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College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Wichita State and Virginia are surging, Kentucky and others are sinking
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know March 3

The first weekend in March was not a bad way to start the greatest five weeks in the college basketball season.

Wichita State wrapped up an undefeated regular season. Virginia came a little closer to winning the ACC. Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky — all preseason top five teams — looked completely out of sorts.

In other words, unpredictability reigns.

More unlikely storylines are sure to occur as conference tournaments start later this week in most of the traditional one-bid leagues.

Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Michigan State's duo claims the top spot
Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Football is king in the SEC, but outside of pockets in Lexington and Gainesville, basketball never feels like a pressing issue.

The Big Ten, on the other hand, is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward. The league doesn’t have the names of the new ACC — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams and soon Pitino — but Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein and Thad Matta stack up with any roster of basketball coaches in the country.

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Boeheim's ejection only a piece of an eventful week
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

College basketball will have a new No. 1 team today as Syracuse’s luck ran out — twice — last week.

Florida has as strong a case as any team, turning in another complete performance in a 75-71 win at Ole Miss, the Gators’ 19th victory in a row. Meanwhile, the nation’s lone undefeated team still has plenty of reason to feel underappreciated despite its unblemished record. Wichita State thrashed Drake 83-54 and remains two games away from going to the Missouri Valley Tournament undefeated.

College Basketball Preview: Michigan, Michigan State seek spark for stretch run

Both teams seeking to stay atop Big Ten standings
College Basketball Game Preview: Michigan at Michigan State

Not long ago, Michigan and Michigan State appeared to be the only teams in a duel for the Big Ten title.

Technically, the Michigan schools are still locked in the conference title race, but Iowa has been able to close the gap as neither the Wolverines nor the Spartans have been able to win back-to-back games in several weeks.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten

Michigan State edges Ohio State in balanced crop of coaches
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten in 2014

The SEC has football dominance. The ACC has the defending football national champion and three Basketball Hall of Fame coaches. The American has the defending basketball national champion.

However, one of the strongest leagues in terms of football and basketball coaching tandems is the Big Ten.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Before Super Bowl Sunday, college basketball could have an eventful Saturday
College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Take a break from Super Bowl preparations Saturday — and Sunday — to watch a little college basketball. Trust us.

While last weekend was short on top matchups, this week promises plenty of key storylines on heading into the biggest sports day of the year.

The showdown between Duke and Syracuse is the top game of the week as the Blue Devils appear to have solved some of their defensive shortcomings just in time for their first trip to the Carrier Dome.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings

Arizona remains at the top spot. Can it last through the weekend?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 31

The number of undefeated teams remaining in college basketball has remained steady at three since Jan. 14.

Saturday may be the single day that’s most likely to change.

Granted, the three undefeated teams — Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State — are all likely to be favored this weekend. But the weekend will still be tricky for at least two of them.

10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend

Michigan, Duke come up with statement wins
10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend Jan. 27

The weekend of college basketball delivered only one true marquee matchup, but the weekend didn't lack for news. Although Michigan and Michigan State delivered in every way we hoped it would, other teams made key strides on Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s start with Michigan, now the last remaining team undefeated in Big Ten play. Michigan State gave all it could, but the Spartans’ injuries in the end were too much to overcome.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Duke making move up the rankings. Can it continue?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Recent weeks have presented the classic conundrum for those who spend time ranking teams: Do you rank a team based on what they have been all season, what they can be or what they are right now?

Tough life, right?

Teams like Wisconsin and Iowa State have seen winning streaks turn into losing streaks. Right now, clearly, they’re not very good, but the body of work suggests they’re still among the best in the country.

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.

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