Luke Hancock made four straight 3-pointers late in the first half, single-handedly halting what was threatening to become a Michigan runaway, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan erupted for monster second halves to lead the Cardinals to their third national title.
“I’m just so happy for our team,” said Hancock, the first sub in tournament history to win most outstanding player honours. “I’m happy that multiple guys got to contribute on this great run. Everybody from [walk-on] Tim Henderson on. It’s just great for our team.” (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press)
For Louisville players and coaches, it was far worse. Ware’s teammates were overcome with emotion.
Luke Hancock patted Ware on the chest after Ware rolled himself to the sideline and right in front of the Louisville bench. Behanan and several other players sat on the floor as Ware was treated and some, including Behanan, cried. Duke guard Tyler Thornton covered his eyes when he realized what had happened.
The good news is Ware is out of surgery and resting — and his coaches even visited him in the hospital with their new trophy. (Photos: Michael Conroy, Darren Cummings/The Associated Press)
Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine (45) grabs a rebound over Valparaiso guard Matt Kenney (23) in the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament. (Photo: Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)
How to pick a team to follow during March Madness If you are looking for in-depth analysis to help you fill out an NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for random reasons to get behind a school in the 64-team field, you can find them right here! One per team. Let’s be honest, these will be about as useful to you as most of the expert analysis you’ll find. It’s a crapshoot, yes?
For example, if you like dogs, you should get behind Butler because LOOK AT THIS FACE. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
You, too, will also fall head over heels for our guide to March Madness.
This year, nobody knows a thing. Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Michigan and, finally, Gonzaga have all had shots on top of the Associated Press top-25 rankings. And even though only two teams have been within 10 points of Spokane’s finest in the last two months, it is hard to know what that means in the West Coast Conference, which lacks prestige.
All of that means filling out your bracket will be a nightmare. There will be upsets, likely more than normal, but guessing where they will come is just that — a guess. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)
That’s right: Adidas redesigned a few NCAA uniforms for the post-season and they sure are, uh, bright, and things. And the camouflage is a nice touch. It will help them blend in on the floor. (Handout/Adidas)
So close. It looked as though Lehigh (No. 15, South) might pull off a small upset over Xavier (No. 10, South) after building a four-point lead at the half. But, much like Norfolk State, Lehigh could not create a second straight surprise, falling 70-58 to the Musketeers.
March Madness: Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers is called for a charge against D.J. Haley of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images