March Madness
April 9, 2019

NCAA March Madness ended Monday night with an unexpectedly exciting 85-77 overtime win by the University of Virginia Cavaliers over the Texas Tech Red Raiders, both of whom where vying for their first-ever men's basketball championship. Texas Tech took an early lead after regulation time ended in a tie, but Virginia then scored 11 unanswered points, eight of them from the free-throw line.

De'Andre Hunter notched a career-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, including the three-pointer than sent the game into overtime. Virginia savored its first-ever national championship all the more because last year the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round. Peter Weber

March 31, 2019

In a thriller, Michigan State defeated Duke on Sunday night 68-67, advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

During the final minute of the highly anticipated game, senior Kenny Goins put the No. 2 Spartans ahead of the No. 1 Blue Devils, and Duke was unable to catch up. Michigan State last made the Final Four in 2015.

No. 5 seed Auburn also won its game Sunday against No. 2 Kentucky, 77-71. With the Final Four now set, Michigan State will face No. 3 Texas Tech and Auburn will play No. 1 seed Virginia on Saturday. Catherine Garcia

March 21, 2019

The NCAA men's basketball tournament got started Wednesday night, with the "First Four" games to set the full field of 64 teams when March Madness kicks off in earnest on Thursday. Arizona State beat St. John's, 74-64, bouncing back from a late-season slide. The Sun Devils, a No. 11 seed, move on to face Buffalo, seeded 6 in their bracket, in the round of 64. The North Dakota State Bison beat the North Carolina Central Eagles, 78-74. The Bisons' junior guard Tyson Ward led all scorers with 23 points. North Dakota moves on to face the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils next, on Friday. Harold Maass

March 19, 2019

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights had a come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night, defeating Prairie View A&M and securing the school's first-ever NCAA tournament win.

The final score for the First Four game was 82-76. It was also a good night for senior guard Darnell Edge, who scored a career-high 33 points. Fairleigh Dickinson has four campuses and two teams, with the Knights representing the Metropolitan Campus in Hackensack, New Jersey. The school has played in six NCAA tournament games.

Coach Greg Herenda, who recently recovered from life-threatening blood clots, told The Associated Press that the win was "overwhelming." He has been a coach for 35 years, working at Fairleigh Dickinson for six. On Thursday, the team will face the No. 1 seed, Gonzaga University, in Salt Lake City. Catherine Garcia

March 18, 2019

Baylor is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, which starts Friday.

The other No. 1 seeds are defending national champion Notre Dame, Louisville, and Mississippi State. Baylor (31-1) is a two-time national champion. For the first time since 2006, UConn is not among the No. 1 seeds.

ESPNU accidentally showed the bracket two hours before it was set to be revealed on Monday night; ESPN has since apologized to "the NCAA and the women's basketball community." The Final Four is scheduled to start April 5 in Tampa. Catherine Garcia

April 2, 2018

Villanova dominated the University of Michigan on Monday night to win the NCAA men's basketball championship, 79-62, earning the Wildcats their second national title in three seasons. Villanova sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo scored 31 points, the most of any player on either team, and guard Mikal Bridges filled in for Jalen Brunson, scoring most of his 19 points after Brunson was benched with foul troubles. Michigan led in the first part of the game, but Villanova soon took the lead and never looked back. The Wildcats won all six games in the NCAA Tournament by double digits. Peter Weber

March 30, 2018

March Madness returns Saturday with the semifinal round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Final Four showdowns will be No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan, and No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 1 Villanova.

The Ramblers have been the Cinderella squad of this year's tournament, downing No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State en route to San Antonio, where they will face off against a defensively stingy Wolverines team that can also put the ball in the bucket. The matchup between the Jayhawks and Wildcats, meanwhile, is all chalk, though most experts expect Villanova to come out on top.

The Ramblers and Wolverines will face off first, just after 6 p.m. ET, followed by the Jayhawks and Wildcats, with both contests on TBS. The winners will advance to the championship game, which will be played Monday, also in San Antonio. Kimberly Alters

March 26, 2018

One of these teams is not like the other. After the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks inched past No. 2 Duke on Sunday, a thrilling 85-81 overtime win that hinged on a barely missed shot by Duke's Grayson Allen, the NCAA Final Four is set: Kansas vs. fellow top seed Villanova, and No. 3 seed Michigan Wolverines vs. the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, a No. 11 seed that hasn't won a national title since 1963.

The winner of the Kansas-Villanova match next Saturday is favored to win the NCAA men's basketball tournament — Villanova won the title two years ago and the Jayhawks last won in 2008 — but in an upset-filled, bracket-busting March Madness, anything could happen. And Loyola, only the fourth 11th seeded team to make the Final Four, also has one thing on its side, along with its underdog story: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a 98-year-old nun and super fan. Peter Weber

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