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Orlando hosts Florida-flavored NCAA Tournament first round

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For NCAA Tournament organizers, their desire to fill seats at the eight first and second round sites, Orlando should be gold for them. With the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coming to the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, fans of all three teams will not have far to travel. Florida’s other NCAA Tournament is Miami. The eighth-seeded Hurricanes will open play on Friday in Tulsa against the ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans. The team traveling…

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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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Jayhawks, Spartans top AP Top 25 poll

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Heading into the final week of college basketball’s regular season, some of the programs known for annual strong finishes are doing just that. The Kansas Jayhawks hold the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll released on Monday, followed by the Michigan State Spartans. Both teams are playing their best basketball of the season. Kansas won their 12th consecutive Big 12 title over the week. This one is special if for no other reason than the strength of teams…

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Someone other than Duke or Kentucky will cut down the nets

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With so many quality teams, there is one thing we know about the championship chase in college basketball. It is apparent the one among as many as 20 teams could walk away from March Madness holding the trophy over their heads. Many of the tradition-filled programs are having typically good seasons, but three of the most dominant programs of the past decade, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State have encountered recent difficulty and had weaknesses exposed. Duke is 14-4 but stands…

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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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Alabama’s Crimson Tide close in toward another national title

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Does the University of Alabama have any room left in its trophy case? Yes, from the way the Crimson Tide looked in a 38-0 walloping of Michigan State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Thursday night. It brought Alabama coach Nick Saban within a week of his fifth national championship game. Of course, the Tide would have to beat the unbeaten Clemson Tigers in next week’s title game. Few schools have won the way the Tide has won, however,…

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Alabama’s Jake Coker will do what’s needed to win

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Alabama quarterback Jake Coker has seen a lot since he left St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. He was not heavily recruited, but received a scholarship offer from Florida State University after Jimbo Fisher saw his skills. Though Alabama finally offered Coker a scholarship late in the recruiting process, he enrolled at FSU. Coker saw a lot of the bench during his two years in Tallahassee. Other quarterbacks either on the roster or redshirting were E.J. Manuel, Clint Trickett,…

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