The NBA playoffs are underway, but you don't have to be a basketball fanatic to appreciate all the amazing celebrity sideline style. And while a sporting event may not be the first place we would rock five-inch heels, it certainly works for the likes of Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham. Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde opted to show her New York Knicks pride by wearing the team's colors: blue and orange. From coast to coast, fashionable stars have stepped out in cool ensembles to cheer on the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, too — and we're highlighting some of our favorite courtside looks. Click through now to see them all now!
After this weekend's Final Four, the two teams left fighting for the NCAA Men's National Basketball Championship are Louisville and Michigan. Get updated on the highlights from those games, and find out what's in store tonight when the Cardinals and Wolverines face off to see who becomes the star of "One Shining Moment" — the tournament's tearjerker of a sports montage that punctuates the end of March Madness every year.
College basketball craziness concludes this evening with a final game between the Louisville Cardinals and Michigan Wolverines — but that's not the only matchup yielding a champion tonight. This Is Madness, a fan-driven competition to determine the true leader of the Star Wars universe has boiled down to two: Master Yoda and Darth Vader.
Cast your vote online, and see who the fan favorite will be tonight at 12:01 a.m. ET on ESPNU. Just like the real deal, This Is Madness started off with 32 competitive players on each side and will end with only one winner. Star Wars wonks filled out the geekiest bracket in the galaxy to determine which character reigns supreme.
Let's find out which character is the official fan favorite once and for all! This universe only has room for one victor.
Will it be the wise Jedi master or the vengeful Sith lord? Make your predictions in the comments below, and find out who the most popular Star Wars character is tonight!
March Madness has progressed to the Final Four, and to celebrate the annual college basketball tournament, we're taking a look at all the celebs who cheer on their favorite teams courtside, as well as the cute couples showing PDA on the Kiss Cam. Whether it's Jay-Z and Beyoncé rooting for the Brooklyn Nets, Usher celebrating a Cleveland Cavaliers win, or Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon dropping their jaws at a big call, stars love to support their most-loved players from the sidelines.
See the celebrities hanging out, drinking beer, and checking out the cheerleaders when you click through now.
March Madness hits a high point this weekend as the Final Four kicks off and the remaining teams battle it out on the court to see who will be the last two standing. But in case you haven't exactly been following along with the tournament, we've got an overview — including which players to follow on social media for the inside scoop — so you can join in the college hoops spirit this weekend!
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Besides all the excitement over brackets and, of course, the games, one of the best parts about March Madness are the watching parties.That's because parties mean one thing: good food. It doesn't matter who you're rooting for — delicious bites will bring people together without fail. Here, we've put together game-day eats that you're familiar with but are way better than what you'd find at any concession stand.
March Madness is officially in full swing! For anyone who's feeling a little clueless about the rules of basketball, you'll be glad to know that the game is relatively easy to follow. Once you understand the basics, you'll be feeling like a pro in no time.
The General Game
Two teams have five players on the court at all times. The game starts with a tip-off, where two opposing players attempt to gain control of the ball after it is tossed up into the air in between them by an official. Once a team gains possession of the ball, it has 35 seconds to take a shot. If the shot is made, the other team starts with the ball and a new shot clock. If the shot is missed, the team that rebounds gets a new shot clock.
Depending on who has control of the ball, each team takes turns playing offense or defense. The offense moves the ball up and down the court by dribbling or passing; the defense does everything they can to make sure the offense doesn't shoot and score. Either the offense makes a basket and the defense takes possession of the ball, or the defense steals the ball from the offense. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Every college basketball game is played 40 minutes total; each half is played for 20 minutes. At the start of the second half in a college basketball game, the teams change baskets, shooting at the opposite end from the one they shot at during the first half. If there's a tie at the end of 40 minutes, the game goes into a five-minute overtime.
The game is played on a rectangular court with a 10-foot-high hoop at each end. The court is divided in half by the midcourt line, where the tip-off takes place to start the game. The three-point line is the designated arc surrounding the basket, and the free-throw lane (commonly referred to as the key or the paint) is the colored area underneath the basket. Although it's a small section of the court, the majority of the action takes place in the free-throw lane.
How to Score
When one player makes a traditional basket, they score two points. Then the ball goes to the other team to give them a chance to score. If a basket is made outside of the three-point arc, that basket is worth three points. A free throw, shot from the top of the free-throw lane, is worth one point.
Keep reading for the most common fouls and violations that stop the game.
As we round the corner of the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, pups everywhere are crazy over March Madness. We rounded up a collection of pooches who know how to get in the game — from dunking dogs to dribbling pups — and some of these dogs are serious contenders. Click through for an elite selection of eight basketball dog videos that will wow you with their slammin' abilities.
March Madness is already here, and if you're convinced your team is going to take it to the end, have friends over to watch the games. There's no better way to warm up than with a lineup of seriously delicious appetizers, from hot and cold dips to easy-to-eat finger food. For more slam-dunk starters, check out the rest of our appetizers, too.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Carbonara Potato Skins
Mediterranean 8-Layer Dip
Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes