| Mar 16, 2015
| 3:36 PM
Despite the fact that no teams within Chicago's city limits are headed to the NCAA tournament, the Second City's impact on March Madness is still first rate.
It starts at the top with this year's overwhelming favorite, Kentucky. Almost everybody will...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 9:30 PM
Everybody's talking about Kentucky, the most heralded college basketball team this season.
It's almost as if the biggest question is who is the second-best team in America? (And, no, you can't choose Kentucky's bench.)
The most serious question...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 4:00 AM
The weekend was a numbers-lovers paradise that took us from Friday the 13th horror (ask Virginia and Duke) to the celebration of Pi Day (3.14159 …), where it was hard to differentiate the conferences from the circumferences.
From there, all...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 6:17 PM
The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.
Oh, but there were surprises when the NCAA Tournament bracket came out, too.
| Mar 11, 2015
| 12:16 PM
As the American Athletic Conference Tournament begins Thursday in Hartford, defending national champion UConn has a simple task. Win four games for the title and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Otherwise, the Huskies figure to be the ninth...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 4:23 PM
Um, NCAA, any time you're ready, we're ready ... to hear about the findings from the investigation you reopened last summer into an academic scandal at mighty North Carolina. You know, the one where a former U.S. Justice Department official found that...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 8:05 PM
Lakers rookie power forward Julius Randle was cleared Monday to participate in non-contact basketball activities.
The 20-year-old Kentucky product suffered a season-ending injury, a broken right leg, on opening night, Oct. 28. He had surgery to repair...
| Mar 7, 2015
They made up the first basketball starting lineup I memorized as a 7-year-old boy growing up in small-town Indiana: forwards Scott May and Tom Abernethy, guards Quinn Buckner and Bobby Wilkerson and center Kent Benson.
They played the game the way...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 4:44 PM
College basketball is in trouble.
For more than 124 years, basketball has been woven into the fabric of America's culture and it somehow has withstood the test of time. But on the eve of this year's March Madness, the sport has seen better days....
| Mar 6, 2015
| 2:45 PM
The NCAA needs to sponsor a "Shell Game" championship, given its continued excellence in that sport.
The governing body of college athletics, even in handing down severe sanctions against Syracuse basketball on Friday, continues to send a time-honored...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 3:40 PM
Rick Pitino is to college basketball defense what Gerard Basset is to wine, a man with highly refined taste and a nose for fraud. This marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals have ranked among the nation&...