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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Baylor Bears

posted on March 27, 2014
Perhaps it’s inevitable Wisconsin and Baylor would meet in the Sweet 16 with the way the season has gone.Both teams started on hot streaks — Wisconsin at 16-0 and Baylor at 12-1 — before falling apart early in conference play.In the last month or so, both teams have rediscovered the magic from early in the season, powering the Badgers and Bears to a Sweet 16 game Thursday. Meanwhile, both have arrived here in unexpected ways: Wisconsin scoring 85 points in a win over Oregon, Baylor...
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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Arizona Wildcats vs. San Diego State Aztecs

posted on March 27, 2014
No one would doubt the coaching credentials for Sean Miller and Steve Fisher. Nor would anyone discount Arizona and San Diego State as two of the nation’s top programs right now West of the Rocky Mountains.Still, a bit of legitimacy is on the line.At Xavier and Arizona, Miller had advanced to the Sweet 16 or better five times. All that’s missing is a Final Four, Arizona’s first since 2001. Since taking over in 1999, Steve Fisher has supervised one of the best rebuilding jobs in...
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College Basketball's Top Coaches Without a Final Four Appearance

posted on March 26, 2014
The NCAA Tournament will go on without Mike Krzysewski, Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams.At least as far as the Final Four is concerned, that means new blood.Of the 16 coaches left in the NCAA Tournament, only six have been to the Final Four. Some of the others are young coaches making their first major impression (Dayton’s Archie Miller, UConn’s Kevin Ollie), but the Sweet 16 is more notable for the coaches who have accomplished nearly everything they can in their career without reaching...
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Roundtable: How should Wichita State's season be evaluated in the long run?

posted on March 24, 2014
Wichita State’s bid for an undefeated season ended Sunday with a loss to Kentucky in a thriller in the round of 32.The Shockers put together one of the great regular seasons in college basketball history, regardless of their strength of schedule.Yet Wichita State didn’t reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. How should we evaluate Gregg Marshall’s team in years to come?How should Wichita State’s 35-1 season be evaluated in the long run?David Fox: Wichita State’s...
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Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

posted on March 24, 2014
For as much success as the SEC has on the football field, the league was one of the most maligned major conferences in college basketball this season.The league received only three NCAA Tournament bids with teams like Arkansas, LSU and Missouri falling out of NCAA Tournament contention in the final weeks of the regular season.The league, though, will place three teams in the Sweet 16, one team (Tennessee) needing to win three times to get there.Was the SEC overlooked during the season or is this...
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With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

posted on March 23, 2014
Anointed as the No. 1 team entering the season thanks to the best recruiting of all time, maybe Kentucky needed to be the underdog to unlock its potential.The Wildcats entered a game against undefeated Wichita State with seven seed lines separating them on the bracket not to metnion a 2.5-point spread. The narrative of Kentucky’s roster full of decorated one-and-done players losing to a group of under-recruited veterans seemed to be on deck for the Monday conversations.Instead, Kentucky played...
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NCAA Tournament Sunday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

posted on March 23, 2014
Some of the best storylines in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament will be settled in the final day before the Sweet 16.Wichita State’s first game of the season against a national power will be a big one as the Shockers face the preseason No. 1 team in Kentucky.Mercer took out Duke on Friday and gets to face a No. 11 see for a chance to reach the second weekend. But that No. 11 seed happens to be one of the most impressive statistical teams in the country. Mercer isn’t alone among...
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Dayton takes out Syracuse, flies into Sweet 16

posted on March 22, 2014
Jordan Sibert and Dayton had more to conquer that defeating Ohio State.After a nail-biting finish, Dayton defeated Syracuse 55-53 to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.A bubble team entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 11th-seeded Dayton took its biggest win of the season down to the wire, giving Syracuse several opportunities to tie or take a lead late.Sibert, an Ohio State transfer, had the dagger 3-pointer, but a few possessions later, he stepped out of bounds under pressure in the...
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Is Louisville ready for the Sweet 16 after rough first weekend?

posted on March 22, 2014
Louisville handled the best shot from a coach who knew what the Cardinals were going to do before they did it. In the next game, Louisville handed the champions of the Atlantic 10, a league with six NCAA bids, its worst loss of the season.Louisville had one of the most stifling defensive performances of the NCAA Tournament so far, holding Saint Louis to 16 points in the first half and 0 of 15 from 3-point range.?Then why does Rick Pitino seem so frustrated?That defensive performance wasn’t...
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NCAA Tournament Saturday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

posted on March 22, 2014
If Thursday brought chaos, Saturday is the aftermath.The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought four overtime games, three double-digit seeds advancing and two title teams in trouble.Saturday is what’s left, starting with a Florida team that stumbled through a win against Albany and then a Louisville team that survived Manhattan.In the later games, a trio of mid-majors will try to reach the second weekend of the Tournament as Dayton, North Dakota State and Harvard continue to embrace...
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