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An absolute must-read from Inside Milwaukee magazine. It’s a fantastic article about Marquette’s Buzz Williams, who is by far the most interesting coach in college basketball

Seth Davis’ Hoop Thoughts, a weekly must-read

– The suspension of Alabama forward Tony Mitchell will last until the end of the season

– Depending on where you get your information from, Jim Calhoun may or may not be on the sidelines for the Huskie’s game against Syracuse on Saturday

– A Cincinnati football recruit was ejected from a high school playoff game in Pennsylvania for throwing a punch at an opposing player

– After a come-from-behind victory against Villanova on Saturday, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey had this to say about his team “Collectively, we’re kind of a Jeremy Lamb”

– It was reported on Sunday that Maryland is going to refuse to schedule all future athletic events with Georgetown until the Hoyas agree to play in basketball. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon supports the idea of playing Georgetown

– Gary Parrish’s Poll Attacks. Eamonn Brennan’s Poll Thoughts

Raphielle Johnson provides a good-read on the success of Cal State-Fullerton. The Titans have relied heavily on transfers this season and have won eight out of their last nine games

– Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury took a shot at Kentucky’s Twany Beckham, a former-bulldog.  But Stansbury then said that his comments were taken out of context and even called Beckham to explain his remarks. Regardless, this is rather  poor timing. Mississippi State has dropped three in a row and hosts the No. 1 Wildcats tonight and the Bulldogs may be without Renardo Sidney

– Dave Hess does a great job explaining the battle between stat geeks and the media when discussing the tournament selection process

– Referee Karl Hess has been reprimanded by the ACC for ejecting former-North Carolina State stars Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from Saturday’s game. What is a “reprimand” you ask? Nothing more than a public scolding. This is simply not enough

– Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has insisted that his team isn’t going to feel sorry for themselves anymore. That probably means we won’t see Meyers Leonard crying from on the sidelines anymore

– Speaking of Illinois, Joe Lunardi doesn’t think they will, or should, make the NCAA Tournament (Insiders Only)

North Florida’s Parker Smith went off last night for 46 points on 13-20 shooting including 11-17 from behind the arc

– Considering the amount of turnover this year in Knoxville, is an NIT bid for the Volunteers really that bad?

– Mike Krzyzewski got a chance to meet his hockey counter-part, Boston College head coach Jerry York, who just won the 900th game of his career in the Beanpot over Boston U

– Rush The Court published a series of “Mount Rushmore” posts for Pac-12,ACC,  and college basketball in general

– Florida guard Mike Rosario is expected to return to action on Tuesday against Auburn. The Rutgers-transfer has missed the past three games due to a hip-pointer

– Highly touted recruit Nerlens Noel has not been officially reclassified yet, but the announcement should be coming shortly

– If UCLA has any desire to make a late-season run and win the Pac-12 Tournament, they will need Lazeric Jones to get going

– In case you weren’t already aware, the Summit League is home to five of the top scorers in the country

– All Bo Ryan does is win. But how “sexy” would an “All-Bo Ryan Team” be?

– I think the headline speaks for itself – “Three reasons why Sean Miller would make a good president

This is hilarious. Washington State’s Reggie Moore is a world-class starer

– Now this is what I call dedication

– Denard Robinson should never ever quit his day job

– I’m offended that somebody found this offensive

Sister Jean: “I don’t care that you broke my bracket.”

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As Missouri Valley Conference player of the year Clayton Custer came off the floor after Loyola earned its spot in the Elite Eight after beating Nevada, he had to make a quick apology.

He had to tell the Ramblers’ star fan Sister Jean he was sorry. She, of course, had picked Loyola’s Cinderella run to end in the Sweet 16 in her bracket before the start of the tournament.

The apology was quickly accepted.

“I said I don’t care that you broke my bracket,” Sister Jean said. “I’m ready for the next one.

“For a nice little school like ours, we are just so proud of them.”

Michigan’s hot shooting carries them into the Elite Eight past Texas A&M

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Historically known as a team that lived and died with the three-ball, No. 3-seed Michigan had spent the first weekend of the NCAA tournament proving history wrong.

In an ugly game in their opener against Montana, the Wolverines shot 5-for-16 from three while turning the ball over 14 times and managing a measly 61 points. Against Houston in the second round, Michigan shot 8-for-30 from beyond the arc, with one of those threes coming courtesy of Jordan Poole at the buzzer, sending the Wolverines into the Sweet 16 with a 64-63 win.

Put another way, Michigan looked the part of the defensive grinder that they turned into this season.

Against No. 7-seed Texas A&M in the Sweet 16, however, the Wolverines turned into the Golden State Warriors.

Michigan bested the number of three that they had made in the tournament to date, hitting 14-of-24 bombs while shooting 62 percent from the floor in a 99-72 win over an Aggies team that had finally, for the first time since November, looked the part of the SEC title contender that they have the talent to be.

No. 11 Loyola moves on to Elite Eight after beating No. 7 Nevada

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Loyola is in the Elite Eight.

The Ramblers’ dream run through March continued Thursday as they knocked off No. 7 Nevada, 69-68, in South Region semifinal in Atlanta.

Loyola, an 11th seed making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, will play the winner of Kansas State and Kentucky on Sunday for a chance to return to the Final Four for the first time since it won the 1963 national championship.

Marques Townes hit a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play to put the Ramblers up four and put the game all but out of reach for Nevada. Townes finished with 18 points while Clayton Custer had 15.  Loyola shot 55.8 percent from the floor for the game.

The Wolf Pack’s Caleb Martin had 21 points while Jordan Caroline had 19. Nevada shot 41.4 percent from the floor.

Nevada looked like it may overwhelm Loyola early as it built a 12-point lead less than seven minutes into the game. The Ramblers, though, struck back by keeping the Wolf Pack off the board for nearly the last 8 minutes of the first half to take a four-point lead into the break.

The strong play considered on the other side of halftime for Loyola, which astonishingly made its first 13 shots of the second half. Still, despite the perfect start, the Ramblers only briefly took a double-digit lead before Nevada sliced it back down below 10.

Loyola’s inability to build a substantial lead came back to bite it as Nevada, the comeback kids of this tournament, mounted its attack on the deficit and had it erased before the under-four timeout, setting up the final frantic minutes of a battle for a spot in the Elite Eight that the Ramblers claimed thanks to Townes’ late triple.

2018 March Madness: Fans in Times Square pick fake teams in Sweet 16 predictions

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NBC Sports went into Times Square this week to ask basketball fans for their Sweet 16 picks.

The only problem?

The teams in the games are not actually playing in the NCAA Tournament.

They aren’t even actually teams.

Hilarity ensued.

Miami’s Bruce Brown declares for draft without an agent

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Bruce Brown wants to hear what the NBA has to say.

The Miami sophomore has declared for the draft but will not hire an agent, the school announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 11.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during his second season with the Hurricanes. He did, though, see his shooting numbers take a tumble compared to his freshman season with his field goal percentage down from 45.9 to 41.5 percent and his 3-point shoot go from 34.7 to 26.7 percent. There’s also the matter of a foot injury that required surgery and kept him off the floor for the ‘Canes’ last 12 games.

By declaring for the draft, Brown can get in front of NBA teams, who will likely take a very close look at his shooting mechanics after that sophomore season downturn. It will also be an opportunity for him to build up his reputation in the professional ranks after spending much of his sophomore season injured.