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The 12 Best Teams That Didn’t Win the NCAA Tournament

Not every great college basketball team wins the NCAA tournament. Some incredible college teams have suffered heartbreaking losses only to win the NCAA tournament title the following year (1973 North Carolina State, 1975 Indiana, 1982 Georgetown). Other championship teams have lost in an attempt at repeating (1961 Ohio State, 1985 Georgetown, 1991 UNLV, 1997 Kentucky).

Here are the 12 best teams that failed to win the NCAA tournament:

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Does McDonald’s Hate Texas? Or Just the Dallas Mavericks?

The defending NBA-champion Dallas Mavericks never seemed to get any respect last season until the final buzzer sounded on their win over the heavily favored Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. This season hasn’t exactly gone the way the Mavs would hope as a follow-up, but one of the world’s largest brand stuck it to the Mavs right in our backyard.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Report: Kentucky and Kansas Advance To 2012 Final Four

Traditional college basketball powers Kentucky and Kansas each won regional finals on Sunday to join Ohio State and Louisville in the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans next weekend. Here’s a recap of Sunday’s regional final games:

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Report: Ohio State and Louisville Headed To 2012 Final Four

Louisville and Ohio State became the first two teams to advance to the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans next weekend. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s regional finals.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Report: North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Baylor Advance To Regional Finals

Top seeds Kentucky and North Carolina joined Kansas and Baylor in advancing to the regional finals of the 2012 NCAA tournament on Friday. Here’s a recap of Friday’s NCAA tournament games:

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Nicki Minaj, Pitbull + More Performing at NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is turning into a performance venue on the level of the Super Bowl. Maybe it’s not quite as high-profile, but the star power at the annual event is just as big. This year, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Flo Rida are among the artists who will be taking the stage during All-Star weekend.

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Best Announcer Ever Goes Nuts After Amazing College Basketball Shot [VIDEO]

The announcer for NAIA college Lindsey Wilson’s basketball team put the ‘goooal’ guy and every other play-by-play man who gets caught up in the moment to shame with his amazingly exuberant call.

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Best Christmas Day Performances in NBA History

Christmas Day has always served as a traditional showcase for the best players – and teams – of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to a labor dispute between the players' union and owners that was not resolved until last month, the NBA will open its 2011-12 schedule on Dec. 25, including the

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Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke Killed in Plane Crash

Oklahoma State, which dealt with the tragic deaths of 10 people in a 2001 plane crash, including some men’s basketball players, is reeling from another crash that took the lives of women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna.

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Will Smith and Wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Among New Owners of NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

“West Philadelphia-born and raised” actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, are among a collective group announced as new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers at an introductory press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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It’s Basketball vs. Frisbee in an Epic Trick Shot Showdown [VIDEO]

The extremely accurate foursome of Dude Perfect are pioneers of the trick shot video genre, and hold what is believed to be the world record for longest basketball shot.

In their latest effort, they challenge frisbee wizard Brodie Smith to a trick shot showdown.

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Injuries finally force the seven-footer to call it quits
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Yao Ming Retires After Injury-Plagued Career

Oft-injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has informed the NBA he has retired after eight seasons in the league. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

The top pick in the 2002 draft was an eight-time all-star, despite averaging just 48 games in each of the last five seasons. Yao appeared in only five games during the 2010-11 season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg Nov. 10.

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