Articles By David Fox

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The hours are counting down in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and Gonzaga has plenty of energy. That’s what going to the Sweet 16 will do for you.

 

After Gonzaga’s 87-68 win over Iowa in the round of 32, forward Kyle Wiltjer shared this video of the postgame locker room celebration.

 

Eric McClellan did a backflip and then 52-year-old coach Mark Few attempted a hand stand.

 

The coach is quite nimble.

 

 

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Gonzaga Coach Mark Few Attempts Hand Stand After Iowa Win
Post date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 23:24
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For Kansas’ sake, the Jayhawks should beg to schedule Wichita State soon.

 

In eight years, Gregg Marshall took a program that was already a solid mid-major and built it into a national power. That much was already established before Wichita State's round of 32 game against Kansas.

 

With a nucleus of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, Wichita State went to the Final Four on year and started 35-0 the next. The Shockers have defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Indiana in the NCAA Tournament.

 

The last remaining white whale was in-state blue blood Kansas, a team that hasn’t played Wichita State since 1993. The Shockers spent 22 years waiting for Sunday's 78-65 win for Wichita State.

 

Kansas is conquered, and now maybe Marshall won’t be quite as vocal about wanting a matchup with the Jayhawks.

 

“I'm fine letting the series lay the way it is right now,” Marshall told the media. “The series is good with me at this point.”

 

Kansas, meanwhile, is left wondering what happened. This Jayhawks team isn’t a vintage Bill Self squad. Its best pro prospect, Cliff Alexander, is sitting while the school figures out his standing with the NCAA. But Kansas also won the Big 12 for the 11th consecutive season and managed to get a No. 2 seed.

 

Downplaying this Kansas team is a disservice to Wichita State. This also wasn’t the same Wichita State team from the last two seasons without Cleanthony Early in 2014-15. The Shockers didn’t pick up a signature win until their final game of the regular season against Northern Iowa. They lost twice to teams that didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, including Illinois State in the Missouri Valley tournament.

 

By avoiding Wichita State, Kansas put all the emotion in this game into Wichita State’s corner. Never mind that VanVleet, Baker, Tekele Cotton and Evan Wessel are all really, really good veteran players.

 

“They obviously were better prepared, ready for the moment better than us, and we didn't play very well,” Self told the media. “I obviously didn't get our guys to the point where we should play up to the ability that we should potentially play up to.”

 

Now, Kansas doesn’t have just a loss or just an NCAA Tournament loss or just an early exit. The Jayhawks won’t make it to the Sweet 16 because it lost to a program it long considered unworthy of its time.

 

It’s already started. Losses like this tend to magnify what evertyhing that happened before. Kansas has now lost in the round of 32 in each of the last two years, last year to No. 10 seed Stanford. Before that, a No. 1 seed Kansas lost to No. 4 seed Michigan in the Sweet 16.

 

Expect to hear Kansas’ Final Four in 2012 and national championship from 2008 mentioned a little less prominently.

 

By no means is this a program in turmoil. Kansas will be in a Final Four again soon enough and will keep cranking out Big 12 titles.

 

Wichita State, too, won't be the same program five years from than it was Sunday. Gregg Marshall, whenever he wants to leave Wichita State, will have his pick of places to go. VanVleet and Baker are juniors, and they have one more major thing to accomplish.

 

And it doesn’t involve Kansas.

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Wichita State Doesn't Need Kansas Anymore
Post date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 21:33
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On Friday, Oregon looked like highlighters in the Ducks’ round of 64 win over Oklahoma State.

 

On Sunday, the Ducks looked like their former national championship team. Oregon broke out throwback jerseys for the round of 32 game against Wisconsin, possibly trying to gain some karma from the Ducks’ 1939 “Tall Firs” team that won the first NCAA title.

 

 

 

Here’s what Oregon wore against Oklahoma State:

 

 

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Oregon Wears 1939 Throwbacks for NCAA Tournament Game against Wisconsin
Post date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 19:06
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This year’s East region isn’t the craziest bracket in NCAA Tournament history, but it’s pretty darn close to the top.

 

In a matter of hours, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the region, Villanova and Virginia, lost their round of 32 games. That leaves No. 3 Oklahoma as the top dog in the East region — for now.

 

Not only did the top two seeds in region lose, the outright conference champions from the ACC and Big East lost in the round of 32.

 

How strange is all that? Here are a few answers:

 

• For the first time since field expanded to 64 in 1985, the ACC and Big East outright champions both failed to make it to the Sweet 16. 

 

Now, the unbalanced schedule may have given Virginia a leg up in winning the ACC title at 16-2, one game ahead of Duke. But either way, the Cavaliers are the first outright ACC regular season champ since 2003 Wake Forest to fail to reach the Sweet 16. The 1997 Duke team that lost to Providence in the second round is the only other ACC champion since 1985 to fail to reach the Sweet 16.

 

Villanova was dominant during the regular season, winning the Big East with a four-game lead over Butler. That didn’t stop the Wildcats from losing to the sixth-place team in the ACC. Villanova is the sixth outright Big East champ to lose before the Sweet 16 and the third since 2008. Pittsburgh lost in the second round to Butler in 2011 and Georgetown lost to Davidson in the second round in 2008.

 

• For the first time since 2004, the top two seeds in a region lost before the Sweet 16. In 2004, No. 1 Kentucky lost to No. 9 UAB in the second round and No. 2 Gonzaga lost to No. 7 Nevada. Those upsets cleared the path for No. 3 seed Georgia Tech to reach the Final Four.

 

Only six times in NCAA history, including 2015, have the top two seeds in a region failed to reach the Sweet 16. Not only did it happen in two different regions in the 2000 Tournament, both regions lost their top three seeds, clearing the path for two No. 8 seeds to reach the Final Four (North Carolina and Wisconsin).

 

• Making the upsets more painful for Virginia and Villanova have to be the teams still playing.

 

Villanova defeated Xavier three times during the season by an average of 14.3 points per game, and the Musketeers are the only Big East team left in the field.

 

Meanwhile, Virginia was the first ACC team in nine Tournament games to lose. After NC State’s win over Villanova, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried went so far as to call the ACC “undervalued.” Presumably after Virignia lost to the third-place team in the Big Ten, Gottfried might choose different wording.

 

“In my opinion, it's an undervalued conference right now for how strong our league is,” Gottfried told the media. “So when you went on the road like we have and beat North Carolina or on the road and beat Louisville or beat a Duke team, it's not that you don't respect (Villanova). We respect Villanova, but we've seen good teams. We've seen a lot of them in our conference. You see them about every night. So a league like that prepares you for games like tonight.”

 

No, March Madness is weird, and something strange happens every year. This year, the strangest outcomes happened to be in the East bracket.

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The East the NCAA Tournament's Weirdest Region in 11 Years
Post date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 16:45
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After No. 1 seed Villanova lost 71-68 to NC State in one of the biggest upsets of the NCAA Tournament, one piccolo player in Nova’s band briefly spoke for every Villanova fan out there.

 

Her perseverance to play on, to do her job, in the face of such emotion is an inspiration to us all.

 

 

 

Naturally, we get all the memes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now it seems we have an ID on our piccolo player:

 

 

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Villanova's Crying Piccolo Player is a True Inspiration
Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 23:24
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If your bracket wasn’t already toast, it might be now.

 

Villanova became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the NCAA Tournament, losing to an eight-seeded NC State 71-68.

 

The Wildcats are the 17th No. 1 seed since 1985 to fail to reach the Sweet 16. Last season, undefeated Wichita State lost to Kentucky in the round of 32, and before that Gonzaga lost in the round of 32 to Wichita State.

 

Even by upset standards, this one was weird. 

 

Villanova was one of the best offensive teams in the country during the season, ranking fourth in offensive efficiency on KenPom.

 

Villanova couldn’t buy a basket in the lane as NC State outscored the Wildcats 34-14 in the paint. Villanova shot 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) from 2-point range — compared to 53 percent during the season. The Wildcats were 9-of-28 from 3-point range (32.1 percent) against NC State — after shooting 38.9 percent during the regular season. 

 

Meanwhile, NC State needed LSU to miss its last 12 shots from the floor for a one-point win in the round of 64. Two days later, the Wolfpack led a 33-win team for the entire second half.

 

So what might this mean for next week for the Wolfpack?

 

Each of the last 8/9 seeds that upset a No. 1 advanced at least to the Final Four (2014 Kentucky, 2013 Wichita State and 2011 Butler). Of the 16 Nos. 8-9 seeds to reach the Sweet 16, the same number of them reached the Final Four as lost in the Sweet 16.

 

NC State wasn’t the most predictable team during the season. The Wolfpack beat Duke at home and Louisville and North Carolina on the road. NC State ended up a No. 8 seed by losing at home to Wofford and Clemson and on the road to Wake Forest and Boston College.

 

Those neutral courts, though, have been good to NC State.

 

No. 8/9 Seeds to Reach the Sweet 16
Year8/9 SeedDefeatedAdvanced to..
2015NC State*Villanova????
2014KentuckyWichita StateNational championship game
2013Wichita StateGonzagaFinal Four
2011ButlerPittsburghNational championship game
2010Northern IowaKansasSweet 16
2004UABKentuckySweet 16
2004Alabama*StanfordElite Eight
2002UCLACincinnatiSweet 16
2000North CarolinaStanfordFinal Four
2000WisconsinArizonaFinal Four
1998Rhode IslandKansasElite Eight
1996GeorgiaPurdueSweet 16
1994Boston CollegeNorth CarolinaElite Eight
1992UTEPKansasSweet 16
1990North CarolinaOklahomaSweet 16
1986AuburnSt. John'sElite Eight
1985VillanovaMichiganWon national championship

*coached by Mark Gottfried

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Villanova is the First No. 1 Seed to Fall. What's Next For NC State?
Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 22:39
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Georgia State coach Ron Hunter broke down during his team’s postgame news conference after his team lost 75-67 to Xavier.

