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  1. Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne will be out ‘until he’s 100%’

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:41 PM EST

    Adreian Payne

    Adreian Payne played like an animal in Michigan State’s overtime win over Ohio State last Tuesday, but he was a long way from healthy. Payne’s been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season long, and prior to the game against the Buckeyes, Payne sprained his right foot, the latest in a long line of injuries for…

  2. College Hoops Week in Review: Doug McDermott and Iowa make statements

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:10 PM EST

    AP Photo

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Doug McDermott, Creighton McDermott showed the nation why he is very deserving of being the favorite for the National Player of the Year award as of today. He went for 19 points and four assists with a banged up shoulder in a win at DePaul on Wednesday and followed that up…

  3. Billy Donovan: Casey Prather ‘progressing’, but won’t play vs. Georgia

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:23 PM EST

    Billy Donovan

    Casey Prather has been one of the most surprising players in the country this season, entering a starring role as a senior on what has proven to be a very good Florida team. But Prather’s also had a penchant for getting nicked up the last couple of seasons, and this year is no different. Billy…

  4. Josh Pastner, the son of a Philadelphia kingpin?

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:31 AM EST

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    You won’t find many coaches across the country that are more well-liked than Josh Pastner. He’s charismatic, he’s always going to give you good quotes, he knows about the people that cover the team and, perhaps most importantly, he’ll always call you back. Here’s a perfect example of what makes Pastner a media darling. After…

  5. Report: Dante Exum leaning towards entering the NBA Draft

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:03 AM EST

    Australia v New Zealand - Men's FIBA Oceania Championship

    The assumption in basketball circles has been that Australian phenom Dante Exum will never be a collegiate ball-player. A talented, 6-foot-6 point guard, Exum has shot up NBA Draft boards since putting on a show during the U-19 World Championships this summer. He’s been recruited by a number of schools stateside — his only visit…

  6. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:17 AM EST

    Roy Devyn Marble, Lenzelle Smith

    I can already tell what’s going to happen so I figure I’ll just address it now before I’m ripped on twitter and in the comments section: Yes, I have Iowa ranked above Iowa State despite the fact Iowa State beat Iowa. And no, it has nothing to do with the ankle injury that Deandre Kane…

  7. UCLA lands best win of the season over Arizona State, who is in some trouble

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:27 AM EST

    Steve Alford

    Kyle Anderson went for 17 points, 13 boards and seven assists while Zach LaVine popped off for 19 points off the bench — 15 of which came in a first half flurry — as UCLA knocked off Arizona State at Pauley Pavilion, 87-72. The Sun Devils got out to a quick start, but a UCLA…

  8. Northwestern lands first Big Ten win under Chris Collins over No. 23 Illinois

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:44 PM EST

    Chris Collins

    First and foremost, congratulations need to go out to Chris Collins. The new Northwestern head coach picked up his first Big Ten win and his first win over a ranked team on Sunday evening, as Northwestern knocked off No. 23 Illinois in Evanston, 49-43. It wasn’t pretty — nothing that Northwestern does this season will…

  9. Creighton gets 35 from Doug McDermott in a win over Xavier

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

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    No Grant Gibbs? No problem. Playing their first game without the sixth-year senior guard thanks to a dislocated kneecap he suffered in a win over DePaul didn’t slow Creighton down at all. The Bluejays got a combined 37 points and 14 assists from Devin Brooks, Austin Chatman and Jahenns Manigat as they overcame a 12-0…

  10. The give and take of LaQuinton Ross

    Jan 12, 2014, 4:14 PM EST

    Bryant v Ohio State

    No. 3 Ohio State is a good basketball team. You don’t make it to January undefeated — you don’t climb all the way up to No. 3 in the country — if you’re a good basketball team. So we’re not arguing that here, even if no. 20 Iowa’s 84-74 win in Columbus was the second…

  11. Rick Ray celebrated Mississippi State’s win over Ole Miss by dancing (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 12:12 AM EST

    Rick Ray

    Rick Ray’s tenure at Mississippi State has been trying, as the Bulldogs have dealt with enough injuries and transfers and losses to drive any coach insane. That’s why this season, where the Bulldogs have already surpassed last season’s win total, is so satisfying for Ray, who celebrated a win over in-state rival Ole Miss with…

  12. No. 6 Wichita State needs 19-point comeback and overtime to get to 17-0

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:07 PM EST

    Wichita St Missouri St Basketball

    The odds of No. 6 Wichita State making it to March undefeated just got a little bit better. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still bet everything I own against the Shockers making it through the Valley unscathed. You don’t make it through the Valley unscathed. You just don’t. But if anyone is going to do…

  13. Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden spur No. 18 Kansas to win over No. 25 Kansas State

    Jan 11, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

    Kansas State v Kansas

    If you want to get an idea of just how badly No. 18 Kansas beat down in-state rival No. 25 Kansas State, think about it like this: there wasn’t another matchup between two ranked teams anywhere in the country today, this game was on ESPN and it finished before the NFL Playoff games began, yet…

