NCAA Tournament

In Final Four, Connecticut takes down top-seeded Florida 63-53

The Connecticut Huskies will play for the national championship after conquering top-ranked Florida 63-53 in the first national semifinal game on Saturday. The Gators, 36-3, had a 30-game winning streak snapped, and bookended, by the Connecticut. The Huskies will play Kentucky for the national championship on Monday night.

It’s time to stop dawdling and fix college sports

Faith in college sports’ leadership has never been lower, and that goes for officials and coaches inside the outdated NCAA machine as much as fans and those in the news media growing frustrated with the hypocrisy involved in a system where everyone gets rich except for the athletes we care about. Adopting the Olympic model would do the most good — particularly for the athletes who are being exploited — while doing the least amount of harm.

Ball bounces SEC’s way, and this one is round

Saturday’s Final Four could become a five-hour infomercial for the conference. The first national semifinal matches league champion Florida against Connecticut, followed by Kentucky against Wisconsin. This from a conference that placed half as many teams, three, into the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic-10.

Gators, Huskies get to the point

Star guards Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Scottie Wilbekin of Florida will be aligned against each other with higher stakes Saturday. Florida-Connecticut tips off the Final Four with a spot in Monday’s title game to the winner, and all eyes will be on the players who provide great but different strengths.