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Final Four coaches release statement

Final Four coaches release statement

The Final Four basketball coaches released a statement Wednesday through the National Association of Basketball Coaches prior to the teams arriving in Indianapolis for practice and media interviews for Saturday's semifinal games at Lucas Oil Stadium.The coaches are Duke's...

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Anyone with a child learns the Sesame Street-style quiz. This one regards the Final Four basketball teams gathering this weekend in Indianapolis to decide the NCAA championship.Which one of these doesn’t fit?Duke basketball coach Mike KrzyzewskiMike Kryzewski is in his 35th year...

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...

San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many stories examine how Steve Fisher built San Diego State basketball in 16 years from a laughingstock team to a program with NCAA eight tournament appearances, 339 wins and the increasing number of Rivals 4-star recruits. Perhaps no example better – or...

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The “First” anything is usually a presidential designation -- but not at Michigan State, the alma mater of Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Michigan State’s “First Fan” traveled to Charlotte last weekend to urge on the Spartans’ basketball team throughout their two...

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five times Virginia trimmed Michigan State’s lead to a two-score game in the second half’s final 11 minutes Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena.Five times the Virginia faithful, clad in orange and outnumbering Michigan State partisans with the game...

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

Aspiring doctor from Big Horn hitting timely notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Colby Wollenman’s statistics printed at the bottom of the Michigan State’s pre-season media guide list merely 21 games of mop-up duty – including a career-high 2.1 minutes per game in 2013-14. But Wollenman, a National Merit Scholar, will explain numbers...

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke senior point guard Quinn Cook could have easily viewed himself as being pushed aside when highly touted freshman point guard Tyus Jones arrived on campus with NBA projections and his close friend with his own NBA future, 6-foot-10, 270-pound Jahlil...

Duke plays the role of top seed against Robert Morris

Duke plays the role of top seed against Robert Morris

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the Virginia band members packed up their instruments near the Time Warner Cable Arena tunnel exit following the school’s NCAA Tournament win over Belmont, they stepped aside to make room for the Robert Morris band. They waited as the Colonials’ band...

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

Michigan State beats Georgia with weaknesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They lack talent, their bench is short and they can’t make free throws. That’s what they say, anyway. All three of those stumbling blocks thwarted Michigan State’s basketball consistency this year, but it’s a long season. Extensive enough for Tom Izzo to...