Paulsen, a three-time Patriot League coach of the year who spent the last seven seasons at Bucknell, will replace Paul Hewitt, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons.
Adding Mariota, a highly regarded quarterback, would disrupt the peace that general manager Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden have worked so hard to craft in recent months. And, it’s not such an implausible scenario.
The NFL and the NCAA could make a stand against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, showing once again that the world of sports can’t be detached from its social and political environs.
Duke’s Okafor and Wisconsin’s Kaminsky were joined on the first team by Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell, the organization announced.
It is the fifth time at least three No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. The only top-seed sweep was in 2008, and this is the third consecutive year one conference has had two teams in the Final Four.
The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga.
For Tennessee to reach Tampa, it must get past Maryland’s attempt at a second consecutive Final Four. The Terrapins have won their last 27 games and last year knocked off then-No. 1 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16.
Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points, and the Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over Louisville in a thrilling NCAA tournament East Regional final on Sunday.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 24 points, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory over the Blue Devils.
If Kentucky’s coach is truly considering a return to the NBA, then Wizards owner Ted Leonsis needs to be ready now to convince Calipari that the best place for him to erase his previous failure is in Washington.
Pat Connaughton stood motionless in the lane, trying to delay the inevitable. Half a court away Kentucky players rushed onto the floor, their undefeated season and a trip to the Final Four preserved by the narrowest of margins by a team that spent five months defying expectations.
Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.