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  1. Iowa’s Mike Gesell, Peter Jok Cranked Day Soulja Boy (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    2013 NIT Championship

    Iowa’s basketball team is one of the many that are taking a foreign trip this summer. The Hawkeyes are headed to London, where they will be able to spend a few days playing against British teams while lapping up the English culture. It appears they will also be bringing some of ‘Murica along with them.…

  2. Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor to take three visits together; doesn’t include Kentucky

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Minnesota Boys All State Basketball

    Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor are considered by many to be the top two prospects in the Class of 2014. They also happen to be very good friends, and since their bond off the court also extends to their play on the court (Okafor is a technically sound center while Jones is an elite level…

  3. Jahii Carson, the nation’s most entertaining player? (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    Kentucky will be must-see TV every single time they take the floor next season. That’s what happens when your roster is populated by seven guys that could end up being a first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The same goes for Kansas and Andrew Wiggins, who could end up being the best freshman…

  4. Big 12/SEC Challenge schedule proves it’s not a ‘challenge’

    Aug 13, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT


    The schedule for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, including tip times and the channels they will be broadcast on, was released on Tuesday afternoon. It looks like this (all times eastern): Nov. 14 (Thu): Texas Tech at Alabama, 9 p.m., ESPN2 Dec. 2 (Mon): Auburn at Iowa State, 7 p.m., ESPNU Dec. 2 (Mon): Vanderbilt at…

  5. Leader of VCU’s band ‘The Peppas’ retiring at 34

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    Akron v VCU

    Monday was a sad day for college hoops diehards around the country, as Ryan Kopacsi, the leader of the most beloved band in the country, has stepped down from his post at VCU. Kopacsi took over the Peppas at the age of 19, and after a decade-and-a-half at the helm, he announced his retirement on…

  6. Breaking down Tip-Off Marathon’s schedule: Snoozers until an epic nightcap

    Aug 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    Image: State Farm Champions Classic - Michigan State v Kansas

    ESPN (slowly) released the schedule for their now-annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Monday afternoon, and — quite frankly — the first 12 hours or so weren’t exactly worth the wait. But the last four hours? Look out. After a full 24 hours worth of basketball — the marathon technically starts at 7 p.m. the…

  7. Report: DC Assault president Curtis Malone arrested in DEA heroin investigation

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Curtis Malone is the co-founder and president of one of the most high-profile AAU basketball programs in the country, the DC Assault. Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Nolan Smith, DerMarr Johnson and Jeff Green are just a few of the alumni that the Assault have sent through the college ranks and onto the NBA. Malone is…

  8. Report: Wichita State wants in on the season-opening quadruple-header in Dallas

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Wichita State

    Getting to the Final Four as a program from a mid-major conference is great for just about everyone involved. Coaches get raises to keep them around while administrators celebrate an increase in donations and applications. Players see their popularity skyrocket on campus while some even get some special attention from NBA scouts and the folks…

  9. Isaiah Austin’s shoulder recovery ‘ahead of … schedule’

    Aug 12, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    Isaiah Austin

    No conference had a more beneficial spring than the Big 12. Marcus Smart made the decision to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season, which immediately propelled the Cowboys into the top ten in most preseason rankings. For a while, that decision also seemed to make the Pokes the favorite in the conference, but…

  10. Patric Young working out … on the football field? (VIDEO)

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Patric Young may be the strongest player, pound-for-pound, in college basketball. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you may think that Young was simply an import from Florida’s football team. Young, whose father played tight end at Bethune-Cookman, has been a die-hard Gator fan his entire life, and over the weekend, Florida released…

  11. Report: JuCo forward Rashaun Stimage commits to DePaul

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Oliver Purnell

    DePaul has added their first piece to the 2014 recruiting class, as Rashaun Stimage committed to the program late on Sunday night. Our Scott Phillips was the first to report the news. Stimage is an athletic, 6-foot-7 JuCo forward. A three-star recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals, Stimage ended up going to…

  12. ESPN is (slowly) releasing the Tip-Off Marathon schedule today

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT


    ESPN’s annual Tip-Off Marathon is always one of my favorite events of the college basketball season. If you don’t know what it is … well … you truly are missing out. For about 28 straight hours, ESPN airs college basketball games, with games tipping all the way in Hawaii in the wee hours of the…

  13. Jahlil Okafor’s AAU coach believes he and Tyus Jones headed to Duke

    Aug 3, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Beach Ball Classic Basketball

