NCAA Tournament

Local News
7:46 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Advance to Final Four, but Ware Seriously Injured

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team advance to its second straight Final Four on Sunday, but a serious injury in the first half cast a pall over the game.

With about 6 minutes to go in the first half, guard Kevin Ware broke his right leg—a  serious injury that visibly upset the Louisville players and coaches a caused a lengthy break in play.

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Local News
9:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Cards Advance to NCAA Elite Eight

Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville overcame its toughest test yet in a 77-69 victory over Oregon on Friday night in the men's NCAA tournament.

Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has now won 13 straight.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Pitino 'Having a Blast' as Cards Resume Tournament Run

WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville Cardinals will try to keep their Final Four hopes alive tonight with a victory over Oregon in the men’s NCAA tournament.

Top-seeded U of L will take on the Ducks in a Midwest Region semifinal in Indianapolis.

Last year, coach Rick Pitino led the Cards to their first Final Four appearance in seven years, losing to Kentucky in the national semifinal. If U of L gets by Oregon, the Cards will face either Duke or Michigan State for a shot at their second straight Final Four berth.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

'Cuse Control And 2 Other Things To Say About Basketball Today

Brandon Triche (No. 20) of the Syracuse Orange goes to the hoop against Cody Zeller of the Indiana Hoosiers during their teams' game Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Syracuse won, 61-50.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 8:54 am

Friday morning's cheat sheet about the NCAA's Division I men's basketball tournament (or March Madness, as it's better known):

-- Hoosiers Zoned Out: It's probably never right to say that a Syracuse win is a huge surprise, given the many years of success enjoyed by coach Jim Boeheim's Orange. But the 'Cuse are a No. 4 seed in the tournament's East region. So Thursday night's 61-50 win over No. 1 seed Indiana is worth noting.

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Local News
12:13 am
Fri March 29, 2013

IU Ousted From NCAA Tournament, 61-50

The Indiana Hoosiers have been eliminated from the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.

IU, the number one seed in the East Region, fell to Syracuse  61-50 Thursday night  in Washington, D.C.  

The Hoosiers finish the season with a 29-7 record.   Syracuse will face Marquette Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.    Victor Oladipo led IU in scoring with 16 points; Christian Watford added 13.

Indiana, the Big Ten regular season champs this year, was vying for its first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 2002.  

Local News
1:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Cards Prepping for Friday's NCAA Matchup with Oregon

U of L Coach Rick Pitino
WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville Cardinals are in Indianapolis, preparing for tomorrow night’s men’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Oregon.

The Cards meet the Ducks in a Midwest Region semifinal.     U of L coach Rick Pitino says 12th seeded Oregon may be the most underrated team in the tournament.    They advanced with double digit victories over Oklahoma State and St. Louis.

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Sports
6:46 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success. Consider the Louisville Cardinals.

Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals is adamant about recording his team's deflections. It seems to be paying off: The Cardinals have been doing well during the NCAA tournament.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 12:08 pm

The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.

But there's something else at work, too: deflections. The team puts a lot of stock in them, though deflections aren't an officially tracked statistic.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

IU Meets Syracuse in First NCAA Matchup Since '87 Title Game

The Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow  in the Sweet Sixteen round of the men’s NCAA tournament.

Five years after Tom Crean took over a program that had only two returning starters, he has Indiana two wins from reaching its first Final Four since 2002.

The top-seeded Hoosiers face number four seed Syracuse in the NCAA regional semifinals.

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Commentary
9:17 am
Wed March 27, 2013

It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams (from left) University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville.
Aaron Hewitt AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:40 am

There once was a wise old basketball coach named Arad McCutchan who led the Evansville Purple Aces to five national championships in the small-college division, dressing his Purple Aces in bright orange T-shirts. I've been reminded of this recently as a number of grubby athletic directors have sold out to the sporting goods companies, allowing their teams to be costumed in the most hideous outfits.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

U of L, UK Reach Women's NCAA Sweet Sixteen Round

The Louisville Cards and Kentucky Wildcats are both headed to the third round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Second-seeded UK advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 84-70 victory tonight over Dayton.     The Wildcats will face Delaware, a number six seed, Saturday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Fifth-seeded U of L made it to the third round with a 76-63 win over Purdue at the KFC Yum Center.

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