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Rob Dauster

  1. Michigan State’s off-the-backboard dunk is mesmerizing (GIF)

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:36 AM EST


    In the late stages of Michigan State’s 92-78 win over Texas on Saturday afternoon, Denzel Valentine set up Branden Dawson for one of the year’s best highlights. Valentine tossed an alley-oop off the glass for Dawson, who finished the pass the way that you would expect one of the nation’s best athletes to finish it.

  2. Weekend Preview: Saturday’s slate is thrilling from noon until midnight

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EST


    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 20 Colorado, 11:30 p.m. Sat. (all times eastern) A pair of former Big 12 rivals square off out in Las Vegas as Marcus Smart will lead his Cowboys into battle with Tad Boyle’s impressive Colorado squad. The Buffaloes have already split with the other two…

  3. UCLA has a lot to learn if they are going to be a contender in the Pac-12

    Dec 20, 2013, 2:35 AM EST

    Steve Alford

    NEW YORK — UCLA will be worth the watch every time they take the floor this season. That’s just what happens when you have as much talent as the Bruins do. Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are both going to find themselves in the conversation for being all-americans and first round draft picks by the…

  4. Late Night Snacks: Jabari Parker leads Duke to a win

    Dec 20, 2013, 1:44 AM EST

    Alabama Duke Basketball

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 Duke 80, UCLA 63 Jabari Parker finished with 23 points, 10 boards and five assists to lead the Blue Devils to a win over UCLA at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. As good as Parker was, however, the real star of the game of Rasheed Sulaimon, who shook…

  5. Rasheed Sulaimon climbs out of the doghouse in No. 8 Duke’s 80-63 win

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK — There was nothing memorable about the shot. It was one of six threes that No. 8 Duke made and one of 18 that they hoisted up in the first half of their 80-63 win over UCLA on Thursday night in Madison Square Garden. It was the kind of play that gets taught…

  6. Report: Australian Dante Exum to take college visits

    Dec 19, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

    Australia v New Zealand - Men's FIBA Oceania Championship

    Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker. Those are the names that pique the interest of NBA fans and GMs alike. They are part of the reason that ‘tanking’ and ‘freshmen’ have dominated the talk about basketball throughout the fall. But they aren’t alone. There is Marcus Smart. And Aaron Gordon. And Noah Vonleh.…

  7. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Two Blue Bloods square off at the Garden

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:42 PM EST

    Prairie View v UCLA

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Duke vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden Two blue blood programs squaring off in the world’s most famous arena? Yes, please. By now, we know what we’re getting from Duke. They are a team with a loaded perimeter attack that can beat anyone when and if they…

  8. Indiana’s Assembly Hall gets a new name

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:33 PM EST

    Oakland v Indiana

    Assembly Hall has a new name. Thanks to a $40 million donation from Cindy Simon Skjodt, the place where the Indiana Hoosiers play their home games will now be called … Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Cindy has donated millions to Indiana over the years, and the money will be used to refurbish and improve Indiana’s athletic facilities,…

  9. CBT Weekly Roundtable: Who will be the next undefeated team to lose?

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    John Manning, Jake Barnett, Ron Baker

    In a new series here on College Basketball Talk, every Thursday we’re going to have a discussion about some of the hot topics in college basketball. Today’s installment? The 12 teams still left undefeated. Who is the first to lose? Can anyone actually make it to February without a loss? Will we ever see another…

  10. John Beilein: ‘Right now, Mitch [McGary] cannot go 100 percent

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:40 PM EST

    Houston Baptist v Michigan

    Michigan State isn’t the only team in the state that’s currently banged up. Michigan is as well. Star center Mitch McGary is not yet healthy, according to John Beilein. He missed the entire preseason and the first two games of the season a back injury. He’s had a thigh contusion. He’s tweaked his ankle a…

  11. Tom Izzo, Tom Crean honor referee Ed Hightower (VIDEOS)

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:57 PM EST

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    On Tuesday night, with two minutes left in Michigan State’s blowout win over North Florida, Tom Izzo got on the microphone and honored longtime referee Ed Hightower. It was a great moment, and another reason to love Izzo. But it wasn’t his idea. He stole it from Tom Crean! Check it out: I’m mostly kidding.…

  12. Report: New Mexico’s Hugh Greenwood won’t play against Marquette Saturday

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

    New Mexico Davidson Basketball

    New Mexico will be without starting guard Hugh Greenwood against Marquette on Saturday in Las Vegas. Greenwood has been battling a wrist injury for a couple weeks. He initially injured in when the Lobos took on New Mexico State in their first matchup on December 4th. It’s his right wrist, his shooting wrist. Greenwood took…

  13. Gerrell Martin give LIU-Brooklyn a win (almost) at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    It wasn’t quite a buzzer-beater, but LIU-Brooklyn’s Gerrell Martin buried a three to break a 79-all tie and given the Blackbirds a win over Lamar.

