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  1. March Madness has arrived (VIDEOS)

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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    The Madness has officially arrived! Can you feel it in the air? I know Marquette can. They lost one of the wilder games you’ll ever see, dropping a double-overtime game to Providence that featured clutch shots, dumb fouls and a 75-foot buzzer-beater that didn’t actually beat any buzzers. That wasn’t the wackiest finish of the…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Baylor, Oregon and Providence land huge wins

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:44 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Providence 81, Marquette 80 2OT Providence managed to survive a visit from Marquette in thrilling fashion, a double-overtime that featured big shots, costly turnovers, fouled three-point shooters and quite possibly the most exciting shot that never counted: Bryce Cotton played all 50 minutes, finishing with 25 points, nine assists and seven…

  3. Bubble Banter: Welcome to the tournament, Baylor

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:29 AM EDT

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    There are 12 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. WINNERS Georgetown: The Hoyas landed a huge win over No. 13 Creighton on…

  4. Georgetown takes big step towards NCAA tournament with win over No. 13 Creighton

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hoyas got the win they so desperately needed. Georgetown entered Tuesday night’s tilt with No. 13 Creighton snuggled up with the wrong side of the bubble’s cutline, but thanks to a hot-shooting first half and some clutch plays from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks in the final minutes, John Thompson III’s…

  5. 2014 NEC Tournament Preview: Can Robert Morris regain control of the league?

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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    It’s been five years since anyone in the NEC other than LIU-Brooklyn or Robert Morris has won the league’s automatic bid. While the Blackbirds have one of the nation’s best point guards in Jason Brickman, they suffered through a down year plagued by injuries and likely won’t extend their reign over the league to a…

  6. 2014 Big South Tournament Preview: Home court advantage in March is fun!

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    There may not be a more wide-open conference tournament this season than the Big South. High Point won the North Division with the best record in conference play at 12-4, but they also needed to win 10 of their last 11 games to do so and are playing without one of their star forwards in…

  7. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: Remember when people were worried whether or not McDermott would be able to succeed outside the Missouri Valley? Well, he’s averaging 26.0 points and 7.2 boards while shooting 52.0% from the field, 44.1% from three and 88.7% from the line on a top ten team that still has a chance to…

  8. Bruce Springsteen, Jason Aldean to perform at the Final Four

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Every year, the NCAA brings in some big name musical acts to perform free concerts at the Final Four. On Tuesday, the NCAA and Turner Live Events sent out a release announcing that Bruce Springsteen and the E-street Band will be headlining. Springsteen will be playing on Sunday night at Reunion Park in Dallas, but…

  9. Dan Patrick: ‘I think John Calipari is not long for Kentucky’ (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Dan Patrick had an interesting take on John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats this morning on the DP Show. He doesn’t think that Coach Cal will last that much longer at Kentucky. The frustration of dealing with a brand new team each and every season, and the stress that struggling puts on him, is more…

  10. Duke to headline 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Duke will headline the field for the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which will be held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Stanford, Temple and UNLV will be the other host teams to play in the semifinals and finals of the event. The Blue Devils, who will be playing their first game at the newest…

  11. Report: Tom Izzo considering playing Keith Appling less

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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    After a season full of injuries and illnesses, Michigan State finally has everyone on their roster available to play. That didn’t stop the Spartans from losing to Illinois on Saturday, their third loss in the last four games and sixth loss in the last 10 games. The problem now is Keith Appling, who has played…

  12. Bubble Banter: Is Pitt still an NCAA tournament team?

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    There are 12 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Just for kicks, I’m going to give you a profile of a bubble…

  13. 2014 Conference Tournament Schedule for every league

    Mar 3, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    (Browse through all of our conference tournament previews) It’s March, which means that it is time for more brackets and tournaments than you can possibly handle. Here, I give to you a schedule for every conference tournament in the country. Have fun planning your appointment viewing! AAC TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, FedEx Forum, Memphis March 12: First round…

