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Unlike 76ers, Sullivan on winning streak

You’ve heard of that movie about backup singers called “20 Feet From Stardom?” Well, Molly Sullivan has spent the basketball season 20 feet (or thereabouts) from futility.

Former Lady Rebels coach cuts down the nets

Illinois-Chicago defeated Stephen F. Austin 73-64 in the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship game in Chicago, capping a 26-win season under former UNLV women’s basketball coach Regina Miller.

Dayton’s in Sweet 16, and it’s not Henry Finkel’s fault

Hank Finkel might not have been a star in the NBA, but he was a great player at Dayton, which has made it to this year’s Sweet 16. Plus, he had a name that is hard to forget.

Beanpole Las Vegan rises above obstacles

Inside of a minute to play with the national championship on the line, the ball was in the hands of No. 42 in the bright yellow jersey. The string bean kid, who stands 6 feet 11 inches but weighs just 165 pounds. He was running the court on a fast break. He was ahead of the defense, a cluster of spindly arms and legs.

Coach K shows grace in defeat

Even the Duke haters have to admit Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski showed class when he stopped by the Mercer locker room to congratulate the Bears on their victory.

What round is it? Guys with fake French accents want to know

If you’re the guy who called the boss and left a long message using a French accent saying we had it wrong in the newspaper when we referred to the first round of March Madness as the second round, do not call and leave another message. Call NCAA headquarters.

Jayhawks lose, #CryingKansasKid gets own hashtag

If you were watching the smart guys from Stanford knock the one-and-dones from Kansas out of this year’s March Madness on Sunday, then you probably saw the #CryingKansasKid. The CBS cameras did, and the network is taking a bunch of flak for it on social media.

The wearing of the net, revisited

I have colleagues that cannot write about Steve Alford, now the coach at UCLA, formerly the coach at New Mexico, without mentioning that he likes to wear a basketball net as a fashion accessory. But he wasn’t the first.

No picket fence in this year’s Madness

The state of Indiana had 10 chances to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It went 0-for-10. This is only the second time since 1973 the Hoosier State has not placed a team in the bracket.