‘Human trafficking is going to happen’: The darker side of sporting events ahead of the Final Four
In the first two months of 2023, Houston police made 298 arrests dealing with prostitution, purchasing prostitution, and human trafficking. With hundreds of thousands of fans expected in the Bayou City through Monday during the NCAA Final Four, advocates and law enforcement are gearing up for human trafficking cases.
HSI Houston warns fans to be aware of counterfeit merchandise, tickets during 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four
As the city of Houston prepares to host the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four from March 31 through April 3, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is cautioning fans to be on the lookout for fake NCAA merchandise and tickets to Final Four games.
Va Tech women headed to 1st Final Four after topping Ohio St
Elizabeth Kitley scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Georgia Amoore added 24 points and top-seeded Virginia Tech advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history with an 84-74 win over No. 3 seed Ohio State in the Seattle 3 Regional final.
NCAA Final Four in Houston: What to know before you go as thousands expected to attend
Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with officials with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Houston Police Department and other organizations are teaming up to prepare the city for the upcoming 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament at NRG Stadium.
Review finds women’s NCAA Tournament got less than men’s
A law firm's look into the gender equity of the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments found the women's teams came up short in everything from COVID-19 testing to weight room facilities and areas to escape hotel bubble life, The NCAA released the 100-plus page review by a law firm.
TRIVIA: It’s Clyde Drexler’s birthday! How well do you know this NBA legend?
June 22, 2021 marks the 59th birthday for Houston basketball legend Clyde Drexler. Number 22 first made a name for himself as part of the iconic Phi Slama Jama team at the University Houston. He eventually dominated in the NBA as well and has had his number retired at both the college and the professional level.
Mattress Mack to send several UH students to Final Four game this weekend
Mattress Mack gives out nearly 20,000 face masks FridayHOUSTON – In true “Mattress Mack” fashion, the business owner will send several University of Houston students to the Final Four game against Baylor this Saturday. Jim McIngvale and Gallery Furniture will also host a Coogs Pep Rally at the Gallery Furniture on North Freeway on Thursday at 11 a.m.During the pep rally, several UH students will win a round-trip charter flight to Indianapolis, tickets to the game and hotel accommodations. The public is welcome to show their Cougar pride in the parking lot of the pep rally. The lucky Final Four trip winners will board a private jet on Friday with the families of the UH coaches to attend the game.
Stanford rallies to beat Louisville 78-63, reach Final Four
Lexie Hull had 21 points, Ashten Prechtel scored each of her 16 in the second half and Stanford reached the Final Four by rallying for a 78-63 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night. “To play a second half and beat them by 27 really says a lot about how hard people were playing,” VanDerveer said. Stanford dropped that one 62-53, ending its previous appearance in the Final Four. Stanford (29-2) trailed by 12 midway through the third quarter before scoring 13 consecutive points to take its first lead since early in the game. We weren’t aggressive enough.”AdThe Cardinal got going in the second half and made six of their final eight 3-point attempts.
Gonzaga's bid for a perfect season moves on to Final Four
Gonzaga (30-0) has been an offensive juggernaut rarely seen in college basketball. Ad“Everyone wants us to keep moving forward, but that’s not how we roll,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. That doesn’t lessen our desire to win this game, the next game or win two more games.”The next one won't be easy. The Bears were embroiled in one of the darkest scandals in college basketball history, when Patrick Dennehy was murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson in 2003. They played in the Final Four.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
Quite a show: Zags stay undefeated with 85-66 win over USC
On Saturday in the national semifinals, the Zags will face 11th-seeded UCLA, which beat Michigan 51-49 in a later Elite Eight game. All-American Corey Kispert had 18 points and eight boards on an “off” night — only 6 for 19 from the floor. “We just tried to stay moving,” Suggs said about attacking the USC zone, which had been shutting down teams all month in Indy. “It was a little surprising," USC coach Andy Enfield said, “because we'd been playing great basketball.”The Zags have a way about doing that to people. ALL-WEST TEAMThe All-region team included both Mobley brothers, Suggs, Kispert and Timme, who was named the West's most outstanding player.
Here’s how you can score last minute tickets to the UH vs. Baylor showdown this weekend
It’s been nothing but buzz and excitement for the University of Houston men’s basketball team who is headed to the Final Four to take on the Baylor Bears on Saturday. On the NCAA website, coordinators say each team will be provided a very limited number of tickets to sell. The University of Houston tells KPRC 2 that students had one last chance to sign up for those limited tickets on Monday. AdKPRC 2 checked StubHub for tickets to Saturday’s game and they start at $1,100 and go all the way up to $25,000 with only 60 tickets left on the website. If it was a full stadium, prices would be very different,” said Calhoun.
