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Duke beats Wisconsin to win fifth national title

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils captured their fifth NCAA National Championship by beating Wisconsin 68-63 on Monday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tyus Jones scored 23 points and Grayson Allen added 16.  Jahlil Okafor had 10 points and three rebounds. The win puts coach Mike Krzyzewski at second all-time for most championships in men’s basketball; UCLA’s John Wooden holds the record with 10. ...

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Minus Kentucly, National Championship still features top two teams in the country

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Wisconsin vs Arizona

In early December, fourth-ranked Duke strolled into Madison to square-off with second-ranked Wisconsin in the most highly-anticipated contest of this season’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and the first real test of the then-young season for either team. With a freshman-heavy crop of talent to combat Wisconsin’s two-headed monster of experienced upperclassmen known as Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Duke hit a ...

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Andrew Harrison apologizes for using slur in press conference

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison uttered an obscenity and a racial slur as a question about Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was being asked during Saturday night’s postgame news conference at the Final Four. Harrison was asked after the Wildcats were upset 71-64 by the Wisconsin Badgers how is was defending Kaminsky. Near the end of the question, Harrison was heard muttering “F— that n—-” as his hand covered his ...

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Duke too much for Michigan State

Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports

Up early and eying a shot at the national championship, the Michigan State Spartans sure looked like they belonged among the nation’s heavyweights during the first four minutes of Saturday’s showdown with the Duke Blue Devils. But rather than maintaining the momentum generated from hitting five of their first seven shots, the Spartans’ promising start ultimately led to their demise, ...

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NCAA Championship: Wisconsin vs. Duke

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The 2015 NCAA Tournament is now down to two teams after Duke beat Michigan State and Wisconsin beat Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. The Blue Devils will compete for their fifth national title after beating the Spartans 81-61.  Justise Winslowscored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18, and senior Quinn Cook had 17. The Blue Devils won it all in Indianapolis ...

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Michigan State flourishing as NCAA Tournament’s resident long-shot

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By late January, the Michigan State Spartans had lost seven of their first 20 games and were looking down the barrel of a tough Big Ten schedule littered with teams that would eventually reach this year’s NCAA Tournament. In short, it looked as though head coach Tom Izzo was headed to the N.I.T. Consecutive wins over Rutgers and Michigan helped ...

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Kendall Stephens: ‘Stay tuned, Purdue basketball is back’

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kendall Stephens was a big part of the Purdue Boilermakers’ success this past season, and the future looks extremely bright. Purdue hasn’t been a major factor in the Big Ten for a few years now, but they put themselves back on the map with an NCAA Tournament appearance this year. Unfortunately, their season ended with an overtime loss at the ...

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Shaka Smart leaves VCU for Texas

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Shaka Smart will become the Texas Longhorns next basketball coach. Virginia Commonwealth sports information director Scott Day confirmed Thursday that Smart was making the move. Smart met with VCU players earlier in the evening at the Siegel Center, the team’s home arena. “Out of respect for Coach Smart and the University of Texas, we decline comment at this point,” VCU athletic director ...

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Duke freshman gunning for Michigan State

Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports

Respected as one of the nation’s very best, loved by a loyal fan-base, and despised by almost everyone else, the Duke Blue Devils have become college basketball’s ”evil empire” over the last two-plus decades. But it’s been nearly five years since Duke last won a national championship in 2010, and after falling victim to a well-deserved dose of one-and-done payback ...

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Will Wisconsin’s best effort be enough to take down Kentucky?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Wisconsin vs Arizona

Without the presence of at least one genuine long-shot, this year’s NCAA Tournament has turned into a war of past champions and power conference standouts, and this Saturday’s Final Four-showdown between Wisconsin and Kentucky truly exemplifies the type of big-name battle for supremacy that we’ve seen thus far. Over the weekend, third-seeded Notre Dame had Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari ...

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