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NBA Rookie Arrested for Domestic Abuse

Police say he pushed girlfriend down flight of stairs

(Newser) - Lance Stephenson, the Pacers’ second-round pick in this year’s draft, was arrested yesterday after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down the stairs. The incident happened around 5am, police tell the New York Daily News . According to them, Stephenson, 19, sent Jasmine Williams, 21, to the hospital with head and neck... More »

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 »

Syracuse Tops UConn in Epic 6 OTs

You read that right, six damn overtimes!

(Newser) - It was a game for the ages, the longest in Big East history and nearly the longest college hoops has ever seen. After six grueling overtimes—you read that right, six overtime—Syracuse emerged victorious over UConn last night, to the final tune of 127-117. “I've got no words,... More »

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 »

UNC Punches San Antonio Ticket

Hansbrough's 28 point helps Tar Heels into Final Four

(Newser) - North Carolina reached its second Final Four in four years with an 83-73 win over Louisville last night, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The Tar Heels, who blew an 11-point lead to lose to Georgetown in last season's Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, had flashbacks in the second... More »

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win

Tar Heels on brink of their third straight trip to Final Four

(Newser) - Angel McCoughtry did everything she could to lift Louisville past North Carolina today, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tar Heels from a 78-74 win in the women's NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. LaToya Pringle had 27 points and 11 rebounds as UNC came back from 18 down... More »

Louisville Derails Tennessee Train

Cardinals on brink of sending Pitino to a sixth Final Four

(Newser) - Rick Pitino improved to 8-0 in regional semifinals and has Louisville one win away from the Final Four after a 79-60 win over Tennessee last night, reports the Associated Press. Pitino mixed up his defenses throughout the game to shut down the high-powered offense of the No. 2-seeded Volunteers. The... 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 »

Walker, Cal Prove Too Much for San Diego

Winn 3-pointer helps PIttsburgh put away Wyoming

(Newser) - Ashley Walker led third-seeded California to its first NCAA women's tournament win in 15 years today as the Golden Bears downed San Diego, 77-60, reports the Associated Press. Walker dominated the inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Devanei Hampton also had 22 points. Cal (27-6) led by 20... More »

Duke Dumped

Blue Devils' offense goes cold as Mountaineers advance

(Newser) - West Virginia ended today what Belmont failed to on Thursday: an upset of second-seeded Duke, reports the AP. Joe Alexander had 22 points and 11 rebounds as West Virginia held the Blue Devils to 38% shooting, out-rebounding them 47-27 in the 73-67 victory. Duke has now missed the Sweet Sixteen... More »

Schaefer, Hartford Shock Syracuse

Tsidale's 26 leads Baylor win, Rutgers routs Robert Morris

(Newser) - MaryLynne Schaefer hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and then added two free throws to seal Hartford's 59-55 win over Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament today, reports the Associated Press. Schaefer finished with 19 points for 10th-seeded Hartford. In other women's action: More »

UConn, You're Gone

13th seed San Diego hits late jumper in OT for biggest yet in NCAA Tourney

(Newser) - Tampa is rapidly becoming Upset Central in the NCAA Tournament: first Western Kentucky beat fifth-seeded Drake today, then 13th-seeded San Diego followed that shocker with buzzer-beating 70-69 overtime win over Connecticut, reports the Associated Press. De'Jon Jackson's pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left in the extra ssession was the... More »

Georgetown Soars Over UMBC

Hoyas use balanced-attack to frustrate Retrievers

(Newser) - Maryland-Baltimore County thought it could stay with second-seeded Georgetown by working hard on the glass, just like Pittsburgh did to win the Big East title. The Retrievers found out they weren't the Panthers, however, as the Hoyas out-rebounded them 40-29, held them to 32% shooting, and outscored them 66-47 in... More »

West Virginia Eliminates Arizona

Mountaineers hit 11 3-pointer to cruise past Wildcats

(Newser) - The NCAA Tournament selection committee gave Arizona its nation's-best 24th straight trip to the Big Dance. Last night, West Virginia made sure the Wildcats lost in the first round for the 10th time during that streak with a 75-65 win, reports the Associated Press. The seventh-seeded Mountaineers did much of... More »

Free Throws Help Marquette Beat Kentucky

Golden Eagles win first tournament game since 2003 Final Four run

(Newser) - Jerel McNeal did most of the work and Wesley Matthews sealed the deal as Marquette defeated Kentucky 74-66 today in the first round the NCAA Tournament, reports the AP. McNeal had 20 points and Matthews hit eight free throws in the final 31 seconds to put the Wildcats away. More »

Pitt Muscles Its Way Past Oral Roberts

Panthers continue late-season roll with sixth straight win

(Newser) - Fourth-seeded Pittsburgh is playing its best basketball in March instead of January or February this season, and it paid off again today with an 82-63 win over Oral Roberts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. Levance Fields led the Panthers with 23 points as... More »

Pitt Denies Georgetown Big East Title

Panthers hammer Hoyas inside to end championship drought

(Newser) - Ronald Ramon and DeJuan Blair made sure Pittsburgh would not be denied another Big East championship yesterday, reports the  Associated Press. The Panthers had been to the title game seven times, with only one win, until upsetting No. 9 Georgetown, 74-65. Ramon had 17 points and Blair had 10 points... More »

McNeal Leads Marquette to Big East Semis

Golden Eagles get career-high 28 points from junior guard in 89-79 defeat of Irish

(Newser) - Normally known more for his hustle on defense, Jerel McNeal scored a career-high 28 points in the Big East quarterfinals against Notre Dame, leading Marquette to an 89-79 win, reports the Chicago Tribune. Snubbed for conference awards, he helped knock off the Big East's player of the year‚ Luke Harangody,... More »

Love Leads Late Rally as UCLA Beats Cal

Kansas clinches tie for Big 12, Syracuse upsets Marquette

(Newser) - Kevin Love scored 22 points and Josh Shipp hit a shot from behind the backboard with 1.5 seconds left to lift No. 3 UCLA to an 81-80 Pac-10 win over Cal today, reports the Associated Press. The Bruins, who came from 11 down, trailed by four with 31 seconds... More »

Hoyas Snatch OT Win From Marquette

Hibbert, Wallace lead No. 11 Georgetown to fourth straight win

(Newser) - No. 11 Georgetown got 20 points each from Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace en route to a 70-68 Big East overtime win over No. 21 Marquette today, reports the Associated Press. It was the fourth straight win for the Hoyas (24-4, 14-3)  and it ended the Golden Eagles (21-7, 11-6)... More »

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