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  1. No. 1 Syracuse escapes again, moving its record to 25-0 (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Another close game for No. 1 Syracuse, and another escape with an unblemished record. The Orange did it again on Saturday night, with a C.J. Fair layup with 6.7 seconds remaining giving Syracuse a 56-55 win over an N.C. State team that didn’t reach New York until early Saturday due to travel issues. Of Syracuse’s…

  2. No. 8 Duke, Maryland end rivalry in fitting fashion

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Maryland v Duke

    Dez Wells was well on his way to being a legend in College Park. Maryland’s star guard had taken over late in the second half as the Terps made their final trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium as a member of the ACC. For all we know, it may be the final installment of the rivalry…

  3. Michael Sam appears at halftime of Missouri-Tennessee (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

    Michael Sam

    Michael Sam made an appearance at halftime of the Missouri-Tennessee game on Saturday as the Tigers celebrated their football team’s Cotton Bowl victory. Sam has dominated headlines over the past week as he announced on Sunday that he is gay. Sam is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and a mid-round…

  4. Bubble Banter: Why the biggest game of the day was between Missouri and Tennessee

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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    There are 28 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. Tennessee (RPI: 50, KenPom: 25) and Missouri (RPI: 43, KenPom: 46) are both currently sitting…

  5. Weekend Preview: Four games featuring two ranked teams this weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Florida, Sat. 9:00 p.m. Here’s Kentucky’s chance to prove themselves. Here’s their chance to say that they are more than just a talented group of wimps. Florida is as good of a defensive team as you are going to find in the country, largely because they…

  6. Bubble Banter: Can Minnesota avoid playing their way out of the tourney?

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:18 AM EDT

    Malik Smith, Alex Olah

    There are 30 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: 39, KenPom: 39) lost to No. 21 Wisconsin on Thursday night.…

  7. Bruiser Flint loses it on controversial call in loss to Charleston (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

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    Drexel was down 47-46 with just 3.8 seconds left on Thursday night when Chris Fouch did his best to get his Tyus Edney on. He went the length of the court, got all the way to the rim and … well, you make the call. Did his shot get blocked? Was that a goaltend? Was…

  8. No. 18 Creighton survives upset bid from Butler

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    Doug McDermott did Doug McDermott things on his first visit to Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, scoring 26 points and hitting what turned out to be the game-winning three as No. 18 Creighton beat the Bulldogs, 68-63. The irony, however, is that Butler actually discovered a pretty effective way of slowing down McDermott in the second half.…

  9. Yale is in an unfamiliar spot in the Ivy League: At the top, looking down

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Nick Victor, Brandon Sherrod, Javier Duren, Omar Calhoun

    When you think of the Ivy League, Yale isn’t the first program that comes to mind. These days, it’s Harvard, as the Crimson went out and hired Tommy Amaker, who formerly coached at Michigan Seton Hall, while turning top 25 recruiting classes into league titles and, in 2013, an upset win over No. 3 seed…

  10. Joe Biden, Syracuse fans were excited about the Tyler Ennis game-winner

    Feb 13, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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    You’ve seen the shot, now see the reactions. (h/t to Sean Keeley over at Nunes Magician for compiling these) The ‘Doitdoitdoitdoit': Tyler Ennis is a BOSS: Doesn’t he have more important things to be doing?: The VP called @tdot_ennis today to congratulate him on his amazing 35ft buzzer beater to keep @syrbasketball unbeaten pic.twitter.com/7XVzYXjDMi —…

  11. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Snow disrupts another night of hoops

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    Frank Kaminsky, Elliott Elilason

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Minnesota at No. 21 Wisconsin, 9:00 p.m. Richard Pitino will take his Gophers into Madison tonight to take on No. 21 Wisconsin in a game that Minnesota really needs to help solidify their at-large profile. The Gophers were in a great position after wins over Ohio State and Wisconsin last month,…

  12. Naismith Award Midseason Top 30 List released

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    The Naismith Award has released their Midseason Top 30 list. The Naismith Award is one of college basketball’s Player of the Year awards. At first glance, the list looks pretty solid, as they included Lamar Patterson, Sean Kilpatrick and Xavier Thames, which the Wooden Award did not do. But in reality, who is on the…

  13. VCU knocks off George Washington (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    VCU got their revenge. The Rams, who lost in Foggy Bottom last month, knocked off the Colonials in Richmond on Wednesday night, 92-75. Treveon Graham led the way with 25 points, 10 boards and five assists. GW made a run in the second half, cutting the lead to just seven points, but VCU maintained control…

  14. Temple-Louisville, Rutgers-SMU postponed until Friday

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT

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    The winter storm that pounded the south and cost us Wednesday night’s Duke-UNC battle has claimed more victims. Temple has postponed their home game against No. 13 Louisville on Thursday night. That game will be made up on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. EST. SMU’s visit to Rutgers has also been postponed, as the Northeast…

  15. Memphis’ Dominic Woodson suspended for … cursing?

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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    I can not remember a case of a player getting suspended for cursing before, but that’s exactly what has happened with Memphis freshman center Dominic Woodson. Woodson was kicked off of the Tiger bench in Wednesday night’s win over Central Florida, and according to Josh Pastner, it was the result of the colorful language the…

  16. Today is the 20th anniversary of John Chaney vs. John Calipari (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

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    “I’ll kill you!!!” John Chaney had a very successful career as a basketball coach, but unfortunately, it is those three words that he’ll likely be best remembered for. 20 years ago today, Chaney, who was Temple’s head coach at the time, lost it on now-Kentucky, then-UMass head coach John Calipari. His issue? The way that…

  17. Bubble Banter: Baylor is still in the bubble picture, believe it or not

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Baylor  v Texas Tech

    There are 31 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. This is how you know when we’re starting to get close to bubble…

  18. New Mexico gets upset by Boise State, falls a game behind SDSU

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:47 AM EDT

    Boise St New Mexico Basketball

    For the second straight night, one of the Mountain West’s ‘other guys’ knocked off one of the big boys, as Boise State erased an 11-point second half deficit to knock off New Mexico, 71-70. Derrick Marks shot just 1-for-9 from the floor, but he had 11 points and eight assists and hit two free throws…

  19. Tyler Ennis pushes No. 25 Pitt that much closer to being a bubble team

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

    Pitt v Syracuse

    Pitt is going to have nightmares about Tyler Ennis for a long time. Jim Boehiem’s stud freshman point guard hit a running, 35-footer with two defenders on him as the buzzer sounded to give the Orange a 58-56 win over the Panthers at the Peterson Events Center on Wednesday night. It was just the latest…

  20. POSTERIZED: Willie Cauley-Stein swooping in for a dunk on Auburn (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley Stein

    Willie Cauley-Stein is one of the most athletic big men in the country, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised that he is capable of doing things like this. Cauley-Stein went through a slump a couple of weeks back, but it’s nice to see that his aggressiveness is there with Florida coming to town on…

  21. POSTERIZED: Will Sheehey dunks on Jordan Dickerson (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

    Michigan v Indiana

    Will Sheehey made a statement early on in Indiana’s game against Penn State, driving baseline and dunking all over Jordan Dickerson.  

  22. Report: Four-team, three-city, eight-day barnstorming tour

    Feb 12, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mark Hollis, Mark Dantonio

    Michigan State AD Mark Hollis is the king of coming up with cool ideas for college basketball events, which includes playing basketball on aircraft carriers. While that idea went south pretty quickly, his latest is about as good as it gets. According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, a four-team barnstorming event is going to take…

  23. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke-UNC, Pitt-Cuse highlight snowy night

    Feb 12, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

    Duke v Syracuse

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Syracuse at No. 25 Pitt The game that everyone is going to be talking about will take place down on Tobacco Road, but the most important game of the night is going to be played in Pittsburgh, as the Panthers host No. 1 Syracuse in an old school Big…

  24. South Carolina-Vanderbilt, Boston Collge-Georgia Tech postponed due to weather

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    The winter storm currently traversing its way up the eastern seaboard has claimed its first high-major victim. South Carolina has cancelled their game against Vanderbilt Wednesday night, postponing it until Thursday due to “wintery weather”. No decision on when the game will tip on Thursday has been reached yet. It’s not the only game that…

  25. You can buy a piece of the net from Syracuse’s win over Duke

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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    You see that little piece of net to the right? That’s somewhere between 3-5″ of the nets that were used at the Carrier Dome during the thrilling, 91-89 overtime victory that Syracuse landed over Duke last month. The Orange will be selling those pieces of net to “help fund our programs and support our student-athletes”,…