 

Who can blame the guy? His son’s game-winning shot against Baylor and Ron Hunter’s memorable celebration has been the story of the NCAA Tournament, and the team has been eating up the moment.

 

The moment came to an end, and Hunter embraced his son when he left the court. R.J. is a junior and an NBA Draft prospect, so this may be the last time the two are on the same team.

 

Hunter got a little choked up as you might imagine.

 

 

 
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Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 21:27
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Reporters and bloggers, don’t forget to tip your stenographers.

 

The NCAA Tournament is full of under-the-radar folks who don’t get the attention they deserve. Among those are the stenographers hired to transcribe every word from every player and every coach in daily press conferences at every site.

 

It’s a thankless job, and one not many players or fans will ever notice. Good on Wisconsin for making sure these folks get their due, and good on the Badgers for finding a creative way to do it.

 

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes tested the press conference stenographers during the Badgers’ interview session during their practice day before tomorrow’s round of 32 game. 

 

Via ASAPSports, here’s the transcript:

 

Q. Nigel, obviously if you look just statistically, you've taken quite a leap in the 3-point shooting, to whatever, and in other areas. Can you describe just the steps you took to kind of, you know, raise those parts of your game?

NIGEL HAYES: Hello, it works now. Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words, cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs). Now, back to your question. It was just a lot of hard work, teammates giving me great confidence, and when you play with players that are very unselfish like the two next to me who also give you that confidence and involve the team, it's a lot easier to get things done.

 

Q. Why did you start off saying those things and then I have to followup.

NIGEL HAYES: Well, the wonderful young lady over there, I think her job title is a stenographer, yes, okay. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary, maybe if I say soliloquy right now, she may have to work a little bit harder to type that word, or quandary, zephyr, Xylophone, things like that, that make her job really interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Challenges NCAA Stenographer with "Cattywampus"
Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 19:58
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If you were rooting for underdogs to advance through the NCAA Tournament, sorry, folks, you’re out of luck on Sunday.

 

Higher-seeded teams went 15-1 on Friday — the exception being No. 11 Dayton over No. 6 seed Providence — setting up a chalk-filled lineup Sunday.

 

Will the trend carry into the Sweet 16 or were all the upsets waiting for Sunday’s action?

 

NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Sunday Preview

All times Eastern

 

No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Virginia

TV: 12:10 p.m., CBS

Site: Charlotte (East Region)

Preview: On the good side for Virginia, the Cavaliers put away Belmont in the round of 32, and Justin Anderson (15 points) came off the bench to have his best game since returning from injury. On the bad side, the Cavs allowed more than one point per possession for the fourth time in the last six games. That happened only four times in the first 28 games. Michigan State made things far too interesting late against Georgia but escaped with a 70-63 win. Given the way both of these teams have played recently, the final minutes will be dramatic. Virginia has been trending the wrong way while Michigan State is starting to put things together.

Prediction: Michigan State 64-61

 

No. 8 San Diego State vs. No. 1 Duke

TV: 2:40 p.m., CBS

Site: Charlotte (South Region)

Preview: The matchup for Duke, particularly in the offensive end, gets significantly tougher after the rout of Robert Morris. This will be a heck of a matchup in the offensive end for Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. San Diego State ranks fourth in the nation in defensive efficiency and will face the No. 2 team nationally in offensive efficiency. The Aztecs also make a living on the offensive glass. Could this be another big moment for seven-footer Marshall Plumlee, who had his first career double-double in the first round win over Robert Morris?

Prediction: Duke 70-58

 

No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 2 Kansas

TV: 5:15 p.m., CBS

Site: Omaha, Neb. (Midwest Region)

Preview: Thank you, selection committee. Wichita State has been begging for a shot at its in-state blue blood since their last meeting in 1993, and now the Shockers get to face Kansas with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Shockers point guard Fred VanVleet was magnificent against Indiana, shutting down Yogi Ferrell late and shooting 9-of-18 from the field. Even if he has the same success against Frank Mason, Wichita State can’t afford another cold shooting day from Ron Baker, who was 0-of-5 from 3 against the Hoosiers. Kansas forward Perry Ellis is still working his way back from injury, scoring nine points in 23 minutes against New Mexico State in the round of 64. If he’s at full strength, the 6-foot-8 junior will be a tough matchup for the Shockers.

Prediction: Kansas 68-67

 

No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 3 Oklahoma

TV: 6:10 p.m., TNT

Site: Columbus, Ohio (East Region)

Preview: The Flyers keep defying fatigue and their roster limitations. Dayton will play its sixth game in nine days when it tips against Oklahoma, and this is with a shortened roster due to attrition in the frontcourt. Oklahoma forward TaShawn Thomas is averaging 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in the last four games, and Ryan Spangler is a rebounding machine (10.8 boards in the last four games). That’s a tough matchup for an undersized Dayton team, but it would be tough to doubt the Flyers now.

Prediction: Oklahoma 66-60

 

No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 3 Gonzaga

TV: 7:10 p.m., TBS

Site: Seattle (South Region)

Preview: Iowa has our attention after a 31-point rout of Atlantic 10 regular season champion Davidson. The Hawkeyes held the offensively minded Wildcats to 52 points and 0.82 points per possession. Now, Iowa faces a Gonzaga team can score in bunches, too, though the Zags aren’t likely to launch 28 3-pointers like Davidson did. The key matchup may be in the defensive end for Gonzaga as 7-1 Przemek Karnowski tries to slow the 6-9 Aaron White, who is averaging 23.8 points in his last six games.

Prediction: Gonzaga 79-70

 

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 1 Wisconsin

TV: 7:45 p.m., truTV

Site: Omaha, Neb. (East Region)

Preview: Wisconsin won’t have an easy trip to the Sweet 16 against one of the hottest teams in the country. The Ducks have lost once since Feb. 14 and that was Arizona in the Pac-12 championship. The Badgers will have to find a way to slow down Joseph Young, who is averaging 25.3 points per game since the start of February. Young grabbed 23 points in a nine-minute stretch alone against Oklahoma State. Wisconsin, the most efficient offensive team in the country, can match Oregon. The big question is who dictates pace of play. The Badgers rank 346th in tempo, while the Ducks rank 75th.

Prediction: Wisconsin 66-62

 

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 4 Maryland

TV: 8:40 p.m., TNT

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Midwest Region)

Preview: Maryland has the unenviable task of prepares for West Virginia on a short turnaround. The Mountaineers are the nation’s No. 1 team in forcing turnovers thanks to their constant pressure. They’re also prodigious on the offensive glass. West Virginia’s round of 64 game against Buffalo was more dramatic than it needed to be, though, because of missed layups. The Mountaineers won’t have as much wiggle room against a top-40 defensive team.

Prediction: Maryland 65-63

 

No. 5 Northern Iowa vs. No. 4 Louisville

TV: 9:40 p.m., TBS

Site: Seattle (East Region)

Preview: Maybe Louisville will be relieved that the big man the Cardinals will face is not UC Irvine’s 7-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye. Although if that opposing big man is Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle — merely 10 inches shorter than Ndiaye — maybe Louisville will reconsider. Tuttle will have his work cut out for him against the Louisville defense, but the Panthers may need Paul Jesperson and Matt Bohannon to knock down 3s to open up the floor.

Prediction: Northern Iowa 62-59

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Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 18:00
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Cincinnati probably felt pretty good about itself after a close first half against Kentucky.

 

Then came Willie Cauley-Stein’s posterizing, demoralizing, roof-shattering dunk on Quadri Moore.

 

Kentucky started slow from the field in the round of 32 game against Cincinnati on Saturday, but Cauley-Stein’s dunk gave Kentucky a 25-24 lead amid a 10-0 run to end the first half.

 

 

If the dunk wasn’t demoralizing enough for Moore and Cincinnati, Bearcats forward Octavius Ellis, UC’s leading scorer, took a knee to the back, sending him to the locker room early.

 

Cauley-Stein has done this to dozens of players this season, but the dunks never stop being amazing. The stills here are almost as good as the video:

 

 

 

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Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 16:19
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No matter what happens in the Sweet 16, UCLA is in for a juicy matchup.

 

If UCLA faces Gonzaga, it will be a rematch of a 2006 Sweet 16 game. That game ended in an emotional Adam Morrison and a UCLA team headed to the national title game.

 

If UCLA faces Iowa, the former employer of coach Steve Alford. The separation wasn’t completely amicable.

 

Yet neither of these games should even happen.

 

Kudos to UCLA for taking advantage of the postseason life preserver the selection committee handed the Bruins. UCLA is heading to the Sweet 16 for the second time under Alford in a year when the Bruins probably should have made the NIT.

 

That said, UCLA’s wins the last two days still doesn’t justify the selection committee’s most controversial pick.

 

UCLA still made the field with an RPI of 48, lower than first-four-out teams Colorado State, Temple or Old Dominion. UCLA still made the field with no win as good as Temple’s win at Kansas. UCLA still made the field with three sub-100 RPI losses compared to none for Colorado State. UCLA still made the field with lopsided losses to Kentucky, North Carolina, Utah and Oregon.

 

The decision for UCLA to be in the field was still a blunder even though the Bruins are in the Sweet 16.

 

The trip to the Sweet 16 has proven that UCLA can beat SMU and UAB. The SMU win was only UCLA’s second over a top-25 KenPom team, and the Bruins needed a controversial goal tend call to do it. And beating No. 122 UAB was no different than beating Washington, Oregon State or San Diego, at least as far as the rankings are concerned.

