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(Subscription required) NCAA Tournament Best Bets: Picking Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Villanova and Houston – The Athletic
Writer Sam Vecenie takes an in-depth look at some of his best bets for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

March Madness: Villanova searches for ‘road vibe’ entering NCAA Tournament | Philadelphia Inquirer
The Wildcats have struggled to find a consistent routine since their 27-day coronavirus-related pause, especially on the road. They will have one more chance, in Indianapolis, to get it.

Women's NCAA Tournament: N.C. State surprises as overall No. 1 seed | USA TODAY
North Carolina State is a No. 1 seed in the women’s NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The tournament starts Sunday in San Antonio.

2021 field announced for 32-team WNIT
The Lady ‘Cats received an at-large bid to compete in the WNIT.

2021 NCAA Tournament bracket South Region: March Madness predictions, upsets, players to watch -
Baylor is the No. 1 seed in a South Region that features four heavyweight contenders

How the NCAA Hopes to Pull Off March Madness Amid Covid-19 - The New York Times
Financially, the N.C.A.A. needs its men’s basketball tournament to happen. Here’s a look inside its pandemic playbook.

March Madness bracket predictions, tips: Guide to 2021 NCAA Tournament | USA TODAY
From first-round upset picks for the NCAA tournament to who will win March Madness in 2021, this is your one-stop shop for bracket tips and more.

March Madness upset predictions: First-round NCAA tournament picks | USA TODAY
March Madness is here and now everyone seeks the NCAA Tournament upset picks to take in their NCAA Tournament bracket. These are our experts' picks.

The FBI’s college basketball investigation was a joke | Deadspin
Almost four years ago, the FBI dropped a bomb on college basketball. It turned out to be more like a janky firecracker.

UAlbany tags Marquette assistant as new basketball coach | Times-Union
Dwayne Killings, a top assistant at Marquette the past three seasons, will be the new men's basketball coach at Albany.

Is Indiana still one of college basketball's top jobs? This IU coaching search will tell | Indy Star
With Archie Miller out, IU basketball will want to hire a heavyweight. This search will reveal if Indiana remains one of college basketball’s top jobs

Women's Cross Country: Lydia Olivere Places 91st at NCAA Cross Country Championships - Villanova University
Running as an individual qualifier and competing at her third straight NCAA Championships meet in cross country, junior Lydia Olivere finished in the top 100.

Football: Cole Bunce Named CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Villanova University
The CAA Football Conference today announced its weekly award winners. Villanova grad transfer Cole Bunce (San Jose, Calif.) was named the league's special teams player of the week.

Men’s Cross Country Places 20th at NCAA Championships in Best Finish Since 2014 - Villanova University
Led by sophomore Haftu Strintzos (Victoria, Australia) and junior Josh Phillips (Belrose, Australia) who finished with nearly identical times at nationals, Villanova enjoyed its best finish in seven years as a team.

Women's Lacrosse: Gulmi Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week - Villanova University
Villanova freshman attack Kayla Gulmi was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon as announced by the conference office.

Water Polo: Balanced Offensive Production Paces Wildcats To 16-4 Win Over Mount St. Mary’s - Villanova University
A strong game from start to finish saw Villanova (4-2) get contributions from nearly every player on the roster as it defeated Mount St. Mary's.