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  1. Hold on to your hats, it’s Louisville vs. Michigan on Monday!

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    No Cinderellas in the title game this year. It’s going to be all Big Time, all the way. Let’s recap: Rick Pitino is one of the most well-known college basketball coaches in the nation. He’s on his way into the hall of fame, his horse just punched its ticket to the Kentucky Derby, and his…

  2. Mitch McGary leads Michigan past Syracuse, into the title game

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — That vaunted Syracuse zone, the one that held Indiana and Marquette to a combined 89 points last weekend, did it’s job, at least on the perimeter. Michigan’s star point guard Trey Burke — that’s National Player of the Year Trey Burke to you — finished with seven points, shooting 1-8 from the floor.…

  3. Iona will keep Tim Cluess

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Iona v Ohio State

    Iona head coach Tim Cluess, who led the Gaels to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons, has confirmed that he plans to stay in New Rochelle for the foreseeable future. “I’m excited about the coming season and continuing to build on our success. I believe in the future of men’s basketball and the College itself,”…

  4. VIDEO: Did Luke Hancock force a jump-ball with Ron Baker?

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    ATLANTA — Luke Hancock made seemingly every big play down the stretch for the Cardinals. There were the two drives to the rim midway through the second half. There was the three to put Louisville up for the first time in the second half. There was the three that gave the Cardinals a five-point lead…

  5. Tom Crean photobombs yellow-belted Sanjay Gupta at the Final Four

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    Not sure there’s a lot that needs to be said here, except h/t to Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal. Sanjay Gupta, with Tom Crean inadvertent photobomb (thanks @chadmcevoy) — Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) April 7, 2013

  6. Louisville’s unsung heroes deliver in win over Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals' Hancock and teammate Henderson celebrate near the end of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game against the Wichita State Shockers in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On a team that includes Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan, how many people would have guessed that the two most important players for Louisville in its 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four on Saturday would be Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson. It’s fitting, really. The…

  7. How Cleanthony Early became a Final Four-caliber player

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    I originally ran this article on December 1, 2012, when we barely knew who Cleanthony Early was. The story happened to run on the same day that coaching legend Rick Majerus passed away, so it was understandably overshadowed. Now that “Cle” is playing on college basketball’s biggest stage, it’s worth a second look. Anthony came…

  8. Tim Henderson walks on to the Final Four for Louisville

    Apr 6, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    North Carolina A&T's R.J. Buck fights for the loose ball with University of Louisville's Tim Henderson during the second half of play in their second round NCAA basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington

    Who’s that guy? You’d be forgiven for asking that when you look at the Louisville lineup taking the floor in Atlanta right now. Where Kevin Ware would usually be standing in the pressure defense, there’s an unfamiliar face. He’s Tim Henderson, a Louisville local who walked on to the team. A 6’2″, 195-lb. junior, he’s…

  9. Mustachioed Will Ferrell makes an appearance at the Final Four

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Will Ferrell

    San Diego State didn’t make the Final Four, so what’s Ron Burgundy doing behind press row? Will Ferrell behind me. Anchorman… — Dana O’Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 6, 2013 It’s certainly possible that Ferrell mistook O’Neil for Veronica Corningstone, and is on the verge of breaking out the jazz flute for halftime entertainment. More likely…

  10. Shane Larkin beat out Trey Burke for at least one POY award

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    University of Miami guard Shane Larkin is carried by forward Julian Gamble during their third round NCAA basketball game in Austin, Texas

    Rob Dauster told us the other day about the numerous Player of the Year awards that are handed out in college basketball. Clearly, Trey Burke is deserving of the several he’s already won. But he hasn’t won them all. Shane Larkin was honored with the 2013 Lute Olson Player of the Year Award, and got…

  11. 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)…

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

    Apr 6, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT


    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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),…

  17. 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…

  18. 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)…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…