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Daily Word: Crucial weekend for Kentucky, other SEC contenders

The top four teams in the SEC play one another this weekend, which should provide some separation in the standings. How will it play out?

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John Calipari thrown out of game (2:29)
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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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Weekend Preview: Kansas vs. Oklahoma (2:03)
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Weekend Preview: Virginia vs Duke (2:10)
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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.

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Medcalf: Time for Simmons to rise up (0:57)
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Weekend Preview: Texas A&M vs. LSU (1:59)
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3-Point Shot: Cyclones' McKay could return vs. Texas (2:02)
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Brennan: 'Maryland's defense has been excellent all season' (1:09)
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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.

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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.

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Martin hoping to open the door for other minorities in basketball (2:24)
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Rodriguez's journey from Puerto Rico to college hoops (3:00)
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NBA draft Top 30: Ben Simmons and 5 seniors

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.

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Bill Walton: Master of the glockenspiel (0:45)
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Chris Mack: 'We want to be known for our toughness' (4:05)
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3-Point Shot: LSU still a tournament team (2:22)
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The Big 12 circle of parity (2:23)
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Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon's unique housing arrangements (2:15)
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Jay Bilas' pick to win it all: Maryland (1:50)
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Medcalf: It's hard to appreciate Simmons on a bubble team

Ben Simmons couldn't rally LSU past South Carolina, despite another game showcasing his unique skills. It's difficult to appreciate what Simmons can do, since he's spending his only season of college hoops on a bubble team.

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Simmons wants to lead Tigers to NCAA tournament (3:42)
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Bizarre sequence costs Boise State a win (1:26)
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Self prepared for rematch against Sooners (5:17)
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Wooden Award: Late season Top 20 (0:40)
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How are your college hoops predictions going? (2:29)
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3-Point Shot: Ban the coach, not the team (2:18)

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Calipari thrown out in under 3 minutes

With just 2:26 gone in the game against South Carolina, John Calipari got two technical fouls and has been ejected. Game is live on ESPN.

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Watch: No. 22 Kentucky at South Carolina

The Wildcats are 4-6 on the road this season (and undefeated at home). The Gamecocks are 1-3 at home vs. ranked opponents under Frank Martin, with the lone win coming against Kentucky on March 1, 2014. Live on ESPN/Watch ESPN

Watch: Northern Iowa at No. 25 Wichita St.

Wichita State is looking to end Northern Iowa's five-game win streak. The Panthers are 2-0 against ranked teams this season. The Shockers are 43-0 at home, the longest active home-win streak in the nation. LIve on ESPN2, WatchESPN

Georgetown at No. 20 Providence

The Friars defeated the Hoyas 73-69 on Jan. 30 and are looking to make that two in a row. The Hoyas won 2 of their last 3 games against ranked opponents on the road. Providence and Georgetown have met 67 times in school history. Follow live

Watch: TCU at No. 10 West Virginia

The two meet for a second time this season as West Virginia leads the country in steals and forced turnovers and is ranked second in offensive rebounds per game. TCU is 1-31 in Big 12 road games since joining the conference. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Great day of college hoops on tap today. Excited to see Kansas-Oklahoma, the Sequel. I was at Sooners practice yesterday. Pretty good turnout of fans to watch (Lon Kruger always has open practices, by the way). Looking forward to a great atmosphere in Norman.

Medcalf: Time for Ben Simmons to rise up

Myron Medcalf said this is the time in the season where Simmons needs to live up to the hype and lead LSU to the NCAA tournament.

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Chad Fords Big Board 5.0

The current top 30, based on Fords intel from NBA teams and scouts, features five seniors, one new lottery pick -- and Ben Simmons. 5.0 (Insider)

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Scoochie Smith sinks circus shot

It was good for the lay in and one.

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Monmouth caps wild comeback with 3

Monmouth finished a 17-2 run with a 3-pointer with three seconds left to take a one-point lead that would hold up for a stunning win over Rider.

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Happy birthday, Coach K!

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 69 today, and his team takes on No. 7 Virginia at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Walton's 'chimes of freedom' aren't far away

Bill Walton joked that TSA wouldn't let him bring his glockenspiel from last night's game in Berkeley. Luckily, one of the members of Arizona's band has one handy.

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No. 17 Arizona outlasts UCLA

Allonzo Trier scored 18 points and Kaleb Tarczewski added nine points and 14 boards as No. 17 Arizona defeated UCLA 81-75. Isaac Hamilton had a game-high 24 points for the Bruins in the loss. Box score

Arizona State knocks off No. 23 USC

USC's Nikola Jovanovic finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Tra Holder's 20 points helped guide the Sun Devils to a 74-67 win over the 23rd-ranked Trojans.

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No. 23 USC falls on the road to ASU

It was all Sun Devils down the stretch, as Arizona State turned away No. 23 USC 74-67. Tra Holder banked this 3 to finish the job.

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Arizona fired up, still down to UCLA

The home crowd threw up the 'Z' to show 7-foot Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski some love, but No. 17 Arizona is struggling to keep pace with UCLA in the first half. Catch the Pac-12 action live on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Curtain of Distraction in formation

Beyonce impersonators didn't create enough of a distraction to make USC's Chimezie Metu miss his free throw, but it was another solid effort, Arizona State.

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UCLA at No. 17 Arizona

The Wildcats appear to have recovered from their earlier struggles. After dropping to 4-4 in conference play and having its 49-game home winning streak snapped in a Jan. 28 loss, Arizona has held opponents to a combined 39.1 percent shooting and 66.3 points per game in three consecutive victories. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

No. 19 Dayton staves off upset

The Flyers survive. After 17 lead changes, No. 19 Dayton leaves Rhode Island with a 68-66 win on this clutch 3-pointer by Darrell Davis.

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Ohio bench challenging Monmouth?

The Bobcats are having fun on the sidelines. Some might say "Monmouth-ian" fun.

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Four's fifth 3? Rhode Island keeping pace

Upset alert in the Atlantic 10? Rhode Island guard Four McGlynn hits his fifth 3, keeping the Rams in it against No. 10 Dayton. Catch the finish live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

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No. 23 USC at Arizona State

The No. 23 Trojans already have two more conference victories than the last two seasons combined as they seek their fourth straight win at Arizona State. Follow live