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  1. Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne ‘very doubtful’ for Tuesday’s showdown with Iowa

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

    Adreian Payne

    Adreian Payne has missed the last five games with a sprained foot, and it finally caught up to the Spartans on Saturday as they lost to Michigan in East Lansing. On Tuesday, the Spartans head down to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes, and head coach Tom Izzo doesn’t expect to have Payne in…

  2. Report: Chane Behanan to transfer to Colorado State

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    Missouri State v Louisville

    Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan will transfer to Colorado State for his final season of eligibility, according to a report from Jason King of Bleacher Report. Behanan, who is still in Houston receiving treatment for personal issues at the John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center, has already enrolled in online courses at the university. He…

  3. Report: Alex Kirk’s injury is to lower leg, officially day-to-day

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Kirk Williams Bairstow Thomas Greenwood

    The big news coming out of Fort Collins on Saturday wasn’t that New Mexico went into Moby Arena and knocked off Colorado State, it’s that they did so without Alex Kirk on the court. Kirk sat out with an undisclosed injury and was officially listed as day-to-day. The Lobos never went back to New Mexico…

  4. College Basketball Week in Review: Bryce Cotton’s a star, Texas and Michigan surge

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

    Bryce Cotton

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bryce Cotton, Providence Bryce Cotton has been a really good player for the Friars for a long time, but since Providence has spent the entirety of his tenure on campus mired in national irrelevance, he hasn’t gotten near the amount of attention that he deserves. This week that changed. Cotton averaged 21.5…

  5. Marcus Smart apologizes for Saturday’s outburst

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart had one of the worst performances of his collegiate career on Saturday afternoon. Not only did he finish just 1-for-7 from the floor with all of four points before fouling out, he had a couple of embarrassing meltdowns as well. ESPN’s cameras caught him kicking a chair on the sideline in the first…

  6. La Salle legend Tom Gola passed away Sunday night

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Obit Gola

    Tom Gola, one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, passed away on Sunday night. He was 81 years old. Gola was Philly through and through. A native of the city, he won a Catholic League title at La Salle High School before heading to La Salle University where he would become one…

  7. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT


    The toughest team to rank this week was Michigan, a team sitting at 15-4 on the season that, until last week, wasn’t even in the conversation to be in the top 25. I had them 18th last week. I slotted them No. 5 this week. Too high? Maybe, but there are a couple of things…

  8. Report: SMU freshman Keith Frazier had at least one failing grade changed in HS

    Jan 27, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    South Florida v SMU

    SMU’s McDonald’s All-American freshman Keith Frazier was a huge recruiting coup for head coach Larry Brown, but according to a report from WFAA, an ABC affiliate in Dallas, there’s a possibility that Frazier should not have been allowed to graduate from high school. Frazier was reportedly failing or behind in three classes at the end…

  9. Late Night Snacks: Arizona survives, UCLA wins, Petteway goes crazy

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Prairie View v UCLA

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona 65, Utah 56 The Wildcats put together one of the worst games that we’ll see them play this season and they still managed to pull away from Utah down the stretch, winning comfortably. A better-than-you-think Utah team jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never went away, taking…

  10. Minnesota stumbles at Nebraska without Andre Hollins

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    Minnesota found out the hard way that the road is a tough place to win in college basketball. The Gophers went 2-2 during a four-game stretch against ranked team, winning both home games and losing the pair on the road. Makes sense. Minnesota is good enough to beat teams better than them at the Barn,…

  11. No. 15 Cincinnati survives at Temple, but did they lose Justin Jackson?

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

    Justin Jackson

    Sean Kilpatrick scored 29 points to lead the way for No. 15 Cincinnati in a win over Temple on Sunday afternoon, but moving to 8-0 in AAC play was a much tougher task than the Bearcats expected. Playing without Justin Jackson for much of the game after the senior center injured his ankle, Cincinnati still…

  12. Derrick Colter snaps Duquesne’s four-game skid at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Derrick Colter became the third player today to hit a buzzer-beater to win a game. But what was unique about the shot the Duquesne point guard hit is that on the previous possession, he missed a pair of free throws that would have put the Dukes into the lead. The shot snapped a four-game losing…

  13. Health issues finally catch up to No. 3 Michigan State in loss to No. 21 Michigan

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

    Michigan v Michigan State

    No. 3 Michigan State has been banged up all season long. Gary Harris has missed time with an ankle injury. Matt Costello and Travis Trice have been sick enough that they had to sit out games. Keith Appling has dealt with nagging injuries that were painful enough to visually affect him during games but not…

