Ed’s List Of College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck



Saturday, 12/17/16
3:30 PM – Houston vs San Diego State


Thursday, 12/29/16
9:00 PM – Oklahoma State vs Colorado


Friday, 12/30/16
2:00 PM – Stanford vs North Carolina


Friday, 12/30/16
8:00 PM – Michigan vs Florida State


Saturday, 12/31/16
11:00 AM – LSU vs Louisville


Saturday, 12/31/16
3:00 PM – Washington vs Alabama


Saturday, 12/31/16
7:00 PM – Ohio State vs Clemson


Monday, 01/02/17
1:00 PM – Western Michigan vs Wisconsin


Monday, 01/02/17
5:00 PM – USC vs Penn State


Monday, 01/02/17
8:30 PM – Auburn vs Oklahoma


Monday, 01/09/17
8:30 PM – Washington or Alabama
vs. Ohio State or Clemson


The Western Michigan Broncos Deserve To Be In The NCAA Playoffs

So here’s the thing, I don’t like the way college football teams are selected for inclusion in the NCAA “playoffs”.

You probably noticed that I put the word playoffs in quotes there. That’s because I consider picking only four Division I-A teams out of a pool of 128 to be an insult to the very idea of a playoff system. In my opinion, there ought to be 12 teams in the mix at a bare minimum, but that’s a rant for another day.

And so, putting aside my utter contempt for the current playoff scheme, let’s suppose that it actually does have some merit, and that the participants thereof are representative of the best the NCAA has to offer. With that assumption in mind, can someone please explain to me in clear and rational terms why one of the ONLY-TWO undefeated teams in the division has been excluded from the playoffs?

I mean, if being PERFECT isn’t good enough to get you a seat at the table, how exactly are teams like the WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS (13-0) incentivized to achieve such a record in the future?

What, they get to play in some pointless, participation-trophy bowl game like dozens of other teams that DIDN’T distinguish themselves at all?

*Best Church Lady voice* Well isn’t that special?

I guess it’s okay to treat Western Michigan like Fredo Corleone because the NCAA chose not to challenge that team with the caliber of opponents that the Alabama Crimson Tide faced this season, correct? It’s just one big ‘FUCK YOU’ from the start, and if you don’t like it, then all you Broncos fans can go pound sand, right?

Tell me, National Collegiate Athletic Association, what did you require of WMU at the beginning of this season which might have possibly allowed them to become a playoff team? Did they need to win every game by 25 points (on average) instead of only 24? Please proclaim your MAGIC NUMBER so I can slink off to my quiet corner of the world, safe in the knowledge that I’ve finally been set straight by the gods of college sports.

By Edward L. Daley

Ed’s Top 25 NCAA Football Teams After Week 13

Alabama: 12-0
Opponents: USC, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss, Kent State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Bye, LSU, Mississippi State, Chattanooga, Auburn
PF: 52, 38, 48, 48, 34, 49, 49, 33, 10, 51, 31, 30
PA: 6, 10, 43, 0, 6, 30, 10, 14, 0, 3, 3, 12
Official Ranking: 1st


Western Michigan: 12-0
Opponents: Northwestern, North Carolina Central, Illinois, Georgia Southern, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Bye, Ball State, Kent State, Buffalo, Toledo
PF: 22, 70, 34, 49, 49, 45, 41, 45, 52, 37, 38, 55
PA: 21, 21, 10, 31, 10, 30, 0, 31, 20, 21, 0, 35
Official Ranking: 13th


Ohio State: 11-1
Opponents: Bowling Green, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bye, Rutgers, Indiana, Wisconsin, Penn State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan
PF: 77, 48, 45, 58, 38, 30, 21, 24, 62, 62, 17, 30
PA: 10, 3, 24, 0, 17, 23. 24, 20, 3, 3, 16, 27
Official Ranking: 2nd


Clemson: 11-1
Opponents: Auburn, Troy, South Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College, NC State, Bye, Florida State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, South Carolina
PF: 19, 30, 59, 26, 42, 56, 24, 37, 54, 42, 35, 56
PA: 13, 24, 0, 7, 36, 10, 17, 34, 0, 43. 13, 7
Official Ranking: 3rd