 

A handful of NIT teams could beat SMU and UAB or any No. 6 and No. 11 seeds in the field. Kansas State has seven RPI top-100 wins and managed to miss the the NIT because of a losing record.

 

In other words, it’s possible to be in the Sweet 16 and not deserve to be there at the same time.

 

"The selection committee thought we were good enough to play in this tournament, and I think we proved it," forward Tony Parker told the media after the win over UAB.

 

Now, this isn’t to denigrate UCLA’s accomplishment the last three days. Seriously, good for Steve Alford and the depth-challenged Bruins for seizing the moment. We get to see another week of father and son in the NCAA Tournament, and that’s pretty cool. We get more Tony Parker soundbites. We’re going to get an entertaining Sweet 16 game.

 

These are all good things for college basketball fans.

 

They just never should have happened.

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Post date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 15:55
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Officiating took center stage in the final minutes of yet another NCAA Tournament game when Maryland was not called for a foul on the final shot attempt in a 65-62 win over Valparaiso.

 

Up 3 in the final moments, Mark Turgeon inserted little-used 5-foot-9 guard Varun Ram as his roster battled foul trouble late in the game. Ram will go into the official record as defending Keith Carter on his potential game-tying shot as time expired.

 

Ram got a piece of Carter’s arm on the play, and Carter probably should have gone to the line for three shots. Certainly that’s not guarantee the game would go to overtime, but Valpo will never know.

 

This isn’t the first officiating issue in late games in the round of 64 and perhaps not the most egregious.

 

In an earlier game Friday, Louisville’s Terry Rozier was not called for a foul after reaching in on UC Irvine’s ball handler as the Anteaters weren’t able to get into their offense for the final play of a 57-55 loss.

 

The most controversial, though, will be the goal tend call that enabled UCLA to score the game-winning points against SMU. The Mustangs’ Yanick Moreira swatted the Alford 3-point shot on its descent, but the ball did not appear to be close to entering the basket. UCLA won 60-59.

 

The images from SMU's goal tend:

 

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Post date: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 20:23
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The field has been whittled by half. And thanks to the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament, the round of 32 on Saturday is full of some of the most unlikely teams.

 

The day that probably killed your bracket gives us four double-digit seeds among the 16 teams in action Saturday.

 

Will the upset trend continue into the Sweet 16?

 

NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

All times Eastern

 

No. 14 UAB vs. No. 11 UCLA

TV: 12:10 p.m., CBS

Site: Louisville, Ky. (South Region)

Preview: One way or another, the Sweet 16 is going to have one of the surprise teams of the Tournament — either a team that was 16-15 entering the conference tournaments or the most-derided at-large team in the field. Both teams had an other-worldly effort in the round of 64. UAB held Iowa State’s prolific offense to 0.86 points per possession, the Cyclones’ lowest average since Jan. 4. For UCLA, coach’s son Bryce Alford hit nine 3-pointers, more than one-tenth of his season-long total.

Prediction: UCLA 76-69

 

No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Kentucky

TV: 2:40 p.m., CBS

Site: Louisville, Ky. (South Region)

Preview: If it wasn’t tough enough already for Cincinnati to attempt the upset of upsets against Kentucky, the Bearcats aren’t in ideal shape to take on the 35-0 Wildcats. Cincinnati expended plenty of energy to overcome a Purdue lead — by as much as 7 in the final minute — to beat the Boilermakers in overtime. 

Prediction: Kentucky 77-50

 

No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Arizona

TV: CBS

Site: Portland, Ore. (West Region)

Preview: The storylines are many. Arizona coach Sean Miller will face his old boss from Xavier in Thad Matta, who preceded Miller as the coach of the Musketeers. The game also will feature the best freshmen in the country who don’t play for Duke and Kentucky in Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Russell and the Buckeyes’ other two freshmen, Jae'Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, came up with big shots against VCU, but going from VCU’s havoc to Arizona’s defense is quite the challenging turnaround.

Prediction: Arizona 66-60

 

No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier

TV: 6:10 p.m., TNT

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: Georgia State is embracing its time as the country’s favorite mid-major of the moment. What would really help Georgia State keep this run going is a full-game performance from star R.J. Hunter. Hunter scored 12 points in the final three minutes against Baylor, but only four before then. Xavier had one of the most complete games of the round of 64 with center Matt Stainbrook and guard Dee Davis combining for 37 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Xavier also held Ole Miss’ top two guards to 14 points and 5-of-26 shooting.

Prediction: Xavier 71-61

 

No. 8 NC State vs. No. 1 Villanova

TV: 7:10 p.m., TBS

Site: Pittsburgh (East Region)

Preview: NC State moved to Saturday thanks to an 0-of-12 shooting drought from LSU in a 66-65. The Wolfpack can’t count on that from Villanova, one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country. NC State ranks 343rd in the country in forcing turnovers, so the Wolfpack will need to defend Villanova in the halfcourt, a risky proposition. If NC State is going to be the giant-killer it was during the regular season with wins over Duke, Louisville and North Carolina, it will take a major effort.

Prediction: Villanova 79-70

 

No. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 Georgetown

TV: 7:45 p.m., CBS

Site: Portland, Ore. (South Region)

Preview: Both teams conquered the upset bug in their round of 64 games against Stephen F. Austin and Eastern Washington. Look for Utah’s Delon Wright against Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Hoyas big man Josh Smith against the Utes’ frontcourt to be two of the most interesting matchups of the round of 32.

Prediction: Utah 65-60

 

No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina

TV: 8:40 p.m., TNT

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: This is the odds-on favorite for the most entertaining game of the day with the way North Carolina and Arkansas like to run the floor. The individual matchups also bring promise. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige and Razorbacks’ Michael Qualls will look to go shot for shot, and the Hogs’ Bobby Portis will face an offensive rebounding machine that dominates the paint.

Prediction: North Carolina 78-72

 

No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

TV: 9:40 p.m., TBS

Site: Pittsburgh (Midwest Region)

Preview: The all-Indiana round of 32 game will match up one of the nation’s elite all-around offensive teams with a top-10 defensive team. Notre Dame is the nation’s No. 1 team from 2-point range, No. 17 from 3-point range and No. 33 from the free throw line. It all starts with Jerian Grant, who will be a tough matchup for Roosevelt Jones and Alex Barlow. The latter has averaged more than two steals per game the last two years.

Prediction: Notre Dame 76-68

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A day after upsetting Baylor in the NCAA Tournament, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter can’t even get a celebratory breakfast. 

 

Right now, Hunter is probably the most famous person in the country with a torn Achilles, sustained during the celebration after his team won the Sun Belt championship.

 

He’s following doctors orders to stay seated with only moderate success. At least Wednesday, the morning before the Panthers are scheduled to face Xavier in the round of 32, Georgia State’s freshmen were tasked with bringing the coach breakfast.

 

“Seven grapes,” Hunter told the media at Friday’s news conference. “That's what they brought the coach to eat this morning. I had a list of stuff I wanted to eat and the freshmen brought me seven grapes. They're enjoying this, trust me.”

 

That includes the coach’s son, R.J. Hunter. An NBA Draft prospect, Hunter hit the game-winning 3 to beat Baylor and send his father his stool in the classic highlight.

 

A day later, R.J. re-enacted the fall. It’s pretty much awesome:

 

 

Check out the rest of the ways Georgia State is keeping it loose:

 

• “My doctor is on her way here because I cracked the cast so I'm getting recasted today, because I cracked the cast on the fall. And when I got to the locker room, I started pulling some of the stuff away and it just opened up, and she looked at it, she said this is wrong, you're making it worse. I've got to recasted. I don't even know what recasted means,

 

• “The players are absolutely just killing me with all this right now. I'm rolling around in, not even a wheelchair, in a scooter that's half broken. The thing I sat in yesterday, I have no idea what that little circle thing, that stool that I think you sit in if you're typing something. Just been an interesting week, but I won't trade this for the world. It's been great.”

 

• “I'm still trying to get fame in my own house. I don't know what you're talking about. My daughter is here. She's getting married in a few weeks, and we had breakfast this morning, and all she asked was for another check to write out for this wedding thing. I don't know what fame you're talking about. I'm writing checks out for a wedding right now. My son is not listening to me. My wife is doing interviews. I tried to talk to her this morning, and she said her people would get with my people. I don't know what fame you're talking about. I have no fame.”

 

• “I'm definitely using the same chair. That chair has been locked and covered right now. That chair has more protection than the President of the United States right now. I want that chair back. I don't know where they got it from, but that chair, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Whenever we leave, I'm taking that chair with me. Win, lose or draw, that chair is going to be in my house with me the rest of my life.”

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The NCAA Tournament never ceases to amaze.

 

In the first half of Arkansas’ game against Wofford, Razorbacks’ guard Rashad Madden lost a shoe, kicking it into the stands.

 

Play never stopped, so one of Madden’s teammates threw a replacement shoe from the bench. Presumably they were the same size.

 

We’ll never know. Play stopped when officials called a delay of game warning rather than a technical foul much to the surprise of the TNT announcing crew.

 

See for yourself.

 

 

Here's the entire sequence:

 

 

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How is the NCAA Tournament going to top the first day of play for the field of 64?

 

Certainly, that’s going to be tough after two 14 seeds won early in the day and Ohio State beat VCU in overtime.

 

The fireworks might not be quite as pronounced — though if there’s an upset it will be a biggie. Three No. 2 seeds and two No. 1 seeds are in action Friday, meaning we’ll get a good idea of how some of the favorites will look in their first NCAA game.

 

Here's what you have to look forward to during the second day of the round of 64.

