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The Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament this century

Harvard's Siyani Chambers, left, and Brandyn Curry, right,

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March Madness brings with it one of sport's unique cliche dichotomies. That bracket looks like this:

"In the NCAA Tournament, it's all about matchups" vs. "There's always a 12-seed upsetting a 5-seed."

There's an inherent contradiction there, but so be it. Hence, the "madness" of this month, which actually is scheduled to last into the following month as well.

One of those 12 vs....

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Local WBB teams happy to be dancing

St. John's guard Eugeneia McPherson (22) shoots in

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For the St. John's women, it will be the fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the second straight for coach Joe Tartamella. Fordham will be in the dance for the first time since 1994, while Marist will be a part of the post season for the ninth straight year.

There is also Army, which is back in the tournament for the first time since the late Maggie Dixon led the program...

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Moving to A-10 a smooth transition for VCU

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Head coach

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Need a few pointers on how to jump conferences without missing a beat? You probably should make an appointment to see VCU coach Shaka Smart.

VCU hasn't slipped once since leaving the CAA for the Atlantic 10. The Rams, who knocked off George Washington in an A-10 semifinal on Saturday, ended their time in the CAA following the 2011-2012 season.

VCU captured the country's attention with...

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Could ACC Tournament move to Barclays Center?

Devin Thomas of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Tobacco Road may lead to Barclays Center.

Negotiations to bring the Atlantic Coast Conference postseason basketball tournament to the Brooklyn arena are all but completed, multiple college athletics sources confirmed.

Sports Illustrated first reported the multi-year deal that could begin as early as 2017.

The Atlantic-10 Conference has a deal to hold its postseason tourney at Barclays...

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LIU Post women win NCAA game at the buzzer

LIU Post teammates swarm Alexis Peters after she

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LIU Post senior guard Alexis Peters had one thing on her mind after stealing an inbound pass with 1.1 second and her team trailing by one point yesterday in an NCAA Division II regional quarterfinal: hit the shot.

Peters did just that, sinking a runner as time expired to push the third-seeded Pioneers past No. 6 Assumption 60-59 at the Dana Athletic Center in Waltham, Mass.

Post, which...

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Local teams primed for tourney play

Manhattan College basketball player and Roslyn alum George

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Fact: At least three New York City-metro area college basketball teams will be making appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Fact: New York City college basketball will once again be relevant at NCAA Tournament time.

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Guaranteed to go Dancing

Manhattan (25-7): After knocking on the door last season, the Jaspers came through this year, edging Iona, 71-68, in Monday night’s MAAC...

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Marist No. 1, Fordham 2nd in WBB poll

Marist College players pose with the MAAC Tournament

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Marist stays No. 1 in the poll after winning the MAAC tournament title, securing its ninth straight NCAA Tournament berth. Fordham, up four places, takes the No. 2 position after upsetting Dayton for the Atlantic-10 tournament title. St. John’s is up one place to third after advancing to the Big East tournament title, while Stony Brook dropped one place to fourth.

Army jumped two places to...

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Iona takes top spot in hoops poll

The Gaels will play second-seeded Manhattan for the

There was a change in the top as the Iona Gaels took over the top spot after earning a berth in Monday night's MAAC title game against Manhattan. St. John's dropped one spot to second despite a thrilling win over Marquette, while Stony Brook stayed third after knocking off Hartford in an America East semifinal. The remainder of the top 10 remained the same.

1. Iona (22-9)2. St. John's (20-11)3....

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Steve Pikiell gets big 'weekend' at Pritchard Gym

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

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The elephant in Stony Brook’s room, as everyone often reminds coach Steve Pikiell, is the Seawolves’ failure to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid despite all the success they have achieved the past five years – four 20-win seasons, three regular-season America East titles and two previous trips to the conference final to play for the automatic NCAA bid.

Now, Pikiell and the second-seeded...

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Seawolves women try to repeat Albany upset

Stony Brook's Jessica Ogunnorin drives past UMBC's Sara

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On March 1, Stony Brook’s women’s basketball team did something no other America East team had been able to do since Jan. 28, 2012. The Seawolves snapped Albany’s record 38-game America East winning streak, and what’s more, they did it on the Great Danes’ home floor.

Just nine days later, the Seawolves (24-7) have to try and repeat the feat, but this time, they are playing Albany (27-4) for...

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