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Summary: Baylor and New Mexico State players discuss the int'l aspect to their teams ahead of March Madness clash
Story No: 5084193
Source: SNTV
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 17/03/2017 04:07 AM
People: Jo Acuil
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On Thursday (16 March) members of the Baylor and New Mexico State basketball teams discussed the international aspects to their teams ahead of their March Madness clash.

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New Mexico State and Baylor will take March Madness all over the world.

Their NCAA Tournament game on Friday will feature 10 players who were born outside of the United States. France, Ivory Coast, Kenya, India, Australia, Belgium, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Canada all will be represented by birth or heritage when the two teams take the court.

"It's great," said New Mexico State's Johnathon Wilkins, who was born in France and grew up in Belgium. "I like the diversity on the team. It's really interesting when you have a lot of people from a lot of different countries coming together and playing together. It's really unique."

Baylor guard Manu Lecomte, who was born in Brussels, Belgium, said the people back home are starting to understand just how important March Madness is.

"It's a big deal," Lecomte said. "I know it's a huge thing here, but over in Belgium, I know people are watching. They're pretty excited."

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., who was born in South Sudan but grew up in Australia, said players back home watch the NCAA Tournament to get a feel for what they are striving for.

"It's just a chance to see what most of the Australian basketball players dream of doing," the Baylor forward said. "Most of them want to come here and play and get to the next level if they can. It's kind of like a gateway for everybody else to see what kind of competition is here and the high level of basketball people play here."

New Mexico State's Tanveer Bhullar is from Toronto, but much of his family lives in India - 10 and a half hours away from Tulsa. Friday's 11:40 local start time will be at 22:10 there. His brother - Sim Bhullar, all 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds of him - helped New Mexico State reach the tournament in 2013 and 2014. Little brother Tanveer (7-2, 275 pounds) said the people in India are just learning about the NCAA Tournament.

"It's kind of difficult for them to realize how big this is," he said. "There's no such thing like March Madness in India. They've never been around anything like this. Every time I talk to my mother and my aunts back there, they can only imagine what I'm talking about."

More than half the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament had at least one player from another country on their rosters at the start of the season. Saint Mary's alone has seven Australians on its roster. Meanwhile, the NBA had a record 113 international players on opening-day rosters this season.

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. 16th March, 2017.

1. 00:00 SOUNDBITE (English): Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Baylor Forward: "It's just a chance to see what most of the Australian basketball players dream of doing. Most of them want to come here, play college and go on to the next level if they can. It's kind of like a gateway for everybody else to see what kind of competition it is here and the high level of basketball people play here."

2. 00:27 SOUNDBITE (English): Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Baylor Forward: "It's great, Manu (Lecomte) is on the team. Me and him are really close and kind of have the same struggles. We don't see our family often. When people go home we don't go home so me and him have just developed a great relationship and we talk about everything and it's great having him there cause it's always like comforting having somebody else going through something you're going through."

3. 00:52 SOUNDBITE (English): Manu Lecomte, Baylor Guard, on playing on an internationally diverse team: "It's great man, it's great to see a lot of people from a lot of different places. I know Jo and a couple of other guys too. It's just fun. We got the, kinda get that international connection on the team and it's fun you know."

4. 01:12 SOUNDBITE (French): Manu Lecomte, Baylor Guard: ROUGH TRANSLATION: 'Participating in March Madness is a dream come true and I'd like you to support Baylor through the tournament.'

5. 01:28 SOUNDBITE (English): Johnathon Wilkins, New Mexico State Forward: "It's great, I like the diversity on our team. It's really interesting when you have a lot of people from a lot of different countries coming together and playing together. It's really unique."

6. 01:48 SOUNDBITE (English): Tanveer Bhullar, New Mexico State Center: "I honestly don't know what (people in India) think of it but I know personally that it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I hope that one day they'll know how big March Madness is but I'm not 100 percent too sure."

7. 02:03 SOUNDBITE (English): Tanveer Bhullar, New Mexico State Center, on representing Indian basketball: "It means a lot, it means a lot cause that's my homeland. I grew up around my parents, I went to India to visit a couple of times - it's just crazy, like, the stuff that we experience they could never even imagine experiencing. Like going back and telling them the stories, it's just great."

SOURCE: SNTV

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US TX Final Four (NR)
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Summary: Before Final Four, Teams Relaxed, Focused
Story No: apus052175
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 31/03/2016 23:16 PM
People: Josh Hart , Kris Jenkins , Kris Jenkins , Christian James , Michael Gbinije , Trevor Cooney , Kennedy Meeks , Brice Johnson , Roy Williams
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Houston - 31 March 2016

1. Houston NRG Stadium, site of Final Four

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Josh Hart, Villanova Wildcats guard:

"It's great just being here, the last two years we haven't been. the last two years i haven't even watched college basketball at this point. it's good to be here, it's good to get out on that court. seeing these guys behind me and just playing basketball."

3. Houston NRG Stadium, site of Final Four

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kris Jenkins, Villanova Wildcats forward:

"It just shows that if you work hard and trust the process that you push to your limits by coaching staff and teammates, you can do great things but we're not satisfied we're not done. we've got to take of business on Saturday against a great Oklahoma team and it's something we're ready for."

5. Villanova players in locker room after practice

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Super: Jordan Woodward, Guard, Oklahoma

"That's great, I'd have that same mindset if I was them too, but it's the Final Four. We're just trying to play for the national championship. That's our only goal; we're not worried about revenge or nothing."

7. Oklahoma Men's basketball team walking into locker room

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian James, Oklahoma Sooners guard:

"We walked outside, we were like wow. what is it? 75 thousand? that's gonna be crazy. we just gotta stay together and find a way to win. "

++BLACK FRAMES++

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Gbinije, Syracuse Orange forward:

"The swag level definitely increased. you take down a team like Virginia that's so well coached and got a lot of talent, it just adds to your resume. it put some confidence and showed we could compete with anybody."

++BLACK FRAMES++

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Trevor Cooney, Syracuse Orange guard:

"In my mind the seeding goes out the window when the tournament starts. especially when you make it this far it doesn't matter what seed you are. i don't know if we look at ourselves as a Cinderella, we're Syracuse. we're not normally a 10 seed and i think we proved that through this tournament."

11. University of North Carolina basketball team walking into locker room

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Kennedy Meeks, Forward, North Carolina Tar Heels forward:

"I think it's a great opportunity for both teams, that's because we beat them twice, three times is hard. for them if we get this win it will big. i think it's gonna be great game i think it's gonna be competitive. two great coaches at each other, two great teams, in a great place for our season."

13. University of North Carolina basketball team walking into locker room

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels forward:

"I wasn't expecting it to look like the ACC tournament to be honest. it's kinda wild the way the ACC works. we had 'em all lined up on the same side of the bracket. we proved to everybody that we are the best conference in America. all those guys out there that played their best and they got some wins…"

15. UNC coach Roy Williams walking into locker room

STORYLINE:

The last teams in the NCAA Tournament have arrived and it's time to get ready for the Final Four.

Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse began preparations in Houston Thursday for two semifinal games on Saturday that will determine the teams that will play for the title.

Coaches and players spoke to reporters at NRG Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

Like many recent Final Fours, players are having to contend with shooting in a football stadium, where the small floor and wide circumference of the grandstands can play tricks on depth perception.

Oklahoma plays Villanova in the first semifinal Saturday night.

They'll be followed by North Carolina against Syracuse.

The winners play Monday night for the title.

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Subjects: NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship , Men's college basketball , College basketball , Men's basketball , Basketball , College sports , Events , Sports , College basketball , Men's college basketball , Men's sports , Men's basketball
People: Josh Hart , Kris Jenkins , Kris Jenkins , Christian James , Michael Gbinije , Trevor Cooney , Kennedy Meeks , Brice Johnson , Roy Williams
Organisations: Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball, North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball, Syracuse Orange men's basketball, Villanova Wildcats men's basketball, Big East Conference men's basketball, University of North Carolina
Locations: Houston , Texas , United States
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US TX Final Four (CR)
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Summary: Before Final Four, Teams Relaxed, Focused
Story No: apus052174
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 31/03/2016 23:16 PM
People: Josh Hart , Kris Jenkins , Kris Jenkins , Christian James , Michael Gbinije , Trevor Cooney , Kennedy Meeks
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Houston - 31 March 2016

++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASHES++

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Josh Hart, Villanova Wildcats guard:

"It's great just being here, the last two years we haven't been. the last two years i haven't even watched college basketball at this point. it's good to be here, it's good to get out on that court. seeing these guys behind me and just playing basketball."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kris Jenkins, Villanova Wildcats forward:

"It just shows that if you work hard and trust the process that you push to your limits by coaching staff and teammates, you can do great things but we're not satisfied we're not done. we've got to take of business on Saturday against a great Oklahoma team and it's something we're ready for."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian James, Oklahoma Sooners guard:

"We walked outside, we were like wow. what is it? 75 thousand? that's gonna be crazy. we just gotta stay together and find a way to win. "

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Gbinije, Syracuse Orange forward:

"The swag level definitely increased. you take down a team like Virginia that's so well coached and got a lot of talent, it just adds to your resume. it put some confidence and showed we could compete with anybody."

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Trevor Cooney, Syracuse Orange guard:

"In my mind the seeding goes out the window when the tournament starts. especially when you make it this far it doesn't matter what seed you are."

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kennedy Meeks, Forward, North Carolina Tar Heels forward:

"I think it's a great opportunity for both teams, that's because we beat them twice, three times is hard. for them if we get this win it will big. i think it's gonna be great game i think it's gonna be competitive. two great coaches at each other, two great teams, in a great place for our season."

STORYLINE:

The last teams in the NCAA Tournament have arrived and it's time to get ready for the Final Four.

Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse began preparations in Houston Thursday for two semifinal games on Saturday that will determine the teams that will play for the title.

Coaches and players spoke to reporters at NRG Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

Like many recent Final Fours, players are having to contend with shooting in a football stadium, where the small floor and wide circumference of the grandstands can play tricks on depth perception.

Oklahoma plays Villanova in the first semifinal Saturday night.

They'll be followed by North Carolina against Syracuse.

The winners play Monday night for the title.

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US PA Villanova 2 (NR)
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Summary: Villanova Wildcats Leave Campus For Final Four
Story No: apus052068
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 30/03/2016 22:34 PM
People: Jay Wright
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The Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team departed for the Final Four in Houston Wednesday.

Villanova plays Oklahoma on Saturday in the first semi-final game.

Syracuse plays North Carolina in the other semi-final.

The national championship game will be played on Monday.

The Wildcats last won an NCAA championship in 1985.

The Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team departed for the Final Four in Houston Wednesday.

Villanova plays Oklahoma on Saturday in the first semi-final game.

Syracuse plays North Carolina in the other semi-final.

The national championship game will be played on Monday.

The Wildcats last won an NCAA championship in 1985.

Villanova, Pennsylvania - 30 March 2016

1. Various of fans near Villanova's bus as players board

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats head coach:

"I love the pride they take in this program. When those guys when they kissed the floor today that just said it all to me."

3. Various of fans

4. Wright walks to bus

5. Bus departs

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US MI Denzel Valentine (CR HFR)
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Summary: Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine Can Do It All
Story No: apus049971
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 04/03/2016 05:59 AM
People: Denzel Valentine , Tom Izzo , Magic Johnson , Bryn Forbes
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FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: apus049970

DENZEL VALENTINE DOES A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR NUMBER TWO-RANKED MICHIGAN STATE.

THE SENIOR GUARD AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE LEADS THE SPARTANS IN POINTS, ASSISTS, AND STEALS AND IS SECOND IN REBOUNDING.

PLUS, HE'S THE TEAM'S COMEDIAN.

AND ITS MOTIVATOR.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"I'm not the most athletic guy. I'm not this and that, that everybody says, but I can play. I know how to play."

THAT PLAY IS EARNING VALENTINE COMPARISONS TO SOME GREAT SPARTANS OF THE PAST.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach:

"Of course, he's not Magic Johnson, but he's got some qualities _ winner, worker, high basketball IQ."

SOME ALSO SEE IN VALENTINE A LOT OF DRAYMOND GREEN.

A KEY COG OF THE WORLD CHAMPION GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach:

"Draymond Green has opened the doors for Denzel and players like Denzel, because he can do so many things."

VALENTINE FIRST LEARNED TO DO THOSE MANY THINGS HERE --

AT NEARBY LANSING SEXTON HIGH.

WHERE HIS DAD, CARLTON, COACHED HIM AND THE BIG REDS TO BACK-TO-BACK STATE TITLES.

CARLTON VALENTINE'S SON WAS STILL DEVELOPING HIS GAME IN THOSE DAYS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach:

"If anybody said that they saw him as a national player of the year, they're lying to you, because I didn't see that. I saw him as a really, really great player. I saw Denzel with a world of endless potential."

FOR BRYN FORBES -- VALENTINE'S TEAMMATE AT BOTH SEXTON AND MICHIGAN STATE --

HIS FRIEND SIMPLY OUTWORKS THE COMPETITION.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bryn Forbes, Michigan State guard:

"He's one of the hardest workers I know, whether it's trying to change his body, trying to change his game, his diet, he just puts a lot into the game and to himself."

WHICH IS WHY COACH TOM IZZO DOESN'T WANT HIS STAR PLAYER TO TRY TO BE THE NEXT MAGIC OR DRAYMOND.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach:

"I like him just to be Denzel, because Denzel's good enough for me."

NEXT UP FOR "JUST DENZEL" IS HIS FINAL GAME SATURDAY AT THE BRESLIN CENTER AGAINST OHIO STATE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"It's going to be very emotional. I know I'm going to have a lot of family there."

