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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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3 months ago
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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3 months ago
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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3 months ago
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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3 months ago
John Calipari’s best Kentucky teams have blended star freshmen with at least a couple of experienced returning players in the primary rotation, and UK fans will hope Calipari has found that blend again this season. Minutes after UK’s...
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3 months ago
Quietly, Dana Altman has gone about turning Oregon into one of the West’s most consistent programs. The Ducks had been knocking on the door of national prominence for a couple years before kicking it in by winning the Pac-12 and earning a No...
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3 months ago
As Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer nestled into the nylon, and Villanova completed its ridiculous, improbable run to the 2016 national championship, nobody remembered that the Wildcats had sputtered in March several times over the previous six...
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3 months ago
In college hoops, there are some things going on that you wouldn’t notice by watching a game or two. But an examination of the thousands of games played over the past few seasons reveals some interesting nuggets. Be it strategy or statistical...
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4 months ago
Roy Williams spent the summer recovering from surgery after having his right knee replaced. The operation capped a season filled with physical pain and swings of emotion for North Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. The Tar Heels won their first...
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4 months ago
Since winning the national title in 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks have earned four No. 1 seeds and three No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. They have just one Final Four berth to show for it.   Not to worry, though. In what’s becoming a...
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4 months ago
Malcolm Brogdon has left The Grounds. The face of the program during its rise under Tony Bennett, the steady and cerebral shooting guard capped his career by being voted ACC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-...
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4 months ago
Chris Mack and the Musketeers exceeded expectations last season, winning 28 games and spending much of the year ranked in the top 10.   This season, with arguably their three top players back, the Musketeers will be expected to contend for...
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4 months ago
One of Greg Gard’s biggest challenges in his first full season as Wisconsin’s coach might be distributing playing time on a deep and experienced roster.   The Badgers return their top 10 players in terms of minutes played from a...
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4 months ago
For one of the few times in 30 years, Arizona won’t play one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, choosing to play home games against Sacred Heart, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon, Texas Southern, Cal-Bakersfield,...
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4 months ago
Names have changed, and roles have been rearranged at Michigan State, but the Spartans and Tom Izzo will carry their usual knockout power into the important parts of the season. Serious contention for championship belts, however, will probably have...
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4 months ago
Tom Crean’s team sits in a similar position to last season: Few will pick Indiana to win the Big Ten regular season, but few should be surprised if the Hoosiers deliver. After starting slowly, Indiana finished with gusto, winning the Big Ten...
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4 months ago
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament drought reached its ninth year in 2015-16, but there were signs that it may soon come to an end. Buzz Williams, entering his third season as head coach, worked his magic and led the Hokies to a nine-win...
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4 months ago
From the end of March through May 23, Purdue coach Matt Painter must have felt like he was sitting on pins and needles. That’s because the Boilermakers’ leading returning scorers — junior forward Vince Edwards (11.3 ppg) and...
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4 months ago
Rick Pitino will need to work his Hall of Fame magic as Louisville must replace its three leading scorers, top rebounder and deal with the ongoing fallout from an NCAA investigation that resulted in the school imposing a postseason ban a year ago....
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4 months ago
UConn enters the 2016-17 basketball season as a bit of an unknown. The Huskies are stocked with talent and return five significant players from an NCAA Tournament team that won 25 games and earned the program’s first American Athletic...
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4 months ago
Gonzaga has become a popular destination for transfers and international players, as demonstrated by former Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer and Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis fueling last year’s run to the Sweet 16.   Those two are gone...
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4 months ago
Creighton introduced itself to the Big East in 2013-14 with a spectacular shooting team, led by Doug McDermott, and tremendous crowd support. While the support never wavered, the on-court product needed an adjustment period the past two seasons....
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4 months ago
The pressure is only mounting on Steve Alford as he enters Year 4. Shortly after last season ended, a plane flew a banner near UCLA’s Westwood campus calling for the coach’s firing. It was followed by a moving truck with a similar...
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4 months ago
Despite the loss of three senior starters, Cincinnati appears well fortified to make a run at its seventh straight NCAA Tournament under Mick Cronin.   For a while last spring, it appeared as if Cronin, a Cincinnati native, was prepared to...
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4 months ago
In Year 1 of the Steve Prohm era in Ames, the former Murray State head coach inherited a veteran roster but also a nearly impossible situation. In a small town, replacing a guy commonly known as “The Mayor” is a difficult task. However...
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4 months ago

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