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  1. Wichita State won’t take part in Tip-Off Showcase event in Dallas

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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    It’s official: Wichita State will not be taking part in the Tip-Off Showcase in Dallas on November 8th, the first day of games this season. The event was originally supposed to be a quadruple-header at the American Airlines Center, a way to tie the start of the year to the city where the season will…

  2. Florida-Gulf Coast, #DunkCity to be on ESPN’s Midnight Madness

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Andy Enfield may be out in LA coaching USC now, but the legacy that he managed to build in one weekend in Philly still lives on. Florida-Gulf Coast ran through and dunked over Georgetown and San Diego State in the span of three days in last season’s NCAA tournament, becoming the first No. 15 seed…

  3. Rick Barry’s son plays at Charleston, shoots free throws underhand (VIDEO)

    Sep 4, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

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    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rick Barry, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, breeds hoopers. His four oldest sons all eventually became professionals, with Brent and Jon carving out extensive NBA careers for themselves. Barry has another kid in the basketball pipeline right now as well: Canyon Barry. Canyon is a…

  4. RIP Butler Blue II: Butler University’s mascot passes away

    Sep 3, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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    It is with heavy hearts that we report to you that Butler’s beloved mascot, Butler Blue II, has passed away due to complications from congestive heart failure. Blue retired as Butler’s mascot on May 20th, but he officially handed over duties to Blue III, aka “Trip”, in a ceremony on March 9th. “Blue really galvanized…

  5. Assigned Reading: The insanity of following recruiting online

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth. More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is. Me? I’ve become accustomed…

  6. Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon featured in incredible PR video (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Yes, that’s Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon, draped in boa constrictors, in one of the most ridiculously awesome promotional videos we’ve ever seen a Sports Information Department release. Maymon was a bull of a forward for the Vols during the 2011-2012 season, putting himself on the map with a 32-point, 20-rebound performance against Memphis in Maui,…

  7. Report: Rakeem Buckles’ appeal for a waiver at Minnesota denied

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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    Last week, Rakeem Buckles was denied a waiver by the NCAA that would have allowed the Florida International transfer to play immediately at Minnesota this season. On Tuesday, Buckles’ appeal was also denied, meaning that the former Louisville forward will be forced to return to Florida International to use his final season of eligibility, which…

  8. Ohio State has a locker for LeBron James in their locker room (PHOTO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Ohio State unveiled their new basketball facilities today, and perhaps the biggest surprise for media folks present was a locker in the locker room dedicated to the world’s best basketball player. No, LeBron James hasn’t found a way around every rule in the NCAA rulebook and decided to suit up for the Buckeyes. It’s a…

  9. Michigan walk-on turns title game run into an eBook

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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    When Michigan walk-on Josh Bartelstein started is blog on the MGoBlue website, it wasn’t much more than a creative way to pass the time and try to keep Wolverine fans interested in a program that had fallen way behind in-state rival Michigan State. Three years later, the blog has become an insider’s account of the…

  10. Georgia State’s RJ Hunter is a mid-major name you’ll want to remember

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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    One of my favorite parts about mid-major basketball is learning about the diamond in the rough, watching the kid that wasn’t good enough to deserve a high-major scholarship grow into a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. Whether they are stars that led their team to deep NCAA tournament runs — Stephen Curry, CJ McCollum,…

  11. It hasn’t been easy being the American Athletic Conference’s commissioner

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

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    In Mike Aresco’s tenure as a conference commissioner, turmoil has been the norm. The former CBS executive vice president took over as commissioner of the Big East last August, just in time to deal with the fallout of Syracuse and Pitt leaving for the ACC, Notre Dame’s decision to follow them south, Rutgers and Louisville…

  12. Brown guard Joe Sharkey recovering well after summer assault

    Aug 29, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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    One of the scarier moments of the college hoops offseason took place in Providence on a night in mid-May when Joe Sharkey, a sophomore guard on Brown’s basketball team, was put in the hospital after an altercation at 2 a.m. on the street in Providence. There are differing accounts as to what happened that night,…

  13. Minnesota guard wins high-jump gold at Pan-American games

    Aug 29, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    One of the most important skills that a college basketball player can have is the ability to jump, so, theoretically, it would make sense guys that there would be some college hoopers that also happen to excel in the high jump. Wilt Chamberlain was a dominant high-jumper in his day, but off the top of…

