INDIANOLIS () – Gonzaga and UCLA complete the NCAA Final Four and join Baylor and Houston.
Gonzaga got on stage and performed the show, moving to 30-0 this season and sailing to the Final Four with an 85-66 victory against Southern California. Drew Timme scored 23 points to help top and top Bulldogs become the third team to set an unbeaten record in the Final Four since the group expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Johnny Juzang poured 28 points while playing most of the second half on the injured ankle, and UCLA survived the series of failures of Michigan’s best-seeded in the final seconds to hold on to a 51: 49 victory that made the Bruins the fifth not 11 seeds to ever make it to Final Four.
INDIANOLIS () – Officer Bert Smith crashed to the floor at the start of Elite Eight between Gonzaga and Southern California and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher.
Smith was boarding the baseline when the Trojans moved into transgression when he collided and hit his head on the floor.
He stayed down for about five minutes and then managed to stand up and move to a nearby stretcher. When he was taken out of the court, he was alert and sitting with his arms crossed over his chest.
NCAA spokesman David Worlock said Smith was “vigilant and stable.”
SAN ANTONIO () – South Carolina and Stanford will join UConn and Arizona Stanford in the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Zia Cooke scored 16 points and South Carolina used its stifling defenses to advance to the Final Four for the third time, stopping Texas at 62:34.
Lexie Hull scored 21 points and Stanford reached the Final Four by assembling a 78-63 victory over Louisville.
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee. () – Jason Shay has resigned after one season as head coach of the men’s basketball team in the state of East Tennessee.
Sports director Scott Carter said Shay told him earlier on Tuesday about his intention to resign.
Shay spent six seasons at ETSU, the first five as an assistant and one as head coach. He replaced Steve Forbes, who left for Wake Forest last year, but Shay said he decided it was in the best interests of him and his family and the ETSU program to resign.
MARTIN, Tennessee. () – UT Martin has hired Ryan Ridder as the new Skyhawks men’s basketball coach.
Sports director Kurt McGuffin announced recruitment on Tuesday and Ridder will be unveiled next week at the campus.
Ridder, 36, has spent the last four seasons at Bethune-Cookman at an athletic conference in the Middle East. He had a 64.6% winning percentage in the league game and won the MEAC title of the 2017-18 regular season. He had 48 victories in Bethune-Cookman before the school withdrew from all sports for the 2020-21 seasons.
He won the Joe B. Hall Award in 2018 after leading Bethune-Cookeman to his second MEAC title in a regular season in its 38-year history.
NEW YORK () – Fordham on Tuesday hired longtime assistant Villan’s Kyle Neptune to take over the men’s basketball program, which has had only two winning periods since entering Conference 10 in the Atlantic in 1995.
Neptune, 36, grew up in Brooklyn and then attended Lehigh, where he played for four years and was a senior team.
Neptune has been an assistant in Villanov under Jay Wright for the past eight seasons. During that time, the Wildcats have won two national championships and five Big East titles.
NCAA President Mark Emmert plans to meet this week with a group of basketball players who used Madness in early March to use a social media campaign to protest rules banning college athletes from making money on their names, pictures and likenesses.
Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National Association of College Players, said on Tuesday that Emmert was scheduled to video conference with Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon and Rutgers’ Geo Baker on Thursday.
SAN ANTONIO () – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert stating that the external review, which suggested examining potential gender issues, was not good enough.
In the letter he received