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  • NBA Mock Draft 2018: Predictions for Trae Young and Full 1st Round

    This summer's upcoming NBA draft pool looks like one of the deepest in recent memory. Trae Young just led the country in points (27.4 per game) and assists (8.8) as a 19-year-old freshman, and he might not be among the top 10 picks. Marvin Bagley, a popular No. 1 pick earlier this year, could be out of the top three despite averaging 21.2 points on 61.3 percent shooting and 11.3 rebounds. This batch of big-time prospects is packed to the brim, and it won't be easy for scouts to sort through all...

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  • 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Predictions for Top Prospects Alive in NCAA Tournament

    The 2018 NBA draft won't occur until June 21, but March gives us a final glimpse of the best college prospects in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. While a few big names have already been knocked out of the competition, numerous potential NBA stars remain in the field. Most of the first-round talent left in the Big Dance resides on the rosters of big-name programs like Duke, Michigan State and Villanova. So much can change ahead of the draft, but we are starting to get an idea of which...

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  • Allonzo Trier Declares for 2018 NBA Draft After Arizona's Loss to Buffalo

    Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier declared for the 2018 NBA draft on Thursday night following Arizona's shocking 89-68 loss to the Buffalo Bulls in the first round of the NCAA tournament. According to's Edward Aschoff, Trier said the following regarding his decision to enter the draft: "I'm not worried about [jumping to the NBA] right now, but I'm closing the book on this chapter and looking forward to the next one in my life. It's a pleasure to be coached by [Sean Miller] and be a...

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  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Biggest Takeaways from Day 3

    The third day of the NCAA men's tournament was both exciting and predictable. There were a couple of upsets, an overtime thriller, a buzzer-beater and two potential Cinderellas in Loyola-Chicago and Buffalo. But none of the teams seeded three or higher had much reason to worry, and all of them advanced easily to the second round. If you picked a few major upsets at the top of your bracket, Thursday's results aren't going to do much for you. Here are the biggest takeaways from the third day of...

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  • Deandre Ayton Declares for 2018 NBA Draft After Loss to Buffalo

    One of the country's top college basketball players is headed to the 2018 NBA draft, as Arizona center Deandre Ayton announced his intentions to go pro after the Wildcats' stunning NCAA men's tournament upset loss to Buffalo on Thursday, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Ayton was dominant during his freshman season, averaging 20.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. According to Sports Reference, he finished the year ranked second in the country in total win shares with...

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  • Arizona's Ayton, Trier say they're NBA-bound

    Arizona's Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier both said after the Wildcats' first-round loss to Buffalo that they will leave school and enter the NBA draft.
  • NCAA Tournament 2018: TV Schedule and Picks for 1st-Round Contests

    The best two-day stretch of the sporting calendar has finally arrived. We'll be glued to our couches as the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament round of 64 takes place across eight locations. Almost everywhere you look in the first round, there's an intriguing individual matchup or storyline that grabs your attention, and with the start times staggered across four networks, you should have time to watch pieces of each of the 32 games. While we are able to make some predictions about who will...

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  • Charles Barkley: Deandre Ayton Best College Basketball Player in Last 20 Years

    There's plenty of pressure already on Arizona Wildcats freshman Deandre Ayton, but Hall of Famer Charles Barkley just took it to another level. Sir Charles was recently asked about the 2018 NCAA tournament. When asked who he thought would be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, the Inside the NBA analyst not only named Ayton, but he gave some incredibly high praise: "He's a monster," Barkley said, via TMZ. "He's the best college player I've seen in the last 20 years. He's unbelievable." The...

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  • 2018 NBA Draft Big Board: Ranking the Top Prospects in the NCAA Tournament

    Scouts will be put to work this year during the NCAA tournament, which will host dozens of must-track NBA prospects. Thirteen of our 14 projected lottery picks will be participating, including the draft's likely No. 1 overall pick—which we haven't seen the past two years with Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. The following big board excludes overseas players or those playing in the NIT or CBI. They are ranked on NBA potential and not college basketball impact. Begin Slideshow

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  • Sean Miller and Arizona enter NCAA tournament with all eyes on them, for good and bad

    The Wildcats have arguably the field's most talented team but a difficult path at the end of a a season of controversy.

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  • Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III Headline 2018 Naismith Award Finalists

    With March Madness upon us, the finalists for the 2018 Naismith Award—given to the top player in men's college basketball—were announced Tuesday.      Arizona forward Deandre Ayton, Duke forward Marvin Bagley III, Kansas guard Devonte' Graham and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson all made the cut, courtesy of The winner will be announced April 1. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and...

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  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Top 5 NBA Draft prospects in March Madness

    Bulls fans hoping for a top-three draft pick will want to keep an eye on these prospects throughout March Madness.

