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Michigan State tops Delaware 93-78 in NCAA tournament

Pick a skill and Adreian Payne has it. The 6-foot-10 senior put everything on display Thursday in a career-high, 41-point performance that helped Michigan State look every bit a March Madness favorite as the fourth-seeded Spartans beat Delaware 93-78.

March Madness in Vegas: Busy hotels, Bud Lite and bustling books

Up and down the Strip Thursday, college hoops fans from every corner of the U.S. were checking in to hotels, placing bets at bustling sports books and mixing testosterone with Bud Light and small hills of nachos. It’s big business for Las Vegas’ resort industry.

No. 1 seeded Florida beats Albany 67-55

Billy Donovan’s bench came up big, bailing out top-seeded Florida in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and the Gators used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

Harvard upsets 5th-seed Cincinnati 61-57

Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament. Ask New Mexico last year. Ask Cincinnati now.

Syracuse defense rises, Orange beat WMU 77-53

Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney was mired in a shooting slump, and his woes coincided with a late-season swoon by the Orange. Cooney scored 18 points, fellow guard Tyler Ennis had 16, and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Zanna scores 18, Pittsburgh routs Colorado 77-48

Talib Zanna helped Pittsburgh jump out to a huge lead and the Panthers cruised the rest of the way. Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half and Pitt built a 28-point advantage on the way to a 77-48 rout of Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Sanford lifts Dayton to 60-59 win over Ohio State

Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio. It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford’s layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton’s 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Wisconsin devastates American 75-35 in NCAA opener

Wisconsin turned its NCAA tournament opener into a red-and-white party. Ben Brust scored 17 points and the Badgers devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday before a friendly crowd in Milwaukee, barely 90 minutes from their home in Madison.

No picket fence in this year’s Madness

The state of Indiana had 10 chances to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It went 0-for-10. This is only the second time since 1973 the Hoosier State has not placed a team in the bracket.

Miles still to go for coach at Nebraska

Most sports writers won’t admit to cheering for certain teams at the NCAA Tournament. There shall be no cheering from the press box. But if you are watching the Madness unfold in a sports book, it’s OK to pull for certain teams.

Where to watch the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas

March Madness in Las Vegas is a must on every sports fan’s bucket list. For first-time visitors and seasoned veterans alike, watching and betting on the NCAA Tournament at the city’s bevy of sports books is an experience akin to being on a thrill ride.

Flyers-Buckeyes the game to watch today

The best game of the day? It should be Dayton-Ohio State in the South Region. The sixth-seeded Buckeyes are 6-point favorites, but expect the underdog to put up a big fight.

No $1 billion, but long shots might pay off

It’s that time of year again. You could say it’s my favorite time of year. It’s 75 degrees and sunny, but I’m missing all the great weather because I’m in my house or at a sports book with my eyes glued to a TV.

Aztecs out to make new NCAA memory

For those who don’t remember San Diego State’s last appearance on the March Madness stage, the Aztecs say “Thank you.”

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