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  1. Alabama still has work to do following win over Tennessee

    Mar 15, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals-Tennessee-Alabama

    There was just one matchup of bubble teams on Friday afternoon, as Alabama took on Tennessee in an SEC tournament quarterfinal. In the case of both teams a win wasn’t going to lock up a spot in the NCAA tournament field, but at the very least the winner would remain in control of its own…

  2. Report: Catholic 7/new Big East to officially add Butler, Xavier, Creighton next week

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

    Brad Stevens

    One of the worst kept secrets is expected to be made official sometime next week. The Catholic 7, soon-to-be new Big East Conference, will officially add Butler, Xavier and Creighton to form a 10-team league ready for play at the start of the 2013-2014 season, according to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune. Xavier and Butler…

  3. Michigan’s most important player this month? It’s not Trey Burke

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Michigan v Wisconsin

    The most important player for Michigan as we head into Selection Sunday isn’t their Player of the Year point guard, Trey Burke, or their first-team all-Big Ten shooting guard, Tim Hardaway. It isn’t Nik Stauskas and it isn’t Mitch McGary, either. The guy that will be the determining factor in how far Michigan will end…

  4. Victor Oladipo’s 360 dunk finishes Indiana’s win over Illinois (VIDEO)

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo doing Victor Oladipo things. The Indiana star and national player of the year candidate posted 12 points and 11 boards while put the finishing touches on the Hoosiers’ 80-64 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over Illinois on Friday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago. With a little over 90 seconds to go,…

  5. Virginia can only sit and wait following ACC tournament loss to N.C. State

    Mar 15, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    Most everyone involved knew what was on the line for Virginia in their ACC tournament quarterfinal against N.C. State, including the Cavaliers themselves. With a resume that features as many bad losses as quality victories, Virginia was in a position where a one-and-done weekend in Greensboro could end their NCAA tournament hopes. In the aftermath…

  6. Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik: ‘I don’t read the newspapers or the Internet’

    Mar 15, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - Wake Forest v Maryland

    Maryland topped Wake Forest, 75-62 on Thursday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, sending the Demon Deacons out on a 13-18 (6-12 ACC) 2012-2013 campaign. Head coach Jeff Bzdelik has been under a cloud of scrutiny for weeks now, starting with an ad in the school newspaper urging for the school to fire Bzdelik after three…

  7. UPDATED: Charlotte’s Pierria Henry sent to hospital following loss to Saint Louis

    Mar 15, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Charlotte henry

    NEW YORK – Charlotte sophomore guard Pierria Henry was taken to a nearby hospital following the 49er’s 72-55 loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic-10 quarterfinals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Late in the contest Henry collided with Billiken’s guard Jordair Jett, resulting in an inadvertent elbow to the throat. Henry stayed on…

  8. Billikens’ journey to the Final Four begins with 17-point victory over Charlotte

    Mar 15, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Saint Louis Dwayne Evans

    NEW YORK – March is the month where the elite teams identify themselves. The top spot in the Atlantic-10 Conference changed hands numerous times this season, with VCU, Butler and even Charlotte atop the conference standings at one point. But nobody remembers who No. 1 was in December. A team is judged based on what…

  9. Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon will not return next season

    Mar 15, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Reggie Witherspoon

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. After 14 seasons as head coach of the University at Buffalo basketball team, Reggie Witherspoon has been relieved of his duties. UB athletics director Danny White announced the decision in a press release on Friday afternoon. “After much consideration, we have determined that a change in…

  10. Report: ACC confirms interest in moving tournament to New York

    Mar 15, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    On Thursday morning, Pete Thamel dedicated an entire column to the idea that the ACC needs to move their tournament to New York if they want to have a real chance at keeping their league together. And if they don’t keep the conference together, moving the tournament to New York will be ideal if those…

  11. Keep an eye on Boston College next season

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament: Boston College v Miami (FL)

    Boston College’s season came to an end on Friday afternoon, as the Eagles lost to Miami in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, 69-58. The Eagles will leave Greensboro disappointed with the outcome, as they erased an early 13 point deficit to take the lead at the half. The score was tied at 55 with…

  12. Christian Watford a key figure for No. 3 Indiana this month

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Christian Watford, Joseph Bertrand

    The Indiana Hoosiers have depth and they do have two of the nation’s best players in junior wing Victor Oladipo and sophomore center Cody Zeller. Zeller scored 24 points (9-of-11 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Hoosiers past Illinois on Friday afternoon by the final score of 80-64, and Oladipo added 12 points…

  13. Dan Patrick eulogizes final Big East tournament (VIDEO)

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Big East

    This week has offered many thoughts on the end of the Big East tournament, with this essentially being the final weekend of the original event. The seven basketball schools, one of which being regular season champion Georgetown, will keep the name and continue to hold their annual event at Madison Square Garden. But it won’t…

  14. The Big East semis: a dream come true?

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Fighting Irish's Brey holds his team back against Eagles during their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    If this is the way that the Big East tournament is going to go out, it sure is fitting: on a Friday night in the Garden, we not only get Part III of the Syracuse-Georgetown farewell tour, but we also get a rematch of the five-overtime thriller between Louisville and Notre Dame from earlier this…

  15. Bracket Update: SEC, Atlantic 10 with critical games

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Marshall Henderson

    We had an interesting Thursday on the college hoops landscape.  Several bubble teams completed their profiles – some of which will fall a bit short of the NCAA tournament.  For the rest, today could prove to be a critical juncture.  Action and results in the SEC will definitely impact the bottom part of the bracket.  There are…

  16. Kansas basketball and the answer that’s eluded Bill James

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    Bill Self

    The Kansas Jayhawks have won at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular season titles, with Bill Self’s program navigating roster turnover on an annual basis. And the fact that Self has been so successful is something that has stumped Bill James, who is famous for his ability to figure out the…

  17. Report: SEC set to launch their own TV network, announcement in April

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike Slive

    According to a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the SEC is getting set to announce the launch of a TV network in a similar vein to that of the Big Ten Network. 49% of BTN is owned by the conference, while 51% of it is owned by Fox. The SEC is expected to…

  18. Fathers and Sons and Kansas Basketball

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Terrence Moore, Tyler Self

    I’ve known Bill Self for a long time now, and so it was great to catch up with him for The Big Read this week. One of the things he said surprised me: He said that, in some ways, this has been his favorite ever team to coach. When I asked why, he smiled and said…

  19. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 11 Preview

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    notre dame neon

    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…

  20. Mick Cronin is not a fan of realignment

    Mar 15, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

    Bearcats' head coach Cronin reacts as he has a technical foul called on him during the their NCAA men's college basketball game against the Hoyas at the 2013 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Mick Cronin had just played his last game as a member of the Big East. With the Catholic 7 splintering off this summer and Syracuse and Pitt making their escape to the ACC, the Bearcats — along with UConn and South Florida — and found themselves stuck in realignment purgatory, teaming up with powerhouse programs…