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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT


    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…

  3. 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…

  4. Shabazz Muhammad and Ben Howland done at UCLA?

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Minnesota v UCLA

    Another disappointing season at UCLA is in the books. This one ended Friday in a 20-point upset loss to Minnesota in the South Region’s 6-11 matchup. The Bruins didn’t live up to preseason expectation, especially after Ben Howland brought a star-studded recruiting class headlined by Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams. After…

  5. Divergent paths for A-10, Mountain West in NCAA tournament

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ramon Galloway

    The Atlantic 10 and the Mountain West came into the 2013 NCAA tournament as the two toughest mid-major conferences in the country, but their showings so far have been far from similar. Through the First Four and Round of 64, the A-10 is a perfect 6-0, while the Mountain West is 2-3. That 6-0 record…

  6. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Best of Day 2

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    The third of March Madness is here. As the Madness unfolds throughout the country, we’ll be monitoring the great moments, spectacular plays and exciting finishes. – Day 1 Day 2: Pt. 1, Pt. 2 Before the third round gets underway, take a look back at the best pictures from Friday. You can contact Troy Machir…

  7. Roy Williams joins Coach K, Jim Boeheim as active coaches with 700 career wins

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Villanova v North Carolina

    With Friday’s second round win over Villanova, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams advanced his Tar Heels into the third round for a matchup with his former team Kansas, but he also put himself in an elite coaching class. Williams won his 700th game as a Division I men’s college basketball coach, joining the likes…

  8. Tourney Preview: The first day of the Round of 32 is LOADED

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Oregon v Oklahoma St

    Today’s schedule is so awesome that, instead of doing an actual preview, I’m just going to rank the games: 1. 12:15 PM (5) Virginia Commonwealth vs (4) Michigan CBS: No team in the country is better when it comes to forcing turnovers than VCU, as they lead the nation in defensive turnover percentage. But Michigan leads…

  9. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 2

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:15 AM EDT

    Sherwood Brown

    The second 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. – Day 1 Day 2: Pt. 1, Pt. 2 Here are some of the best pictures from day two of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You can contact Troy Machir…

  10. Late Night Snacks: Recapping the second FULL day of college hoops

    Mar 23, 2013, 3:11 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    TEAM OF THE DAY: Florida Gulf Coast Is there even a conversation here? Florida Gulf Coast didn’t just knock off No. 2 seed Georgetown. The 15th-seeded Eagles spanked them. They won by 10 in a game they were up by 19 points during the second half. There were alley-oops (plural) and tip-dunks. There were clutch…

  11. No. 11 Minnesota dominates No. 6 UCLA to advance to Round of 32

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT


    Minnesota dominated UCLA on the interior in the first half Friday night, led by senior Trevor Mbakwe. Once that ran its course, its guards took over to finish the job in an impressive 83-63 win in the Round of 64 in Austin, Texas. Mbakwe finished with nine points and 12 rebounds, while the backcourt trio…

  12. Can Iowa State capitalize on this sudden relevancy?

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Iowa State v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame picked a bad time to forget to show up. The No. 7 seed Irish committed 18 turnovers and found themselves down by as much as 27 points to No. 10 seed Iowa State before eventually losing 76-58. And while it ended up being just another in a long line of disappointing tournament performances…

  13. Kansas survives first half and late-game scares from Western Kentucky

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Western Kentucky v Kansas

    Kansas entered halftime trailing by one, 31-30, to Western Kentucky, a team that finished fourth in the Sun Belt East standings. Hours after Florida Golf Coast knocked off two-seeded Georgetown, WKU flirted with becoming the first No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed. Then Kevin Young corralled his own miss and did a…

  14. San Diego State helps ailing Mountain West with win over Oklahoma

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    The Mountain West Conference had drawn criticism over the first few days of this NCAA tournament, with member schools going 1-3 through Thursday. That mark includes a major upset of No. 3 New Mexico at the hands of No. 14 Harvard. But No. 7 San Diego State worked Friday to change the Mountain West’s fate,…

  15. Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield now more desirable than wife Amanda Marcum?

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT


    Andy Enfield just became one of the most desirable coaches in all of college basketball. If you don’t know who that is, he’s the head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the No. 15 seed that just knocked off No. 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament. The school he’s coaching at? It has…

  16. No. 3 Florida pulls away in second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT


    As Georgetown was falling victim to Florida Gulf Coast in Philadelphia, the early struggles of No. 3 Florida were less widely broadcast. No need to worry, though, as Billy Donovan’s Gators pulled away quickly in the second half to beat No. 14 Northwestern State, 79-47, Friday night in Austin, Texas. Against an up-tempo and high-scoring…

  17. Ohio State defeats Iona, team to beat in the West Region?

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Iona v Ohio State

    Iona was up 6-5 three minutes into its second round game against Ohio State on Friday night. The Buckeyes quickly put to rest any chance they would join Georgetown, Missouri and Duke as No. 2 seeds that got bounced by No. 15 seeds in the past two NCAA tournaments. Ohio State went on a 15-0…

  18. Now that they’ve shocked the world, get to know Florida Gulf Coast

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast

    Be honest. How much did you know about Florida Gulf Coast before they beat Georgetown (not to mention when they became the first 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16)? If you follow college basketball actively, you probably know they got here by winning the Atlantic Sun tournament championship over Mercer. You may also know that…

  19. 2013 NCAA Tournament in Pictures: Day 2

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Creighton v Cincinnati

    The second 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. – Day 1 – Day 2, Pt. 1 Here are some of the best pictures from day two of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You can contact Troy Machir on…

  20. North Carolina survives Villanova, set up likely Roy Williams-Kansas reunion in third round

    Mar 22, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Villanova v North Carolina

    The North Carolina Tar Heels did what Kansas State and ACC rival N.C. State couldn’t do on Friday: defeat a Philadelphia opponent. The Tar Heels blew a 20-point lead and survived Villanova with 78-71 win in an 8-9 matchup in the South Region at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. With seven minutes to…