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  1. March 13 Bracket: Saint Mary’s holds spot – for now

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova, Kelly Olynyk

    For now, Saint Mary’s remains in our projected NCAA tournament bracket.  Losing to a potential No. 1 seed isn’t a reason to drop the Gaels.  But as we noted in the Bubble Update, the third loss to Gonzaga leaves Saint Mary’s profile a bit light on high quality wins.  Between now and Sunday, dozens of important conference tournament games will be…

  2. Colorado’s Andre Roberson to return for the Pac-12 tournament

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Andre Roberson

    Andre Roberson has been cleared to play in Colorado’s Pac-12 tournament opener tonight against Oregon State. “He looked good, he looked energetic (and had) fresh legs, live legs,” Tad Boyle told Colorado’s athletics website. “It’s great to have him back.” “We’ll start him, absolutely. We’ll watch him obviously and ask him how he’s feeling and…

  3. Report: Three teams joining Big East next season are Butler, Xavier…Dayton?

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Archie Miller

    According to a report from Lenn Robbins of the New York Post this morning, Butler and Xavier will be joined in the new Big East by Dayton next season. Robbins goes on to say that both Creighton and St. Louis will join the league in 2014-2015. This is new. It’s become widely assumed that Butler…

  4. Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Butler Saint Louis Basketball

    The Atlantic 10’s automatic bid isn’t going to be the only NCAA tournament berth on the line at the Barclays Center this week, as there are a quartet of teams that are still looking to solidify an at-large berth into the Big Dance. St. Louis, Butler and VCU are all sitting pretty right now, but…

  5. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 9 Preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jabari Brown, Laurence Bowers, Mike Muscala

    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…

  6. Big Sky conference tournament preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    ORU v Weber St

    Entering the season Montana and Weber State were expected to be the class of the Big Sky and that’s how the race played out, with Weber State’s loss at Montana State proving to be the difference in the race for the regular season crown. As a result it’s Montana who hosts the tournament and receives…

  7. Speculation about Jim Boeheim’s retirement isn’t going to go away

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    When talk of Jim Boeheim retiring comes up, the evidence used to prove that he’s considering it is completely circumstantial. Boeheim himself, as recently as Saturday, emphatically stated, in no uncertain terms, that he hasn’t thought about retiring. “There’s nothing to talk about because I haven’t given a thought to it. I’ve never … ever…

  8. The Morning Mix

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LIU Brooklyn

    Tuesday was a rather light night of college hoops. But starting today business is going to pick up. The high-major conferences begin their postseason tournaments, and all the chaos and entertainment we saw during the regular season is likely to replicate itself during the next five days. Let’s hit the links. Read of the Day:…

  9. Late Night Snacks: 3 more tickets to NCAA tournament punched Tuesday

    Mar 13, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    LIU Brooklyn

    Game of the Day: Seton Hall 46, South Florida 42 (OT) This is not the Game of the Day because it was the best to watch. In fact, it was painful. This is the Game of the Day because it proves a point about reaching the line between maximizing the number of teams that get…

  10. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Valparaiso

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Broekhoff

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Horizon Coach: Bryce Drew Record: 26-7, 13-3 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 67 – RPI: 61 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Valparaiso as a No. 13 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Ryan Broekhoff (16.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg),…

  11. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know South Dakota State

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Nate Wolters

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Summit League Coach: Scott Nagy Record: 25-9, 13-3 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 106 – RPI: 77 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Jackrabbits as a No. 14 seed in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Nate Wolters (22.5 ppg,…

  12. VIDEO: ‘The Crossover’ tells you what to expect in the NCAA tournament

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    the crossover

    With Selection Sunday less than a week away, Vin Parise and Chris Mannix stopped by “The Crossover” to give their predictions for this year’s NCAA tournament. With so many upsets this college basketball season, it would make sense that the guys might go out on a limb and pick some underdogs, right? No way. For…

  13. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know LIU Brooklyn

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    LIU Brooklyn

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: NEC Coach: Jack Perri Record: 20-13, 13-6 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 192 – RPI: 180 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the Blackbirds as a one of the First Four in Dayton in Monday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Jamal Olasewere (19.0 points,…

  14. Conferences giving out awesome free stuff to players during league tournaments

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    There are thrills of March that happen on the court. The barrage of buzzer beaters we’ve seen in conference tournaments adds to the drama of upsets and underdogs snagging automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. But what we don’t always see is the fun that goes on off the court, when players receive gifts for…

  15. JT III is great, but Buzz Williams should be Big East Coach of the Year

    Mar 12, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Buzz Williams

    John Thompson III has done a magnificent job with the Georgetown team he has this season. His Hoyas were picked to finish fifth in the conference to begin the year, overcame the loss of second-leading scorer Greg Whittington mid-season, and still pulled together to finish with a share of the Big East title. For that,…

  16. Bob McKillop, John Beilein, Frank Martin tabbed to coach Team USA in University Games

    Mar 12, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Frank Martin

    Davidson’s Bob McKillop has been chosen to serve as the head coach of Team USA in the 2013 World University Games Team, which will take place July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. McKillop will be joined on the staff by assistants John Beilein, currently the head coach at Michigan, and Frank Martin, the head…

  17. Iona, Manhattan show why these tournaments mean so much

    Mar 12, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Iona

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — David Laury didn’t answer a single question or offer a single comment during the postgame press conference after Iona defeated Manhattan 60-57 to capture the MAAC Championship and secure an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Yet, as the 6-foot-8 Iona forward walked back to the locker room across the MassMutual Center…

  18. Gonzaga’s a No. 1 seed now, does that change by Selection Sunday?

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    The Zags did just about everything in their power to convince the Selection Committee that they deserve a No. 1 seed when the bracket are announced five days from now. They steam-rolled their conference. They won their conference tournament in impressive fashion, making a statement in last night’s win over St. Mary’s. They beat good…

  19. Bubble Banter: Long wait for Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova, Randy Bennett

    It’s going to be a long wait for Saint Mary’s and Middle Tennessee.  The Gaels lost to Gonzaga for a third time Monday night, and the Blue Raiders fell in the semifinals of the Sun Belt.  Which leaves both in agonizing limbo until the NCAA Selection Show this Sunday.   An already tough job for members of the NCAA…

  20. Mitch Buonaguro out as head coach at Siena

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. After three years as the head coach of the Saints, Mitch Buonaguro has been relieved of his duties, according to a release sent out by the school on Tuesday. “I’d like to thank Mitch for his dedication and commitment to Siena basketball the last eight…