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Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Chasing Cinderella: Get to know Northern Iowa and Chattanooga

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SB Nation has put together a couple of impressive video features on two of the most popular Cinderella picks in this year’s tournament in Northern Iowa and Chattanooga.

The stories are titled ‘Chasing Cinderella’ and they’ll give you an in-depth look at the two programs.

CLICK HERE: For an inside look at Northern Iowa as they prep for Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

CLICK HERE: For a behind-the-scenes feature on Chattanooga as they head into tournament play.

Ex-Oregon players Artis, Dotson sue former school over expulsion

Oregon guard Dominic Artis (1) walks off the court after a regional semifinal against Louisville in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Indianapolis. Louisville won 77-69. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson are suing Oregon over their expulsion from the university, a punishment that stemmed from an investigation into a sexual assault allegation that was levied by a female student.

Artis, Dotson and Brandon Austin were named in a police report in May of 2014 that alleged they assaulted the woman at an off-campus party and back at their apartment two months earlier. They were dismissed from the team and kicked out of school.

The lawyer for Artis and Dotson told ESPN that the process that resulted in their dismissal was “problematic” and that the players were “victimized”. The players are suing for more than $10 million. The victim received $800,000 in a settlement with the school.

Artis played this past season at UTEP, averaging 11.7 points, while Dotson posted 13.9 points at Houston.

Ex-basketball star Mateen Cleaves faces sex assault charge

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves faces charges after a woman says she was held against her will in a motel room and sexually assaulted.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the 39-year-old Cleaves was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Arrangements were being made for Cleaves to turn himself in.

The woman said she met Cleaves in September at a Flint-area charity golf outing and later taken to a Mundy Township motel and assaulted.

Genesee County officials transferred the case to Wayne County due to possible conflict of interest.

The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Cleaves’ attorney.

Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA championship in 2000 and played in the NBA.

Cardinals’ Pitino says he saw nothing ‘unusual’ at dormitory

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he saw “nothing unusual” during occasional visits to the dormitory where a former member of Pitino’s men’s basketball staff allegedly hired strippers for recruits and players.

Escort Katina Powell says Andre McGee paid her and other dancers $10,000 for 22 strip shows from 2010-14 at Billy Minardi Hall. Several investigations are ongoing, including ones by the NCAA, the university, campus police and the Commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

The coach said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike&Mike” that he visited the dorm a few times a month during the season but generally relied on staffers such as McGee to monitor players’ activities.

Pitino reiterated he was unaware of any parties and hopes that the NCAA investigation “comes up with the right answers, because it’s puzzling to all of us.”

Portland parts ways with head coach Eric Reveno

Portland coach Eric Reveno calls to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. Portland won 69-52. (AP Photo/David Becker)
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Eric Reveno will not return to Portland as head coach, sources told NBCSports.com.

Reveno has been the head coach of the Pilot program for the last ten years. He reached the CIT four times and twice finished third in the WCC, but he hasn’t finish above .500 in league play since 2011.

Reveno played his college ball at Stanford and was an assistant on that staff for years before taking over at Portland.

ESPN.com was the first to report the news.

He’s the third WCC coach to lose his job this month. San Francisco and Rex Walters parted ways, while Santa Clara gave Kerry Keating the axe as well. Pacific lost head coach Ron Verlin, who stepped down mid-season. That means six of the 11 head coaches in the WCC have changed in the last three seasons. It’s been more than a decade since a coach has gotten a better job from a school in the WCC, and the reason for that is the top of the conference.

Gonzaga is a high-major program. BYU basically is as well, and while Saint Mary’s is, at it’s core, still a mid-major, it plays at a high-major level. In other words, the best that a coach at one of the other four schools in the league is going to be able to do is finish fourth.

That’s a tough spot to be in.

2016 NCAA Tournament: Which top seeds are on Upset Watch?

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The best part of the NCAA tournament is the upsets.

We want to see those No. 14 seeds hit buzzer-beaters and those No. 15 seeds somehow play their way into the second weekend of the Big Dance. We want to see those little guys we’ve never heard of and may never hear of again get their 15 minutes of fame. We want the story of Goliath falling to David.

