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March Madness

Before Friday night's national semifinal game, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach gave an unusual motivational speech.

"I will not be scared," Vic Schaefer told his players. "There is no reason to be scared. You are one heck of a basketball team."

The tactic makes more sense in light of the opponent: 36-0 University of Connecticut, riding a 111-game winning streak that included a 60-point thrashing of Mississippi State in last year's Sweet 16. At the time, it was the worst defeat in tournament history.

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There's one March Madness bracket that pits college against college off the hard court. This tournament awards victories based on a school’s ability to graduate low-income students without piles of loans.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas women are traveling to New Mexico for abortion procedures; an animal rights group disapproves of the Dallas Zoo’s imported elephants; Texas A&M will take on its Sweet Sixteen matchup with OU on Thursday; and more.

 

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March Madness will dominate televisions. But not everyone's a fan of the organization that puts on the event.

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Bryce Alford made four 3-pointers in the final 3:40, his last on a rare goaltending call with 13 seconds remaining, to push 11th-seeded UCLA to a 60-59 upset of sixth-seeded SMU on Thursday in the teams' NCAA opener in Louisville, Kentucky.

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A Highland Park 10 year-old got the Louisville loss he needed Tuesday night; unfortunately, it was on women’s side of the NCAA basketball tournament.

When the Louisville men beat Michigan Monday to claim the national title, Brayden Schager lost out on his chance at an almost flawless bracket.

But as KERA’s Courtney Collins reports, he was ranked number one out of 8 million entries in ESPN’s bracket challenge for three, glorious days.

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Few Texans had heard of Florida Gulf Coast University two weeks ago. Now the entire country is buzzing about the boys in green and blue, sorry, cobalt.

Whether you like the Cinderella allusion or prefer comparing this team to The Little Engine that Could, Florida Gulf Coast is the story of the NCAA tournament. And as KERA’s Courtney Collins reports, their Sweet Sixteen chapter unfolds Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.