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  1. Tom Izzo on Gary Harris: He’s ‘questionable-probable’ to play Tuesday

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:22 PM EST

    Tom Izzo

    It’s time for yet another update on the health of the four Michigan State starters that are banged up. According to Joe Rexrode, Matt Costello could still be weeks away from actually stepping on the court. He’s reportedly. got mono, that’s not an easy thing to get rid of. There is some good news to…

  2. VCU lip-syncs Katy Perry with kids at a Children’s Hospital (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 12:44 PM EST

    Melvin Johnson, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg

    I’m a sucker for things like this. VCU went to a Children’s Hospital in Richmond and helped put together a lip-sync video singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” with the kids. The Rams have had a rough start to the season. They are 8-3 after a loss at Northern Iowa this weekend. They got smacked around by…

  3. Rick Pitino’s photobomb at a Justin Timberlake concert (PHOTO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:49 AM EST

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    He’s no Jay Bilas – yet — but this is still a pretty solid photobomb from Rick Pitino, who was apparently at a Justin Timberlake concert last night. I always pictured Pitino as more of a Billy Joel kind of guy. Follow @robdauster

  4. College Hoops Week in Review: Hello Princeton, and some Brandon Ashley love

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:28 AM EST

    Photo credit: Getty Images

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Ashley, Arizona Aaron Gordon is the guy that gets all the hype for Arizona. Nick Johnson is their leading scorer and their best perimeter defender. T.J. McConnell is the tie the binds everyone together. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson does things like this. It seems like every Wildcat on Sean Miller’s roster get…

  5. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:27 AM EST

    Credit: AP

    The toughest part about putting these rankings together right now is trying to balance out the difference the performance we’ve seen to date and the potential that each team has on their roster. Look at Kansas, for example. They’re lost three times to top 15 teams away from Phog Allen Fieldhouse, none of which came…

  6. Difference between Kentucky, ’12 title team: role players?

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:02 AM EST

    Boise State v Kentucky

    I wrote a column last night on No. 11 Kentucky and their 82-77 loss to No. 18 North Carolina. But I wasn’t in Chapel Hill. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com was. He wrote a column too, and it included this passage, which I found particularly interesting: It was interesting to watch in person because the TV…

  7. Late Night Snacks: UK loses, Arizona survives, and Naadir Tharpe awakens

    Dec 15, 2013, 2:19 AM EST

    Aaron Gordon

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona 72, Michigan 70 The Wildcats held off Michigan in a thriller in Ann Arbor to kick off Saturday afternoon’s action. Glenn Robinson III was dominant in the first half, scoring 16 of his 20 points, but he was shut down by Aaron Gordon in the final 20 minutes.…

  8. St. Peter’s-Seton Hall ended pretty fantastically (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 1:44 AM EST

    Kevin Willard

    The best finish of Saturday took place well off the beaten path. St. Peter’s knocked off Seton Hall in overtime in a game that featured a buzzer-beater to end regulation and a game-winner in the extra frame. Follow @robdauster

  9. New Mexico loses to No. 13 Kansas as Big Three’s supporting cast struggle

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:23 PM EST

    Kirk Williams Bairstow Thomas Greenwood

    No. 13 Kansas got 21 points and nine boards from Perry Ellis to lead four players in double figures as the Jayhawks upended a good New Mexico team in Kansas City, 80-63. There were a number of good signs for Bill Self’s team on Saturday. Naadir Tharpe played really well, especially down the stretch of…

  10. POSTERIZED: Sam Thompson doing Sam Thompson things (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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    No one in the country is better than Sam Thompson of Ohio State when it comes to catching alley-oops. He proved that again against North Dakota State.

  11. Kentucky is a flawed team, but does that mean they can’t contend?

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    We are now 11 games into the college basketball season, but No. 11 Kentucky still appears to be a long way away from being a team capable of winning a national title. The Wildcats are sitting at 8-3 after Saturday’s 82-77 loss to No. 18 North Carolina, with one final chance against Louisville to try…

  12. Michigan State survives a scare from Oakland

    Dec 14, 2013, 6:38 PM EST

    North Carolina v Michigan State

    Michigan State dodged a bullet on Saturday. Playing without Gary Harris and Matt Costello and playing with Keith Appling and Adreian Payne at less than 100%, the Spartans shook off a slow start to knock off Oakland, 67-63. Branden Dawson, who may be the only person in East Lansing that isn’t dealing with some kind…

  13. POSTERIZED: Jordan McRae soars through the lane, gets T’d up? (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:57 PM EST

