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  1. Jeronne Maymon is ready to get back to the grind at Tennessee

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    This will be an interesting season for Jeronne Maymon. NCAA rule changes have made defense something of a dirty word this year, and the Tennessee big man happens to play for Cuonzo Martin. That presents a bit of a dilemma. “It’s definitely very hard to please him on defense,” Maymon told NBCSports via phone. “He…

  2. Kentucky needs super glue to avoid another letdown

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    He doesn’t stand on tables and make speeches. He’s no lock to make a start or even see much in the way of minutes on an uber-talented roster, but Jarrod Polson will be a crucial part of Kentucky’s projected success this season. How does a former walk-on matter so much to a team full of…

  3. Rodney Hood’s development as a redshirt spurred by every other team’s best player?

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Rodney Hood did not want to sit out last season. No athlete ever wants to put their playing career on hold, but the frustration was two-fold for Hood. The former five-star recruit left Mississippi State after one forgettable season playing for Rick Stansbury, alongside the likes of Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost. Hood was good-but-not-great…

  4. What does Spike Albrecht, Michigan’s almost-hero, do for an encore this season?

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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    For one hour last March, Spike Albrecht was a sensation. He wasn’t just the biggest story in sports, he was the only story in sports that mattered. The tiny freshman point guard put together arguably the most memorable half of basketball you’ll ever see, coming out of nowhere to score 17 first half points in…

  5. Can Tubby Smith save Texas Tech?

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    I couldn’t get anyone to say anything interesting about Tubby Smith. I thought this might hinder my efforts to write a feature about his first season at Texas Tech, until I realized something important.. Tubby Smith isn’t in the business of being interesting. That’s part of what made him an ill fit at Kentucky, where…

  6. Andrew Wiggins won’t be The One at Kansas this season

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. In The Matrix, Neo might have been The One, but he needed Morpheus, Trinity and Tank to show him the way and watch his back while he learned Kung Fu. Andrew Wiggins will have…

  7. Doug McDermott returned to school to take on the challenge of a new league

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott drives on the Cincinnati Bearcats Justin Jackson during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Doug McDermott is living college basketball’s version of the American Dream. He’s spent his life in places like Cedar Falls, Ames and Omaha. He’s either undersized or not quite athletic enough, depending on what…

  8. Markel Starks is out to prove people wrong for overlooking him, Georgetown this year

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — McDonough Memorial Gymnasium is a relic, a 2,500 seat “arena” that was built on Georgetown’s campus back in the early 1950s. Complete with bleacher seating and a row of doors 20…

  9. Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson looks to go out in style

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek said on multiple occasions that his team would play faster. And many snickered, pointing out that the team’s…

  10. Stanford enters season with high hopes of ending their NCAA tournament drought

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Powell, Johnny Dawkins

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. “Next year, there’s no reason why we can’t get to where we want to be and have the opportunity to make a run in this thing. Coach is in his sixth year.…

  11. Montrezl Harrell transitions into a leader at Louisville

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. It’s been a whirlwind year-and-a-half for Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell, and Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino has noticed plenty of changes in his 6-foot-8 forward since he stepped on Louisville’s campus last…

  12. Joe Jackson hopes to add to his legend at Memphis during senior season

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joe Jackson, Chane Behanan, Russ Smith

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Basketball means just a little bit more in the city of Memphis. Tiger basketball faithful pack the FedEx Forum with 18,000-plus fans a night whether its Memphis Madness or a rivalry game…

  13. Nevada’s Deonte Burton deserves national respect but needs wins to get it

    Oct 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Their first season as a Mountain West member was a tough one for the Nevada Wolf Pack. Lacking depth in the front court, David Carter’s team took more than its fair share…

  14. New Mexico is hoping a change in leadership yields a change in postseason success

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. In 2012-13, the New Mexico Lobos put together one of the best seasons in the history of the program, winning 29 games and earning both the Mountain West regular season and tournament…

  15. Wichita State isn’t ready to settle for just one Final Four run

    Oct 29, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Things changed quickly for Wichita State. One year ago at this time, Gregg Marshall’s club wasn’t looked at as much more than a good mid-major program, a hodgepodge of castaways and the overlooked that,…

  16. Oakland’s Travis Bader shoots for J.J. Redick’s NCAA career three-point record

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Travis Bader isn’t a household name, but pretty soon the Oakland senior shooting guard’s accomplishments will be heard across the country as he closes in on J.J. Redick’s career three-point field goal…

  17. Defense, rebounding the keys as San Diego looks to climb the WCC mountain

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Johnny Dee, Jito Kok

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Being in a conference that many tend to associate with a couple powerful programs can be a bit of a double-edged sword for the other members. On one hand, the national attention…

  18. Tyler Haws looks to lead BYU to the top of the WCC

    Oct 28, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The BYU basketball program went through some changes in the two years that junior guard Tyler Haws spent away from the program, serving his two-year LDS mission in the Philippines. During his…

  19. Raheem Appleby hopes to lead Louisiana Tech from WAC to C-USA

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Transitioning to a new league is a big storyline with a number of high-major programs but at the mid-major level, an interesting transition is occurring with Louisiana Tech going from the WAC…

  20. Atlantic 10 can remain strong conference without Butler, Xavier, Temple and Charlotte

    Oct 24, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Derek Kellogg

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The Atlantic 10 Conference saw a record five teams play in the NCAA tournament in 2013, with every single team advancing to at least the Round of 32. That was before conference realignment struck…

  21. Javon McCrea, Bobby Hurley aim to make ‘one-year run’ a successful one

    Oct 23, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Buffalo Athletics

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. At the end of the 2011-12 season the Buffalo Bulls lost a sizable chunk of their offensive production, with MAC Player of the Year Mitchell Watt and guard Zach Filzen among the…

  22. Horizon favorite Wright State’s ‘surprising’ ’12-’13 season was no surprise to the Raiders

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Wright State was picked to finish last in the Horizon League before the 2012-13 season and nobody expected them to be 23-13 and within four minutes of playing in the NCAA Tournament…

  23. Northern lights shine brightly for new-look CAA

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jerrelle Benimon, Nate Lubick

    If you want to know which way the wind blows in the Colonial Athletic Association these days, open your ears. The league that rode Virginia-based schools like George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion to attention-grabbing Big Dance victories sounds very different these days. For starters, Northeastern University pahked their cah in the yahd by…

  24. Ron Hunter’s learning to be Coach Dad as he goes with son, Georgia State star R.J.

    Oct 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. For the past 24 years of his life, Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter has been a father. The learning process of being a parent never ends, anyone with kids can tell you that,…

  25. Western Carolina’s Trey Sumler looks to leave mark in final season

    Oct 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Hope springs eternal in college basketball (and sports in general), with the start of a new season sparking optimism amongst programs across the country. That’s certainly the case in the Southern Conference,…