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  1. Wichita State won’t take part in Tip-Off Showcase event in Dallas

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

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    It’s official: Wichita State will not be taking part in the Tip-Off Showcase in Dallas on November 8th, the first day of games this season. The event was originally supposed to be a quadruple-header at the American Airlines Center, a way to tie the start of the year to the city where the season will…

  2. Florida-Gulf Coast, #DunkCity to be on ESPN’s Midnight Madness

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EST

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    Andy Enfield may be out in LA coaching USC now, but the legacy that he managed to build in one weekend in Philly still lives on. Florida-Gulf Coast ran through and dunked over Georgetown and San Diego State in the span of three days in last season’s NCAA tournament, becoming the first No. 15 seed…

  3. Rick Barry’s son plays at Charleston, shoots free throws underhand (VIDEO)

    Sep 4, 2013, 9:53 AM EST

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    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rick Barry, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, breeds hoopers. His four oldest sons all eventually became professionals, with Brent and Jon carving out extensive NBA careers for themselves. Barry has another kid in the basketball pipeline right now as well: Canyon Barry. Canyon is a…

  4. Eastern Michigan faces another daunting non-conference schedule

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Eastern Michigan v Purdue

    In Rob Murphy’s first two years as head coach of Eastern Michigan, the Eagles have seriously upped the rigor of their non-conference schedule. According to KenPom.com, Eastern Michigan’s non-conference strength of schedule was 276 in 2009-10 and 224 in 2010-11, but when Murphy arrived the strength of schedule was 106 in 2011-12 and 108 in…

  5. Report: South Dakota head coach David Boots retires after 25 seasons

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:10 PM EST

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    After 25 seasons of guiding South Dakota basketball and leading the Coyotes from the Division II North Central Conference and up to the ranks of Division I, first as an Independent and then as a member of the Great West Conference and then the Summit League, longtime head coach David Boots announced his retirement today.…

  6. Boston University’s Joe Jones to co-host Coaches vs. Cancer tip-off breakfast

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

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    To kick-off college basketball in the Bay State, the head coaches of the seven Division 1 schools in Massachusetts will gather at Boston’s TD Garden on the morning of September 26 for the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast. The breakfast will be hosted and moderated by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, with first-year Boston Celtics head coach Brad…

  7. Kyle Griffin named assistant coach at Lehigh

    Sep 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

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    Dr. Brett Reed and Lehigh athletics announced the hiring of Kyle Griffin as an assistant men’s basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon. Griffin will take the place of Stephen Ott on the coaching staff who was recently hired by first-year Florida International head coach Anthony Evans. Griffin, who comes to Lehigh from the Hoop Group, joins…

  8. Blue Ribbon releases 2013-14 first-team All-Americans

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

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    Earlier today, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook — otherwise known as the “Bible” for college hoops fans — released their first-team All-Americans, and the five names shouldn’t come as a surprise: Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, and Creighton’s Doug McDermott. If there is any conjecture…

  9. RIP Butler Blue II: Butler University’s mascot passes away

    Sep 3, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

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    It is with heavy hearts that we report to you that Butler’s beloved mascot, Butler Blue II, has passed away due to complications from congestive heart failure. Blue retired as Butler’s mascot on May 20th, but he officially handed over duties to Blue III, aka “Trip”, in a ceremony on March 9th. “Blue really galvanized…

  10. Assigned Reading: The insanity of following recruiting online

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

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    Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth. More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is. Me? I’ve become accustomed…

  11. Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon featured in incredible PR video (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:49 PM EST

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    Yes, that’s Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon, draped in boa constrictors, in one of the most ridiculously awesome promotional videos we’ve ever seen a Sports Information Department release. Maymon was a bull of a forward for the Vols during the 2011-2012 season, putting himself on the map with a 32-point, 20-rebound performance against Memphis in Maui,…

  12. Report: Rakeem Buckles’ appeal for a waiver at Minnesota denied

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:22 PM EST

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    Last week, Rakeem Buckles was denied a waiver by the NCAA that would have allowed the Florida International transfer to play immediately at Minnesota this season. On Tuesday, Buckles’ appeal was also denied, meaning that the former Louisville forward will be forced to return to Florida International to use his final season of eligibility, which…

  13. Ohio State has a locker for LeBron James in their locker room (PHOTO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

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    Ohio State unveiled their new basketball facilities today, and perhaps the biggest surprise for media folks present was a locker in the locker room dedicated to the world’s best basketball player. No, LeBron James hasn’t found a way around every rule in the NCAA rulebook and decided to suit up for the Buckeyes. It’s a…

  14. Michigan walk-on turns title game run into an eBook

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

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    When Michigan walk-on Josh Bartelstein started is blog on the MGoBlue website, it wasn’t much more than a creative way to pass the time and try to keep Wolverine fans interested in a program that had fallen way behind in-state rival Michigan State. Three years later, the blog has become an insider’s account of the…

  15. Georgia State’s RJ Hunter is a mid-major name you’ll want to remember

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:32 AM EST

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    One of my favorite parts about mid-major basketball is learning about the diamond in the rough, watching the kid that wasn’t good enough to deserve a high-major scholarship grow into a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. Whether they are stars that led their team to deep NCAA tournament runs — Stephen Curry, CJ McCollum,…

  16. Kevin Ware’s status remains uncertain for upcoming season

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

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    During a Monday press conference to address his upcoming Hall of Fame speech, Louisville coach Rick Pitino spoke about Kevin Ware’s status regarding his offseason. While there will be no suspension for the Louisville guard best known for his horrific injury during the NCAA Tournament, it is also uncertain when the junior will return to…

  17. Michigan State basketball supports the football team (VIDEO)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Memphis v Michigan State

    Michigan State basketball has already been rated No. 1 by Lindy’s and is in the hunt to win a national championship this season as Tom Izzo’s squad returns a deep and talented group. Gary Harris injury aside, the Spartans have a ton of weapons and will be a threat to win the Big Ten and…

  18. UCLA lands commitment from 2014 wing Trevon Bluiett

    Sep 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    The UCLA Bruins landed a big commitment on Monday afternoon as Indiana native and four-star wing scorer Trevon Bluiett committed to Steve Alford’s program. A product of Park Tudor High School, Bluiett took an official visit to the Bruins over the weekend and the news was first tweeted out by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Trevon Bluiett…

  19. Has Illinois found leaders for the 2013-14 season?

    Sep 2, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

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    Year one of John Groce’s tenure at Illinois saw a 23-win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. But that team was led by a couple of seniors with tremendous experience as Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson were natural leaders on the floor on the wing. One of the biggest questions…

  20. Report: Former Penn State big man Jon Graham joins Maryland program

    Sep 2, 2013, 2:33 PM EST

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    With three of their four scholarship front court players entering the 2013-14 season being underclassmen, the Maryland Terrapins can use some added experience inside. The lone scholarship upperclassman is Evan Smotrycz, who will play his first season in College Park after beginning his career at Michigan (senior John Auslander is a walk-on). According to multiple…