Rising Star: Villanova Guard Phil BoothThe sophomore from Baltimore hit the second-biggest shot of the game for Villanova (it was, admittedly, a very distant second).
Five Things: Best NCAA Championship Game Ever?Villanova claimed its second national championship last night with a 77-74 victory over North Carolina on a buzzer-beating three from Kris Jenkins.
Rising Star: North Carolina Guard Joel BerrySteady and efficient, if not flashy, Berry could be a key tonight against Villanova. The sophomore point guard has recorded 18 assists and just one turnover in his last two games.
5 Things: Final Four Margin Of Victory Record ObliteratedVillanova blasted Oklahoma 95-51, a semifinal record for margin, and North Carolina topped Syracuse 83-66. It sets up what should be—what we hope will be—a competitive final tonight.
Rising Star: Syracuse Forward Tyler LydonIn the second half on Sunday, Lydon nailed a three off a pick-and-pop when his defender stayed with gunner Trevor Cooney, and swished a very deep three to cut the deficit to 58-55.
Five Things: Syracuse Crashes Final FourThe Final Four in Houston is set and features three teams that spent time at No. 1 in the rankings this season and…Syracuse, a 10 seed that saved its best basketball for the Big Dance.
Rising Star: Oklahoma Forward Khadeem LattinThe Oklahoma Sooners’ strength is their perimeter shooting, but their secret weapon is 6’9” forward Khadeem Lattin
5 Things: Wild Finishes In NCAA Tournament Opening WeekendA season that provided a carousel of teams at the top of the rankings and plenty of upsets portended an unpredictable and entertaining March Madness.
Wisconsin's Road To The NCAA TournamentNational Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, fellow first-round draft pick Sam Dekker, and other key players are gone, but the Badger train keeps rolling.
Syracuse's Road To The NCAA TournamentThey had to sweat it out on Selection Sunday, but the Syracuse Orange are returning to the NCAA Tournament.
Pittsburgh's Road To The NCAA TournamentAfter missing out on the NCAA Tournament last season, the Panthers are back. It wasn’t an easy road, and their place in the field was never truly secure. How did they do it?
USC's Road To The NCAA TournamentAfter a four-year drought, USC is back in the NCAA Tournament. Andy Enfield, best known for taking Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16, has the Trojans dancing in his third season. How did they get there?