Final Four

The ‘Madness’ ends as midmajors fall short of Final Four

In what has been one of the wackiest and most unpredictable NCAA Tournaments in history, college basketball has been restored to normalcy, as four perennial powerhouses remain standing.

Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State.

The madness all started with the little-known No. 15 seed Norfolk State and their shocking win over the No. 2 seed Missouri Tigers, a team coming off a strong performance in the Big 12 Championship, and that many predicted to reach the Final Four.

This was the first win by a No. 15 seed over a No. 2 seed in the tournament in 11 years.

The road to victory: The UConn story

Junior point guard Kemba Walker has lead his UConn Huskies to an undefeated record in tournament games this season en route to a National Championship. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, user American Odyssey)

Madness ends in ugliness

Thanks to the worst performance in championship game history by Butler, the UConn Huskies cruised their way to an NCAA title. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, user American Odyssey)

A closer look at VCU’s improbable run

VCU wasn't expected to make the NCAA Tournament. They weren't expected to win any games. But now they are just two wins away from a National Championship. (John Powell)

Local restaurants reminisce Mason’s trip to Final Four

As the NCAA Tournament gets underway this week and eighth seed Mason is set to play Villanova Friday night, it’s not just fans remembering the Patriots’ improbable 2006 journey to the NCAA Final Four. Local businesses recall the attention brought to the community as the previously unknown Patriots cast the area into the spotlight.

That attention meant packed sports bars at the restaurants near campus – something the wait staff and managers still haven’t forgotten.

Patriots take an 8 seed in NCAA Tournament

George Mason University’s Patriots have received an 8 seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots will go on to play the Wildcats of Villanova on Friday.

This year the NCAA Tournament will be slightly different expanding to include 68 teams instead of the previous 64 teams.  The additional four teams will be required to participate in a new first round known as “The First Four."

Men's Basketball: Déjà vu, or something new?

Gearing up for Selection Sunday, but bummed about the Patriots' performance at the CAA Tourney? One of our readers, junior Andrew Decelle, thinks there's not much to worry about. He thinks the Men's Basketball team may in the same – if not better shape – than 2006, the year of their Cinderella run to the Final Four.

Here's what Decelle submitted to us: