NCAA Tournament story load

College basketball:

College hoops is taking it to new heights.

Team news:

Why Louisville landed in the Dallas regional instead of Lexington. It was drama.

Notre Dame got a pleasant geographical surprise.

Eight is not enough for Baylor.

Kentucky gets to play the Tournament at home.

Colorado State is headed west.

ASU was surprised by their #2 seed, and looks ahead.

Syracuse is looking ahead.

Duke feels kicked because they weren’t selected for the Tournament. I have no idea why they’d be surprised at this.

Iowa’s NCAA disappointment is motivating them.

East Carolina failed to meet expectations this year.

Player news:

South Carolina’s seniors are making a mark through their love of the game.

UConn’s Breanna Stewart is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s March Madness issue. Teammate Kia Nurse will see familiar faces this weekend when the team faces Robert Morris.

Jazmon Gwathmey is the new face of James Madison basketball.

Mikayla Venson has left Virginia.

2016 Lieberman Award:

Finalists are: Niya Johnson, Baylor; Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut; Brene Moseley, Maryland; Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame; Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State.

Coach news:

San Francisco coach Jen Azzi welcomes the chance to return to Stanford for the Tournament.

UMaine’s athletic director expects coach Richard Barron to sign a contract extension.

Penn State coach Coquese Washington is pleased with the progress her team made this season.

Boston University coach Katy Steding reflects on the squad’s year.

North Carolina-Greensboro coach Wendy Palmer has been relieved of duties.

Colorado has hired a search firm to find its new coach.

WNBA news:

Verizon and the WNBA have a new marquee partnership.

Catching up with Tamika Catchings.

The Dallas Wings have signed guard Skylar Diggins to a multi-year contract extension.

The league’s biggest problem is lack of interest from women. I’ve been saying that for a long time.

High school news:

Former Cal star and WNBA guard Alexis Gray-Lawson coached a Minnesota high school team to the state tournament.

This week’s ESPN high school rankings.