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Posted on: March 14, 2010 1:07 am
 

West Virginia claims Big East title

MIKE RUTHERFORD

The Big East Tournament is the crown jewel of Championship Week, and this year showcased exactly why. 

West Virginia's 60-58 title game victory over Georgetown Saturday night marked the seventh game in the tournament (out of 15) that was decided by three points or less. It also highlighted one of the most underrated players in all of college basketball: tourney MVP Da'Sean Butler. 

Butler scored 20 points on the night, none bigger than a gritty runner in the lane with 4.2 seconds remaining that would ultimately prove to be the deciding bucket. It was just the latest heroic effort in a season chock-full of them for Butler, who banked home a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Cincinnati in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. 

"We ran the same play we did against Cincinnati," Butler said after the game. "I scooped the layup off the glass, and it fell."

The play, termed by head coach Bob Huggins as "get the ball to Da'Sean and let him make a play," earned the Mountaineers their first Big East Tournament title and almost certainly locked up at least a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

More notes from the night:

--It's still weird for me to see Huggins as vulnerable and emotional as he was after the game. This is Bob Huggins. Bob Huggins doesn't cry. Bob Huggins coaches the scariest human beings in the world at Cincinnati and he's so intimidating that somehow guys like Kenyon Martin actually listen to him. 

--Da'Sean Butler's highlight reel from this season is truly unbelievable. How a guy that good on a top-ten team from the Big East can go that overlooked is mind-boggling. 

--I can see both Georgetown and West Virginia going to the Final Four and I can also see them both losing in the second round. The talent and coaching are definitely there for a run, but their styles of play just aren't as conducive to tournament success as Syracuse or Villanova's are. 

--The grease board in the West Virginia locker room after the game reportedly read: "6 more, 240 minutes."

--The things that Greg Monroe can do at his size are remarkable, but at what point is someone going to finally try and force him to dribble with his right hand? 

--Chris Wright inexplicably fouling with the score tied and less than 30 seconds to play would have been the story of the night had he not come down and made a sensational offensive play to tie it back up on the other end of the floor. I'm glad things ended up playing out the way they did. You'd hate to see a tournament as tremendous as this one be decided by something like that.

--I'm inviting Bilas, Raftery and McDounough to my wedding. 

--Poor officiating has been one of the biggest themes of the 2010 Big East season, but there really wasn't a great deal to complain about over the past week. The stripes may have taken up a bit too much air time during the second half on Saturday, but there certainly wasn't anything as egregious as some of the stuff we saw during the regular season.

--Hearing "Country Roads" blaring inside Madison Square Garden was surreal. 

--Georgetown was the eight seed in this tournament but will almost certainly have a number at least half that size (four...math...simplify and divide, baby) by its name on Selection Sunday. 

--After the game, Bob Huggins made his case for the Mountaineers snagging the last No. 1 seed that appears to be floating around:

"We have 18 Top 100 wins. We have nine Top 50 wins. The 18 is the most of any team in the country. Our non-league RPI was second. Our strength of schedule is going to be one. We're going to end up in the top two or three in the RPI. They say, 'Do those things' and we've done those things. That being said, we're going to enjoy this. We're going to get together tomorrow and watch the selection show, find out where we're going to go and who we're going to play."

--This was WVU's first Big East Tournament title, but they won the A-10 Tournament title back in 1984. 

--All five of West Virginia's starters are from the New York area. That's pretty cool. 

--A bit overlooked tonight is that Butler became just the third player in Mountaineer history to top the 2,000-point plateau, joining Hot Rod Hundley and Mr. Jerry West. 

--Great night, great tournament...the Butler did it. 

Posted on: March 13, 2010 12:54 am
Edited on: March 13, 2010 1:00 am
 

Friday Night Drama

Thomas Beisner

12:00 AM


Friday's afternoon and early evening sessions had their fair share of excitement with Evan Turner's buzzer-beater, John Wall's heroics, Lehigh's berth-clinching win and San Diego's upset of New Mexico.  The madness didn't end at sundown, though, and three of the major conferences packed in the drama in their late games.  Here's what you missed:

Minnesota upsets Michigan State
- It took an extra period, but Tubby Smith's team was finally able to put away Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament semifinals on Friday, keeping their NCAA tourney hopes alive.

