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Kentucky Recruit Already Battled NBA Stars

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Bruce Pearl Will Come Out Firing

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Calipari Has Waves of Talent at UK

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New Kingpin of Early NCAA Tourneys

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Two years ago, as a coltish 16-year-old out of Piscataway, N.J., and St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, Karl-Anthony Towns was with the Dominican national team as it unsuccessfull...(full article)

What will you be doing late Saturday night/early Sunday morning? I imagine there are lots of answers to that question, and my guess is that lots of you have no idea how to answer i...(full article)

The biggest issue facing the 2014-2015 version of the Kentucky Wildcats is, simply, playing time. This team goes ten deep, and that’s before you factor in Dominique Hawkins and D...(full article)

Sunday marked 1,129 days -- a little over three years -- since Austin Hatch committed to Michigan. Back then, Hatch was heading into his junior year of high school. He choose U-M ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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