NCAA trip to Hartford brings back memories of old Big East days

Vermont coach John Becker celebrates their 66-49 win over Maryland-Baltimore County  in the America East Tournament final on March 16 at Burlington, Vt. (Ryan Mercer/The Burlington Free Press via AP)

During his last visit here a couple of years ago, Vermont coach John Becker took his daughter to see an Eagles concert at the XL Center.

Arizona State beats St. John's 74-65 in First Four

Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence, left, and St. John's Sedee Keita, right, dive for a loose ball during the first half of Wednesday's First Four game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Arizona State won, 74-65. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Luguentz Dort overcame a hard foul and a leg injury while scoring 21 points and leading Arizona State to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament win, 74-65 over St. John's in the First Four

North Dakota State holds off NC Central 78-74 in First Four

North Dakota State's Tyson Ward reacts after the team's 78-74 win over North Carolina Central in a First Four game of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. Ward scored 23 for the Bison. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Tyson Ward scored 23 points and North Dakota State advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of 64 with a 78-74 win over North Carolina Central in a First Four game

Rice's Erica Ogwumike eager to begin her NCAA experience

Rice's Erica Ogwumike drives the lane against Middle Tennessee's Alex Johnson, left, in the second half of the Conference USA championship game on March 16  in Frisco, Texas. Rice won 69-54. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP Photo)

Rice's Erica Ogwumike eager to play in NCAA Tournament after watching her sisters reach Final Fours

'Grateful' Lady Vols look to avoid early tourney exit

Tennessee's Cheridene Green signals a 3-point basket during the first half of a Southeastern Conference quarterfinal against Mississippi State on March 8 in Greenville, S.C. Mississippi State won, 83-68. (Richard Shiro/AP Photo)

'Grateful' Tennessee Lady Vols look to avoid early exit now its NCAA Tournament streak remain alive

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March Madness: NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

Marquette guard Markus Howard (0) drives past Seton Hall guard Quincy McKnight (0) during a Big East Conference tournament game on March 15 at New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one.

Fairleigh Dickinson rallies for first ever NCAA tourney win

Fairleigh Dickinson's Mike Holloway Jr. (34) reacts after scoring and taking the lead alongside Prairie View A&M's Gerard Andrus (15) during the second half of a First Four game in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. FDU rallied for an 82-76 win, its first ever NCAA tourney win. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points, and Fairleigh Dickinson rallied to win its first ever NCAA Tournament game, taking down Prairie View A&M 82-76 in the tourney opener

A look inside the numbers to try to narrow down the bracket

Virginia Tech's Isaiah Wilkins shoots past Miami's Anthony Lawrence II during the second half of an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament second-round game on March 13 in Charlotte, N.C. Virginia Tech won, 71-56. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)

You could go with the most experienced coaches, the teams playing the best defense or even a bracket based on mascots _ or you could take a look at some advanced stats and try to come up with a national champion based on those

Vermont's Lamb among players to watch from one-bid conferences

Yale's Miye Oni shoots as Harvard's Chris Lewis defends during the first half of the Ivy League championship on Sunday in New Haven. Yale won, 97-85, and will play LSU on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Vermont's Anthony Lamb is one of several players from one-bid leagues capable of leading their teams to major upsets

UCONN FOOTBALL

Spanos embracing challenge as UConn's new defensive coordinator

Lou Spanos, whose 24-year coaching career has included stops in the NFL and some of college football's elite programs, is embracing the opportunity as UConn's new defensive coordinator.

UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Wide-open field gives NCAA women's bracket a new look

Baylor center Kalani Brown receives the Most Outstanding Player Trophy from Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby after the Bears beat Iowa State, 67-49, to win the Big 12 tournament on March 11 in Oklahoma City. (Alonzo Adams/AP Photo)

NCAA women's bracket breaks with form with no clear favorite and a wide-open field

UConn a No. 2 seed as NCAA women's bracket is leaked early

n a symbolic gesture, UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, right, massages the back of fellow senior Napheesa Collier after the Huskies defeated South Florida in the AAC tournament semifinals on March 10. Collier carried UConn on her back to another AAC title, but Samuelson is expected to return from a back injury when the Huskies being NCAA tournament play on Friday at home against Towson.
(Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the top seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament

