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Duke is far and away the nation's best team ... without its best player

What was the scariest part in Duke's convincing win over Florida? The Blue Devils are blowing away the competition with their best player on the bench -- and he could make his debut soon.

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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: 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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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

One potential landing spot I've heard for recently-dismissed Austin Nichols if he leaves Virginia and doesn't go pro: TCU.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA scouts have been enamored with Florida State's Jonathan Isaac when he's been healthy this season. 6-10 and long, but they're most impressed by his shooting: 44.4 percent from 3.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving on this Duke team after watching the Blue Devils last night: "They can be great, but it's going to take some time. They still aren't fully back yet. Harry's special." Irving spent time down in Durham this past offseason and knows the young guys (i.e. Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles) well.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

If you extrapolate UNC's Tony Bradley to even 28 minutes/game, his numbers are around 16 points and 10 boards. No. 1 offensive rebounder in the country right now.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Duke's Luke Kennard was playing great in offseason, but with addition of Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson, there was concern with how many minutes he would get on the court. His father, Mark, admitted he wasn't sure how much he would play this year and Luke said he never would have thought he would be Blue Devils leading scorer at this point. Kennard has also caught eye of NBA guys. "He's definitely not just a shooter," one told me last night.

Duke tops Florida to improve to 9-1

Amile Jefferson, Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum combined to score 75 points in No. 5 Duke's 84-74 win over No. 21 Florida.

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Jefferson finishes off sequence with dunk

After Luke Kennard steals the ball and takes off towards the basket, the Duke offense uses quick passes to work the ball around before finding Amile Jefferson all alone for the easy dunk.

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Fau Stuns Ohio State with Late Shot

Nick Rutherford's floater goes down with one second left to give Florida Atlantic the lead for good over the Buckeyes.

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Sun Devils turn steal into huge alley-oop

Obinna Oleka got Arizona State on the board in style when he elevated over Purdue's P.J. Thompson to complete this highlight-reel dunk.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

In Tuesday night's win over Florida, Luke Kennard, Amile Jefferson and Jayson Tatum combined for 75 points for Duke. The rest of the team combined for 9. It was the 1st time since Jan. 20, 2001 with 3 players scoring at least 22 points (Jay Williams, Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier).

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Coach K on Harry Giles return: "we're hoping before Christmas -- those two games."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach K on Harry Giles: "We're hoping before Christmas."

Brett Edgerton ESPN Editor 

Coach K reflects on the larger cause after tonight's win over Florida. "It's always an honor to play at the Garden. And it's always an honor to play against a really good team in the Garden when your bringing attention to the fight against cancer."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Kennard/Amile Jefferson/Jayson Tatum 75, Florida 74.

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Entering the night, FAU was 0-6 vs Big Ten teams over the last 20 seasons. All of those losses were by at least 10 points with 5 of them by at least 25 points. Tonight they beat Ohio State 79-77 in overtime. It was their 1st road win vs a major conference team since 2010 at Mississippi State (also a 2-point win).