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Pregame Shootaround

  1. Pregame Shootaround: Eight Sweet 16 spots up for grabs Saturday

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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    Eight games kick off the Round of 32, including a matchup of former Big East foes.

  2. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Another doubleheader in Dayton

    Mar 19, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Another doubleheader in Dayton, featuring Iowa’s matchup with Tennessee. There’s also action in the three other postseason events.

  3. Pregame Shootaround: The First Four tips in Dayton

    Mar 18, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Sam Prescott

    What to expect from Tuesday night’s First Four, NIT, CBI and CIT games.

  4. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Major conference tourneys, Patriot League final

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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    The major conference tournaments kicks off on Wednesday.

  5. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Four autobids up for grabs

    Mar 11, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Four automatic bids will be earned on Tuesday night, with the West Coast Conference title game headlining.

  6. Saturday’s Conference Tourney Pregame Shootaround: OVC title day; can the Shockers stay perfect?

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Conference tournament action heats up on Saturday as the Ohio Valley Conference’s title game takes place and 12 different leagues have tournament action. We preview the day’s action here.

  7. Saturday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke and North Carolina highlights final Saturday of regular season

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Although conference tournaments are underway, there are still plenty of tremendous regular-season matchups on Saturday including No. 14 North Carolina at No. 4 Duke and a pair of top-25 matchups in the American.

  8. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Harvard looks to make NCAA tournament return

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Five conference tournaments in action, and Harvard looks to punch its ticket to the Big Dance.

  9. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Memphis-Cincinnati, Iowa-Michigan State

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

    Sean Kilpatrick, Corey Allen Jr.

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 20 Memphis at No. 15 Cincinnati, 7:00 p.m. Earlier this season, Cincinnati made a name for themselves when they went into FedEx Forum and put a whooping down on the Tigers. Might it be time for Josh Pastner’s club to exact their revenge? At this point, the only thing on…

  10. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Louisville-SMU square off in an AAC battle

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

    Russ Smith

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Louisville at No. 18 SMU, 7:00 p.m. Two Hall of Fame head coaches square off on Wednesday night at SMU in a key AAC battle between two top 20 teams. (Imagine the look you’d give me if I said that sentence two years ago.) The Cardinals look like a…

  11. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Plenty of important bubble matchups

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 16 Iowa State at Baylor, 7:00 p.m. Baylor is coming on strong of late, having won five of their last six games after starting the Big 12 season by losing eight of their first ten games. They are probably on the right side of the bubble at this point, but…

  12. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: March Madness kicks off with the Patriot League tourney

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 9:00 p.m. The Wildcats pay a visit to Oklahoma State tonight. The Pokes have come back strong after losing seven straight games, with Saturday’s win over Kansas pushing them onto the right side of the bubble. A loss at home to a Kansas State team that…

  13. Pregame Shootaround: March begins with a huge ACC tilt

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia, (4:00 p.m., ESPN): CBT’s own Rob Dauster broke down this weekend’s top matchups in our weekend preview: All of a sudden, this looks like the biggest game in the ACC this season. Believe it or not, Virginia currently holds a one game lead over…

  14. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Friars look to improve NCAA tournament prospects

    Feb 28, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Cotton

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Iona at Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2) The Gaels have already clinched the MAAC regular season title, but that won’t diminish the importance of this matchup of rivals separated by just ten miles. For the Jaspers there’s a lot riding on this weekend, as landing either the second or third seed in…

  15. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Arkansas, Oregon with big bubble chances

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Oregon at UCLA, 11:00 p.m. Prior to these last two games from Arizona, the two most entertaining teams in the Pac-12 have been Oregon and UCLA. The Bruins are loaded with talent, run up and down the floor and are finally starting to win games because they are playing defense. Oregon?…

  16. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Pac-12 action heats up

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson, Tyrone Wallace

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Cal at No. 3 Arizona, 9:00 p.m. The last time these two got together, Cal ended Arizona’s undefeated regular season on the same night that Brandon Ashley broke his foot. I think that the Wildcats have some vengeance that they will be looking to exact. Cal, on the other hand, is…

  17. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 1, No. 2 play, plenty of bubble action

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Malik Smith, Alex Olah

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 20 Iowa at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota’s running out of chances if they want to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Tonight’s matchup with Iowa would be a great opportunity to pick up a marquee and start getting themselves headed in the right direction. THE OTHER GAME OF…

  18. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Syracuse, Kansas face tough league battles

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Syracuse at Maryland, 7:00 p.m. The Orange will take their two-game losing streak to College Park to take on a Maryland team that is one marquee win away from being back in the bubble conversation. This will be a test for the Orange. Just 48 hours ago, they were…

  19. Pregame Shootaround: Syracuse – Duke 2 highlights big day of top-25 battles

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Duke v Syracuse

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke, (7:00 p.m., ESPN): CBT’s own Rob Dauster broke down this weekend’s top matchups in our weekend preview: This game has lot a bit of luster, hasn’t it? Three weeks ago, the Orange and the Blue Devils played the best game of the season. The…

  20. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: VCU visits UMass and a showdown in the A-Sun

    Feb 21, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chaz Williams

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: VCU at UMass, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2) Like teams that prefer to play fast? This is the game to watch then, with both the Rams and Minutemen ranked in the top 25 nationally in adjusted tempo. Both have speed and a desire to pressure defensively, with the Minutemen being led by senior…

  21. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke-UNC will finally happen

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    Marcus Paige

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Duke at North Carolina, 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s the night it finally happens. Eight days after the game was initially postponed due to a snowstorm, the Blue Devils will make the eight mile trek down Tobacco Road to take on the Tar Heels. North Carolina has been playing much better…

  22. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Bubble battles, good games out west

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 11 Creighton at Marquette, 8:00 p.m. Marquette paid a visit to Omaha in Creighton’s first game as a member of the Big East, and they got smacked about by the Bluejays. The Golden Eagles have gone on to have a fairly-disappointing 2013-2014 campaign, but a recent hot streak has gotten…

  23. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Seven ranked teams hit the road

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Prince Ibeh, Cory Jefferson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 19 Texas at No. 17 Iowa State, 7:00 p.m. Another day, another awesome Big 12 matchup. Tonight, Texas will be making the trip up to Ames to take on Iowa State. The matchup here that will decide the game is Cameron Ridley. He’s far to big for anyone on Iowa…

  24. Pregame Shootaround: Florida at Kentucky headlines big day of action

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Florida at No. 14 Kentucky (9 p.m., ESPN) CBT’s own Rob Dauster broke down both of our day’s top games yesterday: Here’s Kentucky’s chance to prove themselves. Here’s their chance to say that they are more than just a talented group of wimps. Florida is as good of a defensive…