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  1. 2013 guard Elijah Brown verbally commits to attend Butler

    Jan 25, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    brad-stevens

    Thursday was a day of good news for the Butler program. First there was the announcement that senior guard Rotnei Clarke was cleared for full contact practices, which opens the door for him possibly being able to play on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Temple. And in the evening Brad Stevens’ program received good news…

  2. 10 tidbits to know: Duke’s bad night, UCLA’s improvement and more

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    Duke v Miami

    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. Great win for Miami but I’m still chalking it up as an awful night for Duke.  Rick Pitino has always said that one or two nights a year nothing goes right — and I…

  3. Weekend Preview: Does Oklahoma have a shot at beating No. 3 Kansas?

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

    Lon Kruger, Buddy Hield

    Who’s Getting Upset?: Oklahoma at No. 3 Kansas (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) I think that Oklahoma has a chance to knock off Kansas in Phog Allen this weekend. If you remember earlier this season, Iowa State nearly beat Kansas before getting bailed out by a banked-in three from Ben McLemore with 1.0 seconds left on the…

  4. Weekend Preview: No. 13 Michigan State visits No. 7 Indiana on Sunday

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    Game of the Weekend: No. 13 Michigan State at No. 7 Indiana (Sun. 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS) It hasn’t been pretty for the Spartans, but after almost a month of Big Ten play, Tom Izzo’s team is sitting all alone in first place in the league standings at 6-1. And when you look at what the…

  5. No. 10 Gonzaga shows no signs of Butler ‘hangover’ in 83-63 win over BYU

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    Nate Austin, Kelly Olynyk

    Given the way in which No. 10 Gonzaga lost at Butler on Saturday night, with a turnover leading to Roosevelt Jones’ game-winner as time expired, it would have been easy for many teams to suffer a hangover of sorts. That wasn’t an issue for Mark Few’s Bulldogs however, as the Bulldogs went on a 23-6…

  6. Late Night Snacks: Richmond knocks off No. 19 VCU and UCLA makes a statement

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Darien Brothers

    Game of the Night  Richmond 86, No. 19 VCU 74 (OT)  With the Rams leading by seven and less than a minute remaining in regulation it looked as if Shaka Smart’s team was going to leave the Robins Center as the Atlantic 10′s lone undefeated (in conference play) team. But Chris Mooney’s team had other…

  7. VIDEO: NBC Sportstalk: Who wants to be No. 1?

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

    Are there real concerns for Duke after being blown out by Miami? How wide open is the NCAA tournament this year? Vin Parise discusses those questions and more:

  8. Michael Snaer’s game-winning three caps comeback win over Clemson

    Jan 25, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Brad Brownell, Michael Snaer, Rod Hall

    For the third time in the last two seasons, Michael Snaer hit a game-winning triple at the buzzer. Before we go any further, here’s the video: FSU was down by as much as 12 in the second half against Clemson, but they slowly chipped away thanks to 16 points from Kiel Turpin and 10 from…

  9. UCLA upsets No. 6 Arizona; should we be concerned about the Wildcats?

    Jan 25, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Nick Johnson, Jordan Adams

    Shabazz Muhammad went for 23 points and Jordan Adams added 15 as UCLA went into the McKale Center and knocked off No. 6 Arizona 84-73 on Thursday night. It was as impressive of a performance as we’ve seen out of this Bruin program since Ben Howland led them to their third straight Final Four in…

  10. Thrilling Richmond comebacks hands No. 19 VCU first Atlantic 10 loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    VCU Richmond Basketball

    No. 19 VCU had this game won. After struggling to gain control against a fired up and feisty Richmond team for the first 35 minutes of the game, the Rams had all but sealed up a win over their intra-city rival. There were 43 seconds left, and a tip-in from Juvonte Reddic had capped a…

