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  1. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: For the first 72 minutes that Doug McDermott played St. John’s this season, he lit the Johnnies up for 64 points, with 39 — and the game-winner — coming in the first matchup in Omaha and 25 coming in the first 32 minutes of the rematch in New York.  But down…

  2. POSTERIZED: Torrey Craig’s alley-oop caps off memorable night (VIDEO)

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Torrey Craig of USC-Upstate had 22 points and 15 boards in a 75-63 win over East Tennessee State, becoming just the seventh player in Atlantic Sun history to score 2,000 points. Not a bad night. Especially when you consider he threw down this nasty alley-oop as well.

  3. Bubble Banter: What does West Virginia need to do to earn their at-large bid?

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    There are 36 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. West Virginia (RPI: 70, KenPom: 47) is shaping up to be one of the…

  4. Joel Embiid’s health, ball-screen defense concerns after Kansas loss at Kansas State

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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    The final three shots and Andrew Wiggins took in regulation in Monday night’s loss to Kansas State are a pretty good representation of what this season has been like for him. In the final minute with a chance to tie the game, Wiggins airballed a three. A couple of possessions later, he beat his man…

  5. West Virginia’s Eron Harris tossed for dumb flagrant 2 (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    An ugly sequence capped off West Virginia’s blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State. Going for a loose ball, Dustin Hogue of Iowa State kicks Kevin Noreen in the stomach. The ball ends up in the hands of Monte Morris, who is essentially punched in the face by Eron Harris as he goes up for…

  6. West Virginia makes a statement in blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Baylor

    West Virginia continued their surge as one of the most surprising teams in the Big 12 on Monday night as they mollywhopped No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77. Remi Dibo led the way for the Mountaineers, scoring 20 points and hitting six of West Virginia’s 13 threes, but it was Terry Henderson who got hot in…

  7. NCAA opposes HJR-3, supports marriage equality in Indiana

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    The NCAA has made their feelings known about marriage equality in the United States. They support it. According to a report from Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star, the NCAA opposes HJR-3, an amendment to the Indiana state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and prohibit civil unions. “The NCAA national office leadership strongly supports…

  8. Rupp Arena to undergo $310 million renovation

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced on Monday afternoon that the University of Kentucky and “partners” will be spending $310 million to give Rupp Arena a modernizing facelift. Rupp is one of college basketball’s most storied venues, but as we are in the midst of the college athletics “Arms Race”, it’s no surprise that the school…

  9. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas vs. Kansas State in the Octogan of Doom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 7 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 p.m. Kansas State will be looking to back up their impressive win over Texas in which Marcus Foster had the most impressive performance of his young career. The Jayhawks have been overwhelmingly dominant in this intra-state rivalry, and that didn’t change in their first…

  10. College Hoops Week in Review: Melvin Ejim and SMU burst onto national radar

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Melvin Ejim put on one of the single most impressive individual performances that you’ll see on Saturday afternoon. He scored 48 points on 20-for-24 shooting from the floor and added 18 rebounds in Iowa State’s 84-69 win over TCU. That just doesn’t happen. People just don’t put…

  11. Toledo’s leading scorer suspended for DUI

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

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    Toledo has suspended Justin Drummond for Wednesday night’s game against Ohio after getting charged with DUI on Saturday night. “Although I remain 100 percent supportive of Justin, our players are held to high standards and when they do not live up to those they face consequences,” head coach Ted Kowalcyzk said in a statement released…

  12. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Thanks to road wins over the two toughest teams in the Missouri Valley this week, we’ve reached the point in the season where it seems more likely that Wichita State will head into the postseason with a perfect record. What that means is that over the course of the next five weeks, the biggest topic…

  13. Discussing the Marcus Smart suspension (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Marcus Smart was handed down a three-game suspension on Sunday evening, so I hopped on with CSN Houston to discuss whether or not the decision was warranted and where Oklahoma State — and Marcus Smart himself — can go from here. Follow @robdauster

