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Daily Word: LSU, others aiming for right side of bubble

The Tigers are atop the SEC standings but still very much on the bubble. They can help themselves with a win at South Carolina on Wednesday.

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3-Point Shot: Ban the coach, not the team (2:18)
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Wooden Watch: Diamond Stone impressing this season (1:58)
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Roy Williams: 'I'm alive, I'm kicking' (0:36)
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Tip-in wins it for Miami (1:05)
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Badgers finding their rhythm under Greg Gard (1:25)
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Big-Game Breakdown: LSU vs. South Carolina (2:34)
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Wooden Watch: Grayson Allen's highlight reel (1:18)
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3-Point Shot: Big 12 battle in Kansas (2:57)
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Greenberg's Final Four picks (1:51)
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Medcalf: Buddy Hield rescues Oklahoma again

Buddy Hield's ability to come through in the clutch for Oklahoma has become one of the few certainties in a wild season. He did it again on Monday with a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to push OU past Texas.

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Hield: I told them I wanted the ball (2:22)
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Bilas: North Carolina has a gear no one else has (3:00)
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Risk worth the gamble for UROC in OT (0:15)
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Bracketology: Maryland's case for No. 1 (3:32)
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Bracketology: Cuse in, Clemson out (2:47)
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3-Point Shot: West Virginia team of the week (1:46)
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On the Quad: Will Maryland, Villanova or both be No. 1?

It hasn't been an easy year trying to figure out the No. 1 team in the nation. It's not going to get easier for the pollsters this week, since they'll have two new choices to consider. Which will they select?.

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When court-storming is banned after upsetting No. 1, the team goes into the crowd (0:44)
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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons has taken three shots in the first half of this matchup against South Carolina but foul trouble and SC's defense have been factors. Still, Simmons has to hit another gear in the second half. That's just the expectation when you're the projected No. 1 pick.

South Carolina on top of LSU at the break

Sindarius Thornwell scored 11 in the half to pace South Carolina to a 39-25 advantage over LSU, which currently sits atop the SEC standings. Ben Simmons tallied five points and four assists in the half while battling foul trouble. The Gamecocks are 16-0 when leading at half this season. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

Pirates' Whitehead hits 7 triples in half

Isaiah Whitehead was 7-of-7 from beyond the arc and 8-of-8 from the field for 23 points in the first half against Butler. The seven made 3-pointers is already tied for the sixth-most in Seton Hall history. Whitehead's career high is 25 points. Follow live

Simmons drives to cut into deficit

Freshman Ben Simmons brought LSU within one point of South Carolina with this finish at the rim. (Live on ESPN2)

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Aggies look to stop skid in Tuscaloosa

No. 15 Texas A&M attempts to put an end to its two-game losing streak when it visits Alabama. The Crimson Tide are 3-2 against ranked opponents this season. Live on SEC Network

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Watch: Simmons leads LSU into Columbia

Sitting atop the SEC standings, Ben Simmons and LSU visit South Carolina. The Tigers' star freshman leads the SEC in rebounding (12.3), is third in scoring (19.4), and is fifth in assists (5.0). Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Football player hits 3-point conversion

Will this be Boise State kicker Dan Goodale's most memorable field goal ever?

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Bilas Index: Seeing a soft bubble

The Bilastrator sat down to order the best 68 teams in the land and realized something: Some teams in his list don't have the most compelling arguments to even be included. Bilas Index (Insider)

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Roy Williams likely back at next practice

The North Carolina coach is expected to be at the team's next practice and game following a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College. The school told ESPN's Andy Katz the coach is "feeling much better."

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Men's basketball committee chair Joe Castiglione had potentially good news for teams like Monmouth that generally have to win an automatic qualifying bid: "Typically we have between 9-11 conferences that send multiple teams to the tournament. This year I think you could make the case for about 14 leagues" if the top team fails to win the AQ. Perhaps Arkansas-Little Rock & Valparaiso fit that category too? We'll find out in just over a month.

Revised college hoops picks

Our experts were mixed before the season. Some liked Kansas. Others liked North Carolina. Where do they stand now? Well, they definitely like Buddy Hield. Picks

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Roy Williams collapses, helped to locker room

The UNC coach fell in the huddle during Tuesday's game against Boston College but was able to walk off the court and was helped back to the locker room. The school later said he was suffering from vertigo but was doing OK.

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'Steve, open up the wallet, bro'

A Kentucky freshman was spotted at the game with a sign that says "My boss said if I get on TV he would give me a raise." Your move, Steve.

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Giant Killers: Mid-majors ripe for upsets

Which smaller-conference teams can pull off big upsets in March? VCU is one of several squads that higher seeds won't want to face in the bracket. Giant Killers (Insider)

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UNC's Johnson throws down with authority

Not sure what got Brice Johnson mad, but he took it out on the rim.

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Roy Williams: 'I'm alive, I'm kicking'

North Carolina coach Roy Williams explains the issues he has had with vertigo and how hes feeling after collapsing in the first half of the Tar Heels win against Boston College.

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Miami pulls off half-court alley-oop

Angel Rodriguez and Davon Reed teamed up for a SportsCenter Top 10 nominee.

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Tennessee tries to emulate Monmouth

The Volunteers bench had a celebration that would make Monmouth proud by "eating a bowl of cereal" after a layup.

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Rodriguez's tip-in wins it for Miami

5-foot-11 PG Angel Rodriguez went among the trees to get No. 12 Miami a comeback victory over Pitt.

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Best sports photos of the week

Von Miller strips the ball from Cam, President Obama cracks jokes and the Fighting Irish take down the Tar Heels. Photos

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Lee rises up, throws down alley-oop

Isaiah Briscoe finds Marcus Lee. Marcus Lee finds the basket. No. 22 Kentucky is cruising past Georgia live on ESPN.

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Villanova cruises in first game as No. 1

The newly-appointed No. 1 rolled over DePaul tonight 86-59 with Josh Hart providing a game-high 18 points. The Wildcats are 11-1 in the Big East. Box score

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Creighton upsets No. 5 Xavier

Maurice Watson Jr. poured in a game-high 32 points as the Bluejays cruised 70-56 at home and handed the Musketeers just their third loss this season.

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