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Mercer's Seniors Beat Duke, But Does Experience Matter In March Madness?

Last Friday, No. 14 seed Mercer shocked No. 3 seed Duke, 78-71, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Mercer started five seniors, while Duke started freshman and presumed-lottery-pick Jabari Parker alongside three sophomores and a lone senior. Quickly a narrative emerged: Mercer won because it was more » 3/27/14 10:02am 3/27/14 10:02am

The Missouri Valley Conference's Wichita State Shockers Are Going To…

Ninth-seeded Wichita State continued a stunning run through the NCAA Tournament, downing second-seeded Ohio State despite nearly losing a 20-point second-half lead. It's the first appearance in the Final Four for a Missouri Valley Conference team since Larry Bird led Indiana State to the national title game in 1979. » 3/30/13 9:47pm 3/30/13 9:47pm

Dick Vitale Would Like To Know Whether "The Young Guy With The…

NC State upset Duke today 84-76, bringing to a close Duke's undefeated run and perhaps ruining their number one ranking, but who cares, because this happened at the end of the game: A young man in wheelchair zoomed out on to the court with the rest of crowd to celebrate the win, and Dick Vitale has a meltdown that… » 1/12/13 2:55pm 1/12/13 2:55pm

Unranked Butler Knocked Off No. 1 Indiana In Overtime On An Awkward…

It shouldn't have even been as close it was down the stretch—Butler has been a tough draw since Brad Stevens became coach after the 2007, and it's doubtful that Indiana took them lightly, but this was a match-up of a No. 1 ranked team against an unranked opponent on a neutral floor. Indiana had come in winners of… » 12/15/12 5:55pm 12/15/12 5:55pm

Kansas State Gets Blown Out By Baylor And Oregon Falls To Stanford At…

A week from college football's end-of-season reckoning and Kansas State and Oregon, ranked first and second respectively in the BCS standings going into today's games, have taken their first losses of the season. The defeats likely pave the way for a new BCS leader in (gulp) Notre Dame, a 38-0 winner today against… » 11/18/12 12:30am 11/18/12 12:30am

Fifth-Tier Amateur Soccer Club Beats Portland Timbers In Biggest U.S.…

It's been a rough week for MLS teams in U.S. Open Cup competition, as eight teams from the nation's top soccer league fell to lower-tier competition in the tournament open to all sanctioned clubs in the country. The latest such loss is the most embarrassing, as the Portland Timbers lost 1-0 in extra time to Cal FC,… » 5/31/12 11:50am 5/31/12 11:50am

Meet Kyle O'Quinn, The Henny Youngman Of The NCAA Tournament

Friday finally brought some excitement to the table, after the initial thrill of Thursday's day-drinking-instead-of-working had worn off. We had two 15 seeds beating 2 seeds—and one of them was Duke! But the real fun came after Norfolk State University bested Missouri, a team for some reason loads of people had going… » 3/17/12 9:32am 3/17/12 9:32am

Let's Recall 32 Teams That Made Deeper Tournament Runs Than The 2011-12…

Now that their season is over, it's time to place the accomplishments of Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, the Plumlees, and all the rest of this year's unforgettable Duke Blue Devils in their proper historical context. Below is a list of 32 teams in the past decade whose tournament glory outshone that of Mike Krzyzewski's… » 3/16/12 11:26pm 3/16/12 11:26pm

Here Are The Highlights Of The Final Two Minutes Of Norfolk…

The NCAA tournament's first 15-over-2 upset since 2001 saw Hampton beat Iowa State was also the MEAC's first round-of-64 win since then, and the Spartans now hold a unique spot atop the all-time winning percentage list in the tournament (having won their first and only game in the Dance). With a basketball budget… » 3/16/12 7:16pm 3/16/12 7:16pm