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  1. Assigned Reading: Austin Hatch speaks to the media about his recovery, return to practice

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

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    By now, you’ve surely heard the tragic tale of Austin Hatch. A former blue-chip recruit and Michigan-commit, Hatch has managed to survive two deadly plane crashes that robbed him of his family. In the first, back in 2003, his mother, 11-year old sister and five-year old brother perished. In 2011, to celebrate his commitment to…

  2. Tyler Haws expects to return tonight against Iowa State

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Tyler Haws, John Gage, Chasson Randle

    BYU gets paid a visit this evening by an Iowa State team that is coming off of an impressive victory over then-No. 7 Michigan. The Cyclones, like the Cougars, like to get up and down the floor. They like to score a lot of points. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest…

  3. Player of the Year Power Rankings: Marcus Smart leads the way

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  4. UCLA picks up a commitment from top 60 big man Thomas Welsh

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    UCLA Introduces Steve Alford

    Steve Alford has put together an impressive trio of big men in his 2014 recruiting class. With five-star recruit Kevin Looney and Gyorgy Goloman already in the mix, Alford landed a commitment from Thomas Welsh on Tuesday. Welsh is a seven-footer that currently sits at No. 52 in Rivals top 150 rankings. Welsh is an…

  5. Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters hails from storm-battered Washington, IL

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The devastating storms that struck the Midwest this weekend hit a little to close to home for Alec Peters. A freshman that’s averaging 11 points and a team-high seven boards for Valparaiso this season is from Washington, IL, the town where the late-November tornadoes turned 500 houses into rubble and killed one person. A total…

  6. Billy Baron’s buzzer-beater to lift Canisius over Elon (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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    I love this. Billy Baron, the star point guard for Canisius, is so calm and poised. You have no idea how much time is left in this game. He knows exactly what he wants to do this entire time, and he does it with deadly accuracy. It’s a lot more nonchalant than his last buzzer-beater.…

  7. Kevin Durant on Marcus Smart: He ‘can play in the league right now’

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart put on a show last night. He scored 24 of his 39 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, adding in five steals and two blocks for good measure. Everyone was impressed. Every sports website currently has some kind of column up about how good Smart was and the fact that…

  8. Business as usual: No. 11 Memphis can’t win a big game

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Michael Cobbins, Michael Dixon, Markel Brown

    It’s a topic that has become all too common for hoops fans in the city of Memphis. The Tigers entered the season with all kinds of hype and promise, finding themselves ranked in the top 15 based on the immense talent on their roster. And in their first marquee matchup of the season … they…

  9. Aaron Craft and his roommates hosted 1,000 students for Taco Tuesday (PHOTOS)

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT

    @CRAFTroomies

    Aaron Craft’s roommates started a twitter account last season called @CRAFTroomies where they document what life is like living with an all-american basketball player who just so happens to be an academic all-american as well. It’s pretty funny. The roommates aren’t afraid to make fun of Craft, and to his credit, Craft plays along. One…

  10. Jahii Carson’s 40 points leads Arizona State to a win at UNLV

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:15 AM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    Jahii Carson went nuts. I’m not really sure how else to explain it. The 5-foot-10 dynamo from Arizona State scored 40 points on 16-25 shooting and handed out seven assists to lead the Sun Devils to an impressive 86-80 win over UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center. He really did everything you could ask…

  11. Tuesday’s Sophomore Showcase more evidence how awesome this season will be

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    On Tuesday night, each of the nation’s top four freshmen took to the court. Jabari Parker went for 21 points, nine boards and six blocks in a win over East Carolina, a performance that also just so happened to include his second ridiculous, coast-to-coast move of the young season. Kentucky’s Julius Randle had 22 points,…

  12. Frank Kaminsky nets 43 points as No. 12 Wisconsin tops 100 in a win

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Frank Kaminsky

    For the first time since Dec. 28th, 1995, the Wisconsin Badgers broke the century mark on a basketball court. The Badgers shot 62.1% from the floor and hit 12-of-20 from beyond the arc en-route to a 103-85 win over Big Sky contender North Dakota. Impressive, right? Wisconsin has a reputation in basketball circles. They’re slow.…

  13. No. 6 Duke survives a scare against East Carolina

    Nov 19, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    East Carolina v Duke

    Rodney Hood went for 30 points and Jabari Parker finished with 21 points, nine boards and six blocks — his fifth straight game with 20 points to start the season — as No. 6 Duke took every punch that East Carolina could throw and still managed to escape Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 83-74 win.…

