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  1. Creighton advances past Cincinnati, has a shot to take down Duke

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Creighton v Cincinnati

    There’s a reason that we call him Dougie McBuckets. Creighton’s all-american forward was too much for No. 10 seed Cincinnati on Friday afternoon, finishing with 27 points and 11 boards on 7-15 shooting as the No. 7 Bluejays outlasted the Bearcats 67-63. This game was one of the more intriguing matchups of the tournament, as…

  2. Saint Joseph’s forward C.J. Aiken to pursue professional opportunites

    Mar 22, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    C.J. Aiken

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Before the 2012-13 season began many expected Saint Joseph’s at the very least to be one of the Philadelphia schools playing in the NCAA tournament. But thanks to inconsistent play and various personnel issues Phil Martelli’s team failed to live up…

  3. La Salle outlasts furious Kansas State rally to score upset

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    La Salle

    La Salle snuck into the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed in the First Four in Dayton on Selection Sunday. Less than a week later, it now has two NCAA tournament victories, including a big upset over a BCS-conference opponent, and is headed to the Round of 32. Jerrell Wright had 21 points and…

  4. Hurricanes shine brighter than their shoes in easy win over Pacific

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Pacific v Miami

    Even if you were temporarily blinded by Miami’s choice of footwear, you couldn’t help but see that this team is ready to go out and get the brass ring. Durand Scott went off for a very efficient 21 points in an easygoing 78-49 dismantling of the Pacific Tigers, hitting 60 percent of his shots from…

  5. Southern coach moved to tears after loss to No. 1 Gonzaga (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    Roman Banks

    Southern gave Gonzaga everything a No. 1 seed couple expect from a No. 16 seed Thursday in its Round of 64 loss to the Bulldogs. Southern’s length worked to keep Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk contained and the Jaguars were within one point with 2:28 to play. After the game, Southern coach Roman Banks was moved…

  6. Khalif Wyatt, Temple hang on to beat N.C. State

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Temple v North Carolina State

    Leading 38-22 at the half, East Region 9-seed Temple looked poised to put 8-seed N.C. State away with relative ease and pick up the program’s second NCAA tournament victory since reaching the Sweet 16 in 2001 (they beat Penn State in the 2011 tournament). The Wolfpack would make things interesting in the second half, cutting…

  7. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 2

    Mar 22, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Duke v Albany

    The second day of March Madness is here. As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. Here are some of the best pictures from day two of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You an contact Troy Machir on Twitter at @TroyMachir

  8. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss advance past Wisconsin

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Wisconsin Badgers guard Marshall holds on to the ball as Mississippi Rebels guard Henderson, guard Brust and Millinghaus scramble during the Rebels' win in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City

    Marshall Henderson will have to play for free for at least one more game. The Ole Miss gunslinger shook off a 1-11 first half performance to finish with 19 points, hitting three big threes down the stretch as the No. 12 seed Rebels knocked off No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 57-46. Perhaps the most impressive aspect…

  9. Duke shows qualities of a champion in first tourney game

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    Duke v Albany

    Duke beat Albany 73-61. Big deal, right? You’d better believe it’s a big deal to a team that got bounced by C.J. McCullom and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in a similar seeding situation last year. Missouri didn’t learn the lessons of 2012, so it’s meaningful to note that Duke did. This year, the Duke machine…

  10. VIDEO: Boeheim states “This is not my last year” at Syracuse

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    We’ve been tracking the speculation about Jim Boeheim’s possible retirement here at CBT. We’ll give you a second to catch up: Syracuse apologizes for tweet speculating about Jim Boeheim retiring Jim Boeheim’s postgame comments fuel retirement speculation Speculation about Jim Boeheim’s retirement isn’t going to go away Syracuse investigation will ramp up Boeheim retirement speculation…

  11. UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad year older than originally thought

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    On the day of UCLA’s NCAA tournament opener against 11-seed Minnesota in Austin an interesting story on Ron Holmes, the father of freshman wing Shabazz Muhammad, was published in the Los Angeles Times. According to Ken Bensinger’s story the father of the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year, initially stated that Muhammad was 19 and born…

  12. It’s Philly Friday as city’s underdog teams take the court

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Pennsylvania Daily Life

    I thought the state of Kansas might have something to crow about if Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State – the only DI programs the state has to offer – all made it to the weekend. Now, imagine you live in the city of Philadelphia, where not only have three of the Big Five made…

  13. Furman head coach Jeff Jackson resigns after seven seasons

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. In seven seasons at Furman head coach Jeff Jackson managed to eclipse the 20-win plateau just once, winning 22 games in 2010-11. After flirting with the .500 mark last season (15-16) the Paladins went 7-24 (3-15 SoCon) this season, ultimately leading to Jackson stepping down Friday as…

  14. How Harvard went from a laughing stock to a Cinderella

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Harvard guard Saunders takes a shot while defended by New Mexico center Kirk during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    On Thursday night, Harvard won their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their second NCAA tournament appearance since 1946. That’s impressive, especially when you consider the fact that, when head coach Tommy Amaker took over the program, Harvard basketball was a joke. They had never won a conference title or 20 games in a season. In…

  15. Troubled Hofstra hoops program fires coach Mo Cassara

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Per Jeff Goodman of, Hofstra University has fired head basketball coach Mo Cassara. The only thing odd about this firing is that it wasn’t announced immediately at season’s end. We all know a coach can be fired for losing games, and Hofstra did that recently, losing 47…

  16. VIDEO: Harvard’s band welcomes victorious Crimson to hotel

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    Tommy Amaker

    We’re used to seeing pure chaos in the wake of an upset win. Leave it to the Harvard Crimson band to get organized even in the heat of celebration. They’re wearing ties, after all.   h/t to the ever-alert Matt Norlander and his mobile phone.

  17. FIU considering daring new court design

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    While the FIU Panthers aren’t playing in the NCAA tournament the first season of the Richard Pitino era resulted in a much-improved product on the court in Miami. The Panthers (18-14) improved their win total by ten games and reached the title game of the Sun Belt tournament, where they fell to Western Kentucky. With…

  18. The Morning Mix

    Mar 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Seth Davis

    Day two of the madness is here. Today’s Mix is light because you need to be rested and ready to go for another full day of hoops. Do a quick prep session prior to tip-off, then sit back and enjoy the hoops. Enjoy the madness. Read of the Day: Davidson’s season came to an unexpected…

  19. Tourney Preview: Khalif Wyatt, Nova-UNC, McBuckets highlight the day

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Khalif Wyatt

    GAME OF THE DAY: 1:40 PM: (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State — TBS NC State wants to do nothing other than get out and run the floor. They don’t defend. They don’t even really execute in the half court. They want to run and they want to get their talent in a position to…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the tournament’s first REAL day

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Bucknell v Butler

    PLAYER OF THE DAY: Andrew Smith, Butler Smith finished with 14 points and 16 boards in the Bulldog’s win over No. 11 seed Bucknell. He also hit a three midway through the second half that not only was Butler’s first on the afternoon (they were 0-14 from distance up to that point) but also helped…