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Kerry Blackshear Jr. makes Florida all the more dangerous

The Gators were already one of Kentucky's primary challengers in next year's SEC race. Now they could be co-favorites.


Winners and losers of 2019's NBA draft decisions

After key players around the country assessed their pro futures, next year's leading contenders and looming rebuilds have taken shape.


'We'll be back': Texas Tech rose too far to stop here

The winding road the Red Raiders took to the title game, with a tough roster led by a tenacious coach, wasn’t supposed to come up painfully short.


Baylor's dominance tested, then cemented with title

In a season of parity across women’s basketball, Baylor was the one consistent force, but its national championship journey was far from simple.


Team of destiny? Virginia revels in latest escape

As boos rained down and controversy swirled, Kyle Guy and the Hoos kept their cool in a surreal Final Four finish.


Texas Tech-Michigan was ugly, but it was also art

Texas Tech turned the tournament's best defensive matchup into a one-sided affair that was brutally efficient and often brutal on the eyes.


Kenny Wooten and Oregon are the 2019 tournament's glitch

Kenny Wooten, the latest member of Oregon's shot-blocking tradition, is rising at the perfect time for the Ducks.


Tennessee tightens up vs. Iowa to avoid historic collapse

Tennesee showed poise in the midst of a potential 25-point meltdown to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in five years.


The unique challenge of photographing Zion Williamson

Think defending Zion Williamson is hard? Try photographing him in mid-flight.


When a March Madness buzzer beater doesn't go in

New Mexico State's shot at tournament legend was off-target, and Trevelin Queen was still processing a journey that's been a 'dream come true' well after it ended.


Brandon Clarke's breakout has lifted Gonzaga's title hopes

Super-productive forward Brandon Clarke never imagined he'd be an essential part of the best college basketball team out west.


Ole Miss players who took a knee were far from alone

The support from Ole Miss administrators didn't diminish the courage of the basketball players who knelt during the national anthem, but it surely made their decision to express themselves easier.


Arike Ogunbowale can't stop watching her buzzer beater

Less than 24 hours after becoming a Notre Dame hero, Arike Ogunbowale still isn't over her unforgettable day-late contribution to March Madness.


Reactions to Sister Jean's Final Four press conference

Sister Jean went from the most lovable person at the Final Four to one of the most polarizing people, according to Basketball Twitter.


How Devonte' Graham became Kansas's season-saver

Once overlooked by high-major recruiters, Kansas's senior guard has taken a roster that was written off as merely good to the cusp of a championship.


The 2018 NCAA tournament eating game

It’s like a drinking game, but with eating. 


Pac-12 tournament preview: Brace for chaos in Vegas

The Pac-12 has a crowded bubble and a dearth of dominant teams. What happens in Vegas could affect the entire bracket.


Sean Miller strikes back at ESPN: Is lawsuit next?

Sean Miller vehemently denied the report that he discussed arranging payment to land Deandre Ayton, putting the media in the crosshairs.


Scouting Kevin Knox, the best of Kentucky's freshmen

Knox is the best player within John Calipari's star-studded 2017 freshman class.


How Jaren Jackson adds to Tom Izzo's best lineup yet

It’s not unreasonable to expect Jackson to be the most impactful freshman in the Big Ten.


4 reasons Gonzaga will beat UNC in national title game

Underdog or not, Gonzaga clearly has the right pieces to topple UNC in Monday night's national championship game.


How Motley grew into the centerpiece Baylor needed

Johnathan Motley's talent was always obvious but it was too often paired with inconsistency during the forward's first two seasons at Baylor. A change in approach led to a leap forward in 2016–17, and Motley's star turn has the Bears within sight of the Final Four.


SI's iconic March Madness cover returns

What’s the best way to avoid SI’s dreaded cover jinx? Feature all 68 NCAA tournament teams on the same cover.


Bracket Watch: How conference tourneys are shaping field

NCAA tournament bracket watch: With many conference tournaments having already been decided, what changes has the field of 68 seen?


