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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.

Breaking Down College Basketball's Last Five Undefeated Teams

Our staff projects when (if?) the last unbeaten teams will fall
Breaking Down College Basketball's Last Five Undefeated Teams

Let’s start with this: An undefeated season in college basketball is extremely, extremely unlikely.

So much so, we’re about ready to call matching Indiana’s 32-0 season from 1975-76 impossible.

Five teams remain in the hunt, though, and that’s enough for fans to dream of the possibility of an unblemished season. We’re not here to squash those hopes as much to bring a dose of reality for the last five undefeated teams in college basketball.

Big 12 Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Oklahoma State, Kansas not alone in race for Big 12 title
Big 12 Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Could there be room for a third or fourth team in the two-team race for the Big 12 title?

The return of Marcus Smart to Oklahoma State and the arrival of Andrew Wiggins at Kansas appeared to set up those two programs atop the Big 12 this season.

One thing is clear in the Big 12 so far: It won’t be that easy. Fred Hoiberg is again working his magic at Iowa State where transfers and an up-tempo offense have the Cyclones undefeated. After a win over Kentucky, Baylor is back on the upswing after an NIT appearance last season.

College basketball: Ranking the Big 12's coaches for 2013-14

Bill Self an easy No. 1 in interesting cast of coaches
Bill Self an easy No. 1 in interesting cast of coaches

The Big 12 coach rankings start with Bill Self.

That’s the easy part.

After that, ranking the Big 12 coaches is a chore. Three of the league’s most accomplished career coaches — Bob Huggins, Rick Barnes and Tubby Smith have more than 1,700 wins among them — are coming off of lackluster seasons. Smith was let go from his last job, and Barnes will be under pressure to turn things around at Texas in a hurry.

College basketball: The Big 12's top freshmen, transfers and more for 2013-14

The Big 12 adds more than just freshman Andrew Wiggins and Memphis transfer Tarik Black
The Big 12 adds more than just freshman Andrew Wiggins and Memphis transfer Tarik Black

With one school claiming the top three returning scorers in the Big 12, the rest of the league will depend on newcomers to challenge Oklahoma State’s veteran roster.

Nowhere is that more clear than at Kansas where the Jayhawks’ outlook changed in an instant when super-freshman Andrew Wiggins signed to play for Bill Self. He’s not the only big-time newcomer going to Lawrence, but he might be the most important new face for any team in the country.

Picking 12 Winners in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness
<p> The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness</p>

Only one true winner will be happy at the end of the NCAA Tournament, so the cliche goes.

That much may be true. All but one locker room at the end of the tournament will have its share of sad faces and tears.

10 Biggest Disappointments in NCAA Tournament

The worst letdowns from the opening weekend of March Madness.
<p> 10 Biggest Disappointments in NCAA Tournament, including the overreaction to the Aaron Craft charge call, over-hyped mid-major powers exiting early, Shabazz Muhammad's false age, Ben McLemore's disappearing act, Marshall Henderson's meltdown and Andy Enfield's wife.</p>

There was plenty of action on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed Cinderella to make the Sweet 16 of the Big Dance. Wichita State “shocked” No. 1 seed Gonzaga to become just the fifth No. 9 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 since 1985. Buzzer-beaters and pep bands, coeds and coaches, commercials and cheerleaders — all the usual March Madness was in full effect. But there were also a few letdowns in the Rounds of 64 and 32.

Aaron Craft, Ohio State breaks Iowa State's heart with buzzer-beater

Buckeyes advance to Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season
<p> Aaron Craft, Ohio State breaks Iowa State's heart with buzzer-beater</p>

When Ohio State’s Sweet 16 bid came down to the last shot, there was seemingly no way Aaron Craft wouldn’t be the one take it.

Craft gave the 2013 NCAA Tournament its first game-winning three-pointer in the final second when the Buckeyes point guard hung onto the ball for the final shot with less than a second remaining to defeat Iowa State 78-75.

2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Sunday

Teams, times, networks, announcers and bits of knowledge to prep for the fourth day of the Tournament
<p> 2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Sunday</p>

The NCAA Tournament has moved into the weekend where tickets to the Sweet 16 will be punched. Now that we’re into the Sunday's slate of games, hopefully you don't have to sneak away from work to catch the action.

Here’s everything you need to know for Sunday’s  games, including the TV schedule, the network, announcers, predictions and bits of knowledge for all eight games to finish off the weekend.

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