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Jon Rothstein

Darrun Hilliard #4 and Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Rothstein: NCAA Championship Week Primer; Favorites, Predictions & More

All you need to know! College basketball insider Jon Rothstein offers his favorites, sleepers and predictions as Championship Week heats up.

03/11/2014

Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers watches the action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion on February 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Virginia, Syracuse & More

It’s going to take a really good team to beat Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. And that’s because the Cavaliers certainly aren’t going to beat themselves.

03/03/2014

John Calipari and Julius Randle of Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Upset Potential For Kentucky?

The Wildcats have elite talent and can beat anyone in the country, but they’re also susceptible to a potential early upset in the NCAA Tournament.

02/24/2014

Jermaine Marshall of the Arizona State Sun Devils drives to the basket on February 14, 2014. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Marshall, Marcus & More

Jermaine Marshall has been one of the nation’s best transfers. And because of that the Sun Devils are in position to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.

02/17/2014

Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers watches the action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion on February 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Virginia, Arizona State & More

The Cavaliers have lost one game in 2014 and it was a four-point defeat against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This team is very much a threat to both Syracuse and Duke at the top of the ACC.

02/10/2014

Head coach Billy Donovan talks with Jacob Kurtz of the Florida Gators during a timeout on January 11, 2014. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Parity Dominating & More

There’s not one squad in college basketball that’s playing even remotely close to the way Kentucky was in 2012 or even the way Louisville was a year ago.

02/03/2014

Ed Cooley of the Providence Friars. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Cooley Rallies Friars & More

The Friars are now legitimately in the NCAA picture after five consecutive victories including wins over Creighton and Xavier.

01/27/2014

Joel Embiid (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Embiid’s Dominance & More

While many people debated whether Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Julius Randle would be college basketball’s elite freshman this season, Joel Embiid is leaving all of those guys behind in the dust.

01/20/2014

Saint Louis coach Jim Crews (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Saint Louis, Oklahoma & More

There may be other teams that have come to the forefront early in the season like UMass, VCU, or George Washington, but this conference still goes through the Billikens.

01/13/2014

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Memphis, Notre Dame & More

The Tigers are no longer in Conference-USA and that’s just what they were reminded of when they were beaten at home on Saturday by Cincinnati. Next up? A date Thursday with Louisville.

01/06/2014

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Kentucky, Syracuse & More

Luckily for the Panthers and Irish, they’re very familiar with Jim Boeheim’s defense from their days in the Big East. For everyone else in the ACC, dealing with the Orange’s vaunted zone is going to be an absolute headache.

12/30/2013

Head coach Buzz Williams of the Marquette Golden Eagles (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning Notebook; Marquette, Ohio State, Duke & More

I respect the heck out of Buzz Williams as a coach and have always marveled at how he’s gotten the maximum out of every team he’s coached. But this particular Marquette squad was overrated by many people, including myself.

12/23/2013

Brandon Ashley and Nick Johnson of the Arizona Wildcats defend against Glenn Robinson III of the Michigan Wolverines on December 14, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Arizona defeated Michigan 72-70. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Arizona, Duke-UCLA & More

There is no team more prepared for the long haul than the Wildcats.

12/16/2013

Jordan Clarkson (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Mizzou, UMass & More

Missouri’s perimeter triumvirate of Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown, and Earnest Ross wasn’t mentioned in the same breath at the start of the season with the back courts at UConn, Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma State, but that will all change moving forward.

12/09/2013

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning Notebook; Duke, Dayton, ‘Nova And More

The Blue Devils have three known commodities in Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and point guard Quinn Cook, but after that everything is in flux.

12/02/2013

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