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  1. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 1 Michigan State Spartans

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:18 AM EST

    Tom Izzo

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  2. Who will wear the glass slipper? 11 potential ‘Cinderellas’ in 2013-2014

    Oct 31, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

    R.J. Hunter (Georgia State athletics)

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the…

  3. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:53 PM EST

    Iowa State v Ohio State

    Iowa State lost a key player to a fairly serious injury on Thursday as the school announced that Melvin Ejim will miss at least a month. Ejim hyperextended his left knee during practice on Wednesday and suffered a bone bruise as well. Already thin in the front court, that means that Fred Hoiberg’s club will…

  4. Preseason AP Top 25 poll released, Kentucky ranked No. 1

    Oct 31, 2013, 3:12 PM EST

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    The AP poll is finally out, and as you probably figured, Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the country as they received 27 of a possible 65 first place votes. Michigan State is slotted in at No. 2 with Louisville sliding in behind the Spartans at No. 3. The only other team to get a…

  5. Top 15 recruit Kevon Looney commits to UCLA

    Oct 31, 2013, 2:26 PM EST

    Kelly Kline/Under Armour

    UCLA kicked off a major day in the recruiting world by landing Kevon Looney, the No. 13 player in the Class of 2014, per Rivals. Looney’s final six schools also included Duke, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Most believed the Blue Devils and the Gators to be frontrunners, but in the days and hours…

  6. Florida down to five scholarship players after Damontre Harris, Dorian Finney-Smith suspended

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EST

    Billy Donovan

    Florida basketball took yet another hit on Thursday morning as head coach Billy Donovan announced that Damontre Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith have joined Scottie Wilbekin on the suspended indefinitely list. Harris and Finney-Smith will not play in Florida’s exhibition game and they will both miss at least one regular season game. That’s problematic for the…

  7. Coaches to lose one recruiting weekend in the spring of 2014

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    NCAA_Logo

    The spring recruiting period will look a bit different than usual in 2014. Thanks to some complicated scheduling quirks, the NCAA has announced that there will only be one weekend in April — the 25th-27th — that will be a live period instead of two. That means that the time that coaches will be allowed…

  8. Stanford lands a commitment from top 75 big man Michael Humphrey

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:40 PM EST

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    Stanford made another quality front court pick up on Wednesday evening as the Cardinal landed a commitment from Michael Humphrey. Humphrey is a lanky, 6-foot-10 forward from Arizona that currently is ranked 74th by Rivals in the Class of 2014. Eric Bossi’s scouting report on him: “Thin big man is very mobile and is improving…

  9. Trust me, you want to watch Eastern Kentucky’s Marcus Lewis in a dunk contest (VIDEO)

    Oct 31, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

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    When we released our list of top dunker back in September, No. 5 on our list was Marcus Lewis, a high-flyer from Eastern Kentucky. On Wednesday night, the Colonels held their Hoopfest which just so happened to include a dunk contest, and Lewis certainly didn’t disappoint. Fast forward to the :20 second mark for his first…

  10. Who should be the Preseason No. 1 team in the country?

    Oct 31, 2013, 9:57 AM EST

    AP photo

    A month ago, as we tried to hash out our Preseason Top 25 rankings, Raphielle Johnson, Scott Phillips and myself had an fairly intense email discussion regarding where we wanted to place Kentucky in comparison to Michigan State and Louisville. I wanted the Wildcats to be No. 1. Raph and Scott did not, and as…

  11. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats

    Oct 31, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  12. Top 20 recruit Devin Robinson commits to play for Florida

    Oct 30, 2013, 3:44 PM EST

    Kelly Kline/Under Armour

    Florida landed their third recruit in the Class of 2014 on Wednesday afternoon, as 6-foot-8 forward Devin Robinson committed to play for Billy Donovan and the Gators. Robinson is ranked as the No. 20 recruit in the class, according to Rivals. A late-bloomer thanks to a growth spurt as a junior in high school, Robinson…

  13. Oklahoma State’s front court concerns on display in exhibition

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:45 PM EST

    Oklahoma State coach Ford reacts to a call during the Cowboys last minute win over Baylor during the NCAA men's Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City, Missouri

    Oklahoma State will enter the 2013-2014 college basketball season with quite a bit of hype. They’re considered by just about ever prognosticator out there as the clear favorite to end Kansas’ nine-year run of Big 12 regular season titles. Marcus Smart is a consensus preseason all-american and was NBCSports.com’s pick as the preseason Player of…

