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  1. Michigan needs Trey Burke to break out of his shooting funk on Monday night

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — Trey Burke was phenomenal for a three minute stretch against Kansas in the Sweet 16. He scored eight points in the final minute and a half of regulation, including a 30 foot step-back three that tied the game and forced overtime. Then Burke hit the first two shots of the overtime period for…

  2. P.J. Hairston reportedly turning down NBA draft, will return to UNC

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    North Carolina sophomore P.J. Hairston will not enter the 2013 NBA Draft and will instead return to school for his junior season, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting. Hairston was the Tar Heels’ second-leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this past season. North Carolina finished with an overall record of 25-11,…

  3. Why Russdiculousness is a good thing for Louisville

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    ATLANTA — On Saturday night, we got a glimpse of Russ Smith in all his glory. His dizzyingly-talented, frustratingly inconsistent glory. He shot 6-17 from the floor. He was 5-12 from the free throw line, missing the first four free throws of the game and two of six in the final minute, which left the…

  4. Gregg Marshall reportedly takes out ad in newspaper Sunday

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Gregg Marshall

    Gregg Marshall’s name comes up every spring as a possible mid-major coach who could make the jump to a BCS conference. This past week, though, he was focused on his team’s run to the Final Four and when they came up short against Louisville, he found a way to thank them. He reportedly took out…

  5. Melissa McCarthy, SNL parody Mike Rice Rutgers scandal (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

    Melissa McCarthy

    Host Melissa McCarthy and the SNL crew had an alternative take on the events that have unfolded at Rutgers over the past week. Watch above. Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  6. Jim Boeheim, reporter feud at Final Four press conference (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    Questions about Jim Boeheim’s future with Syracuse had drawn attention in the weeks prior to the Final Four, but he appeared to have cleared them up before his team’s matchup with Michigan Saturday night. But CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel asked the question again in the video above, drawing the response below: Q. When do you think…

  7. Report: FBI investigating possible extortion by Rutgers whistle-blower Eric Murdock

    Apr 7, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    Eric Murdock

    The FBI has reportedly launched an investigation to examine whether former Rutgers staffer Eric Murdock, the man who leaked videotapes that ultimately led to the firing of coach Mike Rice, tried to extort his former employer. According to a report in the New York Times, Murdock’s lawyer sent a letter to the university with a request…

  8. Assistant and interim head coach Bob Cantu will not be retained by USC

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Bob Cantu

    Longtime assistant Bob Cantu will not remain on the USC bench during the Andy Enfield era, the coach acknowledged via his Twitter page Saturday night. “I would like to thank USC for 12 good years!” he wrote. “I will not be returning as a coach at USC and wish the best to the future staff.Fight…

  9. Michigan’s defense, Michael Carter-Williams’ struggles doom Syracuse

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:38 AM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Michigan Syracuse Basketball

    ATLANTA — The knock on Michigan all season long was that this group didn’t have the defensive prowess to be able to play their way deep into the NCAA tournament. And it was a valid point; the Wolverines weren’t — and aren’t — a great defensive team. They may not even qualify as a good…

  10. Hold on to your hats, it’s Louisville vs. Michigan on Monday!

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    No Cinderellas in the title game this year. It’s going to be all Big Time, all the way. Let’s recap: Rick Pitino is one of the most well-known college basketball coaches in the nation. He’s on his way into the hall of fame, his horse just punched its ticket to the Kentucky Derby, and his…

  11. Mitch McGary leads Michigan past Syracuse, into the title game

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — That vaunted Syracuse zone, the one that held Indiana and Marquette to a combined 89 points last weekend, did it’s job, at least on the perimeter. Michigan’s star point guard Trey Burke — that’s National Player of the Year Trey Burke to you — finished with seven points, shooting 1-8 from the floor.…

  12. Iona will keep Tim Cluess

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Iona v Ohio State

    Iona head coach Tim Cluess, who led the Gaels to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons, has confirmed that he plans to stay in New Rochelle for the foreseeable future. “I’m excited about the coming season and continuing to build on our success. I believe in the future of men’s basketball and the College itself,”…

  13. VIDEO: Did Luke Hancock force a jump-ball with Ron Baker?

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    ATLANTA — Luke Hancock made seemingly every big play down the stretch for the Cardinals. There were the two drives to the rim midway through the second half. There was the three to put Louisville up for the first time in the second half. There was the three that gave the Cardinals a five-point lead…

  14. Tom Crean photobombs yellow-belted Sanjay Gupta at the Final Four

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    https://twitter.com/Bachscore

    Not sure there’s a lot that needs to be said here, except h/t to Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal. Sanjay Gupta, with Tom Crean inadvertent photobomb (thanks @chadmcevoy)twitpic.com/chj8rc — Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) April 7, 2013

  15. Louisville’s unsung heroes deliver in win over Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals' Hancock and teammate Henderson celebrate near the end of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game against the Wichita State Shockers in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On a team that includes Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan, how many people would have guessed that the two most important players for Louisville in its 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four on Saturday would be Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson. It’s fitting, really. The…

  16. How Cleanthony Early became a Final Four-caliber player

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    I originally ran this article on December 1, 2012, when we barely knew who Cleanthony Early was. The story happened to run on the same day that coaching legend Rick Majerus passed away, so it was understandably overshadowed. Now that “Cle” is playing on college basketball’s biggest stage, it’s worth a second look. Anthony came…

  17. Tim Henderson walks on to the Final Four for Louisville

    Apr 6, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    North Carolina A&T's R.J. Buck fights for the loose ball with University of Louisville's Tim Henderson during the second half of play in their second round NCAA basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington

    Who’s that guy? You’d be forgiven for asking that when you look at the Louisville lineup taking the floor in Atlanta right now. Where Kevin Ware would usually be standing in the pressure defense, there’s an unfamiliar face. He’s Tim Henderson, a Louisville local who walked on to the team. A 6’2″, 195-lb. junior, he’s…

  18. Mustachioed Will Ferrell makes an appearance at the Final Four

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Will Ferrell

    San Diego State didn’t make the Final Four, so what’s Ron Burgundy doing behind press row? Will Ferrell behind me. Anchorman twitter.com/ESPNDanaOneil/… — Dana O’Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 6, 2013 It’s certainly possible that Ferrell mistook O’Neil for Veronica Corningstone, and is on the verge of breaking out the jazz flute for halftime entertainment. More likely…

  19. Shane Larkin beat out Trey Burke for at least one POY award

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    University of Miami guard Shane Larkin is carried by forward Julian Gamble during their third round NCAA basketball game in Austin, Texas

    Rob Dauster told us the other day about the numerous Player of the Year awards that are handed out in college basketball. Clearly, Trey Burke is deserving of the several he’s already won. But he hasn’t won them all. Shane Larkin was honored with the 2013 Lute Olson Player of the Year Award, and got…

  20. Empire State Building set to light up colors of Final Four teams

    Apr 6, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Empire State Building

    The Empire State Building in New York City will commemorate this weekend’s Final Four games by alternating the colors on display at the top of the historic city landmark. From Syracuse’s official athletic website: Beginning at sunset on Saturday, ESB will shine its four sides for each team: North Side: Syracuse University (orange and blue)…