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  1. Denzel Valentine is the piece that brings Michigan State together

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Denzel Valentine

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — All of No. 1 Michigan State’s stars were on display this weekend in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center this weekend.…

  2. Tom Izzo: I’m not ‘bitching about officiating … I’m bitching about the rules.’

    Nov 24, 2013, 8:46 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Michigan State, the No. 1 team in the country, knocked off Oklahoma in the title game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the…

  3. Seton Hall is … actually not bad?

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Seton Hall’s basketball program is not exactly the powerhouse that it was during the P.J. Carlisiemo years. We laugh and we joke and…

  4. Indiana’s a work-in-progress, and so is Yogi Ferrell

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:03 AM EST

    2K Sports Classic

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — There is no such thing as a good loss. There are no moral victories in college basketball, not when top 25 rankings and RPI…

  5. It’s been a process, but Shabazz Napier’s grown into his leadership role

    Nov 22, 2013, 10:24 PM EST

    2K Sports Classic

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — It’s Friday night and Madison Square Garden’s packed. Two boisterous fan bases share the stands, ensuring that every basket, every call, gets equal parts cheers…

  6. Washington’s talented, but they need massive defensive improvements

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:46 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — At this point in the season, Washington still deserves the benefit of the doubt. They are playing with Desmond Simmons, whose knee injury has…

  7. Georgetown bounces back with 27 point win over Kansas State

    Nov 22, 2013, 3:14 PM EST

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    Georgetown bounced back from Thursday’s embarrassing loss to Northeastern in a big way, as they rolled over Kansas State, 90-63, in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led four scorers in double-figures with 25 points as the Hoyas put together a sterling offensive effort, shooting 61.1% from the floor, 6-for-13 from…

  8. Vin Parise’s 30-second timeout: Five questions with Glenn Braica

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:58 AM EST

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    Vin Parise from CollegeBasketballTalk caught up with St. Francis Brooklyn head coach Glenn Braica. The Terriers are 2-2 with wins against Miami and Florida Atlantic. CBT: Preseason you were picked 7th out of 10 in the NEC Coaches Poll. How big of a concern was your early non-conference slate? Braica: I was definitely worried about…

  9. Late Night Snacks: A wild, wild day in the November tournaments

    Nov 22, 2013, 3:08 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: New Mexico 97, UAB 94 2OT The Lobos needed a miraculous, 30-foot runner from Kendall Williams at the buzzer to force overtime. They then needed a three from Alex Kirk to force a second overtime before finally subduing a scrappy UAB team. Our Raphielle Johnson wrote all about it here, and…

  10. Five Thoughts on Indiana after their 102-84 win over Washington

    Nov 22, 2013, 1:09 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — I had questions about Indiana entering the season. A lot of them, actually. Losing two of the top four picks in the NBA draft…

  11. The Bazz ‘n’ Boat Show gets the publicity, but Deandre Daniels is UConn’s difference-maker

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:26 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Boston College has two of the best players in the ACC this season in Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson, but they entered Thursday night’s…

  12. No. 18 UConn knocks off Boston College, Eagles losing margin for error for at-large

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Deandre Daniels finished with 23 points and Shabazz Napier added 19, 11 of which came in the second half, as No 18 UConn…

  13. Georgetown’s horrendous second half dooms them against Northeastern

    Nov 21, 2013, 3:42 PM EST

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    Northeastern’s starting front line of Scott Eatherton and Reggie Spencer combined for 30 points and 19 boards as the Huskies knocked off Georgetown 63-56 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off down in San Juan on Thursday. It really was an ugly performance from Georgetown, particularly in the second half. Northeastern threw a…

  14. Larry Eustachy on new foul enforcement: ‘It’s about the money’

    Nov 21, 2013, 2:36 PM EST

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    One of the great parts about having so many great individual players and such a wealth of great teams across the country this season is that we only made it about a week until the topic of the increased enforcement of foul rules has become secondary. I don’t know about you guys, but I have…

  15. Naismith Trophy’s 50 Watch List announced

    Nov 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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    The Naismith Trophy announced the 50 players on their watch list for the Player of the Year award on Thursday. If you’re curious, here are our Player of the Year Power Rankings: Jordan Adams, UCLA Kyle Anderson, UCLA Isaiah Austin, Baylor Jerrelle Benimon, Towson Jahii Carson, Arizona State Semaj Christon, Xavier Aaron Craft, Ohio State…

  16. John Calipari to the Knicks? The rumor mill is getting warmed up again

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:19 PM EST

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    It seems like every year, there is some rumor that pops up regarding John Calipari and a return to the NBA. On Thursday morning, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com set off the latest flurry of scuttlebutt with this column, where he lays out a pretty decent argument for how Coach Cal could end up in Manhattan…

  17. North Carolina won’t have Leslie McDonald, P.J. Hairston this weekend

    Nov 21, 2013, 12:33 PM EST

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    We don’t know when North Carolina will be blessed with the services of Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston this season, but what we do know is that they two won’t be in Connecticut this weekend. The Tar Heels head up to Mohegan Sun this weekend for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off when they will face…

  18. Fats Thomas, felon linked to P.J. Hairston’s rental cars, gets a plea deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 12:22 PM EST

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    Fats Thomas, a convicted felon linked to the rental cars that North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston was driving this sumer, has accepted a plea deal for an arrest from last November. Thomas received 36 months of supervised probation in the deal, was given a suspended sentence of 23-to-47 months and will be forced to do 100…

  19. Jack Taylor follows up 109-point night with … three?

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

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    Grinnell’s Jack Taylor made a ton of headlines over the weekend as he scored 180 points in the Pioneer’s first two games of the season. This came a season after to the day that Taylor scored 138 points in a game last season. It was November 20th, 2012, that Taylor had his record-breaking performance last…

  20. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 2K Sports Classic kick off

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: NO. 18 UConn vs. Boston College, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2) The Huskies and the Eagles kick off the 2K Sports Classic with a battle of former Big East rivals. BC and UConn had a healthy hatred for each other when they shared a conference, a dislike that was exacerbated by Boston…

  21. Assigned Reading: Austin Hatch speaks to the media about his recovery, return to practice

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:17 AM EST

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    By now, you’ve surely heard the tragic tale of Austin Hatch. A former blue-chip recruit and Michigan-commit, Hatch has managed to survive two deadly plane crashes that robbed him of his family. In the first, back in 2003, his mother, 11-year old sister and five-year old brother perished. In 2011, to celebrate his commitment to…

  22. Tyler Haws expects to return tonight against Iowa State

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:33 PM EST

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    BYU gets paid a visit this evening by an Iowa State team that is coming off of an impressive victory over then-No. 7 Michigan. The Cyclones, like the Cougars, like to get up and down the floor. They like to score a lot of points. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest…

  23. Player of the Year Power Rankings: Marcus Smart leads the way

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:39 PM 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.…

  24. UCLA picks up a commitment from top 60 big man Thomas Welsh

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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    Steve Alford has put together an impressive trio of big men in his 2014 recruiting class. With five-star recruit Kevin Looney and Gyorgy Goloman already in the mix, Alford landed a commitment from Thomas Welsh on Tuesday. Welsh is a seven-footer that currently sits at No. 52 in Rivals top 150 rankings. Welsh is an…

  25. Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters hails from storm-battered Washington, IL

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

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    The devastating storms that struck the Midwest this weekend hit a little to close to home for Alec Peters. A freshman that’s averaging 11 points and a team-high seven boards for Valparaiso this season is from Washington, IL, the town where the late-November tornadoes turned 500 houses into rubble and killed one person. A total…