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Virginia traveled ‘hills and valleys’ to national title

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/09/19, 10:49 am

In a dramatic one-year turnaround, Virginia survived the ups and downs of a rigorous college basketball season to end up the last team standing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Monday night in Minneapolis. After becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in the first round of the tournament last year, the Cavaliers battled their way through this year’s bracket and defeated a tough Texas Tech team in the title game 85-77 in overtime to claim the school’s first national championship.

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Baylor wins women’s national championship

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/08/19, 09:49 am

The Lady Bears of Baylor lost their star player and then the rest of their 17-point lead to Notre Dame but held on for a 82-81 victory in Sunday’s NCAA women’s basketball national championship game in Tampa, Fla. Baylor’s star forward, Lauren Cox, injured her knee in a frightening scene late in the third quarter, but her teammates kept their composure to win their school’s third title. “We had to do it for LC,” said Baylor center Chloe Jackson, who was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. “She got us here. We had to finish the job for her.”

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NCAA men’s Final Four set

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/01/19, 10:50 am

After a weekend of hard-fought and intense regional championship games, Auburn and Texas Tech are headed to the Final Four in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time in their schools’ histories, joining Michigan State and Virginia next weekend in Minneapolis.

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