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Jim Spanarkel prides himself on being a planner, someone who stays organized. When his CBS Sports broadcasting crew was assigned to cover the NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo this week, he heeded the weather portents and moved up by a day his flight out of Newark, N.J. He arrived here Monday, well before the snowstorm. Just about anything Spanarkel encounters in Buffalo…

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Where else would the Bison roam but to Buffalo? Which team coming to Buffalo for this week’s NCAA basketball tournament is coached by an alumnus of another team playing here this week? Which campus housed the Capitol of the United States, for four months in 1783? And which school had a dormitory break away from the university, part of a student protest during the …

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5-Notre Dame vs. 12-Princeton 12:15 p.m. Thursday at KeyBank Center Notre Dame, in Buffalo, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend? It must be fate. The Fighting Irish are the only team in country to reach the Elite Eight the past two seasons, and will start their quest for a third straight trip against Princeton, which completed an undefeated regular season in the Ivy Leag…

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Wednesday's NCAA Tournament practices at KeyBank Center are free and open to the public. Each team has the floor for 40 minutes. Here's when you can see them: Noon - 12:40 p.m.: No. 12 seed Princeton 12:45 - 1:25 p.m.: No. 13 seed Bucknell 1:30 - 2:10 p.m.: No. 5 seed Notre Dame 2:15 - 2:55 p.m.: No. 4 seed West Virginia 4:25 - 5:05 p.m.: No. 1 seed Vil…

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8-Wisconsin vs. 9-Virginia Tech 9:40 p.m. Thursday at KeyBank Center Reliable is the best way to describe the Wisconsin Badgers. They’ve made the NCAA Tournament field 19 years in a row. To get there this season, they’ve relied on their trademark defense, which ranked 11th in the country in defensive efficiency. As has been the case in the past, however, offense h…

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When it concerned the absence of Syracuse University in the NCAA men's basketball tournament field Sunday, call it the Tale of Two Networks. On the CBS special announcing the 68-team field, analysts Seth Davis and Clark Kellogg pretty much agreed with selection committee chairman Mark Hollis' explanation that the Orange didn't get in because the team's poor road record …

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My initial reaction when Rhode Island knocked off VCU to win the Atlantic 10 title Sunday was elation for my home state. Sure, they can claim those plucky Patriots, who play just over the border in Massachusetts, but Little Rhody gets few sports moments that are distinctly its own. We still haven't recovered from Providence losing in the 1973 Final Four with Ernie DiGre…

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The tip times have been announced for the NCAA Tournament. It will tip off in Buffalo. Notre Dame and Princeton will begin this year's NCAA Tournament first-round action at 12:15 p.m. at Buffalo's KeyBank Center. West Virginia and Bucknell will follow in Thursday's afternoon session. Thursday's evening session at KeyBank Center begins with Villanova playing at …

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NCAA Tournament first round No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton Thursday (12:15 p.m.) at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (followed by West Virginia-Bucknell in afternoon session). NOTRE DAME Location: South Bend, Indiana. Miles from Buffalo: 445. Student population: 12,292. Nickname: Fighting Irish. Colors: Gold and blue. Conference: Atlantic Coast Con…

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NCAA Tournament first round No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's or New Orleans Thursday (7:15 p.m.) at KeyBank Center (followed by Wisconsin-Virginia Tech in evening session) VILLANOVA Location: Villanova, Pa. Miles from Buffalo: 363. Student population: More than 10,000 including graduate and law school. Nickname: Wildcats Colors: Navy and …

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NCAA Tournament first round 4-West Virginia vs. 12-Bucknell Thursday at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (follows 12:15 p.m. Notre Dame-Princeton in afternoon session). WEST VIRGINIA Location: Morgantown, W.V. Miles from Buffalo: 321 miles driving. Student population: 28,776. Nickname: Mountaineers. Colors: Blue and old gold. Conference: Big 12. Record…

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NCAA Tournament first round No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech Thursday at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (follows 7:15 p.m. Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's/New Orleans in evening session). WISCONSIN Location: Madison, Wis. Miles from Buffalo: 682. Student population: 43,338. Nickname: Badgers. Colors: Badger red and white. Conference: Big Ten. R…

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Don't feel sorry for Syracuse. The NCAA Tournament has become more and more about the power conferences in recent years. Given a chance, the selection committee probably would have picked all 15 ACC schools. But even they couldn't justify putting Jim Boeheim's team in the field this season. Syracuse had just two wins outside the Carrier Dome this season. Two. That shoul…

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Defending national champion Villanova will come to Buffalo this week as the marquee team at the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. The Wildcats (31-3) are the top seed in the entire, 68-team tournament and will open defense of their crown at 7:10 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the play-in game between Mount St. Mary’s and New Orleans. The other three first-round…

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If you are coming to Buffalo this week for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, there is one thing you should know about getting around town and parking. We don't have Uber or Lyft. More on that later. Suffice to say that's something state legislators are grappling with. You probably will see some intense competition inside KeyBank Center on Thursday and Saturd…