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  • March Madness Crib Notes For Sundays Games

    West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Oregon (87.3) at 7:45 p.m. EDT on TruTVIN DEPTHWisconsin (87 percent) vs. OregonPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinOregon’s offense — far and away the strength of the team — came to the rescue against Oklahoma State in the round of 64 as the Ducks shot 55 percent from the floor to outgun the Cowboys in a 79-73 win. But securing enough stops to beat Wisconsin might be a struggle for the defensively challenged Ducks. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Wisconsin easily owns the best offense in the country, a unit primed to take advantage of Oregon’s weak shot defense and inability to force turnovers. The Ducks also lack the risky traits that sometimes help heavy underdogs chance their way into upsets. But one path the Ducks might navigate to victory is to force the tempo and make the Badgers play at their pace. Oregon had the 33rd-fastest offense in the country this season (as measured by seconds per possession), while Wisconsin had the third-slowest. While Saturday’s top-billed matchups (specifically, Arizona-Ohio State and Kentucky-Cincinnati) looked sexier on paper than any in store on Sunday, day No. 2 of the round of 32 offers some solid games of its own — as well as fewer sleepers. Keep a particular eye on the trio of 2-versus-7 matchups, each of which should be reasonably competitive by the standards of this round.Here’s what else to look for:South RegionalGame to watch: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 San Diego State (a harmonic mean of 88.0) at 2:40 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 7 Iowa (27 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHDuke (85 percent win probability) vs. San Diego StatePlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeAfter taking care of Robert Morris with ease in its opener, Duke moves on to face the slow-paced, defensively focused Aztecs. San Diego State has a tall team that ranks among the nation’s best at limiting opponents’ shooting efficiency and keeping them from getting to the line. But watch for Duke’s offensive rebounding (spearheaded by All-Everything center Jahlil Okafor) to offset some of SDSU’s defensive advantage. And when the Aztecs have the ball, scoring might be an ordeal. Neither of San Diego State’s two go-to guys on offense — Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee — could even match the Division I average for efficiency when they ended an Aztec possession, a trend that figures to continue against a solid Blue Devils defense. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Michigan State (89.5) at 12:10 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 Northern Iowa (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Louisville at 9:40 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHVirginia (72 percent) vs. Michigan StatePlayer to watch: Anthony Gill, VirginiaVirginia didn’t exactly look dominant against a stubborn Belmont team Friday, and now the Cavaliers must face an even tougher opponent in Michigan State. The Spartans have the talent to stick with Virginia — they’d have a 37 percent chance of the upset here if we based our prediction on preseason ratings alone — and their coach is familiar with deep tournament runs. Plus, Virginia operates its offense at a veritable crawl, slowing down the game and inviting the kind of variance that can prove deadly for a favorite. But other than their snail-like pace, the Cavaliers play a sturdy style as upset-proof as any, relying primarily on two-point shooting, ball security, rebounding, and an old-fashioned big, tough interior defense. It all makes for a team with few clear weaknesses, something Michigan State will likely learn the hard way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State (87.6) at 5:15 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 West Virginia (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Maryland at 8:40 p.m. EDT on TNTIN DEPTHKansas (57 percent) vs. Wichita StatePlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateWichita State’s offense clicked in the second half of its victory over Indiana on Friday, but the points may not come as easily against a strong Kansas defense that ranks ninth nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s schedule-adjusted ratings. The game may come down to whether Wichita State can execute its pick-and-roll — according to Synergy Sports, the Shockers’ pick-and-roll ball-handling efficiency ranked in the 93rd percentile of Division I schools; the Jayhawks’ defense was in the 85th percentile at stopping the play. At the other end, it’s worth watching whether the more interior-focused Kansas offense can adapt to take advantage of a Wichita State defense that dares opponents to move the ball around and shoot from the outside. read more

  • Samsungs new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you

    first_img 14 Photos See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now 2 1:34 Sprint Samsung takes smartphone battle to the storefront Samsung, Best Buy to operate mini shops for three years Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Here’s Samsung’s trendy answer to Apple Stores in New York Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Share your voice $899 Samsung wants you to find love through your fridge See All See also $899 See It Abt Electronics Applecenter_img Samsung’s coming to a mall near you — if you live in California, New York or Texas.The company on Thursday said it plans to open three Samsung Experience Stores, at these locations: The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles; Roosevelt Field on Long Island in Garden City, New York; and The Galleria in Houston. The locations will open Feb. 20, the same day Samsung unveils its Galaxy S10 and foldable smartphones during an event in San Francisco. It also will launch pop-up stores in other malls next month. Samsung is the world’s biggest phone and TV maker, but it doesn’t operate its own stores to sell its latest gadgets. Instead, it’s long relied on partners like carriers and big box retailers to push its devices to consumers. In 2013, it started partnering with Best Buy on minishops within the retailer’s stores to show off Samsung’s electronics. $899 You’ll be able to interact with 4D VR experiences like virtual Titanic rides and play games with friends in Samsung’s 4K gaming lounge. Samsung also will display its newest 8K TVs and help you build your own AR Emoji for its smartphones.”We want to build a ‘playground’ for Samsung fans — a place to learn about and try out all of the amazing new products we have to offer,” said YH Eom, the new president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America. The stores come as Samsung faces a slowdown in smartphone sales. Last month, it reported a steep drop in revenue and profits. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of stronger competition and weaker demand in the handset sector. Its smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well, and its mobile displays suffered. It’s become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate themselves from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have increased at the same time that US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that has meant people are waiting longer to upgrade. For Samsung, opening its own stores lets it have more of a direct link to customers. It also lets the company provide better tech support and customer service as people hold onto their devices longer and as phones get more complex. Consumers have gotten used to how regular smartphones work, but Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone will introduce a completely new form of device that’s foreign to pretty much everyone. Samsung Galaxy S10 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Phones Smart Home Appliances TVs reading • Samsung’s new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you Comments Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See it $899 Then in 2016, it opened the Samsung 837 showroom at 837 Washington in New York’s Meatpacking District. The location houses demos of Samsung’s various products but doesn’t have devices for sale.At the same time that Samsung’s moving deeper into retail, rival Apple could also make some changes in its stores. Angela Ahrendts, its head of retail, plans to leave in April after five years at the company. During her tenure, she turned Apple stores into gathering places and ushered in a redesign of new and old stores. But some of her moves — like removing payment areas and lines in favor of floating store employees checking out customers on their iPhones — faced criticism for making it harder to make a purchase. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s HR chief, will take on Ahrendts’ responsibilities to complement her current role as head of human resources.Unlike Samsung 837, the new mall stores will actually have products you can buy, including Galaxy smartphones, tablets and wearables; TVs; and SmartThings devices. The stores also will feature displays to give you hands-on time with new products, as well as demos from Samsung experts. And you can receive customer support and assistance, including walk-in repair for your Samsung mobile devices. Tags • SmartThings Best Buy Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buylast_img read more