  14. Court rejects Maryland’s attempts to dismiss lawsuit over ACC exit fee

    Nov 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Turgeon

    Maryland’s attempts to get the $52.3 million exit fee that they owe the ACC reduced took another turn for the worse on Tuesday. From the AP: A North Carolina appeals court Tuesday preserved a lawsuit that could force the University of Maryland to pay a $52 million fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. [...]…

  15. Pat Forde joins the SportsDash to discuss college hoops upsets, OSU-Memphis

    Nov 19, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Belmont v North Carolina

    After three huge upsets in college basketball this weekend, Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde joins Dave Briggs and questions the talent of top teams such as North Carolina. Forde also gives us the one college game he’ll be keeping an eye out for tonight.

  16. POSTERIZED: Basil Smotherman, Bronc Rider (VIDEO)

    Nov 19, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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    This is solid work from Purdue freshman Basil Smotherman, although it’s not the first time that we’ve seen him here on POSTERIZED. Remember this? At least this time it’s not Boilermaker on Boilermaker violence. (MORE: Watch all of this year’s #POSTERIZED’s here)

  17. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: There’s more than just Okla State-Memphis tonight

    Nov 19, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Memphis at No. 7 Oklahoma State, 8:00 p.m. ET ESPN This matchup is so tantalizing we had to give it a separate post. THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arizona State at UNLV, 10:05 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Net Do we know what is going on with UNLV yet?…

  18. Oklahoma State and Memphis both have statements to make tonight

    Nov 19, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Johnathan Loyd, Marcus Smart

    Since it doesn’t involve freshmen destined to be top five picks and since it’s not being dubbed the single greatest basketball event ever held outside the month of March, but Tuesday night will feature one of the most intriguing matchups of the young season. The No. 11 Memphis Tigers are headed to Stillwater to take…

  19. Reports: Louisville adds 7-foot-2 center Matz Stockman

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

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    Louisville made another addition to their 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday morning as they signed 7-foot-2 Matz Stockman to a letter of intent. The Louisville Courier-Journal was the first to report the news. Stockman played at the U-18 Euro Championships this summer and averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 boards. He also plays at the Carnarias…

  20. The issue with Kevin Ware’s court date: the car he was driving

    Nov 19, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Ware, Rick Pitino

    According to reports, Kevin Ware got a speeding ticket. He was going 95 mph in a 55 mph zone. That’s not good. Kevin Ware then allegedly missed his court date on Monday. That’s even worse. From a legal perspective, Ware messed up. Missing court dates are not what you would call recommended, and I’m sure there…

  21. C.J. Fair struggles, but No. 9 Syracuse survives St. Francis NY

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    St Francis v Syracuse

    No. 9 Syracuse forced turnovers on back-to-back set plays out of timeouts and scored the final ten points as they survived an upset bid from St. Francis NY on Monday night. The final score was 56-50, but in all honesty, the Orange are lucky that they were in striking distance down the stretch. That’s how…

  22. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Preseason NIT starts, SMU heads to Arkansas

    Nov 18, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: SMU at Arkansas, 8:00 p.m. ET Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs have been quite intriguing early on this season, as they are sitting pretty at 2-0 with a dominating win over Rhode Island. They’ll get a real test tonight, however, as they make the trip to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas. The…

  23. UNC’s Brice Johnson on final possessions: ‘We really haven’t practiced them’

    Nov 18, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    Belmont v North Carolina

    There’s a lot to be concerned about if you’re a North Carolina basketball fan right now. For starters, they just lost at home to Belmont. As good as the Bruins have been in recent seasons, they are still a team that just won their first game against a top 25 opponent in a decade and…

  24. Turner to air the Final Four on three separate channels simultaneously

    Nov 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    If you don’t like Jim Nantz, Steve Kerr and Greg Anthony and you don’t want to listen to them call the Final Four, well, you don’t have to anymore. Turner will be bringing a unique theory to broadcasting the National Semifinals this year, as there will be three separate feeds on three different channels. TBS…

  25. POSTERIZED: DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin dunks on Wright State (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Cleveland Melvin

    There haven’t been a lot of positives to discuss regarding DePaul basketball in recent years, but Cleveland Melvin has been one of them. The 6-foot-8 senior has been one of the most productive players in the conference over the years, and this season is averaging a career high 18.3 points. Oh, and he’s also doing…