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Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo in action during an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Villanova-Xavier one of many important games this weekend

The third-ranked Wildcats face the fourth-ranked Musketeers at a critical time of the season.

Purdue lost to both Michigan State (above) and Ohio State last week.

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It’s impossible to identify an NCAA Tournament favorite

Villanova, Purdue, Virginia, and Cincinnati are still viable candidates but nothing is a lock.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Players of the St. John's Red Storm react from their bench during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden on February 3, 2018 in New York City. St. John's won 81-77. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

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Two St. John’s stunners had to be seen to be believed

The downtrodden Johnnies were heading nowhere when they suddenly beat Duke and Villanova.

St. John's head coach Chris Mullin reacts during the first overtime half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Washington. Georgetown won 93-89 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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It’s just not working for Chris Mullin at St. John’s

He is a living legend at the school, but his team has fallen on hard times at 0-10 in the Big East.

Ohio State guard Kam Williams (15) and forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guard Minnesota guard Amir Coffey (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Unselfish play is the difference for Ohio State

The Buckeyes (17-4) aren’t the most talented team but they play as a unit on offense and defense.

Boston College's Steffon Mitchell (41) grabs a rebound in front of Clemson's Shelton Mitchell (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Clemson won 74-70. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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‘BC’ and ‘NCAA Tournament’ can be mentioned in the same sentence

It’s amazing to think the Eagles can make it into the field, though they do have a lot of work to do.

Michigan's Mortiz Wagner, right, drives against Michigan State's Gavin Schilling during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan won 82-72. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

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Michigan State’s loss to Michigan was revealing

Some of the Spartans’ flaws were exposed as they fell to their in-state rival.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) drives past Northwestern State forward Brandon Hutton, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla. The Big 12 is poised for a big week as conferences dive deep into league play. It has a national-best six teams in this week's AP Top 25 along with two games featuring a pair of ranked teams, including No. 12 Oklahoma's visit to 10th-ranked surprise TCU as the top game on the schedule for ranked teams in the week ahead. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

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Set the TiVo: Trae Young plays at 7:15 Saturday night

Oklahoma’s point guard is the best player in the country, leading college basketball in scoring and assists.

Wichita State's Landry Shamet during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Basketball is now important in the American Athletic Conference

A conference created for football reasons has become a solid basketball league.

Villanova's Jermaine Samuels, right, is guarded by DePaul's Justin Roberts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)

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Villanova is going to stay undefeated for a while

The Big East schedule favors the Wildcats, who are 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country.

Duke's Marvin Bagley III (35) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Dakota in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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It may be time to start taking Duke seriously

Starting four freshmen wouldn’t seem to be a recipe for success, but it seems to be working.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Maik Kotsar #21 and Justin McKie #20 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with their teammates after defeating the Florida Gators with a score of 77 to 70 to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Handicapping Saturday’s Final Four games

The NCAA Tournament is down to the semifinals, and here is how things shape up.

Kansas is coming off an emphatic win over Purdue.

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Handicapping Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Two berths to the Final Four are on the line in the West and Midwest finals.

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Handicapping Thursday’s NCAA games

The Sweet Sixteen play begins, with two top seeds possibly vulnerable to an upset.

Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) follows through on a final shot as Wisconsin players celebrate the end of their second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

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Why Villanova’s loss shouldn’t be that surprising

Thoughts and observations after four days and two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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Handicapping Saturday’s NCAA games

Arizona and Butler could be in danger of upsets in the second round.

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 5: Markis McDuffie #32 of the Wichita State Shockers drives againt MiKyle McIntosh #11 of the Illinois State Redbirds during the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament Championship game at the Scottrade Center on March 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Handicapping Friday’s NCAA games

The second half of the field gets into action, and Dayton-Wichita State is one to watch.

New Orleans’ Nate Frye (3) defends against Mount St. Mary’s Junior Robinson (0) in the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio. Mount St. Mary’s won 67-66. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Handicapping Thursday’s NCAA games

There are 16 games on tap, with No. 1 seeds Villanova and Gonzaga in action.

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Scouting the NCAA Tournament First Four games

The tournament taps off with two games Tuesday and two more Wednesday.

Middle Tennessee guard Giddy Potts (20) reacts to making a three point basket during an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

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Some things to look for around the NCAA bracket

With NCAA play getting going this week, here’s a guide to the best games and the best players.

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21: Head coach Derek Kellogg of the Massachusetts Minutemen reacts in the first half while taking on the Tennessee Volunteers in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Firing Derek Kellogg will only delay progress at UMass

The talented group of young players he recruited needs to stay if the Minutemen are going to start winning.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 4, 2017. North Carolina won 90-83. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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A wide-open ACC highlights this week’s conference tournaments

The ACC comes north for the first time, with the tournament in Brooklyn and several real contenders.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 19: Siyani Chambers #1 of the Harvard Crimson reacts after a play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The state of Massachusetts basketball: Bad

Harvard is the only school with a realistic chance of making this season’s NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State forward Zach Brown gets fouled by Missouri State forward Jarrid Rhodes after chasing a loose ball during the first of their game at Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

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Please just put Wichita St., Illinois St., and Middle Tenn. in the field

The NCAA selection committee shouldn’t worry about conference tournament results when it comes to these three.

Boston, MA- 12-06-16: Northeastern's Alex Murphy (0) is pictured during the game. Northeastern visited Harvard for a mens basketball game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) reporter: unknown topic: NU-Harvard hoops

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Handicapping this week’s conference tournaments

Tha NCAAs are the main event, but the conference tournaments will make for an exciting undercard.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Duke is winning but not looking like a contender

The Blue Devils have won seven straight but something still seems to be missing.

