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  1. Jay Bilas, photobomb extraordinaire, strikes again

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

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    Nobody’s safe. (Image via @jaybilas)

  2. New Mexico wins MWC tourney, earns a No. 2 seed?

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    The Mountain West was one of the nation’s most entertaining conferences this season. But since their games played on west coast time and, too often, on channels that aren’t easily accesible to the casual observer, quite a few folks got their first glimpse of New Mexico and UNLV on Saturday evening as the Lobos knocked…

  3. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Akron

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    Keith Dambrot

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here Conference: Mid-American Conference Coach: Keith Dambrot Record: 26-6 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 60 – RPI: 49 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Southern as a No. 13 seed playing Syracuse in the second round in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Zeke Marshall (13.1…

  4. VCU’s ‘havoc’ defense too much for UMass and Chaz Williams

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    VCU UMass

    NEW YORK — You will never mistake a VCU Rams basketball game. You can’t. It’s impossible. Ram Nation isn’t a fan base as much as it is a congregation of wild celebration and intimidation. The band is no ordinary pep band. It’s a rowdy accompaniment of brass, belting out paeans and rallying cries. “Havoc” isn’t…

  5. Bench players break out as Jayhawks take Big 12 tourney crown

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Iowa State v Kansas

    Ben McLemore was quiet in the Big 12 title game, scoring just five points, but the Jayhawks won it just the same, 70-54 over Kansas State, and another freshman played a big role. It’s tough for a big man to step on campus as a freshman and dominate. For Perry Ellis, that was certainly true. The…

  6. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting To Know: Southern

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Roman Banks

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach: Roman Banks Record: 23-9 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 162 – RPI: 49 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Southern as a No. 16 seed playing in one of the First Four in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to…

  7. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know North Carolina A&T

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    MEAC NC A T Delaware St Basketball

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach: Cy Alexander Record: 19-16 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 228 – RPI: 224 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the then-unknown MEAC champs as locks for a 16 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Adrian Powell (12.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Lamont Middleton (12.4 ppg, 2.4…

  8. Spartan miscues help Craft, Buckeyes slide into Big Ten final

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Spartans guard Harris is guarded by Buckeyes guard Craft during the first half of their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big 10 tournament in Chicago

    Aaron Craft can be a first-class irritant. He’ll be in the opposing player’s face from minute one of a game. That doesn’t mean you can smack him in the neck, however. That’s what Derrick Nix did with less than two minutes remaining in the Big Ten semifinal, earning himself a Flagrant 1 at a crucial moment.…

  9. Bubble Banter: Who are Saturday’s winners and losers

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Alabama v Florida

    This page will be updated throughout the day. Come back and feed your bubble fix. SATURDAY’S BUBBLE WINNERS All the teams that aren’t playing anymore: Southern Miss lost. That means that they aren’t going to be getting Conference USA’s automatic bid, Memphis will. Since Memphis was going to be in the tournament regardless of whether…

  10. Ole Miss has become this year’s most intriguing bubble team

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    SEC Vanderbilt Mississippi Basketball

    Marshall Henderson had 23 points, Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway combined for 27 points and 16 boards, and Ole Miss erased an early 10 point deficit to take home a 64-52 win over Vanderbilt in the SEC semifinals. And with that, Ole Miss suddenly becomes one of the most interesting bubble teams in the country.…

  11. Saint Louis beats Butler for third time, looks like Final Four contender in the process

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

    Saint Louis Butler

    NEW YORK — After their 72-55 win over Charlotte on Friday, I explained why the Saint Louis Billikens have the look and feel of a team that can make the Final Four. The Billikens’ 67-56 win over the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 semifinals only reinforced my beliefs. Butler has wins this…

  12. Maryland, Kentucky headed back to Barclays next season

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Barclays Center Classic - Kentucky v Maryland

    Maryland and Kentucky kicked off college basketball at the Barclays Center, opening up the season with a trip to Brooklyn that ended in a thrilling, 72-69 win for the Wildcats. The exhibition was so successful that organizers made the decision to bring both schools back. From CSN Washington: After the success of Maryland’s inaugural game…

  13. No. 3 Indiana falls to No. 22 Wisconsin in Big Ten semifinals

    Mar 16, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Yogi Ferrell

    No. 3 Indiana is solidly at the top of the list of elite teams in the country, but after its 68-56 loss to No. 22 Wisconsin Saturday afternoon in the Big Ten semifinals, is it still a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? If they’re not, the Badgers’ 12 straight wins over Indiana will…

  14. Texas Tech reportedly fires nearly entire staff after 11-20 season

    Mar 16, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Texas Tech Chris Walker

    Following early-season drama and the resignation of head coach Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech appears to be clearing house. According to Nick Kosmider of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt informed members of the basketball staff that they would be let go at an 8:30 a.m. meeting Saturday. Interim coach Chris Walker is reportedly the…

  15. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Memphis

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Memphis v Xavier

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Conference USA Coach: Josh Pastner Record: 30-4 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 38 – RPI: 15 – AP/USA Today: 20/17 Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Memphis as a No. 9 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection. Names you need to know: Joe Jackson (13.4 ppg, 4.8 apg),…

  16. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Albany

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Will Brown Albany

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: America East Coach: Will Brown Record: 24-10 (9-7 America East) Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 152 – RPI: 142 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen did not have Albany in his brand new bracket projection Sunday. They will likely fall where many small-conference fall,…

  17. Bill Carmody will not return at Northwestern

    Mar 16, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Big Ten Basketball Tournament - First Round -  Northwestern v Iowa

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. The Bill Carmody era at Northwestern is officially over, as the school announced that the coach’s nine-year tenure would be coming to an end. Carmody’s Wildcats lost their last nine games this season and finished 13-19 on the year. It wasn’t entirely Carmody’s fault, as Northwestern…

  18. Bracket Update: Ole Miss, Maryland, Alabama need a win

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals-Tennessee-Alabama

    If anything, Friday complicated an already complicated bubble picture.  The SEC could end up with five teams or two.  Both are in play at this point.  How will the NCAA Selection Committee handle Middle Tennessee State and Saint Mary’s?  And how will they compare those teams against La Salle, Boise State, and even Oklahoma?  These are questions we…

  19. Preview: No. 4 Louisville meets No. 19 Syracuse for Big East championship

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Louisville Syracuse

    Louisville and Syracuse meet Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The winner is the final Big East champion as we’ve come to know it and will earn an automatic bid. The loser will follow along into the NCAA tournament with an at-large. But both, perhaps more importantly in the historical context…

  20. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 12 Preview

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dez Wells2

    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…