March madness is finally upon us.
Perhaps no sporting event in America rivals the first four days of the NCAA Tournament in terms of intensity, drama, and sheer craziness. Forty-eight games will take place in sites across the country over the next four days, and the field of 64 will be whittled down to the Sweet 16.
Virginia, Xavier, Villanova and Kansas are the top seeds — with perennial powers Duke, North Carolina, and Michigan State also expected to be serious contenders.
Thursday’s action features some interesting match-ups. Star guard Collin Sexton leads the Alabama Crimson Tide into an intriguing 8-9 matchup against Virginia Tech. Two teams on a roll square off in Boise when SEC Tournament champion Kentucky take on surprising Atlantic 10 Champs Davidson. And Duke opens up with a potentially tricky game against MAAC power Iona.
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The three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting have been released, following personal intervention from President Donald Trump — who discussed the topic with China’s President, Xi Jinping.
Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball — who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the U.S. with the matter reportedly having been resolved.
Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi.
“I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump said. “What they did was unfortunate. You are talking about long prison sentences. They dont play games.”
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Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight, who won three National Championships and went to five Final Fours during his 30-year stint as head coach at Indiana University, has never been one to hold back on any subject. In 2016, Knight became a lightning rod for his boisterous support of President Donald Trump. And in a new bonkers interview, Knight is sounding off on a number of topics which are clearly gnawing at him.
In a conversation with Joe Buck set to air on DirecTV Wednesday night, the coaching legend known as “the general” is going off on the school he helped bring to college basketball’s promised land.
Knight discussed his run-in with former Indiana student Kent Harvey, whom he grabbed by the arm — an incident which led to Knight’s ouster.
A year after losing the National Championship game on a heartbreaking buzzer beater, North Carolina defeated Gonzaga 71-65 to win the program’s sixth title.
But the game was, frankly, a mess. And that was largely due to the officiating. The refs called the contest extremely tight, putting multiple players for both teams in foul trouble and never allowing them to get into the flow of the game. They also went to the replay monitor numerous times on what should’ve been routine calls. And then, remarkably given their prudence throughout the night, they blew a crucial call late which helped seal the deal for the Tar Heels.
Basketball players, fans, and pundits were less than thrilled. They took to Twitter with their grievances.
Sixty-two games down, one to go. It’s the National Championship showdown between college basketball blue blood North Carolina and Gonzaga — one of the great upstarts over the past two decades.
North Carolina needed two last-second rebounds off of free throw misses to hang on for the win against Oregon on Saturday night to advance to the title game. The Tar Heels have had a few close calls in the tournament, and probably will need to raise their game to another level to get past the Bulldogs on Monday.
Gonzaga, meanwhile, turned away a tough South Carolina team, which went on a 17-0 second half run to take the lead. But the Zags hung on, and are now one win away from what would be a history-making title win. For as much as many college fans consider the Bulldogs a power team, they hail from the West Coast Conference, hasn’t Continue reading "How to Watch North Carolina vs Gonzaga NCAA Championship Game Live Stream Online"