Washington: 11-1
Opponents: Rutgers, Idaho, Portland State, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, Bye, Oregon State, Utah, California, USC, Arizona State, Washington State
PF: 48, 59, 41, 35, 44, 70, 41, 31, 66, 13, 44, 45
PA: 13, 14, 3, 28, 6, 21, 17, 24, 27, 26, 18, 17
Official Ranking: 4th


Michigan: 10-2
Opponents: Hawaii, UCF, Colorado, Penn State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Bye, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State
PF: 63, 51, 45, 49, 14, 78, 41, 32, 59, 13, 20, 27
PA: 3, 14, 28, 10, 7, 0, 8, 23, 3, 14, 10, 30
Official Ranking: 5th


Wisconsin: 10-2
Opponents: LSU, Akron, Georgia State, Michigan State, Michigan, Bye, Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota
PF: 16, 54, 23, 30, 7, 23, 17, 23, 21, 48, 49, 31
PA: 14, 10, 17, 6, 14, 30, 9, 17, 7, 3, 20, 17
Official Ranking: 6th


Oklahoma: 9-2
Opponents: Houston, Louisiana Monroe, Ohio State, Bye, TCU, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas. Iowa State, Baylor, West Virginia, Bye
PF: 23, 59, 24, 52, 45, 38, 66, 56, 34, 45, 56
PA: 33, 17, 45, 46, 40, 17, 59, 3, 24, 24, 28
Official Ranking: 7th


Penn State: 10-2
Opponents: Kent State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Bye, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers, Michigan State
PF: 33, 39, 34, 10, 29, 38, 24, 62, 41, 45, 39, 45
PA: 13, 42, 27, 49, 26, 14, 21, 24, 14, 31, 0, 12
Official Ranking: 8th


Colorado: 10-2
Opponents: Colorado State, Idaho State, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Arizona State, Stanford, Bye, UCLA, Arizona, Washington State, Utah
PF: 44, 56, 28, 41, 47, 17, 40, 10, 20, 49. 38, 27
PA: 7, 7, 45, 38, 6, 21, 16, 5, 10, 24, 24, 22
Official Ranking: 9th


Oklahoma State: 9-2
Opponents: SE Louisiana, Central Michigan, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Bye, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU, Bye
PF: 61, 27, 45, 24, 49, 38, 44, 37. 43, 45, 31
PA: 7, 30, 38, 35, 31, 31, 20, 20, 37, 44, 6
Official Ranking: 11th


West Virginia: 9-2
Opponents: Missouri, Youngstown State, Bye, BYU, Kansas State, Bye, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State
PF: 26, 38, 35, 17, 48, 34, 20, 48, 24, 28, 49
PA: 11, 21, 32, 16, 17, 10, 37, 21, 20, 56, 19
Official Ranking: 14th


Navy: 9-2
Opponents: Fordham, UConn, Tulane, Bye, Air Force, Houston, Bye, Memphis, South Florida, Notre Dame, Tulsa, East Carolina, SMU
PF: 52, 28, 21, 14, 46, 42, 45, 28, 42, 66, 75
PA: 16, 24, 14, 28, 40, 28, 52, 27, 40, 31, 31
Official Ranking: 20th


South Florida: 10-2
Opponents: Towson, Northern Illinois, Syracuse, Florida State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, UConn, Temple, Navy, Bye, Memphis, SMU, UCF
PF: 56, 48, 45, 35, 45, 38, 42, 30, 52, 49, 35, 48
PA: 20, 17, 20, 55, 20, 22, 27, 46, 45, 42, 27, 31
Official Ranking: 25th


Boise State: 10-2
Opponents: Louisiana Lafayette, Washington State, Bye, Oregon State, Utah State, New Mexico, Colorado State, BYU, Wyoming, San José State, Hawaii, UNLV, Air Force
PF: 45, 31, 38, 21, 49, 28, 28, 28, 45, 52, 42, 20
PA: 10, 28, 24, 10, 21, 23, 27, 30, 31, 16, 25, 27
Official Ranking: Unranked


