Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college basketball, where Marcus Smart's flopping is contagious – and hilarious:
A week from now it will officially be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: the first NCAA tournament games will be played in Dayton. But there is plenty of ball before then, and plenty to talk about in the last days before Selection Sunday. Let's fast break into it:
HERE'S TO THE SMALL-SCHOOL GRINDERS WHO MADE IT BIG
It's fitting that in a season where Gus Malzahn completed a journey from high school coach to BCS championship game coach at Auburn, we see some similar up-from-the-bootstraps success stories in college hoops.
Start with Nebraska coach Tim Miles (1). On Sunday, the perennially futile Cornhuskers beat the Wisconsin Badgers to finish the regular season 19-11 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten. A team picked to finish last finished fourth, and in the process may have secured the program's first NCAA bid since 1998. That may be enough to make MilesRead More »from Forde Minutes: With the Madness in sight, here's what you need to know