NCAA tournament referees lacking in consistency and accountability

When North Carolina’s Brady Manek fired an elbow into the face of Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan with 10:08 left in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Sunday, it sent the officiating crew working the game to replay the monitor with a big decision to make. Eject a key player from an elimination game, or assign a lesser … Read more

UConn wins an ‘ugly’ one to reach yet another Sweet 16

It was chippy, it was tense and it certainly wasn’t pretty. But No. 2 UConn pushed past No. 7 Central Florida to land a place in the Sweet 16 on Monday, extending its own NCAA record for the program’s 28th consecutive appearance in the women’s tournament’s second weekend. Monday’s second-round game was notably rough for … Read more

March Madness: Notre Dame pounds Oklahoma, returns to women’s Sweet 16

How Sweet It Is for the Fighting Irish Mitch Alcala / Associated Press As a Notre Dame player and assistant coach, Niele Ivey had participated in 17 NCAA tournaments. She had won national championships in both capacities, knowing full well what it felt like to thrive on the sport’s biggest stage. And yet, prior to … Read more

March Madness: First weekend upsets lead to diverse, unpredictable Sweet 16

When, at 12:37 am Monday EDT, Arizona survived a ridiculous game to close out the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, complete chaos was narrowly avoided. Had TCU been able to pull off the upset, this tourney would have nearly matched the record for unpredictability — which was set way back in 2021. … Read more

Kentucky’s stunning upset by St Peter’s is peak March Madness

In the leadup to Saint Peter’s University’s first NCAA tournament game in over a decade, the Peacocks reached out to Kentucky officials with an offer: buy the remainder of the Peacocks’ ticket allotment for the game. It’s a fairly standard request at events like this, particularly considering Saint Peter’s is a tiny Jesuit school in … Read more

March Madness: How Florida found its way back to the NCAA tournament

Around once a month throughout the regular season, Florida coach Kelly Rae Finley carved out time for her team to gather and, at least for a few minutes, don’t think about basketball. In November, for instance, while at the San Juan Shootout, everyone traveling with the program — from players to managers to support staff … Read more