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  1. Look back, look ahead: American

    Dana O'Neil

    As I exited the court in Arlington, Texas, on Monday night, confetti from Connecticut's national championship celebration still stuck in my shoe, Tom Odjakjian walked up beside me. "What do you have planned for an encore?" I asked the American Ath...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  2. Why Connecticut will win

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- There is a place for logic and common sense in the world. Sports isn't always one of those places. Logically Connecticut shouldn't be able to beat Kentucky. The Wildcats are bigger, stronger and, man for man, have more options ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  3. Kentucky's different breed of Cats

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The text messages start going back and forth every Selection Sunday. "Happy anniversary," they usually start. And then the group gets down to the real business at hand. They scan the bracket to find the No. 8 seeds. Twent...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  4. Anyone still doubting UConn now?

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Saint Joseph's essentially ran out of players in overtime. Villanova was done in by another lousy shooting night. Iowa State didn't have its offensive lynchpin, Georges Niang. Michigan State was just off, maybe tired from a slu...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  5. Yeguete's twisted road leads to Final Four

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- There are ironic twists, and then there's Will Yeguete's life, contorted both figuratively and literally into a sort of biographical pretzel. Start with the literal -- the left foot that turned the wrong way, snapping into a br...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  6. Can games be as big as the building? Yes

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Playing in domes is nothing new for the Final Four. But there are domes, and there is Jerry's World, which looms like some sort of alien spaceship in the distance off the highway. It, like everything in Texas, is huge. Like sil...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  7. Final Four shows importance of now

    Dana O'Neil

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- We end this tournament with moments, with a montage of them strung together and set to music to wrap up the magic of March. But do we really appreciate the moment? And not the small ones or even the shining ones, but the big one, ...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  8. Napier, Huskies always kept believing

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- She used to sneak out of work at lunchtime and drive wherever the game was being played. Sometimes when she went back to work the next day, she didn't have a job, her boss fed up with an absentee employee. And then there would be an...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  9. Spartans' defense shines in slugfest

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- Tom Izzo has spent most of this season feeling more like Job than a basketball coach. The much-documented, medical-ward Spartans have tried him like no team he has had before. There were times, he's admitted, when he wondered how his t...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  10. Five things: UConn keeps making believers

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- Less than a month ago, Connecticut lost by 33 points against Louisville in a game that exposed every sort of liability and shortcoming the Huskies had. And now, here we are. If you don't believe in the power of believing, well, then...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  11. Virginia, the underdog favorite

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW YORK -- They put Virginia in the New York Knicks' locker room. It's the cushiest space, bigger than the visitors' rooms in Madison Square Garden, lined with plush carpeting and tricked out with wooden stalls. It's meant to be a reward, an hono...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  12. Previewing the East Region Sweet 16

    Dana O'Neil

    A look around the East Region ... IOWA STATE vs. UCONN What to watch: Tempo. The Cyclones like to go, go, go, and UConn is more content in the half court. Not that the Huskies can't push, but they may not have the firepower to match Iowa State ...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  13. Napier plays hero again for Huskies

    Dana O'Neil

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- He started on the left side of the court, right in front of his own bench, and then dribbled toward the hoop, dragging his recently Biofreeze-soothed shin with him. One step, another and then Shabazz Napier scored on a scooped cir...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  14. Defying odds, Dayton in Sweet 16

    Dana O'Neil

    BUFFALO -- The fourth loss in a row came on a banked 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, which would be about the time most teams look around and cry uncle. Sometimes, after all, it's just not your year. Instead of heading to the showers, gatheri...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  15. Did realignment actually change anything?

    Dana O'Neil

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Big East meeting was assembled here this weekend, bringing back the band for one final set. Tom Odjakjian, the league's vice president, is here. Ditto John Paquette, the conference's longtime public-relations man. Jim Boeh...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  16. Napier relishes return to game he loves

    Dana O'Neil

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It was time to celebrate, to high-five and chest bump with his teammates. The game was over, the end a mere formality of nine more ticks on the clock. But instead of his celebrating his moment, the 89-81 overtime win, UConn guard ...

    Blog | March 20, 2014