North Carolina made everything look easy in its first two NCAA tournament games, from running out to big early leads to cracking the 100-point mark with plenty of time left on the clock. The only people who don't sound all that impressed are, well, those same Tar Heels.
Louisville got so revved up, Rick Pitino settled down. No need for the Cardinals coach to shout, stomp his foot or stalk the sideline. He simply watched and enjoyed the show Sunday while his team played to near-perfection, romping past Oklahoma 78-48 in the second round of the East Regional.
Everyone knows Memphis can crank up the tempo and play a fast-paced game. But if someone wants to get down and dirty? Well, the Tigers can slog it out with the best of 'em, too.
Western Kentucky blew another big lead, then responded with another clutch performance. Behind Courtney Lee's dazzling array of shots early and his free throws late, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years with a 72-63 victory over No. 13 San Diego on Sunday.
Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown's ferocious defense. Davidson's run was certainly over. A good season was coming to a fitting end against one of college basketball's elite programs. Then, as quick as Curry can get off a turnaround 3-pointer, the Wildcats staged a comeback.
The Tennessee Volunteers scrapped, pounded and grabbed. They also survived. No coincidence in that. The second-seeded Vols mostly ditched the glamorous 3-pointer and got physical in Sunday's second-round, moving on with a 76-71 overtime victory over Butler.
The Kansas Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. DJ Whetter has more on the Jayhawks' win over UNLV in Omaha.
After 75 minutes of smooth shooting, poised ball-handling and a quiet crowd of Longhorn-haters in Arkansas, Texas nearly let its entire season slip away.
The hardest part for Villanova was getting into the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have always known they have what it takes to stick around for a while. Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 Sunday, helping the 12th-seeded Wildcats reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years with an 84-72 victory over tiny Siena.
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' grind-it-out second round win over UNLV, in which KU held the Rebels to 12-of-45 shooting in a foul-ridden game. Offensively, KU was pulled along late by Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins, lifting KU to its second straight Sweet 16 appearance.
The cozy feeling Villanova has heading into its second-round NCAA Tournament game against tiny Siena has nothing to do with overconfidence.
Due to rain in the Bradenton, Fla. area, the Jayhawks canceled their doubleheader with Northwestern on Saturday.
Mario Little was not about to finish his career at Chipola (Fla.) College with a mediocre performance in the seventh-place game of the NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship on Saturday.
The officials may have been out of breath. Whistling 46 fouls in 40 minutes of basketball is a good workout of the lungs. In the end, it helped - and hurt - Nevada-Las Vegas in a 75-56 loss to Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament's second round.
Strategies for filling out an NCAA basketball bracket are about as diverse as the teams playing in the tournament and the fans who love them. Random picks, height, coaches, Big 12 loyalties and luck make for a March Madness blend that frustrates, excites and unites fans across the country.
Russell Robinson whispered in the ear of his backcourt buddy, Sherron Collins, as Kansas University's dynamic duo headed to the podium Saturday in a chilly Qwest Center interview room. "I was telling Sherron, 'I needed this game,''' Robinson said after breaking out of a personal scoring slump, and, along with Collins, pretty much saving the day in No. 1-seeded KU's 75-56 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over No. 8-seed UNLV.
Kansas University senior Rodrick Stewart, who had complained of a sore throat Friday, was unable to attend Saturday's KU-UNLV game. Saddled with a tonsillitis, Stewart watched the game at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
It's time for Motown. Kansas University's men's basketball team secured its slot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, outlasting Nevada-Las Vegas, 75-56, in the NCAA Tournament's second round.
One week from today, in the event Kansas fifth-year basketball coach Bill Self takes scissors to nylon in Detroit and moves onto his first Final Four, much will be made of him breaking into the ranks of elite coaches for finally getting past the Elite Eight.
MaChelle Joseph and Jacqua Williams saw a clean steal. The official saw a foul.
If freshmen are the story of college basketball this season, then it's a short story. Indiana's Eric Gordon, Memphis' Derrick Rose, USC's O.J. Mayo, Kansas State's Michael Beasley and UCLA's Kevin Love arguably were among the 10 most popular players in the nation.
Kansas junior Danielle Herrmann improved her KU all-time 100-yard breaststroke mark in NCAA Swimming and Diving action Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State University campus.
Danielle McCray feels like it's mid-October all over again. "It seems like we're getting ready for a whole new season," McCray said. "It's like we're starting from scratch."
Freshmen Brad Hopfinger and Nate Barbee fired a pair of 68s to lead the Kansas University men's golf team during the second round of the Ron Moore Invitational.
After losing a 3-2 decision on a walk-off single in Friday's conference opener against 11th-ranked Oklahoma, the Kansas University softball team fell, 8-0 in six innings on Saturday.
Pinned against a Qwest Center wall with two dozen print, TV, radio and Internet reporters in his face, Bill Self did not feel like a man facing a firing squad.