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  1. Weekend Preview: Saturday is the best slate of games this season

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Marcus Smart

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Kansas, 4:00 p.m. This is going to be a doozy. Let’s start with the obvious: Oklahoma State and Kansas are the two best teams in the Big 12. And while the preseason luster of Marcus Smart vs. Andrew Wiggins (who, at the time, were…

  2. Minnesota’s front line comes to the rescue against No. 11 Ohio State

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:53 PM EST

    Minnesota v Michigan State

    It’s officially time to be concerned about No. 11 Ohio State. Their inability to consistently create offense is a problem, and the fact that they can get exposed by opponents with more powerful front lines certainly doesn’t help matters. Think about it like this: the Buckeyes got 22 points from leading scorer LaQuinton Ross and…

  3. UConn’s supporting cast shows up in win over No. 17 Memphis

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 PM EST

    Connecticut v Memphis

    Shabazz Napier had 17 points and 10 assists and Deandre Daniels chipped in with 23 points and 11 boards as UConn went into the FedEx Forum and knocked off the No. 17 Memphis Tigers, 83-73. It was an enormous win for the Huskies, who were coming off of losses to Stanford, SMU and Houston in…

  4. Rasheed Sulaimon on benching vs. Michigan: Coach K ‘made the right call’

    Jan 16, 2014, 4:53 PM EST

    Virginia v Duke

    Rasheed Sulaimon’s sophomore season has not been what he thought it would be. It’s not what we all thought it would be, either. Duke’s talented shooting guard has had trouble this season adapting to being forced into being a role player, a guy that is the third or fourth option offensively to a couple of…

  5. CBT Roundtable: Who are the National Title favorites?

    Jan 16, 2014, 4:05 PM EST

    Bryant v Ohio State

    ROB DAUSTER: I don’t gamble, because when I do gamble, I always end up, ahem, making a donation. But we’re going to be doing a little betting today. I’m going to pick the five teams I think are most likely to win the national title, and you’re going to tell me why you’d take those…

  6. Film Study: What’s behind Jabari Parker’s recent slump

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:05 PM EST

    Jabari Parker, Mike Tobey

    What in the world has happened to Jabari Parker? Three weeks ago, he was being hailed as the best offensive weapon in the history of college basketball. Ok, that may be overstating it just a bit, but there really wasn’t much that Parker wasn’t doing on the offensive end of the floor. Put a smaller…

  7. NCAA grants waiver for teams playing more than four non-Division I opponents

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:43 PM EST

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    There was a report out yesterday that the NCAA would be deciding soon on whether or not to waive an obscure rule that would force teams in smaller leagues to forfeit games. In summation: Division I teams cannot play more than four non-Division I teams in a season. Transitional Division I members (Abilene Christian, Incarnate…

  8. Is Cal the second-best team in the Pac-12?

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:01 PM EST

    Grant Gibbs, Jabari Bird

    We know Arizona sits at the top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings right now. That much is obvious. They’re the No. 1 team in the country, and the Pac-12 doesn’t currently have anyone else sitting in the top 20. That’s not a tough one to figure out. What is tough, however, is trying to determine…

  9. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: How good is Colorado sans Dinwiddie?

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:16 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 25 UCLA at No. 21 Colorado, 8:00 p.m. Who is the second best team in the Pac-12? In the preseason, Colorado looked like they would be Arizona’s biggest challenger, but then they lost Spencer Dinwiddie. Oregon has been putting up a ton of points this season, but they don’t play…

  10. After three years, ‘Chicken’ is headed to ‘The Bucket’

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:04 AM EST

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    Some of you that are new to the college hoops blogosphere may not remember this story, but I certainly do. Three years ago, during the summer of 2011, the Louisville blog Card Chronicle discovered that there was an elite Class of 2012 recruit that went by the name Chicken Knowles. Louisville’s home arena, the KFC…

  11. Unless No. 12 Baylor’s defense improves, they’re not a Big 12 contender

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:36 AM EST

    Baylor  v Texas Tech

    Jaye Crockett led five players in double figures with 19 points for Texas Tech as the Red Raiders blew out No. 12 Baylor at home. The final score was 82-72, but trust me when I tell you, that doesn’t do the beatdown justice. It took 30 minutes for the Bears to show up on Wednesday…

  12. Thrilling comeback from No. 16 UMass erases another subpar performance

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:35 PM EST

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    At what point do we start to get concerned about No. 16 UMass? The Minutemen went down to Fairfax, VA, tonight and knocked off George Mason, 88-87, in a thrilling, come-from-behind win. UMass was trailing for much of the second half, but Chaz Williams made every play in the final minute, leading UMass back from…

