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  1. Illinois’ win at UNLV bigger than some seem to believe

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    rice

    Prior to their game at UNLV on Tuesday night, Illinois had yet to play a game away from the friendly confines of the State Farm Center in Champaign. John Groce’s team won those five games by an average margin of 20.6 points per game, with the closest result being a 64-52 win over Valparaiso on…

  2. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Maui ends, NIT and Great Alaska Shootout start

    Nov 27, 2013, 4:13 PM EST

    Syracuse Tyler Ennis

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 18 Baylor, 10:00 p.m. ET In the finals of the Maui Invitational, Baylor will get a chance to prove that the Big 12 is more than just a two-horse race. The Bears have developed a reputation over the years of being a team that simply rolls…

  3. 5-foot-9 PG Luke Adams plays for Texas Tech despite being born deaf

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    Northern Arizona v Texas Tech

    BROOKLYN — Every walk-on for every team in the country has a story. They aren’t supposed to be playing high-major basketball. They are, essentially, paying for the right to go through insane preseason workouts and to get whipped up on in practice on a daily basis just to be a glorified cheerleader at the end…

  4. Coach K not a fan of the fascination with one-and-done freshmen

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:11 PM EST

    Mike Krzyzewski

    It’s no secret that the biggest story in college basketball this season is the freshmen class: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon. Those guys are superstars. They’ve been talked about as high schoolers. They’re already being talked about as the savior of NBA franchises. There’s a reason that the Champions Classic, which featured…

  5. Chane Behanan’s Final Four ring was up for auction; but was it stolen?

    Nov 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    University of Louisville's Chane Behanan dunks the basketball over the North Carolina A&T's defense during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington

    Yesterday, the news made the rounds that Chane Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring was up for auction on the website Grey Flannel. Here’s a screen shot: And now? The item is no longer up for auction now that Behanan’s mom has reported it as stoled: So here’s the question that must be asked: How did…

  6. 75-foot buzzer-beater for the win? Yup (VIDEO)

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:57 AM EST

    shane_inp1

    I love shots like this. I have three reactions: 1) That is a packed house for an NAIA basketball game. 2) If you only watched the shot and didn’t stay for the replay with the announcer losing his mind, you’re doing it wrong. 3) The guy that hit the shot, Shane Merryman, is now averaging…

  7. Report: Dalonte Hill to resign as assistant coach at Maryland

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

    csnbaltimore.com

    We’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop with former Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill, and on Wednesday, it did. According to a report from Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Hill resigned on Wednesday afternoon as a result of the third DUI that he has gotten in the past five years. Hill was…

  8. POSTERIZED: Cincinnati’s Justin Jackson dunks all over UMass Lowell (VIDEO)

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Justin Jackson

    UMass Lowell is in its first season of Division I basketball, still searching for its first victory of the season. The River Hawks did not get a win on Tuesday after a 79-49 loss to Cincinnati. But UMass Lowell did a spot in this season’s posterized series, though it was on the wrong end of…

  9. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    James Flint

    Flint explains Drexel’s scheduling difficulty (PhilaHoops) The fight for respect has been a difficult one for Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint in regards to his program’s relationship with the other five Division I schools in Philadelphia. And in no area has that been more apparent than in scheduling, with the Dragons finding it increasingly difficult…

  10. Lamar Patterson’s improvement the biggest reason Pitt’s a legitimate ACC contender

    Nov 27, 2013, 2:27 AM EST

    Jaye Crockett, Lamar Patterson

      BROOKLYN — On Monday, after watching Pitt put a 23 point beatdown on Texas Tech, I wrote that the Panthers looked like they will be the team that takes advantage of some of the struggles the powers in the ACC have had this season. On Tuesday, Jamie Dixon’s  club made me look smart. In…

  11. Late Night Snacks: Baylor and Syracuse advance to Maui Invitational final

    Nov 27, 2013, 1:42 AM EST

    Syracuse Tyler Ennis

    GAME OF THE DAY: Baylor 67, Dayton 66 Baylor trailed by double-digits in the second half, but some late-game 3-pointers from Royce O’Neale and Gary Franklin set up Cory Jefferson’s heroics. He corralled a miss from Kenny Chery to put Baylor up 67-66 with 16 seconds to play. Baylor lead for a total of 2:08…