 

NCAA Tournament Round of 64 Friday Preview

All times Eastern

 

No. 15 New Mexico State vs. No. 2 Kansas

TV: 12:15 p.m., CBS

Site: Omaha, Neb. (Midwest Region)

Preview: Kansas is hoping Perry Ellis will regain his pre-injury form. Ellis played in the last two games of the Big 12 tournament, but went 6-of-21 from the field in those two games. The Jayhawks might not have too much trouble with New Mexico State, but Ellis’ recovery will be worth watching for KU’s chances of advancing into the second weekend.

Prediction: Kansas 67-57

 

No. 10 Georgia vs. No. 7 Michigan State

TV: 12:40 p.m., truTV

Site: Charlotte, N.C. (East Region)

Preview: Michigan State is one of the hottest teams in the country, winning four of its last five and taking Wisconsin to overtime in the Big Ten championship for its only loss. The Spartans have averaged 111 points per 100 possessions and shot 54 percent from 2-point range during the last five games. Meanwhile, Georgia has been the walking wounded with Kenny Gaines missing the Bulldogs’ last game with a foot injury.

Prediction: Michigan State 71-67

 

No. 12 Wyoming vs. No. 5 Northern Iowa

TV: 1:40 p.m., TBS

Site: Seattle (East Region)

Preview: Get read for a grinder in a flyover state special in the round of 64. Wyoming ranks 344th in adjusted tempo while Northern Iowa ranks 348th. Possessions will be low, but Northern Iowa still has Seth Tuttle and a top-20 offense and defense on KenPom.

Prediction: Northern Iowa 60-53

 

No. 12 Buffalo vs. No. 5 West Virginia

TV: 2:10 p.m., TNT

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Midwest Region)

Preview: Buffalo knows what it’s going to get out of West Virginia. The Mountaineers press and press and press, forcing turnovers on 28.2 percent of possessions. The Mountaineers will face a team that’s pretty secure with the ball. Upset brewing for the upstart Bulls?

Prediction: Buffalo 64-60

 

No. 10 Indiana vs. No. 7 Wichita State

TV: 2:45 p.m., CBS

Site: Omaha, Neb. (Midwest Region)

Preview: Three-point happy Indiana faces a team that ranks 14th in defensive efficiency. The Shockers allow opponents to shoot 34.4 percent from 3, a figure that ranks 185th nationally. Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Tekele Cotton and Darius Carter might have a field day against a Hoosiers team that struggles to defend.

Prediction: Wichita State 77-70

 

No. 15 Belmont vs. No. 2 Virginia

TV: 3:10 p.m., truTV

Site: Charlotte, N.C. (East Region)

Preview: This is not the Belmont team you may have picked in your bracket a few years ago. The Bruins finished third in the Ohio Valley before knocking off Murray State in the title game. At the same time, this isn’t the Virginia team from early in the year. The Cavaliers have been turnover-happy in recent games and are easy Justin Anderson back into the lineup. If Belmont can go crazy from 3-point range again, just maybe...

Prediction: Virginia 68-60

 

No. 13 UC Irvine vs. No. 4 Louisville

TV: Seattle (East Region)

Site: 4:10 p.m., TBS

Preview: Louisville has reached at least the Sweet 16 in each of the last three Tournaments, going back to an upset loss to No. 13 seed Morehead State in 2011. The Cardinals, though, bring a shorthanded team to the tournament without point guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed in late February. The Cards can’t shoot 3s, so they’ll have to get to the rim. A troublesome proposition with 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye on the other end.

Prediction: Louisville 70-60

 

No. 13 Valparaiso vs. No. 4 Maryland

TV: 4:40 p.m., TNT

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Midwest Region)

Preview: This is the rare game where the mid-major has the bigger lineup than the top-four seed from the Big Ten. Valparaiso starts Vashil Fernandez (6-10), Alec Peters (6-9) and E. Victor Nickerson (6-8). Maryland starts only one guy taller than 6-7 (Jake Layman). Maryland’s big guards of Dez Wells and Melo Trimble should have an advantage against the Valpo backcourt.

Prediction: Maryland 64-59

 

No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Oregon

TV: 6:50 p.m., TBS

Site: Omaha, Neb. (West Region)

Preview: Oregon won seven of its last eight to get into the field while Oklahoma State has lost six of the last seven. That’s a lot of momentum going in opposite directions. 

Prediction: Oregon 78-67

 

No. 16 Robert Morris vs. No. 1 Duke

TV: 7:10 p.m., CBS

Site: Charlotte, N.C. (South Region)

Preview: The 6-11 Jahlil Okafor plays a team from the Northeast Conference without a player taller than 6-9. It won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Duke 89-65

 

No. 10 Davidson vs. No. 7 Iowa

TV: Seattle (South Region)

Site: 7:20 p.m., TNT

Preview: Davidson is one of the best offensive teams in the country thanks to its prolific 3-point shooting — the Wildcats shoot 39.3 percent from long range and derive 40.7 percent of their scoring from 3-pointers. Iowa isn’t the offensive team it was a year ago, but the Hawkeyes have three bigs in Aaron White, Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury who will be a tough matchup for Davidson.

Prediction: Davidson 77-73

 

No. 14 Albany vs. No. 3 Oklahoma

TV: 7:27 p.m., truTV

Site: Columbus, Ohio (East Region)

Preview: Albany got into the Tournament on a wild shot by Peter Hooley against Stony Brook in the America East final. The Great Danes run into an Oklahoma team that ranks fifth in defensive efficiency and had its own clutch shotmaker in Buddy Hield.

Prediction: Oklahoma 75-65

 

No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 1 Wisconsin

TV: 9:20 p.m., TBS

Site: Omaha, Neb. (West Region)

Preview: Coastal Carolina beat Auburn, gave Ole Miss a game and played a tough first half against UCLA this season. Still, this will be a shock for the Chanticleers.

Prediction: Wisconsin 80-60

 

No. 9 St. John’s vs. No. 8 San Diego State

TV: 9:40 p.m., CBS

Site: Charlotte, N.C. (South Region)

Preview: San Diego State is winning on defense and only defense. The Aztecs rank sixth in effective field goal defense and 271st in effective field goal shooting. St. John’s will try to get out and run against a team that would prefer to bleed the clock.

Prediction: San Diego State 58-53

 

No. 15 North Dakota State vs. No. 2 Gonzaga

TV: 9:50 p.m., TNT

Site: Seattle (South Region)

Preview: North Dakota State will try to find a way to slow down Gonzaga’s balanced offensive attack with a Summit League roster and a short bench. 

Prediction: Gonzaga 79-65

 

No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 6 Providence

TV: 9:57 p.m., truTV

Site: Columbus, Ohio (East Region)

Preview: Dayton won’t have homecourt advantage after playing on its own floor for the First Four, but the Flyers might have their share of fans at Columbus. Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton are stars for Providence, but forwards Ben Bentil and Tyler Harris could have success against Dayton’s thinned frontcourt.

Prediction: Providence 77-68

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Forget UAB, now Georgia State is our favorite moment of March Madness so far.

 

The Panthers defeated Baylor 57-56 on a 30-foot 3-point shot from R.J. Hunter with four seconds remaining, giving the NCAA Tournament its second win for a No. 14 seed over a No. 3 in the first three games.

 

Why is Georgia State the nation’s most interesting mid-major? Let us count the ways:

 

• R.J. Hunter scored 12 points in the final three minutes after scoring four before then. Hunter happens to be the son of the coach, Ron Hunter.

 

• Ron Hunter happens to be on one leg after tearing his Achilles when Georgia State won the Sun Belt championship to go to the NCAA Tournament. R.J.’s game-winning shot sent Ron Hunter from his stool. Read that again: COACH RON HUNTER FELL OFF HIS STOOL CELEBRATING HIS SON’S GAME-WINNING SHOT IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.

 

Just watch:

 

 

 

We should also point out that Georgia State played Baylor without point guard Ryan Harrow, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury. If the name Harrow sounds familiar, it’s because he was the maligned point guard at Kentucky when the Wildcats fell to the NIT two seasons ago.

 

And Harrow is one of a few redemption stories on this Georgia State roster. The Panthers also have on their roster Kevin Ware, the guard who sustained a gruesome broken leg in an Elite Eight game with Louisville in 2013. Ware had four points and three assists in the upset of Baylor.

 

March Madness, man.

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Thanks to its own administration’s decision to shut down football, UAB is a football school. The basketball team made it all that more official.

 

If you’re still looking for a rooting interest in the NCAA Tournament, now you have one.

 

No. 14 seed UAB upset Iowa State 60-59 for the first major upset of the Tournament, sending the Cyclones home and busting brackets all over the country. UAB was the first team to hold Iowa State to less than 60 points since Texas Tech on Jan. 23, 2013.

 

UAB lost its final two games of the regular season and entered the Conference USA tournament at 16-15. The Blazers, though, were up for the task against an Iowa State team that won 25 games and had a knack for second-half comebacks in recent games.

 

Here’s how UAB closed out the game:

 

UAB fans haven’t had much to cheer as the administration elected to shut down football just as the Blazers wrapped up their best season in 10 years. 

 

If that’s not a reason to pull for UAB as it faces SMU or UCLA in the next round, maybe this will help:

 

 

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The field of 64 hasn’t even started, and already we have a full dose of March Madness.

 

From Albany’s wild shot to get into the NCAA Tournament on Saturday to a 94-90 Ole Miss win in the First Four, we hope college hoops has given us only an appetizer of what’s to come.

 

With three No. 3 vs. No. 14 games kicking things off and the fourth finishing the opening day, this Tournament could set the tone for upsets right from the start.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to know to get through the first day of round of 64 action.

