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Daniel Wilco | | March 3, 2017

Morning Madness: Friday, March 3

  Iowa swarmed No. 22 Wisconsin in Madison as the Hawkeyes pulled off the 59-57 upset Thursday night.

Here's what you need to know in college hoops for Friday, March 3.

Numbers never lie, right? Well we have some numbers for you here. For starters, there are only nine days left until Selection Sunday. Secondly...

Campbell guard drops 51 in a win over UNC Asheville

Five-one. That's 51. POINTS. It's a school and conference record. Chris Clemons, a 5-foot-9 guard, knocked down 18 of his 32 shots in Campbell's Big South quarterfinal upset of UNC Asheville, including 8 of his 14 threes. Impressive. Read more here.

Here's another number for you: Threeeeeeeeeeee! That's also what you're morally obligated to yell when you watch how …

Iowa nails a threeeeee to upset No. 22 Wisconsin

Iowa was 2-17 against ranked Wisconsin teams. Then Jordan Bohannon and last night's 59-57 thriller happened. Watch the final seconds here.

Elsewhere, No. 18 Cincinnati kept its hopes alive for an American Athletic Conference title with a 65-47 win over visiting Houston, and No. 14 SMU clinched a share of that AAC regular-season title with a 93-70 win over Tulsa.

Full Thursday scoreboard

The regular season wraps this weekend


No. 10 West Virginia (23-7) vs. No. 24 Iowa State (20-89) (7 ET, ESPN2) The Cyclones are peaking at the right time — six wins in a row — while West Virginia has won four of its past five and is looking to end the season on a high note after falling by nine to No. 11 Baylor on Monday.


No. 5 North Carolina (25-6) vs. No. 17 Duke (23-7) (8:15 ET, ESPN). Do we really need to say more than UNC-Duke? Good. (Though if you really need another reason to watch, UNC can clinch the outright ACC title with a win or a Notre Dame loss.)

• No. 8 Louisville (23-7) vs. No. 19 Notre Dame (23-7) (2 ET, CBS). The Cardinals are coming off a disheartening loss at Wake Forest while Notre Dame is after a share of the ACC regular-season title (though they need to win and have Duke beat UNC).

• No. 15 Florida State (23-7) vs. No. 25 Miami (20-9) (2 ET, ACCN). The ACC is popping this weekend. Florida State is trying to bounce back after a five-point loss to Duke, while Miami wants to regain momentum after their five-game winning streak was stopped by Virginia Tech on Monday.

• No. 1 Kansas (27-3) vs. Oklahoma State (20-10) (6 ET, ESPN). The Cowboys had won five straight before a three-point loss to No. 24 Iowa State on Tuesday. Kansas struggled against unranked Oklahoma before shutting the door on the Sooners. Could No. 1 be in trouble? Probably not.

• Full Friday schedule | Saturday | Sunday

Talk March Madness to me

Watching March Madness is one of the best experiences a sports fan can have, buoyed by the soothing voices (well, when they're not screaming) that guide us through the chaos. On Thursday, CBS and Turner Sports -- now in the seventh year of bringing us the NCAA tournament -- announced who will be doing that guiding. Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Casey Stern and Debbie Antonelli highlight the lineup. Get more details here.

Conference tourneys galore

There's only one way to guarantee your team makes the NCAA tournament: win your conference tournament and grab its automatic bid. Eight conference tournaments are already underway and five more start this weekend, with the Colonial Athletic, Horizon League, Southern, Summit and West Coast beginning Friday or Saturday.

See the full conference tournament schedule and keep track of automatic qualifiers here.

7 bracket mistakes that are way too common

In case our bracket challenge game being live didn't tip you off, it's almost time to pick your brackets (nine days and counting).

Everyone has a tried-and-true (but not that true) method for picking brackets, but everyone messes up. Every year.'s Brian Mull identifies seven common mistakes people make on their brackets. For starters: Don't pick a 16 seed to beat a 1.

The Bracket Challenge is open already

Hey! Guess what? Our bracket challenge game is open. (We may have mentioned this before.) You can't actually pick a bracket yet. Selection Sunday isn't until March 12. Nine days away. You may have heard? But you can set up a group (or join one).

Play The Bracket Challenge | Tips on picking your bracket

Mark your calendar

Selection Sunday: March 12
First Four in Dayton: March 14, 15
First Thursday of the NCAA tournament: March 16
inal Four in Phoenix: April 1-3


Chris Rastatter named NCAA men’s basketball national coordinator of officials

Chris Rastatter, who has 27 years of experience with college basketball officiating, has been named the NCAA’s national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, effective Thursday. Rastatter replaces J.D. Collins, who will be retiring in October from the position he has held since 2015.

Delaware State one of four HBCUs to compete in Michael B. Jordan-led HBCU Legacy Hoops Classic

Delaware State is one of four teams invited to compete in actor and producer Michael B. Jordan's Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic, to be aired by Turner Sports' TNT.

2023 Men’s Final Four brings college internship course to local university students

The 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four and Houston Local Organizing Committee (HLOC) will provide 60 area college students with a unique opportunity to engage with the planning for the National Championship and its ancillary events through a course beginning this fall.

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