WHAT DOES A GUY GOTTA DO?
Used to be that getting to the NCAA tournament was a huge goal for a basketball program.
These days, it's not always good enough.
On Monday, UCLA's Ben Howland and Minnesota's Tubby Smith were fired after leading their teams to the field of 68.
Howland had a 10-year run in Westwood, going 233-107 while making three consecutive Final Four appearances and winning four Pac-12 titles. The Bruins were the regular-season champions this season and went 25-10, but lost to Minnesota by 20 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Smith, who won a national championship with Kentucky in 1998, was fired Monday after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA's third round. He went 124-81 in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability after it was hit hard by an academic cheating scandal.
Now both coaches are looking for jobs.
STAT OF THE DAY
Ratings for the first week of the NCAA tournament were the highest in 15 years.
Turns out, you're watching online, too.
NCAA March Madness Live, managed by Turner Sports, set all-time marks by getting 36.6 million live video streams and more than 10 million hours of live video across online and mobile platforms during the opening weekend on the NCAA tournament.
The live video streams doubled from last year and the live video time is up 198 percent.
That's a lot of tablets and smartphones tuned in to the tournament.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He is an avid physical fitness freak. That's probably a reason why his back situation is what it is today. He would run 20 miles at a time. The physical condition that he is in is amazing to this day. I would've been the opposite, I would've been doing whatever I'm supposed to do other than that. In a funny way, that combination made us get along so well." — Arizona Sean Miller on Ohio State coach Thad Matta, whom he calls one of his closest friends in coaching.
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