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  1. Xavier Thames, No. 5 San Diego State snatch valuable opportunity from Boise State

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Boise State entered Wednesday’s game against No. 5 San Diego State in need of a statement victory. Leon Rice’s team, having already lost seven games and sitting in the middle of the Mountain West standings, wouldn’t have many more opportunities for such a result with the conference not playing at the level it did a…

  2. No. 4 Wichita State clears biggest hurdle to undefeated season

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

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    We have officially reached the point in the year where No. 4 Wichita State running the table with an undefeated regular season now seems like a probability, not just a possibility. The Shockers survived their toughest road test in conference play, going into Terre Haute and knocking off Indiana State, 65-58. The Sycamores got 15…

  3. Eron Harris, Juwan Staten lead West Virginia past No. 21 Oklahoma

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Things didn’t go as planned for No. 21 Oklahoma as they made their way from Norman to Morgantown for their game at West Virginia on Wednesday night. With a winter storm forcing the travel party to re-route its flight to Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Oklahoma didn’t arrive in Morgantown until just over two hours before…

  4. Film Study: Marcus Smart’s shooting struggles, a failure in leadership?

    Feb 5, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Over the last two weeks, the No. 1 talking point when it comes to Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart is his penchant for flopping. And it’s justified. Smart has made a habit out of, ahem, over-emphasizing contact and wayward elbows. It’s not new — he did this last season as well — but it came to…

  5. Broken left hand sidelines Loyola (MD) guard Dylon Cormier indefinitely

    Feb 5, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Richmond, which announced on Wednesday that senior guard Cedrick Lindsay would miss the remainder of the season after tearing the meniscus in both of his knees, wasn’t the only program to lose its leading scorer. Loyola (MD) senior guard, who broke two bones in his left hand in the Greyhounds’ game against Army on Saturday,…

  6. Knee issues end Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay’s season

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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    Through 21 games Richmond senior guard Cedrick Lindsay was one of the best guards in the Atlantic 10, posting averages of 18.3 points and 4.0 assists per game for a team that is currently 14-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. With those numbers, it’s clear that Lindsay’s production has a significant impact on the…

  7. The Chase for 180: Taking Tyler Haws for granted

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

    Tyler Haws, Damyean Dotson

    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  8. POSTERIZED: Ole Miss defender successful avoids posterization (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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    This could have been bad. Julius Randle is a big, athletic dude, and when big, athletic dudes get a full head of steam and a clear lane to the basket, they do things like throw down massive dunks. Case in point above. Derrick Millinghaus is aware of this fact as well. Instead of stepping in…

  9. Report: UMass forward Maxie Esho out with a concussion

    Feb 5, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Things are not going well for UMass. The Minutemen have lost three of their last four games, a stretch that was precipitated by weeks worth of basketball where Derek Kellogg’s club failed to put together the kind of impressive wins you would expect from a top 25 team. UMass has another tough game tonight, as…

  10. Has North Carolina finally figured out their issues?

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    North Carolina had a brutal start to ACC play. They lost four of their first five games, and they weren’t good losses, either. At Wake Forest. At home to Miami. Beatdowns at the hands Syracuse and Virginia. This was a team that beat all three of the nation’s preseason top three teams? Well, the Tar…

  11. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Conference powerhouses on the road

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 4 Wichita State at Indiana State, 8:05 p.m. This is it. This is the toughest game that Wichita State is going to play before Arch Madness begins in a month. If they are going to end up losing at some point during the regular season, this is the game that…

  12. Defense serves as catalyst for Horizon League leader Green Bay

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    With senior center Alec Brown and junior guard Keifer Sykes leading the way, the Green Bay Phoenix entered the 2013-14 season with high hopes. After losing seven games by six points or less in 2012-13, another year of seasoning for the Phoenix had the potential to make a major difference in regards to their ability…

  13. John Calipari: Kentucky is the ‘most overanalyzed team’ in sports history

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Kentucky head coach John Calipari is calculating when it comes to what he says in the media. There’s a reason behind every statement he makes. Attend a couple Coach Cal press conferences, and you’ll begin to notice the talking points always end up being the same. Sometimes he’s trying to motivate his players, sometimes he’s…

  14. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Cal-Stanford game has plenty at stake (San Francisco Examiner) On the heels of their win over then-No. 1 Arizona, California’s looking to keep the momentum going with a win over Stanford on Wednesday night. However the game represents an opportunity for Stanford as well, with the Cardinal looking to move closer to earning the first…

  15. Late Night Snacks: Ohio State upsets Iowa; Duke, Kansas earn bounce-back wins

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Florida 68, Missouri 58   The Gators won their 14th straight game with Chris Walker playing the first game of his collegiate career. Walker, the 6-foot-10 freshman, scored four points and recorded two rebounds in seven minutes. The Tigers shot 8-of-21 from behind the arc to keep them in…

  16. Kansas center Joel Embiid considering staying at Kansas for sophomore season

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:54 PM EDT

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    There ought to be plenty of talent in the green room at this June’s NBA draft. Although a consensus top-3 pick, maybe the No. 1 overall pick, is exploring the idea of returning for his sophomore season. ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman  spoke with Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid before and after No. 8 Kansas’ 69-52…

  17. Chris Walker returns, Patric Young emerges in No. 3 Florida’s win over Mizzou

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

    Missouri v Florida

    The big news of the day for Florida was that stud freshman Chris Walker would be playing his first game as a collegian on Tuesday night. And he did enough to pique the interest of Florida fans, throwing down a couple of alley-oops while grabbing two boards and blocking two shots in limited minutes off…

  18. Aaron Craft, Ohio State return the favor with 76-69 road win over No. 17 Iowa

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    Aaron Craft

    The first meeting between Iowa and Ohio State ended with a double-digit road victory for the Hawkeyes. That was the second loss in a four-game losing streak for the Buckeyes. That skid continued until the end of January when the Buckeyes lost to Penn State at home in overtime. On Saturday, Ohio State looked like…

  19. Naadir Tharpe leds No. 6 Kansas to a win at Baylor

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

    Kansas v Baylor

    Baylor had their chance to knock off No. 8 Kansas on Tuesday night. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the two superstars on the Kansas roster, did not score in the first half until Wiggins his a halfcourt shot at the buzzer. They finished a combined 5-for-19 from the floor. Wiggins had 14 points, seven boards,…

  20. Andrew Wiggins with a halfcourt buzzer-beater? (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Andrew Wiggins didn’t score a single point in the first half of the Jayhawks’ trip to Baylor until he hit this shot from beyond half court at the end of the first half. If he continues to show off range like this, it will only help his NBA Draft stock. Right?