Entries in NCAA basketball (38)


2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball regular season officially over, the NCAA March Madness Tournament is set to begin.

No. 1 Kentucky is by far the clear favorite in the tournament.  After finishing the regular season 34-0, the Wildcats claimed the overall number one seed representing the Midwest Bracket.  The other three number one seeds include Villanova in the East Bracket, Duke in the South, and Wisconsin in the West.

The number two seeds are Kansas in the Midwest Bracket, Virginia in the East, Gonzaga in the South, and Arizona in the West.

The Big 12 and Big Ten led the way by placing seven teams each in the NCAA tournament bracket.


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Seton Hall Shocks (6) Villanova

Tom Maguire/BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Seton Hall is rising back to prominence in the Big East.

Tied at 58 after regulation the Pirates and Wildcats traded points until Seton Hall freshman Khadeen Carrington drove for a crucial layup.  The Pirates would be up 62-61 when Carrington was fouled and he would hit both free throws. Sophomore Jaren Sina would also add a pair of free throw to seal the win 66-61.

"Anybody who loves the game wants the ball," Carrington said. "I try to make big plays and that play they started cutting off my left, so I started spinning right and it was wide open."

This is the second time this week that Seton Hall (12-2) has upset another member of the Big East.  The Pirates defeated No.15 St. Johns Wednesday 59-50.

Sterling Gibbs led the Pirates with 20 points, shooting 8 of 20 from the field and Desi Rodriguez dominated the boards with 11 rebounds. 

"I'm so proud of this young group," said Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard. "They deserve this, they battled."

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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men's basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics' governing body was in violation of the nation's antitrust laws. 

"The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools," Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA's defense "do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means".

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Despite Degree Flap, Manhattan to Retain Masiello as Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Manhattan College will keep Steve Masiello as its head men's basketball coach -- if he completes his undergraduate degree. Until then, Masiello will be placed on unpaid leave while associate head coach Matt Grady oversees the team.

Masiello was set to become the head coach at the University of South Florida before a background check revealed that he had not finished his degree at Kentucky as his resume stated. USF then rescinded their offer and Masiello's status with Manhattan became uncertain. The school placed him on administrative lead during an investigation into his academic standing at Kentucky.

"After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College," said Manhattan College president Brennan O'Donnell in a statement. "After participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, he enrolled in summer courses with the intention of completing his degree, but never followed through to make sure that the degree was awarded."

The 36-year old Masiello was hired by Manhattan in April of 2011, taking over a team that won just six games prior to his arrival. After leading the Jaspers to the nation's top turnaround in his first year, Masiello guided Manhattan to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014 after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship.

"We are confident that Mr. Masiello will be able to complete his degree this summer and return soon thereafter to resume his duties," O'Donnell said. "While we do not condone Mr. Masiello’s mistake, we believe it was a genuine one and that he deserves a path to reinstatement."

“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue as the head men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College,” Masiello said in a statement released by the school. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love. Details matter. Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust. I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.”

The Jaspers were 60-39 under Masiello in his first three seasons at the helm.

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NCAA Men's Basketball Brackets Announced

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball bracket has been revealed by the Selection Committee on Sunday afternoon. The field of 68 includes seven teams from the Big 10 conference, the most of any league. Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, and Virginia earned number one seeds in the tournament.

Florida (32-2) garnered the overall top-seed as the nation's number one ranked team just hours after winning the SEC Tournament title over Kentucky. Wichita State (34-0), is the first undefeated team to enter the "Big Dance" since UNLV accomplished the feat in 1991.

The fourth-ranked team in the land, Arizona (30-4), is the 1-seed in the West region despite losing in the Pac-12 Championship game to UCLA. By winning the ACC tournament, Virginia (28-6) cemented their spot as the top seed in the East region.

Last year's national champion Louisville (29-5) won the American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament crown, including 12 of their last 13 games, but was given a four seed where they will take on the Manhattan Jaspers. Also out of the AAC, Southern Methodist (23-9) was left out of the field of 68 after losing in the conference tournament. The Mustangs instead will be the No. 1 seed in the NIT. 

The NCAA Tournament begins on Tuesday, March 18 with four first-round games played in Dayton, Ohio.

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(12) Michigan Rolls Illinois to Capture Big Ten Title

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) -- For the first time since 1986, Michigan (22-7, 14-3) can claim the Big Ten title as theirs and only theirs. The twelfth-ranked Wolverines rolled to an 84-53 win over Illinois (17-13, 6-11) on Tuesday night, capturing the conference championship outright.

