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  1. Cardinal rule: Peyton Siva leads Louisville past Michigan for national title

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT


    ATLANTA — Louisville’s 82-76 win over Michigan in the 2013 National Title game turned into a classic, one of the best finals that we’ve seen in a long time. But it started out as a sideshow, chock-full of the kind of performance that you should always expect to see in a national title game simply…

  2. Top eight storylines of the national title game

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT


    The college basketball season comes to a close tonight as Louisville and Michigan square off at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. In case you’ve been living under a rock — or on the off chance you took the demise of your bracket too hard — here are the storylines you need to know. Kevin Ware:…

  3. It’s about time Jerry Tarkanian was elected into the Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Jerry Tarkanian

    Jerry Tarkanian officially was invited to join the Naismith Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon at a ceremony in Atlanta. He’ll become an actual member in September at an induction ceremony in September. This honor was a long-time coming. ‘Tark the Shark’ won 729 games in his 34 year career, with 706 of those coming…

  4. Some NCAA tourney title-game tickets going for $1,000

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Previews

    ATLANTA — I spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Atlanta, buying overpriced knick-knacks and souvenirs to bring home, because it’s not a Final Four if you don’t purchase a pint glass and a t-shirt specifically for the memory of spending an unnecessary $50. While wandering, I got to asking about ticket prices on the street,…

  5. Previewing the National Title game: Louisville vs. Michigan

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    The last day of the college basketball season. Hard to believe it’s been five months already. And I couldn’t be more excited about the national title game. Key Player: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Mitch McGary has played the best basketball of his career during this tournament. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 11.6 boards in these five…

  6. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect National Title game

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino sits with Michigan Wolverines head coach Beilein ahead of the NCAA men's Final Four basketball championship in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On Monday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan will be taking on Louisville for the right to call themselves the 2013 national champions. All things considered, the way that the NCAA tournament and the Final Four has played out could not have been more perfect, because this national title game should…

  7. Michigan needs Trey Burke to break out of his shooting funk on Monday night

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — Trey Burke was phenomenal for a three minute stretch against Kansas in the Sweet 16. He scored eight points in the final minute and a half of regulation, including a 30 foot step-back three that tied the game and forced overtime. Then Burke hit the first two shots of the overtime period for…

  8. Why Russdiculousness is a good thing for Louisville

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    ATLANTA — On Saturday night, we got a glimpse of Russ Smith in all his glory. His dizzyingly-talented, frustratingly inconsistent glory. He shot 6-17 from the floor. He was 5-12 from the free throw line, missing the first four free throws of the game and two of six in the final minute, which left the…

  9. Michigan’s defense, Michael Carter-Williams’ struggles doom Syracuse

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:38 AM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Michigan Syracuse Basketball

    ATLANTA — The knock on Michigan all season long was that this group didn’t have the defensive prowess to be able to play their way deep into the NCAA tournament. And it was a valid point; the Wolverines weren’t — and aren’t — a great defensive team. They may not even qualify as a good…

  10. Mitch McGary leads Michigan past Syracuse, into the title game

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — That vaunted Syracuse zone, the one that held Indiana and Marquette to a combined 89 points last weekend, did it’s job, at least on the perimeter. Michigan’s star point guard Trey Burke — that’s National Player of the Year Trey Burke to you — finished with seven points, shooting 1-8 from the floor.…

  11. VIDEO: Did Luke Hancock force a jump-ball with Ron Baker?

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    ATLANTA — Luke Hancock made seemingly every big play down the stretch for the Cardinals. There were the two drives to the rim midway through the second half. There was the three to put Louisville up for the first time in the second half. There was the three that gave the Cardinals a five-point lead…

  12. Louisville’s unsung heroes deliver in win over Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals' Hancock and teammate Henderson celebrate near the end of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game against the Wichita State Shockers in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On a team that includes Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan, how many people would have guessed that the two most important players for Louisville in its 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four on Saturday would be Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson. It’s fitting, really. The…

  13. Final Four Preview: No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Michigan

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    This game needs to be a classic. We need it to be great. As a whole, the tournament has been kind of a bust this season. Florida Gulf Coast was fun while it lasted. Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross have hit some game-winners. Marquette played a couple exciting first weekend games. But the majority of…

