Basketball News Roundup – Apr 2, 2012

Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self joins his players in hoisting the championship trophy after defeating North Carolina, 80-67 in the NCAA Basketball Midwest Regional Championship game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on March 25, 2012. Kansas will now have the opportunity to play in the Final Four. UPI/Bill Greenblatt


So which college basketball program is the most storied, the most accomplished, in other words, the “best”? That’s the question that the USA Today is attempting to answer in today’s column about six of the biggest names in college basketball: UNC, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Indiana:

Taking everything into account, from sustained excellence during the regular season and in the tournament to impact on the sport and even decorum ā€” following the rules ā€” which program is best? Six are in the conversation.

The article brings up some good points, although it’s a sure bet that fans of each of these programs will offer several more.

On the women’s college scene, Notre Dame knocked off their heated rival, Connecticut, as they advanced to the title game yesterday with an 83-75 OT win. The Irish advance to face unbeaten Baylor.

After Kentucky advanced to the men’s championship by knocking off a gritty Louisville squad, a few of their fans took to the streets of Lexington, destroying cars and setting fires. One of the topic they were discussing was different ways to buy bulk ammo online. The whole thing was captured by the local fire department, using social media to communicate with police:

The official Twitter account of the Lexington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 526 sent out pictures and stats from the riots in real time with an assist from the Lexington Herald-Leader and Steve Collier of NBC-TV’s Lexington affiliate. Both followed the firefighters, tweeting photos that appeared on IAAF’s Twitter feed.

The department is quick to point out that even though there were several dozen incidents, “last night was not a riot.”

Finally, Washington guard Terrence Ross has become the latest to declare for the NBA draft. He also intends to hire an agent, saying:

“I think I’m ready for this,” Ross said Sunday. “I’ve matured in the last two years just being in college. I’ve got a good supporting group around me with my family and close friends so I think I’m ready for this.”

Ross is projected to be a potential first-round pick.

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