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North Carolina, Villanova meet for national championship

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North Carolina and Villanova meet on Monday night in Houston to decide college basketball’s champion for the 2015-2016 season. Although this is the first time the two will square off in the championship game, there’s some Final Four history between them. The Tar Heels’ most recent title came in 2009 when they beat the Michigan State Spartans 89-72 in Detroit. To reach the title game, North Carolina first had to get by the Wildcats 83-69. Monday’s game will mark the…

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Villanova sets Final Four record in blowout of Oklahoma

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The Villanova Wildcats will be playing for the national championship on Monday night after their historic 95-51 destruction of Oklahoma on Saturday evening. Villanova’s 44-point margin of victory at NRG Stadium in Houston was the largest margin of victory in Final Four history. This game was a far cry from the December 7 matchup between these two teams. In a game played at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Oklahoma swamped Villanova 78-55. Saturday’s meeting represents an astonishing 67-point turnaround. “This was just…

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50 years later, another Lattin poised to make history

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When Oklahoma takes the floor in Saturday’s Final Four against the Villanova Wildcats, most of the talk will be about Sooner superstar Buddy Hield. Not that Hield hasn’t earned the attention. The unanimous All-American from Freeport, Grand Bahamas averages 25.4 points and converts better than 50 percent of his shots from the field. He is also the team’s second-leading rebounder. Oklahoma has a key player that will not travel far to the site of the Final Four, NRG Stadium in…

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Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger put Gator basketball on the map

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Lon Kruger and the NCAA Tournament are synonymous. No other coach in Division I history has taken more programs to the NCAA Tournament than the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Only Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith has equaled Kruger’s record of leading five different schools into the tournament. On Saturday, Kruger will lead his Sooners into the national semi-finals against the Villanova Wildcats. It will be Oklahoma’s first appearance since 2002 and fifth overall. Kruger is making his second appearance…

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Jim Boeheim surprised his 10-seed Syracuse crashing Final Four

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim isn’t surprised that No. 2 seeds Oklahoma and Villanova knocked off top seeds to join No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Final Four. He is, however, a bit taken aback that the other team in the field managed to do so. “I’m probably surprised at the other guys — that we’re there,” Boeheim said of his team. “I shouldn’t say that, but I am a little surprised.” Boeheim certainly isn’t the only one surprised that…

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Villanova, Oklahoma qualify for Final Four

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Villanova, Oklahoma qualify for Final Four The first matchup for the Final Four is set. Villanova outlasted Kansas 64-59 to win the Midwest Regional in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier on Saturday, Oklahoma hammered Oregon 80-68 in the West Regional final in Anaheim, California. Villanova will take on Oklahoma in Houston next Saturday. Villanova 64, Kansas 59 Kansas was the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament, but it was second-seeded Villanova who prevailed. The Wildcats, who had won their three previous…

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Buddy Hield shows why he’s college basketball’s best

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The Oklahoma Sooners have a good Buddy. Whenever he is needed, the young man in whom they place enormous confidence is always there. Their go-to guy is Buddy Hield, who can do just about anything on a basketball court. He can shoot, rebound or handle the ball; whatever is necessary. Hield is considered the favorite to win the John R. Wooden Award as the player of the year in college basketball. There are other national awards that he may win…

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