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UCLA's Sweet 16 Trip Doesn't Mean Bruins Should Have Been in the NCAA Tournament

The Bruins' trip to the second weekend doesn't mean committee got it right
UCLA's Sweet 16 Trip Doesn't Mean Bruins Should Be in the NCAA Tournament

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.

 

Maryland Beats Valpo in NCAA Tournament with Help of No-Call on Final Shot

Believe it or not, officiating was a factor late in a Tourney game
Maryland Beats Valpo in NCAA Tournament with Help of No-Call on Final Shot

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.

 

2015 NCAA Tournament: Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

Thursday's underdogs try to take next step to Sweet 16
2015 NCAA Tournament: Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

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?

 

Nobody is Having More Fun in the NCAA Tournament than Georgia State

Players poking fun at hobbled coach Ron Hunter
Nobody is Having More Fun in the NCAA Tournament than Georgia State

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.

 

Arkansas Player Throws Shoe to Teammate During Play vs. Wofford

Who throws a shoe, honestly?
Arkansas Player Throws Shoe to Teammate During Play vs. Wofford

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.

 

2015 NCAA Tournament: Friday Round of 64 Preview and Predictions

Five of the top eight teams in action on Friday
2015 NCAA Tournament: Friday Round of 64 Preview and Predictions

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.

 

Watch: Georgia State Coach Falls From Stool After Son's Game-Winner

The Panthers' Ron Hunter gives us another classic NCAA Tournament moment
Watch: Georgia State Coach Falls From Stool After Son's Game-Winner

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.

 

UAB Should Be Your Favorite Team Even if Blazers Busted Your Bracket

Blazers gave UAB fans something to cheer about
UAB Should Be Your Favorite Team Even if Blazers Busted Your Bracket

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.

 

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 ACC Early Preview

Our pre-magazine 2015 conference previews start with the ACC.
Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 ACC Early Preview

 

Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 ACC conference preview.

 

Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 Spring Football Preview

The Crimson Tide is loaded for another run at the national title.
Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 Spring Football Preview

Alabama enters 2015 with high expectations, as coach Nick Saban’s team has the best roster in college football and has won 10 games in seven consecutive seasons. Last year ended on a down note with a loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, but the Crimson Tide figure to be back in the playoff mix once again. With plenty of victories on the recruiting trail over the last few years, the roster has a wealth of talent at every position.

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