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kansas state hangs on against kentucky, faces loyola-chicago in elite eight


kentucky's season came to an abrupt and surprising end thursday thanks to kansas state, a gritty no. 9 seed lacking skill but full of timely plays        






ncaa latest: slate of sweet 16 games includes low seeds


the latest on the ncaa tournament (all times eastern):6:50 p.m.all four games in the ncaa tournament to be played thursday night involve at least one team seeded seventh or lower.the night opens with no. 7 seed nevada playing no. 11 seed loyola chicago in the south region. in the west, no. 7 seed texas a&m, fresh off a blowout of 2017 national champion north carolina, faces no. 3 seed michigan.later, no. 5 seed kentucky faces no. 9 seed kansas state in the south and no. 4 seed gonzaga faces no. 9 seed florida state in the west. florida state advanced by topping no. 1 seed xavier.___6 p.m.it's back to the madness of march and the sweet 16, starring loyola-chicago, kansas state, syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there — maybe florida state or texas a&m.there's p






will the sweet 16 produce more upsets?


back to the madness of march and the sweet 16, starring loyola-chicago, kansas state, syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there — maybe florida state or texas a&m.for drama, look no further than the south region, where the top four seeds are home watching the ncaa tournament on tv. that includes virginia, the overall no. 1 seed, plus no. 2 cincinnati, no. 3 tennessee and no. 4 arizona. all were eliminated on the opening weekend, a tourney first .gone, too, from the field of 68 are high-scoring xavier, a no. 1 seed, defending national champion north carolina, and michigan state, making the path to next week's final four that much more wide open."you've got a chance," said bruce weber, coach of ninth-seeded kansas state. "obviously, there's been so much chaos in t






gritty k-state delivers another upset, 61-58 over kentucky


atlanta — kentucky's latest group of fabulous freshmen is all done.gritty kansas state made sure of that thursday night.demeaned by many pundits as the worst team still alive in the ncaa tournament, ninth-seeded k-state got 22 points from xavier sneed and gave the south regional one more upset with a 61-58 semifinal victory over kentucky.next up in the bracket-busting south: the regional final against no. 11 seed loyola, which continued its stunning run in the tournament with a 69-68 victory over nevada.yep, its 9 vs. 11 in the elite eight for the first time in tournament history, with a trip to the final four on the line.just the way it should be in a regional that became the first in ncaa history to have the top four seeds knocked out on very first weekend, including no. 1-ranked virgini






gritty k-state delivers another upset, 61-58 over kentucky


atlanta (ap) — kentucky’s latest group of fabulous freshman is all done.gritty kansas state made sure of that thursday night.demeaned by many pundits as the worst team still alive in the ncaa tournament, ninth-seeded k-state got 22 points from xavier sneed and gave the south regional one more upset with a 61-58 semifinal victory over kentucky.next up in the bracket-busting south: the regional final against no. 11 seed loyola, which continued its stunning run in the tournament with a 69-68 victory over nevada.most read sports storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksyep, its 9 vs. 11 in the elite eight for the first time in tournament history with a trip to the final four on the line.just the way it should be in a regional that became the first in ncaa history to have the top four see






five things that make elite eight-bound cinderella loyola-chicago such a unique


three ncaa tournament wins. three different loyola-chicago players with clutch, game-winning jumpers. it's not luck. this team is a serious contender.        






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 10 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 6 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 13 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 14 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 14 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 15 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 15 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 16 connect 1 linkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no.






ncaa tournament preview: south regional


a look at the ncaa tournament's west regional:::advertisementfriday :: charlotte, n.c.1 virginia (31-2, acc champion)vs. 16 umbc (24-10, american east champion)guards kyle guy, devon hall and ty jerome led virginia to school-record wins. senior guard jarius lyles averages 20.2 points for umbc, which makes 38.5% of its threes::8 creighton (21-11, at-large)vs. 9 kansas state (22-11, at-large)senior guard marcus foster averages 20.3 points a game, junior guard khyri thomas 15.5 for creighton. junior forward dean wade helped lead kansas state to its most wins since the 2012-13 season.::thursday :: boise, idaho5 kentucky (24-10, sec champion)vs. 12 davidson (21-11, atlantic 10 champion)kentucky features frosh guard shai gilgeous-alexander, who averages 13.9 points. davidson senior forward peyto






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 4 connectlinkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no. 2 k






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 2 connectlinkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no. 2 k






