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Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history

(Newser) - For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to... More »

Duke, Michigan St. Round Out Final Eight

No. 1 Blue Devils top Purdue; Spartans oust N. Iowa

(Newser) - Top-seeded Duke pulled away in tonight’s second half to eliminate No. 4 Purdue, 70-57, and claim its spot in the final eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Blue Devils (32-5) are one of only two No. 1 seeds left in the dance—Kentucky, in the East... More »

Tennessee, Baylor Move Into Final Eight

Vols upset No. 2 Ohio State; Bears bounce St. Mary's

(Newser) - Sixth seed Tennessee upset No. 2 Ohio State tonight, winning 76-73 to secure a place in the final eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Volunteers (28-8) will face Michigan State in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final, with a trip to the Final Four on the line. More »

Texas Tech Suspends Coach Over Abuse Allegation

Mike Leach allegedly had injured WR isolated in dark, empty room

(Newser) - Texas Tech has suspended football coach Mike Leach after allegations from a player that Leach ordered him placed in dark, solitary confinement in the wake of a concussion. A source tells ESPN that after sophomore receiver Adam James—son of Craig, a standout college and pro running back and now... More »

Football Players Key Bloody Dorm Melee at Michigan St.

Two kicked off team after ski-mask-wearing men storm hall

(Newser) - Two Michigan State football players are off the team tonight after an incident Sunday in which they and as many as 20 fellow Spartans, many wearing ski masks, stormed a dorm and beat fellow students, including women. “I walked up and said, ‘It isn’t worth it,’... More »

Tar Heels Trample Spartans to Take Title

(Newser) - Now Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green can head to the NBA feeling good about their decision to return to school. The upperclassmen led North Carolina to its fifth national championship with an 89-72 blowout of Michigan State tonight in Detroit, reports the AP. "We've been... More »

Don't Dismiss Spartans in UNC Rematch

(Newser) - Rationally, Michigan State shouldn’t have prayer in tonight’s NCAA basketball title game, writes Chris Dufresne in the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this season, North Carolina didn’t just beat the Spartans, it demolished them 98-63—and the Tar Heels have only gotten better since. “Cold hard facts... More »

NCAA Tourney as Boring as Ever

Popularity has sucked all the charm out of the tournament

(Newser) - In the '60s and '70s, the NCAA tournament was boring because UCLA seemingly always won. These days, "instead of UCLA winning it every year, there are now between five and nine UCLAs that can win it every year," Charles Pierce writes for Slate. "It's just as... More »

Louisville, UNC Roll Into Elite 8

(Newser) - Louisville, UNC, Oklahoma, and Michigan are all headed to the Elite Eight after an occasionally ugly night of basketball. Here’s how it went down:  
  • In a night of lopsided victories, no one dominated more than Louisville. The Cardinals demolished Arizona 103-64, one of the most crushing blowouts the
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March Madness: It All Started With Larry and Magic

1979 title game made basketball a slam dunk with public, book says

(Newser) - March wasn't always so mentally unstable. A new book claims the whole college roundball craze started 30 years ago, when Michigan State and Indiana State—and their stars, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird—met in the title game. “You couldn't have asked for a better dynamic between these two... More »

No Warts Here: Memphis Dominates Michigan State

As Tigers break the Elite Eight for the third straight year on the back of a giant first half

(Newser) - The Tigers pounced early and often, and all those flaws critics have been pointing out since the NCAA tourney began were nowhere to be seen, the Commercial Appeal reports. Memphis put on a clinic last night, breaking the game open 50-20 by the end of the first half, en route... More »

Neitzel Shoots MSU Past Pitt

Spartans punch ticket for Izzo's seventh Sweet 16

(Newser) - Drew Neitzel helped carry fifth-seeded Michigan State into the Sweet 16, keying the run that opened the game up for the Spartans, reports the Detroit News. Neitzel scored 21 points, including eight in a 2:10 seconds in the waning minutes, to lift Michigan State to a 65-54 win over... More »

Michigan State Powers Past Temple

Spartans shut down Owls' high-scoring Christmas

(Newser) - Michigan State reminded Dionte Christmas he wasn't playing in the Atlantic 10 anymore. The Spartans held Temple's 20.2 a game scorer to three points and beat the Owls 72-61 today in the NCAA Tournament, the Detroit News reports. MSU star Drew Neitzel was shut down the other way, but... More »

No. 1 UNC Survives Battle With Va. Tech

Texas gets shot at Kansas, Wisconsin reaches Big Ten final

(Newser) - Virginia Tech led almost the entire way today, but all that counted were the final .08 seconds in North Carolina's 68-66 ACC win, reports the Associated Press. Tyler Hansbrough scored off an offensive rebound with that much time left to lift the No. 1 Tar Heels into the conference final... More »

Wisconsin Wins an Ugly One Over Michigan

Also, Illinois upsets Purdue while No. 19 MSU edges Ohio State

(Newser) - Eighth-ranked Wisconsin held Michigan to only 10 field goals and 20% shooting to win 51-34 in the lowest scoring game in Big 10 tournament history. The Badgers didn't exactly light up the scoreboard either, making a mere 34% of their shots. UW's Joe Krabbenhoft was high man with 12 points,... More »

No. 8 Vols Blast Gamecocks, Win SEC

Michigan State, Indiana knocked off by unranked opponents

(Newser) - What was a one-point game at halftime for Tennessee quickly turned into a blowout in the second half, as the Volunteers outscored South Carolina by 32 after the break for an 89-56 victory, reports The Tennessean. The win was the Vols' 32nd straight at home as they improved to 28-3... More »

Friars Beat Huskies For Season Sweep

Xavier falls to St. Joe's; Michigan State overcomes Illinois

(Newser) - The Providence Friars haven’t done much against Big East opponents this season, but they have managed to dominate UConn, beating the Huskies again tonight for a season sweep, 85-76.   The win was big for Providence, as they’re on the brink of missing the Big East tournament.... More »

Spartans Dent Hoosiers' Big Ten Hopes

No. 19 Michigan State tops No. 12 IU at home for 14th straight time

(Newser) - Michigan State fans got free tacos and then some, as the Spartans wiped out Indiana 103-74 to finish a perfect 17-0 on their home floor. MSU jumped out to a 28-point halftime lead with 78% shooting, and put it in cruise control through the second half. Raymar Morgan had 20... More »

Cards Lay Claim to Big East Top Dog Spot

Elsewhere in Top 25, Wisconsin stifles MSU, Butler raps Wright State

(Newser) - No. 13 Louisville nabbed a share of the Big East lead with two games to play, outgunning the Notre Dame in a 90-85 track meet. The Fighting Irish's Luke Harangody had 40 and 12 to keep things competitive, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Cardinals' scorching first ten minutes,... More »

Michigan State Revenges Loss to Iowa

No. 7 Texas wins 7th straight, No. 6 UCLA comes back to win

(Newser) - Six weeks ago, Iowa sent No. 19 Michigan State reeling with a convincing win. Today, the Spartans made sure that didn't happen again by scoring 20 of the games first 21 points in a 66-52 Big Ten win, reports the Associated Press. The win was the 300th for Tom Izzo... More »

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