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  1. The Morning Mix

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    Today is the day. There are 365 days in a year. Today is No. 1 of 365. Carpe Diem. Read of the Day: According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Syracuse received a notice of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. This could be huge. Apparently a probe of the program has been going on for…

  2. Tourney Preview: Burke vs. Wolters, Marquette’s upset watch, how many 11s lose?

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

    Wolters Adams

    GAME OF THE DAY: 7:15 p.m. – South Dakota State (13) vs. Michigan (4) – CBS I’m not sure if South Dakota State has the horses to run with Michigan for 40 minutes, but what I’m sure of is that regardless of how long they hang around, the Jackrabbits are going to keep things interesting. By…

  3. March Madness Survival Guide

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Today is the day. Right up there with St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, and the Superbowl, the first Thursday of March Madness is one of the best five days on the calendar. Because today carries such weight, such great importance, we cannot take it lightly. We must be prepared. Pre-game Instructions:…

  4. VIDEO: Rob Dauster talks about Georgetown’s Final Four chances

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Rob Dauster spoke with CSN Washington about Georgetown’s chances to reach the Final Four. You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  5. Late Night Snacks: La Salle, James Madison advance to Round of 64 Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Nation James Madison

    Game of the Day: La Salle 80, Boise State 71 On the 150th anniversary of its founding, La Salle got an NCAA tournament victory of a quality Boise State team to advance to the Round of 64. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway are proving to be a dynamic scoring combo in the backcourt, with 22…

  6. La Salle wins their first tournament game in 23 years

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    La Salle guard Galloway fights for a rebound with Boise State guard Marks during their first round NCAA tournament basketball game in Dayton

    The world got a chance to see just how much fun La Salle is when their back court gets going. Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland combined for 43 points and seven assists on 17-24 shooting from the field, leading the Explorers to an 80-71 win over Boise State in the final play-in game on Wednesday…

  7. Can Shaka Smart and VCU make another Final Four run? (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - VCU v Indiana

    Virginia Commonwealth had a magical run to the Final Four in 2011. Can they do it again? Shaka Smart and his signature “Havoc” defense lost in the Atlantic-10 championship game to Saint Louis, but are in a position to ride that turnover-inducing defense deep into March. Vin Parise stops by “The Crossover” to make his…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.