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  1. Catholic 7 officially leaving the Big East to become … the Big East?

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Big East

    It became official today. The Catholic 7, who announced their intention to leave the Big East next season, will actually be the Big East next season, bringing the name, the brand and the postseason tournament held in Madison Square Garden as they break off from the football-playing schools. “The seven basketball schools, which include many…

  2. Big 12 Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ben McLemore, Martavious Irving

    This was supposed to be the year where someone could come out of nowhere and knock the Jayhawks off of their pedestal, but that didn’t happen. In fact, if Kansas hadn’t been blown out by Baylor on the last day of the regular season, the Jayhawks would have been the outright Big 12 champs despite…

  3. Iona, Manhattan and the bad beat of the century

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tim Cluess

    We’re not much into gambling around these parts, but what happened at the end of the MAAC title game between Manhattan and Iona must be written about. Iona was favored, giving four points to the Jaspers, and they had pulled away late in the second half after Manhattan had been in control for much of…

  4. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 8 preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    photo by Ray Acevedo, Valpo Athletics

    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…

  5. Did Aquille Carr announce he’s going overseas last night?

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT


    Last month, Seton Hall commit Aquille Carr hinted at the fact that he would be heading overseas to play instead of enrolling in college. “I’m ready to make it like my job,” Carr said. “If you know about basketball, you know what that means. By the end of the season, everybody will find out.” And…

  6. 2013 SWAC Tournament preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Alabama A&M v Vanderbilt

    Due to extenuating circumstances, the SWAC Tournament has one of the most unique formats of any postseason conference tournament this year. The regular season conference champion, Texas Southern, is ineligible for postseason play due to low APR scores. Add in the fact that the third place team, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, is in the same situation, and…

  7. Report: UMKC head coach Matt Brown to be fired

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    Matt Brown

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. According to a report from, UMKC and head coach Matt Brown will be parting ways at some point this week. Brown has spent six seasons as the head coach of the Kangaroos, but this year’s 8-24 record was the fourth time in those six seasons…

  8. The Morning Mix

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James madison wierd

    Tickets continue to get punched. Five teams gained entrance to the madness last night, including Gonzaga of course, Davisdson of course, Iona mild surprise, James Madison sure, why not? and Western Kentucky Seriously? Again? Let’s hit the links. Read of the Day: Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt by five games. But a fluke loss…

  9. Brandon Harris serenades fans after WKU wins the Sun Belt

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Harris, Stephan Van Treese

    Some players celebrate winning a conference championship by dancing. Others just go crazy, get emotional or soak it all in with teammates and fans. Western Kentucky’s Brandon Harris plays Owl City’s “Vanilla Twilight” to a hotel bar full of the Hilltopper faithful. The 6-1, 170-pound junior is in his first season with WKU after transferring…

  10. 2013 Southland Conference preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Stephen F. Austin Louisiana State Shreveport Men

    This season, one of the best rivalries in any mid-major conference may be Stephen F. Austin/Northwestern State. The two teams split the season series, taking their home games against one another with the total point differential being five points. Now, the Lumberjacks and Demons head into the Southland Conference tournament as the top two seeds…

  11. Late Night Snacks: Five more tickets punched to the NCAAs

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Five more teams took their tickets to the Big Dance and the respective conference tournament titles that came with it on Monday night. Gonzaga fulfilled the prophecy, Western Kentucky came out of nowhere for the second straight season, James Madison knocked off the top seed and a number of others made their way to the…

  12. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Gonzaga

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: WCC Coach: Mark Few Record: 31-2, 16-0 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 4 – RPI: 11 – AP/USA Today: 1/1 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Zags as a No. 1 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Kelly Olynyk (17.3 ppg, 7.0…

  13. UPDATE: Notre Dame hoops to start ACC play in 2013-14 season

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Mike Btrey

    Notre Dame is headed to play basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013-14 season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. The program was initially slated to join the ACC from the Big East Conference for the 2014-15 season. The Big East officials will vote on the issue on Tuesday morning, with Thamel reporting…

  14. St. Mary’s will sweat out the next week on the bubble

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Semifinals San Diego v Saint Mary's

    It’s going to be a long, long week in Moraga, CA. After losing to No. 1 Gonzaga 65-51 in the WCC title game on Monday, the Gaels are officially a bubble team, missing out on a chance to win the league’s automatic bid and ensure themselves a trip to the Big Dance. And the problem?…

  15. James Madison takes CAA tourney, first NCAA appearance since 1994 (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    James Madison v UCLA

    James Madison has had some pretty wild endings this season, both good and bad. But on Monday night, they finished with their best flurry of the season, taking the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 70-57 victory over Northeastern in the finals of the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament. It’s the Dukes first tournament…

  16. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Iona

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Tim Cluess

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: MAAC Coach: Tim Cluess Record: 20-13, 11-7 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 97 – RPI: 103 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Gaels as a No. 15 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Lamont ‘Momo’ Jones (23.3 ppg,…

  17. Charlton Young fired as Georgia Southern coach

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ga Southern Virginia Tech Basketball

    The coaching carousel has started anew with teams’ seasons ending, this time it’s Georgia Southern climbing on. Charlton Young has been fired, according to multiple reports. In his four seasons in Statesboro, he led the Eagles to a 43-84 overall record, including a 14-19 record this season. Georgia Southern beat Wofford in the first round…

  18. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know James Madison

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    Richmond James Madison Basketball

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Colonial Coach: Matt Brady Record: 20-14, 11-7 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 188 – RPI: 194 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Northeastern as a No. 16 seed in Monday’s Bracket Projection, and the Huskies have a stronger profile than JMU. It may…

  19. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Western Kentucky

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Ray Harper, Brandon Harris

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Sun Belt Coach: Ray Harper Record: 20-15, 10-10 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 183 – RPI: 167 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Western Kentucky as a No. 16 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: TJ Price (15.5 ppg,…

  20. Trey Burke named B1G Player of the Year, but he’ll be defined by this month

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Michigan's head coach Beilein talks with guard Burke during a break in game action during their NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in Ann Arbor

    In the least surprising news of the day, Michigan guard Trey Burke was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media. He’s joined on the first team all-Big Ten team by teammate Tim Hardaway, Jr., Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. Burke and Oladipo were unanimous…