NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 loaded with power conference contenders

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While the first four days of this year’s NCAA Tournament provided plenty of entertainment, an overall lack of earth-shattering upsets has filled the Sweet 16 with perennial-powers and highly-seeded hopefuls, essentially ensuring that 2015 won’t be remembered as the year of the giant-killers. Of course, the unexpected exits of both Villanova and Virginia robbed the field of two of it’s ...

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NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 schedule

Sweet 16

The 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 field is set and the tip times for Thursday and Friday have been announced. The Midwest and West regions play Thursday while the East and South regions will play Friday night. Below are tip times and announcer teams for the Sweet 16 games: Thursday, March 23 Midwest Region: No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. ...

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Michigan State sends Virginia packing for second consecutive season

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Less than 24 hours after top-seeded Villanova fell to eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Saturday night, Michigan State continued it’s recent run of success by defeating No. 2 seed Virginia 60-54 on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. Seeded seventh in the East Region, Michigan state essentially replicated it’s winning recipe from 2014 when the Big Ten-power beat the Cavaliers in the ...

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Duke basketball basically a lock for Final Four spot now

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Every season, the NCAA Tournament is completely unpredictable. But sometimes … Sometimes it’s easy to just spot a sure thing. Such is the case with the Duke Blue Devils so far in this tournament. They obviously came in as a No. 1 seed, but the way they’ve dominated their first two opponents and based on the teams standing in their ...

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UCLA is becoming NCAA Tournament’s big-name cinderella

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Usually, the term ”Cinderella” is reserved for one of college basketball’s smaller programs that manages to put everything together at the right time, and with a little luck, ride the magic of March Madness into the depths of the NCAA Tournament, surpassing all expectations on the way to an appearance in the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and even the Final ...

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Dayton steps into familiar role with upset-win over Providence

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Just when it looked as though the second full day of the NCAA Tournament was about to conclude without a single upset, 11th-seeded Dayton downed sixth-seeded Providence 66-53 to earn it’s second victory of the tournament and a Sunday-stroll with third-seeded Oklahoma in the East Region. Playing in front of what was essentially a home crowd in Columbus, the Flyers ...

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Tyler Harvey, remember the name

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Down 21 with just 10 minutes left, the Eastern Washington Eagles were on their heels. All season long, the Big Sky Conference winners have been led by a little-known stud by the name of Tyler Harvey. From Torrance, California, Harvey wasn’t recruited by many collegiate teams. Jim Hayford’s Eastern Washington team decided to bring him in. From the first game ...

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NCAA Tournament: Upsets claim four as Cinderellas emerge

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Just one day into the madness, this year’s NCAA Tournament has ended for a pair of Big 12-powers, the nation learned the names of two giant-killers, and two traditionally-tough contenders have extended their season after succeeding in an ironic exercise of role-reversal. In the West Region, junior R.J. Hunter nearly sent his father, Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, to ...

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Notre Dame survives scare against Northeastern

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The three seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish came into today’s second-round matchup against the fourteen seed Northeastern Huskies as major favorites, but barely came away with a win. Northeastern had the basketball with a chance to tie or win the game, but a turnover with just 1.9 seconds remaining in the game sent Zach Auguste to the free-throw line. Auguste ...

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Big 12 basketball has nothing to prove in NCAA Tournament

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For a variety of reasons, if asked to name college basketball’s best conference, the majority of hoop-heads would confidently state that either the Big Ten or ACC is currently the nation’s finest. Whether it’s true or not, that response is the direct result of the preconceived notion that most members of football-focused conferences such as the Big 12, SEC, and ...

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