  14. Slumping Markel Brown hits game-winner, No. 11 Oklahoma State survives West Virginia

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

    Markel Brown, Demarcus Holland

    It’s been 25 days since Markel Brown made a three-pointer. Seriously. The last time that he hit a jump shot from beyond the arc, you still had more than a week to buy your mom that last-minute Christmas present that you hadn’t thought of yet. It was five games ago when Brown hit that three…

  15. No. 5 Michigan State, without Adreian Payne, survives in overtime

    Jan 11, 2014, 5:29 PM EST

    Minnesota v Michigan State

    Health and Michigan State just haven’t belonged in the same sentence this season. The Spartans have been banged up all year long, with the latest injury issue being the sprained foot on top of plantar fasciitis that All-American caliber center Adreian Payne has been dealing with this week. Payne didn’t play as Minnesota came to…

  16. Clemson latest to upset underachieving No. 16 Duke

    Jan 11, 2014, 4:32 PM EST

    Duke v Clemson

    Duke entered this week as the No. 16 team in the country, the first time in more than six full seasons that the Blue Devils found themselves sitting outside of the top ten of the AP poll. That ranking isn’t incorrect, either. Duke is 1-2 in the ACC for the first time since 2007 after…

  17. No. 19 UMass with a thrilling, comeback win over St. Bonaventure (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:32 PM EST

    St Bonaventure UMass Basketball

    For the fifth consecutive game, No. 19 UMass found themselves locked in a battle that went down to the final possessions. And while the Minutemen found themselves in the loser’s column when they went down to Florida last month to take on Florida State, Derek Kellogg’s club has now managed to win four straight dog…

  18. No. 9 Iowa State upset by Oklahoma, loses Deandre Kane to an ankle injury?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:13 PM EST

    DeAndre Kane

    And then there were four. Oklahoma picked up their biggest win of the season on Saturday afternoon, knocking off previously undefeated Iowa State 87-82 in Norman. And they did it despite a rough shooting night from leading scorer Cameron Clark, who finished just 4-for-16 from the floor. Buddy Hield, who has morphed into one of…

  19. Saint Louis now 6-0 on the road, 15-2 overall with win at Dayton

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:28 PM EST

    Dwayne Evans

    For all the talk about UMass and VCU this season, might the Atlantic 10 title still run through St. Louis? It certainly looked like it on Saturday afternoon, as the Billikens went into Dayton and smacked around the Flyers, winning 67-59 in a game that where Jim Crews’ club had a double-digit lead for much…

  20. Weekend Preview: 14 ranked teams will be hitting the road this weekend

    Jan 10, 2014, 9:25 AM EST

    Toledo v Kansas

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 25 Kansas State at No. 18 Kansas, Sat. 2:00 p.m. Back in October, this didn’t look like it was going to be much of a rivalry game this season. Kansas was a top five team and Kansas State lost three of their first five games, dropping their opener to Northern…

  21. Jordan Mathews goes for 32 as Cal wins their 12th straight against No. 17 Oregon

    Jan 10, 2014, 2:07 AM EST

    Reed McConnell, Jordan Mathews

    No Jabari Bird? No Ricky Kreklow? No problem for Cal, not when Jordan Mathews is on fire. The 6-foot-3 freshman entered Thursday night’s trip to Eugene averaging 7.4 points on the season. He had only managed 33 points over his last five games. But on Thursday, he scored 20 of his career-high 32 points in…

  22. Xavier’s Semaj Christon is a stud, and why Marquette fans should be very worred

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:24 AM EST

    St Johns Xavier Basketball

    All anyone is going to want to talk about after Xavier’s 86-79 win over Marquette on Thursday night is how the Golden Eagles appear destined for the wrong side of the bubble this year. And it makes sense, as weird as it sounds saying that about a team coached by Buzz Williams. Marquette is now…

  23. No. 1 Arizona survives late UCLA rally despite free throw, turnover issues

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:49 PM EST

    Arizona v UCLA

    Nick Johnson finished with 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting and Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and eight boards as No. 1 Arizona survived a furious UCLA comeback, winning 79-75 in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night. Johnson’s work wasn’t limited to the offensive end of the floor, either. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard spent a lot of time…

  24. CBT Roundtable: Midseason Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Americans

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:16 PM EST

    hoiberg

    This week was the first full week on conference play, which means that today’s roundtable is the perfect chance for us to argue our way through midseason awards. Here are the picks: ROB DAUSTER: Player of the Year: I know that he’s struggled in his last couple of games, and I know that there are…

  25. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Three marquee games, and an Atlantic showdown

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:52 PM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona at UCLA, 9:00 p.m. While Arizona cruises along as the nation’s best team, UCLA has been somewhat ignored in the Pac-12 race. Maybe it’s their lack of a notable win and maybe it’s their issues on the defensive end of the floor, but it seems like the consensus…