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1dEamonn Brennan

Welcome to the Big East's big weekend

The Big East needs not prove itself, but three of its top teams (Villanova, Xavier and Butler) face teams from other power conferences. A sweep would give the conference even more credibility.

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FiveThirtyEight: UCLA's Ball a unique, must-watch star

Lonzo Ball' vision, athleticism and the general sense of not-quite-rightness to his game make him a unique player in college basketball this season and certainly one of the most entertaining.

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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.

Iowa takes down Iowa State (0:38)
Give and go turns into vicious alley-oop (0:31)
Monk tries to destroy the rim with tomahawk dunk (0:32)
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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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4dThomas Neumann

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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4dDick Vitale

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.

Coach K has supported the V Foundation from the beginning (0:29)
Injuries don't phase Duke, but leave Michigan State in survival mode (1:53)
Isola praises the Ball family (1:02)


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Calm before storm. Villanova and Notre Dame here at the Never Forget Tribute Classic at noon. Public address announcer just serenaded us with When Somebody Loves You while testing his mic.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Eddie Fogler also helped hire Donnie Tyndall at Southern Miss, Pat Chambers at Penn State, Ray Giacoletti at Drake.

Mechelle Voepel @MechelleV

Marathon women: Creighton volleyball wins third consecutive 5-set match in NCAA tournament, beats Michigan for first-ever Elite 8 berth.

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Creighton scored 113 points tonight in a win against Longwood. That's the most points it has scored in a game since 1/19/85 when it scored 115 against Indiana State. The 113 points is the 5th most in school history.

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Hartford men's basketball gets its 3rd win of the season. Those wins are: - At home against Niagara (OT) - At Sacred Heart (OT) - At Boston College (tonight) This was Hartford's first win in regulation this season. Entering the game, Hartford ranked 330th in BPI (of 351 teams) and had a 14.6% chance to win the game, per BPI. Boston College was favored by 12.2 points, per BPI.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

I like Jim Christian, but BC athletic director Brad Bates listened to Eddie Fogler -- instead of those telling him to hire Mike Hopkins.

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Maurice Watson Jr. has 11 assists for Creighton tonight. It is Watson Jr.'s fourth game this season with at least 10 assists, second most in Division 1 behind UCLA's Lonzo Ball, who has 5 such games.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 60 No. 53 Prentiss Hubb listed Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Xavier, Georgetown and Penn State.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

?ESPN 100 No. 97 Amauri Hardy announced his commitment to Oklahoma State.?