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  1. A Viewer’s Guide to the Tip-Off Marathon

    Nov 11, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

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    ESPN’s annual Tip-Off Marathon begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. (all time Eastern), so in an effort to get you prepared, we at CBT will be giving you a handy guide to help you schedule out the next 29 hours of your life. You’re welcome. ONLY MISS THESE GAMES FOR THE BIRTH OF YOUR FIRST CHILD:…

  2. The latest ruling in Ed O’Bannon vs. the NCAA is a win for both sides

    Nov 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

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    On Friday, the latest ruling in former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon’s case against the NCAA came down from United States District Judge Claudia Wilken. And depending on how you spin the ruling, it can be considered a win for both sides. Wilken has certified the lawsuit as a class-action, but with one, significant catch: she certified…

  3. Harvard’s Kenyatta Smith out indefinitely with a foot injury

    Nov 11, 2013, 12:23 PM EST

    Arizona's Lyons drives for shot while defended by Harvard's Rivard and Smith during NCAA tournament basketball game in Salt Lake City

    We’ve been saying all preseason that Harvard’s talented and deep enough to make another run in the NCAA tournament, and that fact was tested on Sunday afternoon. Jonah Travis, the brother of Stanford commit Reid Travis, went for 20 points and 10 boards in just 22 minutes as the Crimson knocked off Holy Cross in…

  4. POSTERIZED: Florida College’s Anthony Allen rips off rim on dunk (VIDEO)

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:58 AM EST

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    Anthony Allen is an athletic, 6-6 forward that plays for Florida College in  the United States College Athletic Association. So why should you care about him? Well, he ripped a rim off this weekend. With about a minute left in a game against Warner University, Allen threw down a teammates missed layup with such force that…

  5. The Chase for 180: A quest to find college basketball’s best shooter

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

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    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  6. After the weekend, fouls are up, but scoring is, too

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

    John Calipari, Mike Kitts

    The biggest concern for many coaches — and journalists — heading into this season was how the new handchecking rules would affect college basketball. If you haven’t been paying attention all summer, the facts are simple: the college game had far-too-often turned into low-scoring slugfests and the theory was that it was the result of…

  7. College Hoops Week in Review: Julius Randle, Kendrick Perry and Providence

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:48 AM EST

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State Perry led the Penguins to a championship in the Kennesaw State Tournament this weekend, becoming the only team in the country to go 3-0 in the first three days of the season. The wins themselves weren’t overly impressive — Kennesaw State, Florida International and Eastern Kentucky — but…

  8. Late Night Snacks: Kentucky, Notre Dame roll in their second game of the weekend

    Nov 11, 2013, 12:20 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Charleston Southern 95, Delaware 93 You like shootouts? So do I. The Buccaneers outlasted the Blue Hens on Sunday afternoon thanks to 24 points, seven boards and six assists from Saah Nimley. Delaware was down six with a little more than a minute left, but four free throws from Devon Saddler…

  9. Oregon State begins their season with a home loss to Coppin State

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:51 PM EST

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    In case there was any question as to how much Oregon State would miss the suspended front court tandem of Devon Collier and Eric Moreland, we found out on Sunday night. Collier and Moreland combined to average 22.0 points and 16.6 points per game last season, and without those two the Beavers struggled mightily on…

  10. Jonah Travis steals the show as Harvard returns Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

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    BOSTON — The expectations have never been higher for the Harvard men’s basketball team. The Crimson made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament last March, making it to the Round of 32 after upsetting No. 3 New Mexico. Tommy Amaker’s team returns virtually every key player while adding highly-touted recruit Zena Edosomwan and…

  11. Josh Scott’s off to a good start as Colorado adjusts to life without Andre Roberson

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:07 PM EST

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    The big question for the Colorado Buffaloes entering the 2013-14 season was how they would go about accounting for the early departure of Andre Roberson. The Pac-12’s best defender, Roberson grabbed more than 11 rebounds per game as a junior and left Boulder as one of the most productive front court players in school history.…

  12. Iowa struggles but ultimately does enough to defeat Omaha

    Nov 10, 2013, 7:35 PM EST

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    Fran McCaffery’s Iowa Hawkeyes are a team many believe to be capable of at the very least reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006, with guard Devyn Marble and forward Aaron White among the returnees from last season’s 25-win squad. But after blowing out UNC-Wilmington on Friday night the Hawkeyes had their…

  13. UMass opens season with important win while Boston College looks for key non-conference victory

    Nov 10, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Derek Kellogg

    BOSTON – In the middle game of Sunday’s Coaches vs. Cancer tripleheader, UMass kicked off its season with a quality non-conference win over Boston College, using a second half surge to propel the Minutemen to an 86-73 victory inside the TD Garden. “We all knew that this game hurt us or help us down the…

  14. No. 1 Kentucky rolls, but the lessons learned Tuesday will be more valuable

    Nov 10, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

    Julius Randle, Jalen Billups

    Amidst much fanfare the Kentucky Wildcats played their first regular season game on Friday night against UNC Asheville, and it took John Calipari’s team just over a half to impose its will in the 89-54 victory. Energy can be an issue for any team, especially one as young as this talented group of Wildcats. Part…

  15. Notre Dame beats Stetson with ease

    Nov 10, 2013, 4:06 PM EST

    Fighting Irish's Brey holds his team back against Eagles during their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Notre Dame had little problem disposing of Stetson on Sunday afternoon winning 80-49. After struggling to put Miami (OH) away for much of their opening game on Friday night, a 74-62 win, the Irish left no doubt against Stetson today getting out to a 51-21 halftime advantage. The starting Notre Dame backcourt was impressive as…

  16. DeAndre Kane, Naz Long impress in Iowa State’s win over UNC Wilmington

    Nov 10, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

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    In Iowa State’s season-opening 95-62 win against UNC Wilmington, DeAndre Kane nearly had a double-double in the first half (11 points, 9 rebounds) — he probably could have had a triple-double if Iowa State didn’t take their foot off the pedal — en route to a 13 point, 11 rebound effort, and seven assist effort.…

  17. SMU’s Jalen Jones announces he will transfer

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

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    Eyebrows were raised during and after SMU’s season-opening win against TCU on Friday evening when Jalen Jones, SMU’s leading scorer and top offensive player from a year ago, did not dress for the game. There were no reports of Jones being hurt or suspended, so questions were naturally raised. Jones’ announcement of his decision to…

  18. Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Triple-header in Boston highlights the day

    Nov 10, 2013, 9:52 AM EST

    Olivier Hanlan

    GAME OF THE DAY: UMass vs. Boston College, 3:00 p.m. (NESN) Boston College is coming off of a disappointing overtime loss at Providence on Friday night. Facing a UMass team that will challenge for a spot in the NCAA tournament, the Eagles won’t have it easy on Sunday, either. The Minutemen are led by star…

  19. Late Night Snacks: First Saturday of the season produces no upsets

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:56 AM EST

    Steve Masiello

    GAME OF THE DAY: Manhattan 99, La Salle 90 (2OT) The Jaspers and Explorers played an outstanding game at Tom Gola Arena, with Manhattan coming back from four points down with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Guard George Beamon scored 24 points in his return to the court, and Mike Alvarado put…

  20. Drew Crawford ‘announces’ his return in Chris Collins’ first win at Northwestern

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    Drew Crawford

    Northwestern has never reached the NCAA tournament. Never. They’ve come close on a few occasions, but the Wildcat faithful have never seen their team’s name show up on television when the brackets are announced. That’s the task that first-year head coach Chris Collins is faced with, to strengthen the program to the point where it…