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  1. Thad Matta, Buckeyes embrace Ohio St. as a ‘football school’

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta cuts down the net after defeating the Syracuse Orange in their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

    Thad Matta is an honest man. Aside from that one time back in 2004 when he told the entire Xavier University community he was staying at the Atlantic 10 school, only to sneak out in the middle of the night and head up to Columbus, Matta is a guy that doesn’t seem to shy away…

  2. Rick Pitino learning he can change, still find success

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Russ Smith

    On the surface, Rick Pitino is a bad man. He dresses slick, is incredibly sarcastic with the media and rarely wastes an opportunity to use punishment as a teaching opportunity. It’s this approach that makes him one of the more recognizable, if not best, head coaches of the past 25 years. But if there’s one thing…

  3. Hard to root for John Calipari, but not because of his past

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT


    When John Calipari trots out to “On, On, U of K” in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Saturday night, a nation will stand unified and root against him. While Kentucky is unquestionably the wildest and loudest college basketball fan base in the country, not even the state they represent will be completely behind them. Unless you…

  4. Which guys might be the unsung Final Four hereos?

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jayhawks forward Young rejects a shot by A&M Aggies guard Harris during the second half of Jayhawks' win in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City

    In 2003 it was Kansas’ Michael Lee. In the 2005 National Championship game it was Jack Ingram (who?) of Illinois. Last year it was whatever rim Butler was shooting at. Every few years we get a guy that rode the pine or was inconsistent in the regular season. By tourney time, you weren’t expecting much…

  5. 10 things you must to do prepare for Kentucky – Louisville

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Sorry Ohio State and Kansas. As good as your game might be, there’s just not enough hype to go around for everyone leading up to this weekend. Even if you don’t carry an allegiance to Kentucky or Louisville, that’s no excuse to not  fully envelop yourself in the first of two Final Four games this…

  6. Refs rob Ohio State-Syracuse audience of an even better game

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Gerry McNamara, Jim Boeheim, C.J. Fair

    BOSTON – When the inevitable question about the officiating was posed to Jim Boeheim during his post-game press conference, the Syracuse head coach mumbled just two words: “No comment.” Despite the brevity, Boeheim’s response was everything needed to tell us how he really felt about the stripes. The officiating in Saturday night’s game was awful…and…

  7. Sophomore season was right call for maturing Jared Sullinger

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    BOSTON – When Jared Sullinger signed on to play college basketball for Ohio State, he gave the Buckeyes a skilled big man; a frontcourt anchor who was a consensus top five player from the class of 2010. Immediately the most talented player on the team, the humble and personable Sullinger did his best not to…

  8. Sullinger, Thomas are keys to Buckeyes breaking through Syracuse zone

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas

    BOSTON – Leading up to tonight’s much anticipated East Regional Final between the Syracuse and Ohio State, it’s clear what’s driving the discussion. Rarely this season has the focus been about how the Orange would fare and adjust to an opponent’s offensive or defensive approach, but rather how their opponent would handle the vaunted zone.…

  9. Ohio State one step closer to meeting lofty expectations

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Gonzaga v Ohio State

    BOSTON – So Ohio State is going to be one of the final eight teams standing entering the weekend. That shouldn’t shock you, but you may overlook the fact that this is unchartered territory for this current roster of Buckeye players. Yeah, Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were a national runner-up in 2007, but since then the…

  10. In Syracuse’s win over Wisconsin, C.J. Fair shows why he’s vital

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Syracuse Orange's Fair shoots over Wisconsin Badgers' Evans during the second half of their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

    BOSTON – He’s fifth on the team in scoring, but logs the second most minutes on the team. He’s not a true frontcourt player, yet is second on the team in rebounds (and first on the current roster). C.J. Fair is not a star. He may never be a star in his time in Syracuse,…

  11. William Buford wasn’t stellar, but win gets him deserved shot at Final Four

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta watches the court as his player William Buford celebrates during the second half of the men's NCAA East Regional basketball game against the Cincinnati Bearcats in Boston

    BOSTON – Currently the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer player, William Buford has certainly left his mark on the Ohio State basketball program. The player who holds the distinction of starting more games than any other player to pass through Ohio State, Buford has played alongside college basketball superstars Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger and been a…

  12. No Fab Melo, but Orange just find way to win

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Syracuse University's Waiters celebrates a foul by Kansas State University in the second half of their NCAA men's college basketball game in Pittsburgh

    BOSTON – In a game that taught us  that great shooting can beat a balanced attack the No. 1 seed Syracuse Orange defeated the No. 4 seed Wisconsin Badgers 64-63. Despite arguably their best shooting performance of the entire season, the Badgers came up just short in their upset bid. In just the first few…

