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  1. Louisville-Michigan classic gave NCAA tournament the game it needed

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Louisville’s 82-76 win against Michigan on Monday shot into one of March Madness’ legendary games thanks to the hot hands of Luke Hancock and Spike Albrecht, amazing dunks and incredible pace. Add it all up and it allowed the NCAA tournament to end on a note that will leave a memorable impression on fans’ minds…

  2. Kevin Ware cuts down the net with Louisville

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT


    Kevin Ware was one of the Final Four’s main storylines all week. Turned out it that story had a happy ending. Ware, the Louisville guard who suffered a compound fracture while attempting a block during the Cardinals’ regional final win against Duke, was with his teammates in Atlanta for their NCAA tournament title game against…

  3. This Sweet 16 (mostly) madder than any before

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    This year’s NCAA tournament is madder than ever before. Mostly. Florida Gulf Coast (15) and La Salle (13) made the 2013 event the first to have two teams seeded 13 or lower reach the Sweet 16, but that’s not all. Adding Oregon (12) and Wichita State (9) helped make this one of the least “chalky”…

  4. 10 tidbits to know: Bearcats boarding, Baron scoring and more

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT


    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. No. 3 Arizona improves to 11-0 — its best start in 25 years. Sean Miller’s team beat No. 17 San Diego State 68-67 to win the Diamond Head Classic. As beautiful…

  5. 10 tidbits to know this week: Gophers’ balance, Friars go green and more

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT


    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week.  1. Kudos to Providence’s Ed Cooley.  He called his Nike rep Sunday night after watching 60 Minutes and had his team in green uniforms and green sneakers against Colgate Tuesday night…

  6. Patience needed for South Carolina fans

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. He’ll post every week in CBT. When Frank Martin took over Kansas State in 2007, the response from friends in the coaching world was almost always the same. “People didn’t understand it,” Martin said. “Everyone was like, ‘Why would…

  7. SportsTalk: Things to know as college hoops begins

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT


    The season is here. Finally. Officially. We get to watch some college basketball. Friday’s filled with interesting games – two of which, No. 4 Ohio State vs. Marquette and Georgetown vs. No. 10 Florida – you can watch on NBC Sports Network tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET. Throw in a matchup between No. 3…

  8. CollegeBasketballTalk’s 2012-13 preseason All-Americans

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For…

  9. Tennessee, Cal on the verge of huge ’13 classes

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT


    When one looks at school recruiting class rankings, similar college basketball programs pop up every year. With that in mind, it is important to keep an eye on outliers, programs that either jump up for a year or two (an indicator of a head coach or assistant on the rise) and possibly produce a deep…

  10. Non-BCS schools quietly land impact players for ’13

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT


    It’s a common narrative in March for schools and players to come out of “nowhere” and excel on the national stage. That does happen to a certain extent, particularly given the way players develop on different schedules, but certain players choose a spot where they can develop and find success. The recent flurry of weekend…

  11. Jim Calhoun’s delightful quotes nearly matched his coaching skills

    Sep 12, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT


    Jim Calhoun’s not only one of college basketball’s legendary coaches, he’s also one of its legendary characters. Many an adjective – passionate, irascible, brilliant – applies, but the best? Quotable. Calhoun, who’s retiring Thursday, was rarely boring. He was always around to speak his mind and provide reporters and fans with many an entertaining line.…

  12. Billy Gillispie remains in Lubbock hospital after health scare

    Sep 3, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT


    Billy Gillispie’s high blood pressure will keep him in the hospital at least another day. The Texas Tech coach – under fire for allegations of mistreatment – reportedly called 911 on Friday fearing he was having a heart attack. He was hospitalized, but remains in the University Medical Center in Lubbock, per ESPN. Gillispie, 52,…

  13. Recent NCAA inquiry at UCLA focuses on Anderson, not Parker

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT


    The NCAA had been investigating UCLA’s top three recruits for 2012: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Now – much to the continued chagrin of the Bruin fanbase — it’s just focusing on the top two. Muhammad and Anderson. Parker, a 6-9 power forward from Georgia, had been the subject of an inquiry. But,…

