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Rob Dauster

  1. Expert opinions vary on the topic of college coaches sideline behavior

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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    By now, you’ve seen the video. As Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin argued a call in his team’s loss at UConn on Saturday, veteran official Ted Valentine — TV Teddy — reacted by getting into Cronin’s face along the sideline. That set Cronin off, as the diminutive coach began shoving players and staff members out…

  2. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: March Madness kicks off with the Patriot League tourney

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 9:00 p.m. The Wildcats pay a visit to Oklahoma State tonight. The Pokes have come back strong after losing seven straight games, with Saturday’s win over Kansas pushing them onto the right side of the bubble. A loss at home to a Kansas State team that…

  3. Caris LeVert would be at Illinois if John Groce had picked up the phone

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Caris LeVert has been tearing up the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.4 points as one of the nation’s most improved sophomores. He’s been terrific, carrying the Wolverines at times when Nik Stauskas has struggled. Beilein has called him his most indispensable player. The craziest part about it is that LeVert wasn’t even supposed to…

  4. Jabari Parker, Duke teammates visit Krzyzewski-ville … with snacks? (PHOTO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    The Duke basketball team paid a visit to the Duke students camping out in Krzyzewski-ville this weekend. North Carolina will be paying a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the kids want those good seats. The team played some pick-up hoops with the students, and even…

  5. Tennessee-Martin fires head coach Jason James

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    To follow along with the 2014 Coaching Carousel, click here. Tennessee-Martin has fired head coach Jason James. James, who has been in the position for five season after taking over for Brad Campbell in 2009, just finished an 8-23 season. The Seahawks went 3-13 in OVC play and missed out on the league tournament. “I would…

  6. POSTERIZED: Alex Caruso breaks ankles, dunks on Marshall Henderson (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Texas A&M’s Alex Caruso finished with seven points, nine assists and seven boards, but he sparked Texas A&M’s second half run with this filthy behind-the-back move before dunking all over an Ole Miss defender. That defender? Marshall Henderson.

  7. College Hoops Week in Review: Marcus Smart, Arizona back to being awesome

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Marcus Smart is back. After playing about as poorly as he possibly could for 30 minutes on Saturday night, Marcus Smart turned in as dominating of a performance as you will see to close out Oklahoma State’s season-changing win over No. 5 Kansas. Smart scored 12 of…

  8. College Basketball Talk’s latest Top 25

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT

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    Virginia is the perfect example of why unbalanced schedules as a result of conference expansion is lame. The three teams that the ‘Hoos played twice during ACC play were Florida State, Maryland and Notre Dame. They didn’t have to play at North Carolina or at Syracuse. So while I certainly respect that the only loss…

  9. No. 3 Arizona looks like a national title contender again

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Aaron Gordon led five players in double-figures with 19 points and 15 boards as No. 3 Arizona won their fourth straight game, knocking off Stanford 79-66. It was the third straight game that the Wildcats have pounded a tournament caliber Pac-12 team, which more or less asserts that whatever had been ailing this team has…

  10. Indiana’s bubble dream still has a sliver of hope after win over Ohio State

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Will Sheehey followed up a 30-point performance in the win over Iowa with 19 points, six boards and four steals and Yogi Ferrell finished with 20 points as Indiana knocked off their second straight ranked team, beating No. 22 Ohio State 72-64. It sets up an interesting situation for the Hoosiers. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say…

  11. Turnovers, Joel Embiid’s back major concerns for No. 5 Kansas

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT

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    On Saturday night, No. 5 Kansas went into Stillwater and lost to Oklahoma State 72-65, and while it saved the Cowboys’ season, it more or less meant nothing to Kansas. Nothing at all. The Jayhawks clinched the outright Big 12 title on Saturday evening with Kansas State knocked off No. 15 Iowa State. If they…

  12. Bubble Banter: Saturday’s winners and losers

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

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    There are 15 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 post will be updated throughout the day) WINNERS Oklahoma State: The Pokes…

  13. Kentucky hits rock bottom, loses at South Carolina

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Arkansas shot 41.4% from the floor, committed 20 turnovers and gave up 26 offensive rebounds in Thursday night’s win over No. 17 Kentucky on Thursday night, and would you believe that it took less than 48 hours for the Wildcats to notch a loss worse than that? On Saturday afternoon, Kentucky’s season hit what every…

