| Mar 14, 2015
| 4:43 PM
Michigan State was dead and buried, or so it seemed, when Maryland jumped out to a 16-point lead Saturday at the United Center.
But after forward Branden Dawson cleaned up a Matt Costello miss in the first half, he grabbed Costello and screamed: "Let'...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 5:20 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — At NCAA headquarters, the basketball enthusiasts view Selection Sunday as Christmas morning.
This mock selection exercise would be akin to Thanksgiving.
"So let's eat," says David Worlock, the NCAA point man for this event....
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:10 PM
Many Virginia basketball faithful are unhappy — thank you, Twitter and email — with the NCAA tournament bracket unveiled Sunday. Two reasons.
One is rooted in conference rivalry — loathing seems too strong a word for Lent — the...
| May 5, 2015
| 4:17 PM
CROMWELL — As anyone in any sport will tell you: You do what you have to do in the playoffs.
Sometimes that means saving a season with a goal with 46 seconds left in a deciding game. Sometimes it's deciding that as much as you hate it, you've got...
| May 4, 2015
| 4:25 PM
The chemistry of a team — any team in any sport — is a profound mystery. In pro football, the ultimate team game in which virtually every player relies on another, building a team and creating chemistry can be downright confounding.
| Mar 12, 2015
| 8:22 PM
The team that got thumped knows exactly where it's headed and who will lead it.
The team that did the thumping will return to the United Center on Friday for a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game against Maryland. Beyond that, who knows where Indiana...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 3:41 PM
Tom Izzo asked his players not to foul, so Denzel Valentine did.
He asked Marvin Clark Jr. to miss a foul shot, so Clark swished it.
Michigan State's best player has been sidelined the last two games, and the Spartans won both.
What does MSU stand...
| May 3, 2015
| 11:31 AM
The first draft class under new general manager Ryan Pace gave us a look into the team building process at Halas Hall with the Bears targeting players who bring major upside, scheme flexibility and competition to head coach John Fox's evolving roster....
| Dec 7, 2013
| 10:58 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole.
Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:44 PM
You can try this cold turkey, but picking bowl-game winners is my job. While you're at work solving world problems, I'm doing full time what you do in your spare time. Some years are better than others. The general rule is to look for motivation in each...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:51 PM
This season's college bowl schedule is reminiscent of how it used to be in the last months of the year in pro golf, or the last five minutes of an NBA rout.
ESPN fills airtime and sells ads, but there is no compelling reason to watch...