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Rob Dauster

  1. ESPN is (slowly) releasing the Tip-Off Marathon schedule today

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT


    ESPN’s annual Tip-Off Marathon is always one of my favorite events of the college basketball season. If you don’t know what it is … well … you truly are missing out. For about 28 straight hours, ESPN airs college basketball games, with games tipping all the way in Hawaii in the wee hours of the…

  2. Jahlil Okafor’s AAU coach believes he and Tyus Jones headed to Duke

    Aug 3, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Beach Ball Classic Basketball

    There may not be a more important story line for the 2014-2015 basketball season than where Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor decide to go to college. The best point guard in the Class of 2014 and one of the most technically sound big men to come through the high school ranks in a long time…

  3. Assigned Reading: An in-depth look at search firms

    Aug 3, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Julie Hermann

    When Rutgers needed to hire a replacement for Tim Pernetti as the university’s athletic director, the school did what most schools in that situation do: they hired a search firm to help them parse through candidates. The bill? $70,000. The end result? Rutgers hired Julie Hermann away from Louisville, a move that was lauded until…

  4. What happens to college hoops if power conferences form new division?

    Aug 1, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT


    The NCAA tournament is what makes college basketball great. For diehards like me, there’s so much more to it: the student sections, the underdogs, the glory that comes with pulling off a major upset, the euphoria of a cinderella conference tournament champion, a band that rocks. But if it weren’t for the NCAA tournament, if…

  5. NCAA Tournament bracketing principles officially changed

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    The NCAA officially announced changes to the tournament’s bracketing principles on Thursday afternoon. The changes were made in an effort for the tournament to reflect the true seeding of each team that is invited. There are two major changes to pay attention to: 1) Teams from the same conference will no longer be required to…

  6. Top 100 recruit Jordan Barnett commits to Texas

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT


    Rick Barnes has landed his first commitment in the Class of 2014, as Jordan Barnett has decided to become a Longhorn. Barnett is ranked 85th in the Class of 2014 by Rivals. A 6-foot-7 wing, Barnett is athletic and a finisher around the basket. He can also step out and knock down a three when…

  7. Minnesota’s Mo Walker shed more than 50 pounds this summer

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    At his heaviest, at the end of his freshman season at Minnesota, Mo Walker was 346 pounds. Think about that. That’s heavier than a lot of NFL offensive linemen, whose sole purpose on the field is to be able to stand in one place while getting hit at full speed by the likes of Jared…

  8. Syracuse to move their court when Duke comes to town?

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Georgetown v Syracuse

    Syracuse’s move to the ACC may end up knocking Georgetown out of the record books. Currently, the attendance record for a regular season game played on campus is 35,012, which is the number of fans that packed into the Carrier Dome to see the Hoyas’ final visit to Syracuse as a Big East foe. That…

  9. Former Kentucky guard to sentenced to two years for sex abuse of a minor

    Aug 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT


    Former Kentucky point guard Michael Porter was denied probation on Thursday, getting sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of sexual abuse of a minor. Porter was arrested in a sting operation last May that yielded evidence that he had sexual contact with a minor. The acts took place between…

  10. Devin Booker and his father show the changed landscape of recruiting

    Aug 1, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT


    To get an idea of just how valued Devin Booker is as a basketball player, all you need to do is to take a glimpse at some of the programs that have offered him a scholarship. Duke. Florida. North Carolina. Michigan. Michigan State. Kentucky. The names don’t get bigger than that. Missouri has also offered…

  11. Fun with lists: the ‘most feared recruiters’ in the country

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Bill Self

    When it comes to building a program, head coaches are, generally speaking, the people that get all the credit. You hear about the success their career coaching record and you see infographics with how many NCAA tournaments they’ve reached. Their careers are valued on the merits of conference championships and how far they’ve gotten in…

  12. Report: Top 100 recruit Justin Coleman commits to Alabama

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT


    So much for UAB’s Fab Five. On Wednesday afternoon, Birmingham, AL, native Justin Coleman committed to play his college hoops for Alabama. Coleman is the No. 92 recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals, despite being just 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 155 pounds. “I just made that decision today because I really…

  13. Tony Barbee opens up about Shaq Johnson’s dismissal

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Alabama Auburn Basketball

    Two weeks ago, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee dismissed Shaq Johnson from the team following an arrest for possession stemming from a late-night traffic stop. Johnson had started 21 games and averaged 5.3 points last season for the Tigers. He’s since transferred to Northwest Florida State. On Tuesday, Barbee opened up about why he took…

