| Mar 22, 2015
| 10:55 PM
This year's NCAA field was not trimmed, from 68 to 16, as much as it was hacked with garden shears.
The East saw its top seedlings turned into compost. ------------
FOR THE RECORD:
NCAA tournament: In the March 23 Sports section, a column about Week 1...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 7:42 PM
Kentucky Coach John Calipari may have summed it up best when he said recently: "I just want the regular season over with."
The NCAA tournament, which began Tuesday with play-in games, has arrived to rescue us from months of a different kind of...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 4:45 PM
Praise to the Hampton Pirates for winning Tuesday's opening NCAA game against Manhattan, which was a really good Woody Allen movie.
It set the stage for Thursday, the first full day of tournament that will feature the single biggest mismatch in the...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 6:24 PM
For months, we've heard all about the sorry state of college basketball. The sport was in trouble. It was unwatchable thanks to a combination of low scoring and painfully slow play. Most of the sport's recognizable stars were leaving after just...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 1:27 PM
A pro basketball team run by an interim coach will take the floor at Amway Center on Sunday with tanking in mind.
And it's not – ta da! – your Orlando Magic.
It's the Denver Nuggets, who will play any available ball boys if it might help...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 2:39 PM
And now, a public service announcement from your friends at Dude, Save Your Breath: Other than you, nobody really wants to hear how you're doing in your bracket. If anyone asks how you're doing in your bracket, be warned. They're doing it merely as a...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 5:42 PM
Daddy just left the house and he ain't comin' home no more.
That's the forlorn, far-reaching feeling spreading across Gator Nation now that it's become official:
The great Billy D has become Billy Departed.
The dynamic, dynastic father and creator...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 8:14 PM
Thank God for the brackets.
March Madness begins Tuesday night with hopes of capturing the interest of the sporting world for the next three weeks.
The Associated Press and others have reported about declining interest in college basketball....
| 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 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...
| May 26, 2015
| 7:23 PM
In the mind of his boss, one of Chris Collins' best coaching moves last season came when he was delegating, not actually coaching.
Here was the situation: Northwestern was down three to Michigan at home with 7.7 seconds to play in overtime.