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  1. Latest NCAA tourney projections: Duke’s a 1, but who else?

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    After another wild weekend of college hoops, one thing is certain.  We can expect the unexpected.  Which should make for an incredible month of March. Take the top seed line.  Indiana remains in control of its current No. 1 seed position.  The other three spots still have some wiggle room – although based on Ryan Kelly’s return performance…

  2. Louisville gets back to the basics, pulls away from Cincinnati

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati v Louisville

    Louisville makes its living on defense. It did last season in their run to the Final Four. They’ve kept it up this season as one of the favorites to get back there. While defense has been the calling card (no pun intended) for Rick Pitino’s team all through the season, the turnover-heavy games — games…

  3. Aki Thomas drops interim tag, gets UMBC job permanently

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Aki Thomas

    Well, there’s now one team that doesn’t have to worry about who will be coaching their program next year. After taking over just two days before practice started for the 2012-13 season, Aki Thomas led Maryland-Baltimore County to a 7-22 record and a 5-11 mark in the America East Conference as interim head coach. That…

  4. New Mexico guard Demetrius Walker suspended indefinitely

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    New Mexico v Cincinnati

    Looks like New Mexico might be down a man entering the Mountain West Conference tournament. Guard Demetrius Walker has been suspended indefinitely for the ever-popular “undisclosed violation of team rules.” The fourth-year junior hasn’t played a minute in the last four games for undisclosed reasons as well. He transferred into the program from Arizona State…

  5. Middle Tennessee State could be worthy of an at-large bid

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    Kermit Davis

    The question as been posed a few times in Sun Belt Conference circles. Does Middle Tennessee State deserve an at-large bid to the Big Dance, should they fall in the conference tournament? The Blue Raiders are 27-4 with a 19-1 mark in the conference. They’re far and away predicted to win the conference tournament next…

  6. Who would you take as your favorite media NCAA Tournament team?

    Mar 4, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Xavier

    Recently, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, along with the help of a few other peers from various media outlets, penned “The Ultimate College Basketball Broadcaster Draft”. Ten rounds with each of the four participants picking the teams that they would have as game broadcasters, analysts, sideline reporters, as well as in-studio hosts and analysts. The list…

  7. Pregame Shootaround 3.4.13: The calm before the storm

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Mick Cronin

    Game of the Night: Cincinnati at No. 8 Louisville (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) The Bearcats finally snapped a stretch of five losses in six games on Saturday afternoon, as they knocked off a depleted UConn team at home. The game was much closer than it probably should have been given the fact that the Huskies…

  8. Gonzaga deserves No. 1 ranking, but not necessarily a No. 1 seed

    Mar 4, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    It’s official: for the first time in school history, Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the country. 51 of the 65 voters in the AP Poll put them there. So did 29 of the 31 voters in the Coaches Poll. (CLICK HERE: To see both the AP and the Coaches top 25) Does this…

  9. VIDEO: Jalen Adams (’15) wins NEPSAC title at buzzer

    Mar 4, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    It seems like we get new video of ridiculous buzzer-beaters from the high school level on a daily basis now, but it’s not often that those buzzer-beaters a) win a New England Prep School title and b) come from a kid that’s got a chance to play basketball on TV one day. That’s precisely what…

  10. Should we be concerned about Michigan State?

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Michigan

    At what point do we start getting concerned about Michigan State? After losing 58-56 to No. 4 Michigan on Sunday afternoon, No. 9 Michigan State has now lost three straight games. On paper, those losses don’t look all that bad. Indiana beat them in East Lansing last Tuesday, they lost at Ohio State last Sunday…

  11. VIDEO: St. Mary’s gets injured senior a bucket in his last game

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Tim Williams was one of the guys that we unfortunately hear about far too often — after starting 26 games as a sophomore, Williams saw knee injuries derail his career. Three times over the course of the last two years, Williams had the bad luck of watching his knees fail him. First, it was a…

  12. Five Thoughts: USC’s a sleeper, Arizona’s issues, Russ-ficiency?

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Russ Smith

    Is Russ-diculous now Russ-ficient?: Louisville’s three-game losing streak earlier this season also happened to coincide with a turning point for rick Pitino and his dynamic off-guard Russ Smith. Smith was benched for the third game of that losing streak, as Pitino was efforting to get Smith to reign-in his shoot-first, think-later mindset. After two games…

  13. Team of the Week: Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jordan Hulls, Jordan Hulls, Kevin Ferrell

    Team of the Week: Minnesota It’s crazy to think about, but Minnesota’s season may have been saved by six minutes of basketball from Trevor Mbakwe. He came out and set the tone against Indiana on Tuesday, knocking the Hoosiers — and, more importantly, Cody Zeller — back on their heels as Minnesota, for the first…

  14. Player of the Week: Doug McDermott, Creighton

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    Player of the Week: Doug McDermott, Creighton If you didn’t know any better, you would probably think that the 32 points and 11 boards that Doug McDermott had at Bradley on Wednesday would be his best performance of the week. The All-American had been struggling a bit in recent weeks, and as a result the…

  15. The Morning Mix

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jay Bilas photobomb

    What a weekend. What a season. Savor these moments folks, because we may never see another college basketball season quite like this one. The regular season comes to an end this week, and if this season has been any indication, Championship Week is going to be bonkers. But that’s seven days away. We got a…

  16. Late Night Snacks: No. 4 Michigan rebounds, Virginia falls at Boston College

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    John Beilein

    Game of the Day: No. 4 Michigan 58, No. 4 Michigan State 57  Trey Burke added another performance to his national (and Big Ten) Player of the Year resume on Sunday afternoon, accounting for 21 points, eight assists and five steals in Michigan’s win over their in-state rival. Up ten with 4:36 remaining (52-42) Michigan…

  17. Trey Burke leads No. 4 Michigan past No. 9 Michigan State

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Michigan

    No. 4 Michigan ranks among the best shooting teams in America, and when they’re on from the perimeter the Wolverines are a very tough team to beat. So how did John Beilein’s team beat No. 9 Michigan State 58-57 despite shooting 0-of-12 from beyond the arc? Trey Burke. The sophomore point guard was the difference…

  18. Virginia adds another line to baffling resume with loss at Boston College

    Mar 3, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Duke v Virginia

    After beating No. 3 Duke on Thursday night the Virginia Cavaliers looked to be on the verge of locking up an NCAA tournament bid. That changed on Sunday afternoon. A Joe Rahon three-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining gave Boston College a 53-52 victory in Chestnut Hill, and for a team that has lost at home…

  19. North Carolina continues improved play in win over Florida State

    Mar 3, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v North Carolina

    With their lack of front court depth (and firepower) North Carolina made a change a few weeks ago, going with four perimeter players surrounding sophomore James Michael McAdoo. And the move paid off, as the Tar Heels (21-8, 11-5 ACC) have now won five straight games after beating Florida State 79-58 on Sunday afternoon. North…