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  1. Previewing the West Region: Can Ohio State avoid the carnage?

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:29 AM EST

    Getty Images

    Favorite: Ohio State No team in the country has played better than the Buckeyes over the last month and a half of the season. Since getting drubbed by 22 points at Wisconsin on February 17th, Ohio State has won 10 straight games, which includes wins over Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State twice, Minnesota and Illinois. The…

  2. Previewing the East Regional: Does Indiana survive the chalk?

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:47 AM EST

    Indiana Hoosier guard Victor Oladipo and forward Cody Zeller celebrate during the second half of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against the Temple Owls in Dayton

    Favorite: Indiana The Hoosiers have their issues. They haven’t played all that well in this tournament to date. They lack some toughness in their front court. Their back court doesn’t have the size to deal with bigger guards like Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche. But at the end of the day, Indiana was still the…

  3. The Morning Mix

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Peeps bracket

    It’s game day folks. We’ve been sitting and waiting all week for some real basketball (Sorry N.I.T.) and it’s finally here. But before the games tip-off we got some pressing news and notes we need to discuss. Let’s hit the links.     Read of the Day: More questionable NCAA behavior has been unearth regarding…

  4. Baylor beats Providence to round out NIT Final Four

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:49 PM EST

    Pierre Jackson

    The NIT Final Four is set. Behind 23 points and 13 assists from senior guard Pierre Jackson, Baylor beat Providence, 79-68, to advance to the semifinals of the NIT and round out the tournament’s Final Four that will advance to New York City. Baylor was efficient with the basketball Wednesday, turning the ball over just…

  5. Report: Sheldon McClellan transferring out of Texas

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:37 PM EST

    Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    Things are starting to look bleak for Texas head coach Rick Barnes. Coming off of a season where the Longhorns couldn’t get over .500, Barnes got the news tonight that Shelden McClellan will be transferring out of the program. McClellan averaged 13.8 points for Texas this season, but there were some bouts of inconsistency and,…

  6. BYU beats Southern Miss, advances to NIT semifinal

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EST

    Brandon Davies

    Memphis dominated Conference USA this season and was the conference’s only team to make the NCAA tournament. The conference’s second-best team, Southern Miss, has been making a solid run in the NIT. That run came to an end Wednesday night, though, as the Golden Eagles fell to BYU. BYU brought an 11-point lead into the…

  7. Return to Verizon Center special for Miami’s Jim Larranaga (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Jim Larranaga

    Miami coach Jim Larranaga has fond memories of the Verizon Center. It was the place that he notched wins in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight during George Mason’s magical run to the Final Four in 2006. He now returns with a Hurricanes team that is looking to do the same. “Coming into this building…

  8. Iowa advances to NIT semifinal after beating Virginia

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:04 PM EST

    Iowa Virginia

    Down the stretch of the regular season, Iowa was in the conversation as an NCAA bubble team. The Hawkeyes missed out on the Big Dance, but they’re now headed to New York City in pursuit of an NIT championship. Iowa overcame the pace and defense of a tough Virginia team Wednesday to win, 75-64, on…

  9. Shaka Smart reportedly turns down UCLA, will stay at VCU after contract extension

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:09 PM EST

    Shaka Smart

    Shaka Smart’s services are off the market. The 35-year-old Virginia Commonwealth head coach will remain with the Rams after signing a contract extension that will keep him in Richmond through the year 2023, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting. According to the report, Smart will get a $300,000 raise and now make $1.5 million…

  10. One thing is clear about FGCU: They simply have fun

    Mar 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EST

    Chase Fieler

    Much can be said about Florida Gulf Coast, the No. 15 seed that has shocked the college basketball world by beating Georgetown and San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16. One could talk about its coach, Andy Enfield, a former investor with a supermodel wife who has high-major abuzz as a possibility to…

  11. UConn agrees to 5-year contract with women’s coach Geno Auriemma

    Mar 27, 2013, 6:37 PM EST


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Connecticut has signed long-time head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma to a five-year contract that is expected to keep him in Storrs through the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday. The total compensation due to Auriemma in the contract is $10.86 million, giving him $1.95 million…

  12. La Salle sophomore Steve Zack cleared to play in Sweet 16 vs. Wichita St.

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:46 PM EST

    Steve Zack

    La Salle center Steve Zack has been cleared to play for the Explorers in their Sweet 16 matchup with Wichita State on Thursday, almost four weeks after spraining his left foot in a win over Duquesne on March 2. “If he can make a play here and there, can make a difference, it could help…

  13. Junior guard Demetrius Walker leaving New Mexico

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:14 PM EST

    Demetrius Walker

    New Mexico junior guard Demetrius Walker is leaving the program for an unspecified reason, coach Steve Alford announced at a press conference Wednesday. Walker was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules prior to the Mountain West tournament and did not play for the remainder of the year. Speculation had picked up recently that…

  14. Jim Boeheim: ‘I’m coaching next year’

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EST

    Jim Boeheim

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jim Boeheim simply cannot escape it. Regardless of where he goes or what he does, the topic of his job status at Syracuse is always going to come up. When you’re 68 years old, your program is facing an NCAA investigation and the league that you helped to build is crumbling in…

  15. How will Reggie Johnson’s injury affect Miami?

    Mar 27, 2013, 4:29 PM EST

    Illinois v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The biggest news coming out of the East Regional has less to do with the players that will be taking the court on Thursday night and more to do with the guy that didn’t make the trip to Washington DC. Reggie Johnson, Miami’s starting center  and a constant double-double threat, injured his…

  16. Top 100 BYU commit Nick Emery to begin 2-year mission

    Mar 27, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

    Nick Emery

    BYU coach Dave Rose was set to bring in a recruiting class of five players for the 2013-14, headlined by sharpshooting guard Nick Emery. But Emery’s career will be put on hold, the Associated Press is reporting, as he prepares to begin a two-year Mormon mission to Germany. Emery is a 6-2, 180-pound guard who…

  17. Top 50 recruit Dwayne Morgan picks UNLV over Georgetown, Maryland

    Mar 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EST


    Dwayne Morgan, a top 50 forward in the Class of 2014 from Baltimore, announced that he has committed to UNLV on Wednesday afternoon. Morgan picked the Runnin’ Rebels over Georgetown and Maryland. Morgan, who stands 6-foot-7, is UNLV’s first recruit in the Class of 2014, but when he finally reaches the Las Vegas campus, he’ll add…

  18. Oklahoma’s Amath M’Baye will declare for the draft

    Mar 27, 2013, 2:28 PM EST

    Oklahoma v San Diego State

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Oklahoma junior forward Amath M’Baye will declare for the NBA draft, the school announced. “My time at OU has been great,” M’Baye, a native of Bordeaux, France, said in a statement. “I’m 23 years old. My goal when I came…

  19. Maryland beats Alabama, first team to reach the semifinals of the NIT

    Mar 27, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Alex Len, Rodney Cooper, Nick Jacobs

    Alex Len had 15 points and 13 boards, but it was his defense that made the difference for Maryland on Tuesday night. The seven-foot Ukranian finished with five blocks, none bigger than the one he had on a Rodney Cooper layup attempt with three seconds left. Len swatted Cooper’s shot into the third row, and…