Remembering Billy Packer: Jim Nantz and More on Long-Term Voice Work on the Final Four

Jim Nantz first met Billy Packer in 1979, two months after Magic Johnson and Larry Bird played in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game that was watched by an estimated 40 million Americans. The NCAA golf tournament that year was at Bermuda Run Golf Club in North Carolina, and the Packer family lived off the eighth green. “It happened the night before the golf tournament, and I was completely in awe that I was in the same room as Billy,” Nantz said Saturday afternoon from Kansas City, where he will…

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Oklahoma dominates Alabama on its way to 24 points due to the Crimson Tide

Oklahoma stunned No. 2 Alabama with a 93-69 win over the Crimson Tide at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. Here’s what you should know: This is the second week in a row that the #2 ranked team in the AP Top 25 is feeling upset, as Kansas fell to Kansas State on January 17 when the #2 ranked Jayhawks. Oklahoma guard Grant Sherfield led the team with 30 points (just one point shy of his career high) while forward Jalen Hill contributed 26 points. The loss to the Sooners…

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Georgetown snaps a 29-game losing streak in the Big East with a win over DePaul

Georgetown snapped a 29-game Big East losing streak with an 81-76 win over DePaul on Tuesday. Here’s what you should know: Before Tuesday, the Hoyas’ final win of the regular season came against Xavier on March 2, 2021. Georgetown holds the record for most consecutive losses in the Big East. The Hoyas improve to 6-15, 1-9 in conference play. Hoyas win!! Hoyas win!!#HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/l35vXM6MeU – GeorgetownHoops January 25, 2023 background story Georgetown broke DePaul’s record of 24 consecutive losses in the Big East Conference on January 4 when it lost…

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No. 1 Houston upset by Temple at home: How this could hurt the Cougars in March

Houston, the nation’s top team, fell to unranked Temple 56-55 in Houston on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know: The Owls stopped Houston’s attempt at the last second, out of bounds. Houston only scored three points in the final five minutes. Houston’s only other loss of the season, on December 10 against Alabama, came amid the Cougars’ first stint as a first team. With No. 2 Kansas losing to TCU at home Saturday, this weekend marks the first time in history that the top two teams have lost at…

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Armando Bacot of North Carolina is now the Tar Heels’ MVP

CHAPEL HILL, NC — For now, it’s the same as always: Armando Paco thrusts his hands in the air, catches a loose basketball, and coolly blocks it. Normal recoil. Except for this one — which Bacot fumbled a minute into at 7 p.m. Saturday, with 6:54 left to play in North Carolina’s eventual 80-69 win over NC State — it was anything but. It was Packot’s 1,220th career rebound, and it is the one that propelled him past Tyler Hansbrough, and into first all-time in North Carolina program history. “Now…

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No. 13 Kansas State upsets No. 2 Kansas in an alley-game winning overtime

No. 13 Kansas State upsets No. 2 Kansas in dramatic fashion, securing an 83-82 win in overtime thanks to an alley-game winning tackle from Wildcats forward Keyontae Johnson. Here’s what you need to know: Johnson scored the final five points for Kansas State on Tuesday, with the game-winning dunk remaining with 24 seconds of overtime remaining. This loss ends a 10-game winning streak for the Jayhawks and is the first loss in the Big 12 Conference this season. The Wildcats improve to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Perfect…

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Alabama is the top seed. Northwestern and Clemson

“They can’t imagine it… that someone like me would walk into their house, walk on their land…” – Cassian Andor When compiling this week’s segment, we were astounded by the inclusion of teams we’d never expected to have considered as recently as a few weeks ago. North-west? Pittsburgh? Clemson? UCF? wait … Is that true? It also got us thinking about another story focusing on underdogs who took the power structure by surprise: “Andor,” our favorite TV series of 2022. After the train wreck that was “The Book of Boba…

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The NCAA rallied around its main priority for 2023: getting help from Congress

SAN ANTONIO – The future of the university model has never been more uncertain. So the leaders of college sports decided to be clearer than ever about what they wanted, and what measures they believed were necessary to preserve college sports as we know it. For them, the solution lies in Congress. Yes, the same Congress in which the House required 15 painstaking votes to elect a president. Nobody ever said it would be easy to work with Congress. But it may be the only way forward, according to Baylor…

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UConn means something. This is how Dan Hurley made it matter again

STORRS, Conn. — People of a certain age speak of UConn basketball a certain way. The great UConn teams of the 1990s and early 2000s were their own thing, shouldering their way onstage with bluebloods and winning national titles at a rate they couldn’t keep up with. Tom Wolfe once wrote that the Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Rolling Stones want to burn down your town. That’s basically UConn hoops. Programs like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State have their little Champions Classic. But the Huskies’…

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Cincinnati’s victory over Wichita State is encouraging, but Wes Miller wants more consistency

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati opened conference play last season against Tulane on January 1, 2022, with a disappointing 68-60 loss at home that featured a 26-point lead in the first half of the game. It proved to be an unfortunate harbinger of a frustrating few months that saw the Bearcats run to a 7-11 regular season record in the AAC. After nearly a full year, UCLA opens conference play again against the Green Wave in Fifth Arena, this time on December 29, 2022. Same opponent, different result. The Bearcats won 88-77…

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