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  1. The Big East semis: a dream come true?

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Fighting Irish's Brey holds his team back against Eagles during their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    If this is the way that the Big East tournament is going to go out, it sure is fitting: on a Friday night in the Garden, we not only get Part III of the Syracuse-Georgetown farewell tour, but we also get a rematch of the five-overtime thriller between Louisville and Notre Dame from earlier this…

  2. Bracket Update: SEC, Atlantic 10 with critical games

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Marshall Henderson

    We had an interesting Thursday on the college hoops landscape.  Several bubble teams completed their profiles – some of which will fall a bit short of the NCAA tournament.  For the rest, today could prove to be a critical juncture.  Action and results in the SEC will definitely impact the bottom part of the bracket.  There are…

  3. Kansas basketball and the answer that’s eluded Bill James

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    Bill Self

    The Kansas Jayhawks have won at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular season titles, with Bill Self’s program navigating roster turnover on an annual basis. And the fact that Self has been so successful is something that has stumped Bill James, who is famous for his ability to figure out the…

  4. Report: SEC set to launch their own TV network, announcement in April

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike Slive

    According to a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the SEC is getting set to announce the launch of a TV network in a similar vein to that of the Big Ten Network. 49% of BTN is owned by the conference, while 51% of it is owned by Fox. The SEC is expected to…

  5. Fathers and Sons and Kansas Basketball

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Terrence Moore, Tyler Self

    I’ve known Bill Self for a long time now, and so it was great to catch up with him for The Big Read this week. One of the things he said surprised me: He said that, in some ways, this has been his favorite ever team to coach. When I asked why, he smiled and said…

  6. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 11 Preview

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    notre dame neon

    The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get going until March 19, but for the real college hoops fans, the days leading up to Selection Sunday is when the madness really begins. Over the next two weeks teams will fight for the postseason lives. Bubbles will burst and tickets will be punched, and Cinderellas will be born. This…

  7. Mick Cronin is not a fan of realignment

    Mar 15, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

    Bearcats' head coach Cronin reacts as he has a technical foul called on him during the their NCAA men's college basketball game against the Hoyas at the 2013 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Mick Cronin had just played his last game as a member of the Big East. With the Catholic 7 splintering off this summer and Syracuse and Pitt making their escape to the ACC, the Bearcats — along with UConn and South Florida — and found themselves stuck in realignment purgatory, teaming up with powerhouse programs…

  8. The Morning Mix

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    College Basketball Talk has Championship Week on lockdown. @RobDauster and @RaphielleJ are holding it down from their “home offices”, (See: couches), and @TroyMachir (Me) and @DanielJMartin_ will be in New York City covering the A-10 and Big East tournaments respectively. @CBTonNBC will have all the bases covered. Let’s hit the links.     Read of…

  9. Late Night Snacks: Mid-major tournament upsets litter college hoops landscape

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:37 AM EDT

    Michael White

    Game of the Day: Oklahoma State 74, Baylor 72  This one didn’t look like a candidate for this spot in the first half, as the Cowboys were in firm command and led 42-24 at the half. But Travis Ford’s team didn’t retain control of the game, and the end result was Baylor’s Pierre Jackson getting…

  10. Notre Dame rounding into form with Big East semis looming

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish Mike Brey reacts to call as they play Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Big East NCAA men's basketball tournament game in New York

    Notre Dame has never made it past the Big East tournament’s semifinals, but as they erased an early 17-4 deficit to knock off Marquette 73-65 on Thursday night, the Irish look like they may be able to make some noise in the tournament after all. The biggest reason why? They are starting to get contributions…

  11. Fitting end to a disappointing season for the Baylor Bears

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Austin

    With the Bears down 74-72 and just a couple of seconds left on the clock, Pierre Jackson managed to get a decent look at a three point shot at the buzzer which, if he had made it, would have kept Baylor’s hopes of a longshot at-large bid alive. But he missed. So Baylor’s season will…

  12. Utah beats California in overtime, advances to Pac-12 semifinals

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - First Round

    The Utah Utes entered the Pac-12 tournament with a 13-17 overall record, and as the ten-seed Larry Krystkowiak’s team wasn’t expected by many who follow the league to hang around Las Vegas for too long. But after wins over USC and California (beating the Golden Bears 79-69 in overtime), Utah is now in the Pac-12…

  13. UMass ousts George Washington in A-10 Tournament (VIDEO)

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

    Derek Kellogg

    Led by Brooklyn native Chaz Williams’ 16 points and clutch steal with six seconds left, Umass outlasts George Washington 77-72. UMass is now set to take on Temple in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.  

  14. WAC co-champions Louisiana Tech, Denver eliminated in quarterfinals

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    Joel Wright. Royce O'Neale

    Upsets in mid-major conference tournaments have been all the “rage” this week. On Sunday, regular season champions Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt) and Stony Brook (America East) went down, and the top two teams in the MEAC (Norfolk State and North Carolina Central) met a similar fate on Wednesday. On Thursday WAC co-champions Denver and Louisiana…

  15. Chaos rules in Norfolk as top four seeds bounced from MEAC tournament

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT


    When the MEAC tournament began the biggest question seemed to be whether or not the league’s two best teams, defending champion Norfolk State (16-0 MEAC record) and North Carolina Central (15-1) would meet for the right to go to the NCAA tournament. But in a conference season highlighted by the fact that the two best…

  16. PHOTO: Bill Clinton visited Louisville’s locker, Chane Behanan gave him bunny-ears

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT


    Bill Clinton was in attendance at Madison Square Garden for Louisville’s quarterfinal win over Villanova in the Big East Tournament on Thursday night. After the game, he decided to pay a visit to the winner’s locker room and, well, hilarity ensued. And, as you might imagine, Russ Smith was prominently involved: You have to love…

  17. Determined second-half run propels Saint Joseph’s past Xavier (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    NEW YORK – Xavier has spent the last half decade ruling over the Atlantic-10. Saint Joseph’s entered the season as the favorite to take the Musketeers spot atop the conference. Needless to say the 2012-2013 season has not gone as expected for either team, but with a tournament bid hanging in the balance, the two…

  18. Russ Smith scores 28 to beat Villanova playing with a heavy heart

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Louisville

    Jack Curran, the New York State’s all-time winningest high school coach and a legend in both basketball and baseball at Archbishop Molloy High School, passed away on Thursday morning. A lot of talent passed through Molloy during Curran’s 55 years at the program, including such notable names as Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and Jim Larranaga.…

  19. Arizona displays improved defensive effort in win over Colorado

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Arizona v Colorado

    Even though they were an active participant in the Pac-12 race for the entire 18-game league schedule, something was missing for the Arizona Wildcats on most nights. What was missing was intensity on the defensive end of the floor, something that helped Sean Miller’s teams rank among the best in college basketball at defending the…

  20. This crop of 16-seeds won’t be the one that beats a 1-seed

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    NEC Mount St Marys LIU Brooklyn

    We’re all waiting for it. That magical day that a 16 seed beats a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. To this point, it’s never happened. In fact, since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the 16s and 0-112 against the 1s. There have been close calls. Murray State falling by four to…