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  1. Previewing Sunday’s Elite Eight action

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Kidd-Gilchrist celebrates with teammates Miller and Davis as Indiana Hoosiers' Zeller walks off the floor during their men's NCAA South Regional basketball game in Atlanta

    Baylor may be the least popular team in the country tomorrow afternoon. And contrary to what Baylor fans will believe, that fact has nothing to do with their head coach wouldn’t win many popularity contests or that their team spent the majority of the season folding when they were faced with an elite opponent. It…

  2. Kentucky’s the favorite, but Indiana is a dangerous matchup

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Indiana

    Indiana played pretty close to a perfect game on December 10th. That was the day that the Hoosiers, then undefeated but unranked, knocked off Kentucky in one of the season’s best games with one of the year’s most memorable shots. Indiana shot 9-15 from three that day. They won the battle of the back boards,…

  3. Sweet 16 Previews: Baylor’s zone vs. Xavier’s ball-screens

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Xavier

    Ed Isaacson of contributed to this post. Back in November, if I were to have told you that there would be a Sweet 16 matchup between Baylor and Xavier, you wouldn’t have been surprised. Both team were in the top 15 nationally, both teams had rosters stocked with talent surrounding a potential all-american. But were considered favorites…

  4. Sweet 16 Previews: A closer look at UNC without Marshall

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v North Carolina

    All anyone can talk about regarding North Carolina is the status of Kendall Marshall, quite obviously. The sophomore point guard fractured a bone in his wrist in Saturday’s round of 32 win over Creighton, and while he had surgery on Monday morning, it is unclear whether or not he will actually be sitting out or…

  5. Sweet 16 Previews: Anthony Davis, Cody Zeller and foul trouble

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Indiana

    Friday’s rematch of December’s classic between No. 1 seed Kentucky and No. 4 seed Indiana is about a lot more than just a single personnel matchup. Marquis Teague is a different player than he was back in December. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is as well, although that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Indiana will be without Verdell…

  6. Sweet 16 Previews: Can NC State do to T-Rob what Purdue did?

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Purdue v Kansas

    On Sunday night, Purdue very nearly pulled off an incredible upset of No. 2 seed Kansas, eventually succumbing to the Jayhawks as Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson turned three turnovers into fast break baskets in the final 70 seconds. Up until that point, however, Kansas had only held one lead in the entire game, when…

  7. Sweet 16 Previews: Michigan State’s essential pick-and-roll defense

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - New Mexico v Louisville

    Ed Isaacson of contributed to this post. Louisville’s bread and butter offensively in the high-ball screen, as they use it on 12.4% of their possessions offensively, 27th most in Division I. Peyton Siva alone uses 41.7% of his possessions in the pick-and-roll, which in the second-highest total in the country behind Xavier Thames of…

  8. Sweet 16 Previews: Why Crowder will be so valuable vs. Florida

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette

    Ed Isaacson of contributed to this post. Jae Crowder is Marquette’s most important player, and based on the fact that he won Big East Player of the Year of Kevin Jones, the West Virginia power forward that led the conference in scoring and rebounding, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that he…

  9. Sweet 16 Previews: Why Yancy Gates needs to play like Josh Harrellson

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Gonzaga v Ohio State

    Ed Isaacson of contributed to this post. I don’t know if I’m the first to say this, but I believe it with all of my heart: No. 6 Cincinnati is going to have a very, very good chance of beating No. 2 Ohio State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night in Boston for…

  10. Sweet 16 Previews: Will Fab Melo’s absence matter vs. Wisconsin?

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Fab Melo

    Ed Isaacson of contributed to this post. Just eight short days ago, the course of the season for the Syracuse Orange completely changed. For the second time in the span of two months, Fab Melo, the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year and the rock that had anchored the Syracuse zone, was ruled…