NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Members of Texas Tech basketball team pose for a photo during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 05, 2019 - 3:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As a young Texas Tech assistant, Chris Beard liked to unwind from a hectic day by heading to the late-night movies. No cellphone, no interruptions, just Beard and a mostly-empty movie theater. On more than one occasion, he looked over and saw Mark Adams, the coach at nearby...
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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett passes the ball during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 05, 2019 - 1:10 pm
The Latest on the Final Four (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The sun came up the next day for the Purdue Boilermakers, and coach Matt Painter kept his eye on the big picture. After that heartbreaking loss to Virginia in the Elite Eight, one way of looking at it was that the Boilermakers were lucky to...
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Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard speaks after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 04, 2019 - 5:12 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (all times local): 5:03 p.m. Shortly before taking home the AP coach of the year trophy Wednesday, Texas Tech's Chris Beard recalled a very different trophy he spent decades thinking about before finally getting his hands on it...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Emmert says a judge’s recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, April 3, at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men’s basketball Final Four, making his first public comments since last month’s decision. Judge Claudia Wilken ruled the NCAA did violate antitrust laws and cannot prohibit schools from providing more benefits to athletes as long as they are tethered to education. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 04, 2019 - 2:06 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge's recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men's basketball...
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Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams yells across the court to his players during the first half of the team's NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal against Duke in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 03, 2019 - 9:16 am
Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock says coach Buzz Williams has accepted the same job at Texas A&M. Babcock made the announcement Wednesday and lauded Williams for making "a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech." Virginia Tech was 100-69...
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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett celebrates after defeating Purdue 80-75 in overtime of the men's NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 01, 2019 - 6:25 pm
Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament. The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood. Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at Wisconsin-...
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Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) walks past Michigan State bench who begin celebrating their win at the end of the NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 01, 2019 - 8:09 am
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final Four...
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Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) reacts to scoring against Michigan State during the second half of an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
March 31, 2019 - 5:56 pm
The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 6:55 p.m. Michigan State and Duke are headed for a tight finish just like every other regional final. The Spartans lead 63-61 with 3:32 left on the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Duke has won two straight games that came...
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Auburn's Horace Spencer (0) dunks over Kentucky's Reid Travis (22) during the first half of the Midwest Regional final game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
March 31, 2019 - 4:59 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The confetti was still swirling around Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he gazed over a team headed to the first Final Four in school history and declared, "This one was for Chuma!" "The next two," Pearl added with a triumphant grin, "are for Auburn." Drawing inspiration from...
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Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins talks to the media after the team's loss to Texas Tech during the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Texas Tech won 75-69. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 31, 2019 - 6:39 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Perkins has accomplished so much over five years at Gonzaga, but a self-described "bonehead play" in his final game is something he will always regret. Top-seeded Gonzaga came up a short of the Final Four on Saturday, losing 75-69 to Texas Tech in the West Regional final...
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