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  1. Ed Cooley on Kris Dunn: He’s ‘in a lot of pain. I don’t expect him back soon.’

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Prior to the start of the season, Providence was a team that many people had picked to be a sleeper in the new Big…

  2. Kentucky’s a work-in-progress, but we can see the progress being made

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Attend enough of John Calipari’s press conferences, and one thing you’ll realize is that the man is media savvy enough that, should he decide…

  3. Marshall Henderson’s on-court antics aren’t changing. Deal with it

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:46 PM EST

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    BROOKLYN — Marshall gonna be Marshall. At this point, I think it is safe to say that he’s never going to change, at least on the court. And while he may be the scourge of every stodgy sportswriter on Twitter, in all honesty, is there really anything wrong with that? On Saturday night, with seven…

  4. St. John’s pressure, transition game important if they want to reach their potential

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:50 PM EST

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    BROOKLYN — For the first 20 minutes of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic, St. John’s looked, in a word, horrendous. Georgia Tech jumped out to a 19-4 lead at the under 12 timeout and took a 31-24 lead into the break as the Johnnies shot a torrid 31.8% from the floor and…

  5. Nick Johnson becoming a go-to guy is the key for No. 4 Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Arizona is an elite defensive team. You should know this by now. I’ve written about it twice in the last three days. Their size,…

  6. Duke’s defense, lack of size won’t prevent them from contending

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke entered the semifinals of the Preseason NIT 5-1, the lone loss coming to No. 2 Kansas at the Champions Classic. Jabari…

  7. Arizona’s Aaron Gordon belongs in the conversation with the best freshmen despite what box score says

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:09 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — The headlines this season have been dominated by talk of ‘The Big Three’. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle. Which freshmen is…

  8. Drexel survives Alabama in triple-overtime

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:51 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Playing without Damion Lee, Drexel outlasted Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes on Friday afternoon. “We came here with the thought we could win…

  9. No. 6 Duke vs. No. 4 Arizona is more than just a matchup of freshmen

    Nov 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke got the win they were supposed to get and they did it the way they were supposed to do it. Freshman…

  10. No. 4 Arizona overcomes 19 point deficit, proves defense is how they’ll win games

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:38 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 4 Arizona came out like they were more concerned with where they were going to eat Thanksgiving dinner than the Drexel Dragons…

  11. 5-foot-9 PG Luke Adams plays for Texas Tech despite being born deaf

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

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    BROOKLYN — Every walk-on for every team in the country has a story. They aren’t supposed to be playing high-major basketball. They are, essentially, paying for the right to go through insane preseason workouts and to get whipped up on in practice on a daily basis just to be a glorified cheerleader at the end…

  12. Lamar Patterson’s improvement the biggest reason Pitt’s a legitimate ACC contender

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:27 AM EST

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      BROOKLYN — On Monday, after watching Pitt put a 23 point beatdown on Texas Tech, I wrote that the Panthers looked like they will be the team that takes advantage of some of the struggles the powers in the ACC have had this season. On Tuesday, Jamie Dixon’s  club made me look smart. In…

  13. With the ACC struggling, will Pitt reap the benefits?

    Nov 25, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — The talk of the ACC heading into the season was the league’s trio of powerhouses. Duke was going to be a national title contender with…

  14. No. 3 Louisville was not happy about the way they played at Mohegan Sun

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. UNCASVILLE, CT — Generally speaking, this is how the post game works at a neutral site event like the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic: around 10 minutes…

  15. North Carolina’s big men, point guard impress in win over No. 3 Louisville

    Nov 24, 2013, 3:18 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. UNCASVILLE, CT — North Carolina was done. This wasn’t a top 25 team. This was a group that would have to fight and scrap just to…

  16. Denzel Valentine is the piece that brings Michigan State together

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — All of No. 1 Michigan State’s stars were on display this weekend in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center this weekend.…

  17. Tom Izzo: I’m not ‘bitching about officiating … I’m bitching about the rules.’

    Nov 24, 2013, 8:46 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Michigan State, the No. 1 team in the country, knocked off Oklahoma in the title game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the…

  18. Seton Hall is … actually not bad?

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Seton Hall’s basketball program is not exactly the powerhouse that it was during the P.J. Carlisiemo years. We laugh and we joke and…

  19. Indiana’s a work-in-progress, and so is Yogi Ferrell

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:03 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — There is no such thing as a good loss. There are no moral victories in college basketball, not when top 25 rankings and RPI…

  20. It’s been a process, but Shabazz Napier’s grown into his leadership role

    Nov 22, 2013, 10:24 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — It’s Friday night and Madison Square Garden’s packed. Two boisterous fan bases share the stands, ensuring that every basket, every call, gets equal parts cheers…

  21. Washington’s talented, but they need massive defensive improvements

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:46 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — At this point in the season, Washington still deserves the benefit of the doubt. They are playing with Desmond Simmons, whose knee injury has…

  22. Five Thoughts on Indiana after their 102-84 win over Washington

    Nov 22, 2013, 1:09 AM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — I had questions about Indiana entering the season. A lot of them, actually. Losing two of the top four picks in the NBA draft…

  23. The Bazz ‘n’ Boat Show gets the publicity, but Deandre Daniels is UConn’s difference-maker

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:26 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Boston College has two of the best players in the ACC this season in Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson, but they entered Thursday night’s…

  24. No. 18 UConn knocks off Boston College, Eagles losing margin for error for at-large

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Deandre Daniels finished with 23 points and Shabazz Napier added 19, 11 of which came in the second half, as No 18 UConn…