THEN IT'S OFF TO THE BIG TEN AND NCAA TOURNAMENTS --

WHERE VALENTINE HOPES TO CAP OFF HIS COLLEGE CAREER WITH A STORYBOOK ENDING.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"It gives me chills right now even talking about it. It's going to be a big, huge moment in my life during this NCAA tournament."

AFTER THE MADNESS OF MARCH CONCLUDES --

VALENTINE PLANS TO FOLLOW JOHNSON AND GREEN ONCE AGAIN --

THIS TIME INTO THE NBA.

SIGOUT - Mike Householder, Associated Press, East Lansing, Michigan

FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: apus049970

DENZEL VALENTINE DOES A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR NUMBER TWO-RANKED MICHIGAN STATE.

THE SENIOR GUARD AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE LEADS THE SPARTANS IN POINTS, ASSISTS, AND STEALS AND IS SECOND IN REBOUNDING.

PLUS, HE'S THE TEAM'S COMEDIAN.

AND ITS MOTIVATOR.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"I'm not the most athletic guy. I'm not this and that, that everybody says, but I can play. I know how to play."

THAT PLAY IS EARNING VALENTINE COMPARISONS TO SOME GREAT SPARTANS OF THE PAST.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach:

"Of course, he's not Magic Johnson, but he's got some qualities _ winner, worker, high basketball IQ."

SOME ALSO SEE IN VALENTINE A LOT OF DRAYMOND GREEN.

A KEY COG OF THE WORLD CHAMPION GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach:

"Draymond Green has opened the doors for Denzel and players like Denzel, because he can do so many things."

VALENTINE FIRST LEARNED TO DO THOSE MANY THINGS HERE --

AT NEARBY LANSING SEXTON HIGH.

WHERE HIS DAD, CARLTON, COACHED HIM AND THE BIG REDS TO BACK-TO-BACK STATE TITLES.

CARLTON VALENTINE'S SON WAS STILL DEVELOPING HIS GAME IN THOSE DAYS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach:

"If anybody said that they saw him as a national player of the year, they're lying to you, because I didn't see that. I saw him as a really, really great player. I saw Denzel with a world of endless potential."

FOR BRYN FORBES -- VALENTINE'S TEAMMATE AT BOTH SEXTON AND MICHIGAN STATE --

HIS FRIEND SIMPLY OUTWORKS THE COMPETITION.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bryn Forbes, Michigan State guard:

"He's one of the hardest workers I know, whether it's trying to change his body, trying to change his game, his diet, he just puts a lot into the game and to himself."

WHICH IS WHY COACH TOM IZZO DOESN'T WANT HIS STAR PLAYER TO TRY TO BE THE NEXT MAGIC OR DRAYMOND.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach:

"I like him just to be Denzel, because Denzel's good enough for me."

NEXT UP FOR "JUST DENZEL" IS HIS FINAL GAME SATURDAY AT THE BRESLIN CENTER AGAINST OHIO STATE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"It's going to be very emotional. I know I'm going to have a lot of family there."

THEN IT'S OFF TO THE BIG TEN AND NCAA TOURNAMENTS --

WHERE VALENTINE HOPES TO CAP OFF HIS COLLEGE CAREER WITH A STORYBOOK ENDING.

SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard:

"It gives me chills right now even talking about it. It's going to be a big, huge moment in my life during this NCAA tournament."

AFTER THE MADNESS OF MARCH CONCLUDES --

VALENTINE PLANS TO FOLLOW JOHNSON AND GREEN ONCE AGAIN --

THIS TIME INTO THE NBA.

SIGOUT - Mike Householder, Associated Press, East Lansing, Michigan

AP TELEVISION

East Lansing, Michigan – 29 February 2016

1. Various of Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine warming up and practicing with his teammates inside the Breslin Center's practice facility

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

3. Various of a statue of Michigan State great Earvin "Magic" Johnson outside Breslin

4. Zoom in on an oversized photo hanging on the wall of the practice facility that shows Johnson and his teammates and coaches from the 1979 national championship team

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

6. Valentine runs through a warm-up shooting drill

7. Oversized photo of former Michigan State player Draymond Green in action appears in the practice facility next to the program motto: "Players play. Tough players win."

AP TELEVISION

Lansing, Michigan - 29 February 2016

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

9. Various of Carlton Valentine, Denzel's father, leading a practice at Sexton High School, Denzel Valentine's alma mater

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlton Valentine, Denzel Valentine's father and high school coach (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

AP TELEVISION

East Lansing, Michigan – 29 February 2016

11. Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes takes a shot at practice

12. Denzel Valentine practices shooting

13. SOUNDBITE Bryn Forbes, Michigan State guard (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

14. Various of Valentine being interviewed by the media following practice

15. Valentine yells at his teammates to get them pumped up

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Izzo, Michigan State head coach (Transcript Below)

17. Valentine dribbles two basketballs at once as part of a warm-up

18. Various of the interior of Breslin

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard (Transcript Below)

20. Valentine dances and jokes with a teammate

21. Zoom in on an oversized photo of Valentine, Izzo, and other members of the 2014-15 Michigan State team celebrating their entry into the Final Four

22. SOUNDBITE (English) Denzel Valentine, Michigan State guard (Transcript Below) ++PARTIALLY COVERED++

23. Various of Valentine at practice

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US NCAA QA 20150319I
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Summary: As the second round of the NCAA tournament tips off, AP Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell breaks down the players to watch during 'March Madness'. (March 19)
Story No: apus028021
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 19/03/2015 17:27 PM
People: Frank Kaminsky , Jim Calhoun
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March Madness can feel a bit like sensory overload.

Games are happening at sites all over the country, often several at a time, and keeping track of everything can be nearly impossible.

Sure, there's no superstar like Andrew Wiggins this season.

But that hardly means this year's dance is devoid of big-time scorers and dynamic defenders.

Duke's Jahlil Okafor has been one of the nation's best players all season and figures to be headed to the NBA after one season, so he's going to be motivated to play well.

Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky helped lead the Badgers to the Final Four last season and has been neck-and-neck with Okafor for player of the year honors.

Notre Dame's Jerian Grant is a potential All-America.

