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  1. Ryan Kelly will play for Duke vs. Miami today

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Duke v Virginia

    The whispers became rumors became reportable facts: Official: Ryan Kelly is playing for #Duke — Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 2, 2013 When the Duke beat reporter for the News Observer tweets it, it’s got to be true. Ryan Kelly will suit up and see floor time for Duke as they take on ACC leader Miami…

  2. Iowa State’s NCAA tournament hopes take a hit after loss to Oklahoma

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    With some questionable officiating and a tough overtime loss to Kansas still weighing heavily on its mind, Iowa State had a chance Saturday to creep closer to the NCAA tournament and reach the 20-win plateau against Oklahoma. The Cyclones missed that chance in an 86-69 loss in Norman, Okla. Iowa State’s bubble hopes are now…

  3. Late Afternoon Snacks: Louisville and Marquette win to keep Big East race tight; will Georgetown answer?

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    Game of the Day No. 10 Louisville 58, N0. 12 Syracuse 53: It may seem a little late, but Louisville is rounding into the type of team they were supposed to be from day one of the season. Great leadership at the point from Peyton Siva, who had no turnovers today, with Russ Smith picking…

  4. Marquette’s lack of a star is what makes them so dangerous

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Otule

    The last time we saw Marquette play, they were busy beating Syracuse thanks to 26 points — on 7-7 shooting — and eight boards from nimble big man Davante Gardner. On Saturday, Gardner struggled, but his counterpart in the paint — Chris Otule — finished with 16 points, hitting all eight of his field goal…

  5. Doug McDermott scores season-high 41, Creighton wins first MVC title since 2001

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    It’s only fitting that star junior Doug McDermott would go for a season-high 41 points in Creighton’s 91-80 win over Wichita State Saturday in Omaha, Neb. It was, after all, a winner-take-all game for the Missouri Valley’s regular season title. With the win, Creighton secures its first conference title since 2001. The Bluejays will now…

  6. No. 8 Florida’s defense stymies Alabama down the stretch

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Erik Murphy, Rodney Cooper

    Alabama had just gone on a 19-6 run, stymieing No. 8 Florida’s offensive attack while finding a way to get out and score in transition. With 12 minutes left in the second half, a Trevor Releford layup put the Crimson Tide up 45-37. They were rolling. And they wouldn’t get another good look at the…

  7. Luke Hancock is hero in Louisville win over Syracuse, but Siva concerns remain

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    On a day when Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, and Wayne Blackshear combined to go 2-of-21 from the floor, including 1-of-14 from three-point range, Louisville needed another scorer Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The answer ended up being a 6-6 transfer from George Mason, junior Luke Hancock. Hancock was 4-of-5 from three-point range off the bench…

  8. Let’s keep VCU’s blow-out win over No. 20 Butler in perspective

    Mar 2, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Briante Weber, Roosevelt Jones

    VCU thoroughly embarrassed No. 20 Butler on Saturday afternoon, taking them to the woodshed for 40 minutes as the Bulldogs couldn’t find an answer for the Rams’ ‘Havoc’. The final score was 84-52, with an added emphasis coming from that number just to the left of Butler’s name that doesn’t happen to show up next…

  9. Former Tennessee strength coach arrested for breaking into arena office with saw

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

    Troy Wills

    A former University of Tennessee strength and conditioning coach has been arrested after allegedly breaking into the school’s on-campus arena with a saw around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, causing over $700 in damages and stealing more than $4,000 in cash. Troy Wills, who was hired in 2003, spent one year on the staff of…

  10. How will NCAA sanctions affect Saint Mary’s? (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Saint Mary's

    The NCAA came down hard on Saint Mary’s Friday with sanctions stemming from recruiting violations by the school and former assistant and director of basketball operations Keith Moss. Among the sanctions are: – Four years probation from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2017 – A five-game suspension during the 2013-14 season for head coach Randy…