For the Golden Gophers, taking the lead wasn't the problem.  It was holding on to it and closing out the Spartans that seemed to be difficult.  Minnesota took a 13-12 lead with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half and wouldn't trail again until Michigan State scored the first points of the overtime period.  When Raymar Morgan's bucket fell through the net with a whistle on the play, it seemed as if the Gophers' opportunity was gone.  After all, they were up seven with 3:30 to go and wouldn't score again, missing five shots and committing one turnover in their six possessions down the stretch.  They had their shot and now Michigan State was finally ready to take this game.

But, to their credit, Tubby's troops did not fold and countered Morgan's "And One" and Michigan State's three-point lead with a 10-0 run.  By the time the dust settled, all the Spartans could do was foul and, all of a sudden, Tubby Smith's team looked to have new post-season life.

The Gophers will now take their shot at a Robbie Hummel-less Purdue squad Saturday - the same one they lost to by just one point a couple of weeks ago.  As of now, the Gophers could be in or they could be out.  A win over Purdue would likely lock up an at-large berth for them.

West Virginia holds off Notre Dame - Just 24 hours removed from Da'Sean Butler's buzzer beater saving them from the early tourney exit of their fellow Big East top seeds, West Virginia was almost victimized by a similar shot.

But, when Tory Jackson's three caught rim and bounced around, running out the final four seconds of clock, what is shaping up to be a fairly magical run for Bob Huggins' team stood intact.  The Mountaineers, the only one of the top four seeds to win their first game Thursday, now have only Georgetown, a team they blew out two weeks ago, standing between them and a Big East tournament title.

Saturday's matchup at the Garden will have more at stake than a conference title for the Mountaineers, though.  If WVU beats the Hoyas again and Duke falters in an ACC tournament that's even more pathetic than we thought, they will likely be staring a #1 seed in the face.  Even if the Blue Devils win the ACC, the Mountaineers still have the opportunity to jump them for that top seed.  They just need to make sure they bring their "A" game to the Garden Saturday.  Winning because a buzzer beater catches rim isn't a good way to show it.

Kansas State puts away Baylor - The Big 12 semifinal between Kansas and Baylor didn't have any last possession or overtime drama, but it had the feel for 38 minutes that it would be decided by whoever had the ball last.  But, with two minutes left, Jacobham Pullen eliminated all doubt with a clutch three-pointer.

Baylor looked like they were going to snatch one from the Wildcats after Ekpe Udoh's dunk cut the lead to two with just under four minutes to go.  On Kansas State's next possession, a blocked shot by Quincy Acy got the ball back to Baylor who drew a foul.  Senior leader Tweety Carter, who had an awful game, stepped to the line, down two, and clanked both free throws.  Kansas State came down and Pullen hit the three that sucked the life from the Bears and put them away for good.

The Wildcats will now advance to their first Big XII title game and face off against rival Kansas, who they've both pushed to overtime and been blown out by this year.  Their seedings might already be set for the most part, but you can expect emotions to be very, very high in Kansas City tomorrow.

Drama!
Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Friday night highlights

MIKE RUTHERFORD

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Georgia Tech all but solidified its spot in the field of 65 by topping second-seeded Maryland, 69-64 in an ACC quarterfinal Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets led by 19 in the first half and 16 at the break, but a furious rally by the Terrapins in the opening minutes of the second-half left things nip-and-tuck from the ten-minute mark on. 

With Tech up 67-64 and under 15 seconds to play, ACC Player of the Year Grievis Vasquez pulled up for a potential game-tying three-pointer but had the ball stripped by Iman Shumpert. Vasquez then committed an intentional foul and Shumpert buried a pair of free-throws to seal the deal. 

Georgia Tech negated 26 turnovers by shooting a season-best 56% from the field. Shumpert led the Jackets with 14 points while freshman star Derrick Favors added 11 points and 11 rebounds. 

BIG TEN

E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson combined for 50 of Purdue's 69 points as the Boilermakers overcame an early 11-point deficit and then held off a furious late Northwestern run to advance to Saturday's Big Ten semifinal against either Michigan State or Minnesota. 

Following the game, Purdue fans said they didn't care which team they faced tomorrow night, just as long as the entire nation is still aware that Robbie Hummel is out for the season. 

