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62218_ncaa_vcu_purdue_basketball ---At least for the next few days, Richmond is Hoopstown, U.S.A. Here's an in-depth look at VCU's run to the Swee16.

---UB's season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the CIT.

---According to Coach-K, Kyrie Irving will get a heavy dose of playing time against Arizona.

---The Final Four is still weeks away, but with Duke/North Carolina being a possible match-up, it's just too sexy to ignore.

---It looks like Mike Anderson will stay at Missouri and will receive a hefty contract extension.

---Which underdog team has the best chance to make it to Houston?

---Here's 16 storylines likely to pan out during the Sweet 16.

---Bruce Pearl's had a rough six months. The search for the next coach at Tennessee begin. A look back at Pearl's career.

---Matt Norlander provides power rankings for the 16 remaining tournament teams.

---Eamonn Brennan and Andy Katz debate ESPN's power rankings.

---The first weekend of March Madness received the highest TV ratings in the history of March Madness opening weekends.

---Rodney McKissic

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Full dose of Madness

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---The season is over for the St. Bonaventure men and UB women basketball teams but March Madness is just beginning.

---Former Indiana State coach Bill Hodges remembers the Sycamores run to the 1979 Final Four.

---Pat Forde has his dream and nightmare scenarios for every tournament team.

---Luke Winn details how power programs adjust to the constant carousel of players and personnel.

---Eamonn Brennan apparently doesn't care for the "First Four" which Greg Couch believes messes with the rhythm of opening weekend of March Madness.

---Doug Gottlieb has gained the ire of Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

---North Carolina State should take the advice other programs have used and not hire a superstar coach.

---Texas Tech has officially interviewed Billy Gillespie for its opening.

---Here's a list of ten teams that can win it all.

---Will these mid-majors make the Final Four?

---Looking for guards? Head to New Jersey.

---Will anybody upstage UConn's Kemba Walker, pictured above?

---Mark Schlabach writes about Florida big man Vernon Macklin.

---A breakdown of how the elite coaches in the country have performed in March Madness.

---A solid list of the biggest/most damaging pre-tournament injuries in the last 20 years.

---Rodney McKissic

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Which Cinderella will go dancing?

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---Is there a team out there who can make a lengthy run like Stephen Curry, pictured above, and Davidson in 2008? Jerry Sullivan breaks down the NCAAs.

---St. Bonaventure opens the CBI with Central Florida.

---No player in the NCAA tournament will face more scrutiny and pressue than BYU's Jimmer Fredette.

---Luck plays a role in March Madness.

---Utah State employs a different kind of play-calling system.

---Seth Davis provides his hoop thoughts for every region of the bracket.

---CAA coaches get paid handsomely for taking their teams to the tournament.

---Sidney Lowe has parted ways with North Carolina State.

---According to Forbes Magazine, John Calipari is the most overpaid coach in the country.

---Here's a list of the famous alums from each team in the NCAA tournament.

---Rodney McKissic

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Time for March Madness

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---Here's your guide to the NCAA Tournament.

---Sully's Bracketology can be found right her ... actually its only available on newsstands. Believe me, it's worth it.

---God'sgift Achiuwa has some unfinished business.

---The 11-hour bus trip, watching their conference tournament loss to Kent State along the way, turned out to be well worth the trouble for UB.

---A great-read on Gus Johnson.

---Jeff Eisenberg defines the good and the bad of this year's tournament.

---Eamonn Brennan provides his initial analysis of the brackets.

---Rodney McKissic

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Flying solo

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---Javon McCrea, pictured above, played big in Cleveland but his teammates didn't and UB was ousted from the MAC Tournament by Kent State.

---Arkansas coach John Pelphrey is under fire for possible NCAA violations.

---Maybe they should replay the Rutgers-St. John's game.

---St. John's believes his squad has a good shot at making the Final Four.

---A 16-year from New Jersey owns a successful college basketball recruiting website.

---Keno Davis will not return to Providence next year and George Mason's Jim Larranaga is considered to be a top candidate for the job.

---Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury is retiring and associate head Marty Wilson takes over.

---Rodney McKissic

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Can you keep a secret?

---Apparently, as Jim Tressel learned, no one can keep a secret in college football.

---Pete Thamel writes that coaches tend to find ways around NCAA rules, enter gray areas, apologize when you get caught and move on.

---Syracuse has signed on to play 10 games at the New Meadowlands.

---A whole lotta luck is involved when it comes to drafting players.

---The proliferation of seven-on-seven non-scholastic football has transformed the high school game, once defined by local rivalries, state championships and the occasional all-star game, into a national enterprise.

---Corey Madlock's committment to UB on Wednesday is believed to be the program's earliest which means the Bulls will have to hold onto the Canisius lineman for nearly a year before Signing Day. The first recruit from last year's class was Depew's John Kling who gave a verbal last May.

---Rodney McKissic

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Trouble for Tressel?

---Ohio State athletics officials are expected to respond to allegations in a Yahoo! story that football coach Jim Tressel was told last spring that several of his players - including quarterback Terrelle Pryor - had sold personal memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules.

---Notre Dame is halting the use of hydraulic lifts to film football practices and will install remote-controlled cameras instead as part of a safety push spurred by an October accident in which a student filmmaker was killed when a lift toppled.

---NFL.com examines the challenges teams may face in trying to decide whether to take a QB (such as Cam Newton) in the first round, or wait until later.

---Here are the Top 25 highest paid coaches.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Crime and football

---A six-month CBS News and Sports Illustrated investigation reveals that an alarmingly high number of college football recruits have been in trouble with the law.

---Jerry Sullivan writes that the Bills can't pass up the chance to draft Cam Newton.

---UB corner Josh Thomas runs well at the NFL Combine.

---Rodney McKissic

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All Big 4 team

---St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson leads our all Big 4 team.

---Seth Davis' Hoops Thoughts on Jim Calhoun and Bruce Pearl while David Steele says the NCAA should be blamed for the love tap given Calhoun and UConn.

---The Dagger details the four possible NCAA Tournament bid stealers.

---Here are the ten candidates for the Ocasr Robertson Award, and a look at the handicapping odds for the candidates.

---The NCAA has added two members to it's selection committee. Trust me, it's a lotta work!

---Rumors are circulating that Tubby Smith may leave Minnesota after the season.

---Rod Barnes was fired as coach at Georgia State.

---Bob Knight, Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson headline the 2011 college basketball Hall of Fame class.

---A switch from the MWC to the WCC will provide BYU with a fresh start.

---An in-depth video on Kyrie Irving's toe rehab.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

NFL prospects on display

Newton+Workout+Football ---General Manager Buddy Nix and the rest of the Buffalo Bills' scouts and coaches get their first up close look at the prospects in the 2011 NFL draft starting today in Indianapolis where QBs like Cam Newton, pictured left, and defensive linemen are the talk of the town.

---USC AD Pat Haden says Lane Kiffin has his support in face of allegations the football coach 'failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance' at Tennessee.

---Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says new Wolverines coach Brady Hoke knows what he's doing.

---It's official: Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams returns to Grambling.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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