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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA's East Regional has (unofficially) begun at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina's Frank Martin opens Thursday's news conferences. "I'm proud of my colleagues (in the SEC)," Martin said of the conference having three remaining teams, including two here with the Gamecocks and Gators. Martin added that it bothered him when critics downplay the SEC's successes.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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Although much of the talk about Michigan has been about its run since the plane incident, the Wolverines' turnaround started after a Feb. 4 loss to Ohio State. Michigan has lost twice since then -- in overtime at Minnesota and on a buzzer-beater at Northwestern. During this time, the Wolverines' national title odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have gone from 200-1 to 18-1.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Larry Brown is "not a viable candidate at LIU Brooklyn," a source close to situation told ESPN. The interest was from Larry Brown, and not LIU Brooklyn.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife is staying with the Spartans and has withdrawn from the Duquesne search, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN. Fife is the second coach today to do so. Vermont's John Becker was the other.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke announces that sophomore forward Chase Jeter will transfer. Former five-star prospect.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington power forward Matthew Atewe announces he will graduate and transfer for his final season.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Butler Blue III here in Memphis. Ready to go.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Vermont coach John Becker told ESPN that he is staying with the Catamounts after looking at the vacant Duquesne job. Becker said he has four years remaining on his contract. He led the Catamounts to the NCAA tournament this season, losing to Purdue in the first round. Under Becker, Vermont has won the America East regular season twice, the conference tournament twice and been to the NCAA tournament twice since taking over in 2011.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

This is totally just a test and not a grim portent of Gonzaga's future, but let's put it here, you know, just in case.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Foster is returning to Creighton next season.