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The CBSSports.com Preseason All-America teams are done by me with input from colleagues. But our List of Top 100 College Basketball Players is pure democracy, meaning I voluntarily...(full article)

Brice Johnson, the 6-foot-9 junior from North Carolina, walked into a cavernous conference room at The Westin hotel in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday. He headed straight into a swar...(full article)

Even when the University of Kentucky basketball team is not in the building, Kentucky basketball is in the conversation. On Wednesday, at Atlantic Coast Conference basketball medi...(full article)

“College sports are special,” the N.C.A.A. president Mark Emmert writes in a letter on his organization’s Web site. “Many of us live for those crisp autumn Saturday afterno...(full article)

North Carolina has been disgraced. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it's not going to end with mere embarrassment.   Not if you believe that some shred of the NCAA Manual matt...(full article)

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New Kingpin of Early NCAA Tourneys

On Tuesday morning, the brackets for each of the early season tournament fields were announced. And while most of the fields look like they can produce one or two really good-to-g...

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Davis Most Outstanding Player

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