BIG EAST

Georgetown and Marquette built upon a dazzling three days of Big East Tournament basketball by wowing the Garden crowd and a primetime ESPN audience with an 80-57 dud. 

Not for your fault, Hoyas. 

Georgetown, the No. 8 seed, advanced to the title game for the third time in four years. The storied program has brought the tournament title back to D.C. seven times. 

Greg Monroe continued his campaign for tournament MVP by scoring 23 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out seven assists. Not that the Hoyas needed it all. Jason Clark and Chris Wright both scored 15 points and Austin Freeman added 12. 

Coming into the night, Marquette hadn't lost a game by more than nine all season. They fought to get it within five midway through the second half, but were outscored 24-6 from that point on. Jimmy "Jimmah" Butler led the Golden Eagles with 17 points. 

Georgetown awaits the winner of tonight's West Virginia/Notre Dame clash. 

SPOILER ALERT: They're going to lose to either one. 

ATLANTIC-10

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Down two with the ball and under 40 seconds to play, Dayton point guard Rob Lowery signaled for, and was granted, a timeout. Should've been the end of the story, but if it was it probably wouldn't have been the lead sentence. Xavier's Terrell Holloway slapped the ball out of Lowery's hands, an action the Flyer floor general apparently deemed worthy of punishment by half-hearted right cross. 

Lowery received a technical, Holloway knocked down four straight free-throws and the Musketeers moved onto the A-10 semis. 

Not that it should have ever come down to that.

UD led 61-46 with ten and-a-half minutes to play before they went ice cold from the field and turned to an ultra-conservative style of play. Xavier promptly went on a 19-3 run to claim a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Dayton will not dance (figuratively...and literally, I guess) in large part because of nine losses that were decided by five points or fewer. 

SEC

Jarvis Varnado blocked 52 shots and Florida may or may not have seen its bubble burst.

Only facts you need.

Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: March 12, 2010 11:09 am
 

Big East Day 3 Recap

MIKE RUTHERFORD

A tremendous day of basketball capped by the first major buzzer-beater of Championship Week. Three of the four double-bye top seeds go down, including No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Pitt, and 11th-seeded Cincinnati nearly causes bubble teams across the country to lose control of their bowels. 

If you picked this final four then you can have my envy...and a roll of smarties...send me your address. 

RESULTS

8) Georgetown 91, 1) Syracuse 84
5) Marquette 80, 4) Villanova 76
7) Notre Dame 50, 2) Pittsburgh 45
3) West Virginia 54, 11) Cincinnati 51

GAME OF THE DAY

Since this is going to be posted on the website of CBS Sports, home of the Jim Nantz, I'm contractually obligated to start this blurb with "The Butler did it." I'd rather not do it, but I seriously have no choice. This is just a precursor to the blurb, not the actual blurb itself. The blurb starts now. 

The Butler did it.

Da'Sean Butler banked home a deep and heavily contested three-pointer at the buzzer to lift third-seeded West Virginia into the Big East Tournament semifinals and end the improbable run of No. 11 Cincinnati. 

"When I got the ball, (UC freshman Lance Stephenson) kind of pressed up on me. So I kind of lost my balance, and by the time I squared up, I only had time to take one dribble instead of two or three. And when I took the one dribble, I put it up," said Butler.

Da'Sean Butler nails a shot beyond the arc, giving West Virginia a quarterfinal win over Bearcats.

Cincinnati, which trailed for the vast majority of the night, had a shot to win it with 6.4 seconds to play and the length of the court to go, but Dion Dixon, who had just been brought into the game by UC head coach Mick Cronin, mishandled the ball and lost it out-of-bounds. That set the stage for Butler, who finished the night with 15 points. 

The Mountaineers, the only one of the Big East's top four seeds still alive in the tournament, will face No. 7 Notre Dame in tonight's second semifinal. 

TEAM OF THE DAY

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Since the team of the day is Georgetown, I'm contractually obligated by CBS to start this blurb with a mention of the old saying about beating the same team three times in one season. I actually don't believe in the validity of the adage at all, but what can you do? I also prefer other car rental services to Enterprise. Blurb starts now.

You know what they say about beating a team three times in one season. 

