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Syracuse succeeding as NCAA Tournament’s makeshift Cinderella

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As a nationally respected program with a lengthy post-season resume, it’s tough to call Syracuse the ”Cinderella” of this year’s NCAA Tournament. But compared to the other three members of this weekend’s Final Four, that’s the role that legendary head coach Jim Boeheim and the Orange have been given. Facing long odds and a rough road to Houston, Syracuse entered ...

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Memories of past disappointments following Villanova into Final Four

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A year ago, head coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats weren’t celebrating one of the biggest wins in program history. They weren’t preparing for a well-deserved trip to the Final Four, and for the second straight year, a once-promising season had ended in misery, otherwise known as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And while they’ve won their ...

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2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship bracket

2016 Men's Basketball Championship Bracket

The NCAA Division I men’s Basketball Championship’s first round begins March 17.  The tournament concludes April 4 in Houston Texas. First Four: March 15-16; UD Arena Dayton, Ohio First and Second Rounds: March 17, 19 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa; PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.; Pepsi Center, Denver; Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I.; March 18, 20 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Scottrade Center, ...

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Notre Dame will enter NCAA Tournament as true wildcard

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The most underrated portion of post-season college basketball is already over, and after four months of upsets, underdogs, and unfulfilled expectations, it’s no great surprise that championship week was just as unpredictable. While every conference has a resident spoiler, or at least one dark horse that nobody wants to play, few worry potential opponents as much as the ACC’s Notre ...

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Gonzaga fighting to keep unbelievable NCAA tourney run alive

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For nearly two decades, Gonzaga basketball has represented the ultimate in mid-major success while dominating the West Coast Conference and redefining the term ”Cinderella” to aspiring giant-killers from every corner of the country. But despite a deceptively-solid record of 23-7, and a 15-3 mark within the conference, Gonzaga is actually in danger of missing out on this year’s madness thanks ...

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Sinking Oklahoma Sooners will have post-season problems

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Despite another 30-plus point effort from Wooden Award-favorite Buddy Hield sixth-ranked Oklahoma collapsed in the second half of Saturday’s Big 12 showdown with No. 23 Texas to lose its fifth conference road contest of the season. With just two games remaining before the Big 12 conference tournament, Saturday’s trip to Texas presented the Sooners with a valuable opportunity to pad ...

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Villanova, Xavier example of Big East’s quality over quantity

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When big money and football-fueled relocation was finally done tearing what was left of the original Big East apart, and the ”Catholic Seven” was all that remained of the legendary conference following the 2012-13 campaign, nobody knew if college basketball would ever be the same. But much like one of the conference’s tough-as-nails teams from the 1980’s, the Big East ...

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Will Iowa and Maryland finish as Big Ten’s best?

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With upsets and unlikely underdogs seemingly more common than ever, nobody should’ve been shocked when nine members of last week’s Associated Press Top-25 fell to lower-ranked opponents on Saturday. In fact, we probably should’ve expected it. But now that the madness of March is closing in, this latest round of upsets will undoubtedly impact the post-season hopes of its victims ...

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Kansas Jayhawks entering 7-game war to defend Big 12 supremacy

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Despite winning 14 of their first 16 games to start the season, it took about eight seconds for a dark, and relatively unfamiliar cloud of doubt to settle over defending Big 12 champion Kansas after suffering an 11-point loss to West Virginia in Morgantown on January 12th. And with losses in two of their next four games to Oklahoma State ...

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St. John’s struggles won’t deter Chris Mullin from building for future

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For most rookie head coaches, losing is a constant companion. But when the losses begin to pile up and weeks pass without a single victory, a rough introduction to coaching can quickly turn into an early trip to the unemployment line. New York City hoops’ legend, former NBA All-Star, and current St. John’s bench-boss Chris Mullin is not most rookie ...

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