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ucla climbs to no. 6 in ap poll but struggles for traction in ncaa tournament pr


ucla continues to fare better with associated press poll voters than those who are projecting ncaa tournament seedings. the bruins climbed four spots to no. 6 in the ap rankings on monday but have remained inert in postseason prognostications despite winning four consecutive games. . the ncaa tournament...






despite struggles, gophers face iowa in good shape for ncaa tournament


it's not just hometown optimism: nearly every ncaa tournament projection still has the gophers in the field of 68 teams.






illinois' ncaa tournament hopes are all but lost


illinois coach john groce likens his team's attempt at incremental improvement to climbing a ladder. easy does it. ascend steadily. step by step. goals of playing in the ncaa tournament are "motivators and that's awesome, but at the end of the day that's why we have the analogy of climbing the...






villanova gets top overall seed in ncaa's early tournament rankings


villanova had a surprising loss to unranked marquette last month, a setback that bumped the wildcats from the top spot in the ap top 25. the ncaa tournament selection committee was not swayed by one surprising loss. it still sees the defending national champions as the best team in the country....






big 12 with 5 teams on ncaa tournament bubble


the atlantic coast conference had more teams in the ncaa tournament selection committee’s top 16 with four. the big 12 had more teams near the top and could be right behind the acc when the actual selections are made. through thursday’s games, the big 12 had three teams that should be locks: no. 3 kansas […]






syracuse's carrier dome success bolstering ncaa resume


syracuse entered january looking headed to a season of disappointment and possibly missing the ncaa tournament a year after an unexpected final four run.






gophers playing for ncaa seeding, double-bye in big ten tournament


if the gophers finish the season among the top four men's teams in the big ten, they would earn byes for the first two rounds of the conference tournament.






sneak peek of march madness bracket aims to give tournament an early boost


people in kansas probably love seeing their jayhawks ranked among the top teams in the nation. ucla fans probably don’t like the idea of the bruins traveling across country to start the ncaa tournament. a few smiles, a few grumbles, all of it works for the powers-that-be in college basketball. ...






northwestern boosts ncaa tournament chances with 66-59 upset win at no. 7 wiscon


northwestern trekked north in search of a big “w.” they found two at wisconsin on sunday: a big, red one on the middle of the court inside kohl center, where the wildcats found the other in the form of a 66-59 victory that, barring a major meltdown, puts them in position to qualify for the ncaa...






rolling northwestern dreaming of 1st ncaa tournament berth


evanston, ill. (ap) — bryant mcintosh is close enough he can see it when he closes his eyes. they all can, up and down the coaching staff and throughout the roster. with every 3-pointer, every shutdown performance, they move one step closer to the sweetest of uncharted territory for northwestern. at long last, the ncaa […]






pac-12 with 3 teams fighting on ncaa bubble


phoenix (ap) — the pac-12 is as strong at the top as it’s been in some time with three teams with the potential to make deep runs in the ncaa tournament. but get past no. 5 arizona, no. 11 ucla and no. 13 oregon, and the conference doesn’t look quite as strong. a year after […]






syracuse’s carrier dome success bolstering ncaa resume


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — syracuse entered january looking headed to a season of disappointment and possibly missing the ncaa tournament a year after an unexpected final four run. a bit of homecourt success has changed the orange’s course. syracuse (16-9, 8-4 atlantic coast conference) has regrouped from an 8-6 start on the strength of a […]






ncaa tournament outlook for gophers men's basketball


marcus fuller projects the gophers as an eight seed.






duke, nc state projected to host tourney games despite hb2


new york (ap) — duke and north carolina state were among the top 16 projected seeds the ncaa revealed monday for the women’s basketball tournament in march, making them potential hosts in a state that’s lost several sports events because of a divisive law. the ncaa pulled seven championships from north carolina in september, including […]






reusse: fans see pitino's gophers fall in another high-wire act


the rpi index might still indicate ncaa tournament, but the big ten standings say the gophers basketball team could be getting a s at another nit title.






ap top 25 rewind: wild weekend means poll changes coming


second-ranked baylor and no. 3 kansas entered the week preparing for a marquee matchup that could play a role in whether one — or both — earn a no. 1 seed in the ncaa tournament.






who are these guys? gophers face banged-up, struggling hoosiers


injuries, lack of leadership cooled indiana’s sizzling start to the men's basketball season. now, the defending big ten champions are in danger of missing the ncaa tournament.






