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  1. 7-foot-2 Chier Ajou to transfer out of Northwestern

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Northwestern’s biggest player has decided to transfer. Chier Ajou, a 7-foot-2 native of South Sudan and a cousin of Luol Deng, notified the Northwestern staff of his intention to leave.  “Chier informed us that he would like to seek another institution to continue his educational and playing opportunities,” Collins said in a statement. “We wish…

  2. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Two top ten battles highlight a very good slate

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Aaron Craft, Todd Mayo

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State, 9:00 p.m. Well, didn’t we get lucky. In the first day of the year without college football, we get a top five matchup between two football powerhouses. For my money, Michigan State is the best team in the Big Ten right now…

  3. Cold costs Michigan State students chance to lineup for Ohio State game

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

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    I hope you weren’t planning on standing in line to get good seats in the Izzone for tonight’s game between Ohio State and Michigan State. If you were, the Spartans probably just did you a favor. According to Kevin Pauga, Michigan State’s Director of Basketball Operations, it’s currently -6 degrees in East Lansing. The wind…

  4. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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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. Fran McCaffery gets his punishment from the Big Ten for Sunday’s ejection

    Jan 7, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

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    As if losing a game at No. 4 Wisconsin wasn’t enough, the Big Ten handed down their punishment for Fran McCaffery’s ejection on Sunday night. The Iowa head coach will be suspended for one game and receive a public reprimand from the conference. The school received a $10,000 fine as well. If you missed it,…

  6. Report: Suspended Jerome Hairston leaves Towson

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

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    Towson and point guard Jerome Hairston have officially parted ways, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The 6-foot-3 sophomore was a member of the CAA all-rookie team after averaging 9.9 points as a freshman, but he was suspended back in late-November for the dreaded violation of team rules. “We have suspended Jerome for…

  7. Film Study: How San Diego State stopped Kansas in the post

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Kansas put together one of their worst offensive performances in recent memory on Sunday evening in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. They shot a whopping 29.8% from the floor, hitting just 4-of-16 from beyond the arc while needing a late flurry just to make it look that respectable. In recent games, Kansas has become a team that…

  8. If college hoops had the BCS, who would you want in the National Title game?

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Jameis Winston and Florida State beat Auburn for the BCS National Title on Monday night in one of the most thrilling football games that you’ll ever see. Was it the best ever? I’m probably the wrong person to ask, but I feel comfortable saying that there has never been a national title game that was…

  9. Late Night Snacks: West Virginia outlasts Texas Tech in OT during slow night of hoops

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: West Virginia 89. Texas Tech 86, OT While the rest of the nation was busy watching the thrilling National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn on the gridiron, the Mountaineers came up with a road overtime win in Big 12 play against Texas Tech. West Virginia trailed by three with…

  10. Pitt has a solid identity as they enter ACC play

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    If you watched Cincinnati and Pittsburgh do battle in Madison Square Garden earlier this season like I did, you probably didn’t think very much of either team. The Bearcats changed my thoughts on how good they are with their Saturday road win over Memphis in an AAC contest and, now, after watching Pittsburgh easily handle…

  11. Report: FBI investigating two members of UTEP basketball team

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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    According to a report from Jesse Martinez of KFOX14 in El Paso, the FBI is investigating two members of the UTEP men’s basketball team, believed to be suspended juniors McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland. Moore and Ragland were each suspended indefinitely late in December and UTEP head coach Tim Floyd has been mum on the…

  12. Larry Brown modeling SMU’s rebuild after John Thompson’s days at Georgetown

    Jan 6, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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    One of the better stories during the early part of the college basketball season has been the resurgence of SMU behind legendary 73-year-old head coach Larry Brown. Many scoffed at the notion that Brown — who hadn’t coached in the college game for more than two decades — could turn around a program that had…

  13. College Basketball Talk Bracketology: Arizona, Syracuse headline first bracket of the year

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Aaron Gordon

    The countdown to March Madness has officially arrived.  We begin the trek toward Selection Sunday with Arizona and Syracuse as the top two seeds in the opening bracket of 2014.  Joining the Wildcats and Orange on the top line … two teams from the Big Ten: Wisconsin and Michigan State.  Villanova and Ohio State are…

  14. Are the Pac-12’s scheduling practices hurting the league’s rivalries?

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    With conference realignment occurring frequently over the last few years, we’re finally starting to see conference movement settle down a bit as it pertains to the major college basketball conferences of America. It’ll take some time getting used to seeing Syracuse in the ACC or Creighton in the Big East, but one of the things…

  15. POSTERIZED: Duke commit Tyus Jones puts one down at the Target Center (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Duke commit Tyus Jones has been labeled by some recruiting analysts as the best pure point guard that high school basketball has seen in quite some time. Jones often gets compared to floor generals like CP3, but his athleticism is sometimes overlooked because of his tremendous basketball IQ and natural feel for the game. Just…

  16. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Maryland visits Pitt in an ACC showdown

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Jaye Crockett, Lamar Patterson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Maryland at Pitt, 7:00 p.m. I know you may be more invested in some football game that’s being played tonight, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some intriguing hoops games on. Maryland and Pitt are in similar situations in that they are both trying to make a name for themselves…

  17. POSTERIZED: Stetson’s Willie Green goes #DunkCity on Florida-Gulf Coast (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Stetson’s Willie Green is having a bit of a breakout season in his third year with the Hatters. He’s averaging a career-high 13.9 points and is coming off of a 24-point outburst in a loss against Florida-Gulf Coast. While the loss hurts, Green did show off his athleticism catching defender Nate Hicks sleeping on this…

  18. Duke falls outside AP top ten for the first time in six years

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    For the first time since November 25th, 2007, Duke’s basketball program isn’t ranked in the top ten of the AP poll. Let me say that again. For the first time in 122 weeks — in more than six full seasons — Duke’s slid outside the top ten of the AP poll. That’s the second-longest streak…

  19. With the focus on Fran McCaffery, we’ve overlooked Wisconsin’s dominant second half vs. Iowa

    Jan 6, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

    Adam Woodbury, Nigel Hayes

    No. 4 Wisconsin took down No. 22 Iowa in the first marquee matchup of the Big Ten regular season, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit in the process, and all anyone wants to do is talk about Fran McCaffery’s inability to keep his emotions in check. And to a point, I get it. When a coach…

  20. POSTERIZED: J.P. Tokoto’s highlight dunk not enough in another UNC loss (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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    North Carolina added another confounding loss to their already confusing resume on Sunday night, digging themselves a 13 point hole on the road against Wake Forest before putting together a comeback that fell a couple of possessions short. Pushing the loss aside, take a look at the dunk that UNC high-flyer J.P. Tokoto threw down…