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By the Numbers: Insights related to March Madness and how it impacts a nation of fans

Will Kentucky go 40-0? Can a 16 seed finally take down one of the top dogs? Could a Cinderella like Stephen F. Austin or Iona finally find its glass slipper?   There are plenty of questions that remain to be answered as the 68-team field is set for the 2014-15 NCAA Tournament and opening tip approaches. And as March Madness grips fans across the country – burning billions of dollars in corporate...

It’s March Madness in more than basketball; Winter, spring also battling it out across U.S.

  By Mark Leberfinger AccuWeather.com   March features huge temperature swings as winter and spring battle it out across the United States. The most dramatic temperature drops occur in March, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said.   “This is the time for ‘March Madness’ in college basketball. It’s also March madness in weather; March is notorious...

Louisville overcomes double-digit deficit to win first national championship since 1986

Staff report   The Louisville men’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point first half deficit to earn the program’s third NCAA championship with an 82-76 win versus Michigan.   The Cardinals, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, used an 11-0 run beginning at the 2:36 mark in the first half to turn a 36-26 deficit into a 37-36 lead. Louisville trailed by one at the half but...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: In spirit of March Madness, legislative session was slam-dunk

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   So how to assess a session’s success?   A couple of approaches suggest themselves. Did it pass at least one historic bill, especially against long odds (not always possible, not always even necessary since those issues come along rarely)? Or did it pass several substantial bills of broad positive impact, not necessarily transformative but meeting the...