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The Embiid NBA Draft Conundrum

Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports

Jim Boeheim's Being Selfish

Colin McGowan, The Rotation

Something Stinks at Missouri

Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Athletic Culture Under Siege at Missouri

Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

How does an NBA general manager draft Joel Embiid? He's an injury waiting to happen. No, check that. He's an injury that has already happened. Two injuries, that we know of: his kn...(full article)

March Madness is always followed by an April exodus. The NBA is currently in that boring-holding-pattern part of the season in which most of the playoff spots have been sorted out ...(full article)

It’s getting to the point in Columbia that you can’t read an incident report without a roster. What transpired Thursday at the University of Missouri isn’t funny....(full article)

Dorial Green-Beckham might have been arrested if he weren’t a football star. No sugarcoating. Due process, innocent-until-proven-guilty, all that stuff is important, and so...(full article)

Derrick Gordon first realized he was gay in middle school but never told anybody until earlier this month. He's now 22 years old. So the UMass guard has been hiding things from his...(full article)

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Why Huskies-Irish Are a Perfect Pairing

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Tournament MVP Calls Out NCAA

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Freshmen Will Leave ... and Calipari?

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Seedings Don't Tell March Madness Story

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Heartbroken? What to Appreciate in Final

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In Defense of the Homer Announcers

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Women's Final Historic No Matter Who Wins

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Challenges for Black Basketball Coaches

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Donovan Builds Dynasty Against the Odds

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Final 4 Explode Conventional Thinking

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Done Listening to Critics of 1-and-Done

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Nearly 75, Dickie V Still Awesome, Baby

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UConn's Ollie Takes the Road Less Traveled

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Humans Seed Better Than Computers

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For Calipari, It's Won and Not Done

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Off to NBA, Wiggins Should Have No Regrets

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In Hard-to-Predict Final 4, Give Florida Edge

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Davis Most Outstanding Player

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A-to-Z Guide to Title Game

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Davis Embellishes No. 1 Draft Status

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1 Great State, 2 Great Coaches

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Glockner: 10 Burning Questions

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Sullinger Asserts Leadership Role

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