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  1. 2014 Patriot League Tournament Preview: Can Boston U. win first season in Patriot?

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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    The 2014 Patriot League Tournament kicks off Monday night with a pair of preliminary contests. Back in October, newcomer Boston University was viewed as the favorite, and thanks to its strong finish BU enters the field as the top seed. Despite holding home-court advantage, it will be far from easy for the Terriers. American University…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Bracketology: Florida, Arizona battle for No. 1 overall seed

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:11 AM EDT

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    We’re two weeks from Selection Sunday and we’ve got a long way to go. Championship Week is going to be fun and tension-filled.  As this juncture, as many as 15 at-large spots remain uncertain.  That’s a high number entering March.  Here’s what we do know.  Barring an unexpected turn of events, Florida and Arizona will be No.…

  5. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Steve Masiello

    Unbreakable (BU Today) Boston University freshman Connor Lenahan is incredibly busy, announcing games for three different teams on campus while also running his own sports blog. Add to this the full course load that college students have to navigate, and there’s a lot on his plate. Lenahan, who has a congenital bone disease, has proven to…

  6. South Carolina president Harris Pastides joins in on court-storming fun

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    With the problems experienced at the conclusion of Thursday’s game between New Mexico State and Utah Valley, the debate regarding court-storming is once again active in college basketball. Should court-storming be banned? That’s a question individual schools and their conferences will be left to address, but one conference that’s ahead of the curve in this…

  7. UNLV’s Roscoe Smith to miss Wednesday’s game due to concussion suffered Saturday

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Saturday afternoon UNLV put forth one of its best performances of the season, shooting 61.8% from the field and 12-for-18 from beyond the arc in their 93-67 win at Air Force. Unfortunately for head coach Dave Rice that result came at a cost, as the school announced on Sunday evening that junior forward Roscoe Smith…

  8. 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…

  9. Late Night Snacks: Indiana mounting a late charge towards the bubble?

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Clemson 77, Maryland 73 (2OT) With both teams looking to keep alive incredibly slim hopes of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the Terrapins and Tigers needed ten extra minutes to determine a winner. Clemson would pull out the win in the end, with a Demarcus Harrison three with…

  10. Improved offensive execution keeps No. 25 New Mexico tied atop Mountain West

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Fifteen days ago No. 25 New Mexico blew out Nevada in Albuquerque, shooting 55.2% from the field and assisting on 27 of their 32 made field goals in the 90-72 victory. And considering just how well Craig Neal’s team played for much of that game, it can be argued that the final margin was a…

  11. Knee injury to sideline Creighton’s Isaiah Zierden indefinitely

    Mar 2, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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    Not only did No. 9 lose control of the Big East title race with their 75-69 defeat at Xavier on Saturday, the Bluejays also lost a member of their rotation to an injury. Redshirt freshman guard Isaiah Zierden went down in the first half of that game with a knee injury, and on Sunday evening…

  12. 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…

  13. Maurice Creek leads George Washington to 21st victory (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Having dropped three of the last four games, George Washington was in a position where they needed a win over George Mason to get back on track. Without a “bad” loss on its resume Mike Lonergan’s team is well-positioned to earn the program’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2007, and the Colonials took another step…

  14. Darrun Hilliard, Josh Hart stand out in No. 8 Villanova’s win over Marquette

    Mar 2, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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    No. 8 Villanova has lost just three times this season: at No. 4 Syracuse in December and twice to No. 9 Creighton during Big East play. Not a particularly flashy team, the Wildcats are tough, unselfish and they’ve got plenty of skill as well. Those attributes were on display Sunday afternoon as Villanova beat Marquette…

  15. Iowa survives Purdue, 83-76, snaps three-game losing streak

    Mar 2, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Gesell

    There’s much to like about Iowa this March. The Hawkeyes are deep and talented and possess one of the most efficient offenses in the entire country. Though, they struggle defensively and have let several marquee wins slip right through hands this season. The cause for concern has been a three-game losing streak — Wisconsin, Minnesota and…

  16. Wisconsin holds off Penn State, 71-66, for seventh straight win

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Nigel Hayes

    For another year, Wisconsin will finish Big Ten play as one of the top four teams in the conference standings. That became a certainty on Sunday afternoon when No. 14 Wisconsin held off a late comeback from Penn State, defeating the Nittany Lions on the road with a 71-66 final, giving the Badgers their seventh consecutive…

  17. LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman becomes fourth player to record 1,000 career assists

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    With 8:33 remaining in the first half, LIU Brooklyn senior point guard Jason Brickman recorded his third assist of the night as Gerrell Martin sunk a 3-pointer. For Brickman, that would be his 1,000th career assist, becoming only the fourth player in college basketball history to reach that milestone in the final game with the…

  18. Assigned Reading: Memories of Dean Smith should continue to last

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina basketball coach, who amassed 879 wins, won two national titles and reached the Final Four 11 times, celebrated his 83rd birthday on Feb. 28. Though for years now the Hall of Fame coach has endured an ongoing struggle with dementia. John Feinstein of the Washington Post published a story on Saturday,…

  19. Winthrop honors the victims of Sandy Hook tragedy (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    On December 18, 2012, four days after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. which left 26 people dead, Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey, the father of two daughters, used his post game press conference after losing to No. 4 Ohio State as a platform to call for change. “I know…

  20. POSTERIZED: Dunk City at it again with Bernard Thompson’s tip slam (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Bernard Thompson celebrates the Eagles win over the Georgetown Hoyas in their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    On the first day of the month, Florida Gulf Coast looked liked it was in mid-March form early in the second half of its game against Northern Kentucky. Dajuan Graf missed a mid-range jumper. A ball screen to get Graf the open look caused some rotations in NKU’s defense, leaving Bernard Thompson alone at the…