- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger6 hrs ago
Creighton fans in Omaha were able to watch most of the Bluejays' Big East tournament semifinal win over Xavier on Friday until Cox Cable and Fox Sports 1 switched over to coverage of UCLA-Stanford semifinal in the Pac-12 Conference.
Obviously this didn't go over well among Bluejays fans with the Creighton game still in doubt when the change was made and they shared their frustrations on Twitter. Here are a few examples.
@bubbaprog Did Fox Sports 1 just switch everyone to the Pac 12 semifinal? We just had it happen in Omaha, where Creighton is.
@CoxHelp hey you probably already know this, but you need to wake someone up in Omaha and put the Big East tourney game back on FS1!!!
Omaha market FS1 feed switched over from Creighton game to Pac-12 game? Say what?
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger6 hrs ago
Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick said this week he thought he should have won the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Award that went to Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier.
After winning a quarterfinal game in the conference tournament Thursday, Napier took issue with the notion.
"He cares so much about that MVP," Napier said. "I don't care about that. Those guys believe he won it? He can have it."
It was appropriate then that Friday night's semifinal between the top-seeded Bearcats and the fourth-seeded Huskies came down to Napier and Kilpatrick being heavily involved in the outcome with Napier ultimately prevailing again 58-56 when Kilpatrick's tying layup attempt rolled off the rim in the final seconds.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger9 hrs ago
Syracuse was undeniably the nation's best team a month ago, but what a difference the past month has made.
The Orange escaped with a one-point victory over North Carolina State on Feb. 15 to remain unbeaten. One day short of one month later, the seventh-seeded Wolfpack wasn't about to allow that to happen again Friday. They held on to beat No. 2 seed Syracuse 66-63 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
The game ended with an amazing sequence in which Syracuse managed to get off six shots thanks to five offensive rebounds. None of them went in and NC State advanced to the semifinals with an improved NCAA tournament resume and hope still alive of wrecking dreams of other teams by stealing the league's automatic bid.
ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack with 28 points and eight rebounds.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger10 hrs ago
Iowa State finally conquered Kansas in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals Friday 94-83 behind an impressive performance from forward Georges Niang whose face was bloodied late in the game when he took a charge.
The Cyclones carried a five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks into the game spanning both regular season games this season and games last season. Niang taking a charge to keep a fire lit under his teammates was somewhat fitting because the Cyclones lost a game to Kansas last season when officials flubbed a call against Niang for a block when he tried to take a charge in the final minute.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger14 hrs ago
Pittsburgh finally got a win it needed to enhance its NCAA tournament resume Friday by beating North Carolina 80-75 in the ACC tournament, but the Panthers almost gave it away at the free throw line.
Pitt led 51-33 with 10 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game. From that point to the end of the final buzzer, the Panthers combined to make only 13 of 29 free throws. North Carolina took advantage of the shakiness, surging to within four points twice in the final minute before coming up short.
Pittsburgh was just 21 of 41 at the foul line in the game. Forward Talib Zanna and guard James Robinson each scored 19 points. They combined to make 11 of 15 free throws.
After sitting out postseason play a year ago as part of APR penalties and losing this season's regular season finale to Louisiville by 33 points, No. 21 Connecticut was eager to get tournament play started Thursday night against No. 19 Memphis.
The Huskies trounced the Tigers 72-53 on their home floor at FedExForum in Memphis in the American Athletic Conference tournament. It is the third time this season UConn has beaten Memphis. The most recent game between the teams in February was decided in overtime, making Thursday's outcome even more surprising.
Memphis isn't exactly going into the NCAA tournament next week with any confidence. It has alternated wins and losses in its past six games over a span of three weeks.
Buzzer beaters and overtime games generally get all the attention in March because they thrill college basketball fans, but every now and then there are jaw-dropping results of another kind that just can't be ignored.
Defending national champion Louisville provided one example Thursday in its opening game in the American Athletic Conference tournament routing Rutgers 92-31. Yes folks, that's a 61-point margin of victory in a conference game.
Louisville led 58-16 at halftime and could have gone scoreless in the entire second half and still won by 28 points. The Courier-Journal reported it was the most lopsided conference game in the nation this season.
The betting line on the game beforehand had Louisville favored by 18.5 points. The Cardinals covered the sprea by more than 40.
Florida State kept its slim NCAA tournament hopes alive Thursday with a stellar bit of teamwork in setting up a game-winning dunk in the final second by center Boris Bojanovsky to beat Maryland in an ACC tournament game .
The Seminoles beat Maryland 67-65 when Bojanovsky's dunk went through the basket with .4 seconds remaining. It came off a nice pass from senior Okaro White.
FSU earned its 19th win of the season with 12 losses to at least put itself in the conversation among other bubble teams. Florida State has just one win over a ranked team this season and that win over then-No. 22 UMass came back in December. Its best Conference victories are probably the two over the Terrapins.
The NCAA provided a first look at its 2014 Final Four court design Thursday through its March Madness Twitter account and there is a noticeable difference from previous years.
The name of the host city has been a prominent part of the center-court logo in previous recent Final Fours hosted by Atlanta and New Orleans.
This year's center court logo features a small tip of the cap to North Texas. The Final Four will be played April 5-7 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington,Texas this year. It's home to the Dallas Cowboys.
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