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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. Arizona’s Aaron Gordon belongs in the conversation with the best freshmen despite what box score says

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:09 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 — The headlines this season have been dominated by talk of ‘The Big Three’. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle. Which freshmen is…

  18. Drexel survives Alabama in triple-overtime

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:51 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 — Playing without Damion Lee, Drexel outlasted Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes on Friday afternoon. “We came here with the thought we could win…

  19. Vin Parise’s 30-second timeout: Five questions with Derek Kellogg

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

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    Vin Parise from CollegeBasketballTalk caught up with UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, who sits at 6-0 this season with a win in the Charleston Classic. CBT: If I would have looked into a crystal ball in October and told you that UMass would be Top 25 before Thanksgiving; would you have believed it? Kellogg: I…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Thanksgiving leftovers are the best

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:53 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington 71, Miami (FL) 63 OT George Washington blew a lead in the second half, but Joe McDonald’s driving layup tied the game and forced overtime. McDonald hit a big three and had a nice assist to Isaiah Armwood for a dunk in overtime to spark a 10-0 run that…

  21. Tim Floyd tees off on Andy Enfield: ‘We’re not going to take it in the shorts’

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:21 AM EST

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    The feud between USC head coach Andy Enfield and UTEP head coach Tim Floyd just keeps getting better. Here’s a quick recap: Floyd was a candidate for the USC job — a job that he left four years ago in the wake of O.J. Mayo’s “career” — but Enfield got the job over him. A…

  22. No. 20 Creighton gets 27 from Doug McDermott, stifles Jahii Carson in blowout

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:04 AM EST

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    Doug McDermott went for 27 points and No. 20 Creighton’s defense held Jahii Carson to 15 points and four assists while forcing him into five turnovers as the Bluejays worked over the Sun Devils, 88-60. The Bluejays shot 53.4% from the floor and 12-for-25 from three, meaning that, on the season, Creighton is knocking down…

  23. No. 5 Oklahoma State’s win over Purdue exemplifies issues with new foul rules

    Nov 28, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

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    Marcus Smart is building a nice little reputation for himself as the best first half player … ever? Smart scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half of No. 5 Oklahoma State’s 97-87 win over Purdue, hitting 4-for-6 from three and adding four rebounds and four assists. The Pokes led by more than…

  24. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Turkey Day Tourneys!

    Nov 28, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 20 Creighton vs. Arizona State, 11:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2) You like scoring? You like stars? You like two teams that can get up and down the floor? Well then have I got a game for you. The Bluejays look like they could end up being the best team in the…

  25. No. 6 Duke vs. No. 4 Arizona is more than just a matchup of freshmen

    Nov 28, 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 — No. 6 Duke got the win they were supposed to get and they did it the way they were supposed to do it. Freshman…