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  1. VIDEO: Tom Izzo on the Dan Patrick Show

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo looks up at the clock as they play the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo joins The Dan Patrick Show to talk about all things March Madness, the strength of the Big Ten Conference from top to bottom, and his game plan for the Spartans’ first and second round matchups this weekend.

  2. Ten crazy things to expect from March Madness

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    All of sports are somewhat unpredictable. If they weren’t, nobody would watch. And most certainly nobody would fill out brackets if the outcome were that easy to determine. Athletes would play sports just to – ugh – stay healthy, and there would be no need for competitive fire or excellence. So why is March singled…

  3. Join our pool, and view our brackets!!!

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    For those that are interested, here are the brackets that each one of your trusty CollegeBasketballTalk writers submitted. Think you’re smarter than us? Well, there’s actually a pretty good chance that’s true. You can prove it here, by joining out bracket pool. ID: 11036, Password: CBTonNBC. ROB DAUSTER’S BRACKET TROY MACHIR’S BRACKET DANIEL MARTIN’S BRACKET ERIC…

  4. More speculation about Ben Howland’s job status

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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    On Sunday, we did a post about a column from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times on Ben Howland and how, regardless of what this UCLA team does in the NCAA tournament, he may have worn out his welcome in Westwood. On Tuesday, the LA Times again wrote about Howland’s job status and how no…

  5. Ten players that will beat your favorite team in crunch time

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Trey Burke, Michigan: There isn’t a player in the country that’s a better creator at this point in the season. He’s responsible for so much of what Michigan wants to do offensively, whether it’s the result of him creating shots for himself, running off of pick-and-rolls or kicking the ball out to the myriad of…

  6. VIDEO: 26 of this year’s buzzer-beaters in three minutes, 24 seconds

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Thank you, Buzzfeed, for making that glorious, glorious video. (h/t Norlander) You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  7. Five teams that won’t win it all

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Siva is fouled by Orange's Triche in Big East NCAA men's basketball tournament game in New York

    Obviously, 67 eligible teams will fail to win the national title this year. That’s a given. So I’m not going to be ridiculous about this. To be considered for this designation, a team must occupy one of the premium seeding spots: No. 1-No. 4 in other words. These sixteen contenders are expected to win, and will have the blue-chip horses…

  8. VIDEO: The Crossover makes their bracket picks

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

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    NBC Sports college basketball insider and analysis Vin Parise joins The Crossover to help break a tie between Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs. While both teams have earned their stripes, only one of Indiana or Louisville can take home the title of better No. 1 seed. The Crossover has its own pool in NBCSports.com’s bracket…

  9. The Morning Mix

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Today is the day March Madness officially begins. While Thursday is the first real day of March Madness, the First Four takes place tonight in Dayton with two entertaining play-in games. Middle Tennessee State and Saint Mary’s face-off for a chance to earn a No. 11-seed and a spot in the second round against No.…

  10. Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson retires

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Jackson State head coach Tevester Anderson will retire, the university announced last Monday. The 76-year-old coach spent the past 10 seasons as head coach of the Tigers after five seasons at the helm of Murray State, where he made two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Anderson…

  11. Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin frustrated with Vols being left out

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Tennessee was squarely on the bubble for most of the latter half of the season. On Sunday, they found out their 20-12 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference wasn’t enough to get them in the Field of 68. Their coach, Cuonzo Martin, clearly isn’t happy about it. Not necessarily because his team…

  12. St. Louis watches Selection Sunday at a Best Buy, just like the rest of us

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals - St. Louis v Butler

    St. Louis had a pretty solid week in Brooklyn this weekend. The Billikens locked up the automatic bid out of the Atlantic 10 by beating VCU in the finals, capping a great run for interim coach Jim Crews who should no doubt get the interim tag dropped from his title as a result. Then, in…

  13. Rayshawn Goins suspended for first half of James Madison’s opening round game

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Following an arrest over the weekend, James Madison will suspend forward Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the Dukes’ opening round game against LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday. “In accordance with JMU athletic policy, Coach Matt Brady is suspending Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday night in Dayton,” JMU…

  14. Baylor tabbed as no. 1 overall seed in women’s Big Dance

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The defending women’s national champion Baylor has been selected as the number one overall seed for the second consecutive year heading into the 2013 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The top four teams all make a return trip to their respective seeds, with Connecticut (Bridgeport Region), Notre Dame (Norfolk Region) and Stanford (Spokane Region) following the…

  15. Report: Tony Mitchell heading to the NBA

    Mar 18, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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    North Texas forward Tony Mitchell is reportedly declaring for this June’s NBA Draft. Mitchell, originally a Missouri recruit that had academic issues keep him from enrolling, became eligible for the Mean Green in December of last season. He averaged 14.7 points, 10.3 boards and 3.0 blocks as UNT made it to the Sun Belt title…

  16. Report: Texas State, Doug Davalos part ways

    Mar 18, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Texas State has fired head coach Doug Davalos, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com. Davalos had been the head coach of the Bobcats since 2006, when he took over a program that was coming off of a three win season and was dealing…

  17. Louisville tops list of most valuable college basketball programs

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals players and coach Pitino celebrate basket agasint Syracue Orange during second half in Big East NCAA men's basketball game in New York

    Every year, Forbes releases a list of the most valuable programs in college basketball. Louisville tops the list season, valued at $38.5 million during the 2012-13 season. The Cardinals also topped Forbes’ list last season at $36.1 million. It’s another in a steady list of accolades the Cardinals have acquired over the past few weeks.…

  18. Does the NCAA Tournament actually increase productivity?

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    It’s almost time for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The time when games are played at lunch hours on weekdays and no one feels like doing anything but watching the games at work. Well, here’s a recent study that you can take to your boss as a way of convincing them to…

  19. Upset Watch: Five possibilities to keep in mind

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    One of the most entertaining aspects of the NCAA tournament are the upsets that are bound to occur every year. Last season’s event featured a pair of 15-seeds winning on the same day, as Lehigh beat Duke and Norfolk State edged out Missouri. There’s also the history of at least one 12-seed knocking off a…

  20. Larry Eustachy: Colorado State is ‘my final job in college’

    Mar 18, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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    A guy like Larry Eustachy seems to appreciate second chances. After he lost his gig at Iowa State for various photos of him partying with co-eds at Missouri after a loss, along with a battle with alcoholism, it took him just a year to land his next Division I gig, that one at Southern Miss.…