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Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Jayhawks poised for national title run
Kansas Jayhawks 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

For much of last season, Kansas appeared to have one of the more underwhelming teams of the Bill Self era. The Jayhawks lost an unfathomable three games at Allen Fieldhouse and were blown out on the road by NIT teams Baylor and Oklahoma State. For just the second time in nine years, not a single KU player was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Spartans reload for another March run
Michigan State Spartans 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Tom Izzo never thought he would have to apologize for a 30-win season. He’s reluctant to do it now, but he feels his blue-blood program is due for better results in March.

Champions Classic Game Preview and Predictions: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke's star freshmen dominant in early matchups
Champions Classic Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke and Michigan State may look familiar to the untrained eye when the two teams meet Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

 

Mike Krzyzewski is here. So is Tom Izzo. Duke has talent. Michigan State has plenty of upperclassmen.

 

A deeper look, though, reveals just how strange these teams are for Krzyzewski and Izzo.

 

College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

Tom Izzo is No. 1 coach, others are gaining
College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

The Big Ten has taken its lumps during football season, but all that changes on the hardwood.

 

Much of that is due to the coaches on the bench, a deep group of some of the nation’s best coaches that’s only getting better.

 

Tom Izzo, John Beilein, Bo Ryan and Thad Matta make up a solid top four of coaches who have made a combined 10 Final Fours at their current stops, and Beilein and Ryan are leading their programs to new (or rather, renewed) heights.

 

How College Basketball Teams Will Replace Their First-Round NBA Draft Picks

Draft day is over. Here's how college teams will replace their stars
How College Basketball Teams Will Replace Their First-Round NBA Draft Picks

College basketball coaches have known for several months the rosters spots they’d have to refill. For many, NBA draft day only reinforced that some of the replacement players are true replacements in name only.

Creighton likely won’t have a player like Doug McDermott again. Michigan State  and UCLA lost players with unique skill sets in Adreian Payne and Kyle Anderson.

Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. UConn Huskies

Patience pays for Michigan State, UConn on path to regional final
Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. UConn Huskies

Connecticut and Michigan State are proof that patience is a virtue.

The outlook for the Huskies and Spartans, who will meet in the East regional final, could have changed drastically if not key players learning how to recover from disappointments.

Two years ago, UConn was the defending national champion and starting No. 4 in the preseason. Shabazz Napier was expected to take over a team filled with talent — Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drumond and Alex Oriakhi — but that never materialized in a 20-14 season.

Harrison 3-pointer, Dawson dunk send Kentucky, Michigan State to Elite Eight

Wild Sweet 16 Friday night ends with Wildcats, Spartans wins
Harrison 3-pointer, Dawson dunk send Kentucky, Michigan State to Elite Eight

You may exhale now.

In a wild night of Sweet 16 games, Kentucky and Michigan State advanced to the regional finals when both games came down to the final possessions and final possessions.

First, Kentucky defeated rival Louisville 74-69 on a go-ahead basket by guard Aaron Harrison with 40 seconds remaining. Kentucky made its last four free throws to seal the win. Kentucky led 2-0 and never again until Harrison’s basket.

Here’s a look at Harrison’s big-time corner 3:
 

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