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5 NCAA Storylines To Watch Heading Into March

What to watch for in the lead up to the madness of the next couple weeks.

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TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats talks to his team during a break from the college basketball game against the USC Trojans at McKale Center on February 19, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona, Utah Battle For Control Of Pac-12

The hype that existed for the first match-up between Arizona and Utah, on Jan. 17, has only grown for Saturday’s showdown.


LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Tony Parker #23 of the UCLA Bruins grabs a rebound against Jakob Peoltl #42 of the Utah Utes at Pauley Pavilion on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 69-59. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Parker, UCLA Roll

The Pac-12 teams with NCAA Tournament aspirations won last night, and others are in action tonight.


TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 09: Dusan Ristic #14 of the Arizona Wildcats during the college basketball game against the Utah Valley Wolverines at McKale Center on December 9, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines 87-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Arizona Forward Dusan Ristic

With all the talent on the floor for last Saturday’s Arizona-Utah game, it was a freshman reserve who made the difference.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 15: Head coach Larry Krystkowiak of the Utah Utes points to a video replay during the first half of their game against the California Golden Bears at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on February 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Stanford Beats Cal, Oregon Upsets Utah

On Saturday, Stanford got a much-needed home win against Cal and Oregon State bounced back vs. Colorado.


Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins talks with Bryce Alford #20. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Old Friends Face Off In Pac-12

There were two games in the Pac-12 last night and two more on top tonight before a busy weekend. Here’s what you may have missed and what to watch for going forward.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 12: Marcus Allen #15 of the Stanford Cardinal grabs the ball from Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes during first half play at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on February 12, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Underappreciated: Pac-12 Glue Guys

The Pac-12 has no shortage of superstars: Delon Wright, Stanley Johnson, and Joseph Young, to name three. But for every player who leads his team in scoring and garners the bulk of the headlines, there’s another who is quietly contributing.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 15: Brenden Glapion #32 of the California Golden Bears practices his shooting before their game against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on February 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Pac-12 Bracketology: Five Bids For Conference?

It has been three weeks since the last bracket update, and things have changed quite a bit in the Pac-12. At the time, Washington was in contention for a bid; UCLA was not.


NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Cuonzo Martin of the California Golden Bears looks on from the bench against the Texas Longhorns at Madison Square Garden on November 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Cal Bears On Thrilling Win Streak

Call them the Buzzer-Beating Bears or Cardiac Cal. Since starting 1-6 in Pac-12 play, California is on a four-game win streak.


CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 14: Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, waits with former coach Dean Smith before being inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on December 14, 2010 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dean Smith Leaves A Lasting Legacy

Most coaches are not like Dean Smith. Keep that in mind. Too often, particularly at the college level, they’re referred to as “leaders of young men,” praised for their impact off the field of play,


GAINESVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Karl-Anthony Towns #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots a basket around Chris Walker #23 of the Florida Gators during the first half of the game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on February 7, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Quick Hits: Kentucky Survives, Arizona Falls

Another exciting college basketball weekend is in the books as we inch closer to March Madness. Here’s a look at some of the key games.


NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a three point basket in the first half during a game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Barclays Center on November 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Oregon Forward Dillon Brooks

Having grown up in Mississauga, Ontario, and wanting more competition and exposure, Dillon Brooks planned to spend his final two high school years playing for basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada.