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Rob Dauster

  1. Report: Delta bumps entire flight to get Florida to UConn

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

    Southern v Florida

    There isn’t a more frustrating time to travel than Thanksgiving weekend, and on Sunday afternoon, about 50 Delta customers learned that the hard way. Florida was scheduled to fly from Gainesville to Connecticut for their Monday night game against the UConn Huskies on Sunday afternoon, but the plane they were supposed to take was grounded…

  2. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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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.…

  3. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Viewer’s Guide

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    The Big Ten/ACC Challenge kicks off tonight. Since we know that you need help putting together your schedule, here’s a breakdown of which games you need to watch. You’re welcome. All times EST: Only miss these games to see the birth of your FIRST child: 1. Tue 9:15 p.m.: No. 22 Michigan at No. 10…

  4. A bat scaring Cameron Ridley during the Texas-Vanderbilt game (GIF)

    Dec 3, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

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    Maybe it’s because I have the sense of humor of a six-year old, but seeing a bat freak out a seven-foot, 300 pound behemoth will never not be funny to me. Thankfully, the cheerleaders were there to save the day: Cheerleaders trapped the bat under a megaphone when it flew into South O-Zone. I couldn't…

  5. Report: Eli Carter redshirting, leaving Florida without a point guard?

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:03 AM EST

    Southern v Florida

    Florida’s point guard situation can be summed up is slowly by surely turning into a major issue. First, it was Scottie Wilbekin getting suspended. A game before Wilbekin was allowed to return, Kasey Hill suffered a high ankle sprain that could keep him out of the lineup for another couple of weeks. On Monday night…

  6. Thrilling finishes aside, just how good is UConn?

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

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    You’re going to see the highlight of Shabazz Napier’s game-winning, 15-foot jumper on repeat over the course of the night and tomorrow morning. No, it’s not on the level of Auburn’s miracle touchdown in their win over Alabama on Saturday night, but it’s the most exciting play of the college basketball season to date. It…

  7. Shabazz Napier hits game-winner, runs out of the arena (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:10 PM EST

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    I mean, honestly, what else can I say at this point that hasn’t already been said? Here’s another angle of the shot, from the baseline: One more video, just for good measure:

  8. Danuel House out indefinitely after arthroscopic knee surgery

    Dec 2, 2013, 6:07 PM EST

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    The Thanksgiving break wasn’t good for Houston’s basketball team. The Cougars not only got swept at the Barclays Center by Pitt and Texas Tech in the Legends Classic, they announced on Monday that star guard Danuel House is out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He’ll be back this season, but a timetable for his…

  9. Ryan Sawvell leaving Evansville program

    Dec 2, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

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    Evansville announced on Monday morning that junior forward Ryan Sawvell will be leaving the program and “will move in a different direction. Sawvell, who was an all-freshman team member in 2011-2013, was averaging 6.0 points this season. He scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in wins over Valparaiso and Anderson College two weeks ago,…

  10. POSTERIZED: Michael Craig does it again, dunking over Louisville center (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

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    Apparently, Mangok Mathiang doesn’t read College Basketball Talk. If he did, than he’d know that jumping with Southern Miss guard Michael Craig is a bad idea. Some poor guy learned that they hard way, and Mathiang decided that he wanted to help reinforce that to the rest of the country. Louisville won 69-38. Craig’s dunk…

  11. Memphis got a huge win Sunday, but calling it ‘narrative-changing’ is premature

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

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    On Sunday evening down in Orlando, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner finally picked up that elusive, first top 25 win. Entering Sunday, his Memphis teams had gone 0-13 against teams ranked in the AP top 25. If you want to quibble with that stat, you can. Technically the Tiger’s do have one top 25 win…

  12. College Hoops Week in Review: Villanova, Xavier Thames shine in holiday tourneys

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Xavier Thames, San Diego State This was supposed to be a down year for San Diego State. This was supposed to be their rebuilding season, the in-between season where Winston Shepard and Dakarai Allen mature into stars while the Aztecs try to learn how to survive the loss of Jamaal Franklin…

