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Surprising Connecticut and Kentucky make NCAA finals

(Reuters) - Connecticut ended heavily favored Florida's 30-game winning streak and advanced to the national collegiate basketball title game with a 63-53 victory on Saturday. The Huskies, the last team to defeat Florida's Gators, will play equally surprising Kentucky for the NCAA championship on Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' home stadium at Arlington, Texas.

Pennsylvania top court denies coach Sandusky's child sex-abuse appeal bid

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Wednesday rejected a bid by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to appeal his 2012 conviction on charges of sexually abusing children. In a case that rocked the world of big-time college sports, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, using his position in the prestigious football program to gain access to youth.

Wilbekin carries Florida to Sweet 16

Wilbekin carries Florida to Sweet 16 ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin is still looking for some respect nationally and if he continues to carry the top-seeded Florida Gators through the NCAA Tournament, he's going to get it. Wilbekin scored 13 of his 21 points in the last eight minutes to help the Gators put away a 61-45 victory over No. 9-seeded Pittsburgh in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Arena. The Gators move on to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.

Preview: Florida vs. Kentucky

Florida looks to win its first SEC tournament title since 2007 when it takes on Kentucky in Sunday's final in Atlanta. The top-seeded Gators have reeled off a school-record 25 consecutive victories and will appear in the conference championship for the third time in four years after erasing a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Tennessee 56-49 on Saturday. Florida finished the SEC regular season 18-0 and can cap off a dream conference campaign with its third win over the Wildcats in just over a month.

Florida gets defensive, beats Vols

Florida gets defensive, beats Vols ATLANTA -- Top-ranked Florida showed again Saturday exactly how good a defensive team it is. The Gators held Tennessee to one basket for the final 12 minutes and extended its winning streak to 25 games with a 56-49 victory in the Southeastern Conference semifinals Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Florida (31-2) trailed by 10 points in the first half, but held Tennessee (21-12) to 14 points after intermission.

Preview: Stanford vs. UCLA

As the lowest-seeded team remaining in the Pac-12 tournament, Stanford faces an uphill battle in Friday’s semifinal against No. 2 seed UCLA in Las Vegas. After watching the sixth-seeded Cardinal dismantle Arizona State 79-58 in the quarterfinals, however, it’s unlikely the Bruins are going to underestimate them. The teams split two meetings during the regular season, with Stanford losing 91-74 at UCLA on Jan. 23 before rolling to an 83-74 home win over the Bruins on Feb. 22.

Preview: Colorado vs. California

An NCAA Tournament berth could be on the line Thursday when No. 5 seed Colorado meets fourth-seeded California in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. The game is a rematch from last Saturday, when the Golden Bears edged the Buffaloes 66-65 in overtime in Berkeley despite going without a field goal in the extra period. The win earned California a first-round bye in the league tournament, where Colorado edged upset-minded USC 59-56 in Wednesday's first round.

Preview: Northwestern vs. Iowa

Little has come easy for Iowa recently, making Thursday’s first-round Big Ten tournament game in Indianapolis against Northwestern all the more appealing. The sixth-seeded Hawkeyes appeared to be a lock for the NCAA Tournament in mid-February, but losses in five of their final six contests have made the Big Dance much less of a certainty. "I think we're a little bit fragile. I think that's safe to say," coach Fran McCaffrey told Hawkeyes Insider.

Sandusky's wife claims he's innocent, victims manipulated

By Ian Simpson (Reuters) - The wife of convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky said on Wednesday that he was innocent and that victims who testified against him were manipulated for money. In her first television interview on the subject, Dottie Sandusky said on NBC's "Today" show that she believed her husband's contention that he had never molested boys, including incidents in their home in State College, Pennsylvania.

Maryland stuns No. 5 Virginia in ACC finale

Maryland stuns No. 5 Virginia in ACC finale COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland coach Mark Turgeon knew his team was close and on the brink of doing something special after playing in close games all season. After loses earlier in the year to three ranked teams -- Pittsburgh, Duke and Syracuse -- by a combined eight points, Saturday afternoon's matchup with No. 5-ranked Virginia had all of the fixings to satisfy a sold out crowd at Comcast Center. It did just that.
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