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  1. Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Wisconsin-Michigan, Villanova-Creighton

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 18 Creighton, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) Back on Jan. 20, Creighton went into Philadelphia, and shot lights out from three. The Bluejays went 21-of-35 (60 percent) from beyond the arc including nine triples from Ethan Wragge in a 96-68 win over then-No.4 Villanova. The second…

  2. Late Night Snacks: UConn wins in OT, Syracuse survives again

    Feb 16, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 UConn 86, No. 20 Memphis 81 OT Shabazz Napier had himself a day. UConn’s all-american point guard finished with 34 points, five boards and four assists as the Huskies outlasted Memphis in overtime. IMPORTANT OUTCOMES: 1) No. 3 Florida 69, No. 14 Kentucky 59: Florida’s performance over the last…

  3. No. 14 Kentucky played much better than final score indicates

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    No. 3 Florida went into Rupp Arena and knocked off No. 14 Kentucky on Friday night, 69-59. Casey Prather finished with 24 points and four steals while Scottie Wilbekin went for 23 points and two assists without a turnover while hitting big shot after big shot in the second half. Simply looking at a box…

  4. Second-half adjustments result in No. 3 Florida’s 17th straight win

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    For much of the first half of Saturday’s game between No. 3 Florida and No. 14 Kentucky the Wildcats held the lead, with Julius Randle scoring ten points and Kentucky shooting 50% from the field. The Wildcats may have led by just three points at the half but it was clear that Billy Donovan would…

  5. Should T.J. Warren have been given an And-1 in loss to Syracuse? (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

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    No. 1 Syracuse managed to remain undefeated on Saturday night, and believe it or not, the finish may have been more exciting than the Orange’s win over Pitt on Wednesday night. But the biggest call of the game actually came before the final play. T.J. Warren took a pass over the Syracuse press and went…

  6. No. 1 Syracuse escapes again, moving its record to 25-0 (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Another close game for No. 1 Syracuse, and another escape with an unblemished record. The Orange did it again on Saturday night, with a C.J. Fair layup with 6.7 seconds remaining giving Syracuse a 56-55 win over an N.C. State team that didn’t reach New York until early Saturday due to travel issues. Of Syracuse’s…

  7. No. 8 Duke, Maryland end rivalry in fitting fashion

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Dez Wells was well on his way to being a legend in College Park. Maryland’s star guard had taken over late in the second half as the Terps made their final trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium as a member of the ACC. For all we know, it may be the final installment of the rivalry…

  8. POSTERIZED: UCLA’s Norman Powell seals win over Utah (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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    After winning at USC on Thursday night, Utah entered Saturday’s game at UCLA with some confidence and they played that way in the first half. Despite Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright combining to score just four points the Utes trailed by just two points at the half, 33-31. With that being the case, Larry Krystkowiak’s…

  9. Michael Sam appears at halftime of Missouri-Tennessee (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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    Michael Sam made an appearance at halftime of the Missouri-Tennessee game on Saturday as the Tigers celebrated their football team’s Cotton Bowl victory. Sam has dominated headlines over the past week as he announced on Sunday that he is gay. Sam is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and a mid-round…

  10. Marquette knocks off Xavier for solid home win

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Marquette is slowly turning the corner as the Golden Eagles won another game on Saturday, defeating Xavier 81-72 for a home Big East win. The Golden Eagles are only 15-10, (7-5 Big East) but, for the first time this season, they have a three-game winning streak and they’re able to build some momentum going towards…

  11. Bubble Banter: Why the biggest game of the day was between Missouri and Tennessee

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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    There are 28 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Tennessee (RPI: 50, KenPom: 25) and Missouri (RPI: 43, KenPom: 46) are both currently sitting…

  12. Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson lead No. 10 Cincinnati past Houston

    Feb 15, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    No. 10 Cincinnati, a team few discussed when assessing the American Athletic Conference race back in November, has proven to be the class of the conference to this point in the season thanks in large part to the play of their seniors. And that was once again the case on Saturday, as Sean Kilpatrick and…

  13. No. 12 Saint Louis wins 17th straight, establishes greater separation in Atlantic 10 race

    Feb 15, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Boxing gifted the sports world the saying “styles make fights,” and that adage fit Saturday’s game between VCU and No. 12 Saint Louis quite well. VCU, through the use of its “HAVOC” system, would look to ramp up the tempo while the home standing Billikens would prefer to play in the half court. Possession-wise the…

  14. Oklahoma earns crucial sweep of Oklahoma State with road win

    Feb 15, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma earned a critical sweep over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday as the Sooners escaped Stillwater with a 77-74 Big 12 win. Buddy Hield struggled to find his shot for much of the second half but nailed two critical three-pointers with under three minutes remaining to make the game close and then put Oklahoma…

  15. Butler guard Rene Castro opts to transfer

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    Butler announced on Saturday that freshman guard Rene Castro has opted to leave the program to seek a transfer, according to a release from the school. Castro, a 6-foot-2 native of Massachusetts, played in 12 games for Butler this season and averaged 3.3 points per game. Playing time for the freshman guard dwindled during conference…

  16. North Carolina picks up big home win over No. 25 Pitt

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    North Carolina continued its recent strong play in the ACC on Saturday as the Tar Heels picked up a 75-71 win over No. 25 Pitt at the Dean Dome. Despite a second-half surge from Pitt that got the Panthers (20-6, 8-5) within a possession with under 25 seconds remaining, North Carolina (17-7, 7-4) made free…

  17. No. 20 Memphis’ infrequent trips to the foul line prove problematic on Saturday

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

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    No. 20 Memphis did not play particularly well in its first meeting with No. 24 UConn, with DeAndre Daniels scoring 31 points and the Huskies grabbing 52% of its missed shots in their 83-73 win. With that game as a reference point, two of the objectives for Memphis were clear entering the rematch with both…

  18. Offensive struggles prove costly for Clemson against No. 17 Virginia

    Feb 15, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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    The month of February is all about separation. For the best teams it’s about making a final push for a conference title, with an eye towards improving their seeding for the NCAA tournament as well. And for other teams, separation refers to the need to rack up quality wins in order to simply earn a…

  19. No. 24 UConn holds on for overtime victory over No. 20 Memphis

    Feb 15, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

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    No. 24 UConn picked up a season sweep over Memphis with its solid 86-81 American Athletic Conference win on Saturday at home. The Huskies (20-5, 8-4) needed overtime and some Shabazz Napier heroics to advance past Memphis (19-6, 8-4), but Kevin Ollie’s bunch will be happy with the win over a talented Memphis team. Napier…

  20. Marist scores five points in seven seconds to stun Siena (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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    After a pair of Lavon Long free throws gave Siena a 64-60 lead at Marist with 12 seconds remaining, the Red Foxes’ chances of winning seemed slim. But even with that being the case, Jeff Bower’s team still had a chance. And sure enough they took advantage, scoring five points in seven seconds to pull…