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Buddy Hield shows why he’s college basketball’s best

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The Oklahoma Sooners have a good Buddy. Whenever he is needed, the young man in whom they place enormous confidence is always there. Their go-to guy is Buddy Hield, who can do just about anything on a basketball court. He can shoot, rebound or handle the ball; whatever is necessary. Hield is considered the favorite to win the John R. Wooden Award as the player of the year in college basketball. There are other national awards that he may win…

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Conference tournament round up: UConn, UK, MSU take titles

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SEC: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77 OT On Sunday the Kentucky Wildcats were playing for their 29th SEC championship. The Texas A&M Aggies were playing for their first. The Aggies must wait at least another year to claim their first tournament title because Kentucky took an 82-77 victory in overtime in Nashville, Tennessee. After scoring a career-high 30 points, Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Kentucky trailed by four at halftime, but Ulis and backcourt…

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College roundup: Gators come up short at Michigan State

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Going into their game with No. 1 Michigan State on Saturday, the Florida Gators knew their effort and execution would need to be at midseason level to have a chance for the upset. Making a fair amount of shots would help, too. Florida put forth a strong effort and committed only eight turnovers against a good Spartan defense. Unfortunately, far too few shots fell for the Gators, allowing Michigan State to escape with a 58-52 victory in East Lansing, Mich.…

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