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  1. Oakland reinstates Duke Mondy, Dante Williams after two-game suspension

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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    Last week the Oakland Golden Grizzlies’ road trip to California took a turn for the worse when it was reported that players Duke Mondy and Dante Williams were arrested on charges of felony rape. Those charges would ultimately be dropped, but head coach Greg Kampe made the decision to send both home ahead of the…

  2. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 21 Iowa State visits Provo

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:09 PM EST

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 21 Iowa State at BYU (9:30 p.m., ESPNU)  Just a couple days after beating then-No. 7 Michigan in Ames, Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones visit BYU where they’ll encounter one of the nation’s better backcourt tandems (Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino) and one of the toughest environments around. Much will be made…

  3. Tyler Haws expects to return tonight against Iowa State

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:33 PM EST

    Tyler Haws, John Gage, Chasson Randle

    BYU gets paid a visit this evening by an Iowa State team that is coming off of an impressive victory over then-No. 7 Michigan. The Cyclones, like the Cougars, like to get up and down the floor. They like to score a lot of points. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest…

  4. Player of the Year Power Rankings: Marcus Smart leads the way

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

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    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  5. UCLA picks up a commitment from top 60 big man Thomas Welsh

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    UCLA Introduces Steve Alford

    Steve Alford has put together an impressive trio of big men in his 2014 recruiting class. With five-star recruit Kevin Looney and Gyorgy Goloman already in the mix, Alford landed a commitment from Thomas Welsh on Tuesday. Welsh is a seven-footer that currently sits at No. 52 in Rivals top 150 rankings. Welsh is an…

  6. Grinnell may not do things the right way, but how should you feel about Jack Taylor?

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:35 PM EST

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    He was on the phone, on live television, when it finally hit him. Jonathan Coachman was introducing him on to the late edition of SportsCenter and as the first question was asked, he took it all in and reflected on what he had just accomplished. All the previous events in his life – the injury,…

  7. Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters hails from storm-battered Washington, IL

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

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    The devastating storms that struck the Midwest this weekend hit a little to close to home for Alec Peters. A freshman that’s averaging 11 points and a team-high seven boards for Valparaiso this season is from Washington, IL, the town where the late-November tornadoes turned 500 houses into rubble and killed one person. A total…

  8. Billy Baron’s buzzer-beater to lift Canisius over Elon (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

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    I love this. Billy Baron, the star point guard for Canisius, is so calm and poised. You have no idea how much time is left in this game. He knows exactly what he wants to do this entire time, and he does it with deadly accuracy. It’s a lot more nonchalant than his last buzzer-beater.…

  9. Kevin Durant on Marcus Smart: He ‘can play in the league right now’

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

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    Marcus Smart put on a show last night. He scored 24 of his 39 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, adding in five steals and two blocks for good measure. Everyone was impressed. Every sports website currently has some kind of column up about how good Smart was and the fact that…

  10. Business as usual: No. 11 Memphis can’t win a big game

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:53 AM EST

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    It’s a topic that has become all too common for hoops fans in the city of Memphis. The Tigers entered the season with all kinds of hype and promise, finding themselves ranked in the top 15 based on the immense talent on their roster. And in their first marquee matchup of the season … they…

  11. Aaron Craft and his roommates hosted 1,000 students for Taco Tuesday (PHOTOS)

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:25 AM EST

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    Aaron Craft’s roommates started a twitter account last season called @CRAFTroomies where they document what life is like living with an all-american basketball player who just so happens to be an academic all-american as well. It’s pretty funny. The roommates aren’t afraid to make fun of Craft, and to his credit, Craft plays along. One…

  12. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    Not easy for Grinnell gunner to score 100-plus, until his coach makes it so (CBS Sports) It’s safe to say that the offensive exploits of one Jack Taylor have been quite controversial. While he does have two games of 100-plus points to his credit, there are the issues that many have not only with Grinnell’s…

  13. Jahii Carson’s 40 points leads Arizona State to a win at UNLV

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:15 AM EST

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    Jahii Carson went nuts. I’m not really sure how else to explain it. The 5-foot-10 dynamo from Arizona State scored 40 points on 16-25 shooting and handed out seven assists to lead the Sun Devils to an impressive 86-80 win over UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center. He really did everything you could ask…

  14. Late Night Snacks: Marcus Smart and Frank Kaminsky have career nights

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:46 AM EST

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Arizona State, led by its start point guard, Jahii Carson overcame a four-point halftime deficit to pick up an 86-80 road win against UNLV. Carson dropped a career-high 40, while the Rebels had all five starters score in double figures. This was a fun game to watch, mainly because of Carson,…

  15. Tuesday’s Sophomore Showcase more evidence how awesome this season will be

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:24 AM EST

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    On Tuesday night, each of the nation’s top four freshmen took to the court. Jabari Parker went for 21 points, nine boards and six blocks in a win over East Carolina, a performance that also just so happened to include his second ridiculous, coast-to-coast move of the young season. Kentucky’s Julius Randle had 22 points,…

  16. Joel Embiid shines for Kansas in 86-66 win over Iona

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:12 AM EST

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    By now you should know that No. 2 Kansas had other heavily-sought after recruits not named Andrew Wiggins. One was starting guard Wayne Selden and the other was 7-foot center Joel Embiid. The latter of the two had his best performance to date in KU’s 86-66 win over defending MAAC champion Iona on Tuesday night…

  17. St. John’s “problem solves” in comeback win over Bucknell

    Nov 19, 2013, 11:44 PM EST

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    QUEENS, NY — As St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin put it in his opening statement during the postgame press conference: “It was a tale of two halves tonight. Bucknell won the first, St. John’s won the second.” From the Red Storm’s perspective, the first half showed a one-dimensional offense that relied on transition and…

  18. Marcus Smart makes a statement with 39 points in Oklahoma State’s win over Memphis

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:37 PM EST

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    Andrew Wiggins. Jabari Parker. Julius Randle (basically Kentucky’s entire incoming class). Those were the headlining freshmen entering the 2013-2014 season. Through the first two weeks they haven’t disappointed. Last week, Wiggins led KU to a win over Parker and Duke in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Parker went over 20 for the fifth time this…

  19. Frank Kaminsky nets 43 points as No. 12 Wisconsin tops 100 in a win

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

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    For the first time since Dec. 28th, 1995, the Wisconsin Badgers broke the century mark on a basketball court. The Badgers shot 62.1% from the floor and hit 12-of-20 from beyond the arc en-route to a 103-85 win over Big Sky contender North Dakota. Impressive, right? Wisconsin has a reputation in basketball circles. They’re slow.…

  20. No. 6 Duke survives a scare against East Carolina

    Nov 19, 2013, 8:27 PM EST

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    Rodney Hood went for 30 points and Jabari Parker finished with 21 points, nine boards and six blocks — his fifth straight game with 20 points to start the season — as No. 6 Duke took every punch that East Carolina could throw and still managed to escape Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 83-74 win.…