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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

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

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Big East

    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…

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

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    photo: Michigan State/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Ten players that will beat your favorite team in crunch time

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Michigan

    Trey Burke, Michigan: There isn’t a player in the country that’s a better creator at this point in the season. He’s responsible for so much of what Michigan wants to do offensively, whether it’s the result of him creating shots for himself, running off of pick-and-rolls or kicking the ball out to the myriad of…

  14. VIDEO: 26 of this year’s buzzer-beaters in three minutes, 24 seconds

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Georgia Alabama Basketball

    Thank you, Buzzfeed, for making that glorious, glorious video. (h/t Norlander) You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  15. Five teams that won’t win it all

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Siva is fouled by Orange's Triche in Big East NCAA men's basketball tournament game in New York

    Obviously, 67 eligible teams will fail to win the national title this year. That’s a given. So I’m not going to be ridiculous about this. To be considered for this designation, a team must occupy one of the premium seeding spots: No. 1-No. 4 in other words. These sixteen contenders are expected to win, and will have the blue-chip horses…

  16. VIDEO: The Crossover makes their bracket picks

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Christian Watford, Joseph Bertrand

    NBC Sports college basketball insider and analysis Vin Parise joins The Crossover to help break a tie between Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs. While both teams have earned their stripes, only one of Indiana or Louisville can take home the title of better No. 1 seed. The Crossover has its own pool in NBCSports.com’s bracket…

  17. The Morning Mix

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Today is the day March Madness officially begins. While Thursday is the first real day of March Madness, the First Four takes place tonight in Dayton with two entertaining play-in games. Middle Tennessee State and Saint Mary’s face-off for a chance to earn a No. 11-seed and a spot in the second round against No.…

  18. Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson retires

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Tevester Anderson

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Jackson State head coach Tevester Anderson will retire, the university announced last Monday. The 76-year-old coach spent the past 10 seasons as head coach of the Tigers after five seasons at the helm of Murray State, where he made two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Anderson…

  19. Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin frustrated with Vols being left out

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Cuonzo Martin

    Tennessee was squarely on the bubble for most of the latter half of the season. On Sunday, they found out their 20-12 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference wasn’t enough to get them in the Field of 68. Their coach, Cuonzo Martin, clearly isn’t happy about it. Not necessarily because his team…

  20. St. Louis watches Selection Sunday at a Best Buy, just like the rest of us

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals - St. Louis v Butler

    St. Louis had a pretty solid week in Brooklyn this weekend. The Billikens locked up the automatic bid out of the Atlantic 10 by beating VCU in the finals, capping a great run for interim coach Jim Crews who should no doubt get the interim tag dropped from his title as a result. Then, in…