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Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

Should we look at the SEC in a new light with three teams headed to the Sweet 16?
Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

For as much success as the SEC has on the football field, the league was one of the most maligned major conferences in college basketball this season.

The league received only three NCAA Tournament bids with teams like Arkansas, LSU and Missouri falling out of NCAA Tournament contention in the final weeks of the regular season.

The league, though, will place three teams in the Sweet 16, one team (Tennessee) needing to win three times to get there.

Was the SEC overlooked during the season or is this a case of teams getting hot at the right time?

Roundtable: How should Wichita State's season be evaluated in the long run?

Will you remember the 35 wins or the early NCAA exit?
Roundtable: How should Wichita State's season be evaluated in the long run?

Wichita State’s bid for an undefeated season ended Sunday with a loss to Kentucky in a thriller in the round of 32.

The Shockers put together one of the great regular seasons in college basketball history, regardless of their strength of schedule.

Yet Wichita State didn’t reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. How should we evaluate Gregg Marshall’s team in years to come?

How should Wichita State’s 35-1 season be evaluated in the long run?

Goodyear tires, Hamlin health issues in Auto Club 400 spotlight

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Auto Club Speedway
Tire troubles, Denny Hamlin's health issue, a promising performance from Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports' disappointing day and Aric Almirola vs. Brian Scott highlight an active NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Six years ago, I sat through a Fontana raceday in what’s been termed the never-ending rain delay. After constant mist all weekend caused water to seep out of the asphalt, wrecking Dale Earnhardt Jr., among others, the race was mercifully stopped but never called. Hour after hour, water pelted what is now Auto Club Speedway, the stands empty while NASCAR bungled the weather forecast. By the time it was pushed back to the following day it was the following day — well, after 2:00 am EST on Monday morning.

Texas Longhorns 2014 Spring Football Preview

A new era begins for the Longhorns in Austin this spring.
Texas Longhorns 2014 Spring Football Preview

A new era has begun in Austin.

Like other coaching changes at Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State, Charlie Strong takes over a powerful but dormant blue-blood program. The Longhorns boast the most powerful athletic department in college athletics but it hasn't translated into wins, as the program grew stale under Mack Brown.

Strong brings a new staff with a renewed focus and energy on restoring the Texas brand name in the Lone Star State. The story at Texas is one that fans have heard before. This team appears to be extremely talented, yet very unmotivated.

Georgia Bulldogs 2014 Spring Football Preview

Athlon previews spring practice for the Bulldogs.
Georgia Bulldogs 2014 Spring Football Preview

Injuries and a struggling defense derailed Georgia’s East Division title hopes last season. But with a full offseason to recover from last year’s ailments, combined with the addition of Jeremy Pruitt as the team’s defensive coordinator, two of the biggest question marks facing the Bulldogs have been answered.

Great off-court moments from the NCAA Tournament so far

Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

Breaking down the key numbers from another week of March Madness
Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

After six days, the field of 68 has been whittled to 16, but some of the absences seem more notable than who is left.

No more undefeated Wichita State. No more Doug McDermott. No more teams from North Carolina or Kansas.

Streaks ended but some others continued, including those for Michigan State and the state of Ohio.

With the first week of the NCAA Tournament, these are the statistical superlatives that struck us as the most important and most interesting.

With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Kentucky plays its finest game of the year to earn Sweet 16 date with Louisville
With Wichita State win, Kentucky Wildcats show signs of reaching potential

Anointed as the No. 1 team entering the season thanks to the best recruiting of all time, maybe Kentucky needed to be the underdog to unlock its potential.

The Wildcats entered a game against undefeated Wichita State with seven seed lines separating them on the bracket not to mention a 2.5-point spread. The narrative of Kentucky’s roster full of decorated one-and-done players losing to a group of under-recruited veterans seemed to be on deck for the Monday conversations.

NCAA Tournament Sunday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

Wichita State takes on Kentucky in a bid to continue championship run
NCAA Tournament Sunday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

Some of the best storylines in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament will be settled in the final day before the Sweet 16.

Wichita State’s first game of the season against a national power will be a big one as the Shockers face the preseason No. 1 team in Kentucky.

Dayton takes out Syracuse, flies into Sweet 16

One of the last teams in the field will be one of the last 16 standing
Dayton takes out Syracuse, flies into Sweet 16

Jordan Sibert and Dayton had more to conquer that defeating Ohio State.

After a nail-biting finish, Dayton defeated Syracuse 55-53 to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.

A bubble team entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 11th-seeded Dayton took its biggest win of the season down to the wire, giving Syracuse several opportunities to tie or take a lead late.

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