March Madness live blog: Championship Week

1:30 p.m: Virginia up 16-7 on Duke with 9:17 to go in the first half. This could get interesting. Cavs fans will probably be fine with a No. 2 seed, but the case will be there for a No. 1. -- Matt Norlander

1:15 p.m: Blank, printable bracket for you in advance of the Selection Show. Use it. Use many. You're welcome! -- Matt Norlander

1:10 p.m: Let's do this, Bill. Atlantic 10 title game. Selection Sunday. Soak it all in.


Highlights ...

12:52 a.m.: Alright, we're calling it a day here. It's Selection Sunday! 

So let's leave you with this. It's Northwestern State's DeQuan Hicks with, well, his pants down.

12:50 a.m.: Yeah, I'm embedding my own tweets. -- Jeff Borzello

12:46 a.m: FINAL: Cal Poly 61, Cal State Northridge 59. At 13-19, Cal Poly is dancing. -- Jeff Borzello

12:21 a.m.: If you want the latest bracketology update from Jerry Palm, here you go. Michigan is the fourth No. 1 seed right now, while Providence's win pushed Xavier into the First Four against SMU.  -- Jeff Borzello 

12:04 a.m.: FINAL: New Mexico State 77, Idaho 55. Aggies are heading to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.  -- Jeff Borzello 

11:55 p.m.: This has nothing to do with college basketball, but it's a funny/impressive video from the AAU circuit. Doesn't seem like a shot, or a relatively accurate pass. But it counts!  -- Jeff Borzello

11:10 p.m.: Also, we're freshening up the page again, so here's the VCU band playing outside Barclays. -- Jeff Borzello

11:07 p.m.: FINAL: Iowa State 74, Baylor 65. The Cyclones are the Big 12 tournament champions and that bandwagon is filling up very, very quickly. Meanwhile, that's only Baylor's second loss since February 8. I think the Bears are going to be a difficult matchup for most teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Also, impressive. -- Jeff Borzello

10:41 p.m.: FINAL: Providence 65, Creighton 58. Ed Cooley, a Providence boy, just won the Big East tournament. Its the Friars' second one ever. He'll never pay for a meal in the state again. -- Matt Norlander

10:41 p.m.: FINAL: Stephen F. Austin 68, Sam Houston State 49. The Lumberjacks win the Southland, have won 28 straight and might even sneak onto the No. 12 line.  -- Matt Norlander

10:32 p.m.: Two 3s from McDermott. Can't feel my face. -- Matt Norlander

10:26 p.m.: We've got a game in Manhattan. Grant Gibbs just hit a 3 to cut the lead to 54-50 for Providence. It feels like this one will be in doubt in the final 60 seconds. We're approaching three minutes to go and WHOA Doug McDermott just took a huge pick and hit the deck. -- Matt Norlander

9:53 p.m.: FINAL: Weber State 88, North Dakota 67. The Wildcats are going back to another NCAA Tourney, repping the Big Sky. Alum Damian Lillard was apparently sitting courtside for the victory. That's great. -- Matt Norlander

9:41 p.m.: Creighton SID Rob Anderson tells me the Bluejays haven't had fewer than 17 in a half since 2001 -- against Bradley. And CU is 0 for 0 from the foul line. The only other time CU took zero free throws in a half this year was the team's 67-49 win over Marquette on Dec. 31. -- Matt Norlander

9:33 p.m.: Didn't realize I hadn't mentioned it, but New Mexico beating San Diego State 64-58 in the Mountain West title game will bump SDSU from the two line. It will also get new Mexico a five. I think both teams are capable of making the Elite Eight. Xavier Thames (Aztecs) and Kendall Williams (Lobos) are guard with March-moment capability. -- Matt Norlander

9:19 p.m.: How about a couple of what-to-knows for two teams that just made the NCAAs? Borzello writes on the MEAC team that is -- no joke -- as dangerous to win a game as Norfolk State was two years ago. Meanwhile, can the MAC provide a true dark horse? -- Matt Norlander

8:15 p.m.: FINAL: Louisville 71, Connecticut 61. The Cardinals are in play for a No. 2 seed (though I think a two or a three is really irrelevant for them). Put the Cards in St. Louis and then in Memphis and they'll be find with whatever seed is alloted. -- Matt Norlander

8:03 p.m.: FINAL: UCLA 75, Arizona 71. UCLA earns a Pac-12 tournament title in its first year under Steve Alford. Jordan Adams hit a huge 3 in the final minute to give the Bruins the lead. Could UCLA earn a No. 4 seed? Might be a tough task, but a No. 5 for sure. Meanwhile, Arizona is safely still on the top line. -- Matt Norlander

