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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 »

Louisville Wins Big East

(Newser) - Louisville is king of the Big East. Earl Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Cardinals to a 76-66 victory over No. 18 Syracuse last night, giving the regular-season champs their first Big East tournament title. The victory will probably translate into a No. 1 seed... 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 »

Rutgers Earns Date with UConn

Scarlet Knights close within one game of second straight Final Four berth

(Newser) - Rutgers advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA women's tournament with a 53-42 victory over George Washington, reports AP. Essence Carson scored 25 points to lead the Scarlet Knights and set up a rubber match with Big East rival Connecticut, with whom Rutgers split two games earlier this... More »

Nova's Run Ends With Thud Against Kansas

Jayhawks steamroll into the Elite Eight

(Newser) - Kansas had its third straight cakewalk of the tournament, surging ahead of 12th-seeded Villanova early and never looking back in a 72-57 victory at Ford Field in Detroit. The Jayhawks were led by Brandon Rush with 16 points, and Russell Robinson, who had 15 and played excellent defense on Villanova's... More »

So Long, Sooners As Louisville Moves On

Cardinals trounce Oklahoma, 78-48

(Newser) - The Big East sent more teams to the NCAA tournament than any other conference this year, and will have as many as any conference in the Regional Semifinals, too, as three of the eight remain. Louisville is among them, after annihilating No. 6 seed Oklahoma, 78-48. The Cardinals led 44-22... More »

Georgetown Shocked by Cinderella Davidson

Underdog Wildcats roar back from 16 down to beat Georgetown

(Newser) - Davidson star Stephen Curry had no touch early in his team's second round game against Georgetown, the AP reports. The sophomore guard missed 10 of his first 12, and the Hoyas climbed to a dominating lead. But Curry would not be denied, erupting for 25 of his 30 points in... More »

Maryland Survives Coppin State

Nebraska holds off Xavier, Louisville dispatches Miami-Ohio

(Newser) - It looked like the Maryland Terrapins were in danger of being only the second top-seed to ever fall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the AP reports. Unlikely Coppin State battled for the duration, at one point holding the lead, and the 16th seed kept the game close... More »

Villanova, Reynolds Waltz to Sweet Sixteen

Never trail in 84-72 defeat of Siena

(Newser) - Villanova made it look easy today, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Never trailing after a dominant start, the Wildcats notched their third Sweet 16 appearance in four years with an  84-72 triumph over Siena in the Midwest regional's second round. Scottie Reynolds made his presence felt early, netting 15 points in... More »

Appel, Stanford Cruise Against Cleveland State

OK State tops ETSU, Marist roars past DePaul

(Newser) - Jayne Appel posted a career-best 33 points, 29 in the first half, as the Stanford Cardinal crushed first-timers Cleveland State last night, 85-47. Kaley Klein posted 16 points for 15th seeded Cleveland State, who won a mere eight games last year, the AP reports. Stanford will take on either UTEP... More »

Stanford Survives Marquette, Coach's Ejection in OT Victory

As Brook Lopez saves the day with last second shot

(Newser) - Stanford's coach Trent Johnson has a lot to thank Brook Lopez for, the AP reports. With Johnson ejected for after consecutive technical fouls in the first half, Lopez took the reins on the court, bruising Marquette's hopes to the tune of 30 points, including the game-winning shot with 1.3... More »

Villanova Digs Out of Deep Hole to Upset Clemson

Despite coaches' technical foul in final minutes, hold on, 75-69

(Newser) - It would not have been an easy loss for coach Jay Wright to live down, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer, if it had come to that, but his players bailed him out after a costly technical foul with less than three minutes left in regulation that helped Clemson tie their first... More »

The Slipper Doesn't Fit George Mason This Year

Notre Dame outshines the Patriots, 68-50

(Newser) - There will be no Cinderella story for George Mason this year in the NCAA tournament, as  Notre Dame beat out the Patriots, 68-50, reports the Associated Press. Despite a great performance by Will Thomas, who scored 25 points, George Mason just didn’t have the same fire that lit them... More »

St. Joseph in A-10 Final After Upsetting Xavier

Kansas nips Nebraska while Georgetown rolls over West Virginia

(Newser) - St. Joseph's moved within one game of its first NCAA tournament appearance in four seasons with a 61-53 upset win over No. 10 Xavier. The Hawks will face fellow Big Five school Temple for the Atlantic 10 championship and a berth in the Big Dance, reports AP. Pat Calathes scored... More »

Villanova Ousted by Dominant Georgetown

West Virginia shocks UConn; Pitt defeats Louisville in Big East

(Newser) - Just a day after routing Syracuse 82-63, Villanova fell to No. 1 seeded Georgetown by the exact same score in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.  On the bubble entering today’s game, the loss likely ends any hope of an NCAA berth for the Wildcats. Georgetown dominated... More »

No. 25 Marquette Downs Seton Hall

Golden Eagles headed for matchup with Notre Dame

(Newser) - Marquette bested Seton Hall for the third time this season, this time for higher odds: the privilege of facing Notre Dame in the second round of the Big East championship. The 67-54 Golden Eagles victory was largely thanks to Jarel McNeal, who posted a game-high 21 points and stuffed Pirates... More »

Villanova Tops Syracuse in Big East Tourney

West Virginia holds on against Providence, Pitt downs Cincinnati

(Newser) - Villanova used a strong second-half effort to blow past Syracuse 82-63 in the first round of the Big East tournament. The Wildcats made eight of their first nine 3-pointers after the break and went on an 11-1 run midway through the second half to put the game out of the... More »

Texas Wins Share of Big 12 Title

UConn routs Cincy; Purdue beats out Michigan

(Newser) - The Texas Longhorns earned a share of the Big 12 title today with a win over Oklahoma State, 62-57,  and will head into the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed, owning the tiebreaker over co-champion Kansas, reports the AP.  D.J. Augustin scored his average for  the... More »

Georgetown Win Clinches Big East

Alabama stuns Vandy; Wisconsin beats Northwestern

(Newser) - John Thompson III accomplished something today his father never did – he led Georgetown to consecutive Big East regular season titles. The 11th-ranked Hoyas battled No. 12 Louisville and hung on to win in the final minute of the game, 55-52. Georgetown, winners of five straight, head to MSG next... 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 »

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