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  1. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 1, No. 2 play, plenty of bubble action

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Malik Smith, Alex Olah

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 20 Iowa at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota’s running out of chances if they want to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Tonight’s matchup with Iowa would be a great opportunity to pick up a marquee and start getting themselves headed in the right direction. THE OTHER GAME OF…

  2. Timing issue cost UNLV vs. Boise State, but not how you think

    Feb 25, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Over the weekend, we had one of the most exciting finishes in college basketball as UNLV was knocked off by Boise State in overtime when Deville Smith’s game-winning jumper was waived off. It came a split-second too late. League officials reviewed the tape and agreed. The ball was still touching Smith’s fingertips when the clock…

  3. Doug McDermott joins the Dan Patrick Show on NBC Sports Network (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Doug McDermott joined the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning to discuss, among other things, his value as an NBA player and what it means to be passing all the all-time greats on college basketball’s scoring leaderboard. If McBuckets is going to be this season’s college hoops ambassador, I don’t think we could have picked…

  4. Rysheed Jordan questionable for game vs. Xavier after death of relative (UPDATE)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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    (UPDATE: According to St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, Rysheed Jordan will play against Xavier, but will not start.) St. John’s freshman guard Rysheed Jordan has been ruled questionable for Tuesday night’s game against Xavier after the death of a relative. He was back in Philadelphia with his family on Monday, missing practice, but was scheduled…

  5. CBS, Turner announce broadcast teams for the tournament

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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    CBS and Turner has announced their March Madness broadcast teams. The Final Four will be called by Jim Nantz, Steve Kerr, Greg Anthony and Tracy Wolfson. It will be the first time that Anthony has called a Final Four and National Title game. Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage during the Final Four and be…

  6. Jim Boeheim, Mark Turgeon exchange verbal jabs after Syracuse win

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mark Turgeon

    Maryland lost to No. 4 Syracuse 57-55 on Monday night, a game that put an end to any hope that the Terps had of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. It was their fourth loss is their last six games, all four of which came against top 25 teams in the conference. None…

  7. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: This is really all you need to know about McDermott: He averaged 27.5 points in wins at Marquette and over Seton Hall at home, and no one even batted an eye. How good do you have to be for 55 points over the course of two games in the Big East…

  8. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Joel Embiid

    Kansas announces donor for basketball players’ apartments (Kansas City Star) Some of the nation’s richest college basketball programs have taken strides in recent years to make sure that their players have everything they need right at the fingertips. Usually that focuses on where the team trains, with practice facilities seemingly being built every year. However…

  9. Brother returns from deployment, surprises sister on Senior Night (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    Albright Athletics

    Albright University held their senior night on Saturday, and forward Meghan Boyle was one of the honorees. Her brother, William, surprised her before the game. He has been deployed in Afghanistan for the past year.

  10. Late Night Snacks: Syracuse holds off Terps, Kansas wins Big 12 again

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Syracuse 57, Maryland 55 The No. 4 Orange picked up a very close two-point road win on Monday night in ACC play as they held their breath as Seth Allen’s three-pointer to win at the buzzer rimmed out. Tyler Ennis (20 points) and C.J. Fair (17 points) led the scoring punch…

  11. Bubble Banter: Oklahoma State controls destiny with a tough road ahead

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    There are 23 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Oklahoma State (RPI: 49, KenPom: 27) may have left Marcus Smart’s jersey in…

  12. No. 5 Kansas locks up 10th straight Big 12 title, an incredible feat

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v Kansas

    Naadir Tharpe scored 12 of his 19 points in the final six minutes, adding five assists and just a single turnover while shooting 6-for-7 from the floor as No. 5 Kansas knocked off Oklahoma, 83-75, earning the Jayhawks at least a share of their 10th straight Big Ten title. I’ll get back to that in…

  13. Can Oklahoma get enough stops to beat the best teams in the country?

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    With Oklahoma’s 83-75 loss at Kansas on Monday night, the Sooners lost yet another chance to win an elite road game. Oklahoma can definitely put up points but can the Sooners can get stops to win games against teams as good as Kansas? Lon Kruger’s team has multiple scoring options and shooters and they’re 12th…

  14. Purdue senior guard Sterling Carter to miss remainder of season with torn ACL

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Purdue had some tough news come its way on Monday as the school and head coach Matt Painter announced that senior guard Sterling Carter is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Carter, a transfer from Seattle, suffered the knee injury in Purdue’s game against Nebraska on Saturday. The senior had…

  15. Maryland’s competing now, but issues at the point keep popping up

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

    Maryland v Duke

    Maryland was in danger of missing the NCAA tournament before Monday night’s visit from No. 4 Syracuse, and while their 57-55 loss doesn’t really damage an already weak profile, what it does is take away yet another opportunity to make themselves look better in the eyes of the committee. The Terps have now lost three…

  16. POSTERIZED: Campbellsville’s Eric Gaines throws down monster slam on defender

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    This edition of Posterized comes to you from the NAIA ranks as Eric Gaines from Campbellsville University in Kentucky just destroys a Lindenwood defender on a a breakaway dunk. The 6-foot-4 Gaines, a junior, spent his first two seasons of college at Kent State before transferring to Campbellsville, where he now throws down vicious dunks…

  17. No. 4 Syracuse holds off Maryland

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Syracuse doesn’t necessarily have the offensive game to blow out unranked opponents, but the No. 4 Orange are used to winning tight games. Jim Boeheim’s ballclub bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Duke to knock off Maryland 57-55 on Monday for an ACC road win. The Orange gave up a late run to Maryland and…

  18. Do Tennessee fans want Bruce Pearl back as head coach?

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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    As Tennessee lingers on the bubble again under head coach Cuonzo Martin and after a tough loss to Texas A&M, the fans in the state might be getting a little restless. According to a report from Nick Cole of the Tennessean, former Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl was in Nashville to be apart of SportsFest,…

  19. Wyoming’s Charles Hankerson suspended indefinitely

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Wyoming has suspended Charles Hankerson indefinitely, head coach Larry Shyatt announced on Monday afternoon. A 6-foot-4 junior guard, Hankerson was averaging 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in just over 17 minutes this season. No reason was given for the suspension, and Shyatt said that the team will have no further comment. This is rough timing for…

  20. Stephen F. Austin could be a scary team to play in March

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    As we get closer to March, Southland leader Stephen F. Austin might be one of the scarier teams a program could potentially face in the NCAA Tournament. At 25-2 — and 14-0 in the Southland with a three-game lead — the Lumberjacks have won 22 consecutive games and are winning by an average of 13.8…