Troy: 9-2
Opponents: Austin Peay, Clemson, Southern Mississippi, New Mexico State, Idaho, Bye, Georgia State, South Alabama, Bye, Massachusetts, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Texas State
PF: 57, 24, 37, 52, 34, 31, 28, 52, 28, 3, 40
PA: 17, 30, 31, 6, 13, 21, 21, 31, 24. 35, 7
Official Ranking: Unranked


USC: 9-3
Opponents: Alabama, Utah State, Stanford, Utah, Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, Bye, Californa, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame
PF: 6, 45, 10, 27, 41, 21, 48, 45, 45, 26, 36, 45
PA: 52, 7, 27, 31, 20, 17, 14, 24, 20, 13, 14, 27
Official Ranking: 10th


Florida State: 9-3
Opponents: Ole Miss, Charleston Southern, Louisville, South Florida, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Wake Forest, Bye, Clemson, NC State, Boston College, Syracuse, Florida
PF: 45, 52, 20, 55, 35, 20, 17, 34, 24, 45, 45, 31
PA: 34, 8, 63, 35, 37, 19, 6, 37, 20, 7, 14, 13
Official Ranking: 12th


Florida: 8-3
Opponents: UMass, Kentucky, North Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU-Postponed, Missouri, Bye, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, LSU, Florida State
PF: 24, 45, 32, 28, 13, 40, 24, 10, 20, 16, 13
PA: 7, 7, 0, 38, 6, 14, 10, 31, 7, 10, 31
Official Ranking: 15th


Louisville: 9-3
Opponents: Charlotte, Syracuse, Florida State, Marshall, Clemson, Bye, Duke, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Houston, Kentucky
PF: 70, 62, 63, 59, 36, 24, 54, 32, 52, 44, 10, 38
PA: 14, 28, 20, 28, 42, 14, 14, 25, 7, 12, 36, 41
Official Ranking: 16th


Stanford: 9-3
Opponents: Kansas State, Bye, USC. UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Notre Dame, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon State, Oregon, California, Rice
PF: 26, 27, 22, 6, 16, 17, 5, 34, 26, 52, 45, 41
PA: 13, 10, 13, 44, 42, 10, 10, 10, 15, 27, 31, 17
Official Ranking: 17th


Virginia Tech: 9-3
Opponents: Liberty, Tennessee, Boston College, East Carolina, Bye, North Carolina, Syracuse, Miami, Pittsburgh, Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia
PF: 36, 24, 49, 54, 34, 17, 37, 39, 24, 20, 34, 52
PA: 13, 45, 0, 17, 3, 31, 16, 36, 21, 30, 31, 10
Official Ranking: 19th


Nebraska: 9-3
Opponents: Fresno State, Wyoming, Oregon, Northwestern, Illinois, Bye, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa
PF: 43, 52, 35, 24, 31, 27, 27, 17, 3, 24, 28, 10
PA: 10, 17, 32, 13, 16, 22, 14, 23, 62, 17, 7, 40
Official Ranking: 23rd


Houston: 9-3
Opponents: Oklahoma, Lamar, Cincinnati, Texas State, UConn, Navy, Tulsa, SMU, UCF, Bye, Tulane, Louisville, Memphis
PF: 33, 42, 40, 64, 42, 40, 38, 16, 31, 30, 36, 44
PA: 23, 0, 16, 3, 14, 46, 31, 38, 24, 18, 10, 48
Official Ranking: Unranked


Temple: 9-3
Opponents: Army, Stony Brook, Penn State, Charlotte, SMU, Memphis, UCF, South Florida, Cincinnati, UConn, Bye, Tulane, East Carolina
PF: 13, 38, 27, 48, 45, 27, 26, 46, 34, 21, 31, 37
PA: 28, 0, 34, 20, 20, 34, 25, 30, 13, 0, 0, 10
Official Ranking: Unranked


Screw The NFL!