  14. Xavier upsets No. 9 Creighton, earns a key resume win

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Semaj Christon scored 21 points and Justin Martin chipped in with 19 points and 16 boards as Xavier landed their biggest win of the season, knocking off No. 9 Creighton, 75-69, in the Cintas Center. It’s hard to overstate just how important this win is to the Musketeers. They entered the night with an RPI…

  15. Finally at full strength, Michigan State sleepwalks through loss to Illinois

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

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    For the first time since January 4th, Michigan State played a basketball game with everyone on their roster available as Branden Dawson made his triumphant return from a broken hand on Saturday afternoon. It’s the moment that we’ve been waiting for since Gary Harris sat out his first game with a bum ankle way back…

  16. Louisville needs their role players to step up

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    Montrezl Harrell played arguably his best game in a Louisville jersey on Saturday, taking over for long stretches of the second half and finishing with 25 points, 12 boards and three steals while shooting 11-for-17 from the floor. Russ Smith was just as dominant in the first half, scoring 14 of his 19 points and…

  17. Undefeated regular season says all we need to know about No. 2 Wichita State

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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    31-0. They did it. With a 68-45 win over Missouri State, No. 2 Wichita State became the first team since St. Joseph’s in 2004 to finish the regular season undefeated. I hope you all can appreciate that fact. Because regardless of what happens, the argument about just how good this Wichita State team is will…

  18. UConn knocks off No. 11 Cincinnati despite off-night from Shabazz Napier

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    No. 11 Cincinnati is the kind of team that should, theoretically, give UConn problems. They are good as anyone in the country defensively, and UConn is not a difficult team to develop a game-plan for. Slow down Shabazz Napier, makes life difficult for Ryan Boatright and Deandre Daniels, and win. The Bearcats attack the offensive…

  19. Weekend Preview: Can Virginia win the ACC outright?

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia, Sat. 4:00 p.m. All of a sudden, this looks like the biggest game in the ACC this season. Believe it or not, Virginia currently holds a one game lead over the Orange in the ACC standings, and a win would clinch the ‘Hoos the outright…

  20. Bubble Banter: Oregon and Arkansas make statements

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:18 AM EDT

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    There are 17 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. Arkansas (RPI: 65, KenPom: 46) all of a sudden looks like an NCAA…

  21. Oregon finds a way to pick up needed victory at UCLA (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT

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    When news broke just a couple hours before Thursday’s game that UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams were suspended one game for a violation of team rules, it seemed to be a formality that Oregon would pick up a much-needed victory. Sure the Bruins still had some talented players available, but to expect UCLA…

  22. Houston upsets No. 21 Memphis at home

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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    No. 21 Memphis became the second ranked team to get dropped by Houston in Hofheinz Arena, falling 77-68 to the Cougars in a loss that will certainly look bad on the Tigers’ resume come Selection Sunday. Danuel House led three players in double figures with 19 points and L.J. Rose chipped in with seven points,…

  23. New Mexico State – Utah Valley game ends in brawl as fans rush court (VIDEO)

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    If there wasn’t already a push to get court-storming out of college basketball, this may tip it over the edge. At the end of a thrilling, overtime win for UVU, which moved them into first place in the WAC, K.C. Ross-Miller threw a ball at Holton Hunsaker, sparking a shoving match that resulted in fists…

  24. No. 17 Kentucky suffers a setback, losing to Arkansas at home

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    This one is going to hurt. No. 17 Kentucky lost to Arkansas in overtime for the second time this season, falling 71-67 to the Razorbacks. This time, it didn’t come on a fluky tip-dunk, but it did come at Rupp Arena to a team coach by Mike Anderson. As of the start of February, Anderson…

  25. CBT Roundtable: Most Important Player heading into the NCAA tournament

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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    In today’s Roundtable, we will each make a pick as to who is the most important player in the National Title race. Rob Dauster: This pick is easy: Keith Appling. I’ve been saying it all season long. If Michigan State can get healthy, they’re going to enter the NCAA tournament as one of, if not…