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Harvard adds to upset tally with win over Cincinnati

posted on March 21, 2014
Tommy Amaker’s remake of Harvard basketball continued as the Crimson defeated No. 6 seed Cincinnati 61-57 for Harvard’s second NCAA Tournament win in two seasons.Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico last season in the Crimson’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946.Amaker’s team, which returned nearly every key player from last season, controlled most of the game against Cincinnati, but the Bearcats had a chance in the final minutes when Harvard’s Laurent Rivard...
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Should Florida worry after slow start to NCAA Tournament?

posted on March 20, 2014
The early session in Orlando displayed two scores not uncommon for a No. 1 seed against a No. 16 and a No. 8 against a No. 9.Pittsburgh, though, looked like the top seed in the region while No. 1 Florida looked more like a team that slogged through a win against similarly matched team.While there may be little reason to recalibrate expectations of Florida’s ability to advance deep in the NCAA Tournament, the results in Orlando suddenly make Saturday’s round of 32 game that much more interesting.With...
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Dayton upsets Ohio State. Farewell, billion dollar brackets

posted on March 20, 2014
Thanks, Dayton.Only one game into Thursday and the amount of people crowing about a billion dollar bracket has been slashed to a minimum.Dayton defeated Ohio State 60-59 for the first upset of the NCAA Tournament, sending off a deluge of people disappointed, apparently, to have lost out on a 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to win a billion dollars as part of a Quicken Loans promotion backed by Warren Buffett. 80% of America just lost their shot at a billion dollars from a perfect bracket -- after...
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NCAA Tournament Thursday Viewer's Guide: TV, times and the skinny on every game

posted on March 20, 2014
One of the greatest sports weekends of the year arrives Thursday at noon Eastern, and while we can’t tell you where to find truTV (program guide, folks), Athlon Sports can guide you through the day in March Madness.The day starts with an All-Buckeye State matchup between Ohio State and Dayton, finally giving the Flyers, their coach and a transfer a chance to prove themselves against the big in-state program.The 16th and final game of the day will be in Spokane when San Diego State and New Mexico...
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College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

posted on March 20, 2014
Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.Worst Coaching Tenures in Major Conferences since 19851. Dave Bliss, BaylorYears: 1999-2003Record: 61-57,...
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College Basketball Greats Share Their Favorite March Madness Memories

posted on March 20, 2014
Everyone has their own treasured March Madness memories — even the memory-makers themselves. Athlon Sports persuaded many of today’s great players and coaches to share their favorite NCAA Tournament memories, even as they anticipate creating their own Shining Moments in this year’s tournament. Bill Self, Kansas coach:“Probably the same as a lot of people. Watching the (1979) Final Four with my dad in the living room when (Larry) Bird played Magic (Johnson). To me, that...
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12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

posted on March 19, 2014
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.Certainly, plenty of lower seeded teams are talented enough and good enough on a particular day to win, but a handful of major programs are courting an upset. With the way some of these teams finished the season, they’re...
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Who are the top players in the NCAA Tournament? Superlatives on 60 of them

posted on March 19, 2014
The five-man All-America team is just too constricting.That’s why in each year’s preseason annuals, Athlon Sports awards the top 10 players at each “superlative.”Rather than stick a player at guard or forward, these superlatives are broken up by skill sets — floor leaders, scorers, shooters, slashers and inside-out and post.We’ve taken a similar tact with the players in the field for the NCAA Tournament for the players you need to watch as the final three weeks...
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Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

posted on March 18, 2014
The concept of a mid-major may be out of date thanks to the last few seasons.Think about it: Butler and VCU have routinely put up high-major program results. Wichita State invests in its program in ways some programs in major conferences do not. Creighton and Xavier now share the Big East banner.Even the pool of potential Cinderellas this season even seemed to take a hit. A dozen regular season champions in one-bid leagues lost in the conference tournaments. That either means the hottest teams from...
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