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  1. Late Night Snacks: Recapping tonight’s Round of 32 action

    Mar 24, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    Before I get into the meat of this post, we need to just go ahead and thanks Butler and Marquette, as well as Wichita State and Gonzaga. Because for much of Saturday — and, for that matter, basically the entire non-Florida Gulf Coast portion of this tournament — the basketball was a complete bore. The…

  2. UCLA rebuts reports that they’ve fired Ben Howland

    Mar 24, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona - Quarterfinals

    UCLA released the following statement late on Saturday night: “Contrary to multiple media reports this evening, UCLA has not fired men’s basketball coach Ben Howland.” So I guess that means that this post is wrong? Wrong for now? Did he resign instead of get fired? Is it OK if I don’t care one iota about…

  3. Two freshman guards step up to lead Wichita State to the Sweet 16

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Third Round - Salt Lake City

    Wichita State had blown it. After building a lead that grew as big as 13 points in the first half, the Shockers had watched as Gonzaga outscored them 36-15 over a 15 minute stretch that was capped by a 12-0 run. The surge pushed the Zags ahead 49-41. Their all-american Kelly Olynyk was playing like…

  4. Marquette beats Butler as the Bulldogs wind up on the wrong end of Butler Magic

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Butler v Marquette

    There aren’t two teams in the country that have had more games in recent memory come down to some kind of ridiculous finish. And given that the first two times these teams met, Rotnei Clarke hit a running 25-footer over two Marquette defenders, it only made sense that the ending of Friday’s matchup between the…

  5. No. 12 seed Oregon knocks off No. 4 seed St. Louis, advances to Sweet 16

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Oregon v Saint Louis

    Damyeon Dotson finished with 23 points on 8-12 shooting, hitting 5-6 from three, while Arsalan Kazemi did a little bit of everything, as usual, finishing with eight points, 16 boards (seven offensive), three assists, two steals and two blocks as the No. 12 seed Oregon Ducks blew out No. 4 seed St. Louis, 74-57 on…

  6. Louisville looked the part of a title contender in blowout of Colorado State

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

    Colorado State v Louisville

    The scariest part of No. 1 seed Louisville’s 82-56 win over No. 8 seed Colorado State on Saturday afternoon has nothing to do with the 26 point margin. It has nothing to do with the fact that Louisville scored 82 points on the Rams. It wasn’t that the Cardinals forced 19 turnovers against a team…

  7. Eliminating turnovers, more Keith Appling go hand-in-hand for Michigan State

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    Gary Harris scored 23 points and hit a series of big jumper for the Spartans. Adreian Payne once again boosted his NBA Draft stock with 14 points, 10 boards, five blocks and a few absurdly athletic plays for a 6-foot-11 center with three-point range. Derrick Nix chipped in with 13 points and eight boards while…

  8. It’s now time to see what program tries to pry Shaka Smart from VCU

    Mar 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    VCU Rams head coach Smart talks with guard Johnson during the final seconds of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Michigan in Auburn Hills

    On Saturday afternoon, Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams were knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Michigan, meaning that his offseason has officially begun. And what’s an offseason for Shaka Smart with all kinds of speculation about when he’ll be leaving VCU and where he’ll be headed. In 2011, it was NC State that came calling…

  9. Michigan makes Havoc look Harmless, moves on to the Sweet 16

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    For the second time in three days, No. 4 seed Michigan made the pundits that earned them “trendy upset pick” status look foolish. On Thursday, the Wolverines shut down South Dakota State and the Fighting Nate Wolters, winning by 15 points in a game that Trey Burke decided not to show up. Saturday’s performance against…

  10. Tourney Preview: The first day of the Round of 32 is LOADED

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Oregon v Oklahoma St

    Today’s schedule is so awesome that, instead of doing an actual preview, I’m just going to rank the games: 1. 12:15 PM (5) Virginia Commonwealth vs (4) Michigan CBS: No team in the country is better when it comes to forcing turnovers than VCU, as they lead the nation in defensive turnover percentage. But Michigan leads…

  11. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the second FULL day of college hoops

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:11 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    TEAM OF THE DAY: Florida Gulf Coast Is there even a conversation here? Florida Gulf Coast didn’t just knock off No. 2 seed Georgetown. The 15th-seeded Eagles spanked them. They won by 10 in a game they were up by 19 points during the second half. There were alley-oops (plural) and tip-dunks. There were clutch…

  12. Can Iowa State capitalize on this sudden relevancy?

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame picked a bad time to forget to show up. The No. 7 seed Irish committed 18 turnovers and found themselves down by as much as 27 points to No. 10 seed Iowa State before eventually losing 76-58. And while it ended up being just another in a long line of disappointing tournament performances…

  13. Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield now more desirable than wife Amanda Marcum?

