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  1. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Seven ranked teams hit the road

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Prince Ibeh, Cory Jefferson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 19 Texas at No. 17 Iowa State, 7:00 p.m. Another day, another awesome Big 12 matchup. Tonight, Texas will be making the trip up to Ames to take on Iowa State. The matchup here that will decide the game is Cameron Ridley. He’s far to big for anyone on Iowa…

  2. When read in context, Rick Pitino is right about social media

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino

    That’s the quote that made the rounds on twitter last night, thanks in large part to this tweet from Fox Sports Live’s official account. The actual quote can be heard at the 8:25 mark of the video below, dug up by Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead. It comes after Pitino had answered a couple of…

  3. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: What else can be said about McDermott’s season — and his career — at this point? He had 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting in a win at Butler in which he just so happened to hit the game-winning three with 47.8 seconds left. He followed that up by scoring 39 points…

  4. Bubble Banter: Oklahoma State headed to an interesting Selection Sunday

    Feb 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    There are 26 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. After last night’s overtime loss at Baylor, Oklahoma State (RPI: 46, KenPom: 41)…

  5. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Feb 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Valley v Oklahoma State

    NBA player supports Dayton’s First Four efforts (Dayton Business Journal) Dayton’s hosted the opening round of the NCAA tournament since the bracket expanded from 64 to 65 teams in 2001. Since 2011 four games have been played at UD Arena, and the city is doing its best to make sure that the NCAA tournament continues…

  6. Late Night Snacks: More Big 12 OT action and North Carolina wins big road ACC game

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

    South Carolina v Baylor

    GAME OF THE DAY: Baylor 70, Oklahoma State 64, OT Of course the Big 12 Big Monday game went to overtime. It’s becoming a Monday night tradition. Leyton Hammonds played late-game hero for the Cowboys, stealing an inbounds pass and burying the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer, but Baylor pulled away in overtime thanks to…

  7. Report: Stanford transfer Aaron Bright moving on to Saint Mary’s

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Stanford guard Aaron Bright has moved on from the Pac-12 program and will spend his senior season at Saint Mary’s, according to sources of ESPN.com‘s Jeff Goodman. Bright, the 5-foor-11 guard, will use the graduate transfer rule to be eligible at Saint Mary’s next season after graduating from Stanford this year. He’ll have one year…

  8. Baylor takes down Oklahoma State in another Big 12 Monday overtime thriller

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

    Cory Jefferson, Tomas Gipson

    Both Baylor and Oklahoma State needed wins entering Monday night’s game in Waco, but, in the end, it was the Bears prevailing with a 70-64 overtime win over the Cowboys. Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds stole an inbounds pass and drilled the game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime, but the Cowboys fell as they…

  9. SMU gets a commitment from 2015 guard Sedrick Barefield

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

    Temple v SMU

    SMU picked up a commitment in the junior class on Monday night as 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield committed to head coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs during his official visit to the campus. The commitment was confirmed on Twitter by the Compton Magic AAU program, who Barefield runs with in the summer. Barefield and…

  10. Marcus Smart calls out OK State blogger on Twitter in middle of Cowboys’ game with Baylor

    Feb 17, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Oklahoma State is currently in the second half of a huge Big 12 road game at Baylor as both teams are 4-8 in the league and looking for any kind of boost down the stretch run that they can find. The Cowboys have lost five straight games — and both games in the beginning of…

  11. North Carolina wins on the road at Florida State despite scoreless effort from James Michael McAdoo

    Feb 17, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    North Carolina continues to compile wins in the ACC as the Tar Heels won 81-75 on Monday in a road win at Florida State. Despite zero points in about 13 minutes from junior James Michael McAdoo, the Tar Heels (18-7, 8-4) still took their first lead with ten minutes left in the game and held…

  12. Aaron Harrison: ‘We all, all of our lives, have just been worrying about ourselves.’

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Aaron Harrison

    All season, Kentucky has appeared a step away from taking a leap to the next step in their ascension as a very young team. The Wildcats have nearly beaten Michigan State, North Carolina and Florida despite subpar efforts for long periods of time or bad games from key players. But if the young and talented…

  13. Cousy Award finalists announced

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

    Tyler Ennis

    On Monday, the Naismith Hall of Fame announced the finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the top point guard in college basketball. The 23 finalists were announced and the list will be cut down to five in March before the award is presented later in the season by Cousy. The list features…

  14. Could Keith Appling miss the rest of the regular season?

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo, Quinton Sawyer, Keith Appling

    Keith Appling returned to the court after a three game absence on Sunday afternoon, taking part in a 60-51 loss to Nebraska. He managed just 19 minutes, however, and looked nothing like the guy that played like an all-american for the first month of the season. The problem? A wrist injury that has been bugging…

  15. POSTERIZED: Nick Faust bids the Cameron Crazies adieu (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Maryland may have cost themselves a real chance at a tournament bid on Saturday when Charles Mitchell’s hook shot rolled off the rim, but that wasn’t the only thing that happened during that game. Nick Faust managed to say farewell to the Cameron Crazies with this impressive putback dunk.

  16. An undefeated Wichita State will be a No. 1 seed

    Feb 17, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

    marshall

    With Wichita State inching ever closer to finishing the regular season without a loss on their resume, there is quite a bit of talk around the country about where this team will be seeded should they make it to Selection Sunday with a zero on the right side of their record. It’s simple, really. They…

  17. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: UNC-Florida State, Oklahoma State-Baylor

    Feb 17, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

    James Michael McAdoo

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: North Carolina at Florida State, 7:00 p.m. North Carolina has played their way right past being the laughing stock of college basketball. The Heels have some bad losses on their resume, but they picked up yet another quality win over the weekend, knocking off Pitt at home. On Thursday, they will…

  18. Pac-12 officials admit error not calling technical on Jahii Carson

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Arizona v Arizona State

    Pac-12 officials have admitted an officiating error at the end of Arizona State’s double-overtime win over then-No. 2 Arizona on Friday night. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, “the officials missed the call” when Jahii Carson hung on the rim after dunking at the end of the second overtime. The dunk came with 0.5…

  19. NBCSports.com Bracketology: A couple of Saints march into First Four

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Miami

    Here’s a polite way of summarizing the current NCAA Tournament bubble picture:  if you don’t like today’s First Four match-ups, wait for the next bracket on Friday.  Today’s update finds a couple of Saints marching into Dayton:  Saint Joseph’s and St. John’s.  They are joined by BYU – fresh off a victory at Saint Mary’s…

  20. ACC admits officiating error in Maryland’s loss to Duke

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Maryland v Duke

    The ACC has acknowledged an officiating error during the second half of No. 8 Duke’s 69-67 win over Maryland on Saturday. An ACC official provided the Washington Post with a statement saying that Duke was incorrectly given possession after back-to-back held balls. The first came with 16:58 left in the game, which correctly gave the…