert hopped on the press table and punched his fist in the air toward a delirious section of Saint Peter’s fans — aren’t they all? -- as his teammates thumped their chests and flashed eight fingers…

#15 St. Peter's Peacocks beat #3 Purdue to make history

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- The Saint Peter's Peacocks made history as they beat #3 Purdue 67-64 Friday night to be the first ever 15-seed in NCAA history to make it to the Elite Eight. The Peacocks had nine steals and scored…

McCullar, Texas Tech beat Notre Dame 59-53 to reach Sweet 16

McCullar and Bryson Williams each scored 14 points for Texas Tech

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line, Texas Tech’s swarming defense won out over Notre Dame’s vaunted 3-point shooting. It certainly wasn’t artistic, and that’s OK with the Red Raiders, the top defensive…

Coach K’s last ride continues as Duke closes out Spartans

The Blue Devils survived a tense finish to beat the Spartans 85-76 on Sunday

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski’s emotions began to flow with a few seconds left on the clock, when it was finally certain Duke would extend his last NCAA Tournament run. He whirled around to face the section where his…

Tar Heels survive ejection, big rally, beat ’21 champ Baylor

Tar Heels are going to the Sweet 16 after knocking off the defending champions.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — So much for the idea that North Carolina is soft against top-tier competition. These Tar Heels are going to the Sweet 16 after knocking off the defending champions. No, it wasn’t easy. The Tar Heels…

Texas A&M stuns No. 15 Arkansas 82-64 to reach SEC final

The Aggies (23-11) took down a ranked opponent for the second straight day

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Surging Texas A&M isn’t leaving its NCAA Tournament hopes to chance. With three wins in three days over favored opponents, the eighth-seeded Aggies not only have landed an unlikely spot in the championship game of the…

Surging Texas A&M stuns No. 4 Auburn 67-62 in SEC tourney

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Texas A&M isn’t done reviving its season after an arduous, month-long tailspin threatened its chances of earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies improved to 7-1 since an eight-game skid, bolstering their case to…

Baylor and Gonzaga to face off in National Championship game

Gonzaga vs. Baylor for the national championship

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Baylor made a mockery of the first Final Four game, stifling Houston for a chance at the program’s first national title. Then Gonzaga made miracles happen, winning on one of the greatest shots in NCAA Tournament history.…

A Texas matchup in the Final Four

Baylor-Houston has father-son matchup of assistant coaches

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Final Four’s Lone Star State semifinal won’t merely match Houston versus Baylor. It also pits father against son. Alvin Brooks is an assistant coach at Houston. Alvin Brooks III holds the same position at Baylor. They…

Houston Cougar's heading into the Elite Eight and will face Oregon St.

Houston locks in on defense, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Houston contested every 3-pointer, took away clean looks and forced “Buddy Buckets” to work for any sliver of space he could find. Defense has been the Cougars’ strength all season. Now it’s taken coach Kelvin Sampson’s team…

Baylor Bears make their way to the Elite Eight

Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win over Villanova

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its amoeba-like defense. The Bears (25-2) came in as the…

Houston Cougars survive upset

Grimes helps No. 2 seed Houston rally past Rutgers, 63-60

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored 22 points, Tramon Mark converted a soaring three-point play with 24 seconds left, and Houston beat Rutgers 63-60 on Sunday night to reach the Sweet 16. DaJon Jarreau overcame a series of bumps and…

Texas Tech of the tournament after loss

Smith, Arkansas hold off Texas Tech 68-66 in NCAA 2nd round

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Smith had 20 points and played a key role in a final-play defensive stop, helping Arkansas beat Texas Tech 68-66 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, securing the program’s first trip to the Sweet 16 in…

Texas Longhorns are upset by Abilene Christian

Texas stunner: No. 14 Abilene Christian ousts ’Horns 53-52

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Abilene Christian and its frantic, havoc-causing defense bounced coach Shaka Smart and Texas out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round yet again, as the 14th-seeded Wildcats stunned the third-seeded Longhorns 53-52 on Saturday night. Joe…

Baylor Bears open a lead and fly away with the win

Baylor finds its touch, rolls to 79-55 victory over Hartford

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After MaCio Teague and the Baylor Bears got comfortable in the spacious confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, they looked like a team that could be playing there for bigger stakes in a few weeks. Teague scored 22…

Houston Cougars get the win in the tourney

Houston beats Cleveland State 87-56 as Sampson ties Wooden

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored 18 points and Houston coach Kelvin Sampson tied John Wooden on the career victories list as the Cougars beat 15th-seeded Cleveland State 87-56 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night. Sampson earned his…

Indiana to showcase March Madness

Men’s March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving Indiana an exclusive ticket to showcase March Madness and the basketball-crazed state can’t wait to take center stage this spring. The NCAA announced Monday that its showcase event — the Division I men’s…