……………And just so Gator Doug doesn’t bitch at me…




Ed’s List Of The College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck (2015-2016)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
3:30 pm
BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes

Military Bowl
2:30 pm
Navy Midshipmen vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Russell Athletic Bowl
5:30 pm
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
12:00 pm
Florida State Seminoles vs. Houston Cougars

Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
4:00 pm
Clemson Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
8:00 pm
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans

Outback Bowl
12:00 pm
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
1:00 pm
Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators

Fiesta Bowl
1:00 pm
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Rose Bowl
5:00 pm
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Stanford Cardinal

Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:30 pm
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Valero Alamo Bowl
6:45 pm
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks

CFP National Championship
8:30 pm
Orange Bowl Winner vs. Cotton Bowl Winner


NCAA Football: Top 20 Teams After Week 14

Clemson Tigers – 13-0
Alabama Crimson Tide – 12-1
Michigan State Spartans – 12-1
Iowa Hawkeyes – 12-1
Houston Cougars – 12-1
Oklahoma Sooners – 11-1
Ohio State Buckeyes – 11-1
North Carolina Tar Heels – 11-2
Stanford Cardinal – 11-2
Notre Dame Fighting Irish – 10-2
Florida State Seminoles – 10-2
TCU Horned Frogs – 10-2
Northwestern Wildcats – 10-2
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 10-2
Temple Owls – 10-2
Florida Gators – 10-3
Navy Midshipmen – 9-2
Toledo Rockets – 9-2
Oregon Ducks – 9-3
Baylor Bears – 9-3


Ed Redesigns The NCAA Division 1 Football League – Includes Playoffs Configuration

Division A
Boston College
Division B

Division A
Ohio State
Penn State
Miami (OH)
Division B
Bowling Green
Division C
Notre Dame
Kent State
Ball State

Division A
South Carolina
North Carolina
Wake Forest
Division B
North Carolina State
West Virginia
East Carolina
Virginia Tech

Division A
South Florida
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Division B
Florida State
Miami (FL)
Georgia Tech

Division A
Middle Tennessee
South Alabama
Division B
Division C
Western Kentucky
Arkansas State

Division A
Iowa State
Eastern Michigan
Division B
Northern Illinois
Michigan State
Western Michigan
Central Michigan

Division A
Louisiana Tech
Southern Miss
Division B
Mississippi State
Ole Miss
Oklahoma State

Division A
Utah State
Brigham Young
Colorado State
Kansas State
Division B
Boise State
Air Force

Division A
Texas A&M
Texas State
Southern Methodist
Division B
Texas Tech
San Jose State
Division C
North Texas

Division A
Oregon State
Arizona State
New Mexico State
Division B
Fresno State
Washington State
Division C
New Mexico
San Diego State

Note: during the regular season, each team will play 3 games in their division, 3 games in their region but outside their division, and 6 games in other regions.



First Round
The 24 divison winners will play 12 games in 6 days (over 2 consecutive weeks). Each matchup will be based on win/loss records and schedule strenghts so that No. 1 plays No. 2, No. 3 plays No. 4, No. 5 plays No. 6, etc.

Second Round
The 12 remaining teams will play 6 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by first round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – strength of opponents based on regular season rankings.

No. 1 plays No. 4, No. 2 plays No, 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, No. 5 plays No. 10, No. 8 plays No.12, and No. 9 plays No. 11.

Third Round
The 6 remaining teams will play 3 games over 3 consecutive days. Each matchup will be determined by combined first and second round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 plays No. 3, No, 2 plays No. 5 and No. 4 plays No.6.

Note: these 3 games will called the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl respectively.

Fourth Round
The 3 remaining teams will be ranked by combined first, second and third round performances based on winning points margins – and in cases of ties in that regard – total net yardage.

No. 1 will have a week off while No. 2 plays No. 3 to determine who meets No. 1 in the national championship game.

Note: this game will be called the Rose Bowl and will be played on New Year’s Day.

National Championship
No. 1 pays No. 2.

Note: this game will be called the Camp Bowl – named for Walter C. Camp, the father of American football.

Ed Picks The Winners Of The College Football Bowl Games That Actually Matter – 2013


ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford CardinalW

ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State SeminolesW

SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L

FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon DucksW
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.

COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M AggiesW

Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.

ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State

SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson

GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern

CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska



Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Maaco Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Belk Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
GoDaddy.com Bowl

NCAA hammer to fall on Penn State tomorrow at 9AM


Word is that Penn State is pretty much screwed

The NCAA has called a 9 a.m. ET Monday press conference to address the situation in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. CBS News reported earlier Sunday that the NCAA will hit Penn State with “unprecedented” penalties. A source confirmed that for CBSSports.com. There are indications that the penalties could be so unique and severe they would be different than any previously applied by the NCAA.

CBSSports.com has also learned that the penalties could last beyond one season. The NCAA on Sunday said that it will levy “corrective and punitive actions” against the school. A person with knowledge of the process said there is a way to impact Penn State’s competitive ability in football without applying the so-called “death penalty.” That term could be mere semantics by the time the NCAA sanctions are announced according to a source. Penn State, the source said, may prefer the death penalty.

But even if the NCAA stops short of shutting down the program and docks Penn State several scholarships, critics have wondered where NCAA president Mark Emmert would get the authority. His letter to acting president Rodney Erickson in November putting Penn State on notice of a possible investigation seemingly departed from NCAA investigative procedure.

“How many other athletics department employees have there been [at other schools] that engaged in criminal activity and the NCAA has done nothing about?” said a person familiar with the NCAA process.


March Madness Sunday Regional Quarter Final results

Wolf Pack nip Hoyas 66-63

NC State an 11 seed upended Georgetown the 3 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen where they will meet the winner of Purdue and Kansas

Spartans edge St. louis 65-61

The Spartans survived a scare but held off the Billikens to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the Louisville Cardinals

Tar Heels best Creighton 87-73

John Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, and North Carolina beat Creighton 87-73 on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.Kendall Marshall added 18 points and 11 assists for the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5), who reached the round of 16 for a record 25th time. North Carolina got off to a fast start and built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control of the game and pushed the margin to 19 after the break on the way to its second straight double-digit victory in the Midwest Regional.

Gators shred Norfolk state 84-50

– No big upset this time. Kenny Boynton and Florida were just too good for surprising Norfolk State.Boynton scored 20 points and the balanced Gators routed the 15th-seeded Spartans 84-50 on Sunday to reach the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Bobcats neuter Bulls 62-56

Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional semifinals.The Bobcats (29-7) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in their second trip to the regional semifinals.

Bearcats derail Seminoles 62-56

Dion Dixon and the Cincinnati Bearcats are making it an Ohio party in the NCAA tournament, giving the Buckeye State four teams in the final 16.Next up, the sixth-seeded Bearcats play Ohio State for only the second time since beating the Buckeyes in 1961 and 1962 for back-to-back national championships.

Xavier upends Lehigh 70-58

Xavier is making a habit of reaching the round of 16.Senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, and the Musketeers knocked off upset-minded Lehigh 70-58 Sunday night to advance to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Kansas survives Purdue challenge 63-60

The messages were flying in the Kansas locker room at halftime.Elijah Johnson told his team to stop second-guessing itself. Tyshawn Taylor reminded the Jayhawks that they’d been in trouble before. Coach Bill Self finally stood up and told his team that it would take sheer toughness to rally past Purdue.

Johnson finished with 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas held off Robbie Hummel and the No. 10 seed Boilermakers 63-60 on Sunday night in a dramatic third-round game in the NCAA tournament.


March Madness Regional Quarter Final scores

Only 32 teams are still standing, and 16 more will fall by Sunday night scores updated through the weekend

Syracuse drops K-State 75-59

It had been a while since Syracuse played like the team that spent all season ranked in the top five.During the second half Saturday, the top-seeded Orange looked like that group and maybe even better, pulling away to a 75-59 victory over eighth-seeded Kansas State in the third round of the East Regional.

