NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) smiles while answering questions during a news conference after beating Duke 68-67 in an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game, in Washington. Winston has joined a select group of players in program history as an All-America player and Big Ten player of the year. If he can help the Spartans win two more games, he'll join Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as the school's national championship-winning point guards. (AP Photo/ Mark Tenally, File)
April 03, 2019 - 4:15 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston is already in elite company. The crafty point guard is among a handful of Michigan State players to win Big Ten player of the year honors and earn a spot on The Associated Press All-America team. And if he can help the Spartans win two more games, he will...
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In this photo taken March 8, 2019, a referee prepares to start a play using a Precision Time device during the first half of an Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament basketball game in Greensboro, N.C. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is used at nearly every level of the sport, including the NBA and college basketball's NCAA Tournament. Costabile estimates the ability to stop the clock automatically on a referee's whistle can save roughly 90 seconds formerly lost to reaction time when timekeepers manually stopped the clock. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
April 03, 2019 - 1:54 pm
The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee's on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is...
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A portion of the rook is darkened with curtains as U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis prepares for the NCAA college basketball Final Four, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 12:45 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The losses last weekend by Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Purdue pulled the curtains on their seasons, one painful game short of the Final Four. Those teams that made it to Minneapolis ? The guys from Michigan State, Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia will be greeted, literally, by...
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Lipscomb guard Garrison Mathews reacts after scoring a 3-point goal bringing Lipscomb ahead in the last minutes of the second half of a semifinal college basketball game in the National Invitational Tournament against Wichita State , Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lipscomb won 71-64. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 03, 2019 - 12:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander walked off the Madison Square Garden court a winner in perhaps the biggest postseason win for the tiny school in program history. The Bisons stole the spotlight in New York and Alexander wanted his team to know they had the mettle necessary to cut down...
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Auburn's Jared Harper celebrates after Auburn defeated Kentucky in the Midwest Regional final game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
April 03, 2019 - 11:50 am
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper might just epitomize this Auburn basketball team: overlooked, undersized and playing about as well as anybody. The Tigers' 5-foot-11 point guard has been a driving force in their surprising run to their first Final Four. He has supplied clutch plays , especially...
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FILE - At left, in a March 22, 2019, file photo, Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney (13) shoots against Northern Kentucky during the second half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Tulsa, Okla. At right, in a Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Kansas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech has gotten to its first Final Four with contrasting guards. Culver is the sophomore standout, Mooney is a graduate transfer. (AP Photo/File)
April 02, 2019 - 5:52 pm
Hometown standout Jarrett Culver was the first recruit Chris Beard reached out to when he got to Lubbock as Texas Tech's head coach three years ago. Then, when the Red Raiders were coming off their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and had to replace a senior All-Big 12 point guard,...
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In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, photo, CBS director Bob Fishman poses in the production truck in Washington, D.C. Fishman is preparing to direct his 38th Final Four this week in Minneapolis. If anyone can speak about the growth of the NCAA Tournament on television it is Fishman. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 02, 2019 - 2:36 pm
Michigan State's Tom Izzo has the most Final Four experience of any of the coaches in this year's NCAA Tournament finale. He still doesn't have anything on Bob Fishman. While Izzo is coaching in his eighth Final Four, Fishman will be in the director's chair for his 37th. He's been the lead director...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, Duke's RJ Barrett, left, hugs Zion Williamson after Duke defeated Florida State in the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in Charlotte, N.C. Duke's Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are the second freshman teammates to earn first-team All-America honors. Williamson and Barrett headed The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, joined by Tennessee's Grant Williams, Murray State's Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
April 02, 2019 - 11:03 am
The season did not end as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to...
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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett celebrates after defeating Purdue 80-75 in overtime of the men's NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 01, 2019 - 4:25 pm
Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament. The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood. Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at Wisconsin-...
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells to his players during the first half of the Midwest Regional final game against Auburn in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 01, 2019 - 4:12 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has agreed to a long-term contract with coach John Calipari that will allow him to finish his career with the Wildcats. Calipari's current deal was amended in March 2017 to run through the 2023-24 season, with a base annual salary of $8 million plus incentives. Men's...
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