College Sports

Coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks are looking to become the 10th team to go through a season unbeaten and the first to repeat as champions since UConn won four in a row from 2013-16.
As the Huskies’ Jordan Hawkins put it after blowing out Gonzaga in the Elite Eight, “UConn is back.”
Darrion Trammell knocked down the second of two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to push the Aztecs into the Final Four with a 57-56 victory Sunday.
Jordan Miller and Isaiah Wong rallied Miami from a 13-point second-half deficit, and the fifth-seeded Hurricanes stunned No. 2 seed Texas 88-81 on Sunday.
Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and UConn overwhelmed its fourth straight NCAA Tournament opponent, blowing out Gonzaga 82-54.
Alijah Martin, Vlad Goldin and ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic became the first and lowest-seeded team to reach this year’s Final Four as the Owls withstood another huge game by Kansas State’s Markquis Nowell to win 79-76.
Pride Night is scheduled for Sunday at the United Center, where the Blackhawks will skate against the Canucks.
“It was madness,” former coach Porter Moser says. “And it was pure joy.”
Empty rhetoric won’t do a thing to help long shot Michigan State, the conference’s only team in the Sweet 16.
We all love upsets in the NCAA Tournament, but let’s show some compassion to Purdue big man Zach Edey.
Following a successful run at nearby mid-major Iona, the 70-year-old Pitino was plucked away to replace Mike Anderson, fired March 10 after four seasons in charge of the Red Storm without making the NCAA Tournament.
“What these guys have done is they’ve set an identity to our program,” coach Chris Collins said. “An identity of work, toughness and defense that will carry over.”
Pac-12 player of the year Jaime Jaquez Jr. powered the Bruins past the Wildcats and into the Sweet 16.
Kansas’ national title defense ended in the second round Saturday when Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV made five free throws in the closing seconds and the eighth-seeded Razorbacks beat the No. 1 seed Jayhawks 72-71.
What makes this Northwestern team better equipped to go a step further and do what the team in 2017 failed to by advancing to the Sweet 16?
Boilermakers become only the second top-seeded team to fall to a 16th seed in the first round
Self, 60, hasn’t coached in a game since before the Big 12 tournament. The No. 1-seeded Jayhawks face Arkansas on Saturday.
The Wildcats won 75-67 and will play in the second round for the second time in program history after their first trip in 2017.
There won’t be much of anything worth remembering about the Illini’s loss to the Razorbacks, and, truth be told, there might be only one thing: The Illini didn’t show up until it was too late.
Last season, NU finished 15-16 overall and 7-13 in Big Ten play. This year, they’re back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since making history in 2017.
Fortunately for the ninth-seeded Illini, Thursday’s matchup won’t be a jumping contest. At least they’d sure as heck better hope not.
Illinois exceeded expectations in the coach’s debut season, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.
To watch the Wildcats is to appreciate how hard they play while also wondering how a collection of modestly athletic players is winning so often. Lowery is a big part of the answer.