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Tar Heels beat Notre Dame, head to Final Four

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For the 19th time, the North Carolina Tar Heels are heading to the men’s basketball Final Four. The top seeded Tar Heels  disposed of the pesky Notre Dame Fighting Irish 88-74 in Sunday’s East Regional final played in Philadelphia. The Irish tried to hang around on grit and determination, but the size and power of the Tar Heels proved to be too much. Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey used only six players in trying to contain the bigger Tar Heels,…

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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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Decisions ahead for NCAA family travel program

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Getting to the Final Four won’t be as costly for the parents of many players this week, thanks to an NCAA pilot program that is helping pay for families of athletes to travel and see their sons and daughters play in the biggest college basketball games of the season. The family travel program was approved in January. It allowed the College Football Playoff to pay for the parents or guardians of Ohio State and Oregon players to travel to Arlington,…

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Bob Buckhorn asks NCAA to move Women’s 2016 Final Four to Tampa

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Tampa is hosting the Women’s Final Four college basketball tournament this weekend, and if Indiana doesn’t get its act together regarding its controversial religious freedom legislation, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is calling on the NCAA to bring the tournament back next year to the Cigar City. “Sports teach us dedication, fair play and teamwork,” Buckhorn wrote in a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert today. “It teaches us that we should judge others for their talents and who they are, instead of where…

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This March, 14 is the new 12 in the NCAA Tournament

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Fourteen is the new 12 this year at the NCAA Tournament. The heart-pounding first full day of the tournament was headlined by two No. 14 seeds taking down two No. 3 seeds before the day was even half over. Trendy Final Four pick Iowa State lost to UAB, 60-59, and Georgia State edged Baylor, 57-56. Northeastern nearly made it a clean sweep for the three 14s in action on Thursday when it put a scare into Notre Dame before falling…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.20.15 — March sadness

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It’s the first full weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament, the time when some writers wax absurd about “brackets” and “the insanity of March Madness.” And yes, there were a couple of thrilling upsets and buzzard-beaters yesterday to begin the first full day of the 68-team championship. As a basketball aficionado, however, I’ve been calling out the college game for several years now as being a severely weakened product, and thankfully, the mainstream media is finally getting the picture. As…

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NCAA hoping new travel policy will help avoid problems

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The NCAA is hoping a new travel policy takes the air out of tournament complaints. One year after dealing with late-night problems, angry coaches and surprised families, most teams in this year’s men’s tourney will be required to stay overnight after their games. Previously, most losing teams flew home the same night, which sometimes led to red-eye flights. Under the new guidelines, any team with a flight and a starting time after 3 p.m. locally must stay in town. Any…

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