Buckeyes top Gonzaga 73-66

Jared Sullinger doesn’t get mad anymore. Those days are over. The Ohio State sophomore forward knows he can’t afford to lose his temper if the Buckeyes want to reach the Final Four.So rather than sulk after foul trouble and some solid Gonzaga defense frustrated him for 36 minutes Saturday, the quickly maturing big man relaxed, took a deep breath and hoisted the Buckeyes on his broad shoulders.Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets on soft hook shots in the final 3 minutes to lead Ohio State to a 73-66 victory and a spot in the regional semifinals for the third straight year.

Marquette derails Murray State

Jae Crowder scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, and Marquette used a late run to overcome Murray State 62-53 Saturday, sending the Golden Eagles to the West Regional semifinals.Trailing 46-41 with 7:43 to play, Marquette went on a 14-2 run. While Crowder and Davante Gardner took care of the offense, scoring all but two points during the spurt, the Golden Eagles used their size and strength to wear down the pesky Racers.

Badgers outlast Vandy 60-57

The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation’s stingiest defense — and admittedly a bit of luck — back to the round of 16.The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference’s two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament.

Hoosiers stage late rally, stun VCU

Four years after hitting rock bottom, Indiana is making noise again in the NCAA tournament.Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him, and the fourth-seeded Hoosiers rallied to beat 12th-seeded VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Kentucky rolls over Cyclones

Freshman Marquis Teague scored a career-high 24 points and top seed Kentucky put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in an 87-71 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.Freshman Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, senior Darius Miller added 19 points and Doron Lamb finished with 16. The Wildcats (34-2) move on to South Regional semifinals in Atlanta and will face fourth-seeded Indiana on Friday.

Baylor pulls away late buries Buffs

The basket was as wide as the ocean for Brady Heslip, and because of that, the future looks as bright as those uniforms for the Baylor Bears.Heslip made 9 of 12 from behind the 3-point line Saturday to lift third-seeded Baylor and their highlighter-yellow uniforms to a pullaway 80-63 victory over No. 11 Colorado. The Bears (29-7) advance to the South Regional semifinals, their second trip to the final 16 in three seasons. They’ll play the winner between Xavier and Lehigh next Friday in Atlanta.

Louisville wins thriller over Lobos 59-56

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Gators chomp Cavs 71-45

So much for Virginia’s vaunted defense shutting down Florida’s up-tempo offense.Even on a day when the Gators couldn’t find the basket with their 3-pointers, they had no trouble beating the Cavaliers 71-45 Friday in the NCAA Midwest Regional.Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half.

Seminoles survive scare 66-63

Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat St. Bonaventure 66-63 on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

Wolfpack feasts on Aztecs

— Richard Howell has been a solid, if often overlooked, part of North Carolina State’s resurgence this season.On Friday, he decided to step into the spotlight.Howell doubled his average, scoring 22 points, and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and a sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a second-round East Regional game.

Creighton edge Bama 58-57

Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one.After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-point attempt by Trevor Releford on the other end of the floor to help Creighton end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory over Alabama on Friday.

Georgetown slams Belmont 74-59

Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown’s ruthless defense bottled up Belmont’s shooters during a 74-59 NCAA tournament win Friday, sending the Hoyas into the next round after early exits the past two years.

Norfolk stuns Mizzou 86-84

Overview: As if George Mason and VCU weren’t enough, another unlikely March hero has emerged from the state of Virginia.

Norfolk State – a school of about 6,000 that had never appeared in the NCAA tournament – shocked Final Four favorite Missouri 86-84 before a sellout crowd of 16,843 fans at the CenturyLink Center Friday in Omaha.

The victory marked the first time since 2001, when Hampton defeated Iowa State, that a No. 15 seed has defeated a No. 2 seed. Kyle O’Quinn scored 26 points for Norfolk State, which advanced to play Florida Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16. Missouri ends its season with a record of 30-5.

Trailing by two points with 2.8 seconds remaining, Missouri had a chance to win with 2.8 seconds remaining. Tigers guard Phil Pressey took an inbounds pass near mid-court, took a few dribbles and got off a decent look from 3-point range. The shot clanged off the side of the rim as the horn sounded, setting off a wild celebration by Norfolk State.

Cincy survives Texas rally

This time, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wanted to be on the other end of a slow start.Cronin had caught his Bearcats slogging through the beginning of the Big East championship game last week, and it cost them. So when Texas came out slow after an early tip time in the NCAA tournament, Cincinnati was ready to pounce.

