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  1. Charles Mitchell’s status with Maryland unclear after heated sideline exchange

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Maryland forward Charles Mitchell was removed from the bench and sent to the locker room before the first half of Tuesday night’s game against Virginia Tech. Mitchell could be seen on the bench exchanging words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli, yanking his jersey off in the tunnel as he walked back into the locker room.…

  2. Matt Stainbrook’s knee injury just a strained MCL

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Xavier got some excellent news on Tuesday when it was announced that starting center Matt Stainbrook only strained his MCL. Stainbrook landed awkwardly in Monday’s loss to Seton Hall, immediately grabbing his left knee and screaming in pain. It looked like the injury could be quite serious, but according to Xavier, he’s out for Saturday’s…

  3. 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…

  4. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    How Fred VanVleet’s stepdad made him the perfect point guard for Wichita State (Bleacher Report) Sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet has been a key figure this season for No. 2 Wichita State, making the move into the starting lineup without a hitch. One reason why the talented guard was ready to assume the responsibility that…

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

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:44 AM EDT

    Bryce Cotton

    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…

  6. Oregon trips up Arizona State to make it six straight wins

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

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    Oregon continues to climb back in the Pac-12 standings after a sluggish start in league play as the Ducks picked up an 85-78 win on Tuesday night against Arizona State. After starting 3-8 in the Pac-12, Oregon has now won six consecutive games and it looks like the Ducks are in good position for the…

  7. 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…

  8. Baylor tops No. 16 Iowa State as Big 12 continues to beat up on each other

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

    Cory Jefferson, Tomas Gipson

    It looked like another Big 12 game was going down to the wire as Baylor and No. 16 Iowa State were deadlocked at 61 with 2:14 remaining. Then senior guard Brady Heslip continued his strong second half with a three-pointer that put Baylor on a 13-0 run to close out the game and the Bears…

  9. Is it time to hit the panic button for Syracuse?

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Syracuse lost its second consecutive ACC game on Tuesday night as the Orange fell at home to Georgia Tech, 67-62, in a shocking home loss on Senior Night. The Orange have now lost four of their last five games. The last two losses in particular, Syracuse was clearly outplayed by Virginia and Georgia Tech and the…

  10. No. 7 Syracuse falls to Georgia Tech in a shocking home loss

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

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    It went from bad to worse on Tuesday night for Syracuse as the No. 7 Orange fell at the Carrier Dome on Senior Night 67-62 to Georgia Tech in an ACC contest. The Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12) led the final 31:40 of the game as Syracuse struggled to find consistent offense outside of C.J. Fair…

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

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

    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…

  12. Jay Simpson’s career at Purdue over due to heart condition

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Purdue head coach Matt Painter announced on Monday that redshirt freshman forward Jay Simpson’s basketball career has ended following the discovery of the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyotrophy (HCM). HCM is the heart condition that claimed the lives of other basketball players including Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier. “Obviously, this is very tough…

  13. Registration opens for Warren Buffett’s $1 billion bracket challenge

    Mar 4, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    As we inch closer to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, I’m sure you’ve had that email pop up in your inbox from that friend of yours that is just a little too anxious to get his March Madness pool going. While you might be annoyed by an endless month-long email chain that would net you $80…

  14. 2014 Ohio Valley Tournament Preview: Belmont looking to repeat

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Last season, Kerron Johnson propelled Belmont, in its first season as a conference member, to the Ohio Valley tournament title with a last-second bucket over Murray State. If all goes according to plan, the Bruins and the Racers will meet up again in the OVC championship game as they head into the field this season…

  15. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Plenty of important bubble matchups

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 16 Iowa State at Baylor, 7:00 p.m. Baylor is coming on strong of late, having won five of their last six games after starting the Big 12 season by losing eight of their first ten games. They are probably on the right side of the bubble at this point, but…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…