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  1. NCAA announces eight finalists for 2017-20 Final Fours

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    On Monday, the NCAA announced eight potential sites for the men’s basketball Final Four during the 2017-2020 seasons. The eight finalists announced by the NCAA are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. The eight finalists have combined to host 24 Final Fours and are also scheduled to host…

  2. Stanford mascot assaults a wildcat to prepare for Arizona game? (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Stanford will host No. 1 Arizona on Wednesday. The Wildcats are undefeated. In an effort to get their campus prepared for what they believe will be a beatdown of the Wildcats, the Stanford mascot spent the weekend beating down … a wildcat?

  3. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Bedlam in Oklahoma after Duke visits Pitt

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Duke v Clemson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 17 Duke at No. 18 Pitt, 7:00 p.m. Like it or not, this is the ACC that we’re working with now: Pitt hosting Duke in a pivotal league battle. The Panthers have yet to beat an NCAA tournament caliber team, and their poor scheduling has left a team that, by…

  4. Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne ‘very doubtful’ for Tuesday’s showdown with Iowa

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Adreian Payne has missed the last five games with a sprained foot, and it finally caught up to the Spartans on Saturday as they lost to Michigan in East Lansing. On Tuesday, the Spartans head down to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes, and head coach Tom Izzo doesn’t expect to have Payne in…

  5. Report: Chane Behanan to transfer to Colorado State

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    Missouri State v Louisville

    Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan will transfer to Colorado State for his final season of eligibility, according to a report from Jason King of Bleacher Report. Behanan, who is still in Houston receiving treatment for personal issues at the John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center, has already enrolled in online courses at the university. He…

  6. Report: Alex Kirk’s injury is to lower leg, officially day-to-day

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    The big news coming out of Fort Collins on Saturday wasn’t that New Mexico went into Moby Arena and knocked off Colorado State, it’s that they did so without Alex Kirk on the court. Kirk sat out with an undisclosed injury and was officially listed as day-to-day. The Lobos never went back to New Mexico…

  7. College Basketball Week in Review: Bryce Cotton’s a star, Texas and Michigan surge

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bryce Cotton, Providence Bryce Cotton has been a really good player for the Friars for a long time, but since Providence has spent the entirety of his tenure on campus mired in national irrelevance, he hasn’t gotten near the amount of attention that he deserves. This week that changed. Cotton averaged 21.5…

  8. Veteran Utah Valley squad grabs early control of WAC race

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Before the season began many, yours truly included, made the assumption that WAC holdover New Mexico State would be the class of the conference. With preseason player of the year in Daniel Mullings and reigning WAC tournament MVP Sim Bhullar leading the way, Marvin Menzies’ team was expected to take full advantage of the hand…

  9. Marcus Smart apologizes for Saturday’s outburst

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart had one of the worst performances of his collegiate career on Saturday afternoon. Not only did he finish just 1-for-7 from the floor with all of four points before fouling out, he had a couple of embarrassing meltdowns as well. ESPN’s cameras caught him kicking a chair on the sideline in the first…

  10. La Salle legend Tom Gola passed away Sunday night

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Tom Gola, one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, passed away on Sunday night. He was 81 years old. Gola was Philly through and through. A native of the city, he won a Catholic League title at La Salle High School before heading to La Salle University where he would become one…

  11. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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    The toughest team to rank this week was Michigan, a team sitting at 15-4 on the season that, until last week, wasn’t even in the conversation to be in the top 25. I had them 18th last week. I slotted them No. 5 this week. Too high? Maybe, but there are a couple of things…

  12. Report: SMU freshman Keith Frazier had at least one failing grade changed in HS

    Jan 27, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    South Florida v SMU

    SMU’s McDonald’s All-American freshman Keith Frazier was a huge recruiting coup for head coach Larry Brown, but according to a report from WFAA, an ABC affiliate in Dallas, there’s a possibility that Frazier should not have been allowed to graduate from high school. Frazier was reportedly failing or behind in three classes at the end…

  13. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Former La Salle great Tom Gola passes away (Philadelphia Daily News) On Sunday it was reported that Tom Gola, who led the La Salle Explorers to NCAA and NIT titles as a player, passed away at the age of 81. In four seasons at La Salle, Gola accounted for 2,461 points and 2,201 rebounds, with…

  14. Late Night Snacks: Arizona survives, UCLA wins, Petteway goes crazy

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Prairie View v UCLA

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Arizona 65, Utah 56 The Wildcats put together one of the worst games that we’ll see them play this season and they still managed to pull away from Utah down the stretch, winning comfortably. A better-than-you-think Utah team jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never went away, taking…

  15. Offensive rebounding, Nick Johnson push No. 1 Arizona past Utah

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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    TUCSON, Ariz. — Just a couple days removed from a comfortable win over Colorado, No. 1 Arizona was faced with the task of taking care of business against another opponent they were expected to handle. Utah, which has been much-improved thanks to the addition of Delon Wright and the progression of Jordan Loveridge, has the…

  16. Minnesota stumbles at Nebraska without Andre Hollins

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    Richard Pitino

    Minnesota found out the hard way that the road is a tough place to win in college basketball. The Gophers went 2-2 during a four-game stretch against ranked team, winning both home games and losing the pair on the road. Makes sense. Minnesota is good enough to beat teams better than them at the Barn,…

  17. No. 15 Cincinnati survives at Temple, but did they lose Justin Jackson?

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Sean Kilpatrick scored 29 points to lead the way for No. 15 Cincinnati in a win over Temple on Sunday afternoon, but moving to 8-0 in AAC play was a much tougher task than the Bearcats expected. Playing without Justin Jackson for much of the game after the senior center injured his ankle, Cincinnati still…

  18. SMU beats Houston, surpasses last season’s win total

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

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    In his first season at the helm at SMU, Larry Brown led the Mustangs to a 15-win season despite the fact that two talented transfers in point guard Nic Moore and power forward Markus Kennedy were unable to play in games. Now that those two are available SMU’s become a better basketball team, and on…

  19. Illinois drops sixth straight as offensive woes continue

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

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    During non-conference play Illinois had the look of a team capable of returning to the NCAA tournament despite the graduation of Tyler Griffey, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice took over the role of primary scoring option, with players such as Tracy Abrams and Joseph Bertrand being productive options as well. But…

  20. Memphis rolls past South Florida, 80-58, at home

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

    Joe Jackson

    Memphis, No. 23 in the nation, had its eight-point first half lead cut to one with more than seven minutes remaining. However, the Tigers would go on a 10-0 run to enter halftime with a 34-22 lead. In the second half, Memphis’ 3-point shooting heated up as the Tigers cruised to an 80-58 victory over…