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Morning Express with Robin Meade

A fast, personal, and smart blend of all the news you want in the morning. We call it "News in the Fast Lane." So buckle up.

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, center, celebrates with his team after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

Ollie coaches alma mater Huskies to title

More from the Bleacher Report: Hungry Huskies get their redemption

Also: It's official: Robin Meade lost the NCAA Tournament bracket challenge she agreed to with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and according to the terms of the challenge, Robin has to learn a viral dance on live TV and YOU get to vote on which dance it is!

Today's 'Morning Express with Robin Meade' Salute to Troops is from LeBron James -

LeBron James' Salute to Troops

Tell us about a military man or woman in your life on our special Salute to Troops iReport assignment page: iReport.com/Salute. You could see your hero on Morning Express with Robin Meade!

Don't miss: Military Dad's surprise reunion is a touchdown

Nate 'Big Easy' Lofton of the Harlem Globetrotters laughs during the NBA All-Star celebrity game

Size makes travel tricky for Globetrotter

When you’re a big guy like Harlem Globetrotter Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, you need room to stretch out when you’re on the road. “I am 6-foot, 9 inches, 260 pounds on a good day -- 270 on a good day, too!” Lofton laughs. “My favorite way to travel is our team bus,” he explains, “I’ve got a lot of leg room.”

Being on tour with the team for four months or more poses additional challenges when it comes to his size 16 shoes! “I've been told I pack more shoes than a girl would pack,” jokes Lofton. “We might be in California today. We could be in New York tomorrow. They might call and say I have to go to Russia the next week, so I need to be prepared.”   

 Injured guard Kevin Ware #5 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after he cut down the net after Louisville won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCAA champs: Cards cut down the nets!

For the second game in a row, Louisville had to battle back to get a win, but win they did over Michigan, 82-76, in the NCAA men's Division I basketball championship Monday night in Atlanta.

Louisville's Rick Pitino becomes the first head coach to win a national championship with two different schools. He led Kentucky to a title in 1996. Now the state of Kentucky can claim the last two college basketball championships, with another Kentucky Wildcats win last year. 

Louisville Cardinals fans hold up signs for injured Cardinals player Kevin Ware #5 as they take on the Wichita State Shockers during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Georgia Dome on April 6, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Louisville vs. Michigan for all the marbles

Tonight the University of Louisville and the University of Michigan will take to the court to crown a National Champion. 

After 66 epic games, one of these two will cut down the nets tonight as the new NCAA champ.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar joins Robin Meade and Carlos Diaz to talk Final Four in Atlanta

Kareem calls it for Louisville

He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer, six-time NBA MVP, a best selling author, co-pilot of the ill-fated jet in the slapstick movie smash "Airplane," and the only player in the 75-year history of the NCAA to be named Most Valuable Player of the tournament for three consecutive years. And he's really, really tall.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar sat down with Robin Meade and Carlos Diaz on Friday to offer his special insight into what the athletes competing in the Final Four this weekend in Atlanta are going through, and to offer some advice. Specifically: Don't "go off on some tangent."

Dr. James Ramsey president, University of Louisville

Final Four times two for U of L president

He's the university president with two teams in the Final Four: Dr. James Ramsey heads up the University of Louisville, and he's got an especially thrilling -- and challenging -- weekend ahead.

Louisville's men’s and women’s basketball teams are both in the Final Four in the same year. And both teams have stories that we can't stop talking about: Kevin Ware and his shocking injury on the men's team, and the amazing upset of Baylor and superstar Brittney Grimes on the women's side.

CBS Sports' Clark Kellogg

Seeing Ware injury, sportscaster 'paused & prayed'

He'll be bringing you all the action during the Final Four TV broadcasts this weekend along with Jim Nantz. But on Friday, CBS Sports' Clark Kellogg had to put on his Crocs and come down from his Atlanta hotel room to the Starbucks in the CNN Center atrium so he could bring his wife some coffee! 

That's where we spotted him and brought him over to the big bracket.

Robin Meade gives soldiers tickets to the Final 4!

Surprise, soldiers: You're going to the Final Four!

Every day, we salute our troops for all they do for us.

On Monday, we had a chance to give back to two soldiers: Cpt. Bridgette Scott and Sgt. First Class Kisean Huggins.

Big NCAA tournament bracket in CNN Center atrium in Atlanta

My, what a big bracket you have!

It's got to be one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) brackets in the country, and it's right here at HLN headquarters in CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Fill out your bracket at NCAA.com and join the HLN group to see how your picks match up with Robin, Bob, Jen, Carlos and your fellow viewers!

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