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Rob Dauster

  1. Weekend Preview: Saturday will be the best college hoops day of the year

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Duke v Syracuse

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke, Sat. 7:00 p.m This game has lot a bit of luster, hasn’t it? Three weeks ago, the Orange and the Blue Devils played the best game of the season. The rematch was supposed to be between a streaking Duke team and an undefeated Syracuse…

  2. Bubble Banter: Just how close is Gonzaga to missing the tournament?

    Feb 21, 2014, 1:50 AM EDT

    BYU's Tyler Haws (AP Photo)

    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. BYU (RPI: 42, KenPom: 55) knocked off Gonzaga (RPI: 24, KenPom: 27) on Thursday night,…

  3. No. 5 Duke’s inability to adjust to a zone a concern moving forward

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

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    In the grand scheme of things, No. 5 Duke’s 74-66 loss at North Carolina on Thursday night isn’t going to mean all that much. The Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country, they’ve proven they can beat anyone this season — just ask Kentucky, Michigan State and Louisville — and they…

  4. Chicago HS game ends on a 3/4 court game-winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    This is how my guy in Chicago described this game: “Non-conference game between two non-descript teams.” But who cares! Not me, not when Xavier Edwards is out here hitting game-winning 75-footers. That’ll get you on Sportscenter.

  5. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke-UNC will finally happen

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Duke at North Carolina, 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s the night it finally happens. Eight days after the game was initially postponed due to a snowstorm, the Blue Devils will make the eight mile trek down Tobacco Road to take on the Tar Heels. North Carolina has been playing much better…

  6. CBT Roundtable: Last minute college hoops deals for the NBA’s trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

    Maryland v Duke

    Today is the NBA’s trade deadline, and it got me to thinking: What if trades were allowed in college basketball? Why kind of roster adjustments could be made that would benefit contenders? And no, Duke cannot send cash considerations to Whitney Young to get Jahlil Okafor for the stretch run. We take a look at…

  7. John Calipari responds to Rick Pitino’s social media comments

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Frenemies John Calipari and Rick Pitino are at it again. Earlier this week, some comments that Pitino made about the use of social media went viral. The irony of it? Twitter is the reason that his comments made it to every blog and every website, with social media being the catalyst for words being taken…

  8. Stephen F. Austin parodies Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Trey Pinkney and Thomas Walkup, two members of a Stephen F. Austin team that hasn’t lost a game since November 23rd, parodied Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit. They didn’t do a bad job, either. #GetToPractice

  9. Broken light fixture causes Division II game to end in a tie

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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    A Division II basketball game ended in a tie on Wednesday night. Javan Wells of Winston-Salem State, a Division II school in North Carolina, put back a missed three to tie the game with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. On the ensuing in-bounds, Joshua Linton of Johnson C. Smith fired a full-court shot that drilled…

  10. Duke, UNC rivalry has NBA alumni fired up (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan; Jimmy Butler

    Duke and North Carolina will renew their rivalry tonight, and as you can plainly tell, tensions are already ratcheted up on Tobacco Road. But it’s not just the fans in Chapel Hill and Durham that are getting antsy to finally see these two square off. Their NBA alumni seem to be ready for the battle…

  11. Bubble Banter: Minnesota’s loss to Illinois sets them back

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT

    Andre Hollins, CJ Carter

    There are 24 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. Minnesota (RPI: 43, KenPom: 50) really hurt themselves on Wednesday night, as they…

  12. Nikola Cerina, LaQuinton Ross ejected after scuffle (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

    Northwestern v Ohio State

    Northwestern center Nikola Cerina and Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross were both ejected from last night’s 76-60 win for the No. 24 Buckeyes. Cerina and Amir Williams got tangled up and, after a lengthy review, the referees determined that he threw a punch. Ross didn’t, however, and was instead ejected for a pair of dead-ball…

  13. No. 23 UCLA the best team in the Pac-12 because of their … defense?

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

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    Don’t look now, but the best team in the Pac-12 no longer resides in the state of Arizona. Yeah, I said it. No. 23 UCLA is the best team in the conference as of this moment, and their 86-66 win at Cal on Wednesday night only reinforced that notion. That could change, mind you, especially…

