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The Baylor Bears men’s basketball team can finally say the sweetest words in the sport: National champions. Baylor turned in a dominant performance against favorite Gonzaga, cruising to an 86-70 victory on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bears (28-2) left no doubt who the best team in the country was this season in winning the program’s first national championship. For ...

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The work of tightening up the normally nationally-best Virginia basketball defense kicked into a high gear after a 98-75 loss to Gonzaga last month. Saturday, at Boston College, UVA looked a lot more like itself in a 61-49 win.

FORT WORTH, Texas - Down 24 early in the second half, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett called a timeout, then walked out to compose his thoughts before speaking to his team. As he did, Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert jogged off the court, smiling ear to ear.

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This year's Sweet 16 will feature almost all of the top 16 seeds. No. 1 seeds Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga all made it through. No. 2 seeds Michigan, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 2 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State, the pick to win it all in the perfect bracket, are also making an appearance. Same for all four No. 3 seeds: Texas Tech, Purdue, Houston and LSU. Even the bottom line looks strong, filled by two No. 4 seeds (Florida State and Virginia Tech) and a No. 5 seed (Auburn). Only No. 12 Oregon, Pac-12 tournament champion in 2019, can be considered a surprise this season.

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College basketball has undergone a major shift since the Tar Heels cut down the nets in April, most notably a federal probe into shady recruiting practices that ensnared several prominent programs. The changes have come on the court, too, with teams losing key players, star freshmen filling their places, new coaches taking over prominent programs.

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