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  1. 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…

  2. Virginia Tech’s Robert Brown to transfer closer to home

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:56 AM EST

    Robert Brown, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston

    James Johnson’s rebuilding job at Virginia Tech got that much harder on Tuesday after, as sophomore Robert Brown announced his intentions to transfer to a program closer to his Florida home. “Robert wants to be closer to home, and over the course of the year, that was something we were really talking about,” Brown’s father…

  3. Report: Northwestern has hired Chris Collins as their head coach

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:55 AM EST

    Presbyterian v Duke

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Yesterday, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was reporting that Northwestern was set to hire Duke assistant coach Chris Collins. Today, Jeff Goodman of is reporting that it’s a done deal; Collins has been hired and an announcement will come later on Wednesday. That report confirms…

  4. The Morning Mix

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Illinois v Miami

    Good news everyone. We’re only 36 hours away from another installment of meaningful postseason basketball. There’s some half-decent N.I.T. games tonight if you’re really scratching at the itch tonight. Let’s hit the links.     Read of the Day: Here’s an interesting stat: Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski is the only top-10 recruit in this season’s freshman…

  5. Britney Griner drops 33 and 22 on Florida State

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:33 PM EST

    Brittney Griner, Natasha Howard, Alexis Prince

    We’ve really come to expect this from Baylor phenom Britney Griner. But every time we see it, it still should impress you. The senior all-everything center for the Bears finished with 33 points and 22 rebounds — and was pulled with 6:06 left to play — and Baylor advanced to another Sweet 16 with a…

  6. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel talks Shaka Smart, FGCU (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

    VCU Rams head coach Smart talks with guard Johnson during the final seconds of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Michigan in Auburn Hills

    SI’s Pete Thamel visits the set of CSN Washington and talks about Shaka Smart likely staying at VCU, as well as the success of Florida Gulf Coast University. Follow David_Harten on Twitter at @David_Harten

  7. Report: Tulsa to join the (old) Big East, East Carolina to join as full member

    Mar 26, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Danny Manning

    The carousel of conference realignment spins on. According to a report from’s Brett McMurphy, Tulsa will be the latest school to switch conferences, joining the Big East later this year, with East Carolina joining as a full member in 2014. Both programs will be leaving Conference USA as a result. East Carolina had initially…

  8. Visiting the birthplace of Tyrone Garland’s “Southwest Philly Floater”

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EST

    La Salle v Ole Miss

    By now, everyone’s seen La Salle’s last-second win over Ole Miss in the NCAA Tournament second round, thanks to Tyrone Garland’s shot in the lane with just seconds remaining. Afterward, Garland gave Craig Sager the name of the shot, introducing the world to the “Southwest Philly Floater”. Well, went back to find out where…

  9. Miami’s Reggie Johnson injured, will not play against Marquette

    Mar 26, 2013, 6:56 PM EST

    Illinois v Miami

    Multiple reports are surfacing that Miami forward Reggie Johnson will not play and will not make the trip to Washington D.C. for the Hurricanes Sweet 16 match-up against Marquette due to an apparent “lower extremity” injury. Johnson suffered the injury in the Hurricanes’ victory over Illinois in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on…

  10. New Mexico’s Tony Snell enters name into NBA Draft

    Mar 26, 2013, 6:36 PM EST

    New Mexico v Harvard

    Looks like Tony Snell is joining the host of others trying their luck in the NBA Draft. The Albuquerque ESPN affiliate 101.7 The Team is reporting that the New Mexico guard is going to enter his name into the NBA Draft. He reportedly will not hire an agent. The 6-7, 200-pound junior averaged 12.5 points,…

  11. Ron Verlin to take over as coach of Pacific

    Mar 26, 2013, 5:48 PM EST

    Bob Thomason

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Pacific will name Ron Verlin, a 19-year assistant at the school, the program’s next head coach. Verlin will replace Bob Thomason, who retired after 25 seasons as the head coach of the Tigers. He is a native of the area, graduating from Sacramento State in…

  12. Marshawn Powell tweets he’s entering the NBA Draft

    Mar 26, 2013, 5:20 PM EST

    Arkansas v Missouri

    Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell is headed to the NBA Draft, if his tweet is any indication. The redshirt junior has chosen to forgo his senior season and enter the June draft. Powell averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and shot 48.7-percent from the floor this season for the Razorbacks. He played in the two games in…

  13. Report: Buffalo hires Bobby Hurley as next coach

    Mar 26, 2013, 4:27 PM EST

    Bobby Hurley

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. The Hurley coaching tree is branching out. Looks like Rhode Island assistant and college basketball legend Bobby Hurley is headed to take over the program at Buffalo. The news was first reported by’s Jeff Goodman. Hurley replaces Reggie Witherspoon, who was 198-228 in his…

  14. USC, UCLA out of luck as Josh Pastner reportedly agrees to extension with Memphis

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EST


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. It appears that Memphis coach Josh Pastner will not fill either of the job vacancies at USC or UCLA, as the 35-year-old coach has reportedly agreed in principle a contract extension with the Tigers. Pastner led Memphis to a 31-5 season and undefeated mark in the C-USA.…

  15. NC State duo C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown will reportedly declare for NBA draft

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:38 PM EST

    CJ Leslie Lorenzo Brown

    With two back-to-back decisions, NC State coach Mark Gottfried lost 35 percent of his overall offensive output on Tuesday. According to multiple reports, forward C.J. Leslie and point guard Lorenzo Brown will both forego their senior year of college and declare early for the 2013 NBA draft. Leslie and Brown were two of the major…

  16. CSN Chicago: Duke’s Chris Collins could be hired by Northwestern within 36 hours

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:01 PM EST

    Chris Collins

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Close to two weeks after firing head coach Bill Carmody, Northwestern has “zeroed in” on Duke associate head coach Chris Collins and could hire him within 36 hours, David Kaplan of is reporting. According to the report, Northwestern has conducted a handful of interviews and…

  17. Victor Oladipo once sang Usher song at Indiana talent show (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

    Victor Oladipo Indiana

    Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is one of the nation’s best defenders and a breakout star on a Hoosier team that could be bound for the Final Four. He also happened to hit the game-clinching shot against Temple on Sunday to send Indiana to the Sweet 16. So what else can the junior swingman do? Sing. A…