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Jahenns Manigat of the Creighton Bluejays is surrounded by teammates before their game against the Xavier Musketeersat the CenturyLink Center on January 12, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

6 Subplots To Watch During The 2014 NCAA Tournament

The start of the NCAA tournament is arguably the best week on the sports calendar, filled with great teams, exciting games, star players and, usually, plenty of upsets.

03/20/2014

Forwards Jarrod Uthoff #20 and Kyle Meyer #42 of the Iowa Hawkeyes try to block a shot during the second half by forward Cedrick Williams #40 of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (credit: Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Iowa Forward Jarrod Uthoff

Uthoff has been critical to Iowa’s resurgence. The Hawkeyes are 15-3 with road losses to Iowa State and Wisconsin and a neutral court loss to Villanova, none by more than four points.

02/03/2014

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Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Iowa’s Depth, Underrated Opener & More

The Hawkeyes may not have a first-team All-Big Ten player but there are 11 capable pieces on Iowa’s roster that can all impact a game.

10/17/2013

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Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Kansas’ Most Consistent Player & More

Wayne Selden doesn’t enter next season with the cache of fellow freshmen Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid, but he’s more than capable of having a big time first year in Lawrence.

07/26/2013

Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange goes to the basket against the Louisville Cardinals. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook

Syracuse can beat anyone without James Southerland. How do I know that? Because the Orange won at Louisville without Southerland on Saturday.

01/21/2013

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Rothstein Files: This And That Around College Basketball

One of the major keys to San Diego State’s 6-1 start is Utah transfer JJ O’Brien. The 6-7 forward has blended perfectly alongside the Aztecs’ talented perimeter of Xavier Thames, Chase Tapley, and Jamaal Franklin and given Steve Fisher one of the better glue guys in the country.

12/06/2012

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Rothstein Files: McCaffery Has Iowa Poised For A Jump

Fran McCaffery likely has the most talented roster he’s ever assembled as a head coach. The Hawkeyes are deep, have size, and can play a multitude of ways. But one thing they don’t have entering the season is defined role allocation — at least not yet.

09/25/2012

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Rothstein Files: This And That Around College Basketball

Tony Criswell may not be in bold print when people talk about Missouri’s prospects for next season, but the JUCO big man is going to have a key role for the Tigers.

08/24/2012

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Rothstein Files: 5 Teams That Will Rise Next Season In College Basketball

Don’t be surprised if the Razorbacks finish among the SEC’s top four teams.

04/23/2012

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during their 69-62 win over the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook

Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.

WFAN–01/02/2012

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Rothstein Files: News And Notes Around College Hoops

We don’t wish attempting to deal with VCU’s pressure on anyone.

WFAN–12/20/2011