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  1. Izzo: Appling “didn’t look the same” after tweaking knee against Valpo

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Michigan State Spartans' Appling celebrates three-point shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during second half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Auburn Hills

    The good news of Michigan State’s opening-round win over Valparaiso has been slightly tinged with worry. is reporting that star guard Keith Appling aggravated a knee injury when he ended up on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass in the first half of the game. Appling downplayed the injury, telling reporters “I kinda tweaked…

  2. Late Afternoon Snacks: St. Mary’s almost gave us our first upset of the tourney

    Mar 21, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Saint Mary's v Memphis

    Game of the Day No. 6 Memphis 54, No. 11 St. Mary’s 52: This was as close as we got to an upset, as the Gaels scored to close the gap to two with just seconds left, then alertly face-guarded the Tigers on the in-bounds pass, causing a turnover. Matthew Dellavedova got the final shot…

  3. Shockers heed Big Dog’s advice, pound Pitt

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh forward Taylor loses ball while guarded by Wichita State forwards Early and Hall during first half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City

    Gregg Marshall stood and addressed his Wichita State team today, making reference to a legendary Shocker as he attempted to pump them up for their NCAA tournament game against Pitt. He told the black-and-gold clad group that Antoine Carr had contacted him earlier that same day and told him that his team should “play angry”.…

  4. Beware the guards of March: twenty deadly backcourt heroes

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State v Kansas

    Basketball may be a big man’s game, but college basketball is dominated by the teams who land the best ball-handlers, slashers and long-range shooters. Want to get to the Final Four? You have to have one or two elite guards. There are so many who will take the stage before the weekend comes, and I…

  5. Ten moments that defined March Madness (plus two the NCAA won’t show you)

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    photo: Michigan State/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

    If you have come recently to the love of college basketball, you may know the term “March Madness”, but have no real grasp on what that vague notion really means. There are some signature moments that have happened over the years that codified the unpredictable beauty of this time of year, and I aim to…

  6. Ten crazy things to expect from March Madness

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    All of sports are somewhat unpredictable. If they weren’t, nobody would watch. And most certainly nobody would fill out brackets if the outcome were that easy to determine. Athletes would play sports just to – ugh – stay healthy, and there would be no need for competitive fire or excellence. So why is March singled…

  7. Five teams that won’t win it all

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Siva is fouled by Orange's Triche in Big East NCAA men's basketball tournament game in New York

    Obviously, 67 eligible teams will fail to win the national title this year. That’s a given. So I’m not going to be ridiculous about this. To be considered for this designation, a team must occupy one of the premium seeding spots: No. 1-No. 4 in other words. These sixteen contenders are expected to win, and will have the blue-chip horses…

  8. Must-see opening round matchups

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    Just a couple of years ago, it would have been difficult to call any game a “must-see”, simply because television coverage of the NCAA tournament was heavily regionalized. If you lived in, say, Tampa and wanted to watch the Salt Lake City pod, your local channel might not show it. It was off to the…

  9. Late Night Snacks: And then there were four…

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - UCLA v Oregon

    Just four auto-bids remain to be decided after a busy night in college hoops. Then we find out which bubbles popped and which held firm. Here’s the upshot on what happened on the Night Before Christmas Selection Sunday. Game of the Night No. 4 Louisville 78, No. 19 Syracuse 61: Amazing because it was the…

  10. Can UCLA win big without Jordan Adams?

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    P12 Oregon UCLA Basketball

    The UCLA Bruins showed a crack in the armor tonight, losing 78-69 to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 final. They’ll be going to the Big Dance with or without that auto-bid, but a team with something to prove doesn’t want to show weakness in a big game when so few big games are left…

  11. NCAA tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Louisville

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v Louisville

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Big East Coach: Rick Pitino Record: 29-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 2 – RPI: 3 – AP/USA Today: 4/4 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Louisville as a No. 1 seed playing in Lexington in Saturday’s bracket projection. Man, that has gotta hurt in Big Blue Nation. Names…

  12. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Northwestern State

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Shamir Davis

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Southland Coach: Mike McConathy Record: 23-8 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 141 – RPI: 96 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Stephen F. Austin, the league’s No. 1 seed, as a 13 in Saturday’s bracket projection. Northwestern State, having pulled the upset, may drop a…

  13. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know New Mexico

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Mountain West Coach: Steve Alford Record: 29-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 16 – RPI: 2 – AP/USA Today: 15/14 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had New Mexico as a No. 2 seed playing dangerous Iowa State in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg,…

