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Russ Smith's dunk shocks Kentucky

posted on March 28, 2014
Russ Smith played the role of rally killer early against Kentucky with a ridiculous dunk over Wildcats star freshman Julius Randle.Louisville pulled away early before Kentucky went on an 11-3 run. Smith halted any momentum for the Wildcats with a wild dunk, splitting Wildcats defenders to re-open a seven-point lead.Take a look:
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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Tennessee Volunteers

posted on March 28, 2014
Transformation is one of the key words for both Michigan and Tennessee as they reached the Sweet 16.The top players for both teams have transformed themselves from last season. Michigan's Nik Stauskas added muscle to make him much more than a spot-up jump shooter. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes lost 10 pounds to become a more mobile and versatile big man.But beyond individuals, both teams had to transform through the course of the season.Michigan expected to have forward Mitch McGary,...
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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Iowa State Cyclones vs. UConn Huskies

posted on March 28, 2014
The careers of Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie have been connected nearly from the start.On Friday, they’ll meet in the Sweet 16, the first trip to the regional semifinal for both coaches.The pair met in high school when they took a visit to Arizona. Then-coach Lute Olson offered a one scholarship to the first of the pair who would take it. Neither did. Hoiberg went to Iowa State while Ollie went to Connecticut. After their careers, they carved out niches in the NBA as bench players, playing on...
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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats

posted on March 28, 2014
Take note, college football, this is what you were missing from your postseason before the playoff took over.The state of Kentucky is a state of Alabama of sorts for college basketball. Just as Alabama and Auburn accounted for every national title from 2009-12, Louisville and Kentucky have enjoyed a similar, but shorter, streak with the Bluegrass State claiming the last two national championships.But along the way, Kentucky defeated Louisville in a Final Four game in 2012, and now the two will meet...
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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Michigan State Spartans

posted on March 28, 2014
For Michigan State, reaching the Final Four is almost a birthright.For Virginia, reaching the Final Four has been a long time coming.Of course, neither can seal a trip in Friday’s Sweet 16 game, but that’s just an illustration of the different pressures for the two teams meeting in New York City.Adreian Payne and Keith Appling don’t want to be the first seniors to play every year for Tom Izzo and miss the Final Four. Meanwhile, Virginia, once a Tournament regular, hasn’t been...
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