AP TELEVISION

New York, New York - March 18, 2015

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim O'Connell, AP Basketball Writer:

"Jahlil Okafor at Duke, the freshman, he's a consensus right now a number one pick if the lottery were held right now. He's that good a player. The only niche we've found in his whole game is free throw shooting. He's been terrible with it lately. Other teams will make him a focal point on that. But everything else he does, (former Connecticut head coach) Jim Calhoun told me a long time ago when you are going to watch big men, the first thing to watch is their feet. Don't look at their upper bodies, don't look at how they do things. They are all strong, they can all do things. They are all up near the rim. Look at the guys who can really have some good footwork and Jahlil Okafor's footwork is spectacular. He's out their kind like you use to see Fred Flinstone when he'd be on his toes. Okafor does that type of thing when he makes a move. Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin. A seven footer who can shoot threes and still go inside. He's a senior which is a dinosaur in this day and age in college basketball, but he's improved every year and he's ready to play in the NBA because he'll be a mismatch wherever he goes and that is going to be a tough thing for any team that goes against him. D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State, another freshman. He's come on strong. He hasn't had the surrounding cast that most Ohio State guards have had in recent years and its always made them look better than they are. Russell's a legitimate big time player and he'll be in the NBA for a long time. All he has to do is get some upper body strength and get a little stronger and he'll be there. Another player who has kind of come out of nowhere and has been a great story, Jerian Grant from Notre Dame. He didn't play last year, he was dismissed from the team early in the season over some academics. He stayed in school. He came back and he swore that he was going to have a great season and he has. He's been tremendous. He's carried them. They are a highly offensive team and he's been leading them the whole way. He's the guy who has gotten every big basket for them along the way. They knocked off North Carolina in the ACC championship game and thats a great run for them. So, a guy like grant - here's his stage to really prove to people that he made a mistake, he had trouble at school last year, he came back and boy, he's been impressive in his senior year."

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Summary: Virginia Tech and Colorado were among the schools that were not selected for the NCAA tournament's 68-team field. AP basketball writer Jim O'Connell says both school have legitimate complaints about being left out. (March 14)
Story No: 730560
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 02/03/2012 12:06 PM
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HEADLINE: Va Tech, Colorado left out of NCAA field of 68

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CAPTION: Virginia Tech and Colorado were among the schools that were not selected for the NCAA tournament's 68-team field. AP basketball writer Jim O'Connell says both school have legitimate complaints about being left out. (March 14)

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Summary: Students on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University are beaming with school spirit this week, as the men's basketball team heads to Houston for the Final Four. (March 30)
Story No: 812692
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 26/04/2011 12:25 PM
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HEADLINE

VCU ready for the big stage

CAPTION

Students on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University are beaming with school spirit this week, as the men's basketball team heads to Houston for the Final Four. (March 30)

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY WAS OVERFLOWING WITH SCHOOL SPIRIT THIS WEEK, STUDENTS STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THEIR MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM IS HEADING TO THE FINAL FOUR

(Jamie McFee/VCU Student)

("Absolutely not to be perfectly honest. Truthful I didn't even think they'd get to the sweet 16, but this is madness really. ")

Richmond, Va

VCU's FIRST EVER TRIP TO THE FINAL FOUR IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THE SCHOOL ON THE NATIONAL MAP. LOCATED IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, VCU SPORTS AN ENROLLMENT OF MORE THAN 32-THOUSAND STUDENTS.

(Adriana Kaldy/VCU Student)

("VCU is often taken for granted because we're an art school. So people think that we have no school spirit and yata yata yata. But I think as a school our team have reacted very well and I think we're going to go all the way.")

THE RAMS ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR WAS THE LONGEST ANY SCHOOL HAS HAD TO TAKE. IN THE NEW EXPANDED FORMAT FOR THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, VCU'S MARCH TO HOUSTON STARTED FOR VCU IN DAYTON, OHIO AS PART OF THE NEW 'FIRST FOUR' GAMES. THEY BEAT SOUTHERN CAL IN THEIR OPENER. FROM THERE IT WAS ON TO CHICAGO AND CONVINCING WINS OVER BIG CONFERENCE TEAMS GEORGETOWN AND PURDUE. THEN IT WAS ON TO SAN ANTONIO WHERE THE RAMS NEEDED OVERTIME TO BEAT FLORIDA STATE, THEN SHOCKED THE WORLD BY TAKING OUT THE NUMBER ONE SEEDED KANSAS JAYHAWKS ON SUNDAY.

(Brian Kappuf/VCU Student)

("I mean the last couple weeks Chicago to San Antonio, all of it has been awesome. But this definitely takes the cake. ")

(Eriano Youmus/VCU Student

"once they hit the tournament, once they beat Georgetown we kinda had this feeling that something special....they were playing real confident. They had the swag, it was all about the swag. So once the swag came in, they just had that confidence and they've been unstoppable."

[VO:]

ON CAMPUS HUNDREDS LINE UP DAILY TO GET THEIR HANDS ON FINAL FOUR T-SHIRTS AND OTHER GEAR TO MARK THE RAMS UNFORGETTABLE RUN TO HOUSTON.

[SOT/]

(Mike P'Pool/VCU Bookstore Manager

"It's been crazy, we have a bunch of the final four shirts in this morning. They are flying out the shelves, we have internet orders all week. Uh we're t-shirt farmers now so..."

ON SELECTION SUNDAY, MANY PUNDITS DIDN'T THINK VCU EVEN DESERVED TO MAKE THE TOURNAMENT. ON SATURDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON, VCU WILL FACE BUTLER IN THE FIRST NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL.

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Organisations: Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball, Conference USA men's basketball, Houston Cougars men's basketball, Virginia Commonwealth University
Locations: Houston , Virginia , San Antonio , Richmond , Ohio , Texas , United States , North America
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Summary: Fans of Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team crowded on campus to see players off, headed for the NCAA's Final Four in Houston. The team's rise has basketball world talking. They face Butler on Saturday.
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 26/04/2011 12:25 PM
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CAPTION: Fans of Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team crowded on campus to see players off, headed for the NCAA's Final Four in Houston. The team's rise has basketball world talking. They face Butler on Saturday. (March 30)

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DV Final Four UCONN (FF)
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Summary: The University of Connecticut arrived in Houston looking to stay red hot. UCONN had to win five games in five nights to win the Big East conference tournament, and that was before winning four more straight games in the NCAA tournament. (March 31)
Story No: 812732
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 15/04/2011 13:32 PM
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UCONN hoping to keep on rolling

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The University of Connecticut arrived in Houston looking to stay red hot. UCONN had to win five games in five nights to win the Big East conference tournament, and that was before winning four more straight games in the NCAA tournament. (March 31)

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST

Kemba Walker/UCONN Guard

"tightening up some things defensively and offensively we just doing everything at a full speed at this point we're just flowing, trying to keep up our momentum."

"My biggest concern? They're extremely physical, they do a great job rebounding. I think hopefully we can keep their bigs off the glass I think we'll be fine. And we definitely have to do our best to contain Brandon (Knight)."

[SOT/]

Jeremy Lamb/UCONN

"it hasn't hit me yet, every now and then I'm like man I can't believe we're in the final four and how we're doing right now. But I probably won't sit down and think about it until its all over."

[SOT/]

Jim Calhoun/UCONN Coach

"and I think what we try to do is this your reward for a great season. And if you don't treat it like that you're making a mistake. These journeys just don't automatically come. We're happy as heck to be here. We're here to enjoy it. To celebrate our incredible season, our incredible run. And we're also here to try to win a championship."