Nik Stauskas hit a career-best seven 3-pointers in the victory, leading the way with 24 points. As a team, Michigan was 70 percent from beyond the arc and hit 56.9% of their total shots.

"We came with that mindset, this was our championship and we wanted to win it," said Stauskas.

A dominating first half saw the Wolverines go into the locker room with a 52-30 advantage and they never looked back. Leading by only three, Michigan rattled off five consecutive treys to extend their lead to 35-17 by the eight minute mark. Illinois, who had won three straight, tried to fight back in the second half, but a strong defensive effort by the Wolverines quelled any threat of an upset.

Michigan won a share of the conference title in 2012, splitting the championship with Michigan State and Ohio State.

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(15) Iowa - Indiana Postponed Due to Ceiling Damage

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Tuesday's college basketball game between the 15th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and Big Ten rival Indiana was postponed after a piece of the ceiling from Assembly Hall fell into the stands damaging seats. No one was injured in the incident as it occured hours before the game was scheduled to start.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority," Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a release that stated the beam was approximately eight feet long. "Our university engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility."

Weather is believed to be the culprit of the damage. School engineers roped off the damaged seats as well as parts of the other three corners in the arena.

Glass later said the game could have been played if fans were kept out of the building. University officials also considered moving the contest to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis later this week.

While no make-up date has been announced, the two teams have 72 hours to find an aggreable time before league officials step in. Indiana is scheduled to host a women's basketball game on Wednesday night. Glass stated that game will be played because fans can be kept out of the affected area.

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Roy Williams Gets 300th Win at UNC

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Roy Williams had to rally his troops as North Carolina came back from down 15 to defeat Florida State 81-75 on Monday night. It was the 300th win at UNC for Williams.

The Tarheels (18-7, 8-4 ACC) fell behind as Florida State went up 21-6 in the first half. North Carolina shot just 2 for 13 to begin the game, but closed the first half on a 27-15 run to trail by just three at the break.

The Seminoles (15-11, 6-8 ACC) did not want to let the lead go, extending the advantage to as many as seven. However, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige led the charge for UNC who took their first lead of the night on a Nate Britte jumper with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Meeks finished with a game high 23 points while Paige poured in another 20 for North Carolina, who got no points from leading scorer James Michael MacAdoo in 13 minutes of action. It was the largest comeback of the season for the Tarheels.

For Williams, he becomes the fastest coach in ACC history to reach the 300 win plateau, surpassing former UNC head coach Dean Smith and current Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

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SMU in Top 25 For First Time in 30 Years

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been nearly three decades, but the Southern Methodist University (SMU) men's basketball team is back in the top 25. The Mustangs are ranked No. 23 in The Associated Press poll, the program's first such ranking since the 1984-85 season.

The reward comes after SMU (19-5), led by second-year head coach Larry Brown, defeated then-No. 7 Cincinnati over the weekend 76-53 at home. It was the third win over a ranked team in their last seven. The Mustangs also defeated then-No. 17 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Memphis in American Athletic Conference matchups.

With SMU joining the ranks of the nations best, they become the fifth team from the American to enjoy a top 25 ranking. That mark ties the Big 10 for the most of any conference.

Syracuse (23-0) remained the unanimous number-one team, receiving all 65 first-place votes. Arizona (23-1), Florida (21-2), Wichita State (25-0) and San Diego State (21-1) round out the top five.

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(7) Kansas Knocked Off by Wildcats in OT

G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(MANHATTAN, Kan.) -- Despite blowing a late lead, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off the upset over (7) Kansas 85-82 on Monday night. It was the first home win for K-State against their in-state rival since Feb. 14, 2011.

The Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) led 68-59 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation before Kansas made their run. The Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2 Big 12) scored ten of the next 11 points, including a tip-in from Andrew Wiggins with seven seconds left to tie it, forcing an extra session. Kansas then proceeded to take their first lead since early in the second half on a Tarik Black layup.

Kansas State, who had lost 48 of the previous 51 meetings between the two schools, would not be deterred. Will Spralding buried a three pointer on the next trip to give the home team a 72-71 advantage, one they would not relinquish.

The Wildcats made five of six free throws in the final 36 seconds to hold off another rally and complete the upset. Spralding had 15 points, including two free throws to put the game out of reach, while Marcus Foster added a game high 20 points for Kansas State. The Jayhawks had four players score in double figures led by Perry Ellis' 19 points and 11 rebounds.

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