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  1. Assigned Reading: Andre Dawkins’ battle with depression

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Duke’s Andre Dawkins was expected to be a star. A former five-star recruit, Dawkins enrolled at school a year early and became a key member of the Blue Devil’s 2010 national title winning team. The future was bright for the sharpshooting Dawkins, but he never lived up to that potential. You see, his sister died…

  2. Can Melvin Ejim be back for Michigan’s visit to Iowa State Sunday?

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Melvin Ejim, Iowa State’s versatile four-man that averged 11.3 points and 9.3 boards for the Cyclones a season ago, hurt his knee in late October. The injury was expected to keep him out until December at the earliest, but according to a report from the Iowa State Daily, there’s a slight chance Ejim will be…

  3. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Late night West Coast hoops worth waiting for

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 6 Arizona at San Diego State, 10:05 p.m. (CBS Sports) The Wildcats will get their biggest test of the season tonight when they face off with Steve Fisher’s Aztecs. Both teams are still trying to figure out their rotations and the best lineups to work with. Sean Miller has started…

  4. Four top five recruits to announce on Friday evening

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was arguably the biggest non-NCAA tournament day in college basketball, as the Tip-Off Marathon culminated in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Friday may be the most important day for the 2014-2015 college hoops season. Why? Four of Rivals top five recruits in the country remain uncommitted. That will no longer be the case as…

  5. Final thoughts from the Champions Classic

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Scott Phillips and I were both in attendance on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic, and while we both wrote plenty of words off of those two games, there was a lot more to discuss that simply couldn’t fit into our stories. So we put it all here: Scott:¬†After all of the hype, the Champions…

  6. Late Night Snacks: Providence, Colorado survive at home

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Providence 73, Brown 69 The Friars were up by as much as 16 points in the first half, but Brown made their run in the second half. The Bears completely erased the lead that Ed Cooley’s club had built, tying the game midway through the half. Brown was never able to…

  7. Anthony Drmic and the story of a kitty that’s lost and found (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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    Anthony Drmic and his girlfriend got a cat. They fell in love with the cat. Then, evil roommate Igor Hadziomerovic let the cat run out the door. Paul Gerke of ABC 6 has this story of kitties, kind strangers and evil roommates.

  8. Georgetown’s win over Wright State more valuable than you think

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 48 points and 11 assists as Georgetown bounced back from a season-opening loss to Oregon by whipping up on Wright State 88-70. The Hoyas finished the night 10-for-23 from beyond the arc, a marked improvement from the 1-for-15 that they shot in the game in Seoul. Most notably…

  9. Michigan State-Kentucky second highest-rated non-conference game on ESPN

    Nov 13, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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    The first game of the Champions Classic doubleheader between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State was the second-most viewed non-conference college basketball game ever aired on ESPN. The game averaged just over four million viewers and scored a 2.6 rating. The current record came when No. 1 Memphis played No. 2 Tennessee in…

  10. Kerwin Okoro to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Nov 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Rutgers Athletics

    A tough year for Kerwin Okoro just got a little bit harder. Okoro will miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing a knee surgery on Friday. Okoro suffered the injury in the practice before Rutgers’ season-opener against UAB. Without Okoro, Rutgers will have just three guards on their roster — Myles Mack, Jerome Seagears and…

  11. Andrew Wiggins wins Tuesday’s ‘Freshmen Showcase’

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — The Champions Classic should have been billed as the Freshmen Showcase. I know, I know, I know. The event itself was about so much more than the eight top ten recruits to take the court at the United Center on Tuesday night. We had No. 1 vs. No. 2. We had No. 4…

  12. No. 1 Kentucky has talent (and time) to right what went wrong in loss to No. 2 Michigan State

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Big Blue Nation’s traveling posse will head to O’Hare or Midway or back down I-65 to Lexington disappointed on Wednesday morning. The first showing of Kentucky’s world famous recruiting class on a national stage did not exactly go as planned, as the No. 2 Wildcats took a generally hard-fought, but at times mighty…

  13. Keith Appling leads No. 2 Michigan State to a 78-74 win over No. 1 Kentucky

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — No. 2 Michigan State, the national title favorite chocked full of veteran all-americans, had completely outclassed their more hyped counterparts from Kentucky on Tuesday night, riding the hot hands of Adreian Payne and Gary Harris to a first half lead that grew to as much as 15-points. But Kentucky came back. They fought…

