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  1. Front court contributions help California oust 5-seed UNLV

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    California v UNLV

    UNLV entered Thursday’s East Region game against 12-seed California with more NBA-caliber talent in the front court, led by freshman Anthony Bennett, sophomore Khem Birch and junior Mike Moser. But they were outplayed by Cal’s Robert Thurman and Richard Solomon, who combined for 23 points and ten rebounds to help lead the Golden Bears to…

  2. Belmont loses to Arizona, another ugly tourney performance

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Arizona v Belmont

    Mark Lyons led four scorers in double figures with 23 points as No. 6 seed Arizona knocked off No. 11 Belmont 81-64. Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark combined for 43 points, but the Bruins dug themselves a massive hole early in the game with their inability to get a defensive rebound — or, for that…

  3. Top overall seed Louisville makes short work of North Carolina A&T

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Smith fights for the loose ball with North Carolina A&T's Underwood during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington

    While 1-seed Gonzaga had issues for much of their game against 16-seed Southern on Thursday afternoon, the top overall seed experienced no such issues. In front of a partisan crowd at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Louisville took care of North Carolina A&T by the final score of 79-48. Russ Smith accounted for a game-high 23…

  4. Burke vs. Wolters turns into the Robinson and Hardaway show

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    South Dakota State v Michigan

    It was supposed to be Trey Burke vs. Nate Wolters, but it turned into the Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. show. Those two combined for 42 points on 16-21 shooting from the floor and 8-10 from three, leading No. 4 seed Michigan past No. 13 seed South Dakota State 71-56. The Wolverines will…

  5. Report: Flu, back spasms could impact Akron’s rotation against VCU

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Brian Walsh, D.J. Cooper

    Despite the suspension of starting point guard Alex Abreu a couple weeks ago the Akron Zips won the MAC regular season and tournament titles, earning their second NCAA tournament trip in the last three seasons. Unfortunately for Keith Dambrot his Zips won’t be at full strength tonight against 5-seed VCU, as two players are dealing…

  6. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 1

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Saint Mary's v Memphis

    The first 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 one of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Check back every hour for an updated gallery. You can contact Troy Machir on…

  7. ‘Under-seeded’ Oregon takes care of 5-seed Oklahoma State

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    Oregon v Oklahoma St

    When the brackets were announced many believed that the Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon Ducks were under-seeded by the selection committee, which handed Dana Altman’s team a 12-seed and a game against 5-seed Oklahoma State. Oregon (27-8) wasn’t too concerned with the seeding chatter, going out and taking care of business by the final score of 68-55…

  8. No. 1 Gonzaga avoids becoming first to lose to 16 seed

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Southern

    No. 1 seed Gonzaga dodged a bullet. With four minutes left in their opening round game against No. 16 Southern, the Zags were tied at 54 with the Jaguars of the SWAC. For those that don’t know, a No. 1 seed has never, ever lost to a No. 16 seed. Ever. This was the brink…

  9. Izzo: Appling “didn’t look the same” after tweaking knee against Valpo

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Michigan State Spartans' Appling celebrates three-point shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during second half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Auburn Hills

    The good news of Michigan State’s opening-round win over Valparaiso has been slightly tinged with worry. MLive.com is reporting that star guard Keith Appling aggravated a knee injury when he ended up on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass in the first half of the game. Appling downplayed the injury, telling reporters “I kinda tweaked…

  10. VIDEO: Tray Woodall breaks down after loss to Wichita State

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Wichita State

    Without a doubt, this is the worst part of the NCAA tournament. Watching kids that have spent the past four or five years of their life playing basketball for one team realizing that they may never set foot on a basketball court in a competitive game ever again. It sucks, but it’s part of the…

  11. UConn’s Tyler Olander arrested in Panama City early Thursday morning

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Tyler Olander, Justin Jackson

    For the second time in the span of a month, UConn has seen one of their best big men arrested. This time it was Tyler Olander, who was arrested down in Panama City, FL. The Hartford Courant has the details: UConn junior forward Tyler Olander is being held in a Bay County, Florida jail on charges of…

  12. Vander Blue’s layup pushes Marquette past Davidson

    Mar 21, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Davidson v Marquette

    Marquette, a team that has struggled all season from beyond the arc, picked the right time to start making three-pointers. Getting hot late, as well as a left-handed layup with one second remaining from Vander Blue, proved to be the difference in Marquette’s 59-58 win over 14-seed Davidson in an East region matchup in Lexington.…

  13. No. 6 Memphis survives St. Mary’s for Pastner’s first tournament win

    Mar 21, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Memphis Tigers' Stephens dunks ball in front of Saint Mary's Gaels' McCoy during first half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Auburn Hills

    It’s fitting, really. In the first NCAA tournament game that Josh Pastner has won in his four-year tenure as the head coach of No. 6 Memphis, the Tigers did everything they could to lose to No. 11 St. Mary’s as the Gaels played the worst game that I’ve ever seen a St. Mary’s team play.…

  14. Late Afternoon Snacks: St. Mary’s almost gave us our first upset of the tourney

    Mar 21, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Saint Mary's v Memphis

    Game of the Day No. 6 Memphis 54, No. 11 St. Mary’s 52: This was as close as we got to an upset, as the Gaels scored to close the gap to two with just seconds left, then alertly face-guarded the Tigers on the in-bounds pass, causing a turnover. Matthew Dellavedova got the final shot…

  15. Saint Louis pushes New Mexico State aside to advance

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Dwayne Evans Saint Louis

    Saint Louis came into this 2013 NCAA tournament as a trendy underdog pick to make the Final Four after winning the Atlantic 10 championship this past weekend. The Billikens took their first step toward that goal Thursday with a 64-44 win over New Mexico State in the Round of 64 at The Palace of Auburn…

  16. Marshall Henderson had an epic press conference today

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    SEC Vanderbilt Mississippi Basketball

    There’s a reason that everyone has grown to love Marshall Henderson, and it has nothing to do with whether or not he’s a good kid or a good student. It’s all entertainment, pure and simple. He added to that legend on Thursday with yet another too-honest press conference that will likely make his coach, the…

  17. Shockers heed Big Dog’s advice, pound Pitt

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh forward Taylor loses ball while guarded by Wichita State forwards Early and Hall during first half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City

    Gregg Marshall stood and addressed his Wichita State team today, making reference to a legendary Shocker as he attempted to pump them up for their NCAA tournament game against Pitt. He told the black-and-gold clad group that Antoine Carr had contacted him earlier that same day and told him that his team should “play angry”.…

  18. No. 6 Butler stymies Muscala, advances past No. 11 Bucknell

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    Bucknell's Kaspar is blocked by Butler's Woods during first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington

    Bucknell quickly came a trendy upset pick when the brackets were announced on Sunday evening, and it wasn’t necessarily wrong. The Bison are really good and they have an NBA caliber center in Mike Muscala. That’s a combination that is ideal when trying to identify what under-the-radar teams have a chance to make a run…

  19. Michigan State beats Valparaiso to advance to Round of 32

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix Valentine

    Something wasn’t right for Michigan State in the opening minutes of its Round of 64 matchup with Valparaiso Thursday. The Spartans looked out of sync, confused by Valparaiso’s double teams on the defensive end, and prone to turnovers. But one Branden Dawson alley-oop slam changed all of that. Dawson’s dunk off an assist from Denzel Valentine…