A guide to Final Four teams, players and coaches

Michigan guard Jaaron Simmons dunks the ball during a practice session for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN ANTONIO — The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April. All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.

Believe the hype! Penn State tops Utah for NIT championship

Penn State coach Pat Chambers holds up the NIT championship trophy after Penn State defeated Utah 82-66 in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK (AP) — Flavor Flav had his red cap flipped backward as he pulled out his iPhone on the Madison Square Garden court. Flav held the camera steady and recorded cousin Shep Garner clip the final strands of the championship net and wave it toward the Penn State die-hards.

Villanova’s Brunson is AP men’s college player of the year

Villanova's Jalen Brunson answers questions with his AP Player of the Year trophy at a news conference at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A long list of goals has taken up permanent space on Jalen Brunson’s wall, including becoming a conference player of the year, an all-American and helping Villanova win a second national championship in three seasons.

AP awards: Muffet McGraw coach, A’ja Wilson player of year

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw speaks after she was named The Associated Press women's basketball Coach of the Year at the NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw called this the toughest year of her Hall of Fame career. Having four players go down for the season with ACL injuries will do that.

Big men give Final Four teams spacing in positionless game

Michigan's Moritz Wagner answers questions after a practice session for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A wave of positionless basketball has swept the nation. Coaches have loaded rosters with smaller, athletic players who shoot 3-pointers and beat defenders off the dribble. Three, sometimes four-guard lineups have become the norm, free-flowing the way to go.

Why NCAA sexual assault policy stops short of punishment

NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks during a news conference at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In October of 2016, not long after a sexual assault scandal at Baylor swept out the football coach, athletic director and president of the university, the NCAA convened a commission to combat campus sexual violence.

UNT forces deciding game for CBI with 69-55 win over USF

North Texas celebrates after defeating San Francisco in the second game of the College Basketball Invitational final series Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Denton, Texas. (Jeff Woo/The Denton Record-Chronicle via AP)

DENTON, Texas (AP) — North Texas got physical, and now the young Mean Green get to play for a championship on their home court.

Olympic and Stanford swim star Katie Ledecky turning pro

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Katie Ledecky shows off her gold medal during the ceremony for the women's 200-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ledecky is turning pro. The five-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter that she is giving up her final two years of eligibility at Stanford, though she will continue to train at the West Coast school as she works toward her degree. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Katie Ledecky is turning pro.

Sister Jean helps bring basketball to an otherworldly place

FILE - This March 22, 2018 file photo shows Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt sitting with other Loyola-Chicago fans during the first half of a regional semifinal NCAA college basketball game against Nevada in Atlanta. Sister Jean is depicted in a bobblehead and sales of the figurine have soared to the heavens. She has become a celebrity during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. As a result, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in conjunction with Loyola University, last week unveiled a limited edition bobblehead. Phil Sklar with the soon-to-be-open museum in Milwaukee says within 24 hours, the bobblehead became the institution's top seller of all time. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America’s greatest sports cathedrals, praying for an entirely different sort of miracle.

Most black coaches in women’s hoops don’t get second chance

FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack reacts to a foul call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Michigan in the championship of the Mid-American Conference tournament, in Cleveland. Legette-Jack was thankful to be given a second chance. Most African-American women's basketball head coaches don't get that opportunity. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack was thankful for the second chance.



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