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Rob Dauster

  1. Undefeated regular season says all we need to know about No. 2 Wichita State

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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    31-0. They did it. With a 68-45 win over Missouri State, No. 2 Wichita State became the first team since St. Joseph’s in 2004 to finish the regular season undefeated. I hope you all can appreciate that fact. Because regardless of what happens, the argument about just how good this Wichita State team is will…

  2. UConn knocks off No. 11 Cincinnati despite off-night from Shabazz Napier

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    No. 11 Cincinnati is the kind of team that should, theoretically, give UConn problems. They are good as anyone in the country defensively, and UConn is not a difficult team to develop a game-plan for. Slow down Shabazz Napier, makes life difficult for Ryan Boatright and Deandre Daniels, and win. The Bearcats attack the offensive…

  3. Weekend Preview: Can Virginia win the ACC outright?

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia, Sat. 4:00 p.m. All of a sudden, this looks like the biggest game in the ACC this season. Believe it or not, Virginia currently holds a one game lead over the Orange in the ACC standings, and a win would clinch the ‘Hoos the outright…

  4. Bubble Banter: Oregon and Arkansas make statements

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:18 AM EDT

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    There are 17 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. Arkansas (RPI: 65, KenPom: 46) all of a sudden looks like an NCAA…

  5. Oregon finds a way to pick up needed victory at UCLA (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT

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    When news broke just a couple hours before Thursday’s game that UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams were suspended one game for a violation of team rules, it seemed to be a formality that Oregon would pick up a much-needed victory. Sure the Bruins still had some talented players available, but to expect UCLA…

  6. Houston upsets No. 21 Memphis at home

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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    No. 21 Memphis became the second ranked team to get dropped by Houston in Hofheinz Arena, falling 77-68 to the Cougars in a loss that will certainly look bad on the Tigers’ resume come Selection Sunday. Danuel House led three players in double figures with 19 points and L.J. Rose chipped in with seven points,…

  7. New Mexico State – Utah Valley game ends in brawl as fans rush court (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    If there wasn’t already a push to get court-storming out of college basketball, this may tip it over the edge. At the end of a thrilling, overtime win for UVU, which moved them into first place in the WAC, K.C. Ross-Miller threw a ball at Holton Hunsaker, sparking a shoving match that resulted in fists…

  8. No. 17 Kentucky suffers a setback, losing to Arkansas at home

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    Arkansas v Kentucky

    This one is going to hurt. No. 17 Kentucky lost to Arkansas in overtime for the second time this season, falling 71-67 to the Razorbacks. This time, it didn’t come on a fluky tip-dunk, but it did come at Rupp Arena to a team coach by Mike Anderson. As of the start of February, Anderson…

  9. CBT Roundtable: Most Important Player heading into the NCAA tournament

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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    In today’s Roundtable, we will each make a pick as to who is the most important player in the National Title race. Rob Dauster: This pick is easy: Keith Appling. I’ve been saying it all season long. If Michigan State can get healthy, they’re going to enter the NCAA tournament as one of, if not…

  10. Go behind-the-scenes as Kentucky makes a wish come true (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    John Calipari has proven over and over again that he’s willing to use the power of Big Blue Nation and the celebrity status of his players to do quite a bit of charity work. This was the most recent example, as he let Josh Fleming become a part of the team for a day-and-a-half leading…

  11. Branden Dawson expected to play Saturday for Michigan State

    Feb 27, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Penn State

    Michigan State got one step closer to being back to full strength on Thursday. Branden Dawson is almost back to 100%. He got the pins removed from his hand over the weekend and practiced with the team a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Izzo told reporters on Thursday that at tonight’s practice, Dawson will take…

  12. Moving home has helped Ryan Harrow improve on, and off, the court

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter only has two rules, two requirements, for the kids that play on his basketball teams to stay on the court. Assuming they get their grades, don’t cause a ruckus on campus and generally carry themselves as decent human beings on a day-to-day basis off the court, all he asks…

  13. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Arkansas, Oregon with big bubble chances