  14. Saint Mary’s has tough trio already in the ’13 recruit mix

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT


    The Saint Mary’s Gaels hit a familiar Australian pipeline to land the commitment of Dane Pineau, a forward. The 6-9 Aussie is reportedly among the better players in what is a strong group of young players that includes a few who starred in the United States during the summer in Dante Exum and Ben Simmons.…

  15. Texas top-25 prospects ready for ‘Prime Time’

    Aug 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT


    Given the current environment of the NCAA clearinghouse and eligibility concerns, it seems counterintuitive that any elite prospects would transfer to a new high school on the eve of their senior seasons of high school and risk adding any question marks to their academic profiles. Two of the top prospects in Dallas, Texas, have done…

  16. Top 2013 prospects begin to narrow school lists

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT


    Following July’s evaluation period, many prospects within the class of 2013 are working toward slimming down their college choices to lead to traveling on five or less official visits before signing a letter of intent. An increase in recent pledges has been notable at all levels, but the top-100 still has plenty of talent available…

  17. Duke legend Art Heyman dies at 71

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT


    Art Heyman could do it all on a basketball court. Score. Rebound. Ignite a rivalry. You name it, the Duke legend did it while taking the Blue Devils into national prominence. Heyman died Monday, per Duke’s official Twitter account. He was 71. The 6-foot-5 Heyman was a star during his three seasons in Durham (freshman…

  18. Can’t help gawking at the Michigan construction at Crisler

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT


    I admit it: I’m a sucker for revamped locker rooms. Even if I don’t have a rooting interest in the school. That’s why these shots of the Crisler Center construction at Michigan made CBT. Sometimes it’s just cool to gawk at what the schools are doing. Some of this pretty standard at big schools, but…

  19. Are Nick Faust and DeAndre Daniels ready for starring roles?

    Aug 27, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT


    Your typical list of breakout players for the 2012-13 college hoops season usually looks something like this. Or it goes player-by-player. It’s guys like James Michael McAdoo, B.J. Young, Michael Carter-Williams or Wayne Blackshear. So it’s nice when you see a list like this that tries to spotlight the players who aren’t quite obvious picks.…

  20. Under Armour Elite 24 features some must-see stars

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT


    The newly re-branded Elite 24 all-star game tips at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPNU) and is sponsored by Under Armour, having taken the game’s reins from Boost Mobile. The contest is unique in that August is usually a quiet month for high school stars, having been put through a grueling July evaluation period. The…

  21. Nebraska’s overseas ties help land top New Zealand guard

    Aug 23, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    After Tim Miles took the Nebraska job, it was easy to wonder how he was planning to upgrade the talent level in Lincoln. With outstanding facilities balanced by a lack of a nature recruiting ground, the Huskers’ aren’t exactly a destination location. Some insight was provided as Miles named former Saint Louis assistant coach Chris…

  22. UAB lands national champ PG Dayshawn Watkins for ’13 class

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT


    The Arkansas Wings are among the country’s most traditionally strong grassroots basketball teams, and romped to an AAU 11th Grade National Championship at the end of July, dismissing opponents from across the land along the way to their title. While elite center Bobby Portis, an early Arkansas pledge, was the key name on that Arkansas…

  23. Send healthy thoughts Allan Chaney’s way this season

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT


    It’s doubtful any player is more pumped about the upcoming season than Allan Chaney. The former Virginia Tech forward thought his career was over last August. He collapsed during an offseason workout and was later diagnosed with myocarditis, a disease that causes heart inflammation and can be fatal. Hokies doctors didn’t clear him to continue…

  24. Joshua Smith still struggling with extra pounds? Stunner

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT


    Some things never change. The Dolphins keep looking for Dan Marino’s replacement, politicians say dumb things and Joshua Smith can’t lose weight. With a trip to China looming, UCLA coach Ben Howland told Mike DeCourcy that the 6-10 junior hasn’t gotten in shape. Again. “I’m disappointed where he’s at, that he’s not further along with…

  25. Could schools’ social media monitoring land them in hot water?

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT


    Want an impossible task? Monitor and control a school’s student athletes from ever posting something problematic on social media. But schools are giving it a shot. This Louisville Courier-Journal story provides an interesting look at how Louisville and Kentucky are using a social media monitoring system that alerts coaches whenever athletes use a word that…