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Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer

Best in the Land? Right Now It's ACC

Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports

Kentucky vs. Duke a Game to Dream On

Matt Brown, Sports on Earth

It would require all kinds of stuff – six more wins in a row, to start with, as well as a couple of “how-did-he-do-that?” shots and some outright good luck. But...(full article)

For a brief, fleeting moment last year, the lights shined not on Broadway, but in Brooklyn and Barclays Center. The stars were in place, star talent assembled on the court, champ...(full article)

As the college basketball season rumbled toward the NCAA Tournament, it was impossible to shake a stick without finding an article asking why college basketball games have becom...(full article)

ACC commissioner John Swofford will spend most of this weekend courtside at Greensboro Coliseum, where his conference is hosting an NCAA women's tournament regional, but he'll al...(full article)

The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is all about rooting for thrilling upsets. The second weekend, brackets aside, is about rooting for the best possible matchups in the Fin...(full article)

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