  14. No. 20 Pitt a lock to be under-seeded in the NCAA tournament

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT


    No. 20 Pitt is a really, really good basketball team. They entered Saturday sitting second in the nation in KenPom’s rankings, a fact that was more-or-less supported when they went into College Park and knocked off Maryland, 83-79. Lamar Patterson led the way with 28 points, seven boards, seven assists and three steals while not…

  15. Richmond holds off St. Joseph’s, stays in second in the Atlantic 10

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:17 PM EDT

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    Kendall Anthony scored 19 points and Trey Davis added 14 points and 12 boards as Richmond knocked off St. Joseph’s on Saturday afternoon. Halil Kanicevic had 21 points and a career-high 19 boards, but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks. The Spiders swept their key, three-game homestand to move to 4-1 in Atlantic 10 play,…

  16. William & Mary’s Marcus Thornton beats Drexel at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    William Mary Wichita St Basketball

    Marcus Thornton went for 26 points on Saturday afternoon at Drexel, but the most important shot that the dreadlocked point guard would hit came at the buzzer, as he shook a defender to drill a step-back three and give W&M a 68-66 win. The Tribe, who were down nine points at the half, moved to…

  17. Le’Bryan Nash, No. 11 Oklahoma State overcome awful afternoon for Marcus Smart

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

    Le'Bryan Nash, Terry Henderson

    If you’re wondering who it was wearing Marcus Smart’s No. 33 jersey in Gallagher-Iba Arena today, you probably aren’t alone. Smart played about as poorly as I’ve ever seen him play. He finished with four points, four assists and three turnovers while shooting 1-for-7 from the floor and fouling out. That wasn’t even the worst…

  18. No. 16 Iowa State protects home court, outlasts No. 22 Kansas State

    Jan 25, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thomas, Naz Long

    No. 16 Iowa State got 20 points, nine boards, three steals and three blocks from Melvin Ejim while Georges Niang chipped in with 18 points of his own as the Cyclones held off feisty No. 22 Kansas State in Hilton Coliseum, 81-75. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Iowa State. The loss…

  19. Why a 30.5% shooting day is No. 18 Duke’s most important performance this season

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Florida State v Duke

    Saturday was not the best game that No. 18 Duke has played this season. It’s hard to put that label on a game when a team shoots as poorly from the field (30.5%) as the Blue Devils did against Florida State. It was, however, the most important game that Duke has put together this season,…

  20. Providence in the mix atop Big East after beating Xavier

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Tyler Harris

    Bryce Cotton finished with 25 points and seven assists and LeDontae Henton added 23 points and 11 boards as Providence won their fifth straight game on Saturday, knocking off Xavier 81-72. The Friars moved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in league play, putting them in a tie with Xavier for third place, just a game…

  21. Weekend Preview: The Battle for Michigan marred by injury

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

    AP Photo

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State, Sat. 7:00 p.m. Michigan State may be playing this game in the Breslin Center, but it’s hard to see a way that the Spartans will be considered a favorite heading into this game. We already know they are going to be without Branden…

  22. Oregon loses fifth straight, to Washington, after 13-0 start

    Jan 24, 2014, 1:44 AM EDT


    Dana Altman tried to make a change. He shuffled his starting lineup, bring Jonathan Loyd off the bench and starting Dominic Artis. He mixed up his defenses, using more 2-3 zone and even using a box-and-one on a couple of possessions. He tried to snap Oregon out of their funk. And it didn’t work. The…

  23. No. 6 Florida beats Alabama, but it wasn’t exactly pretty

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

    Florida v Auburn

    Michael Frazier II had 18 points and Casey Prather added 14 points and six boards as No. 6 Florida overcame a sluggish performance to knock off Alabama, 68-62. It feels like we’ve said this before. When the Gators played at Arkansas, they needed overtime to knock off the Razorbacks. When they played at Auburn, they…

  24. Film Study: Andrew Wiggins vs. Aaron Gordon and the power of hype

    Jan 23, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    Toledo v Kansas

    We’ve all heard of blind resumes, right? They pop up around NCAA tournament time and are a pretty effective way of evaluating who has had a better season while eliminating the bias that comes with the name associated with the teams involved. We’re going to take a look at some blind stat-lines today: Player A…

  25. Reports: Kentucky assistant strength coach arrested, charged with assault on wife

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT


    A member of Kentucky’s basketball staff was arrested Thursday morning, according to multiple reports.  Assistant strength coach Brian Shorter was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment at his home. LEX 18 is reporting that Shorter allegedly shoved his wife into an unheated garage and, 40 minutes later, threw a bucket of water…