• Coaches Poll: Villanova takes the top spot
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    Coaches Poll: Villanova takes the top spot

    Villanova has overtaken Kentucky as the new No. 1 in the Coaches Poll on Monday. The defending champions also took No. 1 in the new AP poll thanks to an 8-0 start while UCLA beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena this weekend. The Bruins finished at No. 2 while Kansas and Duke are right behind them. RANKINGS: AP Poll | NBC Sports Top 25 Villanova (28) UCLA (1) Kansas (1) Duke (2) North Carolina Baylor Kentucky Gonzaga Indiana Creighton Saint Mary’s Virginia Louisville Xavier Butler West Virginia Wisconsin South Carolina Purdue Arizona Florida Notre Dame Cincinnati Oregon Iowa State

  • Rick Pitino on Grand Canyon: ‘The toughest crowd I’ve ever faced’
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    Rick Pitino on Grand Canyon: ‘The toughest crowd I’ve ever faced’

    The cliché ‘here, it just means more’ has never rang more true than it did on Monday night in Madison Square Garden. A bad Syracuse team and a worse UConn team got together in New York City to play an awful basketball game, one where the two teams didn’t crack 100 points combined until there were 2.2 seconds left; where UConn won 52-50 despite shooting 31.4 percent from the floor because the Orange made just 25.9 percent of their field goals; where UConn did everything they could in the final minute to give the game to the Orange, including missing five free throws. In a game between two teams that entered with a combined 8-6 record, Syracuse and UConn fans packed the Garden and created an environment that was just as rowdy, raucous and bi-partisan as a Big East tournament quarterfinal game that goes to six overtimes.

  • POSTERIZED: Charlotte’s Najee Garvin nearly jumps over defender
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    POSTERIZED: Charlotte’s Najee Garvin nearly jumps over defender

    The cliché ‘here, it just means more’ has never rang more true than it did on Monday night in Madison Square Garden. A bad Syracuse team and a worse UConn team got together in New York City to play an awful basketball game, one where the two teams didn’t crack 100 points combined until there were 2.2 seconds left; where UConn won 52-50 despite shooting 31.4 percent from the floor because the Orange made just 25.9 percent of their field goals; where UConn did everything they could in the final minute to give the game to the Orange, including missing five free throws. In a game between two teams that entered with a combined 8-6 record, Syracuse and UConn fans packed the Garden and created an environment that was just as rowdy, raucous and bi-partisan as a Big East tournament quarterfinal game that goes to six overtimes.