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  1. N.C. State knocks off Xavier, advances to face No. 5 Saint Louis

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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    Is N.C. State now the trendy upset pick?

  2. Late Night Snacks: NC State, Albany advance to Round of 64

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    T.J. Warren

    Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s First Four and NIT contests.

  3. Albany blows 19-point first half lead, defeats Mount St. Mary’s in First Four to play No. 1 Florida

    Mar 18, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    DJ Evans

    Albany wins the first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. How will the Great Danes stack up against top-ranked Florida?

  4. Xavier’s Chris Mack puts tournament in perspective after family survives crash with drunk driver

    Mar 18, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

    Chris Mack

    In 2013, for the first time in seven seasons, Xavier failed to make the NCAA tournament. This year, in a new conference Chris Mack’s Musketeers got one of the last four bids, playing NC State in the First Four on Tuesday night. It must have been a relief to hear Xavier’s name called on Selection…

  5. First Four might not always be in Dayton

    Aug 17, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    LIU Brooklyn v James Madison

    The First Four took a little getting used to for those of us who remember when the tourney was a perfectly balanced 64 teams. Even so, the fact that it was hosted at the University of Dayton year-in and year-out helped give it a certain cachet and familiarity. Dayton, of course, would love to keep…

  6. Late Night Snacks: La Salle, James Madison advance to Round of 64 Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Nation James Madison

    Game of the Day: La Salle 80, Boise State 71 On the 150th anniversary of its founding, La Salle got an NCAA tournament victory of a quality Boise State team to advance to the Round of 64. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway are proving to be a dynamic scoring combo in the backcourt, with 22…

  7. James Madison outpaces LIU, advances to Round of 64 vs. Indiana

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    James Madison

    Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn, James Madison had to know that pace would be what ultimately decides who would advance to play No. 1 Indiana in the Round of 64. Against the run-and-gun scoring offense of LIU, the Dukes controlled the pace and were efficient on the offensive end of their way to a 68-55…

  8. Late Night Snacks: NC A&T, Saint Mary’s get wins in First Four Tuesday

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    North Carolina A&T

    Game of the Day: Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57 This is finally the painful end of the 2012-13 season for Kentucky. Robert Morris perfectly executed an inbound play with nine seconds remaining an drew a foul, hit its free throws, and sealed the upset win over the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. Coach John Calipari never got…

  9. NC A&T survives Liberty in First Four, advances to play No. 1 Louisville

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Cy Alexander

    No. 16 North Carolina A&T shot 51.9 percent from the floor, twelve percentage points above its season average, outlasting fellow No. 16 seed Liberty, 73-72, in the opening game of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. A&T missed the front end of two separate one-and-one situations in the final 19 seconds, leaving the…

  10. Pregame Shootaround 3.19.13: NCAA tournament tips off with First Four in Dayton

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova

    Game of the Day: Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee (9:10 p.m. ET, truTV) The night cap of the First Four in Dayton features two bubble teams who were both able to fall on the right side of that bubble and into the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday. For Saint Mary’s, everything starts with guard Matthew Dellavedova,…

  11. Vermont beats Lamar in First Four, moves on to play UNC

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

    vermontlamar

    Considering the two thrilling comebacks that ended Tuesday night’s First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, I was hesitant to write this lede too soon. Luckily, it worked out. Vermont led for the final 32 minutes of regulation and never allowed Lamar to get back within eight points in the second half, moving on to the…

  12. Duke tops field in first bracket projection

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:52 AM EDT

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    No surprise that Duke is the No. 1 overall seed in our first in-season bracket projection.  The Blue Devils are joined on the top line by Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Kansas.  A strong group of No. 2 seeds includes Michigan State, Kansas State, Georgetown and Connecticut.   Few teams have elevated their outlook more than the…

  13. Dayton gets 'First Four' — Flyers eye home game

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Dayton closed out an up-and-down 2009-10 season with an NIT championship. Now, with seven players gone from that 25-12 team, the Flyers are trying to return to the Big Dance and could do it if guys like Chris Wright and Chris Johnson deliver. They’ll be among the bubble teams. Pretty sure I know where they’d…