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  • A stack of blank NCAA brackets sits with menus, available to patrons at Jake's sports bar, in Denver, Monday, March 17, 2014.
    Game over: Last 3 hopefuls bow out of $1B bracket prize
    March 21, 2014
    A second day of upsets ended any chance of someone having a perfect NCAA tournament bracket in Warren Buffet's $1 billion challenge. It was a favorite that provided the first blemish on the final three people's brackets in the Quicken Loans contest on the Yahoo Sports website. It only took 25 games for ...
  • Gonzaga guard David Stockton pulls in a loose ball during the second half in a second-round game against Oklahoma State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego.
    Pangos, Bell lead Zags over Smart, Cowboys, 85-77
    March 21, 2014
    Kevin Pangos scored 26 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and the ninth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 in the West region of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
  • Kansas' Perry Ellis, left, and Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden fight over a loose ball during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis.
    Kansas turns back pesky Eastern Kentucky, 80-69
    March 21, 2014
    Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky 80-69 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  • Arizona forward Aaron Gordon slams in a basket against Weber State during the first half in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego.
    Arizona beats Weber State 68-59 in West
    March 21, 2014
    Arizona opened the NCAA tournament with a victory, exactly what a No. 1 seed is supposed to do.
  • Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) shoots past Louisiana-Lafayette's Kevin Brown (31) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio.
    McDermott rolls on over Louisiana-Lafayette 76-66
    March 21, 2014
    Doug McDermott scored 30 points and third-seeded Creighton got three huge 3-pointers in the second half from Ethan Wragge to beat No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 76-66 Friday in the West Regional.
  • Massachusetts' Cady Lalanne shoots over Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.
    Tennessee beats Massachusetts 86-67 in NCAAs
    March 21, 2014
    Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Tennessee beat Massachusetts 86-67 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  • San Diego State'€™s Aqeel Quinn, center, shoots against New Mexico State'€™s Sim Bhullar (2) during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
    NCAA West Regional: SDSU outlasts New Mexico State 73-69 in OT
    March 20, 2014
    San Diego State made a bit of history late Thursday night, pulling out a 73-69 victory over New Mexico State in the record-setting fourth overtime game of Day 1 of the NCAA tournament. Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three ...
  • Adreian Payne (5) reaches for a loose ball against Delaware in the first half during the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014.
    NCAA East Regional: MSU's Payne scores 41 as Spartans top Blue Hens 93-78
    March 20, 2014
    Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final two minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting Cincinnati, 61-57, Thursday. Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (27-4) with 12 points as Harvard pulled off an NCAA upset for the …
  • Albany center John Puk (44) fouls Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
    NCAA South Region: No. 1-seeded Florida shakes off pesky Albany, 67-55
    March 20, 2014
    Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday. The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though …
  • UNLV associate head coach Heath Schroyer talks to his team during a time out during their Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game against Santa Clara Sunday, Dec. 2013, at the Orleans Arena. UNLV won 92-71 and will face Mississippi State in the championship game Monday night.
    UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer takes reins of UT Martin men's basketball program
    March 20, 2014
    UT Martin has selected UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer to rebuild its men's basketball program that has lost over 20 games each of the last five seasons. In a university statement announcing the hire, Schroyer said Thursday, "I think we …
  • BYU guard Matt Carlino is fouled by Oregon forward Elgin Cook (23) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Milwaukee.
    NCAA West Region: Brigham Young season ends in 87-68 loss to Oregon
    March 20, 2014
    Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points in a happy homecoming, helping seventh-seeded Oregon beat 10th-seeded BYU 87-68 the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Joseph Young had 19 points for the Ducks (24-9), who had to stage …
  • Syracuse's Trevor Cooney (10) puts up a 3-pointer over Western Michigan's David Brown (5) in a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2014.
    NCAA South Region: Syracuse cruises past Western Michigan, 77-53
    March 20, 2014
    Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (24-10) with 12 points in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 75 miles. Dayton advances to play the winner
  • Florida's Scottie Wilbekin (5) celebrates after the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in the Championship round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament, Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Florida won 61-60.
    NCAA Tournament by the odds: How Vegas sports books see the South Region
    March 18, 2014
    Lasvegassun.com releases its first of four betting previews on the NCAA Tournament regions. The South, with No. 1 seed Florida and No. 2 seed Kansas at the top, debuts this year's series. The bracket looks like a modern, basketball interpretation of...
  • Virginia's Joe Harris goes to the basket against Duke in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. Virginia won 72-63. Harris was the tournament MVP.
    Cavs join Gators, ’Cats, Shockers as No. 1 seeds
    March 16, 2014
    Virginia joined Florida, Wichita State and Arizona as a No. 1 seed Sunday when the selection committee announced the pairings for the NCAA tournament.
  • Syracuse's Nolan Hart (4) shoots against Michigan's Mitch McGary (4) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta.
    Michigan downs Syracuse 61-56 in NCAA semifinal
    April 6, 2013
    Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.
  • Wichita State's Ron Baker tries to keep the ball away from Louisville's Luke Hancock during the second half of an NCAA Final Four tournament game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville won 72-68.
