Oct 4, 2019

This decade's college hoops champs, ranked

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Fresh off landing the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has a message for the rest of college basketball: "We're going to win a national championship," he told The Athletic.

Rewind: While weighing the young Tigers' championship potential, I found myself reminiscing about this decade's title-winning teams. So I ranked them.

1. 2012 Kentucky

  • Record: 38-2
  • Starters: Marquise Teague, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis

2. 2015 Duke

  • Record: 35-4
  • Starters: Tyus Jones, Matt Jones, Quinn Cook, Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor

3. 2018 Villanova

  • Record: 36-4
  • Starters: Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges, Eric Paschall, Omari Spellman

4. 2013 Louisville

  • Record: 35-5
  • Starters: Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng

5. 2019 Virginia

  • Record: 35-3
  • Starters: Kyle Guy, Kihei Clark, Ty Jerome, DeAndre Hunter, Mamadi Diakite

6-10: 6. 2016 Villanova (Kris Jenkins!!!), 7. 2010 Duke (remember Brian Zoubek?), 8. 2017 UNC (beat Gonzaga), 9. 2011 UConn (Kemba), 10. 2014 UConn (Shabazz).

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College hoops are almost here

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The 2019-20 college basketball season begins on Nov. 5 with an epic double-header at Madison Square Garden, as No. 4 Duke battles No. 3 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 1 Michigan State.

All-America team: Cassius Winston, who led Michigan State to the Final Four last season and is the country's preeminent floor general, was this year's only consensus selection.

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NCAA coaches react to California law allowing student-athletes to be paid

Duke men's basektball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

While the NCAA stands firm against the new California law allowing college athletes to accept endorsement money, college coaches have mixed views about the legislation and what it means.

What they're saying: Some coaches, like Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, believe the law is simply a sign of changing times. Others are waiting to see how the new change will play out in California, where it's likely to face legal challenges ahead of its implementation in 2023, before making a judgment call.

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Building the XFL (again)

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The 2-day XFL draft concluded yesterday, with each of the league's 8 teams having put together their initial rosters.

How it worked: Before the actual draft, teams ranked which "Tier One" QB they wanted via a blind-bidding system, then those 8 players were assigned accordingly.

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