How March got its Madness

How March got its Madness

The NCAA basketball tournament has a history full of games with heart-stopping, buzzer-beating endings. Here's a look back at six of the most memorable ones:
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Ex-Eastview star leads South Dakota St. past Syracuse, into Sweet 16

March 26
South Dakota State players celebrate a 75-64 victory over Syracuse in a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Syracus
Madison Guebert, one of four Minnesotans on the SDSU roster, made six three-pointers and scored 20 points for the Jackrabbits.

UCLA beats Maryland 85-80 in women's NCAA Tournament

March 26
Maryland players watched the final moments of their second-round home loss to UCLA on Monday night. The Big Ten regular-season champions were eliminat
For UCLA, missed shots are merely part of the game. What really matters is what the Bruins do after the ball clangs off the rim.
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THE FINAL FOUR: Road to Minneapolis

THE FINAL FOUR: Road to Minneapolis

Analysis from the Star Tribune’s Marcus Fuller and news from across college basketball as the game’s biggest stage comes to U.S. Bank Stadium, April 6 and 8.
Gophers
4:45pm

Nebraska fires hoops coach Miles; Hoiberg contacted

Nebraska fired seventh-year coach Tim Miles on Tuesday, and athletic director Bill Moos said he's spoken with former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg to gauge his interest in the job.
Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss, right, drives the ball against Saint Mary's Dane Pineau (22) and Joe Rahon, center, during the first half of an NCAA co
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3:15pm

Georgia Tech fires women's basketball coach MaChelle Joseph

MaChelle Joseph was fired Tuesday after nearly 16 seasons as the women's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, with the two sides giving strikingly different reasons for her dismissal.
Gophers
2:55pm

Dwyane Wade says college basketball needs a makeover

Dwyane Wade says it's time college basketball got a makeover.Wade sits down with PodcastOne Sports Now to talk about the NCAA Tournament and the memories…
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1:45pm

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Led by Goldy Gopher, Minnesota fans cheered during a team pep rally at the Citrus Bowl Pep Rally, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 in Orlando, FL.
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1:30pm

Gonzaga strikes a deal to get more out of tournament success

When leaders at Gonzaga were looking to sweeten the pot for their basketball team in exchange for staying in the West Coast Conference, they knew…
Gophers
11:51am

Missouri State women crash Sweet 16 as No. 11 seed

The Sweet 16 is set and Missouri State is crashing the party for the first time in 18 years.
Gophers
11:36am

Oregon St. advances to Sweet 16 with 76-70 win over Gonzaga

Katie McWilliams is going to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.
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March 26
Missouri State forward Abby Hipp, center, celebrated herteam's 69-60 victory at Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

No. 11 Missouri State women stun Iowa State 69-60

Missouri State has become a small-school outlier in an NCAA Tournament largely dominated by chalk.
Gophers
March 26
A basketball with March Madness 2019 sits in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament.

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Twins
March 26
Eddie Rosario, left, is an up-and-coming star for the Twins. He is no relation to Wilin Rosario, right, who is trying to recapture the success he had

Reusse: Rosarios in Twins organization in close quarters, different worlds

Five years ago, Eddie was serving a suspension and Wilin was a starting catcher in the majors. Now Eddie might be the best player on the Twins while Wilin is trying to stick with them.
Memphis wide receiver Tevin Jones (87) reaches for a pass in front of Tulsa cornerback Darrell Williams (6) in the first quarter of an NCAA college fo
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March 26
Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale (24) celebrated with teammates on the bench during Monday's second-round NCAA tournament game against Michigan State.

Ogunbowale and Young show way as Irish rout MSU, 91-63

Coach Muffet McGraw, top-seed Notre Dame and the home fans held their collective breaths when Jackie Young lost hers during Monday's 91-63 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in a second-round NCAA Chicago Regional game.
Gophers
March 26

Smith heats up in second half, Stanford back to Sweet 16

Alanna Smith finally found her shooting touch and put Stanford right back where it is most every March: the Sweet 16.
Gophers
March 25

Baylor women 11th Sweet 16 in row after beating Cal 102-63

Talk about a sweet recipe for No. 1 overall seed Baylor — defense, rebounding and depth.
Gophers
March 25

NC State beats Kentucky 72-57, returns to women's Sweet 16

Kiara Leslie always seems to come up big for North Carolina State when a Sweet 16 berth is on the line.
Gophers
March 25

Comeback Wolfpack: NC State relies on rallies in 23-1 start

North Carolina State baseball coach Elliott Avent celebrated the Wolfpack's first three-game sweep of Miami by doing some yard work and splitting wood."Splitting wood always…
Gophers
March 25
Longshots walk while Power Five teams dominate road to Final Four

Longshots walk while Power Five teams dominate road to Final Four

The Road to the Final Four in Minneapolis is looking more predictable, with higher seeds advancing and longshots largely gone from the men's Sweet 16.
Gophers
March 25

Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16

The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De'Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament.
Gophers
March 25

Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts

Bill Self stood in a room just off the court in Allen Fieldhouse on Selection Sunday and lamented that the Big 12 managed to squeak…
Gophers
March 25
Coach Scott Sandelin's UMD team is one of three from Minnesota that has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's hockey field.

UMD wins NCHC Frozen Faceoff in double overtime over St. Cloud State

Nick Swaney scored on 2-on-1 rush 7:29 into the second overtime, giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory.