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  1. Illinois coach John Groce throws first pitch, sings ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ at Wrigley (VIDEO)

    Jul 8, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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    John Groce threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game on Sunday, as it as Illini Day at Wrigley Field. He also stepped up and sang ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame': My favorite part? John Groce had his son — the son made famous by this incredible photo after the Illini’s win over…

  2. Aaron Gordon gives us a glimpse of his hops vs. Serbia (VIDEO)

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

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    By now, you should know that Arizona recruit Aaron Gordon will be, in all likelihood, the best dunker in college basketball for the 2013-2014 season. If you have been convinced yet, the video above should help. It’s from the U19 trials that happened earlier this summer, and it’s simply a dunk-off between members of the…

  3. Report: 2014 point guard Casey Benson commits to Oregon

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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    With Johnathan Loyd heading into his senior season, the Oregon basketball program needed another point guard to go with Dominic Artis in 2014. With the commitment of Tempe, Ariz. (Corona Del Sol HS) product Casey Benson, the Ducks have their man. The news was first reported by Josh Gershon of Scout.com. The 6-3 Benson also…

  4. Florida State hopes summer trip to Greece will be a springboard into 2013-14

    Jul 7, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Leonard Hamilton

    Despite the presence of one of the nation’s best guards in Michael Snaer, Florida State fought inconsistency brought about by the overall lack of experience on its roster last season. The end result was an 18-16 record (9-9 ACC) and a loss to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the Postseason NIT. Now with…

  5. 2014 small forward Stanley Johnson to officially visit Kentucky, four other schools

    Jul 7, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    One of the best players in the Class of 2014, small forward Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei HS) has been a popular figure on the grassroots scene this offseason. Possessing a high level of skill on both ends of the floor, Johnson is a Top 10 prospect in the eyes of most major scouting services.  And…

  6. Rudy Keeling, former head coach at Maine and Northeastern, passes away

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    On Sunday the University of Maine announced that former head coach Rudy Keeling passed away at age 64 after a battle with an undisclosed illness. In 13 seasons as a head coach (eight at Maine, five at Northeastern), Keeling posted a record of 154 wins and 214 losses. In 1994 Keeling was named North Atlantic…

  7. Miami University announces addition of two transfers

    Jul 7, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    John Cooper

    Having finished the 2012-13 season with a 9-22 record (3-13 Mid-American Conference), the Miami RedHawks found themselves in a position where adding depth to the program would be more than welcome. Add to that the fact that leading scorer Allen Roberts (12.3 ppg) is no longer with the program, and there’s a chance that the…

  8. United States wins gold at Under-19 World Championships

    Jul 7, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

    USA Basketball

    After rolling through its first eight games at the Under-19 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, Billy Donovan’s United States squad ran into a group from Serbia intent on making things far more difficult for the Americans. And that’s exactly what happened for three-plus quarters, as Jovan Novak (21 points) and Vasilje Micic (13 points,…

  9. United States dismantles United Arab Emirates 140-46 in World University Games

    Jul 7, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Not even a team hailing from the SWAC versus one the top teams in college basketball would have produced a score this lopsided. The United States led 69-23 at the half en route to a dominating win over UAE 140-46 in a men’s preliminary round game. Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick contributed 18 points in a balanced…

  10. Mississippi State releases weak 2013-14 non-conference schedule

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Earlier last week, Rick Ray Mississippi State released the non-conference portion of their 2013-14 schedule, and let’s just say the Bulldogs aren’t exactly challenging themselves. It’s not uncommon for power conference teams to have several cupcake teams on their schedule in order to stockpile some wins prior to entering conference play, but Mississippi State has…

  11. Forward Rashed Anthony signs with Seton Hall

    Jul 7, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Kevin Willard and Seton Hall inked a late 2013 commitment from Rasheed Anthony, a 6-foot-8 forward from Flora Macdonald Academy in Red Springs, NC. For much of his college recruitment, Anthony was considered a fringe BCS-level player, but teams came onto him late. The one team that was with him from nearly the beginning was…

  12. Former Baylor commit Leron Black drawing interest from Indiana, Louisville

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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      After receiving a phone call from Rick Pitino on the 4th of July, do you think Leron Black regrets de-committing from Baylor back in early January of 2013? Being courted by Pitino, as well as trading text messages with Indiana’s Tom Crean certainly is promising for the 6-foot-7 and 5-Star forward from White Station…

  13. Connecticut satisfied with their new home

    Jul 7, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    AAC

    When the dust had settled with conference realignment finally coming to an end — it is over, right? — it became clear that Connecticut was on the outside looking in. Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse would all be headed to the ACC with Louisville joining the league for the 2014-15 season. Even Rutgers, the school…

  14. Will Rupp renovation split Kentucky’s Big Blue Nation?

    Jul 6, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Ashley Judd

    You’ve seen it a hundred times on TV: Ashley Judd sitting smack in the middle of a sea of blue, mixing with the rest of Big Blue Nation as they watch their favorite team play in Rupp Arena. She’s not the only one. Every luminary who’s ever come to bask in the glow of John…

  15. Report: Another Hairston to Haydn Thomas link emerges

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    North Carolina v Kansas

    USA Today is really on top of things this summer. Eric Prisbell, the paper’s college basketball reporter, has found evidence of an earlier traffic stop in which Hairston was driving a car with ties to Haydn Thomas. Thomas is the man whose name appears on the rental receipt for the 2013 Yukon that Hairston was…

  16. Is Ohio dumping long-time rival Marshall?

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Ohio v Bowling Green

    Realignment has broken up so many successful rivalries over the past several years, as big-time programs choose money over tradition. In the region where West Virginia meets Ohio, however, a long-running non-conference rivalry is also coming to a halt. Definitely temporarily, and possibly forever. Marshall and Ohio University have been playing each other in football…

  17. Syracuse will retire Lawrence Moten’s jersey

    Jul 6, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Lawrence Moten didn’t have much of an NBA career, so casual fans may have forgotten him. But the Syracuse swingman was one of the greatest Big East players of the 1990s, and his alma mater definitely hasn’t forgotten that. Moten himself revealed that Syracuse has told him they will retire his No. 21 jersey this…

  18. Is now the time for a new NCAA hoops video game franchise?

    Jul 6, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

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    College hoops fans have always been sort of the unwanted step-children of the video game world. Fantastic franchises like Madden Football and NBA2K keep pro sports fans happy year-in and year out, and college football fans are well-served as well. But college basketball has never had a truly top-notch franchise, and no company has produced…

  19. Butler promotes Brandon Miller to head coach

    Jul 6, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    The last three times that Butler has needed to hire a new head coach, they’ve promoted from within. All three coaching decisions ended up quite successful, as Thad Matta, Todd Lickliter and Brad Stevens kept the Bulldog’s program growing. With Stevens making the decision to head to the NBA to take over the Boston Celtics…

  20. Report: SMU transfer Brian Bernardi down to two

    Jul 6, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Former SMU guard Brian Bernardi is now down to two in the transfer process according to a report from CSN Washington’s Daniel Martin. Bernardi, a native of New York City, is still looking at Hofstra and Fairfield as possible transfer destinations according to the report from Martin. The freshman guard was previously interested in George…