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  1. It's not easy playing for the Kentucky Wildcats

    Dana O'Neil

    John Calipari likes to say playing for Kentucky is hard. The pressure, the attention, the hype, the expectations are unparalleled. So just how hard is it?

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2015
  2. Don't watch the Final Four and try to figure out what's next, enj...

    Dana O'Neil

    The focus is always on what's next. Will a player leave for the NBA? Is he ready? But this Final Four and its teams should remind us to enjoy the now.

    Story | Conversation | April 03, 2014
  3. Kevin Ollie is UConn's steady hand during Huskies' Final Four run...

    Dana O'Neil

    Kevin Ollie first had to prove he was able to success in Jim Calhoun's shadow before proving he was up to the task at UConn. The Huskies' Final Four run dispels any remaining doubts.

    Story | Conversation | April 02, 2014
  4. Sick Smith lifts Cardinals over Ducks

    Dana O'Neil

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Rick Pitino was trying to explain just how sick Russ Smith was, warning the assembled media during his postgame news conference that they ought to steer clear of the Louisville guard lest they come down with the guard's "ridiculous co...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  5. 2013 NCAA tournament - Andy Enfield's rise at Florida Gulf Coast

    Dana O'Neil

    Andy Enfield had a cushy job and a nice living in the New York financial world, but somehow, he knew everything was supposed to lead back to basketball, Dana O'Neil writes.

    Story | Conversation | March 26, 2013
  6. 2013 NCAA tournament - Florida Gulf Coast upset No. 2 Georgetown,...

    Dana O'Neil

    A risky and gutsy alley-oop put the exclamation point on Florida Gulf Coast's magic March moment -- an upset of No. 2 Georgetown -- writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | March 22, 2013
  7. Florida Gulf Coast coach's risks paying off

    Dana O'Neil

    PHILADELPHIA -- An old retiree gifted Andy Enfield the sign that now hangs above his office door. It reads like a challenge but it's more Enfield's motto: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." It's a strange slogan for a man who ...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  8. NCAA tournament 2013 -- Reading into the fortunes of 66-team fiel...

    Dana O'Neil

    Time to break down why it will go well -- or poorly -- for each of the tourney teams.

    Story | Conversation | March 20, 2013
  9. Wave of red and blue invades New Orleans

    Dana O'Neil

    NEW ORLEANS -- At around 11 a.m. on Thursday, a man and woman were strolling down Canal Street, clad in the uniform of the weekend -- Final Four T-shirt, shorts to enjoy the warm weather and a beer in hand. The revelry officially has started here,...

    Blog | March 30, 2012
  10. 2012 NCAA tournament - The brackets make everyone a basketball fa...

    Dana O'Neil

    The Big Dance is athletics' Ellis Island, with arms open wide to welcome everyone into its embrace. The bracket brings everyone together.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2012
  11. NCAA tournament: Steve Donahue and Cornell are reaching rare heig...

    Dana O'Neil

    If there was a glass ceiling for Ivy League expectations, Cornell and coach Steve Donahue have shattered it, writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | March 24, 2010
  12. Dana O'Neil: NCAA tournament delivers unintended intrigue and hum...

    Dana O'Neil

    On the surface it looks like a normal NCAA tournament bracket. If you dig a little deeper, though, there's always a little drama, intrigue and even some unintentional comedy.

    Story | Conversation | March 14, 2010
  13. Dana O'Neil: NABI gives Native Americans a showcase

    Dana O'Neil

    An NCAA-certified basketball tournament featuring 1,200 Native American kids? For many years, it would've been considered an impossible notion. Not anymore.

    Story | Conversation | January 13, 2010
  14. Dana O'Neil: Life not always as easy as hoops for Fennis Dembo

    Dana O'Neil

    He lit up UCLA in the NCAA tournament, led Wyoming to the Sweet 16 and landed on the cover of SI. Basketball once came easy for the unforgettable Fennis Dembo. But things didn't go as easily once basketball went away.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2009
  15. NCAA tournament: Villanova comes full circle from 2005 loss to UN...

    Dana O'Neil

    The tipping point for Villanova's program under Jay Wright came in 2005 during a Sweet 16 loss to North Carolina. That's why it's fitting the Wildcats will play the Tar Heels again four years later for a spot in the national championship.

    Story | Conversation | April 02, 2009