  14. Saint Louis, vines, and the alley-oop of the year? (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:15 AM EST


    Saint Louis seems like a fun team to play on. I want to know how many times they had to try that before they finally got it right.

  15. Late Night Snacks: Two top 15 teams lose at home

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:53 AM EST

    Stanford v Connecticut

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Texas 86, No. 14 North Carolina 83 The Tar Heels remain the toughest team in college basketball to figure out. After knocking off Kentucky to pick up their third win over a preseason top three team, the Heels were once again atrocious from the charity stripe, losing to Rick Barnes and…

  16. Stanford picks up a huge non-conference road win over No. 10 UConn

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:34 AM EST

    AP Photo

    Shabazz could only bail them out so many times. No. 10 UConn had picked up their four biggest wins by a total of five points, relying on the heroics of their star guard to carry them to the wins. But it wasn’t enough on Wednesday night. With Stanford erasing a double-digit second half deficit and…

  17. Memphis loss shouldn’t feed narrative about Josh Pastner, big games

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:26 AM EST

    Josh Pastner

    NEW YORK — I’m staying with a couple of college buddies here in New York while I cover the Jimmy V Classic and the Duke-UCLA game. This morning, I was chatting with one of them — I’ll call him Rizzo — about the game last night. He’s a big sports fan and watches his fair share…

  18. WATCH: Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson unloads in press conference

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:09 AM EST

    SIU Athletics

    Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson delivered the press conference of the year after Tuesday night’s 73-65 loss to Murray State. Hinson, the second-year coach who is 16-25 with the Salukis, has his team off to a 2-8 start this season and is less than pleased about the state of his team. Fast forward to the…

  19. Casey Prather’s star turn a boon for Florida

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:57 PM EST

    AP photo

    NEW YORK — Billy Donovan said that this season, for his Gators, has been exhausting. Between the injuries and the suspensions and the academic issues, the status of Florida’s roster has been a bigger story to date than their performance against teams like Wisconsin or UConn or Kansas. “I almost keep looking around to see…

  20. Pitt’s loss to Cincinnati highlights peril of weak schedules

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:59 PM EST

    Pitt Cincy

    NEW YORK — Dear Pitt: This is why you put together a real non-conference schedule. This is why you make sure that, more than a month and 11 games into the season, the best team on your schedule is someone better than Cincinnati. Don’t get me wrong, the Bearcats aren’t a bad basketball team. They’re…

  21. Duke fan does not appreciate ‘Free PJ’ sign in Cameron (GIF)

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    ESPNU Broadcast

        Someone managed to get a “Free PJ” sign into Cameron Indoor Stadium last night, and it appears as if a Duke fan was none-too-pleased about it. They were Carolina fans, and my guess is that they were the people responsible for the “Free PJ” being yelled at Quinn Cook while he shot free…

  22. Coach Cal: ‘Don’t expect things to change overnight’

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Boise State v Kentucky

    I wrote two columns off of Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina, so I don’t think there is really anything else for me to say on the subject. Others had plenty to say, however, and one of the most common responses I got from the good folks of twitter on the subject had to do with…

  23. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Jimmy V Classic highlights a solid slate

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Josh Pastner

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Florida vs. No. 15 Memphis, 9:30 p.m. The nightcap of the Jimmy V Classic is one of the more intriguing games left before we get into league play. Both Florida and Memphis has enough talent on their roster to be considered a top ten team and a challenger to…

  24. Chris Walker will not be suiting up for Florida against Memphis

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:49 AM EST

    Billy Donovan

    The big news of the weekend for hoops fans in Gainesville was that Florida native and McDonalds All-American Chris Walker was accepted into school. Yay! But it may be a while before Walker actually sees the court. First things first: he needs to make his was through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center, which is what every…

  25. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings: Shabazz tops the list again

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:28 AM EST

    AP photo

    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…