Heels stomp Belmont

Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson.Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime.

St.Louis ousts Memphis

Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a 61-54 victory over Memphis on Friday night in a West Regional second-round game.

Bobcats bite Wolverines 65-60

Ohio, a #13 seed continued the upset trend, knocking off the #4 seed Wolverines

Walter Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio’s 65-60 upset of Michigan on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.The 13th-seeded Bobcats (28-7) had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Michigan’s Trey Burke hit a 3 with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, four by Burke.

Lehigh Stuns Blue Devils 75-70

Lehigh became the 6th #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed, and the second today.  Earlier today #2 Mizzou was stunned by #15 Norfolk State 86-84

C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and Lehigh upset Duke 75-70 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Lehigh became the sixth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 and the first since Norfolk State pulled off the trick earlier in the day.Duke dropped its first tournament game for only the second time in the past 16 years, and this one occurred just 55 miles from its campus.

Purdue edges St, Mary’s 72-69

Purdue made four free throws in the final 23 seconds to beat No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The victory propels the No. 10 seed Boilermakers into a third round game against either Kansas or Detroit on Sunday.

Purdue trailed 69-68 after Saint Mary’s guard Jorden Page swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 45 seconds remaining. But 22 seconds later, the Gaels’ Stephen Holt fouled Purdue’s Lewis Jackson as Jackson was driving to the basket. He made both free throws to put the Boilermakers ahead 70-69.

Saint Mary’s had a chance to tie it on the ensuing possession, but this time Page air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel snared the rebound and was fouled with 8 seconds left. His free throws extended Purdue’s lead to three, 72-69. The Gaels had one more chance, but Rob Jones misfired on a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.

Xavier out”lucks” Irish 67-63

With his team trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Xavier guard Tu Holloway had one thought: “If it comes down to one of us winning this game on a shot, I’m going to win this game for us.”

It did.

And he did.

With 21.3 seconds left Friday night, Holloway banked in the go-ahead field goal to beat seventh-seeded Notre Dame 67-63 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Xavier, the No. 10 seed in the South, will play No. 15 seed Lehigh at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday.

Kansas mows down Detroit 65-50

Thomas Robinson bullied his way for 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the second-seeded Jayhawks rolled to a 65-50 victory over Detroit in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

Bulls gore Temple 58-44

South Florida gave the Temple Owls an early preview of the Big East’s grinding style, and the Bulls added another upset to the NCAA tournament.Even though the Bulls could barely find the basket themselves in the first 20 minutes, they stand a win away from advancing to the second weekend.

Spartans spank LIU 89-67

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Murray State races past Colorado State 58-54

– Donte Poole likely has a broken nose and still called it the best experience in the world. Isaiah Canaan kept smiling so wide that he never even heard a question directed his way.The mid-major darlings are making the most of their do-over.Two years after Canaan fumbled away Murray State’s chance at a long run in the NCAA tournament, he scored 15 points and Poole added 13 to make sure the Racers will stick at least another day following a 58-41 victory over Colorado State on Thursday.

K-State outlasts Southern Miss 70-64

Frank Martin watched freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez flub his way through the first half against Southern Miss Thursday and tried to keep his sanity.At one point, the always animated Martin feared Rodriguez and his fellow freshmen were “going to make me cry on national TV.”Tears of joy, maybe.

Louisville sends Dayton packing 69-62

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best Steve Nash impersonation against Davidson.Siva had 17 points and six assists, many times driving inside and then pulling back out to the perimeter ala the two-time NBA MVP, and the fourth-seeded Cardinals moved on in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 with a 69-62 victory over Davidson on Thursday.The idea behind Siva’s tactic was to help tire out the Wildcats and their up-tempo offense, and it worked.

Badgers whip Montana 73-49

Backseat Badger? Not on this day.All-America point guard Jordan Taylor deliberately diminished his offensive output during his senior season, knowing he had to nurture three new starting forwards if Wisconsin was to have any chance of another NCAA tournament run in March.On Thursday, Taylor scored 17 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists and committed no turnovers in masterfully directing the fourth-seeded Badgers’ 73-49 rout of Montana in the East Regional.

