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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 ESPN.com there may be a favored name for the group. "America 12 Conference"…

  9. Pregame Shootaround 3.7.13: Five tourneys, a B1G battle, and bubble galore

    Mar 7, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Adreian Payne, Ryan Evans

    Game of the Night: No. 22 Wisconsin at No. 10 Michigan State (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) The first time these two teams got together back in January, the Badgers lost to Michigan State at home by a deuce. This time, however, the game carries with it a great deal of importance. The Badgers and the…

  10. The end of Syracuse and Georgetown as Big East rivals

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Georgetown v Syracuse

    An era comes to an end on Saturday afternoon, one that helped shape the the landscape of college basketball as we’ve come to know it over the last 34 years. At noon on Saturday, No. 17 Syracuse will visit No. 5 Georgetown, the final time that the two times will play a regular season game…

  11. Sun Belt Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Vanderbilt v Middle Tennessee

    Middle Tennessee State is far and away the best team in the Sun Belt Conference. Let’s start with the obvious: they went 19-1 in league play. Their only loss came to Arkansas State on the road in overtime. Arkansas State won the Sun Belt’s Western Division with a 12-8 record. South Alabama, who finished second…

  12. This year’s Player of the Year race is not wide-open. It’s Trey Burke.

    Mar 7, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Michigan

    Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com released his latest installment of the Player of the Year straw poll, and once again, Michigan point guard Trey Burke sits at the top. He received 30 first-place votes and was named on 49 of the 64 ballots, which was the most out of anyone. But here’s where I get confused:…

  13. VIDEO: Five ejections in Cal-Stanford proves rule change needed

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mike Montgomery, Richard Solomon, Andy Brown

    You may have missed it last night, but near the end of Stanford’s blowout win over Cal in Berkeley, frustration boiled over as a frustrated Allen Crabbe took exception to being knocked to the floor by Stanford’s Dwight Powell. There was a bunch of pushing and shoving as well as quite a bit of posturing,…

  14. Syracuse apologizes for tweet speculating about Jim Boeheim retiring

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Eastern Michigan v Syracuse

    Last night, a local community college student and a blogger for a Syracuse sports site (I won’t be linking to his “report”) reported that Jim Boeheim would be asked to retire at the end of the season by Athletic Director Daryl Gross. Most dismissed this as hogwash because, as Sean Keeley, Orange-blogger extraordinaire, put it,…

  15. 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament: Previewing Arch Madness

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    The Missouri Valley Conference has been perhaps the most competitive and unpredictable league in the country. That speaks to the parity of the conference’s members, but makes only one thing certain in this tournament: there will be chaos. Check out a preview below: (CLICK HERE to browse through all of our conference tournament previews) The Bracket…

  16. VIDEO: Nerlens Noel, the rapper?

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Patric Young

    Nerlens Noel has had some time to kill since getting injured, and apparently, in between rehab sessions and court-side seats at Rupp, the future top five pick has … been rapping? He released a song called “Number 9″ with a local rapper and Kentucky fan named Wes Grams. And honestly, he’s not bad. His flow…

  17. Five underappreciated college hoops rivalries

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Utah State BYU

    On Saturday afternoon, the final installment of Syracuse and Georgetown’s Big East rivalry will come to a fitting close: final day of the regular season played in front of a packed house on ESPN’s Gameday with a conference title on the line. This isn’t the first great rivalry to get crushed during the Expansionocalypse Paper…

  18. Southern Conference tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bob McKillop

    Another year, another Southern Conference title for Bob McKillop’s Davidson Wildcats, who finished the regular season 17-1 in league play. Jake Cohen was the coaches’ pick for SoCon Player of the Year, and he combines with De’Mon Brooks (who won the award last season) to form the conference’s best front court tandem. Elon, led by…

  19. Conference record overblown when it comes to tournament profiles

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Maurice Sutton, Tony Chennault, JayVaughn Pinkston

    Late in Villanova’s win over No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday night, Mike Patrick and LaPhonso Ellis got into a fairly lengthy discussion about how this win will affect the Wildcat’s NCAA tournament status. They said that Villanova, despite losing to Seton Hall, getting swept by Providence and dropping an 18 point decision to Columbia at…

  20. The Little Dances: Championship Week Day 3 Preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    cole dickerson

    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…