  14. Recent struggles for top teams should help you appreciate No. 3 Wichita State

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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    As we headed towards tip-off for the early games on Wednesday night, I couldn’t help but be … underwhelmed. Five top 25 teams were tipping off at 7:00 p.m. ET and, on paper, all five should have won without breaking a sweat. No. 7 Cincinnati did just that, running away from Central Florida in the…

  15. No. 2 Florida survives thanks to Auburn’s disastrous 20 seconds (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    It’s a good thing that No. 2 Florida decided to throw up their stinker on Wednesday night. The Gators survived Auburn in Gainesville — and I stress survived, but I’ll get to that in a second — 71-66, and if they played the way they did against Auburn last Saturday against Kentucky, they would have…

  16. Duke fans graffiti UNC campus (PHOTOS)

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

    Duke v Clemson

    In anticipation of the renewal of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry on Thursday night, Duke fans (I’m assuming they were Duke fans) made their way onto the Chapel Hill campus and spray-painted a number of different buildings. Also this was on the stairs in front of the campus Y. #dukegraffiti pic.twitter.com/wUVYr7fhKm — Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February…

  17. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Bubble battles, good games out west

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 11 Creighton at Marquette, 8:00 p.m. Marquette paid a visit to Omaha in Creighton’s first game as a member of the Big East, and they got smacked about by the Bluejays. The Golden Eagles have gone on to have a fairly-disappointing 2013-2014 campaign, but a recent hot streak has gotten…

  18. Saint Louis moves into the Top Ten on Rick Majerus’ birthday

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

    Dwayne Evans

    On Monday, the Saint Louis Billikens found themselves in the top ten of the AP poll for the first time since the 1964-65 season. That’s a cool nugget in and of itself, but it probably wouldn’t be worth making an entire post out of. They’ve won 17 games in a row. They have firm control…

  19. Pizza Hut to pay student $10,000 for his half court shot (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, video of Jack Lavery appearing to win $10,000 in a halftime contest at West Chester university in Pennsylvania went viral. Lavery was denied the money, however, because of a technicality in the rule. He had to hit a layup, a free throws, a three-pointer and a half-court shot in succession to win…

  20. Wyoming star Larry Nance Jr. tears ACL in win

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Wyoming vs. Fresno State Men's Basketball

    Wyoming knocked off Fresno State at home on Tuesday night, but the win wasn’t the big story of the night. Star forward Larry Nance Jr. went down with a knee injury. On Wednesday morning, Nance underwent an MRI. According to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, that MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending Nance’s season. The injury occurred…

  21. Sports Illustrated’s latest issue features a pair of college hoops covers

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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    The internet has had a massive effect on the way that people consume news nowadays. The online side is taking over. Print media is a thing of the past, but that still doesn’t change the significance of being put on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That will always have meaning, and this week, SI released…

  22. St. John’s wins by 25 after trailing Butler at the half

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Butler pulled off the near-impossible on Tuesday night, getting drubbed by 25 points by St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. A loss at the hands of the Johnnies isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself. What makes the loss noteworthy is the fact that the final score was 77-52 after Butler went into the…

  23. Bubble Banter: Providence loses a heart breaker to Villanova

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    Bryce Cotton

    There are 25 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. If Providence (RPI: 58, KenPom: 56) ends up missing the NCAA tournament this…

  24. Andrew Wiggins game-winning bucket saves Kansas at Texas Tech (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    No. 8 Kansas struggled with Texas Tech on Tuesday night, and that shouldn’t be as much of a surprise as the names on those jerseys make it seem. The Red Raiders are tough this year. They beat Baylor in Lubbock, they beat Oklahoma State in Lubbock and they almost knocked off Iowa State in Ames…

  25. Texas fails to take advantage of their size in loss to Iowa State

    Feb 18, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

    Javan Felix

    No. 19 Texas may be the most surprising team in the country this season, and the way that they’ve done it is through tough defense and an overpowering front court presence. Isaiah Taylor may be the guy getting the pub of late — scoring 50 points in wins over Baylor and Kansas will do that…