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Solutions for MSU, Syracuse, Oregon? Look to the numbers

Some teams who started the season with high hopes have fallen flat. But what, exactly, has gone wrong? A look at the analytics reveals some interesting answers.

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Indiana State shocks No. 16 Butler

Brenton Scott hit a free throw with 1.5 seconds left to give the Indiana State Sycamores an upset on the 60th birthday of former star Larry Bird.

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Drake coach Giacoletti resigns after 1-7 start

Drake coach Ray Giacoletti resigned Tuesday after three-plus seasons, saying it was time for a "new voice" to lead the Bulldogs out of a skid that has them 1-7 this season.

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Thinking globally helps Bradley rebuild

If you need more proof that basketball is a worldwide game, just look at Bradley's roster. With five overseas players representing four countries on three continents, the Braves are truly global.

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Remember John Saunders during Jimmy V Week

The late John Saunders had a strong bond to Jim Valvano and the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Dickie V will be thinking about Saunders at the Jimmy V Classic this week.

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Injuries don't phase Duke, but leave Michigan State in survival mode (1:53)
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Bracketology: Kentucky (for now) takes a dip

Big Blue Nation didn't like losing at home to UCLA. It's probably fair to say it won't like falling from a No. 1 seed -- or being matched up against a team that already knocked off a major power this season.

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Indiana State Upsets Butler

Brenton Scott hit a free throw to put Indiana State ahead, giving the Sycamores a 72-71 upset win over No. 16 Butler and setting off a court-storming in Terre Haute.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz had Washington's only real highlights in the first half against Gonzaga, a pretty left-handed spin and finish in transition and a pro-move step back jumper ... but finished 3 of 14 from the field and went into the locker room trailing 47-22. UW is rough enough when Fultz plays well (and he usually has); when he's off, they're doomed.

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Derrick White just scored 23 for Colorado in a win against Xavier. Such a cool story. Spent three years at D-2 Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Another upset in Indiana as Indiana State KO's No. 16 Butler. Brenton Scott finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and he also made the late, game-winning free throw that sealed the 72-71 win. In late November, his twin brother, Bryson Scott, led Fort Wayne with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in his team's upset of Indiana. Not a bad stretch for the Scott family.

Heyward scores from far, far away

Georgia Tech's Corey Heyward drills a buzzer-beater from three-quarters court against VCU as the first half ends. The Yellow Jackets lead 36-28 at the break.

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