  14. D’angelo Harrison’s heroics vs. No. 12 Creighton keep St. John’s in bubble picture

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:33 PM EDT

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    D’angelo Harrison finished with 19 points, scoring the last eight for St. John’s as they outlasted Doug McDermott and No. 12 Creighton at the Garden, 70-65, on Sunday night. McDermott finished with 25 points, but he didn’t score in the final 8:41 as the Johnnies sent two or three guys at him even before he…

  15. After punishment handed down, it’s time to move past Marcus Smart’s shove

    Feb 9, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    The axes fell on Sunday evening. Marcus Smart will be suspended for three games for shoving a fan late in Saturday night’s loss at Texas Tech. That fan, Jeff Orr, has voluntarily agreed to not attend any Texas Tech basketball games for the rest of the year. And at this point, it is time to…

  16. Marcus Smart needs to be punished, but were his actions warranted?

    Feb 9, 2014, 2:44 AM EDT

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    By now, it’s probably old news to you. Late on Saturday night, Marcus Smart, the star of the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys, went flying into the expensive seats after trying to prevent a dunk and give the Pokes one last chance to for overtime in a game at Texas Tech. A fan said something…

  17. Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 1:42 AM EDT

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    In the waning moments of Oklahoma State’s 65-61 loss at Texas Tech, Marcus Smart went flying into the stands after making a block that could have potentially kept the game alive. A fan in the crowd said or did something to Smart that caused him to lose control of his emotions, pushing the fan before…

  18. Bubble Banter: Missouri’s chances to earn an at-large bid slipping away

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

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    There are 36 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. Who is the third-best team in the SEC right now? You don’t know,…

  19. Bright future evident after SMU’s blowout win over No. 7 Cincinnati

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT

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    Nick Russell finished with 15 points and Nic Moore chipped in with 14 as SMU picked up their biggest win in the Larry Brown era on Saturday night, smacking around No. 7 Cincinnati in Moody Coliseum and eventually winning 76-55. The Mustangs held Cincinnati to 35.4% and 4-for-22 from three, which isn’t exactly a shock…

  20. POSTERIZED: South Florida’s Victor Rudd gets his Blake Griffin on (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    This is what we call getting Mozgov’d. Don’t know what “Mozgov’d” means? It’s when you dunk on someone by throwing the ball through the rim instead of the standard ‘grab the rim and scream’ move. Blake Griffin will go down in history as its inventor.

  21. Report: Oregon coaches spit on by Arizona State fans

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Two members of Oregon’s staff declined to press charges against an Arizona State fan that allegedly spit on the team, according to a report from The Oregonian. Assistant coach Brian Fish and athletic trainer Clay Jamieson were both spit on after the game, according to the report, although Fish told the paper that the fans were…

  22. Jordair Jett leads No. 13 Saint Louis to 16th consecutive victory (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    After winning 28 games and the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles a season ago, No. 13 Saint Louis had two personnel losses to account for. Gone were two of their three double-digit scorers in Cody Ellis and Kwamain Mitchell, and those certainly aren’t departures to be glossed over. However the Billikens did return four…

  23. Melvin Ejim’s 48 points, 18 boards lead Iowa State to win over TCU

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Melvin Ejim took 24 shots on Saturday afternoon. He made 20 of them. He finished with 48 points and 18 boards in an 84-69 win over TCU. Not a bad night. The 48 points that Ejim scored tied him with BYU’s Tyler Haws and Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray for the most points scored in a…

  24. No. 17 Iowa shuts down No. 10 Michigan’s Nik Stauskas

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    No. 10 Michigan has won games with Derrick Walton struggling. They’ve won when Caris LeVert doesn’t play well or when Zak Irvin is having one of his off-nights. Most importantly, they’ve survived the loss of Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III’s periodic disappearances. What they can’t survive, however, is a no-show performance from Nik Stauskas,…

  25. Kansas State, Marcus Foster dominate No. 15 Texas

    Feb 8, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Marcus Foster is from the state of Texas. He wasn’t recruited by the big boys in his home state, however, not after a tough summer before his senior year dropped him out of the top 100 rankings. When it was time for Foster to pick schools, it essentially came down to Kansas State and Creighton,…