    There may not be a more important story line for the 2014-2015 basketball season than where Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor decide to go to college. The best point guard in the Class of 2014 and one of the most technically sound big men to come through the high school ranks in a long time…

  14. Assigned Reading: An in-depth look at search firms

    Aug 3, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Julie Hermann

    When Rutgers needed to hire a replacement for Tim Pernetti as the university’s athletic director, the school did what most schools in that situation do: they hired a search firm to help them parse through candidates. The bill? $70,000. The end result? Rutgers hired Julie Hermann away from Louisville, a move that was lauded until…

  15. What happens to college hoops if power conferences form new division?

    Aug 1, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT


    The NCAA tournament is what makes college basketball great. For diehards like me, there’s so much more to it: the student sections, the underdogs, the glory that comes with pulling off a major upset, the euphoria of a cinderella conference tournament champion, a band that rocks. But if it weren’t for the NCAA tournament, if…

  16. NCAA Tournament bracketing principles officially changed

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    The NCAA officially announced changes to the tournament’s bracketing principles on Thursday afternoon. The changes were made in an effort for the tournament to reflect the true seeding of each team that is invited. There are two major changes to pay attention to: 1) Teams from the same conference will no longer be required to…

  17. Top 100 recruit Jordan Barnett commits to Texas

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT


    Rick Barnes has landed his first commitment in the Class of 2014, as Jordan Barnett has decided to become a Longhorn. Barnett is ranked 85th in the Class of 2014 by Rivals. A 6-foot-7 wing, Barnett is athletic and a finisher around the basket. He can also step out and knock down a three when…

  18. Minnesota’s Mo Walker shed more than 50 pounds this summer

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    At his heaviest, at the end of his freshman season at Minnesota, Mo Walker was 346 pounds. Think about that. That’s heavier than a lot of NFL offensive linemen, whose sole purpose on the field is to be able to stand in one place while getting hit at full speed by the likes of Jared…

  19. Syracuse to move their court when Duke comes to town?

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Georgetown v Syracuse

    Syracuse’s move to the ACC may end up knocking Georgetown out of the record books. Currently, the attendance record for a regular season game played on campus is 35,012, which is the number of fans that packed into the Carrier Dome to see the Hoyas’ final visit to Syracuse as a Big East foe. That…

  20. Former Kentucky guard to sentenced to two years for sex abuse of a minor

    Aug 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT


    Former Kentucky point guard Michael Porter was denied probation on Thursday, getting sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of sexual abuse of a minor. Porter was arrested in a sting operation last May that yielded evidence that he had sexual contact with a minor. The acts took place between…

  21. Devin Booker and his father show the changed landscape of recruiting

    Aug 1, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT


    To get an idea of just how valued Devin Booker is as a basketball player, all you need to do is to take a glimpse at some of the programs that have offered him a scholarship. Duke. Florida. North Carolina. Michigan. Michigan State. Kentucky. The names don’t get bigger than that. Missouri has also offered…

  22. Fun with lists: the ‘most feared recruiters’ in the country

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Bill Self

    When it comes to building a program, head coaches are, generally speaking, the people that get all the credit. You hear about the success their career coaching record and you see infographics with how many NCAA tournaments they’ve reached. Their careers are valued on the merits of conference championships and how far they’ve gotten in…

  23. Report: Top 100 recruit Justin Coleman commits to Alabama

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT


    So much for UAB’s Fab Five. On Wednesday afternoon, Birmingham, AL, native Justin Coleman committed to play his college hoops for Alabama. Coleman is the No. 92 recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals, despite being just 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 155 pounds. “I just made that decision today because I really…

  24. Tony Barbee opens up about Shaq Johnson’s dismissal

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Alabama Auburn Basketball

    Two weeks ago, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee dismissed Shaq Johnson from the team following an arrest for possession stemming from a late-night traffic stop. Johnson had started 21 games and averaged 5.3 points last season for the Tigers. He’s since transferred to Northwest Florida State. On Tuesday, Barbee opened up about why he took…

  25. Tai Webster ruled eligible at Nebraska

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tim Miles

    Nebraska’s chances of making a run to finish in the top half of the Big Ten are slim this season and there isn’t much beyond Andrew Wiggins transferring that could change that fact, but on Tuesday evening, Tim Miles got some big news for the future of his program. Tai Webster has been ruled eligible…