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Forget 40-0. This is why Monday's Wisconsin-Duke Championship Game Matters

Kentucky is out, but history is still on the line
Forget 40-0. This is why Monday's Wisconsin-Duke Championship Game Matters

The most serious bid for 40-0 to date is complete and unsuccessful.

 

At the hands of Wisconsin’s 71-64 win over Kentucky, the Wildcats will be merely the only team in college basketball history to go 38-0 in a season. That season ended at 38-1.

 

History — at least for that round, undefeated number and the first unbeaten season since 1976 — will have to wait.

 

National Championship Game Preview and Predictions: Duke vs. Wisconsin

Blue Devils, Badgers set stage for epic championship game
National Championship Game Preview and Predictions: Duke vs. Wisconsin

As Kentucky lost its first game of the season Saturday night, the comparisons to the 1991 NCAA Tournament were apparent.

 

That year, 34-0 UNLV, a team mthat like this year’s Kentucky seemed unstoppable. lost to Duke 79-77 in the Final Four.

 

Both Wisconsin and Duke in 2015 hope history repeats itself.

 

Final Four Game Preview and Predictions: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

The Wildcats, Badgers meet again with new faces, higher stakes
Final Four Game Preview and Predictions: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

In many ways, Kentucky-Wisconsin isn’t a rematch.

 

The coaches are the same, the jerseys are the same and many of the players are the same from the Wildcats’ 74-73 win in last year’s Final Four. But at the same time, these are two different teams meeting in the national semifinal.

 

The most obvious change is with Kentucky. The Wildcats reached last year’s Final Four without an injured Willie Cauley-Stein and before freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis arrived.

 

Final Four Game Preview and Predictions: Michigan State vs. Duke

Can the talented Blue Devils end the Spartans' surprising run?
Final Four Game Preview and Predictions: Michigan State vs. Duke

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is trying to play coy that his team was not a Final Four contender from the start. 

 

True, this was a Blue Devils team that lost three of six during a stretch in January, including a loss to Miami at home. But this was also a preseason top-four team that only solidified those credentials with 10-point wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin by early December, both away from Durham.

 

Baseball's Greatest Opening Day Moments

The first day of the MLB season has produced many memorable moments on the diamond
Baseball's Greatest Opening Day Moments

Monday marks Opening Day of the 2015 MLB season, although the games actually begin with Sunday night’s matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Huskers '15 football schedule.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

A new era of football begins in Lincoln this season as Mike Riley takes over at Nebraska.

 

The Huskers boast the best roster in the division and could be considered the front-runner in the West. Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska hasn't gotten any favors from the schedule and that could once again be an issue in 2015.

 

31 Reasons This Will Be the Best Final Four Ever

A bid for 40-0, superstar coaches and fun, talented players set up a historic Final Four
31 Reasons This Will Be the Best Final Four Ever

For a sport that’s supposed to be in a state of crisis, college basketball has given us a doozy of a final weekend.

 

Criticism of the sport has been almost as big as the season itself in 2014-15. The game is too slow. The final minutes of the game stretch on forever. The officiating is inconsistent. The game has few household names actually playing the game.

 

All of these will be lingering issues, but not until Tuesday.

NFL Draft 2015: Why Pro Days Are Completely Useless

What did Jameis Winston's pro day do to his stock?
NFL Draft 2015: Why Pro Days Are Completely Useless

The only thing worse than the NFL Combine is a pro day.

 

It’s like the Combine but with home-field advantage. And no defense.

 

Jameis Winston’s 2015 pro day was rather uneventful and did very little to change his stock as the presumptive No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. That’s good because a pro day shouldn’t do much of anything to anyone’s stock.

 

Winston completed 92-of-102 passes against air and a few household cleaning items.

 

Tennessee Volunteers 2015 Football Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Vols '15 football schedule.
Tennessee Volunteers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Expectations are soaring into the summer for the Tennessee Volunteers.

 

Butch Jones has had as big an influx of young talent in the last two years as any team in the nation. Which is why so many might be quick to prematurely mention his team as a possible contender in the SEC East.

 

Either way, Big Orange Nation will get its money's worth in 2015 with a schedule loaded with marquee games

College Football's Top 15 Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat for 2015

Which QBs are feeling the heat this offseason?
College Football's Top 15 Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat for 2015

Quarterback is easily the position with the most pressure in any college football season. Whether it’s a quarterback fighting to keep a starting job, replacing a standout from the prior season or just looking to elevate their overall play, signal-callers will be securitized and watched closely all offseason.

 

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