Stories by Jim O'Connell

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sooners' Hield goes out with thud

HOUSTON - Nobody thought Buddy Hield would go out like this. The unanimous All-America who had 37 points in the regional final against Oregon to get Oklahoma to the Final Four didn't break double ...
By Jim O'Connell

Wildcats wallop Sooners, will play for title

HOUSTON - Josh Hart scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting and Villanova advanced to the national championship game with a resounding 95-51 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday night.
By Jim O'Connell

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tar Heels last remaining No. 1 seed

PHILADELPHIA - Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina to an 88-74 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night, leaving the Tar Heels as the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four.
By Jim O'Connell

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Notre Dame hopes to learn from loss to North Carolina

PHILADELPHIA - The day before North Carolina and Notre Dame were to meet for a berth in the Final Four, the talk around the Wells Fargo Center was about a game played two weeks ago.
By Jim O'Connell

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Another big game ahead for jubilant Badgers

The scene will bring smiles to many for a long time. Players chest-bumping and hugging. Fans on the fringe of delirium. A celebration perfect for highlight reels and posters.
By Jim O'Connell

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blue Devils roll into title game

INDIANAPOLIS - Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into the title game.
By Jim O'Connell

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Final Four has interesting look

If you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.
By Jim O'Connell

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It all comes down to the numbers for teams on the bubble

It's conference tournament week, and that means seven days - and nights - of games that will decide the fate of bubble teams and the seeding of those who don't have to worry.
By Jim O'Connell

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Unlikeliest of finalists set to square off in NCAA Championship

ARLINGTON, Texas - Connecticut and Kentucky couldn't have met in last year's championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year's.
By Jim O'Connell

Friday, April 4, 2014

Connecticut stands in Florida's way

Florida meets the last team to beat the Gators in the Final Four today.
By Jim O'Connell

Monday, March 31, 2014

Garden to host NIT again

Four more college teams are back at the Garden in a hurry as the NIT semifinals will be played today and the title game Thursday.
By Jim O'Connell

McDermott is unanimous All-American

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America team Monday. He is the first three-time choice in 29 years and the 11th player overall.
By Jim O'Connell

Friday, March 14, 2014

Countdown begins for Selection Sunday

It’s time to pick, change, rethink and settle. The feeling of possibly being the one who fills the perfect sheet. Things to know as Selection Sunday nears:
By Jim O'Connell

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Marcus Smart leads preseason All-American team

Smart was on every ballot from the 65-member national media panel Monday for The Associated Press' preseason All-American team.
By Jim O'Connell

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pitino heads latest Hall of Fame class

Hours before coaching Louisville in the title game, coach Rick Pitino led the latest class into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
By Jim O'Connell

Monday, April 1, 2013

Creighton forward repeats as All-American

Doug McDermott, the second-leading scorer in Division I, was a repeat selection to the AP All-America team.
By Jim O'Connell

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Eagles are first No. 15 seed in Sweet 16

PHILADELPHIA - Playing loose and easy, little-known Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
By Jim O'Connell

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Florida Gulf Coast has seen rapid growth

Florida Gulf Coast, in only its second year of NCAA Tournament eligibility, shocked Georgetown on Friday night.
By Jim O'Connell

Friday, March 22, 2013

Florida Gulf Coast pulls off stunner

Florida Gulf Coast busted a load of brackets with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night in the second round of the South Regional.
By Jim O'Connell

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Gamecock guard injures neck in loss

South Carolina junior guard Brenton Williams injured his neck when he fell after being fouled during Thursday night's loss to St. John's.
By Jim O'Connell
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