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Elite Eight Game Preview and Predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Will history repeat itself for Wisconsin in Elite Eight rematch?
Elite Eight Preview and Predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Opportunities like the one Arizona is facing don’t come around all that often.

 

And this doesn’t just refer to an Elite Eight appearance. Instead, the Wildcats can clinch their first Final Four for the program since 2001 by avenging one of last year’s great disappointments.

 

Ohio State Shows off National Championship Rings

The Buckeyes claimed the 2014 title by beating Oregon.
Ohio State Shows off National Championship Rings

Ohio State claimed college football’s first playoff trophy with a 42-20 win over Oregon on Jan. 12. And thanks to a few tweets from the staff and players, we are getting our first glimpse of the championship rings.

 

Check out Ohio State’s championship rings from the 2014 championship season:

 

12 Coaching Candidates to Replace Donnie Tyndall at Tennessee

The Volunteers are looking for a basketball coach for the second consecutive year
Potential Coaching Candidates to Replace Donnie Tyndall at Tennessee

Tennessee needs a coach ... again.

 

The coaching turmoil with Tennessee’s football and men’s basketball continued Friday with the firing if basketball coach Donnie Tyndall after one season. Only months after his arrival at Tennessee, Tyndall faced an NCAA investigation stemming from allegations at his previous stop at Southern Miss.

 

Tyndall is likely to face NCAA sanctions related to academic misconduct and impermissible financial aid to players at Southern Miss.

 

Auburn Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Tigers '15 football schedule.
Auburn Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Auburn’s offense will be virtually unstoppable as long as Gus Malzahn is in charge on The Plains.

 

But with the addition of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator, the Tigers possibly boast the best offense-defense sideline combination in all of college football.

 

But the reason this Tigers squad wasn’t an SEC contender last year was due to the brutal road schedule: At Kansas State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama.

 

Mississippi State Bulldogs 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Bulldogs this spring?
Mississippi State Bulldogs 2015 Spring Football Preview

Dan Mullen led Mississippi State to unprecedented heights in 2014.

 

The Bulldogs had a record-setting, Heisman-caliber quarterback and a veteran-led defense that had MSU in the playoff picture until the final weeks of the season. And the school's first AP No. 1 ranking ever.

 

Obviously, getting Dak Prescott back is huge news for Mullen and a great place to start. But he has his work cut out for him this spring in other areas for Mississippi State to win 10 games and compete for a SEC West Division crown.

 

Texas Longhorns 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Longhorns this spring?
Texas Longhorns 2015 Spring Football Preview

Charlie Strong probably feels like he cleared one hurdle in his first season at Texas.

 

He reestablished a physicality and toughness in the Longhorns that had been long missing under the previous regime.

 

But entering his second season, there are still many questions about key positions — like quarterback — and now he has to fill massive holes left in the defensive front seven and at wide receiver.

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Michigan State vs. Oklahoma

Can Michigan State's March hot streak last one more weekend?
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Michigan State vs. Oklahoma

It wouldn’t be fair to Tom Izzo to call Michigan State’s run to the Sweet 16 unlikely. Really, it is business as usual for the Spartans’ head coach. 

 

But for this Michigan State team — a team that started January with five losses and entered the Big Ten tournament with 10 — unlikely seems like a fair word. This Spartans team wasn’t supposed to be a Sweet 16 team, yet here they are, two wins away from Izzo’s seventh career Final Four. 

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Utah vs. Duke

Utes' defense tries to quiet Duke's stellar freshmen
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Utah vs. Duke

Recent years have been a renaissance of basketball in the West. Arizona is a Final Four contender again. UCLA is back in the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons for the first time since reaching three consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08. And Gonzaga may have its best team of the Mark Few era.

 

One program that has lagged behind, though, is Utah.

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: NC State vs. Louisville

All-ACC matchup should be an up-and-down game
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: NC State vs. Louisville

Before this season, Louisville and NC State hadn’t faced each other in a game since 1988. The coaches at that time were Denny Crum and Jim Valvano.

 

Thanks to ACC expansion, the two met during the regular season this year, and thanks to the glut of teams in the ACC and other power conferences, league games in the NCAA Tournament may becoming a regular occurrence.

 

Five ACC teams remain in the field, but that number is guaranteed to shrink by one on Friday when Louisville faces NC State at the Carrier Dome.

 

Dean Smith Leaves $200 for "Dinner Out" for Each of his Players

The coach leaves one final statement of love for his players
Dean Smith Leaves $200 for "Dinner Out" for Each of his Players

Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith was renowned for his relationship with everyone who played for him during his 36 years with the Tar Heels. 

 

That extended to his will.

 

After his passing on Feb. 7, Smith left $200 to each letterman who played for him at North Carolina. The checks carried the note for “Dinner Out.”

 

Here is the letter addressed to Dante Calabria, who played guard for North Carolina’s 1993 championship team.

 

 

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