Who knew it's actually the "I's of Texas?"

In less than a month, University of Kentucky junior forward Patrick Patterson is expected to receive his communications degree. Not run out of eligibility. Receive a degree. In three years.

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's easy to appreciate Butler coach Brad Stevens today. All of 33 years old, he'll enter tonight's NCAA Tournament national championship game against Duke with an 89-14 record over his first three years on the job, the best start for a first-time coach in NCAA history.

INDIANAPOLIS -- And then Jimmy Chitwood, excuse me, Gordon Hayward pumped his fist once toward the roaring crowd and broke into a wide smile. "Hoosiers," oops, Butler lives for at least two more days.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Once a week, Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens heads to the Broad Ripple Tavern on this city's Broad Ripple Avenue to find some peace and quiet.

Perhaps Theresa Ritchie is still competing in Senior Olympics at the tender age of 76 because she doesn't want her 97-year-old mother, Estel, to show her up.

The NCAA basketball tournament is about numbers. Points and scores, wins and losses, it's math at its most enjoyable.

There is no logic, reason or explanation for the first four days of the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Two rounds, 48 games and one simple fact: The madness of March has become craziness.

A modest beginning and modest goals have taken Dean Pavlou to Omaha, Neb., site of the NCAA wrestling championships.

NCAA Tournament selection committee chair Dan Guerrero was asked earlier this week if the reason his group made Duke the third overall No. 1 seed, then appeared to give them the easiest draw, was to boost TV ratings.

When the third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels took the court in Seattle for their 1999 NCAA West Regional opener against No. 14 seed Weber State, they'd won 18 straight first-round games.

As for the seeding and selection process for the NCAA men's basketball bracket, here's an idea for all those feeling cheated or misrepresented: Prove it.

As you can read elsewhere on this page, the NCAA is considering expanding its Division I men's basketball tournament to 96 teams.

Wiedmer: Syracuse serious Final Four contender

Boeheim's 34th Orange squad may be the coach's best of 32 with at least 20 wins.

As the story goes, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and Louisville coach Rick Pitino were walking with their wives down a beach many years ago when the subject turned to what they'd do and where they'd live if they won a huge lottery.

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