Notre Dame topple UConn to book showdown with Baylor for NCAA title

The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sundays night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches McGraw and Baylors Kim Mulkey are women. The same two, McGraw said after Friday nights 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. This weekend were all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final. …

‘Why cant 100% of jobs go to women?’ McGraw wants change in college basketball

One of the most prominent coaches in womens basketball, Muffet McGraw, says its time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life One of the most prominent coaches in womens basketball, Muffet McGraw, says its time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life, including her own sport. When you look at mens basketball, 99% of the jobs go to men, why shouldnt 100 or 99% of the jobs in womens basketball go to women? the Notre Dame coach said on Thursday before her team https://t.co/0u7HUlQ8id capturing the second national title in school history last year in white-knuckle fashion, winning both the semi-final and championship games on buzzer-beaters by Arike Ogunbowale.

NCAA tournament: Virginia into Final Four for first time since 1984 as Zags crash out

Virginia are heading to the Final Four for the first time since 1984, while No1 seed Gonzaga were shocked by Texas Tech Virginia are heading to the Final Four for the first time since 1984. Kyle Guy had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Cavaliers withstood a brilliant performance from Purdues Carsen Edwards and beat the third-seeded Boilermakers 80-75 in overtime. Virginia forced the overtime on a buzzer beater from Mamadi Diakite. With Purdue trailing by one in overtime, Edwards missed a three-pointer with nine seconds remaining and Virginia got the rebound. Virginias Kyle Guy made two free throws with five seconds remaining to put the Cavaliers up by three. The Boilermakers turned the ball over when they …

NCAA tournament: Michigan State upend Duke to join Auburn in Final Four

Cassius Winston powered the second-seeded Spartans past Zion Williamsons Duke to join surprise package Auburn in Minneapolis Cassius Winston put Michigan State on his shoulders and carried the Spartans into the Final Four for the first time since 2015. The do-everything point guard took over the game when his team faced its biggest deficit and led second-seeded Michigan State to a 68-67 victory over overall No 1 seed Duke on Sunday in the East Region final. Duke boasted the biggest stars in Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, but Winston shined brightest with 20 points and 10 assists. He made nine of his 23 shots and never shied away from shooting. Now is not the time to doubt yourself, Winston said. …

NCAA tournament: Auburn, Gonzaga, Purdue reach Sweet 16 as Villanova crash out

LSU, Michigan State, Kentucky, Florida State and Michigan also punched their Sweet 16 tickets with second-round victories in Saturdays action It was the most lopsided NCAA tournament loss for a defending champ in nearly three decades. Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, and Purdue knocked defending champ Villanova out of the tournament with an 87-61 rout. The last time a defending champ was beaten that badly was when Loyola-Marymount ran past Michigan 149-115 in 1990. Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16. Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third national title in the last four seasons fall short. Fellow …

Business owners, hedge your March Madness bets: its costing you $13.3bn | Gene Marks

The NCAA tournament will cause businesses to lose billions in productivity, a report says but that doesnt mean we should ban basketball from the office If youre a business owner and putting some bets on your favorite college team during the NCAA tournament, you might want to up the ante. Youre going to need those winnings to pay for all the money youre about to lose. Thats because your company is about to forgo about $13.3bn in lost productivity that March Madness will cost American businesses, according to a recent report from outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Streaming games during work hours, heading to a local restaurant to watch the games, filling out brackets, or just discussing the …

Ja rules!: Morant spirits Murray State in Marquette upset as NCAA tourney tips off

Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA tournament history as Murray State trounced Marquette in the first major upset of March Madness Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in the NCAA tournament since 1987 as Murray State trounced fifth-seeded Marquette in the first round of the West Region. Murray State continued a trend of a No. 12 seed winning at least one game in all but three tournaments since 2001 including last years but this looked nothing like an upset. Morant had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds as he sliced through Marquette and showed the Racers (28-4) were better in every way than their opponent from the Big East. The Ohio Valley Conference champions face fourth-seeded Florida …