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Was Kendall Marshall’s injury a hoax? One reader of the Charlotte Observer certainly thinks so

– Remember back during the regular season when Buzz Williams benched a bunch of his starters because of “a violation of team rules”, well it might have something to do with this

– Harrison Barnes wants Doug Gottlieb to pay him a visit in St. Louis. The Tar Heels forward has not taken too kindly to some of the remarks made by the outspoken analyst

– A nice breakdown of the players that improved their NBA stock the most during the first weekend of the tournament

The city of Boston could gain a $22-million boost from hosting the NCAA East Regionals

– Baylor University is offering students  transportation, lodging and tickets  to the Bear’s Sweet-16 game for  just $100

– With Butler supposedly leaving the Horizon League for the Atlantic-10, would Oakland be a good replacement?

– Take a guess at which game of the first weekend drew the highest ratings: Duke-Lehigh? Nope. Missouri-Norfolk State? Wrong. The correct answer: Purdue-Kansas.  Being slated in prime time on Sunday helped, but it could be argued that it was the best game of the weekend

– Not many people expected to see Xavier in the Sweet-16, not after the tumultuous season they’ve had. But if they want to continue their postseason run, they will need Dez Wells and Andre Walker to get healthy

– The Pac-12 is actually having some success this postseason, it’s just not the NCAA tournament postseason

– Andy Katz fills us in on which Sweet-16 teams are under the most pressure

– Michael Rosenberg examines which teams have the best chance to knock off Kentucky

A solid bracket infographic on offense vs. defense in the NCAA tournament

– Even if a National Championship is the ultimate goal for tournament teams, it is still a huge thrill to make it past the first weekend

– Five members of South Mississippi’s band have been kicked off the team and have had their scholarships revoked following an incident in which they chanted racial slurs at Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez

– Tony Crockett, the leading scorer at Arizona State has decided to transfer in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Minnesota. Crockett becomes the 12th Sun Devil to transfer from the university in the past four years

– Three Duquesne players, including all-conference guard T.J McConnell have decided to transfer

– Central Michigan’s Trey Zeigler has been granted his scholarship release and will transfer. His father Ernie, was fired as head basketball coach last week. Duke and Michigan are potential landing spots for the Chippewas leading scorer

– Wake Forest guard Tony Chennault is officially transferring. The Philadelphia native hopes to enroll at a school closer to home

USC freshman Alexis Moore has decided to transfer and is asking for a release from his scholarship. Curtis Washington has also requested to be released from his scholarship at USC

– LaDontae Dority left the South Florida program back in January, and has just recently announced his decision to transfer to Valparaiso

– Illinois is making an all-out effort to hire VCU’s Shaka Smart. But could another candidate enter the discussion? How about Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin. The former-Purdue star just finished a successful first season in Knoxville, and might be persuaded to return to the Big-Ten

– Wagner coach Dan Hurley is officially taking the head coaching job at Rhode Island

– Murray State’s Steve Prohm is the primary target of Mississippi State’s coaching search right now. Prohm guided the Racers to a third round birth in the NCAA tournament in just his first season as head coach. The Racers lost just two games all season.

– Both the men’;s and women’s basketball coaches at Grambling have been reassigned within the athletic department and have been relieved of their duties

Southern Illinois has offered former-Illinois coach Bruce Weber the head coaching position. Weber coached at SIU prior to his stint as Illini head coach

– Legendary UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian was hospitalized yesterday after he suffered a mild heart attack

– Arizona and Michigan will start a home-and-home series beginning in the 2013-2014 season

Duke’s Ryan Kelly had surgery on his right foot, which was injured in a practice before the ACC tournament. The forward will be out six to eight weeks

– Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon had surgery on his right knee yesterday, just hours after his team lost to Middle Tennessee in the N.I.T.

– No coach in the country has a better incentive-based contract deal than Ohio State’s Thad Matta. the Head coach is set to haul in an enormous amount of cash if the Buckeyes can win the National Championship

– A great list of natural rivalries that need to come out of hibernation

– The Ohio Bobcats got to check out some of the latest t-shirts that have been made in honor of their NCAA tournament run

Of course there is a Lehigh rap song. The beat is pretty terrible, but some of the lyrics are kinda funny

– Somebody clearly loves Kentucky…..and chewing tobacco. Seriously, this is so Kentucky

March Madness memes. Yes, this is exactly what you think it is

– An awesome time-lapse video of the Final Four court construction