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  1. Two losses in a row? Three in 11 days? Oh well. Don’t give up on Kansas just yet

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

    Andrew Wiggins

    I wrote this on Saturday after No. 13 Kansas lost to Colorado at the buzzer. The gist of it? Kansas fans should not be too disappointed about the loss, that the more important news was that Andrew Wiggins finally started to play like the Andrew Wiggins we all told you about. I could pretty much…

  2. College Basketball Talk’s Ten Most Disappointing Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

    NIT Season Tip-Off

    Preseason prognostication is, more or less, a guessing game. The picks that the so-called experts — myself included — make are educated and generally well-researched, but they’re still guess. And oftentimes, those guesses end up wrong.  Through a month of the season, who did we swing-and-miss on the most?: TEN MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS Luke Hancock,…

  3. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas heads to Florida, Boise State visits Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 Florida, 7:00 p.m. ET I wonder how long it’s going to be before Bill Self regrets the schedule that he put together for this Kansas team? Three days ago, the Jayhawks were in Colorado, where they lost to the Buffaloes on a buzzer-beater by Askia…

  4. A cancelled flight forces Boise State to take a bus to Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Leon Rice

    The inclement weather that made Sunday’s east coast NFL games so entertaining has been wreaking havoc with the travel schedules of a number of college hoops teams. Over the weekend, a handful of games were cancelled or postponed. Today, word came down that Fairfield would be postponing their trip to Belmont because the Stags are…

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

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

    AP photo

    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.…

  6. College Basketball Talk’s Top Ten One-and-Done Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Since 2006 the phrase “one-and-done” has been a vital phrase off the tongues of college basketball fans as the NBA’s rule change forced players out of high school to wait at least one season — and likely play in college — before entering the NBA. Since then college basketball has seen numerous one-and-done players and…

  7. Steven Alford lands commitment from top 75 recruit Jonah Bolden

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EST

    FIBA

    UCLA picked up another commitment in the Class of 2014 as Jonah Bolden announced his intentions to be a Bruin in college. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels. Bolden is a 6-foot-8 small forward from Australia that is playing at Findlay Prep this season. He’s ranked No. 62 by Rivals. Here is how…

  8. Biggest names at ESPN do their impressions of Dick Vitale (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

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    My favorite is Dan Shulman. “Dick, there’s an ‘L’ in my last name.” But the sleeper is Bruce Pearl. He may be the one guy that’s got as much energy as Vitale.

  9. College Basketball Talk’s Top 20 Most Improved Players

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EST

    Ron Baker

    Prior to the season, every pundit for every outlet across the country will put together his or her list of players with the potential to have a breakout season. Which freshmen will have big sophomore seasons? Which seniors will finally get the chance to step into a starring role? What transfers spent their redshirt year…

  10. Scottie Wilbekin, Kasey Hill back for Kansas game

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:38 PM EST

    AP

    Florida got a huge boost for their showdown with Kansas on Tuesday. For the first time this season, we will get a chance to see Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill team up in the back court for the Gators. Wilbekin, a senior, had been suspended for the first five games of the year. Before he…

  11. College Hoops Week in Review: Wisconsin’s for real, and so is Chaz Williams

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:44 PM EST

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chaz Williams, UMass UMass has been one of the nation’s most impressive teams this season, and the reason has been the emergence of guys like Raphiael Putney, Cady Lalanne and Sampson Carter. As good as those three have played, the MVP of this UMass team has been dynamic point guard Chaz Williams,…

  12. Matt Costello out ‘two to three weeks minimum’

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:09 PM EST

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    We knew that Michigan State was banged up the way that they finished their loss to North Carolina last week. Tom Izzo expounded on those issues this week. On Monday, Izzo said that center Matt Costello will be out “two to three weeks minimum.” Izzo hasn’t confirmed the diagnosis, but he told reporters on Monday that…

  13. Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall sues school over Mike Rice’s actions

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:39 AM EST

    Mike Rice

    Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall is suing the university over the way he was treated during Mike Rice’s tenure as the school’s head coach. The lawsuit was filed in the state’s federal court on Friday and names Rice, former assistant coach James Martelli, the university, school president Robert Barchi, former AD Tim Pernetti, CFO Janine Purcaro, and…

  14. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:23 AM EST

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    Entering the season, there seemed to be a consensus top five among pundits: Michigan State, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas. A month into the season, all five of those teams have lost at least one game. Four teams have jumped all five in our top 25 rankings: Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Ohio State. 1. Arizona…

