The country is rapidly approaching March Madness, an annual celebration of rabid sports fandom and hallowed college tradition. Every year, NCAA fans follow their alma mater or college they’d go to if grades and criminal records didn’t matter from hope and glory to everlasting victory or crushing defeat.
By this time next week, the 68-team field for the NCAA tournament will be set. Between now and then, conference champions will be crowned, while bubble teams will attempt to record another win or two to try to sneak into the big dance. Here’s what’s happening this week in NCAA basketball:
The New Orleans Hornets will extend power forward Lance Thomas a contract for the remainder of the season. After signing Thomas to two 10-day contracts, Monty Williams' squad felt it was necessary to keep him around for the second-half stretch. Big man Solomon Jones is also expected to sign a second 10-day contract with the fleur-de-bees this week.
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Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you’ve probably been hearing an awful lot about this Jeremy Lin fellow. The New York Knicks point guard’s completely-out-of-nowhere run began on February 3rd when the-then obscure bench warmer came off the pine to spur the Knicks to a victory over the New Jersey Nets. He was inserted in the starting line-up after that, and since then has led the Knicks — who were previously league laughingstocks — to six more wins in a row.
Ninth-ranked Murray State’s 72-68 loss to Tennessee State on Thursday left the NCAA Division I men’s field with no undefeated teams. Meanwhile, four other top 10 teams — No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Baylor and No. 8 Florida – also lost last week. Here’s the latest from the world of college basketball:
No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Kansas and No. 9 Michigan State all lost this week. Those defeats should clear the way for still-undefeated No. 10 Murray State (23-0, 11-0 Ohio Valley) to race further up the AP NCAA men’s basketball poll. Here’s what’s happening in college basketball this week:
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