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  1. Bubble Banter: Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Ole Miss all lose key games

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:04 AM EST

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    There are 32 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Oklahoma State (RPI: 36, KenPom: 29) is going to be an interesting bubble case…

  2. Wyoming exposes No. 5 San Diego State’s fatal flaws

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:30 AM EST

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    Wyoming allowed 21 offensive rebounds to No. 5 San Diego State on Tuesday night, but the Aztecs couldn’t do enough damage with their second chances as the Pokes snapped the Aztecs’ 20-game winning streak, 68-62. It was the first loss for SDSU since the second game of the season, when Steve Fisher’s club fell to…

  3. Derrick Walton sparks No. 15 Michigan’s come-from-behind win over No. 22 Ohio State

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:34 PM EST

    Michigan v Ohio State

    For the first time since 2003, No. 15 Michigan went into Columbus and left with a win on the hardwood, knocking off No. 22 Ohio State, 70-60. The box score may say that he shot just 3-for-10 from the floor, but rest assured when I tell you that it was freshman point guard Derrick Walton…

  4. Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson sits out Tuesday due to ‘academic habits’

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:06 PM EST

    Virginia v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame freshman Demetrius Jackson missed Tuesday night’s game against Clemson, and after the game, head coach Mike Brey said that the reason was academics. And while stories about Everett Golson and Jerian Grant make academics a loaded word for Notre Dame sports, the good news is that this does not appear to be a…

  5. No. 3 Florida rides Scottie Wilbekin to win over Tennessee

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:44 PM EST

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    Scottie Wilbekin went for 21 points, six assists and four steals without turning the ball over as No. 3 Florida knocked off Tennessee in Knoxville, 67-58. It was a typical Florida win. They stymied Tennessee defensively, forcing the Vols into 15 turnovers and numerous bad shots in the final 20 minutes, while doing just enough…

  6. Morgan State player carted off of stretcher after fall

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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    There was a scary moment in the crosstown rivalry between Morgan State and Coppin State on Monday night. With just under 14 minutes left to go in the first half, Morgan State’s Thair Heath went up for a dunk while Coppin State’s Michael Murray tried to block the shot. The two collided in mid-air and…

  7. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Michigan-Ohio State, Florida-Tennessee

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:57 PM EST

    Ohio State v Michigan State

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 15 Michigan at No. 22 Ohio State, 9:00 p.m. This is one of the most intriguing matchups of the week. Michigan had been streaking but got knocked out of their rhythm when Tom Crean decided to use Yogi Ferrell to guard Nik Stauskas. Ohio State had lost five of six…

  8. Report: Wagner’s Jay Harris suspended for the remainder of the year

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:54 PM EST

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    Wagner’s path to winning a second straight NEC title just got that much harder. Jay Harris, who was averaging 14.5 points over the last four games, has been suspended for the rest of the season for what is reportedly being termed as a violation of school policy. This was a basketball infraction or a team…

  9. Syracuse spent practice working on their curling (VIDEO)

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:38 AM EST

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    Curling is a thing in basketball. When you run off a downscreen and your defender is trailing you, you “curl” around the screen and cut towards the rim. That’s not the kind of curling that Syracuse was practicing this week. I guess everyone gets the Olympic fever. The Orange travel to Pitt on Wednesday.

  10. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:04 AM EST

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: For the first 72 minutes that Doug McDermott played St. John’s this season, he lit the Johnnies up for 64 points, with 39 — and the game-winner — coming in the first matchup in Omaha and 25 coming in the first 32 minutes of the rematch in New York.  But down…

  11. POSTERIZED: Torrey Craig’s alley-oop caps off memorable night (VIDEO)

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

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    Torrey Craig of USC-Upstate had 22 points and 15 boards in a 75-63 win over East Tennessee State, becoming just the seventh player in Atlantic Sun history to score 2,000 points. Not a bad night. Especially when you consider he threw down this nasty alley-oop as well.

