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The NCAA needs Duke, Kentucky & North Carolina to stop being terrible

College basketball’s bluebloods are in the rare position of being unranked so far.

College basketball’s bluebloods are in the rare position of being unranked so far.
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As we approach March, it’s becoming quite clear that casual fans who only pay attention to the sport when it’s time to fill out their annual brackets are starting to get a little confused as the landscape of college basketball looks unfamiliar this season. As of Thursday, the combined records of Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are 22-20.

That isn’t a typo. I’m good at math.

Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis, and Coby White aren’t walking through that door, as this is the first time all three programs have been unranked since 1961.

Coach K was 14.

“Well, it’s youth,” said college basketball analyst Jay Bilas on a recent episode of SportsCenter. “And coaches always tell you that youth matures at different rates. You don’t know what you’re

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Jazz’s Mitchell brushes off Shaq’s postgame criticism

Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points in the Utah Jazz’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday but was quickly confronted with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticism on TNT’s broadcast.

Mitchell was asked about the awkward exchange afterward and brushed it off.

“We’re on a seven-game win streak right now, we’re playing good basketball. I hate to take a win like this and make it about what they said about me,” the Jazz guard said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Eric Walden. “You look at how we played and guarded, I’m happy.”

Earlier in the program, O’Neal and Charles Barkley said Mitchell’s impact is limited to scoring.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert – who’s also received criticism from Shaq – said the

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Following ‘SportsCenter’ Appearance, Moreira Predicts One FC 3 War with Enomoto in Singapore

Prior to his recent appearance on ESPN “SportsCenter Asia,”
lightweight Zorobabel
Moreira was understandably a little on edge.

The first mixed martial artist to ever appear on the program, the
Brazil native spoke briefly with anchor Steve
Dawson about his upcoming bout with Felipe
Enomoto at One
Fighting Championship 3.

“I was very nervous before I went on ESPN ‘SportsCenter,’ because
they told me they had never had an MMA fighter before, and my
English is not so good,” Moreira told of his on-air
experience. “It is very crazy in Singapore right now because
everyone is talking about One Fighting Championship, and there are
posters of me and everyone wants to know about my fight. When I
first came here, most people did not know what MMA [was], but now
everyone has heard about One FC and has seen it on TV.”

Moreira and Enomoto will headline Saturday’s event,

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Bosse wins in 3 OTs against Catholic boys | Sports

Evansville Bosse and Owensboro Catholic put on one of the best high school basketball games of the season in either locale.

Bosse got a driving layup from Matthew Wagner that left his hand just before the final buzzer to lift the Bulldogs to an 82-80 win at the Sportscenter.

Bosse is 14-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3-A in Indiana.

Two free throws by Luke Scales tied the game at 80 with 3.5 seconds left, then came Wagner’s run down the court.

“It was just a great high school basketball game,” Catholic coach Tim Riley said. “It’s one of the best regular season games I’ve ever been involved with. You build on this. You’d love to win that game. But, now if our kids don’t understand, we’ve got a good basketball team and we need to build off this.”

One of the main building blocks for the Aces was

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