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Postcard from Arizona: Anguish, graciousness mark Oregon’s defeat

The scene in the Oregon locker room will stay with me for a long time.

Their season suddenly over, the Ducks were coping with the strange reality of how it had ended on Saturday night. With 5.8 seconds remaining and North Carolina’s lead down to a single point, Kennedy Meeks of the Tar Heels stepped […]

Meeks Muscles Tar Heels to National Title Game

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kennedy Meeks saved the season for North Carolina. Right after nearly losing it.

In the final breathless seconds of a game that could end his team’s season, after four straight missed free throws – two by Meeks — with the Tar Heel lead down to […]

The Road Ends Here: Who’s Going Home and Who’s Moving on at the 2017 Final Four

South Carolina (26-10) vs. Gonzaga (36-1)

Mark Alewine: Keys For Gonzaga

The Bulldogs have swapped with North Carolina all season as the best team in college basketball. Gonzaga has everything to win tonight; elite shooting, dominant post presence, and one of the best defenses in the country. Everything hinges, however, on the ability of […]

North Carolina, Oregon face a confrontation in the paint

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Everything points to the Final Four matchup between Oregon and North Carolina becoming a bruising game on the inside. North Carolina (31-7) is making a record 20th Final Four appearance. The Tar Heels are averaging 39.9 points per game in the paint this season and […]

Michigan adjusts, goes inside to beat Louisville

By Michael Williams

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Basketball is a game of runs and adjustments. At halftime, Michigan coach John Beilein made the adjustment that the seventh-seeded Wolverines would need to secure the 73-69 upset over the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals came into the game with the 19th ranked perimeter defense, holding […]