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Bo Ryan's ability to mold talent sets him apart

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan's ability to develop talent -- of varying degrees -- has helped him succeed at every stop.

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Kentucky, Louisville lawyer at odds over '40-0'

Kentucky is two games away from a 40-0 season, but the school already is trying to stop other people from using the mark, sending a cease-and-desist letter to a Louisville lawyer whose company is selling "40-0" T-shirts on the Internet.

Final Four Videos

Andy Katz's 3-Point Shot (2:10)

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Coaches: Duke to end Michigan State's run

Jeff Goodman surveyed roughly a dozen Division I head coaches and assistants on the subject of Saturday's Duke vs. Michigan State contest. That group identified the keys to victory and critical matchups -- and the majority predicted a Blue Devils win.

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Andy Katz's 3-Point Shot (1:53)

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Coaches: Badgers have great shot vs. UK

Jeff Goodman surveyed roughly a dozen Division I head coaches and assistants on the subject of Saturday's Kentucky-Wisconsin showdown. That group identified the keys to victory and critical matchups -- and the majority predicted a Badgers win.

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Xavier extends Mack through 2020-21 season

Xavier coach Chris Mack got a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season on Wednesday after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament for the third time in his six years.

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Shockers working to keep Marshall
Men's College Basketball 

Wichita State is working on an enhanced contract package to keep head coach Gregg Marshall, multiple sources told ESPN's Andy Katz. Marshall met with Alabama officials earlier in the week and is the Crimson Tide's top choice to replace the fired Anthony Grant.

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Men's College Basketball 

Towns' transformation 'incredible'

Karl-Anthony Towns' high-school coach Bob Hurley: "I didn't think he could go from shooting 3s to being this dominant around the basket. I want to write John Calipari a note to say this is the most amazing transformation I've seen."

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Geno Auriemma: Men's game a 'joke'

The UConn women's coach said maybe only 10 teams play a game he'd like to watch: "The bottom line is, nobody can score. And they'll tell you that it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work. Nonsense, nonsense. College men's basketball is so far behind the times it's unbelievable."

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UK in legal battle over 40-0 trademark

Kentucky is two games away from 40-0, but the school is already trying to stop other people from using the mark. Last week, the school sent a cease and desist letter to Louisville lawyer David Son, whose company is selling blue and white 40-0 T-shirts on his website.

Texas looking to get Smart

Texas is focusing on VCU coach Shaka Smart to fill its vacant position, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and a HornsDigest report. Sources say that Smart has significant interest in the job. In six seasons as the Rams coach, Smart made the NCAA tournament five times.

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Final Four coaches make joint statement

The four Final Four coaches released a statement criticizing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying “discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated.”

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Mullin introduced as St. John's coach

Chris Mullin was given a card by his former coach Lou Carnesecca that read "Peacock today, feather duster tomorrow" during his introductory news conference. Mullin: "This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life."

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NBA Decisions made today

Staying in school:

  • Melo Trimble, Maryland
Going pro:
  • Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington
  • Kelly Oubre, Kansas

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NIT staying at Madison Square Garden

The National Invitation Tournament will remain in New York City through 2018 after reaching a deal with MSG. "The World's Most Famous Arena" has hosted the tournament since its inception in 1938.

Vitale: Kentucky-Duke in title game

Kentucky's depth and defense will be too much for Wisconsin, and Duke's Jahlil Okafor is a matchup nightmare for Michigan State. At least so says ESPN's Dick Vitale. But who does he have winning it all? Dickie V's predictions

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Ian O'Connor profiles Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns once attended funeral services for a 25-year-old St. Joe's graduate he'd never met, who was among six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012. Towns honored Reinhard by scoring a career-high 25 points in his next game, and told his coach he had no interest in scoring a 26th. 'An off-the-charts sweetheart'

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Nation's top scorer entering draft

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey, whose 23.1 points per game average led all Div. I players this season, will declare for the NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

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Jahlil Okafor key in MSU-Duke

ESPN's Seth Greenberg on how to stop Duke: "Everything you do defensively centers around how you're going to defend Okafor. ... As good as Michigan State's team defense is, I just don't think they have an answer for that." (via Mike & Mike)

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10 more years for Panthers' coach

Northern Iowa agreed to an extension through 2024-25 with coach Ben Jacobson, who is 197-104 in nine seasons at the school. He led the Panthers to a school-record 31 wins this past season.

Kelly Oubre Jr. jumping to NBA

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is leaving Kansas after one season to enter the NBA draft. Oubre, ESPN's Chad Ford's No. 11 overall player, averaged 9.3 points and 5 rebounds per game. Ford's big board (Insider)

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Hey coach, look behind you!

New George Mason basketball coach Dave Paulsen was introduced at the school today. He comes from Bucknell and told reporters: "I've known since I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a college basketball coach. I love what I do."

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Seth Greenberg: Badgers can beat UK

"Where Wisconsin can win this game is their frontcourt. They've got three guys up front that are as versatile, big, skilled, talented as any. ... We're going to see how the Kentucky front-court guys can guard away from the basket." (via Mike & Mike)

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