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  1. Turnovers prove critical in Oklahoma’s win over No. 24 Texas

    Mar 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Entering Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, No. 24 Texas ranked dead last in the Big 12 in turnover margin and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio. Those have been areas of concern for Rick Barnes’ team, which has exceeded the preseason expectations set by many who believed the head coach was on the proverbial hot seat. And against…

  2. With Jerami Grant reeling, is No. 4 Syracuse deep enough to win a title?

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:57 PM EDT

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    The second half of Syracuse’s loss at Virginia on Saturday made it clear that the Orange need more from their reserves if they have any chance at winning at competing for a NCAA title. The Orange were tied 40-all to Virginia with 13:55 left after a Trevor Cooney three, but Virginia’s depth and balance led…

  3. Finally at full strength, Michigan State sleepwalks through loss to Illinois

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

    Tracy Abrams, Gavin Schilling, Adreian Payne

    For the first time since January 4th, Michigan State played a basketball game with everyone on their roster available as Branden Dawson made his triumphant return from a broken hand on Saturday afternoon. It’s the moment that we’ve been waiting for since Gary Harris sat out his first game with a bum ankle way back…

  4. No. 12 Virginia claims first ACC regular season title since 1981

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    In their final non-conference game before the start of ACC play No. 12 Virginia turned in its worst performance of the season, losing 87-52 at Tennessee in a game that was never in doubt. On that evening Tony Bennett’s squad looked more like a team that would have to fight its way into the NCAA…

  5. No. 1 Florida rolls past LSU for 21st straight victory

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Florida continues to roll through the SEC as the No. 1 Gators earned their 21st consecutive victory with Saturday’s 79-61 home SEC win over LSU. The Gators had tremendous balance on offense in the win as five Florida players had seven-to-10 field goal attempts to help Florida shoot 57 percent (31-for-54) from the field and…

  6. Louisville needs their role players to step up

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    Montrezl Harrell played arguably his best game in a Louisville jersey on Saturday, taking over for long stretches of the second half and finishing with 25 points, 12 boards and three steals while shooting 11-for-17 from the floor. Russ Smith was just as dominant in the first half, scoring 14 of his 19 points and…

  7. POSTERIZED: North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto skies over a defender (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Clearly, Virginia Tech junior guard Will Johnston hasn’t bookmarked College Basketball Talk because he would have seen the kind of destruction that North Carolina sophomore wing J.P. Tokoto does at the rim. The 6-foot-5 Tokoto put down another big slam on Saturday as the Tar Heels won a close one on the road at Virginia…

  8. Undefeated regular season says all we need to know about No. 2 Wichita State

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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    31-0. They did it. With a 68-45 win over Missouri State, No. 2 Wichita State became the first team since St. Joseph’s in 2004 to finish the regular season undefeated. I hope you all can appreciate that fact. Because regardless of what happens, the argument about just how good this Wichita State team is will…

  9. No. 21 Memphis rallies to earn big home win over No. 7 Louisville

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

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    The No. 21 Memphis Tigers earned a huge home win on Saturday as they rallied late in the game to beat No. 7 Louisville 72-66 on Saturday for an American Athletic Conference home win. The Tigers went on a crucial 15-1 run and scored at least a point on eight consecutive possessions to close out…

  10. No. 11 Cincinnati’s loss to UConn shows it needs more offensive variety

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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    The No. 11 Cincinnati Bearcats are one of the toughest teams in the country. Nobody will dispute that Mick Cronin’s team can rebound and defend with the best of them. But does Cincinnati have enough scoring and variety on offense to be a major factor in March? After Saturday’s 51-45 road loss to UConn, Cincinnati…

  11. UConn knocks off No. 11 Cincinnati despite off-night from Shabazz Napier

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    No. 11 Cincinnati is the kind of team that should, theoretically, give UConn problems. They are good as anyone in the country defensively, and UConn is not a difficult team to develop a game-plan for. Slow down Shabazz Napier, makes life difficult for Ryan Boatright and Deandre Daniels, and win. The Bearcats attack the offensive…

  12. POSTERIZED: Elite junior prospect Malik Newman crushes dunk on a defender (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Malik Newman might be the best high school scorer in the country, as the 6-foot-3 guard from Jackson, Mississippi was prolific at putting the ball in the basket last spring and summer. Newman has continued his strong play into his junior season as the Callaway High School guard threw down this vicious dunk on a…

  13. Report: Four ineligible teams allowed to compete in SWAC Tournament

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

    Josh Freelove, Lewis Jackson

    According to a report from Tim Gayle of the USA Today, SWAC officials announced on Friday that all 10 teams in the league would be allowed to participate in the 2014 conference tournament despite four teams being banned from the NCAA Tournament due to poor Academic Progress Rates. The SWAC has seen this sort of…

  14. Pregame Shootaround: March begins with a huge ACC tilt

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia, (4:00 p.m., ESPN): CBT’s own Rob Dauster broke down this weekend’s top matchups in our weekend preview: All of a sudden, this looks like the biggest game in the ACC this season. Believe it or not, Virginia currently holds a one game lead over…

  15. Late Night Snacks: Manhattan wins overtime thriller, Providence beats Seton Hall

    Feb 28, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

    Ed Cooley

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Manhattan 80, Iona 77 OT A competitive game throughout, Manhattan lost its 10-point halftime lead, and went to overtime as Emmy Andujar could not complete his coast-to-coast layup. Andujar would come up big in overtime, giving the Jaspers a five-point lead with 24 seconds to play. Luckily, Manhattan’s missed free throws down the…

  16. Brown takes down Penn, 76-67, inside The Palestra (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:58 PM EDT

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    Mike Martin is continuing another strong year with his alma mater, as the Brown Bears lead the entire game, defeating Penn, 76-67, inside The Palestra on Friday night. Steven Spieth scored 19 points and corralled 12 rebounds. Cedric Kuakumensah recorded the second double-double for Brown with 16 points, 10 boards. Brown grabbed 12 more rebounds than…

  17. Manhattan’s Steve Masiello says ‘[MAAC] is not a one-bid league’ after win over Iona

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

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    Emmy Andujar had a career night, scoring 28 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out three assists and coming away with three steals in Manhattan’s big MAAC 80-77 overtime win against regular season champion Iona on Friday night. Andujar went coast-to-coast at the end of regulation, but was denied by the rim as the Jaspers and Gaels…

  18. Bryce Cotton keeps Providence on the right path with win over Seton Hall

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Providence and Seton Hall got off to a slow start offensively, combining for three points in the first four-plus minutes of Friday night’s game in Newark. In the second half, the Friars leader, Bryce Cotton, caught fire, scoring 17 of his 24 in the second half as PC won its second straight Big East game…

  19. New Mexico State’s KC Ross-Miller, Renaldo Dixon suspended for roles in Thursday’s skirmish at Utah Valley

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    By now the footage of the post-game brawl that marred a competitive game between New Mexico State and Utah Valley has made the rounds, with the incident masking the fact that the Wolverines took a step towards the WAC regular season title with a 66-61 overtime victory. What got things going in the wrong direction…

  20. Assigned Reading: Caris LeVert’s defining moment

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Five freshmen joined the Michigan basketball team to start the 2012-2013 season. Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas cracked the starting lineup. Mitch McGary would later join them, as he was the breakout star during the NCAA tournament. Then there was Spike Albrecht, who scored his 17 first half points in an exciting national championship…