A way-too-early look at college basketball’s best teams for the 2013-14 season (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
All the confetti on the floor at the Georgia Dome hadn’t even been picked up yet Monday night when speculation about next year’s college basketball season began.
For Wichita State’s Ron Baker, sacrifices pay off with unlikely Final Four run (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
Somehow, getting his driver’s license when he turned 16 is now merely the second best birthday present Wichita State guard Ron Baker has received. That pales in comparison to the dream 20th birthday party Baker experienced Saturday in Los Angeles.
Whiff? The Big Ten is in danger of missing the Final Four completely after dominating the season (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
The overall strength of the Big Ten Conference has been one of the major story lines of this college basketball season, but after Ohio State lost in the West Region final Saturday night to upstart Wichita State, the Big Ten is in danger of being shut out of the Final Four.
Wichita State’s band of castoffs survives Ohio State comeback, advances to Final Four (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
LOS ANGELES — They were overlooked before the season because last year’s five leading scorers graduated. They were dwarfed in their own league by highly touted Creighton. And they were overshadowed during their NCAA tournament run because another Cinderella story was even more unfathomable than their own.
LOS ANGELES — LaQuinton Ross was changing in Ohio State’s locker room before Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with Arizona when a Staples Center employee informed the sophomore forward whose locker he was using.
LaQuinton Ross’ game-winning 3-pointer sends Ohio State to the Elite Eight (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
LOS ANGELES — The last time their teams met in the NCAA tournament, Thad Matta earned bragging rights over close friend Sean Miller thanks to a late comeback, a last-gasp 3-pointer and a strong overtime.
LOS ANGELES — The friendship between Arizona’s Sean Miller and Ohio State’s Thad Matta began with a practical joke.
There has never been a Final Four comprised entirely by teams from the same conference, but this could be the year it happens. The closest we ever came to having a conference tournament in the Final Four was 1985 when Villanova, Georgetown and St. John’s advanced from the Big East and were joined by Memphis State (now Memphis).
Reseeding the Sweet 16 from most likely to least likely to win a championship (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
The opening weekend of the NCAA tournament produced plenty of surprises, but it did not change the favorite to capture the national title. That remains No. 1 overall seed Louisville, which looked as dominant as anyone advancing to the Sweet 16.
Fan Reaction: Did refs get charging call on Iowa State’s Will Clyburn correct? (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)
With less than 2 minutes to go in the Ohio State-Iowa State NCAA tournament matchup, Cyclones guard Will Clyburn was called for a controversial charge on the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft. Here’s another look at the play.