  12. Bubble Banter: What does West Virginia need to do to earn their at-large bid?

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    There are 36 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. West Virginia (RPI: 70, KenPom: 47) is shaping up to be one of the…

  13. Joel Embiid’s health, ball-screen defense concerns after Kansas loss at Kansas State

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:56 AM EST

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    The final three shots and Andrew Wiggins took in regulation in Monday night’s loss to Kansas State are a pretty good representation of what this season has been like for him. In the final minute with a chance to tie the game, Wiggins airballed a three. A couple of possessions later, he beat his man…

  14. West Virginia’s Eron Harris tossed for dumb flagrant 2 (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:18 PM EST

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    An ugly sequence capped off West Virginia’s blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State. Going for a loose ball, Dustin Hogue of Iowa State kicks Kevin Noreen in the stomach. The ball ends up in the hands of Monte Morris, who is essentially punched in the face by Eron Harris as he goes up for…

  15. West Virginia makes a statement in blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:11 PM EST

    West Virginia v Baylor

    West Virginia continued their surge as one of the most surprising teams in the Big 12 on Monday night as they mollywhopped No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77. Remi Dibo led the way for the Mountaineers, scoring 20 points and hitting six of West Virginia’s 13 threes, but it was Terry Henderson who got hot in…

  16. NCAA opposes HJR-3, supports marriage equality in Indiana

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:56 PM EST

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    The NCAA has made their feelings known about marriage equality in the United States. They support it. According to a report from Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star, the NCAA opposes HJR-3, an amendment to the Indiana state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and prohibit civil unions. “The NCAA national office leadership strongly supports…

  17. Rupp Arena to undergo $310 million renovation

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

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    Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced on Monday afternoon that the University of Kentucky and “partners” will be spending $310 million to give Rupp Arena a modernizing facelift. Rupp is one of college basketball’s most storied venues, but as we are in the midst of the college athletics “Arms Race”, it’s no surprise that the school…

  18. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas vs. Kansas State in the Octogan of Doom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 7 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 p.m. Kansas State will be looking to back up their impressive win over Texas in which Marcus Foster had the most impressive performance of his young career. The Jayhawks have been overwhelmingly dominant in this intra-state rivalry, and that didn’t change in their first…

  19. College Hoops Week in Review: Melvin Ejim and SMU burst onto national radar

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:01 PM EST

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Melvin Ejim put on one of the single most impressive individual performances that you’ll see on Saturday afternoon. He scored 48 points on 20-for-24 shooting from the floor and added 18 rebounds in Iowa State’s 84-69 win over TCU. That just doesn’t happen. People just don’t put…

  20. Toledo’s leading scorer suspended for DUI

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:53 AM EST

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    Toledo has suspended Justin Drummond for Wednesday night’s game against Ohio after getting charged with DUI on Saturday night. “Although I remain 100 percent supportive of Justin, our players are held to high standards and when they do not live up to those they face consequences,” head coach Ted Kowalcyzk said in a statement released…

  21. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:23 AM EST

    Wichita State

    Thanks to road wins over the two toughest teams in the Missouri Valley this week, we’ve reached the point in the season where it seems more likely that Wichita State will head into the postseason with a perfect record. What that means is that over the course of the next five weeks, the biggest topic…

  22. Discussing the Marcus Smart suspension (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:53 AM EST

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    Marcus Smart was handed down a three-game suspension on Sunday evening, so I hopped on with CSN Houston to discuss whether or not the decision was warranted and where Oklahoma State — and Marcus Smart himself — can go from here. Follow @robdauster

  23. D’angelo Harrison’s heroics vs. No. 12 Creighton keep St. John’s in bubble picture

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:33 PM EST

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    D’angelo Harrison finished with 19 points, scoring the last eight for St. John’s as they outlasted Doug McDermott and No. 12 Creighton at the Garden, 70-65, on Sunday night. McDermott finished with 25 points, but he didn’t score in the final 8:41 as the Johnnies sent two or three guys at him even before he…

  24. After punishment handed down, it’s time to move past Marcus Smart’s shove

    Feb 9, 2014, 7:32 PM EST

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    The axes fell on Sunday evening. Marcus Smart will be suspended for three games for shoving a fan late in Saturday night’s loss at Texas Tech. That fan, Jeff Orr, has voluntarily agreed to not attend any Texas Tech basketball games for the rest of the year. And at this point, it is time to…

  25. Marcus Smart needs to be punished, but were his actions warranted?

    Feb 9, 2014, 2:44 AM EST

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    By now, it’s probably old news to you. Late on Saturday night, Marcus Smart, the star of the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys, went flying into the expensive seats after trying to prevent a dunk and give the Pokes one last chance to for overtime in a game at Texas Tech. A fan said something…