Death threats to a ref – the lunatics are threatening to overtake Kentucky's fan base (Yahoo Sports)
Kentucky has the best and worst fans in college basketball. When the Wildcats are eliminated in the NCAA tournament, guess which faction takes over? At best, complaining about officiating for more than an hour or two after a loss is an incredibly lame waste of time.
One unlikely secret to Gonzaga's success: A recruiting pitch 'nobody really wants' (Yahoo Sports)
When Nigel Williams-Goss began whittling down his list of potential transfer destinations two years ago, the school that he would one day lead to the Final Four didn’t even make the first cut. The heralded point guard initially declined to visit Gonzaga, scheduling trips to UNLV, Providence, Ohio State and Georgetown instead. Only after after a text conversation between Williams-Goss’ father and Gonzaga assistant Brian Michaelson did the family reconsider.
Why Sindarius Thornwell's one-man NCAA tournament run ranks among best since 2000 (Yahoo Sports)
There are many reasons South Carolina was an afterthought heading in the 2017 NCAA tournament, but there is one main one — one broad one — that stands above the rest: The Gamecocks, by major conference standards, were frankly a bad offensive team. South Carolina was on the decline, too. It had scored a season-low 53 points in an SEC tournament loss to Alabama.
The 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches (Yahoo Sports)
This year’s Final Four coaches have one thing in common: None is among the 10 highest-paid coaches in the NCAA tournament.
USA Today released its annual list of men’s college basketball coaches’ salaries among NCAA tournament teams on Wednesday, and while the Bluegrass State duo of Rick Pitino and John Calipari tops all tournament coaches in total pay, Oregon’s Dana Altman is the highest-paid tournament coach whose team is still standing this season.
All numbers courtesy of USA Today.
Ranking the 20 Final Four starters from most to least valuable (Yahoo Sports)
Another is an ultra-athletic wing from South Carolina starring in his home state. All of them have one thing in common: They’re starters at this year’s Final Four. The catalyst for this year’s most surprising Final Four team, Thornwell has scored at least 24 points in all four of South Carolina’s NCAA tournament victories.
Best bets for NCAA tournament Final Four (Yahoo Sports)
Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans offers his picks against the spread for Final Four matchups between Gonzaga/South Carolina and UNC/Oregon.