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  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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…

  4. 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 schedule

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NCAA final four

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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:

  9. 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…

  10. Shane Larkin, Rion Brown lead Miami to Sweet 16 after win over Illinois

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    Miami Shane Larkin

    Aside from perhaps Michigan point guard Trey Burke, Miami’s Shane Larkin has proven himself to be the biggest breakout star at that position this season. Sunday night with his team’s postseason fate on the line, Larkin took a fearless step-back three-pointer with 1:04 to play and nailed it to give his team a two-point lead,…

  11. Tyrone Garland’s ‘Southwest Philly floater’ sends La Salle to Sweet 16 (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

    La Salle v Ole Miss

    The “Southwest Philly floater” sends La Salle to the Sweet 16. Tyrone Garland’s shot (and yes, he did name it on TV following the game) with 2.5 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the Explorers’ 76-74 victory over West Region 12-seed Ole Miss, punching their ticket to Los Angeles where they’ll take on…

  12. Reports: Ben Howland to be fired by UCLA (UPDATED)

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. (UPDATE: As of Sunday night, it’s now official. Ben Howland has been fired by UCLA.) According to multiple reports, Ben Howland has been notified that he is going to be fired as the head coach of UCLA. Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop was the first…

  13. Did Florida Gulf Coast deserve to be ranked higher than a No. 15 seed?

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Florida Gulf Coast made history Sunday night by beating San Diego State and becoming the first No. 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to make the Sweet 16. With how confident, explosive, and dominating they have been in two double-digit wins in this NCAA tournament, how could they possibly have ended up with that 15-seed?…

  14. FGCU’s emphatic second-half run ends San Diego State’s season

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v San Diego State

    Entering Sunday’s contest against 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast, San Diego State ranked among the best teams in the country in regards to defensive efficiency (11th per kenpom.com). But in a 17-0 second half run the Eagles shredded the Aztec defense and the end result was an 81-71 FGCU victory, giving Andy Enfield’s program its first-ever…

  15. Dunk City keeps on dancing: Florida Gulf Coast now first 15 seed in Sweet 16

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v San Diego State

    For the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament, a No. 15 seed is in the Sweet 16. The Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast followed up their 10 point win over No. 2 seed Georgetown on Friday night by drubbing No. 7 seed San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday. FGCU used a 17-0…

  16. Florida pulls away from Minnesota late to advance to Sweet 16

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    Scottie Wilbekin

    We’re still not sure how Florida will fare in a close game against a high-major opponent after the Gators’ 78-64 win over Minnesota, but coach Billy Donovan’s team almost manufactured a close game for themselves down the stretch. After leading by as much as 18 points with 17:18 to play in the second half, Minnesota…

  17. Did Tubby Smith do enough in the tournament to save his job?

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    Minnesota v UCLA

    No. 11 seed Minnesota dug themselves to deep of a hole in their 78-64 loss to No. 3 Florida on Sunday evening. The Gophers were on the wrong end of a Florida blitzkrieg in the first half, helpless as the Gators drilled three-ball after three-ball and stymied the Minnesota offensive attack to open up a…

  18. Report: UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett to enter NBA Draft

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) According to a report from Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett has played his last game as a Runnin’ Rebel. The Brampton, Ontario native will announce within the next week that he’s entering the 2013 NBA Draft, and…