INDIANAPOLIS --- No sweep for No. 7 Michigan State. Probably no No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, either.
A plane carrying Formula One driver David Coulthard crashed at an airport in Lyon, France, Tuesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot but leaving the race car driver with only minor injuries. Coulthard was taken to Lyon's Edouard-Herriot hospital after the crash, but was released later. Coulthard's fiancee, fashion model Heidi Wichlinski, and his trainer, Andrew Matthews, also were on the plane and suffered minor injuries. They also were discharged from the hospital.
SEATTLE -- The Gonzaga Bulldogs figured Minnesota had something to prove and they were right. "If they had only five guys, we knew they were going to come out and play," Gonzaga's Matt Santangelo said after the Bulldogs held on in the second half to beat the depleted Gophers 75-63 in a first-round game in the NCAA West Regional Thursday. "I think this game shows you the character and class of the people at the University of Minnesota," Gophers coach Clem Haskins said. "We were shorthanded, but we're not making any excuses."
COLUMBIA - The streak goes on. Not even a spirited Kentucky comeback could keep No. 19 South Carolina from claiming its 11th straight win, this one an 84-79 overtime victory over the third-ranked Wildcats at Frank McGuire Arena on Tuesday night. Kentucky sophomore forward Ron Mercer brought the Wildcats back from 11 points down with six minutes remaining to force overtime, but the Gamecocks outscored them 10-5 in five-minute period to extend USC's winning streak to 11 games before a crowd of 12,575, the largest ever at Carolina Coliseum.
Old Dominion withstood a furious second-half rally by Virginia Commonwealth on Monday night and defended its Colonial Athletic Association tournament title with a 70-65 victory.
Kim English capped a phenomenal Big 12 tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Arron Afflalo overcame his history of mediocre big-game performances, leading UCLA back to the Final Four.
ATLANTA - It's 6:15 in the morning. Do you know where your basketball team is? You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to play for Paul Hewitt. Throughout preseason and at least once a week since, Georgia Tech basketball practice commences at sunrise. "I'm just a big believer that if you're in great shape, that gives you confidence," said Hewitt, the first-year coach at Georgia Tech who is a shoo-in for ACC coach of the year. "There's nothing worse than going out there and your mind says, `Let's do this,' but your legs and body can't allow it."