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  1. POSTERIZED: Wright State’s Jerran Young finishes with authority (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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    With there being just four games on the college basketball schedule Friday night, the eight teams in action may be able to grab a little more attention from diehard fans of the sport. And if those fans watched the Horizon League battle between Green Bay and Wright State they saw some impressive basketball from both…

  2. Could the NCAA’s Division I setup be in line for a change?

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

    emmert

    The current structure of the NCAA is an interesting one, with their being three divisions (I, II and III) with separate championship systems. Obviously at the Division I level schools can give out more scholarships than Division II schools, and Division III schools don’t offer athletic scholarships. But within Division I there’s quite the division…

  3. Saint Louis rides stifling defense to ten-game win streak

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

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    Ranked 24th nationally, the Saint Louis Billikens have won ten straight games since losing to Wichita State on December 1. How have they done it? Primarily due to a defense that has been absolutely stifling in the half court, while also limiting opponents’ opportunities to get out in the open floor. Limiting teams to 38.7%…

  4. Assigned Reading: Alex Barlow draws inspiration from late cousin

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Butler junior guard Alex Barlow has gone from being a walk-on who played in only 16 games as a freshmen to earning a spot in the starting lineup for 23 of the Bulldogs’ 36 games in 2012-13. This season Barlow’s started all 17 games for Butler, posting averages of 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3…

  5. American off to fast start in the Patriot League under first-year coach Mike Brennan

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    American University Athletic Communications

    After longtime coach Jeff Jones left for Old Dominion and four players graduated from last year’s ten win team, expectations were low for Mike Brennan in his first year at American. The Eagles, who entered this season after having graduated four players, were picked to finish 9th in the ten team Patriot League. Brennan was…

  6. Florida forward Casey Prather cleared to return Saturday

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    A discussion of the most improved players in college basketball this season has to include the name of Florida senior forward Casey Prather. After averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a junior Prather’s raised his production to 17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, leading the Gators in scoring. But…

  7. Hampton adds former Miami (OH) guard Reggie Johnson

    Jan 17, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    Nine games into the 2013-14 season sophomore guard Reggie Johnson made the decision to leave the program, resulting in the RedHawks losing their second-leading scorer at the time. Johnson averaged 11.8 points per game for Miami, eclipsing the 20-point mark in three of the nine games he played in. According to College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips,…

  8. Boston College center Dennis Clifford to miss remainder of season

    Jan 17, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Entering the season with expectations of possibly making a move up the ACC standings, things haven’t gone as planned for Boston College. The combination of a rugged non-conference schedule and some porous defense resulted in Steve Donahue’s Eagles missing on multiple opportunities for quality wins, and at 1-3 in ACC play the Eagles find themselves…

  9. North Carolina suspends research work of Mary Willingham in aftermath of CNN report

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

    North Carolina

    A little over a week ago a study completed by CNN took a look at the academic credentials of student-athletes entering college, focusing on their reading levels specifically. According to the research done by correspondent Sara Ganim, anywhere from seven to eighteen percent of basketball and football players at some Division I schools are reading…

  10. No changes to current transfer model expected just yet

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

    Jake Thomas

    With the spike in the number of transfers in college basketball in recent years, many coaches and administrators openly asked if it were time to make some changes. With waivers granting players immediate eligibility at their new schools and graduate students having the ability to complete their career at a new school, many likened the…

  11. Louisville’s Chris Jones unlikely to play Saturday at UConn

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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    According to Louisville head coach Rick Pitino junior guard Chris Jones, who missed Thursday’s 91-52 win over Houston, is expected to miss the Cardinals’ game at UConn on Saturday night due to an oblique injury. Jones, the top-ranked junior college player at the end of last season, is averaging 11.3 points and 2.9 assists per…

  12. Former Washington guard Hikeem Stewart lands at Kentucky Wesleyan

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Through five games this season guard Hikeem Stewart didn’t see much playing time at Washington, playing a total of 22 minutes with five of his six shot attempts and all five points scored coming in one game (a win over Eastern Washington). With the trio of Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox and Nigel Williams-Goss in line…

  13. Weekend Preview: Saturday is the best slate of games this season

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Kansas, 4:00 p.m. This is going to be a doozy. Let’s start with the obvious: Oklahoma State and Kansas are the two best teams in the Big 12. And while the preseason luster of Marcus Smart vs. Andrew Wiggins (who, at the time, were…

  14. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    An oral history of Hoop Dreams 20 years after its premiere (The Dissolve) In 1994 the documentary Hoop Dreams made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with the film documenting the lives of two youngsters from Chicago looking to realize their dreams through the game of basketball. A critically acclaimed movie, the lessons that can be…

  15. Late Night Snacks: No. 11 Ohio State suffers third straight loss

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: UConn 83, No. 17 Memphis 73 Don’t be fooled by the final margin; this was an entertaining game that was tight until the Huskies made a few stops and knocked down their free throws in the final minute. DeAndre Daniels (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Shabazz Napier (17 points, ten assists)…

  16. Defensive effort, Norman Powell stand out for No. 25 UCLA in Boulder

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

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    With No. 21 Colorado receiving much of the attention heading into Thursday night’s game against No. 25 UCLA due to the loss of starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the contest was likely to be more of a referendum on the Buffaloes than the Bruins. Steve Alford’s team took No. 1 Arizona down to the wire…

  17. Minnesota’s front line comes to the rescue against No. 11 Ohio State

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota v Michigan State

    It’s officially time to be concerned about No. 11 Ohio State. Their inability to consistently create offense is a problem, and the fact that they can get exposed by opponents with more powerful front lines certainly doesn’t help matters. Think about it like this: the Buckeyes got 22 points from leading scorer LaQuinton Ross and…

  18. Scoring options lacking in No. 21 Colorado’s loss to No. 25 UCLA

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

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    When it was announced on Monday that point guard Spencer Dinwiddie would be lost for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, No. 21 Colorado had to figure out a way to account for the production lost as a result. The Buffaloes’ leader and most talented player, Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points and…

  19. Three-point shooting proves costly in Missouri’s loss at Vanderbilt

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:59 PM EDT

    haith

    At first glance Missouri’s SEC schedule looked to be tailor-made for a 3-0 start, with a home game against Georgia followed by road tilts at Auburn and Vanderbilt. But after losing to an emotional group of Bulldogs in the league opener and at Vanderbilt on Thursday night, Frank Haith’s team finds itself sitting at 1-2…

  20. UConn’s supporting cast shows up in win over No. 17 Memphis

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

    Connecticut v Memphis

    Shabazz Napier had 17 points and 10 assists and Deandre Daniels chipped in with 23 points and 11 boards as UConn went into the FedEx Forum and knocked off the No. 17 Memphis Tigers, 83-73. It was an enormous win for the Huskies, who were coming off of losses to Stanford, SMU and Houston in…