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Ohio sites potentially in the running to host NCAA championship after pull from North Carolina

Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, could contend for NCAA championship events that were pulled from North Carolina this week because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.

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Officials from the University of Dayton and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission told the Dayton Daily News they have interest in hosting the events, which include first- and second-round men's basketball tournament games in March as well as the Women's College Cup soccer tournament in December.

"We have let them know we are available and would be happy to help them out," University of Dayton athletics spokesman Doug Hauschild said in an email. "We believe their intention is to relocate to sites as close as they can to the original ones for fans who have already purchased tickets."

The University of Dayton Arena is already set to host the First Four to open the basketball tournament, as it has done every year since 2001.

Ohio State and the city of Columbus have also become frequent hosts of various NCAA events and could add to their impressive docket in the coming years.

"We have viewed the information provided by the NCAA today regarding the process by which replacement sites will be selected for 2016-17 championships and are determining, with our partners, if we have the availability to host any of these championships," Greater Columbus Sports Commission director of marketing and communications Bruce Wimbish said in an email. "There will be a two-week time frame to submit new bids with the decisions to be made in early October."

Ohio State is already set to host multiple NCAA events this academic year, including the Division I women's volleyball championship in December and the men's volleyball championship in March.

The women's basketball Final Four will be hosted in Columbus in the spring of 2018.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced that he sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert about Ohio's potential to host the orphaned events.

"Ohio has been a consistent partner in hosting NCAA sporting events," Brown wrote. "As you weigh options for relocation, I urge you to give Ohio's cities your full consideration. Your organization would be hard-pressed to find a better partner, and I know Ohioans would embrace these events with open arms."

Fans, players pay tribute to Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, died Tuesday. She was 64.

The legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach had been battling early-onset Alzheimer's since 2011.

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Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fans, players and other notable figures took to social media to pay tribute to Summitt. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

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Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach, dead at 64

Legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has died. She was 64.

Summitt's son, Tyler, announced the news in a statement Tuesday.

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“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt," he wrote. "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

He added, "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

A Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Former players, coaches and fans paid tribute to Summitt on social media, including Peyton Manning.

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"She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's," he said in a statement. "It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat out coach. I will miss her dearly, and I am honored to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family."

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On Sunday, news broke that Summitt was reportedly "struggling" and her health was deteriorating. 

Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, left basketball in March 2012, just a few months after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

"It was hard because I didn't want to, but I felt like I needed to step down," Summitt told ABC

Summitt held a 1,098-208 record over her 38-year coaching career, all as coach of Tennessee. 

She also collected eight NCAA titles over her career — the second most in NCAA women's basketball history. 

In April 2012, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

This video includes clips from CBS, the University of Tennessee and images from Getty Images. 

'Unbelievable': NBA stars react to NCAA title game's thrilling finish

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The NCAA title game came to an exciting end Monday night as Villanova's Kris Jenkins sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 77-74 win over North Carolina.

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The thrilling moment did not go unnoticed by NBA stars, who quickly took to Twitter to share their reactions.

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March Madness bracket busted? Here's how you can still win your pool

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Basketball fans across the country saw their March Madness brackets take a huge hit when Michigan State was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round on Friday.

But even if you didn't call Middle Tennessee State's win, we've got some good news for you. There could still be a chance you could win your pool ... probably.

First off, if you took Michigan State to the Final Four but not into the national championship game, you're probably fine. After all, you're not alone.

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According to CBS Sports' Bracket Games, 65 percent of bracketeers picked Sparty for the Final Four, which more than doubles any other team in their region.

If you had Michigan State going further than that — as 42 percent of those who filled out tournament brackets did — you're going to need a little more help. Essentially, you need to bring everyone else in your pool down with you.

How likely is this to happen? According to the bracket experts at FiveThirtyEight, the odds of a non-UVA team out of the Midwest making the title game is 17 percent. So, not impossible.

If you took Michigan State all the way, though, things are looking pretty bleak. You'll probably need an out-of-nowhere champion no one in your pool picked.

This is where the size of your pool comes into play. The bigger it is, the more likely someone could score big on a wacky pick, and the less likely you are to pull off an improbable comeback.

You'll need a team to make a run to the title game practically nobody picked, preferably out of Michigan State's region, the Midwest. And you'll want someone other than Virginia, whom roughly a quarter of CBS brackets have in the Final Four.

Of course — and this almost goes without saying — you'll need to nail as many picks as you can for the rest of the tournament. Then maybe, just maybe, you'll have a chance. 

This video includes clips from Michigan State UniversityThe University of Virginia and WISH, and images from Getty Images.

5 March Madness horror stories

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual men’s basketball tournament kicks off Tuesday. And while betting on brackets and watching the 68 teams whittle down to a Final Four can certainly prove entertaining, it’s not always just fun and games.

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Here are some March Madness nightmares to watch out for:

1. A $24,000 bracket bruising

Bryan Armen Graham entered a March Madness bracket pool run by a friend in his hometown for years. He told The Guardian that in 2008, the total pot reached enormous heights -- 48,800. The winner would take home half of that -- $24,400. 

When Graham and his significant other moved into first place with just the championship game left, another member of the pool called to make him an offer. He told Graham he’d be willing to split the winner’s $24, 000 if he took first (a Kansas victory) if Graham promised to do the same should Memphis take home the championship, cementing his bracket dominance.