Oregon unveils new glow-in-the-dark uniforms

It's the latest in a long line of adventurous jerseys for Oregon sports teams. 


Oregon continues to move out of Arizona's shadow

Dana Altman and his staff at Oregon have used Arizona as a guidepost for the Ducks' growth, and the past two seasons have proven successful.


Power Rankings: Gonzaga jumps back up to No. 1

The Bulldogs, led by point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, face their biggest remaining test on Saturday night at St. Mary's.


The Ethan-vention: Happ's rise to stardom at Wisconsin

Happ was once considered soft by his own teammates, but now he's the anchor of a Wisconsin team looking to make a third Final Four in four years.


St. Louis basketball team bus stolen after loss

The St. Louis men's basketball team lost their game and then their bus.


Mail: Previewing Round 1 of Duke-UNC on Thursday

In his mailbag, Seth Davis offers his pick for Duke-UNC, his thoughts on Purdue as a Final Four contender and more.


Bubble Watch: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten could flood field

In a down year for mid-majors, these three leagues could put 30 or more teams into the field of 68.


D-I scoring leader Marcus Keene is 5' 9" and fearless

Keene, a transfer star for the Chippewas, is hell-bent on becoming the first Division I player in two decades to score 30 points a game.


Bracket Watch: Louisville could move up to a No. 1 soon

After a wild weekend of upset losses in the Big 12, Louisville is within striking distance of a No. 1 seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament bracket.


Hoop Thoughts: Welcome to college hoops, football fans

With the Super Bowl in the books, it's time for the country to turn its attention to college basketball.


Power Rankings: Kansas back to No. 1 in uniform edition

Kansas, riding back-to-back wins over Kentucky and Baylor, moves to No.1 as the Power Rankings takes a late-season sartorial interlude.


Mail: The story behind the blue puzzle pin, more

College coaches across the country will wear a blue puzzle pin to promote autism awareness and research.


Wichita State walk-ons relish in team's remarkable run

J.R. Simon and Zach Bush, Wichita State walk-ons, are the last holdovers from the Shockers' Final Four season.


Akron is shooting its way toward the tournament

The Zips, first place and unbeaten in the MAC, are one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the country.


Bubble Watch: Power conferences are crowding the field

Expect leagues like the ACC and Big East to soak up a lot of the NCAA tournament's at-large bids.


Bracket Watch: Reassessing the field after upsets

Villanova, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia and UCLA each dropped at least one game this week. So which teams deserve top seeds at this point?


Answering questions about the bracket preview show

Seth Davis addresses some misconceptions and answers some questions about the forthcoming midseason bracket show on CBS on Feb. 11.


Gary Trent Jr. ready to carry his father's legacy

Gary Trent Jr, the son of the "Shaq of the MAC," is a high-volume scorer ready to enroll at Duke this summer.


Power Rankings: Gonzaga could be No. 1 for a while

Gonzaga, the last unbeaten team in college basketball, is the new No. 1 team in the Power Rankings.


Bam's Beginnings: Adebayo's journey to Kentucky

The lessons that Bam Adebayo learned growing up in a small N.C. town have helped prepare him for the bright lights of Kentucky basketball.


How coaches could use time off as a recruiting edge

NCAA rules specify a minimum amount of time off for student-athletes, but what if a coach increased it for his players?


Mail: Is it time to crown Gonzaga as No. 1?

After losses by No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Kansas and No. 4 Kentucky, Gonzaga is poised to ascend to the No. 1 spot in the AP top 25.


Marquette upsets No. 1 Villanova 74–72

Marquette handed Villanova their second loss of the season.


Bracketology: NCAA hoops committee to give tourney peek

Borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, the Selection Committee will release a preview of the NCAA tournament bracket on Feb. 11.


Can the SEC get more than three teams into the tourney?

Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida are the only safe bets from the SEC, and that league's shortfalls could help create a record-setting number of invitations for the ACC.