Deshaun Thomas leaves Ohio St, enters Draft, where does he fit?

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Deshaun Thomas was the NCAA Tournament’s scoring leader last March. Before the Buckeyes were eliminated in the Final Four, Deshaun Thomas really showed what he can do offensively, and improved his NBA draft stock. This year his NBA Draft stock plateaued, after jumping greatly his sophomore season. Deshaun Thomas will now enter the draft and see where his fortunes lie.

Thomas plans to finish the 2013 Ohio State Spring Semester while splitting time between Columbus and Indianapolis preparing for the NBA Draft. Also check out the interesting letter to the editor Deshaun Thomas placed in the school’s paper a couple days ago.

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Kentucky vs. Kansas: NCAA Tournament National Championship drinking game

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Welcome to the fourth annual NCAA Tournament Championship Drinking Game, one of our favorite articles every year here at The Sports Bank.  If you missed our first three editions, you can check out the 2009 Michigan State vs. North Carolina version, the 2010 Butler vs. Duke edition, or last year’s UConn vs. Butler.

Even if you do not have a rooting interest in tonight’s game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks; invite some friends over, buy a heck of a lot of booze, follow our drinking rules, and it will be as much fun as if your own team was playing.

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5 NCAA Tournament teams likely to take a step back next season

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With graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft, and transfers galore; college basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before.  Here are five teams who made the 2012 NCAA Tournament this season but will likely take a step back next year and have their work cut out for them if they want to return to the Big Dance.

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North Carolina Doomed against Kansas Without Kendall Marshall

When Kendall Marshall landed awkwardly on his right wrist on a drive with 10:56 remaining in North Carolina’s round-of-32 matchup with Creighton, it was hard to predict that the seemingly innocuous tumble would have such drastic implications for a Tar Heels squad bent on reaching its third Final Four in the last five years.

Marshall, a Cousy Award finalist, would play seven more minutes before being pulled out of the game with just under two minutes remaining. It was only after the Tar Heels’ 14-point victory that its star point guard would learn that he had suffered a fractured wrist, an injury that prevented him from playing in his team’s overtime victory over Ohio and may keep him out for the rest of the Tournament.

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#3 Marquette vs. #7 Florida: everything you need to know

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For the second straight season, Marquette has reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.  While last year’s run was somewhat unexpected as an 11 seed, this year’s Golden Eagles were expected to do some damage as the third seed in the West Regional.  Thursday evening in Albuquerque, Buzz Williams‘ team will match up with Billy Donovan and the seventh seeded Florida Gators with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line.

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#1 Syracuse vs. #4 Wisconsin: everything you need to know

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For the first time in program history, the Wisconsin Badgers are making back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.  In typical fashion, most critics were underestimating UW’s chances of advancing past the first weekend but Bo Ryan has done it again.  The Badgers will match up with top seed Syracuse Thursday night in an East Regional game in Boston.  Many were hopping off the Orange bandwagon after Fab Melo was suspended for the NCAA Tournament, but ‘Cuse avoided upset bids in the opening weekend to keep their dancing shoes shined.

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Buckeyes, Musketeers, Bearcats, Bobcats: Ohio basketball bonanza

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When it comes to college basketball, the state of Ohio is the anti-Illinois. There may be no Midwest swing in the region’s most populous state this year (the Land of Lincoln) but there’s plenty in the Buckeye state.

The birthplace of aviation has seen their teams soar in the NCAA Tournament this year, as they went 8-0 on the first weekend. They comprise one fourth of the sweet sixteen: the Ohio Bobcats, Cincinnati Bearcats, Xavier Musketeers and Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Everything you need to know about #1 Michigan State vs. #16 Long Island

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These aren’t the most exciting match-ups in the first round of the NCAA Tournament usually. And yes, IT’S A FIRST ROUND, STOP CALLING IT THE SECOND ROUND! YOU’RE TELLING ME, IT’S A “ROUND” MEANING 60/68 TEAMS AUTOMATICALLY GET A BYE. Ok, now that I’m done pointing out NCAA idiocy, I’ll stop yelling.

The Spartans enter the tournament with the #4 RPI and the #1 strength of schedule this year, not to mention the momentum of winning the Big Ten Tournament, so they’ll be tourney tested and tourney ready.

“a lot of people always say Coach Izzo takes off the Big Ten Tournament to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. That’s such a myth,” Draymond Green said.

Agreed.

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Duke’s Seth Curry: not a true second banana

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I never thought I’d say this, but a Duke University star, who’s a second generation hoops player with bigtime basketball bloodlines, has actually flown under the radar a bit this season.

Sure, you’ve heard one storyline about Blue Devils junior guard Seth Curry BEATEN to death: that his dad is former Virginia Tech, NBA star, Dell Curry, and his brother is Stephen Curry, starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors. (And I’m really sorry for even bringing this up now)

Seth Curry transferred from Liberty University to Duke after the 08-09 season. Per transfer rules, Curry sat out the 2009–10 basketball season.

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Syracuse hotels offering $1 rooms in honor of Syracuse Orange basketball

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Move over William Shatner, I think someone has just beat you when it comes to a travel deal.

In celebration of the Syracuse Orange #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Talk about March Madness, this is is the very definition, as the city of Syracuse is offering a variety of $1 deals throughout the city for residents and visitors alike.  There are even $1 hotel stays.

22 local hotels, restaurants & attractions (i.e., museums, spas – even the opera!) have all signed up to offer discounts for The Orange’s run through the NCAA tournament.

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