  14. Final Four Preview: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State Shockers' Armstead and his teammate Hall hug as they walk off the court after defeating the La Salle Explorers in their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is a tough situation for anybody to get put in. The Shockers, the nation’s darling and the Cinderella of the Final Four, not only get matched up with the best team left in the tournament, they have to play that game when Louisville is A) playing their best basketball of the season and B)…

  15. Mitch McGary: Breakout star of the tournament … and a unicyclist?

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT


    ATLANTA — By now, we’ve all seen the picture. The high school version of Mitch McGary, wearing a shirt and tie, some slacks and a top hat cocked to the side while riding a unicycle. The question we all had was ‘how’? How does a man standing all of 6-foot-10, 255 lb, manage to figure…

  16. Brandon Triche: ‘We think we’ve got mismatches at every position’

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Marquette

    ATLANTA — Media days are usually chock full of trite generalities and coached responses repeated over and over again, with athletes spending their Q-and-A sessions concerned with their quotes avoiding the headlines. Not so much for Syracuse guard Brandon Triche, who lit a fire under Michigan on Friday afternoon. “We think we’ve got mismatches at…

  17. Report: Mike Moser close to transferring to Washington

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    California v UNLV

    Mike Moser is on to the next one. The 6-foot-8 forward is reportedly heading to Washington next season. Moser is on track to graduate this summer which means that he would be able to enroll at U-Dub and play immediately without sitting out a season thanks to the graduate transfer rule. Moser spent the last…

  18. Gregg Marshall and his Merry Band of Misfits

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Wichita State Shockers' Baker celebrates while cutting down part of the net after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    ATLANTA — Sitting on a chair in his locker in the far corner of Wichita State’s locker room, Ron Baker must have been thankful that he wasn’t claustrophobic. He was surrounded by reporters — print, TV, internet — from across the country, blockaded by a swarm of video cameras, bright lights, recorders and iPhones that…

  19. Why Wichita State benefits from the absence of Kevin Ware

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State

    ATLANTA — What does Wichita State need to do to be able to beat Louisville? I’ve been asked that question upwards of 20 times heading into Final Four weekend, and the answer is alarmingly simple: protect the basketball. You see, what Louisville does better than anyone is to use their press to force turnovers, converting…

  20. NCAA President Mark Emmert’s press conference opens him up to more criticism

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

    NCAA Announces Corrective and Punitive Measures for Penn State

    ATLANTA — Mark Emmert stepped in front of the media at the Final Four on Thursday afternoon, a proverbial State of the NCAA address and a chance to respond to a healthy dose of criticism that he has received over the way that his organization has handled recent investigations. And instead of inspiring a sense…

  21. The AP got the Player/Coach of the Year awards right

    Apr 4, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

    Michigan v Kansas

    The AP announced their annual awards on Thursday afternoon. Michigan point guard Trey Burke was named National Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 assists while leading a Wolverines team loaded with freshmen to the Final Four. Jim Larranaga was named National Coach of the Year, and it’s difficult to argue with…

  22. Final Four coaches react to the Mike Rice video

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Mike Rice

    The NCAA held press conferences with the head coaches from the four Final Four teams on Thursday afternoon, and each one was asked about their reaction to the video of former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players. To a man, they said that they did not believe it to be…

  23. How Jim Boeheim helped launch the careers of Rick Pitino and John Beilein

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    ATLANTA — On Saturday afternoon, John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines will take the floor against Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange in one of the more intriguing and unexpected Final Four matchups in recent memory. Syracuse lost seven of their last 12 regular season games. Michigan lost five of their last 10. Both programs were written off by…

  24. Adonis Thomas to enter the NBA Draft

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Louisville v Memphis

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) According to multiple reports, Memphis sophomore Adonis Thomas is heading to the NBA. Thomas was a McDonald’s all-american in high school, but he didn’t live up to those expectations. As a sophomore this season, Thomas averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 boards.…

  25. Report: Memphis forward Tarik Black considering a transfer

    Apr 4, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Saint Louis v Memphis

    According to a report from Gary Parrish of, Tarik Black is once again considering transferring out of the Memphis program. “We met last night,” head coach Josh Pastner told Parrish. “He’s going to decide by Tuesday. If he’s back, he’s back. If not, we’ll wish him nothing but the best.” Black averaged just 8.1…

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