Dallas Colleges: NCAA Tournament

Rangers share their Final Four predictions

March, 20, 2013
Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss expectations for the Rangers this season, what he has seen from the team this spring and his thoughts on Jerry's GM work with the Cowboys.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For many sports fans, all eyes will turn toward men's college basketball beginning Thursday when the annual tournament to determine a new champion gets underway.

March Madness has become a national phenomenon, largely because of the fun that goes along with predicting the results of the single-elimination tourney. Many members of the Texas Rangers are also college basketball fans, and they shared their thoughts on who they think will end up in the Final Four.

Jim Adduci: Duke, Gonzaga, Indiana, Michigan

Rangers outfielder David Murphy joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

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Matt Harrison: Duke (hometown team), Gonzaga, Indiana, Kansas

Derek Holland: Michigan, Michigan St., Miami, Ohio St.

Michael Kirkman: Butler, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga

Derek Lowe: Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Ohio St.

David Murphy: Florida, Indiana, Kansas St., Louisville

Mike Olt: Florida, Louisville, Miami, Wisconsin

Nate Robertson: Duke, Georgetown, Miami, Wisconsin

Coty Woods: Kansas, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (his alma mater), Marquette

Lady Bears ready for Georgia Tech in Sweet 16

March, 23, 2012

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and star Brittney Griner are ready to take on Georgia Tech on Saturday in the NCAA women's tournament Sweet 16.

Baylor preps for Xavier in the Sweet 16

March, 22, 2012

Baylor head coach Scott Drew discusses Friday’s matchup against Xavier in the Sweet 16.

Scott Drew on Baylor's uniforms, Brady Heslip

March, 20, 2012

Baylor coach Scott Drew joins "The Scott Van Pelt Show" to discuss his team's bold uniform choice and the rise of Brady Heslip.

W2W4: Oklahoma women take on St. John's

March, 20, 2012

The Oklahoma Sooners battle the St. John's Red Storm in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament.

Lady Bears prep for Florida

March, 19, 2012

Baylor faces Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament Tuesday. Here's a look inside the Lady Bears' practice with head coach Kim Mulkey.

Oklahoma women take down Michigan

March, 18, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 of her 28 points in the second half, Whitney Hand added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma defeated Michigan, 88-67, Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.

Playing on their home court, the Sooners (21-12) took control with an early 14-4 run and never trailed.

Oklahoma led by 12 in the first 8 minutes. The advantage grew to 19 as Ellenberg came out hot in the second half and Oklahoma held the Wolverines without a basket for the first 5 1/2 minutes.

Michigan (20-12), making its first tournament appearance in 11 years, got as close as eight with a flurry of 3-pointers by Carmen Reynolds before the Sooners closed it out.

Reynolds finished with 20 points to lead the Wolverines. Michigan's leading scorer, Rachel Sheffer, had only three points in a season-low 14 minutes.

Brittney Griner leads Baylor into second round

March, 18, 2012

Brittney Griner scored 13 points and blocked three shots as the Lady Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Baylor tops Colorado for trip to Sweet 16

March, 17, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Brady Heslip made nine 3-pointers and finished with 27 points Saturday to lift Baylor to an 80-63 victory over Colorado in the South Regional.

Heslip, a transfer from Boston College who grew up in Canada, helped break open a tight game with a pair of 3-pointers that were part of a 14-0 run and gave the third-seeded Bears (29-7) a 75-60 lead.

Baylor made the regional finals for the second time in three years under coach Scott Drew. The Bears will play the winner of Sunday's game between Xavier and Lehigh.

Pierre Jackson had 13 points and 10 assists for Baylor.

Freshman Askia Booker had 15 points for 11th-seeded Colorado (24-12), which saw its winning streak in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournament end at five.

Tyra White leads Aggies to second round

March, 17, 2012

Tyra White scored 18 points to lead Texas A&M over Albany, 69-47, as the defending champions advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Texas A&M women roll past Albany

March, 17, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tyra White had started 87 straight games before missing the last three with a foot injury.

