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  1. San Diego State helps ailing Mountain West with win over Oklahoma

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    The Mountain West Conference had drawn criticism over the first few days of this NCAA tournament, with member schools going 1-3 through Thursday. That mark includes a major upset of No. 3 New Mexico at the hands of No. 14 Harvard. But No. 7 San Diego State worked Friday to change the Mountain West’s fate,…

  2. No. 3 Florida pulls away in second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Florida

    As Georgetown was falling victim to Florida Gulf Coast in Philadelphia, the early struggles of No. 3 Florida were less widely broadcast. No need to worry, though, as Billy Donovan’s Gators pulled away quickly in the second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State, 79-47, Friday night in Austin, Texas. Against an up-tempo and high-scoring…

  3. Now that they’ve shocked the world, get to know Florida Gulf Coast

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Be honest. How much did you know about Florida Gulf Coast before they beat Georgetown (not to mention when they became the first 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16)? If you follow college basketball actively, you probably know they got here by winning the Atlantic Sun tournament championship over Mercer. You may also know that…

  4. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast weathers late push to stun No. 2 Georgetown

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Move over, Harvard. You’ve now got company atop the list of biggest upsets in this 2013 NCAA Tournament. No. 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast, a school that was founded during the presidency of George H.W. Bush in 1991, pushed the tempo, emphasized its strengths, and outmuscled No. 2-seeded Georgetown in an upset win, 78-68, in the…

  5. La Salle outlasts furious Kansas State rally to score upset

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    La Salle

    La Salle snuck into the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed in the First Four in Dayton on Selection Sunday. Less than a week later, it now has two NCAA tournament victories, including a big upset over a BCS-conference opponent, and is headed to the Round of 32. Jerrell Wright had 21 points and…

  6. Southern coach moved to tears after loss to No. 1 Gonzaga (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    Roman Banks

    Southern gave Gonzaga everything a No. 1 seed couple expect from a No. 16 seed Thursday in its Round of 64 loss to the Bulldogs. Southern’s length worked to keep Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk contained and the Jaguars were within one point with 2:28 to play. After the game, Southern coach Roman Banks was moved…

  7. Saint Louis pushes New Mexico State aside to advance

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Dwayne Evans Saint Louis

    Saint Louis came into this 2013 NCAA tournament as a trendy underdog pick to make the Final Four after winning the Atlantic 10 championship this past weekend. The Billikens took their first step toward that goal Thursday with a 64-44 win over New Mexico State in the Round of 64 at The Palace of Auburn…

  8. Michigan State beats Valparaiso to advance to Round of 32

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix Valentine

    Something wasn’t right for Michigan State in the opening minutes of its Round of 64 matchup with Valparaiso Thursday. The Spartans looked out of sync, confused by Valparaiso’s double teams on the defensive end, and prone to turnovers. But one Branden Dawson alley-oop slam changed all of that. Dawson’s dunk off an assist from Denzel Valentine…

  9. VIDEO: Dan Patrick recalls memories of former NC State Jim Valvano

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jim Valvano

    Dan Patrick recalls some emotional memories of his time with NC State coach Jim Valvano as the NCAA tournament gets underway. Valvano led the Wolfpack to a national championship over a heavily favored Houston team in 1983. He passed away of cancer ten years later in 1993. Since his death, his words in a moving…

  10. Wichita State’s Carl Hall chops off signature dreadlocks

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carl Hall

    There’s no empirical evidence that ties the length of Carl Hall’s hair to the success of the Wichita State men’s basketball team, but it’s going to take some time to adjust to seeing the 6-8 senior with a buzz cut in this year’s NCAA tournament. Hall unveiled the new look at a press conference Wednesday,…

  11. LeBron James makes his NCAA tournament picks

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Perhaps LeBron James has better things to do than pick an NCAA tournament bracket, namely dropping a triple-double and  leading his Miami team from 27 points down in the third quarter Wednesday against Cleveland to extend the Heat’s winning streak to 24 games. But few can resist getting in on the madness at least a little…

  12. Late Night Snacks: La Salle, James Madison advance to Round of 64 Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Nation James Madison

    Game of the Day: La Salle 80, Boise State 71 On the 150th anniversary of its founding, La Salle got an NCAA tournament victory of a quality Boise State team to advance to the Round of 64. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway are proving to be a dynamic scoring combo in the backcourt, with 22…