7:41 p.m.: All you need to know about the total toss-up that is the final No. 1 seed spot, via Jerry Palm. It's actually pretty unpredictable right now, and that's terrific. -- Matt Norlander

7:29 p.m.: All you need to know about the SWAC's representative. By the way, this Pac-12 final is an awesome watch. UCLA and Arizona giving us a game that feels like a regional final. Wildcats up 64-62 with 7:40 to go. -- Matt Norlander

7:06 p.m.: Random note for any Hoosier fans reading this: Indiana freshman Collin Hartman suffered a right knee injury in practice on Saturday and is out indefinitely. -- Jeff Borzello

7:00 p.m.: Three halftime updates. UCLA leads Arizona by three in the Pac-12, Louisville is up 14 on Connecticut in the AAC, and New Mexico goes into the locker room with a five-point lead on San Diego State. -- Jeff Borzello

6:29 p.m.: FINAL: Michigan State 83, Wisconsin 75. Michigan vs. Michigan State for the Big Ten championship.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin lost its shot at the fourth No. 1 seed -- meaning Michigan (if it wins the Big Ten) could have the inside track. The winner of the ACC tournament championship (Virginia or Duke) and Villanova are also in the hunt. -- Jeff Borzello 

6:11 p.m.: Jabari Parker coast-to-coast dunks (or three-quarter court-to-coast dunks) are the best. -- Jeff Borzello

6:07 p.m.: FINAL: VCU 74, George Washington 55. Atlantic 10 final will pit VCU and Saint Joseph's.

6:00 p.m.: The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is 24 hours away. WHO ELSE IS EXCITED?! -- Jeff Borzello 

5:50 p.m.: Poppin' Bubbles updates on NC State and Georgia. -- Jeff Borzello

5:47 p.m.: FINAL: Kentucky 70, Georgia 58. Wildcats are in the title game. -- Jeff Borzello

5:35 p.m.: Duke vs. Virginia in the ACC title game. I'll take it. -- Jeff Borzello

5:34 p.m.: FINAL: Duke 75, North Carolina State 67. Blue Devils advance to the ACC championship game, while NC State might have to settle for the NIT. -- Jeff Borzello

5:27 p.m.: Adreian Payne. -- Jeff Borzello

5:14 p.m.: Fun scheduling note: the Pac-12 will become the first major U.S. sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular season game in China. It will take place between Washington and Texas on Nov. 13, 2015. -- Jeff Borzello

5:10 p.m.: Non-tourney (and unsurprising) news: Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson is transferring. He averaged 10.8 points as a sophomore. -- Jeff Borzello

4:39 p.m.: Gary Parrish agrees that Tennessee should be in the field.

4:16 p.m.: The CBS studio crew interviewed Dan Gavitt, VP of the NCAA Tournament, in between Big Ten games. Based on their discussion, the injury to Joel Embiid is a large topic of conversation when it comes to bracket selection. There were at least two questions from CBS about it, and Gavitt discussed how the committee has had a chance to evaluate Kansas without Embiid at the Big 12 tournament. It's going to be interesting if Kansas drops to the 3-line due to the injury. -- Jeff Borzello

4 p.m.: FINAL: Michigan 72, Ohio State 69. Wolverines advance to the Big Ten title game. Could they get a No. 1 seed with a win? -- Jeff Borzello

3:27 p.m.: This is terrific work by MSG Network's Rich McLeod, who puts a Shabazz Napier step-back jumper late in the second half of UConn's win over Cincy last night up against the famous Kemba killer from MSG in 2011. -- Matt Norlander

3:12 p.m.: Well, Tennessee's probably going to get (probably?), but the Vols just lost lock status by losing 56-49 in the SEC semis to Florida. The controversy here is the technical foul that was called on Jeronne Maymon late in the second half. Maymon was complaining with an official on a foul he was called for. He approached the zebra to make his case. We're not sure what, if anything, Maymon might have said to spur the T, but nonetheless the game seemed to turn on that moment. Here's the GIF, via The Big Lead. -- Matt Norlander

3:02 p.m.: Virginia will play in its first ACC title game in 19 years. The Cavs eked past Pitt 51-48. The Hoos could be in the convo for a No. 1 with a win over Duke on Sunday -- if Duke gets there. -- Matt Norlander

1:52 p.m.: FINAL: Tulsa 69, Louisiana Tech 60. The Golden Hurricane are dancing. Literally! And stirring soup? -- Matt Norlander (GIF via @bubbaprog)

1:39 p.m.: FINAL: Albany 69, Stony Brook 60. Great Danes are dancing. For the third time in four seasons, Stony Brook loses in the title game. Seawolves have never been to the NCAA Tournament.

