Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 74-66 on Thursday night in the rivalry's weather-delayed game.
Quinn Cook scored 11 of his 15 points in the final 7:46, including No. 5 Duke's last eight of the game, and the Blue Devils beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Austin Rivers scored 18 points, Ryan Kelly had 15, and Duke (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) used a late first-half run to open a double-digit lead it never relinquished in a 75-60 victory against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
Joe Lunardi gives an early glimpse of how the NCAA Tournament bracket is shaping up. North Carolina and Kentucky are the clear top two teams, while Duke is putting itself into position for a No. 1 seed.
John Gasaway dissects UConn's impressive turnaround, led by the March exploits of Kemba Walker. He also writes, however, that Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats could pose serious problems for Walker and the Huskies.
After the Big Ten went 0-5 in New Year's Day bowl games, I suggested the league change its recently announced division names to "Legends and Losers." Tonight, Ohio State will try to stay out of the losers bracket in the Sugar Bowl.
From the April 5, 2010 issue of ESPN The Magazine: Ryan McGee on the final possession in NCAA tournament games -- the classics, how you diagram it, where the fear lies, who needs the ball, who needs to sweat it out, and more.