  13. Ohio State – Cincinnati all about match-up of big men

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Gonzaga v Ohio State

    BOSTON – Returning for a second season, Jared Sullinger’s sophomore campaign has been anything but a breeze. Along with Harrison Barnes, the Buckeyes forward was the biggest “brand name” entering the season, with a recognizable face you don’t often get in college basketball. Unfortunately, though, he hasn’t dominated the way many harsh critics expected him…

  14. On surface, nothing changed for Xavier, Cincinnati

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Xavier v Notre Dame

    Just moments after Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates landed a nose-crushing right hook on Xavier’s Kenny Frease, everyone had an opinion on how it would shift both programs. Some thought the squeaky clean reputation of the Musketeers had been muddied, while others were sure that the Bearcats would take a step or two back in their progression…

  15. Rating the regional sites and their ‘fun factor’

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


    With the Sweet 16 set, the most pressing question(s) shouldn’t be about match-ups and who will win (although that Kendall Marshall wrist injury is a pretty intriguing story line). No, with sixteen unique fan bases descending on four cities in this beautiful country, the most important discussion should be the amount of excitement one can…

  16. Tournament’s first weekend shows you cannot script March

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT


    As fun as an unpredictable NCAA Tournament can be for fans watching from home, it can make media people sweat – or at least draw criticism via social media – when a string of upsets make them look bad. In the first weekend of the tournament there were a number of shocking results. Results that,…

  17. Some will say that the Josh Pastner Era is off to a bad start

    Mar 17, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Memphis v Georgetown

    In-fighting, crying and a missed opportunity. That’s the Memphis Tigers 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance summed up in a concise lede. Chris Crawford was peeved at Will Barton for his shot selection, Barton ended up crying in the post-game press-conference  and, as a result, a team that had won their last seven games and boasted top…

  18. Murray State one win away from grabbing well-deserved respect

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Murray State University's Poole and Canaan celebrate during their game against Colorado State University in Louisville

    Murray State is underappreciated. We’ve been following them all season, they past both the eye test and look good statistically. They’re a real basketball team. As the last team to lose in the regular season, the Racers moved in to college basketball fans’ line-of-sight with wins over Dayton and Memphis, and they solidified themselves as the game’s…

  19. Duke loss shows how quickly tournament performance can shift perceptions

    Mar 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    The NCAA Tournament is great at distorting reality. While it’s the greatest playoff system in all of American sports, you must at least concede that the best team does not always cut down the nets. To cap off a wild early-evening slate of games, Duke suffered what some may call the most embarrassing and unexpected…

  20. A Missouri run could lead to Frank Haith Hate

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Practice Round - Omaha

    When Missouri tips-off their 2012 NCAA Tournament campaign against Norfolk State this afternoon, they will be one of the favorites to earn a trip to the Final Four. Arguably the most exciting team to watch on a consistent basis, the Tigers have overcome issues of height to make opponents adjust to their quick and tactful…

  21. Four NCAA teams you should not root for on Friday

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT


    With day one in the books, we’re really nowhere near our quota for drama  for the first first/second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully there’s plenty more to come with an excellent Friday that sets us up for a fantastic slate of games on Sunday. For that to happen, though, we’re going to need to…

  22. The seven (plus one) best bracket tips for casual fans

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb

    Hey-o, it’s Wednesday. How does your bracket look? Time is ticking and, if you haven’t filled out your sheet yet, it’s likely because you’re waiting until the last possible moment to guess your way through the field. If you need a little nudge, maybe some clarity on a few questions you may have, fear not,…

  23. Four leagues that must make a statement in the NCAA tournament

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    San Diego State v UNLV

    Everyone wants it, but not everybody has it. Earning respect in college basketball, in all of sports, really, is one of the most difficult things to do. Overcoming pre-conceived notions or shedding those negative connotations can be hard to do, but the best time to sway the perceptions is in the post-season. Whether it be…

  24. Real issues in college basketball overlooked in recent USA Today article

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT


    It’s no secret that college basketball has been struggling lately. What was maybe a faux pas to actually publicize five years ago has turned into something so obvious it can’t be ignored any longer. Ardent fans and the media are frequently disappointed in the quality of play projected onto our TV screens, and the casual…

  25. Already a heck of a story, Syracuse’s arc could become stuff of legends

    Mar 13, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT


    Both on and off the court, Syracuse University’s 2011-2012 basketball season has been overwhelming. From the firing of a long-time assistant head coach due to child molestation allegations, to possible mishandling of players testing positive for drugs, the off court stuff has paved a tumultuous road for this current roster. They’ve been implicated of nothing…