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  1. Final Bracket: One hour to go…

    Mar 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Christian Watford, Joseph Bertrand

    Depending on your viewpoint, it’s a 50-50 call on whether Indiana or Louisville will be the No. 1 overall seed and thus the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.  Early this morning, we had Indiana in that spot.  After a few more hours to think about it, the Hoosiers stay put.  An outright regular-season title in…

  2. Will Miami earn a No. 1 seed?

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - North Carolina v Miami

    At no time in the history of the ACC has a team that won both the league’s regular season and tournament title been left off of the No. 1 seed line. Miami won the ACC outright. After knocking off North Carolina 85-77 in the ACC tournament title game, the Hurricanes took home an improbable duel-ACC…

  3. Ole Miss leaves no doubt, wins SEC tournament automatic bid

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Ole Miss v Florida

    Good on you, Ole Miss. Don’t leave it up to the Selection Committee. Go out and earn your bid to the tournament. Save your head coach’s job. The Rebels did just that, coming back from 12 down at the half to knock off Florida, 66-63, in the SEC title game on Saturday afternoon. And with…

  4. Updated Bracket: Who is No. 1 in the Midwest?

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:30 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

    Who will be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region? That’s one of the biggest questions we’ll all wait to have answered later tonight.  With Louisville’s win over Syracuse on Saturday, combined with Indiana’s loss to Wisconsin, the floor is open for debate.  It will come down to this:  Which of those two teams is…

  5. Saint Louis wins A-10 tournament title, reflects on Rick Majerus

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mitchell

    BROOKLYN, N.Y.– Saint Louis was poised, calm, and in control of the tempo for nearly 30 minutes of game time in Sunday’s Atlantic 10 championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Then Virginia Commonwealth’s signature “Havoc” defense hit like a storm, turning a 13-point Saint Louis lead at the 11:45 mark of the second half into…

  6. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to Know Saint Louis

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Saint Louis Butler

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Atlantic 10 Coach: Jim Crews Record: 27-6, 13-3 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 17 – RPI: 22 – AP/USA Today: 16/16 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen has the Billikens as a No. 5-seed in the midwest in his latest bracket projection, but with wins over Butler and VCU…

  7. More chatter about Ben Howland’s job status?

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    Earlier this season, the speculation was overwhelming: there was no way that UCLA head coach Ben Howland would return next season. Not after he lost two more former blue-chip recruits to a transfer. Not after he lost to Cal Poly. Not after the seats at Pauley Pavilion remained unfilled. Not after he managed to tick…

  8. Despite loss, No. 19 Syracuse is better than it was one week ago

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Syracuse Michael Carter-williams

    NEW YORK, N.Y.– Riding high on an impressive first half showing against No. 4 Louisville Saturday night, there was no way that No. 19 Syracuse could have known what sort of tidal wave was about to hit them in the second half. But it did. Louisville outscored Syracuse 56-26 in that second half on its…

  9. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 13 Peview

    Mar 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get going until March 19, but for the real college hoops fans, the days leading up to Selection Sunday is when the madness really begins. Over the next two weeks teams will fight for the postseason lives. Bubbles will burst and tickets will be punched, and Cinderellas will be born. This…

  10. It’s Selection Sunday: What will be the talking points?

    Mar 17, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

    NCAA_Logo

    By the time the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee makes it back into the conference room on Sunday morning, the at-large bids will have long-been decided. That’s always the case, as the committee will have argued their way through — for hours and hours and hours — all of the teams that are sitting on the…

  11. SEC Title Game Preview: Florida meets Ole Miss in championship

    Mar 17, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Missouri Tigers v Florida Gators

    Ole Miss can make the NCAA tournament Selection Committee’s job a whole lot easier Sunday. If the Rebels can pull the upset and beat No. 13 Florida in the SEC championship game, they will move from a bubble team to an automatic bid and be able to Sunday evening. If not, things could get dicey.…

  12. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know New Mexico State

    Mar 17, 2013, 2:06 AM EDT

    Matej Buovac, Drew Charles

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: WAC Coach: Marvin Menzies Record: 24-10, 14-4 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 83 – RPI: 58 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had New Mexico State as a No. 13 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Daniel Mullings (14.0 ppg,…

  13. Late Night Snacks: And then there were four…

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - UCLA v Oregon

    Just four auto-bids remain to be decided after a busy night in college hoops. Then we find out which bubbles popped and which held firm. Here’s the upshot on what happened on the Night Before Christmas Selection Sunday. Game of the Night No. 4 Louisville 78, No. 19 Syracuse 61: Amazing because it was the…

  14. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Pacific

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:41 AM EDT

    Bob Thomason

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Big West Coach: Bob Thomason Record: 22-12, 14-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 124 – RPI: 105 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Pacific as a No. 15 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Lorenzo McCloud (11.2 ppg, 4.1…

  15. Can UCLA win big without Jordan Adams?

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    P12 Oregon UCLA Basketball

    The UCLA Bruins showed a crack in the armor tonight, losing 78-69 to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 final. They’ll be going to the Big Dance with or without that auto-bid, but a team with something to prove doesn’t want to show weakness in a big game when so few big games are left…

  16. NCAA tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Louisville

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v Louisville

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Big East Coach: Rick Pitino Record: 29-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 2 – RPI: 3 – AP/USA Today: 4/4 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Louisville as a No. 1 seed playing in Lexington in Saturday’s bracket projection. Man, that has gotta hurt in Big Blue Nation. Names…

  17. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Montana

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    tinkle-wayne

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Big Sky Coach: Wayne Tinkle Record: 25-6, 19-1 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 146 – RPI: 88 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Montana as a No. 15 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Will Cherry (13.7 ppg, 4.3…

  18. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Northwestern State

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Shamir Davis

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Southland Coach: Mike McConathy Record: 23-8 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 141 – RPI: 96 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Stephen F. Austin, the league’s No. 1 seed, as a 13 in Saturday’s bracket projection. Northwestern State, having pulled the upset, may drop a…

  19. Montrezl Harrell shines, No. 4 Louisville wins Big East championship

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Montrezl Harrell

    NEW YORK, N.Y.– For a time it was almost too difficult to comprehend how a team that looked so out of sync in the first half of a conference title game could pull off something so remarkable in the final 20 minutes of a game with such implications and such story lines, at such a…

  20. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know New Mexico

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Mountain West Coach: Steve Alford Record: 29-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 16 – RPI: 2 – AP/USA Today: 15/14 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had New Mexico as a No. 2 seed playing dangerous Iowa State in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg,…