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Wisconsin Shocks Kentucky to Earn a Spot in National Title Game

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren't undefeated, either.

The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could this season: They knocked off the Wildcats 71-64 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from birthday boy Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch.

Now, instead of Kentucky going for history, it's Wisconsin heading to the final Monday night to play Duke. The Badgers, who lost 80-70 to Duke in a December meeting in Madison, opened as a one-point favorite.

"I just feel like we wanted to win the national title, and we didn't do it," Wildcats freshman Tyler Ulis said. "So the season was a waste."
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Duke Blows Out MSU to Reach Finals

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two star freshmen, a solid senior and some of the trademark defense Duke has long been known for have the Blue Devils back in the national championship game.

And in Indianapolis, no less.

Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into yet another title game in the city known for a 500-mile auto race.

The Blue Devils won it all in Indianapolis in 1991, their first under Mike Krzyzewski. The winningest men's Division I coach, who has a 9-3 record in national semifinal games, led them to their fourth and most recent title in 2010, also in Indianapolis.
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Women's Final Four is Set!

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  • Lauren Shute
  • April 3, 2015, 4:23 PM

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The UConn Huskies need to do one thing to play for their third-straight national title next week: Escape a field that for the third time in Final Four history includes every No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.

There are still a lot of minutes left to play this season, but no matter which teams end up in the championship game on April 7, two very tough games will be played first. And the featured semifinal opponents could not be more different. 
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Sim Bhullar Becomes First NBA Player of Indian Descent

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 2, 2015, 12:54 PM

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Some basketball history was made in Sacramento today. The Kings signed center Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract, making him the first player of Indian descent to make it onto an NBA roster.

The 7-foot-5, 360-pound Bhullar had been playing in the NBA’s development league with the Reno Bighorns. This season, he has played 39 games (starting 17) and collected 11 double-doubles, along with one triple-double. He’s averaging 10.3 points a game, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks.

The Kings’ next game is tomorrow at home against the Pelicans. So Bhullar should be suited up and on the bench.
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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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