But Graham didn’t take the deal and ended up dropping to 24th place, out of the money entirely after Kansas lost.

2. Fake Final Four tickets

One North Carolina woman found herself out $1,480 after purchasing a pair of phony NCAA Final Four tickets on Craigslist, Fox6Now reported in 2015. She wasn’t the only person to fall victim to that particular scammer, who was purportedly posing as a doctor based out of Milwaukee. The physician’s office told the Better Business Bureau it had received dozens of call that week from customers who had bought tickets that never actually surfaced.

Tickets scams, in general, are fairly common at major sporting events. To avoid them, the BBB recommends sticking to reliable sellers registered with the National Association of Ticket Brokers, checking a vendor’s guarantee policy and using a credit card, which offers better fraud protections than cash or debit cards.

3. Office pool leads to legal woes

John Bovery of New Jersey used to run an office pool at the Wall Street firm where he worked. It was the typical football squares, NCAA tourney brackets, etc. But his $837,000 purse with more than 8,000 entrants came crashing down in 2010 when cops started investigating an alleged mafia member with ties to the pool.

Participants in NCAA tournament pools are rarely prosecuted, but there’s a strong argument that these contests violate both federal and state laws, so it’s wise to keep that in mind as you fill out your bracket.

4. Gambling addiction

To some people, betting on brackets may feel like harmless fun. But others may find themselves fueling a gambling addiction. One former New York stockbroker outlined the scope of his March Madness woes to ESPN back in 2013.

His troubles included “tricking his parents into investing $30,000 into his ‘business,’ when the money really was going to bookies,” columnist Rick Reilly reported. The stockbroker ultimately got help after attending Gamblers Anonymous. Those similarly suffering from a gambling addiction can consider looking for a support group online.

5. The health impact

The first time Betsy Fisher filled out an NCAA tournament bracket was her last. She was elated when her teams were advancing, but when they started to lose, she went into a funk, finally deciding the whole experience is just bad for her health.

“Now the weekend. Games on all day long. I can’t watch. I can barely ask my husband about the games,” she wrote on her blog in 2012. “I’m depressed that I’m not going to WIN. By the end of Sunday, I make a pan of brownies. Not only do I lick the bowl. I eat 3 before they have even cooled and eat another for good measure before bed.”

Other things to look out for:

Your boss knows you're watching games at work.

Many March Madness games happen during the day (it would take quite a while to air the whole tournament if every game was in prime time). For many college hoops fanatics, this leads to a conundrum -- miss a game or watch at work?

Companies aren’t totally clueless that this is happening, as people have reported about company-wide emails warning people about Internet connection issues due to too many people tuning in on their PCs. If you’re going to watch, tread lightly. You don’t want to get fired for watching a first round match-up.

No one is getting anything done. 

As a worker, you might not care about the occasional day where you don’t get much done, but your boss probably does. If you’re a business owner, March Madness can be downright disastrous. For several years, experts have estimated companies lose well over $1 billion to lack of productivity during March Madness, as employees fill out brackets and stream the games. Last year, job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimated losses would reach $1.9 billion.

A love of basketball could get you hacked. 

Cyber criminals know you’re going to start searching the Internet for bracket-building tools and information about the best teams, so they build malware around popular search terms, according to security site PC World. Just because something comes up in your search results doesn’t mean you should click on it -- don’t open attachments or links from sites or email addresses you don’t recognize, even if they’re related to your favorite team.

A ticket but nowhere to sleep.

There’s nothing more exciting than your team making its way through the tournament, especially if they end up in the Final Four or championship game. Why not celebrate with a spur-of-the-moment trip to the finals? Sure, it’ll be expensive, but you might be able to find a good deal. Be careful, though -- it’s not unheard of for people to lose money to a fake hotel offer during a major sporting event.

The BBB suggests asking for the name, address and phone number of a hotel in any offer you are considering and calling directly to verify that the room exists. You should also “check the hotel’s website or a reputable travel site to be sure that the location is convenient for getting to and from the arena,” it said.

Your ex could use March Madness against you in court.

When you’re in the middle of a divorce, nothing is off the table. As one North Carolina law firm highlighted on its site, excess drinking and gambling during March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day -- which falls in the middle of the tournament this year -- could be used in court to affect alimony payments.

March Madness' top seeds have been named, and there's a surprise

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The March Madness selection committee didn't wait around to make its first controversial decision of Selection Sunday. The four No. 1 seeds in the tournament are Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and ... Oregon.

Oregon is the big surprise to college basketball fans, many of whom penciled in Michigan State as a No. 1. The Spartans had a 28-5 record and won the Big Ten Conference tournament just hours before the bracket was released. 

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But Oregon was bolstered by a 14-4 Pac-12 campaign and the second-toughest schedule in the country. Michigan State's schedule ranked 79th.

Being a No. 1 seed in March Madness is about more than just bragging rights. A top seed has never lost its first round matchup, largely because the No. 1 seeds play some of the worst teams in the Big Dance. 

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And in the 31 years the tournament has been seeded this way, a No. 1 seed has been nearly twice as likely to make the Final Four as a No. 2.

Of the four No. 1 seeds, the committee chose Kansas as the overall top team, meaning in the committee's eyes, it's the best team in the country.

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On the whole though, the four No. 1 seeds aren't as strong as we're used to seeing. The four teams have the most combined regular season losses in the history of March Madness.

This video includes clips from Oregon Athletics and images from Getty Images.

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