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The best and worst of everything from March Madness Day 4Everyone had the first two games of the day circled heading into Sunday, and neither one disappointed. Both Michigan-Louisville and Wichita State-Kentucky gave us two hours of excitement that lasted right until the final horn. Ultimately, one No. 2 seed from the Bluegrass State danced into the Sweet 16, while the other went home. (SB Nation)
Video: Geno Auriemma on the importance of recruiting enthusiastic team playersLegendary UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma discusses the emphasis he and his staff place on recruiting (and playing) players with positive attitudes, enthusiastic body language, and a team first attitude, traits he says are severely lacking in many of today's young players.
Monmouth's King Rice not going to DuquesneKing Rice is staying put. Monmouth's head coach was never involved in openings at the University of Massachusetts, which hired Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey on Tuesday, or Duquesne. Gannett New Jersey reported Monday that Rice had emerged as a top candidate at the Pittsburgh school. Furthermore, Rice reiterated his happiness at Monmouth, saying he isn't going anywhere. (Asbury Park Press)
Jerry Krause, GM during the Bulls' dynasty, dies at 77Jerry Krause, the general manager as the Bulls became a global brand with a dynamic dynasty that produced six NBA championships in eight seasons, died on Tuesday after battling persistent health issues, including osteomyelitis. He was 77. Krause, who always called himself a scout at heart, retired last spring from Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. (Chicago Tribune)
Panthers QB Cam Newton to Have Surgery for Torn Rotator CuffCarolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will have surgery on a torn rotator cuff, suffered in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, on March 30 in Charlotte. Team doctor Pat Connor recommended an arthroscopic procedure. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told Panthers.com that Newton will begin a preliminary throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery. (Charlotte Observer)
Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans will sign with agent and enter NBA DraftOklahoma State guard Jawun Evans will sign with an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports on Tuesday. A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Evans had a tremendous sophomore season with the Cowboys. Most NBA Draft experts have Evans projected go somewhere between the late-first and early-second round in the NBA draft. (FanRag Sports)
The Indiana coaching search boils down to these six candidatesUCLA’s Steve Alford, Baylor’s Scott Drew, Butler’s Chris Holtmann, Xavier’s Chris Mack, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall or Dayton’s Archie Miller. One of those men will be Indiana’s next coach, I’d bet. So, absolutely, I think things will ultimately end well with Indiana’s search. Alford, a former Indiana player who led the Hoosiers to the 1987 national championship, makes sense. (CBS Sports)
Washington's Kelsey Plum sets NCAA women's mark for most points in a seasonWashington guard Kelsey Plum added to the record books again Monday, surpassing the NCAA mark for most points in a single season. Plum needed 21 points to break Jackie Stiles' record of 1,062 points and finished with 38 in No. 3 seed Washington's 108-82 win over No. 6 seed Oklahoma, as the Huskies reached the Sweet 16. Plum now has 1,080 points this season. (ESPN.com)
VCU's Will Wade to become next coach at LSU, sources sayVCU head coach Will Wade has agreed to a six-year deal to become the next coach at LSU, sources told ESPN. Wade, 34, was the head coach of the Rams for two seasons, taking over when Shaka Smart left for Texas in 2015. VCU is 51-20 under Wade, making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Wade was also head coach at Chattanooga for two seasons. (ESPN.com)
Dwight Clark says he has ALS, suspects football a causeDwight Clark says he has Lou Gehrig's disease and suspects playing football might have caused the illness. Clark announced Sunday on Twitter that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks cells that control muscles. The former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver linked to a post on his personal blog detailing his ALS diagnosis. (Associated Press)
Report: Syracuse big man Tyler Lydon declaring for NBA DraftSyracuse sophomore forward Tyler Lydon is expected to declare for the NBA Draft and sign with an agent. Lydon is a 6-foot-9 power forward with three-point range and the wingspan that allows him to protect the rim, but he’s a slender big man that struggled on the glass at the ACC level. Lydon is currently projected as a late-first round pick by Draft Express. (NBC Sports)
From No. 1 to done: Duke looks to who stays, who leavesDuke is facing its annual offseason questions — who stays, who goes — much earlier than expected. The Blue Devils started the season as a favorite to win the national title but instead failed to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, bringing an abrupt end to season that will be remembered for a relentless string of distractions and sideshows. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Brad Brownell returning for eighth season at ClemsonClemson basketball coach Brad Brownell is returning for an eighth season. Brownell's status was in question following a 17-16 season. Clemson was 6-12 in the ACC and lost at home in the NIT to Oakland to end the season. Brownell took the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his first season in 2010. Clemson has not returned to the NCAA tournament since. (ESPN.com)
NCAA’s political stance on HB2 played a role in Duke’s loss on SundayDuke did not lose because the NCAA’s politics. Duke lost because they were a flawed basketball team and South Carolina exploited those flaws. They played in Greenville, South Carolina, because the NCAA decided to move all of their events out of North Carolina due to the discriminatory House Bill 2. And that, in turn, gave the Gamecocks a slight home court advantage. (NBC Sports)
Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey foundThe NFL and FBI went hunting for a stolen Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey, and instead found two. The NFL confirmed that Brady’s stolen Super Bowl LI jersey had been found on foreign soil, and added that they had also found the quarterback’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey during the investigation. “The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” (New York Post)