  14. Tai Webster ruled eligible at Nebraska

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tim Miles

    Nebraska’s chances of making a run to finish in the top half of the Big Ten are slim this season and there isn’t much beyond Andrew Wiggins transferring that could change that fact, but on Tuesday evening, Tim Miles got some big news for the future of his program. Tai Webster has been ruled eligible…

  15. Indiana’s already sold 15,500 student season tickets, for 7,800 spots

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Indiana Hoosiers head coach Crean watches in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game against the Syracuse Orange in Washington

    You’d think with the resurgence that the Indiana program has undergone with Tom Crean as head coach, now would be a good time for basketball fans to be a student at IU. And it is, as long as you don’t have your heart set on attending every Hoosier home game. The student section capacity at…

  16. Moe Hicks leaving position on St. John’s staff

    Jul 31, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT


    On Wednesday afternoon, St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin announced that Director of Basketball Operations Moe Hicks will return to coaching the high school ranks. “As the Director of Basketball Operations, Moe Hicks has been a valuable contributor to our program,” said Lavin. “We appreciate Moe’s efforts and wish him the best as he returns to his…

  17. No more Jack the Bulldog at Georgetown games?

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    Syracuse v Georgetown

    Georgetown’s adorability at home games as they head into the new Big East received a crushing blow on Wednesday morning, as The Hoya — Georgetown’s student newspaper — is reporting that JJ has left school. JJ is Jack Jr., the one-and-a-half year old bulldog that was set to replace the now-retired Jack the Bulldog at…

  18. Georgetown, Oregon to kick off the season on November 8th in South Korea

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT


    For the first time in more than 30 years, a regular season college basketball game will be played in Asia. On November 8th, Georgetown and Oregon will be kicking off the season with a trip to Camp Humphreys, an Army base 45 miles south of Seoul, South Korea. “It will be a privilege to perform…

  19. Oregon State’s Eric Moreland, Devon Collier suspended indefinitely

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT


    Oregon State forwards Devon Collier and Eric Moreland were suspended indefinitely by head coach Craig Robinson on Tuesday afternoon, the school announced. The punishment stems from a violation of team rules. “They will be allowed to participate with the team in summer workouts and strength/conditioning activities while attending summer school classes,” the school said in…

  20. Top 100 recruit Phil Booth commits to Villanova

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT


    Jay Wright has added a second commitment in the Class of 2014, as Phil Booth committed to the Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon. “I am committed to be a student-athlete at the University of Villanova,” Booth tweeted. (We’re just going to go ahead and ignore the whole wrongly-named school thing.) Booth is a good get for…

  21. The 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame class announced

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT


    The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013 has been announced, and it includes five players, two coaches, two contributors and one team. The list of players is headlined by ‘The Big E’, Elvin Hayes. Houston’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Hayes led the Cougars to Final Fours in 1967 and 1968 and…

  22. Tony Barbee’s charity golf event gives to scholarship fund for Korvotney Barber’s kids

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tony Barbee

    Former Auburn star Korvotney Barber tragically passed away last week when he drowned in the waters off of Panama City’s beaches. Barber played for the Tigers from 2005-2009, having graduated prior to current head coach Tony Barbee’s arrival, but that hasn’t stopped Barbee from reaching out to the family to try and help. Barber has…

  23. Larry Bird to get a statue outside Indiana State’s Hulman Center

    Jul 30, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT


    The most famous basketball player in the history of Indiana will be getting a statue placed outside the basketball arena at his alma mater, Indiana State. Larry Bird, who led the Sycamores to the 1979 national title games where he was outdueled by Michigan State’s Magic Johnson, will be back in Terre Haute on November…

  24. NC State hires alum Dereck Whittenburg to staff

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT


    North Carolina State brought a legend back into the program on Monday afternoon, as head coach Mark Gottfried officially hired Dereck Whittenburg as Senior Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Player Development. Whittenburg is a 26-year veteran of the coaching ranks, having bounced around the country as an assistant before becoming head coach at…

  25. The travel isn’t the only stressful part of the recruiting process for elite high schoolers

    Jul 29, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — There has been plenty of discussion this July about just how exhausting the three week live recruiting period can be for players and the coaches, when they are either playing or evaluating at events across the country for 15 days in a 19-day span. The things players will do to earn a…