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    andy-enfield-wife-amanda-marcum

    Andy Enfield just became one of the most desirable coaches in all of college basketball. If you don’t know who that is, he’s the head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the No. 15 seed that just knocked off No. 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament. The school he’s coaching at? It has…

  14. Georgetown been upset in the first weekend four straight years

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    It wasn’t even a discussion on Friday night: the No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles were far and away the best team on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, knocking off No. 2 seed Georgetown 78-68. All the credit in the world must be given to FGCU, who came out and…

  15. Yogi Ferrell leads Indiana past James Madison

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    James Madison v Indiana

    It’s risky to put too much stock into any performance that a No. 1 seed has against a No. 16 seed. Which is why we shouldn’t look too much into the details surrounding Indiana’s overwhelming win over James Madison in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. The talent disparity is too…

  16. Why La Salle can be this year’s Cinderella

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    La Salle v Kansas State

    If you’re looking for a Cinderella in this year’s tournament, look no farther than La Salle. Let’s start with the obvious: the Explorers are a No. 13 seed that needed to win their play-in game in order to have a chance to knock off No. 4 seed Kansas State. If your seed has double digits…

  17. Creighton advances past Cincinnati, has a shot to take down Duke

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Creighton v Cincinnati

    There’s a reason that we call him Dougie McBuckets. Creighton’s all-american forward was too much for No. 10 seed Cincinnati on Friday afternoon, finishing with 27 points and 11 boards on 7-15 shooting as the No. 7 Bluejays outlasted the Bearcats 67-63. This game was one of the more intriguing matchups of the tournament, as…

  18. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss advance past Wisconsin

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Wisconsin Badgers guard Marshall holds on to the ball as Mississippi Rebels guard Henderson, guard Brust and Millinghaus scramble during the Rebels' win in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City

    Marshall Henderson will have to play for free for at least one more game. The Ole Miss gunslinger shook off a 1-11 first half performance to finish with 19 points, hitting three big threes down the stretch as the No. 12 seed Rebels knocked off No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 57-46. Perhaps the most impressive aspect…

  19. How Harvard went from a laughing stock to a Cinderella

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Harvard guard Saunders takes a shot while defended by New Mexico center Kirk during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    On Thursday night, Harvard won their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their second NCAA tournament appearance since 1946. That’s impressive, especially when you consider the fact that, when head coach Tommy Amaker took over the program, Harvard basketball was a joke. They had never won a conference title or 20 games in a season. In…

  20. Tourney Preview: Khalif Wyatt, Nova-UNC, McBuckets highlight the day

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Khalif Wyatt

    GAME OF THE DAY: 1:40 PM: (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State — TBS NC State wants to do nothing other than get out and run the floor. They don’t defend. They don’t even really execute in the half court. They want to run and they want to get their talent in a position to…

  21. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the tournament’s first REAL day

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Bucknell v Butler

    PLAYER OF THE DAY: Andrew Smith, Butler Smith finished with 14 points and 16 boards in the Bulldog’s win over No. 11 seed Bucknell. He also hit a three midway through the second half that not only was Butler’s first on the afternoon (they were 0-14 from distance up to that point) but also helped…

  22. No. 4 Syracuse advances to take on No. 12 Cal

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

    Montana v Syracuse

    And you thought VCU’s 88-42 win over Akron was the worst beatdown of the day? I guess you went to bed before No. 4 seed Syracuse played No. 13 seed Montana. The Orange beat Montana 81-34. Seriously. Montana shot 11-54 from the floor for the game. That’s 20.4%. They were 4-31 from three, which is…

  23. No. 5 VCU advances to take on No. 4 Michigan

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    VCU Rams Briante Weber shoots in front of Akron Zips Carmelo Betancourt

    I feel bad for Akron, because when they were at 100%, this was a good basketball team. But they were anything but 100% heading into the NCAA tournament, as starting point guard Alex Abreu was arrested and suspended and three key pieces were either sick or injured heading into Thursday night’s opening round game. Oh,…

  24. Belmont loses to Arizona, another ugly tourney performance

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Arizona v Belmont

    Mark Lyons led four scorers in double figures with 23 points as No. 6 seed Arizona knocked off No. 11 Belmont 81-64. Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark combined for 43 points, but the Bruins dug themselves a massive hole early in the game with their inability to get a defensive rebound — or, for that…

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