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  1. Michigan State’s off-the-backboard dunk is mesmerizing (GIF)

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:36 AM EDT

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    In the late stages of Michigan State’s 92-78 win over Texas on Saturday afternoon, Denzel Valentine set up Branden Dawson for one of the year’s best highlights. Valentine tossed an alley-oop off the glass for Dawson, who finished the pass the way that you would expect one of the nation’s best athletes to finish it.

  2. Late Night Snacks: Minnesota holds off Nebraska-Omaha, Princeton proves legitimacy

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Austin Hollins

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Minnesota 92, Nebraska-Omaha 79 — Friday nights in college hoops tend to be quiet, but Minnesota and Omaha put on a show at The Barn tonight with the Gophers holding on for the win. Deandre Mathieu led all scorers with 27 points for Minnesota. IMPORTANT OUTCOMES 1) SMU went on the…

  3. Princeton blows out Pacific, proves they will contend with Harvard in the Ivy League

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    TJ Bray

    In Ivy League basketball circles, which soon expanded to national basketball circles at the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, all of the talk during the summer months revolved around Harvard. Rightfully so, to an extent. The Crimson returned virtually their entire team, along with welcoming back Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry. They were the…

  4. Minnesota fends off a talented Nebraska-Omaha group

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Minnesota bench

    On the surface, Minnesota leading Nebraska-Omaha — who is in just their second year of playing a schedule comprised of almost exclusively Division I competition — 83-77 with just minutes remaining in regulation may seem like a lackluster effort by the Golden Gophers. That’s far from the case. Minnesota played well. Their potent offense ran…

  5. POSTERIZED: Syracuse’s C.J. Fair goes baseline with authority against High Point

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    CJ Fair

    Syracuse blew out High Point on Friday evening, 75-54. If you can believe it, however, High Point actually led Syracuse early in the second half, 40-39. The Orange would then go on a 28-3 run. Midway through the run, C.J. Fair did this. Follow @KLDoyle11

  6. What to make of the Denver Pioneers? (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chris Udofia

    Expectations were high heading into the 2013-14 season for the University of Denver. The Pioneers returned their top player in Chris Udofia, and were coming off a season where they finished 22-10, but 16-2 in the WAC — they have since transitioned to the Summit League after the dust settled from conference realignment. In their…

  7. Rhode Island forward Mike Aaman assaulted in off-campus incident

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    gorhody.com

    University of Rhode Island sophomore forward Mike Aaman was recently assaulted at an off-campus house in Narragansett, RI, and will be out of the Rams’ lineup indefinitely, the Providence Journal’s Kevin McNamara reported. Aaman, who has been sidelined for the past six games following severe stomach cramps — resulting in an emergency appendectomy — he experienced during…

  8. POSTERIZED: Wright State’s Jerran Young with a monstrous alley-oop (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Wright State v Georgetown

    Not only was Jerran Young’s dunk against Eastern Illinois a monstrous throw-down, but it came off of a set out-of-bounds play from the baseline. This was pre-meditated, and head coach Billy Donlon certainly was keeping this in his holster for an opportune time. Unrelated to the dunk, Wright State needed this win against Eastern Illinois…

  9. Louisville freshman forward Akoy Agau suspended indefinitely

    Dec 20, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Louisville will be down a player in the front court when they take on FIU Saturday afternoon, as the school announced that freshman forward Akoy Agau has been suspended indefinitely. The school did not specify a reason for the disciplinary measure in the statement released on Friday afternoon. Agau hasn’t seen a large amount of…

  10. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Quality mid-major matchups stand out

    Dec 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    henderson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Pacific vs. Princeton (10:30 p.m., in Las Vegas)  Ron Verlin’s Tigers were picked to finish in the bottom half of the WCC in their first season as a member of the conference, and through nine games Pacific has the look of a team capable of exceeding those expectations. Their lone defeat…

  11. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski discusses Bruce Springsteen, Jabari Parker on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Hours after his team took care of UCLA on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Friday morning to discuss his team’s performance to date among multiple topics. One of the topics had nothing to do with the action on the floor, as Bruce…

  12. P.J. Hairston’s UNC career comes to an end as the school will not apply for his reinstatement

    Dec 20, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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    When it was announced prior to North Carolina’s game against Texas on Wednesday night that senior guard Leslie McDonald was eligible to play, many wondered when there would be a decision regarding the status of junior guard P.J. Hairston. However unlike McDonald, North Carolina had yet to apply for reinstatement on Hairston’s behalf, instead continuing…

  13. VCU/Virginia Tech headlines second annual Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    smart

    The second annual Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will be played at the Richmond Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, with the doubleheader matching four of Virginia’s 14 Division I men’s basketball programs. In the opener Hampton takes on James Madison, with the Dukes looking to round into shape after winning the CAA tournament and making its first…

  14. Dyshawn Pierre leads Dayton to a comfortable win over Iona (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    pierre

    After averaging a respectable 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a freshman, Dayton sophomore wing Dyshawn Pierre’s picked up where he left off for the Flyers. Currently averaging 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest and shooting 50.0% from the field, Pierre’s one of the reasons why Archie Miller’s team is off to…

  15. Vin Parise’s 30-second timeout: Five questions with Steve Masiello

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Steve Masiello

    Vin Parise from CBT caught up with Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello.  The Jaspers are 8-2 and one of the hottest mid-majors in the country right now. CBT: Steve, let’s start out with the most recent win in your 5 game winning streak – your road victory at South Carolina. Masiello: It was proud night…

  16. Weekend Preview: Saturday’s slate is thrilling from noon until midnight

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 20 Colorado, 11:30 p.m. Sat. (all times eastern) A pair of former Big 12 rivals square off out in Las Vegas as Marcus Smart will lead his Cowboys into battle with Tad Boyle’s impressive Colorado squad. The Buffaloes have already split with the other two…

  17. Alex Isailovic’s three-pointer pushes St. Francis Brooklyn past Lafayette (VIDEO)

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    After losing consecutive games to Army and Monmouth, Glenn Braica’s St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers have now won two straight games to move to 7-5 on the season. With just one player averaging in double figures, junior forward Jalen Cannon (14.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg), the Terriers have received contributions from multiple players this season. On Thursday…

  18. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Dec 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    alford

    Q & A: UCLA’s Steve Alford (CBS Sports) Steve Alford’s hiring at UCLA was met with some resistance back in the spring, with many wondering if the Bruins would play the uptempo style fans have been yearning for. The Bruins have dropped games to Missouri and Duke, but overall UCLA’s played well. And in this…

  19. UCLA has a lot to learn if they are going to be a contender in the Pac-12

    Dec 20, 2013, 2:35 AM EDT

    Steve Alford

    NEW YORK — UCLA will be worth the watch every time they take the floor this season. That’s just what happens when you have as much talent as the Bruins do. Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are both going to find themselves in the conversation for being all-americans and first round draft picks by the…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Jabari Parker leads Duke to a win

    Dec 20, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Alabama Duke Basketball

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 Duke 80, UCLA 63 Jabari Parker finished with 23 points, 10 boards and five assists to lead the Blue Devils to a win over UCLA at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. As good as Parker was, however, the real star of the game of Rasheed Sulaimon, who shook…