NCAA Selection Sunday: Names and Games to Know About

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Sportsbook.agIt’s Selection Sunday, and March Madness officially kicks off this week.  Now that the brackets are out, office productivity around the country will take a nose dive.

While there is so much excitement around the games and tradition, NBA teams will be watching closely trying to find their next draft pick.

Here is a look at a few games and top prospects in each region to keep an eye on.

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2013 Big East Tournament: A Social Media Spectacle

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The Big East Tournament as we all know it is now gone.

But the recent five-day basketball bender in New York City left behind many indelible impressions; including 64,248,336 #BigEast hashtag impressions on Twitter from Tuesday, March 12, through the close of Saturday, March 16.

Pittsburgh Panthers: Five Facts for the NCAA Tourney

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The Pittsburgh Panthers will go dancing for the 24th time as an 8-seed in the West region.

Here are five fast facts about the Panthers to help you as you fill out your bracket:

1. Their best NBA prospect is a 7-foot freshman center named Steven Adams, who is a native of New Zealand. He’s averaging 7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2 blocks per game as he adjusts to the collegiate game.

2. They have only two players averaging double figures in scoring; senior point guard Trayvon Woodall (11.8 ppg, 38.2% 3FG) and junior swingman Lamar Patterson (10 ppg, 47% FG). When Woodall gets hot from beyond the arc, he’s dangerous.

3. Their worst loss was a 67-62 game against Rutgers on the road on January 5th…

4. However, they bounced back with their best win of the season in the form of a 73-45 smack-down AT Georgetown on January 8th. Pretty impressive.

5. In his nine prior seasons as head coach of Pittsburgh, Jamie Dixon has never taken the Panthers to the Final Four. In fact, the only time Pittsburgh’s made the Final Four as a program is 1941. Try to tell me the Panthers haven’t busted your bracket during Dixon’s tenure… And I’ll quickly call your bluff.

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Jeremy Bauman is an aspiring shooting coach and scout who writes columns and blogs for SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter.

2013 NBA Draft: Top Centers

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Just four days ago, the 2013 NBA draft was turned upside down when Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel suffered a devastating knee injury.

Over the past month, Noel has separated himself from the pack to be projected as the top pick in June’s draft. Instantly, Twitter blew up with reaction from fans and journalists ranging from the injury to the gruesome images to his draft stock.

In the days following it was revealed that Noel suffered a torn ACL and is expected to have surgery in the next few weeks. He should be recovered in six to eight months.

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Kentucky-Duke preview, and NCAA stud watch update

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In an extremely loaded four-team preseason tournament, the Legends Classic in Atlanta tonight will place No. 7 Kansas against No. 14 Michigan State on one side of the bracket while the defending national champion No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats will face the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils.

Although Kentucky escaped its matchup with the Maryland Terrapins on Friday at the Barclays Center, it’s clear that this Kentucky team is a work in progress and will try to find itself as the season progresses.

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