  13. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Florida-UConn square off

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:08 PM EST

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 15 Florida at No. 13 UConn, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN) The Gators picked up a nice win over Florida State over the weekend, the first big win they’ve had this season. But Florida is still not at full strength right now, with Kasey Hill dealing with an ankle injury, Eli…

  14. Ed Cooley on Kris Dunn: He’s ‘in a lot of pain. I don’t expect him back soon.’

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Prior to the start of the season, Providence was a team that many people had picked to be a sleeper in the new Big…

  15. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:35 AM EST

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    There was quite a bit of shuffling in the top 25 this week, as eight of the teams featured in last Monday’s top 25 took a loss, including three of the top ten. That opened the door for teams like Syracuse and Ohio State to climb their way into the top five.  At the other…

  16. Late Night Snacks: Memphis bounces back, UNC loses on the road

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:50 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Memphis 73, No. 5 Oklahoma State 68 Revenge is a dish best served … in Orlando? The Tigers got back at Oklahoma State for a drubbing that they took at the hands of the Pokes in Stillwater two weeks ago, earning Josh Pastner inarguably the most important win of…

  17. Kentucky’s a work-in-progress, but we can see the progress being made

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Attend enough of John Calipari’s press conferences, and one thing you’ll realize is that the man is media savvy enough that, should he decide…

  18. LIU-Brooklyn beats Norfolk State at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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    LIU-Brooklyn erased a six point deficit in the final two minutes to beat Norfolk State on Sunday afternoon. The game ended as the Blackbirds blocked a shot at one end, taking the ball the other direction and laying the ball in at the buzzer. Exciting finish. Someone needs to get that announcer a throat lozenge.…

  19. Butler looked great at the Old Spice, but the weekend could hurt them

    Dec 1, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

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    Butler looked really good in their trip to the Old Spice Classic this week. The Bulldogs were expected to fall off this season, which is what happens when you lose the likes of Rotnei Clarke, Andrew Smith and some guy named Brad Stevens, but they looked nothing like a pushover in a win over Washington…

  20. Marshall Henderson’s on-court antics aren’t changing. Deal with it

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:46 PM EST

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    BROOKLYN — Marshall gonna be Marshall. At this point, I think it is safe to say that he’s never going to change, at least on the court. And while he may be the scourge of every stodgy sportswriter on Twitter, in all honesty, is there really anything wrong with that? On Saturday night, with seven…

  21. St. John’s pressure, transition game important if they want to reach their potential

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:50 PM EST

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    BROOKLYN — For the first 20 minutes of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic, St. John’s looked, in a word, horrendous. Georgia Tech jumped out to a 19-4 lead at the under 12 timeout and took a 31-24 lead into the break as the Johnnies shot a torrid 31.8% from the floor and…

  22. Markel Starks on Josh Smith: ‘You never really know what you’re going to get from [him]‘

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

    Oregon v Georgetown

    Joshua Smith has been an enigma since the moment he stepped on a collegiate court. From a talent perspective, there are few that are on Smith’s level. His size, his hands, his footwork, his touch around the rim. He’s got lottery pick talent. His problem has always been effort and desire. Does he want to…

  23. Villanova, Iowa do final Battle 4 Atlantis on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m.

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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    The teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis just wouldn’t cooperate with us. We wanted to see UTEP play USC, to see Andy Enfield square off with Tim Floyd. Alas, the Trojans got worked over in the first round, leaving us with nothing but rabid press conferences quotes. We wanted to see No. 23 Iowa get…

  24. Nick Johnson becoming a go-to guy is the key for No. 4 Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Arizona is an elite defensive team. You should know this by now. I’ve written about it twice in the last three days. Their size,…

  25. Duke’s defense, lack of size won’t prevent them from contending

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke entered the semifinals of the Preseason NIT 5-1, the lone loss coming to No. 2 Kansas at the Champions Classic. Jabari…