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  1. Bubble Banter: Who helped their tournament chances?

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Florida v Kentucky

    SATURDAY’S FIVE BIGGEST BUBBLE WINNERS Kentucky: If the Wildcats wanted to play in the NCAA tournament this season, they had a choice on Saturday: beat Florida, or win the SEC tournament. And after digging themselves a seven point hole with 7:33 left in the game, Kentucky clamped down, closing the game on an 11-0 run…

  2. VIDEO: Harvard decides they would quite like the Ivy title, after all

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    T.J. Bray, Steve Moundou-Missi, Wesley Saunders

    Harvard and Princeton kept very close to one another throughout most of the Ivy League season this year, but the breaking point finally came. Princeton had to take to the road this weekend, and came home with two losses, whereas the Crimson stayed home and clinched the title, beating Columbia on Friday and Cornell 65-56…

  3. VIDEO: Ryan Broekhoff sends Valpo to the Horizon title game at the buzzer

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Broekhoff Chad Adams

    It was a good day to be at the Horizon League tournament. After Wright State did this to Detroit in the first semifinal, Ryan Broekhoff did this: Bryce Drew, the man responsible for the most famous moment in the history of Valparaiso basketball, is currently the head coach of the Crusaders. I wonder is that’s…

  4. NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Belmont

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Read through the rest of the Cheat Sheets here. Conference: Ohio Valley Coach: Rick Byrd Record: 26-6, 14-2 Rankings and Ratings: – Kenpom: 42 – RPI: 23 – AP/USA Today: N/A Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Belmont as a No. 12 seed in Friday’s Bracket Projection, and they actually had a strong enough profile to contend…

  5. VIDEO: Kerron Johnson’s game-winner earns Belmont an autobid

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Isaiah Canaan, Kerron Johnson

    There’s Kerron Johnson, hitting his second huge shot of the game with 1.2 seconds left to give Belmont, the Ohio Valley’s regular season champion, the conference’s automatic bid in their inaugural season as a member. Johnson hit a similar shot over Ed Daniel to tie the game — and complete a come back from seven…

  6. VIDEO: Buzzer-beating Raiders have the Wright stuff in win over Detroit

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Shaquille Thomas, MIles Dixon

    In terms of pure talent, the Horizon League final seemed destined to be contested by Detroit and Valparaiso. In reality, this is March, and stuff happens. The third-seeded Wright State Raiders, called out as a sleeper in our Horizon League tourney preview, kept the game close with defense, and won it with a wild Miles…

  7. VIDEO: Todd Fletcher, Air Force down No. 12 New Mexico at buzzer

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    New Mexico Air Force Basketball

    That right there is Todd Fletcher drilling a three with 2.4 seconds left as Air Force picked up a win over MWC champion New Mexico, 89-88, on Saturday afternoon. The Lobos, one of the best defensive teams in the country, blew a four-point lead in the final 16 seconds the same way they struggled to…

  8. Kansas claims ninth straight Big 12 title despite loss at Baylor

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Kansas Baylor Basketball

    Even when they lose, they win. Kansas appeared to be sleep-walking at Baylor, losing 81-58 tonight, but still took home a share of the Big 12 title. Kansas has earned at least a share of the league crown in each of the past nine seasons. The Jayhawks were assured of the milestone when Oklahoma State…

  9. There’s plenty of room on the Louisville bandwagon. Join me, won’t you?

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Gorgui Dieng(10) blocks the shot of Notre Dame's Jerian Grant (22) during the second half of play in their NCAA basketball game a Yum! Center in Louisville

    I hope you guys didn’t write off Louisville. I hope that three-game losing streak back in January didn’t scare you off. I hope that you the five-overtime loss and all of the ugly late-game possessions didn’t make you believe that all of the people that picked the Cardinals to make the Final Four back in…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…