  11. Marshall Henderson sparks come-from-behind win, pushes Ole Miss to 5-0 in SEC

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

    Arkansas Mississippi Basketball

    Ole Miss was ice cold for the first 20 minutes. Heading into halftime, the Rebel Black Bears were down 25-18 to Tennessee and were shooting — get this — 4-24 from the field. That’s a crisp 16.7%. Marshall Henderson? Leading scorer in the SEC Marshall Henderson? CBT’s favorite gunner in the country (#shootmore!) Marshall Henderson?…

  12. No. 2 Michigan pulls away for 68-53 victory as Purdue goes cold in second half

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Purdue v Michigan

    With No. 1 Duke going down in emphatic fashion on Wednesday night the door has once again opened in regards to debating who should sit atop the polls next week. One team in the discussion is No. 2 Michigan, but with Purdue hitting seven three-pointers (on 13 attempts) in the first half and taking a…

  13. UC Davis looking to break world record for largest ‘knockout’ game for good cause

    Jan 24, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    aggies

    Less than a week ago Jim Les’ UC Davis Aggies had one of the best shooting nights in school history, tying a school record with 16 made three-pointers and Corey Hawkins scoring a school-record 40 points in their win at Hawaii. Members of the basketball team will collaborate with members of the UC Davis community…

  14. Butler guard Rotnei Clarke cleared for full contact in practice

    Jan 24, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    Ronald Roberts, Jr., Rotnei Clarke

    After being being examined by a spine specialist on Thursday, No. 9 Butler senior guard Rotnei Clarke received the news that he, the program and its fans were all hoping for. Clarke has been cleared for full contact in practice, which opens the door for his playing in Saturday’s tilt against Temple. Clarke hasn’t played…

  15. Head injury rules out Boise State guard Jeff Elorriaga for Saturday’s game at Nevada

    Jan 24, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

    Jeff Elorriaga

    Boise State junior guard Jeff Elorriaga may not receive the national attention that’s been bestowed upon teammates Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks at various points this season, but there’s no mistaking how important he is to Leon Rice’s team. Elorriaga leads the Mountain West in three-point percentage, as he’s shooting 48.3% from beyond the arc,…

  16. 2013 point guard Shane Rector verbally commits to attend Rutgers

    Jan 24, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mike Rice

    Rutgers landed its first commitment in the 2013 class on Thursday morning, as Bronx point guard Shane Rector notified head coach Mike Rice of his decision to attend the school. The news was first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger, and Rector’s decision to join the program gives the Scarlet Knights yet another option in a…

  17. Duke’s 1:30 a.m. practice would be violation … if it happened

    Jan 24, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Rasheed Sulaimon, Mason Plumlee, Quinn Cook, Josh Hairston

    So Dan Patrick created a bit of a stir this morning when he said on his morning show that, after Duke’s loss to Miami on Wednesday night, his team practiced for more than three hours — from 1:30 a.m. until 4:45 a.m. — the minute they got back to Durham. Listen for yourself: That would…

  18. Pregame Shootaround 1.24.13: West Coast action heats up Thursday night

    Jan 24, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Solomon Hill, Chase Tapley

    Game of the Day: UCLA vs. No. 6 Arizona (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) In the night’s biggest game, the Bruins head down to Tucson to take on an Arizona team in a game that is crucial to UCLA’s hopes of winning the Pac-12 regular season title. Both the Bruins and the Wildcats have lost their…

  19. Lehigh surprises Bucknell on the road without CJ McCollum

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    Lost in the hullaballoo raised by Duke getting drubbed by 27 points and three other top 25 teams losing on Wednesday, one of the most important mid-major games of the season slid by, barely gaining notice. Lehigh and Bucknell were the two favorites in the Patriot League heading into the season. They were also two…

  20. Warren Sapp, Duke basketball, and the troll of the year

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Duke v Miami

    I’m not sure there is anything that is more closely associated with Duke basketball than slapping the floor defensively. Whether it was Steve Wojciechowski or Greg Paulus or Jay Williams, that’s what Duke guards did on big defensive possessions. We’ve all seen it. Which is why what Miami did during last night’s curb-stomping of No.…

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