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NCAA Tweaks March Madness Seeding Rules For More Flexibility

Geographic rules can now be cast aside to give the best No. 2 seed a more favorable draw.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2015

Seven men died when this Cessna 414 crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, just after midnight on Arpil 7, 2015. (Credit: David Proeber, Bloomington Pantagraph)

Friends Honor Bloomington Plane Crash Victims: ‘It’s Hard To Imagine’

A day after losing seven members of the Illinois State University community in a plane crash – including two members of the athletic department – emotional friends of the victims shared memories of the lost.

04/08/2015

The Duke Blue Devils celebrate as their mascot runs on the floor after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Lake Zurich Boy Finishes On Top Of NCAA Bracket Challenge, But Won’t Get Big Prize

When Duke defeated Wisconsin for the NCAA basketball title, a 12-year-old boy from Lake Zurich ended up tied for the best bracket on ESPN.

04/07/2015

Duke Blue Devils (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Emma: Coach K Adapted To Win Duke’s 5th Championship

Mike Krzyzewski adapted his approach to lead Duke to its championship.

CBS Chicago–04/07/2015

Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts late in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Chicago Area Celebrating Local Players In NCAA Title Game

Jahlil Okafor and Frank Kaminsky were key figures in the national title game.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2015

NDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Duke Guard Grayson Allen

While Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have been incredible this season, don’t forget about Grayson Allen.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2015

Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off the court as the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal . (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hanley: Wisconsin Stops Kentucky’s Bid For Greatness

In the case of this Kentucky team being the NCAA’s greatest, the defense never rested. Wisconsin’s defense, at crunch time, that is.

04/05/2015

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NCAA Tournament: Top 10 Final Four Games

The Final Four this weekend has the potential to be one of the best we’ve seen with so many story lines heading into each of these games. We decided to take a look back at the best games from the semi-finals in tournament history.

04/02/2015

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NCAA Tournament: Best Games, Performances From The Sweet 16 & Elite 8

With a few days to go before basketball resumes, the only thing we can do to quench our March Madness thirst is talk about what was and what is still to come in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

03/30/2015

Kentucky celebrates its berth into the Final Four. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kentucky Likely To Continue Record-Breaking TV Numbers

Kentucky-Notre Dame was the highest-rated NCAA game to air on cable, and the Final Four ratings should be even higher.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2015

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 26: Gary Browne #14 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts with his head coach Bob Huggins as he exits the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the Midwest Regional semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

5 Sports Guarantees That Went Horribly Wrong

Now Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has joined the ranks of those bold enough to guarantee a victory.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2015

Denzel Valentine, left, and Travis Trice. (Bob Leverone/Getty Images)

Emma: Sweet 16 Preview, Part 2

What madness will come with Friday’s slate of games?

CBS Chicago–03/27/2015

Kentucky Wildcats. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Emma: Sweet 16 Preview, Part 1

A sweet set of games is headlined by the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2015

Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: Must-Watch Players In The Sweet 16

Here are the guys who can change the entire course of a game and the season for their team.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2015

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 21: Bryce Alford #20 of the UCLA Bruins runs down the court against the UAB Blazers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein: Sweet 16 Loaded With Elite Matchups

The lowest seeds this weekend are all programs with strong traditions — UCLA, Wichita State, Xavier, NC State, and Michigan State.

03/23/2015

Travis Trice (Bob Leverone/Getty Images)

Emma: March Is Michigan State’s Month

There’s no magic in Michigan State’s March — just a Hall of Fame coach and a tradition of tough play.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2015

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21: R.J. Hunter #22 of the Georgia State Panthers puts up a shot over Dee Davis #11 of the Xavier Musketeers in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: Second & Third Round Best Games, Players

CBS Local Sports’ writers Bryan Altman and Ryan Mayer breakdown the best parts of the first weekend of NCAA Tournament action and look ahead to the Sweet 16.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Villanova Wildcats walks off the court after losing to the North Carolina State Wolfpack 71-68 during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Five Things: NCAA Tournament Opening Weekend

Nothing beats the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and this year was especially incredible. From improbable upsets to last-second heroics—and sometimes both in the same game—the 2015 Tourney got off to a roaring start.

03/23/2015

Steve Vasturia #32 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish battles for a rebound against Andrew Chrabascz #45 of the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Notre Dame Tops Butler, 67-64, In Overtime For Sweet 16 Berth

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey’s calls to his mother Betty during the season focused little on her son’s well-being and more on the state of his team.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2015

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The Big East Is Alive And Well While Former Programs…Not So Much

When the conference fell apart two years ago, the strength of the Big East conference was in serious doubt. Two years later, the conference has six representatives in the NCAA Tournament.

03/20/2015

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