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  1. This crop of 16-seeds won’t be the one that beats a 1-seed

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    We’re all waiting for it. That magical day that a 16 seed beats a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. To this point, it’s never happened. In fact, since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the 16s and 0-112 against the 1s. There have been close calls. Murray State falling by four to…

  2. Billy Taylor out as head coach at Ball State

    Mar 14, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Billy Taylor

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Billy Taylor will not return as the head coach at Ball State next season, athletic director Bill Scholl announced this afternoon. “This was a difficult decision, primarily because Billy was a tremendous representative of our athletics department and university,” Scholl said in a statement. “Billy is…

  3. Butler Bulldogs ready themselves for postseason run with victory over Dayton (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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    In Butler’s first postseason game as a member of the Atlantic 10, in what could be their only season in the conference, Rotnei Clarke continued his hot shooting streak, scoring 21 points to lead the Bulldogs over the Dayton Flyers 73-67 in first round of the conference on Thursday afternoon. Clarke is averaging 19.7ppg over…

  4. Drake announces dismissal of head coach Mark Phelps

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Drake v Creighton

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. In the immediate aftermath of Drake’s 2008 Missouri Valley Conference title and trip to the NCAA tournament, there was hope in Des Moines that head coach Mark Phelps would be able to sustain the momentum generated by Keno Davis (who at the time filled the vacancy…

  5. Veterans Larry Drew II, Travis Wear help lead UCLA past Arizona State

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    There wasn’t much suspense in regards to what Arizona State needed to do in Las Vegas this weekend if they were to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. With their non-conference strength of schedule (ranked 298th) and sluggish finish (four-game losing streak entering the Pac-12 tournament) the Sun Devils needed to grab the Pac-12’s…

  6. Syracuse appears to have cured their offensive woes

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Orange guard Carter-Williams soars through the lane as he shoots during action in their NCAA men's college basketball game against Pittsburgh Panthers in New York

    And we all thought that Syracuse was done. Ha! For the second straight day, the Orange got into a rhythm offensively, opening up a 40-27 lead at the half and hanging on down the stretch to win, 62-59, as Pitt made their run. It sets up a dream-come-true semifinal, where the Orange will be taking…

  7. Bubble Banter: Thursday’s losers

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Illinois Fighting Illini's Egwu celebrates his team's win over Minnesota Golden Gophers' Hollins during their NCAA men's college basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    This page will be updated throughout the day. Come back and feed your bubble fix. You can find the Bubble Winners here. Arizona State: The dream is done for the Sun Devils. Thanks to a weak non-conference slate and a poor finish to the regular season, Herb Sendek’s club needed to win at least two,…

  8. Bubble Banter: Thursday’s winners

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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    This page will be updated throughout the day. Come back and feed your bubble fix. You can find the Bubble Losers here. Iowa State: The Cyclones were probably in a good enough spot that they could have gotten an at-large bid to the tournament even with a loss to Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon, but thanks…

  9. Iowa State’s comeback win locks them into the NCAA tournament

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    The Cyclones can sleep easy, as it seems that Ben McLemore’s banked-in three and George Niang’s “blocking foul” won’t end up costing Fred Hoiberg’s team a spot in the NCAA tournament. Iowa State knocked off Oklahoma in their Big 12 tournament opener out in Kansas City, notching a 73-66 win in the first game of…

  10. Charlotte makes eight free throws in final 4.7 seconds, stuns Richmond in A-10 tourney

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – Charlotte’s Pierria Henry hit eight foul shots in the games final 4.7 seconds to knock off Richmond 68-63 in the Atlantic-10 tournament. Yes, you read that correctly. Eight foul shots in 4.7 seconds. The Richmond Spiders led by three with 5.9 seconds left when they purposely fouled Pierria Henry, forcing him to…

  11. VIDEO: Gus Johnson bellows as Brandon Paul beats Minnesota. Gophers dancing?

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Illinois Fighting Illini's Joseph Bertrand goes to the basket agianst Minnesota Golden Gophers' Rodney Williams during the first half of their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big 10 tournament in Chicago, Illinois

    Illinois nearly blew a 12 point lead, watching as the Gophers went on a big second half run to take the lead late, but Brandon Paul was there to save the day. After Illinois somehow managed to get three offensive rebounds on one possession off of missed threes, DJ Richardson knocked down his third chance,…

  12. Chuck Martin out as head coach at Marist

    Mar 14, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Marist head coach Chuck Martin has been “relieved of his duties”, according to a release from the university on Thursday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of the hard work Chuck and his staff demonstrated over the past five years,” Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray said. “Chuck represented…

  13. Gus Johnson on the NCAA tournament: ‘I miss it’

    Mar 14, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Back when I was running my old site Ballin’ is a Habit, Gus Johnson was still at CBS and still calling NCAA tournament games. We gave him the moniker ‘Mr. March Madness‘ because, well, it just fit. The most important part of being a play-by-play announcer is having a feel and understanding of the moment,…

  14. Longwood head coach Mike Gillian resigns

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Mike Gillian

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. After 10 years as the head coach of the Lancer program, Mike Gillian has resigned, according to a release from the university. “Mike has played an important role in the history of Longwood Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Troy Austin. “I want to thank him for…

  15. Big West conference tournament preview

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bob Thomason

    Long Beach State, even with heavy personnel losses from last season’s NCAA tournament team, was the preseason pick to win the Big West and Dan Monson’s team did just that. But the 49ers didn’t lack for challengers and that will be the case this weekend when the top eight teams get together at the Honda…

  16. Grambling ends its season 0-28 after SWAC tourney loss

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Grambling State

    Just two years removed from playing in the SWAC title game, Grambling finished what may be the worst season in college basketball history on Wednesday night. The Tigers lost to Alabama A&M 59-51, which was promising — it was literally the first time all season that they didn’t lose by double-digits — and disheartening all…

  17. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 10 Preview

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Virginia Tech v Duke

    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…

  18. Wake Forest fans take out another anti-Jeff Bzdelik ad

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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    A portion of the Wake Forest fan base has been anything but quiet about their desire for Jeff Bzdelik to look elsewhere for employment. After running an ad in the student newspaper last Friday calling for Bzdelik to be fired, the students paid for an ad to be printed on the front page of today’s…

  19. 2013 Great West Tournament preview

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Utah Valley Chattanooga Basketball

    Who plays a conference tournament for win an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament isn’t the final prize? Why, the Great West Conference does. The five-team conference of schools that span from Utah to New Jersey will hold their own version of mini-March Madness starting today with a three-round affair. We at College Basketball Talk…

  20. The Morning Mix

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Wednesday was the calm before the storm. Only one ticket was punched last night, and only 12 total games were played. That all changes today, as all the major conferences begin their conference tournaments this afternoon and tonight. College Basketball Talk has Championship Week on lockdown. @RobDauster and @RaphielleJ are holding it down from their…