  14. Kansas freshman Joel Embiid to miss the next two games with back injury

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Kansas star freshman Joel Embiid is done for the season!!! The regular season, that is. Kansas head coach Bill Self announced on Monday that one of his two star freshmen will miss the final two games of the regular season with a back injury that was aggravated in the second half of Saturday’s loss at…

  15. Expert opinions vary on the topic of college coaches sideline behavior

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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    By now, you’ve seen the video. As Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin argued a call in his team’s loss at UConn on Saturday, veteran official Ted Valentine — TV Teddy — reacted by getting into Cronin’s face along the sideline. That set Cronin off, as the diminutive coach began shoving players and staff members out…

  16. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: March Madness kicks off with the Patriot League tourney

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 9:00 p.m. The Wildcats pay a visit to Oklahoma State tonight. The Pokes have come back strong after losing seven straight games, with Saturday’s win over Kansas pushing them onto the right side of the bubble. A loss at home to a Kansas State team that…

  17. Caris LeVert would be at Illinois if John Groce had picked up the phone

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Caris LeVert has been tearing up the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.4 points as one of the nation’s most improved sophomores. He’s been terrific, carrying the Wolverines at times when Nik Stauskas has struggled. Beilein has called him his most indispensable player. The craziest part about it is that LeVert wasn’t even supposed to…

  18. Jabari Parker, Duke teammates visit Krzyzewski-ville … with snacks? (PHOTO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    The Duke basketball team paid a visit to the Duke students camping out in Krzyzewski-ville this weekend. North Carolina will be paying a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the kids want those good seats. The team played some pick-up hoops with the students, and even…

  19. Tennessee-Martin fires head coach Jason James

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2014 Coaching Carousel, click here. Tennessee-Martin has fired head coach Jason James. James, who has been in the position for five season after taking over for Brad Campbell in 2009, just finished an 8-23 season. The Seahawks went 3-13 in OVC play and missed out on the league tournament. “I would…

  20. POSTERIZED: Alex Caruso breaks ankles, dunks on Marshall Henderson (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Texas A&M’s Alex Caruso finished with seven points, nine assists and seven boards, but he sparked Texas A&M’s second half run with this filthy behind-the-back move before dunking all over an Ole Miss defender. That defender? Marshall Henderson.

  21. College Hoops Week in Review: Marcus Smart, Arizona back to being awesome

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Marcus Smart is back. After playing about as poorly as he possibly could for 30 minutes on Saturday night, Marcus Smart turned in as dominating of a performance as you will see to close out Oklahoma State’s season-changing win over No. 5 Kansas. Smart scored 12 of…

  22. College Basketball Talk’s latest Top 25

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT

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    Virginia is the perfect example of why unbalanced schedules as a result of conference expansion is lame. The three teams that the ‘Hoos played twice during ACC play were Florida State, Maryland and Notre Dame. They didn’t have to play at North Carolina or at Syracuse. So while I certainly respect that the only loss…

  23. No. 3 Arizona looks like a national title contender again

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Aaron Gordon led five players in double-figures with 19 points and 15 boards as No. 3 Arizona won their fourth straight game, knocking off Stanford 79-66. It was the third straight game that the Wildcats have pounded a tournament caliber Pac-12 team, which more or less asserts that whatever had been ailing this team has…

  24. Indiana’s bubble dream still has a sliver of hope after win over Ohio State

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Will Sheehey followed up a 30-point performance in the win over Iowa with 19 points, six boards and four steals and Yogi Ferrell finished with 20 points as Indiana knocked off their second straight ranked team, beating No. 22 Ohio State 72-64. It sets up an interesting situation for the Hoosiers. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say…

  25. Turnovers, Joel Embiid’s back major concerns for No. 5 Kansas

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT

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    On Saturday night, No. 5 Kansas went into Stillwater and lost to Oklahoma State 72-65, and while it saved the Cowboys’ season, it more or less meant nothing to Kansas. Nothing at all. The Jayhawks clinched the outright Big 12 title on Saturday evening with Kansas State knocked off No. 15 Iowa State. If they…