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  1. The Morning Mix

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    RTC Circle of March 1

    Championship Week has begun and already we’ve witnessed a fairly shocking upset. Longwood (7-24) knocked off UNC-Asheville (16-16) in the first round of the Big South Tournament. In non-Championship Week action, Ohio State beat Indiana in Assembly Hall, and punches were thrown at the end of the St. John’s-Notre Dame game. Let’s hit the links.…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Ohio State gets a big win, UNLV holds off Boise State

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Anthony Marshall

    Game of the Day: No. 14 Ohio State 67,  No. 2 Indiana 58 Defense was the key for Ohio State Tuesday night in its big road win over Indiana. Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for eight steals and ground Indiana’s offensive attack to a halt, including National Player of the Year candidate Victor Oladipo.…

  3. Indiana flirting with losing grip on top seeds in NCAA, B1G tourneys

    Mar 6, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

    Ohio State v Indiana

    All it took was a trio of tough drives from Aaron Craft and a sensational defensive performance sparked by Shannon Scott and, all of a sudden, Indiana, who many believed to be the best team in the country heading into Tuesday night, no longer had themselves locked into a No. 1 seed. The No. 14…

  4. Stifling defense leads No. 14 Ohio State to win over No. 2 Indiana

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Aaron Craft

    Ohio State’s Aaron Craft has been the textbook example of a tough, physical defensive point guard for much of this season. He has been the centerpiece of a defense that is, in turn, the engine of the Buckeyes’ Top 15 attack. But Tuesday it wasn’t just Craft who was the wrench in the system of…

  5. Ejections made after fight breaks out between Notre Dame, St. John’s (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Pointer fight

    Notre Dame led by 26 points against St. John’s with under two minutes to play Tuesday when Jack Cooley was being subbed out of the game for the final time on Senior Night. As he walked toward the bench to make the substitution, a fight between St. John’s sophomore Sir’Dominic Pointer and Notre Dame freshman…

  6. Illinois hits bad shooting slump in loss to Iowa

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

    Iowa Illinois

    Illinois shot just 29 percent from the floor Tuesday night against Iowa in a 63-55 loss on the road. Haven’t we seen this before from the Illini? It sure seems like it. During the Illiniois’ stretch of six losses in seven games earlier in the season, a shooting slump was a major factor to blame. Included…

  7. DJ Cooper does something that’s never been done before

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Ohio v Bowling Green

    College basketball has been around for 120 years, so when we say that DJ Cooper did something tonight that no one in the history of college basketball has ever done before, than you should understand that there is a little bit of weight behind that statement. With a little more than eight minutes left in…

  8. Arkansas made their statement to the committee: we stink

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Arkansas v Missouri

    Arkansas isn’t just bad on the road this season. They’re awful. They entered Tuesday night’s game at Missouri 1-7 in the SEC in road games. Those seven losses came by an average of more than 13 points. They lost by 21 at South Carolina. They lost by 18 at Vanderbilt. They scored a combined 103…

  9. Bubble Update: Kentucky among those teams with work to do

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Archie Goodwin, Alex Oriakhi, Keion Bell

    As the roller-coaster college basketball season continues, the race for at-large bids to the 2013 NCAA tournament remains unsettled.  In the span of a few hours this past Saturday, six teams projected to be on the cusp of at-large selection all lost.  Which brings us here: an estimated 11 at-large spots are still available with Selection Sunday right around the corner. Since…

  10. Ben Howland apologizes for commenting on Shabazz Muhammad’s NBA draft status

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    UCLA coach Ben Howland revealed the worst-kept secret in college basketball last week after the Bruins’ 74-69 win over No. 11 Arizona at home. “That was [Shabazz Muhammad's] last game in Pauley, no doubt about it,” Howland said. “I’m very much a realist now. I knew going into this deal that this was a one-year…

  11. John Calipari would lose out on up to $700K in bonuses if Kentucky misses NCAA tournament

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    We sometimes forget that sitting on the bubble for the NCAA tournament can eventually have real monetary implications. In the case of Kentucky coach John Calipari, that could mean close to a quarter of a million dollars. According to Forbes, Calipari would be set to make an additional $700,000 if the Wildcats won the national…

  12. NBC Sports Network to broadcast opening round of A-10 tournament

    Mar 5, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    NBC Sports Network Logo

    The NBC Sports Network will broadcast the opening round of the Atlantic 10 conference tournament from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the league announced in a statement Tuesday. Opening round games will take place on Thursday, March 14. The schedule will look as follows, with seeding in the tournament still to be determined: Early…

  13. How good is Boise State when they are healthy?

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Jeff Elorriaga

    As always, Dan Hanner of did some terrific work this week as he broke down the Kenpom rating of teams that dealt with injuries to key players this season, looking at their numbers with and without that player. Some of it is quite obvious: Duke, arguably the best team in the country when Ryan…

  14. Pregame Shootaround 3.5.13: Bubble battles, and IU’s Senior Night

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Indiana v Ohio State

    Game of the Night: No. 14 Ohio State at No. 2 Indiana (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) I’m still of the mindset that Indiana is the best team in the country, regardless of where they are ranked in relationship to Gonzaga. Why? Well, because they currently hold a two-game lead in the toughest league in the…

  15. Jay Bilas, Photo-Bomber Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Jay Bilas is a man of many talents. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and informative color commentators regardless of sport. He’s amassed more than 450,000 followers on twitter without having to follow a single person. He’s a renowned scholar in the arts of Young Jeezy. He’s a lawyer. He wrote a book. Perhaps more…

  16. Was federal law violated during the Nate Miles investigation?

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Jim Calhoun

    When the news first came out that the NCAA had violated their own regulations in investigating the Miami, my first recommendation went out to any school that had been the subject of a recent NCAA investigation. Go back and look at what they dug up to see if there were any rules broken. UConn, apparently,…

  17. VIDEO: Brittney Griner dunks, drops 50 on Senior Day

    Mar 5, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Brittney Griner cemented her legacy as the greatest women’s college basketball player of all-time on Monday night. On her senior night, the 6-foot-8 Griner not only scored a Big 12 record 50 points on 21-28 shooting, but she threw down one of the more impressive dunks of her illustrious career, dropping stepping on and finishing…

  18. Another heart-breaking turn in the Demetrius Walker saga

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Demetrius Walker Kevin Van Wijk

    News broke last night that Demetrius Walker had been suspended indefinitely from the New Mexico basketball team for what is being termed a violation of team rules. “I won’t say any­more about it,” head coach Steve Al­ford told the Albuquerque Journal. “I want to pro­tect him ob­vi­ous­ly. It’s an in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion and we’ll just see…

  19. Horizon League Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ray McCallum, J.J. Moore, James Robinson

    The Horizon League will take on a bit of a different look this season, as Butler left the conference for the Atlantic 10 this past summer. The top two seeds — Valparaiso and Detroit, in this case — will still have a double-bye into the semifinals, but now, since there are only nine teams in…

  20. Kyle Anderson thinking about staying for sophomore year, says father

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    Kyle Anderson UCLA

    Is there something about LA where people just don’t like waiting for the proper time to talk about the future? First, it was Ben Howland telling reporters on Saturday night that Shabazz Muhammad had played his last game in Pauley Pavilion. Then on Monday evening, Tim Floyd decided to tell reporters that he had been…