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  • NBA Draft 2018: Latest Mock Draft Ahead of NCAA Tournament

    Brackets aren't the only things at stake during the NCAA tournament. NBA draft stocks can be inflated by a starring run in March Madness or damaged by a disappointing exit. It probably shouldn't matter as much as it does, since season-long data doesn't have the volatility of a single-elimination event. But as UConn championship leaders Kemba Walker (No. 9 pick in 2011) and Shabazz Napier (No. 24 pick in 2014) can attest, catching fire at the right time can spellbind scouts. With the round of 64...

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  • 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Predictions Entering March Madness

    NBA draft projections and rankings changed following the conference tournaments. And chances are, we'll continue to see movement over the next four weeks with so many high-level prospects participating in the NCAA tournament.  The No. 1 overall favorite has become clearer entering March Madness. Meanwhile, Michael Porter Jr.'s return drew mixed reviews. And how much has Trae Young's stock fallen? An unexpected team may now have a chance to draft the polarizing playmaker. This mock draft order...

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  • Latest NBA Mock Draft 2018, pre-NCAA Tournament: Collin Sexton, Trae Young impressing; Mikal Bridges rising, Marvin Bagley falling

    The NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3/15/18). What would the 2018 NBA Draft look like if it were to take place before March Madness begins? Would Arizona's Deandre Ayton or Slovenia's Luka Doncic go No. 1? How far is Duke's Marvin Bagley falling? How high is Villanova's Mikal Bridges climbing?
  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Buying or Selling Top Contenders in the Men's Field

    After an entertaining season, conference tournaments didn't make it simple on the selection committee charged with crafting the 68-team bracket for the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament.  The 2017-18 campaign was wild from the opening tip, with a typical juggernaut like Kentucky sometimes struggling with its youth and a somewhat-unexpected Purdue shooting up the boards of contention. No team sported a flawless record going into January, and some of the squads vying for top seeds boasted...

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  • Pro Comparisons for Top NBA Draft Prospects in Men's NCAA Tournament

    The NCAA tournament field is set, and there are plenty of high-profile prospects who'll remind scouts and fans of current and former NBA players. We pegged the top pro comparison for each likely lottery pick. For some, a combination comparison was used, given how rare it is to find two players exactly alike.  This is a useful tool for painting a picture of what type of player each prospect projects as in the pros.  Begin Slideshow

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  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Early Predictions for Sweet 16 Teams Post-Selection Sunday

    The NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket was released on Sunday, but by now you've configured your predictions in a few different ways as you look to get an upper hand on the other competitors in your bracket pool. While round-of-64 predictions may be the focus right now, it is never too early to select which teams advance to the second weekend of the Big Dance. All four No. 1 seeds appear to have a good chance of making it to the Sweet 16, but upsets are bound to happen elsewhere in the...

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  • NCAA Bracket 2018: Schedule, Title Picks and Predictions After Selection Sunday

    Who's in your Final Four? It's the most popular sports question since Selection Sunday for the men's college basketball tournament.  For those looking for the full bracket experience, the action begins with the First Four games Tuesday and Wednesday. When searching for last-minute bracket advice, consider some familiar programs vying for the national title. Take a long look at the West Region. A team from the previous year's Final Four should make a return.  Most years, it's tempting to go with...

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  • March Madness 2018: 68 best players in NCAA Tournament, 1 for each team

    The NCAA Tournament brackets were announced on Sunday, March 11, 2018 (3/11/18). Who are the best players participating in March Madness? The First Four games begin on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (3/13/18) and the first round begins Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3/15/18). Is Arizona's Deandre Ayton the best player in the field?
  • NCAA tournament preview: South Regional

    A look at the NCAA tournament’s West Regional: :: FRIDAY :: Charlotte, N.C. 1 Virginia (31-2, ACC champion) vs. 16 UMBC (24-10, American East champion) Guards Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and Ty Jerome led Virginia to school-record wins. Senior guard Jarius Lyles averages 20.2 points for UMBC, which makes...
  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Opening Odds for Every Team

    Now that the brackets for the 2018 men's NCAA tournament have been released, it's time to start legitimately asking the question of who has the best odds of winning the national championship. With so little separating this year's best teams from its bubble teams, much of the year was spent uttering phrases like, "Well, it depends on the draw." Guess what? Now we know the draw. Or at least we know what it could be. And we've set the odds—listed in ascending order of seed line—for each team to win...

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  • Final Four Predictions 2018: Early Projections Following NCAA Bracket Release

    Now that we have the full men's college basketball bracket in place, which programs have a pathway to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas? Sleepers, heavy favorites and conference champions once again clash in a one-and-done tournament that's sure to bring upsets and fantastic finishes as programs compete to headline the national title game. At this time last year, very few people penciled South Carolina as a Final Four team, but head coach Frank Martin led his program on a valiant run to...

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  • NCAA Tournament 2018: Power Ranking All 68 Teams

    It took thousands of games, hundreds of injuries and dozens of FBI-implicated programs and players, but the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is finally here. The field of 68 is set, meticulously selected and seeded by the selection committee over the course of several days of data-driven, ice-cream-bar-fueled debates. Now that we know the teams, how should they have been ranked? There's a huge difference between a team's tournament resume and its tournament potential. This...

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