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By RAY FRAGER | March 11, 1994
At this time of year, it seems that everyone is either on the bubble or going to the big dance. Way back when, before the NCAA basketball tournament expanded to 64 teams and March Madness could have been nothing more than an unhealthy obsession with Sousa music, life wasn't this complicated.If you went around screaming that you were headed to the big dance, it just meant that Kay Griffith had agreed to be your date for the senior prom. OK, not your date, my date. So what if it was our last date?
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Mike Preston | December 22, 2011
The Ravens' road to the Super Bowl might never be easier than it is now. A lot of the obstacles have been removed. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning isn't playing. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is, but only on one leg. New England's Tom Brady is playing at an All-World level, but without a defense. Denver has a quarterback who can't throw and Houston's QB is a rookie. In the three previous seasons under Coach John Harbaugh, the path to the Super Bowl was also difficult because the Ravens had to play on the road.
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March 10, 2008
Conference finals 7 p.m. [ESPN, ESPN2] Now, we all know you're supposed to dance with the one who brung ya, but first ya, uh, you have to get to the Big Dance. Four of the Big Dancers will be identified tonight, starting at 7 with the Colonial Athletic Association final on ESPN and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association final on ESPN2. At about 9, ESPN has the West Coast championship game and ESPN2 carries the Southern final.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 16, 2010
Y ou have your NCAA tournament brackets in front of you and a pencil in your stubby little fingers, and now you want to know about Maryland. You want to know how far the Terps can go in the Big Dance. To which I would reply: Why are you asking me? Look, I'm the one who told you the Terps had a great shot to win the ACC tournament because they were hot going in, had senior leadership, the moon was in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligned with Mars, etc. And look what that got you. The Terps were one-and-done in Greensboro and you were left thinking: That fat guy at The Baltimore Sun is killing me. OK, let me try to make it up to you today with a semi-reasoned look at what Maryland has to do to win in Spokane this weekend and advance to the Sweet 16 in St. Louis.
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Mike Preston | December 22, 2011
The Ravens' road to the Super Bowl might never be easier than it is now. A lot of the obstacles have been removed. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning isn't playing. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is, but only on one leg. New England's Tom Brady is playing at an All-World level, but without a defense. Denver has a quarterback who can't throw and Houston's QB is a rookie. In the three previous seasons under Coach John Harbaugh, the path to the Super Bowl was also difficult because the Ravens had to play on the road.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1994
For students at Loyola College, it's "all anyone has talked about," it's "energized people," it's "not like anything we've seen here in four years."For administrators -- who, after all, are paid to be a little more level-headed -- it's a pat on the back for "an athletic department and a coach that embodied the right values." And a darn fine recruiting tool, too.Please excuse the students and faculty at Loyola's Evergreen campus if they seem a little over-enthusiastic, if they're walking a little taller these days and reveling in their newfound glory.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 16, 2010
Y ou have your NCAA tournament brackets in front of you and a pencil in your stubby little fingers, and now you want to know about Maryland. You want to know how far the Terps can go in the Big Dance. To which I would reply: Why are you asking me? Look, I'm the one who told you the Terps had a great shot to win the ACC tournament because they were hot going in, had senior leadership, the moon was in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligned with Mars, etc. And look what that got you. The Terps were one-and-done in Greensboro and you were left thinking: That fat guy at The Baltimore Sun is killing me. OK, let me try to make it up to you today with a semi-reasoned look at what Maryland has to do to win in Spokane this weekend and advance to the Sweet 16 in St. Louis.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Reporter | April 2, 2007
NEW YORK-- --Here's the sad truth about playing in the National Invitation Tournament: No matter how well your team does, you'll never thrust your finger in the air and shout, "We're No. 1!" You'll never shout, "We're No. 2!" either. Nos. 3 through 20 are pretty much out of the question, too. No, even if you win the NIT championship - as the West Virginia Mountaineers did by beating the Clemson Tigers before 12,000 empty seats a few days ago at Madison Square Garden - your number will be much higher, like something you'd pull at the MVA when you go for new tags.