  14. Maryland loses starting guard Seth Allen to a broken foot

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:43 PM EST

    Seth Allen

    Maryland has lost Seth Allen for the next 8-to-10 weeks after the 6-foot guard suffered a fractured foot in practice on Tuesday. The injury is a fracture to the fifth metatarsel in Allen’s left foot. “We are devastated for Seth,” said Maryland head coach Turgeon in a release. “He was playing at a very high level…

  15. Behind the scenes documentary on Nik Stauskas (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:13 AM EST

    Nik Stauskas

    Nik Stauskas is a guy a lot of people are expecting to have a big season for a Michigan team that can compete for a national title. With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the NBA, Stauskas is going to be counted on to carry a bigger scoring load and create more opportunities for…

  16. Florida’s Michael Frazier diagnosed with mono

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Michael Frazier II

    Florida announced on Wednesday morning that shooting guard Michael Frazier has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out indefinitely. Frazier will definitely be out of Friday’s scrimmage against Florida Southern, but it’s unclear how much longer he’ll be out of action. “Maybe more than that,” UF trainer David “Duke” Werner said. “We’ll have to…

  17. Good news for Kentucky: Andrew Harrison’s knee injury not serious

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Andrew Harrison

    Kentucky held their Blue-White scrimmage on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena, and while there was plenty for UK fans to get excited about — dunks galore, James young’s 26 points, the play of Derek Willis — there was once major concern: point guard Andrew Harrison didn’t play in the second half due to a right…

  18. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 3 Louisville Cardinals

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Kenny Klein/Louisville Athletics

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  19. Andrew Wiggins scores 16, dunks in Kansas debut (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:37 AM EST

    Screen grab from ESPN

    Andrew Wiggins kicked off his freshman season at Kansas on Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks took on Pittsburg State, a Division II school in Pittsburg, KS, at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in the first of two exhibition games. (MORE: Watch all of this year’s #POSTERIZED’s here) Wiggins finished with 16 points in a blowout win, but…

  20. POSTERIZED: Kentucky walk-on E.J. Floreal dunks on Julius Randle (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:39 PM EST

    AP photo

    Kentucky had their Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday night, a game that gave the nation their first real taste of the Wildcats this season. And while James Young went for 26 points and Julius Randle threw down a couple mammoths dunks, the two people that stood out the most were freshmen that enter the season…

  21. The 68 reasons we’re looking forward to the 2013-2014 season

    Oct 29, 2013, 6:19 PM EST

    AP photo

    The college hoops season officially kicks off in 10 days, which means that all those long, lonely nights since Luke Hancock beat Spike Albrecht in a three-point shooting contest last April are about to be a thing of the past. We’re hyped for the season, and to help get you into the mood, the CBT…

  22. Wichita State isn’t ready to settle for just one Final Four run

    Oct 29, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

    Getty Images

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Things changed quickly for Wichita State. One year ago at this time, Gregg Marshall’s club wasn’t looked at as much more than a good mid-major program, a hodgepodge of castaways and the overlooked that,…

  23. Trey Freeman denied waiver to play immediately at Old Dominion

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:17 PM EST

    Trey Freeman

    Last week, we told you about Trey Freeman and the situation that he had found himself in at Old Dominion. The Campbell transfer had applied for a waiver, and while the NCAA had made a ruling on the matter, ODU hadn’t announced whether or not a decision had been made. Until today. Freeman, who averaged 14.3…

  24. Of 47 early entrants in 2013 NBA Draft, 20 didn’t make an NBA roster

    Oct 29, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

    Grant Jerrett

    The NBA season kicks off on Tuesday night, which means that you should, by now, have Pro Basketball Talk in your daily rotation of internet reading. It also means that we can now go back and take a look at some of the players that made good — and bad — decisions leaving school to…

  25. Report: Providence lands commitment from 2015 shooter Ryan Fazekas

    Oct 29, 2013, 1:21 PM EST

    Ed Cooley

    Ed Cooley struck again on the recruiting trail, this time kicking off his 2015 recruiting class. Ryan Fazekas, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter from Michigan City, IN, committed to the Friars on Tuesday morning. The news was first reported by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. Fazekas played his AAU ball with Meanstreets, a Nike affiliated program…