Boston University team members meets before an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Syracuse won 99-77. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

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BU has a chance to win the Patriot League

If the Terriers can defeat slumping Bucknell Sunday at home, they will move into a first-place tie.

SMU forward Semi Ojeleye (33) reaches for a rebound against Cincinnati forward Gary Clark (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Revived SMU could be your bracket buster

The overlooked Mustangs have gotten on track, winning 18 of their last 19 games.

VCU's Samir Doughty, right, dribbles against La Salle's Johnnie Shuler during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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VCU is pretty good — but it has been lucky, too

A couple of freakish wins have helped the Rams to a share of first place in the Atlantic 10.

PEARL HARBOR, HI - DECEMBER 07: Myles Stephens #12 of the Princeton Tigers is guarded by Noah Allen #32 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors during the second half of the Pearl Harbor Invitational NCAA college basketball game at Bloch Arena on December 7, 2016 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Princeton over Hawaii 75-62. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

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Princeton has straightened things out

The Tigers hit a few bumps, but now they look like the favorites in the Ivy League.

Akron's Kwan Cheatham Jr. (2) shoots over Creighton's Toby Hegner (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Akron, Illinois State, and Wichita State should be tournament teams

Consider this good advance scouting for the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier, center, shoots as UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, and center Thomas Welsh defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. Arizona won 96-85. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Win over UCLA forces a reassessment of Arizona

With Allonzo Trier back on the court, the Wildcats might just be a Final Four candidate.

UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, front, picks up a loose ball as Colorado guard Deleon Brown pursues during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game late Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Freshmen are at the head of the class this season

The preponderance of talented freshmen in college basketball is remarkable.

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem (3) and guard Steve Vasturia (32) congratulate each other during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Notre Dame defeated Miami 67-62. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Notre Dame’s show has been pretty good on the road

Despite not scheduling any nonconference road games, the Irish are suddenly a solid visitor.

Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes drives the ball up court against Duke's Matt Jones in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 88-72. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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Florida State is Final Four good

After defeating Virgina and Duke, the Seminoles have a tough game at North Carolina Saturday.

Northeastern’s TJ Williams in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Northeastern has a shot to make NCAA Tournament

The Huskies have won seven straight, but will still need to win the CAA tournament in March.

WACO, TX - JANUARY 04: Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives to the basket against Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears in the first half at Ferrell Center on January 4, 2017 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Baylor’s going to be No. 1, but the Bears are not the best team

Duke, Villanova, UCLA, Kansas, and Kentucky are all better teams.

Virginia Tech guard Seth Allen (4) goes up for a basket against Duke forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec 31, 2016, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Tech won 89-75. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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The ACC is so tough, it will get at least 10 NCAA bids

There are 12 teams that are still in contention for bids.

BC's Mo Jeffers (15) drives for the hoop against Jalen Lindsey (21) and Rodney Bullock (5) of Providence College during BC's 79-67 win at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hilll. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, Frankie)

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Opportunities are there for BC and UMass this weekend

The Eagles (vs. Syracuse) and Minutemen (vs. Saint Bonaventure) can raise expectations with wins.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - DECEMBER 03: Jevon Carter #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers defends Kyle Guy #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the second half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on December 3, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 66-57. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Led by Kyle Guy, Virginia is better than expected

The freshman guard is the Cavs’ second-leading scorer but has a great all-around game.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Florida Gators in the second half during the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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One-game suspension would be enough for Grayson Allen

Duke needs to get Allen some help in dealing with his anger issues, too.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins celebrates his 800th career win at the conclusion of an NCAA college basketball game against UMKC, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated UMKC 112-67. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

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Bob Huggins: Sometimes controversial, always a winner

West Virginia’s Huggins recently became the 10th coach with 800 NCAA victories.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins recovers the ball at Pauley Pavilion during their game against the University of Michigan on December 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

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UCLA is the most fun team to watch

The Bruins, led by freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf, play Ohio State Saturday.

Boston Ma- 12/09//2016 BC Eagles on bench during first half action. BCvs Hartford College Basketbell Globe (Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic

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BC’s season rapidly going down the drain

The Eagles can’t afford losses like the one to Hartford. Meanwhile, the ACC is better than ever.

Idaho's Brayon Blake (4) and Washington State's Connor Clifford (42) battle for a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (Kai Eiselein/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

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Rivalry games count for more than one win

Greed and conference realignment shouldn’t keep these games from being played.

UCLA's Lonzo Ball, left, shoots while defended by Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. UCLA upset No. 1 Kentucky 97-92. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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UCLA shows that it is on the rise again

The Bruins looked like a Final Four team as they ended Kentucky’s 42-game home winning streak.

UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as UC Riverside forward Brandon Rosser defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 98-56. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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UCLA-Kentucky is best matchup of a big weekend

Both teams are undefeated and have oustanding freshmen.

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels watches the action during the second half of the championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers of the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 23, 2016 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

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North Carolina looking like a national champion

Duke got all the preseason publicity, but the Tar Heels are playing better than anyone right now.

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) stands on the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah Valley in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

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The best feast: College basketball on Thanksgiving

Some of the best intersectional games of the season will take place over the holiday weekend.

Brigham Young guard Nick Emery (4) begins to move past a BYU-Hawaii defender during a college basketball exhibition game Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Provo, Utah. (Dominic Valente/Daily Herald via AP)

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Returning trio should be a boost for BYU

The West Coast Conference race should be fascinating with Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and BYU all looking like tournament teams.