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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…

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Seth Allen was bummed he couldn’t make a tee time this week. “It's all snow outside," the Virginia Tech guard said Wednesday, "so we're not leaving the hotel for walks or golfing." It could be worse. Allen could be on a warm beach somewhere, relaxing in the sun. “All of the average to bad teams are on spring break right now,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said in KeyB…

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Jay Wright took a seat Wednesday and began with the usual respectful tone reserved for coaches making their opening remarks. He was happy to be back in Buffalo. He mentioned how he loved Western New York, how his top-ranked Villanova team was excited to start the NCAA Tournament. At first, Wright sounded like a nomadic rock star who needed to be reminded where his band …

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Junior Robinson fits the profile of breakout NCAA Tournament star perfectly. The Mount St. Mary’s diminutive guard is the shortest player in the NCAA Tournament, standing just 5-foot-5. He’s out to prove he’s also one of the best. Robinson led the Mountaineers to victory Tuesday in the First Four against New Orleans, canning the go-ahead jumper with 1:29 left in a 67…

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At this point, anyone with even a passing interest in the NCAA Tournament knows the history: A 16th seed has never knocked off a No. 1. Will the glass slipper finally fit the ultimate Cinderella on Thursday inside KeyBank Center? Mount St. Mary’s is eager to find out. The Mountaineers, fresh off their victory Tuesday over New Orleans in a First Four game, face the da…

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Wisconsin’s supporters woke up to an 11 degree day. The Fighting Irish faithful drove through snow – off three Great Lakes. For Princeton, Villanova and Virginia Tech’s fans, it was the wind. While we were battling the two-day storm known as “Stella,” getting to Buffalo on Wednesday wasn’t easy for fans coming to the NCAA Tournament basketball games whether by car…

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Bruce Smith is arguably the greatest Bills player ever. Tyrod Taylor is Buffalo's quarterback. Despite boasting the pair as alumni, Virginia Tech used a former Marquette basketball manager to earn a tour of One Bills Drive. Hokies coach Buzz Williams called up Matt Worswick this week when Virginia Tech got tabbed to play its NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo. Worswick…

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What do you do when you've reached the the pinnacle of success? If you're Villanova's Kris Jenkins, you forget everything that happened and start the process all over again. The Wildcats' senior forward hit one of the most famous shots in college basketball history – a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina and win the 2016 national championship. It would…

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The famed “Princeton offense” created some magical moments in the NCAA Tournament. No 16th seed ever has beaten a No. 1 seed, but Princeton came the closest in 1989 when it lost to mighty Georgetown, 50-49. And the Tigers scored a great upset in 1996 when they knocked off defending champion UCLA, 43-41. Fans at KeyBank Center won’t see Princeton running that same off…

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The last time Greg Gard came to Buffalo, he ate Italian food and won a national championship. Alas, there won’t be a repeat. The Italian place is gone. Gard, coach of the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers, was an assistant to Bo Ryan at Wisconsin-Platteville back in 1995. The Pioneers won the NCAA Division III championship at Buffalo State, capping an undefeated season…

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A bunch of Princeton basketball players are busy juggling the NCAA Tournament with mid-semester exams this week. Tigers star Devin Cannady has less stress this semester because he took a summer trip to Tanzania. Cannady, a sophomore shooting guard, spent eight weeks in the eastern African nation with 14 other Princeton students as part of a university study-abroad pr…

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Bob Huggins said he's lucky. Kids today, well, they just aren't the gym rats they used to be. But at West Virginia, he has a team of throwback players. None, perhaps, is more of a throwback than junior guard Jevon Carter. "I think kids have changed, certainly," Huggins said Wednesday afternoon in KeyBank Center as he team prepared for its first-round NCAA game against B…

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Muggsy Bogues saw it, too. The shortest player in NBA history was watching Tuesday night when the smallest player in NCAA Division I basketball frustrated his opponents so badly, teammates started to choke each other. Mount St. Mary's point guard Steve Lamont "Junior" Robinson -- all 5 feet and 5 inches of him -- played every minute and scored a game-high 23 points i…