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  1. Go behind-the-scenes as Kentucky makes a wish come true (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    John Calipari has proven over and over again that he’s willing to use the power of Big Blue Nation and the celebrity status of his players to do quite a bit of charity work. This was the most recent example, as he let Josh Fleming become a part of the team for a day-and-a-half leading…

  2. Branden Dawson expected to play Saturday for Michigan State

    Feb 27, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

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    Michigan State got one step closer to being back to full strength on Thursday. Branden Dawson is almost back to 100%. He got the pins removed from his hand over the weekend and practiced with the team a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Izzo told reporters on Thursday that at tonight’s practice, Dawson will take…

  3. Moving home has helped Ryan Harrow improve on, and off, the court

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter only has two rules, two requirements, for the kids that play on his basketball teams to stay on the court. Assuming they get their grades, don’t cause a ruckus on campus and generally carry themselves as decent human beings on a day-to-day basis off the court, all he asks…

  4. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Arkansas, Oregon with big bubble chances

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Oregon at UCLA, 11:00 p.m. Prior to these last two games from Arizona, the two most entertaining teams in the Pac-12 have been Oregon and UCLA. The Bruins are loaded with talent, run up and down the floor and are finally starting to win games because they are playing defense. Oregon?…

  5. Assigned Reading: Bloomberg’s Businessweek on North Carolina’s academic scandal

    Feb 27, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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    By now, we’ve all heard plenty about the academic scandal currently haunting the North Carolina athletic department. Long story short, for the last couple of years, news has slowly been trickling out about how Tar Heel football and basketball players have been enrolling in fraudulent classes in the African American studies department under a professor…

  6. Bubble Banter: Just how close is Pitt to the bubble?

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:34 AM EDT

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    There are 18 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Pitt (RPI: 45, KenPom: 18) beat Boston College on Wednesday night. Not all…

  7. Javan Felix leads No. 24 Texas to a win over Baylor

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Javan Felix led four scorers in double figures with 21 points as No. 24 Texas survived a second half surge from Baylor, winning 74-69. All 21 of Felix’s points came on three-pointers, as he finished the night 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. Isaiah Taylor added 13 points and seven assists, but the real difference-makers for…

  8. Marcus Paige outduels T.J. Warren, hits game-winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    A relatively boring first half of basketball turned into the Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren show down the stretch. Warren scored 26 of his 36 points after halftime, but he was bested by Paige, who netted 29 of his 33 points after the break, including a layup with 0.9 seconds left in overtime as the…

  9. Glenn Robinson III beats his father’s alma mater at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

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    Glenn Robinson III hit a leaner over two Purdue defenders to give No. 16 Michigan a 77-76 overtime win over Purdue in West Lafayette on Wednesday night. That shot is going to get him headlines, if for no reason other than the fact that his father — the Big Dog, Glenn Robinson — is one of…

  10. Jim Boeheim on his ejection: ‘I made a mistake’ (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jim Boeheim joined the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss his ejection in the game at Duke. Because what else? Anyway, Boeheim made as many headlines for the fact that he was not at all remorseful for getting tossed and costing him team a game as he did for the actual technicals themselves.…

  11. Most Improved Players lists cannot leave off New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday night, New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow went for 14 points and 11 boards for No. 25 New Mexico as they used a late-run in the second half to knock off Utah State and keep pace with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings. In the past, that would have been considered a great…

  12. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Pac-12 action heats up

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Cal at No. 3 Arizona, 9:00 p.m. The last time these two got together, Cal ended Arizona’s undefeated regular season on the same night that Brandon Ashley broke his foot. I think that the Wildcats have some vengeance that they will be looking to exact. Cal, on the other hand, is…

  13. Tom Izzo dancing on a ladder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Tom Izzo did a commercial for Werner ladders, which apparently has a ladder with enough space for you to dance on it. I know, because you can see Izzo … dancing on the ladder. If Michigan State cuts down any nets this year, I demand an Izzo dance.

