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You had to feel for Akron's seniors after losing to Miami (Ohio) at the buzzer on Saturday. It is the seniors who can tug your heart....the look on their faces when they know it is over. The Zips have been pointing to this season since Romeo Travis, Dru Joyce and Co., decided to attend their hometown school four years ago out of St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School. This wa…

NEW YORK -- Postgame chatter collected from Georgetown's 65-42 rout of Pittsburgh in the Big East final: ---Georgetown coach John Thompson III: "We're playing well right now. One thing I learned from 'Pops' (his father, ex-Hoyas coach John Thompson) and coach Pete Carril (at Princeton) is it doesn't matter how you play at the beginning of the year. People forgot abou…

In a year where the MAC's pathetic officiating was never more obvious (remember the Bowling Green-UB sham?), the league reached new lows Saturday night in Cleveland. Miami's three-pointer at the buzzer that beat Akron in the conference final became a cluttered mess because the clock was started late after a missed Akron free throw and officials couldn't decide what to do.…

---Niagara coach Joe Mihalich continues to be a multimedia star. He was a guest on ESPN Radio today at 2. Monday, he will be in Chicago to tape a Fox Sports Net segment, breaking down the brackets with Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery and Indiana's Kelvin Sampson, who beat Mihalich in the 2005 NCAAs while at Oklahoma. The show will air on Fox Sports …

The folks at UB must be envious. Albany has become the darling of the SUNY system, earning its second straight NCAA trip with Saturday's thrilling one-point victory at Vermont. And it's possible the Great Danes -- who nearly upset UConn last year as a No. 16 seed -- might get to play in Buffalo as a No. 13 or 14. And teams who come close one year are often even more danger…

Here's a new way to try to get the attention of the NCAA selection committee: Appalachian State took out a full-page ad in Saturday's Indianapolis Star to make its case for an at-large berth. The committee is holed up for the weekend in the Indy Westin. Appy had a terrific season, going 25-7 and posting wins over Virginia, Vanderbilt and VCU but lost to the College of Cha…

It looks like Niagara will push into a No. 15 seed rather than a No. 16, and that will be a no-doubter if either Delaware State (MEAC) or Long Beach (Big West) get upset by lower seeds in their championship games tonight. Our choices for No. 2 seeds -- and possible Niagara opponents -- are thus Kansas, Florida, Pittsburgh or Georgetown. The prediction: The Purple Eagles s…

Some crazy scores from the late games Friday night force a re-evaluation of today's tournament projection column. Xavier (Atlantic 10) and Nevada (WAC) were heavy favorites to win what would have been one-bid leagues but were upset in the semifinals of their tournaments by Rhode Island and Utah State, respectively. So that means the A-10 and WAC will get two bids, as Xavie…

NEW YORK -- Some thoughts from around the conference tournaments while we wait for tonight's Big East semifinals: ---- Folks here are virtually certain that either Pittsburgh or Georgetown -- and perhaps both -- are coming to HSBC Arena for next week's NCAA subregional. One also could be Niagara's opponent in a 2-15 game in Columbus, Ohio. ---What's going on in the ACC? …

We all know Niagara is going to be a huge underdog when the NCAA selections are announced Sunday. But there's a big difference between having virtually no chance to win and having a small chance. That's why it's important for the NCAA committee to give the Purple Eagles a No. 15 seed rather than a 16. A 16 has never won a first-round game but four No. 15s have pulled upse…

NEW YORK -- If you're a Syracuse fan, I highly recommend The Syracuse Post-Standard hoop blog written by Mike Waters and Kim Baxter. There's always some terrific info on current games, upcoming opponents, SU alumni and great interaction with readers. Waters, a veteran who's one of the most respected reporters in the Big East, got a big laugh Thursday when I told him I had…

NEW YORK -- You have to feel bad for John Beilein. Another overtime against Rick Pitino and another crusher for the former Canisius boss. The Mountaineers' loss to Louisville in 2005 kept them out of the Final Four. The double-overtime defeat Thursday night in the Big East quarterfinals probably knocked them out of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia overcame a 17-point se…

No need to drown in over-analysis of the Anthony Solomon era at St. Bonaventure. It's all pretty simple: Nice enough guy to the media but totally over his head as a first-time head coach. Openly derided by players, no semblance of an offense, huge dropoff in attendance. Brutal record. See ya. Now comes the important part -- finding a real coach. Most Bona alums regard new…

Still shaking my head about how brutal things were for the MAAC Tournament in Bridgeport, Conn. Too bad they can't lift the Arena at Harbor Yard and move it somewhere else. So while the MAAC spends more time pondering where to go (since it refuses to do the smart thing and just go to Albany every year), I've got a suggestion: Give Atlantic City a try. I took a detour th…

I'm a voter in the weekly AP Top 25 and this week I'm taking a beating in the email box from Maryland fans. Seems they're peeved I had Duke No. 14 and Maryland No. 20 on my ballot last week. The vote was caught because the AP web site lists each of the 72 ballots. Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese noticed as well and we had an e-mail exchange which led to a neat column t…