 

No. 14 Northeastern vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

TV: 12:15 p.m., CBS

Site: Pittsburgh (Midwest Region)

Preview: Notre Dame has been bounced by a double-digit seed in each of its last four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three times in the first round. This wouldn’t seem to be one of those times. Northeastern, which ranks 170th nationally in defensive efficiency, is going to have a tough time guarding Jerian Grant.

Prediction: Notre Dame 80-68

 

No. 14 UAB vs. No. 3 Iowa State

TV: 12:40 p.m., truTV

Site: Louisville, Ky. (South Region)

Preview: The first day of the field of 64 starts with another 3-14 game between a high-powered, up-tempo offensive team against a sub-100 defensive team. UAB’s best hope will be to slow the pace. The Blazers rank 218th in possession length while Iowa State ranks second.

Prediction: Iowa State 78-65

 

No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 3 Baylor

TV: 1:30 p.m., TBS

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: Georgia State’s hopes to upset Baylor may rest in the health of point guard Ryan Harrow. The Kentucky transfer has played six minutes in the last two games while nursing a hamstring injury. The best pro prospect on the floor may be Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter, a 6-6 guard who averages 19.8 points per game. The Panthers will need to get him going against a Baylor team that hasn’t lost in the first weekend in its last four trips to the Tourney going back to 2008. Baylor plays a zone defense, but the Panthers’ 3-point shooting (31.9 percent, ranked 272nd nationally) may be ill-suited for the upset.

Prediction: Baylor 65-59

 

No. 15 Texas Southern vs. No. 2 Arizona

TV: 2:10 p.m., TNT

Site: Portland, Ore. (West Region)

Preview: Texas Southern is the second-lowest ranked team on KenPom.com in the field, but the Tigers have two high-major wins on their ledger this season (Michigan State and Kansas State) and have lost only twice in the new year. Arizona, ranked third nationally in defensive efficiency and 11th in offensive efficiency, shouldn’t have much trouble.

Prediction: Arizona 67-50

 

No. 11 Texas vs. No. 6 Butler

TV: 2:45 p.m., CBS

Site: Pittsburgh (Midwest Region)

Preview: Texas will have a major size advantage with Jonathan Holmes, Myles Turner and Cameron Ridley in the frontcourt against a Butler team with one regular taller than 6-foot-7. The 3-point shooting of Butler guards Kellen Dunham and Alex Barlow, who shoot a combined 40 percent from long range, will be key. Texas is plenty talented, but the Longhorns found a way to lose 13 games this season.

Prediction: Butler 72-68

 

No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 6 SMU

TV: 3:10 p.m., truTV

Site: Louisville, Ky. (South Region)

Preview: Larry Brown is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988, and he’ll face one of two teams he took to the Final Four. UCLA was the most controversial pick in the bracket, and it’s easy to see why. To win its first NCAA game since 1988, the Mustangs will have to beat a team that ranks 76th in defensive efficiency, ranks 241st in free throw rate and has no depth to speak of.

Prediction: SMU 71-62

 

No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Xavier

TV: 4:10 p.m., TBS

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: Ole Miss went from one of the last teams in the field to one of the must-watch teams. The Rebels scored 62 points in the second half of a 94-90 win over BYU in First Four. The must-watch matchup will be the 5-10 dynamo Stefan Moody and 6-10 center Matt Stainbrook.

Prediction: Ole Miss 76-71

 

No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 7 VCU

TV: 4:40 p.m., TNT

Site: Portland, Ore. (West Region)

Preview: One of the nation’s best freshmen and prettiest passers, D’Angelo Russell, takes on VCU’s havoc defense in a first-round game. That makes this one of the most intriguing matchups of the first day of the Tournament. VCU’s defense is weakened without Briante Weber, but this is still a tough draw for an Ohio State team that picked up few wins over top teams this season.

Prediction: Ohio State 64-60

 

No. 16 Lafayette vs. No. 1 Villanova

TV: 6:50 p.m., TBS

Site: Pittsburgh (East Region)

Preview: Villanova ranks fourth in the nation in offensive efficiency. Lafayette ranks 337th. See you in the second round, Wildcats.

Prediction: Villanova 85-60

 

No. 9 Purdue vs. No. 8 Cincinnati

TV: 7:10 p.m., CBS

Site: Louisville, Ky. (Midwest Region)

Preview: An 8-9 game that includes only three guys averaging double figures this season. Winner gets Kentucky. They can’t all be classics.

Prediction: Purdue 65-59

 

No. 13 Harvard vs. No. 4 North Carolina

TV: 7:20 p.m., TNT

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: Harvard was a preseason top 25 team with guys like Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers returning to an Ivy team that has won first-round games in each of the last two Tournaments. The Crimson, though, might not be able to keep up with North Carolina’s offensive track meet.

Prediction: North Carolina 80-70

 

No. 12 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 Utah

TV: 7:27 p.m., truTV

Site: Portland, Ore. (South Region)

Preview: This will be a heck of a 12-5 matchup. The Lumberjacks have lost once since Nov. 24 while Utah hasn’t defeated a team in the field since Jan. 4 — and that team was UCLA. Stephen F. Austin moves the ball as well as any team in the country, ranking fourth in assists per field goals made while Utah is an elite defensive team on the perimeter.

Prediction: Stephen F. Austin 67-65

 

No. 9 LSU vs. No. 8 NC State

TV: 9:20 p.m., TBS

Site: Pittsburgh (East Region)

Preview: Who knows what we’re going to get out of this game. The seasons for both teams were marked by inconsistency. There’s plenty of talent on both rosters, but these teams combined for 23 losses. Between LSU’s end-of-game mishaps and NC State point guard Cat Barber’s hot-and-cold game, this could be a wild one.

Prediction: NC State 69-66

 

No. 16 Hampton vs. No. 1 Kentucky

TV: 9:40 p.m., CBS

Site: Louisville, Ky. (Midwest Region)

Preview: At least Hampton coach Edward Joyner Jr. is a good sport about the mismatch that’s on its way. The Pirates entered the MEAC Tournament 12-17 and has one regular taller than 6-7. This won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Kentucky 87-50

 

No. 12 Wofford vs. No. 5 Arkansas

TV: 9:50 p.m., TNT

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (West Region)

Preview: This will be a battle of tempo — Arkansas presses and runs at the 11th-fastest tempo while Wofford is a methodical team ranked 316th in tempo. The question is how Wofford’s undersized lineup will find a way to stop Arkansas’ forward Bobby Portis.

Prediction: Arkansas 67-60

 

No. 13 Eastern Washington vs. No. 4 Georgetown

TV: 9:57 p.m., truTV

Site: Portland, Ore. (South Region)

Preview: Georgetown has lost to a double-digit seed in each of its five trips to the NCAA Tournament since the 2007 Final Four. Now the Hoyas have to face a dynamic offensive team led by Tyler Harvey (22.9 points per game). Eastern Washington can’t guard at all, so this might end up being a shot-for-shot game between Harvey and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Prediction: Eastern Washington 78-76

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The NCAA Tournament will be the moment in the spotlight for previously unknown players and tiny schools across the country.

 

This is also a big moment for coaches. It’s no secret that NCAA Tournament success plays a big role in how coaches move up through the ranks from low-majors to mid-majors to high-majors. One Tournament win can make a career.

 

The following are the young coaches who are poised to make names for themselves whether or not they win in this year’s field. If your program is getting ready to make a coaching hire (hello, Alabama and DePaul fans!) these might be some of the names to watch this week.

 

Will Brown, Albany

The 43-year-old has been at Albany for 13 seasons, taking the Great Danes to their only five NCAA Tournament trips in school history. He’s currently riding a three-year streak in the field. One oddity: Albany is doing this almost entirely through the America East tournament. The Great Danes haven’t won a conference regular season title since 2006.

 

Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

His father was an institution at Valpo, and Bryce is the most famous player in school history. The 40-year-old has won three Horizon League regular season titles and two conference tournament titles in his four seasons at his alma mater. Will Bryce stay at Valpo like his father or will he follow brother Scott into a power conference?

 

Jerod Haase, UAB

Haase has never won more than 20 games in a season or finished higher than fourth in Conference USA, but he’s a former Kansas and North Carolina assistant. That will get him some looks.

 

Jim Hayford, Eastern Washington

Hayford cut his teeth in the Division III ranks before landing at Eastern Washington four seasons ago. The Eagles won 26 games this season, a school record, and reached their first NCAA Tournament since 2004. Hayford’s team has only two seniors playing major minutes — and one of them is not national leading scorer Tyler Harvey. Hayford could be in for a huge 2015-16 before moving up through the ranks.

 

Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa

Gregg Marshall’s name is floated for every high major coaching position, and now Jacobson could join his Missouri Valley rival as one of the most in-demand coaches if the Panthers can advance. Jacobson led Northern Iowa to an upset of Kansas on the way to the Sweet 16 in 2010. His team now is playing the role of favorite as a No. 5 seed.

 

Steve Masiello, Manhattan

The Rick Pitino disciple was as target for job openings last season when South Florida hired Masiello following the Jaspers’ 25-win season and NCAA appearance a year ago. Masiello was eliminated from consideration for the job when it was revealed he never graduated from Kentucky as indicated on his résumé. Manhattan allowed Masiello to return if he completed his final three credits for his degree. He did, and Manhattan returned to the Tournament as a play-in seed. The omission might make some schools wary, but two Tournament trips in four seasons and the Pitino pedigree — Manhattan has ranked in the national top 30 in turnover rate in each of the year three years — will make him a hot target again.

 

Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State

Menzies has taken New Mexico state to the NCAA Tournament five times in the last six seasons, but this season was the first in that span that the Aggies actually won the WAC regular season title. Menzies interviewed for the Colorado State job in the past and was mentioned for the Texas Tech post.

