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  1. Empire State Building set to light up colors of Final Four teams

    Apr 6, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Empire State Building

    The Empire State Building in New York City will commemorate this weekend’s Final Four games by alternating the colors on display at the top of the historic city landmark. From Syracuse’s official athletic website: Beginning at sunset on Saturday, ESB will shine its four sides for each team: North Side: Syracuse University (orange and blue)…

  2. Jalyn Patterson’s last-second 3 gives Montverde NHSI championship

    Apr 6, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    NHSI

    We can only hope for endings as entertaining as this at this weekend’s Final Four. With 12 seconds to play, St. Benedict’s guard and Syracuse commit Tyler Ennis hit a three-pointer off an inbounds pass to give the Gray Bees a 65-64 lead. On the ensuing possession, Florida-bound Montverde senior Kasey Hill drove the length…

  3. Oregon St. assistant David Grace to join Steve Alford’s staff at UCLA

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Steve Alford

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Oregon State assistant David Grace will leave his position with the Beavers and take over in the same capacity at UCLA, multiple outlets are reporting and the coach confirmed via Twitter early Sunday morning. Grace spent five seasons with Oregon State and has also served in…

  4. Rosters and schedule announced for 2013 Portsmouth Invitational

    Apr 6, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Butler v Marquette

    The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament gives college seniors an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of NBA and European scouts, with many hoping to improve their draft stock and sneak into the second round, or break from the second round into the first. Below is the roster for the tournament, with the schedule found here…

  5. Arizona assistant James Whitford hired as head coach at Ball State

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    James Whitford

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Arizona associate head coach James Whitford has been introduced as the next head coach at Ball State, the school announced Saturday. The vacancy was created when Ball State fired coach Billy Taylor on March 14 after six seasons and an 84-99 overall record. “In my mind,…

  6. Andrew Wiggins’ brother: Kentucky may not be best fit for nation’s top prospect

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    If Andrew Wiggins chooses to attend Kentucky, he would round out one of the most impressive recruiting classes in recent memory. But if the opinion of Wiggins’ brother, Nick, is any indication perhaps the younger Wiggins does not want to be part of such a massive, high-powered class. “They’ve got a couple kids coming (back),…

  7. Final Four Preview: No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Michigan

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    This game needs to be a classic. We need it to be great. As a whole, the tournament has been kind of a bust this season. Florida Gulf Coast was fun while it lasted. Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross have hit some game-winners. Marquette played a couple exciting first weekend games. But the majority of…

  8. Final Four Preview: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State Shockers' Armstead and his teammate Hall hug as they walk off the court after defeating the La Salle Explorers in their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is a tough situation for anybody to get put in. The Shockers, the nation’s darling and the Cinderella of the Final Four, not only get matched up with the best team left in the tournament, they have to play that game when Louisville is A) playing their best basketball of the season and B)…

  9. Santa Clara beats George Mason to win CBI championship

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Kerry Keating

    The Final Four gets underway Saturday, but one of the smaller dances came to an end Friday night. Santa Clara won Game 3 of its three-game series against George Mason, 80-77, to win the CBI championship at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Senior Kevin Foster, who has been an offensive force for Santa Clara all…

  10. Richard Pitino introduced at Minnesota, has already talked to Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Minnesota Richard Pitino Basketball

    Richard Pitino, son of future Hall of Famer, Rick, was introduced as the new head coach at Minnesota on Friday, taking over for Tubby Smith. Norwood Teague is rolling the dice, hiring a 30-year-old with one season of head coaching experience. Though, Pitino has studied under his father as well as Florida’s Billy Donovan and…

  11. Eric Murdock files lawsuit against Rutgers (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Eric Murdock

    It went from bad to worse on Friday for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Two days after Mike Rice was fired, Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti resigned and Rutgers President Robert Barchi admitted mistakes were made and there was a “failure of process.” Then that same afternoon, Eric Murdock, the former Rutgers employee who released…

  12. WNBA star Swin Cash says Brittney Griner should not have to ‘prove herself’ in NBA

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

    NCAA Louisville Baylor Basketball

    Mark Cuban said on Wednesday that he would consider using a second round pick on Baylor center Brittney Griner. The 6-foot-8 All-American responded on Twitter with, “I could hold my own! Let’s do it.” But now some of women’s basketball most respected are speaking out against this publicity stunt. UConn head coach Geno Auriemma shot…

  13. Report: Iona’s Tim Cluess in negotiations to take Hofstra job

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

    Tim Cluess

    Tim Cluess may be the next coach on the move. The Iona head coach is in negotiations with Hofstra to fill its coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports national columnist Dan Wetzel who tweeted it out on Friday night. Cluess played his college basketball at Hofstra in 1982-1983. Cluess finished his third season with the…

  14. Mike Rice fired without cause means Rutgers owes him a million dollars over the next two years

    Apr 5, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Rutgers

    Mike Rice was fired without cause, said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. Without cause means that Rutgers will play 75 percent of the remaining salary Rice had left on his deal. Over the next two years, Rutgers will play the coach fired on Wednesday $1.0875 million. This report came from Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger/NJ.com. It is unclear…

  15. Mitch McGary: Breakout star of the tournament … and a unicyclist?

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — By now, we’ve all seen the picture. The high school version of Mitch McGary, wearing a shirt and tie, some slacks and a top hat cocked to the side while riding a unicycle. The question we all had was ‘how’? How does a man standing all of 6-foot-10, 255 lb, manage to figure…

  16. Report: Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Guy Lewis selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    AP Photo

    Rick Pitino’s roller coaster week continued on Friday, when sources confirmed that the Louisville head coach will be a part of the next class inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com initially reported the news, followed by followed by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com who also confirmed it. The official announcement…

  17. The Hype: Who is to blame at Rutgers? (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi And Board Of Governors Chair Ralph Izzo Press Conference

    Rutgers Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti resigned on Friday, two days after Mike Rice was fired as the head basketball coach. Rutgers President Robert Barchi held a press conference on Friday to discussing the events that have occurred since tape of Rice verbally and physically abusing players in practiced surfaced on Tuesday. Friday’s press conference…

  18. Report: Adidas has stopped selling Kevin Ware T-shirts

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Kevin Ware shirt

    In the wake of Kevin Ware’s a gruesome injury in Sunday’s Elite Eight win against Duke, adidas began selling T-shirts paying tribute to the Louisville sophomore. That plan has now been stopped after public backlash, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today. “The shirt is not currently for sale,” Madeline Breskin, an adidas spokesperson said in an…

  19. Brandon Triche: ‘We think we’ve got mismatches at every position’

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Marquette

    ATLANTA — Media days are usually chock full of trite generalities and coached responses repeated over and over again, with athletes spending their Q-and-A sessions concerned with their quotes avoiding the headlines. Not so much for Syracuse guard Brandon Triche, who lit a fire under Michigan on Friday afternoon. “We think we’ve got mismatches at…

  20. NCAA forgot about a legend with its 75th anniversary team

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Courtesy NC State Athletics Communications

    ATLANTA — So the NCAA quietly released their “All-Time March Madness Players” on Friday. I don’t think they meant to release it quietly, but that’s the NCAA for you. When it comes to embarrassing a player for collecting an unwarranted fries and Coke, they can make a whole lot of noise. When it comes to…