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Summary: The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball team met the Final Four media in Houston Thursday. The team that some thought shouldn't have been invited to the tournament at all, is still playing with nothing to lose.
Story No: 812725
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 15/04/2011 13:32 PM
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VCU still enjoying the ride

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The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball team met the Final Four media in Houston Thursday. The team that some thought shouldn't have been invited to the tournament at all, is still playing with nothing to lose. (March 31)

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST

Location Houston/Source AP

Joey Rodriguez/VCU Guard

"we knew it was going to be crazy. Coach kinda warned us how crazy it would be. I just kinda shot a music video, so that was nuts but uh its been fun. it's a great experience, kinda can't wait for the game though. You go all these games without playing, you just want to play now."

"first it was about the selection and that we shouldn't be in the tournament but then after that, after we beat this team and that team it was people always saying that they did this is that game, but won't do this is that game. I think every game we've proven them wrong and kept our composure."

Bradford Burgess/VCU Guard

"we're still a team playing with nothing to lose, its definitely been a great experience for us but we're coming here to win a ballgame and then win another ballgame so staying focused, we'll be alright."

Jamie Skeen/VCU Forward

"I've seen the future and I was like maybe I can come in there and help out and maybe I could squeeze my way into the NBA as well. And I'm still trying, making it to the final four won't hurt that situation it will only help it. I just had a vision for VCU and now we're in the final four and my vision panned out."

Shaka Smart/VCU Coach

" Our guys are excited, really looking forward to the game on Saturday against Butler. Its been a terrific run thus far in the NCAA tournament. We've played extremely aggressive, confident loose basketball. In order for us to win the next several days, that is going to have to continue. We're looking forward to the opportunity."

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Organisations: Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball, Conference USA men's basketball, Houston Cougars men's basketball, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Summary: Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was in New York Tuesday as part of the broadcast team for this year's NCAA tournament. The outspoken broadcaster says he'll take it easy on the college kids, and likes Kansas to win it all. (March 8)
Story No: 812057
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 30/03/2011 11:52 AM
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Sir Charles ready for NCAA tournament

CAPTION

Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was in New York Tuesday as part of the broadcast team for this year's NCAA tournament. The outspoken broadcaster says he'll take it easy on the college kids, and likes Kansas to win it all. (March 8)

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST

(Name/Location, Occupation, Expertise)

Charles Barkley: TNT Analyst

New York, AP video

SOT 1: Barkley: "Well I think the biggest difference is trying to find out about the lesser teams. And I don't say lesser, don't get bent out of shape. Because I don't sit around and watch the 80th ranked team in the country. But have to be able to get some background on all these teams. You know in the NBA you know all 16 teams (playoffs) pretty well. You've seen them probably play......I've probably seen every NBA team play 20 times throughout the season. But in college I've seen the really good teams play probably 10-15, but some teams i've only seen play one time. That is biggest difference."

SOT 2: Barkley: "Well you know, BYU it was tough losing that young kid, but it isn't the only story. There is no clear cut favorite, I think that is the biggest story. This is the first time I can remember there wasn't someone who said this team is the heavy favorite going in. But this year, I like Kansas and Texas, they are two of the better teams I've seen play all season. But there is no dominant team, that's the storyline to be honest with you."

SOT 3: Barkley: "this is the first time all the games have been televised. You know being at home, you only get the one game in your area. This is probably to me the most exciting and unique thing about the tournament, every game is gonna be on. I'll guarantee you where I'll be they'll have all 4 games on that's gonna be cool for me."

SOT 4: Barkley: "clearly I'm not gonna criticize these kids like I would NBA players. That wouldn't be fair, they're not being paid 10 million dollars a year. I'm not going to be overly critical of college kids."

SOT 5: Barkley: "well you have to watch college basketball, because that's what you do. When I travel I watch college basketball I don't watch NBA games. First of all there is really no NBA games by X amount of nights a week. The rest of the time you're watching college basketball."

SOT 6: Barkley: "well, I told you, I really like Kansas to win the whole thing. But there is no clear cut favorite. Ohio State has got a really good team. Duke is solid. Pittsburgh is solid. But if I had to pick a winner I'd probably go with Kansas."

Reporter: "why?"

SOT 7: Barkey: "I just think they have the best team top to bottom. They have had some discipline issues, but I think that will help them in the long run."

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Summary: Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo gives The Associated Press an inside look at his early preparations for the Final Four. Izzo is just the third coach to reach six national semifinals in 12 seasons, joining John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski. (March 31)
Story No: 799434
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 31/03/2010 12:00 PM
People: Tom Izzo , John Wooden , Mike Krzyzewski
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HEADLINE: Behind the scenes with Tom Izzo

CAPTION: Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo gives The Associated Press an inside look at his early preparations for the Final Four. Izzo is just the third coach to reach six national semifinals in 12 seasons, joining John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski. (March 31)

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.

(LOCATOR: EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN)

(video: various shots of Izzo in the conference room)

IT''S EARLY IN FINAL FOUR WEEK AND MICHIGAN STATE COACH TOM IZZO IS DRAWING UP HIS GAMEPLAN FOR A NATIONAL SEMFINAL GAME AGAINST BUTLER.

FOR TWO DAYS THIS WEEK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GOT AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK AT IZZO AS MICHIGAN STATE''S WINNINGEST BASKETBALL COACH PREPARED FOR THE BULLDOGS.

THIS WILL BE IZZO''S SIXTH APPEARANCE IN THE FINAL FOUR - AND EACH TIME, THE PREPARATIONS SEEM TO GET MORE DIFFICULT.

(SUPER: TOM IZZO, MICHIGAN STATE COACH)

Sot -

"I think there gets to be more things your plate you know. You just get more accustomed to handling them. -- But there does get to be more media. There gets to be more obligations. But you have your routine down. And the routine is kinda handled by the A.D., your administrative people, secretaries, and they''ve sure made it a lot easier on me."

DESPITE HIS SUCCESS, IZZO IS STILL THE APPROACHABLE GUY FROM IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN

(video of a man coming up and congratulating Izzo and the coach says thanks)

(video of Izzo and staff in the conference room)

BUT IT COMES AT A PRICE - ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR, AS IZZO''S WINDOW-FILLED OFFICE ON CAMPUS BECOMES A GOLDFISH BOWL.

SO THE COACH AND HIS STAFF PREPARE FOR BUTLER - AT A NEARBY HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER.

(shots of the video on screen, stat sheet and play sheet)

THERE, THEY POUR OVER GAME TAPE, LOOK AT STAT SHEETS AND DRAW UP PLAYS.

SOT

"My office is a little different. 90 percent of the time that''s good. But this week it''s just not quite as good. So we try to handle it in a different way. And we tried something we haven''t tried before. At least I got a good four hours of work in.

(stills of the coaches)

A FOUR-TIME NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR, IZZO IS MAKING HIS SIXTH TRIP TO THE FINAL FOUR IN 12 YEARS. A FEAT THAT ONLY UCLA''S JOHN WOODEN - AND DUKE''S MIKE KRZYZEWSKI HAVE ACHIEVED.

