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  1. Bubble Banter: Who helped their tournament chances?

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

    Marks, Smith

    SATURDAY’S BUBBLE WINNERS Boise State: The Broncos were the day’s biggest winner, as Derrick Marks caught fire, scoring a career-high 38 points to lead Boise State to a win over Colorado State at home. that’s huge, as it gives Leon Rice’s club a second top 25 win and a third top 50 win, which includes…

  2. VIDEO: Delaware grabs CAA tourney 2-seed with win over George Mason

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Mont  Ross

    The Delaware Blue Hens – chosen to be the CAA’s number two team in the preseason – ended up with the number two seed in the CAA’s postseason tourney after beating George Mason 82-77 today. League leader Northeastern lost to Old Dominion to end the season, but Delaware remained one game back, tied with the…

  3. VIDEO: UNLV handles Nevada despite Anthony Bennett’s injury

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Wyoming v UNLV

    UNLV, one of the most talented teams in the nation, fell behind in the tough Mountain West race because they couldn’t win on the road. This week, the Runnin’ Rebs reversed the trend, taking down Nevada 80-63 in Reno today, after beating Wyoming in their own gym on February 23. The Rebels are on a…

  4. VIDEO: Rodney McGruder three beats Baylor at the buzzer

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Scott Drew

    The final second of No. 13 Kansas State’s 64-61 win at Baylor on Saturday night couldn’t have been more symbolic. With the game tied and just 1.0 on the clock, Baylor had the ball under the Kansas State basket, needing to go the length of the floor, Tate George-style, to get a bucket and beat…

  5. Miami’s loses to Duke by three at Cameron? Meh.

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    Ryan Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Kelly. That’s pretty much all that you’re going to be reading about after Duke’s 6-foot-11 senior somehow managed to shake off the 53 days he went without playing a basketball game to score 36 points and hit seven threes as the No. 3 Blue Devils hung on to beat No.…

  6. Ryan Kelly’s career day shows why he makes Duke a title contender

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    We heard just before the game today that Ryan Kelly would play for Duke against Miami, but we had no idea that meant he’d put up a career-high 36 points in a  79-76 upset of Miami, the ACC’s top team. It’s easy to think that Kelly’s importance to Duke has been exaggerated as he sat,…

  7. VIDEO: Shaka Smart delivers some pizza to ‘ShakaVille’

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    VCU played one of their biggest regular season games in program history on Saturday, as they hosted Butler in a matchup that pitted the Atlantic-10’s two highly-valued new additions. Anyone that watched the game will tell you: the atmosphere was simply electric. I’m not sure there has ever been a more anticipated ticket in the…

  8. Can Zags handle being No. 1? It’s now or never.

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Portland v Gonzaga

    Following No. 1 Indiana’s loss to Minnesota on Tuesday, and Virginia’s big upset of No. 3 Duke, No. 2 Gonzaga appears poised to seize the school’s first No. 1 ranking ever. The questions began to circulate immediately: Do they belong on top? Can they handle the pressure? The first step in quieting the naysayers happened…

  9. Kentucky loses, but its NCAA tourney hopes aren’t dead yet

    Mar 2, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Coty Clarke, Archie Goodwin

    Arkansas is one of the nation’s best teams when playing on their home court. They run an overwhelming, pressuring defense and feed off of the raucous Bud Walton Arena crowd. Kentucky struggles in road environments and has a point guard rotation make up of Ryan Harrow and former walk-on Jarrod Polson. Did anyone really expect…

  10. Ryan Kelly will play for Duke vs. Miami today

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Duke v Virginia

    The whispers became rumors became reportable facts: Official: Ryan Kelly is playing for #Duke — Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 2, 2013 When the Duke beat reporter for the News Observer tweets it, it’s got to be true. Ryan Kelly will suit up and see floor time for Duke as they take on ACC leader Miami…

  11. Iowa State’s NCAA tournament hopes take a hit after loss to Oklahoma

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    With some questionable officiating and a tough overtime loss to Kansas still weighing heavily on its mind, Iowa State had a chance Saturday to creep closer to the NCAA tournament and reach the 20-win plateau against Oklahoma. The Cyclones missed that chance in an 86-69 loss in Norman, Okla. Iowa State’s bubble hopes are now…

  12. Late Afternoon Snacks: Louisville and Marquette win to keep Big East race tight; will Georgetown answer?

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    Game of the Day No. 10 Louisville 58, N0. 12 Syracuse 53: It may seem a little late, but Louisville is rounding into the type of team they were supposed to be from day one of the season. Great leadership at the point from Peyton Siva, who had no turnovers today, with Russ Smith picking…

  13. Marquette’s lack of a star is what makes them so dangerous

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Otule

    The last time we saw Marquette play, they were busy beating Syracuse thanks to 26 points — on 7-7 shooting — and eight boards from nimble big man Davante Gardner. On Saturday, Gardner struggled, but his counterpart in the paint — Chris Otule — finished with 16 points, hitting all eight of his field goal…

  14. Doug McDermott scores season-high 41, Creighton wins first MVC title since 2001

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    It’s only fitting that star junior Doug McDermott would go for a season-high 41 points in Creighton’s 91-80 win over Wichita State Saturday in Omaha, Neb. It was, after all, a winner-take-all game for the Missouri Valley’s regular season title. With the win, Creighton secures its first conference title since 2001. The Bluejays will now…

  15. No. 8 Florida’s defense stymies Alabama down the stretch

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Erik Murphy, Rodney Cooper

    Alabama had just gone on a 19-6 run, stymieing No. 8 Florida’s offensive attack while finding a way to get out and score in transition. With 12 minutes left in the second half, a Trevor Releford layup put the Crimson Tide up 45-37. They were rolling. And they wouldn’t get another good look at the…

  16. Luke Hancock is hero in Louisville win over Syracuse, but Siva concerns remain

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    On a day when Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, and Wayne Blackshear combined to go 2-of-21 from the floor, including 1-of-14 from three-point range, Louisville needed another scorer Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The answer ended up being a 6-6 transfer from George Mason, junior Luke Hancock. Hancock was 4-of-5 from three-point range off the bench…

  17. Let’s keep VCU’s blow-out win over No. 20 Butler in perspective

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Briante Weber, Roosevelt Jones

    VCU thoroughly embarrassed No. 20 Butler on Saturday afternoon, taking them to the woodshed for 40 minutes as the Bulldogs couldn’t find an answer for the Rams’ ‘Havoc’. The final score was 84-52, with an added emphasis coming from that number just to the left of Butler’s name that doesn’t happen to show up next…

  18. Former Tennessee strength coach arrested for breaking into arena office with saw

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

    Troy Wills

    A former University of Tennessee strength and conditioning coach has been arrested after allegedly breaking into the school’s on-campus arena with a saw around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, causing over $700 in damages and stealing more than $4,000 in cash. Troy Wills, who was hired in 2003, spent one year on the staff of…

  19. How will NCAA sanctions affect Saint Mary’s? (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Saint Mary's

    The NCAA came down hard on Saint Mary’s Friday with sanctions stemming from recruiting violations by the school and former assistant and director of basketball operations Keith Moss. Among the sanctions are: – Four years probation from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2017 – A five-game suspension during the 2013-14 season for head coach Randy…

  20. Pregame Shootaround 3.2.13: Duke-Miami rematch is Saturday’s centerpiece

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Duke Miami

    Game of the Day: No. 3 Duke vs. No. 5 Miami (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Perhaps this game lost a bit of its luster after Duke lost to Virginia Wednesday night, but we still have a battle Saturday between two Top 5 teams with a history between them this season. After the Blue Devils were trounced…