Fri, 03/25/2011 - 22:32 — Raphielle Johnson
The East Regional tips off tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and while three of the top four seeds have done as expected in reaching this point, there is a surprise as well. Marquette, who looked like a mediocre basketball team in their regular season finale against Seton Hall in this same arena, has knocked off Xavier and Syracuse to reach this point. North Carolina and Kentucky had turning points as well, with the Tar Heels improving once Kendall Marshall took over at the point and the Wildcat veterans stepping up late in the season has helped them.
Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:34 — Raphielle Johnson
Of the four games played on Thursday night the matchup between West top-seed Duke and five-seed Arizona was the game people thought could provide a double-digit margin. The defending national champions were a solid favorite going in and they played as such in the first half, taking a 44-38 lead into the locker room thanks to a 16-6 edge in points in the paint and 12-5 in points off turnovers. Kyle Singler and Kyrie Irving scored 14 points apiece to lead the Blue Devils, who were far more balanced than an Arizona team that featured a lot of Derrick Williams and little of much else.
Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:54 — Raphielle Johnson
The Southeast region moves on to New Orleans but without the top seed, with Pittsburgh falling to Butler in a wild finish last Saturday night. Seeds two through four are present, led by the SEC regular season champion Florida. The odds-on favorite to win the majority of the national Player of the Year awards, BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, will also be on display with a team that's played far better than many expected going into the tournament.
Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:15 — Raphielle Johnson
12:15 PM (4) Kentucky vs. (5) West Virginia (CBS)
Fri, 03/18/2011 - 16:07 — Raphielle Johnson
2:10 PM (8) George Mason vs. (9) Villanova (TNT)
Thu, 03/17/2011 - 06:44 — Raphielle Johnson
The true fun that is the NCAA Tournament tips off on Thursday, beginning with Clemson taking on West Virginia in Tampa (no disrespect to the "First Four"). Sixteen games across the nation will captivate the country with thrilling finishes and routine blowouts being the order of the day. Below is the schedule breakdown by region by tip time, with one game from each quadrant being featured.
By the time Thursday's schedule is finished millions of brackets will be ruined, which should come as no surprise given the regular season.
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:28 — Raphielle Johnson
Tuesday marked the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, although it's tough for most people to consider anything earlier than Thursday being the starting point. The first game of the "First Four" matched Big South champion UNC Asheville and Sun Belt winner Arkansas-Little Rock and the game did not disappoint, requiring an extra five minutes to determine the winner. A Matt Dickey three pointer from the left corner with 11 seconds remaining pushed the game into overtime, where the Bulldogs took the lead for good on a pair of J.P. Primm free throws with 1:11 remaining.
Tue, 03/15/2011 - 10:08 — Raphielle Johnson
Washington, D.C. (March 17)
(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) UNC Asheville/Arkansas-Little Rock
Tue, 03/15/2011 - 09:59 — Raphielle Johnson
Tulsa (March 18)
(1) Kansas vs. (16) Boston University