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Final Four is Set: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and… Michigan State?

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 29, 2015, 9:43 PM

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How's that bracket looking? If you picked all the top seeds to make it to Indianapolis for the Final Four, you were so, so close to being right! Three of the four number ones in the tournament are still standing — Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Duke. But after NC State shocked Villanova in the third round, the door was open for a Cinderella. And that team is Michigan State.

The seven-seed Spartans defeated 10-seed Georgia in the second round and upset number two Virginia in round three. This weekend, MSU topped third-seed Georgia in the Sweet 16, 62-58, then on Sunday shocked fourth seed Louisville in overtime in the Elite 8, 76-70.
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The 2015 Men’s Basketball National Champion — Determined by the Internet

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 17, 2015, 4:21 PM

With the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament about to begin, everyone has an opinion on who’ll be cutting down the net as national champs. And while we have to wait until April 6 to find out who wins it all, two big digital players crunched some data and think they know who will win.

First up: Google. The search giant filled out its bracket by looking at a whole host of information, like searches, views, comments, like on YouTube, and news items from the 2014-15 men’s basketball season. Analysts then used those results to determine winners and come up with its national champion. Their conclusion shouldn’t be surprising:

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Miami Heat Forward Talks Up Blast Motion Basketball Sensor

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  • Lauren Shute
  • March 13, 2015, 2:07 PM

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Last week, Miami Heat forward James Ennis was named Blast Motion’s first basketball ambassador. Blast Motion is a company that produces “wearable motion capture technologies” — which means sensors to help track your skills in different sports. The Blast Basketball clips on your waistband and the sensor records jump height, acceleration, rotation, and hang time.

That makes Ennis the perfect spokesman for the product. The Heat chose him in the second round 2013 NBA Draft, and the following season he played for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. Down under, Ennis helped the Wildcats win the Australian Basketball League championship and finished third in MVP voting. He returned to the States this season, and he has had a big impact on the Heat. Ennis returned to the States after the season, joined the Heat for the 2014 NBA Summer League, and finally signed with the club last July. Since joining the Heat.

SI Kids caught up with Ennis talk about the Blast Motion technology, how he uses it, and what his first season with the Heat has been like.
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Even as an 8th Grader, Steph Curry Owned the Court

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 2, 2015, 10:34 AM

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Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is one of the best players in the NBA. But dominating the court is nothing new for the AGE-old point guard. And as proof: Footage of a teenage Steph Curry running circles around other kids — and his dad, Dell Curry, a star in his own right.

The video of young Steph Curry was posted by the Toronto Star late last week. It was part of a story looking back at Curry's time playing ball for the Queenway Christian College Saints Grade 7 and 8 boys team.
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Stephen Curry Meets Mo’ne, Asks for Her Autograph

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  • Christina M. Tapper
  • February 20, 2015, 5:50 PM

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When Stephen Curry met Mo’ne Davis last week before the Golden State Warriors game against the Philadelphia 76ers, he did not waste the opportunity to commemorate the moment.

The Warriors point guard and NBA MVP candidate is a big fan of the Little League World Series pitching phenom and 2014 SI Kids Sports Kid of the Year winner. So he did what fans usually do when they meet a great athlete: ask for an autograph.  
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LeBron James and Stephen Curry Get Fit With NYC Students

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  • Christina M. Tapper
  • February 17, 2015, 12:42 PM

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry were two of the many stars in New York over the weekend for the NBA All-Star Game. But two days before they hit the court at Madison Square Garden, they shot around with a group of local kids.

On Friday, James and Curry joined nearly 60 elementary, middle, and high school students at an NBA Fit basketball clinic at the newly revamped High School of Graphic Communication Arts gym. The space was renovated by the NBA and features a new floor and All-Star banners of NBA players, including James and Curry.

“I didn’t play on courts like this. [I played on] outdoor courts and makeshift courts,” James told the kids.
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Russell Westbrook Dazzles in 2015 All-Star Game, and Other Big Moments from the Game

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  • Lauren Shute
  • February 16, 2015, 11:00 AM

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During media appearances earlier in the week, Russell Westbrook said he intended to use the weekend to rest. Fortunately, things didn’t go according to plan.

The Oklahoma City Guard scored 41 points in a 163-158 West victory Sunday night. The performance earned him the 2015 All-Star MVP and left him just one point shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain’s 53-year-old record for most points in an All-Star Game.

In the final minutes of the game, the MVP found out just how close he was to breaking the record. But he put his team first and his chance to make history second, using the last few minutes of the game to secure a Western Conference win. Still, Westbrook’s dynamic performance was filled with several high-flying dunks — one so high that he even hit his head on the rim!
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