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Villanova erase memories of recent 2-round flops

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The Latest on the fourth full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women’s NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT): ___ 1:05 p.m. How do you erase the memories of some awful recent second-round flops? Play the first half that Villanova just did against Iowa. The…

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Selection Sunday: “Fastest night in college basketball”

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For teams that got a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament, finding out where and who they’re playing was not the end of selection-night drama. It was only the beginning. And that’s especially true for eight teams that are opening-round bound. Scenes like one at Florida Gulf Coast were playing out at plenty of schools Sunday night. It was nearly 10 p.m. Sunday and people in three different offices at FGCU are calling the school’s top donors, asking whether they…

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Florida State looking for momentum late in ACC play

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Florida State has no margin for error if it wants to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. Going into Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech the Seminoles need to win three of their final five to finish at least .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. There was a players-only meeting after Sunday’s 67-65 loss to 11th-ranked Miami as Florida State squandered chances to win in the final two minutes. “We have to realize we…

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