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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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