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  1. Stan Van Gundy says it’s “absurd” to think Kentucky beats an NBA team

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy directs his team during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Miami

    Charles Barkley said it, so we should just assume it was absurd to begin with. But it got a lot of play. Barkley said he thought Kentucky could beat the Raptors or Bobcats. In case you wanted some thoughts besides mine on why that idea is absurd, I bring you Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.…

  2. Kyrie Irving says if not for Tournament he would have returned to Duke

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    Kyrie Irving is just over a week away from being the No. 1 pick of the draft and having unrealistic expectations heaped upon him in Cleveland. Irving is the Duke point guard who played eight games to start the season before a toe injury sidelined him. Until NCAA Tournament, when he returned and almost instantly…

  3. Report: Kemba Walker leaving Connecticut, entering draft

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft. That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments,…

  4. Nets part owner Jay-Z could end up paying for Kentucky visit

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    Jay-Z is a hoops fan, just with a lot more access than the rest of us. Because what doorman anywhere is stopping Jay-Z when he walks up? Like the doorman at an NCAA tournament game. After Kentucky’s win over North Carolina Sunday to send them to the Final Four, Jay-Z was in the locker room…

  5. Spurs sign Da’Sean Butler for remainder of season

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Kentucky

    The Spurs have decided to take a smart, calculated risk on Da’Sean Butler, and have signed the free agent forward, reports Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter. Just a year ago Butler was leading West Virginia into the NCAA Final Four — where he blew out his ACL against Duke. Teams are leery of guys coming…

  6. How did our Friday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Today you should check out our Thursday prospects column again, basically everyone on that list is playing again on Saturday. But here’s a quick recap of Friday, first. Kyrie Irving, 6’2” guard, Duke: Well, that was impressive. He played just 20 minutes in his first game in three months, and he scored 14 points on…

  7. How did our Thursday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    How a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA tournament rarely makes or breaks them — scouts have been watching these guys game after game for a season or two. One good or bad game isn’t going to change their opinion. However, some GMs and coaches see fewer games, but they see the tournament ones.…

  8. Lakers make their NCAA Tournament predictions

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson jokes in this video about how the Lakers scouts always end up at the bottom of the team NCAA Tournament pool. Somewhere today on a Lakers message board will be a thread about how that shows they should fire the entire scouting staff, who clearly have no idea what they are doing. (You…

  9. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Thursday

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    At 12: 15 Eastern, Clemson and West Virginia tip off the NCAA Tournament (I’m not counting those first four play in games, that’s just the NCAA trying to make a little extra cash on the backs of athletes they don’t pay). By 12:45, my bracket should be dead. So we’ll be watching the games checking…

  10. Jimmer Fredette’s family wants the Knicks to draft him

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette is one of the must-watch players in the NCAA tournament. Maybe the must-watch player. We can get into how he will fit in the NBA, but he is a special college player who is averaging 28.5 points per game and is hitting 40.4% from three. And all that while he uses a ridiculous…

  11. LeBron picks Ohio State to win NCAA tournament, not a bad call

    Mar 15, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    So is this about being true to his roots or true to his brand? Or a little of both? In a shock to nobody, the Ohio native is picking Ohio State to win the NCAA tournament, the Associated Press reports. James grew up a Buckeye’s fan. The team also wear’s his gear. James also admitted…

  12. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Time to fill out your NCAA brackets (mine should be shot by noon on Thursday, based on past years). Of course, you can fill out those brackets right here at NBCSports.com. From the NY Daily News: If the Knicks are going to jack up ticket prices an average of 49 percent next season, they need…

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