  11. Pregame Shootaround 3.2.13: Duke-Miami rematch is Saturday’s centerpiece

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Duke Miami

    Game of the Day: No. 3 Duke vs. No. 5 Miami (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Perhaps this game lost a bit of its luster after Duke lost to Virginia Wednesday night, but we still have a battle Saturday between two Top 5 teams with a history between them this season. After the Blue Devils were trounced…

  12. USC Aiken student Zach Herron hits half court shot, wins car (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    USC Aiken

    On Wednesday, USC Aiken defeated Augusta State 56-50, but much of the entertainment came from halftime. Senior Zach Herron connected on a half court shot, winning a Chevy Cruze during the halftime promotion. Herron, who was picked at random, graduates in May and was planning on taking a mission to Daytona Beach, Fla., according to…

  13. Late Night Snacks: Princeton battles Harvard for Ivy League crown

    Mar 2, 2013, 12:59 AM EDT

    Harvard-Princeton

    Game of the Day Princeton 58, Harvard 53 The Tigers needed to beat the Crimson at home Friday or NCAA tournament hopes would be all but gone. Princeton shrugged off a 15-2 run with under three minutes to go from Harvard. With 1:06 to go Ian Hummer hit two free throws, putting Princeton up 54-53.…

  14. Brandon Johnson, San Diego’s all-time leader scorer, sentenced to jail for six months

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    Brandon Johnson, Carlin Hughes

    Brandon Johnson, the all-time leading scorer in University of San Diego history, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday for his involvement in his game-fixing scheme during his playing career. According to the Union-Tribune, Johnson, who was indicted in April 2011 and is now the fifth defendant in this case to be sentenced, while…

  15. Memphis pick up intensity while starting a new win streak

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Memphis v Xavier

    Memphis had its 18-game win streak snapped Tuesday against Xavier. The Tigers now have to start from scratch. That all begins Saturday at Central Florida. “We’ve got to take this loss and turn it into a positive,” Memphis head coach Josh Pastner told John Martin of the Commercial-Appeal on Wednesday. “We’ve gotta regroup, refocus, and…

  16. Kentucky has had a breakthrough, according to Ryan Harrow

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

    John Calipari, Ryan Harrow

    When Nerlens Noel went down with a season-ending injury, it left Kentucky with little hope. That was multiplied when the Wildcats dropped their first game without Noel by 30 to Tennessee. Since then, Kentucky has rallied off three straight, prompting point guard Ryan Harrow to proclaim that the Wildcats have turned a corner at the most important…

  17. Bill Self, Kansas upset with Big 12’s statement on blown call in Iowa State game

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Bill Self

    Kansas picked up a big win on Monday in a 108-96 win over Iowa State, thanks in large part to the 39-point performance from Elijah Johnson. Following the win, the Big 12 came out with a statement, stating that officials had blown calls during the end of the game. Although the error in question was…

  18. Georgetown ready to leave the Big East next season

    Mar 1, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    The No. 7 Georgetown Hoyas have won 10 straight en route to the top spot in the Big East standings. Despite all the conference success this season, John Thompson III and his Hoyas are in favor of cutting conference ties and are ready to make the jump with the Catholic 7 for the 2013-2014 season.…

  19. VIDEO: Is storming the court too dangerous?

    Mar 1, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    Virginia court storm

    Storming the court has been a consistent presence in the middle of a wild college basketball season. Thursday night in Virginia’s win over Duke, the John Paul Jones Arena crowd became the latest group of fans to rush the floor after the Cavaliers’ win over the nation’s third-ranked team. Following the game Coach K spoke…

  20. Coach K, Duke concerned over safety after Virginia court storming

    Mar 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Coach K

    Mike Krzyzewski is familiar with storming the court tradition in his career at Duke, especially when being on the wrong end. Since 1997, Duke has lost on the road 50 times — 42 times resulting in fans rushing the floor. Following Thursday’s 73-68 loss to Virginia (and subsequent  court storming), Coach K raised safety issues in the…