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  1. 10 tidbits to know: Saturday night showdown in Bloomington, the A-10 and more

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    Indiana v Purdue

    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. It doesn’t get much better than No. 1 Michigan at  No. 3 Indiana this weekend. Not only can this be a preview of the Big Ten Championship Game — it can also…

  2. Five Weekend Storylines: Kentucky’s rematch with Texas A&M

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Elston Turner, Willie Cauley-Stein

    Kentucky’s rematch with Texas A&M: Kentucky has had a number of lowpoints this season, but I don’t think there’s been a worse moment for UK fans than when they lost at home to Texas A&M on a night where Elston Turner lit up the Wildcats for 40 points. Every other loss has an explanation —…

  3. Why did Providence guard Vincent Council sit longer than anticipated Thursday? Twitter.

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Vincent Council, Niels Giffey

    Due to issues on the defensive end of the floor in the games leading up to Thursday’s contest against Connecticut, Providence point guard Vincent Council and small forward LaDontae Henton were replaced in the starting lineup by Teddy Bancroft and Lee Goldsbrough. But while Henton was on the floor just two minutes into the game…

  4. Weekend Preview: Oregon, San Diego State lead upset watch

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Geoffrey Frid, Matt Scherbenske

    Who’s Getting Upset? No. 10 Oregon at Cal (4:30 p.m. ET, FSN/ROOT) I don’t even know if this is fair to count as an upset. Oregon is on the road and playing without their starting point guard in Dominic Artis. Artis injured his foot two games ago, and the Ducks simply haven’t been the same…

  5. Weekend Preview: Miami-NC State, Ole Miss-Florida highlight slate

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood

    Game of the Week: No. 14 Miami at No. 19 NC State (4:00 p.m. ET, CBS) Clearly, the best game this weekend is between Michigan and Indiana, but seeing as we already devoted 800 words to that matchup, we’re going to go ahead and highlight some other folks here. Miami wants to stake their claim…

  6. Previewing Indiana vs. Michigan

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Cody Zeller, Trey Burke

    You thought the Super Bowl was the biggest game this weekend? On Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, we get the matchup we’ve all been waiting all season for. Michigan and their juggernaut offensive attack heads into Bloomington to take on a Hoosier team that seems to finally be hitting their peak this season. Michigan…

  7. The Morning Mix

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Keith Appling, Nnanna Egwu

    Thursday was a fun night. A handful of teams threw away games with poor execution down the stretch. Niagara on the other hand, capitalized not one, not two but four times. Let’s hit the links. Friday’s Top games: 7:00 p.m. – Yale @ Harvard 7:00 p.m. – Rider @ Fairfield 7:00 p.m. – Manhattan @…

  8. Late Night Snacks: Saint Louis clamps down on No. 9 Butler

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

    St. Louis University v Butler

    Game of the Night: Niagara 93, Iona 90 (OT)  The thriller between the Purple Eagles and Gaels featured an amazing finish to regulation, with Niagara missing three attempts to tie the game before Juan’ya Green hit a three-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Green would be the hero in overtime…

  9. Turnovers once again an issue in No. 8 Arizona’s win over Washington

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    The key for No. 8 Arizona being successful in March is a simple one, and it’s been stated so many times to this point in the season. “If they find a way to limit their turnovers…” In the aftermath of the Wildcats’ 57-53 win at Washington on Thursday night, is it time to ask whether…

  10. Saint Louis forces 23 turnovers in 75-58 win over No. 9 Butler

    Jan 31, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Jordair Jett, Jake Barnett, Roosevelt Jones

    The matchup between No. 9 Butler and Saint Louis was expected to be a tough affair, with both teams being good defensive teams. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they picked this night to have their worst game of the season in regards to taking care of the basketball. Against the Billikens’ stingy defense Butler turned the…

  11. VIDEO: Middle Tennessee State survives on buzzer-beating lob

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Vanderbilt v Middle Tennessee

    Middle Tennessee State erased a 17 point halftime deficit on the road to beat Florida International 66-64, and they did it in exciting fashion: a buzzer-beating lob on an out-of-bounds play under the basket: That’s 6-foot-8 junior Shawn Jones tipping in the game-winner. And that bucket from Jones means that the Blue Raiders still have…

  12. Niagara strengthens grip on first place with wild 93-90 overtime victory over Iona

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    green

    The most important game on the MAAC schedule turned into the best game of the night in college basketball. And in the end Niagara tightened their grip on first place in the conference standings. Despite trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half the Purple Eagles found a way to beat second-place…

  13. Tonight we saw the Keith Appling Michigan State needs every night

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Keith Appling, Nnanna Egwu

    Illinois spent 20 minutes looking like the team that we all remembered from November against No. 13 Michigan State on Thursday night. You know the group I’m talking about. They beat Gonzaga at Gonzaga. They beat Butler by 17 points in Maui. They beat Ohio State by 19 points at home. At the half, the…

  14. Doug McDermott, Cody Zeller among 12 on Oscar Robertson Award midseason watch list

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Indiana v Purdue

    It was a busy day for the United States Basketball Writers Association on Thursday, as the association released its midseason watch lists for both the Wayman Tisdale and Oscar Robertson awards. The Oscar Robertson Award is given annually to the best player in the country as voted upon by members of the USBWA. Two teams…

  15. Three UCLA freshmen among 12 on midseason Wayman Tisdale Award watch list

    Jan 31, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    The United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA) released its midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best freshman as voted upon by members of the association. Of the twelve freshmen on the list three play at UCLA: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. The Pac-12…

  16. New Mexico State suspends senior forward Tyrone Watson indefinitely

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Watson Greenwood

    Trailing first-place Louisiana Tech in the WAC standings by two games, the New Mexico State Aggies have some work to do if they’re to grab their first WAC regular season title since 2008 (sharing the title with three other teams). And the task became tougher on Thursday as head coach Marvin Menzies announced the indefinite…

  17. Pregame Shootaround 1.31.13: Arizona, Butler with tough road tests

    Jan 31, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Solomon Hill, Chase Tapley

    Game of the Day: No. 8 Arizona at Washington (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) After starting out Pac-12 play 4-0, Washington has dropped three straight games and found themselves two back of conference leader Oregon. The Huskies record, while far from impressive and including a loss to Utah, may be a bit inflated as well; five…

  18. Chris Paul’s number to be retired by Wake Forest

    Jan 31, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    cp3-day-logo

    Wake Forest will celebrate Chris Paul day on March 2nd when they host Maryland where they will retire his No. 3 jersey. Paul, who grew up 10 minutes from the campus in the small town Lewisville, played for two seasons in Winston-Salem before heading to the NBA. He was named the ACC’s Rookie of the…

  19. Report: James Southerland will miss at least two more games

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Villanova v Syracuse

    James Southerland will miss at least two more games before his appeal his heard, according to a report from the Syracuse Post-Standard. Syracuse senior James Southerland will have his appeal to regain eligibility heard next week, a source told the Post-Standard on Thursday. [...] The source said Southerland’s appeal will be in front of a…

  20. Is Georgetown better off without Greg Whittington? Yes and no

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Greg Whittington

    Dan Hanner did some excellent work this week breaking down the splits of teams that have dealt with injuries to key players this season. I suggest you dig through his work, because it’s quite informative. But I’m going to highlight the most interesting splits that Hanner found. Here is our look at Georgetown. Georgetown started Big 12 play 0-2,…

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