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College Basketball Game Preview: Virginia seeks ACC title vs. Syracuse

The Cavaliers can score a major statement against the sagging Orange
College Basketball Game Preview: Virginia seeks ACC title vs. Syracuse

Virginia wasn’t one of the first major stories of the season in the ACC, but it may be the last.

The Jabari Parker Watch was alive at Duke for most of the early part of the year, and Syracuse started 25-0 with a series of wild finishes.

The Cavaliers, though, may end up as league champions after Saturday. Virginia ascended to the ACC lead last week and will play their biggest game in decades against the Orange.

For its part, Syracuse is trying to reassert itself after a series of close calls and two losses in recent weeks.

Weekly Tipoff: Are you a North Carolina believer?

The enigmatic Tar Heels have stabilized. Are you buying in?
Weekly Tipoff: Are you a North Carolina believer?

One of the main storylines early in the season was the unpredictability of North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky early in the year but also lost to UAB and Belmont — all before conference play started.

North Carolina was either going to have one of the strangest resumes for any team in the NCAA Tournament or some of the strongest wins for any program to land in the NIT.

Since Jan. 26, though, North Carolina has stabilized for eight consecutive wins heading into tonight’s game against NC State.

Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference

Virginia's Tony Bennett is our pick for top coach in the ACC
Pinpointing Coaches of the Year for Every Major College Basketball Conference


With a little more than two weeks to Selection Sunday, the college basketball season almost certainly has a few more surprises even before the NCAA Tournament.

Some of those, though, won’t be many of the best coaching jobs in each league. By now, we know the teams that have overachieved, teams that have faced some of the most adversity and teams that have thrived despite of limitations.

For the most part, we know who is in contention for coach of the year in every major conference even before the invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Boeheim's ejection only a piece of an eventful week
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

College basketball will have a new No. 1 team today as Syracuse’s luck ran out — twice — last week.

Florida has as strong a case as any team, turning in another complete performance in a 75-71 win at Ole Miss, the Gators’ 19th victory in a row. Meanwhile, the nation’s lone undefeated team still has plenty of reason to feel underappreciated despite its unblemished record. Wichita State thrashed Drake 83-54 and remains two games away from going to the Missouri Valley Tournament undefeated.

College Basketball Preview: Stakes are different in Syracuse-Duke rematch

In rematch of an overtime classic, both teams are looking to avoid losing streaks
College Basketball Preview: Syracuse at Duke

The last time Syracuse and Duke met, it might as well have been a Final Four game.

A massive arena, two 900-win coaches and a thriller down to the end of Syracuse’s 91-89 win in overtime. The rematch of the game of the year will have a different feel, and not just because the game is in cozy Cameron Indoor instead of the Carrier Dome.

What's in store for Syracuse after its first loss?

History is kind to the one-loss Orange
What's in store for Syracuse after its first loss?

The number of teams chasing perfection diminished by half Thursday night, and now one of those can relax a bit.

Wichita State now has all the attention as the lone undefeated team after Boston College shocked Syracuse on Wednesday night for the first loss of the season for the Orange.

Duke-North Carolina Preview: Rivalry worth the wait

Can the Tar Heels continue their hot streak against the Blue Devils?
Duke-North Carolina Preview: Rivalry worth the wait

Mid-February already was abnormally late for the first Duke-North Carolina game. The original tipoff for Feb. 12 was only the second time since 1988 the first meeting of the rivalry was played as late as February.

Then came the snow in the Tobacco Road.

The postponement made Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams wait until Feb. 20 for their first meeting of the season.

Weekly Tipoff: Who is the No. 2 candidate for player of the year?

After Doug McDermott, the field for the nation's second-best player is up for grabs
Weekly Tipoff: Who is the No. 2 candidate for player of the year?

This season will not be a repeat of J.J. Redick vs. Adam Morrison. Or Jimmer Fredette vs. Kemba Walker.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott is the clear frontrunner for national player of the year honors as one of the nation’s leading scorers for the leader in a major conference.

That’s a testament to McDermott’s season, but also a reflection of the rest of the field. This season has seen some great players, especially in the freshman ranks, but not all of them have been consistent enough to rival McDermott for postseason honors.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Wichita State, Syracuse and Florida continue to set impressive marks
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 18

Syracuse and Wichita State remain undefeated. Doug McDermott scored a bunch. And Florida handled a couple of SEC teams.

On the surface, the last week was pretty typical as far as the 2013-14 season goes.

But behind all those things we’ve come to accept as automatic this season, there are a few interesting numbers to crunch.

Wichita State is the first to do something in a decade. Syracuse may hit a mark that coincides with the dawn of the Jim Boeheim era. And Florida did something it never has during the Billy Donovan era.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the ACC

Now a factor in football, Duke tops our list
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the ACC in 2014

No league has changed its identity more in recent decades than the ACC.

What was once a regional league dominated by basketball powers, the ACC has looked to the outside to build a league that can match in football. Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech added to football prestige, and now Syracuse represents the ACC atop the basketball rankings.

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