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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

Will Yeguete #15 of the Florida Gators (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Five Things: Life On The Bubble And Selection Sunday

A great weekend of hoops culminated in Sunday’s selection show. With the field set, the real madness can begin.

03/17/2014

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, 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

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Gary Harris

The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.

02/25/2014

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

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

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 16: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks for help during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Biggest Question Now Is Michigan State Or Oklahoma State?

The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.

11/18/2013

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein’s Big Ten Offseason Notebook

On any given night, any team in the Big Ten has a chance to beat its opponent. You can’t say that about most leagues in college basketball.

07/29/2013

John Calipari (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Revised Early Top 25 For The 2013-14 College Basketball Season

Kentucky is back, and in a major way.

05/16/2013

Christophe Varidel of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles reacts in the second half while taking on the San Diego State Aztecs during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on March 24, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Friday’s Sweet 16 Primer; Predictions, Key Matchups & More

Florida Gulf Coast is without question the story of the tournament — but they’re not going to beat Florida.

03/29/2013

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3rd-Seeded Michigan State Beats No. 14 Valpo 65-54

Derrick Nix got a pass down low, backed up his beefy body to put an opponent on his back and scored. For much of Michigan State’s NCAA tournament-opening win, it was as easy as giving Nix the ball and getting out of his way.

03/21/2013

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Michigan, Michigan St Both Staying Close To Home

Two years ago, Jordan Morgan and Michigan had to play a road game in the NCAA tournament — or so it seemed at first.

03/20/2013

Shaka Smart (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images), Brad Stevens (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: What To Watch This Weekend In College Hoops; Billikens’ Balance & Other Notes

Can the Crimson go the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many seasons? Absolutely. Can they finally win a game at Jadwin Gym? That’s to be determined.

03/01/2013

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Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Miami, Otto Porter & More

The Hurricanes haven’t just been good this season — they’ve been dominant.

02/11/2013

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Rothstein Files: What To Watch This Weekend In College Hoops Plus Other Notes

Michigan State has won six games in a row while posting an overall record of 17-3 and yet, no one is talking about the Spartans.

01/25/2013

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