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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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April 07, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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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April 05, 2014  |  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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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Connecticut-Florida: New Money ☆

Saturday’s second semifinal between Kentucky and Wisconsin is fascinating because of its chess-match dimensions. The Final Four’s first semifinal — being a rematch of a regular season meeting — is quite compelling in its own right, but for a very different set of reasons. * Kentucky — built by Adolph Rupp, maintained by Joe B. Hall, lifted to great heights by Rick Pitino...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Sadly, Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Will Still Grab Elite Recruits

Today, Deadspin ran a story regarding Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s appearance on SportsCenter. Boeheim was asked about point guard Tyler Ennis, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, and Boeheim managed to say that Ennis “was a great college player” and “physically, probably could have used another year.” Here’s the thing. Boeheim probably isn’t wrong. Ennis averaged...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kentucky-Wisconsin: Offense Wins Semifinals ☆

Defense usually does win championships, but the Kentucky Wildcats have used this NCAA tournament to defy conventional wisdom. A team that could not get out of its own way at the offensive end of the floor for much of this season has finally gained a winning identity. Big Blue has played with the added confidence and attached lucidity that had been profoundly and conspicuously absent...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

What Hiring Danny Manning Means for Wake Forest And Manning

via ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Wake Forest has hired Tulsa head coach Danny Manning to be its next head coach. Manning won’t have a ton to live up to, as his predecessor, Jeff Bzdelik, won just 17 conference games and 51 games overall in four seasons at Wake. Manning’s claim to fame as an assistant was his work with big men. He turned raw talents such as Cole Aldrich, Thomas Robinson...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

North Carolina Announces James Michael McAdoo Turning Pro

James Michael McAdoo Enters NBA Draft: http://t.co/GTOtFZp9Vh #UNCBBall — Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 3, 2014
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The 5 Best Final Fours Of All Time ☆

Whereas the worst Final Fours should be divided between the pre-shot clock era and the shot clock era, the best Final Fours don’t need to be segregated. Great basketball is great basketball, and interestingly enough, most of the five best Final Fours predate the advent of both the shot clock and the three-point arc. Surprised? Join the club. Before we go forward with this list...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The 5 Worst Final Fours Of The Shot Clock Era ☆

When looking at the history of college basketball, it’s hard to apply the same set of standards to the pre-shot clock era and the shot clock era on a general level. This reality emerges to an even greater degree when trying to identify the worst games. Wyoming defeated Georgetown, 46-34, in the 1943 Final Four’s championship game. It would be all too easy to label that a deficient...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

10 historically important Final Fours

Earlier this week, we explored the various Final Four national semifinals (not championship games) that defined the product of college basketball on the court. This piece will look at Final Fours as a whole, not just the semifinal round. Moreover, it will also focus on off-court issues relating to race, economics, culture, and the length of a collegiate basketball player’s career...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Memorable Final Four Semifinals ☆

The Final Four moments that typically linger in the public memory come from Championship Monday, but what about the Saturday semifinals that stand above the rest? The envelope, please: 10 – STANFORD-KENTUCKY 1998 While this game might have lacked a measure of star power, it was never short on drama. Arthur Lee and Jeff Sheppard did not become prominent professionals, but they stole...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Final Four Moments That Defined College Basketball ☆

The national championship game is part of the Final Four, but National Semifinal Saturday is the time when all four teams play on college basketball’s grandest stage. Here are 10 moments from Final Four national semifinals — five of them specific actions, five of them larger realities — that spoke profoundly about college basketball (not necessarily for the better) and the...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins Delcares For NBA Draft

It was always going to happen this way, but today he made it official: Kansas’s Andrew Wiggins declared for the NBA Draft today at a press conference attended by Bill Self, his parents, his older brother Mitchell, and his now former teammates. At his press conference Wiggins remarked that the atmosphere and fan support around the program made it a difficult decision, even though...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Two Weeks Do Not Overshadow Four Months

The funniest and most frustrating part of the NCAA tournament is when people use three weeks (or in this case, two weeks) of single elimination 40 minute basketball games to completely erase everything from the previous four months. Kentucky shot 31.9% from three in SEC play, good for 11th in the league, but because they shot 44.4% against Wichita State, and 63.6% in their Elite...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Biggest Stories From The Past Weekend ☆

If the first weekend of every NCAA tournament creates dozens of stories — some of them super-sized, some of them bite-sized — the second weekend creates the bigger headlines. In the second weekend of each NCAA tournament, the heavyweights and brand-name schools either take their place at the Final Four table or endure a very hard fall in the glare of the spotlight. The first...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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