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Hall of Fame coach vs. future Hall of Famer for NCAA title

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Roy Williams has been here before. Just last year, in fact. And five times altogether, playing for the NCAA championship. Twice he got to celebrate winning the final game of the season with the Tar Heels, pushing their total to five tournament titles. For Mark Few and Gonzaga, this is all new. Just getting to the Final Four was a first, and now they are one victory from lifting the trophy. If it came down to history, tradition and experience,…

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Roy Williams could join coaching royalty with another title

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North Carolina is one win from a sixth national championship. Roy Williams is one win from joining coaching royalty. Only five men have won more than two national championships. All are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and immediately recognizable to college basketball fans. A win Monday night over Villanova would vault Williams, who won titles in 2005 and 2009, into the group that includes John Wooden (10), Mike Krzyzewski (5), Adolph Rupp (4), Bob Knight (3) and…

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FSU among national leaders in basketball recruiting class for 2016

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While the 2015-16 college basketball season has just begun, coaches are already looking toward next year and beyond. The early signing period for recruits began on November 11 and will conclude on Wednesday. While Duke, Michigan State and Kentucky have the top-ranked classes so far, Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton has much to smile about. The Seminoles have landed some quality players who might make an immediate impact on next year’s squad. Florida State has signed the eighth-ranked class so…

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What to watch for in Duke-Wisconsin national title game

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Duke is the four-time national champion accustomed to playing in the spotlight this time of year. Wisconsin is the plucky upstart that won its only championship in 1941. The two will meet with everything at stake Monday night. The Blue Devils cruised into the title game with an 81-61 blowout of Michigan State in the semifinals, a showcase for coach Mike Krzyzewski’s touted bunch of freshmen. The Badgers followed with a back-and-forth, 71-64 victory over Kentucky, not only avenging a…

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