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Bucknell withstood the heat of the West Virginia press reasonably well Thursday afternoon. The Bison made 15 turnovers against a Mountaineers team that forced a national-best 20.4 turnovers a game. What killed Bucknell more than turnovers in its 86-80 NCAA Tournament defeat was rebounding. West Virginia held a 17-9 edge in offensive boards and outscored the Bison, 20…

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Last year was a disaster. West Virginia flamed out in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a 70-56 loss to Stephen A. Austin. That upset stung. That upset hung around in the back of their minds. That upset was motivation. The Mountaineers weren’t going to let that happen again. Even if they didn’t show their best game in KeyBank Center Thursday afternoon. West …

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March was always the same for Greg Gard growing up in Wisconsin. All the madness was elsewhere. For his kids, however, the madness never stops. He’s lived the turnaround. The Badgers will make their 19th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night when they play Virginia Tech. Gard was the associate head coach from 2001 to 2015 before taking over the…

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When the television cameras focus on Buzz Williams, the Virginia Tech coach will probably be sweating. In fact, he may sweat right through his shirt Thursday night and turn it into a mop. It just means he’s working. “It's the silliest thing ever, right?” Williams said in KeyBank Center. “When you get your car fixed, does the mechanic sweat? You know the guy that buil…

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It had that familiar upset feel to it. After all, there has been very little to separate a 12th seed from a No. 5 in recent years. Over the previous nine years, the 12s had been 17-19 against the 5s. As any dedicated NCAA tourney fan knows, when desperate for  an upset, head to the 5-12 line in the bracket. Princeton was game, too. Ivy League teams generally are. The Iv…

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They followed their favorite team by car, bus and plane. They planned to stay for a few hours, overnight or – if their luck holds out – a few days. And while they're here they wanted to find a good place to eat some chicken wings and see some sights, if they have time in between watching college basketball games. They're the out-of-town fans who flocked to Buffalo fo…

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Notre Dame got down and dirty with perimeter defending on a day when its flashy offense was not flowing. The Irish took away Princeton’s best strength – its three-point shooting – and escaped with a 60-58 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy. Princeton missed a three-point attempt to tie with 18 …

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Devin Cannady thought the shot was going in. With seconds left, trailing by one, the sophomore guard put up a three-pointer. He was sure he was winning the game for Princeton. Only the ball hit iron and bounced away. And the Tigers saw their season end in a 60-58 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in KeyBank Center Friday after…

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was spotted sitting behind Notre Dame's bench during its NCAA Tournament game against Princeton Thursday at KeyBank Center, rooting against the Ivy League team from his home state. Christie, an axed member of President Trump's transition team and a comrade of former Bills coach Rex Ryan, is reportedly close with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey …

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Some basketball fans were surprised to see Buffalo parking rates doubled or more for the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday. "Is this for the whole weekend?" a motorist asked a vendor of a Scott Street parking lot that was charging $50. It was for one day. The fan drove away. Basketball fans paid anywhere from $20 to $50 to park Thursday nea…

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The NCAA Tournament has tipped off in Buffalo, and the upper rows of KeyBank Center are empty. That’s because tickets are still available. Basketball fans looking to catch the action Thursday night and Saturday can visit http://keybankcenter.com/presale.cshtml/73 to buy 300 Level seats. Tickets for Thursday night are $86 each, while Saturday’s second-round session costs…

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The NCAA Tournament opens in Buffalo today with four games at KeyBank Center. Stay up to the minute with our live coverage. Today's schedule:  -- Notre Dame 60, Princeton 58 -- West Virginia vs. Bucknell, 2:45 p.m. -- Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's, 7:10 p.m. -- Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech, 9:40 p.m. A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for plenty of update…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Christian Laettner doesn’t need the 24-second video, which has been replayed nearly 1.1 million times on YouTube alone, to revisit the pinnacle of his career. And the iconic photo, the one with his arms raised in victory and his mouth agape? He has a framed copy stashed away in storage. In a world in which perception of Laettner doesn’t agree with r…

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There has been a late addition to the many dining options available for fans who are downtown to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament: Lloyd Taco. One of Buffalo's favorite food trucks and restaurants will set up shop on the fifth floor of The Buffalo News from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Lloyd has periodically set up a catering operation in the News ca…

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What channel are all those NCAA Tournament games on? It depends what cable provider you have. The games are split up between CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV. Here's a rundown: (Note: While you're reading this on the Internet, you should also know that the games can be watched online through the NCAA site. If you don't have a log in for a cable provider, you may be limited…