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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:36 AM EST

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Louisville PG Chris Jones out Thursday vs. Houston

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

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    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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:56 PM EST

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    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)

  12. 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 —…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. The transfers get attention, but win over VCU solidified Mike Lonergan’s foundation at George Washington

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:03 PM EST

    Maurice Creek, Varun Ram

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — George Washington has been the face of all that is good — and bad — when it comes to transfers in college basketball. They lost two rising seniors as graduate transfers during the offseason, bringing in Indiana castoff Maurice Creek to join former Villanova Wildcat Isaiah Armwood as the face of a…

  19. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Eight ranked teams take the court

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:42 PM EST

    Sam Dekker, Deonte Burton, Jamil Wilson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 3 Wisconsin at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. This is a huge game for the Hoosiers, who have put together a resume that needs quite a bit of work heading into the conference play. They are athletic, but outside of Yogi Ferrell, they just don’t have enough perimeter weapons. That’s something that…

  20. Maryland files (another) lawsuit against the ACC

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:05 PM EST

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    Maryland’s divorce from the ACC seems to be going well: The state of Maryland has filed a $156.8 million counter-claim against the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging the conference broke its own rules in an effort to inflate the exit fee it says the University of Maryland must pay for leaving to join the Big Ten…

  21. Report: Colorado’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

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    More bad injury news for Colorado today as Andy Katz is reporting that Tre’Shaun Fletcher will be out six-to-eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Fletcher is a 6-foot-7 freshman that had been averaging 3.5 points in just over 10 minutes per game. He’s not a huge piece of Colorado’s attack, but losing him depletes Tad…

  22. POSTERIZED: Jerami Grant has some wingspan (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

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    Syracuse forward Jerami Grant threw down one of the nastier tip-dunks that you’re going to see this season. The kid literally took one step and got high enough in the air to snag a ball out of midair here: I mean, I just. That’s ridiculous. The craziest part is this wasn’t even the best dunk…

  23. Cal gets healthier as freshman Jabari Bird returns to practice

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:15 PM EST

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    We are two weeks into the Pac-12 schedule, and Cal has already situated themselves in a great position to make a run at Arizona and the top spot in the conference. The Bears are currently sitting at 3-0 in league play, the only team other than the Wildcats that is currently undefeated. They won all…

  24. Changes to transfer waivers could come as soon as this week

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:05 AM EST

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    The NCAA is getting serious about changing their transfer rules. There are a couple of options that are up for consideration right now (if you want to read through it all, the fun begins on page 21 here): The first would be to eliminate immediate eligibility waivers for any transfer. This would include both the…

  25. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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    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.…