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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: Michigan, Michigan State seek spark for stretch run

Both teams seeking to stay atop Big Ten standings
College Basketball Game Preview: Michigan at Michigan State

Not long ago, Michigan and Michigan State appeared to be the only teams in a duel for the Big Ten title.

Technically, the Michigan schools are still locked in the conference title race, but Iowa has been able to close the gap as neither the Wolverines nor the Spartans have been able to win back-to-back games in several weeks.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten

Michigan State edges Ohio State in balanced crop of coaches
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten in 2014

The SEC has football dominance. The ACC has the defending football national champion and three Basketball Hall of Fame coaches. The American has the defending basketball national champion.

However, one of the strongest leagues in terms of football and basketball coaching tandems is the Big Ten.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Before Super Bowl Sunday, college basketball could have an eventful Saturday
College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Take a break from Super Bowl preparations Saturday — and Sunday — to watch a little college basketball. Trust us.

While last weekend was short on top matchups, this week promises plenty of key storylines on heading into the biggest sports day of the year.

The showdown between Duke and Syracuse is the top game of the week as the Blue Devils appear to have solved some of their defensive shortcomings just in time for their first trip to the Carrier Dome.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings

Arizona remains at the top spot. Can it last through the weekend?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 31

The number of undefeated teams remaining in college basketball has remained steady at three since Jan. 14.

Saturday may be the single day that’s most likely to change.

Granted, the three undefeated teams — Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State — are all likely to be favored this weekend. But the weekend will still be tricky for at least two of them.

10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend

Michigan, Duke come up with statement wins
10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend Jan. 27

The weekend of college basketball delivered only one true marquee matchup, but the weekend didn't lack for news. Although Michigan and Michigan State delivered in every way we hoped it would, other teams made key strides on Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s start with Michigan, now the last remaining team undefeated in Big Ten play. Michigan State gave all it could, but the Spartans’ injuries in the end were too much to overcome.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Duke making move up the rankings. Can it continue?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Recent weeks have presented the classic conundrum for those who spend time ranking teams: Do you rank a team based on what they have been all season, what they can be or what they are right now?

Tough life, right?

Teams like Wisconsin and Iowa State have seen winning streaks turn into losing streaks. Right now, clearly, they’re not very good, but the body of work suggests they’re still among the best in the country.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Michigan-Michigan State is top game

Big Ten rivals match up while other teams try to end losing streaks
College Basketball Weekend Preview: Michigan-Michigan State is top game


This weekend will feature only two games between ranked teams, but one of them is a doozy.

After Michigan defeated Iowa on Wednesday and Michigan State dodged Indiana on Wednesday, the top two teams in the Big Ten standings will meet in East Lansing.

Especially in this league, staying undefeated in conference play in late January is a major feat. Just ask Ohio State and Wisconsin. Certainly the two coaches meeting Saturday at the Breslin Center are feeling a bit lucky to be playing for the Big Ten lead.

College Basketball: 2013 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Preview

Ranking all 12 matchups, starting with Michigan's trip to Duke
College Basketball: 2013 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Preview

Before the season started, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski talked of the newly expanded ACC as perhaps the best conference in the history of the game.

To accomplish that, the ACC may have to overcome the Big Ten. The Big Ten was the nation’s top league through last year’s regular season, and last year’s tie in the conference challenge was the first time since 2008 the Big Ten didn’t win.

The ACC is formidable, indeed, with Duke and Syracuse leading the way. Michigan State joins the Blue Devils and Orange as national championship contenders.

Champions Classic Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans

Kentucky's freshmen face off against Sparty's veterans
Champions Classic Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans

The convenient storyline of Kentucky’s matchup against Michigan State will be one of raw talent vs. college experience.

Kentucky started four freshmen in two games this season from a group that’s expected to challenge for the national championship and declare for the NBA Draft. Michigan State has built a team in a way that’s become common in East Lansing — develop its own pro talent over the course of three and four years while challenging for national championships.

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