Letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith’s North Carolina teams — about 180 in all — with directions to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith,” who died in February.
The top-seeded Wildcats, four wins from perfection, will have their ball-handling skills and composure assessed like never before Thursday night when they meet the Mountaineers in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
The Terrapins drew a matchup with No. 4 seed Duke, renewing a longtime rivalry from their days in the ACC. When the two teams meet Saturday, their familiarity with one another will be both a challenge and an advantage.
Huggins is 8-2 all-time against Calipari, and meeting No. 11 will be Huggins’ greatest challenge against a Calipari-coached team when West Virginia takes on Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night in Cleveland.
A threat was made against President Obama’s niece, a freshman forward on the Princeton’s women’s basketball team before Monday night’s NCAA tournament game between the Tigers and the Maryland Terrapins.
Laurin Mincy scored 27 points and the Terrapins used a huge second-half run to defeat the previously-undefeated Tigers, 85-70. Maryland will face Duke in the Sweet 16.
Wells finished his career 19th on the all-time scoring list, having amassed 1,398 points over 98 games, and was Maryland’s unquestioned leader — especially this past offseason, when the program again appeared in flux.
The notions of athletes who are students first might apply at the 450 schools in Division III or the 300 schools in Division II, but those schools have no role in the NCAA’s $11 billion contract with CBS and Turner Sports.
Devin Williams scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as the Mountaineers forced Maryland into committing 23 turnovers and pulled away late for a 69-59 victory in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Trimble sustained what the team would only classify as a head injury with 8:25 remaining in Maryland’s 69-59 loss to West Virginia on Sunday and was not cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the game.
It’s the Sweet 16 - the second week of the NCAA Tournament - and that means bragging rights for college basketball programs.
More early-round games have begun after 7 p.m. local time this year than in any of the three previous tournaments — including Dayton’s victory over Providence on Friday, which ended after 1 a.m.