    Wichita State's Cinderella run ends; Louisville headed to championship game
    April 6, 2013
    Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.
  • Balloons float above tables as various patrons mill about during the grand opening of the new William Hill Race & Sports Book inside the Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013.
    More states look to get off the sidelines and into the sports betting game
    April 1, 2013
    It is a lucrative time of year for Nevada, where more than $200 million will be wagered in sports books on the men’s college basketball tournament, a pot of money that has budget-crunched states across the country pushing for a piece of the action despite strong opposition from the NCAA and professional sports leagues.
  • Louisville players huddle as guard Kevin Ware is treated for an injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis
    Louisville beats Duke 85-63 to reach Final Four
    March 31, 2013
    With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.
  • Michigan head coach John Beilein cuts down the net after a regional final game against Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Michigan won 79-59 to advance to the Final Four.
    Michigan rolls into Final Four, beats Florida 79-59
    March 31, 2013
    Another fabulous group of young players has Michigan headed back to the Final Four.
  • Wichita State's Fred Van Vleet, left, and Ohio State guard Aaron Craft chase a loose ball during the second half of the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Los Angeles.
    Wichita State upsets OSU 70-66 for Final Four trip
    March 30, 2013
    Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody. Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.
  • Marquette forward Steve Taylor Jr. (25) and Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) reach for a loose ball during the first half of the East Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Washington.
    Syracuse on to Final Four, beats Marquette 55-39
    March 30, 2013
    Jim Boeheim calls this year's Syracuse team his best defensive group ever. Hard to argue, based on the suffocating performances that put the Orange in the Final Four.
  • Kansas center Jeff Withey, rear, is fouled by North Carolina forward Brice Johnson during the first half at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
    NCAA Tournament results: Favorites Duke, Florida look sharp in covering, advancing to the Sweet 16
    March 24, 2013
    While No. 1 seeds Kansas and Indiana struggled to win Sunday in the round of 32, betting favorites Florida and Duke each posted comfortable double-digits wins in the NCAA Tournament to cover the spread.
  • Wichita State's Carl Hall dunks the ball in the first half during a third-round game against Gonzaga in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Saturday, March 23, 2013.
    NCAA Tournament results: Wichita State is the first team in nine weeks to beat Gonzaga, sends the No.1 seed home early
    March 23, 2013
    There are eight games on the schedule Saturday in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament, giving double-digit seeded teams Harvard, Oregon and Cal a chance to continue their hot postseason run. Each team was a betting underdog Thursday, but won outright — and, of course, ruined several brackets.
  • San Diego State's Deshawn Stephens, center, chases down a loose ball against Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye, right, and Tyler Neal during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia.
    NCAA Tournament results: San Diego State beats former UNLV coach Kruger's Oklahoma squad
    March 22, 2013
    Raise your hand if this sounds familiar. After a marathon session of watching and wagering on the NCAA Tournament Thursday, you have very little left to show. Your wallet is a bit lighter, there is plenty of ripped betting slips littering the floor beneath you and you can barely keep your eyes open.
  • Colorado State forward Greg Smith (44) drives against Missouri guard Keion Bell (5) during the first half their second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game on Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Lexington, Ky.
    NCAA Tournament results: Colorado State is first Mountain West team to win and cover, but league champ New Mexico upset
    March 21, 2013
    Whether you're in a bracket pool at your office or hoping to cash a three-team parlay, we will keep you updated all day once scores become final. Of course, we’ll include which teams covered the point spread. Good luck to all.
  • This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams, from left, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville.
    Camo, neon aren't college basketball fan favorites
    March 20, 2013
    It seems an unpopular position in college basketball is fashion forward.
  • America starts filling out March Madness brackets
    March 18, 2013
    Professor Michael Magazine is upending the logical world of math with a good dose of March Madness. Magazine teaches a new class called Bracketology at University of Cincinnati, the home of the 10th-seeded Bearcats, where 33 business students are spending the semester trying to make sense out of what can feel nonsensical at times — the art of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket.
  • Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates with teammates after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse at the Big East Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013, in New York. Louisville won 78-61.
    Louisville top overall seed; Kansas, Gonzaga, Indiana also No. 1 seeds
    March 17, 2013
    Louisville earned the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, while Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also received No. 1s after a topsy-turvy regular season and another round of weekend upsets.
  • UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones is defended by New Mexico guard Tony Snell while taking a three-point shot during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. New Mexico won 63-56.
    Rebels are going to need a little luck on Selection Sunday
    March 17, 2013
    What follows is mostly speculation, because when it comes to bracketology what else is there? The Rebels have been squarely in the field of 68 for some time, so the last couple of weeks have been more about getting to a point where they’re playing well enough to have a chance to do something in the tournament.
  • UCLA players, from left, Shabazz Muhammad, David Wear, Kyle Anderson and Travis Wear walk off the court during a timeout against Oregon in the championship NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.  Oregon won 78-69. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
    Oregon beats No. 21 UCLA 78-69 for Pac-12 title
    March 17, 2013
    Oregon hit bottom at the end of the regular season, its chances of a title washed away with consecutive losses. A week later, the Ducks are back on top, with a shiny new title to go with it: Pac-12 tournament champions.
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