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  1. No. 5 Duke’s inability to adjust to a zone a concern moving forward

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

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    In the grand scheme of things, No. 5 Duke’s 74-66 loss at North Carolina on Thursday night isn’t going to mean all that much. The Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country, they’ve proven they can beat anyone this season — just ask Kentucky, Michigan State and Louisville — and they…

  2. Second-half defensive adjustments, Marcus Paige lead North Carolina past No. 5 Duke

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Through one half of basketball North Carolina trailed No. 5 Duke 37-30, with the Blue Devils shooting 50% from the field and scoring 26 points in the paint. Between those defensive issues and the fact that leading scorer Marcus Paige failed to score a single point, it was clear what needed to occur in order…

  3. Chicago HS game ends on a 3/4 court game-winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    This is how my guy in Chicago described this game: “Non-conference game between two non-descript teams.” But who cares! Not me, not when Xavier Edwards is out here hitting game-winning 75-footers. That’ll get you on Sportscenter.

  4. No. 13 Michigan State catches fire from deep in win at Purdue

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

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    On Sunday afternoon No. 13 Michigan State put forth its worst performance of the season, falling by nine points to a Nebraska team that’s making a hard charge towards an NCAA tournament berth. In that game the Spartans shot 34% from the field and 24 of their 50 attempts were three-pointers, with only five of…

  5. Southern working to avoid NCAA postseason ban over academic progress data

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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    With just a couple weeks remaining in the regular season, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is in danger of having its regular season champion ineligible for postseason play for the second consecutive season. Last week it was revealed that Southern, which currently leads the conference and reached the NCAA tournament a season ago, has been…

  6. POSTERIZED: Longwood’s Tristan Carey avoids the charge (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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    The first season of the Jayson Gee era at Longwood hasn’t been as successful as he would like, with the Lancers sitting at 8-20 overall and 3-10 in Big South play. But there have been positives this season, one of which being the play of senior guard Tristan Carey. Carey’s averaging 18.6 points and 6.4…

  7. Colorado continues push towards third consecutive NCAA tournament berth

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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    As many teams would need to do in the aftermath of a major personnel loss, Colorado had some adjustments to make once junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie went down in the first half of their loss at Washington on January 12 with a torn ACL. One of the nation’s best perimeter defenders, Dinwiddie ran the…

  8. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke-UNC will finally happen

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Duke at North Carolina, 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s the night it finally happens. Eight days after the game was initially postponed due to a snowstorm, the Blue Devils will make the eight mile trek down Tobacco Road to take on the Tar Heels. North Carolina has been playing much better…

  9. CBT Roundtable: Last minute college hoops deals for the NBA’s trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Today is the NBA’s trade deadline, and it got me to thinking: What if trades were allowed in college basketball? Why kind of roster adjustments could be made that would benefit contenders? And no, Duke cannot send cash considerations to Whitney Young to get Jahlil Okafor for the stretch run. We take a look at…

  10. John Calipari responds to Rick Pitino’s social media comments

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Frenemies John Calipari and Rick Pitino are at it again. Earlier this week, some comments that Pitino made about the use of social media went viral. The irony of it? Twitter is the reason that his comments made it to every blog and every website, with social media being the catalyst for words being taken…

  11. Stephen F. Austin parodies Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Trey Pinkney and Thomas Walkup, two members of a Stephen F. Austin team that hasn’t lost a game since November 23rd, parodied Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit. They didn’t do a bad job, either. #GetToPractice

  12. Broken light fixture causes Division II game to end in a tie

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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    A Division II basketball game ended in a tie on Wednesday night. Javan Wells of Winston-Salem State, a Division II school in North Carolina, put back a missed three to tie the game with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. On the ensuing in-bounds, Joshua Linton of Johnson C. Smith fired a full-court shot that drilled…

  13. Duke, UNC rivalry has NBA alumni fired up (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

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    Duke and North Carolina will renew their rivalry tonight, and as you can plainly tell, tensions are already ratcheted up on Tobacco Road. But it’s not just the fans in Chapel Hill and Durham that are getting antsy to finally see these two square off. Their NBA alumni seem to be ready for the battle…

  14. Bubble Banter: Minnesota’s loss to Illinois sets them back

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT

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    There are 24 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. Minnesota (RPI: 43, KenPom: 50) really hurt themselves on Wednesday night, as they…

  15. Nikola Cerina, LaQuinton Ross ejected after scuffle (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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    Northwestern center Nikola Cerina and Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross were both ejected from last night’s 76-60 win for the No. 24 Buckeyes. Cerina and Amir Williams got tangled up and, after a lengthy review, the referees determined that he threw a punch. Ross didn’t, however, and was instead ejected for a pair of dead-ball…

  16. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Starting Five: College basketball coaches on the hot seat (USA Today) Rick Barnes, whose Texas Longhorns have been a positive surprise this season, may not be considered to be on the proverbial hot seat at this point in the season but there are some coaches who are at this point in the season. That can…

  17. Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Syracuse falls on most entertaining weeknight of the season

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:32 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Boston College 62, No. 1 Syracuse 59 (OT) With a game at No. 5 Duke on Saturday night, many expected No. 1 Syracuse to take care of a struggling Boston College squad and move to 26-0. But the Eagles had other ideas, shooting 11-for-22 from three on their way to a…

  18. No. 23 UCLA the best team in the Pac-12 because of their … defense?

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

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    Don’t look now, but the best team in the Pac-12 no longer resides in the state of Arizona. Yeah, I said it. No. 23 UCLA is the best team in the conference as of this moment, and their 86-66 win at Cal on Wednesday night only reinforced that notion. That could change, mind you, especially…

  19. Foul shooting, turnovers cost Utah shot at marquee victory

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:38 AM EDT

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    Larry Krystkowiak’s Utah Utes entered Wednesday’s home game against No. 4 Arizona in need of a resume-building victory. With their non-conference slate consisting of a home win over BYU and little else of value, Utah will need a strong finish to Pac-12 play in order to have a shot at reaching the NCAA tournament. And…

  20. No. 10 Saint Louis beats George Mason in OT…again (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

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    No. 10 Saint Louis has been the class of the Atlantic 10 this season, but for some reason the George Mason Patriots have given them a hard time. The Patriots took the Billikens to overtime in the first meeting before falling in St. Louis, and the same thing happened on Wednesday night in Fairfax. SLU…