  14. Bench players break out as Jayhawks take Big 12 tourney crown

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Iowa State v Kansas

    Ben McLemore was quiet in the Big 12 title game, scoring just five points, but the Jayhawks won it just the same, 70-54 over Kansas State, and another freshman played a big role. It’s tough for a big man to step on campus as a freshman and dominate. For Perry Ellis, that was certainly true. The…

  15. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know North Carolina A&T

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    MEAC NC A T Delaware St Basketball

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach: Cy Alexander Record: 19-16 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 228 – RPI: 224 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the then-unknown MEAC champs as locks for a 16 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Adrian Powell (12.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Lamont Middleton (12.4 ppg, 2.4…

  16. Spartan miscues help Craft, Buckeyes slide into Big Ten final

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Spartans guard Harris is guarded by Buckeyes guard Craft during the first half of their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big 10 tournament in Chicago

    Aaron Craft can be a first-class irritant. He’ll be in the opposing player’s face from minute one of a game. That doesn’t mean you can smack him in the neck, however. That’s what Derrick Nix did with less than two minutes remaining in the Big Ten semifinal, earning himself a Flagrant 1 at a crucial moment.…

  17. 2013 Mid-American Conference tournament preview: Are you ready for some MACtion?

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Zeke Marshall, Chauncey Gilliam

    The MAC tournament has one of the ugliest brackets you’ll ever see. Explaining the twisted branches of that tree would be pointless and boring, so just look at it and know that you don’t have to care until the first round – played at campus sites – is mercifully completed and we get to the…

  18. Late Night Snacks: Beware the buzzer-beaters of March

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    New Mexico Air Force Basketball

    We’re getting off to an early start with the March Madness. It was a night full of buzzer beaters, and we have video for those of you who, for some unholy reason, do not sit in front of the television devouring every second of action cable TV can provide. First, we had Trevor Releford’s improbable…

  19. No blood, no game. Duke destroys UNC in lackluster rivalry matchup

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Duke University's Curry reacts as University of North Carolina's Bullock looks on during NCAA basketball game in Chapel Hill

    Remember back when a Duke-North Carolina game meant someone – maybe everyone – was going home bloody? Ah, the good old days. This year, the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels easily, trotting up and down the floor and barely seeming to break a sweat in a 69-53 rout. The perils of small-ball, one supposes.…

  20. VIDEO: Harvard decides they would quite like the Ivy title, after all

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    T.J. Bray, Steve Moundou-Missi, Wesley Saunders

    Harvard and Princeton kept very close to one another throughout most of the Ivy League season this year, but the breaking point finally came. Princeton had to take to the road this weekend, and came home with two losses, whereas the Crimson stayed home and clinched the title, beating Columbia on Friday and Cornell 65-56…

  21. VIDEO: Buzzer-beating Raiders have the Wright stuff in win over Detroit

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Shaquille Thomas, MIles Dixon

    In terms of pure talent, the Horizon League final seemed destined to be contested by Detroit and Valparaiso. In reality, this is March, and stuff happens. The third-seeded Wright State Raiders, called out as a sleeper in our Horizon League tourney preview, kept the game close with defense, and won it with a wild Miles…

  22. Kansas claims ninth straight Big 12 title despite loss at Baylor

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Kansas Baylor Basketball

    Even when they lose, they win. Kansas appeared to be sleep-walking at Baylor, losing 81-58 tonight, but still took home a share of the Big 12 title. Kansas has earned at least a share of the league crown in each of the past nine seasons. The Jayhawks were assured of the milestone when Oklahoma State…

  23. VIDEO: Boise State-ment: We belong in the Big Dance!

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Air Force Boise St Basketball

    This has been an epic season for the Mountain West. Today was no exception, as Boise State took down Steve Fisher and the SDSU Aztecs 69-65, making a statement that should carry them to the MWC tournament and beyond. The league may get five teams into the NCAA tournament this year – the same total number…

  24. UCLA rebounds from early-season woes to claim Pac-12 title

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    After UCLA lost at home to Cal-Poly, we were all ready to send Ben Howland off to the broadcast booth. Things still didn’t look so swell even after Shabazz Muhammad finally became eligible when Tony Parker  seemed to indicate that he was not entirely happy at UCLA. Howland might be excused for asking “How you…

  25. Minnesota bubble talk? Let’s put a pin in that.

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Andre Hollins, Ray Gallegos

    In our most recent NCAA bracket predictions, we had Minnesota in as one of seven Big Ten reps, with a rather unimpressive 10 seed. After the Gophers dropped back-to-back games to Big Ten also-rans Nebraska and Purdue, even that seems generous. They’ll finish the season 8-10 in the B1G, with only one league road win…