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  • Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, left, cuts the net with Lacey Holsworth, who became close to Payne, after Michigan State defeated Michigan 69-55in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Indianapolis. Holsworth died of cancer on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, her family announced.
    8-year-old girl befriended by Mich. St. hoops star dies
    April 9, 2014
    Lacey Holsworth, the little girl affectionately known as "Princess Lacey," finally succumbed to the cancer that she battled since 2011. Her father, Matt Holsworth, said Lacey died at their home late Tuesday "with her …
  • Kentucky players celebrate on the court after their 74-73 victory over Wisconsin in an NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left vaults Kentucky into championship game
    April 5, 2014
    Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded Connecticut in the highest combined seed total for a national championship game since seeding began in 1979. The previous was the 2011 game when ...
  • Connecticut players celebrate against Florida in the final moments of the NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Connecticut won 63-53.
    Junior forward Daniels leads UConn to finals with 63-53 upset of Florida
    April 5, 2014
    Shabazz Napier had 12 for the seventh-seeded Huskies, who trailed 16-4 midway through the first half but took the lead by halftime and pushed it to double digits early in the ...
  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, center, is congratulated by teammates Julius Randle, left, and Dakari Johnson after making a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final game against Michigan on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.
    Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas
    March 31, 2014
    The road to redemption goes through North Texas for a fearsome Final Four of power programs with something to prove ...
  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, center, is congratulated by teammates Julius Randle, left, and Dakari Johnson after making a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final game against Michigan on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.
    Harrison lifts Wildcats to 75-72 win over Michigan
    March 30, 2014
    Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four.
  • Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, right, moves the ball around Michigan State's Travis Trice in the first half of a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York.
    UConn upsets Michigan State 60-54, heads back to Final Four
    March 30, 2014
    Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
  • Wisconsin players react as time runs out in overtime in a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin won 64-63 in overtime.
    Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT in West Region
    March 29, 2014
    Frank Kaminsky carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final ...
  • Dayton's Devin Oliver (5) embraces Matt Kavanaugh after the second half in a regional final game against Florida at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Florida won 62-52. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
    Florida 1st to Final Four, beating Dayton 62-52
    March 29, 2014
    The Florida Gators are first yet again this season. Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four ...
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III and Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon (34) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis.
    March Madness Roundup: Michigan, UConn, Michigan State and Kentucky advance
    March 28, 2014
    Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 including a key free throw to help Michigan hold on for a 73-71 victory over Tennessee in ...
  • Florida forward Casey Prather celebrates a 3-point shot against UCLA during the second half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Florida won 79-68.
    March Madness roundup: Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and Dayton advance
    March 27, 2014
    Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality ...
  • The VIP area of the Race & Sports Book at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
    Few bettors remain undefeated in Vegas NCAA Tournament contests
    March 25, 2014
    Less than 8 percent of sports bettors correctly picked a game of their choice in each of the first four full days of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Las Vegas’ two most prominent March Madness contests...
  • Arizona guard Gabe York scores a basket while playing Gonzaga during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Diego.
    NCAA Basketball Recap: Arizona beats Zags 84-61 to reach Sweet 16
    March 23, 2014
    Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points each, and Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga 84-61 on Sunday. After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters ...
  • UCLA beats Lumberjacks 77-60 to reach Sweet 16
    March 23, 2014
    Jordan Adams scored 19 points and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin 77-60 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
  • Tennessee ends Mercer's NCAA run with 83-63 romp
    March 23, 2014
    Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and the Volunteers denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA tournament by routing the Bears 83-63 on Sunday night.
  • Iowa State's DeAndre Kane (50) is grabbed by teammates Monte Morris, center, and Daniel Edozie, right, after making the game-winning basket against North Carolina during the second half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Iowa State won 85-83.
    No. 3 seed Iowa State ousts North Carolina 85-83
    March 23, 2014
    DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
  • Florida rallies past Dayton 83-69 in NCAA upset
    March 23, 2014
    Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures, leading the Gators past Dayton 83-69 Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
  • McGee-Stafford has 20; Texas defeats Penn 79-61
    March 23, 2014
    Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and fifth-seeded Texas rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit Sunday to beat No. 12 Penn 79-61, the Longhorns' first NCAA win since 2008.