Georgetown avenged a pair of regular season losses to arch-rival Syracuse by stunning the top-seeded Orange, 91-84 in Thursday's first Big East Tournament quarterfinal. 

Adding injury to insult for 'Cuse was senior center Arizne Onuaku hitting the floor and clutching his knee late in the game. His status for the NCAA Tournament is still unknown. 

Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 27 points, while sophomore center Greg Monroe added 15 more to go with ten rebounds and seven assists. 

"It's definitely a confidence boost," Wright said. "I don't think this team lacks confidence. I just think we're ready to play."

The loss was the second straight for regular season champion Syracuse, which entered the postseason coming off a loss at Louisville. The Orange still appear to be in good shape to capture a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, if only because they didn't have much competition for the spot heading into this week. 

DUD OF THE DAY

Pitt could only muster a season-low 45 points against the 1986 Chicago Bears Notre Dame in a 50-45 loss. The Panthers, who could have made a move to rename this thing the P.I.T. (Pittsburgh Invitational Tournament) after advancing to the title game in four straight seasons, lost in their tourney opener for the second straight year. 

"Right now we don't feel good," said Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon. "I think this will be a good learning lesson for us."

Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson each scored 12 point for Notre Dame, which has come out-of-nowhere to win six straight. 

STARS OF THE DAY

--Chris Wright (Goergetown) - 27 points

--Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia) - 15 points, game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer

--Greg Monroe (Georgetown) - 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists

--Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) - 24 points, seven rebounds

--Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette) - 24 points, five assists

--Corey Stokes (Villanova) - 22 points

--Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati) - 19 points, seven rebounds

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think that’s what is great about tournaments. You don’t have to worry when they say you have to prepare one day after, it’s not a big deal. We’ve all played each other.We know each other. I think that’s what makes these games great. It’s been great games throughout the tournament. Our familiarity with each other is, it makes it tough beating any team." --Jay Wright

THE DAY AHEAD

Semifinal time...

#5 Marquette vs. #8 Georgetown (7 p.m.)
#3 West Virginia vs. #7 Notre Dame (9:15 p.m.)

Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:50 am
 

Ten Things To Watch For Today

Drew Franklin
Good morning!  You ready for some basketball?

Me too.  Here are ten things to look out for today...

(1)  Greivis Vasquez chasing the NCAA hair gel record.  The ACC Player of the Year is closing in on the All-Time NCAA record for gallons of hair gel used in a single season.  Vasquez, who prefers LA Looks - Level 10 Cement Hold, is just a few faux hawks away from breaking the record held by former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin.  Maryland vs. Georgia Tech, 7:00 pm

(2)  The Hummel-less Boilermakers.  Purdue begins their Big Ten tournament title defense today without star player Robbie Hummel.  The junior forward, who was averaging 16 per game, tore his ACL on February 24, leaving him sidelined for the remainder of the year. Purdue vs. Northwestern, 6:30 pm

(3)  Kentucky begins their return to glory.  It has been six years since the Wildcats won the SEC Tournament.  Today marks the beginning of the end for the rest of the SEC.  Kentucky vs. Alabama, 1:00 pm

(4)  Marquette and Georgetown?  Who let them in?  The Golden Eagles and the Hoyas pulled off upsets yesterday over 'Nova and Syracuse to advance to the Big East semifinals.  Which team will continue leaving the dream and move on to the finals?  Only time will tell.  My money is on Greg Monroe.  Georgetown vs. Marquette, 7:00 pm

(5)  Duke slapping floors all the way to a #1 seed.  Duke controls their own NCAA seeding destiny as they enter the ACC tournament as the top team for the first time in four years.  They play Virginia in a rematch of a game we saw on our Road Trip. If history repeats itself, Duke will win in a blowout and I will stare at the hot blonde two rows down in front of me.  Duke vs. Virginia, 12:00 pm

(6)  Are the banks still open in Madison Square Garden?  West Virginia's Da'sean Butler banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer last night to beat Cincinnati's "Born Ready" in his hometown.  Today, the Mountaineers face the Fighting Flat-tops of Notre Dame in the semis.  Look out Dub-V, Harangody is back and he's hungry.  West Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 7:00 pm

(7)  UCLA vs. California.  You don't actually need to watch this.  It will probably break your heart if you do.  UCLA is terrible.  But, I had to show the Pac-10 some love.  UCLA vs. Cal, 9:18 pm

