The league is enjoying a strong season, buoyed by the additions of Butler and Virginia Commonwealth. Butler was ranked No. 9 in the latest AP poll on Monday, and VCU and La Salle received votes.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told MSNBC's Al Sharpton Wednesday night she was "infuriated" during Sen. Rand Paul's questioning of Sec. Hillary Clinton and even left the hearing room.
Gonzaga served as the model program for college basketball's non-power conference schools for more than decade.
Retired Nebraska coach Tom Osborne won't get drawn into an argument over how his 1990s teams that won three national championships in four years would fare against the Alabama teams that just accomplished the same feat.
Alabama was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night.
It's becoming a familiar January scene for Nick Saban.
There is no end in sight, not for Alabama or the Southeastern Conference.
Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game.
Sometimes, the buildup to a game can overwhelm what actually happens on the field. Certainly, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama would have to play nothing less than a classic to live up to all the hype for Monday night's BCS championship.