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Weekend Picks: Gonzaga wins battle of the skilled bigs

Gonzaga's group of talented big men taking on a hobbled Arizona team highlights this weekend's games. Here's a look at some other intriguing matchups.

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Bracketology: The quick rise of Baylor basketball

Remember way, way back on Nov. 3 -- a whole four weeks ago -- when Baylor debuted as a No. 8 seed? Well, things have changed -- in a hurry. The Bears have made a big move.

South Carolina taking statement lead with alley-oop (0:11)
Louisville holds off Purdue (0:56)
Virginia rallies to beat Ohio State (1:07)
Allen says Duke's defense started Duke's offense (0:53)
Villanova cruises to seventh win of season (0:48)
Jackson does it all in Kansas' win over LBSU (0:40)
Will Arizona find an identity in its matchup with Gonzaga? (1:33)
Don't let these ACC-Big Ten Challenge games fly under your radar (1:41)
Assist of the year candidate leads to awesome reverse dunk (0:23)
Fan aggressively screams at opponent during free throws (0:26)
NJIT's Ukawuba throws down epic slam on Purdue defender (0:49)
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Ray Smith's career ended before it started

Arizona's Ray Smith, once a top-30 prospect, retired a few weeks ago. He's only 19. But after a third ACL injury, he opted to walk away and start the next part of his life. And he's OK with that.

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Bracketology: Villanova becomes No. 1 overall

Sure, it's early - very early - but any time you're the No. 1 overall seed, it's cause for celebration. Right now, it's good to be defending champion Villanova.

Louisville flying-high with Spalding's big alley-oop dunk (0:47)
Malik Monk dunks it with authority on back-to-back possessions (0:31)


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just finished watching a Virginia practice. No surprise, what with Press Virginia here tomorrow, Cavaliers spent a lot of time on press break offense.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's John Calipari on the precautionary measures he took this week when a few members of his program got sick:


Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

USC's Bennie Boatright has MCL sprain. Will be out six weeks, spokesman told ESPN.

trey wingo @wingoz

The Travis Frederick/Linvall Joseph battle is going to be a fun one to watch all night