Sot

"You know it''s funny. It doesn''t really sink in right now. Which it shouldn''t. But it is pretty exciting because there''s a lot of people. You look at the Bobby Knights that I''ve always idolized and I''ve always thought a lot of so it''s uh, pretty impressive. And yet it''s something I sure won''t think about for hopefully another ten years or so."

(video of Izzo walking down a hallway into his office)

HAVING ARRIVED BACK ON CAMPUS, THE TALK TURNS TO HIS NEXT OPPONENT - THE 32-AND-4 BUTLER BULLDOGS.

Sot

"I''d say up front they''re a very good team with a couple guys on that team that I think are pro-type players. And I look at it as they''ve won 25 games in a row (17)

They''re probably the darling of the country because you are the team that people think came from nowhere, even though they''ve been a top-10 team all year long. Thank god I think our players have great respect for them and what they do. So just go from there and see what we can do.

(video of reserved for next cham

A WIN OVER BUTLER SATURDAY AND THE SPARTANS WILL PLAY FOR THEIR SECOND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER IZZO.

JOHN KLOBUCAR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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People: Tom Izzo , John Wooden , Mike Krzyzewski
Organisations: Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball, Michigan State Spartans men's basketball, Big Ten Conference men's basketball, Butler Bulldogs men's basketball
Locations: Beni , Nord Kivu , Congo
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Summary: President Barack Obama is on his way back to Washington, after a quick trip to Afghanistan to visit with leaders there and American troops. During his visit, the President watched some NCAA basketball with the troops.
Story No: 799296
Source: Pool
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 29/03/2010 12:01 PM
People: Barack Obama
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HEADLINE: Raw Video: Obama watches NCAA games with troops

CAPTION: President Barack Obama is on his way back to Washington, after a quick trip to Afghanistan to visit with leaders there and American troops. During his visit, the President watched some NCAA basketball with the troops. (March 29)

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Summary: AP college basketball writer Jim O''Connell looks at Friday''s regional semifinal games in the NCAA tournament.
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Date: 26/03/2010 10:03 AM
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HEADLINE: Duke and Ohio State look to avoid the upset bug

CAPTION: AP college basketball writer Jim O''Connell looks at Friday''s regional semifinal games in the NCAA tournament. Included on the schedule are top seed Duke against Purdue and No. 2 seed Ohio State against Tennessee. Northern Iowa and Saint Mary''s also see action. (March 26)

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Summary: The men''s basketball team at Saint Mary''s College in Northern California travels to Houston to take on Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday. If they can survive two games this weekend, the next stop is the Final Four.
Story No: 799109
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 23/03/2010 12:41 PM
People: Omar Samhan , Omar Samhan , Randy Bennett , Ben Allen
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HEADLINE: Unlikely NCAA run for Saint Mary''s College

CAPTION: After upsetting Villanova on Saturday, the men''s basketball team at Saint Mary''s College travels to Houston to take on Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen. If they can survive two more games, the next stop will be the Final Four. (March 23)

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(locator - Moraga, CA)

Joe Barry tells ticket counter worker: "This is so exciting!"

JOE BARRY PICKED UP HIS TICKETS TO THE SWEET SIXTEEN IN HOUSTON. HE PLAYED FOR ST. MARY''S COLLEGE THE LAST TIME THE GAELS MADE IT THAT FAR WAY BACK IN 1959.

Joe Barry, Former St. Mary''s Player, looks at his picture and says: "I didn''t think I could jump that high! Brings back alot of memories."

NOW A NEW BATCH OF GAELS ARE CREATING THEIR OWN MEMORIES. WITH AN ENROLLMENT OF ABOUT 25 HUNDRED UNDERGRAD STUDENTS, THE CATHOLIC COLLEGE OUTSIDE SAN FRANCISCO IS ONE OF THE SMALLEST SCHOOLS IN THE TOURNAMENT.

Omar Samhan, Saint Mary''s Center, says: "Definitely feel like David they''re all Goliaths so it''s nice for someone that''s big like me to feel like the little guy."

Randy Bennett, Saint Mary''s Head Coach, says: "St. Mary''s probably isn''t supposed to be in the Sweet 16 but we are. Last year we didn''t get the opportunity to play in NCAA tournament and this year we did so that''s all you can ask for, a chance to play against the best teams and see where you stand."

Haven Daley, Associated Press, says: "Five players on this St. Mary''s team come from Australia which may explain how they''re able to handle the underdog role so well."

Ben Allen, Saint Mary''s Center, says: "They don''t care who Villanova is. They''re from Australia. They''re just another team in our way so that definitely gives us an edge when we go up against those big teams. We''re just small St. Mary''s. Some guys might think that but definitely not the Australians."

SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE ON CAMPUS AND IN TOWN IS GETTING THEIR SWEET SIXTEEN GEAR AND SHOWING OFF THEIR GAEL PRIDE.

Brandon Wehrly ("Whirl-y"), Saint Mary''s Alum, says: "It doesn''t matter what size of school you come from. It''s all about the size of the heart of the player that makes the difference on the court."

Brad Noggle, Local Business Owner, says: "The next team? Baylor? Bring ''em on! These guys are on fire. You can''t stop these guys."

WHILE IT''LL BE A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR MOST IN THE STANDS AND ON THE COURT AT THE SWEET 16 IN HOUSTON, SOME WILL BE MAKING THE RETURN TRIP THEY''VE BEEN WAITING FOR FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS.

Joe Barry, Former Saint Mary''s Player, says: "I can''t believe it. They''re really doing well. Bringing St. Mary''s back."

HAVEN DALEY, THE ASSOCIATE

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Organisations: Houston Cougars men's basketball, Baylor Bears men's basketball, Conference USA men's basketball
Locations: Beni , Nord Kivu , Congo
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Summary: The 2010 NCAA men''s basketball tournament tipped on Thursday afternoon. Giving basketball fans in New York City an excuse to take a long lunch.
Story No: 798943
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Date: 18/03/2010 12:00 PM
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HEADLINE: Fans excited as March Madness tips off

CAPTION: The 2010 NCAA men''s basketball tournament tipped on Thursday afternoon. Giving basketball fans in New York City an excuse to take a long lunch. (March 18)

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Summary: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell recaps play in the NCAA tournament over the weekend. Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Connecticut all won to advance to the 'Final Four'. (March 30)
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HEADLINE: Recap of weekend play in NCAA tournament

CAPTION: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell recaps play in the NCAA tournament over the weekend. Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Connecticut all won to advance to the 'Final Four'. (March 30)

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Summary: COMMENTARY: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell says the top seeds in the NCAA tournament are playing well. He also discusses why it's difficult for a 'Cinderella' team to make a run in the tournament. (March 24)
Story No: 786432
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/04/2009 09:23 AM
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HEADLINE: Top seeds playing well in NCAA tournament

CAPTION: COMMENTARY: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell says the top seeds in the NCAA tournament are playing well. He also discusses why it's difficult for a 'Cinderella' team to make a run in the tournament. (March 24)

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Summary: Tar Heels, Zags, Orange and Sooners make up the South Regional in the NCAA's round of 16
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Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 06/04/2009 14:35 PM
People: Tyler Hansbrough , Ty Lawson , Ty Lawson , Blake Griffin , Willie Warren
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HEADLINE: Hansbrough, Griffin headline South Regional

CAPTION: Tar Heels, Zags, Orange and Sooners make up the South Regional in the NCAA's round of 16. (March 24)

[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.

