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  1. Breaking Down the Sweet 16: Key matchups in each game

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Butler v Marquette

    We’re down to the Sweet 16, when teams will have more time to study unfamiliar opponents and figure out what needs to be done in order to advance. With that in mind, here are the key individual match-ups for each of the eight Sweet 16 games that will be played later this week. Click here to…

  2. VIDEO: La Salle celebrates their Sweet 16 appearance

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    La Salle Explorers celebrate their win over Mississippi Rebels in the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Kansas City, Missouri

    You don’t think these kids wanted it? My favorite line? Tyreek Duren: “Shout out to my Grandma, she’s mad I ain’t shout her out all week.” Can’t be mad anymore, Grandma.

  3. NCAA tournament’s first week gets highest ratings in 23 years

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s the info, straight from the press release that Turner and CBS Sports sent out this morning: [The first week averaged] a 6.3/14 overnight rating/share, the highest rating for the opening week of the NCAA Tournament in 23 years, when the tournament expanded to its current format, according to Nielsen metered market ratings. The networks’ combined…

  4. Minnesota makes it official, formally fires Tubby Smith

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Tubby Smith has been officially fired by Minnesota. The university announced that Smith, who has been at the school since the 2007-08 season, has been relieved of his duties as head coach. Smith issued a statement in the release on the school’s website. “I want to…

  5. VIDEO: How come no one is talking about No. 13 seed La Salle?

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    La Salle v Ole Miss

    Perhaps the most impressive thing about Florida Gulf Coast’s run to the Sweet 16 is that it has not only completely overshadowed the fact that a No. 13 seed that played in the First Four has made it to the Sweet 16, it makes it seem downright normal that that No. 13 seed — La…

  6. Sweet 16 Power Rankings: How do the title contenders stack up?

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Montrezl Harrell

    Click here to browse through all of our Sweet 16 previews 1. Louisville: Coming into the tournament, we knew that guard play would dictate far this team goes. If Russ Smith and Peyton Siva played well, that would mean that the defense is able to set up and create turnovers, which takes the Cardinal attack to another…

  7. Report: South Alabama to hire Matthew Graves

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Butler assistant coach Matthew Graves will be named the head coach at South Alabama, according to multiple reports. Graves has been associated with the Bulldogs program for two decades. He played there, beginning in 1993, and has been on staff since 2001, when Todd Lickliter was…

  8. This Sweet 16 (mostly) madder than any before

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Chadrack Lufile; Gregg Marshall

    This year’s NCAA tournament is madder than ever before. Mostly. Florida Gulf Coast (15) and La Salle (13) made the 2013 event the first to have two teams seeded 13 or lower reach the Sweet 16, but that’s not all. Adding Oregon (12) and Wichita State (9) helped make this one of the least “chalky”…

  9. First Weekend Superlatives: MVP, Best Dunk, Best GIF

    Mar 25, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Chase Fieler, Brett Comer

    FIRST WEEKEND MVP: Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast This pick was easy, really. The FGCU point guard is the engine that makes Dunk City run. In wins over No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State, Comer averaged 11.0 points, 12.0 assists and 4.0 boards, setting the table for each and every one of…

  10. The Morning Mix

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sherwood Brown, Chase Fieler

    What a weekend. The first weekend is finally in the books, and it’s pretty clear that the craziness we saw during the regular season carried over into March Madness. We were introduced to Dunk City, Florida (Coined by yours truely. Yes I was the first to use it, no I did not receive any credit…

  11. Is Florida Gulf Coast the most surprising Cinderella of all time?

    Mar 25, 2013, 7:00 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

    Every tournament needs a Cinderella. It’s one of the great recurring subplots that March Madness supplies and it usually helps shape the tournament’s identity. No. 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast is in the midst of what could be the greatest Cinderella story in NCAA tournament history. The University was founded just 16 years ago in 1997. The men’s…

  12. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Best of Day 4

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:30 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v San Diego State

    As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 – Day 2 – Day 3 Here are the best pictures from Sunday’s third round games. You can contact Troy Machir on Twitter at @TroyMachir

  13. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the last day of the tourney’s first weekend

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Will Cummings

    After a relatively boring start to the NCAA tournament, Sunday provided us with enough fireworks. We’ve got a No. 15 seed in the Sweet 16 for the first time ever. They are joined there by a No. 13 seed, a No. 12 seed and a No. 9 seed. We’re still without a true buzzer-beater or…

  14. 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 schedule

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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    Below are the dates, times, channels and announcer assignments for Sweet 16 games to be played on Thursday and Friday. Thursday, March 28 East Region (Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.) Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery and Rachel Nichols 7:15 p.m. EST (3) Marquette vs. (2) Miami (CBS) 9:45 p.m. EST (approximately) (4) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana…

  15. Duke takes away Doug McDermott, the 3-ball to knock off Creighton

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Creighton v Duke

    As they proved in a 66-50 win on Sunday night, No. 2 seed Duke turned out to just be a horrific matchup for No. 7 seed Creighton to draw in the round of 32. Because the Blue Devils aren’t a great defensive team. They were 29th nationally, according to Kenpom, in adjusted defensive efficiency. They…

  16. Creighton enters uncharted territory in New Big East next season, without McDermott?

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    There is more to Creighton’s season-ending loss Sunday at the hands of Duke in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament. It not only ends a season, but ends at least one era and possibly a second simultaneously. The Bluejays will now move on to become members of the New Big East and leave…

  17. Illinois falls just short as top two scorers have off nights

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Illinois v Miami

    With a new head coach and picked to finish ninth in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll, Illinois likely would have signed up for a season that ended just five points short of a Sweet 16 appearance back in October. But that does nothing soothe the pain of the Fighting Illini (23-13) in the aftermath…

  18. GIF: Julian Gamble, photobomber deluxe, strikes again

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - North Carolina v Miami

    How do you not love Julian Gamble? His exploits as a photobomber are well-known by now, as is his ability to freestyle. Gamble struck again on Sunday night, after Miami advanced past Illinois and into the Sweet 16. And it’s his best work yet:

  19. Ole Miss loses, then Marshall Henderson flips off crowd

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

    La Salle v Ole Miss

    All it took was one ‘Southwest Philly Floater‘ from Tyrone Garland, and the Marshall Henderson Show came to an end. Garland’s driving layup gave No. 13 seed La Salle a 76-74 win over No. 12 seed Ole Miss, a loss that may mean that we have seen the last of Marshall Henderson, the country’s most…