On Saturday, the Texas A&M star looked like her old self, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds to lead the defending national champion Aggies to a 69-47 win over Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

She got going early, scoring 12 points in the first half, and added four points and a steal in a decisive second-half run.

The Great Danes had scored six straight points to tie it early in the second half before A&M used a 17-4 run to take a 49-36 lead with about 13 minutes remaining.
Albany had three turnovers and missed three layups in that span. Alexia Standish had two 3-pointers and Sydney Carter hit one during A&M's spurt.

The third-seeded Aggies (23-10) were making their school-record seventh straight tournament appearance and hosting games for the first time since 1994. It was the first NCAA appearance for No. 14 seed Albany, which got an automatic bid by winning the America East tournament.

The Great Danes, who moved to Division I in 1999, won 10 straight games to get into the tournament and hadn't lost since Jan. 28.

Ebone Henry had 14 points and nine rebounds and Julie Forster added eight points and 12 rebounds for Albany (23-10), which won 20 games for the first time since jumping to Division I.

Standish, a freshman, had 12 points -- all on 3-pointers -- for A&M and Adaora Elonu chipped in 13 points and three steals.

The victory sets up Monday's game with sixth-seeded Arkansas, where Gary Blair coached before coming to A&M. The Razorbacks knocked off Dayton in the first game in College Station on Saturday.

Texas women looking for redemption

March, 16, 2012
NORFOLK, VA. -- It's not easy showing up to the NCAA tournament looking for redemption. Momentum, yes. Validation, sure. Even sometimes a little revenge.

But redemption? That's a tougher nut in mid-March.

Texas traveled east looking to banish the disappointment of both the immediate past and some stuff that goes quite a bit farther back.

Nine days ago in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, the Longhorns took a 23-point loss to Texas Tech, their worst loss of the year. And then they sweated out whether they'd even end up in the NCAA brackets.

But here they are, looking for a makeup opportunity as a No. 9 seed, facing No. 8 West Virginia Saturday morning (ESPN2, 11 a.m. ET) at the Ted Constant Center at Old Dominion.

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Last year, Baylor won the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles, and all the league chatter heading into the NCAA tournament was about the Lady Bears. Then Texas A&M beat Baylor in the Elite Eight and ended up winning the national title.

This year, the Aggies are the defending champions. And all the Big 12 talk going into the NCAA tournament is about … Baylor again. The Lady Bears repeated both their conference titles, the tournament crown coming after a 23-point spanking of the Aggies in the final last Saturday.

With that, Texas A&M essentially bid adieu to the Big 12; the school joins the SEC, along with Missouri, next school year. However Gary Blair's program could add one last feather to the Big 12's cap with another Final Four appearance. This time, the Aggies won't have to go through Baylor to do that; both teams would have to make the national final to meet again.

But to get to Denver, Texas A&M might have to overcome the team it beat in last season's national-championship game, Notre Dame, as they're both in the Raleigh region. But that's all a ways down the road.

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President picks Baylor to win women's title

March, 16, 2012

If Baylor wins the NCAA women's basketball title, President Barack Obama will have picked the tournament champion for the second time in three years.

Obama tabbed Baylor to beat Notre Dame in the championship game in his annual women's bracket selections, which were unveiled Friday.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Three months into the season, two hours into the practice, Rick Barnes was pushing his players to quit.

It was a practice like none had seen or experienced before. And Barnes, always a stick before the carrot coach, was even more unrelenting than usual.

"He was just really hard on us at that practice," point guard Sterling Gibbs said.

In Barnes' mind, he had no other choice. This was a young team, void of cohesion, clouded by confusion. There was no clear leader. There was no common voice or goal. They were directionless. They were without focus. They were lost. And they were losing.

So Barnes would step in. He would force them to make a choice. Right then. Right there.

"Instead of just falling apart, we came together even more," Gibbs said. "That was one of the turning points in our season."

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