  14. UConn’s Breanna Stewart dunks off two-feet (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

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    You may not be paying attention to it this season, but UConn’s women’s team is straight mollywhopping anyone that they come across. They’re 29-0, with all 29 wins coming by double-figures and only one by less than 17 points. Their best player is a 6-foot-4 sophomore named Breanna Stewart, who is well on her way…

  15. Five-star guard Charles Matthews commits to Kentucky

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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    Kentucky added their first commitment in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday morning, as five-star shooting guard Charles Matthews announced that he will be a Wildcat. “When I graduate from St. Rita, I will be a student-athlete at Kentucky,” Matthews said in a press conference on Wednesday morning. “I had a good gut feeling since…

  16. Criticize Wichita State if you must, but appreciate what we’re witnessing

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    We witnessed college basketball history on Tuesday night. You might not have noticed it happened, but it certainly did happen. No. 2 Wichita State — the most over-analyzed team in the country — moved to 30-0 with yet another dominating win in the Missouri Valley, this one coming by a final margin of 69-49 at…

  17. Bubble Banter: St. Joseph’s, Xavier, Minnesota celebrate big wins

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:11 AM EDT

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    There are 23 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Dayton (RPI: 54, KenPom: 64) went to Philly and got worked over by St.…

  18. Georgia beats Missouri, proving why the SEC is just so messed up this year

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

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    Charles Mann led three players in double figures with 19 points, eight boards and four assists as Georgia pounded bubble-dweller Missouri at home, 71-56, on Tuesday night. The loss is just devastating for Missouri’s at-large resume, as the Tigers dropped to 19-9 overall and 7-8 in the SEC. They’ve now lost two in a row…

  19. Minnesota lands key win over No. 20 Iowa

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Charles Buggs entered Tuesday night’s game against No. 20 Iowa having scored five points the entire season, but he was ready when his name was called. The 6-foot-9 freshman scored eight straight points to spark a 24-8 first half run, finishing with 13, as Minnesota took control early and hung on late in a thrilling,…

  20. Dorian Finney-Smith snaps slump, No. 1 Florida clinches a share of SEC title

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    For the seventh straight game, No. 1 Florida won a game by ten points or less. On Tuesday night, it came at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium, where the Commodores erased a double-figure deficit and came within a missed, game-tying three of forcing overtime against the nation’s best team, eventually losing 57-54. Instead, Florida locked up at…

  21. Scottie Wilbekin has range (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Scottie Wilbekin has been a big shot-maker for Florida this season, but on Tuesday, he showed off a bit of his range at Florida’s practice at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. The Gators will be playing Vanderbilt tonight. If Wilbekin is hitting shots like that, the Commodores won’t have a chance.

  22. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 1, No. 2 play, plenty of bubble action

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 20 Iowa at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota’s running out of chances if they want to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Tonight’s matchup with Iowa would be a great opportunity to pick up a marquee and start getting themselves headed in the right direction. THE OTHER GAME OF…

  23. Timing issue cost UNLV vs. Boise State, but not how you think

    Feb 25, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Over the weekend, we had one of the most exciting finishes in college basketball as UNLV was knocked off by Boise State in overtime when Deville Smith’s game-winning jumper was waived off. It came a split-second too late. League officials reviewed the tape and agreed. The ball was still touching Smith’s fingertips when the clock…

  24. Doug McDermott joins the Dan Patrick Show on NBC Sports Network (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Doug McDermott joined the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning to discuss, among other things, his value as an NBA player and what it means to be passing all the all-time greats on college basketball’s scoring leaderboard. If McBuckets is going to be this season’s college hoops ambassador, I don’t think we could have picked…

  25. Rysheed Jordan questionable for game vs. Xavier after death of relative (UPDATE)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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    (UPDATE: According to St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, Rysheed Jordan will play against Xavier, but will not start.) St. John’s freshman guard Rysheed Jordan has been ruled questionable for Tuesday night’s game against Xavier after the death of a relative. He was back in Philadelphia with his family on Monday, missing practice, but was scheduled…