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Rothstein Files: Five Coaching Names To Keep An Eye On

We’ve identified five names on the mid-major level to keep an eye on when the carousel starts spinning in March.


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Rothstein Files: Five Observations From Hofstra-VCU

By Jon Rothstein » More Columns 1. SMALL BALL VCU may not have the offensive prowess it did a year ago when it reached the Final Four — but they are better defensively — and […]


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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.


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Rothstein Files: Five Observations From UAB-VCU

It took VCU coach Shaka Smart all of 150 seconds to switch to a four-guard lineup in Tuesday night’s game against UAB — the result? A 68-49 win.


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The Rothstein Files: CAA Compass Pointed In Drexel’s Direction

The CAA has now become the premier mid-major league in college basketball. After sending two different schools to the Final Four in the past five seasons, the separation between the conference and its counterparts is annually escalating to a different level.


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Final Four Ties Highest TV Ratings Since 2005

Saturday night’s Final Four broadcast on CBS posted an 8.9 rating and a 17 share. That’s tied for the highest since 2005.


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Mack Leads Butler Back To National Title Game

Shelvin Mack scored 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Zach Hahn came up big off the bench with eight second-half points in the Final Four on Saturday night, leading Butler back to the national title game with a 70-62 win over upstart VCU.


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Parise: A Phenomenal Final

The upcoming 2011 Final Four will be remembered for ages. Here are some post game thoughts from a dejected Roy Williams and an emotionally drained John Calipari last night in Newark.



B&C Morning Show Blog & Audio: Opening Day, Final Four, What A Week Ahead

The Final Four is set with Butler, UConn, VCU and Kentucky set to battle it out in Houston on Saturday. Though nothing is certain, Craigie is sure VCU is certainly not going to win it all and you can “lock that up.”


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Las Vegas Gives Kentucky NCAA Tournament Edge Over UConn

Las Vegas casinos have tabbed Kentucky the latest favorite — just beating out UConn — in an NCAA tournament full of upsets, and are hoping that VCU ends its improbable run without a title.


Charles Okwandu #35, Kemba Walker #15 and Roscoe Smith #22 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates after defeating the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: UConn Leads Unthinkable Final Four

All the top seeds have gone home, all the “smart money” is down the tubes and millions of brackets are in the trash. Even in the unpredictable world of March Madness, this is a Final Four nobody could have imagined.


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VCU Routs Third Seed Purdue 94-76

Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded VCU made it three victories in five days Sunday night, routing third-seeded Purdue 94-76 to earn a trip to the Southwest regional semifinals.