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  1. It’s Philly Friday as city’s underdog teams take the court

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Pennsylvania Daily Life

    I thought the state of Kansas might have something to crow about if Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State – the only DI programs the state has to offer – all made it to the weekend. Now, imagine you live in the city of Philadelphia, where not only have three of the Big Five made…

  2. Furman head coach Jeff Jackson resigns after seven seasons

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. In seven seasons at Furman head coach Jeff Jackson managed to eclipse the 20-win plateau just once, winning 22 games in 2010-11. After flirting with the .500 mark last season (15-16) the Paladins went 7-24 (3-15 SoCon) this season, ultimately leading to Jackson stepping down Friday as…

  3. How Harvard went from a laughing stock to a Cinderella

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Harvard guard Saunders takes a shot while defended by New Mexico center Kirk during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    On Thursday night, Harvard won their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their second NCAA tournament appearance since 1946. That’s impressive, especially when you consider the fact that, when head coach Tommy Amaker took over the program, Harvard basketball was a joke. They had never won a conference title or 20 games in a season. In…

  4. Troubled Hofstra hoops program fires coach Mo Cassara

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Per Jeff Goodman of, Hofstra University has fired head basketball coach Mo Cassara. The only thing odd about this firing is that it wasn’t announced immediately at season’s end. We all know a coach can be fired for losing games, and Hofstra did that recently, losing 47…

  5. VIDEO: Harvard’s band welcomes victorious Crimson to hotel

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    Tommy Amaker

    We’re used to seeing pure chaos in the wake of an upset win. Leave it to the Harvard Crimson band to get organized even in the heat of celebration. They’re wearing ties, after all.   h/t to the ever-alert Matt Norlander and his mobile phone.

  6. FIU considering daring new court design

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    While the FIU Panthers aren’t playing in the NCAA tournament the first season of the Richard Pitino era resulted in a much-improved product on the court in Miami. The Panthers (18-14) improved their win total by ten games and reached the title game of the Sun Belt tournament, where they fell to Western Kentucky. With…

  7. The Morning Mix

    Mar 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Seth Davis

    Day two of the madness is here. Today’s Mix is light because you need to be rested and ready to go for another full day of hoops. Do a quick prep session prior to tip-off, then sit back and enjoy the hoops. Enjoy the madness. Read of the Day: Davidson’s season came to an unexpected…

  8. Tourney Preview: Khalif Wyatt, Nova-UNC, McBuckets highlight the day

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Khalif Wyatt

    GAME OF THE DAY: 1:40 PM: (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State — TBS NC State wants to do nothing other than get out and run the floor. They don’t defend. They don’t even really execute in the half court. They want to run and they want to get their talent in a position to…

  9. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the tournament’s first REAL day

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Bucknell v Butler

    PLAYER OF THE DAY: Andrew Smith, Butler Smith finished with 14 points and 16 boards in the Bulldog’s win over No. 11 seed Bucknell. He also hit a three midway through the second half that not only was Butler’s first on the afternoon (they were 0-14 from distance up to that point) but also helped…

  10. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 1

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

    Siyani Chambers

    The first day of March Madness is here. As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. Here are some of the best pictures from day one of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You contact Troy Machir on Twitter at @TroyMachir

  11. New Mexico’s offensive issues prove fatal in Salt Lake City

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    New Mexico v Harvard

    A poor shooting team for much of the season, Mountain West champion New Mexico won 29 games due in large part to their ability to get to the foul line and defend. That formula didn’t work on Thursday night however, as Harvard shot 52.4% from the field and upset the Lobos 68-62 in Salt Lake…

  12. No. 4 Syracuse advances to take on No. 12 Cal

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

    Montana v Syracuse

    And you thought VCU’s 88-42 win over Akron was the worst beatdown of the day? I guess you went to bed before No. 4 seed Syracuse played No. 13 seed Montana. The Orange beat Montana 81-34. Seriously. Montana shot 11-54 from the floor for the game. That’s 20.4%. They were 4-31 from three, which is…

  13. No. 5 VCU advances to take on No. 4 Michigan

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    VCU Rams Briante Weber shoots in front of Akron Zips Carmelo Betancourt

    I feel bad for Akron, because when they were at 100%, this was a good basketball team. But they were anything but 100% heading into the NCAA tournament, as starting point guard Alex Abreu was arrested and suspended and three key pieces were either sick or injured heading into Thursday night’s opening round game. Oh,…

  14. Harvard upsets New Mexico for school’s first-ever NCAA tournament win

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

    Harvard guard Laurent Rivard gestures after hitting a three-point-shot during their second round NCAA tournament basketball game against New Mexico in Salt Lake City, Utah

    There were more than a few people who believed on Selection Sunday that the New Mexico Lobos were capable of not only making the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 appearance, but possibly even getting to Atlanta. Harvard put an end to those ambitions in Salt Lake City, upsetting the 3-seed in the West Region by the…

  15. Colorado State dominates glass in victory over Missouri

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    Colorado State University's Dorian Green celebrates his three-point shot against Missouri University during their second round NCAA basketball game in Lexington

    With Colorado State and Missouri being two of the best rebounding teams in the country, the battle on the boards was an area that should have been a toss-up of sorts. However the Rams dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Tigers 42-19 and shooting 49% from the field in the 84-72 victory. Point guard Dorian Green,…

  16. Front court contributions help California oust 5-seed UNLV

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    California v UNLV

    UNLV entered Thursday’s East Region game against 12-seed California with more NBA-caliber talent in the front court, led by freshman Anthony Bennett, sophomore Khem Birch and junior Mike Moser. But they were outplayed by Cal’s Robert Thurman and Richard Solomon, who combined for 23 points and ten rebounds to help lead the Golden Bears to…

  17. Belmont loses to Arizona, another ugly tourney performance

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Arizona v Belmont

    Mark Lyons led four scorers in double figures with 23 points as No. 6 seed Arizona knocked off No. 11 Belmont 81-64. Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark combined for 43 points, but the Bruins dug themselves a massive hole early in the game with their inability to get a defensive rebound — or, for that…

  18. Top overall seed Louisville makes short work of North Carolina A&T

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Smith fights for the loose ball with North Carolina A&T's Underwood during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington

    While 1-seed Gonzaga had issues for much of their game against 16-seed Southern on Thursday afternoon, the top overall seed experienced no such issues. In front of a partisan crowd at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Louisville took care of North Carolina A&T by the final score of 79-48. Russ Smith accounted for a game-high 23…

  19. Burke vs. Wolters turns into the Robinson and Hardaway show

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    South Dakota State v Michigan

    It was supposed to be Trey Burke vs. Nate Wolters, but it turned into the Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. show. Those two combined for 42 points on 16-21 shooting from the floor and 8-10 from three, leading No. 4 seed Michigan past No. 13 seed South Dakota State 71-56. The Wolverines will…

  20. Report: Flu, back spasms could impact Akron’s rotation against VCU

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Brian Walsh, D.J. Cooper

    Despite the suspension of starting point guard Alex Abreu a couple weeks ago the Akron Zips won the MAC regular season and tournament titles, earning their second NCAA tournament trip in the last three seasons. Unfortunately for Keith Dambrot his Zips won’t be at full strength tonight against 5-seed VCU, as two players are dealing…