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  1. Le’Bryan Nash, No. 11 Oklahoma State overcome awful afternoon for Marcus Smart

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

    Le'Bryan Nash, Terry Henderson

    If you’re wondering who it was wearing Marcus Smart’s No. 33 jersey in Gallagher-Iba Arena today, you probably aren’t alone. Smart played about as poorly as I’ve ever seen him play. He finished with four points, four assists and three turnovers while shooting 1-for-7 from the floor and fouling out. That wasn’t even the worst…

  2. POSTERIZED: Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown with the 360 (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown didn’t have the best afternoon from a shooting standpoint, as he made just five of his 13 attempts from the field in the 11th-ranked Cowboys’ 81-75 home win over West Virginia. But he did provide the highlight of the game, throwing down a 360-degree dunk to tie the game at…

  3. No. 16 Iowa State protects home court, outlasts No. 22 Kansas State

    Jan 25, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thomas, Naz Long

    No. 16 Iowa State got 20 points, nine boards, three steals and three blocks from Melvin Ejim while Georges Niang chipped in with 18 points of his own as the Cyclones held off feisty No. 22 Kansas State in Hilton Coliseum, 81-75. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Iowa State. The loss…

  4. Texas continues winning ways with road ‘W’ over No. 24 Baylor

    Jan 25, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

    Prince Ibeh, Cory Jefferson

    Texas owns a five-game winning streak and has three consecutive wins when facing top-25 opponents. The Longhorns continued their winning ways on Saturday as they thoroughly outplayed No. 24 Baylor on the way to a 74-60 win over the Bears for a Big 12 road win. In a must-win home game for Baylor after starting…

  5. George Washington gets by George Mason for A-10 road win [VIDEO]

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Maurice Creek, Varun Ram

    George Washington used 46 second-half points to help take down George Mason 75-69 on Saturday in Atlantic 10 play in the inaugural “Revolutionary Rivalry.” Kevin Larson and Joe McDonald each tallied 14 points to lead the way for the Colonials, as George Washington (16-3, 4-1) had all five starters end up in double-figures for scoring.…

  6. No. 2 Syracuse outlasts upset-minded Miami for second time in January

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Miami

    Syracuse remains unbeaten on the season and the No. 2 Orange have to be pleased that Miami is no longer on the ACC schedule until a potential match-up in the conference tournament in March. After giving Syracuse a scare earlier in the month on the road, Miami gave the Orange another fight on Saturday as…

  7. Why a 30.5% shooting day is No. 18 Duke’s most important performance this season

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Florida State v Duke

    Saturday was not the best game that No. 18 Duke has played this season. It’s hard to put that label on a game when a team shoots as poorly from the field (30.5%) as the Blue Devils did against Florida State. It was, however, the most important game that Duke has put together this season,…

  8. Providence in the mix atop Big East after beating Xavier

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Tyler Harris

    Bryce Cotton finished with 25 points and seven assists and LeDontae Henton added 23 points and 11 boards as Providence won their fifth straight game on Saturday, knocking off Xavier 81-72. The Friars moved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in league play, putting them in a tie with Xavier for third place, just a game…

  9. No. 10 Iowa uses big second half to get by Northwestern

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

    Iowa Hawkeyes v Northwestern

    Northwestern has never made an NCAA Tournament and ranks 347th in the NCAA in scoring. The Wildcats aren’t exactly the scariest opponent in a deep Big Ten, but Chris Collins’ bunch had won three out of four games entering Saturday’s home game against No. 10 Iowa, so the Hawkeyes couldn’t take Northwestern lightly. After a…

  10. Nebraska sets Bone Marrow Awareness Day for Sunday

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Miles

    The Nebraska basketball program is taking advantage of the NABC Suits and Sneakers weekend by teaming up with the American Cancer Society on Sunday when the Huskers host Minnesota in a Big Ten contest Fans and students are encouraged to help the Huskers and the American Cancer Society in their ways to raise awareness for…

  11. Assigned Reading: Sports Illustrated’s ‘The art of the steal’

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fuquan Edwin, Russ Smith

    I really enjoyed “The art of the steal” by Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Hamilton on Thursday, which broke down many of the nation’s best at producing steals. The piece takes an in-depth look into the thought process and methodology of players such as Jordan Adams at UCLA, Briante Weber at VCU, Fuquan Edwin at Seton Hall and…

  12. Pregame Shootaround: Battle for Michigan headlines a busy Saturday of hoops

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland v Michigan State

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State (7 p.m., ESPN) Michigan State may be playing this game in the Breslin Center, but it’s hard to see a way that the Spartans will be considered a favorite heading into this game. We already know they are going to be without Branden Dawson,…

  13. Stony Brook hangs on against Vermont, moves to 6-0 in America East

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

    Steve Pikiell Stony Brook

    With the top two teams in the America East doing battle, it should come as no surprise that this one came down to the final possessions. What may have been a surprise, however, is Stony Brook relinquishing a 17 point lead with 16 minutes remaining, and nearly giving the game away at the end with…

  14. Russ Smith escorts high school freshman for her homecoming court

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals NCAA Basketball Celebration

    Stories like this make you smile. Russ Smith was attending a high school basketball game because he’s good friends with Dean Baumert — a former student manager at Louisville — who is now an assistant coach with Eastern High School. It just so happened that the high school game was part of a double-header, so Smith…

  15. Syracuse University details vision for a new 44,000 seat sports arena

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

    Georgetown v Syracuse

    How many years does the storied Carrier Dome have left in it? Syracuse University is still in the early stages of mulling over plans for building a new 44,000 seat sports arena, but assuming the vision of the university is brought to fruition, it would take roughly four years for the construction of the stadium…

  16. Robert Morris suspends four members of men’s basketball team indefinitely

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

    Robert Morris

    News broke earlier today that Robert Morris has indefinitely suspended four members of the men’s basketball team, including freshman standout Jeremiah Worthem. Along with Worthem, freshman Briton Lee, sophomore Evan Grey, and Shaire Tolson-Ford have been suspended. Craig Meyer was the first to report the news. RMU athletic director Craig Coleman said in a statement: “Student-athletes at Robert…

  17. Jay Bilas on Florida’s Chris Walker’s eligibility: “I don’t think it’s any of the NCAA’s business”

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chris Walker, Jarell Martin

    Has there been a more talked about player in college basketball this season who hasn’t stepped foot on the floor other than Chris Walker? Doubtful. The saga of Walker’s eligibility at Florida continues to grow. Walker wasn’t officially accepted into the school until mid-December. Yet, despite his enrollment, the NCAA has declared him ineligible to…

  18. Dartmouth’s Gabas Maldunas will miss rest of season with a torn ACL

    Jan 24, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Gabas Maldunas

    Dartmouth’s Gabas Maldunas will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL to his right knee suffered in practice, the school announced this past Wednesday. Maldunas, who is the Big Green’s leading scorer and rebounder, was having a standout season and a big reason for Dartmouth’s improved play from last year. The…

  19. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: America East clash highlights light slate

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Vermont at Stony Brook, 9:00 p.m. EST (ESPNU) Just two teams remain undefeated in America East play and it’s the two teams many expected to be the leading contenders to win the conference title back in the preseason. And with tonight’s schedule boasting just six games this is a good opportunity…

  20. Basketball community bands together in support of Akron director of basketball ops Dan Peters

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

    Akron Athletics

    In mid-December Akron director of basketball operations Dan Peters went on leave after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, leaving the Zips without a man who has more than three decades of coaching experience at the college level. With this being Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” weekend, the event takes on added meaning for Keith…