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  1. Banged-up No. 5 Michigan State outlasts Texas behind tremendous effort from Adreian Payne

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Denzel Valentine, Gavin Schilling, Jonathan Holmes

    Even though No. 5 Michigan State has a number of players dealing with injuries during the early part of this season, it didn’t stop them from earning a big 92-78 road win over Texas on Saturday. Despite battling plantar fasciitis, senior forward Adreian Payne played one of the best games of this college basketball season…

  2. Is it time to start being worried about No. 21 Gonzaga and the WCC?

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Gonzaga Kansas St Basketball

    Marcus Foster and Thomas Gibson both scored 14 points for Kansas State as the Wildcats knocked off No. 21 Gonzaga 72-62 in Manhattan, KS, on Saturday afternoon. Bruce Weber’s club held Kevin Pangos to 4-for-11 shooting on the night, as he finished with just 12 points and six assists. Sam Dower went down with a…

  3. Ron Curry shines as James Madison beats Hampton (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Given how much production James Madison lost from last season’s NCAA tournament team and the fact that Andre Nation won’t be available until the Dukes begin CAA play, it comes as no surprise that they’ve struggled offensively this season. Charles Cooke (15.6 ppg, 4.0 rgp, 2.1 apg), Ron Curry (11.9, 4.5, 2.7) and Andre Semenov…

  4. POSTERIZED: Marcus Foster brutalizes David Stockton (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Marcus Foster, Jeff Mullahey

    Marcus Foster has been one of the nation’s most underrated freshmen this season, starring for a Kansas State team that has remained well off the national radar. Well, not anymore. Foster is on fire as Kansas State as the Wildcats are currently beating No. 21 Gonzaga. We’ll see if that lead holds, but for now,…

  5. Florida State hands No. 22 UMass its first loss of the season

    Dec 21, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic

    Florida State dictated tempo and slowed down unbeaten No. 22 UMass and senior point guard Chaz Williams as the Seminoles held on for a 60-55 victory in the Orange Bowl Classic. Despite a controversial ending that featured a missed foul call on a Cady Lalanne dunk that would have cut UMass’ deficit to a point…

  6. Kansas’ second-half surge against Georgetown shows how good they can be

    Dec 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Bowen

    Later in the season we’ll all surely have a laugh about how Kansas was once the No. 18 team in the country. This Jayhawks team is far too talented for that ranking and showed how good they can be during a monster second-half surge in its 86-64 win over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks…

  7. UPDATED: Perry Ellis misses free throw by three feet after elbow to the head (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    After getting hit in the back of the head by Georgetown’s Nate Lubick, Perry Ellis looked wobbly while shooting a free throw that hit the bottom of the backboard a good three feet to the left of the rim. He pointed to his head after the miss, leaving the game with 18 minutes left in…

  8. No. 19 Kentucky overcomes slow start, handles Belmont in Rupp

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Belmont v Kentucky

    Julius Randle finished with 29 points and 10 boards and Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in with 16 points and seven boards as No. 19 Kentucky withstood an early three-point barrage to knock off Belmont 93-80. The Bruins were scorching from beyond the arc in the first half, taking a lead that stretched to as much as…

  9. POSTERIZED: Joel Embiid puts down a monster tip slam [VIDEO]

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid

    Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid put down a ridiculous tip slam during the second half of Kansas’ home game against Georgetown. The Jayhawks are comfortably ahead of the Hoyas late in the second half, and this tip slam is just icing on the cake to a nice non-conference home win for the Jayhawks. Follow @phillipshoops

  10. Florida announces Damontre Harris officially no longer with the team

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan watches his team play the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the first half in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

    After weeks of speculation, Florida officially announced that transfer center Damontre Harris is officially no longer with the team, according to Kevin Brockway of the The Gainsville Sun. Florida announces C Damontre Harris officially no longer with team. — Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) December 21, 2013 Harris transferred to the Gators from South Carolina after averaging 6.8 points,…

  11. Arizona State adds transfer Brandan Kearney to roster on Saturday

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - First Round

    Arizona State will get an immediate boost to its rotation as Michigan State transfer Brandan Kearney is eligible to play for the Sun Devils on Saturday against Texas Tech after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Kearney averaged 2.3 points in 16.9 minutes last season as a sophomore at Michigan State, but…

  12. Rhode Island guard Mike Powell opts to transfer

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Rhode Island v SMU

    Junior point guard Mike Powell has opted to transfer out of Rhode Island, according to a release from the University. The Chicago native lost his starting job to Texas Tech transfer Biggie Minnis after starting seven of the first nine games this season as Powell was struggling to produce. Powell averaged 2.6 points in 15…

  13. POSTERIZED: High school soph and college prospect Seventh Woods is at it again

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    If you like dunks, surely you remember high school phenom Seventh Woods’ mixtape from his freshman season last year. Well, the springy sophomore is at it again, this time with an absurd dunk over a defender at the Chik-Fil-A Classic. While the dunk by Woods is obviously fantastic, it might be the reaction of the…

  14. Pregame Shootaround: Michigan State faces test in Austin during a loaded day of hoops

    Dec 21, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Portland v Michigan State

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Michigan State at Texas (4 p.m., CBS) A banged-up Spartans team travels to Austin for its first true road game of the season on Saturday as Rick Barnes and Texas hope to continue to surpass preseason expectations. Texas has a big chance at home to capitalize on an already…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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

  20. 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…