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  1. NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket the best formula for pic...

    Gene Wojciechowski

    The most perfect thing in sports looks like a pair of identical ant trails. It looks like the War of the Stick Figures. For 23 days -- from mid-March to early April -- we are under its spell wholly, happily and willingly. When it comes to crowning a sporting champion, the NCAA tournament bracket has no rival.

    Story | Conversation | March 17, 2013
  2. Rick Majerus gave his heart and help - college basketball

    Gene Wojciechowski

    They say Rick Majerus died of heart failure. They're wrong. The Rick Majerus I knew was all heart. His life, all 64 years of it, was a breadcrumb trail of random acts of kindness.

    Story | Conversation | December 01, 2012
  3. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt changed the game

    Gene Wojciechowski

    You can make the argument -- without apology or hesitation -- that Pat Summitt is the greatest college basketball coach of our time. At the very least, she's in the starting five.

    Story | Conversation | April 18, 2012
  4. College basketball -- College basketball couldn't match Kentucky...

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Big Blue Nation will be celebrating Kentucky's national championship for a while. But the Wildcats' title, though decisive and complete, also feels crazily hollow. Then again, so does the entire season.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2012
  5. Plenty at stake for UKs John Calipari

    Gene Wojciechowski

    NEW ORLEANS -- Final Four washout or first-time champion? Overpaid or underappreciated? One-and-done specialist or dynasty builder? There is no middle ground for Kentucky coach John Calipari. He either wins a national title against underdog Kansas...

    Blog | April 01, 2012
  6. Kentucky's B-game still good enough

    Gene Wojciechowski

    NEW ORLEANS -- The Road Ends Here. That's what all the signs say in this Final Four town. The road from the start of the basketball calendar in November to the finish come Monday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The road from Lexington, Ky....

    Blog | April 01, 2012
  7. Final Four 2012 -- Kentucky Wildcats handle everything Louisville...

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Kentucky didn't play great against Louisville. But despite their B-game, the Wildcats still advanced to Monday's title game against Kansas.

    Story | Conversation | March 31, 2012
  8. Just two wins away from bluegrass heaven

    Gene Wojciechowski

    ATLANTA -- Thanks to the numbing agent No. 1 Kentucky used to finally subdue Indiana just past midnight, we are now a combined 80 minutes away from a game never thought possible until now. Say it with me: Kentucky versus Louisville ... Kentucky vers...

    Blog | March 24, 2012
  9. NCAA tournament 2012 -- Tom Crean rebuilds Indiana basketball wit...

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Friday's South Regional semifinal between Indiana and Kentucky isn't just about IU's return to prominence. It's also about the connection between coaches Tom Crean and John Calipari.

    Story | Conversation | March 22, 2012
  10. Marquette muscles way into Sweet 16

    Gene Wojciechowski

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Marquette is going to the Sweet 16, which is like saying the sweat-soaked dress shirts of MU coach Buzz Williams are going to the dry cleaners. It's almost a given. Saturday evening at the KFC Yum! Center, Marquette defeated Mur...

    Blog | March 17, 2012
  11. UK-UConn? Iowa State says no thanks

    Gene Wojciechowski

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Early in the first half of Kentucky's game against Western Kentucky on Thursday evening, as the Wildcats tried to scrape the 16th-seeded Hilltoppers from the bottom of their sneakers, a chorus of boos arrived without warning. Fr...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  12. Next round of realignment could renew rivalries

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Conference realignment has ended rivalries from Kansas-Missouri to Texas-Texas A&M to West Virginia-Pitt. But could further expansion bring some back?

    Story | Conversation | March 01, 2012
  13. How Rick Pitino got to Kentucky

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Book excerpt: Gene Wojciechowski tells the story of how Rick Pitino came to coach at Kentucky.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  14. Trying times for Tennessee Volunteers athletic department

    Gene Wojciechowski

    The shock of Pat Summitt's announcement had barely registered when the NCAA committee on infractions leveled its punishment against Tennessee's men's basketball and football programs. It's been a trying couple of days for the Volunteers community.

    Story | Conversation | August 24, 2011
  15. The Masters: Tiger Woods at Augusta? Don't bet on it

    Gene Wojciechowski

    Everyone from players to fans to the media is questioning Tiger Woods' chances to win a fifth Masters this week. So why exactly won't he slip on that green jacket? ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski explains.

    Story | Conversation | April 05, 2011
  16. NCAA tournament 2011: Mike Brey provides stability and peace of m...

    Gene Wojciechowski

    What Irish basketball has done in addition to win games is to win admirers and, in a tiny way, become an emotional lifeboat for a university community in need of a good story.

    Story | Conversation | March 18, 2011