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Oregon at UCLA, 11:00 p.m. Prior to these last two games from Arizona, the two most entertaining teams in the Pac-12 have been Oregon and UCLA. The Bruins are loaded with talent, run up and down the floor and are finally starting to win games because they are playing defense. Oregon?…

  14. Assigned Reading: Bloomberg’s Businessweek on North Carolina’s academic scandal

    Feb 27, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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    By now, we’ve all heard plenty about the academic scandal currently haunting the North Carolina athletic department. Long story short, for the last couple of years, news has slowly been trickling out about how Tar Heel football and basketball players have been enrolling in fraudulent classes in the African American studies department under a professor…

  15. Bubble Banter: Just how close is Pitt to the bubble?

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:34 AM EDT

    Pitt v Syracuse

    There are 18 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. Pitt (RPI: 45, KenPom: 18) beat Boston College on Wednesday night. Not all…

  16. Javan Felix leads No. 24 Texas to a win over Baylor

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Javan Felix led four scorers in double figures with 21 points as No. 24 Texas survived a second half surge from Baylor, winning 74-69. All 21 of Felix’s points came on three-pointers, as he finished the night 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. Isaiah Taylor added 13 points and seven assists, but the real difference-makers for…

  17. Marcus Paige outduels T.J. Warren, hits game-winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    A relatively boring first half of basketball turned into the Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren show down the stretch. Warren scored 26 of his 36 points after halftime, but he was bested by Paige, who netted 29 of his 33 points after the break, including a layup with 0.9 seconds left in overtime as the…

  18. Glenn Robinson III beats his father’s alma mater at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    Kaleb Tarczewski, Glenn Robinson III

    Glenn Robinson III hit a leaner over two Purdue defenders to give No. 16 Michigan a 77-76 overtime win over Purdue in West Lafayette on Wednesday night. That shot is going to get him headlines, if for no reason other than the fact that his father — the Big Dog, Glenn Robinson — is one of…

  19. Jim Boeheim on his ejection: ‘I made a mistake’ (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jim Boeheim joined the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss his ejection in the game at Duke. Because what else? Anyway, Boeheim made as many headlines for the fact that he was not at all remorseful for getting tossed and costing him team a game as he did for the actual technicals themselves.…

  20. Most Improved Players lists cannot leave off New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday night, New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow went for 14 points and 11 boards for No. 25 New Mexico as they used a late-run in the second half to knock off Utah State and keep pace with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings. In the past, that would have been considered a great…

  21. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Pac-12 action heats up

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson, Tyrone Wallace

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Cal at No. 3 Arizona, 9:00 p.m. The last time these two got together, Cal ended Arizona’s undefeated regular season on the same night that Brandon Ashley broke his foot. I think that the Wildcats have some vengeance that they will be looking to exact. Cal, on the other hand, is…

  22. Tom Izzo dancing on a ladder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Tom Izzo did a commercial for Werner ladders, which apparently has a ladder with enough space for you to dance on it. I know, because you can see Izzo … dancing on the ladder. If Michigan State cuts down any nets this year, I demand an Izzo dance.

  23. UConn’s Breanna Stewart dunks off two-feet (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

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    You may not be paying attention to it this season, but UConn’s women’s team is straight mollywhopping anyone that they come across. They’re 29-0, with all 29 wins coming by double-figures and only one by less than 17 points. Their best player is a 6-foot-4 sophomore named Breanna Stewart, who is well on her way…

  24. Five-star guard Charles Matthews commits to Kentucky

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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    Kentucky added their first commitment in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday morning, as five-star shooting guard Charles Matthews announced that he will be a Wildcat. “When I graduate from St. Rita, I will be a student-athlete at Kentucky,” Matthews said in a press conference on Wednesday morning. “I had a good gut feeling since…

  25. Criticize Wichita State if you must, but appreciate what we’re witnessing

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Fred VanVleet, Ka'Darryl Bell

    We witnessed college basketball history on Tuesday night. You might not have noticed it happened, but it certainly did happen. No. 2 Wichita State — the most over-analyzed team in the country — moved to 30-0 with yet another dominating win in the Missouri Valley, this one coming by a final margin of 69-49 at…