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Calhoun to remain hospitalized overnight

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 5:53 PM
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is in good condition but will spend tonight at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for observation, according to a press release I just got from the school. "I have been feeling lousy for the past several days and this morning talked to Dr. [Jeff] Anderson... Read more

Wow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 4:49 PM
With 11:12 left in the game, Connecticut has a 70-32 lead over Chattanooga. Yes, really. Seventy to thirty-two. Proof once again that winning the battle of the bands doesn't get you another night at the hotel. Read more

Game 34: Connecticut vs. Chattanooga at the half

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 4:14 PM
If, for whatever reason, you looked at Connecticut coming into the Wachovia Center as a No. 1 seed and thought they might have a repeat performance of their scare against Albany three years ago, you would be wrong. Very, very wrong. The Huskies are obliterating Chattanooga, 48-20, at halftime, and... Read more

Game 33: Texas A&M 79, Brigham Young 66

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 3:37 PM
Well, at least one of my prognostications turned out right. I had Brigham Young and Butler in my bracket, and both lost. But the Cougars proved me right in one way when they did nothing to overturn Texas A&M's lead after I said they wouldn't come back. The closest BYU came was to cut the deficit... Read more

More on Jim Calhoun

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 2:07 PM
Got a hastily-printed press release from the UConn sports information department just now that included a quote from the school's director of sports medicine, Dr. Jeff Anderson. "Coach Calhoun has not been feeling well for the past several days and it is best that he not coach the team today... Read more

Game 33: Texas A&M 42, BYU 30 at halftime

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 1:36 PM
First of all, breaking news: CBS is reporting that Jim Calhoun has been taken to the hospital and will not coach today. I have not heard a cause yet. As for this game, it has been pretty one-sided. After BYU's Jackson Emery scored the first points of the game from beyond the arc, the Cougars missed... Read more

Play-by-play announcer split

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 12:00 PM
Answering a question we've all wondered about for the last few days... I just saw Jay Bilas on the concourse and he told me that Carter Blackburn will call the afternoon doubleheader and Dick Enberg will call the night doubleheader for CBS. Bilas also said that Enberg will call both games Saturday... Read more

Good morning

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 10:42 AM
The greatest of sporting days has finally arrived: welcome to the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament. We are only a few hours away from tipoff at the Wachovia Center, as college basketball stamps its authority on the national conscience for the next three weeks. At this hour, the bracket is at... Read more

Picking the West Region

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 10:04 PM
There's one region I haven't picked yet, so it's time to deal with the West. Before you read my choices, be sure to check out this photo gallery from today's practice sessions at the Wachovia Center. I remind you once more that I am making the same picks here as I made in the full-bracket contest... Read more

Hey, I know you

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 4:59 PM
By an odd twist of scheduling fate, Brigham Young and Texas A&M are meeting in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. I had thought that there was a specific rule in the seeding process that does not allow teams that faced each other in the last two NCAA Tournaments... Read more
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