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Don't Buy Big East Hoop Hype

Conference hasn't lived up to its reputation in recent years

(Newser) - With March Madness upon us, the hype machine is cranking up again about the Big East, with powers like Louisville, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh. Mike Celizic covered the conference’s period of dominance in the 1980s, but he’s no longer convinced, he writes for NBC Sports. The league has won... More »

Penn St. Heads to Rose Bowl; Paterno Not Retiring

(Newser) - After securing a trip to the Rose Bowl with a decisive 49-18 win today over No. 17 Michigan State, Penn State coach Joe Paterno gave his fans another reason to smile. "I'm planning on coming back, yeah," said the 81-year-old Paterno. "I never planned otherwise." Rumors... More »

Obama Takes Big Leads in Big Ten Country: Polls

Crucial Midwestern battlegrounds show sizable advantages for Democrat

(Newser) - Barack Obama enjoys sizable leads in crucial Midwestern states, a Big Ten Battleground poll shows. Across Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—home to the universities in the Big Ten Conference and key battlegrounds in previous elections—Obama leads John McCain by margins of at least 10%. More »

Political Ads Target Sports Fans

Candidates buy time on regional sports networks to reach men, swing voters

(Newser) - John McCain and Barack Obama are betting on the Minnesota-Ohio State football game this weekend—but they’d rather score points with fans than on the field, the Wall Street Journal reports. The candidates are advertising on regional sports networks to reach swing voters, and hard-to-reach men, in seven states.... 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 »

No Collapse This Year: Xavier Advances

Musketeers blow 10-point lead, but pull away down stretch

(Newser) - Purdue made its run today, but third-seeded Xavier refused to wilt in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, like it did last season. The Musketeers blew a 10-point second-half lead, but answered with seven straight points for an 85-78 win over the Boilermakers, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Last season,... More »

Purdue Blows Past Baylor

Boilermakers crush bears on offense and defense

(Newser) - Purdue's star freshman Robbie Hummel played only four minutes because of foul trouble last night and it didn't matter, as the Boilermakers romped 90-79 over Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, reports the Indianapolis Star. Keaton Grant picked up Hummell with 17 points and E’Twaun Moore... 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 »

Clemson Shocks No. 7 Duke in ACC Semis

Illinois continues surprise run, Georgia beats Kentucky in OT

(Newser) - Clemson had lost 22 straight to No. 7 Duke and hadn't reached a conference tournament final in 46 years, but none of that matters now, as the Tigers beat the Blue Devils 78-74 in the ACC semifinals today, reports the Associated Press. Clemson, which was led by Trevor Booker's 18... More »

No. 4 Tennessee Tops Florida

No. 16 Vandy holds off Mississippi State in OT, No. 10 Wisconsin humiliates Penn State

(Newser) - The 4th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers fell behind by 16 points on the road against a Florida squad fighting to earn an NCAA berth—but roared back to win anyway, 89-86 behind JaJuan Smith's 23 points and Chris Lofton's 21. In the process, the Vols set a school record for victories in... More »

Rice's 46 Points Not Enough to Beat Tar Heels

No. 14 Butler blows out Detroit, Purdue moves into tie atop Big Ten

(Newser) - Tyrese Rice and Boston College must be trying to figure out what it takes to beat No. 3 North Carolina. Rice scored 46 points and the Eagles led by 18 at home in the second half, only to lose the ACC game 90-80 today, reports the Associated Press. Tyler Hansbrough... More »

Wisconsin Holds On to Win Over Ohio State

No. 11 Badgers beat Buckeyes to lead the Big Ten

(Newser) - It seemed an even matchup until the final minutes in Columbus, Ohio where No. 11 Wisconsin edged Ohio State, 58-53. Defense proved to be key for the Badgers as they held the Buckeyes scoreless in the final 3:15, reports the AP. Wisconsin, winner of their last four games, now... More »

IU Survives First Without Sampson

Boycotting players come back as Hoosiers edge Northwestern

(Newser) - Jordan Crawford ended his boycott long enough to score 21 points and help No. 15 Indiana hold off Northwestern 85-82 in a Big Ten win last night, reports the Associated Press. Crawford and five other Hoosiers skipped practice yesterday in protest of the buyout of coach Kelvin Sampson, let go... 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 »

Sampson's Last Stand?

No. 15 Indiana beats No. 14 Boilermakers 77-68 on eve of Sampson verdict

(Newser) - No. 15 Indiana topped No. 14 Purdue 77-68 in a showdown between Big Ten titans—and on the eve, no less, of the school's verdict on coach Kelvin Sampson, who stands accused of violating NCAA rules by making inappropriate phone calls to recruits. This game was won at the foul... More »

Tarnished Indiana Takes Out Spartans

WSU trumps Oregon, St. Mary's routs Loyola Marymount

(Newser) - Indiana fans finally got something to cheer about last night. After dealing with a week of accusations of NCAA violations by their coach, Hoosier rooters had to smile after an 80-61 Big Ten upset of No. 10 Michigan State, reports AP. Eric Gordan led the way with 28 points as... More »

Vanderbilt Beats South Carolina in Last Second

Beasley carries Kansas St., Michigan St. cruises past Northwestern

(Newser) - Shan Foster led the way with 21 points, but it was Jermaine Beal who saved day today for No. 23 Vanderbilt. Beal drove the length of the court and hit a short fadeaway with 0.6 left to lift the Commodores to a 66-65 SEC win over South Carolina today,... More »

Connecticut Upsets No. 7 Indiana

Huskies use power game to end Hoosiers 29-game win streak

(Newser) - Connecticut was minus two key players and facing No. 7 Indiana and its 29-game home winning streak, after starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup Doug Wiggins were suspended Friday for violating team rules. No problem: fill-in Craig Austrie led five players in double figures with 15 points in a 68-63... More »

Duke Bedevils Wisconsin

Rout the big guys with decisive first half

(Newser) - Despite a significant size advantage, No.20 Wisconsin stood no chance against a ferocious Duke attack last night, led by Greg Paulus' 18 points. The No.7 Blue Devils won in an 82-58 blowout at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the AP reports. Duke played Wisconsin evenly... More »

Football BCS At-Large Pool Getting Larger?

Potential for problem at end of regular season spurs possible move

(Newser) - This twists of this college football season have the BCS on alert.  Commissioners in the six BCS conferences will expand the pool of at-large candidates for the major bowl games to 18 if final regular-season rankings make it necessary, reports ESPN.com. Currently, the top 14 teams in the... More »

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