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Not that Jim Larranaga isn’t smart enough to figure all this out, but he enters the 2016-17 season facing questions he’s never had before.   The Hurricanes coach, coming off his second Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons, has a...
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Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings ... wait ... who? What about Jamie Dixon, the man who led Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA Tournaments in 13 years and was the cornerstone of the program?   In an intriguing twist, Dixon exited in the offseason, after...
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For the second straight season, Notre Dame has lost two vital pieces of an Elite Eight team. But the Fighting Irish — as they have done so often in the Mike Brey era — will identify new leading men.   “Outside, the...
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Is 2016-17 the season in which everything for Clemson comes together and lands the Tigers back in the NCAA Tournament? Brad Brownell and the Tigers certainly hope so. Five seasons have passed since Brownell took Clemson to the NCAAs in his debut,...
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So much changed for Syracuse in the span of three weeks last March. After a much-debated invitation to the NCAA Tournament, the 10th-seeded Orange took advantage of every opportunity extended to them and roared into the Final Four.   The...
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The depth of the ACC was nearly on full display in 2016-17. The league produced seven NCAA Tournament teams, six of which ended up in the Sweet 16 and two in the Final Four.   The final AP poll, before the start of the NCAA Tournament,...
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The Florida Gators had been an NCAA Tournament fixture and reached the Final Four as recently as 2014 but enter this season having missed the NCAAs in consecutive seasons for just the second time since the 1990s. Mike White, Billy Donovan’s...
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Those examining the state of the Georgia men’s basketball program could easily come to a couple of very different conclusions:   Mark Fox, entering his eighth season, has established a steady program, the only one outside of Kentucky...
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This year, Billy Kennedy isn’t making any promises.   A year ago the Texas A&M coach guaranteed the Aggies would reach the NCAA Tournament. He proved true to his word as A&M shared the SEC regular-season championship with...
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As Kentucky continues to find a new roster that can win the SEC, the rest of the SEC is still trying to find its footing.   Perhaps one of the most unlikely of candidates found a way to grab some of the spotlight last season as Texas A&M...
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For a coach fighting for his job entering the 2015-16 season, Kevin Willard delivered a rather emphatic statement about athletic director Pat Lyons’ widely questioned decision to give him one more season. Seton Hall’s return to...
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Henry Ellenson’s short stay in Milwaukee didn’t result in a postseason berth, but he had the best freshman season in Marquette history. However, just because Ellenson is gone to the NBA, it doesn’t mean that the cupboard is bare...
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The new-look Big East enjoyed a banner season in 2015-16, proving the reconfigured conference will be able to hang with its football-focused brethren.   Villanova claimed the national championship, but that was only part of the story for the...
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Tad Boyle came to Colorado in 2010 with the intention of turning the Buffaloes into winners, and he wasn’t looking for a quick fix.   “The challenge with Colorado basketball isn’t to build a successful team; it’s to...
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Maybe a season with lowered expectations is just what the Golden Bears need.   “I think we have a chance to be just as good as anybody in the league,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin says. “On paper, it’s Oregon. After that,...
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The Pac-12 is in a better place than it was only a few years ago.   Coaching hires at Arizona, Oregon, Utah, USC, Colorado and Oregon State have improved the league at the top as well as the overall depth and consistency.   And yet...
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Lon Kruger’s club is ready, finally, for a facelift. Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler started every game over the past three seasons as key cogs for a squad that progressed from simply an NCAA Tournament team into a national...
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Around the Big 12, it seems big changes are afoot.   Buddy Hield has left Oklahoma. Georges Niang is gone from Iowa State, a year after coach Fred Hoiberg left for the NBA. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU will have new coaches.  ...
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Almost nothing went according to plan in Year 1 of the Shaka Smart era at Texas, from opening last season in China without the athletic director who scheduled the game (and who hired Smart) — Steve Patterson — because he’d been...
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Rarely does a team lose its top scorer, rebounder and assists leader and expect to get better. But Scott Drew is confident it can happen this season at Baylor.   “We’ve got some experienced guys returning and some guys ready to...
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Many might remember West Virginia’s face-plant vs. Stephen F. Austin in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. But what could be forgotten is the fact that the Mountaineers finished second both in the brutal Big 12 regular...
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Melo Trimble could have departed College Park for good and left Maryland without a returning starter for the first time since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972-73. Instead, the point guard opted at the last minute to remain with the...
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For a program returning its entire starting lineup, Michigan hardly resembles itself.   Three undergraduates transferred over the summer. Two mainstay assistants landed head coaching jobs. Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert, the final remnants...
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The Big Ten will experience a changing of the guard in 2016-17.   A league that has supplied college basketball with standout veterans over recent years is losing several of them — Michigan State loses Denzel Valentine, Indiana loses...
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Two seasons ago, Duke won an NCAA crown with a nucleus of one-and-done talent and experienced complementary parts. Built on nearly the same blueprint, this year’s Blue Devils look poised to do something similar.   Three key members of...
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