  13. Maryland lands important, come-from-behind win over Notre Dame

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:09 PM EST

    Mark Turgeon, Dez Wells, Seth Allen

    Maryland just played the most important half of basketball that they’ll play all season long. The Terps had entered the night just 2-2 in league play — with wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech — and 10-7 overall. They had lost their last two games and had been beaten by every relevant team they…

  14. Just how good is 13-4 VCU this season?

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:56 PM EST

    Shaka Smart

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — VCU is only a year and a half removed from the CAA, but that didn’t change the fact that the Rams were sitting pretty as the Atlantic 10’s top dog entering the season. They were ranked in just about every preseason top 25 you came across, which is, in part, a sign…

  15. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Good games out west tonight

    Jan 15, 2014, 3:22 PM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: UNLV at New Mexico, 9:00 p.m. This is a huge game for UNLV. Enormous. Bordering on season’s-over-if-they-lose territory. The Rebels are 10-6 on the year right now, with a win over Mississippi State anchoring their resume right now. That ain’t good. And given the fact that the Mountain West is a…

  16. Louisville PG Chris Jones out Thursday vs. Houston

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

    SMU v Louisville

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that starting point guard Chris Jones will not be in the lineup on Thursday evening when the Cardinals host Houston. Jones is averaging 11.3 points and 2.9 assists on the season, but combined for just four points and five turnovers in the last two games.…

  17. Report: Waiver expected to be given for teams forced to forfeit games

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:52 PM EST

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    It’s always interesting to track back through some of the unintended consequences of conference realignment, and they’re not always positive. The NCAA has a rule on its books that forbids a Division I program from playing more than four games during a season against teams from outside the Division I ranks. That includes exhibition games…

  18. Report: Louisiana Tech’s Raheem Appleby out 6-8 weeks

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EST

    Raheem Appleby, Markel Brown

    Louisiana Tech has spent much of this season gliding under the radar as one of the nation’s best teams that you haven’t seen play, but the Bulldogs suffered a significant blow when leading scorer Raheem Appleby went down with an ankle injury last Thursday. According to the Shreveport Times, the injury was bad enough that…

  19. Louisville fan gets a tattoo covers half his head (PHOTO

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:56 PM EST

    @DrewFranklin

    I don’t know who this gentleman is or why he decided that getting a tattoo that covered up the entire left side of his head would be a good idea, but I think we have officially found the most die-hard college basketball fan in the country. (h/t KSR)

  20. The most surprising team in the country: Kansas State

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:28 PM EST

    Marcus Foster, Jeff Mullahey

    I think there’s a valid argument to be made that Kansas State is the most surprising team in the country, and it’s not because their expectations entering the season were so low that a 13-4 start overall, a 3-1 start in Big 12 play and home wins over Gonzaga, George Washington, Oklahoma State and —…

  21. POSTERIZED: Glenn Bryant makes Tucker Raymond pay for a poor decision (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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    You have to feel bad for Tucker Raymond. A 6-foot-5 freshman for Western Michigan, Raymond’s first taste of national limelight as a Bronco is getting lit up by Eastern Michigan’s Glenn Bryant. I’m not sure what’s worst: not recognizing that he probably shouldn’t try to jump with Bryant, or that in the process of getting…

  22. Report: Chane Behanan to visit Colorado State this weekend

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:35 AM EST

    Missouri State v Louisville

    Oft-troubled former Louisville big man Chane Behanan will be making a visit to Colorado State this weekend, according to a report from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan, to attend Saturday’s game against visiting Air Force. Behanan was booted from Louisville on Dec. 30th for repeated violations of team rules. It’s unclear whether Behanan will actually…

  23. On one-and-done players, the Big Ten race and more

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

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    Exemplary, insightful breakdown here from the smartest — and best looking — college basketball blogger on the interwebs. Follow @robdauster

  24. Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, Arkansas fan have on-court run-in after game

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:27 AM EST

    Andrew Harrison

    Kentucky and Arkansas played one of the weirdest games that you’ll see this season on Tuesday night. There were roughly, by my estimation, 8,657 fouls called in an overtime game that lasted nearly three hours. But in the end, the Cats and the Hogs ended in thrilling fashion, as Michael Qualls threw down a game-winning,…

  25. Appalachian State forward running shoe drive in exchange for tickets

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:05 AM EST

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    An Appalachian State sophomore forward has put together one of the best ticket drives I can remember. Michael Obacha is a native of Nigeria, and throughout the rest of the reason, he will be running a charity drive to get shoes to ship back to his country. “One of the main things I want to…