pitino on gophers: 'i love where we sit' after third consecutive win


on saturday, the gophers added to their ncaa tournament résumé by posting their fourth big ten road victory of the season, knocking off rutgers 72-63 at the rutgers athletic center.






gophers to face iowa in good position for ncaas


the gophers' eight-game stretch to finish the regular season begins wednesday night at home against the hawkeyes. at 16-7, minnesota has a real chance to solidify ncaa tournament chances.






saint mary’s starts out strong but falls to no. 1 gonzaga 74-64


the gaels looked like an ncaa tournament team, even in defeat. they trimmed a 15-point deficit to nine points by halftime, then fought back from another double-digit hole, pulling within 49-44 when calvin hermanson drilled a 3-pointer with 13:30 left.






husky women to battle stanford in top-10 showdown


the huskies knew this day was coming when they upset the cardinal 85-76 in last year’s ncaa tournament elite eight to a nce to the program’s first final four.






saint mary’s opens strong but falls to no. 1 gonzaga 74-64


the gaels looked like an ncaa tournament team, even in defeat. they trimmed a 15-point deficit to nine points by halftime, then fought back from another double-digit hole, pulling within 49-44 when calvin hermanson drilled a 3-pointer with 13:30 left.






colorado buffaloes’ last chance at ncaa tournament hangs in balance of oregon ga


in a season that has been full of disappointment for the colorado men's basketball team, a solid victory against oregon three weeks ago counts as a legitimate bright spot.






college hotline: pac-12 basketball power ratings (three locks for the ncaas, thr


with three weeks remaining in the regular season and one week in las vegas for the conference tournament, the pac-12 has three locks for march madness and three teams on the ncaa bubble.






college basketball rankings: northwestern cracks top 25


northwestern has had to prove itself. and it did. the victory against indiana sunday e against a struggling team. but northwestern deserves to join the rankings. this is first time nu has been in the ap top 25 since the 09-10 season. the wildcats look like a lock for the ncaa tournament at this...






college basketball rankings: northwestern cracks top 25


northwestern has had to prove itself. and it did. the victory against indiana sunday e against a struggling team. but northwestern deserves to join the rankings. this is first time nu has been in the top 25 since the 09-10 season. the wildcats look like a lock for the ncaa tournament at this...






freshman amir coffey has big goals for gophers


amir coffey talks about his first season with the gophers and ncaa tournament hopes






scottie lindsey will be available for northwestern's game vs. rutgers


three out of four ain't good, at least as far as northwestern's record is concerned. still, the wildcats are two victories shy of breaking the school record of 20 in a season and are close to securing a spot in the ncaa tournament for the first time despite their recent struggles. northwestern...






northwestern's remaining schedule: a game-by-game look


northwestern's hopes of making the ncaa tournament for the first time in school history hinge on a somewhat grueling seven-game stretch. the wildcats (18-6, 7-4 big ten) have dropped two in a row — an understandable one at purdue and what could be a damaging one tuesday to illinois at home — as...






ucla's defense is 'moving in the right direction,' steve alford says as oregon l


one metric that ucla might want to track as it prepares for march isn’t its national ranking or projected ncaa tournament seeding. it’s the team’s adjusted defensive efficiency, a number that hasn’t been nearly as fun for the bruins to monitor. it measures how many points a team allows per 100...






college hotline: will the pac-12’s final four drought finally end? ranking the b


at least four teams from the western third of the country look like high seeds in the ncaa tournament. can any of them break the region's final four drought? here's a ranking of the best in the west.






preliminary rankings give villanova no. 1 overall seed


reigning national champion villanova was the top seed in the ncaa tournament selection committee’s preliminary rankings released saturday.






lessons keep coming as northwestern marches toward ncaa tournament


northwestern players and coaches couldn't hear him, what with noise polluting welsh-ryan arena as the wildcats hung on for dear life against rutgers on saturday night. but doug collins delivered his message anyway — "finish the game!" he screamed — before burying his face in his hands. the former...






northwestern pads ncaa tournament resume with big win at no. 7 wisconsin


northwestern hopped a bus north in search of a big "w" this weekend. the wildcats found two at wisconsin on sunday — a big, shiny red one on the middle of the court inside kohl center, where they found the other in the form of a 66-59 upset victory that, barring a major meltdown, puts them in position...






northwestern survives scare against rutgers, earns 20th win of season


lore might very well remember it as the shot that saved a season — and preserved an invitation. with 58 seconds left and the likelihood of northwestern's first ncaa tournament bid in the balance, bryant mcintosh took a few dribbles and released the go-ahead 3-pointer from his left hand. the basket...