Final Four Is New Ground for South Carolina’s Challengers

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Aliyah Boston carefully cut off a piece of the net on Monday night after South Carolina had beaten Maryland to advance to the women’s Final Four. As she made the snip, she asked a South Carolina staffer if she was doing it correctly this time. After three Southeastern Conference tournament championships, three … Read more

South Carolina Pulls Away From Maryland for 3rd Straight Final Four

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The script has become routine for South Carolina in this year’s N.C.A.A. women’s basketball tournament. In the first half, South Carolina, the reigning champion, often looks surprisingly vulnerable, perhaps on the verge of its first loss this season, primed to be on the wrong side of a monumental upset in a March … Read more

The Final Four That Nobody Could Have Expected

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After San Diego State Coach Brian Dutcher snipped the last two strands of the net, he held it aloft like a trophy to admire for his players, coaches, staff and the hundreds of fans who let out a celebratory roar for the Aztecs’ first trip to a men’s Final Four. Then Dutcher … Read more

Off Shooting Night Can’t Keep L.S.U. From the Final Four

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Miami’s defense was playing at its peak. The Hurricanes had forced the Louisiana State star forward Angel Reese to miss all nine of her first-half shots in Sunday’s round-of-8 matchup in the women’s N.C.A.A. tournament. But at halftime, in a game that statistics suggested Miami should have been dominating, L.S.U. was up … Read more

Final Four Set: No. 5 Seeds Miami, San Diego State Are In

Miami, trailing and listless for much of the first 30 minutes of its round-of-8 game against Texas on Sunday, mounted a stunning, compact comeback in the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament to claim the last spot in the Final Four next weekend in Houston. Miami, which won 88-81, will play in its first national semifinal, with San … Read more