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  1. Louisville’s Kevin Ware undergoes successful two-hour procedure on fractured leg

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Duke v Louisville

    According to a release from the school, Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware underwent a successful two-hour surgical procedure on his fractured right leg. Ware suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after challenging a Tyler Thornton jumper with 6:33 remaining in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest regional…

  2. Duke runs out of answers in second half against Louisville

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Duke v Louisville

    Despite 10 first-half turnovers and three fouls for senior forward Ryan Kelly the Duke Blue Devils trailed Louisville by just three points at the half, 35-32. With those two facts in mind the Blue Devils had to like their chances against the tournament’s top overall seed. But after a solid start to the second half…

  3. Dominant second half punches Louisville’s ticket to Atlanta

    Mar 31, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

    Duke v Louisville

    In the aftermath of the gruesome injury suffered by guard Kevin Ware in the first half, it was anyone’s guess how top overall seed Louisville would perform in the second half of the Midwest regional final against 2-seed Duke. But after a slow start to the second stanza Rick Pitino’s team played at a very…

  4. Michigan blows out Florida, headed to first Final Four in 20 years

    Mar 31, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Michigan v Florida

    The outcome of the South Region final between 3-seed Florida and 4-seed Michigan was decided in the game’s first four minutes. John Beilein’s Wolverines scored the first 13 points of the game and led by as many as 24 points in the first half on their way to a 79-59 victory at Dallas Cowboys Stadium…

  5. Marquette had enough talent to win in March, but not enough to play to April

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    Syracuse Orange Keita blocks Marquette Golden Eagles Mayo during the first half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marquette has seen the Syracuse 2-3 zone before. They’ve seen it a lot, both in-person and on film. In fact, they’ve beaten the zone this year, a 74-71 win back on February 25th. But the teams that survive and advance late into March are usually equipped with a handful future NBA players,…

  6. Report: Racial discrimination led to Arsalan Kazemi leaving Rice for Oregon

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Oregon's Dotson and Kazemi celebrate in the closing moments of the Ducks' win over Saint Louis during their NCAA basketball tournament third round game in San Jose

    In the months following the 2011-12 season there was a mass exodus of sorts from the Rice basketball program, as multiple players decided that they would be better off finishing their respective careers elsewhere. Originally the thought of many was that the school’s decision to not renew the contract of assistant coach Marco Morcos as…

  7. Previewing the South Regional: Is Dunk City’s reign over?

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    Deshawn Stephens, Chase Fieler

    Favorite: Florida Are the Gators the best team left in the South? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone does. What I do know, however, is that the Gators will play their first game in the regional against a team that finished in second place in the Atlantic Sun in Florida Gulf Coast. The Gators…

  8. Previewing the Midwest Regional: Is it 2009 all over again?

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Colorado State v Louisville

    Favorite: Louisville The Cardinals have been the most impressive team in the NCAA tournament to date, and it’s all thanks to their defense. It’s simply been overwhelming, and it’s not like they are changing anything. Louisville is just doing what they do on a nightly basis. Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Kevin Ware pressure their…

  9. Syracuse shuts downs Indiana at both ends of the floor

    Mar 29, 2013, 4:00 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Syracuse was not supposed to be in the Elite Eight. Not with No. 1-seed Indiana, not on a court in which they were blown out by 22 points less than a month ago. But thanks to a career-high 24 points from Michael Carter-Williams, the Syracuse Orange advanced to the Elite Eight with…

  10. Off night shouldn’t overshadow La Salle’s NCAA tournament success

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:35 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    Despite the fact that he was cleared to play on Wednesday, La Salle center Steve Zack wasn’t in position to help out the Explorers in the paint against a tough Wichita State squad. According to head coach Dr. John Giannini the 6-11 big man experienced pain and swelling in his left foot after going through…

  11. The legacy of Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls will live on at Indiana

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Started from the bottom … Christian Watford committed to Indiana on September 9th, 2008. That was six-and-a-half months after Kelvin Sampson was bought out of his contract by Indiana in the throes of Big Ten play while Indiana was going through an NCAA investigation for illegal phone calls Sampson made. When Jordan…

  12. Wichita State advances to Elite Eight with commanding victory over La Salle

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    La Salle entered Thursday’s contest against Wichita State needing to keep the Shockers off the offensive glass if they were to have any shot of advancing to the Elite Eight. The Explorers failed to do so, and the combination of Wichita State’s rebounding prowess and solid defense led to a 72-58 Shocker victory that was…

  13. No. 4 Syracuse upsets No. 1 Indiana behind Michael Carter-Williams’ redemption

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Syracuse Orange Carter-Williams reacts as the official signals a three-point shot against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and added five boards and four steals while Cody Zeller finished with just 10 points on 3-10 shooting from the floor as No. 4 Syracuse pulled off the upset 61-50, taking down No. 1 seed Indiana and setting up an all-Big East Regional Final on Saturday. And…

