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  1. James Madison outpaces LIU, advances to Round of 64 vs. Indiana

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    James Madison

    Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn, James Madison had to know that pace would be what ultimately decides who would advance to play No. 1 Indiana in the Round of 64. Against the run-and-gun scoring offense of LIU, the Dukes controlled the pace and were efficient on the offensive end of their way to a 68-55…

  2. Fired Buffalo coach invites media to his home for press conference (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Reggie Witherspoon

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Reggie Witherspoon went 197-225 in his 14 seasons as the head coach at Buffalo. But, upon his release, he decided to have a press conference in his home to explain his situation and was pretty candid about his time with the program. He touched on the…

  3. Mountain West reaches media rights deal with ESPN

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Kendall Williams, Tony Snell

    The Mountain West has reached a deal with ESPN to make the network a television rights holder for conference football and basketball games, the league announced Wednesday. According to the release, ESPN will now become a part of the deal that keeps CBS Sports as the primary rights holder. The deal runs through the 2019-20…

  4. Watch Michelle Beadle and Hoda Kotb pick an NCAA tournament bracket (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    the crossover

    We’ve seen President Obama pick an NCAA bracket. You can enter your bracket and play against NBCSports.com staff writers in our CBT Pool right here. But now it’s time to get the host of NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” Michelle Beadle involved in the Madness, with a little help from Today Show host Hoda Kotb.…

  5. Chattanooga reportedly fires head coach John Shulman

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    John Shulman

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Chattanooga is parting ways with its head coach of nine seasons, John Shulman, after a 13-19 season and first round exit from the SoCon tournament, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting. During his nine seasons with the team, he amassed an overall record of 145-146, including…

  6. Pregame Shootaround 3.20.13: First Four continues in Dayton

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Boise State cheerleader

    Game of the Day: No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 13 Boise State (9:10 p.m. ET, truTV) Boise State powered through arguably the nation’s best conference this side of the Big Ten with a 21-9 record, including 9-7 in the league. Now we will see if there is an “SEC football” effect. What’s that? The Mountain…

  7. NCAA investigation of Syracuse has grown to include ‘major and wide-ranging’ violations

    Mar 20, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is under investigation by the NCAA for “major and wide-ranging” violations, part of an investigation that has been going on for “years,” Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com is reporting. According to the report, the NCAA’s investigation into possible violations of the drug policy has grown larger in scope, but is…

  8. Five Final Four darkhorses

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Despite the thinking for much of the year that the NCAA tournament would be as wide-open as the regular season, many have gone with traditional powers such as Louisville, Indiana and Duke when filling out their brackets. With this college basketball season being as “unpredictable” as it has been, is there an opening for a darkhorse…

  9. VIDEO: Steve Alford talks with Dan Patrick

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    Dan Patrick talks with two time All-American and current New Mexico head coach Steve Alford. Alford talks about the differences between playing in the tournament and coaching in the tournament. While you’re here, you might as well sign up to take on our experts in the NBCSports.com Bracket Challenge.

  10. Julius Randle picks Kentucky

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Julius Randle

    We shouldn’t be surprised at all, should we? “Next year, I’ll be playing for the University of Kentucky,” Julius Randle, one of the nation’s top players in the Class of 2013, said on ESPNU this afternoon. He joins a ridiculous recruiting class that already includes Aaron and Andrew Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Dakari…

  11. The NCAA tournament’s best big men

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    Yesterday, our Eric Angevine highlighted the nation’s most prominent back court studs. But you’re not going to win the NCAA tournament without big uglies in the paint anchoring the front court. Here are the best of the bigs that you need to know: (CLICK HERE: To browse through the rest of our 2013 NCAA Tournament…

  12. VIDEO: Doug Gottlieb join the Dan Patrick Show to talk Final Four picks

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Cardinals head coach Pitino instructs guard Siva while playing the Orange during the second half of their NCAA men's championship final basketball game at the 2013 Big East Tournament in New York

    Doug Gottlieb joins the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his NCAA tournament predictions and share with us his Final Four. The Final Four picks of the CBT writers can be found here.

  13. It’s official: Creighton, Butler and Xavier to the Big East

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    BigEastLogo

    As was reported yesterday, the Big East held a press conference today to officially announce their future. The league will be adding Creighton, Butler and Xavier for the 2013-14 season. They have signed a 12-year rights deal with FOX Sports and their new channel, FOX Sports 1. And, perhaps more importantly, the Big East has officially…

  14. Enter an NCAA pool to honor a victim of Newtown

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Jessica Rekos, a victim of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, loved whales, so in an effort to ensure that “the things she loved [are] never [to] be forgotten”, Team Jessica Rekos has organized an NCAA tournament pool to raise money for whale education and conservation. It’s $10 per bracket, and…

  15. President Obama picks Indiana to win the title

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    Barack Obama, John Calipari

    President Obama is riding with the Hoosiers. As has become his annual tradition, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie made his bracket picks public, and he’s taking the Hoosiers to win it all. (He must follow me on twitter. I should drop some hints about how to reduce the budget deficit.) This may actually be a curse…

  16. Is Coach Cal going to bring back this year’s freshmen?

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The irony was almost too much to bear. Kentucky, who had made their way up to John Calipari’s hometown of Moon, PA, for the NIT, got knocked out in the first round by Robert Morris. It was a one-and-done performance in the tournament no one pays attention to that could end up keeping this year’s…

  17. Beware the guards of March: twenty deadly backcourt heroes

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State v Kansas

    Basketball may be a big man’s game, but college basketball is dominated by the teams who land the best ball-handlers, slashers and long-range shooters. Want to get to the Final Four? You have to have one or two elite guards. There are so many who will take the stage before the weekend comes, and I…

  18. The Morning Mix

    Mar 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    robert morris kentuck

    The First Four got started last night, and it gave those interested a chance to find True TV on their dials for the first time. Apparently Shaq has his own viral video show. Yeah, I’ll pass. Oh, did I mention that Kentucky lost to Robert Morris last night. So there’s that. Let’s hit the links.…

  19. Late Night Snacks: NC A&T, Saint Mary’s get wins in First Four Tuesday

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    North Carolina A&T

    Game of the Day: Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57 This is finally the painful end of the 2012-13 season for Kentucky. Robert Morris perfectly executed an inbound play with nine seconds remaining an drew a foul, hit its free throws, and sealed the upset win over the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. Coach John Calipari never got…