Video: opens with b-roll of Hansbrough

REIGNING AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR TYLER HANSBROUGH LEADS TOP-SEEDED NORTH CAROLINA INTO A SOUTH REGIONAL SEMIFINAL FRIDAY NIGHT IN MEMPHIS.

THE TARHEELS WILL FACE FOURTH-SEEDED GONZAGA. THE BULLDOGS ARE BACK IN THE ROUND OF 16 AFTER LOSING IN THE FIRST ROUND THE PAST TWO SEASONS.

HOW FAR CAN THE TAR HEELS GO? THAT COULD RELY ON POINT GUARD TY LAWSON'S RIGHT BIG TOE.

AFTER MISSING THREE GAMES BECAUSE OF A JAMMED RIGHT TOE, THE ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR RETURNED AGAINST LSU LAST WEEKEND AND SCORED 21 OF HIS 23 POINTS AFTER HALFTIME IN AN 84-70, SECOND-ROUND VICTORY.

SOT

Super: JIM O'CONNELL, AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRITER

"Carolina, you have to wait and see which Ty Lawson's gonna be there. You know the Ty Lawson of the first half where he struggle or Ty Lawson of the second half where he scored 21 points and took over the game and made everybody else better. You can just see everyone else getting a lift when he's out there and running the Carolina guys. They look different when they're shooting and it's just something that they play with a lot more confidence.

"The speed that he brings to that team that he just gets 'em going and they're the kind of team that their defense gets better when they're rolling when they're running more because they kinda see the reward of turning somebody over and rebounds. (:33)

GONZAGA IS TRYING TO REACH THE ELITE EIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999. THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPS PUNCHED THEIR SWEET 16 TICKET WITH DEMTRI GOODSON'S GAME-WINNING BUZZER-BEATER AGAINST WESTERN KENTUCKY.

SOT - O'CONNELL

"Gonzaga's coming in with as much confidence as you can have. Coming off that great last second win over Western Kentucky. All of a sudden they've added a new weapon that Goodson's gonna be the guy that..all of a sudden now he's another player you have to worry about so I think Carolina is really worried about Gonzaga that it's a kinda team that can get into a real running game with them and try to outscore them. (:18)

THE OTHER GAME PITS TWO-SEED OKLAHOMA AGAINST NUMBER -3 SYRACUSE. THE SOONERS ARE LED BY PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE BLAKE GRIFFIN, WHO POURED IN 33 POINTS AND HAULED DOWN 17 REBOUNDS -- IN A SECOND-ROUND 73-63 WIN OVER MICHIGAN..

SOT - O'CONNELL

"Blake Griffin's gonna get to go against another zone. Against Michigan's 1-3-1 he got enough help from his teammates that they were able to do it. Syracuse is gonna play that 2-3 and Syracuse is on the back of that zone and they're gonna bang Griffin and not that he's not used to it. I can't remember a player who's taken a physical beating over about a 2-week period that he has. (:19)

OKLAHOMA IS IN THE ROUND OF 16 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS....AND HALL OF FAMER JIM O'CONNELL WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM PAIRED UP AGAINST THE TAR HEELS ON SUNDAY.

SOT - O'CONNELL

"Carolina-Oklahoma championship game here would be great. Hansbrough going against Griffin . Willie Warren going against Ty Lawson. The young up and coming speed point guard going against the established point guard so that would be a real fun game to get to a championship game. (:13)

THE SOUTH REGIONAL WINNER MOVES ON TO PLAY THE EAST REGIONAL CHAMPION AT THE FINAL FOUR IN DETROIT.

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Summary: Connecticut, North Carolina, Memphis and Maryland were among the winners on day one of the NCAA basketball tournament. UCLA barely avoided being upset. 12th-seed Western Kentucky beat No. 5 seed Illinois. (March 20)
Story No: 786319
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/04/2009 09:14 AM
People: Jim Calhoun , George Blaney , A.J. Price , Hasheem Thabeet , Hasheem Thabeet , Tyler Hansbrough , Wayne Ellington , Ty Lawson , Ty Lawson , Roburt Sallie , Dwayne Anderson , Dante Cunningham , Jon Scheyer , Eric Maynor , Steffphon Pettigrew
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CAPTION: Connecticut, North Carolina, Memphis and Maryland were among the winners on day one of the NCAA basketball tournament. UCLA barely avoided being upset. 12th-seed Western Kentucky beat No. 5 seed Illinois. (March 20)

[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.

West Region top seed Connecticut won its' NCAA opener in a blowout...and did so without head coach Jim Calhoun.

The Huskies beat Chattanooga, 103-47.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun missed the game because he wasn't feeling well and was hospitalized Thursday afternoon for tests.

He was to be kept overnight for observation.

Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies Thursday.

A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet scored 20 points apiece in the easy win.

The 56-point difference was the third-largest margin of victory in NCAA tournament history.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 22 points as South Region top seed North Carolina clobbered Radford, 101-58.

In the process, Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark.

Wayne Ellington tallied 25 points for the Tar Heels.

SOT: Wayne Ellington

North Carolina won without point guard Ty Lawson, who missed his third straight game with a toe injury.

Roburt Sallie had a career night as Memphis, number 2 seed in the West, beat Cal-State Northridge, 81-70.

The sophomore guard averaged just 4.5 points a game this season, but put up 35 in the victory.

Sallie hit 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record.

Also in the West, Tenth-seed Maryland beat California, 84-71, shutting down the nation's best 3-point shooting team.

The Bears shot a woeful 7-for-24 from beyond the arc.

Grievis Vasquez had 27 points in the win.

The number 3 seed in the East, Villanova had to rally from a 14-point deficit to beat American University, 80-67.

Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points in the win over the Patriot League champions.

Jon Scheyer's 15 points led six Duke players in double figures as the 2nd seed in the East- beat Binghamton, 86-62.

This was the Bearcats first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

SOT: Mike Krzyzewski

UCLA barely avoided the upset, as the number six seed in the East held on to beat 11th-seed Virginia Commonwealth, 65-64.

VCU's Eric Maynor missed a contested 17-footer at the buzzer and the Bruins won by a point.

Steffphon Pettigrew scored 17 points as number-12 seed Western Kentucky upset fifth-seed Illinois, 76-72, in the South Region.

The Hilltoppers led by as many as 17 in the game.

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Summary: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell says he'd like to see a change in the way teams are selected for the men's NCAA basketball tournament. (March 17)
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HEADLINE: Changing the NCAA hoops selection process?

