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  1. The Morning Mix

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James madison wierd

    Tickets continue to get punched. Five teams gained entrance to the madness last night, including Gonzaga of course, Davisdson of course, Iona mild surprise, James Madison sure, why not? and Western Kentucky Seriously? Again? Let’s hit the links. Read of the Day: Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt by five games. But a fluke loss…

  2. Brandon Harris serenades fans after WKU wins the Sun Belt

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Harris, Stephan Van Treese

    Some players celebrate winning a conference championship by dancing. Others just go crazy, get emotional or soak it all in with teammates and fans. Western Kentucky’s Brandon Harris plays Owl City’s “Vanilla Twilight” to a hotel bar full of the Hilltopper faithful. The 6-1, 170-pound junior is in his first season with WKU after transferring…

  3. 2013 Southland Conference preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Stephen F. Austin Louisiana State Shreveport Men

    This season, one of the best rivalries in any mid-major conference may be Stephen F. Austin/Northwestern State. The two teams split the season series, taking their home games against one another with the total point differential being five points. Now, the Lumberjacks and Demons head into the Southland Conference tournament as the top two seeds…

  4. Late Night Snacks: Five more tickets punched to the NCAAs

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Five more teams took their tickets to the Big Dance and the respective conference tournament titles that came with it on Monday night. Gonzaga fulfilled the prophecy, Western Kentucky came out of nowhere for the second straight season, James Madison knocked off the top seed and a number of others made their way to the…

  5. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Gonzaga

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: WCC Coach: Mark Few Record: 31-2, 16-0 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 4 – RPI: 11 – AP/USA Today: 1/1 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Zags as a No. 1 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Kelly Olynyk (17.3 ppg, 7.0…

  6. UPDATE: Notre Dame hoops to start ACC play in 2013-14 season

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Mike Btrey

    Notre Dame is headed to play basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013-14 season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. The program was initially slated to join the ACC from the Big East Conference for the 2014-15 season. The Big East officials will vote on the issue on Tuesday morning, with Thamel reporting…

  7. St. Mary’s will sweat out the next week on the bubble

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Semifinals San Diego v Saint Mary's

    It’s going to be a long, long week in Moraga, CA. After losing to No. 1 Gonzaga 65-51 in the WCC title game on Monday, the Gaels are officially a bubble team, missing out on a chance to win the league’s automatic bid and ensure themselves a trip to the Big Dance. And the problem?…

  8. James Madison takes CAA tourney, first NCAA appearance since 1994 (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    James Madison v UCLA

    James Madison has had some pretty wild endings this season, both good and bad. But on Monday night, they finished with their best flurry of the season, taking the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 70-57 victory over Northeastern in the finals of the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament. It’s the Dukes first tournament…

  9. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Iona

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Tim Cluess

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: MAAC Coach: Tim Cluess Record: 20-13, 11-7 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 97 – RPI: 103 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Gaels as a No. 15 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Lamont ‘Momo’ Jones (23.3 ppg,…

  10. Charlton Young fired as Georgia Southern coach

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ga Southern Virginia Tech Basketball

    The coaching carousel has started anew with teams’ seasons ending, this time it’s Georgia Southern climbing on. Charlton Young has been fired, according to multiple reports. In his four seasons in Statesboro, he led the Eagles to a 43-84 overall record, including a 14-19 record this season. Georgia Southern beat Wofford in the first round…

  11. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know James Madison

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    Richmond James Madison Basketball

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Colonial Coach: Matt Brady Record: 20-14, 11-7 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 188 – RPI: 194 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Northeastern as a No. 16 seed in Monday’s Bracket Projection, and the Huskies have a stronger profile than JMU. It may…

  12. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Western Kentucky

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Ray Harper, Brandon Harris

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Sun Belt Coach: Ray Harper Record: 20-15, 10-10 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 183 – RPI: 167 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Western Kentucky as a No. 16 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: TJ Price (15.5 ppg,…

  13. Trey Burke named B1G Player of the Year, but he’ll be defined by this month

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Michigan's head coach Beilein talks with guard Burke during a break in game action during their NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in Ann Arbor

    In the least surprising news of the day, Michigan guard Trey Burke was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media. He’s joined on the first team all-Big Ten team by teammate Tim Hardaway, Jr., Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. Burke and Oladipo were unanimous…

  14. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Davidson

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Davidson v Louisville

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Southern Coach: Bob McKillop Record: 26-7, 17-1 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 66 – RPI: 75 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Davidson as a No. 13 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Jake Cohen (14.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg),…

  15. Robert Upshaw suspended for MWC Tournament

    Mar 11, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Cameron Bairstow, Robert Upshaw

    The long-shot chances of Fresno State in this week’s Mountain West Conference Tournament just got a little longer as Robert Upshaw will be suspended for its entirety. Upshaw, a 7-foot freshman who was a highly-touted signee for the Bulldogs after he de-committed from Kansas State, is averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes…

  16. USC’s Dedmon, Blasczyk suspended for ‘violation of team rule’

    Mar 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Dewayne Dedmon

    USC has announced the suspensions of Dewayne Dedmon and James Blasczyk from all team activities for a violation of team rules. “Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident with those player and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts. Until we learn all the facts, it would…

  17. WCC, Orleans Arena sign three-year extension

    Mar 11, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Semifinals Loyola Marymount v Gonagza

    Las Vegas is becoming a hot spot in the western hemisphere for college basketball tournaments. Sin City is hosting five tournaments this year, including the West Coast Conference, Mountain West Conference and WAC tourneys, and one of those stays was extended on Monday with the WCC signing a three-year deal with Orleans Arena. The news…

  18. St. Mary’s Brad Waldow has surgery to repair tooth

    Mar 11, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Brad Waldow

    We all remember the West Coast Conference semifinals for St. Mary’s on Saturday. You know, the one where Brad Waldow had one of his front teeth knocked out against San Diego? Well, he recently had surgery to put the tooth back in. Good to see Waldow saved his tooth, because life can’t be easy if…

  19. Why Indiana should be rooting for Louisville this week

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    St John's v Louisville

    For me, perhaps the most interesting part of attending the mock selection committee back in February was learning that the idea of there being an “S-Curve” used to slot teams into specific seeds is simply not true. There is no S-Curve. Instead, what the committee uses is a seed list which is exactly what it…

  20. 2013 Western Athletic Conference tournament preview

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    J.L. Lewis, D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones

    The Western Athletic Conference has been conference realignment cannon fodder for the past two seasons. The WAC lost one its top team to the Mountain West (Nevada) and even lost its commissioner Karl Benson to another mid-major (Sun Belt). But despite being the laughing-stock of conference realignment, the 2012-2013 WAC regular season was surprisingly good,…