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  1. Air Force’s Michael Lyons scores 45, but Colorado State gets a big MWC win

    Feb 16, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Michael Lyons

    Cadets at the Air Force Academy are used to flying high, but this is ridiculous. Michael Lyons, who has been a scoring machine all season long for the Falcons, put on a big-time show for his home crowd, scoring 45 points in a 89-86 shootout loss to Mountain West leader Colorado State today. His line…

  2. Late Afternoon Snacks: Marquette stays atop Big East; Cowboys claim Big 12 lead

    Feb 16, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Buzz Williams

    Game of the Day No. 18 Marquette 79, N0. 16 Pittsburgh 69: Vander Blue has really been asserting himself in Big East play, and today he helped the Golden Eagles protect the Batcave Bradley Center, a place where Marquette hasn’t lost in 23 straight games. That’s important, because Buzz Williams and company play four of…

  3. Video: Tyreek Duren ties career high in La Salle’s win over St. Joe’s

    Feb 16, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tyreek Duren

    La Salle guard Tyreek Duren tied a career high with 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lift the Explorers over intracity rival St. Joe’s, 76-64. Duren was one of three scorers in double figures for a team that shot 62 percent from the floor on the afternoon. With the win, La Salle clinches at least…

  4. Oklahoma State in great position to make a run at Big 12 title

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart, Steven Pledger, Romero Osby

    At this point, you should expect that every single game that Oklahoma State plays will end up being a thriller, and it was no different on Saturday night as they took on in-state rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Rivalry. Marcus Smart finished with 28 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and seemingly every big…

  5. No. 25 Kentucky loses by 30 to Tennessee in first game without Nerlens Noel

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Kentucky Tennessee

    There was no glossing over the fact that Kentucky was going to have difficulties adjusting to the lack of star freshman Nerlens Noel in the middle of its defense. That being said, Saturday was ugly for the Wildcats, even with expectations being as they were. Kentucky led for a total of 23 seconds against Tennesse…

  6. Marquette finally plays like a potential Big East champ

    Feb 16, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Vander Blue, Tray Woodall

    If you only look at the final score of No. 18 Marquette’s 79-69 win over No. 16 Pitt on Saturday afternoon, you probably wouldn’t be that impressed with the outcome. The No. 18 team in the country is supposed to be their Big East brethren at home, regardless of whether or not they are ranked…

  7. P.J. Hairston, North Carolina get key win over Virginia to hold ground in ACC race

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    PJ Hairston

    Saturday, it was all a matter of pace. Despite allowing Virginia to shoot nearly 59 percent from the floor, including 12-of-21 from three-point range, P.J. Hairston and North Carolina’s up-tempo offense were too much for the Cavaliers in a 93-81 victory at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Hairston scored 29 points, which included…

  8. Providence is on their way back to national relevancy

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Kadeem Batts

    There may not be a team in the country that is as hot as Providence is right now. After beating No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54 on Saturday afternoon, the Friars have now won four straight in the Big East, which includes a 54-50 win over then-No. 17 Cincinnati last Wednesday. In fact, if you look…

  9. Joel James inactive for North Carolina Saturday vs. Virginia due to concussion

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Joel James

    North Carolina freshman Joel James has not been cleared to play and will be unavailable for the Tar Heels when they take on Virginia, the school announced Saturday. James missed North Carolina’s game Wednesday against Duke, a 73-68 loss at Cameron Indoor. According to the school, he suffered a blow to the head on Feb.…

  10. Iona alum Richard Guerin elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Richard Guerin

    Iona’s career leading scorer and six-time NBA All-Star, Richard Guerin, has been selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Guerin was selected as part of the direct-election process, which is in its third year. This process works to bridge the gap between two distinct eras of basketball, a release from the MAAC explains. Guerin…

  11. Pregame Shootaround 2.16.13: San Diego State-UNLV is nightcap to watch Saturday

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Marshall

    Game of the Day: No. 16 Pittsburgh vs. No. 18 Marquette (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS) Pittsburgh began its Big East schedule with two straight losses. Since then, though, the Panthers have gone 8-2 and have quality wins over Syracuse and Cincinnati. One team they have yet to beat, though, is Marquette, who won in overtime…

  12. Russ Smith, Louisville Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Russ Smith, D'Angelo Harrison

    Sometimes Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his star guard, Russ Smith don’t see eye-to-eye. Sometimes Pitino, a finalist for this year’s Hall of Fame induction class, wants to commend his No. 12 Louisville team after a win against St. John’s on Thursday at the same time Smith wants to break out and dance. As first…

  13. Late Night Snacks: Georgetown top in Big East, Manhattan and Iona go double overtime

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Georgetown Cincinnati

    Game of the Day Manhattan 74, Iona 73 (2OT) Rhamel Brown grabbed his 17th rebound, 10th offensive, off a missed free throw and found Emmy Andujar who drove and scored a layup to put Manhattan up 74-73 with four seconds to go. Iona had one last chance, but the desperation three was off the mark. The Jaspers…

  14. Georgetown outlasts Cincinnati, takes first place in Big East

    Feb 16, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT


    Georgetown let a 12-point second half lead get away, but the Hoyas made the free throws down the stretch while Cincinnati couldn’t connect from deep. The fifteenth-ranked Hoyas escaped Cincinnati with a 62-55 final, taking sole possession of first place in the Big East in the process. The Bearcats trailed 45-36 before going on a…

  15. Derrick Nix believes Michigan State is still being overlooked

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix

    Michigan State shares first place in the Big Ten standings with top-ranked Indiana and are coming off a dismantling of Michigan on Tuesday night. While the Spartans are rolling, senior captain Derrick Nix feels like they aren’t getting the respect they deserve. “I don’t know if it’s us as players, I don’t know if it’s…

  16. Kansas basketball does the Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Kansas

    Kansas snapped a three-game losing skid on Monday with an 83-62 win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks not only defeated their in-state rival, but they also stayed atop the Big 12 standings. And how did they celebrate? Like so many people have done in recent weeks — they did Harlem Shake, the new viral meme…

  17. Frank Martin doesn’t hold back after loss to LSU (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    USC hires Frank Martin

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin was less than pleased with his team’s performance in Thursday’s 64-46 loss to LSU. The Gamecocks are now tied for the bottom spot in the SEC, and are currently riding a five-game losing streak. When Frank Martin left Kansas State for South Carolina it was clear that this season had…

  18. Julius Randle to visit Kansas this weekend for Texas game

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT


    A week after visiting Texas and just weeks before a potential return to the floor, one of the nation’s top recruits Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas) will take an official visit to Kansas this weekend. The Jayhawks are in contention for Randle’s services along with Florida, Kentucky, Texas and N.C. State and he has previously…

  19. Oregon point guard Dominic Artis will not play against Washington State on Saturday

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Dominic Artis

    Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis hasn’t played since Jan. 23 and that won’t change this weekend against Washington State. On Friday, Ducks head coach Dana Altman ruled out his freshman guard, according to Adam Jude The Oregonian, making it the seventh game he has missed since going down with a foot injury. The No. 23 Ducks…

  20. Mocking the Bracket: What we learned

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT


    (Click on the bracket to enlarge it) I spent 15 hours over the past two locked in a room with 19 other writers going through the (expedited) process that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee goes through to build the country’s most anticipated bracket. To avoid driving home the same points that have been made by…