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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT


    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 2013 SEC Tournament Preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Scottie Wilbekin

    It hasn’t always been easy to watch the SEC this season. Florida has been the conference’s best team, but after that we see little differentiation and a whole bunch of bad losses by teams in the middle of the conference. So what does that mean for the SEC tournament in Nashville? It could mean a…

  9. The beginning of the end of the Big East tournament starts today

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Big East Future Basketball

    My first memory of college basketball is a Big East tournament game. It was just a couple week before my 11th birthday. I was on the couch with my dad, watching UConn — and my hero at the time, Ray Allen — take on Georgetown and Allen Iverson in the 1996 Big East title game.…

  10. Pac-12 conference tournament preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    The Pac-12 race this season had some similarities to the Mountain West race, in that there were two teams entering the season that many pegged to be the class of the conference. Arizona and UCLA, due in large part to the newcomers joining both programs, were thought by many to be far ahead of the…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…