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  1. VIDEO: Dan Patrick recalls memories of former NC State Jim Valvano

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jim Valvano

    Dan Patrick recalls some emotional memories of his time with NC State coach Jim Valvano as the NCAA tournament gets underway. Valvano led the Wolfpack to a national championship over a heavily favored Houston team in 1983. He passed away of cancer ten years later in 1993. Since his death, his words in a moving…

  2. Wichita State’s Carl Hall chops off signature dreadlocks

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carl Hall

    There’s no empirical evidence that ties the length of Carl Hall’s hair to the success of the Wichita State men’s basketball team, but it’s going to take some time to adjust to seeing the 6-8 senior with a buzz cut in this year’s NCAA tournament. Hall unveiled the new look at a press conference Wednesday,…

  3. VIDEO: Mathematical proof your bracket is terrible

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Liberty

    I bet you’re feeling pretty good about your bracket this morning. I know I am. I can honestly say that, heading into today’s festivities, I think that I’ve got a perfect bracket going. And then this guy from DePaul comes along and just stomps out all of my hopes and dreams. Leave it to a…

  4. Syracuse investigation will ramp up Boeheim retirement speculation

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    At this point, it shouldn’t surprise you that Syracuse had a bombshell drop the day before they were to begin NCAA tournament play. That’s just how it works in Upstate New York. I was just shocked that Fab Melo wasn’t ruled ineligible again. This time, however, things look like they might be a bit more…

  5. LeBron James makes his NCAA tournament picks

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Perhaps LeBron James has better things to do than pick an NCAA tournament bracket, namely dropping a triple-double and  leading his Miami team from 27 points down in the third quarter Wednesday against Cleveland to extend the Heat’s winning streak to 24 games. But few can resist getting in on the madness at least a little…

  6. VIDEO: Vin Parise helps Michelle Beadle make her picks

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski

    Vin Parise joins The Crossover to judge Michelle Beadle’s March Madness bracket. With Valparaiso and St. Louis meeting in the Final Four, is Beadle on to something special?

  7. Need last minute bracket advice? Well, we’ve got Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg here

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Louisville

    We’ve got some good stuff for you today. Jeff Eisenberg, the man behind The Dagger, was kind enough to join us to chat about his bracket picks in between writing about the biggest player in the tournament and catching up with the folks that wound up on the wrong end of a buzzer-beater. Trust me,…

  8. VIDEO: Julian Gamble, the nation’s No. 1 photobombing prospect

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - North Carolina v Miami

    That’s just fantastic. Between the goofy smile and his innate ability to pop up directly in between the interviewer and the interviewee, Julian Gamble is the Andrew Wiggins of the photobomb game. If there was a photobombing draft, Jay Bilas would his upside potential and the wingspan of his smile. Because Bilas would know.

  9. The Morning Mix

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    Today is the day. There are 365 days in a year. Today is No. 1 of 365. Carpe Diem. Read of the Day: According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Syracuse received a notice of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. This could be huge. Apparently a probe of the program has been going on for…

  10. Tourney Preview: Burke vs. Wolters, Marquette’s upset watch, how many 11s lose?

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

    Wolters Adams

    GAME OF THE DAY: 7:15 p.m. – South Dakota State (13) vs. Michigan (4) – CBS I’m not sure if South Dakota State has the horses to run with Michigan for 40 minutes, but what I’m sure of is that regardless of how long they hang around, the Jackrabbits are going to keep things interesting. By…

  11. March Madness Survival Guide

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Today is the day. Right up there with St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, and the Superbowl, the first Thursday of March Madness is one of the best five days on the calendar. Because today carries such weight, such great importance, we cannot take it lightly. We must be prepared. Pre-game Instructions:…

  12. VIDEO: Rob Dauster talks about Georgetown’s Final Four chances

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Rob Dauster spoke with CSN Washington about Georgetown’s chances to reach the Final Four. You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  13. Late Night Snacks: La Salle, James Madison advance to Round of 64 Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Nation James Madison

    Game of the Day: La Salle 80, Boise State 71 On the 150th anniversary of its founding, La Salle got an NCAA tournament victory of a quality Boise State team to advance to the Round of 64. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway are proving to be a dynamic scoring combo in the backcourt, with 22…

  14. La Salle wins their first tournament game in 23 years

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    La Salle guard Galloway fights for a rebound with Boise State guard Marks during their first round NCAA tournament basketball game in Dayton

    The world got a chance to see just how much fun La Salle is when their back court gets going. Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland combined for 43 points and seven assists on 17-24 shooting from the field, leading the Explorers to an 80-71 win over Boise State in the final play-in game on Wednesday…

  15. Can Shaka Smart and VCU make another Final Four run? (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - VCU v Indiana

    Virginia Commonwealth had a magical run to the Final Four in 2011. Can they do it again? Shaka Smart and his signature “Havoc” defense lost in the Atlantic-10 championship game to Saint Louis, but are in a position to ride that turnover-inducing defense deep into March. Vin Parise stops by “The Crossover” to make his…

  16. James Madison outpaces LIU, advances to Round of 64 vs. Indiana

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    James Madison

    Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn, James Madison had to know that pace would be what ultimately decides who would advance to play No. 1 Indiana in the Round of 64. Against the run-and-gun scoring offense of LIU, the Dukes controlled the pace and were efficient on the offensive end of their way to a 68-55…

  17. Fired Buffalo coach invites media to his home for press conference (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Reggie Witherspoon

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Reggie Witherspoon went 197-225 in his 14 seasons as the head coach at Buffalo. But, upon his release, he decided to have a press conference in his home to explain his situation and was pretty candid about his time with the program. He touched on the…

  18. Mountain West reaches media rights deal with ESPN

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Kendall Williams, Tony Snell

    The Mountain West has reached a deal with ESPN to make the network a television rights holder for conference football and basketball games, the league announced Wednesday. According to the release, ESPN will now become a part of the deal that keeps CBS Sports as the primary rights holder. The deal runs through the 2019-20…

  19. Watch Michelle Beadle and Hoda Kotb pick an NCAA tournament bracket (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    the crossover

    We’ve seen President Obama pick an NCAA bracket. You can enter your bracket and play against NBCSports.com staff writers in our CBT Pool right here. But now it’s time to get the host of NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” Michelle Beadle involved in the Madness, with a little help from Today Show host Hoda Kotb.…

  20. Chattanooga reportedly fires head coach John Shulman

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    John Shulman

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Chattanooga is parting ways with its head coach of nine seasons, John Shulman, after a 13-19 season and first round exit from the SoCon tournament, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting. During his nine seasons with the team, he amassed an overall record of 145-146, including…