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O'Neil: Louisville's ban means worst is still to come

The timing of Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban, which stripped its players of March's glory, was unprecedented. It means the allegations levied against the program are very real.

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OTL: Louisville's self-imposed ban (6:48)
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One-year postseason ban long enough for Louisville? (1:49)
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3-Point Shot: Cat Barber for ACC POY (2:06)
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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.

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

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Half-court walk with Bill Self (0:30)
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How did Kentucky lose 21-point lead? (1:18)
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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).

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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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Stewart Cink hits 94-foot putt across basketball court (0:54)
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Has Wisconsin found themselves? (2:00)
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Duke, Kentucky on the bubble? (3:20)
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College Hoops Power Rankings: Big Ten is crowded

Most conferences are up for grabs. That's just how things are working this season. But the Big Ten has a long way to go and lot of teams in the mix -- for the conference title and in our latest Power Rankings.

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Big-Game Breakdown: Notre Dame vs. Miami (2:44)

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Watch: Harvard (9-11) vs. Princeton (12-5)

Harvard has appeared in four straight NCAA tournaments, but that streak is very much in jeopardy, although it has the Ivy League's leading rebounder in Zena Edosomwan. The Crimson travel to face a Princeton team that last reached the tournament in 2011. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN

Yale's Sherrod hits 30 straight shots

Brandon Sherrod hit his first five attempts against Columbia to break the Division I record for consecutive field goals made, which was previously held by Eastern Michigan's James Thompson and Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby (26 straight). Sherrod hit his final shot against Brown on Jan. 22 before going 24-of-24 over his next three games. Box score

Pitino: 'This penalty is quite substantial'

Coach Rick Pitino said Louisville's self-imposed one-year postseason ban came as a "complete shock" to him.

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

K-State president Kirk Schulz acknowledged the topic of expansion did come up during Friday's Big 12 presidents meeting, but commissioner Bob Bowlsby added that specific potential candidates were not discussed.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Following Friday's Big 12 presidents meeting, Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said "there's a unanimity" among the 10 schools that wasn't always there before in putting the interests of the conference over the interests of the individual schools. Schulz added the Big 12 will look to come to a 10-0 consensus moving forward on any major decisions, including possible expansion or implementation of a conference championship game.

Will Sooners end Jayhawks' Big 12 streak?

For the first time in a decade, Kansas could end the regular season without a share of the Big 12 title. In fact, Oklahoma is the numerical favorite. Weekend Homework

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Ineligible teams for the postseason in men's basketball: Alcorn St. Central Arkansas Cal State Northridge Florida A&M Louisville Missouri Pacific SMU Southern Miss. Stetson Abilene Christian (because of reclassifying from DII) Grand Canyon (because of reclassifying from DII) Incarnate Word (because of reclassifying from DII) Mass.-Lowell (because of reclassifying from DII) Northern Kentucky (because of reclassifying from DII) Ineligible for 2016-17: Hawaii Abilene Christian (because of reclassifying from DII) Grand Canyon (because of reclassifying from DII) Incarnate Word (because of reclassifying from DII) Mass.-Lowell (because of reclassifying from DII)

What happened at Louisville?

Louisville imposed a 1-year postseason ban for its men's basketball team amid the NCAA's investigation into an alleged recruiting scandal. OTL interviewed Katina Powell about the allegations last year.

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C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

One other note to consider with Louisville self-imposing a postseason ban, is that U of L president James Ramsey's decision could be, in part, to appease his critics. That includes faculty and some on the board of trustees who have lost confidence in his leadership due to how he's handled a number of events including the possible misuse of federal funds by university administrators.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing I'm not sure I heard from the presser is how much did Louisville consider other forms of punishment. future scholarship limits? reducing recruiting visits/coaches on the road? Imposing postseason ban this year hints that confirmed info from investigation might be worse than originally thought.

USC's Pat Haden resigning

The Trojans athletic director will step down at the end of June. Haden has been in his current position for over 5 years. USC president Max Nikias said Haden will guide the renovation of the Coliseum for a year after he retires.

Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN

Sad day for Lee/Lewis. Unfair. Deserve better. But Katina Powell clearly said something that was true. That's part of this convo. Should be.

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Last time Rick Pitino didnt coach in NCAA tourney- 2006 (NIT). Last time Pitino didnt coach in postseason- 1991 (Kentucky ineligible).

Watch: Louisville imposes postseason ban

Louisville, 18-4 this season, self-imposed a 1-year postseason ban for its men's basketball team for this season. "This is certainly a night of extreme pain," said coach Rick Pitino, who called the news "a complete shock." Story

Bubble Watch: Kansas is one of few locks

Attaining lock status in a wild season like this is difficult, though some teams did enough to get there this week. But for the rest, there's a lot of work to do. Bubble Watch

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Buddy Hield chasing Kevin Durant

Hield needs three more 30-point games to tie Durant for the second-most in a single Big 12 season. Michael Beasley has the most.

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Louisville press conference set at 1:30 today with Rick Pitino, school president and AD Tom Jurich.

Opening tip goes to ... Rece Davis

Ohio State-Wisconsin started the game by putting the opening tip right to Rece Davis. And his catch impressed Jim Calhoun.

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2-on-1 leads to fun

USC finished a fast break with Jordan McLaughlin tossing up the lob to Elijah Stewart for a vicious two-handed finish.

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Back-to-back long-range game winners

Wisconsin Lutheran College guard Tanner Schieve hit a long, game-winning buzzer-beater on Jan. 30. One game later, he did it again.

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USC whipping out fancy moves vs. rival

Katin Reinhardt pulled off the no-look, over-the-shoulder dime to Julian Jacobs to extend USC's lead over UCLA.

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Huge alley-oop from way above the rim

Murray State's behind-the-back pass flipped into a turnover, and Southeast Missouri State showed off fancy moves that led to points.

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SVP's Bad Beats: Arizona State, Rutgers

Scott Van Pelt and Stanford Steve bring you a special Thursday edition of Bad Beats featuring Arizona State's 12-point overtime loss to Washington and Rutgers' 3OT loss to Illinois.

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