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  1. Towson sets NCAA record, goes from 1-31 to 2nd place in CAA

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Pat Skerry

    Last season, Towson was the worst team in college basketball. The struggling Tigers finished 1-31 on the season, including a 22-game losing streak to start the year. What a difference a year can make. With its 67-64 home win over Hofstra Saturday, Towson finishes the season at 18-13, an NCAA record-setting 17.5-game turnaround from the…

  2. Grambling State finishes regular season winless at 0-27

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Grambling State

    With a 12-point loss to Alcorn State Saturday, Grambling State finished the regular season with a winless 0-27 record, including 0-18 in the SWAC. This comes two seasons after playing in the conference tournament’s title game, now a program that has gone through four coaches in five years and is sitting at the bottom of…

  3. Pregame Shootaround 3.3.13: Michigan-Michigan State highlights Sunday’s slate

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Gary Harris

    Game of the Day: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 9 Michigan State (4:00 p.m. ET, CBS) The last time these two teams met, Michigan was at the tail end of a brutal four-game stretch in the Big Ten. The Wolverines had faced Indiana, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in succession and were subsequently blown out by Michigan…

  4. Late Night Snacks: Shabazz on his way to the NBA?

    Mar 3, 2013, 1:56 AM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    Game of the Night No. 3 Duke 79, N0. 5 Miami 76: It’s not often the No. 3 team in the country needs a statement win, but the Blue Devils wanted to bounce back from their loss at Virginia, and Miami had the bad luck to be the next scheduled opponent to come to Cameron…

  5. UCLA moves into first-place tie in the Pac-12, upends Arizona

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    Arizona v UCLA

    After everything that UCLA has been through this season — the transfers, the head-scratching upsets, the talk of Ben Howland’s job security, the NCAA investigations — the Bruins now sit just two games away from a share of the Pac-12’s regular season title. Thanks to a 74-69 win over No. 11 Arizona that wasn’t as…

  6. Bubble Banter: Who hurt their tournament chances?

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

    Marshall Henderson, Trivante Bloodman, Jalen Steele

    SATURDAY’S BUBBLE LOSERS Ole Miss: The Rebels learned the hard way that the easiest way to play yourself off the bubble is to lose at South Carolina and, two weeks later, drop a game at Mississippi State. A pair of sub-200 losses in February isn’t going to impress the NCAA committee. They have one top…

  7. VIDEO: Harvard loses at Penn, drops out of Ivy lead

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Courtesy: Mike Mahoney, Penn director of athletic communications

    Every game counts in the Ivy League. There’s no post-season tournament to hand out the auto-bid, so the regular-season champ takes all the marbles. Harvard was leading a pretty close race with Princeton for a couple of weeks, after beating the Tigers at home on February 16. This weekend’s road trip did not go well,…

  8. Bubble Banter: Who helped their tournament chances?

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

    Marks, Smith

    SATURDAY’S BUBBLE WINNERS Boise State: The Broncos were the day’s biggest winner, as Derrick Marks caught fire, scoring a career-high 38 points to lead Boise State to a win over Colorado State at home. that’s huge, as it gives Leon Rice’s club a second top 25 win and a third top 50 win, which includes…

  9. VIDEO: Delaware grabs CAA tourney 2-seed with win over George Mason

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Mont  Ross

    The Delaware Blue Hens – chosen to be the CAA’s number two team in the preseason – ended up with the number two seed in the CAA’s postseason tourney after beating George Mason 82-77 today. League leader Northeastern lost to Old Dominion to end the season, but Delaware remained one game back, tied with the…

  10. VIDEO: UNLV handles Nevada despite Anthony Bennett’s injury

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Wyoming v UNLV

    UNLV, one of the most talented teams in the nation, fell behind in the tough Mountain West race because they couldn’t win on the road. This week, the Runnin’ Rebs reversed the trend, taking down Nevada 80-63 in Reno today, after beating Wyoming in their own gym on February 23. The Rebels are on a…

