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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…

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Villanova cruise through to NCAA Final Four despite uneven performance

Wildcats aiming to repeat national title run from 2016Nova uncharacteristically poor from beyond the arcVillanova are going back to the Final Four, and the underdogs should get ready for the top-seeded Wildcats.Eric Paschall had 12 points and 14 reboun…

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March Madness, Tiger Woods back in form and a flying scorpion kick | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features an Australian Grand Prix washout, the best of Gigi Buffon and an outrageous rally move1) Formula One 2018 is go, go, go – starting with Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. Since moving to Melbourne Park, the race has becom…

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Sister Jean: how a 98-year-old-nun became the hottest property in basketball

Loyola-Chicago’s chaplain dispenses coaching advice alongside spiritual guidance – and her underdog team is lighting up primetime college basketballA 98-year-old nun has become the face of college basketball and the sport is probably all the better for…

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NCAA Tournament: Nevada’s 22-point comeback stuns Cincinnati; UNC tumble out

No7 Aggies beat up on Tar Heels 86-65 in dominant winNo11 Syracuse overcome partisan crowd to beat SpartansThe Nevada Wolf Pack just keep digging themselves out of deep holes. And now they’re on their way to Nevada’s first Sweet 16 since 2004.The seven…

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The greatest upset ever: UMBC’s shock win comes when the sport needs it most

The Retrievers’ stunning takedown of Virginia reminded us why March Madness endures as one of America’s best sporting traditionsThat whoosh you heard on Friday night was the sound of millions of brackets across America simultaneously bursting into flam…

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Ultimate upset: UMBC stun Virginia to become first ever No16 seed to top a No1

No16 seeds had been 0-135 against No1s entering FridayDay two of the NCAA tournament – as it happenedSenior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA tournament histo…

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NCAA Tournament 2018 day one: Kansas and Duke start campaigns – live!

March Madness predictions: our writers on the winners and underdogsNCAA Tournament bracket: see who’s playing whoEmail hunter.felt.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 5.49pm GMT And wisely so, back-to-back three pointers give Rhode Island a 55-…

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Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament 2018: pick your bracket

March Madness is nearly upon us – now it’s time to make your predictions. Print out a copy or make your selections on our interactive bracket Continue reading…

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Can stars like LeBron James save college basketball from corruption?

The college game is mired in scandal and it may take pressure from superstars in the NBA to fix deep-rooted problemsNobody is stepping up to fix college sports, so if LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony truly believe the NCAA is corrupt they are…

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LeBron James unsurprised by illegal payment claims around ‘corrupt’ NCAA

Cleveland Cavaliers star chose to skip college for NBASays colleges benefit more from players from amateur systemAs college basketball finds itself mired in scandal, with allegations of illegal payments to student athletes flying around, one man who fa…

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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign pro contracts with Lithuanian club

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign one-year deals with Prienu VytautasLiAngelo, 19, withdrew from UCLA after suspension for shopliftingLaMelo, 16, left Chino Hills High in October to be home-schooledLiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the teenage brothers of Los Ange…