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5hJohn Gasaway

Why the Big 12 is stronger than the ACC

The Big 12 is powerful at the top (Kansas, Baylor) and could conceivably get all 10 teams into the NCAA tournament while the ACC's weakest teams hurt its depth.

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2hDick 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.

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North Carolina cruises past Radford (0:44)
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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.

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Virginia rallies to beat Ohio State (1:07)
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Don't let these ACC-Big Ten Challenge games fly under your radar (1:41)
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12dDana O'Neil

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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Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Brown's Steven Spieth, the younger brother of Jordan, has been phenomenal this season. Senior averaging 18.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.8 apg.

ESPN College BBall @ESPNCBB

New AP Top 10: 1. Villanova 2. UCLA 3. Kansas 4. Baylor 5. Duke 6. Kentucky 7. North Carolina 8. Gonzaga 9. Indiana 10. Creighton

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats and Info: this is the first time since 1994 that Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA are all ranked in the AP top 10.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

UNC's Roy Williams joined us on Courtside podcast today and he said he's not real positive on Joel Berry (sprained left ankle) playing against Davidson. Will know more in next 24 hours. Meanwhile, he said Theo Pinson (fracture in right foot) is at six-week mark of his recovery and expects another 2-4 weeks for his rehab.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017, told ESPN he went home to the Bahamas to get his visa renewed. Was back home in Nassau for a little more than two weeks. Said he expects to return to Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix tomorrow -- and also said he will play college ball at Arizona.

Seth Greenberg @SethOnHoops

This is Mark Few's most complete team. I would say I told you that weeks ago but then I would sound like a guru which I am not.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Luke Kennard's 35 points against Maine tonight are the most by a Duke player in one game since Ryan Kelly scored 36 in 2013 against Miami.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Xavier entered the game against Baylor allowing 22.9 paint points per game, fewest in the Big East. The Bears punished the Musketeers with 38 points from the paint, helped by 77 percent shooting from down low in the second half.

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After trailing by three points at halftime, Baylor took over in the paint in the second half, outscoring Xavier 20-4 down low. Baylor finished the game 19-of-26 in the paint, including 10-of-13 in the second half.