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UC Irvine stun Kansas State for first NCAA tournament win in school history

Anteaters topple No 4 seed in biggest upset of tourney so farIowa wins as Big Ten moves to 6-0 in this year’s tournamentDay one: Morant lifts Murray State as NCAA tourney tips offEvan Leonard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a run of 12 straight po…

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NCAA tournament 2019: our writers predict the winners, sleepers and upsets

Can anyone stop Zion Williamson? Who is this year’s Cinderella team? Our writers crunch the bracket as March Madness tips offNo. Because he wants to play and it’s his decision. I’m all for the notion that the NCAA is a corrupt institution, minting bill…

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Women’s NCAA Tournament: 11-time champs UConn miss out on No1 seed

Huskies not among top seeds for first time since 2006ESPN apologize after releasing bracket early in errorBaylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No1 seeds in the women’s NCAA Tournament, leading a March Madness field that was reve…

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7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball – but is he too tall for NBA?

The University of Central Florida player is so tall he can pretty much place the ball in the basket. But many professional teams will see him as one-dimensionalYou could be forgiven for thinking this year’s NCAA Tournament, the culmination of the colle…

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Zion Williamson’s Duke named No1 overall seed for 2019 NCAA Tournament

Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga are named other No1 seedsTournament proper starts this Thursday after play-in gamesSee the full NCAA Tournament bracket hereLooming at the top of this year’s March Madness bracket: Duke and their freshman force of n…

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Mississippi players kneel during anthem in protest at local Confederacy rally

Ole Miss players unhappy at demonstration near arenaCoach says he respects players’ freedom to protestEight Mississippi players knelt during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before their victory over Georgia on Satu…

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Zion Williamson’s injury-by-Nike exposes college basketball’s hypocrisy

The likely No 1 pick in June’s NBA draft suffered a shocking injury that puts a fine point on college basketball’s student-athlete shamThirty-three seconds into the biggest college basketball game of the season, the sport’s biggest star went down with …

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DeMarcus Cousins attacks NCAA ‘bullshit’ after Zion Williamson injury

College star Williamson hurt knee on Wednesday nightWarriors star Cousins says college basketball is ‘crooked’Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has attacked college basketball after the game’s top prospect, Zion Williamson, suffered a scary…

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Faulty Nike trainer injures Zion Williamson 36 seconds into college basketball match – video

Zion Williamson hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was forced off with a knee injury after just 33 seconds after his faulty Nike trainer blew out. Williamson was the likely No 1 pick for the NBA Draft in June. Many notable faces watched on i…

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Zion Williamson felled by faulty Nike as North Carolina blasts top-ranked Duke

Likely No 1 pick suffers shocking knee injury after 33 secondsCheapest ticket to rivalry game: $2,500 on secondary marketZion Williamson blew out his shoe, and then No 8 North Carolina blew out top-ranked Duke.Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak i…

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Boston Celtics assistant said to have taken bribes while head coach at Penn

Jerome Allen ensnared in bribery case, Bloomberg reportsCeltics assistant alleged to have taken bribes while at PennAllen, 45, was head coach at Penn from 2009 through 2015Jerome Allen, a Boston Celtics assistant coach who previously served as the head…

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New college basketball guidelines only strengthen a rotten, exploitative system

Condoleezza Rice had the chance to change a sport that makes money off players who are often from poor backgrounds. She failed badlyThere are few sports systems more exploitive than American college basketball. The NCAA is a $1bn business in which coll…

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How Villanova learned to win against college basketball’s NBA talent factories

The Wildcats have their second title in three years. Along with his innate smarts, Coach Jay Wright looked to an NBA team from the past for inspirationThe NCAA Tournament that featured the first-ever victory by a 16-seed and a run to the Final Four by …

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NCAA final: Villanova beat Michigan for second championship in three years

Donte DiVincezo stars off bench with 31 points for WildcatsAs it happened: Villanova 79-62 MichiganThey chanted his name from the cheap seats: “Di-Vin-cen-zo, Di-Vin-cen-zo.” By the time Donte DiVincenzo was done doing his damage, Villanova had another…

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NCAA championship game: Villanova v Michigan – live!

Wildcats take on Wolverines in Alamodome to decide titleEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or @HunterFelt 2.44am BST Michigan 21-16 Villanova, 10:24 1st halfPoole finds Mortiz Wagner for a layup. They’re not letting Villanova catch up. 2.42am …

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NCAA championship game: Villanova v Michigan – live!

Wildcats take on Wolverines in Alamodome to decide titleEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or @HunterFelt 2.44am BST Michigan 21-16 Villanova, 10:24 1st halfPoole finds Mortiz Wagner for a layup. They’re not letting Villanova catch up. 2.42am …

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NCAA championship game: Villanova v Michigan – live!

Wildcats take on Wolverines in Alamodome to decide titleEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or @HunterFelt 2.44am BST Michigan 21-16 Villanova, 10:24 1st halfPoole finds Mortiz Wagner for a layup. They’re not letting Villanova catch up. 2.42am …

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Villanova to face Michigan in NCAA title game after blasting Kansas in Final Four

Villanova advance to second national title game in three seasonsWolverines come from behind to defeat Ramblers at AlamodomeVillanova bombed its way past a blueblood to reach the national title game. Michigan got there by taking away Cinderella’s slippe…

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Is UConn’s women’s basketball dominance bad for the sport? Of course not

The debate has resurfaced again: is UConn’s women’s basketball dominance bad for the sport? The answer: of course notIt is not a stretch to say the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team was one of the worst in the country for their first …

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Loyola Chicago’s Final Four run: how an underdog restored a city’s faded glory

A city once synonymous with basketball excellence has had little to cheer about in the two decades since Michael Jordan left town, but the Ramblers’ Cinderella run to the Final Four has changed thatThere was a time when Chicago was synonymous with bask…