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  1. Marquette had enough talent to win in March, but not enough to play to April

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    Syracuse Orange Keita blocks Marquette Golden Eagles Mayo during the first half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marquette has seen the Syracuse 2-3 zone before. They’ve seen it a lot, both in-person and on film. In fact, they’ve beaten the zone this year, a 74-71 win back on February 25th. But the teams that survive and advance late into March are usually equipped with a handful future NBA players,…

  2. The maturation of Michael Carter-Williams, or how Syracuse got their ‘chip’ back

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Marquette

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hollywood wouldn’t need any creative license to tell the story of the 2013 Syracuse Orange, not after everything they’ve been through to earn a trip to the Final Four. The fourth-seeded ‘Cuse knocked off No. 3 seed Marquette in the East Regional finals 55-39 on Saturday night, sending Jim Boeheim on his…

  3. Report: Flip Saunders turns down his alma mater

    Mar 30, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Minnesota Smith Fired Basketball

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. The name Flip Saunders has been bandied about by those watching the Minnesota coaching search. Saunders, who played for the Gophers, was an assistant for his alma mater, and led the Timberwolves for ten years, has been a favorite of boosters. According to Andy Katz, Minnesota…

  4. FGCU’s Andy Enfield reportedly candidate for USC head coaching job

    Mar 30, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Andy Enfield

    Andy Enfield led Florida Gulf Coast on a surprise run in this 2013 NCAA tournament and is now visible on the national radar for schools looking to fill a coaching vacancy. Southern California, having fired head coach Kevin O’Neill during the season, is reportedly looking at Enfield, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. But…

  5. Western Kentucky will reportedly join Conference USA in 2014

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Western Kentucky mascot Big Red

    Western Kentucky will no longer be a member of the Sun Belt Conference and will instead move to Conference USA in 2014, Jeremy Fowler of is reporting. The Hilltoppers will reportedly take the place of Tulsa, which is reportedly set to move to the soon-to-be-renamed Big East. The addition of Western Kentucky adds to…

  6. Craig Neal named interim head coach to replace Steve Alford

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Craig Neal

    New Mexico associate head coach Craig Neal has been named the interim head coach after the departure of Steve Alford to UCLA, multiple outlets are now reporting as having been made official. Neal has coached alongside Alford at New Mexico since 2007. Prior to that, he was also on the bench with Alford during his…

  7. Dedrique Taylor reportedly hired as head coach at Cal State Fullerton

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Dedrique Taylor

    Cal State Fullerton will hire Arizona State associate head coach Dedrique Taylor the next head of its program, Andy Katz of is reporting. Taylor has served on the Arizona State staff under head coach Herb Sendek since Sendek took over the job in 2006. He previously served on staff at Nevada from 2004-06. He has…

  8. Steve Alford isn’t ideal for UCLA, but he’s a pretty good hire nonetheless

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    Seemingly out of no where on Saturday afternoon, news broke that UCLA had hired a head coach: Steve Alford of New Mexico, who had recently signed a 10-year contract extension with the Lobos. The reason it was so sudden? Well, Alford’s new contract doesn’t kick in until Monday, which means that his buyout would be…

  9. Is Gregg Marshall the coaching carousel’s greatest catch?

    Mar 30, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Wichita State Shockers head coach Marshall directs his team against the La Salle Explorers in their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    We’ve been hearing all week long about how young coaching stars Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens and Josh Pastner are signing big contract extensions and “turning down” open jobs at Minnesota, USC and UCLA. (UPDATE: Sources are reporting that Steve Alford of New Mexico has accepted the UCLA job.) I get it. Youth is attractive. It’s marketable.…

  10. Steve Alford reportedly hired as next coach at UCLA

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Steve Alford

    UCLA has reportedly found its replacement for former coach Ben Howland. According to Jeff Goodman of, the Bruins have come to an agreement with New Mexico coach Steve Alford on a seven-year contract worth $2.6 million per year. Alford led New Mexico to both a Mountain West regular season and conference tournament title in…

  11. As the last Cinderella, can Cleanthony Early and Wichita State reach the Final Four?

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State

    Three mid-majors advanced to the Sweet 16, but now only one remains. Wichita State beat La Salle to earn a spot in the Elite Eight, set to play Ohio State on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four. But can the Shockers shock the college basketball world and beat one of the Big Ten’s…

  12. Anatomy of a comeback … and collapse

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Michigan v Kansas

    When Kansas led Michigan by 11 with four and a half minutes left, the Jayhawks seemed to be just about the least likely team in America to blow the lead. This was a team that started four seniors. This was a team hardened and forged  by years of winning tough road games in the Big…

  13. By this evening, we’ll know who half of the Final Four will be

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    It feels like a week ago that I was sitting in the Barclays Center, getting ready to watch Maryland take on Kentucky in the first-ever college basketball game played in the House That Hova Built. Believe it or not, that was more than five-and-a-half months ago, as we head into a Saturday afternoon in late…

  14. Couch fires reported after Michigan State’s loss to Duke

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Michigan State fire

    Michigan State’s season ended Friday night with a loss to Duke, and anger from some of East Lansing’s residents spurred police action in its wake. According to coverage from that developed over the course of several hours, there were at least seven couch fires reported in East Lansing last night. This was reportedly not the…

  15. Ben McLemore won’t say if he will declare for the NBA Draft or return to Kansas

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Michigan v Kansas

    Ben McLemore was nonexistent through the first two games of the NCAA tournament, posting a combined 13 points in wins against Western Kentucky and North Carolina. In an 87-85 overtime loss, the 6-foot-5 freshman showed why he might be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this June. McLemore scored 20 points,…

  16. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Best of the Sweet 16

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wichita St. v La Salle

    We are in the heart of March Madness. We’ve had two tremendous weekends of exciting basketball that feature great games, outstanding plays and entertaining finishes. As the Madness continues to unfold throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 – Day 2 – Day 3 –…

  17. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Sweet 16

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 AM EDT

    Adreian Payne, Keith Appling

    We are in the heart of March Madness. We’ve had two tremendous weekends of exciting basketball that feature great games, outstanding plays and entertaining finishes. As the Madness continues to unfold throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 – Day 2 – Day 3 –…

  18. Florida ends Florida Gulf Coast’s NCAA tournament run, by keeping ‘Dunk City’ grounded

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Florida Gators Rosario reacts after a basket with teammate Young during the second half against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

    Florida Gulf Coast ruined your bracket, but captured your heart with Dunk City. And all good things must come to an end. Toward the end of the second half the Eagles in-state foe the University of Florida began to pull away and put an end to the No. 15 seed’s historic run in a 60-52…

  19. Done City: FGCU’s run ends at the hands of Florida

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Florida Gulf Coast, the story of the 2013 NCAA tournament and the Cinderella by which all future Cinderellas will be compared, had one last thrill ride left in them. After Brett Comer hit two free throws to kick off the scoring on Friday night, the Eagles of Dunk City, USA, reeled off five buckets in…