Coaches frustrated after ESPN botches NCAA bracket rollout

UConn's Geno Auriemma gestures during the first half of an American Athletic Conference semifinal on March 10 at Mohegan Sun. UConn won, 82-73. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

ESPN's mistaken early release of the NCAA Tournament women's bracket was frustrating to coaches and players who didn't get a chance to celebrate their big moment

UConn women seeded No. 2 in Albany Region and host No. 15 Towson on Friday night

UConn was seeded second in the Albany Region for the upcoming NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament on Monday and will play No. 15 Towson in a first-round game on Friday in Storrs at 6:30 p.m.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Villanova's Paschall hasn't forgotten his T-More roots

Villanova forward Eric Paschall, right, and Seton Hall guard Myles Powell compete for the ball during the Big East Conference tournament final on March 16 at New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jere Quinn will be there on Thursday night when sixth-seeded Villanova (25-9) plays No. 11 Saint Mary's (22-11) in first round action.

Local roundup: CGA's Rodriguez takes third in 50 freestyle at Div. III meet

Joe Rodriguez broke the Coast Guard Academy school record in the 50 freestyle and earned a pair of All-America honors Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Local roundup: Horton joins UConn football coaching staff

Jarren Horton, who was serving as a defensive assistant and secondary coach with the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football, has been hired as an assistant coach at UConn,

PROFESSIONAL

NBA roundup

The Bulls' Kris Dunn drives to the basket against Washington's Jabari Parker during the second half of Wednesday's game in Chicago. Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists as the Bulls won, 126-120. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Utah Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the New York Knicks 137-116

NHL roundup

Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy stops the puck during the third period of the team's game against the Capitals on Wednesday in Washington. Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-4 win in overtime. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Andrei Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning won their sixth consecutive game by beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime in a potential playoff preview

ON THE AIR

Baseball

5:30 a.m., ESPN — MLB: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics from Tokyo.

1 p.m., SNY — Exhibition: Miami Marlins at New York Mets from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

6 p.m., NESN Plus, WEEI (103.7-FM) — Exhibition: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox from Fort Myers, Fla.

Basketball

12:15 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Louisville vs. Minnesota in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

12:40 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Louisiana State vs. Yale in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

1:30 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Auburn vs. New Mexico State in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

2 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Florida State vs. Vermont in Division I tournament from Hartford.

2:45 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Bradley vs. Michigan State in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

3:10 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Belmont vs. Maryland in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

4 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Kansas vs. Northeastern in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

4:30 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Marquette vs. Murray State in Division I tournament from Hartford.

6:50 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Florida vs. Nevada in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

7:10 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Abilene Christian vs. Kentucky in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

7:20 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Gonzaga in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

7:20 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Saint Mary's vs. Villanova in Division I tournament from Hartford.

9:20 p.m., TNT — NCAA men: Michigan vs. Montana in Division I tournament from Des Moines, Iowa.

9:40 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA men: Seton Hall vs. Wofford in Division I tournament from Jacksonville, Fla.

9:50 p.m., TBS — NCAA men: Old Dominion vs. Purdue in Division I tournament from Hartford.

9:57 p.m., truTV — NCAA men: Baylor vs. Syracuse in Division I tournament from Salt Lake City.

Bowling

8 p.m., FS1 — PBA: World Championship from Allen Park, Mich.

Figure Skating

1 p.m., NBCSN — World Championships pairs free skate from Saitama, Japan. (taped today)

3 p.m., NBCSN — World Championships men's short program from Saitama, Japan. (taped today)

Golf

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Valspar Championship from Palm Harbor, Fla.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Founders Cup from Phoenix.

3:30 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Maybank Championship from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN, MSG — NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils.

Lacrosse

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Maryland at Penn State.

Soccer

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — UEFA Euro 2020: Russia at Belgium in a qualifier from Brussels.

8 p.m., ESPN2 — Men's exhibition: Ecuador at United States from Orlando, Fla. 

Tennis

11 a.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open. 

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Miami Open.

Wrestling

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA Championships from Pittsburgh.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA Championships from Pittsburgh.