  12. Ron Baker, No. 12 Wichita State take CBE Classic title over BYU

    Nov 27, 2013, 1:08 AM EST

    Ron Baker

    Defense wins championships … and I guess that applies to early-season tournaments as well. Wichita State held BYU to 30 percent from the field, which includes forcing Tyler Haws into 3-for-15 shooting, en route to a 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship win on Tuesday night at the Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. The…

  13. Baylor comes back to defeat Dayton, will play No. 8 Syracuse in Maui final

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:39 PM EST

    Baylor Scott Drew

    Dayton led for more than 37 minutes in the Tuesday night’s Maui Invitational semifinal against No. 18 Baylor. Credit to the Bears, they hung tough, chipped away at the double-digit deficit and made some plays down the stretch to take a 67-66 win right out of the hands from the Flyers and punch their ticket…

  14. Oklahoma State’s Stevie Clark suspended from the team

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:17 PM EST

    Stevie Clark, Jevon Taylor

    Oklahoma State freshman point guard Stevie Clark has been suspended from the team. He did not play in Monday night’s win over South Florida and according to The Oklahoman, he was not with the team in Tampa. “Stevie Clark is not currently with the Cowboys due to personal matters,” head coach Travis Ford said in…

  15. POSTERIZED: Jerami Grant’s putback slam caps career night in Syracuse’s win over Cal (VIDEO)

    Nov 26, 2013, 9:06 PM EST

    Mouphtaou Yarou, Darrun Hilliard, Jerami Grant

    Jerami Grant threw down a vicious two-handed putback slam in Tuesday night’s 92-81 win over Cal in Maui Invitational semifinals. That dunk capped off a career night for the Syracuse sophomore forward. Grant finished with a career-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists before fouling out with 3:01 to play.…

  16. Cody Doolin to leave the San Francisco team

    Nov 26, 2013, 7:44 PM EST

    USF Athletics

    San Francisco received a huge blow to their hopes of competing in the WCC this season when it was announced on Tuesday that point guard Cody Doolin will be leaving the team for personal reasons. “I respect Cody’s decision to devote more time to other matters in his life that will require his attention away…

  17. Division II Metro State upsets Elon and Canisius in consecutive days

    Nov 26, 2013, 7:34 PM EST

    Facebook/Metro State Roadrunners

    How good is Metro State? In consecutive days the Division II program located in Denver defeated Elon, one of the favorites in the Southern Conference, and on Tuesday the Roadrunners knocked off Canisius, a contender in the MAAC this year. Metro State is the top-ranked team in Division II, ending last season with a heartbreaking…

  18. Rick Pitino and Louisville to open 2014-2015 season against son Richard and Minnesota?

    Nov 26, 2013, 6:31 PM EST

    Billy Minardi Classic - Florida International v Louisville

    Rick Pitino really wants to coach against his son Richard again. The father and son meet last season when Rick’s eventual national champion cruised past Richard’s Florida International team. The younger Pitino is now at Minnesota, which sets up a potential Big Ten-ACC clash beginning next season when Louisville leaves the American after a one-year…

  19. Washington forward Shawn Kemp Jr. diagnosed with Graves’ disease

    Nov 26, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    Getty Images

    On Tuesday afternoon, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar announced that junior forward, Shawn Kemp. Jr — son of the six-time NBA All-Star — was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. According to a press release from the university, Kemp, who developed symptoms in July, was officially diagnosed in September, which caused him to miss most of the…

  20. Marquette shows signs of offensive progress in Monday’s defeat

    Nov 26, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    buzz

    TEMPE, Ariz. — On the heels of two poor offensive performances, the way in which No. 25 Marquette began its game on Monday night against Arizona State may have led to many Golden Eagle fans thinking the same thought: here we go again. After a Jamil Wilson jumper 12 seconds into the game Marquette missed…