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Grayson Allen had himself a day against UNLV (0:22)
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Kansas cruises to win over Nebraska (0:44)
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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.

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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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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

?Mike Brey back at his old DeMatha stomping grounds to watch future Notre Dame wing D.J. Harvey.?

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Michigan was 12-of-16 on 3-pointers in the first half, and UCLA (10-of-14) was almost as good.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

?Five-star Alabama signee Collin Sexton finished with 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting. Think Aaron Thompson (Pitt signee) got the better of him in the second half, getting physical with him and really guarding. Thompson will make an immediate impact at Pitt due to his IQ and defensive ability. Sexton is going to put on a show at Alabama from day one, combining with John Petty in a high-level backcourt duo.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan and UCLA are a combined 19-of-26 from 3 in the first 17 minutes at Pauley Pavilion. (Bonus analysis: That is very good.)

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Stanford volleyball climbs back from 0-2 down to beat Wisconsin and make final four. Two more tickets to Columbus!

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Ohio State big man Trevor Thompson has 17 & 17 with a couple minutes left against UConn. Abusing the Huskies frontline.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star wing Hamidou Diallo finished with 29 points and nine rebounds -- and it was perhaps the most complete game we've seen from him. If his jumper keeps progressing, the signs of a potential first-round pick this spring are obvious. NBA scouts and executives continue to go to Putnam Science Academy (Connecticut) to watch him in case he skips college for the NBA. Kentucky, Syracuse, Connecticut, Arizona, Kansas and Indiana made his final six.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Head-to-head battle between the most explosive 2017 scorer (Collin Sexton, Alabama) and one of the best on-ball 2017 defenders (Aaron Thompson, Pittsburgh).

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Duke's Grayson Allen scored a career-high 34 points against UNLV on Saturday, and he was efficient in doing so. Allen shot 75 percent from the field and surpassed his previous career high of 33 points with 6:30 to go in the Blue Devils' win over UNLV.

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The first meeting since 1991 between Duke and UNLV ended in a 94-45 Blue Devils win. It threatened the largest loss in UNLV history, a 57-point defeat to Houston on Jan. 20, 1971.

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Butler rebounds from loss to Indiana State -- with a big home win over Cincinnati. Chris Holtmann has Bulldogs in good position.

Jackson rocks the rim with huge dunk

No one boxes out Duke's Frank Jackson, and he makes UNLV pay by slamming down the putback dunk.

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That's a nice win for Wichita State against Oklahoma in OKC. Gotta give Gregg Marshall credit -- winning despite losing Baker & VanVleet.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Handful of NBA scouts expected here for Hamidou Diallo. Syracuse also showed up for Diallo and Eric Ayala. Orange recently offered Ayala.

Smith with a ridiculous posterizing dunk

Daishon Smith might only be listed at 6-foot-1, but he shows the hops and puts an Oklahoma defender on a poster with a vicious dunk for Wichita State.

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UNLV committed 12 turnovers in the first 14 minutes after entering with an average of 13.0 turnovers for an entire game.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Not a ton of recruiting news about No. 1 guard Trevon Duval. He's still down to five schools (Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall, Baylor), plans to take all his visits in 2017. As far as the overseas option, Duval said "definitely college."