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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. Please don’t use MTSU’s loss as proof they didn’t deserve a bid

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Saint Mary's v Middle Tennessee

    St. Mary’s knocked off Middle Tennessee State 67-54 in the at-large portion of Tuesday’s play-in games, drubbing Kermit Davis’ and making the Sun Belt regular season champs look like they belonged in the NIT. The intriguing part about this matchup is that it pitted two teams from mid-major leagues that had profiles that were more-or-less…

  4. VIDEO: Picking your brackets with … ytterbium

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy David Hucul and Susan Clark are physicists at Maryland. They have a unique way of picking brackets. Since I’m not a physicist — not even close — I’m not even going to try and understand what is happening here. Instead … BLOCKQUOTE!!! They use…

  5. Top-seeded Kentucky upset by Robert Morris in first round of NIT

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    Kentucky missed out on the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday and now, one game into the NIT, they’ve been sent home. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats turned the ball over 14 times and fell to No. 8 Robert Morris, 59-57, at the Sewall Center in Coraopolis, Pa., Tuesday. With nine seconds to play, Robert Morris was set…

  6. VIDEO: Sir’Dominic Pointer beats St. Joe’s at the buzzer

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    Sir'Dominic Porter,Chris Obekpa

    Sir’Dominic Pointer sent St. John’s past St. Joseph’s in the first round of the NIT. Its not the NCAA tournament, but it’s still March Madness!

  7. NC A&T survives Liberty in First Four, advances to play No. 1 Louisville

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Cy Alexander

    No. 16 North Carolina A&T shot 51.9 percent from the floor, twelve percentage points above its season average, outlasting fellow No. 16 seed Liberty, 73-72, in the opening game of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. A&T missed the front end of two separate one-and-one situations in the final 19 seconds, leaving the…

  8. Can Nerlens Noel still be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft? (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk takes an early look at the 2013 NBA Draft, including whether Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has a chance to be selected No. 1 overall despite tearing his ACL earlier this season: Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  9. NCAA tournament instant replays come to Twitter

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Twitter

    Twitter has grown into the go-to platform for instant breaking news and updates. Now on the eve of the NCAA tournament, it is about to launch a major innovation in real-time sports highlights. The innovation would allow users to view short clips in near real-time through the handle @marchmadness. “Instant replay plays to Twitter’s strength…

  10. Julian Royal will transfer from Georgia Tech

    Mar 19, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Julian Royal

    Georgia Tech sophomore Julian Royal will transfer from the program and continue his education elsewhere at the conclusion of the spring semester, the program announced in a release Tuesday. “I appreciate everything that Julian has done for our program the last two years and the work he has put in,” said Georgia Tech head coach…

  11. Pregame Shootaround 3.19.13: NCAA tournament tips off with First Four in Dayton

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova

    Game of the Day: Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee (9:10 p.m. ET, truTV) The night cap of the First Four in Dayton features two bubble teams who were both able to fall on the right side of that bubble and into the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday. For Saint Mary’s, everything starts with guard Matthew Dellavedova,…

  12. Report: New Big East to announce addition of Butler, Xavier, Creighton Wednesday

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    School presidents representing members of the New Big East will meet with representatives from FOX Sports and Madison Square Garden for an 11 a.m. ET press conference Wednesday in Manhattan to “reveal significant progress in the ongoing development of a multi-sport conference,” the league announced in a release Tuesday. According to David Woods of the Indianapolis…

  13. Ten moments that defined March Madness (plus two the NCAA won’t show you)

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    If you have come recently to the love of college basketball, you may know the term “March Madness”, but have no real grasp on what that vague notion really means. There are some signature moments that have happened over the years that codified the unpredictable beauty of this time of year, and I aim to…

  14. Picking Winners: Why I think St. Louis will upset Louisville in the Sweet 16

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Mike McCall Jr.

    I’m going to have a post up tomorrow explaining how and why I made all of my picks, but since I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it, I’m going to take a minute to get into why I think St. Louis will knock off the tournament’s top seed in the Sweet 16. Louisville…

  15. Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson named UMKC head coach

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kareem Richardson

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson has been hired to become the next head basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the school announced in a release Tuesday. Richardson has 16 years of coaching experience that includes the 2007-08 season, which he spent as an assistant at UMKC.…

  16. NCAA Picks: A quick breakdown of some 2013 Final Four possibilities

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Nate Austin, Kelly Olynyk

    This has been a season of upsets, underdogs, and unpredictability. The conventional wisdom has been that the NCAA tournament will follow suit. But will it? Will we see four No. 1 seeds in Atlanta, or none at all? Check out the tiered preview below: The Top: These are the teams that, when judging by seed…

  17. VIDEO: Tom Izzo on the Dan Patrick Show

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo looks up at the clock as they play the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo joins The Dan Patrick Show to talk about all things March Madness, the strength of the Big Ten Conference from top to bottom, and his game plan for the Spartans’ first and second round matchups this weekend.

  18. Ten crazy things to expect from March Madness

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    All of sports are somewhat unpredictable. If they weren’t, nobody would watch. And most certainly nobody would fill out brackets if the outcome were that easy to determine. Athletes would play sports just to – ugh – stay healthy, and there would be no need for competitive fire or excellence. So why is March singled…

  19. Join our pool, and view our brackets!!!

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    For those that are interested, here are the brackets that each one of your trusty CollegeBasketballTalk writers submitted. Think you’re smarter than us? Well, there’s actually a pretty good chance that’s true. You can prove it here, by joining out bracket pool. ID: 11036, Password: CBTonNBC. ROB DAUSTER’S BRACKET TROY MACHIR’S BRACKET DANIEL MARTIN’S BRACKET ERIC…

  20. More speculation about Ben Howland’s job status

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    On Sunday, we did a post about a column from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times on Ben Howland and how, regardless of what this UCLA team does in the NCAA tournament, he may have worn out his welcome in Westwood. On Tuesday, the LA Times again wrote about Howland’s job status and how no…