  14. Prolonged Ohio State run ultimately led to Arizona’s demise

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Arizona v Ohio State

    With 6:23 remaining in the first half Arizona led Ohio State 33-22 and looked to be well on its way to taking control of the Sweet 16 matchup at Staples Center. Outside of Deshaun Thomas the Buckeyes were struggling to score, and to that point in the game Thad Matta’s team was playing one of…

  15. Hurricanes go ice cold, miss 41 shots in Sweet 16 loss to Marquette

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Marquette v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Never has MIA been a more fitting nickname for Miami. The Miami Hurricanes entered Thursday night’s NCAA tournament East regional semifinal with Marquette as one of the nation’s top field-goal shooting teams and were ranked in the top-50 in effective field-goal percentage. But after 20 minutes of play, the No. 2-seed Hurricanes…

  16. LaQuinton Ross’ three-pointer pushes Ohio State past Arizona (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes' Ross watches his game-winning three-point shot along with Arizona Wildcats' Lyons in the closing seconds of their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    One of the best players in his high school class Ohio State sophomore wing LaQuinton Ross is an immensely gifted basketball player, and many have been waiting for him to become a factor. During the NCAA tournament he’s stepped up, and on Thursday night his three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining proved to be the difference…

  17. It’s fitting: Buzz Williams reaches Sweet 16 with his most ‘Marquette’ team to date

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Marquette v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — All you need to know about this Marquette team can be summed up in a two minute stretch that happened early in the second half of the No. 3 seed Golden Eagle’s 71-61 win over No. 2 seed Miami in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. The Hurricanes were a no-show, digging…

  18. Geography aside, La Salle understands challenge Wichita State presents (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    NCAA La Salle Basketball

    Tournament play usually results in teams unfamiliar with each other having to figure out over a couple of days how to defeat an opponent they have little (or no) knowledge of before studying game film. That’s certainly the case for West Region 13-seed La Salle, which will play in the Sweet 16 for the first…

  19. Since scoring 36 vs. Miami, Ryan Kelly has made five shots outside the paint

    Mar 28, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Creighton v Duke

    Ryan Kelly may have had the most talked-about foot in all of college basketball this season. When he went down with a right foot injury in January, it became one of the biggest stories in the country. Duke, at the time, was playing as well as anyone, and Kelly was a huge reason for that.…

  20. Thad Matta and Sean Miller put friendship on the line in Sweet 16

    Mar 28, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    Thad Matta

    The most intriguing part of the matchup between No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 6 seed Arizona has less to do with the Buckeyes and the Wildcats that will be on the court than the ones that will be stalking the sidelines. Thad Matta and Sean Miller are good friends with a coaching connection…

  21. Tom Crean and the most important coaching decision in the Sweet 16

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    tom crean

    Tom Crean will have the most interesting coaching decision of the Sweet 16 on his hands heading into tonight’s matchup with No. 4 seed Syracuse. How will he matchup with the Orange on the perimeter? Syracuse is as big and has as much length up and down their roster as any team in the country.…

  22. Previewing the West Region: Can Ohio State avoid the carnage?

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    Favorite: Ohio State No team in the country has played better than the Buckeyes over the last month and a half of the season. Since getting drubbed by 22 points at Wisconsin on February 17th, Ohio State has won 10 straight games, which includes wins over Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State twice, Minnesota and Illinois. The…

  23. Previewing the East Regional: Does Indiana survive the chalk?

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

    Indiana Hoosier guard Victor Oladipo and forward Cody Zeller celebrate during the second half of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against the Temple Owls in Dayton

    Favorite: Indiana The Hoosiers have their issues. They haven’t played all that well in this tournament to date. They lack some toughness in their front court. Their back court doesn’t have the size to deal with bigger guards like Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche. But at the end of the day, Indiana was still the…

  24. Visiting the birthplace of Tyrone Garland’s “Southwest Philly Floater”

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    La Salle v Ole Miss

    By now, everyone’s seen La Salle’s last-second win over Ole Miss in the NCAA Tournament second round, thanks to Tyrone Garland’s shot in the lane with just seconds remaining. Afterward, Garland gave Craig Sager the name of the shot, introducing the world to the “Southwest Philly Floater”. Well, went back to find out where…

  25. Miami’s Reggie Johnson injured, will not play against Marquette

    Mar 26, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Illinois v Miami

    Multiple reports are surfacing that Miami forward Reggie Johnson will not play and will not make the trip to Washington D.C. for the Hurricanes Sweet 16 match-up against Marquette due to an apparent “lower extremity” injury. Johnson suffered the injury in the Hurricanes’ victory over Illinois in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on…