And Albany's fans rushed Stony Brook's homecourt. -- Jeff Borzello

1:26 p.m.: The two mascots made up. -- Jeff Borzello

1:14 p.m.: Better quality video of the mascot fight. As an update, the Great Dane hasn't moved from the corner since it happened. He got scolded. -- Jeff Borzello

12:44 p.m.: We're updating the page, so let's make sure we keep this video forever and ever. -- Jeff Borzello


Highlights ...

11:58 p.m.: Speaking of Rodney Hood, is he staying next season at Duke? Well...

11:50 p.m.: Here was the foul call that let Rodney Hood sink two winning free throws against Clemson:

11:46 p.m.: Neither Shabazz Napier nor Sean Kilpatrick played his best game of the season on Friday, and Connecticut came out with the 58-56 win, moving on to face Louisville in the AAC Championship Game. Napier was 5 of 13 from the field for 15 points, while Kilpatrick was 5 of 15 for 14 points. -- Jeff Borzello

11:45 p.m.: Aaron Gordon's block on Xavier Johson's dunk attempt. Wow. -- Jeff Borzello

11:25 p.m.: How many teams are playing better than Baylor right now? The Bears are dominating Texas in the Big 12 semifinals, about to move their recent stretch to 10 wins in 11 games. The question was never talent with them, and they will be equal, talent-wise, to most teams they play in the NCAA Tournament. If Isaiah Austin is motivated and aggressive, and Kenny Chery continues his tear at the point guard spot, Scott Drew's team is going to be a matchup nightmare for most teams. -- Jeff Borzello 

11:21 p.m.: This is terrifying. And kinda awesome. -- Jeff Borzello 

9:42 p.m.: How about that. Kansas a three seed, by the way? Probably could get that, Embiid injury considered. Iowa State also has claim to a No. 3 at this point. -- Matt Norlander

9:33 p.m.: The end of that Syracuse-N.C. State game is up top (via @WorldofIsaac). The Wolfpack won 66-63 ... and Syracuse had an end sequence unlike anything I've seen in recent years. So many chances. So many bad shots. This is how you flame out. I'd be impressed if it wasn't so sad. -- Matt Norlander

9:10 p.m.: So Iowa State beats Kansas 94-83 but loses Georges Niang in the process. We'll remember you fondly, Georges. -- Matt Norlander

4:27 p.m.: Langston Galloway might have put Saint Joe's into the NCAA Tournament with this shot. -- Jeff Borzello

1:58 p.m.: Michigan holds on just barely, winning 64-63 to get past Illinois and keep its No. 1 seed hopes alive. (The Big Ten tournament has been pretty good on Thursdays and Fridays over the past two years.) Here in Brooklyn, it's been a really great first game. Tied up at 68 with 20.9 to go. Bonnies ball ... OH MY GOD AT THE BUZZER. 71-68 BONNIES AFTER JORDAN GATHERS DRAINED A 3 AS TIME EXPIRED. I'M SURROUNDED BY BONA FANS. -- MATT NORLANDER


Highlights ...

1:11 a.m. Just seeing this quote. And it's the quote of the day in college hoops. -- Matt Norlander

10:18 p.m.: Doug McDermott put on a show and now that Villanova is out, Creighton is the favorite to win the conference tournament. The Bluejays have to take advantage and cement their mark on Big East history. -- Jeff Borzello

8:54 p.m.: If you didn't see Devin Brooks' accidental assist off the backboard, you need to. I was confused when it first happened. -- Jeff Borzello

5:12 p.m.: Villanova's loss to Seton Hall (check below for the video of Sterling Gibbs' step-back game-winner) might have knocked the Wildcats from a possible No. 1 seed, but did they deserve it to begin with? Matt Norlander checks in from Madison Square Garden to discuss why it is a good thing that Jay Wright's squad won't be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. -- Chip Patterson

2:31 p.m.: Less than 10 minutes after Gibbs' step-back jumper to down Villanova, Florida State beat Maryland with a slam dunk from Boris Bojanovsky with 0.4 seconds left. Bojanovsky also recorded a career-high 12 rebounds to pair with 12 points for his first career double double. Florida State will play Virginia, the No. 1 seed, at 12 p.m. ET on Friday while Maryland has now officially concluded its 61 year run of ACC basketball. -- Chip Patterson

2:14 p.m.: MARCHY MARCH MARCH. Sterling Gibbs hits a shot at the buzzer -- all net -- and Seton Hall stays alive! Villanova falls 64-63 and will not be in play for a No. 1 seed. What an outcome. 

1:34 p.m.: The NCAA unveiled the 2014 Final Four floor Thursday morning, by the way. Pretty sterile. Not terrible, but lacking in flair. Sort of like most of Texas! -- Matt Norlander

12:38 p.m.: "Tom, as your team prepares for a big challenge in this league tournament, can we get your thoughts?"

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