  13. Can Shaka Smart and VCU make another Final Four run? (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - VCU v Indiana

    Virginia Commonwealth had a magical run to the Final Four in 2011. Can they do it again? Shaka Smart and his signature “Havoc” defense lost in the Atlantic-10 championship game to Saint Louis, but are in a position to ride that turnover-inducing defense deep into March. Vin Parise stops by “The Crossover” to make his…

  14. James Madison outpaces LIU, advances to Round of 64 vs. Indiana

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    James Madison

    Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn, James Madison had to know that pace would be what ultimately decides who would advance to play No. 1 Indiana in the Round of 64. Against the run-and-gun scoring offense of LIU, the Dukes controlled the pace and were efficient on the offensive end of their way to a 68-55…

  15. Fired Buffalo coach invites media to his home for press conference (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Reggie Witherspoon

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Reggie Witherspoon went 197-225 in his 14 seasons as the head coach at Buffalo. But, upon his release, he decided to have a press conference in his home to explain his situation and was pretty candid about his time with the program. He touched on the…

  16. Mountain West reaches media rights deal with ESPN

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Kendall Williams, Tony Snell

    The Mountain West has reached a deal with ESPN to make the network a television rights holder for conference football and basketball games, the league announced Wednesday. According to the release, ESPN will now become a part of the deal that keeps CBS Sports as the primary rights holder. The deal runs through the 2019-20…

  17. Watch Michelle Beadle and Hoda Kotb pick an NCAA tournament bracket (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    the crossover

    We’ve seen President Obama pick an NCAA bracket. You can enter your bracket and play against NBCSports.com staff writers in our CBT Pool right here. But now it’s time to get the host of NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” Michelle Beadle involved in the Madness, with a little help from Today Show host Hoda Kotb.…

  18. Chattanooga reportedly fires head coach John Shulman

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    John Shulman

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Chattanooga is parting ways with its head coach of nine seasons, John Shulman, after a 13-19 season and first round exit from the SoCon tournament, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting. During his nine seasons with the team, he amassed an overall record of 145-146, including…

  19. Pregame Shootaround 3.20.13: First Four continues in Dayton

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Boise State cheerleader

    Game of the Day: No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 13 Boise State (9:10 p.m. ET, truTV) Boise State powered through arguably the nation’s best conference this side of the Big Ten with a 21-9 record, including 9-7 in the league. Now we will see if there is an “SEC football” effect. What’s that? The Mountain…

  20. NCAA investigation of Syracuse has grown to include ‘major and wide-ranging’ violations

    Mar 20, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is under investigation by the NCAA for “major and wide-ranging” violations, part of an investigation that has been going on for “years,” Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com is reporting. According to the report, the NCAA’s investigation into possible violations of the drug policy has grown larger in scope, but is…

  21. Late Night Snacks: NC A&T, Saint Mary’s get wins in First Four Tuesday

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    North Carolina A&T

    Game of the Day: Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57 This is finally the painful end of the 2012-13 season for Kentucky. Robert Morris perfectly executed an inbound play with nine seconds remaining an drew a foul, hit its free throws, and sealed the upset win over the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. Coach John Calipari never got…

  22. Top-seeded Kentucky upset by Robert Morris in first round of NIT

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    Kentucky missed out on the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday and now, one game into the NIT, they’ve been sent home. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats turned the ball over 14 times and fell to No. 8 Robert Morris, 59-57, at the Sewall Center in Coraopolis, Pa., Tuesday. With nine seconds to play, Robert Morris was set…

  23. NC A&T survives Liberty in First Four, advances to play No. 1 Louisville

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Cy Alexander

    No. 16 North Carolina A&T shot 51.9 percent from the floor, twelve percentage points above its season average, outlasting fellow No. 16 seed Liberty, 73-72, in the opening game of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. A&T missed the front end of two separate one-and-one situations in the final 19 seconds, leaving the…

  24. Can Nerlens Noel still be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft? (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk takes an early look at the 2013 NBA Draft, including whether Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has a chance to be selected No. 1 overall despite tearing his ACL earlier this season: Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  25. NCAA tournament instant replays come to Twitter

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Twitter

    Twitter has grown into the go-to platform for instant breaking news and updates. Now on the eve of the NCAA tournament, it is about to launch a major innovation in real-time sports highlights. The innovation would allow users to view short clips in near real-time through the handle @marchmadness. “Instant replay plays to Twitter’s strength…

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