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Why dominating the SEC could be bad for Kentucky

What could be bad about leading the league? Kentucky is rolling along in the SEC again, but the lack of a challenge could hurt the Wildcats when the games tighten in March.

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Bracketology: Duke's decline

Duke was supposed to be a No. 1 seed, a lock on the top line. But its struggles on the floor have it tumbling down the bracket. The fall now has the Blue Devils as No. 4 seed.

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Cincinnati tops East Carolina for eighth straight win (0:56)
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Bracketology: Time to notice Florida State

A month ago Florida State was a No. 8 seed, just another ACC team filling a line on the bracket. Now, the Seminoles stand atop the best conference in college basketball and are perched as a No. 2 seed.

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New AP Top 10 ... 1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. UCLA 4. Gonzaga 5. Kentucky 6. Baylor T-7. WVU T-7. Creighton 9. North Carolina 10. Florida St.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Top-five point guard Matt Coleman committed to Texas over Duke. Shaka Smart badly needed a point guard this season, but Coleman will give the Longhorns a boost next season. Should fit very well in Austin; Shaka has known Coleman since his days at VCU. Talented lefty.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Oak Hill Academy point guard and No. 26 overall in the ESPN 100 Matt Coleman announced his commitment to Texas on ESPNU at halftime of the Patrick School-Pace Academy game. He will play in the next game against Washington-bound Michael Porter Jr. (No. 2 player in the senior class) and Nathan Hale High School.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Matt Coleman the no.26 player in the class and top 5 point guard in the class just announced he was going to Texas on ESPNU. The Longhorns need a point guard in the worst way. Huge pick up for Shaka Smart.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari just walked into #HHClassic. Kentucky signee Nick Richards playing in this game.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

The first of four games upcoming on ESPNU will feature Duke-bound forward Wendell Carter (pictured here in Duke shirt and matching hair color) going up against Kentucky-bound Nick Richards. Both are in the top 12 of the ESPN 100 rankings.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

In our first game today we have an exciting match up between two true post players. No.3 Wendall Carter (Duke) vs no.12 Nick Richards (Kentucky.) They both play on the inside and impact the game in the paint on the glass and from the free throw line. 11am on ESPNU

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

The fifth day of the HoopHall Classic is underway. Up first is St. Anthony High School (NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, father of current Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley. His team is up against Alabama signee John Petty, No. 24 in the ESPN 100, and Jemison High School (AL). The next four games here will shown on ESPNU starting at 11 a.m. ET

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

We had two McDonald's All Americans on Saturday night. We will have seven more All Americans on today starting at 11am on ESPNU. The Hoophall Classic is the nations biggest and best high school event.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentucky has four signees playing in the McDonald's game. Duke and UCLA have two selections apiece. Nine schools have one signee.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven uncommitted players in the McDonald's All-American Game: Mohamed Bamba (No. 4), Trevon Duval (No. 5), Brandon McCoy (No. 6), Kevin Knox (No. 7), Brian Bowen (No. 13), Trae Young (No. 15) and M.J. Walker (No. 20).

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Kentucky commit Quade Green, No. 21 in the ESPN 100, scored 29 points and dished out 10 assists at the HoopHall Classic. He said after the game that he's excited to get to Lexington and play with his best friend, Hamidou Diallo, who recently committed to the Wildcats and left Putnam Science Academy to enroll early at Kentucky. Green said some members of Big Blue Nation have showed up to his games to show their support before he gets on campus.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Trevon Duval, No. 5 in the ESPN 100, showed this afternoon why high-profile college programs want him to be their point guard. He had 12 points, 13 assists, and 16 rebounds in IMG Academy's win at the HoopHall Classic. The highlight came when he caught a long pass at half court and, in one motion, turned and tossed a perfect alley-oop pass to a teammate for an easy dunk. He will attend either Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, or Seton Hall.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Four-star junior Emmanuel Akot is a really talented offensive player. 6-foot-6, can make shots off the dribble, initiates and creates offense for others -- has a final four of Arizona, Oregon, Louisville and Utah.

Andrew Smith ESPN Editor 

Life of a four star college basketball recruit: close out a last-minute win and answer questions about your recruitment minutes later. Putnam Science Academy guard Eric Ayala avoided questions about whether he will stay in the class of 2018 or reclassify to 2017. He mentioned schools like Arizona, UConn, Indiana, and Kansas as possibilities.