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  1. Can Iowa State capitalize on this sudden relevancy?

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame picked a bad time to forget to show up. The No. 7 seed Irish committed 18 turnovers and found themselves down by as much as 27 points to No. 10 seed Iowa State before eventually losing 76-58. And while it ended up being just another in a long line of disappointing tournament performances…

  2. Kansas survives first half and late-game scares from Western Kentucky

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Western Kentucky v Kansas

    Kansas entered halftime trailing by one, 31-30, to Western Kentucky, a team that finished fourth in the Sun Belt East standings. Hours after Florida Golf Coast knocked off two-seeded Georgetown, WKU flirted with becoming the first No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed. Then Kevin Young corralled his own miss and did a…

  3. San Diego State helps ailing Mountain West with win over Oklahoma

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    The Mountain West Conference had drawn criticism over the first few days of this NCAA tournament, with member schools going 1-3 through Thursday. That mark includes a major upset of No. 3 New Mexico at the hands of No. 14 Harvard. But No. 7 San Diego State worked Friday to change the Mountain West’s fate,…

  4. Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield now more desirable than wife Amanda Marcum?

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Andy Enfield just became one of the most desirable coaches in all of college basketball. If you don’t know who that is, he’s the head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the No. 15 seed that just knocked off No. 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament. The school he’s coaching at? It has…

  5. No. 3 Florida pulls away in second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Florida

    As Georgetown was falling victim to Florida Gulf Coast in Philadelphia, the early struggles of No. 3 Florida were less widely broadcast. No need to worry, though, as Billy Donovan’s Gators pulled away quickly in the second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State, 79-47, Friday night in Austin, Texas. Against an up-tempo and high-scoring…

  6. Ohio State defeats Iona, team to beat in the West Region?

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Iona v Ohio State

    Iona was up 6-5 three minutes into its second round game against Ohio State on Friday night. The Buckeyes quickly put to rest any chance they would join Georgetown, Missouri and Duke as No. 2 seeds that got bounced by No. 15 seeds in the past two NCAA tournaments. Ohio State went on a 15-0…

  7. Now that they’ve shocked the world, get to know Florida Gulf Coast

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Be honest. How much did you know about Florida Gulf Coast before they beat Georgetown (not to mention when they became the first 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16)? If you follow college basketball actively, you probably know they got here by winning the Atlantic Sun tournament championship over Mercer. You may also know that…

  8. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 2

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Creighton v Cincinnati

    The second day of March Madness is here. As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 – Day 2, Pt. 1 Here are some of the best pictures from day two of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You can contact Troy Machir on…

  9. North Carolina survives Villanova, set up likely Roy Williams-Kansas reunion in third round

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Villanova v North Carolina

    The North Carolina Tar Heels did what Kansas State and ACC rival N.C. State couldn’t do on Friday: defeat a Philadelphia opponent. The Tar Heels blew a 20-point lead and survived Villanova with 78-71 win in an 8-9 matchup in the South Region at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. With seven minutes to…

  10. Georgetown been upset in the first weekend four straight years

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    It wasn’t even a discussion on Friday night: the No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles were far and away the best team on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, knocking off No. 2 seed Georgetown 78-68. All the credit in the world must be given to FGCU, who came out and…

  11. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast weathers late push to stun No. 2 Georgetown

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Move over, Harvard. You’ve now got company atop the list of biggest upsets in this 2013 NCAA Tournament. No. 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast, a school that was founded during the presidency of George H.W. Bush in 1991, pushed the tempo, emphasized its strengths, and outmuscled No. 2-seeded Georgetown in an upset win, 78-68, in the…

  12. Yogi Ferrell leads Indiana past James Madison

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    James Madison v Indiana

    It’s risky to put too much stock into any performance that a No. 1 seed has against a No. 16 seed. Which is why we shouldn’t look too much into the details surrounding Indiana’s overwhelming win over James Madison in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. The talent disparity is too…

  13. Illinois tops Colorado in a game of runs and droughts, advance to play Miami in the third round

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Colorado v Illinois

    In a game of runs and extended droughts, Illinois had the last offensive surge while Colorado once again went cold from the field. The Illini used an 18-5 run to close out a 57-49 second round win against Colorado on Friday night in a 7-10 matchup in the East region. Illinois were dying by the…

  14. Why La Salle can be this year’s Cinderella

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    La Salle v Kansas State

    If you’re looking for a Cinderella in this year’s tournament, look no farther than La Salle. Let’s start with the obvious: the Explorers are a No. 13 seed that needed to win their play-in game in order to have a chance to knock off No. 4 seed Kansas State. If your seed has double digits…

  15. Late Afternoon Snacks: Philly Friday is 2-0 for city teams so far

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    La Salle v Kansas State

    Game of the Day No. 13 La Salle 63, No. 4 Kansas State 61: I’m a firm believer that there can only be one game of the day, and I chose this one because the Explorers were the biggest underdogs of the day, having started out in the First Four, and because they beat Kansas…

  16. Creighton advances past Cincinnati, has a shot to take down Duke

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Creighton v Cincinnati

    There’s a reason that we call him Dougie McBuckets. Creighton’s all-american forward was too much for No. 10 seed Cincinnati on Friday afternoon, finishing with 27 points and 11 boards on 7-15 shooting as the No. 7 Bluejays outlasted the Bearcats 67-63. This game was one of the more intriguing matchups of the tournament, as…

  17. Saint Joseph’s forward C.J. Aiken to pursue professional opportunites

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    C.J. Aiken

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Before the 2012-13 season began many expected Saint Joseph’s at the very least to be one of the Philadelphia schools playing in the NCAA tournament. But thanks to inconsistent play and various personnel issues Phil Martelli’s team failed to live up…

  18. La Salle outlasts furious Kansas State rally to score upset

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    La Salle

    La Salle snuck into the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed in the First Four in Dayton on Selection Sunday. Less than a week later, it now has two NCAA tournament victories, including a big upset over a BCS-conference opponent, and is headed to the Round of 32. Jerrell Wright had 21 points and…

  19. Hurricanes shine brighter than their shoes in easy win over Pacific

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Pacific v Miami

    Even if you were temporarily blinded by Miami’s choice of footwear, you couldn’t help but see that this team is ready to go out and get the brass ring. Durand Scott went off for a very efficient 21 points in an easygoing 78-49 dismantling of the Pacific Tigers, hitting 60 percent of his shots from…