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Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse Top Brackets

Jayhawks snag overall No. 1 seed

(Newser) - Overall No. 1 seed Kansas leads the field of 65 NCAA tournament teams, with Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse—late-season slump and all—topping their respective brackets. The 32-2 Jayhawks, who won the 2008 title, captured this season's Big 12 tournament and will tangle with Syracuse in one semifinal if the... More »

Belichick Ties Strong in Florida-Bama Tilt

Coaches Meyer, Saban have deep ties to Patriots guru

(Newser) - Though he won’t be on the sidelines again until tomorrow, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick holds the common thread in today’s matchup between college football’s top-ranked. Urban Meyer and No. 1 Florida meet Nick Saban and No. 2 Alabama—both unbeaten—for the Southeastern Conference title... More »

South Carolina Sacks No. 4 Mississippi

Gamecocks hound Rebs' star Snead in 16-10 victory

(Newser) - Mississippi wasn't ready for the top five—or South Carolina's defense. Star passer Jevan Snead was hounded all game and the fourth-ranked Rebels never got in gear, losing at South Carolina 16-10 tonight. The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had been 1-31 all-time against top-5 foes, but gave its home... More »

Jilted South Wooing Heisman Voters

(Newser) - At least two Southern universities are spending some cash this year to try to correct a historical football inequity—at least in the eyes of the South, the Wall Street Journal reports. The SEC has won more national titles than any other conference since the Heisman Trophy debuted in 1935,... More »

In Football, the South Rises Again

Nothing tops college football in the South

(Newser) - With Alabama and Florida getting set to play for what is likely to be a national championship berth tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal looks into what has been giving the juggernaut Southeastern Conference its recent momentum. It's not just great coaching—although that helps—but a combination of culture, politics,... More »

Memphis Plays It Tough in Beating Miss. St.

No. 1 seed Tigers win battle of defenses, face Michigan State next

(Newser) - Memphis eked past Mississippi State 77-74 today in what had been expected, and turned out to be, a rough and tumble game. Leading the bumping bodies was the Tigers' Joey Dorsey who had 13 points, 12 rebounds, six blocked shots and altered several others with solid defense, reports AP. Memphis... More »

No. 2 seed Tennessee Tops Butler in OT

Vols advance to Sweet Sixteen for second straight year

(Newser) - Butler answered all but one of Tennessee's runs in their second round NCAA tournament matchup today. Unfortunately for the Horizon League champs (30-4), they couldn't match the Vols in overtime, and fell 76-71. Wayne Chism led Tennessee with 16 points, while Tyler Smith had 15 and JaJuan Smith 11, reports... More »

Mississippi State Bullies Oregon in Final Minutes

Bulldogs overcome 13-point second-half deficit to advance

(Newser) - It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nonetheless for Mississippi State. Trailing Oregon for most of the game, the Bulldogs turned on the heat at just the right time, beating the Ducks 76-69  in their NCAA tournament first round game tonight, reports the AP. Charles Rhodes scored a... More »

Saints March On Past Vanderbilt

Another 13 seed pulls off the upset

(Newser) - Vanderbilt, a Southeastern Conference power that was tournament-tested, vowed not to overlook its first-round opponent, Siena. Unfortunately for the Commodores, they didn't follow through on that as the 13th-seeded Saints dominated play throughout and added another major upset to their NCAA tournament history - the last coming in 1989 as... More »

Atlanta Cleans Up After Tornado's Mess

Surprise storm rips through city; no deaths reported

(Newser) - Atlanta cleaned up today after a tornado with 130mph winds ripped through the city last night, CNN reports. About 30 people were injured, though none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Thousands were without power today, and about 20 homes were damaged or destroyed in the historic Cabbagetown... More »

No. 4 Tennessee Survives Against South Carolina

Also, Arkansas upsets No. 17 Vanderbilt while No. 2 Memphis rolls on

(Newser) - Chris Lofton hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to give a Tennessee a breath-taking 89-87 victory over South Carolina in an SEC quarterfinal game today. The Gamecocks couldn't answer on the return trip, ending coach Dave Odom's career on a losing note. The win kept UT's hopes for a... 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 »

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 »

Volunteers' Men Vault to No. 1 Ranking

Victory over Memphis puts Tennessee on top

(Newser) - All these years that Pat Summitt has coached at Tennessee, the women's program has dominated the AP rankings, while the men have played second fiddle. But now Bruce Pearl's team, after its 66-62 win Saturday at Memphis, sits atop both the AP and ESPN men's college basketball polls released Monday.... More »

No. 16 Texas A&M Shocked at Home by OSU

No. 24 Vandy nips Fla. while No. 18 KSU clobbers Mizzou

(Newser) - Oklahoma State ended a 19-game road losing streak with a 59-54 win at Texas A&M. OSU's Terrel Harris had the play of the game, blocking a potential tying layup by the Aggies' Donald Sloan in the last minute. OSU was led by Byron Eaton's 17 points, two of which... More »

Florida Starts Fast, Whips No. 14 Vandy

Spartans win 15th of 18 vs. Wolverines; No. 23 Xavier tops UMass

(Newser) - A run of 23 consecutive points and a balanced scoring attack propelled defending national champion Florida (18-3) to an 86-64 win over No. 14 Vanderbilt. Florida led 34-6 after 12 minutes and the Commodores could not recover. Their star scorer, Shan Foster, was held to only seven points, 13 below... More »

Warriors Get Sacked by Georgia

Bulldogs shut down offense led by Heisman finalist

(Newser) - There was little drama in this year's Sugar Bowl matchup, as SEC power Georgia showed no regard for Hawaii's 12-0 record in a thorough dismantling of the WAC champs, 41-10. The Bulldogs, feeling slighted at not being chosen for the national championship game, recorded eight sacks, forced six turnovers and... More »

Mizzou Whips Up on Arkansas

Tigers had chip on their shoulder after BCS snub

(Newser) - The Missouri Tigers, ranked No. 1 at one point this season, were left out of the BCS bowl picture altogether and didn't forget it Tuesday, posting a 38-7 Cotton Bowl win over Arkansas, reports the Kansas City Star. Missouri's Tony Temple had records of 281 yards rushing and four touchdowns.... More »

Vols Edge Out Badgers in Outback Bowl

Beat Wisconsin 21-17

(Newser) - A big first half proved decisive for Tennessee today, as the Vols bested Wisconsin 21-17 in the Outback Bowl, the Tennessean reports. Though UT was kept off the scoreboard in the second half, they likewise held the Badgers to a mere three points. With the win came redemption for a... More »

Carr Ends Career on Top as Michigan Bests Florida

Coach calls victory 'extremely meaningful'

(Newser) - In the final game for the Wolverines' celebrated head coach Lloyd Carr, Michigan won its first bowl game in five years, beating the ninth-ranked Gators 42-35 in today's Capital One Bowl, the Detroit News reports. Wolverines' QB Chad Henne had 373 yards and three touchdown passes, and Mike Hart had... More »

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