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College Basketball Tournament

John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) |  Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals   (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Calipari-Pitino Showdown Highlights The 2012 Final Four

Rick Pitino and John Calipari have met before in the Final Four — it was 16 years ago in 1996 when Pitino was at Kentucky and Calipari was at Umass — but this is different.

03/26/2012

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with his team. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Kentucky Beats Baylor 82-70 In South Regional

Top-seeded Kentucky advanced to the Final Four for the second year in a row with a 82-70 blitzing of Baylor, setting up a Bluegrass showdown with rival Louisville in the national semifinals Saturday at New Orleans.

03/25/2012

Rick Pitino celebrates with his team. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Louisville In Final Four With 72-68 Win Over Florida

Once upon a time, Billy Donovan took Rick Pitino on an improbable ride to the Final Four.

Twenty-five years later, Pitino is heading back after another unbelievable run — one capped with an amazing late-game rally that left his old protege wondering what the heck happened.

03/24/2012

Cardinals Knock Off Top-Seeded Spartans 57-44

Chane Behanan scored 15 points and Gorgui Dieng anchored Louisville’s stifling defense with seven blocked shots, helping the Cardinals knock off top-seeded Michigan State 57-44 Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.

03/23/2012

Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles drives on Casey Prather #24 and Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Beal’s 21 Lifts Fla. To 68-58 Win Over Marquette

Bradley Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night to help the Gators to a 68-58 victory over Marquette.

03/23/2012

A shirt featuring the Baylor University slogan 'Sic 'Em' (Ryan Crowe/CBSDFW)

Baylor, Xavier Seek Spot In South Regional Final

The Bears and Musketeers are building their own impressive resumes heading into their round of 16 matchup Friday night for a spot in Sunday’s South Regional final.

03/23/2012

Syracuse's C.J. Fair goes in for a dunk against Wisconsin in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament on March 22, 2012 in Boston. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Syracuse Survives Gutsy Wisconsin, Moves On To Elite 8

C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals.

03/23/2012

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts in the second half while taking on the Creighton Bluejays during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Friday’s Sweet 16 Primer

The Tarheels looked like they were headed straight towards a collision course with Kentucky in the National Championship game, but all of that came to a screeching halt when Kendall Marshall fractured his right wrist.

03/23/2012

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Rothstein Files: Thursday’s Sweet 16 Primer

Jon Rothstein breaks down Thursday’s Sweet 16 games and makes predictions for the four matchups.

03/22/2012

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Michigan State Takes On Louisville In The Sweet Sixteen

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo marches around players much taller than he is, clapping and barking out orders, imploring them to run faster, work harder as they race around the court.

03/22/2012

Angel Rodriguez #13 of the Kansas State Wildcats drives in the second half against Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Defense The Key In Syracuse – Wisconsin Matchup

Defense will be the key when top-seeded Syracuse faces fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the East Regional semifinals on Thursday night. It’s just going to be which style will prevail.

03/22/2012

Kendall Marshall (credit: Streeter Lecker / Getty Images)

Kendall Marshall Injury Stirs Memories Of 1984 At UNC

North Carolina is reliving a 28-year-old nightmare.

In 1984, the Tar Heels began the year favored to win the national basketball championship — but their point guard broke his wrist.

03/21/2012

Baylor Bears mascot Bruiser performs during a basketball game. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Baylor Has Made A Remarkable Rise Of Redemption

Buddy Jones, the board chairman of the Baylor University regents, is in constant awe of all the great things his school is experiencing these days.

03/21/2012

Angel Rodriguez. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

5 Southern Miss Band Members Lose Scholarships Over Chant

Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band have lost their scholarship after participating in a racially-insensitive chant during the NCAA Tournament last week.

03/20/2012

Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels prepares to play against the Creighton Bluejays in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Five Things To Watch If North Carolina Plays Without Kendall Marshall

The Tarheels are the best transition team in college basketball — with Kendall Marshall running the point. Without him, they’ll need to focus on maximizing their greatest strength and that’s their size.

03/20/2012

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