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  1. Syracuse outlasts California to advance to Sweet 16

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Despite turning the ball over 15 times and shooting 26-of-41 from the free throw line in its Round of 32 matchup with California Saturday night, No. 4 Syracuse has advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 66-60 win at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting from…

  2. Two freshman guards step up to lead Wichita State to the Sweet 16

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Third Round - Salt Lake City

    Wichita State had blown it. After building a lead that grew as big as 13 points in the first half, the Shockers had watched as Gonzaga outscored them 36-15 over a 15 minute stretch that was capped by a 12-0 run. The surge pushed the Zags ahead 49-41. Their all-american Kelly Olynyk was playing like…

  3. No. 1 Gonzaga Shocked by No. 9 Wichita State

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga

    The last time Gonzaga had lost, we were only three weeks into 2013. That is no more. No. 9-seeded Wichita State climbed back from an eight-point second half deficit to upset No. 1-seeded Gonzaga, 76-70, knocking off the first No. 1 seed of the tournament and advancing to the Sweet 16 in the process at EnergySolutions…

  4. Marquette beats Butler as the Bulldogs wind up on the wrong end of Butler Magic

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Butler v Marquette

    There aren’t two teams in the country that have had more games in recent memory come down to some kind of ridiculous finish. And given that the first two times these teams met, Rotnei Clarke hit a running 25-footer over two Marquette defenders, it only made sense that the ending of Friday’s matchup between the…

  5. Marquette Sweet 16-bound after holding off Butler in tournament’s best game

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Marquette

    Around this time last season, Marquette was on its way to the Sweet 16 with Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder and his right-hand man, Darius Johnson-Odom. Three different Marquette assistants sat on the sidelines and guard Vander Blue was a solid producer on a solid Big East team. One year later, Crowder…

  6. Oregon is proving the selection committee very, very wrong

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Oregon

    In a year that has been defined early on in part by the success of 12-seeds, Oregon stands out. Oregon stands out because, well, it should not have been a 12-seed. The Ducks came into this NCAA tournament after winning the Pac-12 tournament and finishing just one game out of first place in the regular…

  7. No. 12 seed Oregon knocks off No. 4 seed St. Louis, advances to Sweet 16

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Oregon v Saint Louis

    Damyeon Dotson finished with 23 points on 8-12 shooting, hitting 5-6 from three, while Arsalan Kazemi did a little bit of everything, as usual, finishing with eight points, 16 boards (seven offensive), three assists, two steals and two blocks as the No. 12 seed Oregon Ducks blew out No. 4 seed St. Louis, 74-57 on…

  8. Arizona advances to Sweet 16 after sending home upset-minded Harvard

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Mark Lyons

    No. 14-seeded Harvard’s moment in the spotlight has ended, coming to its conclusion Saturday evening with a 74-51 loss to Arizona at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arizona was led by the senior duo of Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill, who had 27 points and 13 points respectively. Those two carried the offensive attack…

  9. Louisville looked the part of a title contender in blowout of Colorado State

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

    Colorado State v Louisville

    The scariest part of No. 1 seed Louisville’s 82-56 win over No. 8 seed Colorado State on Saturday afternoon has nothing to do with the 26 point margin. It has nothing to do with the fact that Louisville scored 82 points on the Rams. It wasn’t that the Cardinals forced 19 turnovers against a team…

  10. Jamie Dixon signs extension with Pittsburgh through 2022-23

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jamie Dixon

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Speculation of Jamie Dixon taking the job opening at Southern California can end, as Pittsburgh announced Saturday that it has signed its head coach to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Dixon led Pittsburgh to a 24-9 overall record this season, including 12-6 in the…

  11. Should Josh Pastner get out of Memphis?

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    If you’re one of those jumpy Memphis fans who wants to get rid of Josh Pastner because he’s failed to live up to the Calipari mythos, I’d counsel patience. If you can’t appreciate the upward trend that’s right in front of your faces, nobody is ever going to make you happy. The Tigers have won…

  12. Eliminating turnovers, more Keith Appling go hand-in-hand for Michigan State

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    Gary Harris scored 23 points and hit a series of big jumper for the Spartans. Adreian Payne once again boosted his NBA Draft stock with 14 points, 10 boards, five blocks and a few absurdly athletic plays for a 6-foot-11 center with three-point range. Derrick Nix chipped in with 13 points and eight boards while…

  13. Fire alarm doesn’t stop Miami from performing freestyle rap (VIDEO)

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami

    UPDATED 23 March 2013, 6:18 p.m. ET A mechanical issue triggered a fire alarm and caused a short evacuation of Texas’ NCAA tournament hosting site during Miami’s 90-minute practice session Saturday. Practices were closed and their are no games scheduled to take place Saturday, so no fans were present at the time of the incident.…

  14. It’s now time to see what program tries to pry Shaka Smart from VCU

    Mar 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    VCU Rams head coach Smart talks with guard Johnson during the final seconds of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Michigan in Auburn Hills

    On Saturday afternoon, Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams were knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Michigan, meaning that his offseason has officially begun. And what’s an offseason for Shaka Smart with all kinds of speculation about when he’ll be leaving VCU and where he’ll be headed. In 2011, it was NC State that came calling…

  15. Michigan makes Havoc look Harmless, moves on to the Sweet 16

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    For the second time in three days, No. 4 seed Michigan made the pundits that earned them “trendy upset pick” status look foolish. On Thursday, the Wolverines shut down South Dakota State and the Fighting Nate Wolters, winning by 15 points in a game that Trey Burke decided not to show up. Saturday’s performance against…

  16. Why was VCU unable to unleash Havoc on Michigan?

    Mar 23, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    Michigan sent Virginia Commonwealth home in decisive fashion on Saturday afternoon, slapping a 78-53 beatdown on a team that quite frankly terrifies most power-conference programs. Michigan dismantled Shaka Smart’s vaunted Havoc defense, and made it look downright easy. VCU had to be salivating at the thought of advancing past Michigan to face either Kansas or…

  17. VIDEO: Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster clowns on Kansas and Ole Miss near Sprint Center

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

    Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs

    Major hat tip to these journalists from the University Daily Kansan student newspaper, who caught Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster near the Sprint Center and peppered him with word-association questions. McCluster – an Ole Miss product – claims not to know who Bill Self is, discusses his favorite adult beverages and answers roughly 17…

  18. Does the first round score really matter?

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Southern

    I think Rob Neyer did a quick study like this not too long ago — and I’m sure many others have as well. But, well, you certainly know the famous story about writing a long letter, a story that has been attributed to many people. Somebody wrote a very long letter. “If I had more…

  19. VIDEO: Rick Pitino’s horse is 21-11 on NCAA picks after first round

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    RICK PITINO

    Watch how I do this without making ANY horse puns. An enterprising NBC Los Angeles reporter tracked down one of Rick Pitino’s thoroughbred horses and had the equine Nostradamus help him pick an NCAA bracket. After the first round, the horse, named Goodcents (no, it wasn’t Russdiculous, who left Pitino’ stables in February) is 21-11 following…

  20. Oregon State’s Eric Moreland files for NBA draft

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Eric Moreland

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Not only is Oregon State watching arch-rival Oregon survive and advance in March Madness while the Beavers sit at home, but they may be staring down a future without their best player. Eric Moreland, the 6’10” forward who stood out in…