Basketball

10:13am

Sat March 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 1:23 pm

Rebounding machine Arsalan Kazemi is the first Iranian-born player in Divison I men's college hoops.
Julie Jacobson AP

San Jose, Calif., is just a piece of a very big March Madness pie. But in the eight teams that gathered there for second- and third-round games this week, you could see the undeniable trend in big-time college basketball globalization.

Rosters from schools as geographically diverse as Syracuse, New Mexico State and California featured athletes from Senegal, France, Canada, South Africa, Croatia, Sudan.

But it's the University of Oregon with a groundbreaker — from Iran.

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5:59am

Sat March 23, 2013
The Two-Way

In Case You Missed It: Georgetown Upended, And Other NCAA Surprises

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 11:33 am

Florida Gulf Coast's Chase Fieler (left) and Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins leap for a rebound during a second-round game of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Matt Rourke AP

Another big shock from the NCAA tournament: Florida Gulf Coast "busted a load of brackets" Friday, beating second-seeded Georgetown, as The Associated Press reports.

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles managed a 78-68 victory over the Hoyas, only the seventh time in NCAA history that a No. 15 seed beat a No. 2, the AP says.

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7:28am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Harvard Stuns New Mexico, And 4 Other Need-To-Knows From The NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:34 am

Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard of the Harvard Crimson celebrate as the Crimson defeat the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 during the the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harry How Getty Images

The NCAA tournament got off to a stunning start on Thursday: Harvard, known more for its brains and seeded No. 14, sent No. 3 New Mexico packing with a 62-68 win.

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8:06am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Let's Do A March Madness 'Anti-Bracket': Pick The Upsets

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 5:22 pm

St. Mary's' Matthew Dellavedova goes up for a basket against Yale Bulldogs' Justin Sears and Michael Grace.
Jose Carlos Fajardo MCT /Landov

Everybody's trying to pick the winners in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. Even President Obama is in on the fun (though he hasn't been that good in recent years at figuring out who will be the champion at the end).

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3:49am

Thu March 21, 2013
Pop Culture

Bracket Frenzy Moves Beyond College Basketball

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 7:23 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's always interesting to see what's trending on Twitter. Last night, there were all sorts of tweeted opinions about President Obama's NCAA bracket, that he took the time to fill one out, what teams he picked.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Glad to see that he picked Indiana to win it all. Oh, the bracket drama. Now the thing about March Madness is that everyone is in on the bracket frenzy.

(SOUNDBITE OF AUDIO CLIPS)

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