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Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Both teams need to recover from emotional Sweet 16 games
Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Kentucky Wildcats

On Selection Sunday, so much of the chatter involves the matchups, seeding and statistical trends that will be key in advancing through the NCAA Tournament.

Those are all at play, but Sunday’s Midwest regional final is a test on the intangibles.

Kentucky has been through one of the most hotly contested games of the Tournament against Wichita State and then a foul-filled game against Louisville that wasn’t settled until the final minutes.

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Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

Should we look at the SEC in a new light with three teams headed to the Sweet 16?
Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

For as much success as the SEC has on the football field, the league was one of the most maligned major conferences in college basketball this season.

The league received only three NCAA Tournament bids with teams like Arkansas, LSU and Missouri falling out of NCAA Tournament contention in the final weeks of the regular season.

The league, though, will place three teams in the Sweet 16, one team (Tennessee) needing to win three times to get there.

Was the SEC overlooked during the season or is this a case of teams getting hot at the right time?

With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Kentucky plays its finest game of the year to earn Sweet 16 date with Louisville
With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Anointed as the No. 1 team entering the season thanks to the best recruiting of all time, maybe Kentucky needed to be the underdog to unlock its potential.

The Wildcats entered a game against undefeated Wichita State with seven seed lines separating them on the bracket not to mention a 2.5-point spread. The narrative of Kentucky’s roster full of decorated one-and-done players losing to a group of under-recruited veterans seemed to be on deck for the Monday conversations.

Should Florida worry after slow start to NCAA Tournament?

Stumbling Gators will face a confident Pitt team on Saturday
Should Florida worry after slow start to NCAA Tournament?

The early session in Orlando displayed two scores not uncommon for a No. 1 seed against a No. 16 and a No. 8 against a No. 9.

Pittsburgh, though, looked like the top seed in the region while No. 1 Florida looked more like a team that slogged through a win against similarly matched team.

College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Tony Barbee's rough tenure ended earlier this season
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Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

10 Teams Surging into March Madness

Tennessee and others have built momentum into the postseason
10 Teams Surging into March Madness


A good rule of thumb for anyone filling out bracket is to ask one simple question: How many consecutive games against good teams can this team win right now?

Nearly every team in the field will have proven at some point in the year, even if it was in the conference tournaments, can win four or five games in a row.

Of course, we know teams like Wichita State and Florida can reel off wins better than any other team in the country. Here, we are highlighting some of the teams that are just now starting to show their true potential.

NCAA Tournament Projections, Bubble Watch and Teams on the Spot

Previewing the college basketball landscape in the final weekend of the regular season
NCAA Tournament Projections, Bubble Watch and Teams on the Spot

By the end of the weekend, at least three automatic bids will be sealed with championship games in the Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Atlantic Sun.

Elsewhere, at-large teams are trying to make their final statements before their own conference tournaments. This includes a key bubble game in the SEC, a Kentucky team looking for respect, teams like Oklahoma State and Nebraska putting the final touches on their regular season resumes and teams like Stanford and Pittsburgh trying to hang on.

College Basketball Game Preview: Florida seeks record season vs. Kentucky

Gators are looking for 18-0 while the Wildcats need respect
College Basketball Game Preview: Florida seeks record season vs. Kentucky

Billy Donovan doesn’t want his team to get too caught up in the past. Meanwhile, John Calipari wants his team to spend plenty of time thinking about the past.

As Florida chases perfection in the SEC, Donovan doesn’t want his team to dwell on the record — what he says is simply a reflection of what’s already been done.

“Up to this point we’ve done a good job, but you don’t want to lose your identity as a team,” Donovan said. “You don’t want to get enamored with a record.”

Kentucky Wildcats on the wrong side of college basketball history

John Calipari's team is the lowest ranked preseason No. 1 in more than 30 years
Kentucky Wildcats on the wrong side of college basketball history

Kentucky entered the season hoping to be in rare company. The idea of the top recruiting class in the history of college basketball challenging 40-0 always seemed far fetched.

But at the start of the season Kentucky certainly appeared much closer to winning 30-plus games during the regular season than losing 10.

Profiling Arkansas: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Razorbacks looking for major road statement vs. Kentucky
Profiling Arkansas: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

For several seasons, Arkansas has been close to the NCAA Tournament but not quite in the field.

The culprit primarily has been any game away from Fayetteville. The Razorbacks are near-unbeatable at home. During the last three seasons, Arkansas is 50-6 at home and 5-30 in road and neutral games.

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