(8)  Wayne Chism's headband is almost off.  Wayne Chism's headband is barely hanging on to his noggin as his 8-year career comes to a close.  Will today be the day that it finally flies of the back of his head?  Or will it continue to hang on for dear life as Chism jacks up ill-advised threes? Tennessee vs. Ole Miss, 3:15 pm

(9)  Support the N.J.I.T.  If you care about your most prized electronic possessions, you'll support the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Remember, they'll be your tech support when those porn windows keep popping up on your desktop.  N.J.I.T. vs. Houston Baptist, 9:30 pm

(10)  Jimmer Fredette is the real deal.  BYU's Fredette has been demolishing records all season and he's trying to add Mountain West Conference champ to his resume.  Today, his BYU Whatever-They-Are's face Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony's Running Rebels.  Watch this one, because Grandmama says so.  BYU vs. UNLV, 11:30 pm

Enjoy your day.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2010 12:19 am
 

Late night updates

John Wilkinson



And the Big East does it again. What a finish as West Virginia and De'Sean Butler escape at the buzzer, restoring a semblance of normalcy in an otherwise parallel bracket. 

We breezed through the first part of Conference Championship week and found it to be a bit chalky quite frankly, then the Big East goes out today and completely turns our blogging world on its head. The most feared conference in all the land with it's self-important "double-byes" and permanent NYC home, has been dwindled to four: an 8-seed, 7-seed, 5-seed and a 3-seed. 

And yes, De'sean Butler is nails. Stay tuned for more Big East updates.

--For the game of the night we go to the MAC, where the Akron Zips survived Eastern Michigan 97-89 in double OT. Eagles guard Carlos Medlock poured in 42 points in the upset bid, the second most in MAC tournament history. Even more amazing, the seven technicals called between the teams with three ejections. That's just how they do things in the MAC. Dog v. dog. Ohio University provided the other big news, as they throttled top-seeded Kent St. 81-64 to earn a spot in the semis. 

--PAC 10 regular season champs by default, the Cal Bears, disposed of the wounded Ducks of Oregon, 90-74 in quarterfinal action. The loss wrecks coach Ernie Kent's pre-tournament prognostication, and soon, his job. Cal guard Tajuan Porter set the PAC 10's career 3-point record with his 343rd to break the mark held by former Zona guard Salim Stoudemire. The win moves Cal to the semis and a date with UCLA, which surely makes Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz quite happy, which will ultimately lead to the termination of the band. 

--The Mountain West held true today, with top seeds New Mexico, BYU, and San Diego St. all advancing despite each getting pushed to the end. UNLV tips off against Utah sometime before sunrise, I hope. On a day where conference MVP Darington Hobson racked up 28 points for New Mexico, runner-up Jimmer Fredette went off for 45 in a 95-85 BYU win over TCU. Fredette made 23-24 free-throws and topped 40 points for the second time this season. 

--The C-USA appears to be a one bid league now with a pair of bubbles bursting in Memphis and UAB. Memphis may still have a shot a a bid but they'll need some help or just a 96-team tournament. Also, Marshall fell to Tulsa tonight 80-64, meaning the most intriguing player most of us have never watched will not be in the dance. Seven-foot freshman Hassan Whiteside is being projected as a lottery pick and recorded a set of triple-doubles this season.

--In the Southland, my NCAA Tourney sleeper Sam Houston State survives 89-85 against SE Louisiana to set up clash of top seeded gents, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin, for tickets to the deb ball. 

 

Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:47 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:48 pm
 

Bizarro Day in the Big East Continues

MIKE RUTHERFORD

BIG EAST

Luke Harangody and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate bouncing the Seton Hall Pirates.

Upset Thursday continued in the Big East as No. 7 Notre Dame eliminated second-seeded Pittsburgh, 50-45. Tory Jackson hit 4-of-6 threes to score 12 points and Luke Harangody came off the bench to add 12 more as the Fighting Irish won back-to-back games in the Big East Tournament for the first time in program history. 

The loss dropped teams which had earned double-byes into the quarterfinals to 0-3, with only third-seeded West Virginia left to take the court. 

