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16 Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

Close calls, signals of dominance and other trends from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament
<p> Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament</p>

After 52 NCAA Tournament games since Tuesday, the field is down to 16. And what a wild week it was.

When the next weekend starts, the players from Gonzaga -- and New Mexico and Georgetown and VCU and more -- will want what Florida Gulf Coast has.

Memphis' D.J. Stephens enters name in Block of the Tournament contention

The Tigers guard rejects Michigan State's Adreian Payne
<p> Memphis' D.J. Stephens enters name in Block of the Tournament contention</p>

Memphis' 6-foot-5 guard D.J. Stephens continued to audition for the NCAA Tournament highlight reel with this athletic block of Michigan State's Adreian Payne in the first half.

Stephens' four blocks in the first half, including on back-to-back Michigan State possessions, helped Memphis crawl back from a 13-point deficit to a three-point Michigan State lead at halftime.

2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Saturday

Teams, times, networks, announcers and bits of knowledge to prep for the third day of the Tournament
<p> 2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Saturday</p>

The NCAA Tournament has moved into the weekend where tickets to the Sweet 16 will be punched. Now that we’re into the Saturday slate of games, hopefully you don't have to sneak away from work to catch the action.

Here’s everything you need to know for Saturday’s slate of games, including the TV schedule, the network, announcers, predictions and bits of knowledge for all eight games to start the weekend.

2013 Big Ten Conference Tournament Preview

Could a loaded Big Ten Tournament produce a dark horse champ?
<p> 2013 Big Ten Conference Tournament Preview</p>

March Madness is just getting started as the college basketball season shifts to the conference tournaments. Titles will be won, NCAA Tournament spots will be clinched or lost all over the country. Here’s what to watch in the Big Ten.

Daily March Madness Tracker: Reasons for optimism after Michigan-Michigan State

Michigan has case for No. 1, Michigan State's slide, Virginia's puzzling week
<p> Daily March Madness Tracker: Reasons for optimism after Michigan-Michigan State</p>

Now that the calendar has turned to March, fans of bubble teams may be refreshing web sites of their favorite bracketologists.

As college basketball’s regular season and conference tournament season nears a close, Athlon Sports will keep you up to date on the key developments through the week. Each day brings key developments for the NCAA Tournament, so in this space, we’ll update which teams look to be in the field, which might be playing themselves out as well as the key games of the day.

College Baskebtall Weekend Preview: Michigan State-Indiana highlights matchups

Sunday's Big Ten matchup will be for top spot in conference
<p> College Baskebtall Weekend Preview: Michigan State-Indiana is top game</p>

Perhaps the best sign of the Big Ten’s depth this season is the revolving door of teams as the flavor of the week.

Indiana started the season as the preseason No. 1. Then, Illinois won the Maui Invitational and started 12-0. After that, Minnesota teased us with a 15-1 start, culminating in a rout of Illinois on the road. And all the while Michigan has spent most of the season knocking on the door of the No. 1 spot in the polls.

5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 17-23

Athlon starts your college basketball week with key stats from the hardcourt.
<p> 5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 17-23</p>

With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

College basketball's early season conference review: Big Ten

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the Big Ten stands so far.
<p> The Big Ten looks to be the deepest league in the country as Illinois and Minnesota have joined Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as top contenders.</p>

Entering the season, Athlon ranked the Big Ten the nation’s top conference.

Despite a loss by its top team Saturday, the league has done nothing to change that notion. If anything, the league looks more formidable than we projected.

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