NCAA tournament

With major renovations to the downtown Times Union Center nearly complete, the city of Albany secured a long-awaited booking on Tuesday. The NCAA announced that the Division I men’s basketball tournament will return to the county-owned arena in three years for the first time since 2003.  Albany’s first- and second-round games are slated for March 19 and 21st, 2020.


In the NBA, New York topped the Lakers 90-87, Milwaukee bested Brooklyn 109-100, Utah defeated Sacramento 108-99, Atlanta won against Indiana 104-75, and it was Cleveland over the Clippers 114-90.

When the NCAA Tournament gets under way in earnest Thursday, most fans will be watching closely for their favorite teams, upsets by the latest Cinderellas, and buzzer-beaters.

The second round of the NCAA tournament starts today at 2:45 PM, No. 3 Syracuse will go head to head with No. 14 Western Michigan in Buffalo, on CBS. No. 16 UAlbany will see No. 1 ranked Florida in the second round of the Tournament to take place in Orlando at 4:10 PM, on TBS.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 1, 2013
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In the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the Midwest Regional. Russ Smith scored 23 points and teammate Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome broken leg in the first half. The injury occurred as Ware tried to contest a shot and the leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle.

Earlier, Michigan earned a trip to Atlanta next week by dominating Florida 79-59 and winning the South Regional title.

Elsewhere, Syracuse and Wichita State won their games on Saturday.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Mar 25, 2013
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In the NCAA tournament, only 16 teams are left. Florida Gulf Coast has become the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16, doing so with an 81-71 win over No. 7 San Diego State. The outcome sets up an all-Florida game in the South Region semifinals, with the Eagles taking on third seed Florida. Third seed Florida built a 21-point halftime lead and whipped Minnesota 78-64. Miami is the third Florida team to reach the Sweet 16 after winning 63-59 over Illinois. No. 13 La Salle continued its unexpected run by beating No. 12 Mississippi 76-74. No. 1 Kansas downed North Carolina 70-58.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Mar 22, 2013
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Harvard's men's basketball program has established an athletic achievement that ranks up there with some of the school's academic highlights. No. 14 seeded Harvard sprung the upset of the tournament so far dumping third-seed New Mexico 68-62 in the second round. It's the first NCAA tournament win for the Ivy League champs and comes against a team that was expected to advance deep into the tournament.

Syracuse crushed Montana 81-34 in the Orange's most one-sided tournament win since beating Brown 101-52 in 1986.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Mar 18, 2013

It’s the Monday after selection Sunday and Louisville drew the No. 1 overall seed in the 68-team NCAA tournament and the Big East champion will stay in its home state for the first two games. 

Elsewhere in the Midwest Region, Duke is No. 2. Michigan St. is No. 3 and Saint Louis No. 4.

The Duke Blue Devils play the UAlbany Great Danes in the second round in Philadelphia this Friday. Albany is No. 15.

In the West Region, Gonzaga is the top seed and will open the tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City against No. 16 seed Southern in the second round.