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  1. St. John’s wins by 25 after trailing Butler at the half

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Butler pulled off the near-impossible on Tuesday night, getting drubbed by 25 points by St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. A loss at the hands of the Johnnies isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself. What makes the loss noteworthy is the fact that the final score was 77-52 after Butler went into the…

  2. Bubble Banter: Providence loses a heart breaker to Villanova

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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    There are 25 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. If Providence (RPI: 58, KenPom: 56) ends up missing the NCAA tournament this…

  3. Andrew Wiggins game-winning bucket saves Kansas at Texas Tech (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

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    No. 8 Kansas struggled with Texas Tech on Tuesday night, and that shouldn’t be as much of a surprise as the names on those jerseys make it seem. The Red Raiders are tough this year. They beat Baylor in Lubbock, they beat Oklahoma State in Lubbock and they almost knocked off Iowa State in Ames…

  4. Texas fails to take advantage of their size in loss to Iowa State

    Feb 18, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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    No. 19 Texas may be the most surprising team in the country this season, and the way that they’ve done it is through tough defense and an overpowering front court presence. Isaiah Taylor may be the guy getting the pub of late — scoring 50 points in wins over Baylor and Kansas will do that…

  5. VCU’s Terrance Shannon leaves team

    Feb 18, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

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    VCU lost some front court depth on Tuesday when the program announced that Terrance Shannon would be leaving the team for personal reasons. “We thank Terrance for his contributions to the program and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. Shannon came to VCU this summer as…

  6. New Syracuse jerseys are sick (PHOTO)

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Last month, Nike unveiled brand new jerseys that would be given to seven different programs this season, and on Wednesday, Syracuse will be donning their’s. They’re sick: According to Nike, the script on the jersey was first used at Syracuse in 1984, when Pearl Washington was on the team. On Wednesday, when the Orange play…

  7. Arizona to use a deeper rotation in the coming weeks

    Feb 18, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Before Brandon Ashley got hurt, when Arizona was still undefeated and the No. 1 team in the country, the Wildcats were not a deep team. They played a seven-man rotation. Jordin Mayes saw some minutes here and there, but for the most part, it was the starters, Gabe York and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson that played for…

  8. It’s too early to write off Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State

    Feb 18, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com wrote a column today on Marcus Smart, the gist of which I agree with. Doyel’s point? “Bad guy does something bad, victim responds in a way we don’t like … we blame the victim. … All [Marcus Smart] did was shove a guy who yelled something horrible right into his face. It…

  9. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Seven ranked teams hit the road

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 19 Texas at No. 17 Iowa State, 7:00 p.m. Another day, another awesome Big 12 matchup. Tonight, Texas will be making the trip up to Ames to take on Iowa State. The matchup here that will decide the game is Cameron Ridley. He’s far to big for anyone on Iowa…

  10. When read in context, Rick Pitino is right about social media

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    That’s the quote that made the rounds on twitter last night, thanks in large part to this tweet from Fox Sports Live’s official account. The actual quote can be heard at the 8:25 mark of the video below, dug up by Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead. It comes after Pitino had answered a couple of…

  11. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: What else can be said about McDermott’s season — and his career — at this point? He had 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting in a win at Butler in which he just so happened to hit the game-winning three with 47.8 seconds left. He followed that up by scoring 39 points…

  12. Bubble Banter: Oklahoma State headed to an interesting Selection Sunday

    Feb 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    There are 26 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. After last night’s overtime loss at Baylor, Oklahoma State (RPI: 46, KenPom: 41)…

  13. Could Keith Appling miss the rest of the regular season?

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Keith Appling returned to the court after a three game absence on Sunday afternoon, taking part in a 60-51 loss to Nebraska. He managed just 19 minutes, however, and looked nothing like the guy that played like an all-american for the first month of the season. The problem? A wrist injury that has been bugging…

  14. POSTERIZED: Nick Faust bids the Cameron Crazies adieu (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Maryland may have cost themselves a real chance at a tournament bid on Saturday when Charles Mitchell’s hook shot rolled off the rim, but that wasn’t the only thing that happened during that game. Nick Faust managed to say farewell to the Cameron Crazies with this impressive putback dunk.

