1. Pesky UConn Guards Hold Key to National Title Showdown vs. Kentucky

    ARLINGTON, Texas — As Connecticut's Ryan Boatright was spitting pleasantries about the Harrison twins from Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, he slipped...

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  2. More Late Magic from Aaron Harrison Sends Cardiac Cats to 2014 NCAA Title Game

    DALLAS — As Andrew Harrison walked out of the locker room at halftime on Saturday night, Willie Cauley -Stein told Harrison "You've got to get that (twin) telepathy going...

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  3. Let's Acknowledge Billy Donovan for What He Is: The Coach K of This Generation

    DALLAS — Back in 2007 when Florida renovated its basketball facilities after a second straight national title, a picture of Billy Donovan went up with some of his accomplishments...

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  4. Why Shabazz Napier Is the Unstoppable Force of the 2014 Final Four

    DALLAS — Last Sunday with Connecticut clinging to a two-point lead late against Michigan State, Branden Dawson got caught in a switch on Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier...

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  5. What's the 'Tweak' That Fueled Kentucky's Turnaround in 2014 NCAA Tournament?

    DALLAS — Welcome to the "Where's Waldo" of the NCAA tournament. John Calipari has sent us on a wild goose chase the last few weeks as the college basketball world tries to figure out "the tweak" Calipari made to turn this whole thing around...

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  6. NCAA Championship 2014: Updated Title Odds Going into Final Four

    Are you ready to watch the SEC championship, ahem, national championship next Monday night? Wisconsin and UConn are on incredible runs, but this feels like we are headed for the fourth round of Kentucky vs...

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  7. March Madness 2014: No Moment Too Big as Freshmen Power Kentucky to Final Four

    INDIANAPOLIS — Moments after he hit the biggest shot of his life, Aaron Harrison could be found at the bottom of the dog pile on Lucas Oil court. Harrison had the weight of the Kentucky Wildcats, literally, on top of him...

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  8. How Michigan's Shooters Can Match Kentucky's Blue-Chippers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan has a practice drill with the goal of making 36 threes in three minutes. The other day, Nik Stauskas got to 36 on only 37 shots...

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  9. From Boys to Men: Poised Kentucky Peaking as Michigan Showdown Looms

    INDIANAPOLIS — As four of Kentucky's freshmen were excused from the podium late Friday night, coach John Calipari turned around and instructed them to head straight back to the locker room and not to talk to any media...

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  10. Jordan Morgan Saves the Day, Muscles Michigan Into Elite Eight

    INDIANAPOLIS — If Michigan was going to get back to the Final Four this year, the man who many thought would lead this team there was last year's big man of March, Mitch McGary ...

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  11. Which Powerhouse Has the Better NCAA Title Blueprint: Kentucky or Louisville?

    INDIANAPOLIS — The television in the common area at Kentucky's dorm this week was stuck on CNN. "We're not allowed to watch ESPN," Willie Cauley-Stein said. "They took the batteries out of the remote...

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  12. NCAA Bracket 2014: How to Stop Each Team in the Sweet 16

    The narrative of the NCAA tournament has been that it's wide open. Before the brackets came out, most of us who cover college basketball, myself included, had been of the opinion that there were at least 10 teams that could win the title...

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  13. NCAA Tournament 2014: The All-Tournament Team Through Round of 32

    CBS could give us one helluva "One Shining Moment" montage just from the opening weekend. The tournament has not disappointed thus far and neither have the stars...

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  14. NCAA Bracket 2014: Odds for Every Sweet 16 Team to Win NCAA Championship

    After the first week of the tournament, we've lost one legitimate title contender (Wichita State) and another with the talent to go on a run (Kansas), but the big picture doesn't look much different than when we started...

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  15. NCAA Tournament 2014: Winners and Losers of Day 5

    No overtimes? No 40-point games? Man, Saturday was slacking. OK, maybe Thursday and Friday left us a bit greedy, but the third day of the tournament (play-in days do not qualify) didn't exactly live up to to the precedent that had been set...

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  16. Michigan Continues to Shoot the Lights Out vs. Texas, Cruises into Sweet 16

    All coaches like to eliminate hope. Hope is for the gamblers. Hope is for the brackets. Coaches like preparation and controlling situations. Until you see Michigan and John Beilein in your bracket...

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  17. Duke Suffers Predictable If Early Exit with Mercer Upset in March Madness 2014

    As the seconds ticked away on Duke's season on Friday in Mercer's 78-71 win, this almost seemed like an inevitable ending. Maybe a little sooner than we expected, but it was coming...

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  18. Can Marcus Smart Redefine His Legacy in the 2014 NCAA Tournament?

    The image of Marcus Smart in the stands at Texas Tech follows him everywhere now. He's still asked about it, and always will be. Years from now when he's in an NBA locker room, reporters and teammates will want to know...

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  19. NCAA Tournament 2014: Who Best Fits the Blueprint of a Champion?

    When predicting the NCAA champ, it's not bad to go with what Vegas is thinking. Florida opened as the favorite at 4-1. Groupthink also likes the Gators...

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  20. Can Andrew Wiggins Be the Story of the 2014 NCAA Tournament?

    Last June, I drove over to Lawrence, Kan., to see the debut of Andrew Wiggins . He had just arrived on campus. Bill Self's annual camp game against the alumni was taking place...

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  21. NCAA Bracket Predictions 2014: Sleeper Teams with Best Chances to Make Deep Runs

    Where's this year's Dunk City? That's what everyone wants to know. And you know who enjoyed Dunk City more than anyone else? The guy who had Florida Gulf Coast in his bracket. The key is to find a mid-major team that plays a unique style...

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  22. 2014 NCAA Bracket Predictions: Picks for Every Matchup

    My editors told me this year that they wanted me to make the official picks for Bleacher Report. I thought they should have gone with that one lady in the office who makes her picks based on which coach has the best hair, but I appreciated the honor...

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  23. NCAA Tournament 2014: Ranking All 68 Teams

    The NCAA tournament's selection committee is supposed to seed the field based on a team's entire resume. In these rankings, I throw out seeding. What matters is how teams are playing right now and who has the best shot at winning a national title...

    C.J.  Moore Written by C.J. Moore about 5 months ago 278,057 reads 246 comments

  24. Andrew Wiggins Finally Earns Marcus Smart's Respect at 2014 Big 12 Tournament

    Kansas City, Mo. — Was that good enough? Andrew Wiggins, on stage Thursday at the Sprint Center, dropping 30 points in a 77-70 payback win in overtime over Oklahoma State and his biggest preseason critic, Marcus Smart...

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  25. From Start to Finish, Doug McDermott's NCAA Basketball Career Is One of a Kind

    OMAHA, Neb. — Last week, Doug McDermott had two photo shoots for Sports Illustrated and the Omaha World-Herald . Almost every national publication and radio show has wanted a piece of him this year...

    C.J.  Moore Written by C.J. Moore about 5 months ago 36,926 reads 57 comments