Tag: Basketball (College)

On College Basketball: Who’s on Trial in the College Basketball Scandal? Not the Big Names

Before Jerry Tarkanian built a college basketball powerhouse in Las Vegas, he was the coach at Long Beach State in the early 1970s and had two tormentors: John Wooden and his dynastic U.C.L.A. teams, and the N.C.A.A. What irked Tarkanian for years, though, was the way the N.C.A.A. pursued him doggedly at every stop in […]

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Michigan State Discouraged Reporting of Rape Allegation Against Athletes, Woman Says

Robin and David Kowalski barely recognized their daughter Bailey when she was visiting home in White Lake, Mich., in the spring of 2015. Their perennially positive daughter, who was about to finish her freshman year at Michigan State, was sullen. She had suddenly decided to abandon her long-held dream of being a sports journalist, and […]

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Virginia Beats Texas Tech in OT to Claim Its First N.C.A.A. Title

MINNEAPOLIS — A year after exiting the court as a picture of embarrassment, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 in the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament, Virginia left wearing a crown on Monday night. The Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech, 85-77, in overtime for the university’s first national basketball championship, which carried with […]

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N.C.A.A. Men’s Final Preview: New Faces and a Slow Pace

The N.C.A.A. final will tip off about 9:20 p.m. Eastern on Monday in Minneapolis, the culmination of the men’s college basketball season. How can I watch? The game will be broadcast by CBS. A stream is available here. Who’s playing? Virginia (34-3) and Texas Tech (31-6). That’s unexpected. Have they been here before? No. Neither […]

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Texas Tech’s Perfect Storm Started on a West Texas Ranch

MINNEAPOLIS — The Circle 6 Ranch sits halfway between Stanton and Lenorah, just off a stretch of Highway 137 in West Texas where the tumbleweeds have free rein. Parker Hicks, a sophomore on the Texas Tech basketball team, had another description for its location: “It’s in the middle of nowhere.” The final chapter of the […]

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On College Basketball: In First N.C.A.A. Title Game, Virginia Savors Shot at Redemption

MINNEAPOLIS — If it can defeat third-seeded Texas Tech on Monday night, Virginia would not become the first national champion that had lost in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament the previous year. Duke did it in 2015, and Indiana in 1987. Connecticut won the 2014 title a year after it had been barred […]

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N.C.A.A. Women’s Final: How Baylor Intends to Stop Notre Dame

TAMPA, Fla. — Kim Mulkey’s intensity can be as brash as the color of her sideline suits. At times, the Baylor coach challenges her players with a ferocity that just might set one of her blaze-orange jackets on fire. “I’m just really challenging them and getting on them,” Mulkey said. “In the middle of it, […]

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N.C.A.A. Final Four: Texas Tech Upsets Michigan State

MINNEAPOLIS — Here it was, the first Final Four appearance for Texas Tech, and a recipe for disaster was unfolding. The Red Raiders’ best player, Jarrett Culver, was missing in action, unable to locate his shot or his confidence. Their most dynamic player, Tariq Owens, rolled his ankle and had to be helped off the […]

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N.C.A.A. Final Four: Virginia Stuns Auburn to Reach Title Game

MINNEAPOLIS — There is winning while being outplayed. Next there is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Then there are several other gradients of good fortune. And only then is there what happened to Virginia on Saturday night at the Final Four. Virginia will try not to look back, its 63-62 victory having stunning […]

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U.N.C. Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell Faces a Reckoning

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sylvia Hatchell, the University of North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, used to preach about “the fishbowl.” “You’re always in the fishbowl,” Hatchell would tell players like Tonya Sampson, a former player who recalled the admonitions in an interview on Friday. “You never know who’s watching. You’ve always got to carry yourself […]

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N.C.A.A. Men’s Final Four Preview

MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia, the only top seed remaining, will face Auburn, which is making its first appearance in the Final Four, in the first of two national semifinals of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament on Saturday. Michigan State, the 2000 champion, plays the newcomer Texas Tech in the second game. No. 1 Virginia (33-3) vs. […]

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Bruce Pearl at Auburn: Rebirth of a Salesman

MINNEAPOLIS — Sometime during the Final Four on Saturday, the television cameras will focus on Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl. They are likely to find him in his usual animated state: limping up and down the sideline, screaming, arms flailing, his face the color of a bowl of borscht, his once-pressed suit reduced to a rumpled […]

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Women’s Final Four: Baylor Survives a Battle with Oregon to Reach the Title Game

TAMPA, Fla. — Baylor defeated Oregon, 72-67, Friday in a thrilling semifinal of the women’s Final Four to advance to Sunday’s final, where the Lady Bears will seek their third national championship. ImageOregon guard Sabrina Ionescu dribbling as Baylor guard DiDi Richards (2) lost her footing in an N.C.A.A. semifinal on Friday.CreditChris O’Meara/Associated Press Baylor […]

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Arike Ogunbowale Strives for Greater Fame. But First, Another Title.

The ball was inbounded to Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale. “Four, three, two,” came the shouts, counting down the expiring clock. Ogunbowale put up the shot … and … it was an air ball. No matter. This happened last month, during a practice at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind., on the day before […]

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At Final Four, Muffet McGraw Makes a Forceful Case for Women in Power

TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw has been on the Final Four stage nine times in her career. She has answered hundreds of questions about her team, about her rivalry with Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, about the state of women’s basketball. But her news conference on Thursday was different. It was passionate, and it […]

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UConn Tops Louisville and Reaches 12th Straight Final Four

ALBANY — In the moments after Connecticut advanced to the Final Four on Sunday for the 12th year in a row, blue, yellow and orange confetti rode the waves of Coach Geno Auriemma’s undulating hair. The pieces dusted the shoulders of his blue suit jacket and hid inside the top of his unbuttoned shirt. For […]

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Auburn 77, Kentucky 71 | Overtime: Auburn Makes Its First Final Four by Beating Kentucky

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Auburn Tigers advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history, defeating Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky, 77-71, in overtime on Sunday, earning a trip to Minneapolis to play Virginia in an N.C.A.A. national semifinal. The fifth-seeded Tigers relied on 3-pointers and hard-nosed defense to extend their winning […]

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