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What to watch for at today’s NCAA Final Four

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Some things to watch for in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Seven-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski is Gonzaga‘s center and he will be matched up with 6-10 Maik Kotsar of South Carolina. Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. Kotsar, a freshman, averages 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karnowski has been battling a back issue. “It was mostly my lower back, maybe a little bit…

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Play it back: rematches to decide last two spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach’s wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina. Are these two ready for an encore? Of course they are – though it’s a valid argument to say this rematch might be better suited for next weekend in the Final Four than Sunday in…

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Tar Heels cruise by Orange; will play Villanova for title

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The North Carolina Tar Heels earned their place in the national championship game with an 83-66 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. The Tar Heels wore down a pesky Orange team at NRG Stadium in Houston and earned their place against the Villanova Wildcats. North Carolina’s tall and strong front line made up for off-target long-range shooting. While the Tar Heels shot only four of 17 from three-point range, they were 35 for 65 overall, many on layups, dunks and put-back.…

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FSU tries to bounce back against North Carolina

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After beating Florida on the road last week, Florida State opened their ACC basketball season on the road at Clemson on Saturday. After an inspiring win, the Seminoles suffered a devastating loss to the Tigers, a team they should have been able to handle. This is what frustrates FSU supporters. Many times they have posted impressive wins over teams like Duke and North Carolina only to lay an egg in the next game like Saturday’s 84-75 debacle at Clemson. On…

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Tennessee throttles Northwestern in Outback Bowl

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The temperature was in the mid-20s on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, as the Wildcats played in the Outback Bowl on Friday. And although it was 82 in Tampa, the Tennessee Volunteers gave the Wildcats a chilly reception as they rolled to a 45-6 victory at Raymond James Stadium. The host committee was cordial and accommodating to the Wildcats and their fans, but the Volunteers were a different story. Tennessee dominated both sides of the ball and looked much…

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College basketball round-up: No. 1 goes down

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A major upset rocked college basketball on Saturday as top-ranked North Carolina went down to defeat. Florida, Florida State and Central Florida posted victories, while USF is still searching for their first win. Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Florida Gulf Coast all posted victories. Northern Iowa 71, No. 1 North Carolina 67 College basketball will have a new No. 1 team next week following the shocking defeat of top-ranked North Carolina. The Tar Heels were ambushed by the Northern Iowa…

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