  • UNC comes back from 18 down to top UT Martin 60-58
    March 23, 2014
    Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin 60-58 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
  • Stanford's Chasson Randle (5) gets between Kansas's Perry Ellis (34) and Tarik Black to shoot during the first half of a third-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis.
    Stanford pulls off upset, knocks off No. 2 Kansas 60-57
    March 23, 2014
    Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds and No. 10 seed Stanford wrapped up its second straight upset at the free throw line, knocking off No. 2 Kansas ...
  • Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono (15) shoots over Connecticut's Ryan Boatright (11) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y.
    NCAA Tournament roundup: Napier leads UConn in 77-65 win over Villanova
    March 22, 2014
    Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State fend off a wild Harvard rally Saturday for an 80-73 victory in the NCAA tournament. The 12th-seeded Crimson (27-5) trailed ...
  • Michigan guard Nik Stauskas drives to the basket during the first half of a third-round game against Texas in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Milwaukee.
    No. 2 seed Michigan beats Texas 79-65 to advance
    March 22, 2014
    Nik Stauskas had 17 points and eight assists to lead the Wolverines ...
  • Louisville forward Luke Hancock attempts a 3-pointer over Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. during the first half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
    Defending champ Louisville returning to Sweet 16
    March 22, 2014
    Luke Hancock scored 21 points and defending national champion Louisville shrugged off a cold shooting performance to ...
  • Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) forces Pittsburgh forward Lamar Patterson (21) to turn over the ball as Pittsburgh guard Josh Newkirk (13) closes in during the second half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
    No. 1 seed Florida tops Pitt 61-45, makes Sweet 16
    March 22, 2014
    Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points, including eight straight down the stretch, and the Gators beat Pittsburgh ...
  • UCLA forward Tony Parker, second from left, shoots against Tulsa during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego.
    Adams, UCLA beat Manning's Golden Hurricane 76-59
    March 21, 2014
    Jordan Adams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 15 points in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of...
  • Virginia forward Anthony Gill (13) celebrates a Virginia goal against Coastal Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh.
    Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 70-59 in NCAAs
    March 21, 2014
    Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by...
  • Kentucky's Julius Randle, left, pulls down a rebound as teammate Willie Cauley-Stein (15) and Kansas State's Thomas Gipson, right, watch during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis. Kentucky won 56-49.
    No. 8 seed Kentucky holds off Kansas State, 56-49
    March 21, 2014
    Julius Randle had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Harrison finished with 18 points and No. 8 seed Kentucky held on to beat Kansas State 56-49 on Friday night to earn...
  • Iowa State forward Georges Niang (31) pass the ball as North Carolina Central forward Jay Copeland (1) defends during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio.
    Iowa State powers over NC Central 93-75
    March 21, 2014
    Georges Niang scored 24 points to lead third-seeded Iowa State as the Cyclones pulled away from No. 14 North Carolina Central in the second half for a 93-75 win. The Big 12 tournament champions found themselves in...
  • Stephen F. Austin players run onto the court as they beat Virginia Commonwealth 77-75 in overtime in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego.
    Stephen F. Austin pulls off wild 77-75 upset of VCU in OT
    March 21, 2014
    Desmond Haymon scored on an improbable four-point play with 3.6 seconds in regulation and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin to a 77-75 win over fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth. VCU (23-10) was firmly in control for...
  • Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) celebrates his three-point basket against Cal Poly during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis.
    Wichita State goes to 35-0 with rout of Cal Poly
    March 21, 2014
    Cleananthony Early had 23 points and unbeaten Wichita State faced no resistance from Cal Poly, going to 35-0 for the best start in NCAA history with a 64-37 rout of...
  • Memphis guard Michael Dixon Jr. (11) shoots against George Washington guard Miguel Cartagena (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.
    Dixon, Memphis hold on to top GW 71-66
    March 21, 2014
    Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the...
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