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Stop Picking on Kentucky

Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News

This Man Needs Lesson in Sportsmanship

Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News

Wide-Open Offense Bucks Trend

Zach Schonbrun, New York Times

Court-Storm Ban? Good Luck With That

Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer

BYU's Triple-Double Machine

Jason Franchuk, Bleacher Report

The college basketball nation’s most prominent freshman does not play for Kentucky. No doubt you are aware of this by now. Center Jahlil Okafor plays for Duke. The most prominent...(full article)

Kevin Stallings apologized, so presumably we’re to leave it at that. “I handled it completely inappropriately,” he said. And then he tried on just about every lev...(full article)

It was after one of Iona’s easiest practices of the season, in which the team spent about 45 minutes working on — gasp! — its half-court offense, when Coach Ti...(full article)

At the time, Fran Dunphy could feel the wave coming, and only in retrospect did he see a way to keep it from crashing upon him and those Kansas coaches and players along the si...(full article)

Kyle Collinsworth plopped down at BYU’s bench Feb. 7, greeted by a teammate’s sly smile and a question. “Did you get it?” Chase Fischer asked, meaning history. Collinsworth...(full article)

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