  15. Maurice Creek, George Washington proving to be a match made in heaven

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:57 PM EST

    Maurice Creek, Varun Ram

    Maurice Creek’s college basketball career was destined to be short-lived. 11 games into his freshman season at Indiana, the 6-foot-4 guard from Oxon Hill, MD, was averaging 17.6 points and shooting 45.3% from three, the star of Tom Crean’s first recruiting class at Indiana that also included Jordy Hulls and Christian Watford. He was getting…

  16. George Washington’s Mo Creek staves off Maryland comeback at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Maurice Creek

    George Washington did everything they could to give away a 66-52 lead in the final seven minutes against Maryland in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon. With Dez Wells stuck on the bench after picking up his fifth foul and the Terps on their heels thanks to a…

  17. Late Night Snacks: Two buzzer-beaters on Saturday? We got video!!!

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:16 AM EST

    Askia BOOKER

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado 75, No. 6 Kansas 72 Yup, that was awesome. We already wrote two columns off of this game. My take on Kansas is here. Raphielle Johnson wrote on Colorado here. THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 17 Iowa State 91, Northern Iowa 82 OT We should just assume that…

  18. Kansas lost, but Jayhawk fans should be happy after the Colorado game

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Andrew Wiggins

    Dear Kansas fans: Do not start freaking out just yet. I know what happened on Saturday. I saw Colorado’s Askia Booker hit that buzzer-beating, euro-stepping three to beat the No. 6 Jayhawks, 75-72. I saw the bench mob him at half court and Jimmy Dykes ask him questions on ESPN in the postgame that made…

  19. Colorado needs game-winner to serve as a catalyst for Askia Booker (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 5:33 PM EST

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    After No. 6 Kansas scored the first seven points of the game, it would be difficult to blame any Colorado fans who managed to utter the words, “here we go again.” In last season’s meeting in Lawrence the Buffaloes were blitzed right out of the gates, and the end result was a 90-54 defeat that…

  20. Report: Aaron Bright to transfer from Stanford after the season

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EST

    Stanford Athletics

    Yesterday, news broke that Stanford guard Aaron Bright dislocated his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. It’s a big blow for the Cardinals, who are dealing with a lack of perimeter depth as it is and have been forced to use a bigger lineup. But here’s the kicker for Bright: he’s…

  21. Turnovers, rebounding woes plague No. 3 Kentucky again

    Dec 7, 2013, 4:02 AM EST

    AP Photo

    Last weekend, when John Calipari brought his team up to the Barclays Center to take on Providence, he made it a point to talk about how much he team has to learn defensively. In fact, in both the press conference he gave prior to the game and his postgame chat with reporters, Coach Cal used…

  22. Weekend Preview: Kentucky-Baylor, a trio of in-state rivalry games

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

    AP photo

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 20 Baylor, Fri. 10:00 p.m. Braving the ice and sleet in Dallas, Kentucky will be squaring off with the Bears at the Jerry Dome in a game that will almost assuredly see more UK fans show up than Baylor fans. The irony is that this is…

  23. Late Night Snacks: Rhode Island rivalry and VCU’s overtime

    Dec 6, 2013, 1:23 AM EST

    Bryce Cotton

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Providence 50, Rhode Island 49 I bet you didn’t realize the Ocean State had a hoops rivalry like this, did you? The Rams and the Friars did battle on Thursday night in a game that turned into a dogfight pretty quickly. How emotional was it? At one point, Ed Cooley and…

  24. VCU’s half court scoring issues becoming a concern?

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    Melvin Johnson, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg

    In a thrilling game down in Richmond, Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams outlasted a tough Eastern Kentucky team in overtime, beating the Colonels 71-68. Treveon Graham led four players in double-figures with 15 points and Rob Brandenburg knocked down four threes, including a huge three to kick off the overtime period. That would be the only…

  25. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Missouri-West Virginia highlights the night

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

    Frank Haith

    GAME OF THE DAY: West Virginia at Missouri, 7:00 p.m. ET The Big 12/SEC Challenge kicks off tonight, headlined by the Mountaineers treking down to Columbia to take on former Big 12 member Missouri. While there isn’t exactly a Final Four contender taking the court, this will be an intriguing game to watch simply because…