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  1. VIDEO: Boise State-ment: We belong in the Big Dance!

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Air Force Boise St Basketball

    This has been an epic season for the Mountain West. Today was no exception, as Boise State took down Steve Fisher and the SDSU Aztecs 69-65, making a statement that should carry them to the MWC tournament and beyond. The league may get five teams into the NCAA tournament this year – the same total number…

  2. Did Phil Pressey shoot Tennessee into the NCAA tournament?

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Missouri Tennessee Basketball

    Oh, Phil. That’s the overriding sentiment that seems to rise to the surface every time that Missouri plays a close game on the road. Why Phil Pressey does the things that he does in the final minute of a game is one of this season’s greatest mysteries. On Saturday, the head-scratcher wasn’t the turnover that…

  3. VIDEO: Trevor Releford’s halfcourt buzzer-beater saves Alabama

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

    Trevor Releford, Patric Young

    Alabama blew a 17 point first half lead at home, allowing Georgia to come all the way back to tie the game at 58 in the final minute. On what seemed to be Alabama’s final possession, Trevor Releford turned the ball over, setting up a final possession for the Bulldogs that could very well cost…

  4. UCLA rebounds from early-season woes to claim Pac-12 title

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    After UCLA lost at home to Cal-Poly, we were all ready to send Ben Howland off to the broadcast booth. Things still didn’t look so swell even after Shabazz Muhammad finally became eligible when Tony Parker  seemed to indicate that he was not entirely happy at UCLA. Howland might be excused for asking “How you…

  5. Marcus Smart is the Freshman of the Year and he showed why Saturday

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Ben McLemore has been sensational for Kansas this season. Anthony Bennett has meant just as much if not more to UNLV. But the Freshman of the Year should be Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and he showed why in the Cowboys’ 76-70 win over No. 9 Kansas State Saturday. His 21 points, six rebounds, and six…

  6. Minnesota bubble talk? Let’s put a pin in that.

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Andre Hollins, Ray Gallegos

    In our most recent NCAA bracket predictions, we had Minnesota in as one of seven Big Ten reps, with a rather unimpressive 10 seed. After the Gophers dropped back-to-back games to Big Ten also-rans Nebraska and Purdue, even that seems generous. They’ll finish the season 8-10 in the B1G, with only one league road win…

  7. Marquette gets share of Big East title on Vander Blue overtime buzzer beater (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Vander Blue

    St. John’s stormed back from 10 points down with 2:46 to play in the second half Saturday to force overtime, but No. 17 Marquette was too much in overtime for the young Red Storm. With just over seven seconds remaining in overtime and coming out of a timeout with possession of the ball, Marquette guard…

  8. VIDEO: No. 16 Saint Louis claims share of A-10 title with win over La Salle

    Mar 9, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

    Saint Louis

    In what has been an emotional season after the passing of former coach Rick Majerus, but Saint Louis capped its regular season Saturday with a 78-54 win over La Salle and claimed at least a share of the Atlantic 10 conference regular season title.  It is the first share of league title for Saint Louis…

  9. Jim Boeheim’s postgame comments fuel retirement speculation

    Mar 9, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday night, the Syracuse University twitter account sent out — and then deleted — a cryptic tweet linking a story written by a community college student that said that Jim Boeheim would be retiring after this season. Most discredited the report, but it only helped to fuel speculation that this could…

  10. Otto Porter dominates Syracuse again, just not in the scoring column

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Otto Porter was a one-man wrecking crew last month when Georgetown went into Syracuse and knocked off the Orange, 57-46. He scored 33 points on 12-19 shooting, hitting 5-10 from three while collecting eight boards and five steals. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he single-handedly sent the 35,000-plus Orange-clad fans…

  11. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky get crucial victory over No. 11 Florida

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    In a game that Kentucky badly needed to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive, Willie Cauley-Stein blocked four shots and grabbed eight rebounds in a 61-57 Wildcat win over No. 11 Florida at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky’s work is not yet done, but it can breathe a sigh of relief for now. This…

  12. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheets: Getting to know Florida Gulf Coast

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Sherwood Brown

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Atlantic Sun Coach: Andy Enfield Record: 24-10, 13-5 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 137 – RPI: 106 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had regular season A-Sun champ as a No. 16 seed in Friday’s Bracket Projection, but FGCU has a better RPI and…

  13. Georgetown’s tifo for Syracuse: ‘Our Hatred Is Eternal’

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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    Georgetown’s Stonewalls unveiled their tifo for the final installment of their rivalry with Syracuse, and it was just as awesome as advertised:

  14. C.J. McCollum out for Lehigh in Patriot League semi vs. Lafayette

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    Lehigh hadn’t gotten its hopes up about getting guard C.J. McCollum back for the Patriot League tournament and, unfortunately for the Mountain Hawks, so far things are working out as planned. McCollum will not be in the lineup Saturday for Lehigh when it takes on Lafayette in the semifinal round of the Patriot League tournament.…

  15. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 5 Preview

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Belmont Murray State

    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…

  16. Pregame Shootaround 3.9.13: High-major & mid-major action make for a big Saturday

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Game of the Day: No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 17 Syracuse (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Otto Porter made his case for National Player of the Year when these two teams last met, scoring 33 points and carrying Georgetown in a big road win over the Orange. Now the Hoyas return home with a chance to claim…

  17. Holland College does Reggie Miller impression in Canadian semifinal, commentators go crazy (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Canadian College Basketball

    The Holland College basketball season almost ended before the Hurricanes pulled a page out of the 1995 Reggie Miller playbook. Holland College trailed by five until Alvin Parker banked a 3-pointer. Steve Hardy came away with the botched in bounds play and hit a three that put the Hurricanes up by a point. Mount Saint Vincent University…

  18. Devonte Brown’s game-winning block lifts Indiana State over Evansville (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT

    Manny Arop, Devonte Brown

    Devonte Brown scored all 11 of his points in the final five minutes of the first half, but it was his block of a Ned Cox layup with no time left on the clock that sealed up a win over Evansville and sent Indiana State into a semifinal matchup with Creighton in the MVC tournament…

  19. Tyus Jones narrows list down to seven schools

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    Tyus Jones

    Tyus Jones (Apple Valley High/Apple Valley, Minn.) is not only one of the top guards, but he’s one of the top players in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-1 point guard that has captivated the state of Minnesota has provided the seven schools remaining in his recruitment in an interview with CBS Minnesota on Friday…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Devonte Brown, Indiana State lead exciting night of conference tournaments

    Mar 9, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    Indiana State

    Games of the Day Indiana State 51, Evansville 50 Devonte Brown blocked Ned Cox’s layup attempt as time expired as the Sycamores held on to top the Aces 51-50 in the quarterfinal of the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinal. Brown’s block was a great counter to a long in bounds pass that landed in the hand of Cox.…