These are the Goliaths that could be toppled during the first weekend of the tournament:

No. 1 (East) North Carolina: Carolina drew a horrid potential matchup with Providence in the second round. UNC’s been much better defensively the last two weeks, I’ll give them that, but their weakness this season has been guarding call-screen actions. And Providence basically runs nothing but ball-screen actions for Kris Dunn. If Dunn is healthy, and the Friar supporting cast is knocking down jump shots (which is never, ever a given), they could give the Tar Heels a run for their money.

No. 1 (West) Oregon: I think the Ducks will have a much tougher test in the second round than they will in the Sweet 16. Saint Joseph’s is built to match up with their small ball lineups. Isaiah Miles is one of the most improved players in the country, and Deandre Bembry vs. Dillon Brooks will be one of the best individual matchups in the event. I’ve had a couple people — including Brian Snow on last night’s podcast (see below) — tell me that Cincinnati can take out Oregon as well, so keep than in mind.

[   BRACKET BREAKDOWNS: East | South | Midwest | West   ]

No. 3 (East) West Virginia: I think the Mountaineers will have a tough test if they face Notre Dame in the second round. Pressing Demetrius Jackson makes a defense feel like a cat trying to catch the red dot of a laser pointer, and when the Irish do break that press, if they attack to score, they’ll get a myriad of rhythm threes in transition. While they may get a fight, I don’t think WVU will lose Stephen F. Austin.

No. 3 (Midwest) Utah: I think Utah can handle Gonzaga if they face the Zags in the second round, but Seton Hall is a bit of a quagmire for them. The Utes tend to struggle against big, athletic guards that can pressure defensively, and I think roughly 95% of the players in the Seton Hall program are big, athletic guards that can pressure defensively.

No. 4 (West) Duke: UNC Wilmington presses full court, trying to force turnovers and wear down their opponent. Duke’s issues this season? Depth and point guard play. In the end, Duke’s talent may win out — BREAKING: Grayson Allen, Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard are really good. — but on paper, this is the perfect matchup for UNCW.

No. 4 (Midwest) Iowa State: In a vacuum, I like ISU over Iona because when two teams want to do the same thing, I pick the team with more talent. Styles may win fights, but when teams have the same style, role with the dudes that are better. Iowa State’s dudes are better, but Monte’ Morris has a banged up shoulder and we never quite know which Jameel McKay and Deonte Burton will show up. Iona also has a dude named A.J. English that can go for 35 on any given night.

No. 5 (Midwest) Purdue: Purdue’s strength is their front court. Arkansas-Little Rock, who went 29-4 with wins at Tulsa and at SDSU, plays a Pack-Line defense, which is one of the best ways to keep big men from getting easy touches in the paint.

[ CBT Podcast: Bracket Breakdown | Expert Brackets | Cinderellas  ]

No. 6 (West) Texas: I actually like this Texas team, but Northern Iowa is really, really good and potentially under-seeded because of an ugly stretch at the start of league play. Remember, UNI has beaten Iowa State, North Carolina and Wichita State twice, including at WSU.

No. 6 (South) Arizona: I actually think the Wildcats matchup pretty well with both Vanderbilt and Wichita State. Vandy doesn’t have the kind of athletic power-wing that Arizona struggles with and Wichita State’s guard aren’t quite quick enough to take advantage of where Arizona struggles defensively. (We discussed this on the podcast as well.) That said, both Vanderbilt and Wichita State are good enough to make it out of the first weekend. This is a tough draw for the Wildcats.

DON’T PICK THESE GUYS TO LOSE, THOUGH

  • No. 2 (South) Villanova: It’s not happening this season. They’ll get past the first round, they’ve beaten Temple by 15 at Temple and Iowa — who hasn’t played well in about a month — is basically the same team as Villanova, just not as good.
  • No. 2 (East) Xavier: The Musketeers are vulnerable in the Sweet 16, but as long as they get past Weber State, neither Wisconsin or Pitt are the kind of team that should trouble them.
  • No. 5 (West) Baylor: I could see the Bears losing in the second round, but I just can’t see Yale winning. These are two teams that win games because of big front lines and their work on the glass, and when two teams have the same strength, bet on the team with more talent.
  • No. 4 and No. 5 (East) Kentucky and Indiana: All due respect to Stony Brook and Chattanooga, the world needs Indiana and Kentucky to square off in the NCAA tournament. Don’t even put that thought into the universe.