Basketball

Head coach Rick Barnes of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Big 12 Hopping Mad As March Madness Begins

The Big 12 spent all season puffing out its chest. The league pointed to its RPI, that mercurial number that only seems to take on meaning in March, and the number of teams it had in the Top 25 as evidence of its superiority.

03/20/2015

Ryan Manuel of the SMU Mustangs reacts after losing against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournamenat at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Texas Teams Go 0-5 In NCAA Tournament

All five Texas teams that made it into the 68-team NCAA tournament field were eliminated on Thursday. Texas, Baylor, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern all were beaten.

03/20/2015

Thomas Walkup of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks handles the ball against Jakob Poeltl of the Utah Utes in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

SFA’s Rally Falls Short To Utah 57-50

Jakob Poeltl had 18 points and eight rebounds, and fifth-seeded Utah celebrated its return to the NCAA Tournament by holding off Stephen F. Austin for a 57-50 victory on Thursday night.

03/20/2015

Thomas Welsh #40 and Norman Powell #4 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournamenat at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

SMU Loses To UCLA 60-59 On Rare 3-Pointer

SMU’s locker room was eerily quiet, with team managers folding jerseys and clothes in the middle as players sat at their stalls trying to digest the ending of a heartbreaking 60-59 loss to UCLA.

03/19/2015

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Butler Uses Late Surge To Put Away Texas 56-48

Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday

03/19/2015

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks posts up against the Orlando Magic on March 18, 2015 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Hang On To Beat Lowly Magic 107-102

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and the Mavs withstood a fourth-quarter meltdown to beat the Magic by a score of 107-102 on Wednesday night, their third straight win.

03/19/2015

The Dayton Flyers mascot performs against the Boise State Broncos during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dayton & Robert Morris Get ‘First Four’ Wins

In the NCAA’s way of thinking, Dayton was technically the visiting team on the scoreboard and in its road uniforms. The 12,592 screaming fans in the arena thought otherwise.

03/19/2015

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NCAA Tournament Full Of No-Foul Teams

Sounds so simple. And it surely is effective if it can be done.

03/19/2015

Tanner Clayton #30, Jacob Parker #34, Bobby King #15 and Connor Brooks #31 of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Can Upstart Stephen F. Austin Be The NCAA Tourney Surprise Again?

Stephen F. Austin earned its berth with an 83-70 victory over Sam Houston State in the final of the Southland Conference Tournament.

03/18/2015

Emmanuel Okoroba of the Hampton Pirates celebrates against the Manhattan Jaspers during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hampton & Ole Miss Win ‘First Four’ Matches

Let this be a lesson to the other teams in the NCAA tournament who have yet to take the floor. A quick start means a lot. But a great finish is even better if you want to win.

03/18/2015

A detail of the sneakers of the players on the bench during a basketball game. (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Texas A&M Tops Montana 81-64 In NIT

The Aggies fought off Montana to pull away with an 81-64 victory in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday. Jalen Jones led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds.

03/18/2015

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SMU’s Larry Brown In 1st NCAA Since The ’88 Title At Kansas

While the Mustangs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993, Brown returns to the Big Dance for the first time since leading Kansas to a national title 27 years ago.

03/17/2015

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