 

Archie Miller, Dayton

Like his brother Sean at Arizona, Archie is a superstar in the making. This season may have been his best coaching job — and this is after Miller led Dayton to wins over Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford on the way to the Elite Eight in last year’s Tournament. Dayton’s frontcourt was decimated this season by injuries and off-court issues — the Flyers have no regulars taller than 6-foot-6. And yet Dayton went 23-7 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic 10. He’ll be a top target for high majors.

 

Leon Rice, Boise State

Boise State is making its second appearance in the First Four under Rice, but these are also the Broncos’ first at-large bids to the Tournament in school history. The Broncos have won at least 20 games in four of five seasons under the former Gonzaga assistant, and this season might have been the best coaching job of Rice’s tenure. Boise State has been without Anthony Drimic for all but seven games this year, but the Broncos managed to win 15 of their last 17 games to get into the field.

 

Andy Toole, Robert Morris

He’s 34 years old, and he’s already been a head coach for five seasons. And a successful one at that. Toole has led Bobby Mo to two Northeast Conference regular season titles, but this is his first NCAA Tournament trip. Toole also presided over the biggest win in school history — a 59-57 win over Kentucky in the NIT in 2013. 

 

Russ Turner, UC Irvine

The former Mike Montgomery assistant has made UC Irvine relevant in the Big West. The Anteaters are playing in the first NCAA Tournament a year after winning their first Big West regular season since 2002. Turner, 44, has won 20 games in each of his last three seasons at Irvine. 

 

Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin

Underwood is 61-7 as a head coach with one NCAA Tournament win under his belt. His teams certainly have an identity, too. The Lumberjacks’ press has finished in the top 10 in turnover rate in each of the last two seasons. This year’s team has been a better offensive squad. Underwood is a former junior college coach who broke into the college ranks under Frank Martin at Kansas State and South Carolina.

 

Mike Young, Wofford

Young has been at Wofford for 12 seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six. He’s turned Wofford into a regular Southern Conference contender in those dozen years. His teams generally like to slow the pace and play disciplined basketball under the 51-year-old Virginia native.

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Butler dog-shamed its own mascot Tuesday after Butler Blue III vomited on the court of Madison Square Garden before a Big East tournament game last week.

 

Butler Blue represents Butler as the Twitter account to follow for the Bulldogs in our 68 must-follows for the NCAA Tournament and this is exactly why:

 

If you missed it Thursday, Butler Blue vomited on the court before the Bulldogs’ game against Xavier. We have no scientific basis for this, but we assume it was the most viral moment featuring dog barf.

 

 

 

Butler lost to Xavier 67-61 in overtime.

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Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:19
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Opinions are plentiful regarding San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland’s decision to retire from the NFL at age 24 citing concerns of the potential for debilitating head injuries.

 

One voice the rose above the din was that of former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett.

 

In a series of tweets from @ReeseClarett13, the freshman star of the 2002 national champions was critical of coaches athletic programs that usher athletes through what he calls “nonsense degrees” to keep them eligible.

 

The criticism comes not only amid the Borland retirement but at the same time of a wide-reaching controversy at North Carolina involving bogus classes for athletes and widespread fraud in the Afro-American Studies major.

 

Here is what Clarett Tweeted on Tuesday morning:

 

 

 

Clarett rushed for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 14-0 Buckeyes who upset Miami for the national title in 2002. His path to stardom was derailed when he was dismissed from Ohio State for receiving improper benefits before his sophomore year.

 

Clarett attempted to enter the 2004 NFL Draft but had to wait until 2005 when he was drafted in the third round. After he was cut by the Denver Broncos, Clarett was jailed for three-and-half years after a police chase in 2006.

 

Now living in Columbus, Clarett has taken on an active role in mentoring young athletes.

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Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:01
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Just as a sprint is different from a marathon, winning in the NCAA Tournament is different from winning during the regular season.

 

Seeding, luck, clock management and style of play all seem to be magnified during March Madness. And all of it could be undone because of another team's 3-point shooter.

 

Granted, many of the best coaches in the game tend to win big in March just like they do in January and February. Some, though, have a knack for upsets or being upset.

 

As your filling out your brackets, perhaps this will be a useful tool in breaking down the coaches you might trust the most in this year’s field.

 

We’ve ranked all 68 coaches in the 2015 field based solely on their performance through the years in the NCAA Tournament. We looked at at wins, Final Fours and championships but also how often they performed against higher or lower seeds.

 

Mid-major coaches who tend to give higher seeds trouble in the Tournament were given credit. Power conference coaches who lost repeatedly in upsets were docked.

 

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (82-26, 11 Final Fours, four national championships)

These are strange times for Duke. Two of the last three NCAA Tournament trips have ended in first-round losses to Mercer and Lehigh. Duke haters understand this: We can hold that against him and still think Coach K is the best Tournament coach out there. Krzyzewski has four more Final Four appearances than any other active coach (Rick Pitino and Roy Williams) and 19 more Tournament wins than any other active coach (Roy Williams). 

 

2. John Calipari, Kentucky (43-14, five Final Fours, one championship)

When was the last time time Calipari suffered a major upset in the NCAA Tournament? He had a seventh-seeded Memphis team that lost to a No. 10 seed Arizona State in 2003 and a No. 2-seeded UMass team that lost in the second round to No. 10 seed Maryland in 1994. That’s about it.

 

3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State (42-16, six Final Fours, one championship)

Izzo has taken Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament in 17 consecutive seasons entering this year, and he’s reached at least the Sweet 16 a dozen times in that span. The times that his teams have lost early, they’ve lost as a No. 10 seed twice, as a No. 9 and as a No. 7. The only time he’s been a part of a bona fide first-round upset was to the No. 11 seed George Mason team that reached the Final Four in 2006.

 

4. Rick Pitino, Louisville (50-17, seven Final Fours, two championships)

Last year’s loss to Kentucky was the first time Pitino had lost in the Sweet 16 in his career. He’s won national titles at two different schools and taken Providence to the Final Four. His second national title in 2013 is bookended by losses to Kentucky and Calipari in 2012 and 2014. 

 

5. Roy Williams, North Carolina (63-22, seven Final Fours, two championships)

Roy’s last two trips stalled in the round of 32, but those teams were seeded sixth and eighth. At Carolina, Williams is 3-0 in the Sweet 16 and 2-0 in the national title game. The last major upset for Williams was to 11th-seeded George Mason in 2006. 

 

6. Bill Self, Kansas (36-15, two Final Fours, one championship)

Since losing to Bucknell in 2005 and Bradley in 2006, Self is 23-7 in the Tournament, including the 2008 national title.

 

7. Steve Fisher, San Diego State (25-13, three Final Fours, one national championship)

Fisher started his career with a 6-0 run to the 1989 national title when he replaced Bill Frieder at Michigan. Fisher the coached the Fab Five in two Final Fours in 1993-94. More recently, Fisher has taken San Diego State to the Sweet 16 — as would be expected for teams seeded fourth (2014) and second (2011). Fisher was also on the losing end of the first No. 15 seed reaching the Sweet 16 when Florida Gulf Coast upset his seventh-seeded Aztecs in the second round in 2013.

 

8. Larry Brown, SMU (19-6, three Final Fours, one national title)

Brown is riding a six-game winning streak into this year’s NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, that streak started in 1988. 

 

9. Thad Matta, Ohio State (23-12, two Final Fours)

Outside of those two Final Fours, Matta has had a No. 1 seed stall in the Sweet 16 against Kentucky and a No. 2 seed stall in the Sweet 16 to Tennessee.

 

10. Sean Miller, Arizona (14-7)

Miller is 8-3 in the Tournament since arriving at Arizona. He’s reached the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight in each of his last five trips to the to the NCAA Tournament at Zona and Xavier. One oddity: He’s 0-2 against Thad Matta, coach of his potential second round opponent this season.

 

11. Shaka Smart, VCU (7-4, one Final Four)

Smart took VCU from the First Four to the Final Four in 2011, but the Rams are 2-3 in the Tourney since. VCU lost to 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin last season.

 

12. Bob Huggins, West Virginia (27-20, two Final Fours)

Huggins took West Virginia to the 2010 Final Four, upsetting No. 1 seed Kentucky along the way. From 1997-2002, Cincinnati was a top-three seed six teams and failed to reach the Sweet 16 five times during that span. Only one of those teams had an injured Kenyon Martin.

 

13. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin (20-13, one Final Four)

Wisconsin went to the Final Four last season, but before that Ryan-coached teams were eliminated by lower-seeded teams in three of their previous four Tournament appearances including by Ole Miss in 2013, Butler in 2011 and Cornell in 2010.

 

14. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State (6-10, one Final Four)

Losing to a No. 8 seed and a No. 12 seed in two of the last three trips, but those losses were to Kentucky and VCU. In between, Marshall took a ninth-seeded Wichita team to the Final Four before losing by 4 to eventual national champ Louisville.

 

15. Jay Wright, Villanova (13-11, one Final Four)

Wright’s first five trips to the Tourney with Villanova ended in the Final Four, an Elite Eight and two Sweet 16s. Nova hasn’t made it out of the first weekend since. The Wildcats twice lost as No. 2 seeds to No. 10s in the second round to 2014 UConn and 2010 Saint Mary’s.

 

16. Tony Bennett, Virginia (5-4)

Just watch: If Virginia doesn’t make it out of the first weekend, this will be the year detractors start to say he can’t win in the Tournament. It happened to Bo Ryan, and it will happen to Bennett. Taking Washington State and Virginia to the Sweet 16 is still awfully impressive.

 

17. Scott Drew, Baylor (8-4)

The last three NCAA trips, Baylor has gone to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet 16 once. Of Baylor’s all-time NCAA Tournament wins only three of them don’t belong to Drew.