Marquette buries BYU 88-68

When the time came for BYU to make a run, Marquette was ready.Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder came up with big shots every time the Cougars threatened, and the Golden Eagles withstood another furious second-half rally by BYU for an 88-68 victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday. Crowder finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Johnson-Odom scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half.”We knew they were going to come out with a run. They have fight in them like any team in the NCAA tournament, and they did not want to go home,” Crowder said. “We had a lot of poise. We just wanted to overcome it, and I think we did that.”

Syracuse squeaks by UNC Asheville

Syracuse had a lot bigger problems than missing its starting center.The Orange were staring at NCAA tournament history. A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed, and they were trailing North Carolina-Asheville with just over 6 minutes to play.Led by reserve forward James Southerland, Syracuse rallied for a 72-65 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday in the second round of the East Regional.

New Mexico edges Long Beach State

Kendall Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and bottled up Long Beach State star Casper Ware defensively to help fifth-seeded New Mexico hold on for a 75-68 victory in the West Regional on Thursday.Drew Gordon added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos.

Vandy tops Harvard

It didn’t take any deep thinking to guess how this one might go.Except for a late, desperate rally, the Ivy League’s best had trouble hanging with the only private school in the Southeastern Conference.John Jenkins made all six of his late free throws and scored 27 points Thursday to help Vanderbilt hold off Harvard 79-70 in an East Regional game, otherwise known as “The Brain Bowl.”

Kentucky cruises 84-66

Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb could have left for the NBA last year. This is why they stayed.Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Lamb scored 16 and top-seeded Kentucky began its quest for an eighth national title with a staggering display of athleticism in an 81-66 victory over Western Kentucky on Thursday night.

VCU edges Wichita State

Bradford Burgess hit a key 3-pointer with 1:33 left and Shaka Smart coached VCU to another tournament surprise, holding off Wichita State 62-59 in the South Regional on Thursday.The 12th-seeded Rams (29-6) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Shockers closed to 54-53 on Garrett Stutz’s layup with 5:39 left. Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer for the Rams, and Joe Ragland answered with his own for Wichita State.

Gonzaga cruises past Mountaineers

Robert Sacre and Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 points apiece as Gonzaga routed West Virginia 77-54 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Bears survive Jackrabbit scare

The Baylor Bears started out looking like they were the NCAA tournament novices, not South Dakota State.Baylor came out jittery and fell behind 19-7 in the first 7 minutes, had to ditch its zone defense and finally started to use its superior strength and size to wear down the 14th-seeded Jackrabbits in a 68-60 win at The Pit on Thursday night.

Hoosiers roll over Aggies

After a four-year absence, Indiana is making its NCAA tournament return last longer than just one brief appearance.And even though it’s one victory, it’s still a moment worthy of reflection for Indiana coach Tom Crean after rebuilding a gutted program and leading the Hoosiers to a 79-66 win over New Mexico State — their first in the NCAA tournament in five years.

Defending champs blown away by Cyclones

he national champions are one and done, thanks to Iowa State.When Jim Calhoun and Connecticut will be back in the NCAA tournament is anybody’s guess.”We’re talking about tonight’s game. We’re not talking about me,” Calhoun said after Iowa State’s 77-64 victory over Connecticut in the NCAA tournament Thursday night. “I’m going to get on the plane tomorrow, go home and do what I usually do and meet up with the team on Monday. My own personal thing, I don’t think it has any relevance, to be honest with you.”

Buckeyes crush Loyola

Ohio State used its size advantage to handle Loyola, Md., dominating the Greyhounds the way a No. 2 seed is expected to handle a 15 seed.The Buckeyes made sure there wouldn’t be a second scare at the Consol Energy Center.

Buffs hold off Rebels

Freshman Askia Booker came off the bench for 16 points and Andre Roberson had 12 points and 16 rebounds, as Colorado fought off a furious UNLV comeback for a 68-64 victory Thursday night at The Pit.