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  1. Report: Racial discrimination led to Arsalan Kazemi leaving Rice for Oregon

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Oregon's Dotson and Kazemi celebrate in the closing moments of the Ducks' win over Saint Louis during their NCAA basketball tournament third round game in San Jose

    In the months following the 2011-12 season there was a mass exodus of sorts from the Rice basketball program, as multiple players decided that they would be better off finishing their respective careers elsewhere. Originally the thought of many was that the school’s decision to not renew the contract of assistant coach Marco Morcos as…

  2. Report: Georgia Southern to hire Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Nearly three weeks ago Georgia Southern announced the decision to fire head coach Charlton Young, with the former Georgia Tech posting a record of 43 wins and 84 losses in four seasons at the Southern Conference school. Georgia Southern may once again go the ACC assistant…

  3. Rutgers sophomore wing Malick Kone to transfer

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Malick Kone, Fuquan Edwin

    With two junior college wings in Rutgers’ incoming recruiting class, playing time was likely to be an issue for 6-6 sophomore guard/forward Malick Kone next season. On Friday morning it was reported that Kone, who averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game this season, has decided to transfer. The news was first reported by…

  4. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross discusses his game-winning shot (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Arizona v Ohio State

    In two seasons in Columbus, forward LaQuinton Ross has gone from a player who rarely saw the floor to one of the important pieces in the Ohio State rotation. Ross scored 17 points in the Buckeyes’ 73-70 win over Arizona on Thursday night, with the final three points coming on a shot with 2.1 seconds…

  5. Four schools patiently await Andrew Wiggins’ decision (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    According to multiple scouting services Huntington Prep (W.Va.) senior Andrew Wiggins is the best basketball player in the 2013 recruiting class. An athletic wing, Wiggins has the ability to get to the rim and finish with authority while also being capable of knocking down perimeter shots. A native of Toronto and the son of former…

  6. Previewing the South Regional: Is Dunk City’s reign over?

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    Deshawn Stephens, Chase Fieler

    Favorite: Florida Are the Gators the best team left in the South? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone does. What I do know, however, is that the Gators will play their first game in the regional against a team that finished in second place in the Atlantic Sun in Florida Gulf Coast. The Gators…

  7. Previewing the Midwest Regional: Is it 2009 all over again?

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Colorado State v Louisville

    Favorite: Louisville The Cardinals have been the most impressive team in the NCAA tournament to date, and it’s all thanks to their defense. It’s simply been overwhelming, and it’s not like they are changing anything. Louisville is just doing what they do on a nightly basis. Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Kevin Ware pressure their…

  8. Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State agree to ten-year deal through 2023

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State Cyclones head coach Hoiberg reacts to a call during their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Ohio State Buckeyes in Dayton

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. On the heels of leading his alma mater to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg became a hot commodity with some outlets reporting Minnesota’s interest in him as the replacement for the recently fired Tubby Smith. But Hoiberg won’t be…

  9. The Morning Mix

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Aaron Craft

    Four spots in the Elite Eight were handed out last night. Ohio State won on yet another game-winning 3-pointer. Wichita State looked like a legitimate Final Four team against La Salle. Marquette made Miami look like, well, Miami and Syracuse roughed up Indiana worse than any team had done this season. Four more games are…

  10. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Sweet 16

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    The first weekend of March Madness has come and gone. It was a tremendous weekend of exciting basketball that feature great games, outstanding plays and entertaining finishes. As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 – Day 2 – Day 3 –…

  11. Syracuse shuts downs Indiana at both ends of the floor

    Mar 29, 2013, 4:00 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Syracuse was not supposed to be in the Elite Eight. Not with No. 1-seed Indiana, not on a court in which they were blown out by 22 points less than a month ago. But thanks to a career-high 24 points from Michael Carter-Williams, the Syracuse Orange advanced to the Elite Eight with…

  12. Off night shouldn’t overshadow La Salle’s NCAA tournament success

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:35 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    Despite the fact that he was cleared to play on Wednesday, La Salle center Steve Zack wasn’t in position to help out the Explorers in the paint against a tough Wichita State squad. According to head coach Dr. John Giannini the 6-11 big man experienced pain and swelling in his left foot after going through…

  13. The legacy of Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls will live on at Indiana

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Started from the bottom … Christian Watford committed to Indiana on September 9th, 2008. That was six-and-a-half months after Kelvin Sampson was bought out of his contract by Indiana in the throes of Big Ten play while Indiana was going through an NCAA investigation for illegal phone calls Sampson made. When Jordan…

  14. The Crossover: How is Nate Silver’s NCAA bracket doing? (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

    the crossover

    Nate Silver, writer for the New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight blog and famed numbers guru, visited the set of “The Crossover” to discuss NCAA tournament probabilities as well as the current state of his bracket on Thursday. Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  15. Wichita State advances to Elite Eight with commanding victory over La Salle

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    La Salle entered Thursday’s contest against Wichita State needing to keep the Shockers off the offensive glass if they were to have any shot of advancing to the Elite Eight. The Explorers failed to do so, and the combination of Wichita State’s rebounding prowess and solid defense led to a 72-58 Shocker victory that was…

  16. No. 4 Syracuse upsets No. 1 Indiana behind Michael Carter-Williams’ redemption

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Syracuse Orange Carter-Williams reacts as the official signals a three-point shot against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and added five boards and four steals while Cody Zeller finished with just 10 points on 3-10 shooting from the floor as No. 4 Syracuse pulled off the upset 61-50, taking down No. 1 seed Indiana and setting up an all-Big East Regional Final on Saturday. And…

  17. Prolonged Ohio State run ultimately led to Arizona’s demise

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Arizona v Ohio State

    With 6:23 remaining in the first half Arizona led Ohio State 33-22 and looked to be well on its way to taking control of the Sweet 16 matchup at Staples Center. Outside of Deshaun Thomas the Buckeyes were struggling to score, and to that point in the game Thad Matta’s team was playing one of…

  18. Hurricanes go ice cold, miss 41 shots in Sweet 16 loss to Marquette

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Marquette v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Never has MIA been a more fitting nickname for Miami. The Miami Hurricanes entered Thursday night’s NCAA tournament East regional semifinal with Marquette as one of the nation’s top field-goal shooting teams and were ranked in the top-50 in effective field-goal percentage. But after 20 minutes of play, the No. 2-seed Hurricanes…

  19. LaQuinton Ross’ three-pointer pushes Ohio State past Arizona (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes' Ross watches his game-winning three-point shot along with Arizona Wildcats' Lyons in the closing seconds of their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    One of the best players in his high school class Ohio State sophomore wing LaQuinton Ross is an immensely gifted basketball player, and many have been waiting for him to become a factor. During the NCAA tournament he’s stepped up, and on Thursday night his three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining proved to be the difference…

  20. It’s fitting: Buzz Williams reaches Sweet 16 with his most ‘Marquette’ team to date

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Marquette v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — All you need to know about this Marquette team can be summed up in a two minute stretch that happened early in the second half of the No. 3 seed Golden Eagle’s 71-61 win over No. 2 seed Miami in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. The Hurricanes were a no-show, digging…