  14. South Carolina impresses, falls short against No. 23 Baylor

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    South Carolina v Baylor

    Brady Heslip scored 18 points and hit five threes and Isaiah Austin chipped in with 14 points as No. 23 Baylor overcame a hideous 22-for-43 performance from the free throw line to knock off South Carolina in Waco, 66-64. As has been the case with seemingly every game played early on this season, the Bears…

  15. Report: Delaware’s Devon Saddler saddled with a suspension

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Devon Saddler, who recently became the second-leading scorer in Delaware basketball history, was suspended from the program for a month on Tuesday. The news was first reported by Kevin Tresolini of DelawareOnline.com. The suspension stems from a violation of team rules. Saddler will miss seven games during that stretch, including big matchups against Villanova and…

  16. Four programs to don turquoise uniforms this season

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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    This season, four athletic programs will don turquoise uniforms to honor Native American Heritage month. Florida State, Nevada and New Mexico will join Oregon State is wearing the uniforms for a game this November. The Beavers have done this for a couple seasons now, in large part due to former big man and Native American…

  17. West Virginia blows 19 point lead, suffers ugly loss to Virginia Tech

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    If there’s a clear-cut loser during this year’s Tip-Off Marathon, then it’s West Virginia. The Mountaineers blew a double-digit first-half lead to lose at Virginia Tech 87-82, despite the Hokies missing suspended starting forward C.J. Barksdale. This is a really bad loss for a West Virginia team hoping to compete in the top-half of the…

  18. Wooden Award Top 50 List

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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    The Wooden Award announced their list of the 50 candidates named to the early season watch list on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, Kentucky leads the way with four players on the list. Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have three players each on the list. Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have a quarter of the…

  19. Vin Parise joins the SportsDash crew to discuss some of the major early storylines (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    NBCSports.com contributor Vin Parise joined the fine folks at the SportsDash to discuss some of the biggest storylines heading into the 2013-2014 season, including John Calipari and the pressure that his Wildcats feel heading into the season.

  20. Picks Are In! CBT’s Champions Classic Predictions

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Today is Hoopsmas! 30 consecutive hours of basketball capped by the Champions Classic. It doesn’t get better than that. You can read our full preview of the Champions Classic right here. This post isn’t about previewing. It’s about predicting. Each of our writers take a stab at who will win tonight’s matchups: No. 1 Kentucky…

  21. Champions Classic Preview: Hyped freshmen, four top five teams, best event ever?

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Tuesday is an indisputably great day for college hoop heads around the country, as we not only get 30 straight hours of hoops, but the marathon session of basketball is capped off with the Champions Classic, the single best in-season event ever. That’s right. I said it. I’ll even take it a step further: I…

  22. BYU proves themselves a contender in the WCC with 112-103 win over Stanford

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

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    Tyler Haws popped off for 31 points, and Matt Carlino chipped in with 25 of his own, as BYU went down to Palo Alto and knocked off the Stanford Cardinal, 112-103. Yup, you read that score right. It was 112-103. Nothing weird happened, either. This wasn’t a quadruple-overtime game, it was just good, old-fashioned, uptempo…

  23. Late Night Snacks: The Marathon is on, but Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier shine brightest

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: BYU 112, Stanford 103 All these new fouling rules? This is why they’re put into the game. So college basketball looks more like this than rugby. Now, I’ll freely admit that the score of this game was almost entirely a result of the way that BYU plays. They love, love, love…

  24. Keep an eye on SMU this season

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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    Rhode Island took a trip down to Dallas to take on Larry Brown’s revamped SMU squad on Monday night, and it was a match-up that had “intriguing” written all over it. Both the Mustangs and the Rams brought in a number of high profile recruits this season. Both programs also had a number of transfers…

  25. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Quiet night outside of the Tip-Off Marathon

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: The Tip-Off Marathon starts tonight. Read all about it here. WHO’S GETTING UPSET?: Rutgers at UAB, 8:00 p.m. Rutgers put together a promising ¬†performance in their first game of the season, as Kadeem Jack went for 30 points and 12 boards in a win over Florida A&M. But the Scarlet Knights…