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On the Quad: Tubby Smith, Texas Tech playing their way into the tournament?

Texas Tech finally got its breakthrough this week, winning consecutive games against top 25 teams Iowa State and Baylor. Does that mean an NCAA bid is on the horizon?

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Medcalf: Kansas still runs the Big 12, and other Saturday lessons

Another wild Saturday in college hoops offered dramatic finishes, top-10 upsets and a high-profile coaching outburst. We also learned, thanks to Kansas' win at Oklahoma, that the Jayhawks remain the team to beat in the Big 12.

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Brennan: Wisconsin goes back to the old ways, gets back to winning

Wisconsin continued its winning ways under interim coach Greg Gard by upsetting No. 2 Maryland. The Badgers are playing like they did for retired coach Bo Ryan and on Saturday made the boldest statement yet that they belong in the NCAA tournament.

Allen adds to Cameron mystique with winner at the buzzer (2:02)
College basketball's Saturday dunkfest (0:56)
Vince Carter tribute draws a technical foul (0:28)
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Moments of impact

Will Kansas' Devonte' Graham, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, NC State's Cat Barber or Oklahoma's Buddy Hield claim the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week? Vote now.

Weekend Preview: Virginia vs Duke (2:10)
Medcalf: Time for Simmons to rise up (0:57)
Weekend Preview: Texas A&M vs. LSU (1:59)
3-Point Shot: Cyclones' McKay could return vs. Texas (2:02)
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Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU

The most interesting team in Bubble Watch history got more interesting with a loss at South Carolina. Saturday's date with Texas A&M is one of few opportunities remaining for the Tigers.

Brennan: 'Maryland's defense has been excellent all season' (1:09)
Weekend Preview: Kansas vs. Oklahoma (2:03)
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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 Texas vs. Iowa State and Kansas vs. Oklahoma.

California takes down No. 11 Oregon (1:02)
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Brown: Indiana relying on small lineup to pay B1G dividends

Indiana pulled into a three-way tie for the Big Ten lead by beating No. 4 Iowa in a game that showcased the Hoosiers' offensive ups and downs. Their small lineup rallied with a second-half run after losing a big lead in the first half.

Martin hoping to open the door for other minorities in basketball (2:24)
Rodriguez's journey from Puerto Rico to college hoops (3:00)
Chad Ford

Draft rankings: Ben Simmons, new lottery pick

Is Ben Simmons still the prize of the NBA draft? Who are the other lottery picks? Who is rising? Chad Ford has his latest Top 30 in NBA draft Big Board 5.0.

Bill Walton: Master of the glockenspiel (0:45)
Chris Mack: 'We want to be known for our toughness' (4:05)
3-Point Shot: LSU still a tournament team (2:22)
The Big 12 circle of parity (2:23)
Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon's unique housing arrangements (2:15)
Simmons wants to lead Tigers to NCAA tournament (3:42)
Bizarre sequence costs Boise State a win (1:26)
Wooden Award: Late season Top 20 (0:40)


Pitt might be losing by a lot to No. 9 UNC ...

... But this block from Alonzo Nelson-Ododa was a fun moment for the Panthers.


Vince Carter tribute draws technical

Carter performed this slam in a dunk contest. Memphis' Shaq Goodwin did it in a game.


ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

109 unranked teams have beaten ranked opponents thus far this season, the most through February 13 in a single season in NCAA history.

No. 9 UNC up big at the half over Pitt

Tar Heels F Justin Jackson leads all scorers with 8 points as UNC leads Pittsburgh 42-29 at halftime. Pitt is looking to avoid its first 3-game losing streak of the season. Streaming live on ESPN3

No. 8 MSU surges to first-half lead

The Spartans finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-40 lead over visiting Indiana. Denzel Valentine already has 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Box score

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina off to a fast start against Pittsburgh thanks to its defense. That is not a misprint. Games during the Tar Heels' three game road trip, was characterized by defensive lapses. But the Heels have already forced five Pitt turnovers leading to 10 points. Roy Williams has mixed things up using traps in half court and double teams on the post to keep Pitt off balance.

UNC Dunk draws kudos from the bench

Brice Johnson made a sick dunk vs. Pittsburgh, and the UNC bench approved.


Indiana at No. 8 Michigan State

Michigan State won 19 of its last 20 home games against Indiana, who is 3-2 in its last five Big Ten road games against Top 10 teams. Follow live

Watch: Pittsburgh at No. 9 North Carolina

In North Carolina's first home game since Jan. 30, it looks to defeat Pittsburgh, who is 0-4 against ranked teams this season. The Tar Heels average the most points in the paint per game (41.2) among major conference teams. Streaming live on ESPN3

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

This is what a 30-year retired college basketball official said this morning on the last-second Grayson Allen shot that gave Duke a win over Virginia Saturday: "Just saw Allen play. Travel. When you stop dribble in air, the foot you land on is pivot foot. When you lift that foot, you must pass or shoot before it hits the ground again." The debate will continue.

Duke beats No. 7 Virginia at the buzzer

Grayson Allen banked in a wild, contested shot from close as time expired to get the unranked Blue Devils a 63-62 win, their fourth straight W.


Texas Tech's bench enjoyed its victory

The Red Raiders pulled out some of their best celebrations for their upset of Baylor.


Calipari ejected in under 3 minutes

Just 2:26 into the game against South Carolina, John Calipari got two technicals and the boot. Kentucky ended up winning 89-62.


College basketball's Saturday dunkfest

Does Zach LaVine have to worry about any challengers next year?


Graham: I took it personal

What spurred Devonte' Graham's career-high 27-point game vs. Oklahoma? Everyone who said Kansas couldn't contain Buddy Hield.


Baylor's Gathers ejected for vicious foul

Rico Gathers was ejected for this flagrant foul 2 late in the Bears' loss to the Red Raiders.


Cal's Jaylen Brown dunks on defender

Brown climbed over an Oregon State defender to throw down a vicious slam.


Jones Jr. flies in for another highlight

Derrick Jones Jr.'s second highlight-reel dunk came of this alley-oop.


No. 14 Iowa State holds off No. 24 Texas

The Cyclones got 24 points each from Georges Niang and Monte Morris in an 85-75 win.


No. 1 Villanova fends off St. John's

Daniel Ochefu netted a career-high 25 points to send the Red Storm to their 16th straight loss.


Texas Tech rolls in upset of No. 21 Baylor

The Red Raiders earned their second straight win over a Top-25 team with an 84-66 win on the road.


UNLV's thunderous putback dunk

Derrick Jones Jr. rose over a crowd to clean up the miss with one hand.


Final: (14) Iowa State 85, (24) Texas 75

Monte Morris and Georges Niang scored 24 points apiece to lead the Cyclones to victory in Ames. Morris scored 19 in the second half to help the Iowa State pull away. Box score