March Madness

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Bronson Koenig #24 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts late in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisconsin’s Future In Good Hands With Bronson Koenig

Three-year starter Traevon Jackson is graduating, but Wisconsin’s point guard spot is in good hands. When Jackson broke his foot in January, sophomore Bronson Koenig replaced him in the starting lineup and played well.

04/07/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Tyus Jones #5 of the Duke Blue Devils speaks during the post game press conference after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Five Things: Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones Lead Duke To Championship

A thrilling Tournament was capped last night by a fantastic final, as Duke beat Wisconsin 68-63. It was the fifth championship for Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.

04/07/2015

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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

NDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Duke Guard Grayson Allen

While Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones have been incredible this season, don’t forget about Grayson Allen.

04/06/2015

NDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Vitto Brown #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: X-Factors To Watch In Duke-Wisconsin Championship Game

The Blue Devils have young talent that’s ready to bolt for the NBA in a year or so, while Wisconsin’s personnel has withstood the test of time.

04/06/2015

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4-Month-Old Badgers Fan May Be Good Luck Charm

The University of Wisconsin Badgers will be playing for the NCAA Title Monday night. That hasn’t happened since the 1940s. The Badgers upset the Kentucky Wildcats 71-64 Saturday night, ending Kentucky’s 38-game winning streak.

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 Basketball Title Game Has Minnesota Ties

WCCO has been your home for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The championship game Monday night may not include a Minnesota team, but it will have some strong Minnesota ties.

04/05/2015

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Fmr. Minnetonka Player Set To Hit The Court With Badgers In Final Four

The Dearrings from Minnetonka have deep family roots with the Badgers: the older brother is a backup guard, Dad is a basketball trainer, and the younger brother hopes to play basketball for Wisconsin one day as well.

04/04/2015

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

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

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)

Kentucky Likely To Continue Record-Breaking TV Numbers

Kentucky vs. Notre Dame was the highest rated NCAA game to air on cable and the Final Four ratings should be even higher.

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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7 Weirdest Mascots Of The 2015 NCAA Tournament

While watching all of the March Madness games over the past few weeks, you may have caught a glimpse of a college’s strange, dancing, fuzzy mascot and wondered to yourself, “what IS that thing???”

03/26/2015

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WCCO This Morning Takes On Caribou’s Coffee Madness Challenge

The Sweet 16 tips off Thursday night on WCCO and our WCCO This Morning team tried their own March Madness competition with a twist. No need for a good shooting percentage for this game – all you need is coffee!

03/26/2015

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 22: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 22, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Each Team’s Must-Watch Player In The Sweet 16

Here are the guys who can change the entire course of a game and the season for their team.

03/24/2015

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21: R.J. Hunter #22 of the Georgia State Panthers puts up a shot over Dee Davis #11 of the Xavier Musketeers in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: Second & Third Round Best Games, Players

CBS Local Sports’ writers Bryan Altman and Ryan Mayer breakdown the best parts of the first weekend of NCAA Tournament action and look ahead to the Sweet 16.

03/23/2015

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March Madness Means Big Business for Buffalo Wild Wings

March Madness brings people together. They want to compare brackets and share a meal, watching multiple games at one time, and one Minnesota company is making the most of this sports holiday.

03/20/2015

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Iowa State Can’t Slow Down Hot Shooting Dayton In 78-66 Loss

Iowa State just couldn’t overcome Dayton’s hot shooting. “It wasn’t our day,” said senior Brynn Williamson, whose career ends, along with those of fellow seniors Fallon Ellis and Nikki Moody. Moody finished with 17 points while Williamson and Ellis combined for 16 points and 12 rebounds.

03/20/2015

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4 Things To Know: Arsenic In Wine, Skin Cancer Risk For Gay Men & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Friday, March 20.

03/20/2015

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Survey: Offices Lose Productivity During NCAA Tournament

Let the madness begin. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tipped off Thursday morning with a flurry of second round games. Many fans will be watching at work to see if their office pool bracket predictions will pull through.

03/19/2015

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4 Things To Know: March Madness, Target Settlement & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Thursday, March 19. They include a large class action settlement, and the string of games you’re going to be watching over the next few weeks.

03/19/2015

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WCCO This Morning’s Secret Bracket Strategies Revealed

Tipoff for March Madness begins Thursday morning, and a lot of teams are hoping for their “one shining moment.” But so are a lot of people playing brackets with officemates, friends and our own WCCO audience. Ali Lucia put our WCCO Morning Team to the test to see who they picked to win it all.

03/19/2015

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 15: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates on the court with his team after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 78-63 in the championship game of the SEC basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Five NCAA Tournament Teams That Could Beat Kentucky

Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament undefeated at 34-0, and for the most part of the season have looked dominant, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a handful teams that could potentially upset the Wildcats

03/18/2015

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Hampton Bench Channels “Major League” In First Four Win Over Manhattan

The NCAA Tournament got underway last night with the first two “First Four” match-ups. Hampton earned the right to play Kentucky on Thursday night and the bench got a little superstitious down the stretch.

03/18/2015

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