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Weekend Predictions: North Carolina bounces back at Notre Dame

Notre Dame will be hungry for a key ACC win when it hosts North Carolina on Saturday, but Myron Medcalf sees the Tar Heels' prevailing.


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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.

Greenberg: The Big 12 is must-see TV (1:16)
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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#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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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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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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Watch: (2) North Carolina at Notre Dame

North Carolina is averaging 84.9 ppg, their best since the title-winning team in 2008-09. Notre Dame allows the opposition to shoot 38.6% from three-point range, the highest percentage in the ACC. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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No. 1 Oklahoma trails at halftime

Kansas State closed the half on an 11-2 run to grab a 38-32 advantage. Buddy Hield was held to six points on 2-of-5 shooting.


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Alabama players do their best impressions of head coach Avery Johnson.


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he "wasn't very good today" -- that he overcoached his team until about the six-minute mark in the second half, when he finally told the Terrapins' players to run two things (primarily the ball-screen stuff with Melo Trimble and Robert Carter) the rest of the game. In the meantime Turgeon remains pleased with his team's defense and its ability to hold on in tight, tough games, even as he waits for the offense to really open up. "Sometimes you're sitting over there and you've got 15 plays," Turgeon said. "Just keep it simple."

Terps rally to take down Boilermakers

Rasheed Sulaimon posted 21 points and 10 rebounds to fuel a 72-61 win for No. 4 Maryland.


No. 20 Kentucky eases past Florida

Jamal Murray scored 35 and the Wildcats hit a season-high 12 3-pointers in an 80-61 win.


Simmons block turns into wedgie

The latest trick from superfreshman Ben Simmons: Blocking a shot so hard, it got wedged between the rim and the backboard.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Not sure how to view South Carolina. Just walked into College Station and beat a Texas A&M team that's played some of the best defense in America this season. But the Gamecocks are coming off a double-digit road loss to Georgia. Got crushed at Bama and Tennessee too.

Sooners on cloud nine to start game

No. 1 Oklahoma scored the first nine points against Kansas State. (Live on ESPNU)


Watch: (1) Oklahoma at Kansas State

In three road contests, Buddy Hield has never beaten the Wildcats, averaging just 11.3 points per game in those meetings. However, the Sooners are shooting 48.7% behind the arc away from home this season. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN

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South Carolina knocks off Texas A&M

Sindarius Thornwell went for 25 points and nine assists to lead the 25th-ranked Gamecocks to their first road win over a top-10 team since 2006. Box score


Watch: Mississippi State at LSU

Ben Simmons is looking to become the first player in the last 20 seasons to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Kentucky rolls past Florida at Rupp Arena

Jamal Murray scored a career-high 35 points and hit eight 3-pointers -- the most by a Wildcat since 2010 -- in an 80-61 win. Box score

At least Jaylen Brown looks comfortable

Cal's Jaylen Brown made the fastbreak layup, took the foul and ran into the cameraman. See it, including the view from the camera.


Maryland pulls away from Purdue

Melo Trimble struggled from the floor, but the Terrapins won their 26th straight home game as a top-5 team, 72-61. The Boilermakers were 3-of-24 from 3-point range. Box score


Crimson Tide crowd doesn't like whistle

Wait. Spongebob is an Alabama fan?


Trimble's layup has SVP cheering

Melo Trimble's second field goal of the game was part of a 9-0 run for Maryland and brought SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt to his feet. Game is live on ESPN.


Dozier bulls down the lane for slam

PJ Dozier skied for a one-handed slam to pull No. 25 South Carolina closer to No. 8 Texas A&M on ESPNU.


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Providence coach Ed Cooley after the Friars loss today. "I'm worried about the guys' psyche." Team has lost 2 straight -- to DePaul and 'Nova and now goes to Marquette, a place Providence has never won.

Iron is kind to Jamal Murray

The Kentucky guard is 6-of-7 from beyond the arc thanks in part to this fortunate bounce.


Gators' Allen beats first-half buzzer

Kentucky is dominating Florida at Rupp Arena, but Kevaughn Allen gave Gator fans something to cheer about with this runner.


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Maryland-Purdue starting to feel like a mid-1990s NBA game. Both teams (but especially Purdue) happy to hammer away with post-ups and face-ups and mid-posts and all of the things that have become less prominent, even rare, in the modern game at almost every level. Robert Carter even hit a running hook! The spirit of Anthony Mason lives!