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Meet Kentucky's Karl-AnthonyTowns

Since he was in ninth grade, Karl-Anthony Towns has been winning people over with his kind and gentle heart and awe-inspiring game.

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No Final Four for UConn's Ollie because of law

UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law, the school announced Tuesday.

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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.

Looking Ahead To The Final Four

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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Ford: Towns more upside than Okafor

NBA Insider Chad Ford on Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Jahlil Okafor: "He's a much better rim protector and shot blocker than Jahlil Okafor is. That's a big, big area NBA teams are looking at. ... Not the same offensive production as Okafor, but much better defensive production." (via Mike & Mike)

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OTD: Villanova plays the perfect game

Villanova celebrated an upset win over the mighty Georgetown Hoyas 30 years ago today in the 1985 NCAA championship. The Wildcats shot 22-for-28 in the game.

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Great offense meets great defense

When Kentucky and Wisconsin meet in the Final Four this weekend, it will be a battle of strengths. Kentucky allows a tournament-low 82.2 points per 100 possessions, while Wisconsin is putting up a tourney-best 130 points per 100 possessions.

MSU-Duke: An early season rematch

Duke and Michigan State met in November, with Duke prevailing in a close game. The Blue Devils' offensive numbers were better, but Sparty dominated the boards.

Chad Ford on NBA draft prospects

The ESPN NBA draft insider said on Mike & Mike: "Now when you hear the word 'senior' or hear the word 'junior,' people recoil a bit. ... I think there are exceptions to the rule, and I think Willie Cauley-Stein will be one of the exceptions."

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Experienced coaches in Final Four

The four coaches in the 2015 Final Four have combined to make 25 appearances, the most combined appearances in a single Final Four in NCAA tournament history. Per NCAA official statistics, this number does not include a pair of appearances vacated by John Calipari.

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Michigan State tries for rare win
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The Spartans have lost 8 of 9 games against the Blue Devils during Tom Izzo's 20 seasons; however, the lone win did come in the NCAA tournament against a top-seeded Duke team that had already defeated them during the regular season.

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Report: Bama eyes Minnesota's Pitino

Alabama, who fired former coach Anthony Grant two weeks ago, has expressed interest in Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Undefeated Indiana team rooting for UK

Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates are eager to end the 39-year wait to add another member to the club: "These are young men who have a terrific opportunity to do something great. I think for me and my teammates, it's hard to pull against young people."

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Man has $1 million riding on MSU

Lots of fans root for the underdog, but Derek Stevens has more reason than most to pull for the Spartans. On Dec. 5, Stevens bet $20,000 on Michigan State to win it all. If the Spartans take the title, he gets a $1 million payoff. Betting big

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Stanford reaches NIT championship
Men's College Basketball 

Chasson Randle netted 24 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer and guide the Cardinal to a 67-60 victory over Old Dominion. Stanford will play Miami in the NIT title game.

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Chasson Randle: 24 Pts; passes Todd Lichti for most points in Stanford history, as Stanford advances to NIT title game with win over ODU

Final: Stanford 67, Old Dominion 60
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Chasson Randle (24 points) and Stanford let Old Dominion erase a 21-point deficit, but the Cardinal pulled away late to advance to the NIT championship for the first time since winning the title in 2012. Box score

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Huskers' Tarin Smith transferring
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Nebraska guard Tarin Smith, who averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds while playing in all 31 games as a freshman this past season, announced he will transfer from Nebraska.

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UConn's Ollie not traveling to Final Four
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Huskies coach Kevin Ollie will not be at the Final Four in Indianapolis, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law.

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Stanford Men's Hoops @stanfordbball

Old Dominion struggling from the field (34.9%) but has forced 14 turnovers. Uncharacteristic for Stanford, which averages only 10.7 miscues.

ODU in the game vs. Stanford
Men's College Basketball 

After trailing by as many as 21 points in the early going, Old Dominion came all the way back to pull level with Stanford in the NIT semifinal on ESPN. The Cardinal has since reopened a three-point edge.

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