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Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

By beating Gonzaga last night, Saint Mary's improved its projected NCAA tournament seed from 8.9 to 7.8, per BPI. The Gaels are also more likely (27%) than any D-I team to win all of their remaining regular season games.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Moving forward, a few interesting proposals will go to a vote of the Division I Council in April. Included is one that would turn the spring evaluation period in football recruiting (April 15-May 31) into a contact period, during which coaches could visit with prospects at their high schools. Another proposal would allow coaches to talk publicly (on social media and to the media) about recruits. Also, there's a proposal designed to ease the requirements for players seeking an extension of their five-year clock.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing controversial on the agenda for Power 5 legislators at the NCAA convention autonomy business session this morning. Expected to pass is a rule that would require schools to provide medical care to student-athletes with athletically related injuries — for up to two years after their collegiate playing careers. Another proposal calls for a mandated, three-day break from men's basketball activities, with some conditions, for every team during the December holiday break.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Huge resume win for Saint Mary's over Gonzaga. The Gaels went totally off the radar after losing to Washington State and Georgia — but have now won 13 in a row. If they avoid bad losses, they're going to be in the NCAA Tournament again.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson met with Zion Williamson this afternoon, sources told ESPN. Williamson announces his decision on Saturday.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura had hit double-figures in seven straight games before tonight — and has 15 at halftime. Saint Mary's has no one that can really guard him.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia has 13 points in the first 12 and a half minutes against Georgia Tech ... and they're up by six. Shootout.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Pat Kelsey keeping us loose before the game. The rivalry continues. Asheville at Winthrop - tonight 9pm on ESPNU

Tim Sullivan ESPN Producer 

This is Bill Walton's brain. No really it is! Pick the one that you like and tweet it to @WaltonsWorldCBB.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Love games with first place on the line: Murray State at Belmont (7p, @ESPNU); Vermont at New Hampshire (7p, #ESPN3); East Tennessee State at Furman (730p, #ESPN3); Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (9p, @ESPN); Seattle at New Mexico State (9p, #ESPN3).

Tom Hart ESPN College Football 

Gonzaga's Josh Perkins is ready for the rivalry against St. Mary's. 9;00 on ESPN.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Henderson State President Glen Jones has been tasked by the NCAA Board of Governors to lead a new strategic plan for the association -- last undertaken in 2004. "Why now?" Jones said. "Why not now? Society is looking for a leader. I think that's what we do best."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA President Mark Emmert is addressing the convention on the state of college sports. As the news illustrates over recent months, there has never been a more complex time for the people in this room.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

More transfer talk at the NCAA convention. South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, the chair of the transfer working group, faced some hard questions at the DI issues forum about the one-time transfer exception -- which is not yet part of any proposal. NC State AD Debbie Yow suggested that tampering would be rampant if transfers were granted immediate eligibility and estimated that the number of transfers across DI would more than double. She described the scenario as "a free for all, something that we've never seen before." Sell urged patience and promised that his group would use caution as it works to devise a proposal next month.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid. Two-sport star? From today after shootaround here in Boston.

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Tom Hart ESPN College Football 

For the last 16 seasons either Gonzaga or St. Mary's has won the WCC. The Kennel will be the toughest ticket in college basketball when they meet tonight. I spoke with St. Mary's sharpshooter Calvin Hermanson about rivalries, Aussies, and the Little League World Series. 9:00 ET. ESPN.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting topic for future NCAA legislation raised by former Duke distance runner Madison Granger, who expressed concerns over the amount of personal data on student-athletes collected by college programs. Granger cited a wearable product called Whoop, which markets to college programs as a fitness and sleep tracking device (similar to Fitbit). "Where we draw the line in terms of the privacy that student-athletes are entitled to?" Granger said, addressing autonomy group of Power 5 leadership. Minnesota President Eric Kaler chair of the DI Board of Directors, embraced Granger's concerns as a worthwhile issue for future discussion.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

On the autonomy voting agenda for Friday, the SEC seeks to increase the increase the funds available to a student host for an official recruiting visit from $40 to $75. The Big 12 introduced a similar proposal, requesting a per-visit increase from $40 to $50.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking to the autonomy group at the NCAA convention, addressed the ongoing federal investigation into men's basketball. Emmert updated the group on the work of the Rice Commission, formed to study the problems that plague the sport. Emmert said the commision continues to speak to a wide range of experts inside and outside of college athletics and "seek answers to the problems that have bedeviled college basketball." The commission will make a report and issue recommendations to NCAA leadership in April. "It's up to us to take up that mantle," Emmert said. "We've all made a commitment to have meaningful change -- not trivial change -- in place by tipoff 2018."

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

How much did Alabama's win over Auburn help it's résumé? Before the game the Tide were 59th in Strength of Record (SOR) and BPI gave them 41 percent chance to make the NCAA tournament. After the win they are 47th in SOR and have a 57 percent chance to go dancing.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama ends Auburn's 14-game winning streak — without Collin Sexton. Crimson Tide playing themselves back into NCAA Tournament discussion. Three straight wins to move to 4-2 in the SEC.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas has now lost four of its last five, after a 15-point defeat at Florida. Razorbacks now 2-4 in the SEC. Also winless in true road games this season.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

That's a monster win for SMU (and the AAC's hopes of getting more than two bids). Mustangs now have two huge wins on their profile: Arizona and Wichita State. And both were away from home.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama will be without star guard Colin Sexton vs. Auburn tonight as he deals with an abdominal injury. The freshman is averaging 19.3 points per game.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council approved legislation Wednesday at the NCAA convention that adjusts the start of practice for football and the first game for basketball, pending approval this spring from the Division I Board of Directors. In football, this measure corrects the problem created last year when two-a-days were eliminated. Under the change, football teams may open practice 29 days before their first games. Basketball teams may play their first games on the Tuesday before the second Friday of November — three days earlier than the current date.