Houston tops Oregon State, reaches 1st Final Four since ’84
Yes, Houston is going back to the Final Four for the first time since the famed “Phi Slama Jama” era after Monday night's 67-61 win against Oregon State. And Houston knocked down enough free throws late while holding Oregon State without a basket during a critical 3 1/2 minutes. Fittingly, it was DeJon Jarreau — the American Athletic Conference's defensive player of the year who led the effort that stymied Oregon State star Ethan Thompson — who was named the most outstanding player of the Midwest Region. “It was right there within our grasp with the effort we showed in the second half,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. They held the Beavers to 35% shooting in the first half before Oregon State found some openings.
Houston tops Oregon State, reaches 1st Final Four since ’84
INDIANAPOLIS – Houston overcame a blown 17-point lead to hold off Oregon State 67-61 on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four for the first time in 37 years. Grimes’ 3 from near the top of the arc finally steadied the Cougars, and Houston knocked down enough free throws down the stretch while holding Oregon State without a basket during a critical 3 1/2 minutes. AdMarcus Sasser scored 20 points to lead Houston while Grimes added 18. Fittingly, it was DeJon Jarreau -- the American Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year who led the effort that stymied Oregon State star Ethan Thompson -- who was named the most outstanding player of the Midwest Region. They held the Beavers to 35% shooting in the first half before Oregon State found some openings.
What To Watch: Remaining Final Four spots up for grabs
… Gonzaga is seeking to become the first team to make it to the Final Four unbeaten since Kentucky in 2015. 11 seed UCLA (21-9), East Region final, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. … UCLA is back in a regional final for the first time since earning three straight Final Four berths from 2006-08. 6 seed Texas (21-9), Hemisfair Region final, Alamodome, San Antonio. … Texas is in a regional final for the first time since 2016 and seeking its first Final Four appearance since 2003.
TAPPS Final Four Preview powered by Academy Sports + Outdoors: Area teams vying for spots in TAPPS State Title Games
For area TAPPS teams they are now just two wins away from hoisting that coveted wooden TAPPS State Championship trophy and claiming the spot as the best in Texas. The Woodlands Christian Academy vs St. Michael's Catholic Academy (BB)- Tuesday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at Bryan High SchoolWATCH LIVE: https://www.vype.com/vype-live-tapps-state-semifinal-boys-basketball-woodland-christian-vs-st-michaelsAdThe Woodlands Christian Academy is back in the TAPPS Final Four. The Warriors are seeking their 7th TAPPS State Championship (2020, 2018, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008) and are the defending state champions. TAPPS 1ACovenant Academy vs Heritage School-FredericksburgIn TAPPS 1A, Convenant Academy out of Cypress will take on Heritage School out of Fredericksburg. It has taken three wins for each of these teams to get to the TAPPS Final Four.
DFW Girls Hoops: State Semifinals
Just two more tip-offs remain in the UIL girls basketball season. The Final Four is here and the DFW is primed to take home another healthy helping of state championships after capturing the top two in the state a season ago. In the State Semifinals, we get a mid-season rematch between two teams; the defending 5A state champion just keeps finding a way to win; a surprise remains in 4A; and a team is in the state semis in 23 years. 6AW8 South Grand Prairie (25-2) vs. W11 DeSoto (26-2) - 4 p.m. Saturday @ Prosper HS (Prosper)- winner will meet winner of Cypress Creek/Converse Judson in 6A State Finals 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 @ Alamodome (San Antonio)5AW4 Lubbock Cooper (28-3) vs. T9 Frisco Liberty (21-8) - TBD- winner will meet winner of Beaumont United/Cedar Park in 5A State Finals 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 @ Alamodome (San Antonio)4AW4 Canyon (28-1) vs. R12 Dallas Pinkston (27-5) - 2:30 p.m. Saturday @ Junell Center (San Angelo)- winner will meet winner of Hardin-Jefferson/Boerne in 4A State Finals 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11 @ Alamodome (San Antonio)Ad3AW3 Brownfield (28-1) vs. W10 Ponder (29-3) - 10 a.m. Saturday @ Junell Center (San Angelo)- winner will meet winner of Fairfield/Bishop in 3A State Finals 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 @ Alamodome (San Antonio)
College basketball bubbles brewing with season on horizon
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the seating area at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is viewed in Indianapolis after the Big Ten Conference announced that remainder of the men's NCAA college basketball games tournament was canceled. Indianapolis city leaders want the college basketball world to know it is open for business. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS – With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis. Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center's exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25