A lot of people were shocked when Marcus Smart announced he would return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. Nobody should be surprised the Cowboys point guard was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.
CROWN POINT | Before the first week of April, Spike Albrecht's tweets were more conventional, with apple pie and Aunt Bee in the subject lines.
CROWN POINT | Crown Point High School junior Jack Vinovich bragged a strong claim to fame while watching the NCAA tournament final.
Across Northwest Indiana on Saturday night, sports fans cheered loudly for their favorite team in the NCAA tournament's semifinals. Pubs and sports bars were packed.
Several years ago Mitch McGary grabbed a rebound in a summer AAU tournament game. His coach started barking the same thing over and over again.
CROWN POINT | When most in "Da Region" were still sleeping, Spike Albrecht and his grandfather, Frank Brunski, would grace the new dawn with eyes wide open and a collective pulse beating heavily.
All of America will be watching. Likely half the world will be eyeballing Saturday's NCAA Final Four at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. The greatest percentage will care about the game's outcomes.
The mothers of Michigan freshmen - Spike Albrecht, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III - revel in the Wolverines' Final Four run and sing the fight song, The Victors. Photos provided by Associated Press and Clint Swan.
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. | If John Beilein's fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines were any younger, they'd need babysitters.
CHESTERTON | Like many of the boys on the court at Goldsborough Gym, Eli Rodriguez has hoop dreams.
BLOOMINGTON | Christian Watford started strong Thursday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Michigan has earned some respect, winning at least eight games for the first time in four years.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Really, this year will be different.
Chesterton grad Zack Novak scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers in a decisive spurt to start the second half and carry Michigan over Tennessee 75-45 in a West regional Friday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Tim Hardaway Jr. was born in March 1992, the same month the Fab Five captivated the college basketball world by swaggering their way to the Final Four as freshmen.
INDIANAPOLIS | The questions started in the postgame press conference and continued at Zack Novak's locker.
INDIANAPOLIS | It was just a matter of time until Zack Novak lit a spark.
INDIANAPOLIS | All week Zack Novak split his 1-and-1 free throws in practice.
EVANSTON | John Shurna shook off lingering effects of a December ankle sprain and turned in his most productive game in nearly a month on Tuesday night as Northwestern thumped Michigan 74-60.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | For 10 minutes Tuesday, Purdue didn't look anything like the No. 12 team in the country.
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