 

18. Mike Anderson, Arkansas (7-6)

Getting to the Tournament has been an issue for Anderson. Once there, his style works well. He led UAB to a Sweet 16 and Missouri to an Elite Eight.

 

19. Archie Miller, Dayton (3-1)

His first two NCAA Tournament games were upsets of No. 6 Ohio State, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 10 Stanford. His team was seeded 11th.

 

20. Bob McKillop, Davidson (3-7)

His three NCAA wins were during a Stephen Curry-led run to the Elite Eight in 2008, but ask Marquette, Louisville or Ohio State if they want to see a No. 13 or 14 seed Davidson in the first round.

 

21. Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa (2-2)

His four NCAA Tournament games have been decided by an average of 4.25 points per game. Both of Jacobson’s wins were in a trip to the 2010 Sweet 16, including an upset of No. 1 seed Kansas.

 

22. Rick Barnes, Texas (21-21, one Final Four)

Barnes hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2008, but it’s not because his team is losing in egregious upsets. The problem has been Texas teams being seeded 11th (2015), seventh (2014), 11th (2012), eighth (2010) and seventh (2009).

 

23. Tom Crean, Indiana (9-7, one Final Four)

Crean’s non-Dwyane Wade teams are 5-6 in the Tourney, including a No. 1 seeded Indiana that lost in the Sweet 16.

 

24. Steve Lavin, St. John’s (11-7)

Lavin reached the Elite Eight once and Sweet 16 four times at UCLA. In the middle of all that the Bruins also lost to Detroit in a 12-5 upset. In Lavin’s only NCAA appearance since 2002, St. John’s lost to No. 11 seed Gonzaga in the first round.

 

25. Dana Altman, Oregon (5-10)

The ledger has five first-round exits, but one trip to the Sweet 16 with Oregon and a 12-5 upset of Florida while at Creighton.

 

26. Matt Painter, Purdue (8-7)

Painter has never really had a full deck in the NCAA Tournament at Purdue, leading to two Sweet 16 appearances in six trips. Purdue has been eliminated by a No. 1 seed three times under Painter.

 

27. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma (14-15, one Final Four)

Kruger is a standout coach during the regular season, but the Tournament is a different story. He’s riding a four-game NCAA losing streak, including last year’s exit against No. 10 seed North Dakota State. He’s been to the Sweet 16 just once since taking Florida to the Final Four in 1994.

 

28. Mark Gottfried, NC State (8-10)

Gottfried’s best Tournament runs haven’t been cheap. His 2012 NC State team upset No. 6 seed San Diego State and No. 3 seed Georgetown on the way to the Sweet 16. His 2005 Alabama team upset No. 1 Stanford and No. 5 Syracuse on the way to the Elite Eight. He also had a second-seeded Alabama team lose to No. 10 seed Kent State in 2002.

 

29. Chris Mack, Xavier (4-4)

He’s not Sean Miller or Thad Matta, his predecessors at Xavier, but Mack took a No. 10 seed to the Sweet 16 in 2012 (with an assist from No. 15 Lehigh upsetting Duke) and upset a No. 3 seed Pittsburgh in 2010.

 

30. Tommy Amaker, Harvard (4-4)

Amaker took 10th-seeded Seton Hall to the Sweet 16 and scored an out-of-nowhere upset of third-seeded New Mexico in 2013.

 

31. Mark Turgeon, Maryland (5-5)

Turgeon took Wichita State to the 2011 Sweet 16 where the Shockers were bounced by George Mason. He went 3-4 in the Tourney at Texas A&M.

 

32. Fran McCaffery, Iowa (2-6)

McCaffery’s two Tournament wins are first-round upsets over No. 8 Ohio State in 2009 and No. 4 Vanderbilt in 2008 while he was the coach at Siena.

 

33. Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State (4-3)

Hoiberg’s biggest NCAA win was as a No. 7 seed over a No. 10 Notre Dame in 2013. Otherwise, Iowa State has lost to two eventual national champions (2014 UConn and 2012 Kentucky).

 

34. Mike Brey, Notre Dame (6-11)

Brey hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2003. His teams have been bounced by double-digit seeds in five of his last six trips, including 2010 Old Dominion and 2007 Winthrop, the latter coached by Gregg Marshall.

 

35. Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina (8-9)

Ellis has taken South Alabama, Clemson, Auburn and Coastal Carolina to the Tourney and reached the Sweet 16 three times. One of those teams was a No. 1 seed upset by Ohio State in the regional semifinal.

 

36. John Thompson III, Georgetown (8-9, one final Four)

Thompson went to the Sweet 16 and the Final Four in his first two NCAA appearances at Georgetown. Since then, he’s gone 2-5 with all five losses coming to double-digit teams. That record is egregious, but in context, there’s a bit of bad luck at play. Those losses have included Florida Gulf Coast, which also beat San Diego State that year, a Final Four-bound VCU, and a Stephen Curry-led Davidson. 

 

37. Mark Few, Gonzaga (15-16)

Detractors will get on Few for never reaching the Final Four, but six of his last eight teams have been seeded seventh or lower. It’s not his fault you’re picking a bad bracket. That said, he had a No. 1 seed that failed to get out of the first weekend against Wichita State in 2013, a No. 3 seed that lost to a sixth-seeded Texas Tech team in 2005 and a No. 2 seed that lost to a 10th-seeded Nevada in 2004.

 

38. Mike Davis, Texas Southern (7-6, one Final Four)

Davis has a career in reverse. He took Indiana to the national title game in 2002 and then lost a play-in game at UAB for a No. 12 seed and a second play-in game with Texas Southern for a No. 16 seed.

 

39. Steve Alford, UCLA (7-8)

Last year’s trip to the Sweet 16 was Alford’s first since 1999 at Missouri State. The Bruins defeated two double-digit seeds to get there, which is only important because three of Alford’s previous four NCAA losses were to double-digit seeds.

 

40. Dave Rose, BYU (4-7)

Rose took BYU to the Sweet 16 in 2011, but he’s also 0-3 as a No. 8 seed and 0-1 in Dayton for the First Four.

 

41. Larry Krystkowiak, Utah (1-2)

In two appearances at Montana, he led a 12-5 upset of Nevada in 2006 and lost by 11 to No. 1 seed Wisconsin by 11 in 2005.

 

42. Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin (2-1)

In one NCAA appearance, Underwood led 12th-seeded SFA to a 77-75 upset of VCU before a loss to UCLA in the second round.

 

43. Mark Fox, Georgia (2-4)

Both of Fox’s NCAA wins were in his first three seasons at Nevada in 2005 and 2007. The best team of his career — No. 5 seed Nevada in 2006 — lost to 12th-seeded Montana, a team led by current Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.

 

44. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss (1-1)

In his lone NCAA appearance, the Rebels and Marshall Henderson upset No. 5 Wisconsin and lost to No. 13 La Salle.

 

45. Rick Byrd, Belmont (0-6)

The closest Byrd came to his first NCAA Tournament win was as a No. 15 seed in a 71-70 loss to Duke in 2008.

 

46. Mike Young, Wofford (0-3)

All three appearances have been at Wofford, including a mere four-point loss to a fourth-seeded Wisconsin team in 2010. With Wofford’s slow pace, he’ll get an upset one of these days.

 

47. Ed Cooley, Providence (0-1)

His lone Tourney appearance was a two-point loss to No. 6 seed North Carolina last season.

 

48. Steve Masiello, Manhattan (0-1)

The Jaspers gave Louisville all it could handle last season. Was that a case of knowing the Rick Pitino system inside and out?

 

49. Travis Ford, Oklahoma State (1-5)

Ford’s lone Tourney win was in an 8-9 game against Tennessee. Ford has lost twice to double-digit seeds.

 

50. Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State (0-4)

Menzies has been to the NCAA Tournament five times and has won the WAC regular season only twice. That math has to count for something.

 

51. Will Brown, Albany (1-4)

The lone win was in last season's play-in game for a No. 16 seed over Mount St. Mary’s

 

52. Leon Rice, Boise State (0-1)

Rice is making his second appearance in a play-in game after losing to Sweet 16-bound La Salle in 2013.

 

53. Johnny Jones, LSU (0-2)

 

54. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso (0-1)

 

55. Ron Hunter, Georgia State (0-1)

 

56. Edward Joyner, Hampton (0-1)

 

57. Fran O’Hanlon, Lafayette (0-2)

 

58. Larry Shyatt, Wyoming (first appearance)

 

59. Bobby Hurley, Buffalo (first appearance)

 

60. Chris Holtmann, Butler (first appearance)

 

61. Andy Toole, Robert Morris (first appearance)

 

62. Jim Hayford, Eastern Washington (first appearance)

 

63. Ross Turner, UC Irvine (first appearance)

 

64. Larry Davis, Cincinnati (first appearance)

 

65. David Richman, North Dakota State (first appearance)

 

66. Bill Coen, Northeastern (first appearance)

 

67. Matthew Driscoll, North Florida (first appearance)

 

68. Jerod Haase, UAB (first appearance)

Teaser:
Who are the Best Coaches in the 2015 NCAA Tournament?
Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: College Basketball, News
Path: /college-basketball/must-follow-twitter-accounts-each-68-ncaa-tournament-teams-2015
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First, our sincere condolences for anyone who isn’t able to sneak away from work on Thursday or Friday to take in one of the greatest days in the sports calendar.

With 16 games, 32 teams to follow in one day is tough enough with multiple screens but perhaps impossible with the boss looking over your shoulder.

Athlon Sports will do what it can to help you follow each team in the field with these Twitter accounts for every team in the NCAA Tournament.