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March 22, 2004
YESTERDAY East Rutherford Regional Okla. State 70 Memphis 53 Pittsburgh 59 Wisconsin 55 Atlanta Regional Xavier 89 Miss. State 74 Illinois 92 Cincinnati 68 St. Louis Regional Georgia Tech 57 Boston College 54 Kansas 78 Pacific 63 Alabama-Birm. 76 Kentucky 75 Phoenix Regional Vanderbilt 75 N.C. State 73 THURSDAY East Rutherford Regional Okla. State 7:27 p.m. Pittsburgh Saint Joseph's 9:57 p.m.* Wake Forest Phoenix Regional Connecticut 7:10 p.m. Vanderbilt Syracuse 9:40 p.m.* Alabama FRIDAY Atlanta Regional Texas 7:27 p.m. Xavier Duke 9:57 p.m.* Illinois St. Louis Regional Kansas 7:10 p.m. UAB Georgia Tech 9:40 p.m.* Nevada * *-approximate time
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March 29, 2009
SATURDAY's results Villanova 78, Pittsburgh 76 * Scottie Reynolds makes a half-court dash for the game-winning shot with 0.5 of a second left to send the third-seeded Wildcats to the Final Four for the first time since their shocking run to the 1985 championship. Dwayne Anderson scored 17 points for Villanova, which responded to the top-seeded Panthers' physical play by converting 22 of 23 free throws in the East Regional final. Connecticut 82, Missouri 75 * Freshman Kemba Walker scores 23 points as the top-seeded Huskies hold off the Tigers to win the West Regional and earn a trip to the national semifinals.
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March 23, 2009
LOUISVILLE FORCED TO RALLY: : Top seed Louisville saw a 12-point lead turn into a four-point deficit in the second half against No. 9 seed Siena before Terrence Williams took over and sparked the Cardinals to a 79-72 victory. USC PUSHES MICHIGAN STATE:: It took a career-high 18 points from Travis Walton, a defensive specialist, for second seed Michigan State to get past 10th seed Southern California, 74-69. The game featured 16 ties and 14 lead changes. INSIDE-OUTSIDE COMBO LIFTS PITT:: DeJuan Blair's powerful inside game combined with Sam Young's shooting to get No. 1 seed Pittsburgh an 84-76 win over eighth seed Oklahoma State.
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By RAY FRAGER and RAY FRAGER,ray.frager@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
Serving up another week of sports media notes while trying to recover from being an hour late for everything for several days before realizing daylight saving time had kicked in: * Are you sort of the college basketball version of Punxsutawney Phil, just popping up each March for the NCAA tournament? If so, here's a heads-up about Sunday's tournament selection show on CBS (6 p.m., chs. 13, 9): Billy Packer is gone. Clark Kellogg replaced him as the network's No. 1 game analyst. That guy sitting in Kellogg's old studio seat?
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March 10, 2008
Conference finals 7 p.m. [ESPN, ESPN2] Now, we all know you're supposed to dance with the one who brung ya, but first ya, uh, you have to get to the Big Dance. Four of the Big Dancers will be identified tonight, starting at 7 with the Colonial Athletic Association final on ESPN and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association final on ESPN2. At about 9, ESPN has the West Coast championship game and ESPN2 carries the Southern final.
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By DAVID STEELE | September 17, 2007
First, let's debunk this rumor: The Ravens did not award Justin McCareins a game ball, no matter how much they owed their first victory of the season to him. Next, let's dismiss this idea: the one about the Ravens being in that select group of serious Super Bowl contenders. Right now, two games in - one gruesome loss, one gruesome win - that looks and sounds like a fairy tale, just short of being a joke. That victory, 20-13 over a New York Jets team that was just good enough to not get it done at the end, ought to scare everybody, not thrill them.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Reporter | April 2, 2007
NEW YORK-- --Here's the sad truth about playing in the National Invitation Tournament: No matter how well your team does, you'll never thrust your finger in the air and shout, "We're No. 1!" You'll never shout, "We're No. 2!" either. Nos. 3 through 20 are pretty much out of the question, too. No, even if you win the NIT championship - as the West Virginia Mountaineers did by beating the Clemson Tigers before 12,000 empty seats a few days ago at Madison Square Garden - your number will be much higher, like something you'd pull at the MVA when you go for new tags.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | November 17, 2006
On the campuses of Ohio State and Michigan, tomorrow's matchup between the top-ranked Buckeyes and the No. 2 Wolverines is merely the latest installment of what both coaches called this week "the greatest rivalry in college football." On several other campuses, tomorrow's game in Columbus between a pair of 11-0 teams might be viewed as a quasi-semifinal to this season's Bowl Championship Series national championship or, depending how tightly it's contested, a prelude to the biggest debate this perennially controversial process has seen.
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By MILTON KENT | May 16, 2006
Say whatever you want for the problems that Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo may face during the course of the season, at least he doesn't have to worry about any of his players missing a game with the Red Sox to go to the big dance. However, if the situation ever comes up, Perlozzo can put in a quick call to Howard softball coach Dave Vezzi and get a primer on how to handle the situation. Four Lions starters missed Friday's playoff game with Glenelg to prepare for the school's prom, and Howard was forced to play the last three innings with just eight players.
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