Dallas Colleges: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Big 12 media days live: Day 2

July, 22, 2014
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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Top 10 biggest upsets of this year's tourney

March, 24, 2014
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March Madness certainly lived up to its name during this first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, with exciting finishes and surprising winners. We rank the 10 biggest upsets according BPI pre-game win probability, starting with number 10...

10. Harvard (41.0% chance to win) over Cincinnati
Harvard picked up an NCAA tournament win for the second straight season with its win over the fifth-seed Bearcats. The Crimson are the first Ivy League team to win an NCAA Tournament game in back-to-back seasons since Princeton in 1983-84.

9. Kentucky (40.5%) over Wichita State
Kentucky ended Wichita State’s perfect season, handing the Shockers their first loss in 36 games. Did you know: the previous two teams that were unbeaten entering NCAA Tournament were eliminated by the eventual national champion (1979 Indiana State by Michigan State; 1991 UNLV by Duke).

8. Baylor (34.6%) over Creighton
Baylor routed Creighton by 30 points, the third-largest margin of victory by a 6 seed in NCAA Tournament history. The Bluejays, who got just 15 points from Doug McDermott in his final collegiate game, fell to 0-8 all-time in Round of 32 games, the worst record by any team.

7. Connecticut (33.6%) over Villanova
Connecticut advanced to its first Sweet 16 since 2011, which is also the last time the Huskies won the National Championship. After early foul trouble, Shabazz Napier led the Huskies down the stretch, scoring 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.

6. Dayton (30.6%) over Ohio State
Dayton started the Madness with the upset win over Ohio State on Thursday afternoon, in a game that featured eight ties and 15 lead changes. The Flyers scored 20 transition points against an Ohio State team that had allowed a Big Ten-best 10.1 transition points per game this season.

5. North Dakota State (30.4%) over Oklahoma
North Dakota State earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, shooting 52.9 percent from the field. North Dakota State outscored Oklahoma by 22 points in the paint, including 6-0 in overtime.

4. Dayton (28.1%) over Syracuse
Dayton advanced to its first Sweet 16 since 1984 with an upset of the third-seeded Orange. Syracuse made 1 of 19 shots from outside the paint, while Dayton made nearly half its shots from outside the paint.

3. Stanford (24.8%) over Kansas
Stanford reached its first Sweet 16 since 2008, holding Kansas to just 28 percent shooting against its zone defense. The Jayhawks entered the game shooting a Big 12-best 47.8 percent against zone defenses.

2. Stephen F. Austin (21.7%) over VCU
Stephen F. Austin extended its win streak to 29 games in the win, notching its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in its second appearance. The Lumberjacks turned the ball over just once in overtime against VCU’s “Havoc” defense.

1. Mercer (12.6%) over Duke
Mercer outscored Duke by 16 points in the paint, holding the Blue Devils to a season-low 10 paint points. Duke became the first team in NCAA Tournament history to have five losses to double-digit seeds as a top-3 seed.

MMQB: No. 4 TCU gains on Boise State

September, 13, 2010
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In the latest AP Top 25 poll released Sunday, the TCU Horned Frogs remained at No. 4, but cut into No. 3 Boise State's lead by half. The Broncos were idle while the Frogs hammered FCS-school Tennessee Tech, 62-7.

TCU entered the weekend trailing Boise by 143 points in the poll. Heading into this Saturday's big home game against hungry Baylor -- while Boise is on the road at Wyoming -- TCU finds itself just 71 points behind the Broncos. (TCU also remained No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll.)

Yet, with good news comes bad. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State both handled threats from ranked opponents and increased their points margin over Boise and TCU.

Back to the Frogs' romp over Tennessee Tech, where coach Gary Patterson got his start and earned his master's, TCU was nearly a 50-point favorite. I immediately picked Tech to cover, not because I didn't think the Frogs could win by 50 or more, but because I didn't think they would allow the score to get that out of hand.

Apparently neither did Patterson. But, you can only do so much.

TCU scored its final touchdown with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter. Running up the score? Playing for style points to gain votes?

"I want to publicly apologize. I didn't mean to score the last touchdown. We don't do style points," Patterson said after the game. "We didn't throw the ball in the fourth quarter. That's not the program we are, period. I did not want to score 60. I'm not unhappy. I'm just not going to come in here jumping up and down."

Patterson went on to say that he didn't think Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown was too pleased with him (yes, Mack's brother).

But, if the Golden Eagles can't make a tackle late in the game, then what choice did fifth-year senior and seldom-used fullback Ryan Hightower have but to take it to the house?

Hightower, playing in just his fourth career game and after hundreds of career practices, found daylight from 16 yards out and took it in the for the score to crack the 60-point barrier for the second time in three seasons (67-7 over Stephen F. Austin in 2008).

"I was really excited for Ryan Hightower," Patterson said. "We were just running a fullback for a couple of yards, but he cut back. It was not called to get a touchdown. I'm happy for him. He's been doing it for five years and never gets any credit. But I've been on the other end of it and I just don't like those kinds of games."

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