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  1. Dayton enhances resume with win at No. 17 Saint Louis

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT

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    After having their six-game win streak end with a blowout loss to Saint Joseph’s, the Dayton Flyers got back on track with an 86-79 win over UMass on Saturday. Wednesday night provided Archie Miller’s team with another opportunity to enhance their resume and the Flyers took advantage, beating No. 17 Saint Louis 72-67 at Chaifetz…

  2. After win at No. 18 SMU, No. 11 Louisville is once again peaking in March

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Russ Smith scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, hitting all six of his threes in the final 13 minutes as No. 11 Louisville went into Moody Coliseum and knocked off No. 18 SMU, 84-71. The win is impressive in and of itself. The Mustangs are as tough as anyone in the…

  3. Turnovers prove costly for No. 18 SMU in loss to No. 11 Louisville

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    No. 18 SMU entered Wednesday’s game against No. 11 Louisville with an outside shot of winning the American Athletic Conference regular season title, which would have been a monumental achievement for Larry Brown’s program. But the Mustangs dropped an 84-71 decision to the Cardinals, and while Russ Smith’s 26-point night will get most of the…

  4. Wake Forest beats No. 4 Duke as Blue Devils struggle to score again

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Wake Forest has made a habit of giving top teams in the ACC a tough time in Winston-Salem, and that was no different for No. 4 Duke on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils were down for most of the first half, entered the break trailing 36-33 and couldn’t seem to get any separation from the…

  5. Larry Brown disagrees with Mark Cuban’s stance on NCAA/D-League debate

    Mar 5, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Last week Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban voiced his opinions on college basketball and the D-League, stating that the best young prospects would be better-served to play in the D-League instead of going to college. Cuban opined that players would make greater strides in regards to skill development playing in the NBA’s developmental league instead…

  6. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh makes appearance at Kansas’ pre-game shootaround

    Mar 5, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Throughout the season college basketball programs have no shortage of visitors, from former players coming back to visit to famous personalities who may not have as deep of a connection to the program. And while these moments can be fun, they also can serve as a time to learn. Visitors who have experienced success in…

  7. The Chase for 180: Karvel Anderson leads shorthanded Robert Morris to NEC crown

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  8. Oto Osenieks will not play at Minnesota after this season

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Oto Osenieks career at Minnesota is over. The school sent out a release on Wednesday afternoon announcing that, due to a series of knee injuries, Osenieks’ will not play for the Gophers next season. He has an issue with the cartilage in his left knee due to surgeries that he’s had on the knee. “Unfortunately,…

  9. Assigned Reading: Dean Smith’s health continues to deteriorate

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Dean Smith is battling dementia. We all know that by now. It’s not a secret. His memory is deteriorating, a fact made all the more demoralizing because it was Smith’s unbelievable memory that was perhaps his most notable trait. What’s striking, however, is just how far it has progressed. ESPN published a story from Tommy…

  10. 2014 Missouri Valley Tournament Preview: It’s all Wichita

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Just our luck, right? The year that Wichita State just so happens to be coming off of a trip to the Final Four, the season where they just so happen to play like a National Title contender for the first four months of the season also happens to be the year that Creighton leaves the…

  11. 2014 MAAC Tournament Preview: Iona-Manhattan eyeing a rematch?

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Last season in the MAAC tournament championship game, Iona punched its ticket to its second straight NCAA tournament, knocking off in-state rival Manhattan. A week ago, the Gaels and Jaspers met in their final meeting of the regular season with Manhattan pulling out an 80-77 overtime win over the MAAC regular season champion. They will…

  12. Report: Russ Pennell hired at Central Arkansas

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2014 Coaching Carousel, click here. Central Arkansas has hired Russ Pennell as their new head coach, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. Pennell was the interim head coach with the WNBA’s Pheonix Mercury over the summer. He spent four years as the head coach at Grand Canyon prior…

  13. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Louisville-SMU square off in an AAC battle

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Louisville at No. 18 SMU, 7:00 p.m. Two Hall of Fame head coaches square off on Wednesday night at SMU in a key AAC battle between two top 20 teams. (Imagine the look you’d give me if I said that sentence two years ago.) The Cardinals look like a…

  14. Charles Mitchell’s status with Maryland unclear after heated sideline exchange

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Maryland forward Charles Mitchell was removed from the bench and sent to the locker room before the first half of Tuesday night’s game against Virginia Tech. Mitchell could be seen on the bench exchanging words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli, yanking his jersey off in the tunnel as he walked back into the locker room.…

  15. Matt Stainbrook’s knee injury just a strained MCL

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Xavier got some excellent news on Tuesday when it was announced that starting center Matt Stainbrook only strained his MCL. Stainbrook landed awkwardly in Monday’s loss to Seton Hall, immediately grabbing his left knee and screaming in pain. It looked like the injury could be quite serious, but according to Xavier, he’s out for Saturday’s…

  16. March Madness has arrived (VIDEOS)

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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    The Madness has officially arrived! Can you feel it in the air? I know Marquette can. They lost one of the wilder games you’ll ever see, dropping a double-overtime game to Providence that featured clutch shots, dumb fouls and a 75-foot buzzer-beater that didn’t actually beat any buzzers. That wasn’t the wackiest finish of the…

  17. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    How Fred VanVleet’s stepdad made him the perfect point guard for Wichita State (Bleacher Report) Sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet has been a key figure this season for No. 2 Wichita State, making the move into the starting lineup without a hitch. One reason why the talented guard was ready to assume the responsibility that…

  18. Late Night Snacks: Baylor, Oregon and Providence land huge wins

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:44 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Providence 81, Marquette 80 2OT Providence managed to survive a visit from Marquette in thrilling fashion, a double-overtime that featured big shots, costly turnovers, fouled three-point shooters and quite possibly the most exciting shot that never counted: Bryce Cotton played all 50 minutes, finishing with 25 points, nine assists and seven…

  19. Oregon trips up Arizona State to make it six straight wins

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

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    Oregon continues to climb back in the Pac-12 standings after a sluggish start in league play as the Ducks picked up an 85-78 win on Tuesday night against Arizona State. After starting 3-8 in the Pac-12, Oregon has now won six consecutive games and it looks like the Ducks are in good position for the…

  20. Bubble Banter: Welcome to the tournament, Baylor

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:29 AM EDT

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    There are 12 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. WINNERS Georgetown: The Hoyas landed a huge win over No. 13 Creighton on…