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Wanna win big in your NCAA Tournament office pool? Follow these tips: 1. Reach for the stars. When in doubt, pick the team with the most talent, especially a group with some NBA prospects. Butler is a nice feel-good story but if it runs into a team like North Carolina, look out below. 2. Look for upsets. Don't get cute and pick Texas-Arlington over Memphis. There's plent…

The announcement of the pairing for the opening round game of the NCAA Tournament will be made during CBS’ Road to the Final Four show at 2 p.m. Sunday. The two teams will play Tuesday night in Dayton for the right to get plummeted by No. 1 seed North Carolina a few days later. With the game taking place 48 hours after the selection show, the NCAA believes it would benefi…

Here's my conference breakdowns for the NCAA Tournament: Big East (7): Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West VirginiaBig 12 (6): Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor Big Ten (5): Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State SEC (5): Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Kentucky, ArkansasPac-10 (…

CLEVELAND -- There were points of the University at Buffalo's season when life looked rather bleak. And a loss in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament doesn't help end your season on a high note. But with a young team still learning what college basketball is all about, the experience of a 69-68 loss to Miami on Wednesday night has plenty of bright s…

CLEVELAND -- The University at Buffalo leads Miami, 30-29, at halftime thanks in large part to a solid effort on the glass. The Bulls outrebounded Miami, 24-9, in the first half and kept the RedHawks without a single offensive rebound. But helping fuel the RedHawks has been converting off turnovers. They have turned seven UB miscues into 11 points. --- Amy Moritz

CLEVELAND -- Will the Big 4 basketball season come to an end tonight? The University at Buffalo men's team is the last one standing as it takes on Miami (Ohio) in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament at the Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is in about an hour. Junior guard Andy Robinson was the lone Bull to receive post-season honors from the conference.…

THE GARDEN - The NCAA is always the goal for elite programs like Syracuse, but the Orange might be better off in the NIT. Even if they advanced to the NCAAs they weren't going to get by the first weekend. They would have landed a No. 8 or No. 9 seed at best which means if they would have run into a No. 1 seed like North Carolina or Memphis in the second round. In the NIT,…

The GARDEN - Syracuse led 28-19 and seemed ready to pull away before Nova went on an 8-0 run to end the first half and the Cuse led by one, 28-27, at the break. Paul Harris has 10 points, including a pair of threes, and Jonny Flynn has four but Nova clearly has the momentum going into the second half. ---Rodney McKissic

THE GARDEN - The Big East Tournament is set to tip off at noon, so here's a look at the 12 teams based on their seeding:1. GeorgetownChances of winning: Excellent. Hoyas are playing for a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs.2. LouisvilleChances of winning: Excellent. One of only a few teams in the field who can matchup physically with Georgetown.3. Notre DameChances of winning: Good, …

NYC - Jonny Flynn joined an elite group when he was named the Big East co-rookie of the year on Tuesday. The list of Syracuse winners includes Pearl Washington, Derrick Coleman, Lawrence Moten and Carmelo Anthony. In 1989 Pitt's Brian Shorter - not Billy Owens - was the league's rookie of the year. Flynn's first season - statistically speaking - is one of the finest ever …

CLEVELAND -- With an offense that was just plain bad in the first half the University at Buffalo bowed out of the Mid-American Conference tournament Monday. All Big 4 women's teams are now out of the postseason with only Canisius getting a first-round win -- and they played Niagara. The Bulls did make a solid comeback in the second half with seniors Stephanie Bennett and…

CLEVELAND -- At halftime at the MAC first round, Toledo has a 27-17 lead over the Bulls. While the Rockets used their 3-point shooting to get their lead (5 for 11 from long range) the Bulls defense isn't all that bad. It's the offense that hurts. The Bulls are shooting just 19.4 percent (6 for 31) from the field and while producing points from their defense has been a k…

CLEVELAND -- The University at Buffalo is the last Big 4 women's team still playing and the Bulls tipoff their tournament hopes in about 10 minutes at hte Mid-American Conference tourney at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Bulls, at 15-14, have been playing well as of late, winning three of their last four games thanks in large part to stingy defense. That defense will be te…

Nothing brings out March Madness like conference tournaments. Nothing to cause changes in your national poll ballot, either. With Rutgers and Maryland both losing early in their conference tourneys and LSU going toe-to-toe with Tennessee in the SEC final, I moved the Lady Tigers up from No. 6 to No. 4. Those first 10 teams are still pretty deep and nothing surprises me wh…

ALBANY -- Niagara's defense of its MAAC Tournament title ended in unsightly fashion early today as the third-seeded Purple Eagles went to pieces in the final moments of a 66-62 loss to Marist in the quarterfinals. Niagara took a 58-55 on a three-point shot by Tyrone Lewis with about 2:30 to play. But the Eagles didn't make another field goal until Lewis' hit a two-pointe…