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Virginia outlast Texas Tech in overtime thriller for maiden NCAA championship

Cavaliers defeat Red Raiders for first title in school historyDe’Andre Hunter’s career-high 27 points lift No 1 seed in winNow that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season.Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselv…

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NCAA women’s tournament: Baylor beat Notre Dame after last-gasp missed free-throw

Baylor beat Notre Dame 82-81 to claim championship gameArike Ogunbowale misses chance to tie game in final secondsBaylor lost a star player, then a 17-point lead, but the Lady Bears, led by the ever-poised Chloe Jackson, kept their composure. Jackson d…

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Tom Izzo’s abuse of Aaron Henry was the act of a bully and a coward

The Hall of Fame coach has Michigan State back in the Final Four, but an unhinged outburst directed at his own player was a cowardly act with familiar echoesThe year was 1999 and I was at the USA Basketball men’s national team trials in Colorado Spring…

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‘Why can’t 100% of jobs go to women?’ McGraw wants change in college basketball

Notre Dame coach says more female leaders need in the USMuffet McGraw prepares team for Final Four showdownOne of the most prominent coaches in women’s basketball, Muffet McGraw, says it’s time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life,…

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Why black America is finally getting behind Duke basketball

The Blue Devils embodied everything black America hated during my playing career, but I came to learn that perception isn’t always reality. It feels like the culture is catching upGrowing up I loved the Fab Five. The freshman class of Chris Webber, Juw…

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Sabrina Ionescu: the snarling genius ripping up basketball’s record books

The Oregon guard is a shameless stat padder. But when you’re as good as her, you can do what you wantSabrina Ionescu is college basketball’s equivalent of Russell Westbrook: a snarling menace who plays with a combination of grace and volatility. She is…

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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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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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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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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…