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    Jordan McRae threw down this nasty dunk while knifing through the lane against Wichita State, but Tennessee’s leading scorer got T’d up immediately after the dunk. You can see him yelling off into the crowd, which I don’t have a problem with. He’s fired up. He should be excited. If he doesn’t react that way…

  14. As Glenn Robinson III goes, so goes Michigan

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    Kaleb Tarczewski, Glenn Robinson III

    But when he disappears, Michigan becomes an entirely different — and much more beatable — team. For the first time this season, Glenn Robinson III showed up for Michigan. In the first 20 minutes against No. 1 Arizona, Robinson had 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting, hitting step-back threes, scoring in transition and beating people off…

  15. Weekend Preview: Iowa-Iowa State highlights a rivalry-heavy weekend slate

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

    Fred Hoiberg

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 23 Iowa at No. 17 Iowa State, Fri. 9:30 p.m. (all times eastern) It’s been a while since this in-state rivalry game held as much meaning as it does this season. The Cyclones enter the season as one of the nation’s most surprising teams, a group that Fred Hoiberg has…

  16. College Basketball Talk’s Ten Most Disappointing Teams

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    AP Photo

    Boston College: For my money, Boston College has been the most disappointing team in the country this season. The Eagles have the talent to be a factor in the NCAA tournament discussion with Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson surrounded by a solid group of role players. But they aren’t tough enough and they don’t defend.…

  17. The latest on Gary Harris and Michigan State’s walking wounded

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:07 PM EST

    Tom Izzo

    Another day, another update on just how beat up Michigan State is. According to Joe Rexrode of Freep.com, Matt Costello was not at practice, Gary Harris had his right ankle in a cast, Keith Appling’s wrist and hip were bothering him, and Adreian Payne’s plantar fasciitis was feeling good enough that he could practice. Those…

  18. CBT Weekly Roundtable: Who are the top five teams as of today?

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

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    In a new series here on College Basketball Talk, every Friday we’re going to have a discussion about some of the hot topics in college basketball. The inaugural installment focuses on the ACC, the now 15-team conference that some stated was the greatest conference ever assembled before a game had been played. Now that we’ve…

  19. Why is Kentucky’s attendance going down? UK writer says Rupp is ‘stale’

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Boise State v Kentucky

    Does Kentucky have an attendance issue? According to John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader, they do. Which is crazy when you think about it. Because this is the same program that brings in crowds for scrimmages and Midnight Madness that would set records at just about any other school  in the country. But Clay’s got…

  20. Sidney Lowe pleads guilty to tax evasion

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

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    The former N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe has pleaded guilty to failing to file his North Carolina state tax returns for three years.  According to the AP, Lowe received a suspended 45-day jail sentence, 36 months of unsupervised probation, and 100 hours of community service. He must pay more than $79,000 in back taxes plus a…

  21. John Henson is not happy about the way the NCAA is handling the P.J. Hairston case

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    @johnhenson31

    John Henson does not appear to be a fan of the NCAA. He’s in the NBA now, making millions as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, which makes it seem like a strange time to lash out like this until you consider the plight of his former teammates, P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald. North Carolina’s…

  22. Cincinnati’s Jeremiah Davis to transfer closer to home

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:57 AM EST

    Mike Neal, Jeremiah Davis III

    On Thursday morning, the Cincinnati basketball team released a statement announcing that redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Davis will be transferring out of the program at the semester break. Davis’ family was struck with tragedy when their home was ravaged by a fire last month, and he made the decision to leave the Bearcats for a program…

  23. Late Night Snacks: Three top four teams win, Notre Dame loses

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:55 AM EST

    ND vs. North Dakota State

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: North Dakota State 73, Notre Dame 69 Marshal Bjorklund went for 26 points to lead North Dakota State to an upset win over Notre Dame on the Joyce Center on Wednesday night. It’s the second time that the Irish have lost at home this season, and that fact has Raphielle Johnson…

  24. POSTERIZED: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunks all over New Mexico State (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    @AZAthletics

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson threw down this nastiness on New Mexico State on Wednesday night. Hollis-Jefferson is starting to emerge as one of the best players on this Arizona team. He’s versatile, he’s aggressive, he plays hard and he defends. He’s an athletic, ego-free baller, which is exactly the kind of piece that championship team have. He’s…

  25. College Basketball Talk’s Top Ten Most Surprising Teams

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:44 PM EST

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    Dayton: A loss at Illinois State has taken some of the luster off of the Flyers’ start this season, but don’t overlook what this group has done this year. They won at Georgia Tech, they beat Gonzaga and Cal in Maui, and they took Baylor to the buzzer. George Washington: The Atlantic 10 looks like…