| Apr 6, 2013
| 9:46 PM
ATLANTA -- Florida Gulf Coast was a carnival cruise while it lasted and Wichita State was a hoot, but there will be nothing "mid" about the majors playing for Monday's national title.
The final call is strictly blue grass vs. blue blood.
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:10 PM
I know the look. For the last three decades, every year at this time, I get the look.
A friend or family member will slowly approach with a piece of wrinkled paper, a chewed-off pencil and a wistful stare. It's always someone who doesn't follow sports....
| Mar 25, 2013
My dream of a West Regional foursome of Wichita State, La Salle, Harvard and Iowa State came only half true.
Los Angeles fell two underdogs short from hitting for the Cinderella cycle.
The disappointment abated when, in Philadelphia, the hallucination...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:55 PM
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose.
The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 11:14 PM
ATLANTA — Scoring is down, players leave early and the best action on television today is still probably 1980s replays of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
For one Monday night, though, college basketball stood history on its head and produced high-...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 10:05 PM
ATLANTA -- This Final Four will be "lights out" on the scoreboard only if there's a second-half power outage at the Georgia Dome.
(Hey, it already happened at one football stadium this year.)
Saturday's two games in a vacuous, 75,000-seat venue have...
| Nov 8, 2012
Rankman's steadfast "Never play on Election Tuesday" rule came back to bite Toledo when the Rockets forfeited their poll position by joining Mitt Romney in the loss column. Toledo, located in swing-state Ohio, lost to Ball State. Otherwise, it was...
| Oct 5, 2012
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games.
No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn...
| Oct 11, 2012
In the rush-to-tomorrow generation we now live in, Wednesday brought a ponder-and-cherish-yesterday respite.
The presence of Steve Fisher as the appropriate keynoter of that was rich with coincidence and time-healing.
When Fisher took his turn to...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 3:40 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: USC vs. The USC: What's it going to take to have a real rivalry going?
Answer: Let's go right to the expert in this field, Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney. I think everyone would agree he has no...
| Oct 21, 2012
| 8:30 PM
Oregon can't afford to keep winning like this. A few more lopsided victories and the Ducks could finish last in the BCS and end up playing in the Toilet Bowl.
On Thursday, Oregon sprinted to a 43-7, second-quarter lead on Arizona State and might have...