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Meet Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns

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


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.

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.

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.


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."


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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Remembering the Flint-Stones

Fifteen years ago, four players from Flint, Michigan, helped lead Michigan State to its first national title since Magic Johnson's team in 1979.


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Melo Trimble's people should host a town-hall style meeting with all underclassmen titled: "It's OK to come back for another year." Smart.

Andy Katz @ESPNAndyKatz

Good news for the Big Ten and of course Maryland as school announces Melo Trimble will return for sophomore season.

Terps' Melo Trimble to return

The Maryland freshman will come back, coach Mark Turgeon announced today. Trimble led the Terps in scoring (16.2 PPG) and was first team All-Big Ten. "I am excited about spending another year with my teammates and building on what we accomplished this year," Trimble said.

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Bo knows Final Fours

Since the 2009-10 season, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has seen just one of his players drafted. Yet, Ryan still has made it to two Final Fours. Kentucky coach John Calipari has 18 times as many players drafted in the same time.

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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Top football-hoops coaching combos

The best time to be an undergrad is when your teams are excelling in basketball AND football. Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg compiled a list of duos that brought glory to their schools in an overlapping era. Florida's on the list twice, but what state earned top honors? See the schools

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Cauley-Stein to Jordan comparison?

NBA Insider Chad Ford compares Willie Cauley-Stein to DeAndre Jordan: "When you give an NBA [comparison], people look at that player as they are right now in the league and say 'That's ridiculous.' ... We're not talking about that. We're talking about the same age." (via Mike & Mike)

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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
Men's College Basketball 

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.

Men's College Basketball 

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.


Michigan State tries for rare win
Men's College Basketball 

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.

Men's College Basketball 

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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