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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…

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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: Texas A&M meet Providence as Purdue, Cincinnati open play – live scores

Day one: Arizona crash out as Buffalo, Loyola Chicago spring upsets NCAA tournament bracket: see who’s playing who 4.53pm GMT DJ will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at yesterday’s happenings. Related: NCAA tournament: Arizona crash out…

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NCAA tournament: Arizona crash out as Buffalo, Loyola Chicago spring upsets

No13 seed Buffalo stun Final Four contenders in first roundUpset marks first ever NCAA tournament win in school historyNCAA tournament bracket: see who’s playing whoWes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No13 seed Buffalo pulled off the…

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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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March Madness 2018: our writers predict the winners, sleepers and upsets

Will anyone stop Villanova? Who is this year’s Cinderella team? Our writers break down the bracket for the NCAA tournamentPrintable NCAA tournament bracket: make your picksFavorite Continue reading…

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NCAA returns March Madness to North Carolina after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

The governing body announced decisions on Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season — including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games — and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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NCAA ends North Carolina boycott after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement on Tuesday, the athletics body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The new agreement, House Bill 142, though it repeals the bathroom bill, has angered LGBT and civil liberty groups because it prohibits future anti-discrimination ordinances by cities and councils. This means that cities will not be able to introduce any local laws to specifically protect transgender people.

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NCAA Tournament: South Carolina reach first Final Four with win over Florida

No7 seed Gamecocks will play Gonzaga on Saturday in ArizonaSouth Carolina pull away from Florida in final minute for 77-70 victorySindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned their first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory ove…