5 things you need to know this weekend


no. 11 xavier musketeers: defeated maryland, florida state and arizona.(photo: kim klement, usa today sports) 5 connectlinkedinemailmore march madness moves to the elite 8the final four of the ncaa tournament will be determined this weekend, as the last remaining teams square off in the elite eight. no. 1 gonzaga and no. 11 xavier, each seeking their school's first final four trip, kick things off at 6:09 p.m. et on saturday on tbs. no. 1 kansas and no. 3 oregon, which each lost in the elite eight last season, will look to book their tickets after. the action gets started earlier on sunday, as no. 4 florida looks to carry momentum from its buzzer-beating overtime sweet 16 victory into its matchup with fellow sec foe and no. 7 south carolina at 2:20 p.m. et on cbs. in the late game, no. 2 k






loyola beats nevada 69-68, continues improbable ncaa run


atlanta — with loyola-chicago's captivating ncaa tournament run hanging in the balance, it was marques townes' turn to deliver another memorable finish.townes had scored only a combined 15 points in loyola's first two ncaa tournament games, but that didn't concern ramblers coach porter moser. townes had the ball in front of the loyola bench in the final seconds thursday night and the shot clock about to expire.with loyola clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, townes nailed the decisive 3-pointer to help clinch a 69-68 win over nevada in the ncaa south regional semifinal."he was a warrior," moser said.townes, who had 18 points, charged down the court, pumping his fist, following the shot."i'll probably remember it for the rest of my life," townes said. "i mean, it doe






loyola beats nevada 69-68, continues improbable ncaa run


atlanta — with loyola-chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, marques townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the ramblers' bench to continue their improbable ncaa tournament run.townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead loyola to a 69-68 win over nevada in thursday night's ncaa south regional semifinal."i think marcus townes is the best player on the court tonight," said loyola guard clayton custer. "i don't even think it was close, either. i am so happy for him. he is such a good basketball player and such a good person, i am just so happy he dominated the game tonight and he led us."this is unbelievable. feels like a dream."the win leaves the no. 11th-seeded ramblers one victory from a final four appearance.not bad for a program that had






loyola beats nevada 69-68, continues improbable ncaa run


atlanta (ap) — with loyola-chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, marques townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the ramblers’ bench to continue their improbable ncaa tournament run.townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead loyola to a 69-68 win over the wolf pack in thursday night’s ncaa south regional semifinal.the win leaves the no. 11th-seeded ramblers one victory from a final four appearance.not bad for a program that hasn’t been in the sweet 16 in 33 years.most read sports storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekstownes charged down the court, pumping his fist, as nevada called a timeout following the crucial 3-pointer. caleb martin answered with a 3 for nevada, but this time the wolf pack couldn’t extend their string of secon






talk of the townes; big shot by junior guard lifts loyola past nevada into elite


forgive sister jean dolores schmidt for she has sinned, picking against her beloved loyola basketball team.for the 98-year-old nun’s penance, sister jean can say saturday’s pregame prayer after the ramblers proved her wrong when they beat nevada 69-68 on thursday night in an ncaa south regional semifinal at philips arena.“i'm sorry for sister jean, busting her bracket, but we’re just happy to be in this position and going to the elite eight,’’ said loyola guard marques townes, whose 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left will be the moment remembered most from this thriller.all over chicago after that shot, every loyola fan in a barroom or living room was saying: “that’s my kind of townes.”“it’s different guys, different nights,’’ loyola coach porter moser said. “i’m proud of these guys. they don






nevada vs. loyola (ill.); kentucky vs. kansas state


the ramblers beat miami 64-62 on donte ingram's three-point shot just before the buzzer sounded in the first round, then eliminated tennessee in the second round 63-62 on clayton custer's basket that bounced off the rim and in with 3.6 seconds left. all the while 98-year-old sister jean dolores schmidt, the team's chaplain, has become, in her words, an "international" sensation.






kansas starters prove outstandingly durable in outlasting kentucky 65-61


this battle of basketball royalty came down to final minute.and in the end, kansas made fewer mistakes — and jayhawks malik newman and devonte' graham made their free throws.kentucky coach john calipari was left to go in search of his vocal cords. and kansas coach bill self left chicago a winner after his team gutted out a 65-61 victory over the wildcats."that wasn't very pretty," self said. "the first one (between duke and michigan state) was much more artistic. but it was a great grind-it-out win. to basically play six guys and be able to pull that off when they're totally gassed, i'm proud of my team."the two winningest programs in division i college basketball met in the nightcap of the champions classic on tuesday night at the united center. kentucky (2,239 victories) and kansas (up t






loyola beats nevada 69-68 in another thriller, heads to its first elite 8 since


when it was over and they knew they had joined the most elite circles of college basketball, loyola players embraced, smiled and shook their heads as they calmly walked toward the section of celebrating maroon-and-gold wearing fans.yep, they did it again.but instead of sprinting around the court in wild disbelief, no. 11-seed loyola accepted a 69-68 sweet 16 victory over no. 7 seed nevada just like it was old hat.shrug. just the elite eight.“we didn’t have as crazy as a celebration,” point guard clayton custer said. “we were happy. there is a level of us having a calmness now. we’ve won a few games in this. we’re at the point where we have that trust where we win games.”this marks the first time since 1963’s ncaa championship team that loyola has remained alive this deep into the season. w






chicago, reno mayors place wager on loyola-nevada matchup


chicago (ap) — chicago mayor rahm emanuel and reno mayor hillary schieve have made what they say is a “sweet wager” on the ncaa basketball matchup between their hometown teams.chicago’s loyola university and reno’s university of nevada meet thursday night in the sweet sixteen of the ncaa men’s basketball tournament.if nevada wins, emanuel will send 16 dozen doughnuts from reno’s doughboys donuts to schieve at city hall. if loyola wins, schieve will send 16 dozen doughnuts from chicago’s dat donut to chicago city hall.emanuel says the loyola ramblers have “electrified chicago” and fans across the city are cheering them on. he’s predicting a loyola victory.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksscheive says the nevada wolf pack have had “an unbelievable seaso






kentucky’s only abortion clinic on verge of closing


the only clinic that provides abortions in kentucky faces imminent closure, a move that would make legal abortion unattainable in the state, according to a new lawsuit. the emw women’s surgical center in louisville faces possible shutdown april 3 after the state earlier this month said its medical license would be revoked following a dispute over…






