This time around, the madness began before the brackets even came out.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - UC Santa Barbara got 15 points from its season scoring leader, Orlando Johnson, and took a big step toward winning its third straight Big West title with a 72-52 victory over Pacific on Thursday in the opening round of the conference tournament at the Honda Center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jorge Gutierrez saw a simple theme in California's three straight awful halves of basketball against Stanford over the past five days. The Golden Bears were so concerned about their postseason destination that they had forgotten to enjoy the journey.
Cassie Waggy, a 2011 graduate of East Union High, helped power Division-I Lehigh's softball to two wins in the Rebel Spring Games Monday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points to lead Saint Mary's to a 78-74 victory against No. 24 Gonzaga on Monday night to claim its second West Coast Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA bid in three years.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Natalie Novosel scored 18 points and Kayla McBride added 15 to help third-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 25 West Virginia 73-45 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Before there will be significant changes to college football's postseason and how to determine a champion, there are plenty of options to be considered.
DAVIS (AP) - Harrison DuPont had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead five UC Davis players scoring in double figures in a 73-64 victory against Pacific on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO - Ronnie Lott and J.T. Snow helped put up a wall, Marshawn Lynch cleared space with a sledgehammer and the Pac-12 got started building the studios for its new television network.
STOCKTON (AP) - Casper Ware scored 27 of his career-high 38 points in the second half to lead Long Beach State to a 74-66 victory over Pacific on Thursday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harper Kamp's hot shooting has his team atop the Pac-12 standings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lazeric Jones scored 21 points and UCLA pulled away with a late 10-0 run to beat Stanford 72-61 Thursday night, extending the Cardinal's winless streak in Los Angeles.
MORAGA - Do-everything guard Matthew Dellavedova is quick to point out he has little time to concern himself with appearances.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Marcus Denmon scored 25 points, Ricardo Ratliffe added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Missouri claimed first place in the Big 12 by edging Oklahoma 71-68 on Monday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 27 points with eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to help top-ranked Baylor remain undefeated with another lopsided victory over Oklahoma, 81-54, on Monday night.
The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
OAKLAND (AP) - The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest Monday with former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon taking the stand in federal court to describe how he spent long hours working on his game and as few as possible on his grades.
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