At the bottom of the pile, two young basketball players and old friends embraced, celebrating the championship they had been talking about winning long before choosing to play together at Duke.
Thousands of Wisconsin fans packed downtown Madison on Monday night, dancing and jumping around, despite a loss to Duke University in the NCAA championship.
It's John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski.
Over a matter of mere minutes, the youngsters at Duke grew into salty old pros.
Call them freshmen. But please, do not call them kids.
With two of Duke's star freshmen in foul trouble in the biggest game of the season, the Blue Devils found a championship-saving jolt from an unlikely source.
Former Lee County Yellow Jacket wrestler Hailey Lilly, now a junior at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, earned her first collegiate All-American honors in February then, last weekend, finished third place in the ASICS University Nationals.
The Central Carolina Community College's golf team has two tournaments remaining this spring season.
Four No. 1 seeds are in the Final Four of the women's NCAA Tournament for only the third time, yet there's still a distinctive feel it's really two-time defending champion Connecticut's title to lose. Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland merely are a distant best of the rest.
Seth LaRue and Brian Taylor both drove in two runs and Campbell clinched its Big South baseball series at Presbyterian with an 8-1 Friday afternoon win.
Duke's Marshall Plumlee spends his practices trying to match up with a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and most games seeing only spot duty on the Blue Devils' latest Final Four team.
There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.
Campbell stormed back with a four-run seventh inning and topped Duke 9-6 on the road Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
Alex Scott (2-0) (Lee County), Zach Burke (3-0) (Chatham Central), Chase Fuquay (CC) and Wake Tech Community College cracked the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Top 20 poll
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell scored seven of her 21 points in the final 2 minutes and South Carolina beat Florida State 80-74 on Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final for its first Final Four berth.
MARYLAND 65, DUKE 55
MICHIGAN STATE 76, LOUISVILLE 70, OT
Mike Krzyzewski is living in the moment with his youngest team ever, not thinking too much about the significance of his latest trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Michael Boyle struck out six, Shane Johnsonbaugh knocked in two runs, and Radford topped Campbell 3-1 Friday night at Jim Perry Stadium.
Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen.
"Survive and Advance" had become the mantra again for North Carolina State, a tribute to the late Jim Valvano and his improbable championship with the Wolfpack in 1983.
North Carolina just couldn't protect its late lead.
At first glance, it seems like just another Atlantic Coast Conference game — North Carolina State vs. Louisville.
ARIZONA 68, XAVIER 60