CAPTION: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell says he'd like to see a change in the way teams are selected for the men's NCAA basketball tournament. (March 17)

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Summary: Which team will win the men's NCAA basketball tournament? AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell predicts a team from the Big East will take home the national championship trophy. (March 17)
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HEADLINE: Picking the winner of the NCAA hoops tournament

CAPTION: Which team will win the men's NCAA basketball tournament? AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell predicts a team from the Big East will take home the national championship trophy. (March 17)

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Summary: Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut were named top seeds on 'Selection Sunday' for the men's NCAA basketball tournament. The other No. 1 seed is ACC regular-season champion North Carolina. (March 16)
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HEADLINE: The NCAA basketball tournament field is set

CAPTION: Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut were named top seeds on 'Selection Sunday' for the men's NCAA basketball tournament. The other No. 1 seed is ACC regular-season champion North Carolina. (March 16)

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NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.

The Big East was a 'beast' when it came to 'Selection Sunday' for the men's NCAA basketball tournament.

Three of the four number one seeds come from the conference.

Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut helped the Big East become the first conference to have three teams as one-seeds.

ACC regular-season champion North Carolina was the other top seed.

Louisville was the top overall seed in the tournament and will

play in the Midwest. The Cardinals will meet the winner of

an opening-round game Tuesday between Alabama State and Morehead

State.

Of the four top seeds, Louisville was the only team to win its' conference tournament.

Pitt was the top seed in the East...Carolina in the South...and

UConn in the West, the region the Huskies were in when they won

their championships in 1999 and 2004.

It could be argued that Memphis got slighted...a bit.

The Tigers are the second seed in the West despite a 25-game winning streak.

Memphis plays in Conference USA, which some critics knock as being not as competitive as other top leagues.

And yet, the Tigers did make it to last year's national title game.

Arizona made the tournament for the 25th straight year...but some might say they didn't deserve it this year.

The Wildcats were thought by many to be off the bubble after an

early loss to Arizona State in the Pac-10 tournament, but made it

as 12th seed in the Midwest.

The so-called mid-major conferences had nine at-large

bids in 2005...but less than half that this year.

The most notable mid-major to get snubbed was St. Mary's, which won 26 games but

lost by 25 to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference final.

Perennial powerhouses Indiana and Kentucky are also absent from this year's tournament- the first time both teams did not make the tournament since 1979.

The Final Four is scheduled for Ford Field in Detroit on April 4 and 6.

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Summary: Earl Clark scored 24 points as fifth-ranked Louisville defeated Providence, 73-55, in a Big East tournament quarterfinal game. The Friars nearly tied a tournament record with 26 turnovers. (March 12)
Story No: 786112
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Date: 24/03/2009 10:16 AM
People: Earl Clark , Samardo Samuels , Weyinmi Efejuku , Rick Pitino
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CAPTION: Earl Clark scored 24 points as fifth-ranked Louisville defeated Providence, 73-55, in a Big East tournament quarterfinal game. The Friars nearly tied a tournament record with 26 turnovers. (March 12)

[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]

NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST

Earl Clark had 24 points and 10 rebounds as top seed Louisville easily dispatched Providence, 73-55, in a Big East tournament quarterfinal game.

Freshman center Samardo Samuels added 22 points for the Cardinals, who have won eight straight and are hoping for

a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

5th-ranked Louisville has won 18 of its' last 20 overall, including five wins over ranked teams. The Cardinals have not lost since February 12th.

Providence didn't have nearly as much fun as Louisville. The Friars nearly tied a Big East tournament record with 26 turnovers.

Weyinmi Efejuku (WAY'-in-mee ehf-eh-JOO'-koo)- led Providence with 17 points, but committed five turnovers himself.

Pitino wanted his team to play a trapping defense against Providence to put the clamps on the Friars' 3-point shooting.

SOT: Rick Pitino

It's been more than two decades since Pitino led Providence to the Final Four.

The Louisville head coach thinks this year's edition of the Friars deserves to make the NCAA tournament- even after

this defeat dropped them to 19 and 13.

SOT: Rick Pitino

Louisville moves on to meet No. 10 Villanova in Friday's semifinals.

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HEADLINE: Which teams will shine in the West, Midwest?

CAPTION: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell takes a detailed look at both the Midwest and West Regions of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. (March 16)

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Summary: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell takes an in-depth look at both the East and South Regions of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. (March 16)
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HEADLINE: Analysis of the East, South regions

CAPTION: AP College Basketball Writer Jim O'Connell takes an in-depth look at both the East and South Regions of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. (March 16)

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Summary: Chicago-based consultant group Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc. estimates that $1.7 billion will be lost in productivity during the two weeks of March Madness. But some claim that number is exaggerated
Story No: 773425
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Date: 20/03/2008 08:55 AM
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HEADLINE: Does March Madness really hurt productivity?

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CAPTION: Chicago-based consultant group Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc. estimates that $1.7 billion will be lost in productivity during the two weeks of March Madness. But some claim that number is exaggerated. (March 20)

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[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]

(locator - San Francisco, CA)

DURING MARCH MADNESS, MANY CALL IN SICK.

Jeremy Roark, Called In Sick, says: "I was not coming in today. I have a hurt foot and I used that to the fullest."

OTHERS TAKE THEIR WORK TO THE SPORTS BAR.

Justin Beck, Working at Sports Bar, says: "For a couple of days, I don't think it's that big of a deal. If you got deadlines, you gotta get them done."

AND SOME UTILIZE "THE BOSS BUTTON."

Joellen Ferrer, Watching At Work, says: "It's basically a bogus Excel spreadsheet. Push the button if you're boss is behind you."

BUT JOELLEN FERRER DOESN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. SHE WORKS AT A TICKET COMPANY WHERE FOLLOWING SPORTS IS PART OF HER JOB.

Joellen Ferrer, Watching At Work, says: "Everybody gets amped up. Everybody loves this time of year. We're all sitting her watching the games. We're definitely alot closer this time of the year."

MORE THAN A MILLION AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO WATCH GAMES ONLINE FROM THEIR DESKS DURING THE TWO WEEKS OF THE TOURNAMENT. A CHICAGO-BASED CONSULTANT GROUP SAYS THAT AMOUNTS TO ONE-POINT SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS IN WASTED WORK TIME. BUT SOME EMPLOYERS SAY IT'S BETTER TO SNEAK A PEAK FROM YOUR DESK RATHER THAN SNEAK OUT OF THE OFFICE ENTIRELY.

Sean Pate, StubHub.com, says: "With the games online now streamed on demand it really actually keeps people in their desks watching rather than in the lunchroom or at the sports bar across the street. They're getting their work done and still keeping an eye on what's going on."

ALSO, THE LOST PRODUCTIVITY FIGURES DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CASUAL FANS WHO LOSE INTEREST IN THE TOURNAMENT AS THE TEAMS THEY PICKED IN THE OFFICE POOL GET KNOCKED OUT. HAVEN DALEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, SAN FRANCISCO.

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