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Profiling Missouri: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Jabari Brown and the Tigers facing must-win situation at Georgia tonight
NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: Profiling Missouri

Hovering around .500 in the SEC is not great for an NCAA Tournament resume. Missouri could learn how damaging that could be as the Tigers sit on the bubble.

As the Tigers head into tonight’s game against Georgia, Missouri is entering the must-win territory of its schedule, especially after a loss to Alabama on Saturday. Georgia is not a threat to go to the NCAA Tournament, but the Bulldogs are comfortable with the spoiler role, defeating bubble teams like Ole Miss and LSU in Athens in February.

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Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the SEC

Football-centric league makes for some lopsided pairings
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the SEC for 2014

When we started this series on the top coaching tandems, we knew it would be tough, especially given our guiding principle that the football coach and the basketball coaches should be considered to be on equal footing

For most schools, they’re not. Especially in the SEC.

We set out to determine the coaching tandems able to keep fans happy from the start of football season to the end of basketball season.

10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend

Florida, Creighton creep closer to conference championships
10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend Feb. 17

With all the talk of the NCAA Tournament, the bubble watch and which freshmen will be selected first in the NBA Draft, it’s too easy to forget that conference championships are important.

This weekend seemed to be a good time to reinforce that coaches and teams do put an emphasis on winning the league.

Florida moved a step closer to running the table in the SEC. Thanks to a signature win Sunday, the Big East may be won by a team in Omaha. And the Big Ten, by virtue of two home losses by conference leaders, is wide open again.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Florida-Kentucky among highlights

Key matchups atop SEC, Big East lead this weekend's action
College Basketball Weekend Preview: Florida-Kentucky among highlights

Snow through the Southeast and mid-Atlantic derailed basketball schedules Wednesday and Thursday, pushing the first Duke-North Carolina matchup into the third week of February.

The weekend may make up for missed time.

Quality games highlight both days of the weekend, with key matchups atop the SEC and Big East spread across Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Florida rarely has been tested in SEC play, but even an inconsistent Kentucky team could be the Gators top hurdle in the league, especially with the game in Lexington.

College Basketball: Picking Dark Horses for Conference Player of the Year

Look beyond the favorites for these under-the-radar players in major conferences
College Basketball: Picking Dark Horses for Conference Player of the Year

What’s the fun in pinpointing that Doug McDermott is a strong contender for Big East Player of the Year? That’s a little obvious considering he’s the nation’s second leading scorer.

Of course, McDermott isn’t the only clear-cut player angling to be his league’s top player this season. The favorites for conference players of the year are more or less clear in many leagues.

Conference tournaments are roughly six weeks away, so we’re here to say the field for conference players of the year shouldn’t be set.

What's Wrong with Kentucky Basketball?

How Kentucky ended up stumbling into February
College Basketball: What's Wrong with Kentucky?

The ceiling for the 2013-14 Kentucky team continues to be a moving target.

Before the season, Kentucky's fantastic freshmen had Big Blue Nation thinking national championship and quietly talking about running the table.

NCAA Tournament Projections and Bubble Watch

Where do Johnny O'Bryant and LSU stand after win over Kentucky?
NCAA Tournament Projections and Bubble Watch Jan. 29

The season has reached that stage of the year where one question is inevitable: How is the selection committee going to find 68 teams to play in this Tournament?

Teams we thought were in good shape weeks ago are working their way out. Colorado’s resume might be fine now, but we know the selection committee will take into account that the Buffaloes are lost without injured point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Baylor looked like a Big 12 contender at one point, but the Bears are 1-6 after Tuesday’s home loss to West Virginia.

SEC Basketball: The Best and Worst in 2013-14 So Far

As Kentucky stumbles, Prather and Florida take top spot in SEC
SEC Basketball: The Best and Worst in 2013-14 So Far

Suffice to say, the SEC has not shaken out the way anyone would have predicted in mid-December.

Missouri is the last undefeated team in the league, and Kentucky has the same amount of losses as Vanderbilt and Auburn. Granted, not every loss or undefeated season is created equal. But Kentucky’s losses in two of the last three games have fans in Lexington wondering what’s going on with Big Blue.

In lauding Kentucky’s great freshman class, maybe we forgot the freshman part as the Wildcats are finding their way through the season.

College Basketball Game Preview: Kentucky Wildcats at North Carolina Tar Heels

Cats, Heels looking for answers in key December matchup
College Basketball Game Preview: Kentucky Wildcats at North Carolina Tar Heels

At first, the question for Kentucky’s trip to North Carolina on Saturday is: How did we get here?

The Wildcats and the Tar Heels have four losses between them. Kentucky’s two losses, even on neutral courts to major teams, are probably two more than fans hoped they’d see at this stage of the season. North Carolina’s two losses aren’t that surprising as a number. That the losses came to Belmont and UAB and not Louisville and Michigan State is shocking.

College Basketball Freshman Power Rankings: Nov. 13

Kentucky's Julius Randle tops list after second-half performance
College Basketball Freshman Power Rankings: Nov. 13

If Tuesday’s Champions Classic proved anything, it’s that the 2013-14 season is going to be a year for freshmen.

Not since the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden season in 2006-07 have so many great freshmen on top teams has college basketball seen the same fervor around rookies.

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