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Thornwell leaves South Carolina legacy

Thornwell leaves South Carolina legacy

South Carolina coach Frank Martin looked back last weekend at a crossroads for the player who has carried the Gamecocks to their first Final Four as a rising phoenix in the Valley of the Sun.It was the moment he viewed the person behind Sindarius Thornwell the athlete. Here was...

Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

As Northwestern’s story line moves on to whether the program can build on its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, the Wildcats need look no further than Big Ten neighbor Wisconsin for encouragement.The Badgers have shown an obscure program can elevate itself among the...

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

I’ve long held the opinion that ACC basketball with its romantic Tobacco Road label receives too much credit and Big Ten basketball is unfairly treated as a whipping boy.The national reaction when Duke or North Carolina is upset in an early round game is, “That’s March Madness!”...

Time for Gottlieb to apologize to old Roy

Time for Gottlieb to apologize to old Roy

It’s time for Doug Gottlieb to apologize to Roy Williams.A month ago, the CBS basketball analyst said on air Williams might retire at the end of the season. His inference was the game has passed by Williams due to the team’s up-and-down play. ... Click here for the rest of...

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

No matter how you add up the numbers or inflate college basketball today at the expense of the past, it’s hard to make an all-around case that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has caught up to UCLA’s immortal John Wooden. Coach K won’t even dare try, even though his 12th...

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

Michigan State senior Branden Dawson, the target of many Tom Izzo motivational outbursts, commented last week that Izzo has mellowed. Izzo, his voice strained as it always is this time of the year, was asked for a reaction at one of those NCAA-sponsored press conferences...

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Michigan State jump start to first Final Four

Improbable describes Michigan State basketball's ninth NCAA Final Four with Sunday’s win over Louisville, but no Final Four run began with more exotic origins than the Spartans' first one in 1957. Its seminal moments include Johnny Green gaining attention 60 years ago while he...