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Guide To March Madness’ Final Four

A quick start travel guide to help prepare you for your trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis.

03/25/2015

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Trio Of Major Events Brings Sports Debate Back To Capitol

A trifecta of major sporting events — the Ryder Cup, the Final Four and the biggest prize of all, a Super Bowl — are headed to Minnesota in coming years, all of them certain to shower the state with global attention and pull in tens of thousands of visitors.

03/15/2015

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Minneapolis Makes Final Bid For Final Four

Minneapolis made its final pitch Tuesday to host an upcoming NCAA Final Four. The steering committee for Minneapolis’ bid made a one-hour presentation to the NCAA men’s basketball committee in Indianapolis. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen told the Star Tribune the group’s presentation “went off flawlessly.”

11/11/2014

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Minnesota Narrows Final Four Bid To 2019 Or 2020

Minnesota wants to follow up its 2018 Super Bowl host duties with an NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in 2019 or 2010. State, business and sports leaders led appeared Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton to describe their push for college basketball’s biggest weekend.

06/03/2014

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06/03/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee————–John Hines Hosting. 4-23-14

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04/23/2014

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James Young

Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young’s ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.

04/08/2014

Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats hits the game winning shot as Josh Gasser #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 74-73. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Five Things: Kentucky And UConn To Play For Title

The wildest NCAA Tournament of the modern era culminates with an 8 seed versus a 7 seed for the championship. Kentucky, a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin on Saturday, will face Connecticut, which upset Florida 64-53.

04/07/2014

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Kentucky 74-73 Over Wisconsin, To Play For Title

No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight loop that Aaron Harrison and his Kentucky teammates could get used to watching.

04/06/2014

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Wisconsin Fans Take Over Minneapolis Bar

Faithful Bucky Badger fans filled the 508 Bar in downtown Minneapolis Saturday night to watch the team in the Final Four. The whole place was packed with Wisconsin fans all day. “I just want it so badly that it’s terrifying to think that it’s so close but it’s going to be a big battle,” Wisconsin fan Greta Hughes said.

04/05/2014

Kentucky Wildcats players celebrate after a one-point victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 74-73 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kentucky 74-73 Over Wisconsin, To Play For Title

Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to lift Kentucky to a one-point victory over Wisconsin.

04/05/2014

79,444 people attended the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament semi-finals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Final Four Sets NCAA Attendance Record

The national semifinals drew 79,444 AT&T Stadium, beating the previous record of 78,129 when Kentucky beat Michigan State in a regular-season game at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2003.

04/05/2014

Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a shot as Dorian Finney-Smith of the Florida Gators defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal. (Photo by Chris Steppig-Pool/Getty Images)

Daniels Sparks UConn To 63-53 Upset Of Florida

DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help UConn snap Florida’s 30-game win streak.

04/05/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

Shabazz Napier #13 and the Connecticut Huskies celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Michigan State Spartans to win the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn Players’ Loyalty After Postseason Ban Pays Off

The Huskies were punished for the mistakes made by players over the four previous years. While five players left the program, others remained loyal to UConn.

04/03/2014

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams goes to the hoop against Matt Howard #54 of the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

Top 5 NCAA Final Four Moments Ever

The NCAA Final Four has given us many amazing moments in its illustrious history. Here are the top 5.

04/02/2014

Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies calls a play against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Connecticut Guard Ryan Boatright

On Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.

04/01/2014

Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates Julius Randle #30 and Dakari Johnson #44 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 75 to 72 in the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Harrison Lifts Wildcats To 75-72 Win Over Michigan

Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four.

03/30/2014

Shabazz Napier #13 and Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play late in the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn Upsets Michigan St 60-54, Back To Final Four

Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

03/30/2014

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers drives on Aaron Gordon of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the West Regional Final. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Beats Arizona 64-63 In OT In West Region

Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona to advance to the Final Four.

03/29/2014

Scottie Wilbekin of the Florida Gators goes to the basket as Jordan Sibert and Devin Oliver of the Dayton Flyers defend during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Florida 1st To Final Four, Beating Dayton 62-52

Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half as Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 win over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers.

03/29/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: March Madness Edition

David from Eagan asked: Who picks the 68 teams in the tournament?

03/21/2014

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Minneapolis Being Considered As NCAA Hoops Host

The nets could be cut down in Minnesota again. Minneapolis has made the list of finalists for the next round of Final Four bids.

01/27/2014

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Beyond Bounds: Star Skater + Video Production Phenom = Carolyn Draayer

I laughed at the use of “possibly” and “try.” “My goal is to possibly try to get hired at a studio or a video production house,” Carolyn Draayer said. It was a preposterous statement, as the Gustavus junior’s knack for video production should inevitably have studios hustling to try and get her on board.

11/08/2013

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Minn. Shoots For Big Events For Yet-Built Stadium

Construction isn’t even underway on a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, but a hard push is on by the team and its landlord to lure a Super Bowl, college football championship game and Final Four basketball tournament.

10/24/2013

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