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Second Round Saturday Recap: Northern Iowa Knocks Off Kansas

March 20th, 2010
Northern Iowa celebrates their win over Kansas

After a rather routine Friday the hope was that Saturday would provide even more surprises. But few people had in mind what the Northern Iowa Panthers did in Oklahoma City when it came to the shocker of the day. The Missouri Valley champions got off to a quick start early and did not let up until the game was decided, knocking off the top overall seed 69-67 to move on to the Sweet 16 next week in St. Louis. Ali Farokhmanesh led the way with 16 points, knocking down what has to be the shot of the Tournament thus far to give Northern Iowa a 66-62 lead with 34 seconds remaining.

College Hoops Friday Recap: Cornell Advances

March 19th, 2010
Louis Dale and company celebrate

Even though many acknowledged that the Cornell Big Red were underseeded in the aftermath of Selection Sunday, it was still a toss-up in regards to whether or not they would beat Temple. But in a game matching mentor (Fran Dunphy) and one-time assistant (Steve Donahue), it was Coach Donahue's team that took control of the game for good in the second half via the three-point shot (Ryan Wittman) on their way to the 78-65 win in Jacksonville.

NCAA Tournament Day One Recap: Ohio Blasts Georgetown

March 19th, 2010
Ohio guard Armon Bassett

In one of the wildest opening days in the history of the NCAA Tournament it took a lot to shock the college basketball world. And 97 points may qualify as "a lot", as in the number of points the MAC champion Ohio Bobcats scored in their 97-83 win over third-seeded Georgetown in a Midwest Region first round game in Providence. One-time Indiana Hoosier Armon Bassett scored 32 points while point guard D.J. Cooper added 23 points and eight assists in a dominant performance for John Groce's squad.

College Hoops Saturday Recap: Houston and New Mexico State Steal Bids

March 14th, 2010
Houston takes a bid off the board

It's the worry of nearly every team on the bubble this time of the year: the bid thief. The team that had little or no chance of getting into the NCAA Tournament makes a run in its conference tournament, grabbing the automatic bid and possibly snatching a chair at the table from another team in college basketball's answer to "musical chairs". Houston (Conference USA) and New Mexico State (WAC) were the two teams to do that on Saturday, and the question now is which at-large candidates will be headed to the NIT as a result of these outcomes. 

Big East Final Recap: The Butler Did It...Again

March 14th, 2010
West Virginia wins its first Big East championship

NEW YORK- Same play. Same person. Same result.

College Hoops Saturday: Your Commentary

March 13th, 2010
Lehigh Wins the Patriot League

Before getting into Saturday's games, a congratulatory paragraph is in order for Lehigh, who became the most recent automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament with their 74-59 win over Lafayette in the Patriot League final. Zahir Carrington was a man possessed inside for the Mountain Hawks, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks while Patriot League Rookie of the Year C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 20 points (seven rebounds and three assists as well). Lafayette shot 3-for-23 from behind the arc and due to the presence of Carrington didn't have much hope inside either.

Big East Friday Recap: Hoyas, Mountaineers Advance to Final

March 13th, 2010
Greg Monroe was a handful for MarquetteWith both games being rematches of regular season meetings that took place way back in early January, it was tough to get a read on how much from those games would be applied to tonight. But one thing most certainly did not carry over from those contests in Georgetown's 80-57 win over Marquette: the Golden Eagles had no answer for Greg Monroe. The sophomore center had his fingerprints all over the first semifinal of the night, finishing with 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Big East Thursday: Syracuse Falls and Loses Onuaku

March 12th, 2010
How serious is Arinze Onuaku's injury?Going into the Big East Tournament there wasn't much concern in regards to whether or not the Syracuse Orange would be a one-seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Prevailing wisdom had Jim Boeheim's team doing more than enough before this weekend to wrap up the top spot in one of the other three regions (can't stay in the East since the Carrier Dome hosts a regional).

College Hoops Thursday: Your Commentary

March 11th, 2010
Gani Lawal battles for a loose ballBig day on the college basketball landscape as even more leagues join the conference tournament party, and there's much to be gained for teams looking to either bolster their position or make themselves viable NCAA Tournament candidates. The ACC Tournament begins with four first round games and the one that most "outside" eyes will be trained in on is the first contest of the night session. Georgia Tech limped down the stretch and they take on a North Carolina team that they've already beaten twice this season, a scenario that could be lead to complacency for Paul Hewitt's bunch.

College Hoops Wednesday Recap: Montana Stuns Weber State

March 11th, 2010
Montana guard Anthony Johnson

Montana was dead to rights late in the first half, trailing by 22 points and going into the locker room down 20 at intermission. No way could they come back on the road and keep Weber State from punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The final twenty minutes were supposed to be a coronation for the Wildcats, most of America thought. 

Well, Anthony Johnson made sure that we all thought wrong. 

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