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Why Connecticut will win the title

The Huskies face a huge test against the streaking Kentucky Wildcats in their national semifinal matchup. Here are the top three reasons why UConn will emerge victorious against Kentucky and then take the national title back to Storrs, Conn. in the championship.

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Syracuse overachieved this year

Well, another year in which Syracuse exits the postseason far earlier than expected. Most years, I would be upset about it, ranting and raving away about Boehiem’s tournament failures. I can’t bring myself to do it this year.

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ESPN’s Bilas breaks down NCAA tournament

Jay Bilas joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 1995, and provides courtside analysis on more than 40 games a year, and as a studio analyst for ESPN’s weekly College GameDay and College Gamenight shows. He recently sat down and spoke to members of the media in a conference call to discuss the 2011 NCAA tournament. Here’s what he had to say.

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The Dag Bag – The blown over-and-back call

Yes, the official blew the call, but so did Scoop Jardine. When the pass sailed wide, Jardine tried to toe the halfcourt line, and you only do that if you think you’re about to be called for over-and-back. I can’t put myself in the place of an official, but I would think that how Scoop reacted when the play happened would only draw the official’s attention to it. It was also a bad pass from Dion. It’s easy to put the blame on the officials, but without Dion and Scoop’s mistakes, it never becomes a factor. The Orange can’t control the officials, but they can control what they do on the court.