In this, the craziest of all bubble seasons, no one around the cutline is completely safe. This year, more than any other, you could see a slew of misses from national projections. Too many mediocre teams to fill too many available bracket slots mean it's anyone's guess what the committee will do. Here's my guess after the 1 p.m. games, where St. Bonaventure's nabbed the A-10 title and pushed an at-large team out of the field:
Police in New York and Virginia are searching for a 22-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student who went missing days after arriving in New York City to celebrate New Year's Eve, according to authorities.
SAN ANTONIO -- In the moments before the 1973 Belmont Stakes, a stable girl accidentally kicked a water bucket near Secretariat as the great horse waited to head to the track. According to onlookers, the startled colt reared up on his hind legs and whinnied repeatedly, seemingly jumping out of his skin. He went on to crush rival Sham and take the Triple Crown with a staggering 31-length win.
CHICAGO -- This was not the Big Ten team's locker room. This was the Colonial Athletic Association team's locker room. And yet here was VCU forward Jamie Skeen, turning to two of his teammates and declaring nonchalantly of their fallen opponent: "They were scared." They seemed bewildered in fact by Purdue's defensive strategy. "They tried to press us," said Skeen. "They don't usually press. It didn't look like they even practice it."
DAYTON, Ohio -- About five years ago, NCAA executive vice president Greg Shaheen registered the trademark "First Four" and told colleagues to "put it in our hip pocket," in the event they one day decided to re-brand the NIT Season Tip-Off or create some other preseason event.
She was a mother of three living in a small apartment and working four jobs. And then, as if in a fairy tale, she won her state's lottery last year. But the story doesn't have the happy ending you might expect.
Think nonconference games don't matter? The NCAA selection committee begs to differ. Because what happens in November and December doesn't stay in November and December, here's a look at some of the early season's most interesting games (and why they'll impact March Madness).
To most of America, Fargo is known for three things: its namesake 1996 Academy Award-winning film, brutal winter weather (Tuesday's high: 5 degrees) and college basketball. Actually, the third item may not be true yet, but a remarkable story is being played out that will have its final act in March.
With only five conference championship games remaining, we can safely assume that North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA will all land No. 1 seeds. The fourth was shaping up to be Tennessee until the Vols lost to Arkansas in the SEC semifinals. Sunday's Kansas-Texas winner may now land that last No. 1 spot, though the 'Horns (No. 4 strength-of-schedule, 11-3 vs. RPI Top 50) would have a better case than the Jayhawks (No. 59, 7-2).
This is the point in the season when I, as the Power Rankings guy, feel marginalized. All anyone wants to talk about is seeds, seeds, seeds. So if you can, pretend that this is my elaborate S-curve through the top four lines of the bracket. And if that's not possible, then just bear with me and try to enjoy the blurbs: these are the final Power Rankings of 2007-08. By the time the major-conference tourneys begin next week, I'll have moved on to blogging ...
Sports Illustrated came out with five regional rivalry covers for the college basketball preview back in November; in retrospect, we probably would have been fine printing just one: Memphis-Tennessee. In 2007-08, no regular-season game has mattered -- or will matter -- as much as the one that will take place on Saturday night at FedEx Forum.
On the morning after the longest game of the year -- 226 points, 106 free-throw attempts, 210-plus minutes of real time, 65 minutes of clock -- we keep it short and sweet. Sixteen teams. And Baylor is one of them.
The walls are bare, the closets are empty, and Connie and Timothy Pent and their two teenage children are living out of boxes as they wait for a dreaded knock at the door of their three-bedroom house in Ocala, Florida.
Underrated: Gonzaga Is it possible the Zags are a better team without Josh Heytvelt, who was suspended after his arrest for drug possession? Without Heytvelt, Mark Few has been forced to give more playing time to glue-guy David Pendergraft as well as Micah Downs, the former McDonald's All-American who transferred in from Kansas and was hurt at the beginning of the year. The Zags lost a slew of games in late December, but that was the result of a brutal non-conference schedule. In Derek Raivio and Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga has a dynamic backcourt, and I really believe it will relish the role of being an overlooked underdog again.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Amidst a sea of jubilant VCU fans, Eric Maynor climbed up a ladder on the Richmond Coliseum floor wearing a Rams CAA Champions T-shirt with another slung over his shoulder. He had scissors in his left hand and had some trouble breaking through the white strands he and his teammates earned as souvenirs. But Maynor earned whatever extra ladder time he was taking. He put his Rams in the NCAA tournament.
The widening waistlines of Americans have increased the consumption of gasoline since 1960 according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Poverty in the United States increased 20 percent between 2000 and 2004, census numbers show. And although the trend stalled in 2005, researchers worry poverty will have profound effects on public health in this country.