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How the weekend's games will alter Big Ten, other conference races

Conference title pictures are getting clearer. Can North Carolina keep its handle on the ACC? Will Baylor emerge in the Big 12, and is Villanova likely to fall back in the Big East?

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NOW: Follow college hoops

Don't miss a minute of college basketball action in Now. We've got the scores, the fantastic plays and the top-notch reaction -- it's all here. Check it out.

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Keys for Michigan State to win in Ann Arbor (0:56)
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Greenberg: Villanova must contain Dunn (0:57)
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One-year postseason ban long enough for Louisville? (1:49)
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Bubble Watch: Kansas one of few safe teams

Attaining lock status in a wild season like this is difficult, but some teams, like Kansas, did enough to get there this week. As for the rest of Division I? There's a lot of work to do.

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Greenberg: The Big 12 is must-see TV (1:16)
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3-Point Shot: Cat Barber for ACC POY (2:06)
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BPI projects a wide-open NCAA Tournament

There are currently 19 teams with at least a 1 percent chance of winning the NCAA Tournament. Stats & Info digs into the numbers and projections.

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SVP's Bad Beats: Arizona State, Rutgers (2:22)
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The opening tip goes right to... Rece Davis (0:51)
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Bilas: What we can learn from NBA (2:08)
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#Top10Thursday: Craziest coaching faces

Tom Izzo, John Calipari, Bob Huggins, Tom Crean and Sean Miller are some of college basketball's most expressive coaches.

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Medcalf: Diamond Stone can lead Maryland to the top

Diamond Stone helped Maryland escape with a win at Nebraska. Close victories have become familiar territory for the Terps, but they'll need more big games from Stone to reach their lofty potential.

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Daily Word: Is Florida an NCAA tournament team?

The Gators aren't ranked in either poll, but are high in the BPI and RPI. So which do you side with, the voters or the numbers? And what will that mean come Selection Sunday?

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How did Kentucky lose 21-point lead? (1:18)
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Lange: Weekend's best college hoops bets

ESPN Insider Andrew Lange outlines the best value bets among Saturday's slate of college basketball games, including Villanova-Providence and Purdue-Maryland.

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Watch: (18) Purdue at (4) Maryland

Purdue has lost 11 straight road games against top-5 teams. The Boilermakers last such road win was March 6, 1994 when it upset No. 3 Michigan. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Duke fends off NC State at Cameron Indoor

Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard combined to shoot 10-of-18 from beyond the arc and 14-of-14 from the foul line for 54 points in the Blue Devils' 88-80 win. Box score

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Gators look to end UK's Rupp magic

No. 20 Kentucky is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since dropping four in a row in 2009. It returns home for this key game where it's won 32 straight. Follow live

Forbes sends Spartans past Wolverines

Bryn Forbes drilled eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points as Michigan State won its fourth straight game with an 89-73 victory over rival Michigan. Box score

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Duke, where's my shoe?

Duke's Marshall Plumlee didn't need one for a couple possessions today.

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Watch: (25) South Carolina at (8) Texas A&M

This is the first time Texas A&M will feature in a conference matchup of ranked teams since joining the SEC. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

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After losing Jameel McKay, Iowa State just needed a win on Saturday. And it was ugly. Cyclones were down 10-0 at Oklahoma State early. But Georges Niang and Monte Morris were both clutch down the stretch.

Iowa State survives in Stillwater, 64-59

Oklahoma State's Travis Ford will rue a missed opportunity as his Cowboys led at the half but only got to the free-throw line three times against the short-handed Cyclones. Box score

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Duke doing damage from beyond the arc

The Blue Devils have connected on more 3-pointers (13) than 2-pointers (11) so far against NC State. Duke is shooting 13-of-26 from deep, led by Luke Kennard's 6-of-10. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Bryn Forbes dialed in for Spartans

Bryn Forbes' eight 3-pointers are the most by a Michigan State player since Chris Hill set a Big Ten record with 10 against Syracuse in 2003. The Spartans have pushed their lead over 20 with seven minutes to play. Follow live

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Crimson Tide crowd doesn't like whistle

Wait. Spongebob is an Alabama fan?

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UTEP to honor 1966 title team

Don Haskins shook up the sports world 50 years ago by fielding an all-black starting lineup to win the national title over Kentucky when the school was called Texas Western. UTEP is honoring the team at today's game against Western Kentucky.

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Cowboys' Carroll hits back-to-back treys

Jeffrey Carroll has Oklahoma State within a possession of No. 13 Iowa State after a pair of 3-pointers on ESPN2.

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Monster dunk fires up Cameron

Dick Vitale had a subtle appreciation for this throwdown by Duke's Grayson Allen.

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Smooth dunk for Texas' Connor Lammert

Hey, Lammert, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.

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Halftime: Villanova 31, Providence 19

The 11th-ranked Friars, who shot just 23 percent from the field, trailed by 19 at one point before closing the deficit to 12 at the break. Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins led a balanced attack for No. 3 Villanova with seven points each. Box score

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Providence was thoroughly outplayed by Villanova in the first 20 minutes. Friars fortunate to only be down 12 at the break. Dunn has six points (four in transition) and Bentil has two points and two fouls -- and largely ineffective with that ankle injury.

Cyclones find their stroke in 2nd half

Georges Niang banged home a 3-pointer to give Iowa State a double-digit lead against Oklahoma State on ESPN2.

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Butler Basketball @ButlerMBB

Tyler Lewis is dressed and will play today at St. John's. He has missed the last four games due to a concussion.

Cyclones uses 3's to take lead on the road

Matt Thomas keeps impressing Fran Fraschilla with plays like this as he is keeping Iowa State close in Stillwater.

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