  11. VIDEO: Rodney McGruder three beats Baylor at the buzzer

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Scott Drew

    The final second of No. 13 Kansas State’s 64-61 win at Baylor on Saturday night couldn’t have been more symbolic. With the game tied and just 1.0 on the clock, Baylor had the ball under the Kansas State basket, needing to go the length of the floor, Tate George-style, to get a bucket and beat…

  12. Miami’s loses to Duke by three at Cameron? Meh.

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    Ryan Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Kelly. That’s pretty much all that you’re going to be reading about after Duke’s 6-foot-11 senior somehow managed to shake off the 53 days he went without playing a basketball game to score 36 points and hit seven threes as the No. 3 Blue Devils hung on to beat No.…

  13. Ryan Kelly’s career day shows why he makes Duke a title contender

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Miami v Duke

    We heard just before the game today that Ryan Kelly would play for Duke against Miami, but we had no idea that meant he’d put up a career-high 36 points in a  79-76 upset of Miami, the ACC’s top team. It’s easy to think that Kelly’s importance to Duke has been exaggerated as he sat,…

  14. VIDEO: Shaka Smart delivers some pizza to ‘ShakaVille’

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    VCU played one of their biggest regular season games in program history on Saturday, as they hosted Butler in a matchup that pitted the Atlantic-10’s two highly-valued new additions. Anyone that watched the game will tell you: the atmosphere was simply electric. I’m not sure there has ever been a more anticipated ticket in the…

  15. Can Zags handle being No. 1? It’s now or never.

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Portland v Gonzaga

    Following No. 1 Indiana’s loss to Minnesota on Tuesday, and Virginia’s big upset of No. 3 Duke, No. 2 Gonzaga appears poised to seize the school’s first No. 1 ranking ever. The questions began to circulate immediately: Do they belong on top? Can they handle the pressure? The first step in quieting the naysayers happened…

  16. Kentucky loses, but its NCAA tourney hopes aren’t dead yet

    Mar 2, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Coty Clarke, Archie Goodwin

    Arkansas is one of the nation’s best teams when playing on their home court. They run an overwhelming, pressuring defense and feed off of the raucous Bud Walton Arena crowd. Kentucky struggles in road environments and has a point guard rotation make up of Ryan Harrow and former walk-on Jarrod Polson. Did anyone really expect…

  17. Ryan Kelly will play for Duke vs. Miami today

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Duke v Virginia

    The whispers became rumors became reportable facts: Official: Ryan Kelly is playing for #Duke — Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 2, 2013 When the Duke beat reporter for the News Observer tweets it, it’s got to be true. Ryan Kelly will suit up and see floor time for Duke as they take on ACC leader Miami…

  18. Iowa State’s NCAA tournament hopes take a hit after loss to Oklahoma

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    With some questionable officiating and a tough overtime loss to Kansas still weighing heavily on its mind, Iowa State had a chance Saturday to creep closer to the NCAA tournament and reach the 20-win plateau against Oklahoma. The Cyclones missed that chance in an 86-69 loss in Norman, Okla. Iowa State’s bubble hopes are now…

  19. Late Afternoon Snacks: Louisville and Marquette win to keep Big East race tight; will Georgetown answer?

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    Luke Hancock

    Game of the Day No. 10 Louisville 58, N0. 12 Syracuse 53: It may seem a little late, but Louisville is rounding into the type of team they were supposed to be from day one of the season. Great leadership at the point from Peyton Siva, who had no turnovers today, with Russ Smith picking…

  20. Marquette’s lack of a star is what makes them so dangerous

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Otule

    The last time we saw Marquette play, they were busy beating Syracuse thanks to 26 points — on 7-7 shooting — and eight boards from nimble big man Davante Gardner. On Saturday, Gardner struggled, but his counterpart in the paint — Chris Otule — finished with 16 points, hitting all eight of his field goal…