  15. An undefeated Wichita State will be a No. 1 seed

    Feb 17, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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    With Wichita State inching ever closer to finishing the regular season without a loss on their resume, there is quite a bit of talk around the country about where this team will be seeded should they make it to Selection Sunday with a zero on the right side of their record. It’s simple, really. They…

  16. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: UNC-Florida State, Oklahoma State-Baylor

    Feb 17, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: North Carolina at Florida State, 7:00 p.m. North Carolina has played their way right past being the laughing stock of college basketball. The Heels have some bad losses on their resume, but they picked up yet another quality win over the weekend, knocking off Pitt at home. On Thursday, they will…

  17. Pac-12 officials admit error not calling technical on Jahii Carson

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Pac-12 officials have admitted an officiating error at the end of Arizona State’s double-overtime win over then-No. 2 Arizona on Friday night. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, “the officials missed the call” when Jahii Carson hung on the rim after dunking at the end of the second overtime. The dunk came with 0.5…

  18. ACC admits officiating error in Maryland’s loss to Duke

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The ACC has acknowledged an officiating error during the second half of No. 8 Duke’s 69-67 win over Maryland on Saturday. An ACC official provided the Washington Post with a statement saying that Duke was incorrectly given possession after back-to-back held balls. The first came with 16:58 left in the game, which correctly gave the…

  19. College Hoops Week in Review: McBuckets and Nebrasketball

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Doug McDermott, Creighton How good was McDermott this week? Here are the numbers for you: He averaged 32.5 points and 6.0 boards in wins over Butler and No. 6 Villanova. McDermott had 39 points in that win over the Wildcats, scoring 22 in the first half and passing Larry Bird on the…

  20. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Feb 17, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    When it’s late-February, you play in the ACC and you’re undefeated, you’re the No. 1 team in the country. That’s just the way that it works. But does that mean that Syracuse is the best team in the country? Well, that’s a different story. I hate using the term “luck” when it comes to sports.…

  21. No. 18 Creighton puts on another offensive display against No. 6 Villanova

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT

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    No. 18 Creighton shot fewer threes in the rematch than they made in the opener, but that didn’t matter. The Bluejays still managed to put up triple-digits on No. 6 Villanova in Omaha, beating the Wildcats 101-80 behind 39 points from National Player of the Year favorite Doug McDermott. That means that in two games…

  22. No. 9 Michigan State suffers worst loss of the year to Nebraska at home

    Feb 16, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Terran Petteway scored 23 points and hit a pair of ridiculous threes to stave off No. 9 Michigan State’s comeback attempts as Tim Miles’ Cornhuskers picked themselves up a statement win by going into the Breslin Center to knock off the Spartans, 60-51. Nebraska isn’t quite on the bubble yet, and while this win certainly…

  23. No. 21 Wisconsin rides Frank Kaminsky’s hot hand to win at No. 15 Michigan

    Feb 16, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Remember when No. 21 Wisconsin lost five out of six games and fell out of the top 25? Remember before that, when everyone thought that they were a legitimate Final Four contender? Expect the latter to become a more prevalent opinion for the Badgers in the coming weeks. Wisconsin went into Ann Arbor on Sunday…

  24. Late Night Snacks: UConn wins in OT, Syracuse survives again

    Feb 16, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 UConn 86, No. 20 Memphis 81 OT Shabazz Napier had himself a day. UConn’s all-american point guard finished with 34 points, five boards and four assists as the Huskies outlasted Memphis in overtime. IMPORTANT OUTCOMES: 1) No. 3 Florida 69, No. 14 Kentucky 59: Florida’s performance over the last…

  25. No. 14 Kentucky played much better than final score indicates

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    No. 3 Florida went into Rupp Arena and knocked off No. 14 Kentucky on Friday night, 69-59. Casey Prather finished with 24 points and four steals while Scottie Wilbekin went for 23 points and two assists without a turnover while hitting big shot after big shot in the second half. Simply looking at a box…