2018 ncaa tournament: loyola-chicago is this year's first cinderella, ousti


loyola-chicago is in the ncaa tournament for the first time in 33 years, and the ramblers want to stick around awhile.        






loyola finally makes it to sweet 16 practice after bus driver gets lost and poli


is this any way to treat cinderella?first, the police escort that was supposed to lead loyola on the short bus ride from its downtown hotel to phillips arena never showed up. then, the team bus driver got lost, confused at what entrance to use.so when the ramblers finally took the floor wednesday for practice, they were several minutes late. several loyola staffers described coach porter moser as impatient, to say the least.one overheard moser pleading with an arena employee before taking the floor.“we need to get to practice,’’ moser was overheard saying, “we’re not kentucky.’’loyola players were no worse for the wear, taking the floor and soaking in the school’s first sweet 16 appearance since 1985.loyola ramblers' road to the sweet 16 »from selfies to access hollywood: sister jean an 'i






loyola-chicago's cinderella run continues with last-second upset of tenness


loyola got a big boost from its bench and used another collaborative effort to dispatch no. 3 volunteers.        






loyola's watch party from the damen student center


armando l. sanchez / chicago tribunefans and students celebrate the loyola ramblers win 69-68 over the nevada wolf pack in the ncaa men’s basketball tournament from the damen student center at loyola university on thursday, march 22, 2018 in chicago.fans and students celebrate the loyola ramblers win 69-68 over the nevada wolf pack in the ncaa men’s basketball tournament from the damen student center at loyola university on thursday, march 22, 2018 in chicago. (armando l. sanchez / chicago tribune)see more galleries






hutton: loyola's joe crisman hoping the ramblers can reach for the lights one mo


welcome to the kentucky invitational, what some southerners condescendingly have called the ncaa tournament field at phillips arena featuring three challengers and the heavily favored wildcats. a reporter referred to it that way wednesday, politely asking loyola coach porter moser what he thought... (david haugh)






kentucky's sweet 16 loss to kansas state, final four failure is a big-time


pj washington shot 8-for-20 from the free-throw line. that stat alone speaks to kentucky choking. he shoots over 50% from the line and uk advances.        






examining the six most surprising sweet 16 teams no one saw coming


syracuse, loyola, florida state, kansas state, nevada and texas a&m surely weren't bracket favorite picks.        






loyola medicine to acquire macneal hospital in berwyn


loyola medicine plans to buy macneal hospital in berwyn, further expanding its reach.the acquisition is part of a trend of chicago-area health systems growing by snapping up suburban hospitals.loyola will buy the 368-bed macneal from for-profit hospital chain tenet healthcare corp. loyola declined to provide information about the price, referring questions about the cost to tenet. attempts to reach tenet were not immediately successful wednesday morning.as part of the deal, loyola also will acquire local tenet-owned physician practices.the hospital will join loyola’s two other hospitals, loyola university medical center in maywood and gottlieb memorial hospital in melrose park.the acquisition is expected to close early next year, after regulatory approval. loyola is a member of catholic he






loyola coach michael boehle continues his playoff tradition


if it's playoff time in volleyball, coach michael boehle of loyola is continuing his 19-year tradition of showing off his arm at the end of practice.with players clapping, he starts to throw a volleyball from one end of the basketball court to the other trying to send it through the hoop. until he makes it, no one leaves.it has sometimes taken as long as 30 minutes for him to make a basket.on wednesday, it only took him six tries and 28 seconds to swish the volleyball through the net. it was a loyola record."my arm is getting stronger," said boehle, who has guided loyola to six southern section championships.then, practice only ends after one of his players dunks a volleyball. freshman luke turner did the honor.loyola is seeded no. 1 in the southern section division 1 playoffs and faces ho






top 60 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball


i’ve decided to do something different for this top 60 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball.  instead of listing the players’ names, i’m going to list their favorite cheese course:  muenster, cheddar, cheddar, cheddar, swiss, gruyere.  gruyere?!  c’mon, puig!   maybe i should go back to listing players’ names.  yeah, i don’t even remember who limburger was.  fine!  i will rank with names and numbers!  as with all of my 2017 fantasy baseball rankings, my projections are included and where i see tiers starting and stopping.  anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball:41. leonys martin – this tier started in the top 40 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball.  this tier ends at ender.  i called this tier, “not qaddafi, y’all leadoff-y.”  as for leonys, already gave you my