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How the weekend's games will alter Big Ten, other conference races

Conference title pictures are getting clearer. Can North Carolina keep its handle on the ACC? Will Baylor emerge in the Big 12, and is Villanova likely to fall back in the Big East?


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Keys for Michigan State to win in Ann Arbor (0:56)
Greenberg: Villanova must contain Dunn (0:57)
One-year postseason ban long enough for Louisville? (1:49)
OTL: Louisville's self-imposed ban (6:48)
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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.

Ducks use long ball to roll over Buffaloes (0:46)
SVP's Bad Beats: Arizona State, Rutgers (2:22)
The opening tip goes right to... Rece Davis (0:51)
Bilas: What we can learn from NBA (2:08)
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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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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?

Half-court walk with Bill Self (0:30)
How did Kentucky lose 21-point lead? (1:18)
How did West Virginia win at Iowa State? (1:16)
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Bubble Watch: Making sense of this mad and deranged season

As a new season of Bubble Watch dawns, it's time go searching for the teams that are locked into NCAA tournament spots, the ones that should be and the ones that have work to do. (Hint: A lot of teams have work to do).

Every single one of Simmons' 21 points (1:27)
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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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Funeral service held for jump shot pioneer Sailors

College basketball Hall of Famer Kenny Sailors, credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, was remembered at his funeral as a deeply religious man who inspired others.


Guarding 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall is unfair

UCF's Tacko Fall barely jumps on this dunk over several Temple defenders. He has 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a tight game with Temple on ESPNU.


Duke usually responds when unranked

The Blue Devils are 3-1 in their last four games while unranked. They are double-digit favorites vs. NC State (2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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Cyclone Basketball @CycloneMBB

ISU will trot out the starting lineup of Morris, Thomas, Nader, Burton and Niang for the first time this season. First start for Burton.

JD Miller with exclamation point for TCU

The Horned Frogs may be trailing Kansas big, but JD Miller still provided a great highlight with a monstrous dunk.


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Duke handing out Blue Devil 'horns' for its game against North Carolina State. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski returns to the sideline after missing the Georgia Tech win for health reasons.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Finally reading some of what Damion Lee and Trey Lewis said about Louisville's postseason ban. They were honest, emotional and yet dignified and mature in their remarks. They are "student-athletes" the NCAA and the university ought to be proud of, not punish.

Can't bring any weak stuff around Jeter

Pittsburgh's Sheldon Jeter showed incredible presence on this defensive play.


Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

After talking to Ben Bentil for a few minutes on the court, Providence coach Ed Cooley just told me that his big man WILL give it a go today against Villanova despite the ankle injury.

Omogbo finding peace on the court

Colorado State's Emmanuel Omogbo lost both parents and twin niece and nephew in a tragic house fire. He's used basketball -- and support from around the country -- to find peace.


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Ben Bentil out here a little more than an hour before the game doing some light jogging to see if he can go today against Villanova.

7-foot-6 Tacko Fall tips in with ease

The UCF big man easily cleans up after a missed shot against Temple. The Owls, however, lead early in the second half on ESPNU.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a text the Friars are working on Ben Bentil (right ankle) but doesn't look good for Villanova game at 2:30 pm at the Dunk. They may try and give it a go but he will be limited.

No. 7 Kansas rolling past TCU at halftime

The Jayhawks are shooting 53.6% from the floor, including Perry Ellis going for a game-high 11 points, in taking a 38-20 lead over the Horned Frogs. TCU has lost 11 straight against top-10 teams. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

No. 19 Louisville throttling BC at halftime

One day after announcing they would not be going to the postseason, the Cardinals are dominating the Eagles 32-14 at halftime. Jaylen Johnson leads all scorers with 7 points, while Chinanu Onuaku has 7 rebounds. Streaming live on ESPN3

Marquette leads No. 6 Xavier at halftime

The Golden Eagles went on a 17-1 run to take a 38-35 lead over the Musketeers. Henry Ellenson leads the way with 10 points and 6 rebounds. An unranked Marquette team has not beaten a top-6 teams since upsetting UConn in 2006. Follow live

Brogdon trots out Statue of Liberty dunk

Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon soars past the Pittsburgh defense for the big one-handed dunk.


Ellis wide open for alley-oop

So where was the TCU defense in trying to stop Kansas' Perry Ellis on the very easy alley-oop?


Hello from Louisville's Adel

Deng Adel makes the steal, tiptoes along the sideline then cuts between a couple of Boston College defenders for the bucket as the Cardinals are already up 17 just 8 minutes into the game. (Live on WatchESPN)


Watch: Louisville's first game since self-ban

(19) Louisville welcomes lowly Boston College to town one day after it banned itself from postseason play. The Cardinals are one game behind North Carolina for the ACC lead. Streaming live on ESPN3