Is March all that matters?
Though college basketball defines itself by the next three weeks, many coaches and programs would rather not. After all, they say, there's more to the year than just one month.
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LOCAL TEAMS

Cincinnati vs. E. Tenn. St.
Time: 3:05 p.m. Friday
Place: Columbus
TV: 12, 7; Radio: WLW-AM

Xavier vs. Louisville
Time: 9:50 p.m. Friday
Place: Orlando, Fla.
TV: 12, 7; Radio: WLW-AM

Kentucky vs. Florida A&M
Time: 7:10 p.m. Friday
Place: Columbus
TV: 12, 7; Radio: WSAI-AM

Dayton vs. DePaul
Time: 9:50 p.m. Thursday
Place: Buffalo, N.Y.
TV: 12, 7; Radio: WHIO-AM



NCAA TOURNAMENT 2004


C I N C I N N A T I   B E A R C A T S
Gods haven't smiled on Huggins
The Bearcats entered the postseason with 150 wins over the past six seasons. They're making their 13th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. But March hasn't been kind to the Bearcats in recent years.
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X A V I E R   M U S K E T E E R S
Muskies not content just being there
After months of postulating, Xavier is in the NCAA Tournament. Now it's back to work. The progress of Xavier's program will be tested Friday against 10th-seeded Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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K E N T U C K Y   W I L D C A T S
UK Nation keeps March circled in red
The University of Kentucky's Tubby Smith coaches the nation's winningest program, but the spoils of its success in this NCAA Tournament could be offset by a spoiled fan base's judgments.
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Now in, Flyers want a win
The Dayton Flyers, who haven't won a game in the Tournament since 1990, enter this year's as a No. 10 seed in the Phoenix regional. With its second straight NCAA bid, UD needs a 'W' to raise national profile.

Columbus offers other games worth seeing
Two local teams, Cincinnati and Kentucky, are playing first- and possibly second-round games at Columbus' Nationwide Arena. Here's a look at four other teams that will play Friday in Columbus.

Games that'll do you in
Your brackets are filled out and you're finally ready to watch some games. Unfortunately, in a few hours, you'll be ready to rip up that bracket sheet because you overlooked some key first-round upsets.

From late night to the spotlight
Even though this was the season you promised yourself you would stay up to watch those West Coast teams, perhaps you still don't know if Pacific is glass-slipper worthy or if Stanford can reach the Final Four.

Uniqueness of format gives game its appeal
The one telling difference between college football and basketball is that after the Final Four, no one will be declaring two teams national champions.

TV, expanded field sparked evolution
Historians will note that the event's first growth spurt came in passing the National Invitational Tournament, which similarly began in the late 1930s and initially was considered more prestigious.