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Michigan State's Nick Ward taking game against Ohio State personally

No. 11 Michigan State is riding a two-game win streak with a return to form, as the Spartans prepare to host Ohio State on Feb. 17 at Breslin Center. EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo recently heard a pundit outside the region ask if Nick Ward was out of the Michigan State coach's doghouse. Not at all, Izzo

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UCLA men's basketball still eyeing first-round bye in crowded Pac-12

LOS ANGELES — UCLA barely survived against the last-place team in the conference, needing overtime to defeat Cal, which hasn't won a game since before Christmas. But at the final horn, worry evaporated into relief, because at this point, any win will do for the Bruins. After its comeback victory

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Leistikow: Hawkeyes not ruling themselves out of tightening Big Ten race

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery answers two questions about how, top to bottom, the Big Ten has been stronger this year. IOWA CITY, Ia. — You may see Rutgers appearing twice in the next five games on Iowa's basketball schedule and think, “Should be two easy wins for the Hawkeyes.” But the reality is, neither

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Kansas, W Virginia out 8 key players for Saturday showdown

Take the eight players combined that West Virginia and Kansas currently have sitting on the bench - or at home - and you'd have a team capable of winning the Big 12 title this season. You'd have a bruising 7-footer in Udoka Azubuike and shot-blocking extraordinaire in Sagaba Konate. You'

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Scouting report: Xavier's pivotal 2-game road trip starts Saturday at Providence

Xavier snapped a six-game losing streak Wednesday night with an overtime win at home against Creighton PROVIDENCE – As unkind as the road has been to Xavier this season, Saturday afternoon's test at Providence (2 p.m., FOX) is an opportunity for the Musketeers to try and get rolling in the right

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