Golden Bears are ready for revenge
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Bobby Gonzalez's sideline antics earned the ire of Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, although Gonzalez said that's news to him.
On Tap For Thursday• Atlantic 10:
Xavier vs. Dayton, 12 ET
Richmond vs. Saint Joe's, 2:30 ET
Temple vs. La Salle, 6:30 ET
Massachusetts vs. Charlotte, 9 ET
Wake Forest vs. Florida State, 12 ET
Miami vs. NC State, 2:30 ET
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia, ESPN2, 7 ET
Maryland vs. Boston College, 9:30 ET
• Big 12:
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State, ESPN2, 12:30 ET
Baylor vs. Colorado, ESPNU, 3 ET
Nebraska vs. Missouri, 7 ET
Texas A&M vs. Iowa State, ESPN2, 9:30 ET
• Big East:
Georgetown vs. Villanova, ESPN, 12 ET
Connecticut vs. West Virginia, ESPN, 2:30 ET
Louisville vs. Pitt, ESPN, 7 ET
Notre Dame vs. Marquette, ESPN, 9:30 ET
• Big Ten:
Iowa vs. Michigan, 12 ET
Penn State vs. Illinois, ESPN2, 2:30 ET
Minnesota vs. Northwestern, ESPN2, 5 ET
USC vs. Arizona State, 3 ET
UCLA vs. Cal, 5:30 ET
Washington State vs. Oregon, 9 ET
Stanford vs. Arizona, 11:30 ET
LSU vs. South Carolina, 1 ET
Vanderbilt vs. Auburn, 3:15 ET
Florida vs. Alabama, 7:30 ET
Mississippi vs. Georgia, 9:45 ET
For the full schedule, click here. All games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Full Court also are on ESPN360.com.
Auto bids earned so farWith Portland State and Mount St. Mary's earning their dancing shoes, 14 teams have now have secured their automatic bids to the NCAA tourney. • Atlantic Sun: Belmont
• Big Sky: Portland State ...
• Big South: Winthrop
• Colonial: George Mason
• Horizon: Butler
• Ivy: Cornell
• MAAC: Siena
• Missouri Valley: Drake
• NEC: Mount St. Mary's ...
• Ohio Valley: Austin Peay
• SoCon: Davidson
• Summit: Oral Roberts
• Sun Belt: Western Kentucky
• WCC: San Diego To see all of ESPN.com's Champ Week coverage, click here.
Villanova beats the Orange
Nova bursts Syracuse's bubbleBy Dana O'Neil
ESPN.com NEW YORK -- The riddle that has been Villanova this season is wrapped up in the enigma that is Scottie Reynolds. This is his team, sophomore or not. The question has been whether he wanted it to be.
In the past few weeks, Reynolds decided.
And the answer was "Yes."
With the familiar sound of Nardi's singularly Italian North Jersey no-nonsense twang in his head, Reynolds figured out how to be a leader without feeling overbearing, how to be a point guard who doesn't necessarily have to be passive, how to be a scorer without feeling the responsibility to score 30 every night.
Not coincidentally, an up-and-down Villanova team has made a last-ditch push to the NCAA tournament. Winning five of their final seven regular-season games, the Wildcats have landed on the bubble with a stunningly easy 82-63 romp over fellow bubble-dweller Syracuse in the first round of the Big East tournament.
In what was essentially an elimination game, Syracuse blinked, and for the first time since 2002, the Orange won't be sweating Selection Sunday. Barring a stunning development out of the Indianapolis-sequestered basketball jury, Syracuse is going to the NIT.
Unlike last season, when he all but stormed the committee room, Jim Boeheim already has run the white flag up the pole. He didn't posture or argue for an at-large bid after the loss, instead agreeing that his team essentially needed to win at least two games to get consideration.
To read all of O'Neil's column on Villanova's win over Syracuse, click here.
Bob Knight breaks down Villanova, WVU wins
Stop by and ChatStuck in your office and wondering what's going on? Can't talk college hoops enough? Want to start scouting out sleeper picks for your bracket? ESPN.com's writers and experts will be chatting for nearly seven hours on Thursday. Here is the schedule of chatters (all times are ET). Noon: Joe Lunardi, Bracketology
12:30 p.m.: Chris Low, C-USA tournament
1 p.m.: Dana O'Neil, Big East tournament
1:30 p.m.: Tim Griffin, Big 12 tournament
2 p.m.: Adam Rittenberg
2:30 p.m.: Pat Forde, Big Ten tournament
3 p.m.: Mark Schlabach, SEC tournament
3:30 p.m.: Heather Dinich, A-10 tournament
4 p.m.: Andy Glockner, Bubble Watch
4:30 p.m.: Kyle Whelliston, A-10 tournament
5 p.m.: Andy Katz, Pac-10 tournament
5:30 p.m.: Ted Miller
6 p.m.: Jay Bilas, Big East tournament
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