For a bird’s-eye view, we’ve also included 16 must-follow national accounts to aid your viewing experience.

And of course, even if you did call in sick, we’d urge you follow these accounts for insight on every team.

 

The Sweet 16

 

@MarchMadnessTV: CBS’ official account with video of every key play
@SethDavisHoops: CBS, “Sharpie” czar
@GoodmanESPN: Jeff Goodman, ESPN
@GaryParrishCBS: Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com
@RobDauster: Rob Dauster, NBCSports.com
@MattNorlander: Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com
@NicoleAuerbach: Nicole Auerbach, USA Today
@KenPomeroy: Ken Pomeroy, kenpom.com
@JayBilas: Jay Bilas, ESPN
@ClarkKelloggCBS Clark Kellogg, CBS
@bubbaprog: Tim Burke, Deadspin, GIFs and screen grabs
@BrianHamiltonSI: Brian Hamilton, SI.com
@FranFraschilla: Fran Fraschilla, ESPN
@JasonKingBR: Jason King, Bleacher Report
@ESPNDanaOneil: Dana O’Neil, ESPN.com
@CBSSportsCBBCBSSports.com, memes and such

 

MidwestEast

1. Kentucky: @KyleTucker_CJ, Kyle Tucker, Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal

16. Hampton: @Hampton_MBB

16. Manhattan: @nybuckets, John Templon, nycbuckets.com

1. Villanova: @Brian_Ewart, VUHoops.com

16. Lafayette: @LafayetteHoops

8. Cincinnati: @bkoch, Bill Koch, GoBEARCATS.com

9. Purdue: @jppalmCBS, Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com

8. NC State: @RyanTice, Ryan Tice, The Wolfpacker

9. LSU: @RandyRosetta, NOLA.com

5. West Virginia: @Blue_GoldSports, BlueGoldSports.com

12. Buffalo: @BobbyHurley11, Bobby Hurley, coach

5. Northern Iowa: @CarsonTigges, Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier

12. Wyoming: @rpgagliardi, Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

4. Maryland: @TerrapinNation, Scott Greene, TerrapinSports.com

13. Valparaiso: @NWIOren, Paul Oren, Northwest Indiana Times

4. Louisville: @MarkEnnis, Mark Ennis, cardchronicle.com

13. UC Irvine: @mamadoundiaye14, Mamadou Ndiaye, college basketball's tallest player

6. Butler: @ButlerBlue3, Butler's canine mascot

11. Texas: @kbohls, Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman

6. Providence: @friarblog, FriarBlog.com

11. Boise State: @IDS_Southorn, Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman

11. Dayton: @KevinKuwik, Dayton assistant

3. Notre Dame: @PeteSampson_, Pete Sampson, Irish Illustrated

14. Northeastern: @GoNUathletics

3. Oklahoma: @ryaber, Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman

14. Albany: @PeterHooley12, Albany guard

7. Wichita State: @GoShockers

10. Indiana: @insidethehall, Alex Bozich, Inside the Hall co-founder and editor

7. Michigan State: @joerexrode, Joe Rexrode, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal

10. Georgia: @ChipTowersAJC, Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2. Kansas: @mellinger, Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

15. New Mexico State: @mrudi19, Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun News

2. Virginia: @WhiteysWorld365, Whitelaw Reid, Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress

15. Belmont: @BelmontMBB

WestSouth

1. Wisconsin: @FSKPart3, Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin center

16. Coastal Carolina: @GoCCUSports

1. Duke: @LauraKeeley, Laura Keeley, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer

16. North Florida: @OspreyMBB

16. Robert Morris: @BCT_AChiapazzi, Beaver (Pa.) County Times

8. Oregon: @TheOregonDuck, mascot

9. Oklahoma State: @jjhelsley, John Helsley, The Oklahoman

8. San Diego State: @sdutzeigler, Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union Tribune

9. St. John's: @SJUCoachLavin, Steve Lavin, coach

5. Arkansas: @BobHoltADG, Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

12. Wofford: @WoffordMBB

5. Utah: @tribkurt, Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune

12. Stephen F. Austin: @CoachBradSFA, Brad Underwood, head coach

4. North Carolina: @_andrewcarter, Andrew Carter, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer

13. Harvard: @THCSports, The Harvard Crimson

4. Georgetown: @CasualHoya, SB Nation

13. Eastern Washington: @EWUAthletics

6. Xavier: @CoachChrisMack, Chris Mack, coach

11. BYU: @drewjay, Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune

11. Ole Miss: @NativeFlash22, Marshall Henderson, former player

6. SMU: @BillNicholsDMN, Bill Nichols, Dallas Morning News

11. UCLA: @DufresneLATimes, Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times

3. Baylor: @OurDailyBears, SB Nation

14. Georgia State: @GaStCoachPardue, Claude Purdue, assistant coach

3. Iowa State: @TravisHines21, Travis Hines, Ames (Iowa) Daily Tribune

14. UAB: @UAB_MBB

7. VCU: @timpearrelltd, Tim Pearrell, Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch

10. Ohio State: @clubtrillion, Mark Titus, former Ohio State walk on

7. Iowa: @PatHarty, Pat Harty, Iowa Press Citizen

10. Davidson: @StephenCurry30, Stephen Curry, former player

2. Arizona: @ghansen711, Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

15. Texas Southern: @TSUMBB

2. Gonzaga: @SRJimm, Jim Meehan, Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman Review

15. North Dakota State: @NDSUmbb


 

Teaser:
Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Each of the 68 NCAA Tournament Teams in 2015
Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 08:30
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Path: /college-basketball/who-are-potential-candidates-replace-anthony-grant-alabama
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Moments after Florida dispatched of Alabama in the SEC tournament, Gators coach Billy Donovan launched into a full-fledged defense of Anthony Grant’s job status at Alabama.

 

Grant is a former Donovan assistant, but the Gators coach claimed he wasn’t biased in his blunt assessment that Alabama letting go of Grant would be the “biggest mistake.”

 

“Let’s put it this way: Alabama better hope he comes back,” Donovan said.

 

Alabama disagreed and parted ways with Grant on Sunday. Grant arrived at Alabama with high expectations after his tenure at VCU that saw the Rams upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, but those results at the mid-major level didn't carry over to the SEC.

 

Grant went 117-85 in six seasons at Alabama, reaching the NCAA Tournament once in 2012. The Crimson Tide brought in highly touted prospects during Grant’s tenure but struggled to translate recruiting successes into wins due to off-court issues, transfers or injuries.

 

Alabama has won one NCAA Tournament game since reaching the Elite Eight under Mark Gottfried in 2004. While Alabama basketball is hardly the draw of Alabama football, the Crimson Tide are in a position where they must play catch up with a rising Auburn program under Bruce Pearl.

 

Here’s a quick look at potential candidates for the vacancy in Tuscaloosa.

 

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State

Updated, March 24, 2015

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com reported Alabama is prepared to offer more than $3 million a year to Marshall to be the head coach once his NCAA Tournament run is complete. Marshall would be a home-run hire, and one Alabama may need to keep up with heavy hitters like Bruce Pearl and Ben Howland entering the league in the last two seasons. Marshall has turned Wichita State into one of the nation's premier programs, leading the Shockers to 30 wins in each of the last three seasons, including a Final Four in 2013 and a 35-1 season in 2013-14. Marshall also led Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournaments in nine seasons. He can be abrasive, but he's a proven winner who coaches with an edge. Just the sort of thing Alabama would need to catch up to the powers in the SEC.

 

Steve Prohm, Murray State

In four seasons at Murray State, Prohm has coached a team that went 31-2 in 2011-12 and another that won 25 in a row en route to a 27-5 record in 2014-15. He unearthed point guard Cam Payne out of Memphis two years ago and watched him develop into a pro prospect. He’s an Alabama graduate and former student manager. Hard to find a more logical fit.

 

Michael White, Louisiana Tech

White turned down Tennessee last season to return to Louisiana Tech, where he’s 81-23 the last four years. White has won three regular season conference titles with the Bulldogs but had never made the NCAA Tournament. With the core of his team leaving, now is the time for the 38-year-old White to make a move. He’s a former Ole Miss guard who spent seven years on the staff in Oxford.

 

Richard Pitino, Minnesota

The younger Pitino was an early name in the rumor mill despite only two seasons at Minnesota. The Gophers won 25 games and the NIT last season before slipping to 6-12 in the Big Ten. The 32-year-old is three years into his head coaching career, but he’s served as an assistant for Billy Donovan (as Anthony Grant did before going to VCU) and his father.

 

Rick Stansbury, Texas A&M assistant

Stansbury can win in the SEC. That much is certain. Stansbury reached the NCAA Tournament six times in an eight-year period at Mississippi State. (Slight problem: Stansbury, 55, coached 14 total years in Starkville). When Billy Kennedy added him to the staff at Texas A&M, the Aggies started assembling a top-10 recruiting class.

 

Philip Pearson, Georgia assistant

It’s not unheard of for an SEC school to hire an assistant coach. Pearson has Alabama ties. He graduated from Alabama in 1993, played under Wimp Sanderson and David Hobbs, and went to high school in Montgomery. The 44-year-old as a longtime assistant under former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried at Murray State and with the Crimson Tide.

 

Archie Miller, Dayton

The younger Miller may be the hottest name in the coaching carousel this season after taking the Flyers to the Elite Eight last year and an undermanned team to the Tournament this year. We include him here because he’ll certainly be on the wish list for Alabama fans, but unless the Tide show a major commitment to the basketball program, Miller could find a better situation at dozens of other major conference programs. Miller is also at a program where he doesn’t have to leap at the first power conference program that comes calling.

Teaser:
Who are the Potential Candidates to Replace Anthony Grant at Alabama?
Post date: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:26

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