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  1. Florida-Kentucky highlights a heavy slate of bubble games

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    Archie Goodwin, Alex Oriakhi, Keion Bell

    No. 11 Florida at Kentucky (Sat. 12:00 p.m. ET, CBS): This is how weak the bubble is this season: We said that Kentucky couldn’t afford a loss at Arkansas and still go dancing. After they lost, we said they really couldn’t afford a loss at Georgia and still go dancing. And now here we are,…

  2. 2013 America East Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tommy Brenton

    Stony Brook has separated itself from the rest of the pack in the America East, but can they power through the conference tournament and grab the automatic bid? Check out the preview below: (CLICK HERE to browse through all of our conference tournament previews) The Bracket Where: Quarterfinals and Semifinals at SEFCU Arena, University at…

  3. Kentucky head coach John Calipari blames himself for team’s struggles

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    John Calipari

    During John Calipari’s time in Lexington it became the norm to watch Kentucky find a way to be highly successful despite essentially having a completely different roster every season. But that hasn’t happened in 2012-13, and with the Wildcats (20-10, 11-6 SEC) losing 72-62 at Georgia on Thursday night there’s a chance that the reigning…

  4. How will Sunday’s games affect the top five seeds in the Big Ten tourney?

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    tom crean

    The final day of the regular season is going to be thrilling for Big Ten fans. There are four Big Ten games that are going to be played that day, involving all five teams with a shot at getting one of the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament. Here are the games: No.…

  5. Indiana-Michigan, Duke-UNC, Syracuse-Georgetown, four autobids = loaded weekend

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:21 AM EDT

    Cody Zeller, Trey Burke

    Game of the Weekend: No. 2 Indiana at No. 7 Michigan (Sun. 4:00 p.m. ET, CBS) Well, here we are, five months into college basketball season we’ve come down to the final game of the regular season as we try to parse out just who, exactly, will be the Big Ten champion. If the Hoosiers…

  6. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 4 Preview

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

  7. The Morning Mix

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    This is your final regular season Morning Mix of the 2012-2013 season. We’ll be back next week, but man, what a regular season it has been. Here’s to hoping Saturday lives up to the hype. Let’s hit the links. Thursday’s Top games: 3:30 p.m. – Indiana State vs. Evansville 7 p.m. – Tennessee State vs.…

  8. Late Night Snacks: Bad night for bubble teams

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:22 AM EDT

    Jarrod Polson Julius Mays Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Game of the Day: Florida State 53, Virginia 51 This wasn’t the prettiest of basketball games but it did supply what seems to be a predictable outcome when Florida State has the ball and the chance to win in the final seconds. That’s Michael Snaer time, as his three-point play with 4.4 seconds remaining proved…

  9. Wisconsin plays role of slump-buster for Michigan State’s Keith Appling

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

    Wisconson v Michigan State

    He’s ba-ack. Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as No. 10 Michigan State smothered No. 22 Wisconsin on Thursday night, opening up the second half with an 16-2 run over the first eight minutes to take a 21 point lead en route to a 58-43 win over the Badgers.…

  10. No Roberson, no problem as Colorado blows out No. 19 Oregon

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Oregon Colorado Basketball

    With leading rebounder Andre Roberson ruled out for tonight’s game against No. 19 Oregon due to a viral illness, Colorado’s chances of defeating the Ducks didn’t look to be as good as they would have been with Roberson. Tad Boyle’s team didn’t miss a step however, as they jumped on Oregon early and controlled play…

  11. Louisiana Tech is now autobid or bust after losing to New Mexico State

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    J.L. Lewis, D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones

    Louisiana Tech is the latest in a long line of bubble teams that suffered painful losses over the last week, as New Mexico State trounced them by 18 points in Las Cruces on Thursday night. The Bulldogs entered the night hanging onto their bubble hopes by the slimmest of margins, celebrating every time a team…

  12. Virginia’s NCAA hopes in jeopardy as Michael Snaer hits another game-winner (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Tony Bennett

    Virginia has no desire whatsoever to make things easy on themselves. What else can the explanation for Virginia’s resume be after they dropped another game with the potential to do more harm than good, falling 53-51 at Florida State? Michael Snaer, who has now hit six game-winning shots in his career, drove to the basket…

  13. Believe it or not, Kentucky’s tournament hopes aren’t dead yet

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Jarrod Polson Julius Mays Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Here’s the good news for Kentucky: even though they have now lost two games in a row that they probably couldn’t afford to lose, the Wildcats still aren’t eliminated from NCAA tournament contention. In fact, after losing at Arkansas on Saturday and then losing at Georgia 72-62 on Thursday night, Kentucky still may be in…

  14. Butler doesn’t look for real, not yet at least

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT


    AMHERST, Mass. — The student section was ready 50 minutes before the game and headed for the exits before the final horn sounded. The Butler Bulldogs came into the Mullins Center and silenced the crowd en route to a much-needed 73-62 bounce-back win against UMass on Thursday night. Butler is coming off a home loss…

  15. Report: Colorado’s Andre Roberson has mono

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Andre Roberson

    According to a report coming out of Boulder, Colorado forward Andre Roberson had contracted mononucleosis. He will not play not and his status for the Pac-12 tournament is in jeopardy. Roberson didn’t practice on Tuesday and Thursday’s practice was closed, according to the report. He wasn’t warming up an hour before the game. Obviously, losing…

  16. Akron suspends starting point guard Alex Abreu following arrest on drug charge

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Alex Abreu

    With a 24-5 record (14-1 MAC) on the season the Akron Zips are one of the mid-major programs that many believe capable of not only getting to the NCAA tournament but also winning once in the field of 68. Those prospects likely change depending on the status of junior point guard Alex Abreu, who was…

  17. Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele tears ACL, meniscus in right knee

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Jalen Steele, Kenny Boynton

    If Mississippi State didn’t have bad luck in the first year of the Rick Ray era they’d would have none. Since Ray took over in Starkville four players have suffered season-ending knee injuries, with junior guard Jalen Steele becoming the fourth after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in Wednesday’s loss to…

  18. Broken foot sidelines UConn forward Tyler Olander for season finale

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Tyler Olander, Justin Jackson

    The beneficiaries of good health for much of this season, the Connecticut Huskies have managed to win 19 games in Kevin Ollie’s first season despite having a roster depleted by NBA Draft entries and transfers due to their being ineligible for postseason play. But down the stretch the good fortune has run out for Ollie’s…

  19. Montana forward Mathias Ward done for year after undergoing foot surgery

    Mar 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mathias Ward, Paul Egwuonwu

    Wayne Tinkle’s Montana Grizzlies have managed to hang onto sole possession of first place in the Big Sky despite late-season injuries to seniors Will Cherry and Mathias Ward. And if the Grizzlies are to win the Big Sky tournament next week they’ll have to do so without their best front court player, as Ward underwent…

  20. Report: Presidents considering ‘America 12′ as name for new conference

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco Big East commissioner

    With the splitting of the Big East Conference reportedly on the horizon, the football-playing members led by holdovers Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida need to come up with a name for their league. And according to a tweet from Brett McMurphy of there may be a favored name for the group. "America 12 Conference"…