1. Duke Blue Devils-Butler Bulldogs: Two Shining Moments

    Somewhere atop college basketball’s Mount Olympus, Dr. James Naismith had a peach basket-sized grin on his face...

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  2. Butler-Duke: Keys to the Game

    If I had a nickel for every Cinderella reference, I could buy a pumpkin. Over/under on David and Goliath references? Too many to count at this point. The movie Hoosiers? You betcha...

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  3. Michigan State Spartans vs. Butler Bulldogs: Keys to the Game

    Pick against him. I dare you. I’ve done it a time or two this tournament myself using a litany of excuses. “This opponent’s too big. This team’s too deep. This squad’s too athletic...

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  4. Duke Blue Devils vs. West Virginia Mountaineers: Keys to the Game

    The interesting thing about how these two teams advanced to Indianapolis is the way they went against their own DNA to survive and advance...

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  5. Preparing for Baylor: An Evening with Coach K

    Imagine that you’re Coach K. You’ve had a solid evening. You’ve survived with a hard fought win over Purdue. You take the elevator up to the penthouse suite of Houston’s Four Seasons hotel...

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  6. 2010 NCAA Tournament: Elite Coaches Facing Unique Challenges

    There isn’t a runaway favorite to win the National Championship left in this tournament. Not after Kansas was Farokhmanesh-ed. There isn’t a club like the 2009 North Carolina team among the final 8 teams standing...

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  7. Kentucky Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers: Talent vs. Toughness

    The Kentucky Wildcats are the most talented team in the country. The West Virginia Mountaineers are the toughest...

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  8. Sweet 16 Brackets: Midwest Region Primer

    The first day of the Sweet 16 was great, but I want more. I suspect we’re in for an exciting night in the Midwest region considering the best player and the best story of the ...

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  9. Sweet 16 Bracket: Baylor Bears vs. St Mary's Gaels

    Saint Mary’s College vs. Baylor As similar as Tennessee and Ohio State are, Baylor and SMC couldn’t be any more different. The Gaels’ super-star post Omar Samhan is about as athletic as a syrup-soaked waffle...

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  10. March Madness: Sweet 16 Day One Run Down

    Pretty good start to the Sweet 16, huh? Gus Johnson and Jay Bilas in full effect, buzzer beaters, heat checks, and upsets. What more can you ask for? Savor it. Embrace it...

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  11. Kansas State On Upset Alert?

    Kansas State, watch your back ... or back court anyway. Jordan Crawford's coming and he's looking for the upset by shooting you back to Manhattan. Me too. I mean, I don't want to shoot anyone but an upset wouldn't shock me...

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  12. NCAA Tournament: Butler Bulldogs vs. Syracuse Orange West Region Semifinal

    Syracuse is coming off of two woodshed games against the likes of Gonzaga and Vermont. Vermont was a No. 16 seed afterthought and Gonzaga lacked the requisite physicality in the paint to compete with Syracuse...

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  13. NCAA East Regional Semifinal Two: Cornell vs. Kentucky

    If you’re going to beat Goliath you have to know who Goliath is. What are his likes and dislikes? Candle-lit dinners or walks on the beach? Does he like metamorphic stones or ...

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  14. Washington-West Virginia: NCAA East Regional Semifinal Preview

    East versus West. Forwards versus guards. Back to the basket power basketball versus open floor, one pass, and shoot breakneck pace...

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  15. Memphis Smacked By NCAA: Should John Calipari's Kentucky Be Worried?

    This from the WWL on Memphis’ appeal. “The Infractions Appeals Committee found no basis to conclude that the penalty was excessive such that the Committee on Infractions ...

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  16. Spartans' Achilles Heel: Kalin Lucas Out for the Tournament

    In a Greek tragedy sort of way, isn’t it fitting that the leader of Sparta would have an Achilles injury? Or was Achilles a Trojan, which would make Carson Palmer’s injury make more sense? I’m confused...

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  17. Origin of Species: The NCAA Basketball Coach

    Coaches come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Oddly enough, these variables aren’t predictive of the results on the court unless the coach is mismatched with the type of player he’s recruiting...

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  18. March Madness Do-Over: Re-seeding the 2010 NCAA Tournament

    I like the tournament exactly the way it is. But for the purposes of identifying who's playing the best ball, let’s try an experiment and see how things would look if we reseeded ...

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  19. March Madness Saturday Recap: How the Games Were Won

    We talked about the upset of the decade in this last post , but I watched some other great basketball today I’d like to comment on. For me, the theme of the day was well-played basketball...

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  20. Top 10 Reasons the Cal Bears Can Beat the Duke Blue Devils

    This would probably go a bit better if you read it in your Bobby Knight voice and it had two decades worth of goodwill built up from its gratuitous appearance on a popular late night television show...

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  21. Real March Madness: Northern Iowa Derails Kansas Jayhawks Title Hopes

    Today reminded me why I love this tournament so much. A good friend of mine mentioned to me that college basketball is the great equalizer of all athletic endeavors. At least of the sports we care about...

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  22. March Madness: The Final Four Teams Who Get To Indianapolis

    Arinze Onuaku’s injury has forced me to turn this year’s bracket prediction into a “Multiple Endings” story. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not hyper-geeks playing Dungeons and Dragons here...

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  23. College Basketball: March to March's Weekly Recruiting Whispers

    In the first installment of Weekly Whispers, we have some big recruiting news involving three of college basketball’s super-powers to wet your appetite before the Dance...

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  24. It's Official: How the Referees Will Affect March Madness Games

    It’s common knowledge that officiating gets a little tighter in tournament play, especially when compared to the infrequency of whistles blown as conference heavyweights are throwing haymakers...

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  25. March Madness Bracket Analysis: The Beasts of the East

    If the South is a region of guards, the East is a region of men. Large men that play an old school, physical brand of basketball. Guys like Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Jones, Damion James, Trevor Booker, and Al-Farouq Aminu put the power in power forward...

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