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Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Xavier vs. Arizona

Musketeers, Wildcats feature two familiar faces
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Xavier vs. Arizona

Xavier coach Chris Mack didn’t spent time thinking of a diplomatic or clever way to respond to the awkward situation of facing his predecessor and former boss in the NCAA tournament.

 

“Honestly, it stinks,” the Musketeers coach told the Turner crew.

 

This Tournament has had a funny way of setting up matchups that are just as notable for their backstory as the action on the court.

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Wisconsin vs. North Carolina

Marcus Paige and the Tar Heels will try to knock off Wisconsin
Sweet 16 Preview and Prediction: Wisconsin vs. North Carolina

Wisconsin and North Carolina have met only one time in the NCAA Tournament, and if this weekend’s Sweet 16 meeting is anything like their first clash, the fans are for a treat.

 

In 2005, Bo Ryan’s sixth-seeded Badgers gave the consensus No. 1 and Tar Heels all they could handle in the Elite Eight, losing to the eventual national champions 88-82.

 

It was Williams’ first national championship, and now that the roles are reversed, Ryan is looking to return the favor in search of his first Division I national title.

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: West Virginia vs. Kentucky

Can the Mountaineers stop the Wildcats' run for perfection?
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: West Virginia vs. Kentucky

Sooner or later, the debate of Kentucky’s greatest team will become a major topic. If this year’s team goes 40-0, the debate might not last long.

 

There’s also the 1995-96 Untouchables or 2012 national championship team or the first title team in 1948.

 

One team that might get shortchanged is 2010, a team that featured NBA All-Stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, plus pros Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Patterson.

 

That team was done in by guys named Da’Sean Butler and Joe Mazzulla in the Elite Eight.

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame

Get ready for a backcourt showdown between Shockers and Irish
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame

This is probably not something that gets said very often in college sports: Notre Dame wants what Wichita State has.

 

Notre Dame is a college athletics powerhouse, primarily due to the football program, though the men’s basketball program is no slouch. Wichita State doesn’t even have a football team.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Buckeyes this spring?
Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Spring Football Preview

Ohio State opened spring practice with a target on its back. The Buckeyes are the defending national champions and the favorite to win college football’s national title in 2015. Of course, a lot can happen between now and the end of the year. However, Ohio State is positioned for another run at the championship, especially with the returning talent on both sides of the ball.

 

MLB Expert Poll: Who do you want on the mound in Game 7?

Our experts voted on who they'd want starting Game 7 of the World Series.
MLB Expert Poll: Who do you want on the mound in Game 7?

Athlon Sports has polled 10 experts from around Major League Baseball in an effort to figure out who is the best big-game pitcher in the game. Who would they want on the mound in Game 7 of the World Series?

 

Louisville Cardinals 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Cardinals this spring?
Louisville Cardinals 2015 Spring Football Preview

Louisville’s first season in the ACC was a successful one. The Cardinals finished 9-4, with two of their losses coming by six points or less. 2014 also brought the return of Bobby Petrino to the Louisville sidelines, and despite a revolving door at quarterback and a struggling offensive line, the Cardinals still averaged 31.2 points per game.

Michigan State Spartans 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for Michigan State this spring?
Michigan State Spartans 2015 Spring Football Preview

Michigan State has emerged as a national power under coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans have won at least 11 games in each of the last four seasons and have claimed back-to-back finishes inside of the top five in the last Associated Press poll. Michigan State has a few personnel concerns heading into spring ball, and Dantonio has to replace coordinator Pat Narduzzi on the defensive side.

LSU Tigers 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Tigers this spring?
LSU Tigers 2015 Spring Football Preview

LSU went unbeaten in the 2011 regular season and won the SEC crown.

 

Since then the Tigers have dropped from first to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014) in the SEC West standings.

 

The coaching in the division has gotten significantly more competitive and LSU has struggled at key positions — like, say, the quarterback.

 

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