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Weekend Predictions: North Carolina bounces back at Notre Dame

Notre Dame will be hungry for a key ACC win when it hosts North Carolina on Saturday, but Myron Medcalf sees the Tar Heels' prevailing.

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

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Greenberg: The Big 12 is must-see TV (1:16)
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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.

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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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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.

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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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College hoops is even more wide open

Louisville, the nation's No. 5 team according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, has banned itself from the NCAA tournament.

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GameDay picks Final Four crashers

Dayton is one of the teams that Seth Greenberg thinks has the chops to make noise in March.

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No Juwan Evans for OSU today and no Jameel McKay for Iowa State. No.1 job description of a college coach: Crisis Management Coordinator.

Watch: College GameDay

Jay Bilas, Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams are in South Bend, Indiana as the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels come to town later tonight. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Louisville without top scorer Saturday

Rick Pitino told Wave 3 News in Louisville that Damion Lee (17.0 PPG) will not play today against Boston College because of a minor knee injury. Louisville would prefer to rest him for Monday's game at Duke.

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Andy Katz puts Tar Heels on upset watch

South Bend will be rocking Saturday with ESPN's College GameDay in town. Can No. 2 North Carolina avoid a second straight road loss? Daily Word

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SVPs Best Thing I Saw Today

A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award dialed up an epic hook shot for a game-winning buzzer beater.

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Greenberg: Big 12 is must-see TV

With a nod to the Big Ten's elite, Seth Greenberg says your time is best spent watching non-stop Big 12 action.

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Michigan State at Michigan: Who wins?

The Spartans have won three in a row with a healthy Denzel Valentine. The Wolverines' chances at home will depend on the status of Caris LeVert. Weekend Predictions

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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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Iowa State suspends McKay indefinitely

Jameel McKay, the Big 12's reigning defensive player of the year, will miss at least Saturday's road game against Oklahoma State, the team announced. McKay is averaging 12.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 1.7 BPG for the No. 13 Cyclones.

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.

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.