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  1. Was Saturday the breakout game Jarnell Stokes needed?

    Jan 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jarnell Stokes, Murphy Holloway

    Jarnell Stokes found his way onto every breakout stars list that was released back in October. That’s what happens when you enter college in January of what should be your senior year in high school and proceed to average 9.6 points and 7.4 boards for a team that finished second in the SEC. Stokes hasn’t…

  2. Coach Cal auctioning off shoes for Coaches vs. Cancer

    Jan 29, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    John Calipari is probably the most polarizing figure in college basketball. Kentucky fans love him. Memphis fans loved him and now hate him, like just about every other fanbase in the country. Some media members think he’s a God, others consider him the worst thing to happen to college athletics since television contracts, while still…

  3. Jordan Morgan is somehow not seriously injured

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Michigan Illinois Basketball

    Look at this picture (well, if you’re squeamish, don’t): What’s your first thought? Because mine was, ‘Have a nice offseason, Jordan. Hopefully, you’ll be back to 100% by the time next season starts.’ There’s no way that an ankle that rolls that far — seriously, his foot is at a 90-degree angle and the side…

  4. Louisville’s win conceals more poor late-game execution

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Louisville

    Louisville was able to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday night, knocking off Pitt 64-61 in the Yum! Center to move to 5-3 in the Big East and stay two games behind Marquette and Syracuse atop the league standings. There’s no question it was a big win for the Cardinals, because Pitt is a…

  5. The SEC/Big East Challenge is no more

    Jan 29, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    The SEC/Big East Challenge is dead. That much Big East commissioner Mike Aresco told reporters in Connecticut yesterday. It was confirmed to AL.com’s Jon Solomon by the SEC’s Craig Pinkerton: “This was the final year of our contract for a basketball invent involving the Big East Conference,” SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton said via e-mail. “Playing…

  6. Erick Green doesn’t need your lousy scoring title

    Jan 29, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Erick Green

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – Minutes after a disappointing 74-58 loss to arch-rival Virginia, Erick Green walked around the perimeter of the court at Cassell Coliseum, offering daps to loyal fans who leaned over the railing, eager to touch the Hokies’ hot hand. “Keep your head up, Erick!” shouted one young fan. It seemed like a strange…

  7. The Morning Mix

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Marquette bat

    Marquette got rid of their bat problem. Louisville got back on track. Kansas won again. Grambling State lost again. That’s the hand we were dealt last night. Let’s hit the links. Tuesday’s Top games: 7:00 p.m. – Wisconsin @ No. 11 Ohio State 7:00 p.m. – No. 19 North Carolina State Virginia 7:00 p.m. –…

  8. Late Night Snacks: Louisville snaps the losing streak, Grambling stays winless

    Jan 29, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Louisville

    A decent slate of games on Monday night. Three Top 25 teams, a full slate of SWAC and MEAC games and the premiere teams in the Big 12 and Big East pull out wins. Enjoy to briefing, it’s Late Night Snacks. Game of the night No. 13 Louisville 64, Pittsburgh 61 -¬†The Cardinals hadn’t won…

  9. No. 2 Jayhawks dress for success, hold off upset-minded Mountaineers

    Jan 28, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Kansas v West Virginia

    MORGANTOWN, W.V. — New look, same old Jayhawks. Kansas unveiled their new Adidas-designed “invisible” uniforms in their first visit to WVU Coliseum, but the result was the same we’ve seen again and again. Kansas won, 61 to 56. The only difference was the new look, and the new surroundings. It was their first trip to…

  10. Notre Dame women beat Tennessee, UConn on the road in same season

    Jan 28, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Skylar Diggins, Kamiko Williams

    Notre Dame went into Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday night and beat Tennessee 77-67. The win itself was a good one. The no. 2-ranked Lady Irish beat the Lady Vols on the road in a win that will improve their chances at a no. 1 seed come March. But more than that, the victory completed a…

  11. Pitino: Kevin Ware “isn’t coming back anytime soon”

    Jan 28, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Martino Brock, Kevin Ware

    A bit of news out of the postgame press conference after the Louisville/Pittsburgh game. It was announced before the game that, along with swingman Wayne Blackshear who was out with a shoulder injury, sophomore guard Kevin Ware would not play in Monday night’s game. Well, there’s not much clarification to the situation, at least not…

  12. Louisville making slow progress back to its closing ways in win over Pitt

    Jan 28, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Louisville

    Louisville just needed a win, any type of win, to get out of their current funk of a three-game losing streak. The one they got, a 64-61 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night at the KFC Yum! Center, was an ugly one. And frankly, it was one that the Panthers really lost, more than the…

  13. DaJuan Coleman out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    Villanova v Syracuse

    Syracuse’s front court just took a major hit with the announcement that DaJuan Coleman will miss the next 4-6 weeks after left knee surgery. Coleman has been the Orange’s secondary threat down low. The 6-9, 288-pound freshman is averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. Though he’s struggled as of late, scoring…

  14. There’s no rush for a 12th Big East team, because it doesn’t improve much

    Jan 28, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco

    Today, Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco told reporters that the conference is looking to add a 12th team after the recent losses of Boise State and San Diego State. “We probably at some point will add a 12th team,” Aresco said. “We are going to have 11 when Navy comes in ’15. We’ll have…

  15. Michigan ranked no. 1 for first time since ’93

    Jan 28, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Trey Burke, John Beilein

    Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King are proud today, Michigan fans. For the first time since the last season they were all together, Michigan is ranked as the no. 1 team in the nation, in The Associated Press poll. It’s the first time the team has seen the top spot…

  16. The reign of terror ends for the Bradley Center Bat

    Jan 28, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Providence Marquette Basketball

    Breath easier, Marquette fans. It’s safe to go back into the Bradley Center. The infamous bat that terrorized fans, players, officials and coaches on Saturday in the Golden Eagles’ win over Providence, has been captured and released into the wild. The epic feat of heroism occurred on Monday morning, prior to Marquette’s game against South…

  17. Akron embracing the basketball side of #MACtion

    Jan 28, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Looks like one team is really embracing the cult love of #MACtion. At least to an extent. Akron is planning it’s own Social Media Night along with unveiling the programs’ new uniforms for the team’s game against Ohio on Saturday. The uniforms will be Nike’s newest addition to college basketball and will “feature the Akron…

  18. Pregame Shootaround: 1.28.13: Can Louisville avoid a fourth straight loss?

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Tray Woodall, Kris Dunn

    Game of the Day:¬†Pittsburgh at No. 12 Louisville (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Louisville is looking to snap a three-game losing skid that has dropped them from No. 1 in the country to behind St. John’s in the Big East standings. That’s quite a tumble for the Cardinals to make, and turning it around isn’t going…

  19. Louisville will be without Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino directs his team against Georgetown University during the first half of their NCAA basketball game in Washington

    It’s always something in Louisville. As if their current three-game losing streak and descent from No. 1 to out of the top ten wasn’t bad enough, the Cardinals will now be forced to try and end that losing streak tonight without Wayne Blackshear or Kevin Ware: Two University of Louisville men’s basketball players will not…

  20. So how bad is Trevor Mbakwe’s wrist injury?

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Mbakwe

    The ending to Minnesota’s loss was as wacky as any finish we have seen this season. After Traevon Jackson had a shot bounce off the rim, off of the back board and through with 1.7 seconds left, Trevor Mbakwe was fouled as he battled with Mike Breusewitz for the ensuing inbounds pass. Rodney Williams eventually…

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