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The Mid-Morning Dump: Who Wants To Be a 1-Seed?

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Penn State incited FRANCON INFINITI, Duke silenced the Dean Dome and Lubbock claimed another ranked victim.

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HOMETOWN HERO. On behalf of native Monté Morris, Hy-Vee is sending 11 semi-trailers of drinking water to Flint, MI, this morning to help remedy the city's contaminated water supply.

NOT ENOUGH. Perhaps an overreaction to Georges Niang's lack of production late against Baylor on Tuesday, Randy Peterson believes it's time for the future All-American to take over Iowa State's offense. I thought he was doing that already.

FIGHT LIKE MEL. The women ripped off 29 unanswered first half points (and a 45-2 run) en route to a 77-48 win over Texas Tech last night. But not a single one of the Cyclones' field goals was bigger than Lexi Albrecht's late-game three.

DESTINATION UNKNOWN. With under a month to go until Selection Sunday, Andrew Logue speculates on the NCAA Tournament fates of Iowa and ISU.

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SNEAKY GOOD. Jake Trotter has Iowa State slotted 6th in the Big 12 in his pre-spring defensive back rankings. Only the running backs have fared better so far (3rd).

Who Wants To Be a 1-Seed?

SCENE OF THE FIRST CRIME: HAPPY VALLEY. A weird Wednesday began with a 5:30 tipoff between Penn State and No. 4 Iowa. From the 5:11 mark in the 1st half through the final buzzer, the Nittany Lions shot the lights out and somehow never relinquished their lead. Down went the Hawkeyes.

SCENE OF THE SECOND CRIME: CHAPEL HILL. The weirdness continued with college basketball's greatest rivalry. No. 5 North Carolina held a lead over No. 20 Duke from 9:43 mark in the 1st half until Luke Kennard's go-ahead three with 2:40 to go in the game. Grayson Allen iced it with two free throws, and nobody scored in the last (epic) minute and nine seconds. Down went the Tar Heels.

SCENE OF THE THIRD CRIME: LUBBOCK. If you parlayed the moneyline on these three games, you're probably not at work today. Texas Tech knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma, Toddrick Gotcher ran like a running back with time still on the clock, and there were fans everywhere. Down went the Sooners.

Around the Country

WHEELING AND DEALING. With the NBA trade deadline approaching early this afternoon, SB Nation has every important rumor in one place.

SPRING TRAINING ICE BREAKER. Texas Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez was nearly decapitated in a freak accident this summer.

SAFELITE REPLACE. When attending a baseball game in which Kyle Schwarber is participating, wherever you parked your car, move it further away.

THERE ARE THUGS IN CANADA. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman had his 20-game suspension upheld by commissioner Gary Bettman. If you recall, he cross-checked an official into oblivion.