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Hall of Fame coach vs. future Hall of Famer for NCAA title

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Roy Williams has been here before. Just last year, in fact. And five times altogether, playing for the NCAA championship. Twice he got to celebrate winning the final game of the season with the Tar Heels, pushing their total to five tournament titles. For Mark Few and Gonzaga, this is all new. Just getting to the Final Four was a first, and now they are one victory from lifting the trophy. If it came down to history, tradition and experience,…

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Can Gators display the patience needed to take down Wisconsin?

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As the Florida Gators prepare to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Friday night’s Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden, an old saying applies to Florida players, coaches and fans: Patience is a virtue. But that is what is required to play against the well-coached, disciplined Badger team. On defense, eighth-seeded Wisconsin plays tough and aggressively, hoping to force undisciplined teams into taking quick shots. On offense, they are not afraid to run the shot clock down to the last…

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Despite horrible weekend, ACC still basketball’s best league

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ACC fans, or supporters of schools outside of the SEC, often grumble about the “best conference by far” tag often given to the SEC by football pundits. Each time an SEC team loses a bowl game or a head-to-head matchup with one of the outsiders, the derision often follows. Conversely, SEC basketball fans, or supporters of other power conferences outside of the ACC, are equally uncertain that conference is that much better than the others. The ACC put eight teams…

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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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ACC trots out 4 more teams in Friday NCAA action

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After coming up empty on Thursday, the ACC will try to get at least one of their teams into the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon ended Duke’s season in the West Regional, while Villanova routed Miami in the South Regional. Former ACC stalwart Maryland was sent home by Kansas in the South. The conference has better odds on Friday. Two of the tournament’s top seeds will be in action. Virginia takes on fourth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest…

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Miami one of 6 ACC teams pointing toward Elite 8

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Over the next two nights, eight games will be played in the NCAA Tournament. When those games are over, we will know the identities of the Elite 8. The odds are strong there will be at least one, if not more, ACC teams among the final eight. No fewer than six ACC schools made the Sweet 16 and none play each other over the next two days. One of those non-ACC teams seeking to survive and advance is the Maryland…

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USF/FSU NCAA stories involve Courtney Williams

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The second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament continues on Monday with eight games set to decide the final qualifiers for the Sweet 16. Two of those games feature South Florida and Florida State with each having an opportunity to reach the Sweet 16, but must win on the road to do so. No. 5 seed Florida State is in College Station, Texas, to take on fourth-seeded Texas A&M on the their home floor. The Seminoles advanced with a 72-55…

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