1. Winners and Losers of Week 17 in College Basketball

    The upset fairy was cold. She'd been to Lawrence. She'd been to Durham. She'd been up and down the Great Lakes. Time for a sun-soaked getaway—a quick stopover in the tropics...

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  2. NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Pros and Cons for Each Julius Randle Suitor

    ESPN describes 6'9" Dallas native Julius Randle as "Marvin Williams meets Caron Butler with a Kevin Garnett-ish motor." In other words: Dude can play. The only question left is where...

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  3. Ranking the 10 Worst Coaching Performances of the College Basketball Season

    Coaching is a thankless job: long hours, snotty kids, meddlesome boosters, byzantine restrictions. And for what? A disembodied strand of nylon? It's the kind of profession only ...

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  4. 5 Lessons from ESPN BracketBusters That Will Help You Win a March Madness Pool

    Trying to extrapolate from one game is always tricky, but ESPN BracketBusters demands we at least try. It's our one chance to make some substantive apples-to-apples comparisons among the nation's most promising mid-majors...

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  5. Wooden Watch: Ranking the Top 25 Candidates at Week 16

    It's been two weeks since we last ranked the Top 25 Wooden Award candidates. Since then, we've experienced what I would call modest movement at the top, with one major exception: Indiana's Victor Oladipo ...

    Avi Wolfman-Arent Written by Avi Wolfman-Arent about over 1 year ago 5,562 reads 13 comments

  6. March Madness Sleeper Series: Why Middle Tennessee State Will Wreck Your Bracket

    In his four years as a starter for Billy Donovan's Florida Gators, All-SEC guard Kenny Boynton has seen his share of battles. Nine NCAA tournament games. Six of them decided by 10 points or less...

    Avi Wolfman-Arent Written by Avi Wolfman-Arent about over 1 year ago 12,374 reads 13 comments

  7. 10 College Basketball Stars Every Team Hates Playing

    There is a subtle-but-real difference between great players and players that scare the crap out of you. I'll explain with a quick NFL sidebar: By almost any measurement imaginable, Matt Schaub is a better quarterback than Michael Vick...

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  8. ESPN BracketBusters: 13 Unsung Stars Ready for Primetime

    For the hardcore college basketball junkie, there isn't a more enticing regular-season weekend than ESPN's BracketBusters ...

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  9. Who's Hot and Who's Not in College Basketball at Week 16

    In a little over a week, the calendar flips to March. The consequences of that impending change should be readily apparent to college basketball fans. The time for positioning and projecting is fading fast...

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  10. Has the AP College Basketball Poll Ever Meant Less?

    It's an open secret in the world of college basketball that the AP poll is little more than a publicity tool. It gets fans talking. It gives coaches a bit of recruiting-trail fodder...

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  11. College Basketball: Winners & Losers from the AP Top 25 Rankings in Week 16

    Even in a week that featured two AP Top 10 teams lose to unranked foes, the last seven days in college basketball have been relatively uneventful—at least by this season's standards...

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  12. Winners and Losers of Week 16 in College Basketball

    Since there seemed to be some confusion on this point in last week's W/L column, let me reiterate: Just because your team doesn't appear on one of the following slides doesn't mean it didn't have a good/bad week...

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  13. The 10 Biggest Coaching Blunders of the College Basketball Season

    With the benefit of hindsight and the safe distance provided by a La-Z-Boy, we've listed the 10 biggest coaching blunders of the 2012-13 college basketball season...

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  14. NCAA Basketball Realignment: Why Catholic 7 Deserve to Keep Big East Name

    Football, you win. You were always going to win. The spreadsheets, the history makers, the men in suits—they were all on your side. Basketball was never more than an inconvenience to you, a thorn to be plucked and discarded...

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  15. Ranking the Top 20 Freshmen in College Basketball

    With a list like this, it's always good to start with ground rules. 1.) Any player classified as a freshman is eligible, even those returning from a redshirt year. 2.) The only criteria considered is each freshman's overall play at the college level...

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  16. Duke vs. Maryland: Defense, Rebounding Woes Will Continue to Haunt Blue Devils

    The excuses for Duke following its 83-81 loss to Maryland on Saturday could stretch from here to Durham The Blue Devils were playing their third game in six days. Seth Curry look hobbled...

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  17. Duke vs. Maryland: Live Score, Updates and Analysis for ACC Game

    Maryland upsets second-ranked Duke 83-81 in College Park, overcoming turnovers and some sloppy late-game play to score the much-needed win. The live blog archive is below...

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  18. North Carolina's Blueprint to Make NCAA Tournament After Loss to Duke

    After dropping a winnable game at Duke on Wednesday night, North Carolina falls to 16-8 on the season and 6-5 in ACC play. Now firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble , Roy Williams' Tar Heels (No...

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  19. North Carolina vs. Duke: Live Score, Updates and Analysis for ACC Game

    Duke overcomes a halftime deficit to down rival North Carolina in Durham. Final score: Duke, 73 UNC, 68 Thanks for following along. Live-blog archive below...

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  20. March Madness Sleeper Series: How Colorado State Could Shock the World

    The best rebounding team in college basketball isn't flush with blue-chip talent or anchored by a lottery-bound big man. It doesn't play in a Power Six conference and it doesn't boast a rich basketball pedigree...

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  21. Kentucky's Blueprint to Make NCAA Tournament After Nerlens Noel's Injury

    As work trips go, Kentucky's visit to Gainesville on Tuesday was about as bad it gets. Not only did the Wildcats suffer a 69-52 defeat to SEC rival Florida, but star freshman ...

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  22. Kentucky vs. Florida: Live Score, Updates and Analysis for SEC Game

    Florida buzzed by Kentucky in Gainesville on Tuesday, beating its SEC rival 69-52. But the post-game fray will revolve around freshman sensation Nerlens Noel ...

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  23. Who's Hot and Who's Not in College Basketball at Week 15

    There's only one possible explanation for the 2012-13 college basketball season: pixies. Maybe they're cartoon pixies. Maybe they're horse flies painted in glitter. Maybe they have names like "Petra" or "Galinda" or "Bob the Pixie...

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  24. Ranking the 10 Best-Dressed Coaches in College Basketball

    There's a certain quaint appeal to college basketball fashion protocol. In a sport that's been completely stripped of its innocence—from scumbug AAU coaches to duplicitous college ...

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  25. College Basketball: Winners and Losers from the AP Top 25 Rankings in Week 15

    The college basketball landscape is as messy as it's ever been, and the just-released AP Top 25 expresses that messiness in full...

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