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  1. Team Geno beats Team Kevin in UConn’s coed “First Night” scrimmage

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:56 PM EST

    Shabazz Napier, Breanna Stewart

    UConn has been a powerhouse in both men’s and women’s college basketball for decades now. Both teams enjoy massive popularity in Storrs, but they have sometimes rumored to be at odds with one another – especially when Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma were vying for the spotlight at the same time. Under Kevin Ollie, however,…

  2. Watch Brian Greene, Jr’s #DunkCity After Dark highlights (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo: FGCU Athletics

    There are only two dunks on this highlight reel from Florida Gulf Coast’s midnight madness event, but they are pretty impressive. In case you miss the degree of difficulty on the first run-through, a helpful editor has slowed them down on the second and third passes. The dunker in question is Brian Greene, Jr., a…

  3. Spurned by GW, Akil Mitchell is standing tall at UVA

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Akil Mitchell

    When Anthony Mitchell thinks his son needs a little push, he whispers a name in his ear. “Karl Hobbs” This might seem strange, since Hobbs is currently the Director of Basketball Operations at UConn, and Akil Mitchell is a senior forward for Tony Bennett at Virginia, but there’s a story behind it all. A story…

  4. Calipari to Big Blue Madness crowd: “We are college basketball” (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    John Calipari

    In case it wasn’t obvious already, John Calipari knows how to tell people what they like to hear. If you’re a top-ten basketball talent and you want someone to tell you you’ll be a lottery pick with the right coaching, he can do that. If your stud forward wants to meet Jay-Z or Drake, he…

  5. Tennessee gets commitment from 2015 shooting guard

    Oct 19, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Cuonzo Martin

    Tennessee nabbed a commitment from the 2015 class on Saturday afternoon as shooting guard Camron Justice tweeted that he committed to the Volunteers. It's official I'm committing to the University of Tennessee!! 🏀 #Vols — Camron (@CamronJustice5) October 19, 2013 Justice played in the Nike EYBL during the AAU season and averaged a team-leading 11.5…

  6. Western Carolina’s Trey Sumler looks to leave mark in final season

    Oct 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    W Carolina Tennessee Basketball

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Hope springs eternal in college basketball (and sports in general), with the start of a new season sparking optimism amongst programs across the country. That’s certainly the case in the Southern Conference,…

  7. Memphis Madness opens season with dunk contest (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Josh Pastner

    In front of 18,000 rambunctious fans, Memphis Madness kicked off last night as the Tigers unveiled their new lineup for the 2013-14 season at the FedEx Forum. After the Memphis fans got done booing former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for donning an orange tie and orange suspenders — and covering that up with a Memphis jacket…

  8. BYU freshman Eric Mika wins dunk contest at BYU’s ‘Boom Shakalaka’ (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Eric Mika

    BYU unofficially kicked off its season on Friday night with their “Boom Shakalaka” event that included a dunk contest, three-point contest and skills contest. With a cool event name and slick lighting and presentation, the video from the dunk contest, in particular, looks really good as America can get a glimpse of BYU freshman big…

  9. 2013-2014 Southern Conference Preview: Can Elon unseat reigning champ Davidson?

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Matt Matheny

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  10. Florida Gulf Coast starting center Eric McKnight suspended six games

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Florida Gulf Coast v San Diego State

    Florida Gulf Coast starting center Eric McKnight has been suspended the first six games of the 2013-14 season according to a report from The News-Press. The 6-foot-8 redshirt junior was suspended due to an issue involving team or school policy and Eagles’ head coach Joe Dooley told the News-Press that the incident occurred before his…

  11. Kentucky’s womens coach Matthew Mitchell dances to James Brown and Britney Spears (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Matthew Mitchell

    Kentucky’s women’s coach had the most talked about entrance into Big Blue Madness last night, as he walked onto the court dancing to James Brown and, eventually, Britney Spears. I’ll admit it: I’m envious of his moves. Now can someone please go upload video of Jarrod Polson’s between-the-legs dunk? Please and thank you.

  12. Mark Gottfried jumped out of a plane to get to Primetime with the Pack (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 9:51 AM EST

    Temple v North Carolina State

    I’m really enjoying this new trend of college basketball coaches trying to one-up each other to find the most impressive way to enter their team’s Midnight Madness celebration. Jerod Haase took a helicopter. Tom Izzo got shot out of a cannon. And Mark Gottfried? Well, he jumped out of a plane. Awesome. I’m actually wildly…

  13. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo gets shot out of a cannon? (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:23 AM EST

    Tom Izzo

    Few coaches in college basketball have embraced the concept of “Midnight Madness” the way that Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has. Every year the head coach has come up with something original, with movies such as “300” and “Iron Man” serving as inspiration over the years. On Friday night Izzo and Michigan State seemingly…

  14. UAB’s Jerod Haase arrives at ‘Hoops on the Haasephalt’ via helicopter (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:47 PM EST

    Southern Mississippi UAB Basketball

    While the majority of head coach entrances at “Midnight Madness” events tend to be routine, there are a few outliers as well. New Mexico head coach Craig Neal rode to “The Pit” on his Harley-Davidson, and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim took a short ride to the Carrier Dome floor in a New York City taxi in two…

  15. Semi Ojeleye wins Duke’s dunk contest but Jabari Parker steals the show (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:35 PM EST

    Duke Athletics

    Duke’s slam dunk contest on Friday night ended up being a battle of the freshmen, with Jabari Parker and Semi Ojeleye squaring off in the final round. The winner: Ojeleye, who seems to be a bit of a “forgotten man” in some parts due to the presence of Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood…

  16. Rhode Island freshman Hassan Martin channels his inner ‘Jason Richardson’ (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:57 PM EST

    Rhode Island Athletics

    Earlier this week our own Rob Dauster put together a list of some of the nation’s best dunkers entering the 2013-14 season. A good list for sure, but Rhode Island freshman forward Hassan Martin threw down a dunk during URI’s preseason event on Thursday night that merits mention. Martin did fall to Rutgers transfer Gilvydas…

  17. Former Auburn guard Varez Ward may avoid going to trial in point-shaving case

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:40 PM EST

    Varez Ward

    Just over four months after being indicted on charges of bribery and conspiracy in connection with a point-shaving scandal, it looks as if there’s a chance that former Auburn guard Varez Ward could avoid being tried. According to the Associated Press, Ward’s attorneys have requested that Ward be entered into a pre-trial diversion program and…

  18. Forward Savon Goodman decides to leave UNLV program

    Oct 18, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

    Savon Goodman, Brandon Spearman

    In late August it was announced by UNLV head coach that while sophomore forward Savon Goodman would remain a member of the UNLV program, he would sit out the entire 2013-14 season in order to properly address off-court issues. Chief among the concerns was an arrest on charges including first degree burglary and grand larceny,…

  19. Santa Clara announces multi-year extension for head coach Kerry Keating

    Oct 18, 2013, 5:20 PM EST

    Kerry Keating

    Entering his seventh season as the head coach at Santa Clara, Kerry Keating has won 100 games and ranks behind only Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Saint Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett on the list of the most successful coaches in the WCC in the last decade. In two of the last three seasons Keating’s Broncos…

  20. Assigned Reading: What’s going on at Grambling?

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:09 PM EST

    grambling

    One aspect of college basketball that has drawn the ire of some fans over the years is the presence of “guarantee games,” contests in which a school pays the visiting school to play a contest that in most cases is little more than a glorified exhibition. Programs struggling to balance their accounts send teams on…