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Michigan’s Stauskas and Robinson Declare for NBA Draft

Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III declared for the NBA Draft today in a press conference. Of these two, Stauskas’s decision is the easier to address: he was the Big 10 player of the year, shot 44% from three in each of his two years in Ann Arbor, and (in both years, but especially this year) showed that he was much more than a spot up shooter. He handled the ball...
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Cuonzo Martin Takes California Job

There were questions surrounding Cuonzo Martin’s future at Tennesse all season, with a large portion of Vols fans wanting Bruce Pearl back. Martin certainly quieted that crowd with a run to the Sweet 16 this year (and finishing the season 7th in KenPom). But, via Jeff Goodman, Martin will be voluntarily leaving Knoxville to take the job at California. Former Bears coach Mike Montgomery...
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Nike Hoop Summit Impressions

The Nike Hoop Summit took place on Saturday, and after watching the game and re-watching the game, I have some thoughts and impressions on the game, who improved their NBA Draft stock (yep, already time to start thinking about the 2015 Draft) and how the top college teams for 2014-15 stack up.  First off, this wasn’t your usual International team. There were a lot of US High...
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10 ways college hoops must improve on TV

College basketball is an attractive television product. Yet, the sport can be packaged and situated so much better than it presently is. Some of the following requests are reasonable and realistic as a matter of practical politics; others are manifestations of wishful thinking… but deserve to be mentioned in print, anyway. Here are the 10 foremost ways in which televised college...
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The 10 Stories That Defined The 2014 NCAA Tournament ☆

It’s easy to allow the Final Four to become the last word on the college basketball season, but as my colleague Steve Fetch reminded us a week ago, the whole of a season ought to matter, not just March. There’s a balance to be struck in which four months receive due recognition alongside the three weekends of the Big Dance. This tension always has to be wrestled with in college...
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Obligatory Way Too Early Preseason Top 25 Post

Note: I am going off the assumption that pretty much everybody who is any risk at all to leave will leave: 1. Duke A group of teams will be virtually identical at the top, but I am taking the Blue Devils right away. They will be led by Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, but they’ll have a nice group of veterans around them as well. 2. Wisconsin The Badgers will return virtually everyone...
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THE CLOSER ☆

The Kansas Jayhawks, with roots that can be traced to the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, have won three NCAA tournament championships. The Louisville Cardinals, who made six Final Fours under Denny Crum and three more under Rick Pitino, have won three NCAA tournaments as well. Oklahoma State (formerly Oklahoma A&M), the program of names such as Iba and Sutton. Cincinnati...
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GIF: Kevin Ollie Celebrates the National Title

GIF via CJ Fogler
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Connecticut Wins the National Title: Twitter Recap

STUDENT, I SHALL BUY YOU A DRINK RT @MattNorlander: This is good signage. pic.twitter.com/ceyvadVyu0 — We took the stairs (@NoEscalators) April 8, 2014 Enjoy this night folks. We don't get too many of these. Don't let anyone steal your joy and let's get this title — Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 8, 2014 First lesson from title game: Jerry World is large enough...
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Video: James Young Baptizes UConn

James Young poster dunk vs Uconn https://t.co/ZvBDLP6NJr — gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 8, 2014  
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Video: Ryan Boatright Makes Kentucky Look Silly

Ryan Boatright fakes out defenders , finishes with layup https://t.co/CJdG9tll71 — gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 8, 2014
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Kentucky’s Road Hasn’t Been As Hard As You Think

It seems like everywhere you look on the internet, you get talk of how tough Kentucky’s road to the title game was. And that’s fair: their opponents, seed wise, does make it the toughest road ever. But if we’ve seen anything lately, it’s how little seeds mean. I’m not here to say Kentucky got an easy draw to the final, because that would be an insult to how well they have...
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The rich legacies of UConn and Kentucky

It is, of course, remarkable that the Kentucky Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies are meeting for the national championship in this particular season of college basketball. Yet, that statement offers a window into these two programs, which have both become members of the sport’s ruling class. As tip-off time approaches in Arlington, Tex., it is worth appreciating how these two schools...
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The 10 Best National Championship Games Of All Time ☆

This might seem counterintuitive to some, but it’s easier to identify great championship games than it is to arrive at a list of the best Final Fours in history. The reason is simple: A single game is being evaluated, not a set of three contests. Some of the greatest college basketball games ever played have graced the national championship stage. College basketball has been quite...
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Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Deja Blue All Over Again ☆

You can see it in the photo above. Josh Gasser knew that Kentucky could beat his Wisconsin team with a three-point shot at the end of regulation. Yet, with the clock ticking under 10 seconds at AT&T Stadium, Gasser froze six feet from where Aaron Harrison — Kentucky’s dagger-wielding freshman — was standing. He was quite late in getting to Harrison’s shooting hand when...
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Kentucky Tops Wisconsin, Play for Title 9 Monday Night: Twitter Recap

I love Wisconsin and all… But tonight I'm all BLUE! #MyOldKentuckyHome #BBN #WeAreUK #BleedBlue #Alumni — Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) April 5, 2014 Kentucky pic.twitter.com/zE6egg4B4A — 3030 (@jose3030) April 6, 2014 Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/JZHyf9M1Pp — 3030 (@jose3030) April 6, 2014 Not much of a lip reader, but I think Bo Ryan just said “Blap. Braab. Bop." —...
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Video: Aaron Harrison Does it Again, Sends UK to the Title Game Against UConn

Video from NCAA.com (HT: CollegeBasketballTalk) If you can’t watch the video, here is the shot in gif form from @CJZero
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If You Can Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em ☆

In every Final Four, plenty of narratives vie for attention. Phrased differently, a lot of fans might contend that sportswriters pit various narratives against each other. No matter what your own viewpoint might be, Saturday’s first national semifinal at AT&T Stadium witnessed a script-flipping performance by the Connecticut Huskies. An NCAA tournament championship game will...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Connecticut Moves on to Monday, 63-53 Winners over Florida: Twitter Recap

UCONN pic.twitter.com/EnKm0jXSIR — 3030 (@jose3030) April 5, 2014 Florida Gators pic.twitter.com/ZH6EzODC8S — 3030 (@jose3030) April 5, 2014 Since 2002 conferences featuring 2 teams in Final Four have won national title only 2 of 6 times — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 5, 2014 Well, that impossible shooting background already coming into play. LOL — Dan Wolken ...
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Gif: Patric Young Denies Ryan Boatright Emphatically

From our friends at SB Nation, here is a gif of Patric Young rejecting the hell out of a Ryan Boatright shot attempt. This would be a shot clock violation. Ryan Boatright’s ego landed in the 5th row by the way.
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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