Final Four

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Good Question: Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down The Net?

Every year, March Madness ends with the new national champions cutting down the nets — we saw Wisconsin/Duke players do that Monday night. Believe it or not, there is a coach and a team that are credited with starting the tradition that’s spread to all levels of college basketball.

04/06/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the post game press conference with Andrew Harrison #5 and Willie Cauley-Stein #15 after being defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Five Things: Duke Dominates And Badgers Beat The Unbeaten

The Blue Devils and Badgers play for the title tonight at 9:18 p.m. ET on CBS.

04/06/2015

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NCAA Tournament: Top 10 Final Four Games

The Final Four this weekend has the potential to be one of the best we’ve seen with so many story lines heading into each of these games. We decided to take a look back at the best games from the semi-finals in tournament history.

04/02/2015

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 29: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating the Louisville Cardinals 76 to 70 in overtime of the East Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Carrier Dome on March 29, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Is This Tom Izzo’s Most Improbable Final Four Run?

Tom Izzo is headed to his seventh Final Four. Only three coaches have been to more: John Wooden, Dean Smith, and Izzo’s opposition on Saturday, Mike Krzyzewski.

04/02/2015

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 28: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on with his team and their trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Which Team Will Win The NCAA Basketball Title?

There are plenty of story lines for each squad as Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke head to Indianapolis for the Final Four. Duke and Michigan State face off first Saturday night, then we get Kentucky against Wisconsin for a night cap. The winners meet Monday night for the national championship. So which team will be celebrating when it’s all over?

04/02/2015

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Walker’s ‘Big Announcement’ Turns Out To Be Badger Backing

Gov. Scott Walker’s promise of a “big announcement” on April Fool’s Day turned out to have nothing to do with presidential politics.

04/01/2015

Lourawls Nairn Jr. #11 of the Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Lourawls Nairn, Jr.

If Michigan State is to continue its magical Tournament run, it will need continued strong play from a 5’10” freshman from the Bahamas called “Tum Tum.”

03/31/2015

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: The Duke Blue Devils bench looks on in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the South Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Best Final Four We’ve Seen In A While

Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo are no strangers to each other and have already played once this season.

03/31/2015

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NCAA Tournament: Best Games, Performances From The Sweet 16 & Elite 8

With a few days to go before basketball resumes, the only thing we can do to quench our March Madness thirst is talk about what was and what is still to come in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

03/30/2015

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 28: The Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kentucky defeated Notre Dame 68-66. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Five Things: Cats Enter Final Four With Eight Lives

The record-setting start to the Tournament—as far as one-point games—gave way to exciting, compelling matchups this past weekend.

03/30/2015

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4 Things To Know For Today: Missing Persons, The Final Four & Angelina Jolie

These are the four things you need to know for Sunday, March 29. They include the searches for two missing Minnesotans, an update from the March Madness basketball tournament, and a note from the Kids’ Choice Awards.

03/29/2015

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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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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 6-3-14

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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

On Dave Lee’s Birthday, did you miss something from John Hines Fill in shot? Click the link above to listen back to highlights from the podcast section.

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

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