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  1. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Friars look to improve NCAA tournament prospects

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Cotton

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Iona at Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2) The Gaels have already clinched the MAAC regular season title, but that won’t diminish the importance of this matchup of rivals separated by just ten miles. For the Jaspers there’s a lot riding on this weekend, as landing either the second or third seed in…

  2. Dean Smith held back MJ? Roy Williams dispels ‘stupid myth’

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    Roy Williams

    The question of whether or not Dean Smith held back Michael Jordan during the latter’s three seasons in Chapel Hill is one that came up on multiple occasions throughout Jordan’s career. If you read here, the question was asked way back in 1985 with Smith denying the allegation. “The NBA rules are ideal for Michael,”…

  3. Florida Atlantic head coach Mike Jarvis to resign at season’s end

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2014 Coaching Carousel, click here. A few hours after it was reported that Florida Atlantic would fire head coach Mike Jarvis Friday morning, the school announced that Jarvis would resign at the end of the season. FAU is 10-19 overall and 5-9 in Conference USA play after losing 72-64 to Tulane on Thursday…

  4. Bracketology: Overtime pays off for Arkansas, Oregon

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    anderson

    It was quite a night for a couple of bubble teams. With March knocking on the door, road wins for Arkansas and Oregon pushed the Razorbacks and Ducks into the Field of 68 – they are paired against each other in a First Four matchup in Dayton.  Missouri and Minnesota are the other at-large participants…

  5. Doug McDermott, Russ Smith among Naismith semifinalists

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    One day after the USBWA announced its fifteen finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award the Atlanta Tipoff Club released its list of ten semifinalists for the Naismith Award. Among the ten players on the list are seniors Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Russ Smith (Louisville), along with highly regarded freshmen such as Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Jabari…

  6. Nebraska to wear throwback uniforms Saturday vs. Northwestern (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

    Tim Miles

    On Saturday afternoon Nebraska will celebrate its past, with numerous former players returning to Lincoln for the Huskers’ game against Northwestern and the Legends Weekend festivities. And the current team will dress the part, wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the 1911-12 team. That team went 14-1 and won the Missouri Valley Conference title, the program’s…

  7. Weekend Preview: Can Virginia win the ACC outright?

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    perrantes

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia, Sat. 4:00 p.m. All of a sudden, this looks like the biggest game in the ACC this season. Believe it or not, Virginia currently holds a one game lead over the Orange in the ACC standings, and a win would clinch the ‘Hoos the outright…

  8. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Cameron Bairstow

    From Ontario to Wichita, Lufile and Wiggins reach senior day together (Wichita Eagle) No. 2 Wichita State will play its final home game of the season on Saturday, and while much of the attention will focus on whether or not they can complete the regular season undefeated it’s also senior day. Two seniors being honored…

  9. Late Night Snacks: Five ranked teams, including No. 10 Saint Louis, fall

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:16 AM EDT

    moser

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Oregon 87, UCLA 83 (2OT) With UCLA playing without the suspended Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, it seemed as if Oregon was well-positioned to earn a win that they needed to improve their NCAA tournament hopes. Of course the game supplied more drama than many anticipated, with Bryce Alford scoring 31…

  10. Bubble Banter: Oregon and Arkansas make statements

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:18 AM EDT

    Arkansas Tennessee Basketball

    There are 17 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. Arkansas (RPI: 65, KenPom: 46) all of a sudden looks like an NCAA…

  11. Oregon finds a way to pick up needed victory at UCLA (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT

    ducks

    When news broke just a couple hours before Thursday’s game that UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams were suspended one game for a violation of team rules, it seemed to be a formality that Oregon would pick up a much-needed victory. Sure the Bruins still had some talented players available, but to expect UCLA…

  12. Houston upsets No. 21 Memphis at home

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

    L.J. Rose,Michael Dixon Jr.

    No. 21 Memphis became the second ranked team to get dropped by Houston in Hofheinz Arena, falling 77-68 to the Cougars in a loss that will certainly look bad on the Tigers’ resume come Selection Sunday. Danuel House led three players in double figures with 19 points and L.J. Rose chipped in with seven points,…

  13. No. 20 Iowa’s defensive issues continue in loss at Indiana

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

    mccaffery

    Fran McCaffery has arguably the deepest team in the Big Ten, with his Iowa Hawkeyes able to go two-deep at essentially any position on the floor. But that depth doesn’t do a team much good when they have a tough time defending, and that was once again the case for the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes in their…

  14. New Mexico State – Utah Valley game ends in brawl as fans rush court (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    If there wasn’t already a push to get court-storming out of college basketball, this may tip it over the edge. At the end of a thrilling, overtime win for UVU, which moved them into first place in the WAC, K.C. Ross-Miller threw a ball at Holton Hunsaker, sparking a shoving match that resulted in fists…

  15. Micah Mason, Jerry Jones lead Duquesne to upset win over No. 10 Saint Louis (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

    ferry

    Having won 19 straight games No. 10 Saint Louis was well on its way to clinching a second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title, as they held a three-game lead on Saint Joseph’s entering Thursday’s home game against Duquesne. With a game at VCU on Saturday afternoon, the concern was that although Jim Crews’ rotation…

  16. Shooting issues plague No. 22 Ohio State in loss at Penn State

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

    matta

    Since the start of Big Ten play one of the questions concerning No. 22 Ohio State was who would provide the perimeter shooting needed to factor into the Big Ten race. With the lack of a quality scoring threat in the post thanks to Deshaun Thomas’ early departure, those shot-makers became even more important for…

  17. No. 17 Kentucky suffers a setback, losing to Arkansas at home

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    Arkansas v Kentucky

    This one is going to hurt. No. 17 Kentucky lost to Arkansas in overtime for the second time this season, falling 71-67 to the Razorbacks. This time, it didn’t come on a fluky tip-dunk, but it did come at Rupp Arena to a team coach by Mike Anderson. As of the start of February, Anderson…

  18. UCLA suspends Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams for violation of team rules

    Feb 27, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

    anderson

    Oregon enters Thursday’s game at UCLA in need of quality wins for its resume, and accomplishing that task may have gotten easier for the Ducks. According to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register, UCLA head coach Steve Alford has suspended guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams for one game due to a violation of…

  19. Will Las Vegas sports books root against No. 2 Wichita State in the NCAA tournament?

    Feb 27, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

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    There’s no denying the popularity of the NCAA tournament, with fans across the country following every bounce during a three-week period that’s been dubbed “March Madness.” Another aspect of the tournament that receives a high amount of attention is gambling, whether it’s through the office pool that every year seems to be won by someone…

  20. USBWA announces finalists for three major individual awards

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    mcdermott

    On Thursday the United States Basketball Writers Association released its list of finalists for three major individual awards: the Oscar Robertson (national Player of the Year), Wayman Tisdale (national Freshman of the Year) and Henry Iba (national Coach of the Year) awards. The Robertson Award list of finalists consists of 15 players, while the Tisdale…