After advancing to the championship game in four straight seasons, the loss marked the second straight one-and-done tournament for the Panthers, who were also the No. 2 seed in 2009. 

Notre Dame's newfound commitment to defense was on full display again, as they held Pitt to their lowest point total of the season. The Irish have now held five of their past six opponents to 54 points or fewer. They've won all six games over that span and leapt from NIT-bound to single-digit NCAA Tournament seed. 

ACC

Georgia Tech went ahead and put the bullet in the head of the gravely injured animal that was North Carolina's 2009-2010 season, knocking the Tar Heels out of the ACC Tournament by a final score of 62-58.

The Yellow Jackets, playing with their season on the line, trailed by ten at the break but a monster second half by star freshman Derrick Favors helped keep them (most likely) in the dance for the time being. Favors finished with a game-high 18 points. 

BIG 12

Kansas State began its three-day case for a one seed by completely humiliating Oklahoma State, 83-64 in a game they led by as many as 33. Jamar Samuels scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the first half.

The Cowboys are still almost certainly in the field of 65, but the loss - which came just a day after an impressive rout of rival Oklahoma - may have knocked them down a seeding row or two. 

OTHER MAJOR CONFERENCE GAMES I WATCHED ZERO SECONDS OF

Elsewhere, Minnesota beat Penn State by 21 in a game I thank every possible religious deity that I wasn't forced to watch, and Florida at least momentarily speared itself from the knowledge of having a stressful Sunday on the horizon by knocking off Auburn, 76-55. 

Posted on: March 11, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:24 pm
 

The Afternoon Scoreboard

C.M. TOMLIN



All it takes is two weeks of following every conference tournament to realize that there there are so many conferences and D1 teams in this country that it could drive a person crazy trying to touch them all.  This afternoon's rounds saw games from the Mountain West, the Big East, the Big 12, the SEC, the ACC, the MAC, the Pac-10 and several others. That's a full plate, America, so let's dive right in, shall we?


Marquette 80, Villanova 76: Yesterday, we reported that "cartoon thug" Buzz Williams said that close games are "all they know." Guess that knowledge came in handy as traditionally marginal producer Darius Johnson-Odom stepped seemingly from nowhere as the rocketsauce the Golden Eagles needed to bust down the #10 (and no slouch) Villanova. I kept waiting for this one to go into overtime, and Marquette just kept denying that there would be any overtime for them today. So far, you really have to like this Marquette team. They're manufacturing wins any way they can, and they probably have a good shot against #5 Georgetown tomorrow. The Golden Eagles look to have the steam to off some giants if the invisible laser beams shooting out of Buzz Williams' giant, magical head can continue to empower these guys. 

Utah State 84, Boise State 60: The first game of the WAC Tourney was a bit of a snoozer (you'd think Boise State would want this thing more, because if they lose they have to go back to Boise) at a 24-point deficit, but you can't take anything away from the Aggies' Tai Wesley's 18 points and 10 rebounds. In case you're wondering, Boise's bench player Zack Moritz only saw two minutes, because he was busy distracting Mr. Belding from the secret party the team was arranging in the school library. 

New Mexico 75, Air Force 69: The Mountain West Tourney was in full swing today in Sin City as my new favorite-named player Darington Hobson (that's Lord Darington Hobson to you) walks away with 28 points and a stellar 15 rebounds. 

Michigan 59, Iowa 52: It's no secret that the Wolverines need to win the Big Ten Tourney to get onto the mainstage, but beating a similarly limping Iowa isn't the way to do it. Michigan's Manny Harris turned in 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead his crew to a victory, even though Iowa's Cully Payne was doing his thang with 25 points. They'll step forward to play the 1-seeded Buckeyes tomorrow.

Miami 83, Wake Forest 62: The Canes exorcise the Demon Deacons in the ACC Tournament, which is bittersweet for the Canes -- on one hand, they advance and get to play Virginia Tech tomorrow. On the other hand, they're probably going to miss a really good boat party on Friday night. Nevertheless, Miami was propelled into the second round by freshman Reggie Johnson with 22 points. A second half where the Deacons couldn't even get within sixteen points of the Canes means that it was a very, very smart move not to nationally televise this game. 

More's on the way as scores are ticking in constantly. Stay tuned.
 
 
 
 
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