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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Can Grambling finally break their 32 game losing streak?

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:56 PM EST

    Grambling Athletics

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Central Baptist at Grambling, 8:30 p.m. This isn’t really the game of the night. In fact, it’s probably quite the opposite. Grambling has lost 32 straight games. They are 0-4 this season. They were 0-28 last season. They have dropped 41 of their last 42 games and are winless since beating…

  9. Former UNLV player Savon Goodman pleads guilty to misdemeanors

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:59 PM EST

    Savon Goodman

    Savon Goodman has plead guilty to petty theft and trespass charges, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident where he stole shoes, $500 in cash and more than $900 in video games from a friend’s apartment. Goodman, a former UNLV player and top 100 recruit, was initially charged with misdemeanor conspiracy and felony burglary and grand larceny.…

  10. Utah State’s Jarred Shaw suspended indefinitely

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:51 PM EST

    Jarred Shaw, Jaren Jeffery

    Utah State suffered a big blow on Monday, as the school announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw has been suspended indefinitely. Shaw was averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.4 blocks. He was shooting 54.3% from the floor and 87.1% from the line as a 6-foot-10 center. He’s really good and he’s really valuable,…

  11. Damontre Harris may never suit up for Florida

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

    Billy Donovan

    Florida’s roster is almost fully stocked. Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill were back in the lineup for the Kansas game last Tuesday, and Chris Walker has been admitted into Florida, is practicing with the team and, now, is awaiting word on whether or not he will be deemed eligible by the NCAA. The Gators are…

  12. Tom Izzo on Gary Harris: He’s ‘questionable-probable’ to play Tuesday

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:22 PM EST

    Tom Izzo

    It’s time for yet another update on the health of the four Michigan State starters that are banged up. According to Joe Rexrode, Matt Costello could still be weeks away from actually stepping on the court. He’s reportedly. got mono, that’s not an easy thing to get rid of. There is some good news to…

  13. VCU lip-syncs Katy Perry with kids at a Children’s Hospital (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 12:44 PM EST

    Melvin Johnson, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg

    I’m a sucker for things like this. VCU went to a Children’s Hospital in Richmond and helped put together a lip-sync video singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” with the kids. The Rams have had a rough start to the season. They are 8-3 after a loss at Northern Iowa this weekend. They got smacked around by…

  14. Rick Pitino’s photobomb at a Justin Timberlake concert (PHOTO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:49 AM EST

    pitino

    He’s no Jay Bilas – yet — but this is still a pretty solid photobomb from Rick Pitino, who was apparently at a Justin Timberlake concert last night. I always pictured Pitino as more of a Billy Joel kind of guy. Follow @robdauster

  15. College Hoops Week in Review: Hello Princeton, and some Brandon Ashley love

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:28 AM EST

    Photo credit: Getty Images

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Ashley, Arizona Aaron Gordon is the guy that gets all the hype for Arizona. Nick Johnson is their leading scorer and their best perimeter defender. T.J. McConnell is the tie the binds everyone together. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson does things like this. It seems like every Wildcat on Sean Miller’s roster get…

  16. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:27 AM EST

    Credit: AP

    The toughest part about putting these rankings together right now is trying to balance out the difference the performance we’ve seen to date and the potential that each team has on their roster. Look at Kansas, for example. They’re lost three times to top 15 teams away from Phog Allen Fieldhouse, none of which came…

  17. Difference between Kentucky, ’12 title team: role players?

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:02 AM EST

    Boise State v Kentucky

    I wrote a column last night on No. 11 Kentucky and their 82-77 loss to No. 18 North Carolina. But I wasn’t in Chapel Hill. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com was. He wrote a column too, and it included this passage, which I found particularly interesting: It was interesting to watch in person because the TV…

  18. Late Night Snacks: UK loses, Arizona survives, and Naadir Tharpe awakens

    Dec 15, 2013, 2:19 AM EST

    Aaron Gordon

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona 72, Michigan 70 The Wildcats held off Michigan in a thriller in Ann Arbor to kick off Saturday afternoon’s action. Glenn Robinson III was dominant in the first half, scoring 16 of his 20 points, but he was shut down by Aaron Gordon in the final 20 minutes.…

  19. St. Peter’s-Seton Hall ended pretty fantastically (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 1:44 AM EST

    Kevin Willard

    The best finish of Saturday took place well off the beaten path. St. Peter’s knocked off Seton Hall in overtime in a game that featured a buzzer-beater to end regulation and a game-winner in the extra frame. Follow @robdauster

  20. New Mexico loses to No. 13 Kansas as Big Three’s supporting cast struggle

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:23 PM EST

    Kirk Williams Bairstow Thomas Greenwood

    No. 13 Kansas got 21 points and nine boards from Perry Ellis to lead four players in double figures as the Jayhawks upended a good New Mexico team in Kansas City, 80-63. There were a number of good signs for Bill Self’s team on Saturday. Naadir Tharpe played really well, especially down the stretch of…

  21. POSTERIZED: Sam Thompson doing Sam Thompson things (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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    No one in the country is better than Sam Thompson of Ohio State when it comes to catching alley-oops. He proved that again against North Dakota State.

  22. Kentucky is a flawed team, but does that mean they can’t contend?

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    We are now 11 games into the college basketball season, but No. 11 Kentucky still appears to be a long way away from being a team capable of winning a national title. The Wildcats are sitting at 8-3 after Saturday’s 82-77 loss to No. 18 North Carolina, with one final chance against Louisville to try…

  23. Michigan State survives a scare from Oakland

    Dec 14, 2013, 6:38 PM EST

    North Carolina v Michigan State

    Michigan State dodged a bullet on Saturday. Playing without Gary Harris and Matt Costello and playing with Keith Appling and Adreian Payne at less than 100%, the Spartans shook off a slow start to knock off Oakland, 67-63. Branden Dawson, who may be the only person in East Lansing that isn’t dealing with some kind…

  24. POSTERIZED: Jordan McRae soars through the lane, gets T’d up? (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:57 PM EST

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    Jordan McRae threw down this nasty dunk while knifing through the lane against Wichita State, but Tennessee’s leading scorer got T’d up immediately after the dunk. You can see him yelling off into the crowd, which I don’t have a problem with. He’s fired up. He should be excited. If he doesn’t react that way…

  25. As Glenn Robinson III goes, so goes Michigan

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    Kaleb Tarczewski, Glenn Robinson III

    But when he disappears, Michigan becomes an entirely different — and much more beatable — team. For the first time this season, Glenn Robinson III showed up for Michigan. In the first 20 minutes against No. 1 Arizona, Robinson had 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting, hitting step-back threes, scoring in transition and beating people off…