  14. Report: Georgia Southern’s Eric Ferguson to redshirt

    Aug 29, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

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    After averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 boards as a sophomore at Georgia Southern, Eric Ferguson was looked at by many as one of the best mid-major players in the country. But those numbers dipped during his junior campaign, particularly late in the season, as Ferguson battled through a knee injury that he said left him…

  15. Are we overlooking Kansas this preseason?

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Bill Self

    Unless you write for Lindy’s, the general consensus seems to be that Kentucky should be the nation’s No. 1 team in the preseason. And that’s fair, considering the fact that they are bringing in one of the best recruiting classes of all-time, they have eight guys that could one day be picked in the first…

  16. VCU big man Jarred Guest out two months with dislocated ankle

    Aug 29, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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    VCU’s front court depth took a hit on Tuesday morning, as junior big man Jarred Guest dislocated his ankle. Guest will be out for six-to-eight weeks, which means that he should be cleared — if not in shape — for the start of games. Guest, who averaged around 10 minutes per game as a sophomore,…

  17. Al Skinner returns to the bench as Tim O’Shea’s assistant at Bryant

    Aug 29, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Al Skinner will return to the sidelines for the 2013-2014 season. On Thursday morning, Bryant announced that the former Rhode Island and Boston College head coach will be joining Tim O’Shea’s Bulldog staff as an assistant coach. O’Shea was an assistant for Skinner at both schools, working under him from 1988-2001. “It’s a bittersweet time…

  18. Justise Winslow posterizes defender (VIDEO)

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

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    Justise Winslow is the No. 16 player in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. And as you can see from the video above, he’s pretty athletic. The guy he’s dunking on? A 6-foot-9 center named Chiekhna Dembele. Follow @robdauster

  19. Report: ETSU transfer Ron Giplaye has open-heart surgery

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Ron Giplaye, a forward at East Tennessee State, will be out indefinitely after undergoing open heart surgery, according to a report. Giplaye needed the surgery to correct a “congenital cardiac abnormality”. Giplaye played two seasons at Providence, averaging 1.3 points as a sophomore, before transferring out. He sat out the 2012-2013 season as a redshirt. ETSU…

  20. Siena’s Evan Hymes breaks hand, out six weeks

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Siena will be without Evan Hymes for up to six weeks after the 5-foot-8 junior guard broke his hand during the team’s trip to Canada this week. The injury came as the Saints lost to McGill. If Hymes is out for the full six weeks, he’ll be ready to return in mid-October, a good three…

  21. Report: Rakeem Buckles denied waiver at Minnesota; will appeal

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Rakeem Buckles may not be able to play for Richard Pitino at Minnesota after all. On Wednesday, the NCAA denied Buckles a waiver to be eligible to play for the Gophers immediately. Buckles played for Louisville for three seasons, suffering through a myriad of injuries — two major knee surgeries, a broken finger, a concussion…

  22. Watch Nebraska’s new arena get built (VIDEO)

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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    Nebraska will have a new home entering the 2013-2014 season: the brand-new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Construction was completed on the building — which can be seen in the time-lapse video above — earlier this year, and play will begin on Nov. 8th in a double-header where the women’s team will host UCLA followed by the…

  23. Aaron and Andrew Harrison, James Young officially enrolled at Kentucky

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Fans in Lexington can breathe a bit easier today, as the three missing McDonald’s All-Americans — James Young and the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron — have officially enrolled in classes at Kentucky. This season, John Calipari brings in one of the best recruiting classes of all-time, but with half of that class attending summer…

  24. Hall of Famer George Raveling has Dr. King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

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    George Raveling was an All-American basketball player at Villanova. When he playing career came to an end, Raveling went into coaching, which took him to the head jobs at Washington State, Iowa and USC. When he retired, he took over as Nike’s Director of International Basketball. All of that earned him the John W. Bunn…

  25. Between ’12 and ’14, Texas has landed one of 13 in-state top 15 recruits

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cameron Ridley

    Much has been made over the last week or so of Rick Barnes’ struggles at Texas. The consensus seems to be that Barnes has taken his foot off the accelerator on the recruiting trail, that something in his life has made him realize that his job is only that: a job. But regardless of the…