1. Plenty of What Ifs for Arizona After Season Ends in Heartbreaker vs. Wisconsin

    For most of the 2013-14 season, Arizona looked like it finally had all the answers for its first serious NCAA title run since Lute Olson retired...

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  2. Dayton's Cinderella Run Shows Archie Miller Is Ready for Prime Time

    Thanks to a tremendous Cinderella effort by his 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers, Archie Miller became one half (along with Arizona’s Sean) of the first pair of brothers to coach in the same Elite Eight...

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  3. Perfect Pairs: The Best Head-to-Head Matchups in the Elite 8

    Basketball is a team sport, but when the NCAA tournament gets down as far as the Elite Eight, games are just as likely to turn on one individual battle...

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  4. Grown-Up Kentucky a Heavyweight After Ousting Louisville in Sweet 16 Thriller

    Kentucky already proved it can dish out punishment by beating top-seeded and undefeated Wichita State, but against archrival Louisville in the Sweet 16, the Wildcats showed they can take a punch, too...

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  5. Rivalry Breakdown: Xavier vs. Cincinnati

    With barely four miles between them, Xavier and Cincinnati have had more than enough friction to generate one of the most intense series in college hoops...

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  6. Rivalry Breakdown: UCLA vs. Arizona

    Although UCLA and Arizona are comparative latecomers to the rivalry party, the Bruins and Wildcats have quickly made up for lost time...

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  7. Rivalry Breakdown: Michigan-Michigan State

    Long revered on the gridiron, the decades-long series between Michigan and Michigan State is finally getting some respect on the hardwood as well...

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  8. Sweet 16 2014: Biggest Roadblock for Each Team to Win NCAA Title

    Making it to the 2014 Sweet 16 is an accomplishment to be proud of, but just because a team has played well enough to get this far doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a weak spot that can be exploited...

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  9. Sweet 16 2014: Ranking the Most Clutch Players

    Last-second heroics have been the order of the day in the 2014 NCAA tournament, which has already featured six overtimes and a wealth of buzzer-beaters on its way to the Sweet 16...

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  10. How Another Early Exit from NCAA Tournament Impacts Doug McDermott's Legacy

    Doug McDermott has enjoyed one of the greatest individual careers of any college player in the last quarter-century. Unfortunately for his Creighton team, the top Bluejay managed to end his final season by laying an egg in the NCAA tournament...

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  11. Kentucky Lands Last Punch in Instant Classic, Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Run

    The most hyped team of the 2013-14 college basketball preseason and the most discussed team of its postseason went head-to-head on Sunday afternoon. The reality of the game was even better than advertised: No...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 4 months ago 18,113 reads 79 comments

  12. Shabazz Napier Strengthens Player of the Year Credentials in Upset of Villanova

    The cliche about great point guards is that they make the players around them better. Shabazz Napier may have reached that point in the nick of time for Connecticut’s ...

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  13. How Iowa State Must Adjust vs. UNC with Georges Niang out for the Season

    Georges Niang played one of the most overpowering games of his college basketball career Friday, lighting up North Carolina Central for 24 points, six rebounds and four assists...

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  14. Doug McDermott's Versatility Is Worst Nightmare for Baylor's 2-3 Zone

    Creighton super-scorer Doug McDermott sent his third-seeded Bluejays to the round of 32 on Friday, pouring in his usual 30 points to beat Louisiana-Lafayette...

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  15. Will This UConn Team Repeat the 2011 Huskies' Magical Run?

    Shabazz Napier isn ’t exactly a novice when it comes to NCAA tournament heroics. Still, the Huskies’ senior floor leader—who keyed an 89-81 overtime win ...

    Thad Novak Written by Thad Novak about 4 months ago 2,296 reads 6 comments

  16. Harvard's at It Again: Ivy Darling Downs Cincinnati in Another Round-of-64 Upset

    Maybe New Mexico didn ’t have to feel so bad after all. For the second year in a row, the Harvard Crimson have opened their NCAA tournament by convincingly outplaying a higher seed with a great defense...

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  17. The Best Moments of the 2014 NCAA Tournament

    The history of March Madness is told in highlight reels, from grainy shots of Bird and Magic all the way up to a high-definition Russ Smith layup from the 2013 title game...

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  18. Players to Watch in 2014 NCAA Tournament's First Four

    Since it became the new first round of March Madness in 2011, the First Four has managed to turn a bubble team into an upset winner against a No. 4, 5 or 6 seed seed every year...

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  19. Ranking the Top Freshmen in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

    In the 2014 NCAA tournament, just as in the season that preceded it, freshmen will need to play crucial roles on some of the best teams in the country...

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  20. Rivalry Breakdown: Duke-UNC

    Duke vs. North Carolina isn ’t just the best rivalry in college basketball—it’s a leading contender for the best rivalry in any sport...

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  21. Rivalry Breakdown: Indiana-Purdue

    No state is more synonymous with basketball than Indiana, so it’s only fitting that one of the college game’s best rivalries features Indiana University and its neighbors at Purdue...

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  22. Rivalry Breakdown: Syracuse-Georgetown

    When the Big East was formed in 1979, it was guaranteed to generate some new rivalries along college basketball’s East Coast...

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  23. Rivalry Breakdown: Kansas-Missouri

    One of the saddest casualties of college basketball realignment has been the end of the annual Border War between Kansas and Missouri. When the Tigers left the Big 12 in 2012-13, the conference’s most celebrated rivalry was gone, too...

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  24. Everything You Need to Know About the Louisville-Kentucky Basketball Rivalry

    The spotlight has never shone brighter on the rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville, winners of the last two national titles between them and set to face off in Sweet 16 action this week...

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  25. Ranking the Teams with the Easiest Road to the 2014 Final Four

    Reaching the Final Four isn’t just about how good your team is—it’s also about who you had to beat along the way...

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