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The once-storied basketball program at Georgetown has an opening for a new coach. Want to create some buzz? Hire someone who is tough, smart and successful? Ralph Wiley knows the perfect coach for the Hoyas: Rutgers women's coach Vivian Stringer.

Wacky Bracket: Final 8 Bend them! Trade them!
The Wacky Bracket is hot enough to melt the rest of the snow in New England. At least it is with this pairing in our regional finals: Britney Spears vs. the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Vote now!
Page 2 has unearthed a sneak preview of the latest Yankees' promotional giveaway: Action A-Rod and Captain Jeter dolls. They walk, they ask for trades they make errors, they even hang out together!

THE DAILY QUICKIE
The Daily Quickie can't wait -- NOT! -- to see what Barry Bonds has to say in his weekly website updates. Plus, the Quickie's first look at the Final Four, and a new slogan for Super Bowl XXXIX.


Sweet Sixteen. Elite Eight. Final Four. An alliance of alliteration and attrition. The biggest, toughest, most prized leap? We say it's from eight to four. The best regional final games of the past 25 years:

10]  1987: Indiana 77, LSU 76
Bob Knight's Hoosiers, the Midwest's No. 1 seed, rallied from nine points down with five minutes to play to beat the 10th-seeded LSU Tigers and their incredibly effective "freak defense."
9]  1997: Arizona 96, Providence 92 (OT)
The underdog, 10th-seeded Friars looked the part, trailing by 12 with 6 1/2 minutes to go against the Wildcats. But then God took over -- God Shammgod, who scored eight quick points as the game went into OT.
8]  1992: Michigan 75, Ohio State 71 (OT)
The Fab Five, freshman all, blew a seven-point second-half lead, but in OT, Jalen Rose scored six and Chris Webber added three to seal the Fab Five Freshman's Final Four berth.
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2004 NCAA FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
March 26 Duke 7 Illinois 145.5
March 26 Texas 2.5 Xavier 142
March 26 Georgia Tech 4 Nevada 149.5
March 26 Kansas 4 UAB 154.5


 
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Things get a little ugly in today's Writers' Bloc as Eric Adelson gives 10 reasons he prefers the women's NCAA Tournament. Patrick Hruby fires back to defend the men and then ... well, the bruises are big and purple after this one.

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